Included
Departure
May 1 - September 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 / Comfort / Quality for 13 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
Ferry
Tickets to the Baldur Ferry
Tour ID
SD03
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
14 days / 13 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 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)
Reykjavík

Day - 02 - Borgarfjörður and Snæfellsnes

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Today you will be discovering an interesting area, rich with cultural and historical heritage. As you head toward Borgarfjörður, we recommend stopping by the magnificent, Hraunfossar waterfalls, where the water seems to magically flows from the lava bed into the river below. 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 Peninsula

Day - 03 - Snæfellsnes and Breiðafjörður bay

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Your day will start with a boat ride on the Baldur ferry, taking you to the beautiful, West Fjords. You will depart in the morning from Stykkishólmur, heading to Patreksfjordur and sailing through Breiðafjörður Bay.

Driving Distance
Approximately 140 km (87 miles)
Patreksfjörður

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 Flateyri and from there you drive on to reach your accommodation near the Isafjordur town.

Driving Distance
Approximately 200 km (124 miles)
Ísafjörður

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

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Today your journey through the most remote places in Iceland continues. Next up is Strandir, the eastern part of the West Fjords. You’ll thrill to the spectacular landscape, while driving along the numerous small fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp and passing Vigur Island along the way.

Driving Distance
Approximately 350 km (217 miles)
Hrútafjörður

Day - 06 - North Iceland and Akureyri, the capital of the North

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Your next day’s journey continues toward the northern part of Iceland, ending in the north’s capital, Akureyri, passing through Skagafjörður, known for exceptional horse breeding; in fact, many stunning, Icelandic horses can be seen on your drive.

Driving Distance
Approximately 230 km (143 miles)
Akureyri area

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)
Overnight stay in Mývatn/ Húsavík area

Day - 08 - Lake Mývatn Nature Reserve

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Your whole 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 that sit straight on top of a geothermal area; 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%. Guests can take a few turns in the steam baths and cool down in the outdoor shower in between.

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

Day - 09 - Dettifoss Waterfall and Ásbyrgi

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Your day starts in the charming fishing village of Husavik. After Husavik, you will drive the Tjornes Peninsula coastline, where you can make a quick stop on the way at the extremity of the peninsula to enjoy the view and spot some seabirds. The journey then continues to the eastern part of Iceland, with a few stops on the way, for your next evening’s stay.

Driving Distance
Approximately 340 km (211 miles)
Egilsstaðir

Day - 10 - The East Fjords

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Today is the day to discover the East Fjords. Starting toward the fjord Reydarfjörður, where a small-but-fascinating, World War II history museum is located, you continue along the fjords toward 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 spend that night.

Driving Distance
Approximately 270 km (168 miles)
Höfn

Day - 11 - Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon and Skaftafell National Park

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Your next stop is Iceland’s scenic southeast. After passing various, outlet glaciers belonging to Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, you’ll arrive at the stunningly surreal beauty of Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon. This exceptional sight sits at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur. Skaftafell National Park is another area definitely worth a visit. This oasis, surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains, offers a broad range of options for great hiking. Continue through Kirkjubaejarklaustur village, the Eldhraun lava field and the Mýrdalssandur plain, before you arrive in the Vík area.

Driving Distance
Approximately 280 km (147 miles)
Vík area

Day - 12 - Waterfalls and black sand beaches

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Today you can start by taking a look at the black sand Reynisfjara beach, 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 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 waterfall and you can actually walk behind it.

Driving Distance
Approximately 120 km (75 miles)
Hvolsvöllur/Hella area

Day - 13 - The Golden Circle

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Continue westbound to the south coast of Iceland and explore the Golden Circle, which takes you to the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland: Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park. On your way back to Reykjavik you will pass the magnificent waterfalls, Skógarfoss and Seljalandsfoss.
Your day will end in Reykjavík where you will spend your last night in Iceland.

Driving Distance
Approximately 300 km (186 miles)
Reykjavík

Day - 14 - Departure

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It seems as if your journey to fabulous Iceland only began a moment ago, but now it is time to head back home, driving back to Keflavík Airport for your flight. Depending on your flight’s time, you may be able to squeeze in a last day in Reykjavík or an extra night in there to experience all the amazing things that the 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

Customer Reviews

Iceland Tours made everything very easy from start to finish. The only thing they didn’t organise so well was the weather! But at the end of the day, the torrential rain and blizzards just made the experience more memorable. I would recommend a larger car if you are heading for the West Fjords, but otherwise the roads were ok. All in all a spectacular place to visit, with so much variety. Give yourself more time than you think you need, or you will have to make tough choices about what NOT to see. 2 nights in the Lake Myvatn area was a must. An unforgettable trip!

Wow! Iceland is an amazing country and Iceland Tours did an amazing job organizing a very affordable 12 Day Self Drive Tour of the island for us. The accommodations were very good, every place with a delicious breakfast and it was very easy navigating the driving tour… our rental car came complete with GPS and wifi!! We loved our trip! Thank-you Island Tours!! We sang your praises to other tourists that we ran into many of them were very much impressed with eh quality and low cost of our tour package!!!

Everything exceeded our expectations. The accommodation, the trip routing, the people, the extravagant, mysterious, majestic scenery and the weather. We could not be happier and wish to congratulate Iceland tours on organizing such a fantastic tour. We did the Iceland complete 14 day self drive tour and it could not have been easier. We were fortunate that it snowed on the days we were in the Western fjords area and this added to the experience. We are recommending Icleand tours to our friends. 10 out of 10 Sharon and Jerry

Following our unforgettable self drive adventures through Iceland, a land that has captured both our hearts, with gratitude for the wonderful help and support received from Iceland Tours, we would highly recommend future adventurers consider Iceland Tours as their partner of choice during their visit to Iceland.

Chris, Luxembourg
Daniel, USA - August 2018
Sharon and Jerry, Australia - September 2018
Bransby, South Africa - September 2018