Included
Departure
June 1 - August 30
Travel Style
Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, GPS unit, CDW and VAT for 13 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 for 1 night 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
Camping gear
for 12 nights (tent, sleeping bag, mattress, cutlery, stove, coolbox)
Ferry
Tickets to the Baldur Ferry
Tour ID
CSD03
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
Camping fees
Camping fees
Transport
Duration
14 days / 13 nights

Tour Map and Itinerary

Day - 01 - Welcome to Iceland

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Arrival at Keflavik Airport. Pick-up your rental vehicle and drive to Reykjavik for your first night’s stay in Iceland. Depending on your arrival time, we recommend that you make a stop at the famous Blue Lagoon on the way and have a swim in the geothermal warm water.

Driving Distance
Approximately 50 km (30 miles)
Reykjavik

Day - 02 - Borgarfjörður and Snæfellsnes

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Today you will be discovering an interesting area, rich with cultural and historical heritage. In Borgarfjörður you must visit the splendid waterfalls of Hraunfossar, where the water flows out from beneath a lava field into the river below, Reykholt, where the 13th century author Snorri Sturluson lived, and Deildartunguhver, Iceland’s largest hot spring (in terms of water production per second). Heading to Snaefellsnes peninsula you should visit the beautiful places all around the peninsula; for example Búðir, Arnarstapi and Hellnar on the way to your accommodation in the Snaefellsnes area.

Driving Distance
Approximately 380 km (236 miles)
Snæfellsnes area (camping fee not included)

Day - 03 - Snæfellsnes and Breiðafjörður Bay

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From Stykkishólmur you take the car ferry Baldur across the scenic Breidafjörður bay to the West Fjords. Today you start your visit of some of the most secluded places in Iceland, where steep mountains and deep fjords are predominant. Visit Látrabjarg, a huge bird cliff and on the way back you can stop at the folk museum of Hnjótur. Carry on along the fjords passing white sand beaches and bizarre cliffs heading to your accommodation near Patreksfjörður.

Driving Distance
Approximately 140 km (86 miles)
Patreksfjörður area (camping fee not included)

Day - 04 - West Fjords and Dynjandi Waterfall

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Today you continue up north along the West Fjords, one of the most remote regions of Iceland. The landscape is breathtaking as you cross mountains and heaths and drive along the dramatic fjords at the foot of steep cliffs. Dynjandi is a beautiful waterfall that lies in the northern arm of the fjord Arnarfjörður. You continue toward the north until you reach the village of Flateyri and from there you drive on to reach your accommodation near the Isafjordur town.

Driving Distance
Approximately 200km (124 miles)
Ísafjörður area (camping fee not included)

Day - 05 - The most remote place in Iceland: The West Fjords

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From Isafjordur you continue your journey of the West Fjords. You drive along the numerous small fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp passing the Vigur Island on the way. After Steingrímsfjarðarheiði heath you reach the Northwest region. You arrive in the village of Hólmavík where you can visit an interesting museum dedicated to the ancient Icelandic magic. Continue along the Hrútafjörður fjord until you arrive at your accommodation in the region.

Driving Distance
Approximately 350 km (218 miles)
Hrútafjörður area (camping fee not included)

Highlights

Day - 06 - North Iceland and Akureyri - the Capital of the North

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You continue your journey along Húnaflói and Skagafjörður region which is known for horse breeding, and many Icelandic horses can be seen grazing in the fields of the Skagafjörður valley. Just before arriving at the village of Varmahlíð you can make a stop at Víðimýri church, a small traditional turf church. Then, you can make your way just north of Varmahlíð to visit the Glaumbær museum, which is one of the best preserved turf farmhouses in Iceland. Heading towards Eyjafjörður fjord, the road takes you through the deep valleys of Northern Iceland before you arrive in Akureyri area for your overnight stay.

Driving Distance
Approximately 230 km (142 miles)
Akureyri area (camping fee not included)

Day - 07 - Waterfall and Lake Mývatn

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In the morning you can spend some time in Akureyri before heading to the Lake Myvatn area. It is undoubtedly one of Iceland’s most renowned areas, due to its volcanic activity and its amazing bird life. On the way to Myvatn, you will have the opportunity to take a look at the picturesque Godafoss waterfall. At Myvatn there are various exciting places of interest that you can visit, such as the Skútustaðir pseudo-craters and the mysterious lava formations of Dimmuborgir. Two nights in or near the Myvatn area.

