Iceland
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5 days
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TAKE THE WHEEL AND PREPARE TO BE AMAZED

Visit some of South Iceland’s most fascinating highlights on this unforgettable self-drive tour. From stark and stunning black sand beaches and bubbling hot springs to the icy Jökulsárlón and Fjallsárlón glacier lagoons to the classic Golden Circle, the south coast is a wealth of wonders.

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

Type: SELF-DRIVE

Dates:  All MAY – All SEP

Departure: DAILY

Driving distance: 914 KM

 

Additional information

MonthMay, September

1

Day 1:

 

ARRIVAL IN ICELAND

On arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a professional driver and transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city centre at you own pace. The main downtown area offers a variety of shops, museums and galleries—all within an easy walk. Laugavegur, Reykjavík’s main street, offers an abundance of excellent restaurants and cafés, as well as bars and clubs for those who want to experience the renowned Reykjavík nightlife.

Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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Day 2:

  

SOUTH COAST & MAJESTIC WATERFALLS

Start the day by picking up your rental car before taking in some of the best known attractions in the south of Iceland. The first leg of your journey is along the south coast, with a stop at the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall—the only one of its kind in Iceland where you can walk behind the cascade on a footpath!* For those who are more adventurous we recommend stopping by the hidden waterfall in the canyon, known as Gljúfrabúi, located near Seljalandsfoss. Further along you can visit the magnificent 60 metre free-falling Skógafoss waterfalls in Skógar. From there, the journey takes you past the beautiful Eyjafjöll mountain range.

Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Driving distance approx. 248 km / 154 miles 

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Day 3:

 

JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON

Start your day bright and early as you have a full day of exciting highlights ahead of you. Drive to Skaftafell, part of Vatnajökull National Park and home of the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you can take a boat ride among the floating icebergs, which vary in colour, size and density. Marvel at the region’s unique beauty by exploring the many interesting hiking trails, including a short journey to the splendid Svartifoss waterfall. In this area, you can also embark on a glacier walk or try your hand at ice-climbing with an optional guided tour.* Travel back to your accommodation along the South Coast for the evening.

Spend the night in the Vík area.

Driving distance: 317 km/197 miles

*NOTE: Venturing onto a glacier or engaging in ice climbing should only ever be attempted with the assistance of a licensed and experienced guide. It is extrememly dangerous to go out on your own. If a tour is of interest to you, please contact Nordic Visitor.

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Day 4:

 

GOLDEN CIRCLE: HOT SPRINGS, NATURE & HISTORY

Drive the famous Golden Circle, a popular route for viewing some of the best-known natural sites in Iceland, before heading back to Reykjavik. Visit the great Geysir area and explore the bubbling mud pots and spouting Strokkur geyser before arriving at the picture perfect two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall. After, you could choose to visit the old bishopry at Skálholt and the explosion crater Kerið, now partially filled with bright blue water. Complete the circle at Þingvellir National Park, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being historically significant to the founding of Icelandic democracy and a place of immense natural beauty. Drive the Mosfellsdalur valley towards Reykjavik where you can relax after your scenic journey along the south coast.

Spend the night in Reykjavik.

Driving distance: 170 km / 105 miles

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Day 5:

 

DEPARTURE FROM ICELAND

When it’s time to depart, you will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation for your airport transfer. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to Keflavík International Airport (Blue Lagoon entrance not included in package).

Note: If you are interested in extending your stay, we’re happy to arrange extra nights and activities in the Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to Greenland or one of our other destinations.

WHAT’S INCLUDED Don’t worry, we’ve got this covered.

INCLUDED

Private transfer from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik

Accommodation (budget/comfort/quality) for 4 nights

Daily Breakfast

Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, CDW and VAT for 8 days

Free in-car unlimited wi-fi, use of GPS & two authorised drivers for the duration of the vehicle rental period

Information meeting with your travel consultant (optional)

Semi-private transfer from Reykjavik to Keflavik airport on departure

Map of Iceland and detailed personal itinerary

Iceland Travel Guide

Driving in Iceland Pamphlet

Temporary use of a mobile phone

24/7 Helpline

Taxes & service fees

NOT INCLUDED

Flights to/from Iceland

Personal travel insurance

Gasoline/Petrol

Tunnel Fees

Meals, drinks & entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Optional activities – can be added on request

Any services not listed above as “Included”

Price is per person in double sharing room and 1 car rental for 2 traveling together.

Accommodation Types:

BUDGET (Included it in the base price)

Rooms with shared WC and shower (or bath) in farmhouses, guesthouses or well-appointed hostels. All provide breakfast (included in the price).

COMFORT
Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three-star hotel or well-appointed guesthouse. All provide breakfast (included in the price).
QUALITY
Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three- or four-star hotel or the best accommodation available in the area at the time of booking. All provide breakfast (included in the price).

