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South Coast 4x4 Safari

(8 days / 7 nights)

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See more than the Ring Road this summer!

This self-drive adventure focuses your sights on South Iceland, a region of vast wilderness, rolling farmlands, glaciers, waterfalls, famous volcanoes and other natural wonders unique to the area. Equipped with a sturdy 4x4 vehicle, you’ll also be able to venture off the beaten track to the exotic interior highlands. Major tour highlights include Þingvellir National Park, Landmannalaugar, Vatnajökull National Park and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

8 days / 7 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 261830 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

4x4 Highland Route, Active, Midnight sun

Season

1 Jul - 31 Aug

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1331/827 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.

    Highlights Optional Activity
  • Day 2: Bubbling hot springs & tumbling waterfalls

    Start your highland adventure by picking up your jeep 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? This is your opportunity! From Húsafell you can take an optional tour to Langjökull, where a manmade ice cave is open to intrepid travellers.

    Drive along the glacier Langjökull, following a mountain road towards the Golden Circle area where you will be spending the night.

    Spend the night in the Golden Circle area

    Driving Distance: 359 km / 223 miles 

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  • Day 3: Geysers, hot springs & waterfalls

    Explore the classic Golden Circle route, home to some of Iceland’s most popular attractions in the south. Start with a visit to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall before continuing to Haukadalur geothermal area, where you can see Geysir—the original “geyser”—and its more active neighbour, Strokkur, which erupts every few minutes. Head to the old implosion crater of Kerið before visiting 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.

    If time allows, we recommend driving to Þjórsárdalur valley, once a prosperous farmland until it was devastated by an eruption from Hekla in 1104.  Sights include the Þjóðveldisbærinn Stöng, a reconstructed viking area farmstead and Hjálparfoss waterfall.

    Spend the night in the Hella area.

    Driving Distance: 209 km / 130 miles 

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  • Day 4: The south coast & hidden gems

    Start at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind its misty cascade, before venturing to the equally picture-perfect Skógafoss waterfall. Here you can also visit the nearby Skógar Folk Museum with its interesting artifacts and preserved turf farm.

    Further along at Mýrdalsjökull glacier, you have the opportunity to try a guided glacier hike or snowmobiling tour (optional). Then head to the stunning black sand beach south of Vík and check out the interesting rock formations of Reynisdrangar and Dyrhólaey.

    A small but recommended detour on your way to your accommodation is the route to Þakgil, one of Iceland´s „hidden gems“. There you will find breathtaking surroundings including steep moss-covered mountains, a huge canyon and many hiking trails.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur/Skaftafell area.

    Driving distance approx. 153 km / 95 miles

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  • Day 5: National parks & glacial wonders

    Explore Skaftafell, part of the massive Vatnajökull National Park. This place of great natural beauty is known for its many interesting hiking trails, including a short, easy one to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. In this area you can also join a guided glacier hike or ice-climbing tour. Then head to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, one of Iceland’s most iconic landmarks, where in summer you can take a boat ride among the floating icebergs.

    Another option today is a drive to the lobster fishing village of Höfn, where you can learn more about the dynamic forces of fire and ice at the Glacier Exhibition.

    Spend another night at your lodging in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur/Skaftafell area.

    Driving distance approx. 180 km / 111 miles

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  • Day 6: Safari in the highlands

    Today it’s time to put your 4x4 vehicle to the test by exploring the southern highlands. Drive towards Landmannalaugar by taking the Fjallabak mountain road, stopping by the Eldgjá fissures and Ófærufoss waterfall on your way to Landmannalaugar, a unique geothermal area surrounded by colourful rhyolite peaks. You can even enjoy a soak in a natural geothermal pool and enjoy hiking in these beautiful surroundings.

    Spend the night in the Hrauneyjar/Hella area.

    Driving Distance: 229 km / 143 miles 

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  • Day 7: Lava landscapes & The blue lagoon

    Continue your journey to the volcanic wonderland of the Reykjanes Peninsula, where you have the option of going on an ATV (quad-bike) tour across the vast lava fields. Before ending your drive in Reykjavik, stop and relax at the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa known for its silica- and algae-rich waters that are said to have healing powers. 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 a mini waterfall.*

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 201 km / 125 miles

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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.

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.

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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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.

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

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

Price per person from

Approx 261830 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2017
2018

Optional activities

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Day One

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.
For the Blue Lagoon
A reservation is required for entrance to the Blue Lagoon and for spa treatments while there. Please ask your travel consultant for further information.
 
Optional activities can be added during the online booking process or by contacting your travel consultant.
 
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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