While renting a car is the most efficient and popular choice for traveling the 116 miles (187 km) to the Icelandic village of Vik, it's not the only option for travelers looking to explore the gorgeous south coast. Although the drive can be done in around two and a half hours, it's advised to allow yourself extra time for exploring the numerous natural wonders along the way.
For ultimate southern Iceland exploration, consider this 8-day self-drive itinerary that will have you wandering through volcanoes in the Hekla region, hiking in Thórsmörk, admiring countless waterfalls, and stepping on black sand beaches. Other transportation options include full-day tours and private transfer (a more expensive option).
Duration 8-10 hours
From Reykjavik's city center, it's possible to reach Vik in about two and a half hours without any stops. It's a straightforward drive on Iceland's Ring Road (Route 1), but because of bountiful opportunities to venture off the beaten path a bit and discover even more of the dramatic beauty the country has to offer, it's wise to allow extra time.
Marvel at the famous Seljalandsfoss, swim in Iceland's oldest pool, Seljavallalaug, or venture into the southern highlands for some hiking. Don't forget the infamous Golden Circle and the iconic lighthouse view at Dyrhólaey, too. It is highly recommended to opt for insurance when renting a car in Iceland. This article is a great resource, highlighting some of the best stops along the route from Selfoss to Vik.
By Private or Group Tour
Duration 8-10 hours
Another option is a full-day private or group tour. Particularly, this is a solid option for the winter season, when daylight is shorter and driving conditions are difficult due to inclement weather. This could be done as a day trip, returning to Reykjavik, or, for a more flexible alternative, there is a hop-on, hop-off style bus pass available, perfect for multi-day ventures to explore more of the south coast. Ask your local specialist for details.