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Iceland's South Coast &  East Fjords Drive and Hike Holiday
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Highlights

  • Explore the dramatic south coast and rugged east fjords by car and on foot.
  • Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, filled with huge icebergs of turquoise hues.
  • Walk through the great rifts of the earth's crust at Thingvellir National Park.
  • The thundering waterfalls of Gulfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Hengifoss.
  • The colourful fishing villages of the east fjords.

Explore the dramatic south coast and rugged east fjords of Iceland on a drive and hike tour starting in Reykjavik and finishing in Seydisfjordur on the east coast.

The south coast is littered with vast glaciers, thundering waterfalls, lava fields and hot springs. Continue on to the east fjords, much less travelled than the south coast, for a completely different feel, featuring black sand beaches, colourful fishing villages and striking volcanic landscapes.

Travelling by car along quiet roads, and getting out on foot to explore wherever possible, allows you to discover the real Iceland.

Read about journalist Fiona's experiences on the South Coast Drive & Hike tour in her blog posts Iceland: Myths, Magic & Magnificence, and 12 Must Sees in Southern Iceland.  This tour was also featured in an article in Scotland's Sunday Mail Too Cool for School.

Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik

Arriving at Keflavik International Airport, you are immediately transported to other-worldly landscapes, as you travel by road through craters and lava fields to reach your hotel in downtown Reykjavik.


The vibrant, quirky city of Reykjavik is wonderfully cosmopolitan and easily explored on foot. Browse the many outdoor and handicraft shops and enjoy a delicious meal from one of the many fantastic seafood restaurants—we recommend the Arctic Char in particular!


Overnight: Reykjavik


Day 2: Golden Circle—Thingvellir, Gulfoss and Geysir

Head straight out into the countryside today towards the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park. Enjoy a walk here through the great rifts of the earths’ crust—an amazing experience!


Continue to the geothermal area of Geysir, where great spouts of boiling hot water shoot up from the ground every 5 minutes.


Finish your day with a visit to the beautiful two-tiered Gulfoss waterfall, where the water often catches the sunlight to throw incredible rainbows across it.


Walk: 3 hours


Total Drive: Approx 190km, 3 hours


Overnight: Hveragerdi


Day 3: Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls

An action packed day today! Visit another two of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls today. At Seljalandsfoss take a walk behind the falls to experience the mighty power of nature up close. And walk to the top of Skogafoss falls for a different perspective.


Heading east you pass the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, where it is possible to do some snowmobiling—sure to get the adrenalin pumping and highly recommended!


Continue to Kirkjubaelarklaustur via the black sand beaches of Vik. On arrival enjoy a walk to the nearby “church floor pavement”  - a natural phenomenon formed by basalt columns.


Walk from Skogafoss Waterfall:  1.5-3 hours.


Walk to Church Floor Pavement: 1.5 hours


Total Drive: Approx 205km, 3 hours


Overnight: Kirkjubaelarklaustur


Day 4: Skaftafell National Park

Today you drive through Eldhraun, a 565 km² field of lava covered in thick luxuriant moss—its like a scene from another planet!


Continue to Skaftafell National Park, part of the Vatnajokull National Park, on the edge of the immense Vatnajokull glacier, which covers an amazing 8% of the country!


We recommend several walks at Skaftafell—from a short 3 hour walk to Svartifoss Waterfall to longer full day walks which overlook the Skaftafellsjokull glacier.

 


Walk: 3-8hrs, 200m - 1000m Ascent/Descent


Total Drive: Approx 70km, 1 Hour


Overnight: Skaftafell (or Kirkjubaejarklaustur, depending on availability)


Day 5: Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon

We recommend an early start today to enjoy a glacier hike starting from Skaftafell Visitor Centre (optional extra, book in advance). With crampons on and accompanied by expert guides walk through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures, ice ridges and deep crevasses.


After lunch continue to Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon—one of Iceland’s most photographed places! The incredible icebergs floating in the water, with shimmering hues of blue make it easy to see why many Hollywood directors use this as a filming location—used in films such as Die Another Day and Tombraider!


Walk: 2-4 hours


Total Drive: Approx 135km, 2 hours


Overnight: Höfn


Day 6: Drive to the East Fjords

The east coast of Iceland consists of  a series of v-shaped, narrow fjords between rugged steel-grey mountains. Continue along the winding coastal road to the village of Djupivogur, a tiny little village on the water’s edge surrounded by peaks.


We haven't suggested any walks today so you can take your time to explore at your own pace.


