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Best of South Iceland

Guided Small Group Tour, Max 20 passengers

Explore the most famous sights in South Iceland from the countryside instead of taking long drives from Reykjavík. This 8-day tour focuses on guided day excursions and explorations from only three different overnight locations in Southern Iceland. You visit the Golden Circle sites, explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar, the volcanic Westman Islands “Pompeii of the North” and the frozen wonders of Vatnajökull National Park. Your Icelandic adventure includes short walks here and there, bathing in the geothermal Blue Lagoon, climbing volcano craters, cruising the North Atlantic Ocean, walking on glaciers, a boat trip between floating icebergs and lots of time to take pictures. With a maximum group size of 20 persons, this program includes six full days of touring, exploring and adventure in South Iceland and the interior highlands.

Duration: 7 Nights, Summer

Price: From $2,376

Highlights

  • Bath in the Blue Lagoon, walk on lava and explore two national parks
  • Boat trip between floating icebergs on Jökulsarlón glacier lagoon
  • Explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar
  • Climb Brennisteinsalda Volcano, the rainbow mountain of Iceland
  • Cruise on the North Atlantic Ocean to discover the Westman Islands: the Pompeii of the North

Included
 - Arrival & departure transfer by FLYBUS airport shuttle (no guide)
 - 6-day escorted coach tour with an English speaking guide/driver-guide
 - 7 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/WC. Simple hotels and cabins.
 - 7x breakfast
 - Visit to two national parks
 - Entrance & towel to Blue Lagoon including silica mud mask & one drink of your choice
 - Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
 - 1,5 to 2-hour glacier hike
 - Entrance fee to Eyrarbakki Maritime and Folk Museum
 - Cruise on the North Atlantic Ocean to discover the Westman Islands: the Pompeii of the North

Not Included
 - Any private expenses
 - Lunches
 - Dinner

Complementary
 - Entrance fees
 - Free WiFi on the bus

Additional Services
 - Extra night in Reykjavik before/after the tour - on request


Accommodation is provided in simple and clean hotels and cabins with private facilities. Please note that in case Landmannalaugar is not accessible during May and June departures, we travel only to Þjórsárdalur valley on that day.

NOTE: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

NOTE: Accommodations are subject to change.

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Day 1: Welcome to Iceland

Overnight location: Hotel Cabin.

The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavík where you spend the first night in Iceland. You can explore the capital on your own, with suggestions from us.

Driving distance: (50km / 31mls)


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Day 2: The Blue Lagoon and Reykjanes Peninsula

Overnight location: Arhus Cabins or Hotel Hella. Breakfast included.

At 9:30am you meet your tour group and guide, before travelling to Reykjanes to explore the peninsula. The first stop is the famous Blue Lagoon, known for its mineral-rich waters, which are said to have healing properties, and is a very relaxing start to the trip. The afternoon is spent in Krýsuvík, with hot springs, mud pools, solfataras, and fumaroles to explore. Then on to Eyrarbakki, a fishing village that feels like a time capsule, since the houses have been preserved from the period of 1890-1920. There you will visit the maritime museum and folk museum. After that, you head south to Hella, a small village, where your accommodation for the next three nights is. A walk along the riverbank is recommended to experience the peace and tranquility of the Icelandic countryside.

Driving distance: (200km / 125mls)


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Day: 3 Landmannalaugar & Þjórsárdalur

Overnight location: Arhus Cabins or Hotel Hella. Breakfast included.

The journey to Landamannalaugar is a rough one, with unpaved roads, but it is worth it to see the highlands, surrounded by rhyolite mountains. Here you can choose to explore on your own or take a short hike through the lava fields and up the hills with the guide. Then a 90-minute hike up the rainbow mountain Brennisteinsalda, which is an incredible sight, with all its colors produced by the different minerals brought out from the Earth by volcanic action. You can also see hot sulfur springs along the sides, evidence of the active plates underneath. It is helpful to have sturdy boots with a good grip, and possibly a walking pole for this hike. You may also need swimwear and a towel, since there is a natural geothermal stream you might want to take a dip in, it is very rejuvenating. The route back to the accommodation takes you to Hjálparfoss in the valley Þjórsárdalur, with its interesting basalt formations and beautiful setting. The farm Stöng is nearby and has been excavated and restored near to its original location, as it was buried in a Hekla eruption in 1104. From there you walk a short distance to Gjáin, a beautiful green scene in the midst of a rocky, lava landscape. Þjórsárdalur valley is surrounded by volcanoes, including one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, Hekla, with over 20 eruptions since they began being recorded in the year 874, which gave it the nickname 'Gateway to Hell'.
Please note that there is a chance Landmannalaugar may not be accessible in May and June departures, in which case you will only travel to Þjórsárdalur.

