Out of all the tours and things to do in Iceland, the south shore tour is a must! It was definitely the highlight of my 5 Days in Iceland.
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South Shore Tour with Reykjavik Excursions
Our tour began at 9 am and picked us up in front of a nearby hotel (we stayed at an Airbnb). We were picked up in a minibus that then took us to a larger tour bus. This seems like a standard practice as we were with different companies and this seemed to be the case every time.
This day we were with Reykjavik Excursions. Their buses are awesome and come equipped with WiFi and USB ports to charge your phone.
The tour itself was relatively pleasant. We got to see some awesome sights and the weather wasn’t terrible. Our tour guide was rather dark however. Instead of just warning us about what we should and shouldn’t do, she told us horrible stories, like a mother and daughter watching their husband/father drown to death. But besides the gruesome stories, the tour was good.
Our Stops on the Tour
Our first stop was a small hike that led to Mýrdalsjökull glacier. We snapped a few pictures and then hopped back on the bus to our next destination.
It was a short ride from the glacier to Reynisfjara, Iceland’s black sand beach. This is the location that brought about the story of the dad drowning. Apparently, the tide here is so unpredictable and strong that what seems like a safe distance from the water ends up being pretty dangerous. Luckily, the tide was calm while we visited and no one was dragged out to sea.
Next, we stopped in Vik for lunch. We got an hour lunch break but by time we stood in line and ate we didn’t have time to see the city itself. Once everyone was back on the bus, we headed to our last destinations, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.
We got a late start that day so by time we reached Skógafoss it was pitch black. But even in the darkness it was still pretty beautiful.
Final Thoughts on the South Shore Tour
Overall, we enjoyed the tour and thought it was a good way to start our time in Iceland. For the convenience of free WiFi and USB ports, I’d recommend Reykjavik Excursions for your tour bookings. Not all companies have buses like RE so if they’re something you want double check that your tour operator offers them.
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