Total Drive: Approx 105km, 1h 40m


Overnight: Djupivogur


Day 7: Hengifoss, Litlanesfoss and Seydisfjordur

Driving deeper into the east fjords, stop at Lagarfjlot lake, enjoying a walk to the waterfalls Litlanesfoss and Hengifoss, the third tallest in Iceland, which falls into a magnificent gorge.


Drive from the very top of the fjord down into the pretty village of Seydisfjordur with its pretty church and colourful Scandinavian houses.


Walk: 2 Hours


Total Drive: Approx 145km, 2-3 Hours


Overnight: Seydisfjordur


Day 8: Free Day in Seydisfjordur

A day at leisure to explore the East Fjords. We recommend a couple of walks close to Seydisfjordur including a riverside walk with fantastic views or an interesting walk around the nearby Hallormsstadur forest.  Another option would be to explore Skaftfell, a wonderful visual arts centre, or one of the many other artists studios, workshops and boutiques. Kayak tours are also a popular choice (book in advance, payable locally).


Riverside Walk: 2.5 hours


Hallormstadur Forest Walk: 2.5 hours


Overnight: Seydisfjordur


Day 9: Drop car off at Egilsstadir, Onward Travel

Egilsstadir Airport is just a short drive away from Seydisfjordur (27km, approx 25 mins). Drop your rental car off here before flying on to Reykjavik domestic airport (internal flight included) for onward travel connections (please note that the domestic airport and Keflavik international airport are a 1 hour bus journey apart). Overnight in Reykjavik not included.

Accommodation

1 Night’s accommodation is included in a 3-star city hotel in Reykjavik. 7 Nights are in comfortable, countryside hotels and guesthouses. We have carefully chosen traditional countryside hotels which offer a warm Icelandic welcome, comfortable rooms and fantastic food! They are in spectacular locations and generally have great views of the surrounding countryside.


Alternative Accommodation

The hotels we normally use are detailed below but subject to availability we may accommodate you in alternative hotels/guesthouses of a similar standard.


Meals

8 breakfasts are included. You can pick up lunches during the day from many cafes or shops. All of the countryside hotels have a restaurant where you can have dinner as there are not usually many other options for places to eat nearby. Food is generally of a very high standard, and local specialities include Hangikjöt (a delicious smoked lamb dish), Saltifiskur (salted fish) and the delicious Arctic Char. For the more adventurous, there is also Hákarl (cured shark commonly accompanied by schnapps), only for the very brave!


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

Single rooms are available on this trip and a supplement will apply. It
is also available to solo travellers but prices are on a request basis.



 

 

 




Hotel Odinsve - Reykjavik

A stylish 50 room boutique hotel in downtown Reykjavik. They offer newly renovated rooms along with service with a smile. Their restaurant is a popular meeting place in Reykjavik and offers outstanding Icelandic cuisine..


 

 

 


 

 

 



Frost & Fire Hotel - Hveragerdi



Frost & Fire Hotel - Hveragerdi

A quiet hotel with amazing amenities and comfortable rooms. Access to their geothermal spa is included and their restaurant "Varma" offers "slow food" made with the finest local ingredients.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Klaustur - Kirkjubaejarklaustur



Hotel Klaustur - K'klaustur

57-room Icelandair Hotel Klaustur is a modern property and conveniently located for exploring the south of Iceland. You can relax on their sundeck or enjoy a swim in their neighbouring geothermal pool.


 

 

 


 

 

 





Hotel Skaftafell - Skaftafell

A family run hotel in the vicinity of Skaftafell National Park. Anna Maria and her family take great pride in providing a comfortable place for guests to stay whilst they explore the beautiful surroundings.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Fosshotel Vatnajokull



Hotel Fosshotel Vatnajokull - Hofn

A charismatic and attractive hotel with a spectacular panoramic view of the majestic glacier. It has been newly renovated and features a modern bar and restaurant.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Framtid - Djupivogur



Hotel Framtid - Djupivogur

This pretty 46-room property dates from 1904, and enjoys outstanding panoramic views of the sea and mountains. There is a bar and three dining areas.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Aldan - Seydisfjordur



Hotel Aldan - Seydisfjordur

Historic Hotel Aldan dates from 1898, the 9 lovely rooms have fine linens and antique furniture. Rooms are a few minutes walk from the main reception area.


 

 

 

Time of Year and Availability

You can start this tour on any day of the week between the beginning of May and end of October. From June through to August is the most popular and best time to travel to Iceland due to the long hours of sunlight and the fact that the weather is at it’s driest and warmest then. This is also the best time for wild flowers. During this time,  the main tourist sights such as the most popular waterfalls will get quite busy but you shouldn’t notice it too much whilst on the walks or driving.


