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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.

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Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Classic, Family, Midnight sun

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

950/590 km/mi

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Itinerary

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

  • 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: 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.

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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.

Lisa, United States

South Iceland at Leisure, August 2015

Best Vacation Ever!

Nordic Visitor provided my family with an unbelievable first trip to Iceland! All of the communication with our travel advisor, Helga, beforehand was impeccable and so thorough. Every step of our journey was so well thought out and perfectly timed. They made driving through the South of Iceland so comfortable, especially with a nine year old. Their recommendations of how to time everything was perfectly planned and we really felt that we got to see so much in a relaxed way in just 6 days. I will recommend this company to everyone and hope to go back to Iceland again and possibly Norway with their help!

Catherine, United Kingdom

South Iceland at Leisure, June 2015

South Iceland at Leisure

We had a great holiday in Iceland with the whole itinerary organised by Nordic Visitor including all the hotels and the hire car. Thanks to the great organisational skills of the company everything went according to plan. We were picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel and given a bag of books and maps with our route and intinerary. The following day we were taken to collect our hire car and then we had a wonderful 10 days touring the south of the island. Even before we arrived in Iceland we were most impressed with the services of Nordic Visitor. They tailor-made our trip to suit what we wanted to do, always responding promptly to our questions and a toll free number to phone meant we were also able to speak to them beforehand. I cannot praise them too highly and would certainly use them again as well as recommend them to anybody. Thank you Nordic Visitor.

April, United Kingdom

South Iceland at Leisure, July 2015

South Iceland at Leisure

I have always wanted to visit Iceland for the geology and scenery. I had the chance to go with my grown-up daughter for a week and we booked with Nordic Visitor as they offer such a great range of trips and activities. The attention to detail was exceptional. All our chosen activities were fitted into the basic tour including horse riding, Blue Lagoon, glacier walking and whale-watching. Vouchers for car hire, accommodation and all activities were arranged in order of use, so were super easy to use. We also explored a little outside the itinerary, by asking the local Icelanders for recommendations, and by doing this found some hidden gems, like the Soil Conservation Association, and a wreck of an American Navy DC-3. It was a fantastic experience and we would love to go back. Thank you to Nordic Visitor for all your help xx

Flowergirl, United Kingdom

South Iceland at Leisure, June 2015

Nordic Visitor in Iceland

We have just returned from a week's self touring holiday of Reykjavik and Southern Iceland, arranged through Nordic Visitor. From the moment I first contacted the company I knew I had chosen wisely. Their agent, Helga, was efficient, courteous, prompt with responses and very patient as we tweaked our trip. Her suggestions gave us a custom-made itinerary which took us to the best that Southern Iceland had to offer. After 2 nights in Reykjavik, we stayed at different hotels every night and they were all great. Granted a few didn't look much from the outside, but inside they were brilliant and we had the best rooms they had to offer. Our mid-way stop was at the Fosshotel Vatnajokull, near Hofn, and the view from the window was of three glaciers - awesome. If you are thinking of a holiday in Iceland then use Nordic Visitor and always ask for Helga - she was brilliant.

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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

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

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

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

Ford Mondeo
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Description: Mid-size sedan
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

Ford Kuga 4x4
or similar

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

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

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

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 Transit
or similar

Ford Transit
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 9
  • Luggage: 5
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual

Land Rover Defender 4x4
limited availability

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

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

  • 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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