Around Iceland

Self Drive TourIceland


From $2,425 USD
May 1 - October 23, 2019
10 Days / 9 Nights

Around Iceland, 10-day self-drive tour to Iceland's South, East and North, with Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Thingvellir and Vatnajökull National Parks.

Overview

Around Iceland, a 10- day self-drive favorite explores Iceland's rich natural treasures, from National Parks to beautiful waterfalls, striking glaciers, magnificent volcanoes and hot springs. Enjoy Iceland's well-known sites in the South, East and North, visit Reykjavik city, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Thingvellir and Vatnajökull National parks. You have ample time to cover all the hot spots along the famous Ring Road.

Operation

May 1 - October 23, 2019

Departure

daily, May 1 - October 23, 2019

Price

  • Our Rates quoted are based on Comfort class
  • from $2,425 per person, based on 4 persons traveling together, 2 double rooms
  • from $3035 per person, based on 3 persons traveling together, 1 double rooms & 1 single room
  • from $2,755 per person, based on 2 persons traveling together, 1 double room
  • Rates based on Comfort class
  • Car category 2.0, Compact 2wd, Toyota Auris or similar
  • May 1 - June 24 & August 27 - September 30, 2019 are offered with a 10% discount

Included

  • Accommodation for 9 nights, Comfort class
  • Breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 9 days
  • CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, theft protection
  • FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
  • Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport
  • Fuel discount card
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion
  • The app includes:
  • Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
  • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
  • Useful information about your booking, including detailed descriptions about confirmed hotels
  • and a GPS road guide to each hotel
  • A map view of the Iceland road trip
  • Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Rental car
  • Fuel expenses
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals other than breakfasts
  • Activities

Please note

  • May 1 - June 24 & August 27 - September 30, 2019 are offered with a 10% discount
  • Children 2-11 years old: USD 86 per night when one child shares a double room with 2 adults.
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • 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.
  • You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.
    We recommend car category 2.0 or higher for this itinerary.
  • Tour also available as Economy class and Budget class.

    Car types in Iceland
     
    Driving in Iceland

Tour Options

  • Optional Activity bundles
  • Upgrade to higher car category available
  • Tour also available in Economy class, standard hotels, farmhouses of guesthouses with private facilities. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik., from  $2075 per person, based on 4 persons traveling together, 2 double rooms.

Day 1 WELCOME TO ICELAND - HVERAGERDI

Geothermal Lagoon - Flower village - Geothermal Greenhouses
Approximate mileage: 100 km / 62 miles

Once you have landed at Keflavík Aiport, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time in Iceland, it may be ideal to stop and visit the renowned Blue Lagoon where you can relax in its geothermal waters. Important: admission to the Blue Lagoon needs to be booked in advance.

October and April: Drive to your hotel in Reykjavik, the colourful capital of Iceland. (Approximate distance: ca. 50km/30 miles)

May – September: Drive along the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula to the charming village of Hveragerdi for your overnight. 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". 

Please note check-in for most hotels begins at 14:00 (2:00pm)

Highlights: Reykjavik | National Gallery | Hallgrimskirkja | Tjornin | Perlan | Laugardalur

Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras 

Day 2 GEYSIR - THINGVELLIR - BORGARFJÖRDUR (B)

Greenhouses - Exploding Geysers - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Massive Waterfall
Approximate mileage: 310 km / 193 miles

Drive to the legendary waterfall Gullfoss and the hot springs at Geysir. Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament, before driving through Hvalfjördur fjord to the historic and scenic Borgarfjördur region.

Mid-June through Mid-September: If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can also take the scenic highland wilderness Kaldidalur track alongside Langjökull glacier to Borgarfjördur. The road generally is open between mid-June and mid-September.

Highlights: Hveragerdi | Kerid / Geysir | Geysir Center | Gullfoss 

Optional: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee

Day 3 BORGARFJÖRDUR - BLONDUOS - AKUREYRI (B)

Fertile Farmlands - Glacial Rivers - Iceland's Second Largest City - Viking Horses
Approximate mileage: 280 km / 174 miles

Drive north through Borgarfjördur to the shores of Hunafloi bay and the towering mountains and horse breeding valley of Skagafjördur. Continue to Akureyri, the capital of the north. Overnight in North Iceland

Highlights: Barnafoss | Hraunfossar

Day 4 AKUREYRI - LAKE MYVATN (B)

Botanical Garden - Museums - Waterfall of the Gods
Approximate mileage: 100 km / 62 miles

Spend the morning exploring the town of Akureyri. Continue your journey to the unique Lake Myvatn area. Stop en route to Myvatn to view the beautiful Godafoss waterfalls, which have a unique connection to Iceland's Viking Age. Overnight in North Iceland.

