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Marvels of the South

(6 days / 5 nights)

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Experience the splendor of South Iceland

Visit some of South Iceland’s most fascinating highlights on this unforgettable self-drive tour. From stark and stunning black sand beaches and bubbling hot springs to waterfalls, volcanic landscapes and bustling bird cliffs, the south coast is a wealth of wonders.



Looking for the winter version of this tour?

6 days / 5 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 100805 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Classic, Midnight sun

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Driving distance

914/567 km/mi

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: ARRIVAL IN ICELAND

    On arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a professional driver and transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city centre at you own pace. The main downtown area offers a variety of shops, museums and galleries—all within an easy walk. Laugavegur, Reykjavík’s main street, offers an abundance of excellent restaurants and cafés, as well as bars and clubs for those who want to experience the renowned Reykjavík nightlife. 

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: SOUTH COAST & MAJESTIC WATERFALLS

    Start the day by picking up your rental car before taking in some of the best known attractions in the south of Iceland. The first leg of your journey is along the south coast, with a stop at the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall—the only one of its kind in Iceland where you can walk behind the cascade on a footpath!* For those who are more adventurous we recommend stopping by the hidden waterfall in the canyon, known as Gljúfrabúi, located near Seljalandsfoss. Further along you can visit the magnificent 60 metre free-falling Skógafoss waterfalls in Skógar. From there, the journey takes you past the beautiful Eyjafjöll mountain range.

    Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 248 km / 154 miles 

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  • Day 3: SKAFTAFELL & THE GLACIER LAGOON

    Explore Skaftafell, part of Vatnajökull National Park and home of the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where, in summer, you can take a boat ride among the floating azure icebergs and marvel at the area’s great beauty by exploring the many interesting hiking trails, including a short one to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. In this area you can also go glacier-walking or try ice-climbing with an optional guided tour.* Journey back to your accommodation along the South Coast for the evening. 

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance: 249 km/155 miles

    *NOTE: venturing onto a glacier or engaging in ice climbing should only ever be attempted with the assistance of a licensed and experienced guide. If this is of interest to you, contact Nordic Visitor regarding excursions and tours.

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  • Day 4: BLACK SAND BEACHES & GEOLOGICAL WONDERS

    Drive along the south coast today. Worthwhile stops along the way include the Farm Zoo in Holmur, the Fjaðrarárgljúfur canyon and the Dverghamrar "elf cliffs." Experience the volcanic black sand beaches* near the village of Vík í Mýrdal and the 120 metre-high promontory of Dyrhólaey** with its spectacular rock arch, bird nesting cliffs and amazing views along with the unique Reynisdrangar basalt columns rising out of the ocean.

    Spend the night in Selfoss area.

    Driving distance: 200 km/124 miles

    * Caution should always be exercised when visiting Reynisfjara beach near Vík due to powerful rogue/sneaker waves and the strong undertow current. Always stay far back from the water’s edge.

    **The cliffs at Dyrhólaey are closed from mid-May until late June due to puffin nesting season.

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  • Day 5: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

    Drive the famous Golden Circle on your way back to the capital.

    The Golden Circle is a popular route for viewing some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland. Visit the great Geysir area and explore the bubbling mud pots and spouting geysers before arriving at the stunning two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall. Afterwards you can visit the old bishopry at Skálholt and the explosion crater Kerið, now partially filled with water. Close the circle at the unique Þingvellir National Park, included on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list for being historically significant to the founding of Icelandic politics and a place of immense natural beauty. Drive the Mosfellsdalur valley towards Reykjavik where you can relax after your memorable journey along the south coast. 

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance: 170 km / 105 miles 

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  • Day 6: DEPARTURE FROM REYKJAVIK

    When it’s time to depart, you will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation for your airport transfer. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing onwards to Keflavík International Airport.

    Note: If you are interested in extending your stay, we’re happy to arrange extra night and activities in the Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to Greenland or our other Nordic destinations.

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Map

Here’s a map of Iceland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Exceeded our expectations

Nordic Visitor exceeded our expectations. Our travel agent, Hilmar, was very responsive to our questions. The guides, maps, and personalized itinerary provided upon arriving was thorough and helped us to feel at ease in a new country. We felt cared for at every step of the way. We did the Marvels of the South tour and it was amazing. I was a bit nervous about all the driving, but honestly, driving through Iceland is the best part. The scenery is so dynamic and otherworldly. We ended up driving even more than the planned itinerary because there was so much to see and do. The rental car was comfortable and fuel efficient. The accommodations were always clean and the service at each stop was excellent. It was also nice to be able to eat breakfast at the hotel each morning before departing on our next journey. We hope to return to Iceland one day to see the northern lights.

Excellent Planning and Local Knowledge

I did the self drive tour in Iceland and organization from Nordic Visitor proved to to be very efficient. Not a single thing went wrong. Having a local mobile provided by Nordic Visitor was a very nice touch. Material delivered regarding main attractions was of very high quality. Our consultant, Alexandra, was extremely efficient and was very helpful in giving local tips and suggestions. It was very clear she knew what she was talking about. Her recommendations were awesome. It is a very tailor made service and I highly recommend their services.

Nordic Visitor will help you plan a trip of a lifetime

Nordic Visitor put together the exact trip I hoped to take. I explained what I was looking for, what I wanted to see and do, and the general area I wanted to explore, and they came up with an itinerary that exceeded my expectations. They made everything seamless too. Once we were in Iceland, we didn't have to worry about a thing - it was all taken care of by Nordic Visitor. We stayed in excellent hotels and visited attractions we may have otherwise missed had they not suggested them. All of my correspondence with them was timely, professional and friendly. We made a few last minute changes (we upgraded our rental car, etc.), and they handled it without issue. I would definitely use them again - for Iceland or any other of the destinations they cover. 
 
I had been to Iceland before and used a different company, and everything with that other company was much more difficult.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Budget

Rooms with shared WC and shower (or bath) in farmhouses, guesthouses or well-appointed hostels. All provide breakfast (included in..

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Comfort

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Quality

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, with authorization for two drivers and free GPS in the rental car of your choice.

Ford Fiesta (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Ford Fiesta (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: A
  • Description: Economy sub-compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Ford Focus (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

Ford Focus (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Description: Compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Ford Focus Wagon (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • M

Ford Focus Wagon (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Description: Compact wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Ford Mondeo (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

Ford Mondeo (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Description: Mid-size sedan
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

Ford Kuga AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Kuga AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: E
  • Description: Compact SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Ford Edge AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Edge AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Description: Mid-size SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Description: Full-size SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Volvo XC90 AWD (Automatic)
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Volvo XC90 AWD (Automatic)
limited availability

  • Type: H
  • Description: Full-size Premium SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Suitcases: 6/3
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Ford Tourneo (Manual)
or similar

  • x9
  • x4
  • x12
  • M

Ford Tourneo (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 9
  • Luggage: 12
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual

Land Rover Defender 4x4 (Manual)
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Land Rover Defender 4x4 (Manual)
limited availability

  • Type: J
  • Description: Highland SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Luggage: 4/2
  • Doors: 2/4 to 6
  • Transmission: Manual

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (Manual)
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: K
  • Description: Compact MPV Family Vehicle
  • Passengers: 6
  • Luggage: 1/2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Price per person from

Approx 100805 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

2018

Optional activities

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Tour Information

  • Extra nights can be added to this package on request.
  • This package can be customized to meet your needs; contact us for details.
  • Optional activities can be added during the online booking process or by contacting your travel consultant.
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday. 

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