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South Iceland at Leisure

(7 days / 6 nights)

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See Iceland’s south coast at your own pace

Enjoy the beautiful and diverse landscapes of south Iceland, including Þingvellir National Park, the great Geysir area, Skaftafell National Park, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and much more. The driving distances per day are moderate and leisurely optional activities can be found all along the route, making this tour suitable for families or active travellers.

Entrance to the Blue Lagoon is included in this tour, if you book before January 22.

Looking for the winter version of this tour?

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 140834 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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Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Best Seller i, Classic i, Family i, Midnight sun i

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

950/590 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival in 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.

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  • Day 2: South Coast & Majestic Waterfalls

    Start the day by picking up your rental car before taking in some of the best known attractions in the south of Iceland. The first leg of your journey is along the south coast, with a stop at the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall—the only one of its kind in Iceland where you can walk behind the cascade on a footpath!* For those who are a bit more adventurous, we recommend visiting a hidden waterfall in the canyon, known as Gljúfrabúi, located near Seljalandsfoss. Further along you can visit the magnificent 60 metre free-falling Skógafoss waterfall in Skógar. From there, the journey takes you past the beautiful Eyjafjöll mountain range.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 248 km / 154 miles

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  • Day 3: Skaftafell & The Glorious Glacier Lagoon

    Kick off the day by exploring Skaftafell, part of Vatnajökull National Park and home of the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you can take a boat ride among the floating icebergs that vary in colour 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 area you can also go on 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: 249 km/155 miles

    *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 4: Black Sand Beaches & Geological Wonders

    Drive along the south coast today and visit worthwhile stops along the way, including the Fjaðrarárgljúfur canyon and the Dverghamrar "elf cliffs." Then, check out the volcanic black sand beaches* near the village of Vík í Mýrdal and the 120 metre-high promontory of Dyrhólaey** with its spectacular rock arch, jagged bird cliffs and awe-inspiring views along with the Reynisdrangar basalt columns jutting out of the ocean. It is ideal today to join some of the optional activities available in the area such as glacier walking, snowmobiling or horse riding.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

    Driving distance: 200 km/124 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 5: Explore The Famous Golden Circle

    You have a full day to visit the Golden Circle region, a popular route for viewing some of the best-known natural sites in Iceland. Visit the great Geysir area and explore the bubbling mud pots and spouting Strokkur geyser before arriving at the picture perfect two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall. After, you could choose to visit the old bishopry at Skálholt and the explosion crater Kerið, now partially filled with bright blue water. Complete the circle at Þingvellir National Park, which appears on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list for being historically significant to the founding of Icelandic democracy and a place of immense natural beauty.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

    Driving distance: 170 km / 105 miles

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  • Day 6: Relaxing Blue Lagoon & Reykjanes Peninsula

    Continue your journey to the volcanic wonderland of the Reykjanes Peninsula, where you can visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, set amidst a haunting black lava field. The waters are 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.*

    If you wish to head directly to Reykjavik without visiting the Reykjanes peninsula, you can drive along the south coast back to the capital city. Worthwhile stops along the way include the surroundings of the small village Hveragerði, which has a lovely park. Once back in Reykjavik, you have the option of doing some last-minute shopping or simply spending the night at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 260km / 162 mi.

    *Reservations are required for the Blue Lagoon. Entrance to the Blue Lagoon is not included in the price of the tour.

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  • Day 7: 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.

We feel the staff at Nordic Visitor did a really great job for us!

Nordic Visitor was a 'lucky find' for us! We found the Nordic Visitor website by chance while looking for 'Iceland tours', and upon further research, noted that the company's services had received very good reviews, so we decided to call them up. We prefer to travel on our own and at our own pace, and having a company available which has had considerable experience with the destination in question was extremely helpful. Given the quality of the services (car, hotels, excursions) available, we feel we the trip was a great value, and was money well spent! We received great support both before and during our trip, and we were really impressed with the quality and detail of the travel materials we received upon arrival. The specificity, clarity of instructions, and additional suggestions provided in the tour booklet created specifically for our trip and excursions, was very good, and really helped make the trip easier so we could focus on the enjoying the journey. We feel the staff at Nordic Visitor did a really great job for us! Thank you!

Amazing!

Everything from the booking process to the actual trip was amazing! 

Absolutely amazing

This was the first time we have used a tour company and our experience was absolutely amazing. We had an itinerary loaded with hotel changes and activities and Silja somehow arranged everything perfectly. She even recommended a great restaurant for our wedding anniversary, which we were fortunate to celebrate in Iceland. I cannot recommend Nordic Traveler enough. Absolutely top notch. Thank you for an amazing experience. 

 

I have to say I am impressed with the care and attention I received from the company before and during my visit. I want to mention two examples in particular. On the first day of my arrival in Reykjavik I forgot my credit card at the local post office and had to pick it up at the opening. For this I needed to postpone scheduled hotel pick-up by the car rental company. While my agent Kristin was on vacation, another employee (I don't have the name now) received my email, called me and helped to reschedule the pick up - all outside normal business hours. In another case, I tried to reschedule my bird watching tour, and while I succeeded on my own, just as I was pulling into the parking lot for this tour, another employee Katrin called me to make sure I am all setup. Turns out she rescheduled this for me too. Katrin also reassured me they are monitoring developing situation with potential flooding of the major highway leading to our next destination. She told me they are staying on top of this and will inform all affected travelers if needed. This meant a greta deal for me and I could just relax and go back to enjoying my vacation, which by the way was one of the best in my life.

 

Excellent service

Excellent service and a well organised trip. The ease of getting about was further helped by the amazingly good English spoken by almost everyone we interacted with, even in the more remote areas of the country.  I'd happily travel with Nordic Visitor again, and indeed hope to at some stage.

We truly had the best vacation of our lives

I just can't say enough about how amazing Nordic Visitor made our experience. We truly had the best vacation of our lives, and could just enjoy it thanks to everything being taken care of by you all. Kristin's customer service has been exceptional-she was a delight to work with. I can't say enough good things, so thank you!

Accommodation

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

Budget

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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

Toyota RAV (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Toyota RAV (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

Hyundai H1 (Manual)
or similar

  • x8
  • x5
  • x6
  • M

Hyundai H1 (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 8
  • Luggage: 6
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

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 140834 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2018

Optional activities

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Tour Information

  • 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.
 
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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