Around Iceland in a week - 8 days / 7 nights - SD01Price from 620 EUR
Departures: April 01- October 31
Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights

Included

  • Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, GPS unit, CDW and VAT for 7 days
  • Accommodation (budget/ comfort) for 7 nights with Continental breakfast
  • Map of Iceland and detailed itinerary
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fee

 

You can reserve this package with only 20% deposit. See terms & conditions for further information.

Do you have any questions about this tour? Send us an email or call us toll free from the following countries:

USA and Canada: 1-888-504-0935
UK: 0-800-520-0510

 

 
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This  vacation package to Iceland takes you around Iceland in one week. It offers an amazing variety of places to visit (Icelandic glaciers, waterfalls and hot springs) with views of volcanos including the famous Eyjafjallajökull.  If you Travel to Iceland you will experience the unique landscapes of this mysterious island, from lavafields to woodland, from mountains and moors to bird-cliffs and tranquil bays. Visit unique places such as Lake Myvatn, Egilsstadir, Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, Geysir hot spring area, waterfall Gullfoss, Thingvellir National Park, The blue lagoon, and many more. 

 

 

 
 

Day 1: Arrival in Keflavk - drive to Reykjavik (Driving distance approx. 50 km) Blue Lagoon

 
Arrival at Keflavik Airport. Pick-up of rented vehicle and drive to Reykjavik for your first night’s stay in Iceland. 
 
Depending on your arrival time, we recommend that you make a stop at the famous Blue Lagoon on the way and have a swim in the geothermal warm water.

 


 

 


Day 2:  Reykjavik - Borgarfjörður - Akureyri (Driving distance approx. 420 km)
Waterfall Hraunfossar
Start your roundtrip of Iceland by heading towards Borgarfjörður. Discover this interesting area, rich with cultural and historical heritage. To reach Borgarfjörður you can take the tunnel under Hvalfjörður. Hvalfjörður (‘whale fjord’) was an important naval station for the Allies during World War II.  There was also a whaling station there until 1986. In Borgarfjörður you must visit the splendid waterfalls of Hraunfossar, where the water flows out of the lava into the river below. Continue and make a stop at Deildartunguhver, Iceland’s largest hot spring (in terms of water production per second).  


From Borgarnes, continue to the North of Iceland through the Skagafjörður Valley in the Northeast of Iceland. This county is famous for horse breeding, so you will certainly see many of the charming Icelandic horses in the meadows. Take some time to visit the museum at Glaumbær, a beautifully restored turf farmhouse, one of the few that has been properly preserved in Iceland. Continue until you reach Akureyri the major town in the North of Iceland. Enjoy this beautiful town for 2 nights, you could take time to visit its beautiful church and botanical gardens or shop at leisure. 


Two nights in the Akureyri area.


Highlights of this day: Waterfall Hraunfossar and Barnafossar, Deildartunguhver, Glaumbær, Akureyri.
 
 

 


Day 3: Akureyri -Mývatn-Akureyri (Driving distance approx. 250 km)

GodafossToday this Iceland Tour takes you to Lake Myvatn, known as one of Iceland’s most fascinating areas of natural beauty. On the way to Myvatn you must make a stop at the impressive waterfall Godafoss “The fall of the gods”.
  
Lake Myvatn is undoubtedly one of Iceland’s most renowned areas, due to its volcanic activity and its amazing bird life. Today you will spend the day at Myvatn exploring the wonders around the lake, there are various exciting places of interest that you can visit at your leisure, its abundant bird life, incredible variety of volcanic formations and geothermal activity and wealth of walking trails make it a particularly rewarding place for visitors.


Take a walk at the mysterious lava formations of Dimmuborgir and have a look at the Skútustaðir pseudo-craters. Visit the boiling mud pools and steam vents of Námskard, and the Krafla area where a series of volcanic eruptions took place from 1975- 1984. 

Drive back to Akureyri for a second overnight stay.

Overnight in the Akureyri area.

Highlights of this day:  Akureyri, Waterfall Godafoss, Lake Myvatn, Skútustaðir, lava formations of Dimmuborgir, Námskarð, Krafla area.

