Included
Departure
November 1 - March 31
Travel Style
Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage,GPS unit, CDW and VAT for 7 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 7 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 Northern Lights Cruise
Tour ID
SD14
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
8 days / 7 nights

Tour Map and Itinerary

Day - 01 - Welcome to Iceland!

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Your memorable Icelandic adventure begins the very moment you arrive at Keflavik Airport. After having picked up your rental vehicle, you drive to the capital for your first night in “the land of fire and ice.”

If your flight arrives early enough, you can start your trip with a visit to Iceland’s world-famous Blue Lagoon for a relaxing moment in the blue, soothing and warm geothermal waters. Be sure to pack your swimsuit!

Driving Distance
Approximately 50 km (30 miles)
Reykjavík

Day - 02 - Akureyri the capital of the North

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You travel today towards the northern part of Iceland to reach Akureyri, the north’s capital. 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. You then continue your journey driving through Skagafjörður which is known for exceptional horse breeding.

Driving Distance
Approximately 460 km (285 miles)
Akureyri area

Day - 03 - Around Lake Mývatn

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The whole day is dedicated to the marvels of Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve. On the way to Myvatn you might like to make a stop at the impressive waterfall Godafoss “The fall of the gods”. Then continue to the Mývatn area where you spend the day exploring the wonders around the lake which is one of Iceland’s most interesting regions with fantastic volcanic formations, geothermal activity and the lake itself, teeming with bird life, particularly ducks. 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 120 km (74 miles)
Mývatn area

Day - 04 - Mývatn - Egilsstaðir

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Now you continue your journey to the East of Iceland. You can start your day by taking a walk at the Dimmuborgir lava formations and visit the Skútustaðir pseudo craters. You continue the exploration of the area by visiting the amazing boiling mud pools and steam vents of Námaskard, and then the Krafla area where a series of volcanic eruptions took place from 1975-1984. You continue your trip to the village of Egilsstaðir. If you are lucky you might see the reindeers or an artic fox!

Driving Distance
Approximately 180 km (112 miles)
Egilsstaðir area

Day - 05 - The East Fjords

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You discover today the East Fjords starting with the fjord Reydarfjörður where a small but interesting World War II history museum is located. You continue the drive to reach Fáskrúðsfjörður where its French heritage is reflected by the names of the street being in French! You make your way towards the south east of Iceland driving by the coast to finally reach Höfn where you spend the night.

Driving Distance
Approximately 270 km (168 miles)
Höfn area

Day - 06 - Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and waterfalls

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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 Jökulsárlón, 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
285 km (177 miles)
Vík / Hvolsvöllur area

Day - 07 - Waterfalls and the Golden Circle

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

Driving Distance
Approximately 290 km (180 miles)
Reykjavík

Day - 08 - 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 visit a little more Reykjavík and take advantage of the many 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

We did the self driving tour for 8 days and 7 nights! I cannot even describe how beautiful Iceland is, and how much fun we had on this trip. Everything was so organized, having our itinerary with day-to-day suggestions and recommendations. We would never have found and seen half of the beautiful sites we did if we did not book through iceland tours. The accommodations were also amazing, all including a great breakfast (we chose the comfort option). Overall, would definitely recommend booking through iceland tours especially if it is your first time to the country! It really helped us become familiarized with the areas, and we can’t wait to book another Trip back.

Vanessa, Canada - February 2018