Iceland Day 2: South Shore Tour – Reynisfjara Basalt Columns, Solheimajökull Glacier, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls

This is a continuation of the Iceland trip report, you can read more here:
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Iceland Day 1: 871 Settlement Exhibition and Northern Lights Tour

After a short night sleep following our Northern Lights failed tour the night before, we were picked up early at our hotel for our South Coast tour by mini bus by island guide tours. This tour was not included in our package trip, but I had read about Iceland’s South Shore and was dying to go. My friend wasn’t as excited about going to a black sand beach in January in Iceland as I was – but went with me because she’s a good friend. Luckily it was a right decision, and the tour was amazing.

We started out with a long drive watching the sunrise.

Sunrise as we left Reykjavik

Sunrise as we left Reykjavik

Towards the beginning of the tour we dropped off a couple people who were going on the glacier walking tour. When we stopped, I got out of the bus for a minute to take pictures. The wind was so incredibly strong I almost fell over. But the scenery in Iceland is incredible.

Scenery where the wind almost knocked me over!

Scenery where the wind almost knocked me over!

Our first tour stop was the Reynisfjara black sand beach, with amazing basalt columns. Part of the reason I was interested in Iceland in the first place was due to the amazing geographical features. It did not disappoint.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and Basalt Columns

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and Basalt Columns

The beach was incredible. And I’ve always wanted to see a black sand beach. It was cold, windy and sprinkling but we toughed it out for some pictures.

Me on the Basalt Columns for Scale

Me on the Basalt Columns for Scale

When we got back on the bus my friend said she initally didn’t understand why I wanted to go to a beach in cold weather – but that she was really glad we did. Our next stop was the town of Vik for lunch in a small cafe, the Strondin Bistro. Lunch was fine, but nothing to write home about. Unlike our next stop – the Solheimajökull glacier!

Town of Vik - lunch stop

Town of Vik – lunch stop

It was breathtaking. And freezing.

Glacier

Solheimajökull Glacier

We were all shivering and soaked from rain, but it was totally worth it.

Solheimajökull Glacier

Solheimajökull Glacier

It was also somewhat amusing in that we watched a guy fall in up to his thighs. He was fine, just cold. Apparently his daughter had requested he bring back ice from Iceland. So he was trying to fill a water bottle with water.

Solheimajökull Glacier

Solheimajökull Glacier

After the glacier, we headed to Skogafoss waterfall. It was impressive, but a fairly quick stop.

Skogafoss Waterfall

Skogafoss Waterfall

The final stop of the day was the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Also neat, and we made it there right as the sun began to set.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

We then headed back on a fairly lengthy bus ride to Reykjavik. We had originally planned to go on a repeat Northern Lights tour that night, but it was cancelled due to the rain. I was disappointed, but cold enough from our day outside I was okay with not spending hours out in the snow again! We would try again the next day.

Our guide’s name was Sola, and she was incredibly knowledgeable about Iceland and was a great tour guide. I highly recommend this tour if you get the chance! Also, if you go make sure you have good shoes – there was a lot of ice to maneuver around!

 

 

 

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I'm an engineer who is new to the points game. Hoping to share my discoveries as I collect points to travel the world.

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