Viking Lands & Legends

Self Drive TourIceland


From $1,195 USD
May 1 - September 30, 2017
6 Days / 5 Nights

Viking Land and Legends, this 6-day self-drive tour offers lush valleys, snowcapped glaciers, two National Parks, Golden Circle and Snaefellsnes glacier.

Overview

Viking Land and Legends, 6-day self-drive tour with focus on West Iceland boasts scenic landscapes, lush valleys, panoramic bays, snowcapped glaciers and two of Iceland's National Parks. The route winds through thriving farm regions, circling the legendary Snaefellsjokull glacier. Drive Golden Circle with Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO), Gullfoss and Geysir. Learn about Icelandic Sagas and the history of Iceland's early settlement by Nordic Vikings.

Operation

May 1 - September 30, 2017

Departure

daily, May 1 - September 30, 2017

Price

  • from $1,410 per person, based on 2 persons in double room
  • from $1,195 per person, based on 4 persons in 2 double rooms
  • Car category 2.0, Compact 2wd, Toyota Auris or similar
  • Rates based on Comfort class
  • Departures May & September are offered with a 15 % discount
  • Departures April & October are offered with a 20 % discount
  • Group 2.0
  • $1,195
  • Group 3.1
  • $1,250
  • Group 5.1
  • $1,350
  • Group 7.1
  • $1,440

Rates in USD, based on 4 people traveling together, per person in 2 double rooms. Rental car for 5 days.

Included

  • Accommodation for 5 nights
  • Breakfast buffet daily
  • Rental car for 5 days
  • CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT and GPS system
  • No charges for an additional driver
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
  • Detailed road map (1:500 000)
  • Detailed Travel Booklet - 45 page guide on travelling in Iceland
  • Detailed Travel Booklet - Electronic version
  • 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

  • Fuel expenses
  • Upgrade to higher category car
  • Meals and beverages
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $25 service fee

Please note

  • Type of vehicle recommended: 2.0 or higher.
  • Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher.
  • **Please note that the package price is based on 5 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 6 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 5 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus 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.
  • Children 2-11 years old: USD 74,- per night when one child shares a double room with 2 adults. Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults
  • Higher categories available on request.

Tour Options

  • Additional nights in Reykjavik
  • Visit to the Blue Lagoon
  • Greenland excursion

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.

Highlights: Keflavik | Reykjanesbaer | Reykjanes | Hveragerdi

Day 2 GULFOSS - GEYSIR - THINGVELLIR (B)

Exploding Geysers - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Massive Waterfall
Approximate mileage: 290 km / 180 miles

The celebrated natural wonders along the 'Golden Circle' route are an absolute must for nature and history lovers alike. Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) provides a visually stunning lesson in plate tectonics and is a historical treasure as the site of the world's oldest parliament. Nearby is the newly opened Fontana Nature Spa where you have the option to relax in the peaceful Lake Laugarvatn environment.

A drive along scenic Hvalfjordur (Whale) Fjord reveals Bjarteyjarsandur, a working horse and sheep farm where you may might stop to meet the locals or even participate in fun farm activities. Driving further into West Iceland brings you to Borgarnes town, known from the beloved Egill's Saga Og on a voyage of discovery at the Settlement Center, which tells the story of the first Viking settlers to Iceland, many who settled in this very area. Overnight in West Iceland.

Highlights: Thingvellir | Gullfoss | Geysir | Laugarvatn Fontana Nature Spa | Borgarnes

Optional: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee

Day 3 SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA (B)

Sea Cliffs with Birdlife - Curious Rock Formations - Quaint Fishing Villages - Viking history
Approximate mileage: 230 km / 140 miles

Explore the countless natural phenomena of Snaefellsjokull National Park from pebbled beaches to wonderful hiking at Arnarstapi sea cliffs with incredible birdlife and even a Singing Cave. The beach near the farm of Ytri Tunga is famous for colonies of curious seals known to climb up on the rocks and is well worth a visit. The crowing glory is the glacial volcano, Snaefellsjokull, said to have magical healing powers. It also inspired authors from Jules Verne to Halldor Laxnes.

This area is also rich in local history and folklore. Gudridur Thorbjarnardottir, one of the first Viking settlers in North America, and the most widely traveled woman of her time, grew up here. There are also sites connected with Bardar Snaefellsas, the half troll guardian spirit who lives on Snaefellsjokull Mountain.

Many visitors to this area like to visit the Shark Museum at Bjarnarhofn for a courageous taste of 'rotten' shark meat, a local delicacy, and a fascinating lesson on shark fishing. Another unique place to visit is the Freezer Hostel in Rif, where you can watch one-man theatre performances in English. Several performances focus on area legends, culture and folklore. Overnight in West Iceland.

Highlights: Snaefellsjokull National Park | Hellnar | Shark Museum | Arnarstapi

Optional:
Horse rental at Lysuholl or Snorrastadir
Bjarnarhofn museum
Guided tour of Vatnshellir caves

Day 4 SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA - LAUGAR SAELINGSDALUR (B)

Coastal Route - Viking Heritage – Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson - Icelandic Farm Life
Approximate mileage: 110 km / 70 miles

Begin the day by exploring Stykkisholmur with its beautifully preserved town center, before driving the scenic route towards Budardalur village. At the nearby Erpsstadir dairy farm you can stop for an introduction to Icelandic farm life, pet the bunnies and taste the freshly made ice cream.

If you continue to Eiriksstadir, you'll see the Viking Age home and turf-covered replica longhouse of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world.

In this area there is also the option to take a lovely ferry ride across Breidarfjordur Bay and discover the incredible birdlife, jaw-dropping seascapes and playful seals among the 3,000 tiny islands dotting the glistening waters. Overnight in West Iceland.

Highlights: Stykkisholmur | Flatey Island | Eiriksstadir Viking Home

Optional: Viking Sushi Boat Tour - Short Version (from Stykkisholmur)

Day 5 BORGARFJORDUR - REYKHOLT - REYKJAVIK (B)

Picturesque Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring
Approximate mileage: ca. 290 km / 180 miles

A drive through Borgarfjordur reveals a region proud of its legacy, serving as the setting for most of the Icelandic Sagas with the landscape, nature and culture reflecting this heritage and bringing history to life. While in Reykholt you'll be walking in the footsteps of Snorri Sturluson, famed Saga poet and author. A drive further reveals two adjacent waterfalls, each with very different characters. At Hraunfoss (Lava Falls) the water seems to magically appear from the moss covered lava rocks and shiver down into the rushing turquoise blue waters below, while Barnafoss (Children's Falls) resembles a pale blue milkshake of short, fierce rapids that cut through a narrow canyon.

Nearby is Europe's most powerful hot spring, Deildatunguhver, where visitors can by organic tomatoes grown using geothermal heat in the nearby greenhouses. On your way back we recommend a short detour to Haafell goat farm, that is proud to protect the Icelandic goat stock. You can play your part in the protection and adopt one of their goats for one year support or longer.

Highlights: Hraunfossar / Barnafoss / Deildartunguhver

Day 6 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B)

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon (not included) as it is on your way to the airport.

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