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SYD8: Southern Explorer by coach / 8 days
Departures from Keflavik

NEW for 2018! With a maximum group size of 20 persons, this program includes six full days of touring, exploring and adventure in South Iceland and the interior highlands. You discover national parks, green valleys, high mountains, lunar landscapes, lava fields, waterfalls, hot springs, and glaciers. You explore Icelandic highlights and secrets.

The highlights of South Iceland

Explore the most famous sights in South Iceland from the countryside instead of taking long drives from Reykjavík. This 8-day tour focuses on guided day excursions and explorations from only three different overnight locations in Southern Iceland. You visit the Golden Circle sites, explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar, the glacial valley of Þórsmörk, and the frozen wonders of Vatnajökull National Park. Your Icelandic adventure includes short walks here and there, bathing in the geothermal Blue Lagoon, climbing volcano craters, walking on glaciers, a boat trip between floating icebergs and lots of time to take pictures. 

  • Small groups, maximum 20 persons
  • Bathe in the Blue Lagoon, walk on lava and explore two national parks
  • Easy hike on a glacial tongue on Europe's largest glacier
  • Boat trip between floating icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
  • Cross glacial rivers by bus and explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk 
  • Visit Brennisteinsalda Volcano in Landmannalaugar, the rainbow mountain of Iceland
  • On September departures, there is a chance to see the Northern Lights

Day 1

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to your hotel in Reykjavik.

Spend the rest of your day exploring Reykjavik – it is a vibrant small city with lots of charming cafes, shops, museums, and galleries.

Included meals:None
Accommodation: Hotel in Reykjavik (specific property will be confirmed at the time of booking)                                  

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:30 meet your tour guide and fellow group members and travel to the Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, lunar landscapes and fishing villages. We warm up in the geothermal mineral rich waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. In the afternoon, we explore Krýsuvík, an area with sulfatases, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs. Next stop is the charming fishing village of Eyrarbakki with many preserved houses from the period 1890-1920, and therefore a visit is like a journey, 100 years back in time. We visit the local Maritime and Folk Museum. In the evening, we reach Hella, a small village in South Iceland, where we stay for three nights in simple cottages.  

Included meals:Breakfast
Accommodation: Cottages in Hella (specific property will be confirmed at the time of booking)                                   

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we drive the rough unpaved road to Landmannalaugar, an oasis in the barren highlands, surrounded by colourful rhyolite mountains. Group members have the options to explore the area on their own or join the guide for a short hike through a rough lava field and up the slopes with an incredible spectrum of colours. In Landmannalaugar there is also a natural geothermal stream where you can enjoy a refreshing bath. Have swimwear and towel ready. On the way back to our accommodation, we stop at the beautiful waterfall Hjálparfoss in Þjórsárdalur valley surrounded by unusual basalt rock formations. Nearby we explore the Viking farm ruins at Stöng, which was completely buried in pumice during one of Mt. Hekla's bigger eruptions in 1104. A leisurely hike brings us to Gjáin, a green oasis in an otherwise rocky, barren moon-like landscape. Þjórsárdalur is off-the-beaten-path and is dominated by Mt. Hekla and other volcanoes in the vicinity. Please note that in case Landmannalaugar is not accessible during May and June departures, we travel only to Þjórsárdalur valley on that day.

Included meals:Breakfast
Accommodation: Cottages in Hella (specific property will be confirmed at the time of booking)                                   

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we visit three of Iceland's most famous spots: Þingvellir National Park, Geyser hot springs, and Gullfoss waterfall. We start the day at the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Next stop is at the Geysir geothermal fields with a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools where you see the steam pumping from the ground as if beneath it there were lots of little smoking devils. The original geyser is now dormant and has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10-minute intervals. Gullfoss, "the golden falls", is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river originating from the glacier Langjökull. After the three "must-see" sights on the Golden Circle, we add a little extra. There is a small waterfall called Faxi, "the Main". Nearby, we show you a traditional sheep pen, where Icelandic farmers sort the sheep in September after the sheep had been rounded up in the mountains. We continue to Skálholt, which is one of Iceland's most historic and holy places. You might like to visit the local geothermal swimming pool with hot tubs to top off your sightseeing day the Icelandic way.

Included meals:Breakfast
Accommodation: Cottages in Hella (specific property will be confirmed at the time of booking)                                   

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel. We start the day at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you can follow a slick and wet trail and walk right behind the falls. Come prepared and bring a raincoat and good boots, as you will get wet!  We continue to Þórsmörk, a broad valley named after Thor, the Viking God of Thunder. 

Þórsmörk is one of the most popular hiking areas in Iceland. Depending on the weather, we enjoy a leisurely hike through nature. You see the rumoured Icelandic Highlands at its best - volcanoes, glaciers, high mountains, and glacier-made valleys and canyons, glacier rivers, lava fields and many more gems that the Icelandic nature holds captured. After our Þórsmörk adventure trip, there is a long drive to our next overnight location at Vatnajökull National Park.

Included meals:Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Skaftafell (specific property will be confirmed at the time of booking)                                  

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel. We start with an easy 1,5 to 2-hour glacier hike in the majestic surroundings of Svínafellsjökull, suitable for beginners. The glacier is hemmed in by some of Iceland´s most spectacular peaks. An experienced glacier guide leads you safely through the icy wonderland of strangely shaped ridges, deep crevasses, enormous water cauldrons and different ice formations. In the afternoon, we head over to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon for a cruise, sailing between the icebergs of all shapes and sizes, which float in the clear blue water. After the glacial lake experience, there is time to go down to the black sand beach in case we find icebergs that have floated all the way from the glacier lagoon into the Atlantic Ocean.

Included meals:Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Skaftafell (specific property will be confirmed at the time of booking)                                  

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel. We cross the sandy desert of the south shore, overlooked by rugged cliffs, glaciers, and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs at Reynisfjara. We see interesting basalt columns, and rock formations called the petrified trolls. About 10 km west of Vík is the rocky plateau at Dyrhólaey, which rises dramatically from the surrounding plain. We walk to the lighthouse, observe birds on the cliffs, and enjoy the spectacular views of the black beaches, the sea and surrounding mountains and glaciers. Our next stop is the thundering Skógafoss waterfall, which tumbles 62 meters over a rocky scarp, kicking up vast sheets of mist. The program ends with a short Reykjavík city tour before we reach the hotel in Iceland's capital.

Included meals:Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Reykjavik (specific property will be confirmed at the time of booking)                                  

Day 8

Breakfast at the hotel. Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

Please inform the hotel reception about your flight times the night beforedeparture.

Included meals: Breakfast

Route map

Departures

  • 2018: Guaranteed departures from Keflavik every Sunday between May and September

Included

  • Arrival & departure transfer by FLYBUS airport shuttle (no guide)
  • 6-day escorted coach tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide
  • 7 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/wc
  • 7x breakfast
  • Visit to two national parks
  • Entrance & towel to Blue Lagoon including silica mud mask and one drink of your choice
  • Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
  • 1,5 to 2-hour glacier hike
  • Entrance fee to Eyrarbakki Maritime and Folk Museum

Not Included

  • Flight to/from Iceland
  • Travel insurance

Trip sheet

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