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Accessible Holidays Iceland – South Coast Self Drive Tour for 7 Days

Iceland is a wonderful place to explore and there are countless natural wonders that are also accessible for visitors with disabilities. This self-drive tour concentrates on the south of Iceland and either your travel companion drives the car or we organize a hand-controlled car for you. In this Iceland tour, you will visit places like Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and Krýsuvík a geothermal area. Iceland unlimited is the #1 expert for disabled-friendly and accessible tours in Iceland.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this tour, please click on the “Request a quote” widget on the left side of the page. A quick form will open up where you will provide us with more information about your travel expectations. You will then be connected with your specialized travel agent who will assist you throughout the planning a provide a fully detailed quote.

Please note that this itinerary can be adjusted and customized to meet your travel needs and preferences. The package can also be offered as a privately guided tour if a self-drive option is not what you had in mind for your Iceland experience.

Tour Code

AT-07

Season

Apr - Oct

Travel Style

Self-Drive

Duration

7 days - 6 nights

Location

South Iceland

Age Limit

No Age Limit

Included

  • 6 nights’ accommodation (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
  • Unlimited drivers for the rental car
  • Private pick-up at Keflavík Airport and transport to your accommodation in Reykjavik
  • Private drop off from your accommodation upon departure to Keflavík Airport
  • Big, handwritten, detailed map with route, recommendations and accommodations highlighted
  • Written guides of the regions you will be visiting
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fee

Not Included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals, drinks at restaurants and entrance fees (unless otherwise agreed upon)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gasoline
Day 1 | Arrival/Reykjavík

Welcome to Iceland! After arriving in Keflavik Airport you will met by our driver outside the customs area, who will transfer you to your hotel in Reykjavik. After you have checked in to your wheelchair accessible room and received all the travel documents that we prepared for you, we would like to invite you for an optional tour briefing. Afterwards you’ll have free time to explore Reykjavik and enjoy the northernmost capital in the world.

Day 2 | The Golden Circle

After breakfast you will receive your rental car (we can organize hand controls in your vehicle). Start the day by driving east towards Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The natural beauty and history of the park make it a must see highlight of Iceland. Here you can see how the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are diverging, as well as the location of the first democratic parliament in the world. The paths in Þingvellir are covered in dense gravel and most of the places are  accessible by wheelchair. Your next stop for the day will be the famous Geyser geothermal area where you will see the great spouting spring, namesake of every other spouting spring in the world. Gullfoss (the Golden Falls), will complete your “Golden Circle” tour. Leaving Gullfoss, you will start driving towards the south coast through lush farmlands. Spend the night in a hotel in the area.

Day starts in

Reykjavík

Day ends in

Golden Circle

Driving distance

~237 km / 147 miles

Day 3 | Sensational South Coast

It’s time to travel further east along the beautiful south coast. The impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall will be your first stop for the day. A wheelchair friendly path will take you closer to that 60 m high waterfall. Continue to Skógar where you’ll find the picture perfect Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar Folk museum. Above you can get a glimpse of Eyjafjallajökull glacier which was made famous by its 2010 eruption. Drive further along the south shore to the village of Vík. Once there you can admire the giant pillars of rock (Reynisdrangar), as high as 66 meters that rise out of the sea to the south of Reynisfjall and are highly visible from Vík. In folklore, they are explained as the remains of some giants caught by the sun at dawn and turned into stone.  If you are planning to buy some Icelandic Wool products, you might want to check out the Icelandic Wool Factory in Vík. Spend the night in the area.

Day starts in

Golden Circle area

Day ends in

Vík

Driving distance

~130 km / 81 miles

Day 4 | Vatnajökull and Glacier Lagoon

After breakfast continues to Skaftafell, a part of the Vatnajökull National Park. A short movie presented at the visitor center tells you the story of fire and ice in Iceland and how those two powers have affected the formation of this area. Further east, you will find the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon; the crown jewel of Icelandic nature where surely be amazed by the floating icebergs and the spectacular beauty of this location. An optional boat tour is always recommended, to admire the floating icebergs from a closer distance. The tours are suitable for disabled people and the staff on the boat is always willing to help. After enjoying this unique experience, continue to the village of Höfn – the lobster capital of Iceland, so don’t miss the chance to taste a delicious lobster menu in the evening at a local restaurant. Overnight in the Höfn area.

Day starts in

Vík

Day ends in

Höfn

Driving distance

~272 km / 169 miles

Day 5 | Back towards Reykjavík

After breakfast you will make your way towards the capital.  On the way you will pass through the largest lava field formed in historical times, The”Eldhraun” lava field.  After that you will pass through the charming village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, home of Iceland’s first monastery (built in 1186).  Continue to the Hvolsvöllur area where you’ll stay for the night. We recommend you visit the Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years.

Day starts in

Höfn

Day ends in

Hvölsvöllur

Driving distance

~352 km / 219 miles

Day 6 | Reykjanes peninsula/Reykjavík

Today you will return to Reykjavik. On your way you will explore Reykjanes peninsula, an active geothermal area and a diamond in the rough. Your first stop is Krýsuvík cove that consists of several geothermal fields, such as Seltún. Here solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs, are all buzzing with geothermal activity. Another geothermal area is Gunnuhver, a highly active geothermal area of mud pools and steam vents. Named after an angry female ghost, Gudrun, whose spirit was trapped in the hot springs by a priest 400 years ago, the steamy area has an eerie atmosphere and an incredible sulfur vapor. Next up is the Bridge between the continents. Did you know that Iceland is drifting apart at almost 2 cm per year? Iceland is located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge; therefore, the tip of the Reykjanes peninsula, where you can see the ridge rise above sea level, marks the boundary between Europe and North America. Your last stop is the unique Blue Lagoon where you can relax and unwind after a few days on the road (included). The Blue Lagoon is easily accessible to everyone and offers a special changing room, a lift for easier access into the lagoon and special shower wheelchairs. The deepest part of Blue Lagoon is around 1.60m/5.2ft but most parts of the lagoon are far shallower. In the afternoon drive back to Reykjavik, drop-off your rental car and stay for the night in a hotel in the center.

Day starts in

Hvolsvöllur

Day ends in

Reykjavík

Driving distance

~213 km / 132 miles

Day 7 | Departure

This is the last day of your accessible holidays in Iceland. From your hotel, you will be transferred to Keflavik International airport for your flight home. Have an enjoyable trip back home!

Comfort

Comfort accommodations offer access to private facilities (shower and toilet). This type of lodges belongs to the 3-star hotel category. Most of these properties have an in-house restaurant. This section offers an upgrade in comfort and service compared to the budget category. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Quality accommodations offer private rooms with en-suite shower/bath and toilet. These rooms are the best available accommodations in 4-star hotels or the highest quality lodges in each region. Luxury accommodations - the highest class of lodges, suites, and penthouses - are available upon request. Breakfast is included.

Kia Ceed Wagon


or similiar

Type: Intermediate Wagon
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4×4 Hyundai Kona


or similiar

Type: SUV Economy
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 3
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4×4 Kia Sportage


or similiar

Type: SUV Full Size Intermediate
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

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