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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 7 day tour suitable for families or active travellers.

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7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

141330ISK

You save: 21200 ISK per person

The amount will be charged in ISK

Approx 120130 ISK

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— Why book this tour

  • Free private transfer from airport on arrival
  • Handpicked hotels by local travel experts with breakfast included
  • Reliable rental cars from our trusted partner Enterprise
  • Comprehensive itinerary, personalised map and travel guide
  • 24/7 helpline throughout tour
  • Local travel experts with firsthand experience

— Book with confidence

  • 100% refund if you cancel due to Covid-19
  • Rearrange your dates once with no change fee
  • Yours with as little as 10% deposit

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Tour Highlights

  • See the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Feel the power of the thundering waterfall Gullfoss
  • Marvel at eruptions at the Geysir geothermal region
  • Walk the quaint streets of the capital city, Reykjavík
  • Traverse Iceland’s beautiful national parks – Vatnajökull, Þingvellir and Snæfellsnes
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Discover the volcanic wonderland of the Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

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

Season

Apr - Sep

Departure

Daily

Interest

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

Driving distance

1070/664 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Iceland

    On arrival to Keflavík 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 Extras
  • 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. 250 km / 155 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 marvelling 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: 250 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: 190 km / 118 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 Reykjavík 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 Reykjavík, you have the option of doing some last-minute shopping or simply spending the night at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Driving distance approx. 180 km / 111 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.

    Optional Extras

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.

Highly recommend Nordic Visitor

Seamless. Easy. Fun. Great recommendations. Nordic Visitor was great to work with. We selected a tour and requested additional days before and after the tour. We were provided paper maps of Iceland and Reykjavík and a spiral booklet with our itinerary and attractions to see along the route. Any questions that we had were answered quickly by a representative of Nordic Visitor. We highly recommend them to assist you with your trip to Iceland or any other Nordic country.

Wonderful and well organized

Alexandra was wonderful and answered my many emails promptly. We loved our tour of Iceland! The hotels were excellent and everything was very organized with the transfers and car rental. We saw so many beautiful sights along the way thanks to the itinerary book. We only missed one thing along the way - Diamond Beach. It wasn't clear in the book that Diamond Beach is at the same location as the glacier lagoon. We just didn't walk out far enough when we were visiting the lagoon. I didn't realize we missed it until we got home. But we saw so much that we are extremely happy!

Experience was excellent

My experience with Nordic Visitor was excellent. Having never been to Iceland before, I had no idea about anything. I found it impossible to book anything with any confidence on my own. I didn't know the hotels and where the best locations for us might be. I didn't know how long to spend in which areas and what to see when I was there. Nordic Visitor helped us all along the way. The trip was relaxing yet active enough for everyone in our party. The others commented on how smoothly things went. They thought I did it but it really was Nordic Visitor. Alexandra & Daniel did an excellent job for us.

Awesome service

Awesome service!

Fantastic experience

My experience was fantastic! I am recommending Nordic Visitor to friends visiting Iceland. I will use them again when I return to Iceland and I also want to use them for Ireland. Thank you to my project manager, Alexandra, who worked so hard to make this a perfect trip for us!

Amazing service & unforgettable trip

Nordic Visitor provided an amazing service. Everything from arrival to departure was planned out perfectly and anytime we had questions they were there to address them. All accommodations and tours they had set up were also top notch. Our travel coordinator, Ari, was phenomenal! He even had a honeymoon gift and note for us which was extremely thoughtful. Our trip to Iceland was unforgettable!

Accommodation

Stay in well-located hotels and guesthouses that are highly rated by visitors and handpicked by local travel experts.

Look forward to getting a good night’s sleep after each day of driving in Iceland. All your accommodation will be conveniently located near your driving route, with ample parking. Rest assured that you’ll stay in the best possible properties, which have all received excellent reviews from previous customers.

