Scenic South Iceland
5 Days

ITINERARY

Overview:
Enjoy the knowledge of a professional local guide as you visit unique natural attractions including black sand beaches, hot springs, waterfalls, vast volcanic areas and jagged bird cliffs. You will also a get a chance to sail among icebergs with a guided boat tour on the spectacular Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and learn about our volcanoes at the LAVA Centre.

Day 1: Arrival
“””Highlights: Hallgrimskirkja Church – Harpa Concert Hall – The Sun Voyager – Reykjavik

Approximate Distance: 50 km / 32 miles  Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet your group on Day 2 according to the standard “Scenic South Iceland” itinerary.  On arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you will be welcomed and driven to your accommodation in Reykjavík.   If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. We’d be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. One of our favorite activities after a long flight is to visit one of the neighborhood geothermal pools. It is so refreshing to relax in the warm water, breathing in the fresh Icelandic air. It’s a great way to get to see Icelandic daily life and maybe meet a few locals. It’s also nice to take a stroll in the old city center, perhaps visiting one of the museums or relaxing with a cup of coffee in a cozy café.  Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.

Please note that hotels in Iceland start check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm), and early check-in is not guaranteed. Most hotels will be happy to store your luggage if you are not able to check in early.”

Day 2: Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches   

“””Highlights: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall – Skogafoss Waterfall – Hveragerdi Hot Spring Area – The LAVA Centre – Reynisdrangar Cliffs  Approximate Distance: 290 km / 180 miles   Breakfast at your hotel. Today, you’ll tour along the South Shore, a region of volcanic mountains and waterfalls. You’ll get a taste of how Icelanders have harnessed volcanic energy with a visit to the geothermal park in the town of Hveragerdi. Your group will boil eggs in a hot spring and taste fresh rye bread that has baked overnight in geothermal steam. Next you’ll drive through scenic farmlands to Hvolsvollur town. There you’ll discover more about volcanoes and earthquakes with a visit to the LAVA Center’s interactive exhibits.   Your journey continues to the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall—the only one in Iceland where you can walk behind the roaring cascade on a footpath, followed by the magnificent 60-metre (197 ft) free-falling Skogafoss waterfall known from Iceland travel blogs. Journey past the beautiful Eyjafjoll mountain range, including Eyjafjallajokull volcano towards volcanic black sand beaches. One of these beaches is Reynisfjara, known for its black volcanic sands, smooth pebbles, and unique rock formations.

Dinner and overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.”

Day 3: Vatnajokull National Park and the Glacier Lagoon
“””Highlights: Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon – Vatnajokull Glacier – Vatnajokull National Park – Skaftafell National Park – Eldhraun Lava Field  Approximate Distance: 255 km / 157 miles   Breakfast at your hotel. Today’s drive takes you to some of Iceland’s most photogenic attractions. The incredible views start with a visit to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where you will enjoy a morning guided amphibian boat tour among the floating icebergs. Near the Glacier Lagoon the Diamond Beach awaits, where you will see chunks of sparkling ice dotting the black sands like diamonds.   Next, your group will head to the smaller (but no less scenic) Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon, a great location for a lunch break. (Lunch is not included, but there are food options in the area.) Continue to the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park, named after Iceland’s largest glacier.  On your way back to the hotel your group will stop at Dverghamrar, a small but impressive canyon full of unusual hexagonal basalt columns. (Make sure the camera is ready!)   Dinner and overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.”

Day 4: Farm Visit and the Classic Golden Circle
“””Highlights: Thingvellir National Park – Geysir Hot Spring – Gullfoss Waterfall

Approximate Distance: 380 km / 236 miles   Breakfast at your hotel. Today the journey takes you back along the south coast. The route may be the same, but you’ll find the views from this direction are very different. Along the way, you’ll will stop at a local farm, where you’ll learn about daily life at an Icelandic farm. Meet the family and some of their farm animals, including horses, sheep, goats, chickens, cats and the family dog.   No trip to Iceland is complete without the Golden Circle, so your group will head to this area with some of Iceland’s best-known natural sites. Your first stop is the picture perfect two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, where you can see the water thrash and tumble before falling meters below into a canyon.  Next, you will visit the nearby Geysir area and explore the bubbling mud pots and spouting Strokkur geyser, which erupts steam and boiling water high into the air every few minutes.   End your day with a visit to Thingvellir National Park. This beautiful volcanic plain is the heart and soul of Iceland. The Viking settlers founded a national parliament here in the 10th century, creating Iceland as an independent nation. Thingvellir is also where the North American and European tectonic plates meet, giving you that rare chance to walk between two continents.  After this exciting day, head back to Reykjavik, where your driver-guide bids you farewell. The evening is open for your own activities.   Overnight in Reykjavik.”

Day 5: Farewell to the Land of Fire and Ice
“Approximate Distance: 50 km / 32 miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning flight.  When it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer by a shuttle bus about three hours before your flight.  If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional: not included)  “

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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2024
Max grp. Size 16
Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
May 01 - May 05 CAD 4,880 CAD 6,630
May 08 - May 12 CAD 4,880 CAD 6,630
May 15 - May 19 CAD 4,880 CAD 6,630
May 22 - May 26 CAD 4,880 CAD 6,630
May 29 - Jun 02 CAD 4,880 CAD 6,630
Jun 05 - Jun 09 CAD 5,200 CAD 7,025
Jun 12 - Jun 16 CAD 5,200 CAD 7,025
Jun 19 - Jun 23 CAD 5,200 CAD 7,025
Jun 26 - Jun 30 CAD 5,200 CAD 7,025
Jul 03 - Jul 07 CAD 5,200 CAD 7,025
Jul 10 - Jul 14 CAD 5,200 CAD 7,025
Jul 17 - Jul 21 CAD 5,200 CAD 7,025
Jul 24 - Jul 28 CAD 5,200 CAD 7,025
Jul 31 - Aug 04 CAD 5,200 CAD 7,025
Aug 07 - Aug 11 CAD 5,200 CAD 7,025
Aug 14 - Aug 18 CAD 5,200 CAD 7,025
Aug 21 - Aug 25 CAD 5,200 CAD 7,025
Aug 28 - Sep 01 CAD 5,200 CAD 7,025
Sep 04 - Sep 08 CAD 5,200 CAD 7,025
Sep 11 - Sep 15 CAD 5,200 CAD 7,025
Accommodations:
Day 1 - Center Hotel Midgardur
Day 2 - Magma Hotel
Day 3 - Magma Hotel
Day 4 - Center Hotel Midgardur

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusion:

  • One private arrival transfer from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik*
  • Semi-private departure transfer from Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport
  • Guided mini-bus tour from day 2 to day 4
  • Professional English-speaking local driver-guide from day 2 to day 4
  • Free Wi-Fi on board tour vehicle
  • Accommodation 4 nights in a standard room with facilities
  • Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 2 local-cuisine dinners in the countryside
  • Visit to the Hveragerdi Geothermal Park (Day 2)
  • Entrance to the LAVA Centre (Day 2)
  • Guided boat tour on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon (Day 3)
  • Visit to a family farm
  • Taxes and service fees
  • 24-hour assistance while you are in Iceland

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