The Splendid South of Iceland

The Splendid South of Iceland

This trip will cover the most spectacular sights of South of Iceland and will cover many sights without the need to drive too much. The accommodation is in nice 3 star country guesthouses, bed and breakfast style. The trip is based on a rental car with a pick up and drop off from Keflavik International Airport. This tour is suitable all year.

Duration: 6 Nights, All Year

Price: From $2,814 per person based on 2 people sharing

Highlights

  • A lot to see and less to drive
  • The most famous places along the South Coast
  • Sea Bird Colonies, with Puffins, Guillemots, Cormorants, Kitti-wakes, and many more

Included

• Rental Car for 6 days,  pick up on arrival at Keflavik International Airport*
• 1 Nights accommodation in the Reykjavik area in a quality  hotel, including private bathroom and breakfast.
• 5 Nights accommodation in the countryside in a quality  hotel, including private bathroom and breakfast.
• Rental car airport fee
• Unlimited mileage
• Collision Damage Waiver Insurance
• 2 authorized drivers for the whole period
• Mobile WiFi is Free of Charge
• All taxes, VAT and service fees
• Information about driving in Iceland
• Detailed itinerary which we will help put together with you. You can also download a Nordika Travel App on an iPhone/Smart phone or tablet to have the Itinerary with you on your trip.
• Our expert assistance in planning the vacation and during your trip.


Not included

• Flights to and from the US and Iceland
• Travel insurance
• Optional Tours
• Car rental for an extra day, if necessary
• Any service not specifically listed under ‘Included’

*Please note that the package price is based on 24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on departure day, an extra rental day is available. You can also choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the car rental ends and use Flybus Plus or private departure transfer.

Package Map

This trip will cover the most spectacular sights in South of Iceland and be very interesting without the need to drive too much. The trip is based on a rental car, with pick up and drop off from Keflavik International Airport.

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Day 1

The Golden Circle

Arrive at Keflavik airport. Pick up the rental car at the Airport.
Drive to Þingvellir National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It offers numerous hiking trails; many are ideal for short and leisurely walks. Þingvellir is the cradle of the nation's history and independence. Þingvellir is also a site of exceptional geological interest and the ravine edge is the perfect spot for an overview of the tectonic forces that have shaped the landscape where the oldest parliament in the world was located. From there continue to Geysir and visit Geysisstofa. There is an interesting multimedia show, where you can experience earthquakes and learn about volcanoes and volcanic activity.   You also stop by the magnificent Gullfoss waterfalls.
Accommodation in the area.

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Day 2

The Westman Islands

Drive from your hotel in the morning to the Landeyjahofn Harbor for a ferry (subject to weather conditions) over to the Westman Islands.  The Westman Islands are a group of 15-18 islands,  located off the mainland’s south coast. The islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions along a 30-km long fissure lying southwest to northeast. The largest island is Heimaey, 13.4 km2. Most of the islands have steep sea cliffs, and are well vegetated. Bird hunting and egg collecting are traditional to the islanders’ culture.  You stay one or two nights on Heimaey, and explore the island, which was struck by an erution in 1973, where all the inhabitants of the town had to evacuate to the mainland.  There are boat tours from the island for whale watching and sea angling, and you can watch the Sea Bird Colonies, with Puffins, Guillemots, Cormorants, Kittiwakes, and many more (summer season).
Option is to spend one or two nights on the island, but a day tour is a good option.

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Day 3

The South Coast, Volcanoes and Black Beaches

Take the ferry back to the mainland. Drive through a landscape formed by glaciers and the many eruptions of the nearby volcanoes. You will also pass the Eyjafjallajokull Glacier, the Volcano that erupted in 2010 and grounded most flights over Europe for a week. There are many hiking opportunities in the area.   Drive along the south coast and walk behind the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. The folk museum at Skogar and the nearby waterfall Skogafoss make a fascinating stop.
Visit the puffins (summer) at Cape Dyrholaey and stroll along the endless black sand beaches in Reynishverfi.
Drive to the picturesque village of Vik, and visit Seljavellir to enjoy one of the most remote outdoor swimming pools in Iceland, surrounded by high cliffs and the glacier Myrdalsjokull.
Accommodation in the Area.

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Day 4 and 5

Skaftafell National Park and The Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Visit the amazing Skaftafell National Park nestled between glaciers offering many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. You can take an optional boat tour (summer) on the lake.  Seals are often spotted around the lake, and going to the beach to watch the icebergs being thrown around by the waves is mesmerizing.
Stay one or two nights in the area.

