Tour Package - Southern Highlights - 5 days

BP23 - Southern Highlights - 5 days
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Season: All year
Departures: Daily
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Car rental for: 3 days
Price from: € 320,00
Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Cat 1 accommodation and A - Kia Picanto or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.




The tour includes many of the best sights in South Iceland.

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Day 1. Arrival

Upon your arrival at Keflavik airport a meet and greet service is provided by a TOURIS representative who will take you to your Reykjavik hotel.

Highlights of the day:
Reykjavík

Overnight:
Reykjavík

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Day 2. The Great Golden Circle

Pick up your car in the morning and head to Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park, a unique place from a geological point of view and a place of great beauty. Research has shown that Thingvellir is a natural wonder on an international scale. The faults and fissures of the area are clear evidence of the rifting of the earth's crust. Thingvellir is also the most historical place in the country and a place of exceptional beauty. After exploring the area continue further inland to the Great Geysir area. Explore the numerous hot springs and see the famous Great Geysir and Strokkur, a very active geyser that spouts every few minutes. The Geysir Service Center offers a hotel, restaurant, a swimming pool, snack bar, souvenir shop, gas station, a geo-center multimedia show, horse rental, quad bike tours, and a camping area. From here, drive to the majestic waterfall Gullfoss one of Icelands most beautiful waterfall. Turn around at Gullfoss and head back to the circular highway, don´t miss the pretty waterfall Faxi, hidden a short distance from the road. Continue to the volcanic crater Kerið for some photos. Driving distance approximately 210 km.

Highlights of the day:
Þingvellir
Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs
Faxi waterfall
Kerið

Overnight:
Hella area

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Day 3. Beautiful South Coast, Skaftafell National Park & The Amazing Glacier Lagoon

Continue to the east on road 1, heading for the Eyjafjöll district. When reaching Eyjafjöll mountain district at the foot of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and a volcano, stop at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. In summer, it is possible to walk behind the waterfall, - this is an interesting experience. The waterfall Skógafoss is a little further east by road 1 and don´t miss Skógasafn museum near the waterfall. The glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull are capping the mountains. On March 20th 2010, a volcanic eruption started on Fimmvörðuháls, a mountain ridge between the glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. The eruption on Fimmvörðuháls lasted a couple of weeks. After this eruption came to an end a new and bigger eruption started underneath the nearby icecap of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier. This eruption came to an end on 23. May 2010. During summer, snowmobiling is available on the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. Make a detour on a rough gravel road, 221 from the main highway to the glacial tongue of Sólheimajökull, a part of the Mýrdalsjökull Icefield (passable only during summer) before continuing on road 218 to the Dyrhólaey nature reserve and a nesting colony of numerous seabirds during mid summer. In order to protect the birds, Dyrhólaey is closed for all traffic during the nesting period until June 25th. Drive to Reynishverfi, road 215 with beautiful coast, spectacular rock formations and thousands of nesting seabirds which nest in almost every crevice in summer. Back to the main road and continue to Vík, a small village on the black beach. Drive across the Mýrdalssandur floodplains and Eldhraun, the largest lava field ever to flow on Earth in historical time, and to the small village Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Fjaðrárgljúfur is a narrow and beautiful canyon a few km to the west from Kirkjubæjarklaustur, worth taking a look at. At Kirkjubæjarklaustur see Kirkjugólfið (the Church Floor), a protected natural monument just east of the village. Kirkjugólfið is columnar basalt, shaped and eroded by water and wind, only a few minutes’ walk from the road. Continue from Kirkjubæjarklaustur over Skeidarársandur, vast tracts of black sandy desert washed down by numerous torrential glacial rivers. Stop at the Skaftafell National Park, an oasis wedged between glacier and sand. Its natural beauty is a result of unusually favourable weather conditions and the interaction of ice and fire. Beneath the Vatnajökull ice cap, towering above Skaftafell is Grímsvötn, one of Iceland’s most active volcano. In the afternoon of 21. May 2011, a sub-glacial eruption started in the Grímsvötn volcanic system underneath Vatnajökull Glacier. Later the same day, the eruption broke the ice cover of the glacier and started spewing volcanic ash into the air. The amount of ash fall was the greatest close to the village Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The eruption went on for about a week. It ceased on 28. May 2011. See the interesting Visitors Center where you can learn the history of fire and ice in the region and a video of the volcanic eruption and the catastrophic flood in the area in 1996 can also be viewed. An interesting hiking trail takes you to Svartifoss, one of Icelands most picturesque waterfall, framed in by beautiful basalt columns that surround it. In the Skaftafell area are many other interesting hiking trails. Continue to the amazing Jökulsarlón, the Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs, sculptures of nature, broken off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier float and grind together in the deep blue waters of the lagoon. An interesting cruise among the icebergs on the Lagoon is available in summer. Return to Kirkjubæjarklaustur area. Driving distance approximately 400 km.

Highlights of the day:
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve
Vík Town
Reynisfjara beach
Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
Kirkjubæjarklaustur town
Skaftafell National Park
Svartifoss waterfall
Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

Overnight:
Kirkjubæjarklaustur / Skaftafell area

Recommended optional activity:
Amphibian boat Tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Glacier Walk
Horse Riding Tour South


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Day 4. Back to Reykjavik

Return towards Reykjavik on road 1. If there are any sights on the way you might want to revisit or some sights you didn´t visit on your way out, now is the chance as you will travel the same route back. Cross the plateau Hellisheiði, with a lot of geothermal activity and plumes of steam rising from the ground. Numerous boreholes have been drilled on Hellisheiði in the last years for hot water and steam, some of the cleanest energy available. Stop at Hellisheiði Geothermal Powerplant where natural hot water and steam pressure from the ground is used for generating electricity. Here, you can enjoy an optional tour through the power station and learn about the eco-friendly geo thermal energy. Return the car in Reykjavík. Driving distance approximately 260 km.

Highlights of the day:
The south coast

Overnight:
Reykjavík

Recommended optional activity:
Snowmobiling on Solheimajokull Glacier
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Day 5. Departure

Transfer from your hotel to Keflavík airport by FLYBUS

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Season: All year
Departures: Daily
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Car rental for: 3 days
Price from: € 320,00
Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Cat 1 accommodation and A - Kia Picanto or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.
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