For an eventful and adventurous Iceland vacation, you should consider our Iceland South coast tour. The south coast has arguably, some of the most spectacular natural features that can be found in Iceland. This self drive holiday package, focuses on this area and places like Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, the beautiful Kirkjubæjarklaustur and many more.
There is a plethora of available activities to choose from in this South Coast Iceland vacation, such as snowmobiling, glacier hiking, riding tours, hiking tours, ATV tours and many more. If you are interested in spending a few vacation days in Iceland at a leisurely pace, this is the perfect holiday package for you.
SD-04 – Iceland South Coast Sensation
Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik
Welcome to Iceland! After you have cleared customs, you will be welcomed by our representative outside the customs area. He will transfer you to your hotel in Reykjavik. If you arrive around noon, it is possible to stop at the Blue Lagoon before continuing to the capital. After you have checked in to your hotel and received your travel documents, we would like to have a optional private information meeting during office hours. After the meeting you’ll have free time in Reykjavik to explore and enjoy the northernmost capital of the world. Overnight at a hotel in the heart of the city.
Day 2: The Gullfoss & Geysir Route
Today you will receive your rental car and your Iceland vacation begins for real! Start the day by driving east towards the amazing Þingvellir National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, rich with its incredible natural beauty, history and where you can see how the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are diverging. Continue to the famous Geyser geothermal fields and witness the great spouting spring, namesake of every other spouting spring in the world. Close by you’ll find Gullfoss (Golden Falls), recently voted one of 10 most beautiful waterfalls of the world. By Gullfoss and Geyser are popular lunch stops and for a chance to enjoy a traditional Icelandic meal we recommend the Icelandic lamb soup.
From there, make your way towards the south coast and drive through lush farmlands, but be sure to make a stop at Kerið, a volcanic crater displaying its crystal clear water. Stay overnight in the Hvolsvöllur area. Driving distance approx. 220 kilometers/140 miles
Highlights of the day: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir spouting hot spring, Gullfoss waterfall, Kerið crater, and more
Optional activities: Snorkeling tour
Day 3: Sensational South Coast
It’s time to travel further east along the beautiful south coast. Shortly after leaving Hvolsvöllur, you will reach the wonderful Seljalandsfoss waterfall. You can (and should) take the opportunity to enjoy a 360°view of the waterfall as it is possible to walk behind it if you are wearing good shoes and don’t mind the light drizzle. Continue to Skógar where you’ll find the picture perfect Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar Folk museum where you can see reconstructed turf houses and ancient artifacts on display.
Drive further east to the mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier and enjoy optional activities such as glacier hiking and or snowmobiling with professional guides. Continue to the charming village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, home Iceland’s first monastery (built in 1186) where you will stay for the night. Driving distance approx. 210 kilometers/130 miles
Highlights of the day: Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Skógar, Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, and more
Optional activities: Snowmobiling tour, glacier walk
Day 4: Crown jewels of Icelandic nature
After breakfast continue to Skaftafell, a part of the Vatnajökull National Park. Skaftafell is a site of immense beauty and variations. It’s a lush green oasis between a mighty glacier and vast black sand beach. In Skaftafell you’ll find many different hiking routes. We recommend a light hike to Svartifoss waterfall, that features pitch black hexagonal basalt columns and a rugged canyon. Continue east to the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon; the crown jewel of Icelandic nature where you can enjoy an unforgettable 40 minute boat ride between the icebergs on the lagoon that’s offered in summer. After that, continue to the village of Höfn – the lobster capital of Iceland. In Höfn you will find the Glacier Museum and, of course, great gourmet lobster restaurants. Overnight in the Höfn area. Driving distance approx. 210 kilometers/130 miles
Highlights of the day: Skaftafell, Vatnajökull National Park, Svartifoss, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Höfn, and more
Optional activities: Glacier walk, zodiac boat tour on the glacial lagoon, bird watching tour in Ingólfshöfði
Day 5: Rugged cliffs and volcanic beaches
Time to turn around and head back towards Reykjavik. On the way, nature lovers will want to visit the village of Vík in Mýrdalur and walk along the Reynisfjara beach with its beautiful view of the Reynisdrangar cliffs. In summer you have the chance to see puffins that nest in this area. Continue to the Hvolsvöllur area where you’ll stay for the night. Driving distance approx. 290 kilometers/180 miles
Highlights of the day: Dyrhólaey, Reynisfjara, Vík, Mýrdalsjökull glacier, and more
Optional Activities: Horse back riding
Day 6: Return to Reykjavik with a twist
Today you will return to the city but with a slight twist. Drive west from your hotel and make a left turn in the village of Selfoss, towards the coast and head for the Reykjanes peninsula; an active geothermal area and a diamond in the rough. In Seltún (Krýsuvík) you will find boiling mud pools and colorful mountains. (There are two ways of getting there: One is by using the map, the other is by following the sulfur “aroma”!) Continue along the coastline to Grindavík village where you’ll find the Salt-fish Museum; a museum dedicated to the history of salt fish that in the late 19th century was to Iceland’s exporting industry what oil is to Saudi Arabia.
