Iceland Luxury South Coast Adventure

Iceland Luxury South Coast Adventure

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Iceland holidays - visit Seljalandsfoss in the south west

Iceland Luxury South Coast Adventure

from £3,025 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • Year round

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Highlights

In pictures
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Explore Iceland's interior on a privately-guided superjeep adventure in Thorsmork

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Marvel at the cosmos through Hotel Ranga’s professional telescopes

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Walk right up to the mighty waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss

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Marvel at Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and perhaps cruise among the icebergs

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Soak in the milky-blue thermal pools of Blue Lagoon

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Visit the celebrated trio of sites that form the Golden Circle

Why this trip...

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Bespoke luxury

Let our Travel Specialists individually craft your holiday including extraordinary accommodation and private experiences

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Amazing accommodation

Stay in accommodation that is far more than just a place to rest your head

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Choose how you travel

Drive yourself, opt for a private driver-guide or enjoy the best of both with privately-guided excursions

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Overview

Discover the movie-set montage of unique landscapes in southern Iceland on a bespoke adventure - stay in amazing places and choose to explore independently by car or tap into in-depth local knowledge with a private-guide.

We know Iceland’s South Coast intimately. Our Travel Specialists have explored every waterfall, glacier and black-sand beach along the length of this rugged and astonishingly beautiful shoreline. And they’ve ventured inland too. Volcanoes, remote valleys, wilderness rivers… this is Iceland at its most iconic and bewitching. We’ve been sending clients there for decades and now we’re proud to offer discerning travellers the ultimate experience: a luxury holiday tailored to your exact requirements.

Secrets of the South Coast

From the vast black-sand beaches, seabird colonies and sea stacks of Vik to Jokulsarlon’s iceberg lagoon and ‘diamond beach’, the South Coast of Iceland is awash with natural wonders. One of Europe’s most spectacular drives, the coastal road threads a fine line between the wild Atlantic and the brooding interior of volcanoes, waterfalls, icecaps and glaciers.

Exploring the interior

During your week, we’ve included a privately guided superjeep adventure in Thorsmork – an excursion that will rank as one of the highlights of your trip. The scenery almost defies belief: ice-smothered volcanoes, braided glacial rivers and a hidden valley of birch trees surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Then there’s your mode of transport: the iconic, go-anywhere superjeep with its huge wheels and thirst for adventure. To be honest, though, it could well be your driver-guide that steals the show. An expert behind the wheel of one of these impressive 4x4s, he will also share with you his deep knowledge of the land, history and culture of Iceland’s breathtaking interior.

Reykjavik, the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon

To round off an extraordinary week surrounded by Iceland’s natural wonders, we suggest spending your final two nights in a stylish hotel right in the heart of vibrant Reykjavik. As well as time for enjoying the city’s excellent restaurants and designer shops, you’ll be given recommendations by our Travel Specialists for a wide choice of museums, galleries and cultural attractions. You could also take a tour of the Golden Circle (with a private guide if you like), visiting the celebrated trio of Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal site of Geysir. To add to your ‘hotlist’, we can arrange for you to visit the Secret Lagoon for an indulgent soak in the gorgeous outdoor pool. And if that’s not enough pampering, we can also book an ‘in-water massage’ at the Blue Lagoon’s Retreat Spa – the perfect way to relax before your flight home.

Suggested Itinerary

Fancy more nights in Reykjavik? Or a longer stay at a country retreat? Perhaps you’d like to add a few days in West or North Iceland, with private transfers and your own guide? Our Travel Specialists are always happy to discuss how to tailor-make your itinerary until it’s just right.

Day 1 arrive Iceland

Fly from your preferred airport to Keflavik where you will either collect your rental vehicle or be met on arrival for a private transfer to Hotel Ranga. Driving through the dramatic lavascape of the Reykjanes Peninsula, you will reach this wonderful lodge in just under two hours. One of Iceland’s leading hotels, Hotel Ranga is a Discover the World favourite. We‘re proud of our longstanding partnership and you can be confident of a friendly welcome and unrivalled levels of care and attention-to-detail.

Fine dining is one of the highlights of a stay here, as are the outdoor hot tubs and state-of-the-art observatory – ideal for stargazing and northern lights watching under the clear, pollution-free skies of this rural corner of Iceland. Ranga’s eight extravagant suites are each themed on a different continent, and offer views across a wild salmon-fishing river or the distant cone of Mt Hekla. Spend two nights at Hotel Ranga

Fly from your preferred airport to Keflavik where you will either collect your rental vehicle or be met on arrival for a private transfer to Hotel Ranga. Driving through the dramatic lavascape of the Reykjanes Peninsula, you will reach this wonderful lodge in just under two hours. One of Iceland’s leading hotels, Hotel Ranga is a Discover the World favourite. We‘re proud of our longstanding partnership and you can be confident of a friendly welcome and unrivalled levels of care and attention-to-detail.

