Fjallabak, South Coast & Þórsmörk
Discover the breathtaking interior highlands of the colourful Landmannalaugar and Fjallabak as well as the gems of the South Coast.
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Discover the South of Iceland with its popular attractions as well as the isolated interior highlands. You travel from the multi-coloured dramatic mountains of Landmannalaugar wonderland and Fjallabak Nature Reserve up to the green lush valleys and glacier covered volcanoes of Þórsmörk. Next step is to head down to the South Coast where glittering glaciers, vast black sand beaches, bluff cliffs and vivid puffin colonies reveal one of Iceland's most famous natural wonders. This tour is a real marvel for nature-lovers!
What's included in the Fjallabak, South Coast & Þórsmörk tour?
Included in this tour
- Pickup & return from hotel in Reykjavík area (8:00 - 18:00)
- Rental car with unlimited mileage, CDW insurance
- Breakfast (except for dormitory accommodation)
- WiFi connectivity in the car
- Map of Iceland and detailed itinerary of your tour
- Pamphlet about driving in Iceland
- Optional meeting with travel consultant
- 24 hour emergency service
- Taxes & service fees
Not included in this tour
- Winter transport to Þórsmörk - needed from 16th October to 30th April
- Gasoline / Diesel
- Personal Travel Insurances
- Additional activities
- Meals or drinks
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- Parking and road tunnel fees
- Any services not listed under list of included items
Explore the Fjallabak, South Coast & Þórsmörk tour day-by-day
You begin the tour by heading right to the highlands. Drive through the rough lava fields and multiple mountains, fording several rivers on the way. When the landscape becomes unbelievably colorful with bubbling hot springs, it means that you reached Landmannalaugar wonderland. The fuss at the base is caused by numerous hikers starting here the famous Laugavegurinn trail. You can find peace in the hills above though. There is also a popular hot pot where you can take a bath. Spend a night in Landmannalaugar area.
Driving distance is +-175km.
Fjallabak N - Vík
This day is dedicated to further exploration of Fjallabak Nature Reserve. The whole region was formed in the volcanic eruptions and has been affected by geothermal activity. Its majestic multi-coloured rhyolite and obsidian mountains together with numerous lakes and jaggy lava flows creates true wonderland. It is a lot of fun driving up and down on these gravel roads, crossing several un-bridged rivers and visiting places like Ljótipollur crater or Frostastaðavatn lake. You should also take breaks, step out of the car and enjoy beauty and calm of this pure nature. There is several hikes in the area, ex. to the top of Bláhnúkur crater worth doing. After that, you head to the South-East, eventually driving along the Ring Road towards Vík. Overnight stay in the area.
Driving distance is +-162km.
Skógar - Seljalandsfoss - Þórsmörk
The South Coast and its various popular attractions are the goal of today. First ones are right around the corner from Vík. Reynisfjara impresses with its black sandy beach backed by Reynisdrangar, basalt sea stacks emerging from the sea. Then, you continue driving up the hill to Dyrhólahey. It dramatically rises above the Vík neighborhood, revealing the beautiful overlook of the coast. Puffins are keen on nesting in its bluff cliffs in summer time. Then you carry on driving along the Ring Road. The impressive Skógafoss appear first to the right-hand side. You can take steep stairs up the mountain for a better view from above. Seljalandsfoss is the next spectacular waterfall on your way. It tumbles over rocky scarp into a pool, leaving some room between the water and the wall, for the stirring walks behind the waterfall. From here you again enter a gravel road to highlands. We promise to surprise you with the diversity of Iceland's highlands. Þórsmörk serves you completely different landscape than what you have seen before. It is a green paradise where active volcanoes and towering glaciers rise above the lush valleys below. You have a chance to see here an infamous Eyjafjallajökull that paralyzed air traffic in 2010. Overnight stay in Þórsmörk.
Driving distance is +-91km.
It is about the time to slowly return to reality. However, before that, allow yourself for the last cherry on the cake. Stakkholtsgjá gorge is located right beneath Eyjafjallajökull volcano on the way out of Þórsmörk. Stretch your legs in an easy hike along the river bed admiring the lush greenery around. After that, you continue driving the F-road through the glacier rivers and rocky surfaces up to the Road 1. You arrive in Reykjavík early evening.
Driving distance is +-151km.