Continue to the unique Blue Lagoon where you can stop to relax and unwind after a few days on the road. Continue to your hotel in Reykjavik after returning the rental car. Overnight in the heart of the city. Driving distance approx. 210 kilometers/130 miles
Highlights of the day: Reykjanes peninsula, Grindavík, Geothermal area Gunnuhver and Krýsuvík, and more
Optional Activities: Blue Lagoon, ATV tours
Day 7: Departure
Sadly your Iceland vacation has come to an end. Pickup at your hotel and transfer to Keflavik International via fly bus (included) or private vehicle (optional), in time for your flight home. Have a safe and enjoyable trip back home!
We have three different accommodation categories that you can choose between on this tour:
Budget accommodation includes shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses and etc. In some you might find a TV and a washbasin. All offer breakfast that is included in the price. In the country side some places offer optional evening meals that you have to order with a couple of hours in advance
In Comfort accommodation you will have access to private facilities (shower and WC) These are 3 star hotels and better guest houses, many of whom have their own restaurant. All offer good breakfast that is included in the price.
Rooms with private shower/bath and WC. These are the best available rooms in 4 star hotels or the best hotels in each region. Suites and Jr.Suites are available upon requests within the Quality category.
Rental Cars available for this tour are:
A: Toyota Aygo (or similar) – Manual
B: Toyota Yaris (or similar) – Automatic
C: VW Golf (or similar) – Manual
D: VW Golf (or similar) – Automatic
E: Skoda Octavia Station – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
F: Skoda Octavia Station (or similar) – Automatic
G: Dacia Duster – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
H: Skoda Yeti – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
I: Toyota RAV4 – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
J: Kia Sportage – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
K: Toyota Land Cruiser – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
L: Land Rover Defender – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
To get a price quote for your tour, please contact us and state how many are traveling and what type of accommodation and rental car you would prefer.
- 6 nights’ in (budget/comfort/quality) with breakfast
- Rental car of your choice for 5 days with unlimited mileage, CDW & VAT
- GPS unit for easier navigation
- WiFi hotspot in your rental car for easy internet access
- Private pick-up at Keflavík Airport and transport to your accommodation in Reykjavik
- Optional private information meeting with our travel consultant in Reykjavik before your tour starts
- Shuttle bus transfer with pickup at your accommodation in Reykjavik upon departure
- Big, handwritten, detailed map with route, recommendations and accommodations highlighted
- Written guides of the regions you will be visiting
- Use of an Icelandic mobile phone with 1,500 ISK worth of calls
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fee
- Flights to/from Iceland
- Meals, drinks at restaurants (unless otherwise agreed upon)
- Personal travel insurance
Please contact us and get a price quote for this Iceland south coast tour. Note that this tour is fully customizable and days and activities can be added upon request. This tour is also offered as a fully guided private tour.
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