 

 

Day 4: Akureyri- Tjörnes - Dettifoss - Ásbyrgi - Egilsstadir area (Driving distance approx. 360 km)
Dettifoss Waterfall
Start your Iceland Tour today by driving to the charming fishing village of Husavik. Continue along the coastline of the Tjörnes peninsula and if the weather conditions are good you can make a small stop at the extremity of the peninsula to enjoy the view and spot some seabirds. 

Ásbyrgi is your next stop. This horse shoe shaped gorge with its impressive rock walls and abundant vegetation is the ideal place to take a walk or have a picnic. Heading south from Ásbyrgi the road leads you to the mighty waterfall Dettifoss where you will feel the earth tremble beneath the force of the glacial water, but be careful not to get to close: the edges of the chasm are not fenced and the ground may be slippery. The road continues across the lunar landscape of Möðrudalur highlands until you reach the fertile valley of Hérað where the village of Egilsstadir lies. 

Overnight in the Egilsstadir area.

Highlights of this day:  Husavik, Tjörnes peninsula, Ásbyrgi, Waterfall Dettifoss, Egilsstadir.
 
 

 


Day 5: Egilsstadir - East Fjords - Höfn area (Driving distance approx. 270 km)East Fjords
 
Today it’s time to discover the splendid East Fjords. Follow the Ring Road (No. 1) to the fjord  Reydarfjörður; in the village there is a small history museum about World War II. From there you can continue through the new tunnel to Fáskrúðsfjörður or take the more panoramic route, the old road along the coast. In Stöðvarfjörður there is an interesting place you can visit; Petra’s stone collection, a private collection which includes most of the Icelandic minerals.   

As you continue you might want to make a stop in the village of Djúpivogur, located in a charming setting. Now you continue along the fjords towards Southeast Iceland; at times the road hangs precariously high on the mountain slopes.
 
Finally you drive through the tunnel of Almannaskarð to arrive in the Höfn region where you will stay for the night.

Overnight stay in Höfn area.


Highlights of this day:  East Fjords, Petra´s stone collection, Djúpivogur, Almannaskarð, Höfn.
 
 
 

 


Day 6: Höfn - Skógar/Vík area (Driving distance approx. 320 km)Svartifoss
 
This Iceland Tour brings you today to an area with views of some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes. Start with a drive along the southern side of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap until you arrive at the glacial lagoon, Jokulsarlon, an exceptional sight at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur. You can walk along the banks of the lagoon or take a 30-40 min. boat trip to admire the fantastically-shaped icebergs of different shapes and sizes that are constantly breaking off the icecap and drifting towards the sea nearby.

Skaftafell National Park is another area you should visit. This oasis surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains has many hiking possibilities. For example, you can walk through the birch forest up to the Svartifoss waterfall or approach the Skaftafell glacial tongue.  From skaftafell you can join one of the most popular activities in Iceland a Glacier Walk (2 hours).
From Skaftafell you cross the immense black sand plain of Skeiðarársandur, through Kirkjubaejarklaustur village, the Eldhraun lava field and the Mýrdalssandur plain before you arrive in the Vík area for your night’s accommodation. 
Jökulsárlón

Today you can continue towards Dyrholaey, a 120 meter high bird cliff from which you can enjoy a unique view over Iceland’s south 
coast. Dyrholaey is also one of Iceland’s largest puffin colonies in the summer time. 
  
 
Overnight stay in the Vík / Skógar area.

Highlights of this day:  Vatnajokull glacier, Glacial Lagoon Jokulsarlon, Skaftafell National Park, Svartifoss waterfall, Skaftafell glacial tongue, Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Eldhraun lava field, Vík.
 



 

 

 

Day 7: Vík - Skógar - Geysir - Gullfoss waterfall - Thingvellir National Park - Golden Circle - Reykjavik (Driving distance approx. 300 km)

Geysir hot spring
 
 
Today you start with a visi to the Skógar village. As you arrive at Skógar you will see the waterfall Skógarfoss, one of the highest in Iceland.  After having a look at the waterfall you should visit the Skógar museum; a local folk museum which gives an excellent insight into Iceland’s history.  
 
As you continue towards Hella you can stop at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss, but not only to have a look: this time you can actually walk behind the waterfall. 

Now it is time to visit some of the most interesting and famous areas of Iceland. You can drive through the village of Flúðir to reach the famous geothermal area of Geysir where the Strokkur hot spring ejects its water column high into the air every 5 – 10 minutes and where numerous small springs boil and bubble. After this you only have a short drive to reach Gullfoss, surely the country’s most famous waterfall. Then you drive back through the Geysir area towards Lake Laugarvatn. 


