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South Iceland tour

Overview All year around Price from US 605 per person

This is a trip for people who want to take their time to enjoy the sights and see a lot of beautiful spots without hurrying. This trip goes along the south shore and visits the west of Iceland, including famous places such as the Jökulsárlón glacier Lagoon, Snæfellsnes peninsula and Borgarfjörður County. Obviously, the “musts” of Iceland, Geysir, Gullfoss and the national park Þingvellir, are visited as well.

Highlights

  • Borgarfjörður with the Hraunfossar waterfalls and Iceland’s biggest hot spring.
  • Snæfellsnes peninsula with Arnarstapi’s bird cliffs and basalt formations and Snæfellsjökull glacier.
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with its floating icebergs.
  • Skaftafell National park with Svartifoss waterfall.
  • Skógar with Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar Folk Museum.
  • Iceland’s most famous highlights: Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfall.
  • Þingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s ancient parliament.
  • The capital Reykjavík.
  • The Blue Lagoon, a warm blue lake where you can take a refreshing bath.
  • And many more….

Practical Information

  • This tour is available all year around.
  • It takes 7 nights and 8 days
  • This tour can be driven in any type of car, although in the winter time we do advise renting a 4x4 vehicle.
  • You will drive from 200 up to 300 km per day, with a total of ca. 1.400 km during the week.
  • In most cases, you will stay twice for 2 nights in the same hotel, so you do not have to pack suit-cases every day!
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Keflavík airport, where you pick up your car. If you arrive in the afternoon, you can visit the famous Blue Lagoon, filled with natural hot water, rich in all kind of minerals. After a refreshing bath in the bizarre surroundings of lava fields and a geothermal plant, you drive to your accommodation in Keflavík or Reykjavík. If your flight arrives late in the evening, you drive straight to your accommodation, but then you will have time to visit the Blue Lagoon on your last day.

Day 2: In the morning you start your tour driving along the south coast towards the east. In the village of Hveragerði you can make a stop to visit Eden, a souvenir shop annex flower shop (it’s a former greenhouse, using the natural hot water for heating!) and restaurant. After driving through the villages of Selfoss, Hella and Hvolsvöllur you should stop at Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall you can walk behind (if you don’t mind getting wet!). Next you can visit Skógafoss waterfalls, and the lovely Folk Museum of Skógar, before driving to the bird cliff of Dyrhólaey (open after 25 June), where puffins can be seen until mid-August, and the small village of Vík. Then you drive over the Mýrdalssandur outwash plains to Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Dyrhólaey - Lundur

Day 3: In the morning you continue further east. On the way you can make a stop at Dverghamrar with its basalt columns, and you can visit the tiny chapel at Núpsstaður. Then you arrive to the Skaftafell national park, where we suggest you spend some time. A walk to Svartifoss waterfall (1 1/2 hrs in total) is highly recommended. Probably the biggest highlight of the day is at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. In this large lagoon immense icebergs float around, and you can even make a short boat trip among them, giving you really the opportunity to see them from close by. After this stop, you return the same way you came, driving back to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Vík or Skógar for overnight.

Jökulsárlón

Day 4: Today you can still visit some of the spots you did not have enough time for on your way east, but the most important thing is to visit Iceland’s highlights: the Geysir area, where the famous spring Strokkur ejects its water columns high into the air every 5 minutes or so. There are many other bubbling and boiling hot springs, as well as an interesting exhibition and a restaurant. Next you visit Gullfoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Iceland and certainly the most famous one. Then you drive to Þingvellir National Park, where the ancient parliament was founded. This is also a place of great geological interest, and you can take a walk through one of the large fissures. Finally, you drive along Hvalfjörður fjord to Borgarnes, where you stay for the next 2 nights.

Þingvellir

Day 5: Today you drive all around Snæfellsnes peninsula. First, the trip goes west along the south shore of the peninsula until you arrive at Arnarstapi bird cliffs. A walk here is recommended strongly, because there are many lovely basalt formations, as well as lots of nesting birds, such as kittiwakes and arctic terns. At the tip of the peninsula there are many lovely places to stop at, such as Þúfubjarg bird cliff (this involves a short walk away from the main road) and Djúpalónssandur beach – where a rocky path brings you down to an impressive black beach. Also, you might get good views of Snæfellsjökull glacier, which is also an old volcano – as can be seen from the many lava fields that surround the mountain. Then you drive along the north side of the peninsula, through various fishing villages, such as Ólafsvík and Grundarfjörður, and Stykkishólmur (there, you could make an optional boat trip on Breiðafjörður fjord, enjoying the rich bird-life, the lovely basalt formations, and the scallops that are caught fresh during the trip!). Finally, you return to your hotel in or close by Borgarnes.

Djúpalónssandur

Day 6: Today you drive through Borgarfjörður County, where you can visit some of the amazing sights such as Deildartunguhver, which is Iceland’s largest hot spring, producing 180 l of almost boiling water per minute. Also you can visit Hraunfossar, a whole row of small waterfalls tumbling out of the lava, into a passing river. In the afternoon, you drive back to Reykjavík, where you spend the last 2 nights of your stay.

Deildartunguhver

Day 7: A free day in Reykjavík, to explore the marvels of the city. If you like, you can also make an excursion to Reykjanes peninsula, with a visit to the church of Bessastaðir, and to the steam vents and boiling mud pools of Krísuvík. A highlight is a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, filled with natural hot water, rich in all kind of minerals. After a refreshing bath in the bizarre surroundings of lava fields and a geothermal plant, you drive back to Reykjavik for a second overnight. (160 km) .You can also book a whale-watching tour out of Reykjavík.

Blue Lagoon


Day 8: Depending on the departure time of your flight, you either drive early in the morning back to Keflavík, or you have some more time to enjoy the capital before catching your return flight. There are many galleries and museums, two shopping malls, shopping streets, a botanic garden in a lovely park, a small zoo with mostly domestic animals, wonderful swimming pools, bowling halls, fitness centres, and many other things

Note: we reserve the right to reverse the itinerary.


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