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Overview

Simply put, South Iceland is a paradise of natural splendors. This region packs in a bounty of fantastic landscapes and sights, each more spectacular than the other. You see gorgeous waterfalls, black sand beaches, grand glaciers, active volcanoes, towering mountains and lively bird cliffs. If this is your first trip to Iceland, the South is the perfect area to fall in love with natural wonders as you experience the most varied and breathtaking land. For return visitors, this tour shows you a striking region to remind you how mind-blowing this country is. There is simply no shortage of impressive spots to explore in South Iceland, and it is a photographers’ dream.

Detailed Itinerary

We travel from Reykjavík to South Iceland, where we take a short ferry ride to the Westman Islands. There is a bus and walking tour of the village of Heimaey and this extraordinary island. The volcanic eruption in 1973 is, without doubt, considered the largest natural disaster in Iceland in recent history. The eruption began on January 23rd on the island of Heimaey, the only populated island of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. After the evacuation of the inhabitants and during the 5 months while the eruption lasted, there was much uncertainty as to whether or not the island could ever be repopulated. We explore bird cliffs during our tour to the Westman Islands, walk up the volcano crater, and visit „Pompei of the North“, a volcanic excavation project. You have the afternoon free to wander around the town of Heimaey, with its birds and sign of recent volcanic eruptions. Finally, we return to the mainland and stay for 2 nights in South Iceland.

Overnight location:
Stracta Hotel, Hella or similar, South Iceland. (210km / 130mi)

Meal: No Meals

Our first stop of the day will be at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges over the mountains and where you can follow a slick and wet trail right behind the falls. We pass the glaciers Mýrdalsjökull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull on the way to the village of Vík, where we attend the stunning Iceland lava show, the only exhibition in the world where you can experience actual flowing lava! By melting lava and pouring it on ice in a room full of people, you will be able to see the lava flowing, hear it sizzling, and feel the heat that radiates from it. We walk along the black lava beach and bird cliffs at Reynisfjara and see exciting basalt columns and rock formations. In the afternoon we visit Skogar, the folk museum with its turf houses and the thundering Skógafoss waterfall, which is 60 meters high and belongs to the most impressive waterfalls in the country or join an optional glacier hike at Sólheimajökull glacier tongue. It‘s an informative and easy glacier walk through a frozen wonderland of different shades of glacier ice.

Overnight location:
Stracta Hotel, Hella or similar, South Iceland. (220km / 137mi)

Today we drive the rough unpaved road to Landmannalaugar, an oasis in the barren highlands surrounded by vivid rhyolite mountains. The highlight is a 90-minute round-trip hike up toward Brenninsteinsalda, the rainbow mountain of Iceland, which is still “hot” and where you can see sizzling sulfur springs and vapor at its sides. It could very well be the most colourful and spectacular volcanic mountain of Iceland, and so its picture is often found in books and calendars. After a picnic lunch, you have free time to enjoy a relaxing bath in the natural geothermal stream. We take a short stop at the beautiful waterfall Hjálparfoss, surrounded by unusual basalt rock formations. Before we reach back to Reykjavík, let us visit Ölvisholt, a microbrewery located on an old dairy farm in South Iceland. You will get an introduction to the brewery’s history, the brewing process, and of course, try a selection of Icelandic beer. (310km / 193mi)

Inclusions

• 2 nights accommodation, in rooms with shower/WC
• 3 days escorted tour with English-speaking guide/driver-guide
• 2x breakfast
• 1x lunch
• Return ferry trip to Westman Islands
• Entrance to Eldheimar exhibition
• Entrance to Lavashow
• Entrance to Skógasafn Folk museum
• Return transport in a highland vehicle to Landmannalaugar
• Ölvisholt microbrewery tour and beer tasting

Complementaries
• Free Wi-Fi on the bus

Exclusions

Any private expenses
Any additional services
Meals that are not listed under “included”
Single supplement (mandatory when in a single room)
International / Domestic Airfare
Optional activities
Drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not specified on the program
Personal equipment
Travel insurance
Gratuities
Voluntary tips for guides or drivers
Travel and medical insurance
Entrance Fees to Archeological sites & museums
Personal expenses
Certain meals not included please refer to Inclusions

Notes

Highlights & Experiences
Marvels and treasures of South Iceland
Full of natural wonders and highlights
See waterfalls, glaciers and black beaches
Visit the volcanic Westman Islands
Adventure trip to Landmannalaugar
Bathing in a natural hot spring
Optional glacier hike
Can also be booked including airport tranfers and Reykjavík stay

NOTE: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions, and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

NOTE: Accommodations are subject to change.

Additional services
• Extra night in Reykjavik before/after the tour – on request
• Upgrade for private airport transfer

Children discount: No discount available. Tour is not recommended for children younger than eight years of age.
Triple rooms are double rooms with an extra bed and ideal for two adults and one child.

Start & End Location: Keflavik international Airport (Flybus shuttle).

Tour Pick-up Time: 08:00 on day 1 at Fosshotel Baron, Baronsstigur 2-4, 101 Reykjavík (subject to change).

Maximum group size - 25 pax.

Program Touring / Guide

Escorted Experience

Trip Highlights

Reykjavík-Westman Islands- South Coast & Lava Show-Landmannalaugar & Microbrewery

Departure Period
01 Jun, 2023 to 31 Aug, 2023

Comfort tourist class
AUD 2,040 P P twin share
AUD 2,339 P P single
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