South Coast and Highland Adventure 7 days


This is a complete tour of the south coast as well as the highlands accessible from there. Visit the beautiful Landmannalaugar area where you can take a dip in a natural geothermal water and the Lakagígar crater area with magnificent volcanic landscapes. On top of that you will also visit all other attractions along the south coast which include majestic waterfalls, black beaches, geysers and stunning landscapes. This tour is a rather fast pace tour but still a good one for those who do not mind long days as in summer we have 24 hours of daylight.

Due to limited availability of rental cars this summer we strongly advice planning your road trip timely and if you are looking to book a road trip with less than 5 weeks notice please contact us to check availability

Overview

Map for South Coast and Highland Adventure  7 days tour
  • Duration:7 days / 6 nights
  • By Car km/mi:1110
  • Season:July 6 to September 10
  • Operates:Daily
  • Price From:142308 ISK/Per Person
  • Tour ID:RT09

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival - Reykjavik City



Following your arrival is a bus transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik in a comfortable bus with Wi-Fi internet connection on board. Enjoy the rest of the day in Reykjavik, which offers a great variety of things to do. See iconic buildings including the Perlan (the Pearl), the Alţingishúsiđ (where the Icelandic parliament is housed), and Hallgrímskirkja Church. If you don't have time to shop on Laugarvegur Street, don't worry; you can do that when you return from your Icelandic Circle adventure. Check out the Reykjavik City Guide for a map of the city and points of interest.


Highlights:
Reykjavik city

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 2. Ţingvellir National Park – Geysers and the Golden Waterfall



Pick up your car in the morning and head out on the road and start your adventure. Visit Ţingvellir National Park, a place accepted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Ţingvellir National Park is a historic site as the Icelandic parliament was established here in 930. Ţingvellir is also hauntingly beautiful despite its rugged lunar-like landscapes on the spot where two continental plates meet creating a fascinating rift valley. From the Ţingvellir head to the Geysir geothermal area filled with geysers and hot springs. One of the geysers sprouts boiling hot water 15-20 meters in the air every 8 minutes or so in a majestic display so make sure you stick around for the show. Continue further to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall but Gullfoss waterfall is one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls and a site not to be missed. Head for the South Coast with a stop at Keriđ, a staggering volcanic crater that is 270 meters long, 170 meter wide, and 55 meters deep with a pond at the bottom that is 7–10 meters deep. Occasionally, concerts are held on small boats while the audience sits on the inner slopes of the crater. Keriđ is an awesome monument to the volcanic activity in Iceland and a site not to be missed.

Highlights:
Ţingvellir National Park
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Keriđ Crater
Faxi Waterfall

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Overnight:
Hella area


Day 3. The Scenic South and Lakagígar



The South coast is a scenic drive with mountains and glacier views. Stop by the inspiring waterfalls Skógarfoss and Seljalandsfoss but a walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a must do. Next up is a visit to the charming town of Vík. Visit the Black beach Reynisfjara with it´s strange rock formations rising from the sea and Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve where you will find abundance of bird species including the puffin. Onwards over the floodplains of Mýrdalssandur to the highland track leading to the spectacular Lakagígar Craters, named for Mt. Laki, and located in an eruption fissure that is 25 kilometres long. The craters were formed in an eruption lasting five months and issuing the greatest volume of lava and volcanic material ever in a single eruption; it took place in 1783 and is known to be amongst the most catastrophic volcanic events in human history. From the main highway, it is about 90 kilometres to Laki on a rugged mountain road. The rewarding scenery at the end of the road makes the bumpy ride worthwhile. There are few wild and rugged natural wonders that equal the beauty of the Laki area. The enormous lava field is now covered with green moss, but the volcanic debris and colourful craters provide the Laki area with a grim, natural beauty. After exploring the lunar-like landscapes, head back to your overnight location in the Kirkjubćjarklaustur area.

Highlights:
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Vík Town
Reynisfjara Beach
Lakagígar
Kirkjugólf - The Church Floor
Kirkjubćjarklaustur Town

Optional Extra:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
LAVA Centre

Driving Distance:
270 kilometers

Overnight:
Kirkjubćjarklausut area


Day 4. Skaftafell and The Glacier Lagoon



By the roots of Vatnajökull glacier lays the stunning Skaftafell National Park. This is a fantastic place for short hikes and to enjoy the tranquillity of the national park. Skaftafell contains numerous breathtaking hiking trails including a walk to the elegant Svartifoss Waterfall, which is one of the parks most inspiring treasures. After a visit to Skaftafell National Park, continue along the roots of the glacier to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where gigantic icebergs the size of houses float around and slowly drift towards the sea. A boat tour on the lagoon amongst the icebergs is available and is highly recommended. Your overnight accommodation will be in the Kirkjubćjarklausut area.

