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Autumn/winter tour from Southwest to Southeast Iceland – 6-day self-drive holiday

Details

Experience Iceland in autumn and winter with its hot springs and frozen waterfalls – and with a bit of luck, the northern lights as well.  This tour presents the highlights of South Iceland in all its diversity: coastal landscape, sands, and lava fields. You can drive up to the glacier Vatnajökull, the largest in Europe. And on this tour, you can relax and watch the icebergs drift in the glacier lagoon and observe seals in their natural habitat.

The capital of Reykjavík is a lively city in the colder season as well. There is a wide range of cultural activities on offer, and the restaurants are a culinary experience. In the interest of safety, we provide only four-wheel drive vehicles for this self-drive holiday.


Highlights

  • Nationalpark and UNESCO World Heritage Site Þingvellir
  • Geysir “Strokkur” and Hot Springs
  • Golden waterfall Gullfoss
  • Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón

Service Included

  • 5 nights in three-star or four-star hotels, incl. breakfast
  • 5 days rental car, incl. unlimited mileage, CDW, Icelandic VAT and pick-up/drop-off at the airport in Keflavík
  • Location description of your accommodation
  • Road map 1:500 000
  • Iceland Road and Travel Guide
  • VAT and accommodation tax
  • Insolvency Insurance

Not included:
Fuel, meals other than breakfast, admission to museums/exhibitions, GPS system and tunnel toll (Hvalfjörður). Extra driver € 29.

Itinerary

1

Arrival

Flight to Keflavík. Rental-car pickup and drive to Reykjavík. Accommodation for 1 night in Reykjavík (50 km).

2

The Golden Circle

Drive to Þingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a short hike along the gorge Almannagjá and to the law rock. The area around Geysir is particularly impressive in winter, with clouds of steam rising from the hot springs. And the Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss, makes an almost magical impression in its icy winter coat.  In the hot spring area at Flúðir, you can relax in the hotel’s outdoor hot pot while you scan the heavens for northern lights. 1 night in the Flúðir area (150 km).

3

Frozen waterfalls and volcano Eyjafjallajökull

You drive to the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss at the foot of the glacier Eyjafjallajökull. A visit to the information centre where your find an exhibition on the consequences of the 2010 eruption is highly recommended. Driving across the lava field Eldhraun, “Fire Lava”, you reach the town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. 2 nights in Kirkjubæjarklaustur (200 km).

4

Vatnajökull National Park

After driving to the information centre in Skaftafell National Park (opening hours 11:00 to 16:00), you might want to take a hike up to the waterfall Svartifoss or the glacier tongue coming off Skaftafellsjökull.  Leaving Skaftafell, a short stop at the turf and wood church in Hof is recommended. The highlight of the day is the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón with its drifting icebergs. Here you can take a relaxing break in the small café. Or go for short hike in the moraine area south of the lagoon, where you have the best view of the icebergs. On the drive back to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, you cross the sand outwash plain formed by glacier bursts (240 km).

5

South coast und Reykjavík

On the drive to Reykjavík, you should make a short stop in Vík, the southernmost village in Iceland, and take a walk along the beach to watch the waves breaking on the black sand.  A stop at the Skógar Museum is also recommended. It is considered the best local history museum in south Iceland. You then drive to Reykjavík where you have the afternoon to explore the city. We recommend the National Museum, the vantage point Perlan, the Harpa concert hall and convention centre and a stroll through the old harbour area. 1 night in Reykjavik (250 km).

6

Departure

Today you leave the island. Depending on your flight departure time, you may be able to see a bit more of Reykjavik, or you can drive directly to the international airport (50 km). 

Getting to Iceland


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Wir bieten die Anreise nach Island mit der Fähre Smyril-Line ab Hirtshals in Dänemark an. Sie können mit dem eigenen Fahrzeug anreisen oder haben die Möglichkeit, ber der Ankunft in Seyðisfjörður, im Osten Islands, einen Mietwagen übernehmen. Wir machen Ihnen gerne ein individuelles Angebot mit Reiseroute und Unterkünften.

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