Majestic Fjords Iceland

Self Drive TourIceland

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From $2,645 USD
May 1 - September 30, 2017
14 Days / 13 Nights

Majestic fjords self-drive tour along the Ring Road, scenic Westfjords and the mystical Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Visit glaciers, geysers and National parks.

Overview

Majestic fjords tour covers most of Iceland's major attractions. Drive along the Ring Road to the Western Fjords, the least visited area of Iceland, with strikingly beautiful mountains, deep fjords and valleys. Explore the mystical Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the Snaefellsnes Glacier where, according to Jules Verne, the entrance to the center of the earth can be found. Glaciers, geysers and hot springs, majestic waterfalls and National Parks await you.

Operation

May 1 - September 30, 2017

Departure

Daily, May 1 - September 30, 2017

Price

  • May & September, 2017
  • from $2,645 per person, based on 4 persons, car grp. 2.0
  • Reflects discount of 15%
  • June - August, 2017
  • from $3,107 per person, based on 4 persons traveling together, in 2 double rooms
  • from $3,666 per person, based on 2 persons traveling together, in 1 double room
  • Rates based on Comfort class.
  • Rental car for 13 days, Car category 2.0, Compact 2wd, Toyota Auris or similar

Included

  • Accommodation for 13 nights, Comfort class
  • Breakfast buffet daily
  • Rental car for 13 days
  • CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection
  • Two authorized drivers
  • Types of Car recommended: 2.0 or higher
  • Car pick up and drop off at Keflavik International airport
  • Ferry across the Breidafjordur bay
  • 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*

Not Included

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

Please note

  • *Please note that the package price is based on 13 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 14 an additional supplement will be neccessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 13 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.
  • Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher.
  • Standard, Micro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland
  • Prices valid June 1 - August 31, 2016.
  • May and September are offered with a 15% discount.

Tour Options

  • Additional nights in Reykjavik

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". Overnight stay in Hveragerdi.

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.

Highlights: Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja | Tjornin | Solar Voyager | Perlan

Optional (at an extra cost): Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras | Fakasel Horse Park - Entrance fee or Barn Visit

Day 2 THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK - GULLFOSS- FLUDIR (B)

National Park of Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - Massive Waterfall
Approximate mileage: 170 km / 106 miles

Drive to Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park itself is situated in a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows, on the border of Iceland's largest lake. Continue to the famous Geysir hot spring area and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. Overnight in Fludir area.

Highlights: Thingvellir | Gullfoss | Geysir | Kerid | Skalholt | Geysir Center

Optional: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee

Day 3 THJORSARDALUR - HELLA - VIK - KIRKJUBAEJARKLAUSTUR (B)

Hekla Volcano - Thundering Waterfalls - Seabird Colony - Black Sand Beaches - Lava Fields
Approximate mileage: 300 km / 186 miles

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: Eyjafjallajokull | Thjorsardalur | Vik | Skogafoss | Seljalandsfoss

Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp)

Day 4 SKAFTAFJELL - JOKULSARLON - HOFN (B)

Glacier-Rimmed Oasis - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier
Approximate mileage: 200 km / 124 miles

Today you will be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. Visit the park's amazing Skaftafell area, a green oasis nestled between glaciers that offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and the harbor town of Hofn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe. Overnight in Egilsstadir area.

Highlights: Skaftafell National Park | Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon | Vatnajokull

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

Day 5 REYDARFJORDUR - EAST FJORDS - EGILSTADIR (B)

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

Drive through the spectacular East Fjords with towering mountains and charming fishing villages to the fertile Egilsstadir area. On the way you might opt to take a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer (mid May-early August) or visit Petra's famous local stone and mineral collection at Stodvarfjordur. Overnight in Egilsstadir area.

Highlights: Djupivogur | Reydarfjordur | Petra's Minerals | Faskrudsfjordur | Egilsstadir

Optional: Dinner with the Locals (from Egilsstadir - East Iceland)

Day 6 DETTIFOSS - ASBYRGI - HUSAVIK - MYVATN (B)

Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall - Glacier Carved Gorge - Whale Watching
Approximate mileage: 310 km / 193 miles

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: Dettifoss | Asbyrgi | Jokulsargljufur National Park | Hljodaklettar | Husavik | Myvatn Nature Baths

Optional: Optional: Whale Watching in traditional oak boat - from Husavik

Day 7 LAKE MYVATN - AKUREYRI - SIGLUFJORDUR (B)

Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal Activity - Waterfall of the Gods – Iceland's Second Largest City
Approximate mileage: 180 km / 112 miles

Spend the day exploring the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area. Visit highlights such as the lava shapes at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard and Krafla volcano area.

Depart Myvatn and drive westward, visiting beautiful Godafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods. Drive to Siglufjordur along one of Iceland's most beautiful coastlines, enjoying a unique view towards the North Atlantic. The town of Siglufjordur itself has many beautifully-restored, colourful buildings and excellent options for outdoor recreation, from golf to hiking to whale watching.

