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Best of South Iceland - 8 Nights

Get up close to Iceland's sheer natural beauty and prowess, as you walk behind waterfalls, watch geysers erupt, relax in lagoons and more.
Explore a land of raw, natural supercharged splendour, studded with angry volcanoes, enormous glaciers and temperamental geysers, in the company of an adventurous group of travellers. 

Together, you’ll experience the thrill of exploring otherworldly landscapes, hidden waterfalls and grandiose mountains that stretch across the horizon.
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Duration
8 Days

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₹211,085
Per person on twin-sharing basis
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GJ Travel

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Reviews

12 Reviews

Anonymous

Written on 01 Jun, 2019

5.0 out of 5
We saw so much in such a short time. It was a wonderful tour, just wonderful!
We saw so much in such a short time. It was a wonderful tour, just wonderful!read less
Anonymous

Written on 01 Jun, 2019

5.0 out of 5
It was great. Great program. Landmannalaugar, Golden falls, glacier climb was the best. Better than expected.
It was great. Great program. Landmannalaugar, Golden falls, glacier climb was the best. Better than expected.read less
Audrey Land
5.0 out of 5
We have been so impressed with our GJ Travel trip and feel our guide Snorri really made it an unforgettable experience. He showed us all the great spots and added extra stops where sometimes we were the only ones there. He was so knowledgeable about Iceland and its natural and ...read more
We have been so impressed with our GJ Travel trip and feel our guide Snorri really made it an unforgettable experience. He showed us all the great spots and added extra stops where sometimes we were the only ones there. He was so knowledgeable about Iceland and its natural and country history. We felt that the tour was personalised to our interests. The accommodation and food was good. We would give the trip 10 stars if we could. We would highly recommend travelling with GJ travel. Snorri ensured we had no worries or concerns for the whole trip, what a great guide!read less
Deanna Maniscalco
5.0 out of 5
My husband and I had a fantastic time on our recent trip to Iceland with GJ travel. The trip was well organized and offered us the opportunity to see many destinations during our short stay. Our guide, Baldur, was extremely knowledgeable and loved Iceland. He made the whole trip interesting ...read more
My husband and I had a fantastic time on our recent trip to Iceland with GJ travel. The trip was well organized and offered us the opportunity to see many destinations during our short stay. Our guide, Baldur, was extremely knowledgeable and loved Iceland. He made the whole trip interesting and fun. He even provided small treats along the way (my favorites were the Icelandic chocolates and a floating paper lantern to release at on NYE) Our driver, Arte, got us to each destination quickly and safely despite some rough winds and road conditions. The bus was clean and comfortable. Though you spend much of the day on the bus, the stops are frequent enough that we only spent about an hour or less on the bus between stops. read less
David Yelverton
5.0 out of 5
Went in a tour of the South coastal region last week. Thoroughly enjoyed all the sights and hotel venues selected. Guide was very knowledgeable and amenable. Excellent all round.
Went in a tour of the South coastal region last week. Thoroughly enjoyed all the sights and hotel venues selected. Guide was very knowledgeable and amenable. Excellent all round.read less
Anirudh Ram-Mohanram
5.0 out of 5
Went on LAND OF NORTHERN LIGHTS tour. No northern lights seen, however great itinerary, very well planned trip and extremely friendly and nice driver and guide. Great narration as well.
Went on LAND OF NORTHERN LIGHTS tour. No northern lights seen, however great itinerary, very well planned trip and extremely friendly and nice driver and guide. Great narration as well.read less
Gilli Bee
5.0 out of 5
I am only part way through my tour and I have loved every single minute of it. I have absolutely no doubt that the next few days will be just as thrilling. Thank you Petur for being such an awesome guide. I highly recommend GJ Travel. 
I am only part way through my tour and I have loved every single minute of it. I have absolutely no doubt that the next few days will be just as thrilling. Thank you Petur for being such an awesome guide. I highly recommend GJ Travel. read less
Bruno Pantone
5.0 out of 5
We travelled a week on tour with our guide, a really kind and expert person, and everything was perfect. One of the best tour possible for a first visit in this amazing country. Highly recommended!
We travelled a week on tour with our guide, a really kind and expert person, and everything was perfect. One of the best tour possible for a first visit in this amazing country. Highly recommended!read less
Samatha Blyte
5.0 out of 5
For it being my first time to Iceland, and my mom's second time. I loved the whole tour. I have special-needs, and Rocky Rock, our tour guide made sure I was always OK on the glacier, and waterfall hikes. He would hang onto me to make sure I didn't fall ...read more
For it being my first time to Iceland, and my mom's second time. I loved the whole tour. I have special-needs, and Rocky Rock, our tour guide made sure I was always OK on the glacier, and waterfall hikes. He would hang onto me to make sure I didn't fall as I do have difficulty walking. Jon our bus driver did an awesome job with getting everyone from one place to another. I can imagine how tiring it must've been, for him to have to drive the many miles he had to drive from Reykjavik, and back. But, he dud it all with a great attitude. Meeting everyone else on the tour was an unforgettable moment too. Looking forward to coming back someday, and doing another tour with you guys. We just came off the "Best of Iceland" tour yesterday that we did with you guys, for six days.read less
Mandy Pereira
5.0 out of 5
Just did an amazing 7 day tour with them and was nothing short of spectacular! Our driver and guide were very friendly and helpful and i'm so glad i got to travel the ring road with this company! great accommodations and great sights with knowledge.
Just did an amazing 7 day tour with them and was nothing short of spectacular! Our driver and guide were very friendly and helpful and i'm so glad i got to travel the ring road with this company! great accommodations and great sights with knowledge.read less
Louise Creedy
5.0 out of 5
We have had an awesome 3 days travelling around the south of the island, and our guide Martina was excellent and very knowledgeable. We got to see the aurora borealis last night which was fantastic. Packed so much into 3 days but never felt rushed.
We have had an awesome 3 days travelling around the south of the island, and our guide Martina was excellent and very knowledgeable. We got to see the aurora borealis last night which was fantastic. Packed so much into 3 days but never felt rushed.read less
Nicky Allan
5.0 out of 5
I have just completed Guided Iceland Circle with driver/guide Bergsteinn. The tour was interesting and well paced. The accommodation was clean and comfortable. Bergsteinn did a good job of providing interesting information, but not too much commentary. Completing the Ring Road is a great way of seeing the different facets ...read more
I have just completed Guided Iceland Circle with driver/guide Bergsteinn. The tour was interesting and well paced. The accommodation was clean and comfortable. Bergsteinn did a good job of providing interesting information, but not too much commentary. Completing the Ring Road is a great way of seeing the different facets of Iceland as each region is quite different. I would definitely travel with GJ Travel again.read less
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Itinerary

