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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.

Looking for the winter version of this tour?

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 137064 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Classic, Family, Midnight sun

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.

    Highlights Optional Activity
  • Day 2: Wonders of the Golden Circle

    Collect your rental car in the morning and take in some of the best known attractions in the south of Iceland on the famous "Golden Circle" route. Visit the unique Þingvellir National Park listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and a site of immense beauty and history. Then head to the great Geysir area and explore the bubbling mud pots, geysers before arriving at the stunning two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall. Afterwards you can visit the old bishopry at Skálholt and the explosion crater Kerið, now partially filled with water.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss or Hekla area.

    Driving distance approx. 220 km / 137 miles

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  • Day 3: Waterfalls of the South Coast

    Visit the majestic Seljalandsfoss and experience walking right behind the flowing water and feel the light drizzle. Continue next to the 60-metre Skógafoss waterfall in Skógar, where you will find  many interesting artefacts on display at the folk museum. At Mýrdalsjökull, you will have the opportunity to experience a guided glacier hike (optional).

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Skaftafell area.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 miles

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  • Day 4: Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

    Explore Skaftafell, part of Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great beauty with many interesting hiking trails, including a short one to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. In this area you can also go glacier-walking or try ice-climbing with an optional guided tour. Then head to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where in summer you can take a boat ride among the floating icebergs. Further on you can visit the fishing village of Höfn and its Glacial Exhibition to learn about the dynamic forces of ice and fire shaping Icelandic nature.

    Spend the night in the Höfn area.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 miles

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  • Day 5: Black Volcanic Beaches and Basalt Cliffs

    Drive along the south coast to Vík. Worthwhile stops along the way include the Farm Zoo in Holmur, the Fjaðrarárgljúfur canyon and the Dverghamrar "elf cliffs". Or experience the stunning black volcanic sand beach south of Vík, where you can also see the gorgeous basalt rock formations of Reynisdrangar and Dyrhólaey.

    Spend the night in the Vík area.

    Driving distance approx. 270 km / 168 miles

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  • Day 6: Back to Reykjavík

    Continue your journey to the volcanic wonderland of Reykjanes Peninsula. Visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, set amidst a black lava field. The waters are rich in silica and blue-green algae, giving the lagoon its reputed healing powers and characteristic bright blue colour. 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 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 city. Worthwhile stops along the way include the surroundings of the village Hveragerði. When 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. Contact your travel consultant for details.

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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.

    Optional Activity

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.

Perfect

Nordic made our tour perfect, easy and memorable. It's the best and look forward to use it in future and strongly recommend others too.

Holiday of a lifetime

We had an amazing time thanks and your service really helped, so thank you very much. It really was a holiday of a lifetime for the whole family and we are still buzzing from it. We got to see so much, yet at the right pace for the children (10 and 8), so we could really enjoy lots of time to explore and play in natures best ever playground! Arnar really helped us too work out the perfect itinerary for our family's needs. Thanks for sorting the sunshine too!

Thanks!

Helga G was delightful to work with and I'm sincerely going to miss her cheerful, informative emails. She has great attention to detail and her love for Iceland is abundantly clear in her communication and work. We stopped at many of the suggestions she made on our map, that were not previously on our radar (trip advisor etc), and were the highlights of our day (secret falls, museum/restaurant in Hali, Efstidalur Farm). She made paying the price for a travel company worth it. Thanks Helga G!

Thanks for the memories

We really appreciated the arrangements made by Nordic Visitor. It dramatically lowered our stress level as we contemplated our first visit to such an unfamiliar place. Each day on our trip, we realized how good a job Nordic Visitor had done. We loved our trip to a wonderful place. We will recommend Nordic Visitor to anyone who asks.

Could not have been better

Helga G. was very, very helpful and extremely responsive to questions I had prior to our trip. She sets a very high standard and I would recommend her personally as a counselor to my friends. We found Iceland to be a wonderful country with very hospitable people who made us feel like welcomed guests. We will likely come back in time and we will definitely recommend Nordic Visitor to our friends, especially those interested in self-guided tours. The planning, especially setting up the optional arrangements, could not have been better! We traveled each day confident that all the groundwork for our trip had been properly set and the results were flawless. Remarkable competence in a travel organization. Thanks so much.

No worries at all

All aspects were run very efficiently with no worries at all: the taxi services, car rentals, and accomodations. We are thinking of returning next year to do a different self-drive option.

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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Quality

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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
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Description: Sedan
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • 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 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Land Rover Discovery SPORT (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 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x7
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Land Rover Discovery (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: H
  • Description: SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Hyundai H1 (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • M

Hyundai H1 (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • 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 137064 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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