Venturing the 162 miles (261 km) to the southern Iceland hamlet of Kirkjubæjarklaustur from the capital of Reykjavik is an endeavor best explored by self-driving.

It is possible, however, to join a group tour or employ a private driver to reach the treasures that await in the area. The village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur is located between Vik and Hof, and serves as an excellent base for all the surrounding activities; perhaps some of the most famous being Skogafoss, Laki Craters, and the Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. Once you arrive in the village, it's also an option to do various day tours from there.  

For more ideas to get off the beaten path along the route, check out this 8-day southern Iceland itinerary that will have you hiking in Thorsmork, cave exploring in Vatnajökull National Park, and of course, the Golden Circle, to name a few. Self-driving will offer more flexibility while doing a private or group tour will have you on a schedule and likely be the more expensive option (private tour). 

By Car

Duration: 8-10 hours

If you drive straight through, the journey can be done in about three and a half hours. Doing this would have you missing out on many natural attractions en route, though, so make sure to allow yourself extra time. Travelers can take the Ring Road (Route 1) for a straightforward drive to Kirkjubæjarklaustur. 

Gawk at countless waterfalls like Selfoss and Seljalandsfoss, hike in an ancient canyon, meander through Vik, and stop at Dyrhólaey, an iconic lighthouse and viewpoint over the Reynisfjara black sand beach; and all on your own time. This article is a great resource, featuring some of the top spots to stop along the way to Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

By Private or Group Tour

Duration: 10-12 hours

It would be possible to do a long day tour with a private driver, though you'll be limited in the number of stops you can make logistically. It will also be the more expensive option. A multi-day tour (3 days) is recommended to make the most of your time adventuring the southern coast out to Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Ask your local specialist for more details.


Map of How to Get from Reykjavik to Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Map of How to Get from Reykjavik to Kirkjubæjarklaustur