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Day 6

Coastal Villlages to Reykjavík

Drive back west along the South Coast, and stop by the charming fishing village of Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki, and from there to Nesjavellir, where an immensely powerful geothermal station is operated and it is fantastic to see the strokes from hot water coming from the ground high in the air.  Drive to the Capital, Reykjavík, where you stay the last night.  Reykjavik is an exciting modern city with lots to see and do or if you want to relax visit one of the many spas and swimming pools. Take a swim in one of the great outdoor swimming pools.

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Day 7

Departure

If you leave in the afternoon you can spend the morning in Reykjavik or leave early and stop by the Blue lagoon on your way to the airport.

REYKJAVÍK is the northern most capital city in the world. Lined with colorful, corrugated steel buildings, the streets in the downtown area are very pedestrian-friendly and full of fascinating museums, quaint shops, and cozy cafes.  Spend the morning exploring the city at your leisure and then head back to Keflavík airport.

 

Daily Departures.

Quality value packages: An accommodation in 3 or 4 star like hotels or special guesthouses. The Beds can be two twin beds or one Queen or King. En-suite full bathrooms normally contain hairdryers, toiletries and towels. Bathrooms are fully equipped, either with a shower or a bathtub. WiFi internet is available in all hotels free of charge. Quality accommodation offers restaurant on site.  Possibility to upgrade to superior or deluxe rooms, when available.

Superior value packages: These are 4 star hotels (or upgrade to superior rooms or suits in 3 star hotels where 4 star is not available. Our choice of superior hotels around the country include, small boutique hotels and hotels with special atmosphere. All superior hotels have good restaurants and bars. Many offer their own spa facilities. Our superior hotels in the countryside are small and include elevators, bar service and restaurants or a nearby restaurant.

 

Price for the period from June 1 to September 30: 

Quality Value Package: 6 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Toyota Corolla Hybrid Automatic or similar $ 2,814 $ 2,403 $ 2,395 $ 2,232
Toyota RAV4 4WD Hybrid Automatic or similar $ 3,235 $ 2,683 $ 2,605 $ 2,400
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 5 Seater or similar $ 3,647 $ 2,958 $ 2,811 $ 2,565
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater or similar $ 4,038 $ 3,219 $ 3,007 $ 2,722
Land Rover Defender Automatic 4×4 or similar $ 4,038 $ 3,219 $ 3,007 $ 2,722
Mercedes Benz GLS 5 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 4,948 $ 3,826 $ 3,462 $ 3,086

 

Superior Value Package: 6 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Toyota Corolla Hybrid Automatic or similar $ 3,866 $ 3,388 $ 3,447 $ 3,244
Toyota RAV4 4WD Hybrid Automatic or similar $ 4,287 $ 3,668 $ 3,658 $ 3,412
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 5 Seater or similar $ 4,699 $ 3,943 $ 3,864 $ 3,577
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater or similar $ 5,090 $ 4,204 $ 4,059 $ 3,734
Land Rover Defender Automatic 4×4 or similar $ 5,090 $ 4,204 $ 4,059 $ 3,734
Mercedes Benz GLS 5 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 6,001 $ 4,811 $ 4,515 $ 4,098

 

Price for the periods Jan 3 to Apr 30 and Nov 1 to Dec 22:

 

Quality Value Package: 6 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Toyota Corolla Hybrid Automatic or similar $ 1,775 $ 1,627 $ 1,641 $ 1,579
Toyota RAV4 4WD Hybrid Automatic or similar $ 1,979 $ 1,763 $ 1,743 $ 1,660
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 5 Seater or similar $ 2,125 $ 1,860 $ 1,815 $ 1,718
Land Rover Defender Automatic 4×4 or similar $ 2,345 $ 1,981 $ 1,907 $ 1,791
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater or similar $ 2,530 $ 2,070 $ 1,973 $ 1,845
Mercedes Benz GLS 5 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,749 $ 2,175 $ 2,052 $ 1,908

 

Superior Value Package: 6 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Toyota Corolla Hybrid Automatic or similar $ 2,088 $ 1,918 $ 1,953 $ 1,878
Toyota RAV4 4WD Hybrid Automatic or similar $ 2,324 $ 2,054 $ 2,055 $ 1,960
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 5 Seater or similar $ 2,526 $ 2,151 $ 2,128 $ 2,018
Land Rover Defender Automatic 4×4 or similar $ 2,779 $ 2,297 $ 2,223 $ 2,091
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater or similar $ 2,964 $ 2,420 $ 2,315 $ 2,144
Mercedes Benz GLS 5 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 3,183 $ 2,566 $ 2,425 $ 2,207

 

Price for the periods May 1 to 31 and October 1 to 31:

 