From there you continue to Thingvellir (Þingvellir) consider one of the geological wonders of the world. At Thingvellir you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements which have opened various cracks and fissures in the earth’s crust, and it was here that the Icelandic Parliament was founded in the 10th century. Take time to walk around in the unique landscape of Thingvellir. Continue to Reykjavik over the Mosfellsheiði moors. 

Overnight accommodation in Reykjavik. 


Highlights of this day:  Skógarfoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, Geysir hot spring, Waterfall Gullfoss, Thingvellir National Park.
 
 

 



Day 8: Departure

Drive back to Keflavik airport for your flight back home.Reykjavik
Or book an extra night in Reykjavik, the vibrant capital of Iceland!

Reykjavik is Iceland’s largest city and often called the capital of the north because of its location. With only approximately four hours of daylight in the wintertime, the city has a mysterious yet dynamic atmosphere, while in summer it is bustling and full of energy, with almost 24 hours of daylight!  

Reykjavik offers a wide range of sights to visit and lots of activities.

Among the things you can visit in Reykjavík are the old city centre where you can walk by the lake, Tjörnin, visit the Town Hall, and walk around the Austurvöllur square, where the Parliament building stands, and down to the harbour. You can stroll along the main street, Laugavegur to have a look at the shops and the art galleries and find a restaurant or a café to your liking. Do not miss the church Hallgrímskirkja or the dome Perlan, a modern building from where you have a panoramic view over the whole city. It is also possible to go to the Laugardalur valley for a swim in the outdoor thermal pool or a walk in the botanical gardens. 

There are several museums worth visiting in Reykjavík, for example the National Museum of Iceland near the University, the National Gallery of Iceland and the Reykjavík Art Gallery (includes 3 different collections).  

A whale-watching tour from Reykjavik harbour is a wonderful experience: a trip out to sea to look at whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.   An interesting half-day excursion from Reykjavik could be to the Reykjanes Peninsula, taking you to the geothermal springs in Krýsuvík. If you did not stop at the Blue Lagoon on Day 1, the highlight of the tour on your way back would then be a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon for a relaxing swim in the geothermal water. Approx. 120 km round trip.

 

Optional tours from Reykjavik :

 

Historical Tour of the Westman Islands

This tour takes you from Reykjavík to the volcano island of Heimaey in the Westman Islands archipelago.

In Heimaey you’ll be taken on a guided coach tour of the island, where you will get in touch with a volcanic crater, stillwarmVestmannaeyjar
lava and half-buried houses from the island’s infamous 1973 volcanic eruption. You will spot some of the most interesting features of the island, where nature has sculpted a fascinating landscape teeming with diverse birdlife and animal life, including the world´s largest puffin colony.

Optional boat tour around the island
The boat circles the island of Heimaey, stopping briefly at places of interest where passengers can see various caves, witness
the birdlife, and are likely to see some whales. The trip ends by sailing into Klettshellir (Cliff Cave). A musical instrument is
played to showcase the cave’s stunning acoustics, creating a sensational experience. From there we re-enter the harbour.

The boat tour (optional) is only available during summer* and takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes

* If you choose not to go on the boat tour or it’s out of season, you will have some free time to expore the island. Your guide will tell you
about interesting areas to visit and meet up with you afterwards.

Departures: May and September : weekdays at 07:15am  / June - August : weekdays at 07:15am and at 10:30am Sat & Sun
Pick-up: Reykjavik domestic airport
Included: Return flight to destination, English-speaking guide, Guided coach tour
Not included : Optional boat tour, Lunch and refreshments

Please note closed days : 25/7, 27/7, 29/7, 1/8-4/8, 8/8, 10/8, 14/8, 17/8, 22/8

 

 

Inside the Volcano

This will be for sure a trip you will never forget! If you have one extra night in Reykjavik, join us for this unique experience, this tour takes you literally inside a dormant volcano, through the top crater and to the bottom of its magma chamber - once filled with steaming hot lava. 

Thrihnukagigur Volcano has not erupted for 4.000 years and shows no signs of coming to live again anytime soon. Hence, you are safe!

