Golden Circle

South Coast
5 days
Apr - Oct
Itinerary
Prices

This self-drive tour focuses on the beautiful South Coast and re-traces the footsteps of the Viking Sagas with many striking waterfalls as well as magnificent geysers and glaciers along the way.                                                                     

Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik or anywhere else already on the itinerary.  

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Day 1   Keflavik Airport - Hveragerði  100km: Geothermal Lagoon & Greenhouases & Flower village
Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience. From Keflavík International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in 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  190km: Thundering Waterfalls, Cliffs & Stone Arches, Black Sand Beaches
Visit the highlights of the South Coast such as Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and surrounding area (where 2010 eruption occurred) and Dyrhólaey*, a rocky headland where thousands of sea birds and puffins nest during the summer. *Please note: Dyrhólaey is closed during nesting season mid-May to late June.  Overnight in Vik area.   

Day 3 Thjórsárdalur Valley - Gulfoss - Geysir  300km: Colourful Valley, Hekla Volcano, Golden Falls & Exploding Geysers
Explore Thjórsárdalur valley and its landscape of sharply contrasting birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers and waterfalls, huddling below the impressive Hekla volcano. In this valley you can also visit the excavated site of a viking aged farm long since destroyed by one of Hekla's eruptions. Continue to Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area. Overnight in the Golden Circle area.

Day 4  Thingvellir - Borgarfjörður Area  300km: Geological Wonders, Picturesque Fjords & Waterfalls
Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. Then via Hvalfjörður fjord or Kaldidalur highland track (open June to August a 4WD is required). Your journey continues to the beautiful Borgarfjörður region and Reykholt, home of the 13th century scholar and saga author, Snorri Sturluson. Drive on for overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 5   Reykjavik - Keflavik Airport  : 52km 
Your tour concludes with car drop-off at Keflavik International Airport. 

Departures: daily 1 April – 31 October 

Includes: 4 nights' accommodation* including breakfast; rental car for 4 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up; CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system and additional driver; car pick up/drop off at Keflavík International Airport; detailed road map (1:500 000);  travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September.

Excludes: petrol, optional tours Blue Lagoon (Day 5); Myrdalsjokull snowmobiling (Day 2): these 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  4 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       

                               
                                            Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated.

 

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1426.00
Single AUD$ 2535.00

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

 

Includes: 4 nights' accommodation* including breakfast; rental car for 4 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up; CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system and additional driver; car pick up/drop off at Keflavík International Airport; detailed road map (1:500 000);  travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September.

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