Classic Iceland - 10 days / 9 nights - SD02Price from 882 EUR
Departures: May 01 - September 30
Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights

Included

  • Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, GPS unit, CDW and VAT for 9 days
  • Accommodation (budget/comfort) for 9 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.


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Itinerary

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A complete vacation package around Iceland. Travel to Iceland and take in the exceptional beauty of Iceland’s unique and breathtaking scenery and natural wonders and visit unique places such as Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Myvatn, Egilsstadir, Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, Thingvellir National Park and many more. This vacation package to Iceland includes an amazing variety of places to visit, travelling through lava fields and grassland, with views of volcanos, including the famous Eyjafjallajökull and visits to glaciers, waterfalls and hot springs.

 

 

 

Day 1: Arrival in Keflavik - 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 arrival time, we recommend that you make a stop at the Blue Lagoon on the way and have a swim in the geothermal warm water.
 

 


 

 

Day 2:  Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Skógar/Vík (Driving distance approx. 320 km)

Today you will be visiting some of the most interesting and famous sights of Iceland. Your first stop should be at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and one of the geological wonders of the world. Continue to the famous geothermal area of Geysir where Strokkur is the most active of the geysers, and further on to the “golden” waterfall Gullfoss. 

On your way along the south coast you will pass two spectacular waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss, two stops you must not miss. You can walk behind Seljalandsfoss and at Skógar you will find a folk museum showing how people lived in the past in Iceland. Your destination for the night Vík/Skógar area.

If you have time in the afternoon, you can go to the Dyrhólaey bird cliff where you can usually see puffins.

*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season from May 15 til June 23 and from mid- August the puffins will have gone to sea!

Highlights of this day: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, Gullfoss, waterfall Seljalandsfoss, waterfall Skógarfoss, Dyrhólaey.

 

 


Day 3: Skógar Vík - Höfn (Driving distance approx. 260 km)Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon

You will drive across the impressive black sand plain Mýrdalssandur, the beautiful Eldhraun lava field and the immense and remarkable Skeidarársandur outwash plains with lovely views of the outlet glaciers of the great Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. 

Make a stop to enjoy the breathtaking sights of the Skaftafell National Park, an oasis surrounded by glaciers and black sand with many hiking possibilities and at the spectacular Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. Enormous icebergs drift on the the lagoon and you can take a 30-40 min. boat trip around them. Overnight stay in the Höfn area.

Highlights of this day: Eldhraun Lava, Skaftafell National Park, Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, Vatnajokull.
 

 


Day 4: Höfn - Egilsstadir (Driving distance approx. 270 km)The East Fjords

Today's journey takes you south through the sheltered East Fjords and their small fishing villages and high mountains. You drive through Almannaskarð tunnel to reach the villages Djúpivogur and Breiðdalsvík. In Stöðvarfjörður you can visit Petra’s Stone Collection, one of the most complete collections
of Icelandic minerals. Overnight in the Egilsstadir area.

Highlights of this day: Petra´s Stone Collection, The East Fjords, Egilsstadir.

 

 


Day 5: Egilsstadir - Myvatn (Driving distance approx. 320 km)Waterfall Dettifoss

In the morning you drive through the lunar landscape of Möðrudalur highlands to the mighty Dettifoss, Iceland’s most powerful waterfall which thunders 44 m down into a deep gorge, at Dettifoss you will feel the earth tremble beneath the force of the glacial water.
Continue your drive, and explore Ásbyrgi, 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.

Drive along the picturesque stretch of coast line of Tjörnes peninsula until you arrive in the charming fishing village of Husavik. Overnight in or near the Myvatn area.

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

 

 


Day 6: Myvatn - Akureyri (Driving distance approx. 140 km)


Lake MyvatnToday you will have time to explore the marvels of Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve. Myvatn is undoubtedly one of Iceland’s most renowned areas, due to its volcanic activity and its amazing bird life.On the way to Myvatn, you will have the opportunity to take a look at the picturesque Godafoss waterfall. At Myvatn there are various exciting places of interest that you can visit at your leisure. One of its main attractions is the Námaskarð geothermal area where you will find bubbling mud pools and hissing steam vents. 

