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South Coast and West: between ocean and glacier

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From 7 to 10 days
Min Age : 6 months
Max People : 12
Tour Details

You’re dreaming of some breathtaking holidays but you have only a week left ? Why not flying to Iceland and taking the amazing self drive tour in the South and West region. A trip where you can pamper yourself, bath in hot spring water, in winter gazing the dancing northern lights above your head, taste local gastronomy, walk inside magnificent landscape, discover volcanoes, glaciers, impressive waterfalls and have this unique feeling to be alone in this world !

Highlights of this trip
  • Discover many emblematic sites. This itinerary is ideally designed for those who are coming to Iceland for the first time but who do not have enough time to do the full ring road. It condenses for a first trip, the discovery of many must-see sites in Iceland whether it is the Golden Circle, the black sand beaches of Vik, or the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón, this trip will take you into the heart of a wild and amazing nature.
  • Easy drive and trip all year round. You can enjoy this trip all year round, the roads are easily passable, even in winter with a 4×4 vehicle suitable for driving on snow. This trip will enchant you during each season with totally different but always captivating aspects.
  • A trip at your personal pace. Our goal is to make you discover Iceland in the most beautiful way, at a pleasant pace, without hurrying and without driving too many kilometers every day. Your stay will be truly tailor-made, according to your desires. We take into account what you want to see and do, and offer an itinerary with stages intended to make the most of your visits, in the most beautiful natural sites of the country.
Our commitments
  • A selection of partners engaged in more responsible tourism.
  • A real tailor-made trip designed for you.
  • Refund of excursions not carried out for reasons beyond your control (weather, cancellation by the service provider).
  • The option to request a change in the booking of your accommodation, subject to availability.
  • The guarantee of working with a local agency.
  • We are contributing to the reforestation of Iceland with the planting of around 1 tree for 4 people.


  • Nights in guesthouse, room with mix of private and share bathroom (Superior category or 100% private bathroom on request).
  • Buffet breakfast. Our accommodation sometimes offer a kitchen and / or hot bath on site. Bedsheets and towels are provided. We try to choose as much as possible eco-friendly accommodation.
  • Rental car with unlimited mileage, taxes and SCDW insurance included, refund of the deductible 0 €. Vehicle picked up and drop off at Keflavik Airport. 2x4 or 4x4 depending on demand or season.
  • 1 entrance to the Blue Lagoon or another Hot pool
  • Optional: whale watching, walk on the glacier, visit of an ice cave (from November to April), horseback riding, snowmobile, kayaking, diving, rafting ... Booking dinners to be paid on site.
  • Personalized travel book. Includes a general presentation of Iceland, various tips and a day-by-day program including supplies, suggestions for visits, advice for walks and hikes, as well as a detailed information for each accommodation. Map 1: 600,000 and hiking maps.
  • Our contact and locale assistance

Not included

  • International flight from 200 € departing from Europe
  • Meals other than breakfast, petrol
  • Personal cancellation and repatriation insurance
  • Optional: Additional of 2nd driver supplement between 25 and 40 € to be paid only at the rental agency.

D1: Arrival and drive across some lava fields

Your itinerary is given as an indication. We can arrange this self-drive trip according to the time you have, with a minimum stay of 10 days. A domestic flight is possible between Reykjavik and Akureyri, if you don’t have enough time to go around the island.

Upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you pick up your rental vehicle and head to your accommodation, located along the South coast of the country, in the small town of Hveragerði, known for its intense geothermal activity.

For late arrivals, you can stay near the airport, by the coast. Driving distance about 90 kms.

D2: Along the South Coast

You start this trip driving along the South coast. En route, you have several possible stops at the few small town who tell the story of Iceland and it’s natural wonders such as the volcanoes and the glaciers. A highlight of today and to walk behind the curtain of water of Seljalandsfoss and be above the large flow of Skogafoss. A little further, you will be facing the impressive basalt organs at Reynisfjara beach and have a superb walk along the black sand beach of Vík.

Overnight in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur region. Driving distance about 180 kms.

