RT12 - South Coast - Golden Circle and The Northern Lights 6 days
Self Drive Tour

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Season: (SEP 14 to MAR 25)
Operates: (Daily)
Duration: (6 days / 5 nights)
By Car km/mi: (1025)
Price from: (68902 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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This is a 6 day tour visiting all the major sights in south Iceland as well as the famous Golden Circle rout with geysers, the golden waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. If you have 6 days in Iceland including day of arrival and departure during winter this is the one for you.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival – Reykajvik City – Northern Lights Hunt

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 norther lights centre in Reykjavik to learn more about this amazing natural phenomenon before heading out on your own northern lights exploration.

Highlights:
Reykjavik city

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 2. Stunning Waterfalls – Black Beaches – Glaciers and Volcanoes

Pick up the car in the morning and visit Hveragerđi, a small town with many steaming vents and where hot spring water is used for heating greenhouses. Continue to the South Coast and pass the infamous Eyjafjallajökull Glacier and a volcano that last erupted in 2010.
Stop at the inspiring waterfall Seljalandsfoss where in the summer one can take a scenic walk behind the falls. A little further east, stop at Skógafoss, another impressive waterfall with two majestic glaciers towering above it.
Visit the spectacular black beach at the Reynisdrangar Pinnacles on your way to the charming town of Vik, the southernmost town in the country.
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. Kirkjugólfiđ's basalt columns have been eroded and shaped by wind and water, but they look man-made. After dinner, if weather conditions are right, go out on a hunt for the inspiring northern lights.

Highlights:
Hveragerđi Town
Selfoss Town
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Eyjafjallajökull Glacier
Vík Town
Fjađrárgljúfur Canyon
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 an easy hike to Svartifoss, one of Iceland’s most picturesque waterfalls.
Continue to Jökulsarlón Glacial Lagoon, considered by many to be the greatest natural sight in the country and where huge icebergs float in the crystal clear lagoon. Head back to Hella town to rest up for Day 4's adventure. In the evening you can head out again to try your luck to see the northern lights.

Highlights:
Vatnajökull Glacier
Skaftafell
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Driving Distance:
410 kilometers

Overnight:
Hella area


Day 4. Volcanic Crater – Geysers – the Golden Waterfall – Ţingvellir National Park

Head inland and stop at the impressive Keriđ Volcanic Crater, 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.
Continue a short distance to the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, one of Iceland’s largest and most beautiful waterfalls.
Then continue to 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.

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

Driving Distance:
210 kilometers

Overnight:
Reykjavík city


Day 5. The Blue Lagoon and a Northern Lights Search

Journey to the lunar-like landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula to visit the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing bath. If road conditions allow you might want do visit some of the sites at Reykjanes peninsula like Lake Kleifarvatn and Krísuvík geothermal area. Head back to Reykjavik and enjoy the rest of the day in the city. If weather conditions are rights you can head out for the last time to look for the illusive northern lights before heading back home.

Highlights:
The Blue Lagoon


Driving Distance:
100 km

Overnight:
Reykjavík city


Day 6. Departure

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




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Season: SEP 14 to MAR 25
Departures: Daily
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Driving distance: 1025 KM
Price from: 68902 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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