Included
Departure
May 1 - September 30
Travel Style
Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, CDW and VAT for 11 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 11 nights with Continental breakfast
Navigation
Detailed driving itinerary
Emergency
24 hour emergency service
Tax & Fee
Taxes and service fee
Tour ID
SD25
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
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 car, you’ll drive to the capital, Reykjavík, for your first night in the Land of Fire and Ice.

If you have an early arrival you might like to begin your journey with a visit to Iceland’s world-famous Blue Lagoon. Enjoy the geothermal blue, warm and soothing waters of the lagoon before heading to your hotel. Be sure to pack your swimsuit!

Driving Distance
Approximately 50 km (30 miles)
Reykjavík

Day 2 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

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Today, you explore the natural wonders of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. 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

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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 230 km (140 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. The landscape is dotted with the beautiful Icelandic horses. This will contrast well with yesterday’s experience.

You can take a detour along the way to the Vatnsnes peninsula, where you could spot seals in their natural habitat along the black sand beaches.

Driving Distance
Approximately 315 km (196 miles)
Akureyri area

Day 5 - Goðafoss and Lake Mývatn

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Mývatn is rightfully one of the most visited spot in Iceland. It is home to some truly awe-inspiring sights. You could visit the mesmerizing lava field labyrinth of Dimmuborgir, or witness the 2300-year-old pseudo-craters of Skútustaðir. Here, you’ll also find one of Iceland´s largest sulphurous hot spring areas, the solfataras of Námaskarð. And don’t miss out on the impressive Goðafoss waterfall, known as “the waterfall of the gods”!

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

Day 6 - Ásbyrgir and Dettifoss

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You have the day to explore the north of Iceland further. Venture to the Tjörnes peninsula as it offers some amazing experiences. Start in Húsavík, a seaside village known as the whale-watching capital of Iceland. You can then take in the beauty of the lush, horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon. Finally, don’t miss the thundering power of Dettifoss waterfall, which can make the ground shake beneath your feet.

Driving Distance
Approximately 240 km (149 km)
Mývatn / Húsavík area

Day 7 - Egilsstaðir

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It is now time to explore the east coast! Drive across the Möðrudalur highlands desert to experience its lunar landscape before reaching the fertile valley of Hérað where lies the village of Egilsstaðir. This town is home to the largest Icelandic forest where reindeer roam free. You might be lucky and spot one!

Driving Distance
Approximately 200 km (124 miles)
Egilsstaðir area

Day 8 - The East Fjords

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The East Fjords region is utterly picturesque, with its small villages nestled in the arms of narrow and dramatic fjord coastlines. Start the day 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 260 km (161 miles)
Höfn area

Day 9 - 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 280 - 315 km (173 - 195 miles)
Vík / Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

Day 10 - Waterfalls and the Golden Circle

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Today, you will continue west to see 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 columns 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.

Later, you’ll reach Reykjavík.

Driving Distance
Approximately 300 km (186 miles)
Reykjavík

Day 11 - Explore the capital

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Take the time to discover more of Reykjavík and its stunning surroundings today. In the city center, there are museums and art galleries, plenty of shops to pick up souvenirs, and incredible restaurants and cafés to savor Icelandic specialties. You may also like to go on a whale-watching tour or take a stroll along Nauthólsvík beach.

Reykjavík

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, visit one last museum, or even book a time to relax at the Blue Lagoon on your way to the airport.

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Hike to the Meradalir Eruption Site

If you have time before you leave Iceland, you can hike to the latest volcano eruption site at Meradalir on the Reykjanes peninsula. In August 2022, new fissures opened close to the site of the 2021 Fagradalsfjall eruption. Why not take this rare chance to see a fresh caldera and newly solidified lava?

On this self-guided hike, you can see the lava fields produced by both eruptions. You might also be lucky enough to glimpse fountains of molten lava gushing from the ground. No matter how active the volcano is that day, you’ll be able to witness the incredible power of the natural forces that produced the lava.

A volcanic eruption is a natural phenomenon and activity levels vary from day to day, so sightings of molten lava cannot be guaranteed. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the eruption site may be closed for your safety during periods of bad weather.

This hiking tour is only recommended for people with a good level of fitness, used to walking over rough terrain in poor weather. Marked paths are only available for part of the route.

For more information, check out this Volcano Eruption Update.

Tour: Hike to the Meradalir Eruption Site (no extra cost)
Duration: 9 hours, including driving time
Hiking duration: 4–5 hours (2–2.5 hours each way)
Total distance: 14 kilometers (8 miles)
Total elevation gain: 300 meters (990 feet)
Required equipment: Hiking shoes, warm and waterproof clothing, packed lunch, drinking water
Parking: There’s a parking lot near the start of the trail. The entry cost is ISK 1,000. Parking along road 427 is prohibited
Minimum age: 12 years

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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