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South and West in Detail

(8 days / 7 nights)

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It’s the details that matter. Enjoy them.

Take a journey into the Icelandic countryside on this 8-day adventure. Starting and ending in the capital city, 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 like Hraunfossar, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss; the famous “Golden Circle” route; as well as the South coast of Iceland.

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Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Best Seller, Classic, Family, Midnight sun, Slow Paced

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1350/840 km/mi

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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.

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  • Day 2: Borgarfjörður

    Begin your journey today by driving through the historical Borgarfjörður area. For those interested in the history of Iceland, a stop at the Icelandic Settlement Center is recommended. You then head towards Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. Along the way you can stop at Reykholt, once home to Snorri Sturluson, a medieval writer and chieftain. 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 a tour to Langjökull where a manmade ice cave was recently opened to travellers.

    Spend the night in the Borgarfjörður area. 

    Driving distance approx. 180 km / 112 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. 350 km / 218 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. 270 km / 168 mi.  

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  • Day 5: 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 hisrotical 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 Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx. 270 km / 168 mi.  

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  • Day 6: Open day in the South

    This is a perfect day for relaxation or for more amazing adventure.

    Possible optional day tours include jaunts to Vestmannaeyjar islands; Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk by mountain bus; a hike in the Reykjadalur area close to Hveragerði; or one of the many other activities offered in the area (snorkelling, riverjet). You can also kick back and relax at the Secret Lagoon. There are endless possibilities, simply ask your travel consultant for ideas that fit your travel plans and interests.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

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  • Day 7:  Back to Reykjavík

    Complete your journey by returning to Reykjavík. If you’re interested in venturing inside a volcano you can opt to take the Hellisheiði driving route. It may also interest you to explore the volcanic wonderland of the Reykjanes peninsula, perhaps taking a dip in the famed Blue Lagoon.*

    The town of Hveragerði is a scenic spot to explore, as well, with many beautiful and fascinating geothermal features.

    Once back in Reykjavík, spend your remaining free-time exploring more of the city, shopping for souvenirs, or visiting one of the many galleries or museums.

    Spend the night in central Reykjavik

    Driving distance approx. 260km / 162 mi.

    *Reservations are required for the Blue Lagoon. Contact your travel consultant for details.

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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.

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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.

Stephanie, United States

South and West in Detail, October 2016

Outstanding

I can't say it enough....your company is OUTSTANDING!!!! The personal service, the itinerary descriptions, the supplemental travel items that we were given, the feedback, the patience that Margret had with me as I asked a million questions, the perfection of how everything flowed once we got there....everything was beyond compare and incredibly professional.

Brian, United States

South and West in Detail, August 2016

Great intro to Iceland

We had an amazing experience from start to finish. We worked with three travel advisors, and received great responses and support from each. We planned our trip rather quickly (booked late July and traveled late August) but the team was able to put together a great experience and a great intro to Iceland. From the car, to the hotel selections, to the activities, we got a wonderful introduction to Iceland and cannot wait for a return trip. Thank you so much!

Allizon, United States

South and West in Detail, August 2016

Ideal for independent travelers

This was a great way to see Iceland - just rent a car and drive around to the best sites, stopping for surprises along the way. The planning was taken care of for us, but we didn't have to travel with a group. This trip is ideal for independent travelers.

Danielle, United States

South and West in Detail, July 2016

Perfect itinerary

Sigfús was super helpful. He got back to me in a timely manner and because our flight was delayed 24 hours he adjusted our itinerary perfectly and arranged for everything! He answered all of our questions, booked beautiful hotels and suggested wonderful sights. I could not have asked for a more amazing experience! Thank you for a trip of a lifetime.
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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

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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 4x4
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Kuga 4x4
or similar

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

Ford Edge 4x4
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Edge 4x4
or similar

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

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
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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 4x4
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Volvo XC90 4x4
limited availability

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

Ford Tourneo
or similar

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  • x12
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Ford Tourneo
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 9
  • Luggage: 5
  • 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

Optional activities

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Everything about this tour

Booking
  • We recommend booking at least three weeks prior to departure.
  • This package can be customized to meet your needs or extra nights can be added on request; contact us for details.
Other
  • The cost of additional optional activities is not included in the base tour price, but many can be added during the booking process. Ask your travel consultant if you have questions about specific activities or have special requests.
  • Iceland enjoys a moderate climate, but conditions can and do change rapidly. See Nordic Visitor’s Iceland Travel Guide for tips on what to pack for your travels.
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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