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South Coast Self Drive Tours in Iceland

Take a road trip you’ll never forget. Explore the stunning south coast of Iceland on a self-drive tour and visit glaciers, waterfalls and volcanic landscapes at your own pace.

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Best of the South Coast: Self-Drive Iceland Tours

Got waterfalls, glaciers and lava fields on your must-see list? Then a south coast self-drive Iceland tour will check many boxes! A road trip along Iceland’s south coast promises jaw-dropping scenery and opportunities for adventure around every corner.

If you don’t have time to drive the entire Ring Road around Iceland, you can still see many of Iceland’s most famous attractions in under a week on a South Coast self-drive holiday from Reykjavik. Visit iconic sights like the Golden Circle route, the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the black sands of Reynisfjara beach, the glaciers of Vatnajökull National Park and much more.

With the freedom and flexibility of a self drive tour in southern Iceland you’ll also have the option to experience Icelandic nature close-up on short guided tours such as glacier walks, horse riding tours and iceberg boat tours. The pace of your sightseeing and the level of physical activity is all up to you on your driving journey along Iceland’s southern coastline.

Wondering about how to rent a car, where to book accommodations, and which attractions to see? Relax, we do all that for you… and more! With your own custom driving itinerary designed by an experienced local travel consultant at Nordic Visitor, you’ll experience the best that South Iceland has to offer.

Ready to start your South Iceland road trip? Check out our suggested tour packages below for an amazing self-drive vacation along Iceland's south coast.

 

— WHY US?

Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Value for your money
  • Professional service from local experts

 

Go on a Road Trip in South Iceland

Get behind the wheel and prepare to be amazed by the scenery in front of you. These customisable self-drive tour packages cover some of the best routes in southern Iceland.

Iceland
Best seller
Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

Iceland Full Circle Classic - Winter

186728ISK

Eur

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Best seller
10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

Iceland Full Circle Classic - Winter

186728ISK

Eur

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Iceland
Best seller
Self-drive
7 days / 6 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland at Leisure - Winter

125818ISK

Eur

View map
Best seller
7 days / 6 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland at Leisure - Winter

125818ISK

Eur

Close map view
Iceland
Best seller
Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Full Circle Classic

205934ISK

Eur

View map
Best seller
10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Full Circle Classic

205934ISK

Eur

Close map view
Iceland
Best seller
Self-drive
14 days / 13 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Complete Classic

292686ISK

Eur

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Best seller
14 days / 13 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Complete Classic

292686ISK

Eur

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Drive Iceland's South Coast in Winter

Sightseeing by day, northern lights spotting by night. We provide you with a 4x4 rental car for safe winter driving, a flexible itinerary and other perks for an incredible winter road trip in South Iceland.

Iceland
Best seller
Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

Iceland Full Circle Classic - Winter

186728ISK

Eur

View map
Best seller
10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

Iceland Full Circle Classic - Winter

186728ISK

Eur

Close map view
Iceland
Best seller
Self-drive
7 days / 6 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland at Leisure - Winter

125818ISK

Eur

View map
Best seller
7 days / 6 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland at Leisure - Winter

125818ISK

Eur

Close map view
Iceland
Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

South and West Iceland at Leisure - Winter

168908ISK

Eur

View map
10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Apr

South and West Iceland at Leisure - Winter

168908ISK

Eur

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Iceland
Self-drive
6 days / 5 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland & Into the Glacier - Winter

138254ISK

Eur

View map
6 days / 5 nights
Oct - Apr

South Iceland & Into the Glacier - Winter

138254ISK

Eur

Close map view

Local travel agency

As a local travel agency, Nordic Visitor knows how to make the most of your time in Iceland. We offer a variety of tours—both independent and guided—that include the must-see attractions as well as lesser-known highlights that are hand-picked by our own Icelandic travel experts. To ensure a stress-free trip, we handle all the local details for you—accommodations, activities, rental car (for self-drive tours) and other services.
 
Oh, and all of our itineraries can be customised! So if you decide you want to spend more than the number of days specified in the packages or add some activities, for example, your personal Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be happy to make suggestions and modify your itinerary.

