Accessible Holidays Iceland - South Coast in 7 days

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Accessible Holidays Iceland – South Coast in 7 days

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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 organise 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 disable friendly and accessible tours in Iceland.

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Day 01: Arrival/Reykjavik

Reykjavik PondWelcome 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.

Highlights of the day: Hallgímskirkja church, National Museum, Kolaportið flea market (open during weekends), Laugavegur shopping street, Solfar sculpture, Old harbor

Day 02: The Golden Circle

disabled holidays icelandToday you get your rental car (we can organize hand controls in your vehicle), start 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.

Highlights of the day: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir area, Kerið crater

Day 03: Sensational South Coast

skogafossIt’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 60m high waterfall. Close to the waterfall, you will find the Eyjafjallajokull visitor centre, a very interesting exhibition about the major eruption in 2010. Remember to collect some volcanic ash in the entrance! Continue to Skógar where you’ll find the picture perfect Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar Folk museum. Continue to the charming village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, home Iceland’s first monastery (built in 1186). From the village, you can admire the Systrafoss (sister waterfalls). Stay for the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Highlights of the day: Seljalandsfoss, Skógarfoss, Skógar Folk Museum, Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Day 04: Vatnajökull and Glacier Lagoon

accessible tour icelandAfter breakfast continue to Skaftafell, a part of the Vatnajökull National Park. A short movie presented at the visitor centre 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.

Highlights of the day: Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón The Glacier Lagoon, Höfn

Day 05: A day in Vík

accessible holidays icelandAfter breakfast you will start driving back to the capital. On the way you will pass through the largest lavafield formed in historical times, The”Eldhraun” lava field. Make sure to visit the village of Vík in Mýrdalur. By the time you arrive in Vík, you can already 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. You can also see the Víkurkirkja (Vik´s church) which was built in 1932-1934. If you are planning to buy some Icelandic Wool products, you might want to check out the Icelandic Wool Factory outside Vík. Continue to the Hvolsvöllur area where you’ll stay for the night.

Highlights of the day: Vík, Reynisdrangar, Víkurkirkja, Icelandic Wool Factory

Day 6: Return to Reykjavík with a twist

Accessible travel IcelandToday you will return to Reykjavik. Before that though, we would suggest that you still visit some natural features on the way. Head for the 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. The soil is colored bright yellow, red, and green hues. Next stop is the unique Blue Lagoon where you can relax and unwind after a few days on the road. 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 you can visit the bridge between two continents and later you drive back to Reykjavik, drop-off your rental car and stay for the night in a hotel in the centre.

Highlights of the day: Reykjanes peninsula, Krýsuvík, Grindavík, Blue Lagoon, Bridge between the continents 

Day 07: Departure

disabled holidaysThis 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!

 

 

Detailed Information Accessible Holidays Iceland

Accommodation

We offer three different accommodation categories for this tour:

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationBudget Budget accommodation includes shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some you might find a TV and a washbasin in your room. All offer breakfast that’s included in the price. In some places in the countryside you can order an evening meal as long as you give at least a couple of hours of advance notice.

 

 

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationComfort In Comfort accommodation you will have access to private facilities (shower and WC). These would be 3 star hotels and better guest houses many of whom have their own restaurant. All offer a continental breakfast that is included in the price.

 

 

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationQuality 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 request within the Quality category in Reykjavik only.

 

 

Car Rental

Rental cars recommended for this tour are:

A: Skoda Octavia or similar – Manual or automatic, available with hand control (or similar)
B: Toyota RAV4 – 4×4 – Automatic, available with hand control  (or similar)
C: Land Rover Defender – 4×4 – Manual, available with hand control (or similar)

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 pick-up at 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
  • Icelandic mobile phone with 1.500 ISK worth of calls
  • Taxes and service fee

Not included

  •  Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals, drinks at restaurants and entrance fees (unless otherwise agreed upon)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Fuel for rental car

This tour can be also organised as a private guided tour. Please contact us for further details. Here are our terms & conditions.