A Fairytale South Coast Adventure

Unlock the secrets of Icelands dramatic South Coast. We have combined the freedom of having your own vehicle with our expert local knowledge to create a truly fabulous flexible intinerary. From iconic geothermals, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and black sand beaches to wild lava fields covered with blankets of green moss, peat roofed houses and a magical lagoon of floating icebergs... Unzip your tent to unspoilt views of alien volcanic landscapes or enjoy the comforts of farmhouse accommodation where you can sit, cup of tea in hand, listening to local tales of trolls and fairies...

Programme

  • Jour 1 Welcome to Iceland

    Welcome to Iceland Your flight arrives in Keflavik, here you can collect your vehicle for the week and drive to Reykjavik where a member of our team will be waiting for you. We will answer any questions you may have, provide you with your camping equipment and offer some local advice. Depending on your arrival time perhaps today is the day for a dip in the warm waters of the famous Blue Lagoon (payable locally).

    30 miles
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Reykjavik

  • Jour 2 Þingvellir / Gullfoss / Geysir

    Þingvellir / Gullfoss / Geysir Explore Icelands famous Golden Circle on your way to the South Coast. The circle includes the beautiful Þingvellir UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mid-Atlantic fault and meeting place of the world’s oldest Parliament. Then, Gullfoss waterfall (‘Golden Waterfall’), the gigantic two-tiered waterfall with its impressive basalt columns and of course the exciting geothermal area of Geysir and the extraordinary Strokkur Geyser.

    170 miles
    Accommodation: Camping or Farmhouse

  • Jour 3 Skogar / Kirkjubaejarklaustur

    Skogar / Kirkjubaejarklaustur The beautiful bronzed green mosses of Eldhraun stretch along the South Coast, this alien landscape comes from the eruption of Laki in the highlands nearby. This unique environment where nature prevails against all the odds is definitely worth exploring on your way to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

    100 miles
    Accommodation: Camping or Farmhouse

  • Jour 4 Kirkjubaejarklaustur / Skaftafell

    Kirkjubaejarklaustur / Skaftafell Go hiking in the National Park at the foot of the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull. Discover stunning trails through the lush greenland, fabulous geological formations and stunning views of the monochrone glacial world which surrounds. The highest peak in the country, the snow capped summit of Hvannadalshnukur (2119m) is found here.

    50 miles
    Accommodation: Camping or Farmhouse

  • Jour 5 Skaftafell / Jökulsarlon / Skaftafell

    Skaftafell / Jökulsarlon / Skaftafell Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is a truly magical place where icebergs drift from Breidarmerkurjökull glacier towards the sea. Nearby you can find black sand beaches scattered with lumps of ice which glisten like diamonds in the sun. If you are lucky perhaps you will spot seals playing between the lumps of floating ice. You can take a boat trip here (consult us).

    80 miles
    Accommodation: Camping or Farmhouse

  • Jour 6 Skaftafell / Vik

    Skaftafell / Vik Discover Vik and the iconic black sand beaches of Reynisfjara - rated in the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world! With dramatic North Atlantic Ocean waves, black sands, impressive basalt columns, a huge cave, interesting folklore history plus the chance of puffin sightings this is a destination not to be missed. (This area has featured in many films and TV shows including Star Wars Rogue One, Star Trek Into Darkness and Game of Thrones)

    90 miles
    You can visit an Icelandic Wool Factory here
    Accommodation: Camping or Farmhouse

  • Jour 7 Skógar / Reykjavik

    Skógar / Reykjavik Visit Skógar where you can admire the great Skógafoss waterfall and visit the folk museum with its old peat-roofed houses. Then continue to Reykjavik. Drop of your camping kit (if you chose to camp) and enjoy an afternoon in the capital city of Iceland. Visit the National Museum of Iceland, the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre or the Reykjavik City Museum and Settlement Exhibition...

