Drive Through Iceland in Your Own Private Car

   
 
 

Iceland Grand Circle Tour

Iceland Self Drive Tour

2014 Departures
DailyMay 1st to September 30th
Prices From$2620 per Person Double
$1945 Single Supplement

Iceland's historic capital of Reykjavik is where you will begin and end this spectacular circle tour through the most magnificent natural sights that Iceland has to offer. At your hotel you will receive a private rental car, which you will drive across picturesque villages, past waterfalls, hot springs, geysers, and ancient Icelandic sights. See the shores of Honafldi Bay, the towering mountains and horse-breeding valleys of Skagafjordur, and the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn, including fantastic lava formations. Explore the spectacular Eastern Fjords, where mountains plunge vertically into the ocean and then drive to shimmering icebergs and lagoons. You will be awed by the spectacular southern coast, a sweeping landscape of sandy desert, rocky shores and rolling farmland sandwiched between snow-capped glaciers, mountains and the ocean.

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 Keflavk International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hverageri. 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 - Fludir
Meals: Breakfast

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

Approximate mileage: ca. 170 km / 106 miles

Drive to Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. Continue to the famous Geysir hot-spring area and don't miss the mighty Gullfoss waterfall.

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

 
Day 3     Hella - Vik - Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Meals: Breakfast

Hekla Volcano Thundering Waterfalls Puffin Colony Black Sand Beaches Lava Fields

Approximate mileage: ca. 300 km / 186 miles

Drive along the spectacular south coast and view highlights along the way such as Seljalandsfoss and Skgafoss waterfalls, Mrdalsjkull glacier, Dyrhlaey* and the black sand beaches of Vk. Continue towards Kirkjubjarklaustur, a picturesque village known for fabulous trout fishing and is the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent.

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

Optional: Skgar folk museum.

 
Day 4     Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon - Hofn
Meals: Breakfast

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

Approximate mileage: ca. 200 km / 124 miles

Visit the beautiful Skaftafell National Park nestled between glaciers with various hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jkulsrln Glacial Lagoon.

Optional: Boat tour on Jkulsrln Glacial Lagoon; glacier hike in Skaftafell area.

 
Day 5     Egilsstadir
Meals: Breakfast

Narrow Fjords Steep Mountains Picturesque Coastline 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 Egilsstair area. You have the possibility to take a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer or visit the famous stone collection of Petra at Stvarfjrur.

Optional: Boat tour to Papey Island; Petra's stone collection.

 
Day 6     Dettifoss - Husavik - Lake Myvatn
Meals: Breakfast

Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall Glacier Carved Gorge Whale Watching

Approximate mileage: ca. 310 km / 193 miles

Travel across Mrudalsrfi highlands to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Explore the impressive horse-shoe-shaped sbyrgi canyon in Jkulsrgljfur National Park before continuing to the fishing port of Hsavk.

Optional: Whale watching from Hsavk.

 
Day 7     Lake Myvatn - Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast

Bizarre Lava Formations Geothermal Activity Rich Birdlife

Approximate mileage: ca. 100 km / 62 miles

Explore the highlights of Lake Mvatn and surrounding area with unique attractions such as Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Sktustair, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Nmaskar and Krafla volcanic area. Make a stop to admire Goafoss "Of the Gods" waterfall before continuing to the town of Akureyri.

Optional: Bird museum in Mvatn.

 
Day 8     Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast

Iceland's Second Largest City Botanical Gardens Local Museums Arctic Circle

Approximate mileage: variable

Spend the day exploring Akureyri the capital of the North and its surrounding area.

Optional: Visit to Hrsey island; Flight tour to Grimsey Island which is the only place in Iceland touching the Arctic Circle (not available on Saturdays); whale watching from Akureyri/Dalvk.

 
Day 9     Akureyri - Skagafjordur
Meals: Breakfast

Fertile Farmlands Folk Museum Viking Horses

Approximate mileage: ca. 193 / 120 miles

Travel to the horse-breeding valley of Skagafjrur fjord, continue to the shores of Hnafli bay, an area rich in Icelandic history.

Optional: River rafting in Skagafjrur; horse riding in Skagafjrur; seal watching tour from Hvammstangi.

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Day 10     Stykkisholmur - Arnarstapi - Borgarfjordur
Meals: Breakfast

Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson Sea Cliffs with Birdlife Volcanic Crater

Approximate mileage: ca. 344 km / 213 miles

Explore Dalir, the region of Eric the Red and birthplace of Leif Eiriksson at a living replica museum, before driving to Snfellsnes peninsula with countless wonders such as the rocky beach of Djpalnssandur and Arnarstapi sea cliffs. Continue to the Borgarfjrur area.

 
Day 11     Borgarfjordur - Reykholt - Reykjavik
Accommodation: Lights Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Picturesque Waterfalls Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring Blue Lagoon

Approximate mileage: ca. 220 km / 137 miles

In Borgarfjrur visit the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, Reykholt and the enormous Deildartunguhver hot spring. Continue via Hvalfjrur fjord to Reykjavk. You may opt to visit the famous Blue Lagoon before heading back to Reykjavk.

Optional: Bathing in the Blue Lagoon.

 
Day 12     Reykjavik - Keflavik
Meals: Breakfast

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

 

Notes

Car Categories

Grp 1.0 Economy 2wd Toyota Yaris or similar 4 2

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