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Highlights of Iceland

This Iceland self-drive tour is popular for a reason. Availability is guaranteed as itinerary and accommodation is flexible. Stay 1 - 2 nights in each area and explore. Drive along Iceland’s scenic “Ring Road” to take in the Highlights of the country’s most spectacular scenery. Explore rugged coastlines and glacial valleys, admire some of Europe’s largest and most powerful waterfalls, and traverse otherworldly volcanic landscapes. Stay in small nice hotels or guesthouses, rooms with private bathrooms and breakfast is included.

Duration: 9 Days, All Year

Price: From $1,888 per person

Highlights

  • The Natural Wonders of Mývatn and the North
  • The Towering Mountains and Charming Villages of the East Fjords
  • The Golden Circle and the South Coast
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula

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Included:
  - Car rental for 9 days, picked up and returned to Keflavík International Airport
  - 1 night accommodation in the Reykjavík area
  - 7 nights accommodation in the countryside
  - Iceland Road Atlas and map
  - Detailed itinerary which we will help put together with you
  - Our expert assistance in planning the vacation and during your trip
  - Rental car airport fee
  - Unlimited mileage
  - Collision Damage Waiver Insurance
  - 2 authorized drivers for the whole period 
  - GPS is Free of Charge
  - Iceland Network Cell Phone (2,000 ISK prepaid)
  - All taxes, VAT and service fees
  - Information about driving in Iceland
  - The detailed Itinerary will be sent to you 4 - 6 weeks in advance, so you can study it and prepare your trip before your departure. You can also download it to your
     Iphone/smart phone or tablet to have with you on your trip.

Not included:
  - Flights to and from Iceland
  - Travel Insurance


Accommodation
We have a selection of accommodations all over Iceland which we have inspected, and we will select the ones that fit your itinerary the best.  The accommodations we use are all 3-star hotels or country guesthouses and hotels with private bathrooms, and breakfast is included unless you prefer to stay in apartments or cottages, then it is self-catering.  Many are new and all are nice, clean, and safe establishments.

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Day 1 and 2

Arrival - and Western area

Pick up your rental car at Keflavík International Airport and drive past Reykjavík to the BORGARFJÖRÐUR region. Often referred to as “the saga valley of western Iceland,” this area served as the stage for many significant events in the literary masterpieces that Iceland is known for. It is home to Hraunfossar, a remarkable series of waterfalls formed by water emerging from a porous lava field, and Barnafoss, a cluster of robust rapids with a tragic story behind their name. Spend 2 nights in the Borgarfjörður region.

Explore the area. Visit the Snaefellsnes peninsula, with its impressive glacier and the famous Kirkjufell Mountain.

An idea is to visit Glacier cave in Langjokull.

 

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Day 3 and 4

Akureyri, the “Capital of the North” and the North East

Drive through the Skagafjörður region to AKUREYRI. This small, yet bustling city is nestled in Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord. Because it serves as the hub for trade, education, and culture in the region, Akureyri is often referred to as “the capital of the north.” And although it is situated less than 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the climate here is surprisingly mild. Spend some time wandering through the northernmost botanical garden, and then take a dip in one of Iceland’s most popular swimming pools. Spend 2 nights in Akureyri or neighborhood.

Explore the Husavik area with it´s famous whale watching and North Pole tours. Explore the Myvatn area and visit Dettifoss the biggest waterfall in Europe.

MÝVATN is the fourth largest lake in Iceland. Frequent lava flows have left its shoreline very irregular in shape, and few areas offer such a wide spectrum of geological formations. The lake lies on an active volcanic belt where eruptions are frequent and intense geothermal activity results in bubbling mud pools, steaming solfataras, and brightly-colored mineral deposits. Relax in the sublime Jarðböðin við Mývatn, a bathing lagoon filled with mineral-rich, geothermally-heated water.  Marvel at the magical waterfall, Goðafoss, the volcanic area around Krafla, the spectacular Sulphur fields at Námaskarð, the dramatic lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir. 

