Southern Iceland

A fully packed trip for those with limited time, which lets you experience the wild and fascinating Icelandic landscape. Hiring a car makes it easy to access cascading waterfalls, black lava beaches, vast glaciers and of course natural hot springs.

Driving distance: ca. 980 km

This package includes

  • Return flights to Iceland, inc. taxes.
  • 4/5 nights accommodation (1/2 nights in Reykjavík, 3 nights outside).
  • Hire car for 4/5 days inc. unlimited mileage and Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) insurance.
  • Detailed route description, inc. tips for activities along the way.
  • Detailed road map of Iceland (1:500 000).
  • 24-hour access to service hotline in Iceland.
  • Personal service from our knowledgably consultants.
  • A 24-page brochure in PDF format from Promote Iceland.
  • Travel protection equivalent to ATOL, through Kammarkollegiet, the Swedish statutory travel protection.

Departures

2017: Daily, February - 18 December.

Direct flights from Belfast (BHD), Bristol (BRS), Edinburgh (EDI), London Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR), London Luton (LTN), Glasgow (GLA) and Manchester (MAN). Connecting flights from other airports in the UK also available.

Optional Add-Ons

• Hire car – The package price is based on a Hyundai I10 (5-doors) or similar. Other car types available.
• Accommodation – Choose between accommodation with shared shower/WC facilities, and hotel rooms with a private bathroom/WC.
• Cancellation insurance if illness occurs.

Paid on site

• Petrol prices are similar to those in the UK.
• Upon collection of the hire car at Keflavik Airport an airport fee of approximately £30, - is payable.


Price information

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double room. We always give you the best available price for flights, hotels and excursions. Prices vary according to date and season, so it might be a good idea to search several different dates to get the best price.

Fr. 607 £ 4/5 nights
May-Jun fr. £ 640
Jul-Sep fr. £ 668
Oct-Dec fr. £ 607

Description day by day

The Blue Lagoon – Hveragerdi

You arrive at Keflavík airport in the morning or afternoon and pick up you hire car from here. Kick off your Iceland Holiday by taking a dip in the world famous Blue Lagoon straight from the airport (must be booked in advance). The Lagoon is like a crystal blue oasis in the midst of barren lava landscapes on the way from the airport to Reykjavík, and gets its water from springs over 2000 metres below the surface of the Earth. Enjoy the warm (36-39° Celsius) and mineral rich water in the outdoor pool, or make use of the geothermic indoor pool, sauna and restaurant as well.

Reenergised from bathing in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon, make your way to your hotel in Hveragerdi for your first night in Iceland.

Day 1

Highlights

  • The Blue Lagoon

Hveragerdi - Hella/Hvolsvöllur – Kirkjubæjarklaustur

After breakfast at your hotel, leave the capital city and travel south following road no 1 (riksveg 1). You will pass through the towns Hveragerdi, Selfoss and Hella. East of Hvolsvöllur you will reach the two waterfalls Seljandsfoss and Skógafoss, two stops not to be missed. At Skógar you will also find a museum giving interesting insights into how Icelandic people lived in the past as well as in current times. You can also explore the glacial tongue Solheimajökull and the bird cliffs of Dyrhólaey, where many migrating sea birds nest, among them the famous puffins during spring and summer.

The black lava beaches on the South Coast are renowned, and you can take a walk along the Reynishverfi beach or on the little beach in the village Vik. Be careful when walking too close to the waves, their powerful pull can easily drag a person out to sea!

After Vik you pass through the black sand dessert Mýrdalssandur and later the enormous lave field Eldhrayn, which was formed during the big volcanic outbreak in 1783. You later arrive at Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a small town in beautiful surroundings. You can stop here to take a look at the so-called ”church floor”, formed by strange basalt cliff formations reminiscent of a lime floor and situated just east of town. Overnight stay in or nearby Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

 

Day 2

Highlights

  • Seljandsfoss waterfall
  • Skógafoss waterfall
  • The Solheimajökull glacial tongue
  • Dyrhólaeys bird cliffs
  • Black sandy beaches

Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Vatnajökull - Klaustur - Vík

Start you third day by driving to the area at the foot of the Vatnajökull glacier. On the way west you can see Dverghamrar, a belt of basalt columns a few kilometres from Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Continue east from here over Skeidarásandur, a wonderful viewpoint with views over Europe’s larges glacier, Vatnajökull.

Past this wide stretch of dessert is Skaftefell National park, a beautiful area resting at the foot of the Vatnajökull glacier known for its unique natural flora and lush green vegetation, like an oasis between the black desert and the glacier. There are a number of walking paths you can take from here, for example through the park to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, or to the edge of the glacial tongue Skaftafell. Further east you get he the magical glacial lagoon Jökulsárlon, where enormous icebergs released from the glacier float in the still blue water. It is possible to take a boat trip of 30-40 minutes here to get right in between the icebergs.

Drive back via Kirkjubæjarklaustur to Vík or nearby, where you stay overnight.

 

Day 3

Highlights

  • Basalt columns
  • Skeidarásandur
  • Skaftafell Nationalpark
  • Svartifoss waterfall
  • Jökulsárlon glacial lagoon

Vik - Gyllene Cirkeln - Reykjavík

During today you will visit some of the most famous and interesting attractions Iceland has to offer. Follow road no 1 through Hella until you pass the river Thjórsá, and then continue on in the direction of Fludir. If there is enough time and you are interested we recommend a visit to the volcanic crater Kerið as well as the historically important Skálholt.

From there continue on to the world famous geothermic area of Geysir, where Strokkur, the most active of the geysers, has regular outbreaks every 5 minutes. Close by the Geyser area is the majestic waterfall Gullfoss, ”the golden waterfall”, many described as Iceland’s most beautiful. Next stop is Þingvellir national park, an area interesting both historically and due to its fascinating geology, as it’s the meeting point of the North American and European continental plates. Overnight stay in Reykjavík.

Day 4

Highlights

  • Kerið volcanic crater
  • Skálholt
  • The Strokkur Geysir
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Þingvellir national park

A day in Reykjavík (Optional)

Day 5

Highlights

  • Reykjavík

Return home

Return flights either early in the morning or in the afternoon. Drive from Reykjavík to Keflavík airport (approx. 45 mins) and leave the car there in connection with your return flight.

Last day

Southern Iceland

Fr. 607 £ 4/5 nights
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