June 25 - August 31
Travel Style
Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, CDW and VAT for 11 days
Free, in-car, unlimited Wi-Fi
Two persons from your party can be authorized as drivers of your rental car
Budget / Comfort for 11 nights with Continental breakfast
Detailed driving itinerary
24 hour emergency service
Tax & Fee
Taxes and service fee
Tour ID
Not included
Flights to Iceland
Fuel & Parking
Fuel expense and parking fees
Meals & Drinks
at restaurants (unless otherwise stated)
Personal travel insurance
Museums & Activities
Entrance to museums and optional activities
12 days / 11 nights

Tour Map and Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland

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Your memorable Icelandic adventure begins the very moment you arrive at Keflavík Airport. After picking up your rental vehicle, you’ll drive to the capital, Reykjavík

If your flight arrives early in the day, you might like to visit the world-famous geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon. It is famous for its soothing, blue waters and is the perfect place to relax after a flight. Be sure to pack your swimsuit, so you can take a relaxing dip in the Lagoon’s soothing, geothermal waters, before heading to your hotel.

Driving Distance
Approximately 50 km (30 miles)

Day 2 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

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Are you ready for an invigorating day amongst the natural wonders of the Snæfellsnes peninsula? You can take all the time you need to discover the amazing sites here. They include the Eldborg volcanic crater, the Gerðuberg basalt columns, the quaint hamlet of Búðir, and Djúpalónssandur beach, with its historical shipwreck remains. Don’t miss the view up the majestic Snæfell volcano and surrounding glacier.

Driving Distance
Approximately 302 km / 187 miles
Snæfellsnes area

Day 3 - Borgarfjörður Fjord and waterfalls

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From Stykkishólmur, you will head south-west 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 4 - 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. You will in fact surely encounter several of them grazing in the fields along your way to Akureyri.

There are several stops along the way that you could take to explore further. You could spot seals in their natural habitat at the Vatnsnes peninsula or 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 5 - Goðafoss and Lake Mývatn

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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-inspiring sites such as Dimmuborgir, a mesmerising lava field labyrinth, the ancient pseudo-craters of Skútustaðir, and Iceland‘s largest sulphurous hot spring areas, the solfataras of Námaskarð.

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

Day 6 - Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss

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You have the day to explore the north of Iceland further. You may want to drive around the Tjörnes peninsula as it offers some amazing experiences. From Iceland’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, which can make the ground shake beneath your feet, to the lush Ásbyrgi canyon.

On the way to Egilsstaðir, you could take a slight detour to drive through Möðrudalur’s highland, lunar-like landscape.

Driving Distance
Approximately 275 km (171 Miles)
Egilsstaðir area

Day 7 - The East Fjords

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Today, you discover the East Fjords. Start by driving through Reyðarfjörður, where you‘ll find the local World War II museum, before heading south-east. Your drive down the east coast will take you through rugged landscape, at times, on high-perched roads on the mountains delivering breathtaking views down below.

Finally, you‘ll drive through the tunnel of Almannaskarð to arrive in the Höfn region.

Driving Distance
Approximately 185 km (115 miles)
Höfn area

Day 8 - 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, and you could even book an optional boat tour onto the lagoon.

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 9 - 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.

Driving Distance
Approximately 261 km (162 miles)
Laugarvatn area

Day 10 - Landmannalaugar and the highlands

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From Laugarvatn, today you take a day trip to Landmannalaugar, a highlight for many who come to Iceland. To reach the colorful, volcanic mountains of Landmannalaugar, you must first cross rivers and drive past mountain passes. Here you can walk between vibrant mountains and black obsidian lava. Take some time to bathe in the relaxing hot springs of the area.

Driving Distance
Approximately 295 km (183 miles)
Laugarvatn area

Day 11 - Return to Reykjavík

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This is your last full day in Iceland, so take some time to soak in the last few experiences that Iceland has to offer. You’ll pass through Hveragerði on your way to Reykjavík. Along the way, you may want to go horseback riding, kayaking, or even relaxing in a geothermal river after a hike in the Reykjadalur valley.

You have the rest of the day to explore Reykjavík at your leisure.

Driving Distance
Approximately 106 Km (66 miles)

Day 12 - Departure

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It is now time to head back home after an amazing journey through one 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:

With the Quality category, you’ll get the best accommodation available in the area you’re staying in. And you’ll always get a room with private bathroom facilities.
Expect to stay in a standard or superior room at a hotel. Breakfast is included.

Comfort accommodation:

All options in our Comfort category have private bathroom facilities.
You can expect to stay at country hotels, summer hotels, guesthouses, or farmhouses. Breakfast is included.

Budget accommodation:

In this category, you can expect to stay in family-run guesthouses, country hotels, or even farmhouses.
Bathroom facilities are shared with other guests, although some rooms have washbasins.
A great option if you want to meet like-minded travelers. 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

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