Duration: 12 days, 11 nights / Season: 01 May – 30 September / Departure: All days / Language: English / transport: car
This classic circular route of Iceland gives travellers both flexibility and time to spend at each of Iceland’s most popular attractions.
Apart from experiencing all the natural treasures accessed via the Ring Road such as Geysir, Seljalandsfoss, and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, this tour dedicates two whole days to the wonders of South West Iceland, including the Borgarfjordur fjord and the mystic Snaefellsnes Glacier.
What’s in it for you?
- Worry free traveling
- Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion app.
- 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.
- This tour is very similar to “Around Iceland” tour, but the Odyssey tour additionally includes two days in West Iceland, where you can explore the magical Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
- This tour covers the whole of Iceland, except the Westfjords. With 12 days of traveling, you are sure to have plenty of time to cover all the major stunning attractions that Iceland has to offer along the Ring Road.
- The nature plays the biggest role in this unforgettable tour. Geysers and hot springs, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, National Parks, and more – this one has it all.
- Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.
- Recommended car type: Category 2 or higher
- Accommodation for 11 nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
- Rental car for 11 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 11 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 12 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 11 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.
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 | Tjornin | The Sun Voyager | Perlan | Esja | Hofdi | Reykjavik City Museum
Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras
Day 2: Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Fludir/Selfoss
Approximate distance: ca 170 km / 106 miles
National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – Massive Waterfall
Drive to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. Continue to the famous Geysir hot-spring area and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall.
Overnight in the Fludir area.
Highlights: Gullfoss | Geysir | Geysir Center | Kerid | Skalholt
Optional: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths – Entrance fee
Day 3: Thjorsardalur – Hella – Vik – Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Approximate distance: ca 300 km / 186 miles
Hekla Volcano – Thundering Waterfalls – Seabird Colony – Black Sand Beaches – Lava Fields
Drive along the spectacular south coast and view highlights along the way such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Myrdalsjokull glacier, the seabird cliff of Dyrholaey* and the black sand beaches of Vik. Continue towards Kirkjubaejarklaustur, a picturesque village known for fabulous trout fishing and is the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent.
Overnight in southeast Iceland
*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, from around mid May until June 23rd.
Highlights: Seljalandsfoss | Skogafoss | Hekla | Thjorsardalur | Dyrhólaey | Vík
Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp)
Day 4: Skaftafell – Jokulsarlon – Egilsstadir
Approximate distance: ca 380 km / 236 miles
Europe’s Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier – Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Mineral Collection
Today you will be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. Visit the park’s awe-inspiring Skaftafell area, which is set between glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Wind your way through the spectacular East Fjords, with towering mountains and charming fishing villages, to the fertile Egilsstadir area. You might opt to take a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer or visit Petra‘s famous stone collection at Stodvarfjordur (Note: best time for viewing puffins is mid May to early August).
You can either drive straight through Fagridalur to Egilsstadir or head along the East Fjords, one of the oldest regions in Iceland, shaped by glaciers during the Ice Age. Although many are uninhabited, each fjord has its own grandeur. The natural harbours in the fjords led to the development of fishing villages that have still hung on to a degree of old-world charm.
Overnight in the Egilsstadir area
Highlights: Skaftafell National Park | Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon | Hofn | Vatnajokull
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- Wilderness Heritage
Explore Egilsstadir and surrounding area, one of the oldest regions in Iceland, shaped by glaciers during the Ice Age. Although many are uninhabited, each fjord has its own grandeur. The natural harbors in the fjords led to the development of fishing villages that have still hung on to a degree of old-world charm.
Explore the quaint village of Seydisfjordur, where multi-coloured wooden houses are sheltered by a jaw-dropping backdrop of snow-capped mountains and tumbling waterfalls.
Visit Hallormsstadur the largest forest in Iceland set along Lake Lagarfljot, which according to legend contains a monster. Visit the new Wilderness Center located at the edge of the hauntingly beautiful eastern highlands. Here you can discover Iceland’s pioneer history and highland nature in a clever interactive way.
Overnight in the Egilsstadir area
Highlights: Djúpivogur | Petra´s Minerals | Reydarfjordur | Lagarfljot | The Wilderness Center
Optional: Dinner with the Locals (from Egilsstadir, East Iceland)
Day 6: Dettifoss – Asbyrgi – Husavik – Myvatn
Approximate distance: ca 310km / 193 miles
Europe’s Most Powerful Waterfall – Glacier-Carved Gorge – Whale Watching
Travel across the vast Modrudalsoraefi highlands to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Explore the impressive horse-shoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon in Vatnajokull National Park´s northern rim before continuing to the fishing port of Husavik.
