South Iceland and Northern Lights 5 days

Self Drive Tour

South Iceland and Northern Lights 5 days

Self Drive Tour

See all the main attractions in south Iceland and hunt the mysterious Aurora Borealis.

BP42 Map

BP42 Map

AVAILABLE:
September 15 to March 31

DURATION:
5 days / 4 nights

CAR RENTAL DAYS:
3 Days

DEPARTURES:
Daily

TOUR ID:
BP42

Included

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival


Upon your arrival at Keflavik airport a meet and greet service is provided. Our representetive will be standin in the arrivals hall of the airport terminal holding a sign with your name on it. The representetive will deliver all travel documents and take you to your accommodation in Reykjavik. You will be free for the rest of the day to explore Reykjavik, visit museums, landmarks etc. Downtown ReykjavÝk offers excellent restaurants, cafÚs, bars and clubs. You might want to join an optional tour if you arrive early. You can visit one of the many ReykjavÝkĺs excellent restaurants for dinner.

Highlights of the day:
ReykjavÝk

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Day 2. South Coast and Waterfalls


You will be picked up from your accommodation between 08:00 - 08:30 by a car rental agent and taken to the car rental office where you will sign all necessary paperwork and receive the rental car. After you have received the car head for the eastern outskirts of the city. Cross the plateau Hellishei­i, with a lot of geothermal activity and plumes of steam rising from the ground. Numerous boreholes have been drilled on Hellishei­i in the last years for hot water and steam, some of the cleanest energy available. Stop at Hellishei­i 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 Hverager­i, where hot spring water is used for heating greenhouses for cultivation of decorative flowers and vegetables. Drive further east, to the scenic South shore. Continue across the lowland plains towards Eyjafj÷ll district. Stop at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss it is possible to walk behind the falls this is a quite an interesting experience but be careful it can get slippery. A little further east, stop at Skˇgafoss, another beautiful waterfall and donĺt miss the interesting folk museum at Skˇgar, close to the waterfall. The glaciers Eyjafjallaj÷kull and Mřrdalsj÷kull are towering above the area. On March 20th 2010, a volcanic eruption started on Fimmv÷r­uhßls, a mountain ridge between the glaciers, Eyjafjallaj÷kull and Mřrdalsj÷kull. The eruption on Fimmv÷r­uhßls lasted a couple of weeks. After this eruption came to an end a new and bigger eruption started underneath the nearby icecap of Eyjafjallaj÷kull Glacier. This eruption came to an end on 23. May 2010. If the road is passable make a short detour to the glacier Sˇlheimaj÷kull, from there it is possible to go on a guided glacier walk (pre-booking needed). Continue to Dyrhˇlaey, a natural reserve and a nesting colony of numerous seabirds in summer. The promontory at Dyrhˇlaey is a massive natural arch carved by the relentless pounding of the winds and surf. Drive to Reynisdrangar with spectacular black beaches and beautiful rock formations. Then continue to VÝk, the southernmost town in Iceland. Make VÝk a turnaround point and return to Selfoss - Hverager­i area. In the evening, if the weather forecast looks good, head out for search of the northern lights.

Driving distance
320 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Hverager­i Town
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skˇgafoss Waterfall
VÝk Town
Dyrhˇlaey Nature Reserve
Reynisfjara beach

Overnight:
Selfoss/Hverager­i area

Recommended optional activity:
Glacier Walk

Day 3. The Golden Circle


Head inland and take a look at the volcanic crater Keri­. Drive further to the Great Geysir area with numerous hot springs and erupting geysers. The most active one, Strokkur erupts every few minutes. From here, drive to Gullfoss, one of Icelands most majestic and largest waterfalls. Make Gullfoss a turnaround point. Continue to Lake Ůingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in the country and to Ůingvellir National Park, situated at the lakeshore. Ůingvellir is a unique place from a geological point of view, rich in history and a place of exceptional beauty and was accepted as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2004. Ůingvellir is a natural wonder and the faults and fissures of the area show clear evidence of continental drift. After exploring the numerous places of interest in the area, drive across the plateau Mosfellshei­i to Reykjavik.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs
Keri­
Ůingvellir

