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South & West Iceland at Leisure

(10 days / 9 nights)

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Explore Iceland’s Treasures At Your Own Pace

This flexible self-drive journey takes you to some of the best highlights of south and west Iceland. As one of our expertly crafted 10-day itineraries, it allows you to explore two regions of Iceland without having to switch accommodation each night, offering less time in the car and more time discovering what Iceland has to offer.

Highlights include Snæfellsnes, Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss, Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Vatnajökull National Park, Dyrhólaey, Vík and more. This is an ideal package for families or for people who favour a slower pace.

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10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 140172 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

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

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Tour Highlights

  • See the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • Drive the famous Golden Circle route, with stops at Gullfoss and Geysir
  • Explore the waterfalls and hot springs of west Iceland
  • Enjoy the striking nature of Snæfellsnes and its charming fishing villages
  • Traverse Iceland‘s beautiful national parks – Vatnajökull, Þingvellir and Snæfellsnes
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss
  • Walk the quaint streets of the capital city, Reykjavík
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Discover the volcanic wonderland of the Reykjanes Peninsula

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Active i, Classic i, Family i, Golf i, Honeymoon & Romance i, Midnight sun i, Slow Paced i

Season

Apr - Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1555/966 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival & Leisure Day in Reykjavik

    On arrival to Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city centre with its abundance of museums, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, and enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes. 

    Spend the night in central Reykjavik.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: West Iceland: Hot Springs & Glacier Adventures

    Begin your journey today by driving through the bountiful Borgarfjörður area. Sights along the way include the twin waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss along with the Deildartunguhver hot spring, and Háafell Goat Farm. You also have the choice of joining several optional activities such as relaxing at the Krauma geothermal baths, visiting the lava tunnel Víðgelmir, venturing inside a glacier or experiencing a thrilling snowmobile tour on top of a glacier. For those interested in the Viking history of Iceland, a stop at the Icelandic Settlement Center in Borgarnes is highly recommended.

    Spend the night in the Borgarfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 185 km / 115 mi.

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  • Day 3: The Wonders Of Snæfellsnes

    Today you will drive to the geographically diverse Snæfellsnes peninsula, which some call "Iceland in miniature" for its various landscapes. Here, you can see the mighty Snæfellsjökull glacier, believed by many to be one of Earth’s seven major energy centres. It was also used as the backdrop to Jules Verne’s famous novel “Journey to the Centre of the Earth.”

    Your drive along the scenic coast offers sights like the Dritvík Cove, the Lóndrangar cliffs, the Arnarstapi cliffs, the hamlet of Hellnar and other small fishing villages. For a fun photo opportunity and to experience a blast from the past, you can also visit Djúpalónssandur, a pebble-filled beach with four famous “lifting stones” that were used in old days to test men‘s strength for jobs on fishing boats. Do you have what it takes to lift the stones?

    Spend the night in the Borgarfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 330 km / 205 mi.

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  • Day 4: The Golden Circle

    Today's journey takes you up close to some of Iceland’s most popular attractions on the classic “Golden Circle” route. Start with a visit to the fascinating Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasion tectonic plates. Next on the route is the Haukadalur geothermal area, where you can see Geysir—the original “geyser”—and its more active neighbour, Strokkur, which spouts water every few minutes.

    End the circle with a visit to the two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most memorable sights.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx. 230 km / 143 mi.

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  • Day 5: A Full Day For Activities & Adventures

    The next couple of days will be spent along the south coast, where there are so many highlights and activities to explore. Our staff recommends optional activities like rafting Hvítá river, horseriding, snorkeling in the Silfra ravine in Þingvellir, venturing inside a volcano, or visiting one of the geothermal spas in the area such as the Secret Lagoon or Fontana. For hiking enthusiasts, we recommend the well-maintained trail on the Hengill mountain above Hveragerði, a popular path among bubbling mud pots ending up at a warm river where you can bathe with fellow travellers in natural surroundings.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

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  • Day 6: Highlands, Lowlands & Islands Of The Southwest

    Today is ideal to explore more of the southwest region of Iceland. Travel throughout the Þjórsárdalur valley, where we recommend visiting the Viking replica farm of Stöng, a historically accurate reconstruction of the three buildings, including a longhouse. The farm is believed to have been buried under volcanic ash in 1104 following the eruption of the nearby volcano Hekla. For those up for some hiking, the walk up to Háifoss, the third highest waterfall in Iceland, is worth the trip!

