Included
Departure
May 1 - September 30
Travel Style
Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, GPS unit, 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 for 11 nights with Continental breakfast
Navigation
Detailed itinerary and a road map of Iceland
Emergency
24 hour emergency service
Tax & Fee
Taxes and service fee
Special offer
Free Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik or Akureyri
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 - 01 - Welcome to Iceland

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Your memorable, Iceland adventure begins the very moment you arrive at Keflavik Airport. Once you pick up your rental vehicle, you’ll head directly for Reykjavik and your exciting, first night in “the land of fire and ice.”

Suggestion: If your flight arrives early enough, you can start your trip off in a spectacular way with a visit to Iceland’s world-famous, Blue Lagoon. 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)
in Reykjavík

Day - 02 - Waterfalls and Golden Circle

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Now, your real journey to the wonders of Iceland begins. You’ll start by exploring the famous Golden Circle and the other, main attractions that Iceland’s southern region offers. Throughout the day, you will marvel the stunning waterfalls Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss and Gullfoss and visit the world’s oldest parliament, Thingvellir. Then, continue on to Vík, the country’s southernmost village, where you will spend the night.

Driving Distance
Approximatelt 320 km (199 miles)
Vík / Klaustur

Day - 03 - Skaftafelle National Park, Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon and Icebergs

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Your next stop is Iceland’s scenic southeast. Driving past a splendid panorama of outlet glaciers belonging to Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, you’ll arrive at the mesmerizing beauty of Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon. This exceptional sight sits at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur.Skaftafell National Park is another “must”visit. This oasis, surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains, offers a huge menu of options for great hiking, from easy-going to challenging.

Driving Distance
Approximately 260 km (162 miles)
in Höfn area

Day - 04 - The East Fjords

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This is the day to discover the East Fjords. Your trip takes you through the Almannaskarð tunnel to the villages of Djúpivogur and Breiðdalsvík. Then, you’ll continue along the fjords towards Reydarfjörður, where a small-but-fascinating, World War II history museum is located. You will end your day of sightseeing in Egilsstaðir, where you will spend another restful night.

Driving Distance
Approximately 270 km (168 miles)
in Egilsstaðir area

Day - 05 - Dettifoss waterfall and Ásbyrgi

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Today´s journey takes you to Iceland’s north. You will start the day by driving through the Möðrudalur highland’s lunar landscape. From there, follow the road leading you to the mighty waterfall Dettifoss, where you will feel the earth tremble beneath the awe-inspiring force of the tumbling, glacial water.Then, follow the picturesque stretch of coastline of Tjörnes Peninsula, until you arrive in the charming fishing village of Húsavík.

Driving Distance
Approximately 320 km (200 miles)
in Mývatn/Húsavík area

Day - 06 - Lake Mývatn Nature Reserve

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The whole day is dedicated to the marvels of Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve. 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 with the crater Víti and the Leirhnjúkur area. This leads you to a small geothermal area and then to a line of craters surrounded by chaotic black lava fields. 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.

Driving Distance
Approximately 50 km (30 miles)
in Mývatn/Húsavík area

Day - 07 - Waterfall and Lake Mývatn

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Your entire day is dedicated to the marvels of the Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve, renowned as one of Iceland’s most inspiring, natural wonders. Of particular interest are two steam baths built for superb relaxation; both sit straight atop a geothermal area, and the sulphur-free steam rises up through holes in the floor. Typically the temperature is around 50°C and the humidity is close to 100%. For relaxation and enjoyment, we highly suggest you indulge in a few turns in the steam baths and cool-downs in the outdoor shower in-between.On the way to Akureyri be sure to make a stop at ”must see,” Godafoss, a waterfall of unspeakable beauty. It is justly known across Iceland as, “the fall of the gods”.

Driving Distance
Approximately 270 km (168 miles)
in Akureyri

Day - 08 - Waterfalls and Borgarfjörður

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Your day starts with a drive through the Skagafjörður in the northeast of Iceland, known for horse breeding. True to form, magnificent, Icelandic horses can be seen on the way. 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 driving through the moors at Holtavörðuheiði to the southwest of Iceland.

Driving Distance
Approximately 350 km (217 miles)
in Borgarfjörður area

Day - 09 - Snæfellsnes

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Are you ready for invigorating exploration of the natural wonders of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula? Drive through its northern portion, passing through Stykkishólmur, a charming fishing village beautifully situated overlooking Breidafjörður Bay. From Stykkishólmur consider sightseeing among the uncountable islands and exploring the unique flora and fauna Breidafjörður has to offer.

Driving Distance
Approximately 120 km (75 miles)
in Snæfellsnes area

Day - 10 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Breiðafjörður

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Today’s itinerary takes you through lava fields and fertile farmland. Driving around Snaefellsnes Peninsula, explore all the beauty it has to offer. You are certain to enjoy the lush, natural surroundings, during your drive back to Reykjavík for the night.

Driving Distance
Approximately 280 km (174 miles)
in Reykjavík

Day - 11 - Free day in Reykjavík

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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 center where you can walk by the lake, Tjörnin , visit the Town Hall, and walk through the Austurvöllur square, where the Parliament building stands, and down to the harbor. 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 magnificent view over the whole city. There are several museums worth visiting in Reykjavik, for example the National Museum of Iceland near the University, the National Gallery of Iceland and the Reykjavik Art Gallery (includes 3 different collections). A whale-watching tour from Reykjavik harbor is a wonderful experience or you can take a half-day excursion from Reykjavik to the Reykjanes Peninsula, taking you to the geothermal springs in Krýsuvík.

in Reykjavík

Day - 12 - Departure

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Now it is time to head back home, after an amazing journey through one of the world’s most picturesque landscapes. You will drive back to Keflavík Airport for your flight back home. Depending on your flight time, you may be able to enjoy your last day strolling around Reykjavík. Or, even better, consider booking an extra night in Reykjavík to really give yourself time to experience all the amazing things Iceland’s capital city has to offer.

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 provided an excellent, full service arranged self tour. All accommodations were exceptional. Mostly small guest houses (the guest houses were small, not the rooms). All the accommodations were staffed with helpful and friendly people. We really enjoyed interacting with them and learning about life in Iceland. A self driving tour was relaxing way to see the dramatic sights and scenery. Most roads were well maintained and driving around was effortless (An annoyance was the sudden appearance of gravel roads leading to some of the attractions. Just had to slow down.) Iceland tours provided helpful guide to the wonders of Iceland. We wish we had more time to see everything. Great tour around the ring in 12 days.

Charles, USA - September 2018