Rental Car:

HYUNDAI I20 (MANUAL)  (Included in the base price) OR SIMILAR

  • Type: A
  • Description: Economy sub-compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

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SKODA OCTAVIA STATION (AUTOMATIC) OR SIMILAR

  • Type: D
  • Description: Station wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

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HIGHLIGHTS A selection of the many incredible things you can see while in Iceland.

JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON

Film buffs will recognise Jökulsárlón from such blockbusters as Tomb Raider, Batman Begins, and 2 James Bond films: A View to a Kill and Die Another Day. It’s not surprising why famous directors would choose this amazing location as a backdrop!

This extremely picturesque glacial lagoon at the southern edge of the Vatnajökull glacier is regarded as one of Iceland’s greatest natural wonders. Huge chunks of ice regularly calve off the glacier and make their way to the sea via the glacier lagoon.

The view from the shore is unforgettable, but boat tours onto the lagoon to navigate the maze of icebergs are also available to get up close and personal with the azure ice. Boat tours are operated daily from May 15th to September 15th.

From land or on the water, you’re also likely to spot playful seals swimming in the chilly waters, much to the enjoyment of onlookers.

The water in Jökulsárlón is frigid and the ice bergs flip and roll on their own without warning, so please do not wade into the water or attempt to climb on the ice.

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GULLFOSS

Gullfoss, or the ‘Golden Waterfall’, is a breathtaking two-tiered waterfall that drops 32 metres into a narrow canyon 70 metres deep and 2.5 kilometres long. From the car park there’s a footpath leading to a viewing platform where you can experience the waterfall in all its glory.

Standing above the falls is a stone memorial to Sigríður Tómasdóttir, who, a number of years ago, threatened to throw herself into the falls in protest against foreign investors who wanted to buy the waterfalls and use them as a power supply. The government eventually intervened, bought the falls and made them the property of the Icelandic nation.

Caution should be exercised at many Icelandic natural attractions. Do not stray from clearly marked paths and respect all warnings and signs.

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GEYSIR

The famed hot spring Geysir is located in the Haukadalur valley in southwestern Iceland. It was first mentioned in Icelandic literature in 1294 when the valley was hit by a series of strong earthquakes and a devastating eruption of Mount Hekla.

Geysir has been dormant for many years, with exception of renewed activity in 2000 after an eruption at Mount Hekla. Otherwise, its neighbour, the geyser Strokkur, erupts every 10 minutes or so and is the area’s main attraction.

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SKAFTAFELL

Iceland’s largest national park at 5,000 km2 is a place of immense natural beauty and one of Iceland’s most visited places during the summer.

The variety of landscapes is astounding in Skaftafell. Here you can expect to see lush vegetation, icebergs, canyons, hanging valleys, ice tunnels and arches, glacial rivers, and much more.

Guided glacier tours and hikes are available year-round; please check with the Skaftafellsstofa Visitor Center for more information or ask your travel consultant.

Never attempt to climb or hike on a glacier without an experienced guide. Always heed all signs and warnings and stay on marked trails and paths.

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SELJALANDSFOSS

One of Iceland’s most visited waterfalls, after Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss is situated along the Seljalandsá river where the waterway plummets 40 metres over a cliff face. Seljalandsfoss is unique among waterfalls, as the shape of the cliff over which it falls allows visitors to walk behind the chute via a footpath at the base of the falls.

You can get to the waterfall from the Seljaland farm along the Ring Road. A little further to the west there are several other falls, among them the fascinating Gljúfrabúi.

Always exercise caution when walking behind Seljalandsfoss. The path can be slippery, especially during the winter months.

SKÓGAFOSS

Located at the foot of the impressive Eyjafjöll mountain range is Skógafoss, a magnificent 60-metre high waterfall where, according to legend, the first Viking settler in the area hid a treasure in the cave behind the cascade.

This is also one of Iceland‘s most photogenic landmarks; since the waterfall produces a lot of mist, rainbows are a common sight on sunny days. Nearby is the Skógar Folk Museum, which boasts an array of interesting artefacts including an original turf farm that shows how people lived hundreds of years ago.

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REYKJAVÍK

The capital of Iceland, Reykjavik or ‘Steamy Cove’, named after its geothermal location, is a vibrant city with a lively culture and fun-filled nightlife, not to mention the oldest Parliament – the Althingi – in the world.

With a relatively small population of 200,000 people living in the Greater Reykjavik area (2/3 of the country’s total population), Reykjavik boasts panoramic views of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides. In the summer, you can sit by the harbour at midnight and watch the sun dip slightly below the horizon before it makes its way up again. The city is unique for its numerous wells that allow all the city’s residents to enjoy inexpensive central heating and a smoke-free city.