Driving Distance
Approximately 120 km (75 miles)
Mývatn/Húsavík area (camping fee not included)

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 water of the natural baths located east of the Lake.

Driving Distance
Approximately 50 km (30 miles)
Mývatn/Húsavík area (camping fee not included)

Day - 09 - Dettifoss Waterfall and Ásbyrgi

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You start your day by driving to the charming fishing village of Husavik. Then you drive along the coastline of the Tjörnes peninsula and if the weather conditions are good, you can make a small stop at the extremity of the peninsula to enjoy the view and spot some seabirds. Your next stop is Ásbyrgi, a horse shoe shaped gorge with its impressive rock walls and abundant vegetation. Heading south from Ásbyrgi the road leads you to the mighty waterfall Dettifoss where you will feel the earth tremble beneath the force of the glacial water. The road continues across the lunar landscape of Möðrudalur highlands until you reach the fertile valley of Hérað where the village of Egilsstadir lies.

Driving Distance
Approximately 340 km (211 miles)
Egilsstadir area (camping fee not included)

Day - 10 - The East Fjords

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Now it is time to discover the East Fjords: starting towards the fjord Reydarfjörður where a small history museum about World War II is situated. In Stöðvarfjörður there is Petra’s stone collection, a private collection which includes most of the Icelandic minerals. As you continue you might want to make a stop in the village of Djúpivogur, located in a charming setting. Now you continue along the fjords towards Southeast Iceland; at times the road hangs precariously high on the mountain slopes. Finally you drive through the tunnel of Almannaskarð to arrive in the Höfn region where you will stay for the night.

Driving Distance
Approximately 270 km (167 miles)
Höfn area (camping fee not included)

Day - 11 - Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Waterfalls

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After passing various outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, you will arrive at the Glacial Lagoon, Jokulsarlon. This is an exceptional sight at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur. You can walk along the banks of the lagoon or take a 30-40 min boat trip to admire the fantastically-shaped icebergs. Skaftafell National Park is another area worthy of your attention. This oasis surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains has many hiking possibilities. Continue through Kirkjubaejarklaustur village, the Eldhraun lava field and the Mýrdalssandur plain before you arrive in the Vík area for your overnight accommodation.

Driving Distance
Approximately 280 km (173 miles)
Vík area (camping fee not included)

Day - 12 - Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches

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Today you can start by taking a look at the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, famous for the Reynisdrangar rock stacks that rise from the sea and for its basalt columns. Dyrhólaey cape is the southernmost point of Iceland. A small road takes you to the top of this 120 m high sea cliff where you often can see a large number of puffins. (Please note that Dyrhólaey is closed during nesting season from May 15 til June 23 and that from mid- August the puffins will have gone to sea!) Continuing westbound you arrive at Skógar and pass Skógafoss waterfall, one of the highest in Iceland. As you continue towards Hella you pass Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall behind which you can actually walk!

Driving Distance
Approximately 120 km (75 miles)
Hvolsvöllur/Hella area (camping fee not included)

Day - 13 - The Golden Circle

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Now it is time to visit some of the most interesting and famous areas of Iceland. You drive through the village of Flúðir to reach the famous geothermal area of Geysir where the Strokkur hot spring ejects its water column high into the air every 5 – 10 minutes and where numerous small springs boil and bubble. Close by is Gullfoss, surely the country’s most famous waterfall. Continuing towards Thingvellir (Þingvellir) consider one of the geological wonders of the world where you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements which have opened various cracks and fissures in the earth’s crust. It was here that the Icelandic Parliament was founded in the 10th century. Continue to Reykjavik for your overnight stay.

Driving Distance
Approximately 220 km (136 miles)
Reykjavík (camping fee not included)

Day - 14 - Departure

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Drive back to Keflavik airport for your flight back home, or book an extra night in Reykjavik, the vibrant capital of Iceland!

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.

Camping:

Budget accommodation for 1 night (room without private facilities) and Camping gear for the rest of the stay (tent, sleeping bag, mattress, cutlery, stove, cool box)

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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