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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.

Duration: 9 Days, All Year

Price: From $1,753 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

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Included:
  - Car rental for 8 days, pick up on arrival at Keflavík International Airport*
  - 1 night accommodation in the Reykjavík area
  - 7 nights accommodation in the countryside
  - Iceland Road Atlas and map
  - 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 
  - GPS is Free of Charge
  - All taxes, VAT and service fees
  - Information about driving in Iceland
  - 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.

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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

 

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. 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 on your way to the airport. You can choose to keep the car for an extra day or there are shuttle buses and private transfers available.

 

Daily Departures.

Standard value packages:  An accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and farmhouses around Iceland. The standard 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. Wi-Fi is available in most standard 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. Wi-Fi 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 14, 2017:

 

Standard 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
01 - Toyota Yaris Auto $ 2,273 $ 1,800 $ 1,915 $ 1,672
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 2,367 $ 1,862 $ 1,981 $ 1,725
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 2,452 $ 1,919 $ 2,040 $ 1,772
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 2,754 $ 2,073 $ 2,200 $ 1,900
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 3,101 $ 2,301 $ 2,374 $ 2,039
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 3,219 $ 2,380 $ 2,433 $ 2,086

 

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
01 - Toyota Yaris Auto $ 2,495 $ 1,982 $ 2,224 $ 1,948
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 2,624 $ 2,045 $ 2,290 $ 2,001
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 2,742 $ 2,109 $ 2,349 $ 2,048
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 3,063 $ 2,323 $ 2,509 $ 2,176
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 3,410 $ 2,555 $ 2,683 $ 2,315
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 3,528 $ 2,633 $ 2,742 $ 2,362

 

Price for the periods September 15 to October 31 2017 and December 21, 2017 to January 5, 2018:

 

Standard 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
01 - Toyota Yaris Auto $ 1,909 $ 1,526 $ 1,584 $ 1,359
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 1,971 $ 1,567 $ 1,614 $ 1,384
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 2,023 $ 1,602 $ 1,640 $ 1,404
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 2,178 $ 1,705 $ 1,718 $ 1,467
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 2,339 $ 1,812 $ 1,801 $ 1,555
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 2,390 $ 1,847 $ 1,837 $ 1,583

 

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
01 - Toyota Yaris Auto $ 2,089 $ 1,731 $ 1,763 $ 1,587
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 2,150 $ 1,772 $ 1,795 $ 1,621
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 2,202 $ 1,807 $ 1,831 $ 1,650
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 2,358 $ 1,911 $ 1,939 $ 1,737
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 2,525 $ 2,018 $ 2,050 $ 1,826
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 2,597 $ 2,052 $ 2,086 $ 1,854

 

Price for the periods November 1 to December 20, 2017 and January 6 to April 30 2018:

 

Standard 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
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 1,809 $ 1,442 $ 1,469 $ 1,257
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 1,927 $ 1,521 $ 1,528 $ 1,304
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 2,050 $ 1,603 $ 1,590 $ 1,354
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 2,097 $ 1,634 $ 1,613 $ 1,372

 

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
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 1,942 $ 1,556 $ 1,602 $ 1,379
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 2,060 $ 1,635 $ 1,661 $ 1,426
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 2,182 $ 1,717 $ 1,722 $ 1,477
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 2,230 $ 1,748 $ 1,746 $ 1,504

 

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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

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