Different ways you can experience Iceland

We have tours for all varieties of travel styles and interests. See our options for exploring Iceland below.

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO DRIVE ALONG ICELAND’S SOUTH COAST?

The south coast is Iceland’s most visited region, and with good reason. Waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches, towering mountains, deep canyons, rugged sea cliffs, barren volcanic deserts and lush mossy lava fields define this region… sort of implying that you can’t really define Iceland's southern coast at all!

South Iceland is indeed a region of extreme contrasts. Many Nordic Visitor travellers return from their south coast self-drive Iceland tours amazed at how the landscapes seem to change around every bend. One moment you’re driving alongside verdant green hills with waterfalls tumbling over the sides, the next moment you’re travelling through barren, volcanic plains with tall, ice-capped peaks towering in the distance.



If some of South’s Iceland’s scenery looks oddly familiar to you, there’s a reason for that: several Hollywood productions have used Iceland’s south coast as a filming location. For example, if you’ve kept up with the Game of Thrones series, you’re likely to see the same otherworldly terrain on your drive along the south coast. Even pop stars like Justin Bieber and Bon Iver have filmed music videos in South Iceland.

Seeking an adventure in South Iceland? You won't be disappointed, with endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits – from leisurely, family-friendly activities to more challenging excursions for thrill seekers. Nordic Visitor offers an exciting range of optional activities on Iceland’s south coast that can be easily added to any tour package in the online booking steps.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR A SOUTH COAST SELF-DRIVE TOUR IN ICELAND?

As one of Iceland’s most accessible regions, you can drive along Iceland’s south coast any time of year.

Want extended daylight for your driving and sightseeing? Iceland’s peak summer months – June, July and August – give you the longest daylight hours, the warmest weather and the best availability of scenic hikes and optional day tours. In late June you can even experience the white nights of the midnight sun phenomenon, when the sun never fully sets below the horizon.



Want more of the road and attractions to yourself? And lower prices to boot? Iceland’s shoulder season – May and September – are a great time to visit as the weather is still mild but there are fewer visitors.

Want to see the northern lights? Iceland’s winter months – October to April – are best for seeing the northern lights (aurora borealis) twinkle at night as the days are shorter. Sure, Icelandic winter weather can be unpredictable, but the frosty conditions make the waterfalls and beaches all the more beautiful. Plus, there’s nothing like soaking in one of South Iceland’s fabulous thermal pools while the snow in falling.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN NORDIC VISITOR’S SELF-DRIVE ICELAND TOURS?

It’s easy to get to South Iceland’s stunning attractions, but Nordic Visitor simplifies the process even further. We provide everything you need for a stress-free south coast self-drive Iceland tour.

At Nordic Visitor you’ll have your own dedicated travel consultant from when you book your tour online to when you’re travelling in Iceland. You can take comfort in the fact that all your local logistics have been taken care of, so all you have to do is enjoy the adventure!



Here’s what we provide for all self-drive tour packages in Iceland:

  • Accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Car hire with GPS, Wi-Fi & authorization for 2 drivers
  • Map of Iceland & detailed personal itinerary
  • Nordic Visitor's Iceland Travel Guide
  • loan of a cell phone with Icelandic SIM card
  • Airport transfers between Reykjavik & Keflavik Airport
  • 24/7 helpline, manned by our staff in Reykjavik

Planning to celebrate your honeymoon in South Iceland? Let us know! Nordic Visitor specialises in bespoke Iceland holidays, so we can add extra special touches to any tour package.

 

— FEELING ADVENTUROUS?

Activities to try in South Iceland

  • Fly over volcanic craters & hot springs on a helicopter tour
  • Experience Iceland’s ice up close on a glacier walk
  • Sail among icebergs on a boat tour at a glacier lagoon
  • Ride an Icelandic horse, purebred since Viking days
  • Zoom across black volcanic sands on an ATV tour

 

Our services

Whether you choose a guided tour or a self-drive vacation, all customers receive personalized service with a designated travel consultant, tailor-made quality travel documents, and our self-drive clients receive a hand-marked map that outlines their route, overnight stays and highlights along the way. Furthermore, Nordic Visitor has long-standing professional relationships with local tour operators, which are carefully selected by our staff and are recognized for consistent, quality service.

