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4x4 Highland Adventure in the South

(7 days / 6 nights)

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A Mix Of Classic Attractions & Highland Adventure

This 7-day self-drive adventure focuses your sights on South Iceland, a region of vast wilderness, glaciers, waterfalls, towering volcanoes and other natural wonders unique to the area. Equipped with a sturdy 4x4 vehicle, you will be able to venture off the beaten track to the exotic interior highlands, a region of Iceland that few tourists get to see. Keep in mind that booking a 4x4 highland tour requires a driver with the appropriate skill-set, including how to drive on rough, unpaved roads and cross un-bridged rivers. Please note that rental car insurance in Iceland does not cover water damage, so river-crossing knowledge is essential

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 266108 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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Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

4x4 Highland Route i, Active i, Midnight sun i

Season

1 Jul - 31 Aug

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1150/714 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 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 Reykjavik.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: Adventures Of The West Coast

    Start your highland adventure by collecting your rental vehicle and heading to the west coast of Iceland, Borgarfjörður. The region is well known for its exquisite nature and attractions such as the stunning Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in Europe. Have you ever dreamt of venturing inside a glacier? Well, this is your opportunity! From Húsafell you can take an optional tour to Langjökull, where a manmade ice cave is open to intrepid travellers. You can explore the cave's crevasses and bright blue hues, along with special chambers and informational guides about the geology of glaciers.

    After the excursion, drive along Langjökull glacier, following the mountain road Kaldidalur towards the Golden Circle area where you will be spending the night. This is where your 4x4 comes in handy, as this route is only open to 4x4 vehicles. Your first stop along the Golden Circle is Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is fascinating for its geology as well as historical relevance.

    Driving distance approx: 300 km/186 mi. 

    Spend the night in the Golden Circle area

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 3: Gullfoss, Geysir & The Highlands

    Start with a visit to the Geysir—the original “geyser”—and its more active neighbour, Strokkur, which erupts steam and water metres into the air every few minutes. Next up is the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, which is a two-tiered waterfall with roaring white water thundering and crashing below. There's a reason why this is such a popular attraction! Head to the Þjórsárdalur Valley, which is located close to the looming volcano Hekla, where you will find sights that include the Þjóðveldisbærinn Stöng, a reconstructed Viking area farmstead and Hjálparfoss waterfall before continuing the route to Landmannalaugar and the Highland Center.

    Driving distance approx: 100 km/62 mi. 

    Spend the night in the Hrauneyjar area (if available).

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  • Day 4: Landmannalaugar Highland Route

    Today it’s time to put your 4x4 vehicle to the test by exploring the southern highlands. Spend the first part of your day enjoying Landmannalaugar, a unique geothermal area surrounded by colourful rhyolite peaks. This is an ideal place to do some light hiking as there are numerous hiking trails in the region. You can even enjoy a dip in a natural geothermal pool in these beautiful surroundings. Next up is driving the Fjallabak mountain road, where you can enjoy this geologically diverse region with visits to the Eldgjá fissures and the Ófærufoss waterfall on your way to the cosy village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

    Driving distance approx: 130 km/81 mi. 

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

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  • Day 5: Skaftafell & The Glorious Glacier Lagoon

    Kick off the day by exploring Skaftafell, a divine slice of Vatnajökull National Park and home of the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you can take a boat ride among the floating icebergs that vary in colour, shape and size. You can spend time marveling at the area’s great beauty by trekking the many well-maintained hiking trails, including a short walk to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. In this region, you can choose to take part in a guided glacier walk or try your hand at ice-climbing with an optional guided tour.* Journey back to your accommodation along the South Coast for the evening. 

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance: 250 km/155 mi.

    *NOTE: Venturing onto a glacier or engaging in ice climbing should only ever be attempted with the assistance of a licensed and experienced guide. It is extremely dangerous to go on your own. If a guided tour is of interest to you, please contact Nordic Visitor.

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  • Day 6: Black Sand Beaches & Geological Wonders

    Drive along the beautiful south coast, an area full of postcard-perfect scenery. Notable sights on your route today include the dramatic black sand beaches and jagged rock formations near Vík. And of course, no visit to South Iceland is complete without seeing the stunning Skógafoss waterfall and the nearby Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade. It is ideal today to join some of the optional activities available in the area such as glacier walking, snowmobiling or horse riding before continuing to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.

    Spend the night in the Reykjavik area.

    Driving distance: 370 km/230 miles

    * Caution should always be exercised when visiting Reynisfjara beach near Vík due to powerful rogue/sneaker waves and the strong undertow current. Always stay far back from the water’s edge and never turn your back to the sea.
    **The cliffs at Dyrhólaey are closed from mid-May until late June due to the puffin nesting season.

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  • Day 7: Departure

    On your day of departure, a shuttle bus will collect you from your accommodation in Reykjavík and deliver you 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.

Iceland Wonderland

My grown daughters and I set up a 12 day South Island Tour with Kristin of Nordic Visitor. She was very accommodating. We added a couple of days and requested specific hotels. The trip was very successful. Our expectations were more than met. Kristin worked with us continuously during the planning and execution phases. She answered emails immediately. Her knowledge about places to see during our journey was amazing, even where to find remote Hot Pots. She and her staff helped make our trip very enjoyable.

Thanks for a wonderful trip!

Iceland is a beautiful country. We loved the puffins, whale watching, museums, sheep everywhere, thermal areas, community pools, and continually changing landscape. Your tips on driving safely were helpful. Roads and tunnels were excellent. The road guide book was useful. The map with the places marked was ideal. Thanks for a wonderful trip!

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.

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 Defender 4x4 (Manual)

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Land Rover Defender 4x4 (Manual)

  • Type: J
  • Description: Highland SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Luggage: 4/2
  • Doors: 2/4 to 6
  • Transmission: Manual

Price per person from

Approx 266108 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2018
2019

Optional activities

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Tour Information

Important note 
It is a unique experience to visit Iceland’s remote highland areas that are accessible only with a 4x4 rental vehicle. However, it does require a skilled driver with knowledge about how to cross un-bridged rivers and drive on very rough roads. This is especially true for the optional detour to Lakagígar.

Please keep in mind that conditions in the highlands can change quickly due to rain and snow, and it is possible that roads may be closed and rivers can become too deep to cross. Therefore, all travellers MUST check road conditions before each leg of the journey and assess whether the route is passable. Please note that rental car insurance does NOT cover water damage to vehicles, so when crossing rivers you need to be sure how to cross it or wait for the next car to assist you through the water.

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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