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22nd May 2019
Visit some of Iceland's best-known natural wonders as you enjoy an in-depth exploration of the scenic south coast by car.
Explore the best of South Iceland on this short break self-drive tour combining a relaxing stay in the beautiful countryside with a day in Reykjavík.
Tour the famous 'Golden Circle' and the stunning South Coast viewing spectacular waterfalls, numerous volcanoes, stunning black beaches and sweeping glaciers along the way. For maximum adventure you also have the chance to add some exciting activities such as a whale-watching trip!
Day 1 - Arrive Iceland
Fly from UK to Keflavik Airport and pick up your hire-car. Depending on your arrival time we recommend you visit the wonderful Blue Lagoon first (pre-booking required) before driving via Reykjavik to your accommodation.
Should you decide to visit the Blue Lagoon on your last day (depending on your departure time) then we highly recommend the wonderful drive along the southern shore of the Reykjanes Peninsula via Grindavík. Then through huge moss-covered lava fields to the impressive Seltún high-temperature field with bubbling mud pools and hot springs. There’s also the highly active geothermal area of Gunnuhver with fumaroles and Iceland’s largest mud pool and the Bridge between the Continents.
1 night GULLFOSS/GEYSIR AREA
Day 2 - Explore the Golden Circle
Embark on the famous ‘Golden Circle’ route which includes Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO), the world-famous Geysir hot spring area where Strokkur geyser erupts frequently and magnificent Gullfoss waterfall.
Then southwards to join the ‘Ring Road’ before heading eastwards via the impressive Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls where you’ll be able to visit the folk museum at Skógar and Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Centre which portrays the famous volcanic eruption in 2010. Then onwards to Vík via Reynisfjara, a black pebble beach featuring an amazing cliff of basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid and Dyrhólaey, Iceland’s most southerly tip or cape, 120 m high and where a unique arch-shaped rock is found. Amazing views, especially from the lighthouse!
2 nights VIK AREA
Day 3 - Black Sand Beaches and Glaciers
On your free day we highly recommend the drive further eastwards via Kirkjubæjarklaustur to Skaftafell National Park and the walk from there (not difficult) to impressive Svartifoss waterfall (‘Black Falls’), which plunges over a wall of symmetrical columnar basalt. Nearby there’s a little track road where you can park and walk up to the edge or snout of the Svinafellsjökull glacier. Onwards to wonderful Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon with its countless icebergs which has been the setting for a number of Hollywood blockbusters including two James Bond movies, Tomb Raider 2, Batman Begins, Beowulf as well as many car commercials. Boat tours are possible on the glacial lake. The distance from Vík to Jökulsárlón is about 120 miles.
Day 4 - Enjoy Reykjavik
Retrace your route to Reykjavík via Selfoss and recommend a visit to the ‘greenhouse town’ of Hveragerði en route. The town is also known as the ‘garden of hot springs’ and is one of largest geothermal areas of Iceland. The greenhouses produce mostly tomatoes, cucumbers and flowers. Much steam (fumaroles) in this area. There’s also the wonderful Geothermal Park in the town centre.
1 night REYKJAVIK
Day 5 - Homeward bound
Optional visit to the Blue Lagoon en route to your departure home. Drop off your hire-car at the airport before your flight back to the UK.
By Air: Daily from UK airport depending on flight schedules.
Dep. dates: 1 May – 30 Sept
Duration: 4 nights/5 days
Prices from: Please call us on 01274 875199 for a quotation for this holiday.
Please note availability is extremely limited in July and mid-August and 19-21 Aug is fully booked.
You will enjoy good quality and comfortable en suite rooms with modern facilities. Beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily. Guests have access to a communal lounge and breakfast is included.
South Iceland Fly-Drive
Whale Watching from Reykjavik Harbour
The summer season is great for whale watching as the wildlife in the bay is at its highest peak. This is the time when the migrating whales and birds entertain us with their magnificent presence in the happy company of the resident whales. Commonly seen are minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and humpback whales.
Price: £55 per person, duration 2½ - 3½ hours
The Blue Lagoon on Arrival/Departure
What better way to start your holiday than bathing in the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to soothe and refresh body and soul? Relax in the milky-blue seawater (37-39ºC) and try out the sauna, steam bath and powerful massage waterfall.
Price: £38 per person
It is also possible to take this tour from Reykjavik itself with seven daily departures, details on request.
Want to know more about driving in Iceland?
This animated video shows you exactly what to expect, and provides tips and road rules.
What sort of clothing will I need?
Though it's the summer season you will still need clothes for cold/cooler outdoor weather: warm trousers, a woollen pullover or fleece sweater, a warm wind and waterproof jacket. A hat, scarf and gloves that are made from material that will dry overnight are great protection in Iceland’s ever-changing weather. Sturdy comfortable walking boots are necessary for walking across uneven terrain.