Quality Value Package: 6 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Toyota Corolla Hybrid Automatic or similar $ 1,918 $ 1,761 $ 1,783 $ 1,716
Toyota RAV4 4WD Hybrid Automatic or similar $ 2,122 $ 1,897 $ 1,885 $ 1,798
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 5 Seater or similar $ 2,290 $ 1,994 $ 1,958 $ 1,856
Land Rover Defender Automatic 4×4 or similar $ 2,543 $ 2,115 $ 2,049 $ 1,929
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater or similar $ 2,728 $ 2,204 $ 2,115 $ 1,982
Mercedes Benz GLS 5 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,947 $ 2,348 $ 2,194 $ 2,045

 

Superior Value Package: 6 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Toyota Corolla Hybrid Automatic or similar $ 2,328 $ 2,107 $ 2,160 $ 2,075
Toyota RAV4 4WD Hybrid Automatic or similar $ 2,612 $ 2,257 $ 2,283 $ 2,156
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 5 Seater or similar $ 2,814 $ 2,391 $ 2,384 $ 2,216
Land Rover Defender Automatic 4×4 or similar $ 3,067 $ 2,560 $ 2,511 $ 2,318
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater or similar $ 3,252 $ 2,683 $ 2,603 $ 2,392
Mercedes Benz GLS 5 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 3,471 $ 2,829 $ 2,713 $ 2,479

Rental cars for your road trip

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

This gutsy car is big on efficiency, reliability and comfort. Low-running costs are matched by punchy performance. With fantastic build quality and great handling, it will take you from city to open road with ease. It is suitable for driving on the asphalted ring road during the summer period.

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Toyota RAV4 4WD Automatic

The RAV4 is a luxurious 4x4 which will take you further. But also available as 2wd. There is plenty of space and all passengers ride in comfort.  The RAV4 is ideal for Icelandic country roads, with the stability of the 4x4 drive.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic

The Land Cruiser is the top of the line 4x4 Jeep/SUV. There is plenty of space, comfort and luxury and this car will take you almost anywhere in style.  This is a car that will take you to most of the places you want to visit in Iceland.

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Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater

Launched in 1994, the Proace Verso is a light commercial van. The Proace Verso is the perfect 9 seater minivan for a group of travelers with plenty of luggage. Proace makes it possible for up to 9 persons to travel together in comfort.

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Land Rover Discovery 5 seater Auto 4x4

With five-passenger seating options this versatile SUV utilizes the latest connectivity technologies, innovative storage solutions, and on-/off-road capability to shuttle drivers and their passengers to and from their commitments in the utmost comfort.

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Mercedes Benz GLS 7 seater Auto 4x4

This is a full-size luxury SUV produced by Mercedes-Benz since 2006. According to Mercedes-Benz, it is the SUV equivalent of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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Hotel types for your road trip

Comfort Hotels

This is an accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and farmhouses around Iceland. The comfort accommodation room is ideal for a brief stay of up to a few days. Double rooms contain two twin beds, or one queen size bed. There is a fully equipped en suite bathroom. All hotels are equipped with central heating and television. Normally no room service is provided. WiFi is available in most comfort accommodations.

Quality Hotels

These are our best vacation deals. An accommodation in 3 or 4 star like hotels or special guesthouses. The Beds can be two twin beds or one Queen or King. En-suite full bathrooms normally contain hairdryers, toiletries and towels. Bathrooms are fully equipped, either with a shower or a bathtub. WiFi internet is available in all hotels free of charge. Quality accommodation offers restaurant on site.

Superior Hotels

These are 4 star hotels (or upgrade to superior rooms or suits in 3 star hotels where 4 star is not available. Our choice of superior hotels around the country include, small boutique hotels and hotels with special atmosphere. All superior hotels have good restaurants and bars. Many offer their own spa facilities. Our superior hotels in the countryside are small and include elevators, bar service and restaurants or a nearby restaurant.

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Views from The Splendid South of Iceland

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  • a-close-view-of-seljalandsfoss.jpg
  • dyrholaey.jpg
  • by-dyrholaey.jpg
  • a-view-to-the-reynisdrangar-sea-stacks.jpg
  • Eyjafjallajokull Richard.jpg
  • geysir-geothermal-pool.jpg
  • Puffin 1.JPG
  • the-tectonic-fissure-at-thingvellir.jpg
  • the-crater-kerid.jpg
  • Westman Islands.jpg
  • Reynisdrangar
  • Reynisfjara
  • Gullfoss rainbow.jpg
  • Strokkur Geysir 1.jpg

Highlights

  • A lot to see and less to drive
  • The most famous places along the South Coast
  • Sea Bird Colonies, with Puffins, Guillemots, Cormorants, Kitti-wakes, and many more

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