Overnight in northeast Iceland.
Highlights: Jokulsárgljúfur National Park | Dettifoss |Ásbyrgi | Húsavík | Whale Museum
Optional: Whale Watching in traditional Oak Boat (from Husavik)
Day 7: Lake Myvatn – Akureyri
Approximate distance: ca 100 km / 62 miles
Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal Activity – Rich Birdlife
Explore the highlights of Lake Myvatn and surrounding area with unique attractions such as Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard and Krafla volcanic area. Make a stop to admire Godafoss, “Waterfall of the Gods” before continuing to the town of Akureyri.
Overnight stay in the Akureyri area.
Highlights: Myvatn | Dimmuborgir | Krafla | Godafoss | Myvatn Nature Baths
Optional: Whale Watching (from Akureyri) | Akureyri Art and City Walk (from Akureyri)
Day 8: Akureyri
Distance is variable
Iceland’s “Capital of the North” – Botanical Gardens – Local Museums – Arctic Circle
Spend the day exploring Akureyri the “capital of the North” and its surrounding area. This charming town is small in size but has a vibrant cultural scene. Wander through a street dedicated to art galleries. Visit museums and historical wooden homes. Swim in the magnificent geothermal pool. And take a walk through a beautiful botanical garden on the edge of the Arctic Circle. If you enjoy outdoor recreation, Akureyri is great for whale watching, fishing, horseback riding or hiking in the trails around the fjord.
Overnight stay in Akureyri.
Highlights: Akureyri |Kjarnaskógur
Optional: Whale Watching (from Akureyri) | Akureyri Art and City Walk (from Akureyri) | Horses and Heritage (from Akureyri) | Culinary Coastline (from Akureyri)
Day 9: Akureyri – Laugarbakki – Stykkisholmur
Approximate distance: ca 370 km / 230 miles
Fertile Farmlands – Folk Museum – Viking Horses
Travel to the horse-breeding valley of Skagafjordur fjord. Here you might enjoy a horseback ride in the beautiful countryside or take in ancient history at Holar Museum area or the old manor of Glaumbaer. Continue to the shores of Hunafloi bay, an area rich in Icelandic history. Explore Dalir, the region of Eric the Red and birthplace of his son, the great explorer Leif Eiriksson at a living replica museum before driving to Snaefellsnes peninsula.
Overnight stay in the Stykkishólmur area.
Highlights: Dalvik | Siglufjordur | Saudárkrókur
Optional: Seal and Nature Watching (from Hvammstangi)
Day 10: Stykkisholmur – Arnarstapi – Borgarfjordur
Approximate distance: ca 240 km / 150 miles
Magical Glacier Volcano– Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Volcanic Crater
Circle around the legendary Snaefellsness peninsula passing the small fishing villages of Grundarfjordur and Hellissandur. Make a stop at the rocky beach of Djúpalónssandur. Don’t miss the striking columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi. Overall of this beauty is the great glacier-crowned volcano of Snaefellsjokull, said to have magical powers. Pass Eldborg crater en route to the agricultural region of Borgarfjordur.
Overnight stay in the Borgarfjordur area.
Highlights: Stykkisholmur | Ólafsvík | Songhellir |Shark Museum
Optional: Viking Sushi Boat Tour – Short Version (from Stykkishólmur)
Day 11: Borgarfjordur – Reykholt – Hvalfjordur – Reykjavik
Approximate distance: ca 220 km / 137 miles
Picturesque Waterfalls – Europe’s Most Powerful Hot Spring – Viking history
In Borgarfjordur visit the beautiful Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls, and the enormous Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot springs in Europe. Walk in the footsteps of the Medieval chieftain and Saga author Snorri Sturluson at his home in Reykholt. Visit the Viking Settlement Museum in Borgarnes. Continue via Hvalfjordur fjord to Reykjavik.
Overnight stay in Reykjavik.
Highlights: Hraunfossar | Barnafoss | Deildartunguhver | Borgarnes | Settlement Center of Iceland | Húsafell
Optional: The Settlement Center – Entrance Fee | Into the Glacier – Classic Tour (from Husafell Hotel or Klaki Base Camp)
Day 12: 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 11×24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 12 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 11 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