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South & West Iceland Classic

(8 days / 7 nights)

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A scenic slice of South Iceland at your own pace

Take a journey into the Icelandic countryside on this 8-day self-drive adventure. Starting and ending in Reykjavík, your drive brings you to historical locations of the Icelandic Sagas, with plenty of time to spend at many of Iceland’s best known natural attractions, including the magical Snæfellsjökull glacier; beautiful waterfalls, bubbling hot springs, and the famous “Golden Circle” route. You will also have a lot of opportunities to explore the icy side of Iceland—the glorious glacier lagoon, glacier walks, ice caves and snowmobiling tours.

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8 days / 7 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 118701 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
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss
  • Walk the quaint streets of the capital city, Reykajvík
  • Traverse Iceland‘s beautiful national parks – Vatnajökull, Þingvellir and Snæfellsnes
  • Enjoy the striking nature of Snæfellsnes and its charming fishing villages
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Explore the waterfalls and hot springs of west Iceland
  • Discover the volcanic wonderland of the Reykjanes Peninsula

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Active i, Best Seller i, Classic i, Family i, Golf i, Midnight sun 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 Reykjavík where you can check into your accommodation and relax after the journey. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city center at your own pace. 

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: West Iceland: Hot Springs, Waterfalls & 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 to join optional activities such as visiting the Krauma to soak in soothing geothermal baths, exploring the lava tunnel Víðgelmir, venturing inside of 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: Wonders of Snæfellsnes

    Today you drive to the magical Snæfellsnes peninsula. The highlight of the day will undoubtedly be the Snæfellsjökull glacier, believed by many to be one of Earth’s seven major energy centers. 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 offers such sights as the Dritvík Cove, the Lóndrangar Cliffs, the Arnarstapi Cliffs, the hamlet of Hellnar and various 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 famed “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? 

    Overnight in the Borgarfjörður area. 

    Driving distance approx. 330 km / 205 mi.

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  • Day 4: The Golden Circle

    Today's journey brings you up close with some of Iceland’s most popular attractions on the classic “Golden Circle” route. If you’ve selected a 4x4 vehicle you can take the Kaldidalur 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 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 day’s adventure with a visit to the two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most memorable sights. 

    Spend the night in Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx. 230 km / 143 mi.  

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  • Day 5: Roaring Waterfalls & Black Lava Beach

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

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 miles

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 6: Skaftafell And Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

    Explore Skaftafell, part of Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great beauty with many well-maintained hiking trails, including a short walk to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. In this region, you can embark on a glacier walk or try your hand at ice-climbing with an optional guided tour. Then head to the glorious Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the Fjallsárlón ice lagoon where you can ride a boat along lagoon, gazing at the floating icebergs. You can also view the icebergs on the black sand beach by Jökulsárlón, 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 7: South Coast To The Volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula

    Drive along the south coast to the Reykjanes peninsula, visiting worthwhile stops along the way like 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 the Reykjanes Peninsula, which reminds you that Iceland is very much alive with natural geothermal energy.

    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 a sauna and steam bath or get a soothing massage under the mini waterfall. Head to the capital city where you will drop the rental car off in the late afternoon before relaxing at your accommodation for your last night in Iceland.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 370km / 230 mi.

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

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  • Day 8: Departure

    On your day of departure, a shuttle bus will collect you from your hotel in Reykjavík and deliver you back to Keflavík International Airport ahead of your scheduled flight.

    Optional Activity

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.

Very positive experience

I had a very positive experience with Nordic Visitor and would recommend Nordic Visitor to my friends!  Thor was amazing and very helpful and I truly appreciated his assistance in answering my questions and preparing my Iceland trip!

You made it easy so I could relax and have fun

You were lifesavers when I was traveling to a new country and didn't know what to expect.  You made it easy so I could relax and have fun.  Dagny was helpful, the tour was great, and I knew I could call you if I had any problems. We wouldn't have seen nearly as much without Dagney's recommendations.

 

Extremely organised and professional

I found Nordic Visitor to be an extremely organised and professional company. I have met other New Zealanders who have found the same great service. Klara was great to deal with and we got a lot of great information about the holiday. 

 

Impressed with the service

Overall we were impressed with the service, organisation, level of planning and detailed information, your consultant was extremely helpful and competent and a pleasure to deal with.

Very good experience

We had a very good experience. Having a representative at the car rental office was great. We were able to get the information we needed from her to get started. The maps and guides were great resources for the trip. Overall we are very pleased with Nordic Visitor. The planning and local support were great.

Highly recommended

The organisation and the information were fantastic and would highly recommend Nordic Visitor to others

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 118701 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2019

Optional activities

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Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about driving in Iceland, what the tour includes, the itinerary, weather conditions and other useful information for your travel.

ABOUT OUR SELF-DRIVE TOURS
This is a self-drive tour where our guests follow a detailed personalised itinerary during their road trip in Iceland; no dedicated driver or tour guide on behalf of Nordic Visitor is included. All accommodations, the rental car, airport transfers and planned activities will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor (as specified in the itinerary). Nordic Visitor works with a small group of trusted operators that the company has strong professional relationships with.

ACCOMMODATION AND ROOM TYPE
Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have compiled a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. We carefully select hotels/guesthouses in Reykjavik and the countryside based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort. Single, double and triple rooms are available for our self-drive packages. Please note, that in Iceland our room types are based on European standard sizes. For instance, a double bed often consists of two single beds pushed together. Triple rooms include a double bed along with an extra bed, a rollaway or a sofa bed, and a single room is often smaller than the standard double.

SAFE DRIVING IN ICELAND
It is critical that you are aware of driving laws and potential road hazards in Iceland. We strongly recommend taking a few minutes read from our online travel guide about driving in Iceland. Nordic Visitor self-drive customers also receive a brochure about driving in Iceland on arrival.

SAFETY, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions and might need to be altered if conditions are not favourable. Please be advised that days are long in Iceland during the summer, with almost 24 hours of daylight at the summer solstice. It is advisable to bring a sleep mask as some find it difficult falling asleep at night.  For more information on weather conditions and daylight hours, we recommend visiting Nordic Visitor’s Online Travel Guide.

WHAT TO PACK
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Bathing suit for visiting geothermal pools
  • Electronic gear such as smartphone, external powerpack, travel adapters
  • Reusable water bottle
  • For more information on what to pack, please visit our Online Travel Guide

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 tour package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two business days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all your travel needs before, during and even after your vacation. 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 trip.

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