Highlights:
Skaftafell
Svartifoss Waterfall
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Optional Extra:
The Glacier Lagoon - Amphibian Boat Tour

Driving Distance:
250 kilometers

Overnight:
Kirkjubćjarklausut area


Day 5. Landmannalaugar Highland Adventure



Today you will embark on a highland adventure to Landmannalaugar via the Fjallabak route, which is one of the most scenic highland paths in Iceland. Continue to Ófćrufoss Waterfall and then to the colorful settings of Landmannalaugar The breathtaking scenery in Landmannlaugar is a mixture of the colourful Rhyolite mountains, black lava fields, yellow and green moss, and hot springs. One of Iceland’s most famous natural pools is located in Landmannalaugar, ideal for a relaxing bath after hiking and exploring this highland pearl. The area is an absolute paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Heading back from Landmannalaugar you will pass lake Frostastađavatn, nesting under colorful mountain hills and craters. Make a pit stop by Landmannahellir Cave before continuing on this scenic desolate route back to your accommodation at Hella. 



Highlights:
Eldgjá Canyon
Hekla Volcano
Ófćrufoss Waterfall
Landmannalaugar
Landmannahellir Cave

Driving Distance:
210 kilometers

Overnight:
Hella area


Day 6. Reykjanes Peninsula and the Blue Lagoon



Take a trip to the lunar-like landscapes of Reykjanes Peninsula. Visit Lake Kleifarvatn and the Krísuvík geothermal area and feel of the raw power of the Earth. Continue to Grindavík fishing town and the amazing Blue Lagoon. Here you can enjoy a relaxing bath in the mineral rich waters; it's a great place to collect your thoughts after days of exploring Iceland. Head back to Reykjavík and drop off the car.
If your flight departs in the late afternoon or evening of this day you can drop off the car at the airport after a rejuvenating bath in the Blue Lagoon.

Highlights:
Lake Kleifarvatn
Krýsuvík Geothermal Area
Grindavík Town
The Blue Lagoon


Overnight:
Reykjavík city

Driving Distance:
180 Km


Day 7. Departure



You’ll be transferred from your accommodation to the airport by a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus.



Accommodation

Comfort Accommodation
Comfort Accommodation


Private rooms with private WC facilities and shower/bath in hotels or well appointed guesthouses.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Economy Accommodation
Economy Accommodation


Private rooms with shared WC facilities and shower in guesthouses.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Mixed Accommodation
Mixed Accommodation


Combination of both Economy and Comfort accommodation.
With 50/50 distribution of nights you get the best from both categories, economy and comfort. For tours with odd numbers of nights, the additional night is booked in Comfort accommodation.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Quality Accommodation
Quality Accommodation


Rooms in the highest quality accommodation available with private shower or bath and WC.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds.In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Rental Cars

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic

Other Information

This tour can be customized to your specifications and needs, so if you have any special requests, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to help you arrange the perfect Icelandic vacation.

This tour is also available as a private guided tour: PT05 - South Coast and Highlands Adventure - 7 days

*FAQ*

We are arriving very early. What is the check in time?
Check in time is usually between 14:00 - 16:00 for accommodation in Iceland. The only way to secure an early check in is to book the night before as well. However if a room is ready you should be able to check in early.

Where to eat during the tour?
In the small towns around Iceland you will find restaurants, bakeries and cafes where you can get something to eat. If you are going to the highlands we recommend purchasing something to take with you as there are very limited options for meals in the remote highland areas.

Are there any hidden charges?
There are no hidden charges or fees you should be aware of. Note that fuel and meals other than breakfast are not included.

What type of car is recommended?
For this tour you require a 4x4 vehicle suitable for highland driving. On this tour you will be driving on both paved roads as well as rough highland tracks with river crossings.

Do I need an international driver’s license?
No you do not need an international drivers license but you need a valid driver’s licence, which you will have held for at least two years. Travellers from overseas will need a licence issued in their country of residence along with an English translation (where appropriate). Some form of picture Identity is required, e.g. Passport, ID card etc. A valid credit card is also required.

How far is it between gas stations?
Gas stations can be found in almost all towns around Iceland so running out of gas is not a likely scenario. However before going to the highland areas we recommend filling up the tank as there are no gas stations in the highlands.

Do hotels and guesthouses offer Wi-Fi internet connection?
Most hotels and guesthouses in Iceland do provide free access to Wi-Fi internet. Some hotels and guesthouses do charge a small fee for access to the internet.

How do I book and what is the process?
There are several factors that determine the tour price:
• Time of the year you plan on visiting
• Number of people travelling together
• Type of car Car Info (Only applicable with self drive trips)
• Accommodation type ((we offer 2 categories of accommodation or you can choose mixture of both)
• Optional Activities (Various optional activities are available with each trip)

There is a special Price Calculator button with every self-drive tours and private guided tours where you can enter your choice of type of accommodation, car, number of people and your arrival date. The Price Calculator will calculate and display the price according to your specifications. This way you can see how different choices in car and accommodation types affect the price of the package.

Once you are confident about your trip selection proceed to press the book now tab. Here you will fill in the required information and proceed through the booking process.

We require a 15% deposit at the time of booking. Full payment is due 5 weeks prior to arrival.

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