Book with confidence

  • 97% of customers say they’d recommend us to friends.
  • Unexpected change of plans? You won’t lose your deposit.
  • As a local agency, we work closely with trusted suppliers.
  • We’re a fully licensed and insured company in Iceland.
  • Enjoy personal service from Iceland-based travel experts.
  • Get peace of mind with a 24/7 helpline during your stay.
  • We’re here for you in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Contact us

Whatever your travel needs, we are here to help. If you have any questions about our Iceland travel packages or services, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our main phone number is
+354 578 20 80
Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM (GMT)

Or, you can reach us by e-mail.

What do our customers say?

The reviews speak for themselves. See what Nordic Visitor travellers said about their experience with us.

Veronica, Australia

Iceland Full Circle Classic, May 2018

I loved it

I have nothing but praise for our experience with Nordic Visitor and Iceland. The support provided by Brynja was outstanding - very efficient, pleasant and went above and beyond to accommodate our requirements.  I feel this was a contributing factor to having such a wonderful experience in Iceland - I loved it

Andrew, United Kingdom

Iceland Full Circle Classic, May 2018

Very impressed

Entire experience with Nordic Visitor was very positive. From first contact, communication was very prompt, informative and exactly what was requested, the package put together for us was just what we had hoped for. All information, including the "tour pack" was first class. Helga was a brilliant travel consultant - friendly, helpful, knowledgeable & always keen to help. Katrin was also very helpful when Helga was out of the office for a few days  Overall, we were very impressed with Nordic Visitor

Christina, Canada

Iceland Full Circle at Leisure - Winter, September 2018

Helpful and very responsive!

We are very happy with Nordic Visitor and the service we were provided.  Everyone was very helpful and very responsive!

Ayala, United States

Iceland Full Circle Classic - Winter, March 2018

Everything was perfect!

You are the best tour operator. You did an excellent trip. Everything was perfect. Thank you so much

Casey, United States

Iceland Full Circle Classic, May 2018

We can't wait to plan another with Nordic Visitor!

We had the best experience with Nordic Visitor!! We got married in Iceland before starting our tour and Dagny worked around our schedule and was extremely fast to reply and organize. She even left a sweet note and treats at our first hotel on our honeymoon. Nordic Travel took all the stress of planning our honeymoon away so we could focus on our wedding. I can't express enough how awesome our trip was and how thankful we are for this travel agency. There is no way we could have planned a trip any better than this. We can't wait to plan another with Nordic Visitor!

Carla and Grady, United States

Iceland Road Trip, July 2016

We absolutely loved Iceland

I have traveled the world and I can say without reservation that the Icelandic people are the most friendly, welcoming, helpful people I have ever encountered. The geology of the island is so unique and beautiful. I can't wait to go back in the winter to see the Northern Lights.

Amy Woods, United States

Iceland Full Circle Classic, July 2017

Can't wait to come back!

I have already recommend Nordic Visitor to several friends and family members! We had an absolutely amazing trip and I can't wait to come back! Everyone was helpful and patiently answered all of my questions. I'm very happy we chose Nordic Visitor for our trip and I would choose them again! 

Brenton, Australia

Iceland Full Circle Classic, June 2018

Outstanding

Most outstanding travel agency we have ever dealt with. We are 68 years old and travelled extensively throughout the world with jobs and for recreation for the last 45 years. Benchmark organisation which will only grow and prosper with their attitude.

WHAT CAN YOU SEE & DO ON A SOUTH COAST SELF-DRIVE ICELAND TOUR?

The south coast of Iceland is a wealth of wonders, most of which are easily accessible just off the Ring Road, Iceland’s Route 1. How many days you spend on your self driving holiday along the southern coast of Iceland depends on many factors. For example, how much daily driving you’re comfortable with, how many hikes or activities you wish to enjoy and how many sights you want to visit.

For a classic South Iceland experience, we recommend 5 days or longer for a road trip along Iceland’s south coast. If you’re travelling with small children, driving in wintertime or planning on lots of outdoor activities, give yourself a few extra days.