D3: At close proximity of the glacier

The first thing today is to drive accross a huge lava fields covered by thick moss, result of the Laki’s volcano eruption in 1784. You’ll then arrive in Skaftafell national park where you have numerous options for hikes, short and long. You’ll spend your afternoon facing the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon where icebergs from the glacier, melt and roll down into the sea. From here, there is an outstanding view of the ice cap.

Night in the surrounding. Driving distance approx. 200 kms. 

D4: Astonishment at Jokulsarlon

We suggest to visit again Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon under different lights and for the more adventurous do a walk on the glacier with an experienced guide that you can combine in winter with an ice cave excursion. It’s now time to drive back in direction of the West to your destination for tonight : the town of Hella. On the way, you have enough time for a few stops either at places you already enjoyed or for new discoveries. 

Night in the surrounding of Hella. Driving distance approx. 300 kms. 

D5: Always surprising Golden Circle

Today is dedicated to the visit of the Golden Circle and its three emblematic sites: Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir. You can go to the foot of Gullfoss, one of the most powerful and beautiful waterfalls in the country, before continuing towards the famous Geysir, to let yourself be surprised by the power and spontaneity of its geyser. Finally, you can walk in the middle of the lava formations where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates separate, in the heart of the Þingvellir national park, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Night in the surroundings of Borgarnes. Driving distance approx. 250 kms. 

D6: Beautiful wonders of the Snaefellsnes peninsula

Today you explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Along the peninsula there are numerous possible walks by the sea, in the heart of the lava fields, to some delicate architectural sites such as the church of Búðir, along the pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur or up to the orange lighthouses at Öndverðarnes.

Night on the peninsula or in Borgarnes at the same accommodation. Driving distance approx. 250 kms. 

We recommend to add an additional day to explore the peninsula, in order to be able to see more sites and embark on a whale watching excursion to observe humpback whales in summer and orcas in winter.

D7: Last day in Reykjavik

Spend a lovely day in Reykjavik. Stroll through the colorful alleys of the city centre, visit the port, the cathedral or the new Harpa cultural center, astonishing with its modern architecture. Enjoy some shopping and an evening to enjoy the atmosphere of its various cafes, bars and restaurants. In the evening you drive to the airport for your international flight.
Night in the city center or near the airport for early flight departure. Driving distance approx. 200 kms. 

D8: International flight

Free time before your international flight. 


Good to know

  • Itinerary : on this self-drive tour we create a tailor-made itinerary following the length of your stay in Iceland and your personal interest according to our knowledge of the country as travel agency. A day by day itinerary will be given on a indicative basis and accommodations will be booked for you in advance. We provide you with all necessary maps and a trip information package with practical information that allows you to enjoy your vacation in the best possible way; tips on where to buy food, good restaurants, places to go – places to avoid, inescapable sites, our personal knowledge of Iceland and our experience as a local travel agent.
  • Transport : For this self-drive we usually advice, outside the period from October to April, to rent a berline instead of a 4×4 only necessary on gravel roads for the highlands but not needed on paved road, except if you request something special.
  • Accommodation: We work as a priority with accommodation such as charming guesthouse or B&B, chosen for their comfort, hospitality and location, in relation with your itinerary. As the choice can be limited in some regions of the country, it is important to book your stay as soon as possible to benefit from the largest possible offer. In any case, we avoid standardized hotels. It is possible to choose other types of accommodation during your stay, 3/4 * hotel or camping. Contact us for any specific request.
  • Period to travel: we offer this itinerary all year round.
  • Important note, stay between mid-October and mid-April: If you decide to travel to Iceland at this period, in winter therefore, you may encounter difficult climatic conditions, with snow, icy roads (especially in the North and East of the country), and variable weather. Due to weather conditions you might not be able to access certain sites. In the worst case, you can get snow or sandstorms and temperatures sometimes well below 0 ° C. If you drive yourself in Iceland, this climate can affect your itinerary or driving. We will be there to help and advise you on your itinerary.

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