Geysers, Glaciers & Waterfalls

South and West
7 days
Apr - Oct
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Experience all the wonders of South and West Iceland, including geysers and hot spring areas, majestic glaciers and powerful waterfalls. Then continue along the South shore and reach the popular and breath taking Glacial Lagoon, where smaller and bigger icebergs are constantly floating and drifting.                                       

Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the end, or anywhere else already on the itinerary along the way.

For travel between 01 June and 31 August this tour is now on request only.

DAY 1: Arrival Keflavik Airport- Hveragerdi 100km                                                                                            Pick up your car at Keflavik Airport, then head to the charming village of Hveragerði.  The village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the flower village. Overnight in Hveragerdi.

DAY 2: South Coast: 330km Waterfalls, Geysers, Cliffs &  Black Sand Beaches
Travel along the South Coast to Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, the infamous Eyjafjallajokull glacier and surrounding area (where the volcanic eruption in 2010 took place) and Dyrholaey*, a rocky headland where thousands of sea birds and puffins nest during the summer.*Please note that Dyrholaey is usually closed during nesting season in the spring, from ca. middle May until June 23rd. Overnight in  the Vik area (2 nights). 

DAY 3: Skaftafell - Glacial Lagoon – Vík  385km Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs & Largest Glacier.
Visit the amazing Skaftafell National Park nestled between glaciers offering many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon before returning to the charming village of Vík in the afternoon. 2nd overnight in the Vik area.

DAY 4: Þingvellir – Borgarfjörður    400km Geological Wonders & Powerful Hot Spring.
Drive to Þingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park itself is situated in a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows, on the border of Iceland's largest lake. If time permits visit Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs rea. Continue to Borgarfjörður fjord and visit the historic site of Reykholt, the remarkably beautiful Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Overnight in the Stykkisholmur or Borgarfjordur area (2 nights). 

DAY 5: Snæfellsnes Peninsula  330km Sea Cliffs, Rock Formations & Quaint Fishing Villages
Explore the countless natural wonders of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Visit Arnarstapi sea cliffs with its varied birdlife and the rocky beach of Djúpalónssandur before driving along the north coast through lively fishing villages. In Stykkishólmur join a boat tour in Breidafjordur Bay (approx. 2 hours) to admire the rich birdlife and sealife of the area. During the boat tour a shellfish plough is lowered into the ocean and a wonderful selection of shellfish and sea life is caught for viewing and tasting: scallops, sea urchins, crabs, starfish, sea cucumbers and much more. 2nd overnight in the Stykkisholmur or Borgarfjordur area.

DAY 6: Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon- Reykjavik  170km Volcanic Landscapes &Mud Pools
Drive to Reykjanes peninsula and visit the moon like surrounding of Lake Kleifarvatn and Krýsuvík geothermal area with bubbling mud pools. We recommend a visit to Grindavík fishing village and the famous Blue Lagoon for a relaxing dip in the pleasantly warm geothermal waters, rich in silica and minerals that are great for the skin. Drive into Reykjavik for overnight.

DAY 7: Departure
Arrangements end with the return of your rental car to Keflavik International Airport today.

Departures: daily  01 April to 31 October

For travel between 01 June and 31 August this tour is now on request only.

Includes: Rental car for 6 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system and two authorized drivers. car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport; Accommodation for 6 nights including breakfast;  Travel Guide; Detailed itinerary; Detailed road map (1:500 000);  Emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September; Service fee and taxes.  

Excludes: petrol; meals; Optional excursions suggestions being Blue Lagoon Entrance Day 6 or 7; Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp) Day 2; Amphibian Boat Tour on Glacial Lagoon (from the lagoon); Day 3, Glacier Wonders excursion  (from Skaftafell National Park) Day 3; The Settlement Center Day 4; Into the Glacier Day 4; Viking Sushi Boat Tour (from Stykkishólmur) Day 5. These optional tours can be purchased locally.

Tour Notes:

*  Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the end or anywhere else already on the itinerary along the way.

* Choose from 3 different levels of accommodation:
Budget: standard rooms with shared facilities in budget hotels, farm houses and guesthouses
Economy: standard rooms with private shower/wc in simple hotels, farm houses and guesthouses with last night in 3 star hotel in Reykjavik
Comfort: standard rooms with private shower/wc in quality hotels and guesthouses with last night in 4 star hotel in Reykjavik

Please note:  for travel in peak season from June to August 2017 there is limited hotel availability.  Whilst every endeavour will be made to book the accommodation level requested, a mixture of accommodations only may be available.  If so, the final price for the tour would be adjusted accordingly.

* The first night of your tour is spent in the Hveragerdi area, a small town about 45km from Reykjavik, to enable you to then head off into the countryside the next day without having to go through Reykjavik.
 
* The names for individual accommodations are not available prior to booking, as the tour package is based on specific hotel/price categories and not on specific hotels/accommodations and the exact location of your   hotel will vary according to availability. The itinerary indicates the region only for each overnight stay (with the exception of the last night which is always in Reykjavik itself)

* The price is based on  6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of car pick up and finishing at the same time. Additional use of the car beyond this time frame will incur additional days rental fee.

* We recommend a Group 2.0 car or higher- the price of the tour will vary according to the car category selected.

* The price shown is for a Group 2.0 car and Economy accommodation. For other car types and accommodation prices please enquire.

* You must be 21 years of age to rent any car, and 23 years of age to rent a car category 5.0 or higher; and have a valid driver's license with photo ID (an international driver's licence is not otherwise required)    

* The suggested route for this tour has ideas for sights and activities but please note these are NOT included in the tour price         

You can add the following 2 night stays (May to September) after the self drive tour. Please enquire for further details.              

Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar): includes return flights Reykjavik- Westman Islands, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.  

Hofn: includes return flights Reykjavik- Hofn, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.

Egilsstadir: includes return flights Reykjavik- Egilsstadir, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.

Akureyri: includes return flights Reykjavik- Akureyri, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast, guided coach tour to Lake Myvatn 8-9hrs.

Husavik: includes return flights Reykjavik- Husavik, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast, whale watching excursion 2-3hrs.

Isafjordur: includes return flights Reykjavik- Isafjordur, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.    

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2193.00
Single AUD$ 3900.00

Early Bird booking specials and discounts for travel in May and September may apply – please enquire.

Includes: Rental car for 6 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system and two authorized drivers. car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport; Accommodation for 6 nights including breakfast;  Travel Guide; Detailed itinerary; Detailed road map (1:500 000);  Emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September; Service fee and taxes.  

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