    100 miles
    Accommodation: Guesthouse

  • Jour 8 Farewell Iceland

    Farewell Iceland Return your vehicle in Keflavik and flight home

    Transport: 30 miles & flight home

This itinerary, including walking distances and times, is indicative and fully flexible. The details in this programme are updated regularly but imponderables and unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies.

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Période & budget

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Prix

From €955

Ce budget est indiqué par personne, selon disponibilité. Votre agent local vous fera parvenir un devis personnalisé avec le prix exact. En effet, ce dernier peut varier en fonction de plusieurs éléments (disponibilité, niveaux de prestations, période, nb de participants, délai de réservation et bien d’autres encore).

Le prix comprend

  • 7 days car hire, unlimited mileage
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) Insurance
  • 2 nights in guesthouse accommodation with breakfasts
  • A complete travel Guide with maps for all of the different regions you will visit
  • A tent and all technical camping equipment if camping (see equipment section for more details)*

Le prix ne comprend pas

  • International flights
  • Registration fee: €18 (free for under 12s)
  • Meals*, drinks and personal expenses

*This trip can be done with farmhouse accommodation instead of camping in which case you will be fully catered for. Price vary.

Remarques

Camping: Comfort 1/5 

We provide quality 3 man dome tents per 2 people for maximum space and comfort.

Comfortable Farmhouse: Comfort 4/5

Well-equipped accommodation options like basic hotels or charming guesthouses are rated 4/5 for comfort. Please note that this does not guarantee private bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Level

This is your trip, you can choose how challenging or relaxing each day is.

Conditions de paiement et d'annulation

Booking conditions

Booking a trip with us implies acceptance of the terms and conditions of sale. Each customer is required to complete a registration form and, subject to availability at the time of registration, travellers are expected to pay a deposit of 30% of the total price to complete their booking. Payments can be made online or by bank transfer. You will receive an e-mail with your booking confirmation.

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is confirmed you will receive an invoice by e-mail. The full balance of the trip must be received at least 35 days before your departure date.

For Polar Cruises, we require a deposit on the day of registration, 30% of the balance 3 months before departure and the full amount at least 45 days before departure. If registration is less than 35 days before departure then an invoice will be attached to this travel contract and the full amount must be paid upon registration. If registration is less than 15 days before departure, payment is only accepted by credit card or cash. If registration is less than 8 days before departure you may be charged an additional free for sending your ticket. If the full balance of the trip has not arrived 35 days before departure, Altaï Iceland reserves the right to cancel your registration without compensation.

Cancellation policy

If for any reason you have to cancel your trip we require a written confirmation of your decision so please contact us by e-mail, fax or letter.The money you have paid will then be refunded according to the following deductions:
  • Cancellation received more than 30 days before the departure date: 15% of trip price will be retained
  • Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 45% of trip price will be retained
  • Cancellation  received within 20 days of the departure date: 100% of trip price will be retained
If we have to cancel a departure due to an insufficient number of participants, you will be informed no later than 21 days before departure and a full refund will be issued, you will not be entitled to further compensation. We reserve the rights to cancel departures due to exceptional circumstances which may impact the safety of participants. Such circumstances may include those amounting to 'force majeure' in which case participants will receive a full refund but they will not be entitled to any compensation.

Changes to travel contract

If you wish to make a change to your booking please contact us in writing. If your change is requested after our confirmation has been issued and more than 30 days prior to the departure date, your change will be subject to an amendment fee of 45€. If you request a change within 30 days of departure it will be treated as a cancellation of the original booking and will be subject to cancellation charges.

Pricing

The prices on our website are updated regularly and all of the prices we advertise are accurate when published. We reserve the rights to make changes to any of these prices. Before you make a booking we will give you the up-to-date price of your chosen holiday including any supplements, upgrades or additional activities you may have requested. If the number of travellers is fewer than the indicated number of participants on the website, a small group surcharge may be applied. For all of our trips we include details of services, prices and what is/is not included but please be aware that changes to the prices may be necessary in accordance with exchange rates or price changes of various components of the journey.

