RT10 - South Coast - Golden Circle and The Northern Lights 7 days
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Season: (SEP 15 to MAR 25)
Operates: (Daily)
Duration: (7 days / 6 nights)
By Car km/mi: (1025)
Price from: (80606 ISK Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.)
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A one week vacation to visit some of the best known sites in Iceland. In the evenings you will head ou to the hunt for the magical northern lights. Want to make the most out of your week in Iceland? This tour will fulfill all the criteria.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival – Reykjavik City – Northern Lights Centre

You will transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik in a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus. 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. Visit the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre to get better acquainted to the Northern Lights before you leave Reykjavik. (Entrance fee included)

Highlights:
Reykjavik city

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 2. The Scenic South Coast and The Northern Lights

In the morning you will be picked up at your accommodation and taken to the car rental to receive your car. Head to the south and visit Hveragerđi, a small town with many steaming vents and where hot spring water is used for heating greenhouses.
Continue to the beautiful waterfall Seljalandsfoss where you can take a walk behind the waterfall if conditions allow. A little further east, stop at Skógafoss, another impressive waterfall with two majestic glaciers towering above it. One of the glaciers is the infamous Eyjafjallajökull Glacier and a volcano that last erupted in 2010 causing a huge disturbance in air traffic in both Europe and America.
Visit the spectacular black beach at the Reynisdrangar Pinnacles on your way to the charming town of Vik, the southernmost town in Iceland.
The town of Kirkjubćjarklaustur waits across the Mýrdalssandur floodplains and Eldhraun, the most extensive lava field ever to flow on Earth in historical time. Stop by Fjađrárgljúfur Canyon located just west from Kirkjubćjarklaustur and the Kirkjugólfiđ (the Church Floor), a protected natural monument just east of Kirkjubćjarklaustur.
In the evening if weather conditions are right head out on a hunt for the magical northern lights. We will provide you with a link to the northern lights forecast.

Highlights:
The Blue Lagoon
Selfoss Town
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Eyjafjallajökull Glacier
Vík Town
Fjađrárgljúfur Canion
Kirkjubćjarklaustur Town

Optional Extra:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

Driving Distance:
270 kilometers

Overnight:
Kirkjubćjarklaustur area


Day 3. Skaftafell National Park and the Glacial Lagoon

Continue across Skeidarársandur, a black sand desert, washed down by the numerous glacial rivers that originate at the nearby Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest in Europe, and the place where a sub-glacial eruption took place in the Grímsvötn Volcano, beneath Vatnajökull Icecap, in 2011. The powerful eruption quickly broke the ice cover of the glacier and began spewing ash into the air in a magnificent display.
Continue to Skaftafell National Park, an oasis at the foot of the glacier that is famous for its tranquil, but rugged natural beauty. We recommend a hike to Svartifoss waterfall if conditions allow. After exploring the area continue to Jökulsarlón Glacial Lagoon, considered by many to be the greatest natural sight in the country where huge icebergs float in the crystal clear lagoon towards the sea. Sometimes in winter the lagoon freezes over. A scene from the James Bond movie, Die another day was shot here.
Drive back to Kirkjubćjarklaustur for an overnight stay. In the evening you can go out on a search for the northern lights.

Highlights:
Vatnajökull Glacier
Skaftafell
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Driving Distance:
245 kilometers

Overnight:
Kirkjubćjarklaustur area


Day 4. A Leisurely Day

Take a leisurely drive back to Hella and perhaps revisit the sites along the south coast. Today is ideal to take part in some activities like a glacier walk tour or a snowmobiling tour. On your way to Hella you might want to visit Skógar Museum to learn about the old way of living in turf houses as well as other interesting information about the inhabitants of Iceland. We recommend a visit to the pool area at Hella for a swim or a relaxing bath in one of the hot tubs or steam baths. The pool area is open until 21:00 on weekdays and 18:00 during weekends. Head back out on the hunt for the northern lights in the evening.

Highlights:
The South Coast

Driving Distance:
180 kilometers

Overnight:
Hella area


Day 5. Volcanic Crater – Geysers – the Golden Waterfall – Ţingvellir National Park

After breakfast head inland and stop by the impressive Keriđ Volcanic Crater and then further inland to Faxi Waterfall. Continue on to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur Geysers. Strokkur is an active geyser that spouts boiling hot water 15 to 20 meters up every few minutes and is a magnificent sight not to be missed.
Continue a short distance to the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, one of Iceland’s largest and most impressive waterfalls.
Continue on your journey and visit Ţingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the place where the Icelandic Parliament was established in 930. It is located on the spot where two continental plates meet creating a fascinating rift valley. Ţingvellir is hauntingly beautiful despite its rugged lunar-like landscapes. Then, drive across Mosfellsheiđi Heath to Reykjavík. In the evening you can go out again to look for the northern lights given that the weather conditions are favorable.

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

Driving Distance:
230 kilometers

Overnight:
Reykjavík city


Day 6. The Blue Lagoon

Take a drive to the Blue Lagoon and enjoy a relaxing bath in the mineral rich waters. At the Blue Lagoon you will find a cafe and a restaurant. The Blue Lagoon is open until 20:00 so you might want to spend the first half of your day in Reykjavik and go to the Blue Lagoon in the afternoon. You can enjoy dinner at the Lava restaurant before heading back to Reykjavik for an overnight stay. Make sure to look into the night sky on your way back to see if the northern lights are dancing tonight. Drop off the car in the evening and spend the night in Reykjavik.

Highlights:
The Blue Lagoon


Driving Distance:
100 km

Overnight:
Reykjavík city


Day 7. Departure

You will be transferred from your accommodation to the airport by a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus in time for your departure flight.




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Season: SEP 15 to MAR 25
Departures: Daily
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Driving distance: 1025 KM
Price from: 80606 ISK/person - Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.
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