Included
Departure
October 1 - April 15
Travel Style
Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, CDW and VAT for 9 days
Wi-Fi
Free, in-car, unlimited Wi-Fi
Driver
Two persons from your party can be authorized as drivers of your rental car
Accommodations
Budget / Comfort / Quality for 9 nights with Continental breakfast
Navigation
Detailed driving itinerary
Emergency
24 hour emergency service
Tax & Fee
Taxes and service fee
Tour ID
SD15
Not included
Travel
Flights to Iceland
Fuel & Parking
Fuel expense and parking fees
Meals & Drinks
at restaurants (unless otherwise stated)
Insurance
Personal travel insurance
Museums & Activities
Entrance to museums and optional activities
Transport
Duration
10 days / 9 nights

Tour Map and Itinerary

Day - 01 - Welcome to Iceland

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Your memorable Icelandic adventure begins the very moment you arrive at Keflavík Airport. You will pick up your rental vehicle and drive to the capital, Reykjavík, for your first night in Iceland.

If your flight arrives early in the day, you might like to visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon spa. Take a dip into its soothing and warm waters before heading to your hotel. It is a perfect way to relax after a long flight. Be sure to pack your swimming suit!

Driving Distance
Approximately 50 km (30 miles)
Reykjavík

Day - 02 - Snæfellsnes area

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Today you’ll drive around the stunning Snæfellsnes peninsula. You‘ll discover sites such as the Eldborg’s volcanic crater, the Gerðuberg cliffs, and the quaint hamlet of Búðir. You can also stop by Djúpalónssandur and its historical shipwreck remains. Don‘t miss the views up the famous and majestic Snæfell volcano and surrounding glacier.

Driving Distance
Approximately 302 km / 187 miles
Snæfellsnes area

Day - 03 - Borgarfjörður Fjord

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From Stykkishólmur, you will head toward the fjord of Borgarfjörður. This area is characterized by vast lands, sweeping views of the Langjökull glacier, and magnificent waterfalls. All set against a rich cultural background straight out of an Icelandic saga.

Driving Distance
Approximately 205 km (127 miles)
Borgarfjörður area

Day - 04 - Akureyri, the capital of the north

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Today’s itinerary takes you to North Iceland. You’ll drive through farm fields and the Skagafjörður region known for Icelandic horse breeding. In fact, you are sure to spot several beautiful and fluffy horses in the fields as you drive to Akureyri. We recommend taking some time to visit the museum at Glaumbær, one of the few turf farmhouses that has been properly preserved in Iceland.

Driving Distance
Approximately 315 km (196 miles)
Akureyri area

Day - 05 - Goðafoss and Lake Mývatn area

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There are more natural wonders on the program today! Your first stop is at the impressive Goðafoss waterfall, known as “the waterfall of the gods,” before heading onwards to the Mývatn area. Along the way, you can visit several awe-isnpiring sites such as Dimmuborgir, a mesmerising lava field labyrinth, and the ancient pseudo-craters of Skútustaðir.

Driving Distance
Approximately 120 km (74 miles)
Mývatn / Húsavík area

Day - 06 - Egilsstaðir area

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This morning you continue your journey to East Iceland. You might like to visit the amazing boiling mud pools and steam vents of Námaskarð, before stopping by the Krafla area, where a series of volcanic eruptions took place from 1975 to 1984. You’ll then travel on to the village of Egilsstaðir. If you are lucky you might see some of the local wildlife, including reindeer and arctic fox.

Driving Distance
Approximately 180 km (112 miles)
Egilsstaðir area

Day - 07 - The East Fjords

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Explore the East Fjords starting with Reyðarfjörður, where you’ll find a quaint and interesting World War II museum. You’ll then drive to Fáskrúðsfjörður. With its French heritage, you’ll be able to spot French street names. Later, you’ll follow the coast south to reach Höfn.

Driving Distance
Approximately 184 km (114 miles)
Höfn area

Day - 08 - Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

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Your next stop is Iceland’s scenic south-east. You‘ll first pass by various outlet glaciers belonging to Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap. You’ll then arrive at the stunning Jökulsárlón, a lagoon famous for its bogging icebergs. This exceptional sight sits at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur.

The Skaftafell National Park is another must-see area. This oasis, surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains, offers a broad range of options for impressive hikes. Continue through the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, the Eldhraun lava field, and the Mýrdalssandur plain before arriving in the Vík area.

Driving Distance
Approximately 275 km (171 miles)
Vík area

Day - 09 - Waterfalls and the Golden Circle

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Today, you will take in some of the top highlights of the South Coast. Start the morning by admiring the powerful Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.

Later, marvel at the attractions of the famous Golden Circle. First, the imposing Gullfoss waterfall, followed by the steaming power of Geysir. Here you can witness the Strokkur geyser propel warm water in the air every 5-10 minutes. Last but not least, the Þingvellir National Park. This is where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, creating this impressive landscape.

You‘ll end the day in Reykjavík for your last night in Iceland.

Driving Distance
Approximately 300 km (186 miles)
Reykjavík

Day - 10 - Departure

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It is now time for you to say goodbye to Iceland and fly home after an amazing journey through some of the world’s most picturesque landscapes. Drive back to Keflavík Airport and return your rental car. If your flight is later in the day, you might want to enjoy a last stroll around Reykjavík or visit one last museum or attraction in the city.

Driving Distance
Approximately 50 km (30 miles)

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

The accommodation options 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.

Quality accommodation:

Rooms with private shower (or private bath) and WC. Quality accommodation may be in country hotels (3- or 4-star) or the best accommodation available in each area at the time of booking. Breakfast is included.

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.

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.

Car Rental

Iceland Tours cooperates with the best and most reliable car rental suppliers in Iceland. You can be sure that the cars you rent through our service will be in excellent condition.

Please note

All rates are based on a rental period of 24 consecutive hours. If a rental exceeds the 24 hour period an extra day will be charged.

Car type example
Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

Customer Reviews

Iceland Tours did a wonderful job in setting up the trip for me and my daughter. You chose excellent hotels and your routing was excellent. We rented a car which I highly recommend, 4 Wheel Drive is the way to go, was very easy getting around. They call this a once in a lifetime trip but we are coming back. We toured the entire south coast from the Blue Lagoon to the Glacier Lagoon / Ice Beach, it is a long drive but definitely well worth it.

Daniel, UK - February 2018