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.
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.
Waterfalls - Geysers - Cliffs & Black Sand Beaches
Continue to the amazing sites of Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir hot spring area. Travel along the South Shore 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 mid May until late June. Overnight in the Vik area (2 nights).
Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Largest Glacier
Today you'll be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. Visit the amazing Skaftafell National Park nestled between glaciers offering many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Diamond Beach is nearby. Returning to the charming village of Vík in the afternoon for 2nd overnight.
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 the Geysir hot springs area. Continue to Borgarfjörður and visit the historic site of Reykholt, the remarkably beautiful Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. The nearby Krauma Geothermal Natural Spa is a great place to relax in a nice blend of water from Deildartunguhver and cool mountain springs. Overnight in Borgarfjörður area (2 nights).
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 you can join a boat tour across the Breidafjordur Bay (approx. 2 hours) to admire the rich birdlife and sealife of the area - during the trip 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 Borgarfjörður area.
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. Visit Grindavík fishing village and maybe 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. Note: The Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance. Drive into Reykjavik for overnight.
Arrangements end with the return of your rental car to Keflavik International Airport today.
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. Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the end.
Choose from 3 different levels of accommodation:
Budget: standard rooms with shared facilities in budget hotels, farm houses and guesthouses
Comfort: standard rooms with private facilities in standard hotels and guesthouses. Last night at 3 star hotel.
Quality: standard rooms with private facilities in quality hotels and guesthouses or superior rooms in standard hotels and guesthouses. Last night in 4 star hotel.
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. The exact location of the countryside hotels will vary according to availability- the itinerary indicates the region for each overnight stay (with the exception of the last night which is always in Reykjavik itself).
Please note that Winter departures (October - April), rental car must be a 4WD.
For other car types and accommodation prices please enquire.