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3 Day South Coast, Jökulsárlón & Ice Cave Self Drive - ​SD13

Crystal Ice Cave - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon - Reynisfjara Beach - South Coast

Start prepping the playlist now and prepare for long distance driving on this 3-day south coast adventure! Exploring the Land of Ice and Fire has never been more compact, with this full on 3-day adventure spanning glaciers, geysers, beaches, and ice caves! Covering roughly 300 km every day, this tour ensures you do not miss the highlights and hidden treasures the South of Iceland has to offer!


Duration: 3 days

Available: Nov - Mar

Age limit: 8 Years

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • Crystal Ice Cave Tour
  • South Coast
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Diamond Beach
  • Svartifoss Waterfall
  • Kerið Volcanic Crater Lake
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Beach
  • Vík Village
  • Northern Lights (depending)
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Included

  • Car Rental For 3 Days
  • Car Insurances: Collision Damage Waiver, Personal Accident Insurance and Theft protection
  • Crystal Ice Cave Experience
  • Accommodation for 2 Nights
  • Perfect 3 Day Itinerary for Iceland + Info On Amazing Lesser Known Stops
  • Breakfast At Accommodation

Information about your rental car

 

Pick-up: Choose between pick-up locations at Keflavik International airport (KEF) or BSI Bus Terminal in downtown Reykjavik, at flexible times.
For the best experience, we definitely recommend that you pick your car up early on the day of arrival, and return it in the afternoon or evening on your last day.

Drop-off: By default, the drop-off location for your car will be at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), no matter which pickup location you have selected.
You can, however, drop-off the car at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik, on the last day of your tour. If you prefer this drop-off location you can change it afterward (details can be found in your confirmation email).

Practical information

Remember to bring: Warm layers, waterproof clothing, headwear, scarf, gloves, hiking boots are essential, drivers license and some sunglasses.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?

Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process.

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56 968 per adult

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Tour Description

Day 1 - The South Coast

Arrive at KEF airport at any time in the morning, pick up your rental car there and start your road trip right away. Alternatively or if you arrive later in the day, choose Reykjavík pick up for the rental car and stay 1 night in the city and pick up your car from the BSI bus terminal.

It is a long route so it is best to get going earlier in the day - there’s a lot of Iceland to get in!

The road trip begins!  Making your way through the city you will soon leave the bustling crowds behind and hit the open roads! Heading towards the South Coast, feel free to stop as often as you like! You will be passing waterfalls and volcanoes along the way, so make sure you take lots of photos! Along the route, you will pass Kerið crater, a spectacular volcanic crater lake in the Grímsnes area of Iceland, in the Western Volcanic Zone.

Make a stop at the village of Skógar, found at the south of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The town is home to Skógafoss waterfall, one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, with a drop of 60 meters and a width of 25 meters. When the sun hits the spray of the water, rainbows are clearly visible! 527 steps lead to the top of the waterfall, for those who are daring enough! Looking down you get a beautiful view of the tranquil landscape.

Further, towards the South Coast, you will find the unmistakable lava sands of Reynisfjara beach. Arguably the best beach in Iceland and possibly the best black sand beach in the world! The pitch black sand strikes a perfect contrast against the white foam of the waves and the blue water. The enchanting coal-black coastline with smooth pebbles and stones, towering basalt stacks and cliffs, and stunning lava formations help keep this beach ranked as one of the 21 most beautiful beaches in the world for good reason!

Reynisfjara black sand beach

Reynisfjara Beach

Lastly, after coving a lot of miles today, you will be able to relax in the peaceful village of Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland. Your hotel will either be here or in Skogar. It boasts several cafes and supermarkets so you will be able to relax after a long day with some authentic Icelandic snacks, whilst you wait outside for the Northern Lights to make an appearance!

Day 2 - South East Coast + Ice cave tour

diamond beach glaciers mountains and ice bergs

Diamond Beach

Day 2 will be spent exploring the glaciers at Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Your day will start off at Skaftafell National Park, home of huge glaciers including Skaftafellsjökull and Svínafellsjökull.

Svartifoss Waterfall, “The Black Waterfall” and one of the most famous falls in Iceland is found within the park, recognized for its unique, hexagonal, basalt columns and crystal clear icy water which contrasts against the deep black darkness of the lava field. The pitch black basalt columns background contrast to the white glaciers that otherwise set the vibe in the area.

Next up, you will partake in a small group Crystal Ice Cave Tour. Leaving from the spectacular Jokulsárlon Glacier Lagoon, on this group experience you will get to explore the inside of Vatnajökull - Europe's Largest Glacier, for a once in a lifetime experience to see the colors and textures of a crystal ice cave. New caves are formed each winter by the melt/freeze cycle of the glacier, which means the caves are never the same each time you go! They are always changing, both from year to year and within each winter.

You will return to Jökulsárlón Lagoon approximately 2-3 hours after your pick-up. The renowned Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon is a truly moving sight. A totally mind-blowing place where glacier ice floats downstream and icebergs of varying sizes and shades of blue bump into each other. You have the rest of your day to take in the sites of the floating glaciers and make your way down to the famous Diamond beach, where several glaciers wash ashore onto the jet-black sands. Many of the icebergs are over 1,000 years old but the appearance of the beach changes every night!

Arrive at your hotel in Klaustur (an hour and a half drive) or Skaftafell (30-minute drive), to either catch up on sleep for tomorrow's long drive or stay up and wait for the Northern Lights!

Day 3 - Drive back to Reykjavík

Today may be your last day in beautiful Iceland, so you better make the most of it! It’s a long way back to the airport or Reykjavik, which means plenty of opportunities for pit stops on the journey!

You will pass many points of interest worth stopping for, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall being one of them! Seljalandsfoss is one of the very few waterfalls in the world, where it is possible to walk all the way around the fall. For this reason, it is increasingly popular with travelers. Gljúfrabúi Waterfall is very near but is often overlooked as it is hidden behind a large cliff face. You have to wade through a stream to get a closer look, so take care in the winter.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Behind Seljalandsfoss

Finally, if you have pre-booked tickets for the Blue Lagoon, this is the perfect time to go! The blue mineral-rich water leaves your skin soft and smooth after a relaxing visit and is located only 20km away from the airport

After your relaxing spa session in the lagoon, drop-off your rental car at the airport and prepare for departure!

We hope you had an amazing few days exploring the South coast of Iceland!

Svartifoss basalt waterfall

Svartifoss

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