The East fjords

Day 5

Along the East Fjords

Travel south along the beautiful, rugged coastline of the East Fjords which are punctuated with towering mountains and charming small villages such as Egilsstaðir, Seydisfjordur and more.  Spend one the night in the South East Fjords

 

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DAY 6 and 7

South Coast and Skaftafell

Continue your journey south of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.  Spend some time at JÖKULSÁRLÓN, a stunning glacial lagoon filled with icebergs that have calved off the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull and are heading out to sea. It is abundant with fish that have drifted in from the ocean, and you may catch a glimpse of seals swimming around the lagoon looking to reap the bounty.

Next, explore SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK.  Part of the larger Vatnajökull National Park, Skaftafell is a masterpiece of seemingly impossible contrasts of nature. The landscape in the park has considerable variety and has been formed over thousands of years by the influences of ice, fire, and water. The waterfall Svartifoss is one of Skaftafell’s best known attractions, mainly for the towering black basalt columns that flank it.  Continue along the coast to South of Iceland.

An interesting variation is to spend a night or a day in the Volcano island of Vestmannaeyjar. This island erupted in 1973 and all inhabitants had to leave their homes in the middle of the night. Now there is a fascinating museum in Vestmannaeyjar that tells the story. Vestmannaeyjar is also a home to a large colony of puffins.

Many of Iceland natural wonders can be found in South of Iceland. SKÓGAR is a tiny village that is home to not only a fantastic folk museum - which contains an outstanding collection of artifacts and impressive turf houses - but it is also home to Skógafoss, one of Iceland’s largest waterfalls with a width of 82 feet and a drop of 200 feet.  SELJALANDSFOSS is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in all of Iceland. Here, the river Seljalandsá drops 200 feet over the cliffs of what used to be the island‘s coastline. If favorable conditions allow (and if you don‘t mind getting a bit wet), it is possible to walk behind the waterfall. 

Stay 2 nights in the South of Iceland.

 

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Day 8

The Golden Circle

Golden Circle day. Now you will be traveling to Reykjavik along the Golden Circle area. ÞINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Iceland’s most fascinating places due to both its impressive geological formations and for the significant role it plays in the country’s history as the original meeting site of the Icelandic parliament, the oldest existing parliament in the world. GULLFOSS is a majestic double waterfall that tumbles 105 feet into the canyon of Hvítá, one of the longest rivers in Iceland.  And located in the Haukadalur geothermal area, GEYSIR is the geyser from which the English word is derived. Geysir itself is now dormant, but an adjacent geyser, Strokkur, erupts every few minutes.  Spend the night in Reykjavík.

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Day 9

Reykjavík - Departure

REYKJAVÍK is the northern most capital city in the world. Lined with colorful, corrugated steel buildings, the streets in the downtown area are very pedestrian-friendly and full of fascinating museums, quaint shops, and cozy cafes.  Spend the morning exploring the city at your leisure and then drive back to Keflavík to return the rental car before catching your flight home. If you like to bathe in the Blue lagoon on your last day, please remember to pre book.

 Price for daily departures  November 1 2017 to December 20, 2017 and

 January 5 - April 30, 2018:

 

- Price in dollars per person -

Car Type 2 persons in Double Room 3 persons in Triple Room 4 persons in 2 Double Rooms
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 1,888 $ 1,536 $ 1,574
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 2,011 $ 1,619 $ 1,636
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 2,140 $ 1,705 $ 1,700

 


Price for daily departures in May 2017, and September 15 to October 31, 2017

                                        December 20, 2017 to January 5, 2018

 

- Price in dollars per person -

Car Type 2 persons in Double Room 3 persons in Triple Room 4 persons in 2 Double Rooms
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 2,065 $ 1,722 $ 1,725
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 2,100 $ 1,745 $ 1,742
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 2,263 $ 1,854 $ 1,824
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 2,432 $ 1,966 $ 1,908

 

Price for daily departures in June to September 14, 2017:

 

- Price in dollars per person -

Car Type 2 persons in Double Room 3 persons in Triple Room 4 persons in 2 Double Rooms
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 2,734 $ 2,138 $ 2,316
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 2,823 $ 2,198 $ 2,361
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 3,065 $ 2,360 $ 2,482
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 3,328 $ 2,534 $ 2,613

 

 

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Views from Highlights of Iceland

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Highlights

  • The Natural Wonders of Mývatn and the North
  • The Towering Mountains and Charming Villages of the East Fjords
  • The Golden Circle and the South Coast
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula

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