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Pearls of the South and West

(10 days / 9 nights)

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Take the wheel and explore Iceland’s treasures

This flexible self-drive journey takes you to some of the best highlights of West Iceland, the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the scenic South Coast of Iceland. Highlights include Snæfellsnes, Arnarstapi, Stykkishólmur, Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Vatnajökull National Park, Dyrhólaey, Vík and more.

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10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 231969 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Classic, Midnight sun, Slow Paced

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1550/963 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.

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  • Day 2: Wonders of Snæfellsnes

    Collect the rental car and begin your journey to Snæfellsjökull National Park on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The focal point of here is undoubtedly the 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 coast here also offer such sights as the Dritvík Cove, the Lóndrangar Cliffs, the Arnarstapi Cliffs, the hamlet of Hellnar and various other small fishing villages on the coast. For a fun photo opportunity and blast from the past, you can also visit Djúpalónssandur, a pebble-filled beach with four renowned “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 these stones?  

    Spend the night on Snæfellsnes Peninsula. 

    Driving distance approx. 180 km / 112 mi. 

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  • Day 3: History, Hot Springs & Waterfalls

    Explore West Iceland today. If you‘re interested in Iceland‘s early history, visit the Icelandic Settlement Centre exhibition in the town of Borgarnes, or for a close up look at the island‘s geothermal power, check out the largest hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver. Nearby you can pay a visit to the beautiful Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls, where the clean spring water spills from the lava-field.

    History or Nordic literature buffs may also find it worthwhile to stop at the medieval research institution of Snorrastofa at Reykholt, where Snorri Sturluson wrote the Saga Heimskringla in the 13th century.  

    Spend the night in the Borgarnes area.

    Driving distance approx. 263 km / 164 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. 142 km / 89 mi.

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  • Day 5: The South Coast

    Start with a visit to the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can experience walking right behind the misty cascade. Just a short drive brings you to yet another gorgeous waterfall, the 60-metre high Skógafoss, and the nearby Skógar Folk Museum, where you can explore the old turf farm outside or check out the interesting artefacts inside.

    Further along at the Sólheimajökull glacier, you will have the chance to join a guided glacial hike (optional)—a great adventure to end this exciting day!  

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur/Skaftafell area.

    Driving distance approx. 237 km / 148 mi.

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  • Day 6: Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park

    Take your time and enjoy Skaftafell, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty with many interesting hiking trails, including a short path to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. This area is also full of opportunities for outdoor adventures, such as guided glacier-walking or ice-climbing excursions. 

    Spend another night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur/Skaftafell area. 

    Driving distance approx. 71 km / 44 mi

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  • Day 7: Floating Icebergs at Jökulsárlón

    Head to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, by far one of Iceland‘s most popular sights. This incredible maze of floating icebergs is a photographer’s dream, and you can sometimes even see curious seals swimming around. To learn more about these icy wonders and other forces shaping the Icelandic nature, you may wish to visit the interesting Glacial Exhibition in the seaside fishing village of Höfn. 

    Spend the night in the Höfn area.

    Driving distance approx. 129 km / 80 mi. 

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  • Day 8: Black Volcanic Beach

    Your drive today takes you back along the south coast. This gives you a great opportunity to spend some more time at interesting attractions you passed in the last few days or stopping at some of the area‘s lesser-known gems, like the Farm Zoo in Holmur, the Fjaðrarárgljúfur canyon and the „elf cliffs“ at Dverghamrar. We also recommend spending some time at the dramatic black volcanic beach south of Vík and visiting the fascinating rock formations of Reynisdrangar and Dyrhólaey. 

    Spend the night in the Vík area.

    Driving distance approx. 270 km / 168 mi.

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  • Day 9: Blue Lagoon & Reykjanes peninsula

    Continue your journey to the volcanic wonderland of Reykjanes Peninsula. The highlight of this day is a visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, set amid an otherworldly lava field. Here, you can relax in the steam rooms and saunas or soak in the soothing warm waters that are rich in silica and blue-green algae, which give the lagoon its reputed therapeutic effects and unique milky blue colour. Relaxing in-water massages are also available year-round (optional; advanced pre-booking is recommended).

    End the day back in Reykjavik. After returning the rental car, why not make the most of your last evening with a fine dinner at one of the city’s gourmet restaurants? 

    Spend the night in the heart of Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 260 km / 162 mi.

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  • Day 10: Departure

    Transfer by shuttle bus to Keflavík Airport in time for your departure flight. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can fit in a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or even take a short guided tour of the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula (optional; not included).

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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.

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!

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.

Higher standard than we expected

Pretty much everything was of a higher standard than we expected. We enjoyed out trip to Iceland very much and felt we made the right choice booking through Nordic visitor. Having everything organised for us meant we could relax and enjoy the holiday. We liked that you tailored the trip to meet our requirements. We have already been recommending you to friends and would have no hesitation in booking a trip through your company again.

Perfect throughout

What fantastic service this company provides. They customised a tour to meet my requirements. When we arrived they gave us a complete package of information and everything was perfectly arranged. When I first made an enquiry I told them we wanted to photograph waterfalls and they had marked the map of our route with all the waterfalls. I really recommend them very highly.

There were no surprises

From first call to the end of the trip, everyone we encountered was very helpful. If they did not know an answer, they would check and get back to us with an answer. There were no surprises. The literature and all materials were very helpful and wonderfully complete.

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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Rental car

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

Ford Fiesta
or similar

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  • x2
  • M

Ford Fiesta
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
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

Ford Focus
or similar

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

Ford Focus Wagon
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • M

Ford Focus Wagon
or similar

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

Ford Mondeo
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

Ford Mondeo
or similar

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

Ford Kuga AWD
or similar

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  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Kuga AWD
or similar

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

Ford Edge AWD
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Edge AWD
or similar

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

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4
or similar

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

Volvo XC90 AWD
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Volvo XC90 AWD
limited availability

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

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

Land Rover Defender 4x4
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Land Rover Defender 4x4
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
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso
or similar

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

Price per person from

Approx 231969 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

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Optional activities

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Everything about this tour

Extra nights can be added to this package on request; contact us for details.
This package can be customized to meet your needs; contact us for details.
 
 
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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