Geysers, Glaciers & Waterfalls

Self Drive TourIceland

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From $975 USD
May 1 - September 30, 2020
7 Days / 6 Nights

Geysers, Glaciers and Waterfalls self-drive tour of South and West Iceland, geysers and hot spring areas, majestic glaciers, waterfalls and Glacial Lagoon.

Overview

Experience all the wonders of South and West Iceland, including geysers and hot spring areas, majestic glaciers and powerful waterfalls. Continue along the South shore and reach the popular and breathtaking Glacial Lagoon, where smaller and bigger icebergs are constantly floating and drifting. Worry free travelling, with the comfort of staying at the same hotel for more than one night, you have the flexibility to decide the length of your travel days.

Operation

May 1 - September 30, 2020

Departure

May 1 - September 30, 2020

Price

  • May 1 - May 31, 2020
  • Rates are based on Quality class
  • from $1,055 per person, based on 4 persons in 2 double rooms
  • from $1,290 per person, based on 3 persons in 1 double/twin + 1 single room
  • from $1,165 per person, based on 2 persons in double room
  • Rates are based on Comfort class
  • from $975 per person, based on 4 persons in 2 double rooms
  • from $1,175 per person, based on 3 persons in 1 double/twin + 1 single room
  • from $1,075 per person, based on 2 persons in double room
  • Car category 1.0, Toyota Yaris or similar / Higher car categories available
  • June 25 - August 26, 2020
  • Rates are based on Quality class
  • from $1,385 per person, based on 4 persons in 2 double rooms
  • from $1,750 per person, based on 3 persons in 1 double/twin + 1 single room
  • from $1,560 per person, based on 2 persons in double room
  • Rates are based on Comfort class
  • from $1,225 per person, based on 4 persons in 2 double rooms
  • from $1,515 per person, based on 3 persons in 1 double/twin + 1 single room
  • from $1,395 per person, based on 2 persons in double room
  • Car category 1.0, Toyota Yaris or similar / Higher car categories available

Rates in USD, valid for dates provided. Other dates, please request.
Rental Car for 6 days.

Car types in Iceland

Driving in Iceland 

Included

  • Rental car for 6 days
  • With CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, theft protection
  • Free GPS system
  • Two authorized drivers
  • Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport
  • Hotel accommodation for 6 nights, choice of category
  • Breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion, including:
  • Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out date
  • A map view of your entire trip
  • Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
  • In-app purchase feature to book day tours or activities directly into the app
  • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
  • Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
  • GPS Road Guide in several different languages
  • Service fee and taxes

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted
  • Fuel and/or other personal expenses
  • Tolls (tunnels, roads and other route tolls), unless specified
  • Admissions and activities other than those noted
  • Any service not mentioned under "included"

Please note

  • Types of Car recommended: Any Type
  • Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher
  • Children 2-11 years old: USD 83 per night. Add the total to the rate for 2 adults in car. Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

    Our Quality Class 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. Stay in quality guesthouses and hotels, all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

    Our Comfort class self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

Tour Options

  • Additional nights in Reykjavik
  • Recommended Activity Bundles: The Foodie, The Adventurer, The Discoverer, The Hot Spring Specialist
  • Higher car categories available, please request

Day 1 ARRIVAL REYKJAVIK

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

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport, 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. We can help you with that!

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".There are plenty of outdoor and wellness activities to enjoy here, and several restaurants with a unique local focus.

Please note check-in for most hotels begins at 14:00 – 16:00

Highlights: Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja | Tjornin | Solar Voyager | Reykjavik City Hall | Perlan | National Museum

Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

Day 2 GULLFOSS - GEYSIR - SOUTH COAST (B)

Bubbling Geysers – Golden Waterfall – Cliffs & Stone Arches – Black Sandy Beaches & Seabird Colony
Approximate mileage: 342km / 214mi

Breakfast at your accommodation. Continue to the amazing sites of Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir hot spring area. Gullfoss (the Golden Falls) is considered by many visitors to be Iceland’s most beautiful waterfall. Geysir is an active geothermal field with many bubbling steam vents and spouting hot springs, including the famous Strokkur geyser that shoots like clockwork.

Drive along the scenic South Shore and the area near the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. This is the volcano whose massive 2010 eruption caused air traffic around the world to be cancelled We recommend a stop at the interactive Lava Center where you'll learn about the powerful volcanic and tectonic forces that shaped both Iceland and Earth. The center has interesting exhibits for all age groups.

Your journey takes you by the beautiful Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls (each one worth visiting) and Myrdalsjökull glacier. You can opt for a fun snowmobiling trip on the glacier and (if the weather is clear) a splendid view over southern Iceland. Stop by the seafront village of Vik to explore a dramatic stretch of coastline poised between glacier-topped mountains, rugged sea cliffs and black- sand beaches.

Dyrholaey* is a rocky headland famous in photos for its black lava arch. During the summer, thousands of sea birds and puffins nest here (puffins are generally in Iceland between mid-May and early August)

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

Overnight in the Vik area.