Contract transfer

If you are unable to travel for any reason, you can transfer your booking to another person, subject to the following conditions:
a) you must notify us in writing
b) the transferee must fulfil any conditions that apply to the booking
c) Change and cancellation fees apply
Both the transferor and transferee will be jointly and severally liable for payment of the total holiday price and other associated expenses. Some airline carriers treat name changes as cancellations and you may be required to pay for the cost of a new ticket.

Assurance

Car Hire Insurance Options

Icelandic law demands that vehicle rental is coupled with third party insurance. Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) insurance is included in our prices. In the event of an accident please be aware that you are responsible for all damages. It is strongly advised to take out additional on site insurance to reduce costs in the event of an accident.

Additional Options & Accessories:

  • An additional driver: one-off payment, from €27
  • Super Collision Damage Waiver Insurance (SCDW): From €12 a day
  • Sand and Ash Damage Waiver Insurance (SADW): from €12 a day
  • Gravel Protection Insurance (GP): from €12 a day
  • The GP, SADW & SCDW insurance package: from €24 a day
  • GPS: from €11 a day
  • 4G Wifi: from €20 a day
  • A child car seat, various sizes and options available: one-off payment from €30
  • A booster seat, compulsory and free for children up to 150cm: or from €16

It is good to know that under Icelandic law, CDW & SCDW insurance does not cover damage to tyres, windshields, headlight optics or the vehicle's underbody. Similarly, any damage, including damage to the engine, from gravel, ash or excessive speed is not covered by this insurance. Any damage caused to the vehicle from driving in places where passage is forbidden will not be covered by insurance.

Additional insurance options are payable locally by credit card and reservation in advance is not necessary. Optional accessories like car seats or 4G should be reserved in advance. Please contact us if you have any questions or require more information.

Infos pratiques

Encadrement

Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge our professional Icelandic team know the country inside out. We are here to ensure you have the best possible trip so ask us anything, we love sharing our local knowledge!

Alimentation

Breakfast is provided in guesthouse accommodation/

If you are camping we will provide you with camping equipment to cook your own meals and you will be responsible for your food.

If you are staying in the farmhouse you will be fully catered for. For lunch each day you can choose to have a picnic lunch or sometimes to eat in at the farmhouse restaurant.

We have lots of recommendations of where to eat and where to do groceries regardless of your budget. Iceland has options for everyone from traditional restaurants with adventurous local cuisine to cheap burgers and gourmet fish options.

Hébergement

Your first and last nights will be spent in a guesthouse close to Reykjavik city centre. It has shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, hot showers and heating. Please bring a sleeping bag.

Camping

Imagine unzipping your tent to views of geothermal hotspots, multi-coloured mountains and lava formations... Not only is camping an eco-friendly way to explore Icelands spectacular environment, it also means that these unspoilt remote areas literally become your home. We provide all of the technical equipment needed for your camping adventure. Generally we offer one 3 man dome tent per 2 people for maximum space and comfort, We will also provide you with modern cooking equipment, a few other essentials and some friendly advice to help you make the most of your adventure. Icelandic campsites are generally very clean with excellent facilities including eletrical outlets. Sometimes there is a hot water fee for showers (around 3-4euros).

Farmhouse

Farming is a big part of Icelandic traditional culture; staying in a farmhouse is a great way to meet locals and discover more about traditional Icelandic culture. Farmhouse stays normally come with full board and a shared kitchen/communal area, bathrooms are normally shared between 2-3 rooms and en suite options are sometimes available. Our farmhouses are popular and have limited capacity, especially in high season, reservation in advance is necessary!

Déplacement et portage

Care Hire

Iceland has a fabulous network of scenic roads which connect its most popular destinations, most capes and the inhabited countryside across the island. Some of the 'roads' are however more like 'tracks' and fjord crossings are not uncommon - depending on your chosen route it may be advisable to reserve a 4x4 vehicle. From November to March we recommend that you hire a 4x4 vehicle regardless of your chosen route.

