Included
Departure
May 1 - September 30
Travel Style
Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage,GPS unit, CDW and VAT for 6 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 6 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
SD30
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
7 days / 6 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.

Depending on your arrival time, your may be interested in taking a nice drive around the Reykjanes peninsula and check out the geothermal area of Seltun with its bubbling mud pools and steam coming out of earth. Or take a refreshing stroll to the Reykjanes lighthouse. We recommend as well a stop in the famous Blue Lagoon either for a visit or for a soothing bath in the blue geothermal water (reservation obligatory via The Blue Lagoon).

Driving Distance
Approximately 50-100 km (30-62 miles)
Reykjavík

Day - 02 - Geysers, Waterfalls and Secret lagoon

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From Reykjavik you drive out of town through Mosfellsheidi to Thingvellir National Park, considered as a geological wonder of the world. This is a highly interesting area both from the geological and the historical point of view. Here you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements which have opened cracks and fissures in the earth’s crust. You can stroll from the upper area to the lower one or drive down to the lower one. Do not miss the so called money rift (Peningagjá or Flosagjá) where one can make a wish by throwing a coin in the clear waters. A short walk can be made to the Öxarárfoss waterfall and you will literally be standing in a fissure separating two continents!Now it is time to visit some of the most interesting and famous areas of Iceland. In the geothermal area of Geysir the hot spring Strokkur ejects its water column high into the air every 5 – 10 minutes or so. You will also find numerous small springs boil and bubble. Afterwards you only have a short drive to Gullfoss, which many regard as Iceland’s most beautiful waterfall. On your way to the Geysir area you have Efsti Dalur farm you can have a tasty ice cream stop.

Driving Distance
Approximately 200 km (124 miles)
Selfoss area

Day - 03 - Volcanoes and Black Sand Beach

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Today is a nature day. We drive the south coast to the east, past Hella but with a recommended stop in Hvolsvollur village where you have the opportunity to visit the interactive Lava centre, which is a brand new museum and cinema center where you can learn all about volcanoes and volcanic eruptions.
After Hvolsvollur village you head onwards and your next stop will be Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the one you can actually walk behind ! After going from the right to the left behind the waterfall, we recommend you walk down and take the path that lies on your right hand and you search for the other waterfall (Gljúfrabúi), a bit hidden in the volcanic rock. You head forward to Skogar and its waterfall. The legend says that Thrasi who lived close to the waterfall hid a chest filled with gold behind the waterfall. In old times one could see one side of the chest through the waterfall! If you want to know a bit more about Iceland‘s history we recommend the Skogar folk museum, filled with items from ancient Iceland, and turf houses you can visit. In the early afternoon, you have the possibility to go ice hiking on Solheimajokull glacier (optional and for 8 years and older). Drive on to Reynisfjara black 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!). Be careful and do not go too close the sea, the waves are dangerous!

Driving Distance
Approximately 150 km (93 miles)
Vík area

Day - 04 - Skaftafell National Park - Glacier Walk (optional)

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From Vik village, drive onwards to Skaftafell in the Vatnajokull National Park. We highly recommend the short hike to Svartifoss waterfall. Take a bottle of water with you and taste the clear and ice cold water from the river as well. If you want more hiking experience you can always head on up to Kristinartindar (8 hours hike in total) and have the most wonderful view of the surrounding glaciers and region. You might maybe be interested in taking a hike on ice if you did not have time on day 3. You can take a 1 and ½- 2 hour glacier walk (optional – 8 years and older). The walk takes you to Svinafellsjokull glacier tongue where you will walk through ridges and deep crevasses. Glacier gear and safety equipment included.

Driving Distance
Approximately 160 km (99 miles)
Skaftafell region

Day - 05 - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon - Canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur

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Drive a bit further east and make a stop a Fjallsarlon glacier lagoon where you can approach the lagoon quite close and take a zodiac boat tour on the lagoon (optional). From here you head on to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon where you can have an amphibian boat tour on the lagoon, getting real close to the glacier itself (optional). Open your ears, you will hear the ice crack and see icebergs floating onwards to the sea ! After the boat tour, take a short stroll to the beach where one can often see curious seals swimming close to the shore and check out us humans watching them. Drive back towards Klaustur region and we recommend you check out the Fjadrargljufur canyon before you head on to your accommodation. This canyon is approx 100 meters deep and about 2 kilometers long. The walk/hike is easy and you will have access to really nice view points from the visible walking paths all along the way.

Driving Distance
Approximately 180 - 255 km (112 - 158 miles)
Vík / Klaustur area

Day - 06 - South Coast - Reykjavík

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Drive back to Reykjavik. As there was so much to see on the way east you may not have taken your time to explore it all so now you have the time to stay a bit longer on the different sites or just stroll back if you prefer. On your way and if you still want to hike some more, we recommend a walk in Reykjadalur by Hveragerdi, through geothermal area. It is uphill, but quite easy and once up you can take a nice soothing bath in a naturally warm river so do not forget your towel or your swimsuit! If you are through with the hikes, we recommend a Kayak tour in Stokkseyri. You can take a nice family ride of approx 2 hours where you just navigate through the fen with a map to find your way through. After the kayak tour you should try the nice but really small swimming pool in the village. (Optional) From here you can either drive directly to Reykjavik or you can continue to the Reykjanes area if you did not take that ride on day one. Depending on your arrival time to Reykjavik, the kids might want to take a walk through the Reykjavik zoo and the park attached to it.

Driving Distance
Approximately 160 - 260 km (118 - 162 miles)
Reykjavík

Day - 07 - 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
Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

Customer Reviews

What an amazing trip!!! We did the Family Vacation for 8 days, though we were 6 friends between the ages of 25 and 30, and it was perfect! Not too much driving in a day, but we got to see everything Iceland has to offer! Every time we thought we couldn’t see anything better than this…the next stop would top it! Geysers, waterfalls, glaciers, calderas, hot springs…everything we did and saw was absolutely perfect, as were the hotels and daily itineraries. I can’t recommend enough!

Sondra, USA - June 2019