Included
Departure
June 25 - August 31
Travel Style
Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage,GPS unit, CDW and VAT for 5 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
Tour ID
SD34
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 1 - Welcome to Iceland!

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Your memorable Icelandic adventure begins the very moment you arrive at Keflavík Airport. Collect your rental vehicle and drive through the beautiful landscape all the way to the capital for your first night in the Land of Fire and Ice.

 

If you have an early arrival you might like to begin your journey with a visit to Iceland’s world-famous Blue Lagoon. Enjoy the geothermal blue and soothing waters of the lagoon before heading to your hotel. Be sure to pack your swimsuit!

Driving Distance
Approximately 50 km (30 miles)
Reykjavík

Day 2 - Volcano adventure in the Reykjanes peninsula

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Today you explore the nearby Reykjanes peninsula. From Reykjavík, it’s an easy drive to go visit Grindavík, the Reykjanes Lighthouse and cross the Bridge Between Continents.

Reykjanes is also home to Iceland’s newest volcano, Meradalir in Geldingadalur. The eruption started on 3 of August 2022 and the new eruption site is close to Fagradalsfjall, where the 2021 eruption occurred. If you’re up for it and the weather allows, you can take on the hike to go see it from up close, we recommend  booking a guided tour for safety reasons. The trail is around 7 km each way, so around 4h of walking in total. You’ll need to be in good shape to be able to do it and wear the appropriate footwear and clothes. Please note the situation is still developing and can change quickly and without notice.

After your hike, drive on to Hveragerði for your overnight stay.

Driving Distance
Approximately 180 km (112 miles)
Hveragerði / Selfoss area

Highlights

Day 3 - Highlights of the Golden Circle

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Today you have the option to start with a visit to the Lava Tunnel. Then dive into the highlights of the Golden Circle, a famous route full of stunning natural attractions. Wander around Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the geological wonders of the world. Here you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements, which have opened various cracks and fissures in the Earth’s crust.

Continue on to the famous Geysir area where you can witness the impressive Strokkur hot spring erupting every 5-10 minutes. You’ll also find several other smaller springs boiling and bubbling nearby. Last but not least, pass by one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, Gullfoss.

Driving Distance
Approximately 200 km (124 miles)
Flúðir area

Day 4 - Into the highlands

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Take on the unforgettable journey to Landmannalaugar in the highlands. To reach the colorful rhyolite mountains, you will be crossing rivers and mountain passes. You’ll travel across lava fields and moon-like scenery for a true highlight of the Icelandic landscape.

Here you can walk between colorful mountains, admire black obsidian lava fields, and dip in hot springs by wild rivers. It is an ideal location for hiking and you’ll get comprehensive information about all the hiking tracks from the mountain hut.

Later, continue your journey over lava fields along the highland road to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Driving Distance
Approximately 250 km (155 miles)
Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

Day 5 - Laki craters and eruptive fissure

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You have another day of delving into the volcanic wonders of Iceland. Start by exploring Laki, or Lakagígar. It is a volcanic fissure of 27 km (16 mi) created in 1783 and located in the western part of the Vatnajökull National Park.

Then continue on to Fjaðrárgljúfur, an impressive canyon that shows off the grandeur of Iceland. It is believed to have been formed at the end of the last Ice Age, around 9,000 years ago.

Driving Distance
Approximately 150 km (93 miles)
Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

Day 6 - Along the south coast

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Travel to one of the most popular and beautiful sights of Iceland, Skaftafell National Park. Skaftafell is a breathtaking area located at the foot of the Vatnajökull glacier. So you know you’re in for a stunning backdrop.

You have so many choices of activities today. Follow some of the hiking trails, capture the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, or you could book a guided glacier walk for a memorable excursion. Then comes another spectacular sight, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Enormous icebergs are constantly breaking off the glacier and bobbing their way across the lagoon out to sea.

Later, follow the south coast all the way to the village of Vík í Mýrdal. A walk onto the nearby black sand beach is a must! Continue along the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers to Skógar, where we recommend stopping by its waterfall and folk museum.

Driving Distance
Approximately 400 km (248 miles)
Hvolsvöllur area

Day 7 - The Westman Islands

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Today you get to experience one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets, the volcano island of Heimaey in the Westman Islands archipelago. On your way to the ferry crossing, you can stop by Seljalandsfoss. This famous waterfall is where you can walk behind the water curtain for an iconic view and photo opportunity.

Then you’ll journey to Heimaey, a gem of an island. Learn about its history and the volcano eruption of 1973. Hike to the top of Mount Eldfell, discover the elephant rock formation, and sail around the islands. You may even catch sight of whales, seals, and puffins.

In the afternoon, you’ll take a ferry to the mainland and drive back to Reykjavík.

Driving Distance
Approximately 230 km (143 miles)
Reykjavík

Day 8 - Departure

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Your journey to fabulous Iceland is coming to an end today. Drive back to Keflavík Airport to return your vehicle and catch your flight home. Depending on your flight time, you may be able to squeeze in a few last activities in Reykjavík, for a final taste of what this colorful 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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