Day 2: South Coast - Eyjafjallajokull Volcano - Southeast Iceland
Once you have met your guide in the lobby of your hotel at 8.45am (please be ready with your luggage), you will start at the Aurora Reykjavík Northern Lights Center, a fantastic introduction to the northern lights, the science behind them, and some of the folk stories surrounding them throughout history. Staff at the center will also show you how to set your camera to best capture this phenomenon, should you see the Aurora Borealis.
For the rest of the day you will travel along the south coast, with many famous and beautiful sights along the way. On a clear day as you drive south you may see Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull, two of Iceland's most famous volcanoes because of their recent eruptions (2000 and 2010 respectively). You will stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall first, where you can walk behind the curtain of water if the weather conditions are right, although you should be prepared to get wet! Then comes Skogafoss, a beautiful waterfall, definitely a 'must-see' of the south coast. Icelanders are very proud of our Search and Rescue teams, known as ICE-SAR, and you will have the opportunity to meet some of the volunteers on a visit to one of their bases. As you pass Myrdalsjokull glacier you should be able to visit Reynisfjara beach, a magnificent black sand beach, where the currents can be particularly strong, so keep out of the water. Cross the lava field Eldhraun as you travel to Southeast Iceland, where you will dine and stay for the night.
Driving distance: 279km / 173 miles