Pearls of South Iceland Self-Drive
3 Nights / 4 Days
- Blue Lagoon
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir Hot Spring
- Thingvellir National Park
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógarfoss Waterfall
- Skaftafell National Park
- Vatnajökull Glacier
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Day 1: Your memorable Iceland adventure begins the very moment you arrive at Keflavik Airport. Once you pick up your rental vehicle, you’ll head directly for Reykjavik and your exciting first night in Iceland. If arriving early enough, en route why not visit Iceland’s world-famous Blue Lagoon. Be sure to pack your swimsuit, so you can take a relaxing dip in the Lagoon’s soothing, geothermal waters, before heading to your Reykjavik hotel.
Day 2: You can start by a drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the geological wonders of the world where you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements which have opened various cracks and fissures in the earth’s crust. You continue to the famous Geysir area where the Strokkur hot spring ejects its water column high into the air every 5 – 10 minutes and where numerous small springs boil and bubble. Afterwards, you only have a short drive to reach Gullfoss, surely one of the country’s most beautiful waterfalls.
On your way along the south coast, you will pass the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and you can walk behind it. A little further you pass Skógarfoss waterfall, one of the highest in Iceland. Next, you can stop at the magnificent Dyrhólaey Cape. You can either take the road up to the top of the cape and have a look at the bird cliff there or drive to a beautiful black sand beach at the foot of the cape. (Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season from mid-May till mid-June and from mid- August the puffins will have gone to sea!).
Day 3: Your next stop is Iceland’s scenic southeast. After passing various outlet glaciers belonging to Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, you’ll arrive at the stunningly surreal beauty of Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon. This exceptional sight sits at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur. Skaftafell National Park is another area worth a visit. This oasis, surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains, offers a broad range of options for great hiking. You will now head back to Reykjavik through the South Coast, Selfoss and Hveragerði. ** Please be aware that this itinerary has long driving distances but will allow you to see all the highlights of the South Coast of Iceland in record time.
Day 4: Now it is time to head back home, after an amazing journey through one of the world’s most picturesque landscapes. You will drive back to Keflavík Airport for your flight back home. Depending on your flight time, you may be able to enjoy your last day strolling around Reykjavík. Or, even better, consider booking an extra night in Reykjavík to give yourself time to experience all the amazing things Iceland’s capital city has to offer.