RT09 - South Coast and Highland Adventure 7 days
Self Drive Tour

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Season: (JUL 6 to SEP 10)
Operates: (Daily)
Duration: (7 days / 6 nights)
By Car km/mi: (1110)
Price from: (109512 ISK Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.)
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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.

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

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.



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Season: JUL 6 to SEP 10
Departures: Daily
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Driving distance: 1110 KM
Price from: 109512 ISK/person - Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.
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