Summer self drive: the West and South Coasts in 10 days
Come and discover the South of the island, luckily one of the regions you can get to most easily from Reykjavik and which abounds with superb natural sites one of the greatest Iceland destinations. It’s a land where you will run out of words to describe it! From the Golden Circle Iceland to the outskirts of the Highlands, this is where the fault that runs across the island has created some of the most spectacular volcanic formations.
Southern Iceland is the location of the famous Golden Circle. The Golden Circle Iceland is a well-known route around the country through three must-see sites that have helped shape the image of this country in the world’s eyes. Geysir, a small village located inlands, gave its name to an incredibly rare geothermal event. In Gulfoss, the “golden fall” and the Hvita River combine to create a technicolour spectacle as the sun spins rainbows from the mists of the fall, accompanied by the roaring deluge of the waters. And in Thingvellir, you have a date with Icelandic history, since this is also the location of the first parliament… and the only place you can actually see the Mid Atlantic Ridge. And all in one day!
You can in fact explore to the furthest reaches of Iceland’s Golden Circle very easily, whether it is on foot, on horseback or by driving a rental 4×4. Our travel agency is at your disposal to help you discover these 3 exceptional sites the way that you personally like best. They are also ideally situated near Reykjavik. The Thingvellir National Park is approximately 50 kilometres from the Icelandic capital, and the Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir geothermal field are about 100 kilometres from the latter.
By visiting the Golden Circle Iceland, you can be sure of seeing the various different faces Iceland has to show its visitors within a very short timeframe. You will also be able to fully immerse yourself in its most unspoiled areas and wildest landscapes without having to travel thousands of miles.
Southern Iceland is also home to Hekla, Iceland’s largest volcano; Vatnajökull, the largest glacier; Elgya, the site of the biggest eruption in recorded history and Laki, the last island in the world to emerge from the sea, now part of the Westman Islands. The southern part of the island is also the most densely populated area, an incredibly welcoming region that can be visited, for the most part, all year long. Do not delay, contact us now so we create your tailor-made trip to Southern Iceland together.
Southern Iceland also boasts many very typical little villages that are well worth seeing. This is particularly the case for Vik and Skógar, located on the Atlantic coast. You will love the way that the picturesque little houses melt out of nowhere at the foot of impressive cliffs. Vik and Skógar are also close to the Eyjafjallajökull and Katla volcanoes and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier.
To explore Southern Iceland and immerse yourself completely a world that looks as though it has come straight out of a sci-fi movie, our travel agency offers you several means of transport. You can visit the area on foot, by a rental 4×4 or even on horseback should you so wish. The Landmannalaugar highlands, located more or less in the centre of Southern Iceland and not far from the Hekla volcano, are perfect for going on unforgettable hikes at the heart of a landscape that is just as unforgettable. The same goes for the smaller yet just as naturally stunning Thórsmörk region.
Travelling to Iceland, and especially to Southern Iceland, is something you should experience at least once in your life, as there are so many wonderful things to see and do.
Do you wish to visit other Icelandic regions? Take your pick! You can visit Reykjavik, discover East Iceland, Iceland Highlands, Northeast Iceland, Northwest Iceland, Snaefellsnes, South Coast Iceland, Westfjords or visit Greenland!