With this 8 day self-drive itinerary, you will discover a incredible range of panoramas and experiences that the south west coast of the island offers. Wild coastlines, waterfalls, black sand beaches, the Whale Fjord, the diamond beach, hot springs, all dominated by majestic glaciers ! This itinerary also allows you to visit the country’s most famous areas such as Geysir, the Blue Lagoon, Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Vík. Take the time to relax in natural geothermal hot springs in the warmth of the silky waters. One of the best places to meet locals, it’s one of their favorite activity !
Arrival at Keflavík international airport. Your collective transfer drives you to your accommodation in Reykjavík and you have the rest of the day to discover the city.
Night in Reykjavik – breakfast included
Say goodbye to the capital city and pick up your rental car to head along the Hvalfjörður, « Whale Fjord ». Hike to the Glýmur waterfall that drops 200m and soak-in the overall beauty of this wonderfull fjord ! Next continue to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula stopping off in the town of Borgarnes and relax in one of the natural hot springs along the way. Drive along the southern coastline to Arnarstapi and Hellnar discovering the wild coasts of the peninsula under the Snæfellsjökull volcano.
Night in the Arnarstapi area– breakfast included
Drive south along the west coast through the Suðurárdalur Valley to the Grábrók crater before exploring the Reykholt Valley with the Barnarfoss & Hraunarfoss waterfalls. Then, discover one of Iceland’s most famous spots: the Golden Circle. In order to make the most of this popular spot, you will have two days to explore the area. Today your first stop will be Þingvellir. Discover the effects of the oceanic rift and the oldest parliament in the world.
Night in the Húsafell area– breakfast included
Continue your exploration of the Golden Circle via the Hvalfjörður known to be the « Whale Fjord ». Open your eyes, you might get the chance to see some whales! Then, drive to the famous Geysir, home of the powerful Strokkur, country’s most famous geyser, shooting vast jets of boiling water up to 40 meters high. Last stop of the day will be the waterfall of Gullfoss, the water cascading 32 meters down in two steps in a display of nature’s raw power.
Night in Hella area– breakfast included
Take the road n°1 through the South Coast and explore the Valley of Þjorsardalur with the Hjálparfoss waterfall and the farm of Þjóðveldisbær. Observe Hekla volcano, the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers as you drive through lands. Stop at the black sand beaches and observe the cliffs full of birds on the ocean-side of the road. Then, drive to Seljavallalaug and relax at the outdoor geothermal swimming pool. It is one of the oldest pools in Iceland. Built in 1923, it is still accessible and free ! Finish your day driving through Vík and the lava field of Eldhraun till your accommodation.
Night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area– breakfast included
Take a hike around the area of Skaftafell and discover the spectacular trails of the Vatnajökull National Park. Then, drive east to the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and be amazed by the icebergs that are cast off from Europe’s largest glacier. It almost seems like you are in Greenland for a minute or two.. End your day by crossing the verdant region of Kirkjubæjarklaustur and the long of the black desert of Myrdalssandur.
Night in the Vík area– breakfast included
Drive along the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula heading to Keflavík. Observe the savage coasts and lunar landscapes formed by numerous volcanic eruptions mixed with the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon.
Night in the Blue Lagoon area– breakfast included
Sadly, it’s time to drop your rental car off at Keflavík International airport for your flight home. If you have a late flight, why not take a little moment to relax with a pre-flight soak at the Blue Lagoon.
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Final price varies depending on the number of people, the season and the category of vehicle.
Sleep in an ice cave
Do you long to experience the deep cold? Well put on your crampons and helmet, grab your ice pick and traverse a glacier to explore an ice cave that will also be your accommodation for the night.
The exact location is confidential, but we can tell you that it is located 25 km from the Skaftafell region.
Once you have arrived at the Vatnajökull glacier, it’s time to meet your equipment! Helmets, crampons and ice picks will make sure you are properly prepared! Enter the ice cave and be amazed by the many focal points as you discover the various shades of blue created by the varied density of the ice.
After a local Icelandic diner, set out your sleeping bag and enjoy your night under the glacier. What an adventure!
This activity is available from mid-December to mid-March.
Note: This activity is not recommended for families and seniors.
This unique experience is an Iceland Like A Local finding
Sleeping in a yurt in Iceland
Thinking of sleeping in a yurt in Iceland? Well, it may seem unbelievable, but yes it is possible!
Make your trip to Iceland unforgettable spending a night in a yurt!
Embark on a zodiac tour to be able to reach a small isolated island in the middle of a glacier river (south Iceland).
You will find several yurts there. It’s time to reconnect with the nature and enjoy every second of this experience : it all starts off by turning your phone off, taking the fishing nets out of the water and season the fresh salmon for tonight’s bbq.
After stargazing and perhaps get the chance to see northern lights, slip under your sheepskin cover in your yurt for a lovely night..
This unique experience is an Iceland Like A Local finding