Highlights: Dimmuborgir | Myvatn | Krafla

Day 8 SIGLUFJORDUR - VARMAHLID / LAUGARBAKKI (B)

Fertile Farmlands - Folk Museum - Viking Horses
Approximate mileage: 200 km / 124 miles

Explore the fascinating area of Skagafjordur, renowned for horse breeding and Medieval history, before driving to Hrutafjordur Fjord. A recommended stop along the way is Vatnsdalsholar, a cluster of hills found in Vatnsdalur valley. These hills are considered to be one of the three things in Iceland too numerous to easily count, along with the lakes in Arnarvatnsheidi and the islands in Breidafjordur Bay.

Today you might consider visiting Borgarvirki, a natural fortress used during the Viking age. Other places of interest include the turf manor Glaumbaer and the cultural center of Holar, both of which reflect centuries of history. Overnight stay in Varmahlid/Laugarbakki area.

Highlights: Siglufjordur | Dalvik | The Herring Era Museum | Skagafjordur Heritage Museum - Glaumbaer | Saudarkrokur | Trollaskagi - Troll Peninsula

Optional: Seal and Nature Watching (from Hvammstangi)

Day 9 HOLMAVIK - WESTFJORDS - ISAFJORDUR (B)

Scenic Coastline - Striking Fjords - Steep Mountains - Seal and Birdlife
Approximate mileage: 360 Km / 224 miles

Drive to Holmavik, a village renowned for its museum of witchcraft. Head across Steingrimsfjardarheidi and into the spectacular region of the West Fjords, the oldest part of Iceland. Thread around the numerous uninhabited fjords of Isafjardardjup, a beautiful coastline alive with seals and birds. Continue to Isafjordur, the largest town in the area. Overnight in the Isafjordur area.

Highlights: Westfjords | Strandir Coast | Holmavik | Isafjordur | Isafjordur Maritime Museum | Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum

Day 10 WESTFJORDS - ISAFJORDUR AND SURROUNDINGS (B)

West Fjords - Local Museums - Hiking in Hornstrandir Natural Reserve
Approximate mileage: variable

Spend time in Isafjordur and surrounding area including the neighboring towns of Bolungarvik and Sudureyri. In Sudureyri you might opt to take a pleasant walking tour around the town, getting acquainted with the town's unique sustainable fishing industry. Try samples of gourmet and traditional seafood products along the way.

Bolungarvik has a renovated fishing camp from the 19th century that shows you how people made their living, fishing from wooden row boats. A pleasant activity to try in Isafjordur is sea kayaking in the calm, peaceful fjord waters. Overnight in Isafjordur area.

Highlights: Flateyri | Bolungarvik | Outdoor Maritime Museum at Osvor | Sudureyri Fjord | Vigur Island

Optional: Vigur - Paradise Island (from Isafjordur) | Food Trail (from Sudureyri)

Day 11 THINGEYRI - BILDUDALUR - LATRABJARG (B)

Small Picturesque Villages - Striking Waterfall - Red Sand Beaches - Sea Cliffs with Birdlife
Approximate mileage: 330 km / 205 miles

Drive from Isafjordur through the beautiful West Fjords. A stop at the stunning Dynjandi waterfall is recommended, as well as visiting Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point in Europe. In the summer, these high sea cliffs are teeming with millions of puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills. Head onwards to the Southern coast of the West Fjords and the Flokalundur area. Overnight in the Westfjords.

Highlights: Thingeyri | Dynjandi | Bildudalur | The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum | Talknafjordur | Latrabjarg | Patreksfjordur

Day 12 FERRY BALDUR - BREIDAFJORDUR - STYKKISHOLMUR (B)

Ferry Across the Bay - Picturesque Islands with Birdlife - Charming Village

Sail with the ferry Baldur across Breiðafjordur bay with its countless islands and rich birdlife to the charming village of Stykkisholmur for an overnight stay.

Please note: After September 1st the ferry Baldur departs once per day and does not sail on Saturdays.

From Stykkisholmur: 15:45 | From Brjanslaekur: 19:00

Highlights: Breidafjordur | Flatey Island | Stykkisholmur

Day 13 SNAEFELLSNESS - BORGARFJORDUR - REYKJAVIK (B)

Quaint Fishing Villages - Picturesque Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring - Scenic Fjord
Approximate mileage: 360 km / 20 miles

Continue around the Snaefellsnes peninsula passing the small fishing villages Hellissandur and Grundarfjordur. Make a stop at the magnificent columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi as well as the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur. Explore Borgarfjordur area and visit the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, Reykholt and the hot spring Deildartunguhver. Continue via Hvalfjordur fjord to Reykjavik.

Highlights: Snaefellsjokull National Park | Shark Museum | Kirkjufell | Olafsvik | Songhellir | Arnarstapi | Budahraun Lava Field | Barnafoss | Hraunfossar | Borgarnes

Day 14 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

Approximate distance: 52km / 32miles
Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon as it is on your way to the airport.*

Highlights: Reykjavik / The Blue Lagoon

*Please note that the package price is based on 13 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 14 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 13 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.

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