South Coast of Iceland 5-Day Itinerary

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As you explore the diverse landscapes of Southern Iceland on our five day itinerary, your local guides will reveal the secrets behind its awe-inspiring natural attractions, from the geological marvels of Þingvellir National Park to the stunning icebergs of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and much more besides.

They’ll share captivating tales of Icelandic folklore, highlighting the region’s unique cultural heritage and creating a deeper connection to the places you visit. There is no better way to travel the South Coast of Iceland in 5 days than our private tour experience.

Embark on this unforgettable five-day journey and let the magic of Southern Iceland capture your heart.

Discovering the Best of Southern Iceland in Five Days Itinerary

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

Day 1: Morning - Reykjavik City Tour

colorful rooftops and buildings in Reykjavík Iceland with coast in the background
Reykjavík, Iceland

Your unforgettable journey through Southern Iceland begins in the vibrant capital city of Reykjavik. After a restful night in one of the city’s finest accommodations, start your day with a hearty Icelandic breakfast before embarking on a guided city tour.

Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, boasts a unique blend of historic charm and modern appeal. Your expert guide will lead you through the city’s quaint streets, highlighting significant landmarks and cultural attractions.

Begin at the iconic Hallgrímskirkja, a striking Lutheran church that towers over the cityscape. Then, take the elevator to the top for panoramic views of the colorful rooftops, the sparkling ocean, and the surrounding mountains.

Next, stroll along Laugavegur, the city’s main shopping street, where you can browse through boutiques, galleries, and souvenir shops. Finally, take advantage of the opportunity to visit Harpa, Reykjavik’s stunning concert hall, with its distinctive glass architecture that mimics the basalt columns found throughout Iceland.

Discover the historic heart of the city at Austurvöllur square, home to the Alþingi (Icelandic Parliament) and the stately Domkirkjan cathedral. Learn about Iceland’s rich history and culture at the nearby National Museum, which houses fascinating exhibits and artifacts.

Day 1: Afternoon - Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, Iceland driver guided tour
Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, Iceland

After immersing yourself in the charm of Reykjavik, it’s time to venture into the breathtaking landscapes of Southern Iceland. Your first destination is the magnificent Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site brimming with geological wonders and historical significance.

As you arrive at Þingvellir, your guide will share the park’s unique history, recounting tales of the ancient Alþingi, the world’s oldest surviving parliament established in 930 AD. Stand on the very spot where chieftains from across the island gathered to create and enforce laws, resolve disputes, and make vital decisions for the nation.

The park is also a geological marvel, located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Witness the immense rift valley, a visual testament to the slow separation of these plates, which continues to shape Iceland’s landscapes. Take a leisurely hike through the park to explore fissures, lava formations, and crystal-clear streams, all while basking in the beauty of the surrounding mountains and Lake Þingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest natural lake.

Before leaving Þingvellir, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Öxarárfoss, an enchanting waterfall that cascades into the park’s central rift. The picturesque scene of water plummeting into the basalt-lined gorge is a photographer’s dream, so be sure to capture this memorable moment.

As the sun sets, you’ll depart from Þingvellir National Park and return to your accommodation for the evening. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner featuring authentic Icelandic cuisine made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Share stories of your day’s adventures with fellow travelers, and let the anticipation build for the exciting experiences that await you over the next four days.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 2: Morning - Geysir Geothermal Area

Great Geysir in Haukadalur valley geothermal area in Iceland
Great Geysir in Haukadalur valley geothermal area in Iceland

On your second day, prepare to be amazed by the geothermal wonders of Iceland as you journey to the Geysir Geothermal Area with your private driver, one of the country’s most popular attractions. Begin your day with a delicious Icelandic breakfast before heading to this otherworldly destination.

The Geysir Geothermal Area, situated in the Haukadalur Valley, is a hotbed of geothermal activity, featuring bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, and geysers. The most famous of these is the now-dormant Great Geysir, which gave its name to geysers worldwide. While the Great Geysir no longer erupts, its neighbor, Strokkur, offers a spectacular show every 5-10 minutes, shooting hot water up to 30 meters (98 feet) into the air.

Your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating insights into the geothermal phenomena that characterize the area and the history and folklore surrounding these natural wonders. Take your time to explore the various hot springs and geysers and marvel at the vibrant colors created by the minerals in the soil.

Day 2: Afternoon - Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland included on golden circle tour of iceland
Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland

Following your morning in the Geysir Geothermal Area, continue to the stunning Gullfoss Waterfall, a short drive away. This powerful waterfall, known as the “Golden Falls,” is a crown jewel in Iceland’s Golden Circle route.

As you approach Gullfoss, you’ll hear the thundering roar of the Hvítá River as it plummets 32 meters (105 feet) in two tiers into a rugged canyon. The sheer force and beauty of the waterfall are awe-inspiring, and the rainbows that often appear in the mist only add to the magic of the scene.

Explore the various viewing platforms, each offering unique perspectives of the falls, and remember to capture photos of this breathtaking sight. In addition, your guide will share the fascinating history of Gullfoss, including tales of early conservation efforts that saved the waterfall from being harnessed for hydroelectric power.

After a day filled with natural wonders, return to your accommodation for a relaxing evening. Savor another mouthwatering Icelandic meal, and rest up for the adventures ahead.

