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Slow Travel in the South & West

(10 days / 9 nights)

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Take the time to soak it all in

Take it easy in Iceland. See the geologically fascinating West and highlight-packed South without breaking a sweat on this leisurely self-drive tour. Navigate along well-trodden paths and venture down the road less travelled, all at a comfortable pace. This travel package gives you the time and opportunity to really savour the sites, history and charm of Iceland’s South and West.

10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 231084 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Family, Midnight sun, Off the Beaten Path, Slow Paced

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1439/894 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: WELCOME TO ICELAND

    On arrival to Keflavik International Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and explore Reykjavík at your own pace. Visit the city's many museums, galleries and landmarks or enjoy its cafés and restaurants; all accessible by foot. Central Reykjavík is also home to many bars and nightclubs for those interested in experiencing the city's renowned nightlife.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: WEST COAST SENSATIONS

    Begin your journey outside the capital by driving through the historical Borgarfjörður to Dalabyggð region in the North West of Iceland. There are many interesting sights along the way, including the Grábrók Crater, the Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, the Eiríksstaðir turf house living museum and Guðrúnarlaug natural geothermal pool. We’d also highly recommend a stop by the farm at Erpsstaðir for a taste of their homemade ice cream!

    An ideal leisurely afternoon is relaxing in the Reykhólar sea baths where you can soak in the powerful and nurturing elements of the seaweed (entrance not included).

    Spend the night in Dalabyggð area.

    Driving distance approx. 314 km / 195 mi.

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  • Day 3: THE STUNNING SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA

    Experience the unique Snæfellsjökull National Park, with its rich birdlife, lush valleys and rugged lava fields. The drive around the peninsula is full of opportunity to explore numerous natural sites and geological phenomena, including Dritvík Cove, Lóndrangar Cliffs, Hellnar, Arnarstapi and many other small villages along the coast.

    Test your strength and seaworthiness with the lifting stones on Djúpalónssandur or try out some of the peninsula's many available optional activities, including horse riding, hiking, and short cruises. Or just enjoy the drive and the spectacular scenery in the glow of Snæfellsjökull glacier's alleged supernatural energy.

    Spend the night in Borgarfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 347 km / 216 mi.

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  • Day 4: HOTSPRINGS & WATERFALLS IN THE WEST

    Enjoy a leisurely day exploring the Borgarfjörður area and its exquisite nature and attractions for history-buffs. Along the road taking you by the stunning Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, you’ll encounter Reykholt, which was once home to medieval writer and chieftain Snorri Sturluson, and Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in Europe. Other places of interest in the area are Víðgelmir and Surtshellir caves.

    Ever dreamt of venturing inside a glacier? This is your opportunity! From Húsafell you can take an optional tour to Langjökull where a manmade ice cave is opened to intrepid travellers.

    Spend the night in Borgarfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 125 km / 78 mi.

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  • Day 5: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

    Today's journey brings you up close with some of Iceland’s most popular attractions on the classic “Golden Circle” route. Once within the Golden Circle, 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 Eurasian tectonic plates. Next on the route is the Haukadalur geothermal area, where you can see the Great Geysir—the original “geyser”—and its more active neighbour Strokkur, which spouts water every few minutes.

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

    Spend the night in the South West area.

    Driving distance approx. 210 km / 130 mi.  

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  • Day 6: A DAY OF ADVENTURE & ACTIVITY

    A journey into the highland is an experience not to miss. Whether you go on your own on a 4x4 car* or join a guided tour, we urge you not to skip the beautiful interior of the island.

    Landmannalaugar is always a safe bet as it is one of the most popular destinations among highland lovers. Alternately, a boat trip to the Westman Islands or a guided tour to Þórsmörk from Hvolsvöllur are sure to please.  

    Spend the night in the South West area.

    Driving distance dependent on activities.

    * Many roads in the highlands (marked with an F) are only accessible in a 4x4 vehicle.

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  • Day 7: SAVOURING THE SOUTH COAST

    Start with a visit to the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can venture behind the misty cascade. Just a short drive brings you to yet another gorgeous waterfall, the 60-meter tall Skógafoss. At the nearby Skógar Folk Museum you can explore an old turf farm in the open-air museum or browse interesting historical artefacts indoors.

    Your next stop is the black volcanic beach at Vík, with stunning views of Reynisdrangar rock formations out at sea.

    For those that don’t mind a long day on the road, a visit to Skaftafell and the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon would be worth the extra time behind the wheel. *Please note that this would be a long drive, adding an extra 400 km / 248 mi to the day’s itinerary.

    Spend the night in the South West area.

    Driving distance approx. 270 km / 168 mi.  

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  • Day 8: HIGHLANDS & LOWLANDS

    A journey into the highland is an experience not to miss. Whether you go on your own on a 4x4 car* or join a guided tour, we urge you not to skip the beautiful interior of the island.

    Landmannalaugar is always a safe bet as it is one of the most popular destinations among highland lovers. Alternately, a boat trip to the Westman Islands or a guided tour to Þórsmörk from Hvolsvöllur are sure to please.  

    Spend the night in the South West area.

    Driving distance dependent on activities.

    * Many roads in the highlands (marked with an F) are only accessible in a 4x4 vehicle.

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  • Day 9: REYKJANES PENINSULA & BUBBLING MUD POOLS

    Continue your journey to the UNESCO Global Geopark of the Reykjanes Peninsula. The peninsula, with its diversity of volcanic and geothermal activity, is the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is visible above sea level. Sights along today’s route include Krýsuvík, Seltún hot spring area and lake Kleifarvatn.

    A visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa has become a must for all visitors to Iceland and is a treat for the body and for the eyes, with the lagoon’s milky blue waters popping against the black lava fields that surround it. The waters are rich in silica and blue-green algae, giving the lagoon its reputed healing powers and characteristic bright blue colour. In-water massages are available (must book in advance) but you can also unwind in the saunas and steam baths or get a natural massage under the mini waterfall.*

    Spend the night at the Reykjanes peninsula.

    Driving distance approx. 108 km/ 67 mi.

    *Reservations are required for the Blue Lagoon. Entrance fee is not included. Contact your travel consultant for details.

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  • Day 10: BRIDGE BETWEEN CONTINENTS & DEPARTURE

    If time allows, we recommend visiting your last sights for the trip before continuing on to check-in for your departure from Keflavik International airport. If you have an early departure flight these locations can be visited the day before, as they are located on the Reykjanes peninsula.

    Gunnuhver mud pools are a fascinating site, with steaming a boiling mud measuring 20 metres across and coming with a pretty eerie backstory that you can read about on site. A visit to the bridge between continents is also a must for those wanting to cross the continental divide on the Leif the Lucky bridge.

    Continue to the airport to drop of your rental car before catching your flight back home or on to your next adventure.

    Driving distance approx. 65 km/ 40 mi

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Map

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Reviews

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

Wonderful ten days

We had a wonderful ten days touring every passable road in the West and South of Iceland. We saw fantastic Northern lights! Met some amazing people. I just wish all the street and towns had twenty less letters! Aevar did an excellent job helping us when we had a problem with our rental car! Very helpful and efficient! Thank you, again Aevar!

Accommodation

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

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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

  • x5
  • x5
  • 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

  • x5
  • 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
or similar

  • x9
  • x4
  • x12
  • M

Ford Tourneo
or similar

  • 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 231084 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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