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South Iceland Self-Drive

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Spend a few days in the country outside of Reykjavik at Hotel Ranga. Use this hotel's convenient location as a base camp for accessing the nearby adventure opportunities in South Iceland. The four-star hotel allows for comfort and a great place from which to conduct Northern Lights Hunts in fall, winter, and spring. The options are vast with superjeep tours, hiking, biking, caving, and glacier walking tours being easily available. Opt to just sightsee the local highlights if you prefer a more relaxed pace. The time is yours to spend as you like and explore this amazing region of South Iceland.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Drive to Hotel Ranga
Days 2-3 : South Iceland Exploration
Day 4 : Return Reykjavik


  • Stay in an upscale country hotel near South Iceland attractions
  • Enjoy pooled guided excursions exploring the best hiking in South Iceland
  • Rent your own car to cut costs and explore the countryside at your own pace
  • Tour the Golden Circle with Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, and Gulfoss

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  • Independent

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Northern Lights over Ranga Stargazing at Hotel Ranga The stunning landscape of Þórsmörk Hotel Ranga and the hot tub with a view Self-drive programs in Iceland are common Deluxe Room Waterfalls Hike Icelandic horses

Day 1 Drive to Hotel Ranga

Arrive to the Keflavik Airport today where you pickup your own arranged rental car. Ensure you check the road and weather conditions before you set out for the 2-hour drive to Hotel Ranga, located in South Iceland just outside of Hvollsvollur. Settle in to your comfortable hotel, one of the few more luxurious options in the region. Dinner is included this evening at the hotel's acclaimed gourmet restaurant. If it is the right time of year, wander outside this evening in search of the Northern Lights.

Day 2-3 South Iceland Exploration

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
Choose these days to take part in any number of activities. Customize your tour package before you arrive by booking two day tours in South Iceland. Included in your tour rate are two small group tours. Take a superjeep tour and guided hike in the Þórsmörk area on the first full day and a superjeep and hike at Tindfjallajokull Glacier on the second full day. Choose to change or upgrade your activities for these days. The South Iceland region is rich with opportunity for adventure in the outdoors. Opt for a Bike and Hike adventure, go ice caving in wintertime, practice trekking on a glacier, or go for an evening horseback ride. Mountaineering, fishing, heli sight-seeing tours, Hvita River boating, and superjeep tours are all possible from this location. Based half way between the Reykjavik and Golden Circle Route and half way to the renowned Vatnajokull National Park and its surrounding glaciers, you have amazing access to all of the best day tours of South Iceland from here.

Day 4 Return Reykjavik

  • 1 Breakfast
Return to Reykjavik today, or opt to continue your adventure and drive on to the Highland Center, based in a very remote area in Iceland giving you closer access to many more day adventures. This sister property of Hotel Ranga offers a similar level of amenitites in a more remote and exclusive location.

Hotel Rangá

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Rates based on double occupancy in Deluxe Room.
Rates based on the Euro and Icelandic Krona and subject to change based on currency fluctuations.


  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Hotel
  • 2 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service


  • International Flights
  • Rental Vehicle
  • Car Rental
    • Range $100-300/day. Depends on selected make, insurance, and rental agency.


  • $220 Meals not Included
  • $400 Optional Excursions
    • Upgraded Activities, please reserve in advance.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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