We depart from Reykjavik  (ca. 30 minute drive). From there a moderate 45–50 minute hike (to get to the crater) and the guts to descend 120 meters/400 feet to the bottom of the crater in an open cable lift.

Tour facts:

  • Operation dates: From 15 May – 10 September 2013 (ongoing tours all days within that period).
  • Tour departures: 08:00  |  10:00  |  12:00   |  14:00
  • Duration: 5–6 hours (about 40–45 minutes inside the volcano).
  • Fitness level needed: Moderate (the difficulty is 2–3 out of a possible 5). No knowledge of hiking or climbing is required. It’s not an uphill walk, but the surface is hilly and uneven. This is NOT a tour for those in no or limited physical shape.
  • Bring with you: Good hiking shoes and warm clothes. The weather in the mountains is unpredictable and can be very different from how it seems at ground level. Wear warm clothes (sneakers and jeans will NOT do you any good!).
  • Distance walked: Approximately 3 km (2 miles) each way. The walk usually takes around 45–50 minutes (depending on the people in the group). A guide will be with you at all times on the walk.
  • Minimum age limit: 12 years.


Don’t worry, you will be surrounded by expert guides at all times and you can rest assured extreme safety precautions are taken at every step of the process. 

 

 

Included

 
  • Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, GPS unit, CDW and VAT for 7 days
  • Accommodation (budget/ comfort) for 7 nights with Continental breakfast
  • Map of Iceland and detailed itinerary
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fee
 

Not included

  • Flights to Iceland
  • Meals and drinks at restaurants (unless otherwise stated)
  • Personal travel insurance

You can reserve this package with only 20% deposit. See terms & conditions for further information.

Do you have any questions about this Iceland tour? Send us an email or call us toll free from the following countries:

USA and Canada: 1-888-504-0935
UK: 0-800-520-0510


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Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon
 
Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon
 

Accommodation on this tour


When we design our tours we book the best accommodation available, in order to make the trip as comfortable and enjoyable for you as possible.

We offer a great selection of hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses for our clients. You can be assured of a warm welcome and an enjoyable stay at all the options offered by us.

Below you'll find examples of the type of accommodation you could be staying in.
 
Please note that the below accommodation optionas are shown as examples of the types of accommodation we book. Due to high demand during the summer time and limited accommodation capacity in some regions we cannot always guarantee availability. In these circumstances, we will supply an accommodation of an equal standard in the same region before your travel dates. We highly recommend you book as well in advance as possible.

 

 

Comfort accommodation:


Rooms with private shower (or private bath) and WC. Comfort accommodation may be in country hotels (mostly 3-star range) , farmhouses or guesthouses. Most of the facilities booked by Iceland Tours offer dinner during the summer time. Breakfast is included.

 

 

Hotel Klettur

Hotel Klettur

 

 

Hotel Klettur is a beautiful 3 star hotel located right next to Reykjavik´s main shopping street, Laugavegur. The hotel has 86 brightly decorated and modern guest rooms with free wired internet acces, refrigerator, telephone, flat-screen satellite TV and private bathroom with shower.


A buffet breakfast is served every morning in the dining room. Several shops, restaurants and cafés are located in the surrounding area.
Free public parking is possible on site.
 

 

Volcano Hotel

Hotel Volcano

 

Volcano Hotel is a small family owned Hotel in the southern most area of Iceland. The area around Volcano Hotel is breathtakingly beautiful and many of the best known natural wonders of Iceland are in minutes drive from us; Eyjafjallajökull, Dyrhólaey and Skógafoss.
Volcano Hotel offers warm and welcoming rooms, all of them with private bathroom and shower. The rooms are equipped with: open wardrobe, chair, night table, satellite TV,and free WiFi . 

Breakfast is included in the price. The rooms are modernly designed and themed after the black beaches and the magnificent volcanoes all around us. 


At the hotel you can book hiking tours, super jeep tours, get advised on bird watching and more, as the hotel is close to some of the most beautiful natural wonders in Iceland. Traditional home made dinners ("fixed meals") are available.

 

 

Hotel Edda Akureyri

Hotel Edda Akureyri

 

Hotel Edda Akureyri is perfectly situated near the center of the capital of the north, next to the botanical garden and the public outdoor geothermal swimming pool with hut tub.

Activities such as horse riding, whale watching, hiking and climbing, golf and a flight trip are nearby.