Overnight in accommodation of your choosing.

Day 3: Morning - Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls

Skógafoss Waterfall, Iceland
Skógafoss Waterfall, Iceland

Begin your third day with a hearty Icelandic breakfast, and then join your private driver as you explore two of Southern Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.

First, arrive at Seljalandsfoss, a majestic waterfall with a 60-meter (197-foot) drop. Its unique feature is the walking path that leads behind the cascade, offering a rare opportunity to experience the waterfall from a different perspective. Feel the refreshing spray of the glacial water and listen to the thundering sound as you capture incredible photographs from this one-of-a-kind vantage point.

Next, venture to Skógafoss, another impressive waterfall with a 60-meter drop and a width of 25 meters (82 feet). As one of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland, Skógafoss captivates visitors with its sheer size and raw beauty. Climb the staircase to the viewing platform at the top for a bird’s-eye view of the waterfall and surrounding landscape.

Legend has it that a hidden treasure lies behind Skógafoss, so listen to your guide’s captivating stories and immerse yourself in Icelandic folklore.

Day 3: Afternoon - Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

basalt columns at vik beaches small tour group climbing on top
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vik Beaches, Iceland

After a morning exploring breathtaking waterfalls, continue your journey to the mesmerizing Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, renowned for its striking beauty and dramatic scenery. Located near the charming village of Vík, this famous beach features jet-black sands, towering basalt columns, and powerful waves crashing against the shore.

Upon arrival, your guide will lead you along the beach, sharing fascinating information about the geological formations and local legends. For example, admire the great Reynisdrangar sea stacks, which, according to folklore, are the remains of trolls that turned to stone when caught in daylight.

Another highlight of Reynisfjara is the captivating basalt column cave, Hálsanefshellir, where you can witness the unique geometric patterns formed by slow-cooling lava. In addition, keep an eye out for seabirds, including puffins, that often nest on the cliffside during summer.

As you explore Reynisfjara, be cautious of the powerful “sneaker waves,” which can unexpectedly surge far up the beach. Always maintain a safe distance from the water’s edge.

Overnight in coastal accommodation.

Day 4: Morning - Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Iceland south coast five day itinerary.
Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Iceland

Start your fourth day with a nourishing Icelandic breakfast, then embark on a journey to Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, an awe-inspiring geological formation with a history dating back millions of years.

This magnificent canyon stretches for 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) and reaches depths of up to 100 meters (328 feet), showcasing the incredible power of nature.

As you wander the canyon’s edge, take in the breathtaking views of the serpentine river that winds through the verdant valley floor below. The moss-covered cliffs and dramatic rock formations create a captivating landscape featured in various films and television shows. Guided by your expert local guide, learn about the geological processes that shaped this stunning canyon and the diverse flora and fauna that inhabit the area.

Day 4: Afternoon - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

After exploring the enchanting beauty of Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, continue to one of Iceland’s most extraordinary natural wonders: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

This vast lagoon, located at the edge of Vatnajökull National Park, is filled with colossal icebergs that have broken away from the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier.

Upon arrival, board an amphibious boat or Zodiac for an unforgettable cruise among the floating icebergs. Your guide will provide fascinating information about the formation of the lagoon and the ever-changing glaciers that feed it. As you navigate the lagoon, admire the mesmerizing shades of blue and white that characterize these ancient ice formations. Also, keep an eye out for seals and seabirds, including Arctic terns and skuas, often seen in the area.

As your boat tour comes to an end, take a stroll along the nearby Diamond Beach, where glistening icebergs wash ashore on the black sand, creating a dazzling contrast that is truly unforgettable.

After a day of awe-inspiring natural wonders, return to your accommodation for a relaxing evening. Savor a delectable Icelandic dinner and share stories of your day’s adventures with fellow travelers.

Overnight near the lagoon.

Day 5: Morning - Diamond Beach

Diamond Beach, Iceland

Begin your final day in Southern Iceland with a delicious breakfast before setting off for a more in-depth exploration of Diamond Beach, where you had a brief stop the day before. This unique beach near Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is famous for its stunning icebergs that wash ashore, creating a striking contrast against the black volcanic sand.

Take a leisurely stroll along the beach, marveling at the glistening ice formations that resemble diamonds. Capture the perfect photo of this surreal landscape where the forces of ice and fire meet. Your guide will share interesting facts about the beach’s formation and the diverse wildlife that inhabits the area.

Day 5: Afternoon - Skaftafell Nature Reserve

Svartifoss Waterfall, Iceland
Svartifoss Waterfall, Iceland

After your morning on Diamond Beach, continue to Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a lush oasis located within Vatnajökull National Park. This verdant area, nestled between the vast ice cap of Vatnajökull and the rugged coast, offers a diverse range of hiking trails that showcase the beauty of Iceland’s wilderness.

Embark on a guided hike through the reserve, where your guide will lead you to some of the most scenic spots, including the hidden gem of Svartifoss waterfall. This stunning cascade is framed by dark basalt.

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Whether you’re standing in awe of majestic waterfalls, hiking through the serene Skaftafell Nature Reserve, or exploring the dramatic beauty of Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, our expert local guides will ensure that your Southern Iceland tour is an unforgettable experience that leaves you with a lasting appreciation for this extraordinary land.

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