ARCTIC ICELAND


Duration: 11 days, 10 nights / Season: 01 May – 30 September / Departure: All days / Language: English / transport: car

This 11 day driving holiday is perfect for those wanting to circle around Iceland at a comfortable pace and enjoy the unique and diverse scenery that make Iceland such an amazing destination.

You also get a chance to visit the peaceful Snaefellsnes peninsula with the Snaefellsnes Glacier as the crowning jewel. Also explore Melrakkasletta, the northernmost point of the mainland, abundant with arctic wild foxes and birdlife.

This self-drive tour covers the entire country except the mighty Westfjords. If you’d rather include them in your Icelandic holiday, take a look at our Majestic Fjords Iceland self-drive tour.


What’s in it for you?

  • Worry free travelling
  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion.
  • Electronic version of Iceland Travel Booklet. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Guide booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure!
  • Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day.

Important:

  • You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.
  • We recommend a car category 2.0 or higher

Included

  • Accommodation for 10  nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 10 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT (Types of Car recommended: 2.0 or higher)
  • FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion. The app includes:• Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • Detailed description of the customer´s journey, including hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

**Please note that the package price is based on 10 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 11 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 10 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.


Itinerary

 

 

Day 1: Arrival

Approximate distance: ca. 100 km / 62 miles

Geothermal Lagoon – Flower village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.

From Keflavik International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. The village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the flower village.

Depending on your arrival time in Iceland it is ideal to visit the renowned Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal water.

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi. 

Highlights: Reykjavik  | Tjornin  | Perlan  |  Laugardalur  |  Reykjavik City Museum

Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

 

Day 2: Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Skalholt – Tjorsardalur – Hella

Approximate distance: ca. 300 km / 186 miles

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – Massive Waterfall – Hekla Volcano

Today’s highlights include Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a place of great geological and historical interest. Then take in the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot-spring area. Drive along the mighty Thjorsa river to Thjorsardalur valley with Mt. Hekla, Iceland’s most famous volcano towering above. Continue to the South Shore area.

Overnight in South Iceland

Highlights: Gullfoss  |  Geysir   |   Geysir Center  |   Kerid  |   Thjorsardalur  |   Hekla

Optional: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths – Entrance fee

 

Day 3: Hella – Vik – Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Approximate distance: ca. 160 km / 99 miles

Thundering Waterfalls – Puffin Colony – Black Sand Beaches – Lava Fields

Visit Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, each with its own unique character. Continue to Dyrholaey* a rocky headland where thousands of puffins nest in the summer (puffins are in Iceland usually between mid May and early August). Travel across the vast lava field of Eldhraun to the picturesque village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent.

*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, from around mid May until June 23rd.

Overnight in South Iceland

Highlights: Vík  |   Dyrhólaey  |   Skogar Museum  |   Skogafoss  |   Seljalandsfoss

Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp)

 

Day 4: Skaftafell – Jokulsarlon – Hofn – Egilsstadir

Approximate distance: ca. 450 km / 280 miles

Glacier-Ringed Oasis – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Today you will be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe‘s largest glacier. Visit  the park´s Skaftafell area, a green oasis nestling below the great Vatnajokull glacier. There are many excellent hiking trails here. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where huge icebergs float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon. Drive along the rugged and varied coastline of the magnificent East Fjords to Egilsstadir the largest town in the east.

Highlights: Skaftafell National Park  |  Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon  |   Vatnajokull  |Hofn   |  Djúpivogur  |   Egilsstadir  |   Petra´s Minerals

Optional: Glacier Wonders (from Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park)  |   Amphibian Boat Tour on Glacial Lagoon (from the lagoon)

 

Day 5: Egilsstadir and Surroundings

Distance is variable

East Fjords – Legendary Lake Monster – Largest Forest in Iceland

Explore Egilsstadir and surrounding area. Visit Hallormsstadur the largest forest plantation in Iceland set along Lake Lagarfljot, which according to legend contains a monster.  A highlight of this area is the new Wilderness Center, which offers exciting hiking and horseback riding day tours visiting mountains, waterfalls and abandoned farmhouses.  An interactive exhibit also shows how Icelanders lived here in the old days.

