South Iceland Discovery


Nature & cultural explorations - 4 days/3 nights

Ideal short break for leisure, school & educational groups

South Iceland Discovery.jpgExplore many of the most famous sights in South Iceland from the countryside instead of taking long drives from Reykjavík. Stay 3 nights at the 4 star Hotel Selfoss which is located on the banks of the majestic Ölfusá River in the town of Selfoss - the self proclaimed agricultural capital of Iceland. The hotel embraces a soothing water theme - ever present in the tasteful architectural features that run trough the hotel´s bright and modern design element. The hotel houses 99 well equipped, stylish rooms. The Hotel´s Riverside restaurant delivers a superb dining experience in one of Iceland´s most architecturally celebrated spaces and offers a splendid view. Elegantly decorated in low key soft leather furnishings, the dining room is complimented by relaxing lounge/bar area and an inviting open fire place. The Riverside Spa is a richly equipped spa area that features a steam room, sauna, hot pool, rainwater shower, relaxation room, lounge and bar. The spa´s nature - focused Ice and Fire theme mirrors the dramatic forces of Iceland´s glaciers an volcanoes. Riverside Spa is the ideal place to relax, rejuvenate and recharge body, mind and soul.

Golden Circle - Gullfoss waterfall.jpgThe touring program includes a private bus and guide for return airport transfer and two full day excursions. You travel the famous Golden Circle Route to explore Geysir hot springs, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. The South adventure includes waterfalls, glaciers, lava beaches, bird cliffs and even the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. In a land of fire & ice, you learn all about the geothermal activities and you are going to soak in the inviting, rejuvenating and pleasantly warm mineral-rich water of the Blue Lagoon.

The South Iceland Discovery is an ideal short break to explore Icelandic nature and culture. This region is a living school book for anybody interested in  geography, geology, global warming, Nordic literature and the Icelandic sagas. If you travel from end of September to mid April, you might be lucky to see the magical northern lights (aurora borealis). Welcome to the South Iceland Discovery.

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Day 1: Transfer Keflavík – Selfoss with guide (about 100 km / 62 mls)
Arrival in Keflavík, meet & greet at Keflavík Internationl Airport with our driver and guide. During the transfer to Selfoss our guide gives you general information about Iceland and goes through the program of the following days. We drive over the highland plateau of Hellisheiði, an area with large lava fields and steaming valleys and pass the greenhouse town of Hveragerði before arriving in Selfoss where we stay for 3 nights. 
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Day 2: Selfoss - Golden Circle day tour with guide (about 180 km / 112 mls)
We start the day with a visit to Skálholt, the site of an ancient bishopric, and for centuries Iceland’s main cultural centre. Onwards we reach the geothermal Golden Circle,  Geysir.jpgactive valley of Haukadalur which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. We explore this otherworldly hot spring area covered with multicoloured pools of water and mud. Strokkur, the Great Geysir’s little brother, is spouting to a height of about 25 metres (82 ft) and erupts at about 5-7 minute intervals. After an optional lunch break we drive to the mighty Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall), perhaps the most beautiful in the country. We walk around Gullfoss Falls, where the river Hvitá tumbles 32 meters (105 ft) in a double cascade. When the sun is shining, you’re likely to see a rainbow through the massive spray that forms. Over a scenic route we reach Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site and stroll around the country’s most sacred site, home of the oldest existing parliament in the world, the Alþingi, and major events in our history. Thingvellir is a place of fascinating natural beauty, one of the most geologically spectacular, set on a vast plain flanked by large fissures, right on Iceland’s largest lake, Thingvallavatn. The Great Atlantic rift is clearly visible; a rift that is slowly pulling Iceland apart along tectonic plates and you can literally walk between the American and Eurasian continental plates. 
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Seljalandsfoss, South Iceland (41).jpgDay 3: Selfoss - South shore adventure with guide (about 280 km / 174 mls)
The route today passes through some of the prettiest countryside in Iceland with fields, farms and villages towards the Eyjafjalla and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers in South Iceland. We reach Seljalandsfoss, a graceful ribbon-like waterfall, which drops from an overhanging lava cliff. If you step carefully, you can walk behind it, but be prepared to get wet. We continue to the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, that’s more than 60m high (197 ft) and belongs to the largest waterfalls in Iceland. Then on to the ice-wall of Sólheimajökull, where we can walk up to the glacier, before we reach the beautifully sited village of Vík í Mýrdal, the southernmost village in Iceland. After lunch break we reach the volcanic black sandy beach of Reynisfjara that is famous for its bird species including puffins. This location offers impressive rock formations and caves, spectacular high surf of the North Atlantic and one of the worlds most beautiful black lava beach. From Reynisfjara you can enjoy stunning views of picturesque Dyrhólaey promontory, a 120m spur of rock and cut into a natural arch by Atlantic breakers, that stands in water deep enough to allow boats to pass through. 

Blue Lagoon Tour Iceland (2).jpgDay 4. Transfer Selfoss- Keflavík Airport via Blue lagoon* with guide (about 110 km / 68 mls)
We spend our last day driving from Selfoss to the magnificent Blue lagoon close to Keflavík Airport. The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, a natural geothermal pool in the middle of a large and dramatic lava field and an oasis that owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant, looming large over the aqua tinted waters. We stop for 1½ hour for a refreshing bathe or a swim in the inviting, rejuvenating and pleasantly warm mineral-rich water (36°C-38°C/100-110°F), reputed for its healing properties. An indoor pool and geothermal sauna are also on the site. Bathing in this surreal environment is a unique experience no one should miss. The Blue Lagoon’s warm water and natural active ingredients like mineral salts, silica and blue green algae help you relax and escape the stress and strain of daily life. It takes only 20 minutes to reach Keflavík Airport for the flight back home. 

*Note that the visit to the Blue Lagoon is either on arrival or departure time, according to your flight schedule. If you arrive with a late evening flight and depart with an early morning flight, then there would be no time to visit the Blue Lagoon except you add an extension day.


Eyjafjallajökull (2).jpgDURATION: 4 days / 3 nights (with possible extension nights)

ACCOMMODATIONS: 
Minimum stay 3 nights at Hotel Selfoss in South Iceland
Changes of the hotel affects the prices and offer is subject to availability

GROUP SIZE: Ideal for 10-50 persons 

MEALS: 3x breakfast and dinner

INCLUDED: 
  • Bus and driver for 4 days as per program 
  • Guide for 4 days 
  • Accommodation for 3 nights
  • 3x breakfast and 3x dinner
  • Entrance and towel at Blue Lagoon 

NOT INCLUDED: 
  • Nature pass or other unexpected costs for nature sights 
  • Other not mentioned tours, activities or extras 
  • Lunch 

PRICE: contact our group department for an offer - email groups@gjtravel.is