To give you an idea of what each day could offer, below is a sample itinerary for a 5-day south coast self-drive Iceland tour.

Day 1 – Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city
Kick off your vacation in Reykjavik and get acquainted with Iceland's culture scene. Weary from a long flight? Grab a kaffi (coffee) and snack at one of the cosy cafés on Laugavegur, the city’s high street. How about a refreshing walk? Take a stroll alongside the fishing boats and colourful buildings in the old harbour.

To see as much of the city as you can in a short time, why not get an aerial view? Head up to the bell tower of the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church, or enjoy the panoramic scenery from the Perlan viewing deck, just outside the downtown.

  • Bonus: Go for a short whale watching cruise from the old harbour, a helicopter sightseeing tour or a guided city walk.

Day 2 – Iceland’s waterfall country & black sand beaches
Heading south-east out of Reykjavik, you soon reach the most photographed part of Iceland. Have you ever taken a selfie at a waterfall? How about behind a waterfall? Today is your lucky day! Southern Iceland contains some of Iceland’s most popular – and unique – waterfalls.



Take a walk on the footpath behind the majestic waterfall Seljalandsfoss, where a rainbow might appear in the mist on a sunny day. You can also follow a trail to the 'hidden falls' of Gljúfrabúi nearby. Not far down the road is another gem, Skógafoss Waterfall, one of Iceland‘s most photogenic landmarks. For a blast from the past, check out the old-fashioned turf house and turf farm at the Skógar Folk Museum next to the falls.

Had enough waterfalls for one day? (Is that possible?) Head toward the town of Vík and make a pit stop at the Reynisfjara black sand beach. With its volcanic black sands, smooth pebbles, basalt columns and jagged sea stacks off the shoreline, it's a great attraction to end the day.

  • Bonus: Explore the black sands via ATV tour and see the popular DC-3 plane crash wreckage, or take a guided crampon hike on Sólheimajökull glacier.

Day 3 – Glaciers & icebergs of Vatnajökull National Park
Travelling in the area of Vatnajökull National Park, you might get the impression that you’re in Greenland or Antarctica. TNamed for Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Iceland and all of Europe, this is prime iceberg-spotting territory. Here you’ll find Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon with its clusters of floating icebergs and – just across the road – the otherworldly Diamond Beach, where large pieces of glacier ice sit atop black sands before drifting out to sea.



For a slightly quieter place to watch the icebergs, check out the smaller Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon nearby Jökulsárlón. Want to take a spectacular hike in the area? Follow a hiking trail in Skaftafell to the stunning Svartifoss waterfall, named “Black Falls” for the dark basalt columns etched in the cliff.

  • Bonus: Take an iceberg boat tour at Jökulsárlón, or join a glacier walk among the blue ice at Skaftafell.

Day 4 – The famous Golden Circle route
Head for the Golden Circle, a popular tourist route serving up an incredible array of geological formations. This journey includes the Geysir hot springs area, where you can watch the Strokkur geyser erupt, and the stunning two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall.



The route also features the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park, which is located in a rift valley where two tectonic plates are slowly separating. Characterized by unusual rock formations and deep fissures, Þingvellir is definitely a place you’ll want to spend some time exploring on foot.

Back in Reykjavik for the evening, why not cap your last night in Iceland with a fine dinner of delicious local cuisine?

  • Bonus: Join an Icelandic horse riding tour, or snorkel “between continents” in Silfra at Þingvellir.

Day 5 – Blue Lagoon geothermal baths
Wind down in the Blue Lagoon surrounded by black lava fields on the Reykjanes Peninsula. This geothermal spa is one of Iceland’s must-see attractions, known for its radiant blue waters and skin-smoothing white silica mud. It’s conveniently located on the way to Keflavik Airport, so it’s easy to fit in a few hours of thermal bathing before catching your flight.



Nordic Visitor offers a wide range of tours in Iceland that can be customised to your liking, with extra nights and optional activities added to your itinerary on request.
 

 

— WHERE TO GO?

Top Attractions in South Iceland

  • Blue Lagoon geothermal spa
  • Golden Circle route
  • Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss waterfalls
  • Reynisfjára black sand beach
  • Jókulsárlón glacier lagoon

 

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