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This self drive trip encompasses the major natural wonders that have made Iceland famous, but it lets you do it during the cosy and less busy winter period.
Follow Icelandâ€™s dramatic coastline through an active volcanic zone as you pass black sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains, picturesque waterfalls, and spouting geysers.
If youâ€™re lucky, youâ€™ll also witness a spectacular showing of the famous northern lights.
Day 1 Reykjavik
Arrival in Iceland - The worldâ€™s northernmost capital city
Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is yours to rest and to enjoy at your own leisure.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Approximate distance: ca190km / 118miles
National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls
Head for the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake. Then drive to the village of Laugarvatn and continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir, with bubbling mud pools and the regularly erupting Strokkur geyser. Then visit the dramatic, two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade.
Overnight in the Fludir area.
Day 3 Eyjafallajokull - Skogar - KirkjubaejarklausturMeals: Breakfast
Approximate distance: ca213km / 132miles
Waterfalls - Volcanic Aftermath - Black Sand Beaches
Spend this day exploring the region close to the towering strato-volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which is possibly the most famous volcano in the world today.
Driving along the south shore you can also visit the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Then continue onwards to Reynisfjara beach and its striking black sands, viewing the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean.Overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area
Day 4 Skaftafell National ParkMeals: Breakfast
Approximate distance: ca408km / 253miles
Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier
Skaftafell National Park is one of Iceland's most outstanding areas of natural beauty. Itâ€™s dominated by the Vatnajokull glacier, Europe's largest ice cap. Continue to the photogenic Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where you can watch a breathtaking sight of floating, blue-tinted icebergs in this 180-metre deep glacial lagoon.
Return to Kirkjubaejarklaustur area for overnight stay.
Approximate distance: ca249km / 155miles
Greenhouse Village - Thundering Waves - Geothermal Lagoon
Head towards the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few communities in the world located directly on top of an active geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called â€˜the flower villageâ€™ because of its many greenhouses that are heated by hot water from nearby springs. Continue snaking along the coast, with its breathtaking sea waves.
On to the Reykjanes peninsula where you can enjoy a relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm and mineral-rich geothermal water located in a middle of a black lava field.
Return to Reykjavik for overnight stay
Day 6 ReykjavikMeals: Breakfast
Return to Keflavik International Airport.*
We recommend departing the hotel approximately 3 hours prior to the departure of your international flight.
**Please note that the package price is based on 5 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 6, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 5-day rental is up and use our FlyBus plus departure transfer.
The price is based on Cat. 1.3 economy car, Suzuki Swift, 4WD, manual or similar.
Other category cars are available.
Please note: The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings, therefore, cannot be guaranteed.
A supplement will be charged for travel during the period Dec. 28, 2018 - Jan 2, 2019.
Price IncludesEmergency Phone Line Open 24 Hours
Detailed Iceland Travel Guide Booklet in Selected Languages
Road Map (1:500 000)
Airport Service Charge
Car Pick-Up/Drop-off at KeflavÃk International Airport
Gps System With Car and Additional Authorized Driver
Rental Car for 8 Days With Unlimited Mileage, Cdw, Theft Protection and Vat
3 Nights in Countryside Hotels, Including Breakfast
2 Nights at a Hotel in Reykjavik, Including Breakfast (except Arrival Day)
Price Does Not IncludeOptional Excursions
Breakfast the First Day
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