Welcome to Iceland

The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavík where you spend the first night in Iceland. We provide ideas on how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own.

The Blue Lagoon & Reykjanes Peninsula

At 09:30 meet your tour guide and fellow group members and travel to the Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, lunar landscapes and fishing villages. We warm up in the geothermal mineral-rich waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. In the afternoon we explore Krýsuvík, an area with solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs. Next stop is the charming fishing village of Eyrarbakki with a large number of preserved houses from the period 1890-1920, and therefore a visit is like a journey 100 years back in time. We visit the local maritime and folk museum. In the evening we reach Hella, a small village in South Iceland, where we stay for three nights in simple cottages. You might take a walk south alongside the riverbank to experience complete solitude and tranquillity.

Landmannalaugar & Þjórsárdalur

Today we drive the rough unpaved road to Landmannalaugar, an oasis in the barren highlands, surrounded by centre rhyolite mountains. Group members have the options to explore the area on their own or join the guide for a short hike through a rough lava field and up the slopes with an incredible spectrum of colours. The highlight is a 90-minute round-trip hike up toward Brenninsteinsalda, the rainbow mountain of Iceland, which is one of the most spectacular volcanic mountains in Landmannalaugar. The name in English translates to “sulphur wave”. It comes from the yellow sulphur spots which have coloured its sides. But there are other colours too: green from copper, black and blue from lava and ashes, red from iron in the earth and white from silica. It could very well be the most colourful mountain in Iceland, and so its picture is often found in books and calendars. The mountain is still “hot” where you can see sizzling sulphur springs and centre at its sides. For this hike, good boots and walking poles are helpful. In Landmannalaugar there is also a natural geothermal stream where you can enjoy a refreshing bath. Have swimwear and towel ready. On the way back to our accommodation, we stop at the beautiful waterfall Hjálparfoss in Þjórsárdalur valley surrounded by unusual basalt rock formations. Nearby we explore the Viking farm ruins at Stöng, which was completely buried in pumice during one of Mt. Hekla’s bigger eruptions in 1104. A leisurely hike brings us to Gjáin, a green oasis in an otherwise rocky, barren moon-like landscape. Þjórsárdalur is off-the-beaten-path and is dominated by Mt. Hekla and other volcanoes in the vicinity. Hekla is one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes; over 20 eruptions have occurred since settlement in 874. During the Middle Ages, Europeans called the volcano the “Gateway to Hell”. Please note that in case Landmannalaugar is not accessible during May and June departures, we travel only to Þjórsárdalur valley on that day.

