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Majestic Fjords Self Drive
Iceland Self Drive Tour
Offering the ultimate Iceland experience, this superb self-drive tour covers all the major highlights of the mainland, plus the many wonders of the more secluded Westfjords. These two weeks of travel bring together a sequence of attractions, from the newly-formed volcanic hot spots such as Krafla, to those ancient landscapes found in the far west, where the roads lead to remote fishing villages, weave around coastlines and through narrow fjords. This is the ultimate Iceland experience - including the highlights of the Ring Road, the scenic Westfjords, and the mystical Snaefellsnes peninsula.
* Types of Car recommended: 2.0 or higher.
Geothermal Lagoon â Flower village â Geothermal Greenhouses
Approximate mileage: ca. 100 km / 62 miles
Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.
From KeflavĂk International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of HveragerĂ°i. The village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the flower village.
Depending on your arrival time in Iceland it is ideal to visit the renowned Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal water.
National Park of Geological Wonders (UNESCO) â Exploding Geysers â Massive Waterfall
Approximate distance: ca170km / 106miles
Drive to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. Continue to the famous Geysir hot-spring area and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall.
Overnight in the Fludir area.
Optional: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee
Hekla Volcano â Thundering Waterfalls â Puffin Colony â Black Sand Beaches â Lava Fields
Approximate mileage: ca. 300 km / 186 miles
Drive along the spectacular south coast, viewing highlights such as SkĂłgafoss waterfall, MĂœrdalsjĂ¶kull glacier, DyrhĂłlaey* and the black sand beaches of VĂk. Continue across Eldhraun lava field to the village of KirkjubĂŠjarklaustur known for its fabulous trout fishing.
Another option is to drive the beautiful mountain track FjallabaksleiĂ° through Landmannalaugar nature reserve (4WD needed, track open from late June).
*Please note that DyrhĂłlaey is closed during nesting season in spring, from ca. middle May til June 23rd
Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp)
Europe's Largest National Park â Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs â Europe's Largest Glacier
Approximate mileage: ca. 200 km / 124 miles
Today you will be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europeâs largest glacier. Visit the parkâs amazing Skaftafell area, a green oasis nestled between glaciers that offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and the harbour town of Hofn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.
Overnight in Hofn area
Optional: Boat tour on JĂ¶kulsĂĄrlĂłn Glacial Lagoon.
Narrow Fjords â Steep Mountains â Picturesque Coastline â Mineral Collection
Approximate mileage: ca. 300 km / 186 miles
Drive through the spectacular East Fjords with towering mountains and charming fishing villages to the fertile EgilsstaĂ°ir area. On the way, you might opt to take a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer (mid-May â early August) or visit Petra's famous local stone and mineral collection at Stodvarfjordur.
You can either drive straight through Fagridalur to EgilsstaĂ°ir or head along the East Fjords, one of the oldest regions in Iceland, shaped by glaciers during the Ice Age. Although many are uninhabited, each fjord has its own grandeur. The natural harbours in the fjords led to the development of fishing villages that have still hung on to a degree of old-world charm.
In the Egilsstadir area, you can visit the beautiful Hallormsstadur forest and a river reputed to be the home of a friendly sea monster. Then itÂŽs time to head to edge of the eastern highland wilderness a stunning area of vast green heaths, black mountains and rushing glacial rivers. Visit the new Wilderness Center located at the edge of the hauntingly beautiful eastern highlands. The centre offers two exhibitions on life in the Icelandic wilderness where abandoned farm buildings showcase the hardship and the beauty of this spectacular frontier. The Wilderness Center is also a unique gateway for hiking into the highlands.
Overnight in the Egilsstadir area
Day 6 Dettifoss - HusavikMeals: Breakfast
Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall â Glacier Carved Gorge â Whale Watching
Approximate mileage: ca. 310 km / 193 miles
Travel across MĂ¶Ă°rudalsĂ¶rĂŠfi highlands renowned for their stark beauty to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Explore the many wonders of JĂ¶kulsĂĄrgljĂșfur National Park such as the strange formations of HljĂłĂ°aklettar (Echo Rocks) and the impressive horseshoe-shaped Ăsbyrgi canyon. Continue along TjĂ¶rnes peninsula to the fishing village of HĂșsavĂk.
Optional: Whale watching tour from HĂșsavĂk;
Bizarre Lava Formations â Geothermal Activity â Rich Birdlife â Iceland's Second Largest City
Approximate distance: ca180km / 112miles
Spend the day exploring the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area. Visit highlights such as the lava citadels at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard and the Krafla volcano area. Depart Myvatn and drive westward, visiting beautiful Godafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods. Drive to Siglufjordur along one of IcelandÂŽs most beautiful coastlines, enjoying a unique view towards the North Atlantic. The town of Siglufjordur itself has many beautifully-restored, colourful buildings and excellent options for outdoor recreation, from golf to hiking to whale watching.
Overnight in north Iceland.
Day 8 Siglufjordur - Varmahlid - LaugarbakkiMeals: Breakfast
Approximate distance: ca200km / 124miles
Fertile Farmlands â Folk Museum â Viking Horses
Explore the fascinating area of Skagafjordur, renowned for horse breeding and Medieval history, before driving to Hrutafjordur Fjord. A recommended stop along the way is Vatnsdalsholar, a cluster of hills found in Vatnsdalur valley. These hills are considered to be one of the three natural sites in Iceland too numerous to easily count, along with the lakes in Arnarvatnsheidi and the islands in Breidafjordur Bay.
