Iceland Highlands & Lowlands

Self Drive TourIceland

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From $2,128 USD
June 20 - September 15, 2017
9 Days / 8 Nights

Highlands and Lowlands self-drive along the Ring Road, off the beaten path of Iceland's highland tracks, Kjolur and Landmannalaugar and National parks.

Overview

AHighlands and Lowlands, 9-day self-drive tour along Ring Road, off the beaten path on two of Iceland's highland tracks, Kjolur and Landmannalaugar, offering breathtaking views of Iceland's exotic landscape. From Akureyri to the mighty Dettifoss and Lake Myvatn, from the fishing village of Husavik to Jokulsargljufur National Park. Visit Vatnajokull National Park, Europe's largest glacier, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and swim in a natural warm pool.

Operation

June 20 - September 15, 2017

Departure

Daily, June 20 - September 15, 2017

Price

  • from $2,128 per person, based on 4 persons in double rooms
  • from $2,696 per person, based on 2 persons in double room
  • Rates are based on Comfort class and category 5.0 car
  • 15% discount on September departures

Included

  • Accommodation for 8 nights, Comfort class
  • Breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 8 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 International Airport
  • Detailed road map (1:500 000)
  • Detailed Travel Booklet - guide on travelling in Iceland
  • Detailed Travel Booklet - Electronic version
  • One SIM card worth ISK 2000: 50 minutes of local calls + 300 MB of data*
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes

Not Included

  • International flights / airport taxes
  • Gasoline
  • Meals and beverages
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $25 service fee

Please note

  • Types of car recommended: No. 5.0 (Medium 4wd) and higher.
  • *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 neccessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 8 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.
  • Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll 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

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. 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". 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 | Hallgrimskirkja | Tjornin | Parliament House | Laugardalur | Reykjavik City Museum

Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras | Fakasel Horse Park - Entrance fee or Barn Visit
Important: Please note that Blue Lagoon admission must be booked in advance

DAY 2 THINGVELLIR - GULLFOSS - GEYSIR (B)

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - Massive Waterfall
Approximate mileage: 240 km / 150 miles

Drice from Hveragerdi to Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park offers a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows. Visit the geothermal area of Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall. Overnight in Golden Circle area.

Highlights: Thingvellir | Gullfoss | Geysir

DAY 3 KJOLUR - HVERAVELLIR - SKAGAFJORDUR (B)

Wilderness Interior - Highland Geothermal Area - Natural Bathing Pool - Viking Horses - Glacial Rivers
Approximate mileage: 230 km / 143 miles

Today's route leads over the highland track Kjolur (car cat. 5.0 or higher required, track open from mid-June), driving 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 Skagafjordur fjord and its glacial rivers. Overnight in North Iceland.

Highlights: Hveravellir | Kjolur

Optional: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee

DAY 4 AKUREYRI - LAKE MYVATN - GODAFOSS (B)

Akureyri - Waterfall "Of the Gods" - Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal Activity - Rich Birdlife
Approximate mileage: 190 km / 118 miles

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 (B)

Whale Watching - Glacier Carved Gorge - Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall
Approximate mileage: 320 km / 199 miles

From Lake Myvatn you 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.

Highlights: Dettifoss | Jokulsargljufur National Park | Husavik | Asbyrgi

Optional:
Whale Watching in traditional oak boat - from Husavik

DAY 6 EAST FJORDS - HOFN (B)

Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline - Mineral Collection
Approximate mileage: 300 km / 186 miles

Drive south through the spectacular coast line of the East Fjords with charming fishing villages and towering mountains that plunge vertically into the sea. Stop at Almannaskard pass which offers a striking view of Vatnajokull glacier and the coastal area.

Highlights: Egilsstadir | Skriduklaustur | Hallormsstadur | The Wilderness Center

DAY 7 JOKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON - SKAFTAFELL (B)

Europe's Largest Glacier - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Glacier-Ringed Green Oasis
Approximate mileage: 220 km / 137 miles

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 | Vatnajokull | Skaftafell National Park

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

DAY 8 LANDMANNALAUGAR - REYKJAVIK (B)

Multicolored Mountains of the Highlands - Lava Fields - Hot Springs with Bathing - Hekla Volcano
Approximate mileage: 240 km /149 miles

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. Overnight in 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.

Highlights: Landmannalaugar | Hekla | Thjorsardalur

Day 9 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.*

*Please note that the package price is based on 8x24 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 4 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.

Highlights: Reykjavik | The Blue Lagoon

Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras | Fakasel Horse Park - Entrance fee or Barn Visit

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