Golden Circle

Today, we visit three of Iceland’s most famous spots: Þingvellir National Park, Geyser hot springs, and Gullfoss waterfall. We start the day at the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Þingvellir plain is situated on a tectonic-plate boundary where North America and Europe are slowly tearing away from each other. Next stop is at the Geysir geothermal fields with a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. Gullfoss, “the golden falls”, is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river originating from the glacier Langjökull. We continue to Skálholt, which is one of Iceland’s most historic and holy places. It was the centre of ecclesiastic power in Iceland for more than 700 years.

Westman Island: The Pompei of the North

A short ferry ride brings us to the Westman Islands, where we explore the town of Heimaey and this extraordinary island by foot and by bus. The volcanic eruption in 1973 is considered the largest natural disaster in Iceland in recent history. The eruption began on January 23 in the outskirt of the town of Heimaey, the only populated island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. After the evacuation of the 5300 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. During our tour to the Westman Islands, we explore bird cliffs, walk up a volcano crater and visit “Pompeii of the North”, a volcanic excavation project. There you observe a “house” which was dug up from the thick layer of pumice after 40 years. There is also an exhibition about Surtsey Island that was born by volcanic eruptions between 1963-68 and preserved today by UNESCO. You have the afternoon free to wander around the town of Heimaey, with its birds and signs of recent volcanic eruptions. We travel with the 5 pm ferry back to the mainland and continue to our accommodation near the village of Vík in South Iceland, where we stay for two nights.

Vatnajökull Glacier & Glacier Lagoon

Today we travel to Vatnajökull, Europe’s second largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier. A 5-kilometre round-trip hike takes us through the national park to Svartifoss waterfall, which is surrounded by impressive basalt columns. In the afternoon we head over to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon for a cruise, sailing between the icebergs of all shapes and sizes, which float in the clear blue water. After the glacial lake experience, there is time to go down to the black sand beach, the so-called Diamond Beach, in case we find icebergs that have floated all the way from the glacier lagoon into the Atlantic Ocean.

South Coast, Glacier Hike & Reykjavík

We start the day with a walk along the black lava beach and bird cliffs at Reynisfjara. We see interesting basalt columns, and rock formations called the petrified trolls. Next, we stop for an easy 1,5 to 2-hour glacier hike in the impressive Sólheimajökulll glacier tongue, suitable for beginners. An experienced glacier guide leads you safely through the icy wonderland of strangely shaped ridges, deep crevasses, enormous water cauldrons and different ice formations. We continue to the thundering Skógafoss waterfall, which tumbles 62 meters over a rocky scarp, kicking up vast sheets of mist. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you can follow a slick and wet trail and walk right behind the falls. Come prepared and bring a raincoat and good boots, as you will get wet! The Best of South Iceland program ends with a short Reykjavík city tour before we reach the hotel in Iceland’s capital.

Departure Home

The Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Keflavik airport.

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This Trip Is Operated By GJ Travel

GJ Travel stands for Guðmundur Jónasson Travel. Our company was formed in 1929 when our founder Guðmundur Jónasson obtained his first driving license. Fascinated by the seldom explored interior, he ventured out to the highlands and even onto the glaciers, opening a whole new world to the 20th-century traveler. For more than 85 years, our company has hosted travelers from all corners of the world. Through GJ Travel, many have returned time and time again together with their families and friends, to experience Iceland’s unique, beautiful nature and historical traditions. Our dedicated team never loose sight of the ‘personal touch,’ and work hard to ensure that the varied and interesting itineraries offered by GJ Travel provide plenty for the needs of today’s travelers.

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