Fine dining is one of the highlights of a stay here, as are the outdoor hot tubs and state-of-the-art observatory – ideal for stargazing and northern lights watching under the clear, pollution-free skies of this rural corner of Iceland. Ranga’s eight extravagant suites are each themed on a different continent, and offer views across a wild salmon-fishing river or the distant cone of Mt Hekla. Spend two nights at Hotel Ranga

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Day 2 exploring Thorsmork by Superjeep

Board a Superjeep for a private tour across the dramatic lunar landscapes of the interior, fording glacial rivers as you probe the stark grandeur of the highlands. Scale the slopes of ice-smothered volcanoes before descending to Thorsmork, a hidden valley of sparkling streams and twisted birch trees, surrounded by a trio of glaciers.

Returning to Hotel Ranga, relax in one of the outdoor hot tubs, or perhaps take a drive to nearby Seljalandsfoss to watch the sunset transform this elegant waterfall into a golden horsetail plume. Enjoy a drink at the bar, sampling the signature Brennivin schnapps served in chilled lava-stone cups, while perusing the seasonal gourmet menu of innovative Nordic-inspired dishes, rich in fresh local produce. After dinner, stroll over to the observatory where one of Iceland’s leading astronomers will open your eyes to the wonders of the cosmos, aiming powerful telescopes at everything from Mars and Neptune to the aurora borealis and distant nebulae.

Board a Superjeep for a private tour across the dramatic lunar landscapes of the interior, fording glacial rivers as you probe the stark grandeur of the highlands. Scale the slopes of ice-smothered volcanoes before descending to Thorsmork, a hidden valley of sparkling streams and twisted birch trees, surrounded by a trio of glaciers.

Returning to Hotel Ranga, relax in one of the outdoor hot tubs, or perhaps take a drive to nearby Seljalandsfoss to watch the sunset transform this elegant waterfall into a golden horsetail plume. Enjoy a drink at the bar, sampling the signature Brennivin schnapps served in chilled lava-stone cups, while perusing the seasonal gourmet menu of innovative Nordic-inspired dishes, rich in fresh local produce. After dinner, stroll over to the observatory where one of Iceland’s leading astronomers will open your eyes to the wonders of the cosmos, aiming powerful telescopes at everything from Mars and Neptune to the aurora borealis and distant nebulae.

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Day 3 Hotel Ranga - Jokulsarlon

Travel east along the coastal ring road, stopping to admire an incredible succession of natural wonders... rainbow-garnished Skogafoss plunging 60m over an ancient sea cliff; the forbidding flanks of the sleeping giant, Eyjafjallajokull; coastal vistas that range from saw-tooth sea stacks to seemingly endless beaches of black basalt sand. Ahead looms the mighty Vatnajokull icecap. Reaching depths of 950m, this vast, frozen wilderness consumes entire mountains, but explore its fringes and you will encounter some truly staggering sights.

At Jokulsarlon, step from your car to gaze across a glacial lagoon filled with icebergs calved from the immense ice sheet. Take an optional boat trip to admire the cerulean blue beauties close-up. Then walk on the black-sand beach where icebergs, tumbled and polished by the sea, have been washed ashore as sparkling crystal sculptures. It’s a leisurely three-hour drive from Ranga to the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon – your base for the next two nights.

Travel east along the coastal ring road, stopping to admire an incredible succession of natural wonders... rainbow-garnished Skogafoss plunging 60m over an ancient sea cliff; the forbidding flanks of the sleeping giant, Eyjafjallajokull; coastal vistas that range from saw-tooth sea stacks to seemingly endless beaches of black basalt sand. Ahead looms the mighty Vatnajokull icecap. Reaching depths of 950m, this vast, frozen wilderness consumes entire mountains, but explore its fringes and you will encounter some truly staggering sights.

At Jokulsarlon, step from your car to gaze across a glacial lagoon filled with icebergs calved from the immense ice sheet. Take an optional boat trip to admire the cerulean blue beauties close-up. Then walk on the black-sand beach where icebergs, tumbled and polished by the sea, have been washed ashore as sparkling crystal sculptures. It’s a leisurely three-hour drive from Ranga to the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon – your base for the next two nights.