The hotel offers 120 rooms with bathroom, television and telephone and 70 rooms with in-room washbasins. Further facilities are a café, meeting rooms and wireless internet connection in the lobby area as well as a guest computer.

  

 

Budget accommodation:


Rooms without private facilities. Budget accommodation may be in country hotels, farmhouses and/ or guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds; some of these rooms have washbasins with hot and cold water. Showers and WC in shared facilities. Most of the facilities booked by Iceland Tours offer dinner during the summer time. Breakfast is included.

 

 

Snorri´s Guesthouse

Snorri

 

Snorri's Guesthouse is a friendly family owned guesthouse in Reykjavik, located only few minutes from the main shopping street in the city center.

Only a short walking distance away is a historic and atmospheric public indoor swimming pool with a steam bath and outdoor hot tubs.

Other facilities at the guesthouse are free parking at the premises of the guesthouse and free wireless internet connection in the lobby.

 

 

Hotel Edda Skógar

Hotel Edda Skógar

 

Hotel Edda Skogar is situated some footsteps away from Skógafoss Waterfall and the heritage museum Skógar. It is part of the Edda chain with hotels all around the island and a long experience providing comfortable accomodation and outstanding service.
Nearby are Eyjafjallajökull glacier, black beaches, Dyrhólaey sea arch, a public swimming pool and possibilities for horse riding.

The hotel has 34 rooms with basins and shared facilities. Free parking and wireless internet connection in the lobby as well as a guest computer are provided.

 

Guesthouse Skjaldarvik

Skjaldarvík

 

Guesthouse Skjaldarvik is situated close to Akureyri, in a peaceful environment, surrounded by nature.

The guesthouse has 27 individual rooms with shared bathrooms and rooms that can accommodate up to 4 persons. During summer, a dinner can be served upon request.

The guesthouse has furthermore a lounge, a bar with tv, a library and a hot tub free of charge for guests.

 

Car Rental

Car Group Car type example

 

Z

Toyota Aygo, or similar / km unlimited, CDW included

            Manual

 

Z- Toyota Aygo

A

Toyota Yaris, Polo or similar/ km unlimited, CDW included

Manual or Automatic

A - Toyota Yaris

B

Toyota Auris or similar/ km unlimited, CDW included

Manual

B - Toyota Auris

 

T

Toyota Verso or similar/ km unlimited, CDW included

Manual

T - Toyota Verso

E

Skoda Octavia wagon or similar/ km unlimited, CDW included (Not suitable for Highland driving)

Manual

E- Skoda Octavia Wagon

F

Toyota Rav 4WD or similar/

km unlimited, CDW included

Manual

 

F -Toyota Rav 4WD

I

Toyota Landcruiser GX 4WD or similar/ km unlimited, CDW included

Automatic
I - Toyota Land Cruiser

J

Suzuky Jimny or similar / km unlimited, CDW included

Manual

 

J- Suzuki Jimny

Additional services

    Entrance to The Blue Lagoon (35 € /40 € summer)

    Enjoy one of Iceland´s most popular sights The Blue Lagoon for a relaxing swim in the geothermal water. 

    The Blue Lagoon  is not to be missed while you are in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon's warm water and natural active ingredients; mineral salts, silica and blue green algae help you relax and unwind while the Blue Lagoon white silica mud gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin. The mineral salts balance and relax body and soul.

    Duration: Flexible
    Operation: Daily all year around

    Rent of Icelandic mobile phone/ 500 ISK worth of calls (20 €

    Through Iceland Tours you can rent a cell phone with an Icelandic number,  pre-loaded with 500 ISK credit. Make or receive calls all at a low local rate.

    The cost is 20 Euros ( 27 USD) and that includes a phonecard with credit for 500 ISK ( 4 USD ).

    You need to let us know upon your reservation if you like to order a cell phone. You will receive the phone and charger in the lobby off your hotel upon arrival.

    Not sure if your can use your mobile phone in Iceland?

    Iceland has as operators Iceland Telecom and Vodafone, covering most of the country including the highland. You can buy a SIM card for pre-paid GSM/GPRS services and fill up your card at any petrol station around the country. Iceland's mobile phone system operates on the 900/1800 MHz frequencies. Some phones from North America (and parts of South America) operating on the 850/1900 MHz frequencies may not work on this system.


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