You must not miss the Krafla area situated north of the Krafla power station with the crater Víti and the Leirhnjúkur area. The walk towards Leirhnjúkur area is worth while since it leads you to a small geothermal area and then to a line of craters surrounded by chaotic black lava fields, resulting from a series of volcanic eruptions that took place in 1975 – 1984. 

Later on you can venture a walk up to the top of Hverfjall crater or dip into the geothermal water of the natural baths located east of the Lake.

On the way to Akureyri you must make a stop at the waterfall Godafoss “The fall of the gods”. In Akureyri, the capital of the north, you can walk around this charming town, have a look at the extraordinary botanical garden, go to the outdoor swimming pool, go shopping, sit down at a café or at a restaurant. Overnight stay in the Akureyri Area.  

Highlights of this day:  Lake Myvatn, Dimmuborgir, Skútustaðir, waterfall Godafoss, Akureyri.
 

 


Day 7: Akureyri - Skagafjörður -  Borgarfjörður (Driving distance approx. 350km)

Waterfall HraunfossarToday you drive through the Skagafjörður 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, and you should take time to visit the museum at Glaumbær Museum, a beautifully restored turf farmhouse ,one of the few that has been properly preserved in Iceland. Continue driving through the  Holtavörðuheiði moors to the southwest of Iceland. 

Today you will be discovering an interesting area, rich with cultural and historical heritage Borgarfjörður. Borgarfjörður county Hvalfjörður (‘whale fjord’) was an important naval station for the Allies during World War II. In Borgarfjörður you must visit the splendid waterfalls of Hraunfossar, where the water flows out from beneath a lava field into the river below, Reykholt, where the 13th century author Snorri Sturluson lived, and Deildartunguhver, Iceland’s largest hot spring (in terms of water production per second). Overnight stay in the Borgarfjörður area.

Highlights of this day:  Skagafjörður, Glaumbær Museum, waterfall Hraunfossar, Reykholt, Deildartunguhver.
 

 


Day 8: Borgarfjörður - Snaefellsnes (Driving distance approx. 120 km)

SnaefellsnesToday you will be exploring the natural wonders of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, which is known for the stunning Snaefellsjökull National Park and the Snaefell Glacier that towers above the region. Drive through the north part of the peninsula passing through Stykkishólmur, a charming fishing village beautifully situated overlooking the Breidafjörður bay.

From Stykkishólmur you will have the possibility to sightseeing among the uncountable islands, and explore the unique nature and bird life Breidafjörður has. Overnight stay in the Snaefellsnes area.

Highlights of this day:  Snaefellsnes peninsula, Snaefellsjökull National Park, Stykkishólmur, Breidafjörður bay.

 

 


Day 9: Snaefellsnes - Reykjavik (Driving distance approx. 280km)

ReykjavikToday’s itinerary takes you through lava fields and fertile farming land. Driving around the unique Snaefellsnes peninsula has many sights you should not miss, such as Snaefellsjökull glacier, Hellnar, Djúpalónssandur, and the crater Eldborg. Explore the charming village of Arnastapi where basalt columns have been eroded by the pounding waves. There are also bird cliffs, home of kittiwakes and arctic terns.

During the summer Snaefellsnes offers you a vast variety of activities such as horse riding tours, hiking, and many walking tours. We recommend you book in advance as many of the tours may get fully booked over the summer time.
Drive back to Reykjavik. Overnight in Reykjavik

Highlights of this day:  Snaefellsjökull glacier, Hellnar, crater Eldborg, Arnastapi.

 


Day 10:  Departure (Driving distance approx. 50 km)

Drive back to Keflavik airport for your flight back home.

Or book an extra night in Reykjavik, the vibrant capital of Iceland!

ReykjavikReykjavik 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 Reykjavik 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 take a walk in the botanical garden. There are several museums worth visiting in Reykjavik, for example the National Museum of Iceland near the University, the National Gallery of Iceland near lake Tjörnin and the Reykjavik 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 of 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 9 days
  • Accommodation (budget/comfort) for 9 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)
  • Entrance to museums
  • 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 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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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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