Geysers, Glaciers & Waterfalls

Self Drive TourIceland

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From $1,595 USD
May 9 - September 30, 2019
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 9 - September 30, 2019

Departure

Daily, May 9 - September 30, 2019

Price

  • Our Rates quoted are based on Comfort class
  • from $1,595 per person, based on 4 persons in 2 double rooms
  • from $1,999 per person, based on 3 persons in 1 double/twin + 1 single room
  • from $1,800 per person, based on 2 persons in double room
  • Rates are based on Comfort class
  • Car category 1.0, Toyota Yaris or similar
    Higher car category rates:
  • $2,425 per person, Car group 2.0, 4 adults
  • $2,530 per person, Car group 4.0, 4 adults
  • $2695 per person, Car group 5.1, 4 adults

Rates in USD, based on 4 persons in two double rooms. Rental Car for 6 days.
May 1 - June 24 & August 27 - September 30, 2019 are offered with a 10% discount. 
Discount applies only to new bookings. Discount is taken at time of booking and subject to availability.

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
  • Fuel discount card
  • Hotel accommodation for 6 nights, Comfort class
  • 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:
    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
    Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out dates
    A map view of your entire trip
    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
    A map view of the Iceland road trip
    GPS Road Guide in several different languages

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Meals and beverages
  • Gas and/or other personal expenses
  • Optional activities/excursions
  • Any service not mentioned under "included"
  • $25 service fee

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 86 per night. Add the total to the rate for 2 adults in car. Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • *On our comfort self-drive holidays 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 also available as Economy class and Budget class.

Tour Options

Day 1 ARRIVAL REYKJAVIK

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

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

October – April: Drive to your hotel in Reykjavik, the colourful capital of Iceland. (Approximate distance: 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". 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 (2:00pm-4:00pm)

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: 290km / 180mi

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 Centre where you’ll learn about the powerful volcanic and tectonic forces that shaped both Iceland and Earth. The centre 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). 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: Skogafoss | Seljalandsfoss | Dyrholaey | Eyjafjallajökull | The Saga Center | Stokkseyri | Gullfoss | Geysir

Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjökull Glacier (from Basecamp)

Day 3 SKAFTAFELL - GLACIAL LAGOON - VIK (B)

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

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. 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

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 Borgarfjördur fjord and visit the historic site of Reykholt, the remarkably beautiful Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Overnight in West Iceland.

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: 355km / 221mi

Explore the countless natural wonders of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, home of Snaefellsjökull National Park. Snaefellsnes 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 Snaefellsjökull 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. Olafsfjördur 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 birdlife 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 multi-coloured 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.

Highlights: Reykjavik

*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 Flybus Plus departure transfer.

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