Ring Road Highlights

Self Drive TourIceland


From $1,673 USD
May 1 - September 30, 2017
8 Days / 7 Nights

Ring road highlights around Iceland's west to Geysir area, hot springs and National Parks. Option to traverse the interior via the Kjolur highland track.

Overview

Ring Road tour to the west of Iceland, one of our self-drive bestsellers, includes the option of driving through the interior via Kjolur highland track, a mountain pass between two large glaciers. Discover Thingvellir National Park, a place of great geological and historical interest, the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, Geyser hot springs with the spouting Strokkur, and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, major attractions around Iceland's main ring road.

Operation

May 1 - September 30, 2017

Departure

Daily, May 1 - September 30, 2017

Price

  • from $1,974 per person, based on 2 persons in double room
  • from $1,673 per person, based on 4 persons in 2 double rooms
  • Car category 2.0, Compact 2wd, Toyota Auris or similar
  • Children 2-11 years old: 25% discount when one child shares a double room with 2 adults
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults
  • May and September are now offered with a 20% discount
  • Group 2.0
  • $1,673
  • Group 3.1
  • $1,750
  • Group 5.1
  • $1,890
  • Group 7.1
  • $2,016

Rates in USD, per person in double room, private facilites. Rental car for 7 days. Types of car recommended: Group 2 and higher.

Included

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

Not Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Gasoline
  • 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.
  • You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.
  • *Please note that the package price is based on 7 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 8 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 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

  • Higher car category
  • Additional nights in Reykjavik
  • Visit to the Blue Lagoon

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".

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 | Solar Voyager | Perlan | National Museum

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

Day 2 THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK - GULLFOSS - SOUTH SHORE (B)

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - Puffin Colony - Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore
Approximate mileage: 310 km / 193 miles

Today's highlights include the geologically and historically significant Thingvellir National Park, the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, and the quirky Geysir hot spring area. Drive along the south shore, viewing Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the black sand beaches around Vik, and Myrdalsjokull glacier. Overnight in the Vik area.

Important: Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, from about the middle of May until late June.

Highlights: Thingvellir | Gullfoss / Geysir | Geysir Center | Eyjafjallajokull | Seljalandsfoss | Skogafoss | Dyrholaey

Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp) | Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee

Day 3 SKAFTAFELL - GLACIAL LAGOON - HOFN (B)

Lava Fields - Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier
Approximate mileage: 270 km / 168 miles

Drive through the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, site of a medieval convent. Explore Skaftafell, a green oasis nestled below the great Vatnajokull glacier. Skaftafell is part of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest of its type in Western Europe.

Continue across black sand plains created by glacial activity. Stop at the amazing Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, a filming location for many Hollywood blockbusters. Then head onwards to the charming harbor town Hofn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe. Overnight in the Hornafjordur area.

Highlights: Jokulsarlon | Skaftafell National Park | Vatnajokull | Hofn

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

Day 4 HOFN - EAST FJORDS - EGILSTADIR (B)

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

Drive along the rugged coastline of the East Fjords with their towering mountains and charming fishing villages. On the way you have the option of taking a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer or visit Petra's famous collection of local stones and minerals at Stodvarfjordur. Overnight in East Iceland.

Highlights: Skrudur Island | Petra's Minerals | Djupivogur | Reydarfjordur | Egilsstadir

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

Day 5 DETTIFOSS - HUSAVIK - MYVATN (B)

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

Travel across Modrudalsoraefi highlands renowned for their stark, untouched beauty towards Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. Visit the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Asbyrgi. Drive onwards to Tjornes peninsula and the friendly Husavik fishing port. Overnight in Northeast Iceland.

Highlights: Jokulsargljufur National Park | Dettifoss | Asbyrgi / Husavik | Whale Museum

Optional: Whale Watching in traditional oak boat - from Husavik

Day 6 LAKE MYVATN - AKUREYRI - GODAFOSS (B)

Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal & Volcanic Activity - Rich Birdlife - Waterfall "Of the Gods"- The Capital of North Iceland
Approximate mileage: 130 km / 81 miles

Explore highlights of the Lake Myvatn area, including the mystical volcanic formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colourful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard and Krafla volcanic area. Drive to Godafoss waterfall en route to Akureyri, the charming "capital" of North Iceland. Overnight in Eyjafjordur or Skagafjordur area.

Highlights: Myvatn | Dimmuborgir | Krafla | Godafoss | Akureyri | Myvatn Nature Baths

Day 7 SKAGAFJORDUR - REYKHOLT - BORGARNES - REYKJAVIK (B)

Fertile Farmlands - Glacial Rivers - Folk Museum - Scenic Fjord
Approximate mileage: 490 km / 305 miles

Drive through the historical region of Skagafjordur, renowned for horse breeding. You have an option of visiting the old farmstead at Glaumbaer, a great example of old Icelandic architecture. Continue to the bay of Hunafloi and across Holtavorduheidi plateau, enter Borgarfjordur area. Return to Reykjavik in the evening.

Another option is to travel across the barren Kjolur highland road (4WD needed, track open from mid-June), to the geothermal oasis at Hveravellir before driving to Reykjavik.

Highlights: Dalvik | Saudarkrokur | Barnafoss | Hraunfossar | Borgarnes

Day 8 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

Please note that the package price is based on 7 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 8 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 Fflybus Plus departure transfer.

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