Golden Circle and South Shore

Explore the fabulous Golden Circle and South coast
Church in Vik, Iceland © Shutterstock

This tour focuses on the premier sights of the beautiful South Coast and Golden Circle areas. Admire striking waterfalls, magnificent geysers, black sand beaches, glaciers and more along the way. Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the end of the tour.

Itinerary

Day 1 Keflavik Airport - Hveragerði 50km

Geothermal Lagoon - Greenhouses - Flower Village
Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience. 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 Hveragerði - Vik 225km

South Coast - Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls - Black Sand Beaches
Visit the highlights of the South Coast such as Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Eyjafjallajökull glacier and surrounding area (where the 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 the Vik area.

Day 3 Vik - Golden Circle area 315km

Thjórsárdalur Valley - Gulfoss & Geysir - Hekla Volcano
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 Golden Circle area - Reykjavik 300km

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Picturesque Fjords - Waterfalls
Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. Then via Hvalfjörður fjord continue to the beautiful Borgarfjörður region and Reykholt, home of the 13th century scholar and saga author, Snorri Sturluson. Visit the beautiful Lava Falls waterfalls before heading to Reykjavik for overnight stay.

Day 5 Reykjavik - Keflavik Airport 52km

Your tour concludes with car drop-off at Keflavik International Airport.


2021 departures: daily all year

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:
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.
Comfort: standard rooms with private facilities in standard hotels and guesthouses. Last night at 3 star hotel.
Budget: standard rooms with shared facilities in budget hotels, farm houses and guesthouses

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.

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    Explore the fabulous Golden Circle and South coast
  • Tour Category

    Self Drive
  • Duration

    5 days

    Departures

    All Year

Tour Prices

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices shown are for COMFORT accommodation in a category 2.0 compact 2wd manual rental car for travel in May 2021

      Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      INCLUDES: 4 nights' accommodation* including breakfast; compact 2wd manual 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; travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September, Tablet with travel app which includes nature sites, historic places, road side services, safety guidelines, info from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration, detailed itinerary including hotels and GPS road guide to each hotel, map view of the road trip, detailed pdf travel book about Iceland (please note the tablet does not have internet connection capacity).

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices shown are for QUALITY accommodation in a category 2.0 compact 2wd manual rental car for travel in May 2021

      Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      INCLUDES: 4 nights' accommodation* including breakfast; compact 2wd manual 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; travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September, Tablet with travel app which includes nature sites, historic places, road side services, safety guidelines, info from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration, detailed itinerary including hotels and GPS road guide to each hotel, map view of the road trip, detailed pdf travel book about Iceland (please note the tablet does not have internet connection capacity).

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