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South Coast Self Drive - IMGS04

Glaciers, lagoons, waterfalls, geysers, black sands and bird cliffs.

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Tour type: Self driven discovery tour in Southern Iceland




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Adult: 154000

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What's included: Rental car, CDW insurance, accommodation in the category of your choice, detailed information pack, box with cooking equipment, tent, mattresses etc. with camping option

Departures: Available all year

Duration: 5 days

Accommodation: hostel/guesthouse/hotel

Note: The price given is based on 2 persons travelling together, in dbl room w/pr bath and a Toyota Yaris 5 door car (or similar). Price will vary depending on car and accommodation type chosen

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Glacial lake with calving icebergs
    • black sands, rock formations and waterfalls
    • Visit the ancient parliament site

    Arrive in Egilstaðir, pick up your car and cruise south to Höfn, pass a glacial lake with calving icebergs, all the way to Vatnajökull NP-Skaftafell. From Skaftafell you continue along the south coast with black sands, inspiring rock formations close to Vik village, huge waterfalls, such as Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss (both cascading from the ever infamous Ey-ja-fja-lla-jö-kull – still the source of bad dreams for the international airline industry), visit the ancient parliament site and the name giver of all the world´s geysers, Geysir. Just to mention a few!

    Included: Rental car, CDW insurance, accommodation in the category of your choice, detailed information pack, breakfast with guest house accommodation, box with cooking equipment, thermos etc. with hostel and camping accommodation, (tent, mattress with camping option).

    Accommodation options for this package: Hotel, guest house (with or without private bath), sleeping bag accommodation in hostels, camping.

    Available upon request: Flight Reykjavík - Egilsstaðir, Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour with airport bus transfer, SCDW car insurance and GPS (and other items related to the rental car).  Please contact us for more information.

    This self drive can be linked with the trekking tour "Hike at the end of the World IMGS34"

    Why not get the best of both worlds? Hike the eastern fjords and mountains, where cars can not go and then drive along the south coast to Reykjavik and see all the sights - glaciers, lagoons, waterfalls, geysers, black sands and bird cliffs. Combine these 2 packages for a 13 day tour.

    Available all year.

  • Tour Itinerary

    D1: Egilsstaðir /Seyðisfjörður - Höfn.
    Pick up your car at Egilsstaðir or Seyðisfjörður, depending on where you are coming from, and start your journey along the South Coast.  Cross the Öxi pass, descending down to Berufjörður fjord.  The river Fossá, which runs through the valley, is adorned with some twenty-five waterfalls, each with its particular charm, meriting a closer inspection. A four-wheel track running close to the river and the waterfalls leads further into the valley.  Above the village of Djúpivogur, rises one of the most picturesque mountain in in Iceland, the Búlandstindur (1069m).  It is the highest mountain rising straight from the sea in Iceland.  Local guidance up the mountain is possible.  From Djupivogur you drive along the very scenic coastline of Hamarsfjörður (Hammer fjord) and Álftafjörður (Swan fjord) in which a huge sand reef stretches out and almost closes the fjord.  Drive along the delta of the Jökulsá glacier river, forming yet another lagoon, giving the area its name Lón (lagoon).
    Accommodation in the area of Höfn.
    Driving distance: 213 km (Seyðisfj.-Egilsst.28 km./ Egilsst.-Höfn 185 km)

    D2: Höfn - Jökulsárlón - Ingólfshöfði Cape.
    Following Road 1 along the south-east towards the huge Vatnajokull glacier, you begin to see the enormous glacier tongues. Lake Jokulsarlon is nearby, cluttered with huge icebergs from the Breiðamerjökull outlet glacier. There you can have a short hike along the lake and the nearby coast (the ocean is less than 200 meters away). Optional possibility of a boat ride on the lake itself, either on a fast zodiac or a bigger and slower moving amphibian boat. A short drive away is the Ingólfshöfði headland, named after the first settler of Iceland, where you can buy a wagon ride and short hike to observe the thousands of seabirds (especially puffins) that colonize the promontory at the beginning of the summer. In good weather, you´ll have a beautiful view of the high mountains and vast glacial tounges from Vatnajökull. Accommodation in the vicinity of Öræfi. 
    Driving distance: 136 km.
    D3: Skaftafell National Park.
    Situated at the foot of the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, you will find a green oasis of arctic birch, surrounded by mountains, wedged between two impressive glacier tongues, and decorated with colorful valleys, rivers, and flowers.  Spend the day walking along the multiple marked trails in the park (trail maps available in the Skaftafell Information Center) or go on a glacier walk with Icelandic Mountainguides for 2 or 4 hours (or even the whole day) with crampons, helmet and ice axe provided. Night in the same place as before. 
    Driving distance: N/A
    D4: South Coast - Kirkjubæjarklaustur – Fjadrargljufur Canyon -  Dyrhólaey Peninsula - Vik - Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls.
    Drive across the huge black flood plains of Skeiðarársandur, created by flooding caused by eruptions from under Skeiðarárjökull outlet glacier. Stop at Kirkjubæjarklaustur village for a short hike in the area visiting f.ex. the „Church Floor“ and Stjórnarfoss waterfall. A short drive away is the impressive volcanic canyon Fjadrargljufur, carved in volcanic tuffs by the river running through it. Visit the Dyrhólaey peninsula and the village of Vik with its cliffs harboring the largest colony of Arctic terns in the country. Further west you will discover Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, both cascading from the ever infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier, known for its disruptive power, best demonstrated in 2010 when the ashes from its eruption disrupted international flights around the world. Accommodation around Hvolsvöllur. 
    Driving distance: 220 km.
    D5: The Golden Circle - Gullfoss - Geysir - Þingvellir - Reykjavík.
    A day where you will get to see some of the most famous sites in Iceland. Your first stop is The Great Geysir in Haukadalur valley but on the way it would be a good idea to make a short stop in the town of Flúðir where you can buy locally grown organic vegetables.  From Geysir, it is just a short drive to Gullfoss waterfall (Golden waterfalls), often named the queen of Icelandic waterfalls.  The road takes you next to Thingvellir (Parliament Plaines) National Park, where the „Alþing“ general assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures of the area make evident the rifting of the earth's crust. The site is now a World Heritage Site by Unesco since 2004.  Across the Lyngdalsheiði moor, return to Reykjavik. 
    Driving distance: 215 km.


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