Driving distance: (290km / 180mls)


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Day 4: Golden Circle

Overnight location: Arhus Cabins or Hotel Hella

The classic views of Iceland, known as the Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park, the hot springs at Geysir, and Gullfoss waterfall. Þingvellir, the first stop of the day, was the site of the first parliament in Iceland, and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. The tectonic boundary between North America and Eurasia also runs through this site, forming interesting geological features. The next stop is Geysir, where the original geyser lies dormant, surrounded by bubbling pools, and its 'younger brother' Strokkur, which erupts every 5-10 minutes. Next is Gullfoss, the 'Golden Falls', where the water plunges 34 meters (111 feet) into the glacial river Hvítá. The last destination before returning to Hella is Skálholt, with a holy and important history as it was the center of religion in Iceland for over 700 years.

Driving distance: (230km / 143mls)


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Day 5: Westman Island: The Pompeii of the North

Overnight location: Hotel Dyrhólaey. Breakfast included.

The ferry takes you to Vestmannaeyjar, the Westman Islands, specifically Heimaey, the biggest and only populated island of the archipelago. There you will travel by bus and foot to explore this incredible island that was affected by the biggest natural disaster in recent Icelandic history, an eruption that lasted 5 months in 1973 and forced inhabitants to flee to the mainland. The cliffs you will see here are full of seabirds, the most iconic being the puffins. You will also walk up the volcanic crater on the island, where the views are particularly spectacular if the weather is good. The other planned activity is the "Pompeii of the North" excavation project, where a house was dug up after being buried under ash and pumice for 40 years. A museum has been built around it, with exhibitions on volcanic activity, the eruption of 1973, and the preserved island of Surtsey, protected by UNESCO for scientific research since its creation by volcanic eruptions in 1963-1968. The afternoon is free to be spent as you please, before traveling back with the 5pm ferry to the mainland, and driving to the hotel in Vík, where you will stay for two nights.

Driving distance: (150km / 93mls)


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Day 6: Vatnajokull Glacier and Glacier Lagoon

Overnight location: Hotel Dyrhólaey. Breakfast included.

Today is a day for waterfalls and glaciers in Vatnajökull National Park, the second biggest national park in Europe. The highest mountains in Iceland are situated here, along with Iceland's largest glacier and glacial river. There is a 5km round-trip hike through a part of the national park, where you will see Svartifoss waterfall, with its magnificent basalt column formations. The afternoon is spent on a cruise around the popular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, with its splendid floating icebergs and icy blue water. The icebergs from this lagoon often float into the Atlantic Ocean and sometimes end up stranded on the black beach nicknamed Diamond Beach, which is the next stop of the tour. These icebergs truly resemble diamonds, scattered across the lava sand, a truly iconic sight.

Driving distance: (140km / 87mls)


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Day 7: South Coast, Glacier Hike and Reykjavík

Overnight location: Hotel Cabin. Breakfast included.

A morning walk along the black sand beach and the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara starts the day off well, with views of Dverghamrar: basalt columns that formed to look like petrified trolls. The next activity is a hike up Sólheimajökull glacier tongue with an experienced guide to show you the strange ice formations, deep crevasses, and interesting shapes of the glacier. This glacier hike is perfect for beginners. The Skógafoss waterfall, the next destination, is one of Iceland's most impressive, cascading 62m (203ft). You may find Seljalandsfoss more exciting though, since there is a path behind it, which you can walk along if you're prepared to get a bit wet! The day (and tour) ends with a short city tour of Reykjavík, the world's northernmost capital city.

Driving distance: (250km / 155mls)


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Day 8: Departure Home

Breakfast included.

The Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Keflavík airport.

Driving distance: (50km / 31mls)


 

Departures 2020:

Prices (per person):

Sharing double/twin/triple room: $2,376
Single room: $3,061
Optional VIP seat: $319

Tour start dates:

June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9, August 23, September 6

 

Please note: All bookings are subject to availability. Availability is NOT guaranteed until booking is confirmed by Nordika Travel.

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Highlights

  • Bath in the Blue Lagoon, walk on lava and explore two national parks
  • Boat trip between floating icebergs on Jökulsarlón glacier lagoon
  • Explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar
  • Climb Brennisteinsalda Volcano, the rainbow mountain of Iceland
  • Cruise on the North Atlantic Ocean to discover the Westman Islands: the Pompeii of the North

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