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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

Do you have 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.

Whether you’re coming to see the northern lights in winter or experience the long daylight of the midnight sun in summer, Nordic Visitor offers holiday packages for all seasons. 

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. Plus, with all self-drive tours, we provide a road map marked with your route, accommodations and highlights, unlimited in-car Wi-Fi and more. We also provide 4x4 car rental options, which we especially recommend for winter driving. And while you're on your tour, we're always a phone call away as you'll have access to our 24/7 helpline.

With the freedom and flexibility of a self drive tour in southern Iceland you’ll also have the option to experience Icelandic nature from up-close on short guided excursions such as glacier walks, horse riding tours and iceberg boat trips. 

Wondering about how to rent a car, where to book accommodations, and which attractions to see? Relax, we do all that for you! 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 planning your South Iceland road trip? Check out our suggested tour packages below for an amazing self-drive vacation along Iceland's south coast. And don't hesitate to get in touch via our toll-free numbers or live chat to get advice and tailor your itinerary.

 

— 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
  • 24/7 emergency helpline during tour

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
8 days / 7 nights
4.9
Apr - Sep

South & West Iceland Classic

260442ISK

Eur

View map
Best seller
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Sep

260442ISK

ISK

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Iceland
Best seller
Self-drive
7 days / 6 nights
4.9
Apr - Sep

South Iceland at Leisure

229080ISK

Eur

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

229080ISK

ISK

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Iceland
Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
5.0
Apr - Sep

South & West Iceland at Leisure

323164ISK

Eur

View map
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Sep

323164ISK

ISK

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Iceland
Self-drive
5 days / 4 nights
4.8
Apr - Sep

South Iceland Classic

169868ISK

Eur

View map
5 days / 4 nights
Apr - Sep

169868ISK

ISK

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Drive Iceland's South Coast in Winter

Sightseeing by day, northern lights spotting by night with a flexible itinerary and other perks for an incredible winter road trip in South Iceland. You could even drive a 4x4 for a more comfortable and safer winter driving experience.

Iceland
Best seller
Self-drive
7 days / 6 nights
4.9
Oct - Apr

South Iceland at Leisure - Winter

190315ISK

Eur

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

190315ISK

ISK

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Iceland
Self-drive
8 days / 7 nights
4.9
Oct - Apr

South & West Iceland Classic - Winter

214255ISK

Eur

View map
8 days / 7 nights
Oct - Apr

214255ISK

ISK

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Iceland
Self-drive
11 days / 10 nights
December

Christmas & New Year’s in Iceland

Northern Lights & New Years Eve Fun

526991ISK

Eur

View map
11 days / 10 nights
December

526991ISK

ISK

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Iceland
Self-drive
6 days / 5 nights
4.9
Oct - Apr

Glacier Lagoon & Northern Lights

174632ISK

Eur

View map
6 days / 5 nights
Oct - Apr

174632ISK

ISK

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Local travel agency

As a travel agency with offices in Reykjavík, Edinburgh, Stockholm and Lucerne, Nordic Visitor knows how to make the most of your time in Europe. Choose from a variety of carefully curated tours that include must-see attractions as well as lesser-known highlights.

You can also make customisations to your itinerary by adding extra nights, optional activities, or upgrades to your tour. Or ask your personal travel consultant for advice and they will tailor your itinerary. This way you get a travel experience that is perfectly suited to you. 

Your dedicated travel consultant will arrange all the local details for you. You get accommodation, activities, transport, and other services included in your package. If you need to rework your itinerary, we’ll handle it for you so you can relax and look forward to your getaway.

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
  • Rental car with Wi-Fi and 2 authorised drivers
  • Map of Iceland & detailed personal itinerary
  • Nordic Visitor's Iceland Travel Guide
  • 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

What do our customers say?

