PER PERSON :
$ 1,090.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,250.00 (single occupancy )
• Extra night in Reykjavik before/after the tour – on request
• Upgrade for private airport transfer
Best of South Iceland tour is a great opportunity to visit the most beautiful sights while staying in the countryside rather than taking long drives from Reykjavík. This tour covers the best of south Iceland from only three different overnight locations. Visit the Golden Circle, the Landmannalaugar interior highlands, the glacial valley of Þórsmörk, and Vatnajökull National Park. Enjoy occasional short walks, climbing volcano craters, a boat trip between floating icebergs, bathing in the geothermal Blue Lagoon, walking on glaciers, and taking pictures. This small group (max. 20 persons) program includes eight days of exploring and adventure in South Iceland and the interior highlands. You will stay in simple and clean hotels and cabins with private facilities, visit national parks, volcanic fields, green valleys and high mountains, lunar landscapes, waterfalls, hot springs, and glaciers.
We travel from Reykjavík to South Iceland where we take a short ferry ride to the Westman Islands. There is a bus and walking tour of the village of Heimaey and this extraordinary island. The volcanic eruption in 1973 is, without doubt, considered the largest natural disaster in Iceland in recent history. The eruption began on January 23rd on the island of Heimaey, the only populated island of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. After the evacuation of the inhabitants, and during the 5 months while the eruption lasted, there was much uncertainty as to whether or not the island could ever be repopulated. During our tour to the Westman Islands, we explore bird cliffs, walk up the volcano crater and visit „Pompei of the North“, a volcanic excavation project. You have the afternoon free to wander around the town of Heimaey, with its birds and sign of recent volcanic eruptions. We return to the mainland and stay for 2 nights in South Iceland.
Overnight location: Hotel Stracta, Hella, South Iceland. (210km / 130mls)
Our first stop of the day will be at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountains and where you can follow a slick and wet trail right behind the falls. We visit the thundering Skógafoss waterfall which is 62 meters high and belongs to the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Nearby is the beautiful Skógar folk museum with its turf houses. We pass the glaciers Mýrdalsjökull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull. In the village of Vík, we attend the stunning Iceland lava show; the only exhibition in the world where you can experience actual flowing lava! By melting lava and pouring it on ice in a room full of people, you will be able to see the lava flowing, hear it sizzling, and feel the heat that radiates from it. We walk along the black lava beach and bird cliffs at Reynisfjara, see interesting basalt columns and rock formations. In the aftenoon we stop at Sólheimajökull glacier tounge where you can join an optional glacier hike.It‘s an informative and easy glacier walk through a frozen wonderland of different shades of glacier ice.
Overnight location: Hotel Stracta, Hella, South Iceland. (220km / 137mls)
Today we drive the rough unpaved road to Landmannalaugar, an oasis in the barren highlands, surrounded by vivid rhyolite mountains. The highlight is a 90-minute round-trip hike up toward Brenninsteinsalda, the rainbow mountain of Iceland, which is still “hot” and where you can see sizzling sulfur springs and vapor at its sides. It could very well be the most colorful and spectacular volcanic mountain of Iceland, and so its picture is often found in books and calendars. After a picnic lunch, you have free time to enjoy a relaxing bath in the natural geothermal stream. We take a short stop at the beautiful waterfall Hjálparfoss surrounded by unusual basalt rock formations. Before we reach our last overnight location in Reykjavík, let us visit Ölvisholt, a microbrewery located at an old dairy farm in South Iceland. You will get an introduction to the brewery’s history, the brewing process, and of course, try a selection of Icelandic beer. (310km / 193mls)
Optional VIP seating: Supplement for a guaranteed window seat on our fully escorted coach tours which includes a window seat and the next seat remaining empty (a passenger gets actually two seats). Seats will be reserved in the front rows of the bus, on first comes - first served basis.
Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.
Children discount: No discount available. Tour is not recommended for children younger than eight years of age. Triple rooms are double rooms with an extra bed and ideal for two adults and one child.