West and South Iceland Summer Self Drive

View of basalt stacks Reynisdrangar, black sand beach, church and city of Vik, South Iceland, summer time
Your self drive

From
3655€/pers
Duration
8 days / 7 nights

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 !

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Reykjavik

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Snæfellsnes Peninsula

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Þingvellir

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Geysir

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Gullfoss

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Vik

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Vatnajökull National Park

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Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

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Blue Lagoon

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Your West and South Iceland Summer self drive day by day itinerary

Day 1

Reykjavik

Reykjavik Port
Reykjavik Port

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

Day 2

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snæfellsnes peninsula, Small farmhouse standing close to some cliffs by the sea
Snæfellsnes peninsula, Small farmhouse standing close to some cliffs by the sea

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

Day 3

The Golden Circle

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©zinaidasopina112 – stock.adobe.com

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

Day 4

The Whale Fjord

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ideas-whale

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

Day 5

Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers – Vik – The black sand beach

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©Michael

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

Day 6

Vatnajökull National Park – Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon – Diamond Beach

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©Victoria Nefedova

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

Day 7

Blue Lagoon

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©surangaw – stock.adobe.com

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

Day 8

Blue Lagoon – Keflavik Airport

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©surangaw – stock.adobe.com

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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Your accommodation during your West and South Iceland Summer self drive

  • Reykjavik

Skuggi Hotel or similar

  • Arnarstapi

Hotel Buðir or similar

  • Húsafell

Hotel Húsafell

  • Hella

Stracta Hotel or similar

  • Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Laki Hotel or similar

  • Vik

Katla Hotel or similar

  • Blue Lagoon

Northern Light Inn or similar

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Price per person, based on 2 persons, from 3 655

  • Supplement single room: + 1 549€
  • Reduction triple room (per person): 186€

Final price varies depending on the number of people, the season and the category of vehicle.

Included in this travel

  • All services that are mentioned as "included" in the "Itinerary" section.
  • VAT on all our services and hospitality tax for all nights included in your trip.
  • Travel documentation including road maps, a detailed day-by-day road-book and travel tips.
  • During your stay, 24/7 phone assistance provided by our company.
  • A rental car for 8 days, unlimited mileage, CDW insurance, airport pick-up fee and second driver included.

Not included in this travel

  • International flights to and from Iceland, airport taxes and travel insurance.
  • Meals, drinks and other personal expenses.
  • Fuel for the rental vehicle.
  • Access to visited sites and museums, unless mentioned otherwise.
  • Rental car additional insurance.
  • Everything that is not mentioned under “Our prices include”.
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The options

Sleep in an ice cave

A unique experience!

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

From

1475 €

Sleeping in a yurt in Iceland

An unexpected experience!

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

From

655 €

Icelandic cooking class

Create an Icelandic gourmet meal!

Participate in preparing and enjoying a mouth-watering Icelandic style 3-course gourmet meal using fresh local ingredients, all under the supervision of skilled and entertaining local chefs. Afterwards you will have plenty of time to enjoy, in a relaxing atmosphere, a well-earned glass of wine.

You will sample local delicacies such as homemade Icelandic rye bread, dung smoked Arctic char, dried Atlantic wolfish, smoked free-range lamb and selected local beers. The class does not require any prior culinary experience and is enjoyable for gourmet cooks and novices alike.

This Icelandic cooking class is an Iceland Like A Local finding

From

228 €

Night on a glacier cap

Have you experienced a polar expedition?

From Reykjavík to the Lanjökull glacier, your guide will drive you in a 4×4 that is specially equipped for the glacier. Once off the main tracks, you’ll exchange your comfort for an exceptional experience. Your driver-guide will drive on the glacier and then find the perfect shelter for the night. When you have set up camp, you’ll have time to appreciate this white desert. Like an explorer, you will truly experience these polar conditions.

In the morning, you’ll take a short glacier walk to discover your icy surroundings. Then it will be time to head back to Reykjavík and the comfort of the city.

This unique experience is an Iceland Like A Local finding

From

2000 €
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Your self drive

From
3655€/pers
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Highlights

  • Visit Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and its icebergs
  • Diamond Beach
  • Vík Black Sand Beach
  • Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers
  • Discover Iceland’s famous Golden Circle
  • Relax in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon
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