Economy

Rooms with shared bathroom facilities in farmhouses, cosy guesthouses or well-appointed hostels.

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Comfort Plus

Standard rooms in good quality and comfortable three-star hotels in combination with well-appointed guesthouses or country hotels.

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Superior

Standard rooms in four-star hotels in combination with Deluxe or Superior rooms in premium three-star hotels.

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey in the rental car of your choice, with two authorised drivers and free in-car Wi-Fi.

Nissan Micra (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Nissan Micra (Manual)
or similar

  • Description: Economy
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Kia Ceed (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Kia Ceed (Manual)
or similar

  • Description: Compact
  • 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

  • Description: Intermediate
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Kia Ceed Sportswagon (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Kia Ceed Sportswagon (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Intermediate Wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Kia Sportage AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Kia Sportage AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Intermediate SUV, AWD
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Nissan X Trail AWD (Automatic)
Limited Availability

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Nissan X Trail AWD (Automatic)
Limited Availability

  • Description: Standard SUV, AWD
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Due to limited availability, we cannot confirm this car at the time of booking. We will contact you as soon as possible with a confirmation or alternative.

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
Limited Availability

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
Limited Availability

  • Description: Premium SUV, 4WD
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Due to limited availability, we cannot confirm this car at the time of booking. We will contact you as soon as possible with a confirmation or alternative.

Volkswagen Touareg AWD (Automatic)
Limited availability

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Volkswagen Touareg AWD (Automatic)
Limited availability

  • Description: Luxury SUV, AWD
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Due to limited availability, we cannot confirm this car at the time of booking. We will contact you as soon as possible with a confirmation or alternative.

Ford Transit (Automatic)
Limited Availability

  • x8
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Ford Transit (Automatic)
Limited Availability

  • Description: Passenger Van
  • Passengers: 8
  • Luggage: 6-7
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Fully booked until 20 August. Thereafter, we cannot confirm this car at the time of booking due to limited availability. We will contact you as soon as possible with a confirmation or alternative.
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You save: 21200 ISK per person

The amount will be charged in ISK

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Optional extras

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Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about driving in Iceland, what the tour includes, the itinerary, weather conditions and other useful information for your travel.

ABOUT OUR SELF-DRIVE TOURS
This is a self-drive tour where our guests follow a detailed personalised itinerary during their road trip in Iceland; no dedicated driver or tour guide on behalf of Nordic Visitor is included. All accommodations, the rental car, airport transfers and planned activities will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor (as specified in the itinerary). Nordic Visitor works with a small group of trusted operators that the company has strong professional relationships with.

ACCOMMODATION AND ROOM TYPE
Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have compiled a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. We carefully select hotels/guesthouses in Reykjavik and the countryside based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort. Single, double and triple rooms are available for our self-drive packages. Please note, that in Iceland our room types are based on European standard sizes. For instance, a double bed often consists of two single beds pushed together. Triple rooms include a double bed along with an extra bed, a rollaway or a sofa bed, and a single room is often smaller than the standard double.

SAFE DRIVING IN ICELAND
It is critical that you are aware of driving laws and potential road hazards in Iceland. We strongly recommend taking a few minutes read from our online travel guide about driving in Iceland. Nordic Visitor self-drive customers also receive a brochure about driving in Iceland on arrival.

SAFETY, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions and might need to be altered if conditions are not favourable. Please be advised that days are long in Iceland during the summer, with almost 24 hours of daylight at the summer solstice. It is advisable to bring a sleep mask as some find it difficult falling asleep at night.  For more information on weather conditions and daylight hours, we recommend visiting Nordic Visitor’s Online Travel Guide.

WHAT TO PACK
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Bathing suit for visiting geothermal pools
  • Electronic gear such as smartphone, external powerpack, travel adapters
  • Reusable water bottle
  • For more information on what to pack, please visit our Online Travel Guide

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 tour package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two business days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all your travel needs before, during and even after your vacation. 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 trip.

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