Southcoast Adventure is a family-owned travel agency and tour operator founded in 2008 specialising in offering luxury Super Jeep travel in the Southern region of Iceland. We take great pride in what we do and strive to provide the best possible service, whether that be daytours, guided hikes or taking care of customised travel plans.
We source the most professional and friendly local guides who are chosen because of their knowledge and enthusiasm for nature, culture, history and all things Icelandic so you are sure to have the trip of a lifetime.
Sustainable travel is something we feel very strongly about. We operate in smaller groups so as not to contribute to the negative effects of mass tourism. It is important to us to use locally owned accomodation and restaurants as well as supporting local community projects.
In Iceland all itineraries are designed to be flexible taking weather conditions into account. All adventure trips and outdoor activities are weather and condition dependent and we reserve the right to change your itinerary or cancel your trip with your safety in mind. At Southcoast Adventure your safety is our priority. Please keep in mind that the weather changes fast on our northern island and with it, conditions change. Our guides are specially trained to deal with changing conditions and their number one priority is to make decisions with your safety in mind. Please be aware of this and respect your guide’s authority to do so. This is especially valid for winter travel in Iceland.
All adventures and glacier tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Southcoast Adventure does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. All customers are to realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
Appropriate footwear and suitable outdoor clothing must be worn.
We reserve the right to refuse participation to clients we believe are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, in such circumstances no refunds shall be given.
Our guides reserve the right to refuse participation to any customer whose conduct or manner is likely to cause offense, upset or put other passengers in danger.
Cancellations with more than 48hrs notice before departure of the trip will be refunded fully.
Cancellations with less than 48hrs notice before departure of the trip will not be refunded.
Cancellations with more than 42 days before departure leaves you with an 80% refund of multi-day tours. 20% are non-refundable, due to the fact that arrangements have already been made for you on the trip.
Cancellations with less than 42 days before departure leaves you with a 50% refund. 50% are non-refundable, due to the fact that arrangements have already been made for you on the trip.
Cancellations with less than 72 hrs notice are non-refundable.
In case of a no-show in any of our trips, refunds will not be made.
All cancellation fees held by Southcoast Adventure are only intended to cover our direct cost of cancelling your tour.
All complaints must reach Southcoast Adventure within 5 days from completion of your tour. Otherwise, possible compensation is not valid.
All our Tours are available as Private Tours
You can make the most of your valuable time in Iceland by choosing the option of a customized private tour.
If you are travelling independently, with the family or a group of friends or colleagues, private tours are designed to cater to your specific interests and time constraints.
Price for all private tours is additional 60.000 ISK with minimum of 3 persons.
If otherwise not stated, for most of our tours the max guide to client ratio is 1:14
Minimum number of passengers
There is a minimum of 2 people for most of our trips, we usually run the trips on the guaranteed departure dates. If you are interested in some trips and are travelling solo we can put you on waiting list and contact you if more people book the trip.
Few of our tours have the minimum of 3 persons. The reason for this is the nature and logistics of the tour. We can put you on waiting list and contact you if more people book the trip.
A few words about travel insurance
As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend that you buy a travel insurance policy in your home country that covers your cost should you have to cancel on short notice. This kind of travel insurance is not expensive and frequently covers other risks. In general, travel insurances are a good idea to have when you are on the move in the world.
All prices are in ISK (Icelandic Krona) and all invoices are in ISK.
If requests are in any other billing currency, Southcoast Adventure reserves the right to add an exchange surcharge to the package price before the final payment has been made in case of any currency fluctuations. After the final payment has been made no surcharges will be applicable.
What is the age limit to go snowmobiling?
To drive the snowmobile, you need a valid international car driver’s license. For sitting at the back of the snowmobile, the age limit is 6 years old.
All adventure trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Southcost Adventure does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions.
All adventure trips are weather and condition depended and we reserve the right to change your itinerary or cancel your trip last minute with your safety in mind.
Our main pick up / departure point is from Gljúfrabúi base. Road 249. With most of our tours starting at 10:00.
We offer pick up in Hvolsvöllur and Hella (post codes 850, 851, 860 and 861) with no extra charge to tour price, for most of our tours.
If our tour does not offer pick up in Hvolsvöllur and Hella area, you can add pick up for 2.500 ISK per person.
