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Iceland Odyssey

11 days
10 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

$ 2,750.00 (Budget )
$ 3,150.00 (Economy )
$ 3,520.00 (Comfort )
$ 3,635.00 (Superior - only available upon request)

Dates:

Daily during the following periods:
May 01 - Sep 30 

Hotels:

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.

ECONOMY 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. Throughout your 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.

BUDGET self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities. These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Nordic Saga include accommodations with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi. 

SUPERIOR upgrade of your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel. The cost for a superior upgrade is 89 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category). This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

 

Included:

  • Accommodation for 11  nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 11 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT (Types of Car recommended: car cat 2.0 or higher)
  • FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
  • A Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (for guests arriving from 1. May)
      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
    • Detailed description of the customer´s journey, including hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English
  • 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

Highlights & Experience:

  • This tour is very similar to Iceland Travel's “Around Iceland” tour, but the Odyssey tour additionally includes two days in West Iceland, where you can explore the magical Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
  • This tour covers the whole of Iceland, except the Westfjords. With 12 days of traveling, you are sure to have plenty of time to cover all the major stunning attractions that Iceland has to offer along the Ring Road.
  • The nature plays the biggest role in this unforgettable tour. Geysers and hot springs, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, National Parks, and more – this one has it all.

Itinerary:

Take to the open road and discover the natural wonders and welcoming towns of Iceland's Ring Road and Snaefellsnes Peninsula!

 

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  : Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Fludir/Selfoss (106 mi)

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

Drive to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. Continue to the famous Geysir hot-spring area and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall.

Overnight in Fludir area.

Options:
  • Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee
Day 3  : Thjorsardalur - Hella - Vik - Kirkjubaejarklaustur (186 mi)

Hekla Volcano - Thundering Waterfalls – Seabird Colony - Black Sand Beaches - Lava Fields

Drive along the spectacular south coast and view highlights along the way such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Myrdalsjokull glacier, the seabird cliff of Dyrholaey* and the black sand beaches of Vik. Continue towards Kirkjubaejarklaustur, a picturesque village known for fabulous trout fishing and is the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent.

Overnight in Southeast Iceland

*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, from around mid May until June 23rd.

Options:
  • Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp)
Day 4  : Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon – Egilsstadir (236 mi)

Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier - Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Mineral Collection

Today you will be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe´s largest glacier. Visit the park‘s awe-inspiring Skaftafell area, which is set between glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Wind your way through the spectacular East Fjords, with towering mountains and charming fishing villages, to the fertile Egilsstadir area. You might opt to take a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer or visit Petra‘s famous stone collection at Stodvarfjordur (Note: best time for viewing puffins is mid May to early August).

Overnight in Egilsstadir area

Options:
  • Glacier Wonders (from Skaftafell National Park)
  • Amphibian Boat Tour on Glacial Lagoon (from the lagoon)
Day 5  : Egilsstadir and Surroundings

East Fjords - Legendary Lake Monster - Largest Forest in Iceland- Wilderness Heritage

Explore Egilsstadir and the surrounding area. Visit Hallormsstadur the largest forest plantation in Iceland set along Lake Lagarfljot, which according to legend contains a monster. Drive to edge of the magnificent highland wilderness, where you can visit the interactive new Wilderness Center that focuses on the pioneer history and nature of the eastern highlands. From here you can also take hiking and horseback riding day tours that bring you into the highland wilderness.

Options:
  • Dinner with the Locals (from Egilsstadir, East Iceland)
Day 6  : Dettifoss - Asbyrgi - Husavik - Myvatn (193 mi)

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

Travel across the vast Modrudalsoraefi highlands to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Explore the impressive horse-shoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon in Vatnajokull National Park´s northern rim before continuing to the fishing port of Husavik.

Overnight in Northeast Iceland

Options:
  • Whale Watching in traditional Oak Boat (from Husavik)
Day 7  : Lake Myvatn - Akureyri (62 mi)

Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal Activity - Rich Birdlife

Explore the highlights of Lake Myvatn and surrounding area with unique attractions such as Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard and Krafla volcanic area. Make a stop to admire Godafoss , "Waterfall of the Gods" before continuing to the town of Akureyri.

Overnight stay in Akureyri area

Options:
  • Whale Watching (from Akureyri)
  • Akureyri Art and City Walk (from Akureyri)
Day 8  : Akureyri (121 mi)

Iceland's "Capital of the North" - Botanical Gardens - Local Museums - Arctic Circle

Spend the day exploring Akureyri the "capital of the North" and its surrounding area. This charming town is small in size but has a vibrant cultural scene. Wander through a street dedicated to art galleries. Visit museums and historical wooden homes. Swim in the magnificent geothermal pool. And take a walk through a beautiful botanical garden on the edge of the Arctic Circle. If you enjoy outdoor recreation, Akureyri is great for whale watching, fishing, horseback riding or hiking in the trails around the fjord.

Overnight stay in Akureyri

Options:
  • Whale Watching (from Akureyri)
  • Akureyri Art and City Walk (from Akureyri)
  • Horses and Heritage (from Akureyri)
  • Culinary Coastline (from Akureyri)
Day 9  : Stykkisholmur - Arnarstapi - Borgarfjordur (150 mi)

Magical Glacier Volcano– Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Volcanic Crater

Circle around the legendary Snaefellsjokull peninsula passing the small fishing villages of Grundarfjordur and Hellissandur. Make a stop at the rocky beach of Djúpalónssandur. Don't miss the striking columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi. Overall of this beauty is the great glacier-crowned volcano of Snaefellsjokull, said to have magical powers. Pass Eldborg crater on route to the agricultural region of Borgarfjordur.

Overnight stay in Borgarfjordur area.

Options:
  • Viking Sushi Boat Tour - Short Version (from Stykkishólmur)
Day 10  : Borgarfjordur - Reykholt - Hvalfjordur - Reykjavik (137 mi)

Picturesque Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring - Viking history

In Borgarfjordur visit the beautiful Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls, and the enormous Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot springs in Europe. Walk in the footsteps of the Medieval chieftain and Saga author Snorri Sturluson at his home in Reykholt. Visit the Viking Settlement Museum in Borgarnes. Continue via Hvalfjordur fjord to Reykjavik.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik

Options:
  • The Settlement Center - Entrance Fee
  • Into the Glacier - Classic Tour (from Husafell Hotel or Klaki Base Camp)
Day 11  : 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 you arrival day.*

**Please note that the package price is based on 11x24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 12 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 11 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.

Options:
  • Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

Notes:

  • Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher. 
  • Recommended car type:  Category 2 or higher