Highlights of Iceland Ring Road

Highlights of Iceland Ring Road

Nordika Travel is a USA based company. Icelandic staff in USA.

This Iceland Road Trip, Ring Road 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.

Duration: 8 nights, All Year

Price: From $1,676 per person based on 2 people sharing

Highlights

  • The Natural Wonders of Myvatn Lake and North Iceland
  • The Towering Mountains and Charming Villages of the East Fjords
  • The Golden Circle and Geyser
  • Tectonic plates and Thingvellir
  • Seljalandsfoss and The South Coast of Iceland
  • Black Beach and Reynisdrangar
  • Diamond Beach and the Glacier lagoon
  • Akureyri and Dettifoss
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafossar

Included:


  - Car rental for 8 days, pick up on arrival at Keflavik International Airport*
  - 1 night accommodation in the Reykjavik area
  - 7 nights accommodation in the countryside
  - Standard or 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
  - All taxes, VAT and service fees
  - Information about driving in Iceland
  - Mobile WIFI, and you can use your smart phone or your tablet on the road or in your hotel
  - The 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
  - Car rental for an extra day, if necessary

*Please note that the package price is based on 24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on departure day, an extra rental day is available. You can also choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the car rental ends and use Flybus Plus or private departure transfer.

Package Map
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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 Borgarfjordur 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 Barnafossar, 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 the Ice cave in Langjokull.

 

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Day 3 and 4

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

Drive through the Skagafjordur region famous for the Icelandic Horse 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 Nature Baths at Myvatn, a bathing lagoon filled with mineral-rich, geothermally-heated water.  Marvel at the magical waterfall, Godafoss, the volcanic area around Krafla, the spectacular Sulphur fields at Namaskarð, the dramatic lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and the pseudo craters at Skutustadir

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 like Dyrfjoll 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 Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier.  Spend some time at JOKULSARLON, a stunning glacial lagoon filled with icebergs that have calved off the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull and are heading out to sea where the massive icebergs make their way along the Diamond Beach. 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 Vatnajokull 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, visit VIK and the BLACK BEACH.

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, Eldheimar 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. SKOGAR 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 SKOGAFOSS, 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 of Iceland

Golden Circle day. Now you will be traveling to Reykjavik along the Golden Circle area. ThINGVELLIR 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

 

Departure from Iceland

REYKJAVIK 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. You need to be at the airport at least two hours before departure. If your departure is during the morning drive directly to the airport and return the car.

If your flight is in the afternoon you could stop by the Blue lagoon or the new amazing Sky lagoon. You can choose to keep the car for an extra day or there are shuttle buses and private transfers available.

 

Daily Departures.

Comfort value packages:  An accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and farmhouses around Iceland. The comfort accommodation room is ideal for a brief stay of up to a few days. Double rooms contain two twin beds, or one queen size bed. There is a fully equipped en suite bathroom. All hotels are equipped with central heating and television. Normally no room service is provided. WiFi is available in most comfort accommodations.
Quality value packages: An accommodation in 3 or 4 star like hotels or special guesthouses. The Beds can be two twin beds or one Queen or King. En-suite full bathrooms normally contain hairdryers, toiletries and towels. Bathrooms are fully equipped, either with a shower or a bathtub. WiFi internet is available in all hotels free of charge. Quality accommodation offers restaurant on site.  Possibility to upgrade to superior or deluxe rooms, when available.

Price for the period June 1 to September 30:

 

Comfort Value Package: 8 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic or similar $ 2,332 $ 1,864 $ 1,822 $ 1,581
Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD Automatic Plugin/Hybrid or similar $ 2,489 $ 1,969 $ 1,900 $ 1,644
Kia Sportage 4WD Automatic or similar $ 2,571 $ 2,024 $ 1,941 $ 1,688
Tesla 3 Electric Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,657 $ 2,081 $ 1,984 $ 1,734
Mercedes Benz E-220 Auto or similar $ 2,951 $ 2,243 $ 2,123 $ 1,845
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 5 seater or similar $ 3,131 $ 2,343 $ 2,238 $ 1,943
Mercedes Benz GLE - Plugin Hybrid Auto 4x4 or similar $ 3,364 $ 2,498 $ 2,354 $ 2,037
Audi Q7 Auto 4x4 or similar $ 3,501 $ 2,578 $ 2,398 $ 2,065
Land Rover Discovery 7 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 3,635 $ 2,679 $ 2,490 $ 2,145
Mercedes Benz GLS 7 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 4,535 $ 3,279 $ 2,940 $ 2,505