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

Scott, United Kingdom
Iceland Full Circle Classic - Winter, November 2023

We had an amazing time

We cannot recommend our tour enough. We had an amazing time and have already told friends and family about it. Iceland is an amazing place and I am sure we will be back and will use Nordic Visitor again!

James, United States
Iceland Full Circle Classic, September 2023

Experience of a lifetime

I primarily wanted to use Nordic Visitor as a resource for creating our 14-day trip itinerary, to help weed through what seemed to be an endless array of choices, and to help us to get the very most out of our time in Iceland. Yes, we could have pieced it together ourselves but I needed an advocate in Iceland, an advisor, and maybe a resource for us if issues were to arise. That piece of mind was important to my wife and me and I'm glad we chose them to frame our trip. It made it much easier to piece in the parts that were important to us to see and experience. That allowed us to just enjoy the trip and not get bogged down in the details of planning each and every moment.

There are so many things I could say about our experience, an experience of a lifetime and after posting snippets of our trip on social media I have found that several friends of mine want to know how we planned this trip. I told them the same thing I am saying here, save a little money if you want and plan it yourself or trust a reliable source like Nordic Visitor and let them give you the trip framework and essential advice. I would do it the same way if I were doing it over.

Christopher, Australia
Winter Highlights - Private, November 2023

Warm and engaging guide

Great tour. The sights are of course amazing and the tour made the most of our time, weather and our interests/priorities. Driver and guide David managed all of these very well. He was also very knowledgeable and personally warm and engaging. Could not have asked for more.

Jerine, Canada
Natural Wonders of Iceland, August 2023

Perfect for solo traveller

A beautiful itinerary, exceptional guide and perfect weather made this a trip I will never forget. Nordic Visitor made the process easy, and Iceland opened her arms. My 10-day small group tour was perfect for a solo traveller who wanted to see it all. 

Kimberly, Canada
Iceland Road Trip, October 2023

Trip of a lifetime

Overall this was an amazing experience! A trip of a lifetime that I could never have planned myself. Any questions I had during planning were answered faster than expected and I felt safe and well looked after during the trip. Trip was smooth and hassle free.

Patricia, United States
Scenic South Iceland, August 2023

5-star experience

Not only did we absolutely love every stop on the Scenic South Iceland tour, but prior to the tour we stayed for 4 days in Reykjavík. I appreciated Nordic Visitor's recommendations for things to do and places to eat there and felt highly supported by Marko, our travel consultant, in every regard to booking our flight and own hotel, day trips I was interested in, and taking public transport around. A definite 5-star experience!

David, Australia
Iceland Full Circle Classic - Winter, October 2023

Many thanks to Nordic Visitor

Absolutely amazing. No issues whatsoever. We saw it all from North to South and much of in between. From reindeer to whales and more beautiful waterfalls and volcanic bits than you could hope to see in a week. Every hour the scenery seemed to change dramatically. Just a great experience. Many thanks to Nordic Visitor.

Robert, United States
Romance Around Iceland, July 2023

Best vacation we have had

Everyone at Nordic Visitor were very responsive to all questions we had during our 30-year anniversary trip to Iceland. We had airline travel issues and the representative adjusted our itinerary so we were able to see the whole island. The accommodation were beautiful and everyone was so friendly. This was the best vacation we have had, we left Iceland relaxed!

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

Travel Guide

Be prepared for just about anything on your Icelandic adventure.

Our services

Whether you choose a guided tour or a self-drive vacation, all customers receive personalised 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.

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  • Protect your money & plans with our flexible booking terms  .
  • Get peace of mind with a 24/7 helpline during your stay.
  • Enjoy personal service from Iceland-based travel experts.
  • We’re here for you in case of unforeseen circumstances.
  • 97% of customers say they’d recommend us to friends.
  • As a local agency, we work closely with trusted suppliers.
  • We’re a fully licensed and insured company in Iceland.

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Whether you have queries about our tours or want to add activities to existing bookings, we’re here to help. Get in touch with our friendly team for any of your travel questions.

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