If you prefer a quieter experience, then we would recommend either May or September. The weather isn’t quite as reliable then but it is quieter, and the price also comes down during those months.


The accommodation in Iceland fills up extremely quickly for the summer
months between June and August. For this reason, your accommodation may
change according to availability and your itinerary may be adapted so
that we can secure accommodation. It may also take up to 2 weeks to
confirm your booking but we will try to confirm as quickly as possible
for you.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo travellers but a supplement is applicable and is on request. Single rooms are also available on request and again a supplement will apply.


Grade & Terrain

We grade this tour as easy-moderate as the suggested walks are all optional. They are between 1—6 hours in length, and up to 500m ascent/descent (most are less than 200m ascent/descent.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

We provide detailed route notes and maps to allow you to navigate the recommend walks without any problems. Footpaths are not always clearly marked but with the above you should not have any issues navigating. Paths can be slippy and rocky underfoot, so a good pair of walking boots is essential.


Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.


Car Hire

We include Group B Car Hire from the morning of Day 2 up to the
afternoon of Day 6. Group B Car Hire would be based on a Volkswagen Golf
or similar and is suitable for 2-3 people with luggage. For parties of
4, we will automatically include an upgrade to a CAT N Car Hire (similar to a Skoda Octavia) and this
is already included in the cost. For parties of 5-8 people, we will
provide 2x CAT B for 5-6 people, and 2x CAT N for 7-8 people. If you prefer a larger car you can also choose to upgrade to CAT FG. Please select this option when making your booking. Car hire includes
unlimited mileage, VAT, CDW insurance, 1 additional driver, One Way Drop off Fees, Pick up and
Drop off fees. No insurance in Iceland covers the underside of vehichles
and excesses can be expensive. For this reason we suggest you take out
an excess reimbursement policy in advance of your arrival, or upgrade
your insurance locally.  Fuel and oil are not included in the rental of
your vehicle.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information:

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, (for example, proper rain gear jacket and pants, sun hat, sunscreen). Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes or the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to Reykjavik

By Air: Fly into Keflavik International Airport, which is served by numerous airlines from UK, Europe and North America. Keflavik is just a short 3 hour flight from the UK and just a 5 hour flight from Boston. Icelandair and Wowair offer many direct flights from various US airports.


On arrival at Keflavik, you will be met by a transfer to take you to your hotel in the centre of Reykjavik.


The internal flight from Egilsstadir is included as part of the package.

Included

  • 1 Night at a 3* Hotel in Reykjavik
  • 7 Nights in countryside hotels and guesthouses
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 8 Days Group B car hire (from Day 2 to Day 9)
  • Transfer betweeen Keflavik Airport and Reykjavik accommodation
  • Internal flight between Egilsstadir and Reykjavik on Day 9
  • Iceland Road Map
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • Route notes, maps and driving instructions
  • 24/7 support from our local partners and UK office

Excluded

  • Travel to and from Iceland
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Fuel and oil
  • Personal equipment
  • Mountain rescue
  • Optional activities
  • Travel Insurance

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
  • Single room supplement if required
  • Glacier Hike
  • Car Hire Upgrades

How far in advance do I need to book?

We recommend booking as far in advance as possible for this trip as Iceland is extremely popular, especially over the summer months of June, July and August. The accommodations fill up extremely quickly. However, we will always try our very best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

We grade this tour as easy-moderate as the suggested walks are all optional. They are between 1—6 hours in length, and up to 500m ascent/descent (most are less than 200m ascent/descent.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and warm clothing. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack. 

When is the best time of year?

From June through to August is the most popular and best time to travel to Iceland due to the long hours of sunlight and the fact that the weather is at it’s driest and warmest then. This is also the best time for wild flowers. During this time,  the main tourist sights such as the most popular waterfalls will get quite busy but you shouldn’t notice it too much whilst on the walks or driving.
If you prefer a quieter experience, then we would recommend either May or September. The weather isn’t quite as reliable then but it is quieter, and the price also comes down during those months.

If you would like to do some whale-watching you will need to travel between May and September.

What is driving like in Iceland?

For most visitors driving in Iceland is sheer pleasure with miles and miles of open and traffic free roads, along with stunning scenery. At times, gravel roads,  high winds, dust and rain can make driving more challenging than at home but we provide comprehensive advice on driving conditions in our pre-departure information packs. Your rental vehichle will be left hand drive and driving in Iceland is on the right hand side of the road.


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