 

Quality Value Package: 8 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic or similar $ 2,773 $ 2,180 $ 2,352 $ 2,052
Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD Automatic Plugin/Hybrid or similar $ 2,975 $ 2,285 $ 2,457 $ 2,137
Kia Sportage 4WD Automatic or similar $ 3,086 $ 2,343 $ 2,513 $ 2,181
Tesla 3 Electric Auto 4x4 or similar $ 3,202 $ 2,419 $ 2,570 $ 2,227
Mercedes Benz E-220 Auto or similar $ 3,523 $ 2,623 $ 2,695 $ 2,320
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 5 seater or similar $ 3,725 $ 2,769 $ 2,832 $ 2,437
Mercedes Benz GLE - Plugin Hybrid Auto 4x4 or similar $ 3,958 $ 2,924 $ 2,949 $ 2,530
Audi Q7 Auto 4x4 or similar $ 4,073 $ 2,989 $ 2,970 $ 2,540
Land Rover Discovery 7 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 4,230 $ 3,105 $ 3,084 $ 2,638
Mercedes Benz GLS 7 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 5,129 $ 3,705 $ 3,534 $ 2,998

 

Price for the periods Jan 3 to Apr 30 and Nov 1 to Dec 22:

 

Comfort Value Package: 8 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Tesla 3 Electric Auto 4x4 or similar $ 1,984 $ 1,588 $ 1,489 $ 1,289
Mercedes Benz E-220 Auto or similar $ 1,994 $ 1,586 $ 1,469 $ 1,268
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater or similar $ 1,995 $ 1,596 $ 1,494 $ 1,293
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 33" Mountain Safari or similar $ 2,075 $ 1,649 $ 1,534 $ 1,325
Mercedes Benz GLE - Plugin Hybrid Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,170 $ 1,712 $ 1,582 $ 1,363
Audi Q7 Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,206 $ 1,728 $ 1,575 $ 1,353
Land Rover Discovery 7 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,276 $ 1,783 $ 1,635 $ 1,405
Mercedes Benz GLS 7 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,610 $ 2,005 $ 1,801 $ 1,539

 

Quality Value Package: 8 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Mercedes Benz E-220 Auto or similar $ 2,254 $ 1,757 $ 1,729 $ 1,474
Tesla 3 Electric Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,265 $ 1,775 $ 1,769 $ 1,513
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater or similar $ 2,276 $ 1,783 $ 1,775 $ 1,517
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 33" Mountain Safari or similar $ 2,356 $ 1,836 $ 1,815 $ 1,549
Mercedes Benz GLE - Plugin Hybrid Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,450 $ 1,899 $ 1,862 $ 1,587
Audi Q7 Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,466 $ 1,898 $ 1,835 $ 1,559
Land Rover Discovery 7 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,556 $ 1,970 $ 1,915 $ 1,630
Mercedes Benz GLS 7 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,921 $ 2,192 $ 2,108 $ 1,804

 

Price for the periods May 1 to 30, October 1 to 31 and Dec 23 to Jan 2:

 

Comfort Value Package: 8 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Mercedes Benz E-220 Auto or similar $ 2,142 $ 1,658 $ 1,617 $ 1,370
Tesla 3 Electric Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,145 $ 1,665 $ 1,650 $ 1,399
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater or similar $ 2,156 $ 1,673 $ 1,655 $ 1,404
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 33" Mountain Safari or similar $ 2,236 $ 1,726 $ 1,695 $ 1,436
Mercedes Benz GLE - Plugin Hybrid Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,331 $ 1,789 $ 1,742 $ 1,473
Audi Q7 Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,354 $ 1,799 $ 1,723 $ 1,455
Land Rover Discovery 7 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,437 $ 1,860 $ 1,795 $ 1,516
Mercedes Benz GLS 7 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,771 $ 2,082 $ 1,962 $ 1,651

 

Quality Value Package: 8 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Mercedes Benz E-220 Auto or similar $ 2,386 $ 1,933 $ 1,861 $ 1,632
Tesla 3 Electric Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,405 $ 1,965 $ 1,909 $ 1,696
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater or similar $ 2,416 $ 1,972 $ 1,915 $ 1,702
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 33" Mountain Safari or similar $ 2,496 $ 2,026 $ 1,955 $ 1,745
Mercedes Benz GLE - Plugin Hybrid Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,590 $ 2,089 $ 2,002 $ 1,796
Audi Q7 Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,598 $ 2,074 $ 1,967 $ 1,742
Land Rover Discovery 7 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 2,696 $ 2,159 $ 2,072 $ 1,853
Mercedes Benz GLS 7 seater Auto 4x4 or similar $ 3,110 $ 2,399 $ 2,297 $ 2,033

Rental cars for your road trip

Toyota Corolla Wagon

The Corolla W/G (Wagon) is synonymous with reliability. It has good space and comfort, suitable for a 3/4 persons, with good room for luggage.

