Highlights of the South

4 Days - Complete tour of South Iceland

On this four day tour we visit all major attractions of the south including, Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir, the Glacier Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, Eyjafjallajökull area, Þórsmörk and many other interesting places. This is a perfect way to cover all these major sites in a relatively short time with a knowledgeable driver-guide in a comfortable vehicle where everything is taken care of and the only thing you need to think about is to enjoy the incredible scenery. As this is a private tour you can control the speed and where time will be spent according to your interests.

Day 1
In the morning you will be picked up your driver-guide in a specially modified 4x4, designed to handle Icelandic conditions.
We will start by visiting the Þingvellir national park where our parliament was established in 930 AD. This is also a place of great geological interest, since it’s one of few places where you can see an actual rift valley above sea level where land is torn apart by the great forces of tectonic plate movements.
We will then head on to visit the geothermal area of Geysir and the majestic Gullfoss waterfall before heading eastward to our accommodation for the next two nights in the area of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

glacier south coastDay 2
On our menu for today is the magnificent Glacier Lagoon (Jökulsárlón) as well as the Skaftafell National Park and Svinafellsjökull Glacier.
In early morning we drive eastward across the floodplains of Skeiðaraársandur with a view of Iceland’s biggest volcano, Öræfajökull with its summit, Hvannadalshnjúkur 2113 meters above sea level which makes it the highest in Iceland. After about two hours drive we come to the Lagoon where we can see many amazing blocks of ice that have broken off Europe’s biggest glacier, Vatnajökull, as they sail slowly towards the ocean which is only a kilometer away. It is possible to take a 30-40 min boat ride on between the icebergs (May – October).
We than head back to Skaftafell National Park, where we spend the afternoon hiking on some of the great hiking trails in the area, among them one which leads us up to the stunning Svartifoss waterfall.
If possible, we try to end our day in the swimming pool at Kirkjubæjarklaustur and relax among the locals in the “hot pot”

icebergs south iceland

Day 3
In the morning we start heading west again and our first stop will be Vík í Mýrdal a small charming village surrounded by beautiful high bird cliffs. Depending on season, this place can be very lively as uncountable number of birds hover gracefully above us around the cliffs which surround the village.
We go for a thrilling drive along the black coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and then there are two options to choose from; Snowmobile ride on Myrdalsjökull glacier or a Glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier.
Last but not least we visit the majestic Skógarfoss waterfall and the museum at Skógar before continuing to our hotel for the night at the foot of Mt Eyjafjallajökull.

seljalandsfoss waterfall south coast icelandDay 4
This is the day when we learn all about the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption.
Þórsmörk is a natural paradise named after the pagan God Thor and lies just behind the now famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
We head towards the valley and visit the outlet glacier where the glacier floods came rushing down with an incredible force during the eruption under the icecap
The recent eruption has altered the appearance of the landscape but at the same time created a unique opportunity to witness how the elements of ice and fire constantly shape and reshape the surface of our planet. The area is shaped by series of deep valleys, surrounded on three sides by glaciers and intersected by numerous fast flowing glacial rivers. Owing to considerable access difficulties the average foreign traveler seldom gets to see this jewel of the Icelandic landscape.
Once there, we discover a nature reserve full of geological wonders, rich birdlife and magnificent contrasts, glaciers, forests, Tuff Mountains and ruthless glacier torrents, everything at your fingertips. There are countless possibillities for hiking and exploring in the area, into Stakkholtsgja river canyon or up to top of Valahnukur Mountain for a fantastic view.
On our way back we stop at the Seljalandsfoss where the brave ones can walk underneath the waterfall as it cascades down from the cliff.
After a refreshing day out in Þórsmörk, we head back to Reykjavik.

Season: All Year
Departures: On request
Duration: 4 Days (Pickup at hotel in Reykjavik)
What to bring: Warm clothes & good hiking shoes

PRICE: Contact us for a quote

Driver-guide and Super Jeep for 4 days
Accommodation for three nights outside Reykjavik in country hotels
Meals on the tour: 3x breakfast, 4x lunch and 3x three course dinner
Admission fee to Skogar Museum

Not included:
Optional activity: boat tour, Snowmobile tour and Glacier hike etc.
Dinner on last day in Reykjavik
Drinks with dinner
Anything not mentioned above.