Highlights: Skogafoss | Seljalandsfoss | Dyrholaey | Eyjafjallajökull | The Saga Center | Stokkseyri | Gullfoss | Geysir

Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjökull Glacier (from Basecamp)

Day 3 VATNAJÖKULL - GLACIAL LAGOON - VIK (B)

Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier
Approximate mileage: 395km / 245mi

Breakfast at your accommodation. Today you'll be in the area of Vatnajökull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. Visit the awe-inspiring Skaftafell area of the park, which is set between glaciers. There are several excellent hiking trails including one to the basalt lined Svartifoss Falls. If you want to experience glacier adventure, consider taking a guided hike on one of the park’s glaciers. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and enjoy the amazing view. If you're lucky you might glimpse a few sunbathing seals. Many people enjoy taking a boat trip on the Glacier Lagoon itself. Nearby the Glacier Lagoon is the Diamond Beach, an area where glittering pieces of glaciers perch on the volcanic black sand coastline.

Return to the charming village of Vik in the late afternoon. Overnight in the Vik area.

Highlights: Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon | Skaftafell National Park | Vatnajökull | Vik

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

Day 4 THINGVELLIR - BORGARFJÖRDUR (B)

National Park of Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring
Approximate mileage: 345km / 214mi

Breakfast at your accommodation. Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic Viking parliament and a jewel of nature. Here you can see (and even walk between) the meeting point between the North American and Europe continents. Many important historical events happened here. Several walking trails and hiking trails take visitors to historical points of interest. Since 2004 Thingvellir has been a UNESCO World Heritage site, and there is plenty to enjoy in this special area.

Then travel via either along Hvalfjördur fjord or the Kaldidalur wilderness track (Open June-August, 4WD vehicle needed. We recommend Category 5.0 or higher), your journey continues to the beautiful Borgarfjördur region and Reykholt, home of the colorful 13th-century chieftain and Saga author Snorri Sturluson. While in the area you might stop by the Visiting Horse Farm, where you can meet friendly Icelandic horses and try home-made baked treats in the farm's café.

Visit Hraunfossar Falls, where glacial water rushes beautifully through lava formations. Then see how powerful hot springs can be at Deildartunguhver, where boiling water rushes by at 180 liters (48 gallons) per second. You can't bathe here, but the nearby Krauma Geothermal Natural Spa is a great place to relax in a nice blend of water from Deildartunguhver and cool mountain springs. Overnight in Borgarfjördur area.

Highlights: Deildartunguhver | Hraunfossar | Barnafoss

Optional: The Settlement Center - Entrance Fee | Into the Glacier - Classic Tour (from Husafell Hotel or Klaki Base Camp)

Day 5 SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA (B)

Sea Cliffs with Birdlife - Glacier-Crowned Mountain - Rock Formations
Approximate mileage: 330km / 205mi

Explore the countless natural wonders of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, home of Snæfellsjökull National Park. Snæfellsnes is known as "Iceland in a Nutshell" since you can see samples of most Icelandic landscapes in one area. Visit Arnarstapi sea cliffs where many types of seabirds live. If you enjoy hiking, there is a great nature trail you can hike between Arnarstapi and Hellnar villages. (About 4.3 km/2.7 miles). Crowning the area is the glacier topped Snæfellsjökull mountain, legendary home to a guardian spirit. Driving through the park gives you a chance to view the mountain from many different angles.

Visit Djupalonssandur with its mysteriously shaped rocks and black pebbled beach. Then head along the north coast through lively fishing villages. Keep an eye out for Kirkjufell, the photogenic Church Mountain. Olafsvík town is a great place for whale watching tours. In eco-friendly Stykkisholmur, you might join a boat tour in Breidafjördur Bay (approx. 2 hours) to admire the rich bird life and sea life of the area. During the boat tour, a shellfish plough is lowered into the ocean and a wonderful selection of shellfish and sea life is caught for viewing and tasting scallops, sea urchins, crabs, starfish, sea cucumbers and much more. Overnight in Borgarfjördur area.

Highlights: Stykkisholmur | Shark Museum | Arnarstapi

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

Day 6 REYKJANES PENINSULA - BLUE LAGOON (B)

Volcanic Landscapes - Bubbling Mud Pools - Quaint Fishing Village - Geothermal Spa
Approximate mileage: 229km / 142mi

Today explore a different side of Iceland with a visit to Reykjanes peninsula. Designated a UNESCO Geopark in 2015, Reykjanes lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It has over 50 geosites related to geothermal and tectonic plate activity. It’s a paradise for geologists and photographers alike! Visit the moon-like surroundings of Lake Kleifarvatn and the Krysuvik geothermal area with its multicolored bubbling mud pools. You can also cross the Mid-Atlantic ridge on the Bridge Between Continents. Visit Grindavik fishing village, known for its delicious local food. In the area is the famous Blue Lagoon where you can relax in the soothing mineral waters. If you enjoy adventure you can enjoy guided ATV tours, hiking, snorkeling and golfing. Or indulge your inner explorer at the Vikingaheimur museum where you can learn about Viking discoveries between Iceland and the New World.

Afterwards head to Reykjavik for your overnight. Enjoy the food scene and lively culture of Iceland's capital.

Note: The Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance!

Highlights: The Blue Lagoon | Grindavik | Kleifarvatn | Krysuvik

Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

Day 7 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

Approximate distance: 52km / 32mi

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport.* We recommend departing your hotel in Reykjavik no later than at least 3 hours before your flight departure. It takes approximately 1 hour to drive to the airport, and check-in will start 2 hours before your departure.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your way to the city on your first day but have some free time today, you might want to use the opportunity en route to the airport. For this detour, please be sure to allow for at least 2-2,5 hours extra so you’ll have ample time at the lagoon. Your rental car should be returned to the airport service area, which is located only 2 minutes from the airport building. A shuttle will then transport you to the departure hall.

*Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6-day rental is up and use our Airport Direct transfer.

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