A part of our job is to get familiar with the tour companies we work with. This way we can offer the best advice to anyone who is interested in getting to know Iceland’s nature. As Robin, our reception intern, hadn’t been to the south before, he decided to join Hidden Iceland on a two day tour called ‘South Coast Fire And Ice Tour’.
Hidden Iceland offers a pick-up from multiple bus stops that are conveniently located in downtown Reykjavík. I was supposed to be picked up at 8 am but we left around 10 am due to the weather, two hours later than expected (which is good, always check the weather before you head out!). Once on the way I noticed we were with a total of six with the tourguide included and that was just great! It made it easier for our guide, Scott, to getting to know us and for us to getting to know each other.
Our first stops were the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss, the one you can walk behind, and Skógafoss, the one you can view from above. Then we went on to Reynisfjara beach, also known as the black sand beach. This was just amazing because of the tricky weather conditions!
We tried to go to the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon but the sun and the trail weren’t really helping us, so we went back to the hotel instead for a meal. A little expensive but what isn’t in Iceland?
When we woke up we first got breakfast, which is included in the tour. It was a great one with a lot of choice so there was something for everyone. Then we headed back into the bus.
Our first stop of the day was the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón and the diamond beach, where I fell into the water because I tried to stand on an ice rock that washed ashore (not a smart idea). Last but not least we went hiking in the Vatnajökull national park, where we also visited one of the ice caves.
After all of that (an amazing but long day) we went back on our way to Reykjavík and tried to look for the northern lights but they were nowhere to be found. I even got brought all the way back home by Scott!
All in all it was an amazing trip. I hope you got something out of my experience. Thanks to Hidden Iceland for the trip!