South Iceland Express

Almannagjá gorge in Þingvellir National Park is 7.7 km long. Its greatest width is 64 m, and its maximum throw is 30-40 m. It marks the eastern boundary of the North American plate.

South Iceland Express

This swift self-drive program is now available on a whole year basis. The program is based on Iceland’s most famous attractions in South Iceland and Reykjavík, our vibrant capital.


Start the tour by exploring the lunar-like landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula. Include a visit to the Blue Lagoon if you like. Then head for Hveragerdi, a charming countryside village located in the doorway to the Golden Circle, and home to Örk hotel – you're home for the next two nights.


From there you travel to experience Reynisfjara black beach, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, Cape Dyrhólaey viewpoint, Þingvellir national park, Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfall.
End the program in Reykjavík where you stay for two nights, allowing for a whole day to get familiar with the most northernmost located capital in the world.


All this for a price from €470 per person!





  • 4 nights incl. breakfast in pre-booked accommodations.
  • 4 days rental car of your choice. - Unlimited driving, CDW and two drivers.
  • Pick-up/drop-off at the International Airport in Keflavík.
  • Road Map 1:500 000.
  • Detailed itinerary.
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7 while traveling in Iceland.
  • VAT and lodging tax.



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Day 1: Arrival, to the south through Reykjanes

Day 1: Arrival

Picking up your rental car upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you drive directly to Hveragerði via the south coast, road number 427. On the way you can stop by and visit the famous Blue Lagoon and soak in the geothermal milky blue water, know for its healing effect on skin and joints.

Reykjanes peninsula, with its rough black lava landscape, is a Unesco Global Geopark and after passign through village Grindavík, the fumaroles and mud hot springs in Krísúvík show the geothermal activity of the area. 

Continue towards your accomodation in village Hveragerði, where you stay two nights.

Day 2: Waterfalls, activities on a Glacier & the Black South Coast

Today head on to the sights of the South Coast. The beautiful waterfall Seljalandsfoss invites to a walk behind its veil. Further along the rock wall you reach the waterfall Gjlúfrabúi, who hides in a narrow gorge.

According to legend, a treasure chest is hidden behind the impressive 60 metre/200 ft drop off   Skógafoss waterfall. If you like, hike along the river upstream to find smaller waterfalls.

The local folk- and transport museum with its icelandic turf farm, gable style woodbuilt farm and the countless items of daily icelandic life from the past, is a top tipp to visit.

If you are in search of an adventure, participate in glacier hike or snowmobile tour on the glacier Sólheimajökull. Head on to the coast and the birdcliff Dyrhólaey with natural rock arch, created by the  Atlantic ocean, and its grand view from the lighthouse along the endless beach. The fascinating black sand beach of Reynisfjara is with its basalt columns is close by and is a must-see.

Day 3: Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall

Visit today the highlights of the so called Golden Circle and travel to the capital, Reykjavík.

Start the day by exploring the national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site Þingvellir. Take a walk through the Almannagjá rift valley to the historical parliament site and onwards to Öxaráfoss waterfall. 

From here the journey takes you geysers in Haukadalur. The „old“ Geysir, from which the name geyser derives, is rather quiet nowadays, but the very active hot spring Strokkur erupts spectacularly with spouting the water up to 25 metres high into the air; and that every five to seven minutes! The impressive waterfall Gullfoss, the Golden Falls, is only a short drive away. The glacier river cascades in two stages into the 32 metre deep gorge, and when the sun shines, a rainbow can be seen in the spray.

During the day we recommend a stop at the greenhouses at Friðheimar and taste some tomato icecream as well as a relax in the geothermal pool Secret Lagoon. If you have time you can also visit the former episcopal seat Skálholt, once the main educational centre of Iceland.

Continue to Reykjavík where you spend the next 2 nights.

Day 4: A day in Reykjavík

Explore the most northernly located capital in the world, and stroll around the city centre with the parliament buidling, city hall, office of the prime minister, Harpa concert hall and the revived area of the old harbour with its restaurants, small shops and the maritime museum. From the harbour, whale watching tour leave multiple times every day.
The glass dome of Perlan (the Pearl), situated up on the hill Öskjuhlíð near the city centre, provides a magnificent panoramic view of the city. The newly opened Glacier Museum with its real glacier ice tunnel and informative exhibition, illustrates the glaciers of Iceland, their history and future, and gives visitors the amazing opportunity to experience them.

Day 5: Departure

The time of departure will determine your plans for the day. If you leave in the late afternoon, you have time to explore more of the Reykjanes peninsula, its lunar landscape, geothermal activity, and remote cliffs.
For your departure in the early morning, drive directly the short way to the airport and give back your rental car before check in.

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