Discover the South of Iceland with its popular attractions as well as the isolated interior highlands. You travel from the multi-coloured dramatic mountains of Landmannalaugar wonderland and Fjallabak Nature Reserve up to the green lush valleys and glacier covered volcanoes of Þórsmörk. Next step is to head down to the South Coast where glittering glaciers, vast black sand beaches, bluff cliffs and vivid puffin colonies reveal one of Iceland’s most famous natural wonders. This tour is a real marvel for nature-lovers!
Day 1 - Landmannalaugar
You begin the tour by heading right to the highlands. Drive through the rough lava fields and multiple mountains, fording several rivers on the way. When the landscape becomes unbelievably colorful with bubbling hot springs, it means that you reached Landmannalaugar wonderland. The fuss at the base is caused by numerous hikers starting here the famous Laugavegurinn trail. You can find peace in the hills above though. There is also a popular hot pot where you can take a bath. Spend a night in Landmannalaugar area.
The driving distance for this day is +- 175km.
Day 2 - Fjallabak N - Vík
This day is dedicated to further exploration of Fjallabak Nature Reserve. The whole region was formed in the volcanic eruptions and has been affected by geothermal activity. Its majestic multi-coloured rhyolite and obsidian mountains together with numerous lakes and jaggy lava flows creates true wonderland. It is a lot of fun driving up and down on these gravel roads, crossing several un-bridged rivers and visiting places like Ljótipollur crater or Frostastaðavatn lake. You should also take breaks, step out of the car and enjoy beauty and calm of this pure nature. There is several hikes in the area, ex. to the top of Bláhnúkur crater worth doing. After that, you head to the South-East, eventually driving along the Ring Road towards Vík. Overnight stay in the area.
The driving distance for this day is +- 162km.
Day 3 - Skógar - Seljalandsfoss - Þórsmörk
The South Coast and its various popular attractions are the goal of today. First ones are right around the corner from Vík. Reynisfjara impresses with its black sandy beach backed by Reynisdrangar, basalt sea stacks emerging from the sea. Then, you continue driving up the hill to Dyrhólahey. It dramatically rises above the Vík neighborhood, revealing the beautiful overlook of the coast. Puffins are keen on nesting in its bluff cliffs in summer time. Then you carry on driving along the Ring Road. The impressive Skógafoss appear first to the right-hand side. You can take steep stairs up the mountain for a better view from above. Seljalandsfoss is the next spectacular waterfall on your way. It tumbles over rocky scarp into a pool, leaving some room between the water and the wall, for the stirring walks behind the waterfall. From here you again enter a gravel road to highlands. We promise to surprise you with the diversity of Iceland’s highlands. Þórsmörk serves you completely different landscape than what you have seen before. It is a green paradise where active volcanoes and towering glaciers rise above the lush valleys below. You have a chance to see here an infamous Eyjafjallajökull that paralyzed air traffic in 2010. Overnight stay in Þórsmörk.
The driving distance for this day is +- 91km.
Day 4 - Reykjavík
It is about the time to slowly return to reality. However, before that, allow yourself for the last cherry on the cake. Stakkholtsgjá gorge is located right beneath Eyjafjallajökull volcano on the way out of Þórsmörk. Stretch your legs in an easy hike along the river bed admiring the lush greenery around. After that, you continue driving the F-road through the glacier rivers and rocky surfaces up to the Road 1. You arrive in Reykjavík early evening.
The driving distance for this day is +- 151km.
What is Ísafold Travel’s cancellation policy?
All cancellations must be made by e-mail or letter. In conformity with business practices within the Icelandic travel industry, the travel agent is obliged to charge cancellation fees to passenger(s) as follows, in addition to the non-refundable deposit:
More than 6 weeks prior to arrival: No additional charge
Less than 6 weeks and more than 2 weeks: 15%
Less than 2 weeks and more than 72 hours: 50%
Less than 72 hours and more than 24 hours: 75%
Less than 24 hours notice, and no-shows: 100%
We recommend that all passengers take out comprehensive travel insurance.
Does Ísafold Travel handle domestic/international flights?
Ísafold Travel does not handle or book international flights from and to Iceland for our clients. However, flights between Iceland and Greenland and domestic flights in Iceland can be arranged by us.
What is a self-drive/self-guided tour?
A self-drive or self-guided tour is a packaged tour that allows you to travel at your own pace – by yourself or in a group. We arrange everything from the vehicle to accommodation so you don’t have to worry about anything. You can just go and enjoy your own private road trip through Iceland.
Do kids get a discount on some of the activities?
Yes, depending on their age they might be eligible for a discount on some of the activities. Please write their ages in the comments while booking and the discount they are eligible for while be deducted from the remaining balance.
Is it possible to customise my tour after booking?
Yes! It’s absolutely possible to further customise your tour after booking through our website. We only require a 20% deposit to be paid up front before we start customising your tour.
Am I required to pay the full amount upon booking?
No. It’s possible to pay only a 20% deposit upon booking. The remaining amount will be required no later than 30 days before your tour starts.
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Prices & Availability
Please note that you can further customize your tour after paying the deposit.*
*It’s possible to pay a 20% deposit in advance and customize the tour you booked before requiring a full payment. However, this only applies if you are booking more than 30 days in advance of the starting date of your tour.
- Pickup & return from hotel in Reykjavík area (8:00 – 18:00)
- Rental car with unlimited mileage, CDW insurance
- Breakfast (except for dormitory accommodation)
- Winter transport to Þórsmörk – needed from 16th October to 30th April
- WiFi connectivity in the car
- Map of Iceland and detailed itinerary of your tour
- Pamphlet about driving in Iceland
- Optional meeting with travel consultant
- 24 hour emergency service
- Taxes & service fees
What’s not included?
- Gasoline / Diesel
- Personal Travel Insurances
- Additional activities
- Meals or drinks
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- Parking and road tunnel fees
- Any services not listed under list of included items