Enjoy this short winter self-drive tour that focuses on the main highlights of South Iceland. Explore the Golden Circle area, along and around the South Shore, Reykjanes Peninsula and Reykjavik. Immerse yourself in the incredible Icelandic natural environment with its thundering waterfalls, spouting hot springs, vast lava fields and black sandy beaches. In the evenings, don't forget to scan the clear dark skies, looking for the dancing Northern Lights.
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Day 1: Arrival Reykjavik - 50km
Upon arrival at Keflavík Airport in Iceland, collect your rental car and make your way to Reykjavík for check-in at your hotel. The city is yours to enjoy - the city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 2: Golden Circle: National Park with Geological Wonders - Spouting Geysers - 190km
This morning leave Reykjavik and head off to the wonderful sights of the Golden Circle, including Þingvellir National Park, famous for its history and geological wonders, and the Geysir Hot Spring Area with its bubbling pools and spouting geysers. Then continue to the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall. We recommend a stop at the Geysir Geo Center, or a visit to the Fontana Baths. 2 nights in the Fludir area.
Day 3: Eyjafjallajokull & surroundings: Black Sand Beaches - Thundering Waterfalls - Sea Cliffs & Stone Arches - 290km
Drive along the scenic South Shore and the area near the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. This is the site of the famous 2010 eruption that stopped international air traffic. A stop at Thorvaldseyri Visitors Center, an exhibit about the massive 2010 eruption‘s impact on local lives,is highly recommended. Continue onwards, past the beautiful Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and Myrdalsjokull glacier, which covers powerful Katla volcano. Here it‘s possible to go snowmobiling on the glacier and perhaps get a splendid view over South Iceland. Stop by the peaceful seafront village of Vik to explore a dramatic stretch of coastline photogenically poised between glacier topped mountains, rugged sea cliffs and black sand beaches. A stop at Thorvaldseyri Visitors Center, an exhibit about the massive 2010 eruption‘s impact on local lives, is highly recommended. Second overnight in the Fludir area.
Day 4: Reykjanes Peninsula & Reykjavik - 180km
Drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, sometimes described as a microcosm of all Iceland. Explore the peninsula, and its fishing villages, lighthouse and the colorful geothermal area of Krysuvik. Then perhpas make a stop at 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. Return to Reykjavík for overnight.
Day 5: Departure - 50km
Arrangements end with the return of your rental car to Keflavik airport.
Departures: daily 01 October - 30 April
Includes: 4 nights accommodation with daily breakfast; rental car for 4 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT; GPS, additional authorised driver; map and travel guide; emergency phone line open 24 hours.
Excludes: optional activities, petrol, meals
Accommodation: choose from 2 levels of accommodation: Economy or Comfort:
Economy: accommodation with private facilities in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses, with first and last night in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.
Comfort: accommodation with private facilities in quality hotels and guesthouses, with first and last night in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.
Car hire: Choose from Group 1.3 Suzuki Swift 4WD Manual or similar; Group 2.5 Suzuki SX4 4WD Manual or similar; Group 4.0 Skoda Octavia Wagon 4WD Manual or similar; Group 4.1 Skoda Octavia Wagon 4WD Automatic or similar; Group 5.0 Toyota RAV 4WD Manual or similar; Group 5.1 Toyota RAV 4WD Automatic or similar; Group 7.1 Toyota Landcruiser GX 4WD Manual or similar; Group 7.2 Toyota Landcruiser GX 4WD Automatic or similar.
The prices shown are based on Economy accommodation with a Group 1.3 car; double/twin price is for 2 adults sharing the car and a double/twin room single price for 1 adult only in the car and in a single room
Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the beginning or end, or anywhere else already on the itinerary along the way.
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 first and last nights which are 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.
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)
Distances shown are approximate.
The suggested route for this tour has ideas for sights and activities but please note these are NOT included in the tour price
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The prices shown are based on Economy accommodation with a Group 1.3 car; double/twin price is for 2 adults sharing the car and a double/twin room, single price is for 1 adult only in the car and in a single room
Includes: 4 nights accommodation with daily breakfast; rental car for 4 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT; GPS, additional authorized driver; Detailed road map and road book