For many travellers, Iceland can be difficult to reach not for its remoteness, but for its cost. We didnt think it was fair that people working with tight budgets had to miss out on one of the worlds most fascinating places. Hence this short-and-sweet five-day adventure that goes deep into the island nations southern half without doing a deep dive into your wallet. Youll hike across massive glaciers, wander volcanic black-sand beaches, discover hot springs and waterfalls, and explore the natural wonders of the fabled Golden Circle. And by forgoing hotels most nights in favour of camping, you get an appreciation for the stunning landscape while keeping your costs in check. See? Less really is more!
Arrive in Reykjavik.
Drive to Thingvellir National Park and set up camp. Enjoy a Golden Circle tour including the ancient parliament side of Thingvellir, Gullfoss Waterfall and the erupting hot spring of Geysir. In the afternoon, opt for snorkelling, or rafting in a geothermal bath near by.
Drive to Skógafoss waterfall, and take in the beauty of one of Iceland's most majestic sights. Settle into your campsite by the falls and opt to go on a hike, hike across a glacier, or visit the Skógar Museum.
Opt to hike the initial 2-5 km of the 25km long Fimmvörðuháls trail to see the cascading waterfalls above Skógafoss waterfall. On a clear day, end this hike by taking in the stunning the views of the whole coastline, surrounding mountains and glaciers. Or, try your hand (or foot) at hiking across the ice of the Sólheimajökull Glacier, through its bright blue caves and ridges.
Visit Reynisfjara Beach. Stop at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and see Dyrhólaey Cape. Arrive to Reykjavík in the early evening for a final night in the bustling capital.
Depart any time.
Your tour might be finished, but the adventure's far from over. Pre-book one of the following activities to experience after your tour ends: Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull, Hot Spring Hiking Tour, Snorkelling in Þhingvellir National Park, Snowmobiling Tour on Langjökull glacier, Whale Watching from Reykjavik Harbour. If you do, we recommend booking accommodation for an extra night in Reykjavík.
Please note that only 1 full day activity can be booked per day.
And don't worry if you can't decide now. These activities are available for pre-booking any time before your tour starts, or they can be booked upon arrival in Reykjavík.
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Trip Name: South Iceland Camping on a Shoestring
Duration: 5 Days
From Price: 722
Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: ELRS/166368
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