Overnight stay in Varmahlid/Laugarbakki area
Optional: Seal and Nature Watching (from Hvammstangi)
Day 9 Holmavik - IsafjordurMeals: Breakfast
Scenic Coastline â Striking Fjords â Steep Mountains â Seal- and Birdlife
Approximate mileage: ca. 360 Km / 224 miles
Drive to HĂłlmavĂk, across SteingrĂmsfjarĂ°arheiĂ°i to the spectacular region of the West Fjords, the oldest part of Iceland. Drive the numerous uninhabited fjords of ĂsafjarĂ°ardjĂșp with a beautiful coastline alive with seals and birds. Continue to ĂsafjĂ¶rĂ°ur, the largest town in the area.
Day 10 IsafjordurMeals: Breakfast
West Fjords â Local Museums â Hiking in Hornstrandir Natural Reserve
Approximate mileage: variable
Spend time in Isafjordur and surrounding area including the neighboring towns of Bolungarvik and Sudureyri. In Sudeyri you might opt to take a pleasant walking tour around the town, getting acquainted with the townâs unique sustainable fishing industry. Try samples of gourmet and traditional seafood products along the way. Bolungarvik has a rennovated fishing camp from the 19th century that shows you how people made their living, fishing from wooden row boats. A pleasant activity to try in the area is sea kayaking in the calm, peaceful fjord waters.
Overnight in the Isafjordur area.
Day 11 Isafjordur - WestfjordsMeals: Breakfast
Small Picturesque Villages - Striking Waterfall - Red Sand Beaches - Sea Cliffs with Birdlife
Approximate mileage: ca. 330 km / 205 miles
Drive from ĂsafjĂ¶rĂ°ur through the beautiful West Fjords. A stop at the stunning Dynjandi waterfall is recommended as well as driving to LĂĄtrabjarg cliffs. In the summer these high sea cliffs are teeming with millions of puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills. Onwards to the FlĂłkalundur area.
Day 12 StykkisholmurMeals: Breakfast
Ferry Across the Bay â Picturesque Islands with Birdlife
Approximate mileage: Ferry
Sail with the ferry Baldur across BreiĂ°afjordur bay with its countless islands and rich birdlife to the charming village of Stykkisholmur for an overnight stay. (Please note the ferry cost is not included in the package price.)
Please note: After Sept. 1. the ferry Baldur departs once per day and does not sail on Saturdays.
From Brjanslaekur: 18:00 (6:00pm)*
From Stykkisholmur: 15:00 (3:00pm)*
*This schedule is subject to change
The final destination today is the charming village of Stykkisholmur. This eco-friendly town has beautiful wooden buildings originally brought over from Norway in the 1800s. Stykkisholmur is a lovely place to take an evening walk, and you will surely enjoy the nice selection of cafes and restaurants available.
Overnight in the Stykkisholmur area (Northern Snaefellsnes).
Quaint Fishing Villages - Picturesque Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring - Scenic Fjord
Approximate mileage: ca. 360 km / 224 miles
Continue around the Snaefellsnes peninsula, passing the small fishing villages of Hellissandur and Grundarfjordur. Make a stop at the magnificent columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi, as well as the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur. Explore Borgarfjordur area and visit the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, Reykholt and the hot spring Deildartunguhver. Continue via Hvalfjordur fjord to Reykjavik.
Arrangements ends after breakfast.
Approximate distance: 52 km / 32 miles
Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon, as it is on your way to the airport, if you did not have time to do it on your arrival day. *
**Please note that the package price is based on 13 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 14, an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 13 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.
Price in USD per person in double room with private facilities with recommended Compact Car (cat 2): Inquire for rates on other car categories.
LATE ARRIVAL SUPPLEMENT FOR PASSENGERS ARRIVING LATE EVENING/NIGHT. YOU STAY THE FIRST NIGHT AT AIRPORT HOTEL SMARI AT KEFLAVIK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT INSTEAD OF HOTEL IN HVERAGERDI.
Please note that the package price is based on 13 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 14 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 4 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.
Car Categories Summer
Grp 1.0 Economy 2wd Toyota Yaris or similar
Grp 1.1 Economy 2wd Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar
Grp 2.0 Compact 2wd Toyota Auris or similar
Grp 2.6 Compact 2wd Toyota Auris Automatic or similar
Grp 3.0 Intermediate 2wd Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar
Grp 3.1 Intermediate 2wd Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar
Grp 4.0 Intermediate 4wd Station Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar
Grp 4.1 Intermediate 4wd Station Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar
Grp 5.0 Medium 4wd Toyota RAV4 4wd or similar
Grp 5.1 Medium 4wd Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic or similar
Grp 5.2 Medium 4wd Dacia Duster or similar
Grp 5.6 Medium 4wd Kia Sorento Automatic or similar
Grp 7.1 Large 4wd Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic or similar
Grp 9.9 Full size 4wd passenger van VW Caravelle 9 seater or simila
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