AROUND ICELAND


Duration: 10 days, 9 nights / Season: 01 May – 30 September / Departure: All days / Language: English / transport: car

This self-drive favourite explores Iceland’s rich natural treasures, including national parks, beautiful waterfalls, striking glaciers, magnificent volcanoes and hot springs. These include Reykjavik city, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Lake Myvatn, and Thingvellir and Vatnajokull National parks. You will have ample time to cover all the hot spots that Iceland has to offer on its famous Ring Road.


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.

Highlights

  • Plenty of time to cover all the major stunning attractions that Iceland has to offer along the Ring Road.
  • Enjoy a leisurely holiday that combines driving with plenty of time for sightseeing and activities.
  • A holiday in harmony with your budget! We allow you to decide whether your self-drive holiday in Iceland includes ComfortEconomy, or Budgetaccommodation. In our price section you can easily compare prices, as well as see examples of accommodation for each category!

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 car category 2.0 or higher for this itinerary

Included

  • Accommodation for 9  nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 9 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 9 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 10 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 9 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. This 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.“

If your flight arrives early in the day, you might stop at the Blue Lagoon (a short distance from the airport) for a chance to relax in the soothing geothermal mineral waters.

Important:  Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance.

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi.

Highlights: Reykjavik  |   National Gallery  |   Hallgrimskirkja  |   Tjornin  |   Perlan  |   Laugardalur

Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

 

Day 2: Hveragerdi – Geysir – Thingvellir – Borgarfjordur

Approximate distance: ca. 310 km / 193 miles

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

Drive to the legendary waterfall Gullfoss and the hot springs at Geysir. Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament, before driving through Hvalfjordur fjord  to the historic and scenic Borgarfjordur region.

If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can also take the scenic highland wilderness Kaldidalur track alongside Langjokull glacier to Borgarfjordur. The road generally is open between mid-June and mid-September.

Overnight in Borgarfjordur area

Highlights: Hveragerdi  |   Kerid  |   Geysir   |   Geysir Center  |   Gullfoss

Optional: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths – Entrance fee

 

Day 3: Borgarfjordur – Blonduos – Varmahlid – Akureyri

Approximate distance: ca. 280 km / 174 miles

Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers – Iceland’s Second Largest Community – Viking Horses

Drive north through Borgarfjordur to the shores of Hunafloi bay and the towering mountains and horse breeding valley of Skagafjordur. Continue to Akureyri, the capital of the north.

Overnight in North Iceland 

Highlights: Barnafoss  |   Hraunfossar

 

Day 4: Akureyri – Lake Myvatn

Approximate distance: ca. 100 km / 62 miles

Botanical Gardens – Quality Museums – Waterfall Of the Gods

Spend the morning exploring the town of Akureyri. Continue your journey to the unique Lake Myvatn area. Stop en route to Myvatn to view the beautiful Godafoss waterfalls, which have a unique connection to Iceland‘s Viking Age.

Overnight in North Iceland 

Highlights: Akureyri  |   Godafoss  |   Myvatn

 

Day 5: Lake Myvatn Area

Distance is variable

Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal Activity – Rich Birdlife

Explore the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the  surrounding area. Stroll along the mystical lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the volcanic area of Krafla along with the colourful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard pass. Enjoy the views of the pseudo craters at Skutustadir.

Overnight in North Iceland.

Highlights: Myvatn  |   Dimmuborgir  |   Krafla  |   Myvatn Nature Baths

 

Day 6: Husavik – Tjornes – Dettifoss – Egilsstadir

Approximate distance: ca. 310 km / 193 miles

Whale Watching – Glacier- Carved Gorge – Europe’s Most Powerful Waterfall

Drive north to the fishing port of Husavik, where you might stop to enjoy a whale watching boat tour. Head around Tjornes peninsula on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Visit Asbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon,  and Jokulsargljufur National Park. Proceed to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful ones in Europe. Then head across the vast highland plateau to Egilsstadir in the east.

Overnight in East Iceland

Highlights: Húsavík  |   Ásbyrgi  |   Dimmuborgir  |   Jokulsárgljúfur National Park

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

 

Day 7: Reydarfjordur- Stodvarfjordur – Djupivogur – Hofn

Approximate distance: ca. 300 km / 186 miles

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Unique Mineral Collection

Drive south through the spectacular East Fjords, where towering mountains plunge vertically into the ocean. Leave yourself plenty time, both for safe driving and for amazing views of the coast and Vatnajokull glacier. The journey continues to the town of Hofn in Hornafjordur, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.

Overnight in Southeast Iceland

Highlights: Egilsstadir  |   Reydarfjordur  |   Djúpivogur  |   Petra´s Minerals  |   Hofn

 

Day 8: Hofn – Skaftafell – Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Approximate distance: ca. 200 km / 124 miles

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

Today you will be in the vicinity of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe‘s largest glacier. Visit the shimmering icebergs and the still, milky waters of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before continuing to the Skaftafell area of the park, a beautiful green oasis surrounded by glaciers. There are many great hiking trails here. Head wards to the picturesque village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Highlights: Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon  |   Skaftafell National Park

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

 

Day 9: Vik – Skogar – Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca. 260 km / 162 miles

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

Drive along the spectacular south coast, a sweeping landscape of sandy deserts, rocky shores and rolling farmlands sandwiched between snow-capped glaciers, mountains and the ocean. Stop to admire the black sand beaches and cliffs at Dyrholaey. There are also vast bird colonies here, including puffins (generally seen mid May to early August). Also visit the beautiful waterfalls of Skogar and Seljalands, each with its own character. You will also see the mighty Eyjafjallajokull volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption. An interesting volcano center at the base of the mountain tells the story of this event. Return to Reykjavík in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Reykjavik 

Highlights: Vík  |   Seljalandsfoss  |   Skogafoss  |   Dyrhólaey

Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp)

 

Day 10: 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 your arrival day.*

*Please note that the package price is based on 9 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 10 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 9 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

Highlights: Reykjavik  |   The Blue Lagoon

Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

 

Price: from Fr. 212.00 / night and person

 


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