Arctic Iceland– Iceland –11 days / 10 nights, Reykjavik - Hveragerdi - Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Hella - Vik - Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Dyrholaey - East Fjords - Egilsstadir - Seydisfjördur - Husavik - Myvatn - Godafoss - Snæfellsnes National ParkExplore Iceland's Ring Road, see the Mysterious Eastern Fjords, Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Melrakkasletta, the northern most point of Iceland! This 11 day self-drive holiday is perfect for those wanting to circle around Iceland at a comfortable pace and enjoy the unique and diverse scenery. Visit the peaceful Snaefellsnes peninsula with the Snaefellsnes Glacier and Melrakkasletta, an isolated prairie, abundant with arctic wild foxes and birdlife.
|Operation||May 1 - September 30, 2017|
|Departure||daily, May 1 - September 30, 2017|
|Price||from $2,390 per person, based on 4 persons in 2 double rooms
from $2,820 per person, based on 2 persons in double room
Rates in USD, based on Comfort class
Car category 2.0, Compact 2wd, Toyota Auris or similar
May and September are offered with a 15% discount
April and October are offered with a 20% discount
|Included||Accommodation for 10 nights, Comfort class
Breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
Rental car for 10 days
CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection
FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport*
Detailed road map (1:500 000)
Detailed Travel Booklet - guide on travelling in Iceland
Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version
Emergency phone line available 24/7
Service fee and taxes
One SIM card worth ISK 2000: 50 minutes of local calls + 300 MB of data**
**Standard, Micro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland
|Not Included||International flights
Meals other than mentioned
Optional tours and activities
Any service not specifically listed under "included"
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 service fee
|Please Note||Types of Car recommended: 2.0 or higher
*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 neccessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 10 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.
Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher.
Our comfort self-drive holidays stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.
|Tour Options||Additional nights in Reykjavik
Visit to the Blue Lagoon
Higher car category
Arctic Iceland map
Car types in Iceland
Driving in Iceland
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Day 1 ARRIVAL KEFLAVIK - HVERAGERDI Geothermal Lagoon - Flower village - Geothermal Greenhouses
Approximate mileage: 100 km / 62 miles
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". Overnight stay in Hveragerdi.
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 (at an extra cost): Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras
Day 2 THINGVELLIR - GULLFOSS - GEYSIR - HELLA (B) National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - Massive Waterfall - Hekla Volcano
Approximate mileage: 300 km / 186 miles
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: Thingvellir | Gullfoss | Geysir | Geysir Center | Kerid | Thjorsardalur | Hekla
Optional: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee
Day 3 SHELLA - VIK - KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR (B) Thundering Waterfalls - Puffin Colony - Black Sand Beaches - Lava Fields
Approximate mileage: 160 km / 99 miles
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. Overnight in South Iceland.
*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, from around mid May until June 23rd.
Highlights: Vik | Dyrholaey | Skogar Museum | Skogafoss | Seljalandsfoss
Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjökull Glacier (from Basecamp)
Day 4 SKAFTAFELL - JÖKULSARLON - HÖFN - EGILSTADIR (B) Glacier-Ringed Oasis - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier
Approximate mileage: 450 km / 280 miles
Today you will be in the area of Vatnajökull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. Visit the park's Skaftafell area, a green oasis nestling below the great Vatnajökull glacier. There are many excellent hiking trails here.
Continue to Jökulsarlon 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 | Jökulsarlon | Vatnajökull | Höfn | Djupivogur | Egilsstadir | Petra's Minerals
Optional: Glacier Wonders (from Skaftafell National Park) |Amphibian Boat Tour on Glacial Lagoon (from the lagoon)
Day 5 EGILSTADIR - SURROUNDINGS (B) East Fjords - Legendary Lake Monster - Largest Forest in Iceland
Approximate mileage: variable
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 | Seydisfjördur | Neskaupstadur | Reydarfjördur | Eskifjördur | Lagarfljot | Skriduklaustur | The Wilderness Center
Optional: Dinner with the Locals (Egilsstadir - East Iceland) | Eastern Landscapes and Legends (from Egilsstadir)
Day 6 VOPNAFJÖRDUR - LANGANES (B) Glacial Rivers - Small Fishing Villages - Northernmost Point in Iceland
Approximate mileage: 140 km / 87 miles
Drive to Vopnafjördur village, with spectacular coast and natural hot springs. Continue to Thorshofn village with 500 inhabitants which is situated on Langanes peninsula. Overnight in Northeast Iceland.
Day 7 ASBYRGI - HUSAVIK - MYVATN (B) Glacier Carved Gorge - Whale Watching - Volcanic Area
Approximate mileage: 240 km / 149 miles
Travel across Oxafjardarheidi plateau. Visit Asbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon in Jökulsargljufur 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 | Asbyrgi | Jökulsargljufur National Park | Husavik | Whale Museum
Optional: Whale Watching in traditional oak boat - from Husavik
Day 8 AKUREYRI - SURROUNDINGS (B) Volcanic Area - Lava Formations of Lake Myvatn - Botanical Gardens
Approximate mileage: variable
Explore the Lake Myvatn 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 Eyjafjördur 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 (B) Fertile Farmlands - Viking Horses - Quaint Fishing Villages
Approximate mileage: 348 km / 217 miles
From Akureyri continue over Oxnadalur pass to the historical region of Skagafjördur renowned for horse breeding. You have an option of visiting the old farmstead at Glaumbaer, a great example from the past of Icelandic architecture. Continue the drive to Snaefellsnes peninsula. Overnight in West Iceland.
Highlights: Saudarkrokur | Stykkisholmur
Optional: Seal and Nature Watching (from Hvammstangi)
Day 10 SNÆFELLSNES - BORGARNES - REYKJAVIK (B) Coastal Villages - Sea Cliffs with Birdlife - Volcanic Crater - Picturesque Fjord
Approximate mileage: 200 km / 130 miles
Circle around the legendary Snæfellsjökull peninsula passing the small fishing villages of Hellissandur and Grundarfjördur. 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 Borgarfjördur before returning to Reykjavik. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Highlights: Olafsvik | Arnarstapi | Songhellir | Shark Museum
Optional: Viking Sushi Boat Tour - Short Version (from Stykkisholmur) | The Settlement Center - Entrance Fee
Day 11 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B) Approximate distance: 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.
Highlights: Reykjavik | The Blue Lagoon
Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras
**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.