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Black Beach Tours

BLACK BEACH TOURS offers perfect tours in South Iceland where the black volcanic beach meets the blue Atlantic Ocean.

  • ATV/QUAD Tours - Available All Year
  • Explore breathtaking volcanic black beach and cover off-road trails filled with adventurous twists and turns. And you can ride into the beautiful surrounding lava fields and experience the captivating nature. Definitely a "Bucket List" experience.
    • You can choose between 1, 2 or 3 hours ATV/QUAD tours
  • RIB-BOAT TOURS - Available May-October
  • We have a choice of exhilarating boat tours. Explore the beautiful volcanic black beach and black basalt sea cliffs close to Þorlákshöfn from the sea. With RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) you can get much quicker and closer to the wildlife and nature. With a maximum of 12 people per boat, it makes for a more personal experience. A fast and fun experience on the water for ages of 5 yrs & up.
    • You can choose between 30 min, 1 or 2 hours RIB BOAT tours
  • COMBO TOUR is another option where we combine an ATV/QUAD ride and a RIB boat tour for you.
  • A LUXURY SEA EXPERIENCE - Available May-October
  • Join us on a nice fishing and/or sightseeing tour on the south coast of Iceland. A private charter aboard our 40ft flybridge motor yacht, AUÐDÍS, is a great idea for a small group of friends, family or colleagues together to enjoy the most memorable experience at sea.
  • YOGA
  • We offer lovely yoga sessions in our yoga studio in Þorlákshöfn. In good weather we even take the yoga outdoors and have a unique yoga experience on the black volcanic beach nearby.

We are more than happy to create custom tours based on your wishes and needs, like private tours to larger groups, luxury to lower budgets etc.

We are situated in Þorlákshöfn only 50 km from Reykjavik, 28 km from Selfoss and 80 km from Keflavik Airport. This is a perfect add on to the popular Golden Circle.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you like to get more information about our tours and activites.


ADDRESS

BLACK BEACH TOURS

HAFNARSKEIÐ 17

815 ÞORLÁKSHÖFN

CONTACT

TEL: +354 556-1500

INFO@BLACKBEACHTOURS.IS

WWW.BLACKBEACHTOURS.IS

Please contact for tours and booking information.

Black Beach Tours

Hafnarskeið 17

Unubakki 11

GPS Points N63° 51' 35.154" W21° 22' 36.707"
Telephone

+354 5561500

Opening period All year
Service Open year round Bird watching Sea angling ATV rental Boat tours Credit cards accepted

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