    Furthermore, on good summer days there is nothing quite like visiting the Westman Islands, just off the coast of the south. The ferry departs from Landeyjarhöfn harbour several times a day (prebooking is recommended), and we recommend bringing your rental car so you can explore the island at your own pace. Or, you can book a guided tour as there are long walking distances between the highlights of the island. Sights include Cape Stórhöfði, the Eldheimar museum, a boat tour around the island, puffin watching and hiking on the volcano above the town with breathtaking views over the small islands.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

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  • Day 7: Waterfalls & Black Lava Beach

    Start with a visit to the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can enjoy the unique experience of venturing behind the misty cascade. Just a short drive brings you to yet another gorgeous waterfall, the 60-meter tall Skógafoss which is perfect to photograph and roam the surroundings. Your next stop is at the stunning black volcanic sand beach south of Vík, where you can see the jagged basalt rock formations of Reynisdrangar and Dyrhólaey. Continue along the South Coast to Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 miles

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  • Day 8: Skaftafell And Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

    Explore Skaftafell, part of Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great beauty with many interesting hiking trails, including a short walk to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. In this area you can go on a guided glacier walk or try your hand at ice-climbing with an optional guided tour. Then head to the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the Fjallsárlón ice lagoon where you can take a boat ride among the floating icebergs and view chunks of ice scattered on the black sand beach by Jökulsárlón, also known as the diamond beach. Head back to your accommodation for the night.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 240 km / 149 miles

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  • Day 9: South Coast To The Volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula

    Drive along the south coast to the Reykjanes peninsula, making worthwhile stops along the way including the Fjaðrarárgljúfur canyon and the Dverghamrar "elf cliffs". Once you have traversed the road under Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull you will continue to the volcanic wonderland of Reykjanes Peninsula.

    We recommend visiting the bubbling mud pots at Seltún and Lake Kleifarvatn before reaching the world famous Blue Lagoon geothermal Spa (entrance not included)*. The Blue Lagoon´s water is rich in silica and blue-green algae, giving the lagoon its reputed healing powers and characteristic milky blue colour. In-water massages are available (must be booked in advance) but you can also unwind in the saunas and steam baths or get a soothing massage under the mini waterfall. Head to the capital where you will be dorpping the rental car in the late afternoon before relaxing at your accommodation for your last day in Iceland.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 370 / 230 mi.

    *Reservations are required well in advance at the Blue Lagoon for both entrance and in-water treatments.

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  • Day 10: Departure from Iceland

    As your amazing holiday comes to an end, transportation to Keflavík Airport is provided via shuttle bus in time for your departure flight.

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Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

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

Extremely pleased

We were extremely pleased with all aspects of our tour. We had no problems or concerns. 

Helpful and extremely responsive

Our travel consultant was helpful and extremely responsive. He answered our questions, while also providing additional insights about what our options were for travel and activities  He was an invaluable part of our experience. Additionally, the handwritten notes on our map led us to some of our favorite experiences in Iceland. 

The most fantastic honeymoon

Even though we did not have the opportunity to meet with Helga in person we felt extremely well looked after by all her hard work and planning before and during the trip, and would completely recommend her and the Nordic Visitor team, you are all wonderful! We would have loved to drop by the office to tell you in person how much fun we were having but we squeezed in extra activities so didn't end up having time to do so. We had asked for a tailored trip which was a day longer than the tour on the website, and Helga organised this effortlessly. We also requested a combination of comfort and superior rooms and again she organised this with no trouble. The comfort rooms were pretty nice to stay in, occasionally having hot-tubs outside and always delicious food at their restaurants. The superior rooms we stayed at were incredibly memorable and really completed our honeymoon experience. It was fantastic to be welcomed at our first hotel by a bottle of champagne and chocolates from Helga & Nordic Visitor as it was our honeymoon, and we also appreciate that Helga informed the hotels we were staying at - we received even more sparkly wine and chocolates en route! It was the most fantastic honeymoon we could have imagined, thank you so much for organising it for us.

Seamless travel plan

We had a very enjoyable time in Iceland. The staff at Nordic Visitor provided us with a seamless travel plan and I particularly liked the "customizing" of the maps highlighting particular favorite spots of interests throughout the country. Thank you very much!

We loved it!

We loved it and everything was perfectly organised. Perfect tour with family. Superb country. Lovely people. Perfect organisation from Nordic Visitor. Thank you Sigfus and Nordic Visitor team! We'll be back.

Very simple from beginning to end

Everything was planned out carefully and we encountered very little problem because of this. The hotels were great and the voucher system made everything simple and hassle-free. Our service consultant did a great job keeping in touch, getting us what we needed and answering questions leading up to the trip. The overall process was very simple from beginning to end. Traveling somewhere new can be a stressful experience and Nordic Visitor made it simple and worry-free.

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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Rental car

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

Hyundai i20 (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Hyundai i20 (Manual)
or similar

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

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Description: Compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x2
  • M

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Description: Sedan
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Skoda Octavia Station (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Skoda Octavia Station (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Description: Station wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

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

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Description: Mid-size SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • 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

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: H
  • Description: SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Suitcases: 4/3
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Proace (Automatic)
or similar

  • x8
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Toyota Proace (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 8
  • Luggage: 6-7
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Price per person from

Approx 140172 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2019

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Tour Information

For the Blue Lagoon:
A reservation is required for entrance to the Blue Lagoon and for spa treatments while there. Please ask your travel consultant for further information.

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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