$ 790.00 (Economy)
$ 870.00 (Comfort)
Encounter an array of landscapes and natural wonders during Northern Lights season, while enjoying an introduction to Iceland’s culinary traditions, on this 7-day driving adventure through West and South Iceland.
Iceland's dramatic southern coastline provides a stunning backdrop to your discovery of this active volcanic zone. West Iceland highlights include unique lava formations, the inspiring Snaefellsjokull glacier-volcano, and historical sites from the Sagas. A number of stops and tasty excursions are offered as optional along the way so you can experience Iceland’s burgeoning culinary culture.
Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is yours to rest and use at your own leisure.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Enjoy Local in Focal, a hands-on late morning cooking lesson in English, where you learn about Iceland’s unique culinary culture and the New Nordic cuisine using fresh, Icelandic ingredients. The course is led by professional chefs from Salt Kitchen (this course must be pre-booked).
Pop by Café Loki, a small and friendly family-run café located across from Hallgrimskirkja Church in the centre of Reykjavik. Its location offers a beautiful view across the city, the church and the Blafjoll Mountains. The restaurant’s cuisine is inspired by traditional Icelandic home recipes that have been passed on from one generation to the next. Café Loki offers a variety of combination platters for a great overview of the best food that Iceland has to offer.
Fish Shops & Restaurants: Iceland is known for its fresh seafood and specialized seafood shops and restaurants. At the shops listed here, you can choose your own fish and sauces, and have it served as a meal for you.
Our fish shop recommendations include Fylgifiskar, Gallery Fiskur, and Fiskbudin Hafberg.
Saegreifinn restaurant, located in a former fisherman‘s hut in the Old Harbour, serves excellent lobster soup and fresh-grilled fish skewers in an informal setting.
Thundering waterfalls - Exploding geysers - Cliffs & stone arches - Black sand beaches of the South Shore
Head out of the city and drive to Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring, highlights of Iceland’s famous ‘Golden Circle’. Continue your trip, stopping at highlights such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, and the majestic Eyjafjallajokull and surrounding area, the site of the infamous volcanic eruption in 2010.
Overnight in Vik area.
This particular region of Iceland is known as the breadbasket of Iceland, as there are many farms here. This means you have many excellent dining options:
The small café at Fontana Geothermal Baths bakes traditional sweet rye bread using the earth’s natural geothermal heat. At 14:30 (2:30pm) every day, you can watch as the bread is removed from its cooking tins in the ground and taste it fresh with plenty of Icelandic butter (this experience must be pre-booked). If you don't have time to wait for the tour we still recommend you try a slice of the cafe‘s rye bread topped with smoked trout from the lake.
The Efstidalur II traditional cattle farm is just a 10-minute drive from Gullfoss waterfall. The restaurant, overlooking the cowshed, offers local beef and vegetables as well as homemade milk products such as ice cream, feta cheese and skyr (a thick, nutritious yogurt-like product). During your stop, you can watch the dairy cows through a big window in the dairy barn. The Ice Cream Barn and restaurant are open daily 11:30-20:00 (11:30am – 8:00pm)
Fridheimar is a charming horse farm and greenhouse facility near Fludir. Clean geothermal and hydroelectric energy provides resources to grow many types of organic fruits and vegetables. The farm is most famous for its tasty tomatoes. An on-site restaurant specializes in delicious tomato-based dishes like tomato soup and green tomato and apple pie. The restaurant is open daily between 11:00 and 16:00 (11:00am – 4:00pm). In order to guarantee a table, please call ahead in advance for a reservation.
Get to know Icelandic town life and hospitality with the new Walk and Dine with the Locals experience in Selfoss. Join a local couple for a guided walk around their pretty town and visit their home for dinner, coffee and conversation. (This experience should be booked in advance)
Skaftafell National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier
Visit the majestic Skaftafell area, which is located between two glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before returning to the charming village of Vik in the afternoon.
Overnight in Vik area.
Thorbergur Cultural Centre & Café offers homemade cakes and specialties such as farm-raised arctic char (trout) from a nearby farm, as well as other traditional local food, free-range Icelandic lamb and traditional lamb meat soup with bread. Please call ahead to make sure they are open.
National Park of Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring
Drive to the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park itself is situated in a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows on the edge of Iceland's largest lake. Continue to Borgarfjordur fjord and visit the historic site of Reykholt, the remarkably beautiful Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe.
Overnight in Borgarnes area.
The Settlement Centre in Borgarnes offers a fascinating insight into the history of the Icelandic settlement and the Saga era. After taking a look at the exhibits, continue your sensory journey through time at the Settlement Centre’s popular restaurant. The large windows, stripped wooden floors and modern furniture give it a wonderfully stylish vibe. Choose from an assortment of traditional Icelandic dishes such as fish soup and grilled lamb. Don’t forget to leave room for a slice of homemade cake.
The Ljomalind Country Market in Borgarnes is open six days a week from 13:00 – 18:00 (1:00pm – 6:00pm). This sustainable country market was created by women from the region. Discover home-made treats like ice cream, candy, cheese and jams, as well as handicrafts and herbal remedies. This is a nice stop for getting picnic lunch ingredients and tasty souvenirs for friends at home. It´s a good idea to call to reconfirm opening times at 437 1400.
Sea Cliffs - Rock Formations - Quaint Fishing Villages
Explore the countless natural wonders of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, which happens to be a national park. With mountains to one side and the sea to the other, visit the wind-tangled Arnarstapi sea cliffs and the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur before driving along the north coast through bustling fishing villages.
Overnight in Borgarnes area.
Anyone with an interest in Iceland’s culinary heritage should not miss the Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, run by the country’s last shark farmer. You’ll learn about this unique delicacy and, if you’re brave, have a taste. Please call ahead to make sure they are open.
Volcanic Landscapes - Bubbling Mud Pools - Active Fishing Community - Geothermal Spa
Drive to the Reykjanes peninsula and visit the moonlike lava fields around Lake Kleifarvatn. Another suggested stop is at the Krysuvik geothermal area with bubbling mud pools. Visit Grindavik fishing village, famous for its heritage of producing saltfish (bacalao). Saltfish is undeniably responsible for the prosperity of the Icelandic nation, particularly during the late 19th and early 20th century when the industry was at its peak.
Relax at the famous Blue Lagoon with a refreshing dip in the pleasantly warm geothermal waters, rich in silica and minerals that are great for the skin.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Vitinn Seafood Restaurant in the small town of Sandgerdi offers a delicious crab feast, as well as other seafood options. Their speciality is rock crab; this is one of the few restaurants in Europe offering this treat fresh from the sea.
Return to Keflavik International Airport.**
We recommend departing the hotel approximately 3 hours prior to the departure of your international flight.
**Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6- day rental is up and use our FlyBus plus departure transfer.
Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher.