Iceland Self-Drive Tour

   
 
 

Colors of Iceland Tour

Iceland Self Drive Tour

2014 Departures
DailyMay 1st to September 30th
Prices From$2380 per Person Double
$1770 Single Supplement

Circle around Iceland in a leisurly pace to take in all the different sceneries Iceland has to offer including the legendary Snafellsjokull Glacier and Skaftafell National Park.

Price is based on Group 2 car.

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Keflavik - Hveragerdi
Accommodation: Ork Hotel

Geothermal Lagoon – Flower village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Approximate mileage: ca. 100 km / 62 miles

Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.

From Keflavík International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerði. 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.

 
Day 2     Thingvellir - Gullfoss Waterfall - Geysir - Hella
Meals: Breakfast

Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Skálholt – Thjórsárdalur – Hella

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – Massive Waterfall – Hekla Volcano

Approximate mileage: ca. 280 km / 163 miles

Today's highlights include Thingvellir National Park a place of great geological and historical interest, the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot-spring area. Drive along the mighty Thjórsá river to Tjjórsárdalur valley with Mt. Hekla, Iceland's most famous volcano towering above. Continue to the South Shore area.

Optional: River rafting in the Geysir area; ferry transfer to the Westman Islands

 
Day 3     Vik - Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Meals: Breakfast

Thundering Waterfalls – Puffin Colony – Black Sand Beaches – Lava Fields

Approximate mileage: ca. 160 km / 99 miles

Visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Continue to Dyrhólaey* a rocky headland where thousands of puffins nest in the summer. Travel across the vast lava field of Eldhraun to the picturesque village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent.

*Please note that Dyrhólaey is closed during nesting season in spring, from ca. middle May until June 23rd

Optional: Skógar folk museum

 
Day 4     Skaftafell National Park - Egilsstadir
Meals: Breakfast

Europe's Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe's Largest Glacier

Approximate mileage: ca. 450 km / 280 miles

Visit Skaftafell National Park, a green oasis nestling below the great Vatnajökull glacier offering various hiking possibilities. Continue to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where huge icebergs, float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon. Drive along the rugged and varied coastline of the magnificent East Fjords to Egilsstaðir the largest town in the east.

Optional: Jeep tour to Vatnajökull glacier; boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon; boat tour to Papey Island; Petra's stone collection.

 
Day 5     Egilsstadir
Meals: Breakfast

East Fjords – Legendary Lake Monster – Largest Forest in Iceland

Approximate mileage: variable

Explore Egilsstaðir and surrounding area. Visit Hallormsstaður the largest forest plantation in Iceland set along Lake Lagarfljót, which according to legend contains a monster.

 
Day 6     Langanes Peninsula
Meals: Breakfast

Glacial Rivers – Small Fishing Villages – Northernmost Point in Iceland

Approximate mileage: ca. 140 km / 87 miles

Drive to Vopnafjörður village, with spectacular coast and natural hot springs. Continue to Thórshöfn village with 500 inhabitants which is situated on Langanes peninsula. It is also possible to continue to the Lake Mývatn area or to Húsavík for an overnight stay.

Optional: Burstafell museum - an old farmstead.

 
Day 7     Husavik - Lake Myvatn - Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast

Glacier Carved Gorge - Whale Watching - Waterfall "Of the Gods" - Iceland's Second Largest City

Approximate mileage: ca. 240 km / 149 miles

Travel across Öxafjarðarheiði plateau. Visit Ásbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. Drive along Tjörnes peninsula to the fishing port of Húsavík, before continuing to Akureyri the capital of the north.

Optional: Whale watching from Húsavík.

 
Day 8     Lake Myvatn - Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast

Botanical Gardens – Volcanic Area – Lava Formations of Lake Mývatn

Approximate mileage: variable

Take some time to visit Akureyri, the beautiful Capital of the North. Then head to Lake Mývatn area to explore its natural wonders including the fantastic lava formations of Dimmuborgir, Krafla volcanic area, and the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir. Stop at Goðafoss waterfall on the way back to Akureyri.

Optional: Whale watching from Akureyri/Dalvík.

 
Day 9     Skagafjordur - Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Meals: Breakfast

Fertile Farmlands – Viking Horses – Quaint Fishing Villages

Approximate mileage: ca. 348 km / 217 miles

From Akureyri continue over Öxnadalur pass to the historical region of Skagafjörður renowned for horse breeding. You have an option of visiting the old farmstead at Glaumbær a great example from the past of Icelandic architecture. Continue the drive to Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Optional: River rafting in Skagafjörður; horse riding in Skagafjörður.

 
Day 10     Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Arnarstapi - Borgarfjordur - Reykjavik
Accommodation: Lights Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Coastal Villages – Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Volcanic Crater – Picturesque Fjord

Approximate mileage: ca. 200 km / 130 miles

Circle around the legendary Snæfellsjökull peninsula passing the small fishing villages of Hellissandur and Grundarfjörður. Don't miss the striking columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi. Make a stop at the rocky beach of Djúpalónssandur. Pass Eldborg crater on route to the agricultural region of Borgarfjörður before returning to Reykjavík.

 
Day 11     Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

Arrangements end after breakfast. Drop off the car at the airport

 

Notes

Car Categories

Grp 1.0 Economy 2wd Toyota Yaris or similar

Grp 1.1 Economy 2wd Automatic Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar

Grp 2.0 Compact 2wd Toyota Auris or similar

Grp 3.0 Intermediate 2wd Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar

Grp 3.1 Intermediate 2wd Automatic Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar

Grp 4.0 Intermediate 4wd Station Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar

Grp 4.1 Intermediate 4wd Station Automatic Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar

Grp 5.0 Medium 4wd Toyota RAV4 4wd or similar

Grp 5.1 Medium 4wd Automatic Toyota RAV4 4wd AUTOMATIC or similar

Grp 6.0 Medium Station Volkswagen Sharan 7 seater or similar

Grp 7.1 Large 4wd Automatic Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic or similar

LATE ARRIVAL SUPPLEMENT OF $88/ROOM FOR PASSENGERS ARRIVING LATE EVENING/NIGHT. YOU STAY THE FIRST NIGHT AT AIRPORT HOTEL SMARI AT KEFLAVIK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT INSTEAD OF HOTEL IN HVERAGERDI.

Price Includes
Accommodation As Indicated in Itinerary
Detailed Itinerary and Maps
Rental Car
Daily Breakfast
Price Does Not Include
 Optional Excursions
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