Tour Package - The South Coast and a Northern Lights search Self Drive - 7 days

BP36 - The South Coast and a Northern Lights search Self Drive 7 days
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Experience the best of Iceland´s Winter
Season: All year
Departures: Daily
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Car rental for: 5 days
Price from: 75488 ISK
Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Cat 1 accommodation and A - Hyundai i10 or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.




Experience the best of Iceland’s winter! Although this tour is available all year round, the Northern Lights can usually not be seen in Iceland from early April until late August. This self drive tour allows for an exploration of all the beautiful sights in South Iceland where in winter Northern Lights can frequently be seen.

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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. You will be free for the rest of the day to explore Reykjavik.

Highlights of the day:
Reykjavík

Overnight:
Reykjavík

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Day 2. The South Coast

Pick up the rental car in the morning and head for the eastern outskirts of the city. Cross the plataue Hellisheidi, with alot 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 and learn about the eco-friendly geo thermal energy. After crossing the plateau, come to the small town Hveragerði, where hot spring water is used for heating greenhouses for cultivation of decorative flowers and vegetables. Drive further east to the scenic South shore. See the Saga Centre at Hvolsvöllur. Continue across the lowland plains towards Eyjafjöll district. Stop at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss where in summer it is possible to walk behind the falls. This can be quite an interesting experience. A little further east stop at Skógafoss, another pretty waterfall and don’t miss the folk museum at Skógar, close to the waterfall. The glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull are towering above the area.
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.
Make a short detour to the tip of the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue. Proceed further east to the headland Dyrhólaey, a nature reserve and a nesting colony of numerous seabirds. Go to Reynishverfi with spectacular coast and beautiful rock formations and thousands of nesting seabirds in summer. Then continue to Vik the southernmost town in Iceland. Drive across the Mýrdalssandur floodplains and Eldhraun, the largest lavafield 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. In the evening there is a good chance to view the elusive Northern Lights. Most of the south coast of Iceland is very sparsely populated and the few towns are small. Therefore there is little light pollution and perfect conditions for viewing the Northern Lights. Sightings of the Northern Lights can never be guaranteed but when the sky is clear, the Northern Lights can frequently be seen during the winter months from the middle of August until early April.

Driving distance
260 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Hveragerði Town
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve
Vík Town
Reynisfjara beach
Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
Kirkjubæjarklaustur town
Kirkjugólf Basalt Columns

Overnight:
Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

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Day 3. Skaftafell National Park & The Amazing Glacier Lagoon

Continue from Klaustur 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 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
250 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Skaftafell National Park
Svartifoss waterfall
Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

Overnight:
Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

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Day 4. Return to Selfoss area

Return to Selfoss area and have more time to enjoy sights along the route. A Snowmobiling tour on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, a Glacier Walk on Sólheimajökull Glacier and Horse Riding Tour are possible activities.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Overnight:
Selfoss area

Recommended optional activity:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Solheimajokull Glacier
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Day 5. The Great Geysir and Gullfoss Waterfall

From Selfoss head inland and stop at the volcanic crater Kerið on you right hand side immediately by the side of the road. Drive further inland and to the waterfall Faxi, which is hidden in a short distance from the road. Continue to the Geyser area to see the famous Great Geysir and Strokkur, a very active geyser that spouts every few minutes, as well as numerous other hot springs. From Geysir, continue a short distance to the waterfall Gullfoss one of Iceland’s largest and most beautiful waterfall.

Driving distance
100 kilometers

Overnight:
Geysir area

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

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Day 6. Thingvellir National Park and The Blue Lagoon

Head to the National Park Þingvellir, a unique place from a geological point of view. Research has shown that Þingvellir is a natural wonder on an international scale where evidence of continental drift and the rifting of the earth's crust can clearly be seen. Þingvellir is also the most historical place in the country and a place of exceptional beauty. From the National Park, drive across the plateau Mosfellsheiði to Reykjavík. Continue across moon-like rugged lava fields to the Blue Lagoon. Enjoy a relaxing bath in an otherworldly setting. In this unique area, lava and thermal water complement each other to prepare you for your journey home. Soak in the refreshing waters of the Blue Lagoon, and have a wonderful last unforgettable taste of Iceland, that ensures that you are fully relaxed when you leave Iceland. If you plan to take a bath at the Blue Lagoon, we strongly recommend that you book your ticket in advance. It can be booked at www.bluelagoon.com Return to Reykjavík and drop off the car.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Þingvellir
The Blue Lagoon

Overnight:
Reykjavík

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Day 7. Departure

Transfer from your hotel to Keflavik airport with Flybus.

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Picture from The South Coast and a Northern Lights search Self Drive  7 days tour

Season: All year
Departures: Daily
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Car rental for: 5 days
Price from: 75488 ISK
Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Cat 1 accommodation and A - Hyundai i10 or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.
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