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Day 4. The Blue Lagoon


Spend the day exploring ReykjavÝk, if you did not have time to do so on your first day. In the late afternoon leave ReykjavÝk and drive to the amazing Blue Lagoon. Going to Blue Lagoon in evening gives you unique opportunity in spending the time in the Blue Lagoon with northern lights dancing above you, if you are lucky. Enjoy a relaxing bath at the lagoon in an otherworldly setting. In this unique area, lava and thermal water complement each other to prepare you for your journey home. Filled with mineral-rich waters, the Blue Lagoon has become well known worldwide for providing relief for those who suffer from skin disorders, as well as for others just looking for a sensational bathing experience. It┤s a wonderful last experience of Iceland, that ensures that you will be 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 ReykjavÝk and drop off the car.

Driving distance
100 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
The Blue Lagoon
ReykjavÝk


Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Day 5. Departure


Transfer from your hotel to Keflavik airport with Flybus.

ACCOMMODATION

Cat 1

Cat 1

Rooms in guesthouses with shared facilities but sometimes with washbasins in the rooms. Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Cat 2

Cat 2

Rooms in guesthouses or hotels with private shower or bath and WC. Breakfast is included.

Cat 3

Cat 3

Rooms in the best quality accommodation available with private shower or bath and WC. Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

CARS

10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual -

10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5

11.H - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Automatic -

11.H - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5

12.J - Kia Sorento 4WD or similar - Automatic -

12.J - Kia Sorento 4WD or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 5

15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 9
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 3

Optional Extra: Would you like to do some extra activities? Below activities can be added to this tour.

Useful Information: Here you will find other information for this tour.


Pick up of rental car is the morning of day 2.

Drop off is in ReykjavÝk the day prior to your departure ľ day 4.

An extra day will be charged if the car is returned later.

Due to road conditions routes may have to be altered without prior notice.
The highland tracks of Iceland are usually not expected to be open until the middle of June and due to road conditions some routes may temporarily not be passable without prior notice.

Types of car recommended: Any. During winter, usually September through May, snow and ice can be expected. Although the route of this tour is usually passable by any car type, driving conditions can occasionally become difficult and we strongly recommend 4x4 during winter.

Accommodation is according to your choice in farmhouses, guesthouses or hotels, cat. 1, 2 or 3. including breakfast. Due to limited availability of accommodation in the Icelandic countryside and a great demand for summer, we are only able to confirm specific category but not a specific hotel in each locality until booking has been made and confirmed.


Early morning arrival: Check in time at hotels is usually between 14:00 - 16:00. If you arrive early morning, you may not be able to check in immediately on arrival.
A credit card imprint will be taken at the start of all rentals for security reasons, even when a voucher covers the cost of the rental. Cash and debit card deposits will not be accepted. This credit card imprint may be used to pay all extra charges, including extra driven kilometres if applicable, extra insurance, parking fines, damages or any costs due to the car rental company as a result of the hirer's use of the car.

Self Drive tours can often be modified according to the clientĺs wishes. If you want to change or extend the tour, add days etc, please contact our office.

Please note that some activities described may only be available during summer.

Travel Insurance: To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.

Price Calculator: There are several factors that determine the price of self drive packages:

1. Time of the year.

2. Number of people traveling together

3. Type of car (we offer more than 15 different types of cars)

4. Type of accommodation (we offer 3 different categories of accommodation)

There is a special Price Calculator button at our website with every self drive tour package where you can enter your choice of type of accommodation and car, number of people and when you want to begin the tour (arrival date) and the Price Calculator will calculate and display the price of different options.

Note: Day(s) can be added before and / or after if your arrival and departure does not fit the itinerary of this tour. Additional day tours can be added for the additional day/s. If you have any questions please don┤t hesitate to contact us by email to tour@tour.is and we will be more than happy to advice.

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