In general you can expect to find petrol stations, shops and accommodation options around every 70miles. Fuel is not included in the car rental rates but prices in Iceland are fair.

You will need a valid driver's license, issued for at least 12 months before the rental date.
Minimum age: 20 or 23 for a 4x4 vehicle.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) Insurance: Icelandic law demands that veicle rental is coupled with third party insurance. In the event of an accident you are responsible for all the damage. It is strongly advised to take out additional on site insurance to reduce costs in the event of an accident. CDW insurance is included in our prices. For more information and options please see the terms & conditions page for this trip and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Budget et change

The currency in Iceland is Icelandic Krona (ISK). Please budget for:
  • Evening meals in Reykjavik (2500-5600ISK)
  • Drinks & personal expenses
  • Fuel & additional insurance options/car accessories

Equipement fourni sur place

All technical camping equipment will be provided if you have chosen our camping option

Equipement indispensable

Please bring a sleeping bag

Bagages

You may bring a hold bag (up to 23kg) as well as a cabin bag
We recommend that you bring a soft bag for your hold luggage like a rucksack rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical when loading local buses and trailers. We also recommend that you bring a small rucksack that is appropriate for use as a day bag for your hand luggage. This is practical for carrying your lunch, water and any personal medication with you each day. 

Pharmacie

We recommend that you bring with you a small first aid kit and any medication you may need such as inhalers, plasters and painkillers.

A vaild European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will insure that you can access state-provided healthcare in Iceland for free or at a reduced cost.
For more information click here

Passeport

You will need a passport that is valid for at least three months after your return date

Visa

You do not need a VISA to travel to Iceland which is part of the Schengen cooperation.

USA, Canadian and Australian citizens need to buy a return ticket or provide proof of onwards travel - we will help you to do this.

Vaccins obligatoires

There are no specific health risks

Climat

Contrary to the name 'Ice-land' the weather in Iceland is relatively mild considering its location. In summer the average temperature is 10-13°C (50-55 °F) but warm summer days can reach 20-25°C

From June to September it is nearly always light with the return of night and the first Northern Lights appearances towards the end of August.

Electricité

Iceland uses Northern European electrical standards (50Hz/220 volts)  and the standard Europlug socket with two round prongs.

Please be aware that some of our more remote campsites and refuges charge for electricity use.

Heure locale

Iceland uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) like the United Kingdom but does not observe daylight-saving time in the summer

Géographie

Area: 39,768.5 m²
Population: 334,252 inhabitants (2016)
Capital: Reykjavik
Languages: Icelandic
Regime: Parliamentary Republic

Iceland is 20 million years old and is a volcanic island with around one eruption every 5 years. 11% of the island is covered with ice, 1% of the land is cultivated, 20% is grassland, 2% is lake, 40% is sand and the rest is desert.

Tourisme responsable

 As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously. We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...

1.    Be prepared
2.    Stick to trails and camp overnight right
3.    Stash your trash and pick up waste
4.    Leave it as you find it
5.    Be careful with fire
6.    Respect wildlife
7.    Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates. 

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.
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Isabelle

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Isabelle

  • Outdoor activities enthusiast
  • Adventure travel expert
  • Studied Outdoor Leadership
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Région
Reykjavík The South
Activité
Hiking Self-Drive Walking and Sightseeing
Durée
8 jours
Code
EISLL8VA
Prix
A partir de 995 €

Points forts

  • Car hire and a carefully designed flexible itinerary so you can discover total autonomy and unlock Icelands secrets at your own pace
  • Glaciers, puffins and black sand beaches; icebergs, mountains and the Blue Lagoon
  • Living like a local in farmhouse accommodation or becoming part of Icelands dramatic landscapes by camping

Niveau requis

This is your adventure, you can choose how strenuous or how relaxing each day is
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