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ÞINGVELLIR

Þingvellir was declared a national park in 1930. A law was passed designating Þingvellir as “a protected national shrine for all Icelanders, the perpetual property of the Icelandic nation under the preservation of parliament, never to be sold or mortgaged.”

Þingvellir has been the site of many special moments in history. The Icelandic parliament, The Althingi, was established here around 930 AD and on 17 June 1944, Icelanders celebrated their independence from Denmark in Þingvellir.

Furthermore, in 2000, Þingvellir was the perfect place to celebrate the millennium. Þingvellir plains are located on the north Atlantic rift that splits Iceland between the North American and Eurasian continents.

KERIÐ

Kerið is an exquisite crater not far outside of the classic Golden Circle route that is a must-see for anybody to explore on their way out of Reykjavík. The 55 metre deep crater is 3000 years old, and is part of the larger Tjarnarhólar area, a collection of crater-hills.

You’ll notice upon walking up to its rim that Kerið has a lake in its bowl. The story goes that when the water level rises in Kerið, it falls an equal amount in the small lake on the mountain Búrfell in the Grímsnes district, and vice versa. It’s like some mystical seesaw!

Kerið is a protected natural site. A small parking lot is adjascent to the crater off Route 35, and marked footpaths guide visitors to its rim.KERIÐ

EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL

Eyjafjallajökull, or “island mountain glacier” in Icelandic, emerged as one of Iceland’s most famous attractions in March 2010, when the volcano underneath the ice cap reawakened after a 200 year slumber. The volcano has erupted somewhat regularly since the last glacial period, with the last eruption occurring from 1821 to 1823.

Besides the incredible footage of the recent eruption, this volcano is perhaps best known internationally for its difficult-to-pronounce name!

The glacier itself is one of Iceland’s smallest at 100 km2, but the mountain (1,666 m) can be seen from several kilometres away from Route 1 on a clear day.

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VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK

Vatnajökull National Park is one of three national parks in Iceland, and it encompasses all of Vatnajökull—Europe’s largest glacier—along with a large swath of the surrounding area. In all, the park covers roughly 14% of Iceland’s landmass! It includes the Skaftafell and Jökulsárgljúfur national parks within its borders.

The Vatnajökull glacier itself has an area of over 8000 km2 , 8% of Iceland’s landmass. The glacier reaches 2000 metres at its highest point and covers many active volcanoes, including Grímsvötn, Iceland’s busiest volcano with several eruptions recorded in recent years (1996, 1998, 2004 and 2011).

The park’s diverse landscape was shaped by the region’s many powerful rivers, glacial ice and volcanic activity. Many of Iceland’s most awe-inspiring natural attractions can be found here, including the volcanoes Askja, Bárðarbunga and Grímsvötn, the Ásbyrgi canyon and the mighty Dettifoss waterfall in the park’s northern region; and the lush oasis of Skaftafell, the Eldgjá and Lakagígar volcanic fissures and Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, in the southern end.

This national park is so large it is divided into four territories and includes five visitor centres: Skaftafell, Gamlabúð at Höfn, Skaftárstofa at Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Snæfellsstofa at Skriðuklaustur and Gljúfrastofa at Ásbyrgi. There are also many interesting hiking trails within the park, rated from easy to challenging, and trail maps can be obtained at visitor centres.

Always heed all signs and warnings when hiking and never stray from marked trails or paths.

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FJALLSÁRLÓN

Fjallsárlón is an iceberg lagoon at the south end of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. Throughout the lagoon, visitors can see floating icebergs that calve from the edge of the glacier. The icebergs are different shapes, sizes and colours, from jagged white ice, to smooth bergs blue in hue. Travellers can opt for an iceberg safari in a small boat, which allows up close and personal views of the glacier, icebergs and the unique surroundings.

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FJAÐRÁRGLJÚFUR

Just west of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon has been hollowed out over millions of years by the Fjaðrá River. The walking path along the eastern edge of the canyon offer stunning views over the plains and glacial brooks below. The canyon is also noted for the curious shape of its rock formations, including one that looks like a finger, where legend has it a troll is buried.

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Important Notes on prices

– Price is per person in double sharing room (Budget Accommodation) and 1 Hyndai car rental for 2 traveling together.

– For a third traveller, the cost is 2,809 AED, please select the extra adult at checkout.

– Travellers traveling Solo need to select the single room/car Supplement of 2,444 AED at checkout – Total cost for single travellers 7,064 AED

Travellers Cost
2 4,620 AED Per person
Extra Adult 2,809 AED
Single traveler in single room/car 7,064 AED
Children (up to 2) 0 AED
Enfant 0 AED

Upgrades:

Upgrade to Comfort accommodation 667 AED
Upgrade to Quality accommodation 1,932 AED
Upgrade to SKODA OCTAVIA STATION Automatic 256 AED
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