Classic south coast of Iceland – Good travel itinerary

If you are planning on staying at our Farmhouse Lodge we have good itinerary for you here.

CLASSIC SOUTH COAST in winter ITINERARY – Northern Lights Week

Day 1: Pick up from the Airport, staying at hotel in Reykjavík city capital of Iceland

The guide will pick you up from the airport and drive you to Reykjavik city to Hotel in the city center. You will able to look around  in the city to see most of the interesting places like; Hallgrímskirkja (chirch) National Museum, Geothermal swimming pools,  Harpa concert  house. Welcome dinner at Resturant in Reykjavik that night.

Day 2: Gullfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir National Park, Hekla Volcano view and geothermal pools.

Pick at your accomodation in Reykjavík in the morning. Today we head to Þingvellir national park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and then continue on the golden circle. In the Geysir area we will see Strokkur, a geyser which spouts every 5-10 minutes and further along the road we have Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, falls 32 meters into a deep canyon. We continue east into to the highlands on our way to geothermal hot pools. There you have the opportunity to take a bath in the natural hot pool.

Driving: 4,5 hrs total   Hiking:  2 hrs total

Day 3: Katla geopark and Vatnajökull national park

After leaving Hekla surrounding we visit the volcanic site of Katla geopark  on the way to the Vatnajökull national park. In 1783 a 25km long fissure opened and lava flowed out of 130 craters. This was the greatest eruption in Iceland since the original settlement and naturally had a deep impact on the Icelandic population. We will drive to Vatnajökull glacier and do a glacier walk on Vatnajokull glacier, for the walk you will get crampons and ice axe to walk on the ice. From the glacier we continue driving east and spend the night in Skaftafell national park.

Driving: 4 hrs total   Hiking: 2-3 hrs total

Day 4: Vatnajökull National Park and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
In the morning we walk up to the waterfall Svartifoss, surrounded by basalt columns. From Svartifoss we walk up to Sjónarnípa where we have a view of Iceland´s highest summit. In the afternoon we drive along Vatnajökull, Europes largest glacier, until we reach the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón. We take a boat tour on the lagoon, seeing floating icebergs and possibly seals. 

Driving: 2,5 hrs total   Hiking: 3-4 hrs total

Day 5: Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the black sand beaches by Vík

Today we drive along the south coast and up to Reynisfjall mountain in Vík, we will also see Reynishverfi black sand beach and basalt columns. After lunch we continue to the little village of Vík. The pinnacles of Reynisdrangar are to be seen just offshore from Vík. According to the legend, the pinnacles were left standing there after two trolls tried to pull a stranded three masted ship, but were caught by the sun and petrified. We will spend the night in Vík where we can enjoy a walk on the black sand beach.

Driving: 3-4 hrs total   Walking: 4-5 hrs total


Day 6: Þórsmörk nature reserve
From Vík we drive along the southern lowlands under the famous volcano Eyjafjallajökull. We stop by the incredible rock formation Dyrhólaey, the southernmost point of Iceland. Our next destination is Þórsmörk, a beautiful nature reserve named after Thor the thundergod. On the way we see amazing waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss, Nauthúsagil and Stakkholtsgjá. To get into the land behind the glaciers we have to drive on a 4×4 track, over a few un-bridged glacial rivers, some of theme which can be deep and with strong currents.  

Driving: 4 hrs total   Walking: 3-4 hrs total

Day 7: New volcanos Magni and Móði, the sons of Thor

Above Þórsmörk there are two craters, Magni and Móði that were formed during the eruption on Fimmvörðuháls.We spend our last day hiking up to these craters where we can see how Iceland is still being formed. We take a different way down and look at the lava ”waterfall” formed in the eruption. Those who like a shorter walk can enjoy one of the many paths in Þórsmörk, for example visit to Sönghellir, the singing cave.

Day 8: This day will be spent in Reykjavik and visit to the Blue Lagoon (geothermal bath) on the way to the Airport in Keflavík.

Driving: 4 hrs total    Walking: 5-7 hrs total 

What could be better than lying in a geothermal pool in the Icelandic winter watching the northern lights? We will use every chance to see the lights during our stay here in Iceland but note that northern lights are a natural phenomenon and are dependent upon weather and solar activity.

Note: In this tour we sleep in mountain huts and guesthouses. The mountain huts are heated and have heated showers. They have dormitories with single and twin bunks.

Included:  Transport,guiding service, accomodation, meals, sleeping bags can be provided if required. Activities outlined in the program are included.

Travel itinerary for Iceland

Travel itinerary for south Iceland

Equipment list for winter travel in Iceland

Boots and Clothing:
Hiking Boots – The boots should be of leather (or leather and synthetic) with high cut to give sufficient ankle support. Preferably the sole should be soft but robust. Gore-Tex or alternative waterproof membrane is a preferable extra. 
Warm wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer). 
Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
Rain Jacket or an Anorak with hood – Preferably waterproof and breathable material (Gore-Tex or equivalents). 
Hiking pants.
Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material. 
Liner Gloves – Wool or synthetic (polypropylene / polyester). 
Mittens – Wool or synthetic (optionally waterproof) (two pairs if no Liner Gloves). 
Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
Hat or Balaclava – Wool or synthetic. 

Other gear: 
Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day.

Sleeping bag – down or fibre. Aim for light weight and warm bags. We recommend goose down with high “fill power” or top of the line synthetic bags.
A travel sack for your baggage; note that a suitecases are to be avoided.
Towel – A light weight and packable one. 
Sunglasses – Big enough to cover the eyes and with sufficient UV-protection. 
Sun protection. 
Water container – Pet plastic bottle. 

Optional gear: 
Walking poles. 
Pen knife. 
Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. 
Thermal mat (for lunch breakes). 
Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.

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