Unearth South and West Iceland on this 5-day winter fly-drive tour. Starting from the quirky Icelandic capital Reykjavik drive to the South coast, passing by Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, walking on the black sand beach of Reynisfjara and visiting a recently opened Lava Centre. Travel back to the Golden Circle and witness to majestic waterfalls and very active hot spring areas before heading westwards to the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Enjoy Iceland’s fascinating winter landscapes and take the chance to hunt for the elusive Northern Lights.
Arrive in Reykjavik and pick up your car at Keflavik airport. Drive through Reykjanes Peninsula and discover Krisuvik geothermal area, Gunnuhver hot spring and Reykjnesta bird cliff. Perhaps visit the famous Blue Lagoon for a dip in its mineral rich waters, known for its positive effects on the skin. Overnight in Selfoss area for two nights. (100 Km)
Head towards the South coast on the eastbound ring road, passing by the volcano Hekla on the way to Hvolsvöllur. The village hosts the recently opened Lava Centre, the largest volcano and earthquake exhibition in Iceland as well as the very interesting Saga centre. Driving further east reach the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. A few kilometres further lies the notorious volcano Eyjafjallajökull. Visit the family who lives at the farm Þorvaldseyri, at the foot of the volcano, who has set up a small information centre and shows an interesting documentary about the life in the shadow of the Eyjafjallajökull and the eruption in 2010. Continue to Skógar and discover Skógafoss waterfall and its local folk and transport museum. It is possible to hike along the river Skógá for a while and see a few more waterfalls as well as get a closer view over the Eyjafjallajökull. Perhaps embark on an optional glacier walk on Sólheimajökull to explore a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses, and learn more about these disappearing giants. Detour to the bird cliffs of Dyrhólaey and the black sandy beach of Reynisfjara with its fascinating basalt columns. Overnight in Selfoss area. (B) (260 Km)
Travel the Golden Circle and visit some of Iceland‘s best known natural attractions including the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. Only a 10 minutes drive away from Gullfoss find the Geysir hot spring area and witness the very active geyser Strokkur erupting spectacularly at intervals of only a few minutes. Continue through the village Laugarvatn, called after its natural steam springs right next to a lake. Perhaps relax and bathe at the local Fontana Spa & Wellness Centre. Next up is Thingvellir National Park. A walk through the Almannagjá canyon is an introduction to both geology and Icelandic history, as it marks the boundary of the rift valley between the tectonic plates. Continue travelling on the west side of the island and explore the Borgarfjordur region, famous for Deildartunguhver hot spring, Hraunfossar waterfalls and Reykholt medieval centre. Overnight in Borgarfjordur area. (B) (340 Km)
Today explore Snaefellsnes peninsula. The area is full of interesting sites to visit such as Snaefellsjokull Glacier National Park, Kirkjufell - perhaps the most photographed mountain in Iceland - Arnarstapi old trading post, Hellnar creek, Budir black church and lava field, Djupalonssandur pebbled beach and Gerduberg basalt columns. Perhaps set off on an optional guided cave exploring tour into the Vatnshellir cave. End the day in Reykjavik for a final overnight. (B) (400 Km)
Return the hire car to the airport and fly back to the UK. (B) (50 Km)
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