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Around Iceland

10 days
9 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

PER PERSON IN USD:
$ 1,610.00 (Budget)
$ 1,845.00 (Economy)
$ 2,065.00 (Comfort)
$ 2,165.00 (Superior - available upon request)

Dates:

Daily during the following periods:
May 01 - Sep 30 

Hotels:

When booking a self-drive tour you can choose between different categories:

  • Budget
  • Economy
  • Comfort
  • Superior

The main difference between each category is the standard of the hotels or rooms booked.  Please note that accommodation is always subject to availability.

All categories use the same rental vehicles and all include breakfast.

Further information about what each category offers, and examples of accommodation can be found below. Please select first the area on the Iceland map below, and then you can browse through your preferred category.

Included:

    • Accommodation for 9  nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
    • Rental car for 9 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT (Types of Car recommended: 2.0 or higher)
    • FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
    • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
    • Detailed road map
    • Detailed Travel Booklet
    • Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version
    • One SIM card worth ISK 2000: 50 minutes of local calls + 300 MB of data. StandardMicro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland.
    • Emergency phone line available 24/7
    • Service fee and taxes

     **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 Flybus transfer

Itinerary:

Ring Road Highlights is one of our bestseller car rental packages, allowing you to visit all of Iceland's main attractions in 8 days/7nights. In the western part of the country, you also have the possibility to either continue along the Ring Road or to traverse the uninhabited interior of Iceland via the Kjolur highland track.(Kjolur highland track is generally open mid-June through August; 4 WD vehicle required.)

 

Day 1  : Arrival (62 mi)

Geothermal Lagoon – Flower Village – Geothermal Greenhouses

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. 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.“

If your flight arrives early in the day, you might stop at the Blue Lagoon (a short distance from the airport) for a chance to relax in the soothing geothermal mineral waters.

Important:  Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance.

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi. 

Options:
  • Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras
  • Fakasel Horse Park - Entrance fee or Barn Visit
Day 2  : Hveragerdi - Geysir - Thingvellir - Borgarfjordur (193 mi)

Greenhouses - Exploding Geysers - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Massive Waterfall

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 Hvalfjordur fjord  to the historic and scenic Borgarfjordur region.

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

Overnight in Borgarfjordur area

Options: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee
Day 3  : Borgarfjordur - Blonduos - Varmahlid - Akureyri (174 mi)

Fertile Farmlands - Glacial Rivers - Iceland's Second Largest Community - Viking Horses

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

Day 4  : Akureyri - Lake Myvatn (162 mi)

Botanical Gardens – Quality Museums - Waterfall Of the Gods

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

Day 5  : Lake Myvatn Area ((varies) mi)

Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal Activity - Rich Birdlife

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.

Day 6  : Husavik - Tjornes - Dettifoss - Egilsstadir (193 mi)

Whale Watching – Glacier- Carved Gorge - Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall

Drive north to the fishing port of Husavik, where you might stop to enjoy a whale watching boat tour. Head around Tjornes peninsula on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Visit Asbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon,  and Jokulsargljufur National Park. Proceed to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful ones in Europe. Then head across the vast highland plateau to Egilsstadir in the east.

Overnight in East Iceland

Options: Whale Watching in traditional Oak Boat (from Husavik)
Day 7  : Reydarfjordur- Stodvarfjordur - Djupivogur - Hofn (186 mi)

Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline – Unique Mineral Collection

Drive south through the spectacular East Fjords, where towering mountains plunge vertically into the ocean. Leave yourself plenty time, both for safe driving and for amazing views of the coast and Vatnajokull glacier. The journey continues to the town of Hofn in Hornafjordur, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.

Overnight in Southeast Iceland

Day 8  : Hofn - Skaftafell – Kirkjubaejarklaustur (124 mi)

Europe's Largest Glacier - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Glacier-Ringed Oasis

Today you will be in the vicinity of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe‘s largest glacier. Visit the shimmering icebergs and the still, milky waters of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before continuing to the Skaftafell area of the park, a beautiful green oasis surrounded by glaciers. There are many great hiking trails here. Head wards to the picturesque village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Day 9  : Vik - Skogar - Reykjavik (162 mi)

Lava Fields - Black Sand Beaches - Seabird Colony - Thundering Waterfalls

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 Eyjafjallajokull volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption. An interesting volcano center at the base of the mountain tells the story of this event. Return to Reykjavík in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Reykjavik

Options: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp)
Day 10  : Departure (32 mi)

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 Flybus transfer

Options: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

Notes:

  • 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