Hvolsvöllur and Hella Hotel pick up´s start at 09:30, for 10:00 departure. Please note that it can take 30 minutes for us to arrive.
We offer pick up in Selfoss and Vík (post codes 800, 801, 870 and 871) with extra charge of 5.000 ISK per person
Selfoss and Vík Hotel pick up´s start at ca. 09:00, for 10:00 departure. Please note that it can take 30 minutes for us to arrive.
We offer pick up in Reykjavík area with extra charge of 10.000 ISK per person
Reykjavík Hotel pick up´s start at 08:00, for 10:00 departure. Please note that it can take 30 minutes for us to arrive.
Please contact us for customized pick up´s and departures.
We offer drop off in Hvolsvöllur and Hella (post codes 850, 851, 860 and 861) with no extra charge to tour price, for most of our tours .
If our tour does not offer drop off in Hvolsvöllur and Hella area, you can add drop off for 2.500 ISK per person.
We offer drop off in Selfoss and Vík (post codes 800, 801, 870 and 871) with extra charge of 5.000 ISK per person
We offer drop off in Reykjavík area with extra charge of 10.000 ISK per person.
Please contact us for customized drop off´s.
Easy, moderate, challenging …
What does this really mean? Below you can read the definitions we use for our ratings. We hope this will help you get an idea of the trip difficulty to make sure you choose a trip that suits you best.
Suitable for most people in fair condition. You have to be able to walk on uneven surface and hike for at least 2 – 3 hours at a slow pace, with breaks. Trails are generally of good quality and glacier travel at a relatively low angle.
Suitable for those in good condition who are able to walk for about 4 hours at a low or moderate pace. Trails are generally of good quality and glacier travel at a relatively low angle.
For someone in good hiking condition and with experience of hiking. Trails generally in fair conditions but some parts of the tour might be off track. Glacier/snow travel can be on uneven ground with challenging sections. Increased distance. We recommend guests have the ability to cover 12 km a day on rugged trails and snow.
Only a few of our trips are defined as Demanding. Hence most of our tours are rated Easy, moderate or challenging.
Demanding tours are for someone in very good hiking and physical condition. Trails generally in fair conditions but large sections of the tour might be off track. Glacier/snow travel on uneven ground with some challenging sections. Increased distance. We recommend guests have the ability to cover 20 km a day on uneven trails and snow. A significant increase in elevation and some technical difficulty should be expected.
Equipment needed can vary greatly from season to season as well as the length of your tour. The following list can be used as a guideline for our trekking, hiking and longer Snowmobile tours in Iceland.
Try to pack as light as possible and take only essentials. Excess baggage can be a burden to you and to our support crew. Keep in mind that there are limits on how much your duffel bag can weigh because the weight restrictions on international and domestic flights are usually around 20 kg.
You will need to bring comfortable and adequate clothing to protect you from the cold and wet weather. Wool, synthetics, and wool/synthetic blends are good. We discourage the use of cotton, as this does not insulate against cold or wet conditions. When camping, tents are provided. You will be responsible for bringing your mattress and sleeping bag.
When layering, the innermost layer should be long underwear. The middle layer can be a synthetic turtleneck or wool shirt, and pants. The outermost layer should be a synthetic jacket, and/or a good quality Gore-Tex wind/rain parka and over-pants.
For quantities for each item listed, use your own judgment, based on the expected weather conditions and overall packing/weight restrictions for your luggage.
Starting May 1st, Icelandic border control will switch to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control color-coding system.
Passengers arriving from red (high-risk countries) must continue to adhere to current testing regulations will those arriving from orange or green areas will have more lenient testing measures.
COVID-19 testing at the Icelandic border upon arrival remains free. As of December 10, those who can show a document proving they have already had a COVID-19 infection are exempt from all testing and quarantine requirements. Those who can show proof of vaccination will also be exempt starting May 1st.
Before you cancel your trip in these difficult times, take a second to consider your alternatives.
If you come from areas with no or limited travel restrictions to Iceland, we will do everything in our power to make your adventure as safe as possible.
Some of you, however, find it uncomfortable to travel or cannot do so because of travel restrictions. Please consider not cancelling your trip altogether and postpone instead. You will have a dream vacation to look forward to and will contribute to helping Iceland’s tourism industry stay afloat.
Stay safe, hopefully, we’ll see you soon!