Included
Departure
April 1 - October 31
Travel Style
Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, CDW and VAT for 12 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 12 nights with Continental breakfast
Navigation
Detailed driving itinerary
Emergency
24 hour emergency service
Tax & Fee
Taxes and service fee
Tour ID
SD24
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
13 days / 12 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 collecting your rental car, you’ll drive to the capital, Reykjavík, for your first night in the Land of Fire and Ice.

If your flight arrives early in the day, you may wish to add on a visit to the Blue Lagoon spa to your day‘s program. 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)
Reykjavík

Day 2 - Akureyri

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Today you start your journey around the island. You’ll first make your way to Akureyri, also known as the capital of the north. In Borgarfjörður we recommend stopping by the magnificent Hraunfossar waterfalls, where the water seems to magically flow from the lava bed into the river below. You’ll then pass through Skagafjörður, known for exceptional horse breeding, so keep an eye out for the fluffy and sturdy Icelandic horses.

Driving Distance
Approximately 460 km (285 miles)
Akureyri area

Day 3 - North Iceland

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You can spend the day relaxing or exploring more of Akureyri and its surroundings or you can opt to drive around the Tröllaskagi peninsula. Here you’ll spot charming fishing villages hidden away in bays below rocky mountains. You could visit interesting historical sites such as the former episcopal Hólar and the open-air museum turf house in Glaumbær. And don’t miss a stop at one of the most amazing swimming pools of the country at Hofsós. The view over the fjord here is absolutely incredible.

Driving Distance
Approximately 300 km (186 miles)
Akureyri area

Day 4 - Lake Mývatn area

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Your whole day is dedicated to the marvels of the Lake Mývatn Nature Reserve, renowned as one of Iceland’s most inspiring, natural sites. You’ll have plenty to admire and do, with waterfalls, lava formations, pseudo-craters, geothermal activities and many other wonders on the program!

And why not finish the day relaxing in the warm waters of the geothermal bath of Mývatn, with fantastic views over the lake? Be prepared for a full day of adventure!

Driving Distance
Approximately 125 km (78 miles)
Mývatn / Húsavík area

Day 5 - Mývatn or Tjörnes Peninsula

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Today you may take the opportunity to take it easy in the Mývatn area or go around the Tjörnes peninsula. The detour is worth it to experience Iceland’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, which thunders down from its 44 meters high creating a deafening sound around you. You could also stop by the Ásbyrgi canyon where mythology meets nature. Or you could opt to book a whale-watching tour from Húsavík, the whale-watching capital of Iceland.

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

Day 6 - Egilsstaðir

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Your itinerary now takes you towards the east coast of Iceland all the way to Egilsstaðir. On the way you might want to drive through Möðrudalur. Here you’ll find the highest farm of the country (469 meters above sea level) located, like an oasis, amidst the highland, lunar landscape.

Driving Distance
Approximately 200 km (124 miles)
Egilsstaðir area

Day 7 - Egilsstaðir or the East Fjords

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Egilsstaðir has so much to offer! You could explore the largest forest in Iceland, where you’ll find numerous hiking paths leading you through the home of wild reindeers. You could also visit the Hengifoss waterfall, drive to Seyðisfjörður, renowned as the most beautiful of the east fjords, and much more!

Driving Distance
From 80 km (50 miles)
Egilsstaðir area

Day 8 - The East Coast

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Today, you drive down the east coast where the rugged landscape will take you, at times, on high-perched roads on the mountains delivering breathtaking views down below. You could stop on the way at various locations such as Reyðarfjörður, where you‘ll find the local World War II museum.

Tonight you stay in Höfn, also known as the lobster capital of Iceland. Don’t miss your chance to try ones of their specialties!

Driving Distance
Approximately 260 km (161 miles)
Höfn area

Day 9 - Leisure day at the Vatnajökull Glacier

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You get to pick what you want to do today, relax or take on an adventurous excursion. The lowlands of the vast Vatnajökull glacier offer numerous opportunities for interesting stops and further exploration. You could also opt to add a jeep or snowmobile tour on the vast ice cap to complement your itinerary.

Driving Distance
Approximately 60 km (37 miles)
Höfn area

Day 10 - National Park, Glacier Lagoon and Icebergs

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Your next stop is Iceland’s scenic south-east. You’ll first drive past a splendid panorama of outlet glaciers belonging to Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap. You’ll then arrive at the mesmerizing beauty of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This exceptional sight sits at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur.

The Skaftafell National Park is another area worth the visit. This oasis, surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains, offers great options for hikers, from easy walks to challenging hikes.

Driving Distance
Approximately 270 km (168 miles)
Vík area

Day 11 - Leisure day in Vík or the Westman Islands

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Have a leisurely day exploring the South Coast. We recommend a visit to the Folk Museum in Skógar. You could also take the opportunity to experience one of Iceland’s best kept secret, the volcanic island of Heimaey in the Westman Islands archipelago.

Driving Distance
Approximately 100 km (62 miles)
Vík area

Day 12 - The Golden Circle

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Today, you will take in some of the top highlights of the South Coast of Iceland. This morning, stop to admire 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 the Geysir geothermal area. 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 landform.

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

Driving Distance
Approximately 300 km (186 miles)
Reykjavík

Day 13 - 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 spectacular 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.

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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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