Through the South Coast of Iceland – Guided Tour
Explore with us the stunning natural attractions that made this island one of the most wanted destinations
The South coast of Iceland is the best starting point for your exploration, because it gathers all the landscapes and wonders that make this country such an extraordinary land. With this complete guided tour you will discover – at a slow pace – all the most famous natural attractions, in the moment of the awakening from the winter, as well as explore less known places. The icing on the cake will be if magic northern lights -a phenomenon as unpredictable as emotional – will decide to show up before the hibernation until the next Autumn.
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN ICELAND E VISIT OF REYKJAVÍK
Arrival in Keflavík and transfer to Reykjavík in shared shuttle (frequent departures). Meet with the guide and, depending on the time of the flight, visit to some of the most representative places. Among these, the enchanting lake of Tjörnin and the Harpa, iconic glass building by the sea. We can’t miss a visit to the majestic Hallgrímskirkja. Moreover, Reykjavík is a perfect city to stroll around and it’s very nice to get shelter in one of the historic cafes, to get warm up with a kaffi or a kókó. Overnight stay in 3* hotel in the centre.
DAY 2 – GOLDEN CIRCLE AND THE SOUTH COST
First stops are the ones of the Golden Circle. We start with Þingvellir National Park, place of the first parliament, where it’s possible to admire one of the most impressive tectonic plates. We move then to Geysir geothermal area, which gave the name to this natural phenomenon, and to Gullfoss, queen of the Icelandic waterfalls with its double jump. Heading south we encounter other waterfalls. The first one is the romantic Seljalandsfoss, where it’s possible to walk all around its jet; the next one is the perfect Skógafoss, in the tiny village of Skógar, last stop of the day. Overnight stay in hotel, few km from Skógafoss.
DAY 3 – TOWARDS THE VATNAJÖKULL
In the morning, before reaching Vík, from where you can admire the famous black sea stacks that look like giant fingers, we have other stops: the promontory of Dyrhólaey, which gives us amazing views all year around, and the dark beach of Reynisfjara. Carrying on to the east, we reach the beautiful Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, and then we arrive in the area of the majestic Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe and third ice sheet in the world. The first stop is Skaftafell National Park, where there are excellent hikes. Depending on weather conditions, we’ll walk a short circular hike towards the elegant waterfall of Svartifoss (5,5km with a soft difference in height). Next stop is at the Svínafellsjökull, the most spectacular ice tongue, not far from Skaftafell. Overnight stay in a 4* hotel east ofSkaftafell, on the way towards the Jökulsárlón, where we might have a nocturne photography section (hopefully with northern lights!)
DAY 4 – THE ICE WORLD OF THE JÖKULSÁRLÓN
And it’s ice again, but in a different form. We go (or go back) to the Jökulsárlón, the lagoon where hundreds of icebergs of infinite shapes fluctuate and shine under the sun or hide through the fog. And then to the Diamond Beach, where the icebergs meet the sea and glitter on the black sand. Moreover, we make a stop to explore a smaller ice lagoon, as much fascinating and often forgotten. We keep going east, until Höfn and beyond, to be charmed by the spectacular Vestrahorn, mountain with walls impossible to climb, just above the Ocean. We then go back west with possible additional stops at the Jökulsárlón Skaftafell National Park. Overnight stay in a 3* hotel close to Skaftafell.
DAY 5 – THROUGH THE SOUTH
On this day, we drive back through the part of the Ring Road we have already covered in the past days, which gives us the chance to visit places omitted because of lack of time or adverse weather conditions, or to go back to locations deserving a second visit! Moreover, we make a stop in the melancholic villages of Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri: their 2 local restaurants compete among each other for the best lobster soup in Iceland. At the end of the day, there is the possibility to bath in the oldest Icelandic outdoor hot spring. We go back to Reykjavík, final destination of the day, where the guide will leave you. Overnight stay in a 3* hotel in the centre.
DAY 6 – END OF JOURNEY
Depending on the time of your flight, there might be time to explore what Reykjavík has to offer. Departure towards the airport with a possible stop at the famous Blue Lagoon, to relax before the flight. Return flight.
Availability: Easter time – from 20.04.2019 to 25.04.2019
Departure point: Reykjavík
Tour duration: 6 days.
– Organisation fees
– Informative material and assistance before the travel
– 5 overnight stays in double/twin rooms, with private facilities or facilities shared among the people of the group
– Shared shuttle from/to Keflavík International Airport
– Transport in private minivan (9 seats, 4×4), including tolls and fuel
– Payment for the guide/driver for 5 days
– Food and accommodation expenses for the guide/driver
– Access to all the natural attractions and national parks
– IVA e local taxes
– Booking assistance for extra visits and activities
– International flights
– Excurtions, visits and other activities not specified in the itinerary (please contact the tour operator for information about the costs of optional excursions and activities)
– Lunches, dinners, drinks and other snacks
– Travel insurance
– Health insurance
– Personal expenses and anything else not specified as “included”
Please note: minimum number of participant is 7, maximum number of participant is 8.
Bookings: for scheduled departure, please use the form below. For other departures and special requests, please contact us.