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This is one of the most popular tours in Iceland and the setting for the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption in 2010. During the eruption, millions of liters of melted ice from Eyjafjallajokull came bursting down the mountainside causing massive destructive floods on its way to the Atlantic and changed the scenery for years to come. The first stop of the day is at one of Iceland’s loveliest waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss. Here the sure-footed can walk behind the thundering cascade but be careful as the trail is narrow and a bit slippery. Extra caution is especially needed during the winter and good footwear is recommended. This is one of the most photographed places in Iceland and for good reason. During the winter, the waterfall is lit up so you can enjoy it’s magic all year round. Then it’s on to a spectacular hidden canyon rich with unique flora, green moss and a beautiful waterfall. Depending on conditions, we will either be making a stop at Gljúfrabúi or Nauthúsagil. Now it’s time for more action as we head to Gigjökull glacier tongue. The driver will deflate the tires for some serious jeep action, including splashing through glacier rivers, so fasten your seat belts and keep your windows closed and experience the fun! After lunch, the tour takes you for a fun action drive to the black volcano beaches of the south, where you have panoramic views in all directions with the Atlantic Ocean beating the shore on one side and glaciers and volcanoes on the other.
Gígjökull is an outlet glacier that runs north into Þórsmörk from Eyjafjallajökull glacier. In front of Gígjökull was a rather large glacier lagoon that was washed away during the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull on April 14th 2010. Today it is possible to drive up to the glacier and have a look into a small ice cave.
Nauthúsagil is a beautiful and deep canyon close to Seljalandsfoss. It is possible to walk all the way to the end where there is a waterfall and a basin that many like to jump in and brave the freezing water. Don't forget to look up at the canyon walls to see the moss and trees that enclose this beautiful site and be prepared to get your feet a little bit wet.
Seljalandsfoss is a 62 metre high waterfall that is considered very picturesque. An absolute must is to walk behind the waterfall and feel the mist coming from it. It is considered one of the must-sees in South Iceland.
Sólheimasandur is one of Iceland's black basalt beaches. This is home to a US Navy airplane wreck that that crashed there on Nov. 24 1973. The beach can be slightly dangerous though and caution should be taken when getting close to the shore. The waves are unpredictable and rip currents are strong. Falling rocks are also a hazard but rare.
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