Duration: 9 days, 8 nights / Season: 20 June – 15 September / Departure: All days / Language: English / Transport: Car
During this nine-day driving holiday, you will have the opportunity to see most of the country’s top attractions as well as the contrasting nature in Iceland’s beautiful interior wilderness. You will not only be driving on the Ring Road, but also off the beaten track on two of Iceland’s highland roads, Kjolur and Landmannalaugar routes, both offering magnificent and breath-taking views of Iceland’s exotic wilderness landscapes. Experience ever-changing views from colourful geothermal highlands to fertile green coastal lowlands.
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.
- Take the opportunity to travel off the beaten track through two of Iceland’s highland tracks; Kjolur and Landmannalaugar, both offering magnificent and exotic landscapes.
- Drive past all major attractions in Iceland, except in the western part of the country. Sites include Geysir, Gullfoss, Dettifoss, and Godafoss waterfalls (and many more), black sand beaches, plus several national parks.
- Types of Car required: 5.0 or higher.
- You must be at least 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.
- This tour requires Car Types 5.0 or higher due to driving on unpaved mountain roads
- Accommodation for 8 nights including breakfast (except arrival day)*
- Rental car for 8 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT (Types of Car recommended: car cat 5.0 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 8 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 9 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 7 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer
Day 1: Arrival
Approximate distance: ca. 100km / 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 is early, you might consider stopping along the way at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing swim in the geothermal mineral waters.
Important: Please note that Blue Lagoon admission must be booked in advance
Overnight stay in Hveragerdi
Highlights: Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja | Tjornin | Parliament House | Laugardalur | Reykjavik City Museum
Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras
Day 2: Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geysir
Approximate distance: ca. 240 km / 150 miles
National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – Massive Waterfall
Drive from Hveragerdi to Thingvellir National park, the site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park offers a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows. Today you´ll also visit the geothermal area of Geysir and the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall.
Overnight in Golden Circle area
Highlights: Gullfoss | Geysir
Optional: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths – Entrance fee
Day 3: Kjolur – Hveravellir – Skagafjordur
Approximate distance: ca. 230 km / 143 miles
Wilderness Interior – Highland Geothermal Area – Natural Bathing Pool – Viking Horses – Glacial Rivers
Today’s route leads over the historical highland track Kjolur (car category 5.0 or higher required; track open from mid-June to mid-September). Drive this track through the colorful thermal area Hveravellir between the glaciers Langjokull and Hofsjokull. As you drive, you´ll be seeing the same landscapes that Vikings and outlaws saw in the old days. The trail emerges into the horse breeding valley of Skagafjorður fjord and its glacial rivers.
Overnight in North Iceland
Highlights: Hveravellir | Kjolur
Day 4: Akureyri – Lake Myvatn
Approximate distance: ca. 190 km / 118 miles
Akureyri – Waterfall “Of the Gods” – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal Activity – Rich Birdlife
Drive to Akureyri, the “capital of the north.” Stop at the lovely Godafoss waterfall before driving to the intriguing Lake Myvatn area. The natural wonders of Lake Myvatn area include the unique lava formations of Dimmuborgir, Krafla volcanic area, and the pseudo craters at Skutustadir.
Overnight in North Iceland
Highlights: Akureyri | Myvatn | Godafoss | Dimmuborgir | Krafla | Myvatn Nature Baths
Day 5: Husavik – Dettifoss – Egilsstadir
Approximate distance: ca. 320 km / 199 miles
Whale Watching Village – Glacier- Carved Gorge – Europe’s Most Powerful Waterfall
From Lake Myvatn drive around Tjornes peninsula. Travel through the fishing village of Husavik to Jokulsargljufur National Park, including the impressive horseshoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon and the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Continue east to Egilsstadir.
Overnight in East Iceland
Optional: Whale Watching in traditional Oak Boat (from Husavik)
Day 6: East Fjords – Hofn
Approximate distance: ca. 300 km / 186 miles
Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Mineral Collection
Drive south through the spectacular coast line of the East Fjords with charming fishing villages and towering mountains that plunge vertically into the sea. Remember to give yourself plenty of time to drive carefully and enjoy the amazing scenery. One of these is the Almannaskard pass, which offers a striking view of Vatnajokull glacier and the coastal area.
Highlights: Egilsstadir | Skriduklaustur | Hallormsstadur | The Wilderness Center
Day 7: Jokulsarlon – Skaftafell – Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Approximate distance: ca. 220 km / 137 miles
Europe’s Largest Glacier – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Glacier-Ringed Green Oasis
Today you will be in the vicinity of Vatnajokull National Park named after Europe´s largest glacier. Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon by Vatnajokull glacier offers a beautiful view of the glacier, and the floating icebergs will leave a deep impression on you. Head onwards to the park‘s Skaftafell area, an ice-ringed green oasis with various hiking possibilities. Get closer to the beauty with an optional ice hiking tour on one of Vatnajokull‘s glacial tongues. Continue along the south coast for an overnight stay.
Overnight in South Iceland
Highlights: Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon | Vatnajokull | Skaftafell National Park
Optional: Amphibian Boat Tour on Glacial Lagoon (from the lagoon) | Glacier Wonders (from Skaftafell National Park)
Day 8: Landmannalaugar – Reykjavík
Approximate distance: ca. 240 km / 149 miles
Multicolored Highland Mountains – Lava Fields – Hot Spring Bathing – Hekla Volcano
Travel along the Fjallabaksleid highland interior track. Cross several unbridged rivers to Landmannalaugar, a magnificent area surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains, with the option of bathing in a natural warm pool (do not forget to bring a swimsuit). Throughout the day you’ll enjoy views of the towering Hekla, Iceland´s most frequently erupting volcano. Explore the ever changing scenery of Thjorsardalur, a valley sculpted by Hekla´s past eruptions, before heading back to Reykjavik.
Note: If you prefer not to visit Landmannalaugar, you can continue along the south shore exploring black sand beaches, bird colonies, towering waterfalls and crossing fertile farmlands towards Reykjavik.
Overnight in Reykjavik
Highlights: Landmannalaugar | Hekla | Thjorsardalur
Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp)
Day 9: 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 8×24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 9 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 8 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.
Highlights: Reykjavik | The Blue Lagoon
Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras
Price: from Fr. 212.00 / night and person