South Iceland Itinerary
Sample South Iceland Itinerary (8 days)
This is one of the most popular itineraries for first-time visitor to Iceland. You start in the southwest and move along the ring road in an easterly direction and then return along the same route. The trip never feels repetitive as there is much to see including national parks, glaciers, hot springs, numerous waterfalls, coastal beaches, diverse bird life, volcanic landscapes and spectacular vistas. Many travelers like to end the trip with an overnight at the Blue Lagoon near the airport.
Depart US to Keflavík on Icelandair.
Day 1 – Reykjavík
Arrive Keflavík, Iceland the next morning or on a late evening flight. Take FlyBus to accommodations in Reykjavík – Stay at accommodations ranging from 4-star hotels to charming guesthouses located in downtown Reykjavík. Private facilities and breakfast included.
Day 2 – Reykjavík – Golden Circle - Reykjavík
Take the most popular day tour in Iceland: The Golden Circle Super Jeep tour – the best way to get to know Iceland’s history, culture and geology before heading off on your own on day 3. Includes visits to hot springs, waterfalls, geysers and the mid-Atlantic ridge at Iceland’s famous Thingvellir National Park. Same overnight location in Reykjavík.
Day 3 – South Iceland - Vík
After breakfast, pickup rental car from your accommodations and checkout. You will drive along the ring road on the south coast of Iceland heading east to the Vík í Mýrdal region (2-3 hour drive). See beautiful farm lands, mighty waterfalls and a classic Icelandic glacier up close along the way. Overnight at a comfortable country accommodations in the Skógar-Vík region.
Day 4 – Skaftafell
Drive east to Skaftafell National Park nestled under Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull in southeast Iceland (2.5-hour drive). Explore the national park on foot. Overnight at a country hotel or guesthouse near the park.
Day 5 – Skaftafell
Drive east to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon (1-hour drive) for an optional boat ride amongst the beautiful icebergs afloat in the lagoon. Also consider a tractor ride to a coastal promontory and bird sanctuary near Skaftafell. Same overnight location.
Day 6 – Southwest Iceland
Today you will head back west along the ring road to southwest Iceland for an opportunity to explore Iceland’s fertile farm region and two of its top interior destinations at Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk over the next two days. Spend the next two nights at a deluxe 4-star hotel or a country farm hotel or a charming and romantic small guesthouse.
Day 7 – Southwest Iceland
Today you can explore river valleys and interior destinations (4WD is necessary if planning to travel into the interior) or take a short trip to the Westman Islands by flight from Bakki Airport on the south coast. Consider dinner at an eclectic seashore lobster restaurant or an upscale seafood restaurant called Hafið Bláa (The Blue Sea) offering dramatic views of the north Atlantic. Alternatively, spend this last overnight at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing end to a fun and interesting trip across Iceland's beautiful south coast.
Day 8 – Blue Lagoon - Home
After breakfast, check out and drive west to Blue Lagoon (1 to 2-hour drive) for a late morning dip in the world famous lagoon. Consider lunch at the site or travel the rugged coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula before heading to Keflavík airport for return flight to US. The Blue Lagoon is located within a 15-minute drive of the airport. Drop off rental car at the rental car return lot next to the arrivals side of the main terminal. Check-in is recommended two hours before the flight departure time.
Feel free to add a day or two to this itinerary. For flight departures to Europe, the final day in Iceland may require adjustments. Check with IST for options and costs.
Iceland Saga Travel (IST) prepays all Iceland-based service providers. Client and service providers will have prepaid vouchers for each service (rental car, accommodations, tours, ferries, etc.). All accommodations include breakfast. IST provides airport FlyBus tickets, maps, driving directions and regional information brochures. IST is happy to recommend and pre-book Reykjavík restaurant reservations.