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Toyota RAV4 4WD Automatic

The RAV4 is a luxurious 4x4 which will take you further. But also available as 2wd. There is plenty of space and all passengers ride in comfort.  The RAV4 is ideal for Icelandic country roads, with the stability of the 4x4 drive.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic

The Land Cruiser is the top of the line 4x4 Jeep/SUV. There is plenty of space, comfort and luxury and this car will take you almost anywhere in style.  This is a car that will take you to most of the places you want to visit in Iceland.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Mountain Safari

This is a Landcruiser LX model that has been adapted to driving in rough terrain in the interior of Iceland. It has 33" tires and an air outlet on top of the car, making it suitable for passing rivers. The ground clearance is also higher than the normal Land Cruiser models.

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Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater

Launched in 1994, the Proace Verso is a light commercial van. The Proace Verso is the perfect 9 seater minivan for a group of travelers with plenty of luggage. Proace makes it possible for up to 9 persons to travel together in comfort.

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Tesla 3 Electric Auto 4x4

The Tesla is an electric car that has become quite popular in Iceland. It is a chick car, and you will need to be comfortable with the iPad looking high tech dashboard, where you have access to everything online.

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Mercedes Benz GLE - Plugin Hybrid Auto 4x4

This is a luxury SUV, spacious, agile and aerodynamic. It has an elegant cabin and a first-in-class tech in finely tailored style.

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Audi Q7 Auto 4x4

With standard quattro all-wheel-drive and seating for 5, the Audi Q7 sets the standard in the luxury SUV segment with impressive driving dynamics, benchmark connectivity, and advanced driver assistance technologies.

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Land Rover Discovery 5 seater Auto 4x4

With five-passenger seating options this versatile SUV utilizes the latest connectivity technologies, innovative storage solutions, and on-/off-road capability to shuttle drivers and their passengers to and from their commitments in the utmost comfort.

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Mercedes Benz GLS 7 seater Auto 4x4

This is a full-size luxury SUV produced by Mercedes-Benz since 2006. According to Mercedes-Benz, it is the SUV equivalent of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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Hotel types for your road trip

Comfort Hotels

This is an accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and farmhouses around Iceland. The comfort accommodation room is ideal for a brief stay of up to a few days. Double rooms contain two twin beds, or one queen size bed. There is a fully equipped en suite bathroom. All hotels are equipped with central heating and television. Normally no room service is provided. WiFi is available in most comfort accommodations.

Quality Hotels

These are our best vacation deals. An accommodation in 3 or 4 star like hotels or special guesthouses. The Beds can be two twin beds or one Queen or King. En-suite full bathrooms normally contain hairdryers, toiletries and towels. Bathrooms are fully equipped, either with a shower or a bathtub. WiFi internet is available in all hotels free of charge. Quality accommodation offers restaurant on site.

Superior Hotels

These are 4 star hotels (or upgrade to superior rooms or suits in 3 star hotels where 4 star is not available. Our choice of superior hotels around the country include, small boutique hotels and hotels with special atmosphere. All superior hotels have good restaurants and bars. Many offer their own spa facilities. Our superior hotels in the countryside are small and include elevators, bar service and restaurants or a nearby restaurant.

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Views from Highlights of Iceland Ring Road

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  • Dyrholaey1.JPG
  • akureyri---boating-fun.jpg
  • geysir 2.jpg
  • Dettifoss waterfall.jpg
  • hraunfossar spring.jpg
  • Godafoss.JPG
  • skógafoss 2.jpg
  • reykjavík street life 1.jpg
  • seljalandsfoss-waterfall.jpg
  • þingvellir 4.jpg

Highlights

  • The Natural Wonders of Myvatn Lake and North Iceland
  • The Towering Mountains and Charming Villages of the East Fjords
  • The Golden Circle and Geyser
  • Tectonic plates and Thingvellir
  • Seljalandsfoss and The South Coast of Iceland
  • Black Beach and Reynisdrangar
  • Diamond Beach and the Glacier lagoon
  • Akureyri and Dettifoss
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafossar

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