Included
Departure
May 1 - September 30
Travel Style
Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, GPS unit, 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 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
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 - 01 - Welcome to Iceland

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Your memorable adventure in Iceland begins at the very moment you arrive at Keflavik Airport. Once you have picked up your rental vehicle, you’ll head directly for Reykjavik and your exciting, first night in Iceland.

If your flight arrives early enough, we have a great suggestion for starting your trip off the right way: Plan 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 the 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 of 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
Approximately 320 km (199 miles)
in Vík area

Day - 03 - Day off / or Westman Islands

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Use the day for a relaxing visit to the Folkloric Museum in Skogar (not included). You also have the opportunity to experience one of Iceland’s best kept secret, the volcano island of Heimaey in the Westmann Islands archipelago (not included) by ferry from Landeyjarhöfn. Accommodation as on the previous day.

Driving Distance
Approximately 150 km (93 miles)
in Vík area

Day - 04 - Skaftafell National Park, 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 Jökulsarlon, 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 270 km (167 miles)
in Höfn area

Day - 05 - Day off at the Vatnajökull Glacier

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The lowlands of the vast Vatnajökull glacier offers numerous opportunities for interesting stops and further exploration. Anyone interested can even take a jeep or snowmobiling tour on the vast ice cap (not included). Accommodation as on the previous day.

Driving Distance
Approximately 60 km (37 miles)
in Höfn area

Day - 06 - 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 - 07 - Egilsstaðir

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This day is for relaxing or for excursions around Egilsstadir. It is worth making a trip to Bakkagerði, or walk around the lake Lögurinn and Hengifoss. Accommodation as on the previous day.

Driving Distance
Approximately 80 km (50 miles)
in Egilsstaðir area

Day - 08 - 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 waters of the natural baths located east of the Lake.

Driving Distance
Approximately 200 km (125 miles)
in Mývatn/Húsavík area

Day - 09 - Day off or Tjörnes Peninsula

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This day offers you an opportunity for further exploration in the Mývatn area or to make a trip to the Tjörnes Peninsula. The horseshoe-shaped canyon Ásbyrgi and the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss, are no doubt the highlights of the day. Accommodation as on the previous day.

Driving Distance
Approximately 230 km (143 miles)
in Mývatn/Húsavík area

Day - 10 - Whale Watching in Húsavík

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Before proceeding to the capital of the North you have the opportunity to take a whale watching trip in Husavik (approx. 3 hours, not included). In the afternoon, the Botanical Gardens, Museums and the thermal baths in Akureyri wait for you.

On the way to Akureyri be sure to make a stop at a ”must see”, Godafoss waterfall, which is of unspeakable beauty. It is justly known across Iceland as “the fall of the gods”.

Driving Distance
Approximately 85 km (52 miles)
in Akureyri

Day - 11 - Day off in Akureyri or Trollaskagi Peninsula

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You can spend the day to relax in Akureyri or you can drive around the Tröllaskagi peninsula. You will see small fishing villages hidden in the bays of the rocky mountains but also historically interesting places like the former episcopal Hólar and the Open Air Museum Glaumbær . Accommodation as on the previous day.

Driving Distance
Approximately 270 km (168 miles)
in Akureyri

Day - 12 - Waterfalls and Borgarfjörður

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Today you have the opportunity to a trip to the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and the historic village Reykholt. You are certain to enjoy the lush, natural surroundings, during your drive back to Reykjavík for (sigh!) your last night in Iceland.

Driving Distance
Approximately 490 km (305 miles)
in Reykjavík

Day - 13 - 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.

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