Highlights: Akureyri | Godafoss | Myvatn

Day 5 LAKE MYVATN AREA (B)

Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal Activity - Rich Birdlife
Approximate mileage: variable

Explore the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area. Stroll along the mystical lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the volcanic area of Krafla along with the colourful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard pass. Enjoy the views of the pseudo craters at Skutustadir. Overnight in North Iceland.

Highlights: Myvatn | Dimmuborgir | Krafla | Myvatn Nature Baths

Day 6 HUSAVIK - TJORNES - DETTIFOSS - EGILSTADIR (B)

Whale Watching - Vatnajökull National Park – Vast Eastern Highlands
Approximate mileage: 310 km / 193 miles

Remember to make sure you have a full tank of gas and some snacks to eat, as travel services are more limited on today's route. Drive north to the fishing port of Husavik, where you might stop to enjoy a whale watching boat tour (available Mar- Nov). The Whale Museum and the new Explorers' Museum are both worth a look. Head around the fossil-rich Tjornes* peninsula on the edge of the Arctic Circle to the northern entrance of Vatnajökull National Park. Here you can visit Ásbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoes-caped canyon Proceed to the mighty Dettifoss* waterfall, the most powerful ones in Europe*. Continue across the vast highland plateau to Egilsstadir in the east.

*If you are traveling between May and September, roads would be open for visiting Dettifoss, the Europe's most powerful waterfall. Please note that it is not possible to visit Dettifoss in October and April, as the roads to the waterfall are not safe for winter travel.

October and April: We recommend following the famous Ring Road 1 from Myvatn to Egilsstadir, perhaps taking a detour to visit charming Husavik village. Overnight in East Iceland.

Highlights: Husavik | Asbyrgi | Dimmuborgir | Jökulsargljufur National Park

Optional: Whale Watching in traditional Oak boat - from Husavik

Day 7 REYDARFJÖRDUR - STODVARFJÖRDUR - HÖFN (B)

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

Drive south through the spectacular East Fjords, where towering mountains plunge vertically into the ocean. The journey continues to the town of Höfn in Hornafjördur, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe. Overnight in Southeast Iceland.

Highlights: Egilsstadir | Reydarfjördur | Djupivogur | Petra's Minerals | Höfn

Day 8 HÖFN - SKAFTAFELL - KIRKJUBAERKLAUSTUR (B)

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

Today you will be in the vicinity of southern Vatnajökull National Park, and you'll get great views of Vatnajökull glacier as you drive along the Ring Road. Visit the shimmering icebergs and the still, milky waters of Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before continuing to the Skaftafell area of the park, a beautiful nature area surrounded by glaciers. There are many great hiking trails here. Head onwards to the picturesque village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Overnight in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

Highlights: Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon | Skaftafell National Park

Optional: Amphibian Boat Tour on Glacial Lagoon (from the lagoon)

Day 9 VIK - SKOGAR - REYKJAVIK (B)

Lava Fields - Black Sand Beaches - Seabird Colony - Thundering Waterfalls
Approximate mileage: 260 km / 162 miles

Drive along the spectacular south coast, a sweeping landscape of sandy deserts, rocky shores and rolling farmlands sandwiched between snow-capped glaciers, mountains and the ocean. Stop to admire the black sand beaches and cliffs at Dyrholaey*. There are also vast bird colonies here, including puffins (generally seen mid May to early August).

Also visit the beautiful waterfalls of Skogar and Seljalands, each with its own character. You will also see the mighty Eyjafjallajökull volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption. An interesting volcano center at the base of the mountain tells the story of this event. Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon. Overnight in Reykjavik.

*Dyrholaey is closed for the bird nesting season between mid-May and 25 June

Highlights: Vik | Seljalandsfoss | Skogafoss | Dyrholaey

Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjökull Glacier (from Basecamp)

Day 10 REYJAVIK 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 your arrival day.*

*Please note that the package price is based on 9 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 10 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 9 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

Highlights: Reykjavik | The Blue Lagoon

Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

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