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 with huge tires. 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 5 minutes or so.
From Geysir it's a short drive to Gullfoss waterfall which cascades 32 meters down a canyon in two steps.
The driver guide then takes you Kerid Crater Lake where you'll take a photo stop of the opaque and vivid aquamarine colors before you head south to Hotel Ranga for the night.
Day 2, Thorsmork valley and Eyjafjallajokull Volcano & Glacier
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 Eyjafjallajokull glacier below the crater of the volcano. There used to be a glacier lagoon here but the eruption of 2010 changed the landscape dramatically.
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'll stop for a walk through a small but magnificent canyon where there's a hidden waterfall at the end.
At Hotel Ranga you can enjoy fine dining, outdoor hot tubs and if you're lucky, watch the auroras on clear winter nights (September - March/April).
Day 3, The Spectacular South
Travelling east from your hotel you stop at Seljarlandsfoss, one of the tallest waterfalls in Iceland 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. Another option is to take a glacier hike on Solheimajokull glacier.
We will explore the black sand beach off-road 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, either to Reykjavik or Keflavik, depending on where you choose to end the tour.