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Iceland Road Trip: South and West

Discover the south and west of Iceland, from Reykjavík to the Golden Circle

  • From 7 days
  • Self-drive
  • All year
  • 5+ hours

Let yourself be enchanted by the dramatic landscapes and unique natural wonders on your Iceland Road Trip. On this 8-day tour, you will visit some of the best that Iceland has to offer, including the Golden Circle, the extraordinary Jökulsarlon glacial lagoon, black sandy beaches, idyllic little towns, as well as the awesome capital city, Reykjavík. Our Travel Experts have the best insider tips for each region of Iceland, and will help you plan a tailor-made adventure that suits you travel tastes and preferences.

  1. Reykjavík

  2. Kálfafell

  3. The Golden Circle

  4. Thingvellir National Park

  5. Snæfellsnes Peninsula

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Iceland Road Trip: South and West

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$735

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Travel Itinerary

1. Reykjavík

Your Iceland Road Trip starts in the country's fantastic capital city, which is located close to the main international airport. You'll find a vibrant arts, food, and design scene, as well as numerous attractions worth visiting. Check out the National Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Harpa Concert Hall, or the Saga Museum, if you're interested in learning about native elves and trolls!

2. Kálfafell

Today, you will drive along the beautiful south coast to the area of Vik. Take a walk behind the astonishing wall of water at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Visit Skógafoss waterfall, which is one of the most famous and tallest waterfalls in Iceland, at over 200 feet. Head to Cape Dyrhólaey for a great viewpoint: on a clear day, two glaciers are visible on one side, and the majestic Atlantic Ocean is visible on the other.

Next, continue to the nearby Black Beach, which will take your breath away with its dark scenes and dramatic vistas. Another must-see on your Iceland Road Trip is the Skaftafell National Park. Take a short hike to the picturesque Svartifoss waterfall, which is surrounded by basalt columns. Be sure to join a guided glacier hike or ice cave tour before continuing past the south side of Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull, to Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnjukur, which is roughly 7,000 feet high.

Between the glacier and the sea lies one of Iceland's most popular attractions, the Joklulsarlon glacier lagoon, with its mesmerising floating icebergs. Be sure to visit Diamond Beach at the lagoon, where the icebergs fill the lagoon and wash up on land.

3. The Golden Circle

Drive back along the south coast of Iceland. If you want to relax outdoors in thermally heated waters, you should take a bath in the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, which is now known as the Secret Lagoon. After your swim, continue your journey to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, one of the most famous and recognizable attractions in Iceland. A few miles down the road, you will find the Geyser hot springs, which erupts every ten minutes and has a fascinating visitors' center. You will spend one night in the Golden Circle area.

4. Thingvellir National Park

Next, Thingvellir National Park, the holiest historical site in Iceland and seat of the Viking Parliament, awaits you. The area is also very interesting from a geological point of view, because here is the place where you can see the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates drifting very slowly apart. Continue into the Borgarfjörður area and visit the medieval site of Reykholt, Deildartunguhver hot spring, and Hraunfossar waterfall. If you're an adrenhaline junkine, take a monster truck tour from Húsafell Into the Glacier, a man-made tunnel that stretches nearly half a mile into the Langjökull glacier.

5. Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Continue around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula for truly epic scenery comprised of distinctive landscapes, striking cliffs, and impressive lava fields that Game of Thrones fans will recognize (scenes from the popular series were filmed here). If you're interested, this area is also a good place to do a whale watching tour.

Useful Information for Your Iceland Tour

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to visit Iceland for up to 90 days. The official language in Iceland is Icelandic, and the official currency is the Icelandic Krona. Iceland is located in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport (KEF) has direct flights to the USA.  Less

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