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Day 4 exploring Jokulsarlon and Vatnajokull

A full day to explore the wonders of the Vatnajokull National Park. Revisit Jokulsarlon, or explore one of the lesser known glacial lagoons nearby, and head to Skaftafell where walking trails lead to Svartifoss waterfall – picture-perfect against its backdrop of basalt columns. If you like, we can arrange a privately-guided glacier hike, an exhilarating snowmobiling adventure on the Vatnajokull ice cap or an ice cave tour into one of its surreal, seasonal blue-ice caverns.

A full day to explore the wonders of the Vatnajokull National Park. Revisit Jokulsarlon, or explore one of the lesser known glacial lagoons nearby, and head to Skaftafell where walking trails lead to Svartifoss waterfall – picture-perfect against its backdrop of basalt columns. If you like, we can arrange a privately-guided glacier hike, an exhilarating snowmobiling adventure on the Vatnajokull ice cap or an ice cave tour into one of its surreal, seasonal blue-ice caverns.

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Day 5 Jokulsarlon - Vik

Drive west, back along the coast road, for around two and a half hours to your next overnight stop at Hotel Umi – located beside the Svadbaelisa River with sweeping views across the south coast to the Westman Islands and inland to Eyjafjallajokull. Overnight at Hotel Umi

Drive west, back along the coast road, for around two and a half hours to your next overnight stop at Hotel Umi – located beside the Svadbaelisa River with sweeping views across the south coast to the Westman Islands and inland to Eyjafjallajokull. Overnight at Hotel Umi

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Day 6 Vik - Reykjavik

Journey to Iceland's vibrant capital city, Reykjavik for a two-night stay at either Ion City Hotel or Hilton Reykjavik Nordica.

Journey to Iceland's vibrant capital city, Reykjavik for a two-night stay at either Ion City Hotel or Hilton Reykjavik Nordica.

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Day 7 Reykjavik

Explore the city or perhaps spend time luxuriating in the soothing warm waters of the Blue Lagoon. Consider a private excursion around the Golden Circle. City highlights include the striking Hallgrimskirkja cathedral and the Perlan, with its northern lights planetarium and indoor ice cave. Cafes, bars and boutique shops line Laugavegur Street, while the city has no shortage of fine-dining restaurants.

Explore the city or perhaps spend time luxuriating in the soothing warm waters of the Blue Lagoon. Consider a private excursion around the Golden Circle. City highlights include the striking Hallgrimskirkja cathedral and the Perlan, with its northern lights planetarium and indoor ice cave. Cafes, bars and boutique shops line Laugavegur Street, while the city has no shortage of fine-dining restaurants.

Day 8 depart Iceland

Transfer to Keflavik for your flight home. If you didn't take the opportunity yesterday, a visit to the Retreat Spa at the Blue Lagoon can be arranged on your way for a soak in the naturally-heated waters.

Transfer to Keflavik for your flight home. If you didn't take the opportunity yesterday, a visit to the Retreat Spa at the Blue Lagoon can be arranged on your way for a soak in the naturally-heated waters.

Hotel Accommodation

We’ve suggested three superb properties for your ultimate South Coast journey. First is Hotel Ranga – four-star luxury, superb suites, fine dining and a reputation for some of the best sky-gazing in Iceland, from an outdoor hot tub or using the hotel’s special telescope. Next is the sleek, contemporary Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon – the perfect base from which to experience the icebergs of Jokulsarlon. You then have a night in stylish Hotel Umi with its captivating views of the Westman Islands and infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. We also recommend staying at either Ion City Hotel or Hilton Reykjavik Nordica in Reykjavik.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Our Bespoke Luxury Concept

The suggested itinerary features hand-picked accommodation in properties renowned for their special touches. In addition to tours already included, we can arrange for expert local guides to take you off-the-beaten-track on a wide range of private excursions, revealing a side to Iceland that few get to experience. Our Travel Specialists will refine your itinerary until it’s just right – whether that means adding a few nights in a private luxury house, opting for your own driver-guide, booking a special meal or spa session, or arranging a unique experience to indulge your passion for anything from photography to astronomy, hiking or fine dining.

Prices and Departures

Price from £3,025 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £250 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Car hire for 8 days
  • 2 nights at Hotel Ranga, with dinner & breakfast
  • 2 nights Fosshotel Glacier lagoon, with breakfast
  • 1 night at Hotel Umi, with breakfast
  • 2 nights at ION City Hotel, with breakfast
  • Privately guided superjeep adventure in Thorsmork
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

We recommend Self-drive | 7 nights / 8 days From £3,025 per person

Meet our expert

nordic team bruno kaufmann bw
One of our specialists
Meet Bruno

27 Years visiting Iceland

6 Whale species seen

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