Itinerary for the South Iceland Classic tour
Day 1, Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle
At the airport you'll be picked up by a driver guide in a private Super Jeep. You start your journey right away, driving through the rugged, lunar-like lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula and to the Blue Lagoon where you'll enjoy a relaxing soak after your flight in the natural geothermal water in the lava formations.
Your journey continues east past the lava fields and to Thingvellir national park, where the Icelandic parliament was established in 930 AD and the Eurasian- and North American tectonic plates meet, which have formed a large crevice in the lava while slowly drifting apart. After a walk around the area you continue onwards to the Geysir area where the enormous geothermal heat in the ground has formed several hot springs. Among them is Geysir, from which the English word geyser takes its meaning, and Strokkur, which spouts boiling water 25-30 meters high in the air every 6-8 minutes.
From Geysir it's a short drive to Gullfoss waterfall where Hvita River cascades 32 meters down into the canyon below. On the way to Hotel Ranga, you will take a photo stop at Kerid Crater Lake.
Day 2, Thorsmork Nature Reserve and Eyjafjallajokull volcano
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel your driver guide takes you into Thorsmork valley along one of the greatest strips of mountain track you'll encounter, crossing unbridged rivers in a really fun 4x4 track. You'll stop on the way to take photos of a glacier outlet where you can see the ice crumbling down the mountain of Eyjafjallajokull from the top of the glacier.
Thorsmork is named after Thor, the Nordic god of thunder. The valley is surrounded by glaciers and mountains and provides a beautiful panorama of green valleys and steep mountains whichever way you look. It's one of the country's most popular hiking grounds and there are several options for hiking routes, both for those looking for a casual stroll and serious hikers. Your driver guide will show you the best routes and you'll spend the day exploring the valley which has an unusually mild climate compared to the rest of southern Iceland.
On the way back to the hotel in the late afternoon you have the option to take a short hike though a small but magnificent canyon where there's a hidden waterfall at the end.
Day 3, The South Sunny Glacier in Iceland Shore & Black Sand Beach
Travelling east from your hotel, you stop at the freefalling waterfall of Seljarlandsfoss where you take a short path that leads behind it so you can see the waterfall from an interesting view and feel the spray and drizzle on your face. A short drive east is Skogarfoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland which offers a spectacular view as you stand on the grassy fields and gaze upon the waterfall and the mountains around it.
Next you'll feel the great power of the Super Jeep, driving along the tracks and up to Myrdalsjokull glacier, which is situated on top of Katla volcano and you'll have a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside and the smaller Solheimajokull glacier. You can either cruise on the white plains in the Super Jeep or go for an hour long snowmobile ride, speeding across the glacier and feeling the wind on your face which is a great experience.
After heading back to ground level you continue eastwards to the small town of Vik i Myrdal where you'll do some off-roading on black sand beach and go to Dyrholaey cliff which forms an arch into the ocean. From the cliff you have a magnificent view of Reynisdrangar, strange lava formations that stand out from the sea, as well as the surrounding countryside and Myrdalsjokull glacier from ground level.
The driver guide will then take you back west along the southern road, travelling through the small town of Hveragerdi, which is built on a geothermal hot spot and has a number of greenhouses. You'll then head back along the Reykjanes peninsula, stopping to visit Lake Kleifarvatn and Krisuvik if you have time before your flight. Your driver guide will then drop you off at the airport.