Highlights: Egilsstadir  |   Seydisfjordur  |   Neskaupsstadur  |   Reydarfjordur  |   Eskifjordur  |   Lagarfljot  |   Skriduklaustur  |   The Wilderness Center

Optional: Dinner with the Locals (from Egilsstadir, East Iceland)  |   Eastern Landscapes and Legends (from Egilsstadir)

 

Day 6: Vopnafjordur – Langanes

Approximate distance: ca. 140 km / 87 miles

Glacial Rivers – Small Fishing Villages – Northernmost Point in Iceland

Drive to Vopnafjordur village, with its spectacular coastline and natural hot springs. Continue to Thorshofn village  (population: 500), which is situated on Langanes peninsula.

Overnight in Northeast Iceland

Highlights: Vopnafjordur
  

Day 7: Asbyrgi – Husavik – Myvatn

Approximate distance: ca. 240 km / 149 miles

Glacier Carved Gorge – Whale Watching – Volcanic Area

Travel across the Oxafjardarheidi plateau. Visit Asbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon in Jokulsargljufur National Park. Local legend says this was formed by the hoof prints from Odin‘s magical horse. Drive along Tjornes peninsula at the edge of the Arctic Circle en route to the fishing port of Husavik. Spend some time in this charming town before continuing to Lake Myvatn.

Overnight stay in Northeast Iceland.

Highlights: Myvatn  |   Ásbyrgi  |   Jokulsárgljúfur National Park  |   Húsavík  |   Whale Museum

Optional: Whale Watching in traditional Oak Boat (from Husavik)

 

Day 8: Akureyri and Surroundings

Distance is variable

Volcanic Area – Lava Formations of Lake Mývatn – Botanical Gardens

Explore the Lake Mývatn area´s natural wonders, including the fantastic lava formations of Dimmuborgir the Krafla volcanic area, and the pseudo craters at Skutustadir. Stop at Godafoss waterfall, a legendary cascade said to contain the statues of Norse gods tossed there in 1000 AD. Head onwards to the scenic Eyjafjordur fjord and Akureyri, Iceland’s “Capital of the North.” Spend some time in this town of beautifully preserved historical buildings. Though small in size, Akureyri has a vibrant cultural scene, including a street dedicated to art galleries. It also boasts one of the best geothermal swimming pools in Iceland.

Overnight stay in Akureyri area

Highlights: Akureyri  |   Myvatn  |   Dimmuborgir  |   Krafla  |   Godafoss  |   Myvatn Nature Baths

 

Day 9: Akureyri – Stykkisholmur

Approximate distance: ca. 348 km / 217 miles

Fertile Farmlands – Viking Horses – Quaint Fishing Villages

From Akureyri, continue over the Oxnadalur pass to the historical region of Skagafjordur,  renowned for horse breeding. You might visit the old farmstead at Glaumbaer, a great example of Icelandic architecture from the last few centuries. Continue the journey Snaefellsnes peninsula.

Overnight in West Iceland.

Highlights: Saudárkrókur  |   Stykkisholmur

Optional: Seal and Nature Watching (from Hvammstangi)

 

Day 10: Snaefellsnes – Borgarnes – Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca. 200 km / 130 miles

Coastal Villages – Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Volcanic Crater – Picturesque Fjord

Circle around the legendary Snaefellsjokull peninsula, passing the small fishing villages of Hellissandur and Grundarfjordur. Don’t miss the striking columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi. Make a stop at the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur. Pass Eldborg crater on route to the agricultural region of Borgarfjordur before returning to Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavik

Highlights: Ólafsvík  |   Arnarstapi  |   Songhellir  |   Shark Museum

Optional: Viking Sushi Boat Tour – Short Version (from Stykkishólmur)  |   The Settlement Center – Entrance Fee

 

Day 11: Departure

Approximate distance: ca. 52 km / 32 miles

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon as it is on your way to the airport, if you did not have time to do it on you arrival day.*

**Please note that the package price is based on 10 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 11 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 10 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.

Highlights: Reykjavik  |   The Blue Lagoon

 

Price: from Fr. 212.00 / night and person

 


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