Discover the scenic highlights of South Iceland on this 5-day express fly-drive.
Pick up your hire car at Keflavik airport and drive along Route 1, past gigantic Skógafoss waterfall, infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano and on to Skaftafell National Park before returning to Reykjavik via the natural wonders of the Golden Circle. Delve into Reykjanes Peninsula and perhaps opt for a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon for a therapeutic dip in the geothermal waters.
Please contact us to pre-book your Blue Lagoon excursion as pre-booking is mandatory.
Arrive in Keflavik International airport and collect your car. Drive south along Route 1 towards the town of Hella, where you will spend your first night. Hella is a small town in South Iceland, around 94 kilometres from the capital Reykjavik. Located on the ring-road that encircles Iceland, it is the perfect location from which to explore the famous sites of this region. Overnight in Hella/Hvolsvollur area. (B) (144km)
Today explore Skaftafell National Park. En route, stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall before heading to Skogarfoss waterfall.
Cradled in the valleys of Vatnajokull, Skaftafell National Park is a natural wonderland of ice, mountains, sand and water. Glacier tongues flow from the tallest peaks all the way down to sea level, where huge deposits of glacial sediments have spread out into the flat-sand delta of Skeidararsandur.
Drive on to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, where small and large icebergs float serenely in the water, or you might even opt for a visit to the new 'Beluga Whale Sanctuary'* located in a large, natural bay in the Westman Islands. Overnight in Hella/Hvolsvollur area. (B) (550km)
*Please note that the 'Beluga Whale Sanctuary' is open from April to October only.
Visit the famous 'Golden Falls' - the Gullfoss waterfall. This stunning sight marks the limit of the highland shelf, where the Hvita river tumbles over the edge to the floor below. Explore the Geysir hot spring area, where Strokkur erupts every 10-15 minutes.
In the afternoon, visit Thingvellir National Park. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this incredible site is remarkable for its geology. It was here the Vikings established their parliament in 930AD. End the day in the greenhouse town of Hveragerdi. Overnight in Hveragerði/Gullfoss area. (B) (165km)
Continue along the south coast of Reykjanes peninsula, stopping at the Seltun Krisuvik hot spring area. Drive to the famous Blue Lagoon (optional), known for its special mineral-rich waters. The bright-blue glow of the water comes from a type of blue-green algae unique to hot springs, and its milky-white appearance comes from the silica. (B) (135km)
Return the car to Keflavik International airport and fly back to the UK. (B) (50km)
* Please call us on 020 7666 1290 for full details and conditions of car hire
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