Drive Through Iceland in Your Own Private Car

   
 
 

Iceland Odyssey Self Drive

Iceland Self Drive Tour

2019 Departures
DailyMay 1st to June 24th
Prices From$3035 per Person Double
2019 Departures
DailyJune 25th to August 26th
Prices From$3370 per Person Double
2019 Departures
DailyAugust 27th to September 30th
Prices From$3035 per Person Double

s classic circular route of Iceland gives travellers both flexibility and time to spend at each of Iceland’s most popular attractions.

Apart from experiencing all the natural treasures accessed via the Ring Road such as Geysir, Seljalandsfoss, and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, this tour dedicates two whole days to the wonders of South West Iceland, including the Borgarfjordur fjord and the mystic Snaefellsnes Glacier.

Highlights:

This tour is very similar to Iceland Travel's “Around Iceland” tour, but the Odyssey tour additionally includes two days in West Iceland, where you can explore the magical Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

This tour covers the whole of Iceland, except the Westfjords. With 12 days of traveling, you are sure to have plenty of time to cover all the major stunning attractions that Iceland has to offer along the Ring Road.

The nature plays the biggest role in this unforgettable tour. Geysers and hot springs, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, National Parks, and more – this one has it all.

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 - 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.

 
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 Skógafoss waterfalls, Mýrdalsjökull glacier, Dyrhólaey* and the black sand beaches of Vík. Continue towards Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a picturesque village known for fabulous trout fishing and is the 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: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp)

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

Approximate distance: ca380km / 236miles

Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier - Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Mineral Collection

Today you will be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. Visit the park’s awe-inspiring Skaftafell area, which is set between glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Wind your way through the spectacular East Fjords, with towering mountains and charming fishing villages, to the fertile Egilsstadir area. You might opt to take a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer or visit Petra‘s famous stone collection at Stodvarfjordur (Note: best time for viewing puffins is mid May to early August).

You can either drive straight through Fagridalur to Egilsstadir 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.

Overnight in the Egilsstadir area

Optional: Amphibian Boat Tour on Glacial Lagoon (from the lagoon)

 
Day 5     Egilsstadir
Meals: Breakfast

Distance is variable

East Fjords - Legendary Lake Monster - Largest Forest in Iceland- Wilderness Heritage

Explore Egilsstadir and surrounding area, 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 harbors in the fjords led to the development of fishing villages that have still hung on to a degree of old-world charm.

Explore the quaint village of Seydisfjordur, where multi-coloured wooden houses are sheltered by a jaw-dropping backdrop of snow-capped mountains and tumbling waterfalls.

Visit Hallormsstadur the largest forest in Iceland set along Lake Lagarfljot, which according to legend contains a monster. Visit the new Wilderness Center located at the edge of the hauntingly beautiful eastern highlands. Here you can discover Iceland’s pioneer history and highland nature in a clever interactive way.

Overnight in the Egilsstadir area

Optional: Dinner with the Locals (from Egilsstadir, East Iceland)

 
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 Möðrudalsöræfi highlands to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Explore the impressive horse-shoe-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park before continuing to the fishing port of Húsavík.

Optional: Whale watching from Húsavík.

 
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 Mývatn and surrounding area with unique attractions such as Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Námaskarð and Krafla volcanic area. Make a stop to admire Goðafoss "Of the Gods" waterfall before continuing to the town of Akureyri.

Optional: .Whale Watching (from Akureyri)

Akureyri Art and City Walk (from Akureyri)

 
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. This charming town is small in size but has a vibrant cultural scene. Wander through a street dedicated to art galleries. Visit museums and historical wooden homes. Swim in the magnificent geothermal pool. And take a walk through a beautiful botanical garden on the edge of the Arctic Circle. If you enjoy outdoor recreation, Akureyri is great for whale watching, fishing, horseback riding or hiking in the trails around the fjord.

Optionals: Whale Watching (from Akureyri)

Akureyri Art and City Walk (from Akureyri)

Horses and Heritage (from Akureyri)

Culinary Coastline (from Akureyri)

 
Day 9     Akureyri - Laugarbakki - Stykkisholmur
Meals: Breakfast

Approximate distance: ca370km / 230miles

Fertile Farmlands – Folk Museum – Viking Horses

Travel to the horse-breeding valley of Skagafjordur fjord. Here you might enjoy a horseback ride in the beautiful countryside or take in ancient history at Holar Museum area or the old manor of Glaumbaer. Continue to the shores of Hunafloi bay, an area rich in Icelandic history. Explore Dalir, the region of Eric the Red and birthplace of his son, the great explorer Leif Eiriksson at a living replica museum before driving to Snaefellsnes peninsula.

Overnight stay in the Stykkishólmur area.

Optional: Seal and Nature Watching (from Hvammstangi)

 
Day 10     Stykkisholmur - Arnarstapi - Borgarfjordur
Meals: Breakfast

Approximate distance: ca240km / 150miles

Magical Glacier Volcano– Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Volcanic Crater

Circle around the legendary Snaefellsness peninsula passing the small fishing villages of Grundarfjordur and Hellissandur. Make a stop at the rocky beach of Djúpalónssandur. Don't miss the striking columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi. Overall of this beauty is the great glacier-crowned volcano of Snaefellsjokull, said to have magical powers. Pass Eldborg crater en route to the agricultural region of Borgarfjordur.

Overnight stay in the Borgarfjordur area.

Optional: Viking Sushi Boat Tour - Short Version (from Stykkishólmur)

 
Day 11     Borgarfjordur - Reykholt - Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

Picturesque Waterfalls – Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring – Blue Lagoon

Approximate mileage: ca. 220 km / 137 miles

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

Optionals: The Settlement Center - Entrance Fee

Into the Glacier - Classic Tour (from Husafell Hotel or Klaki Base Camp)

 
Day 12     Reykjavik - Keflavik
Meals: Breakfast

Arrangements end after breakfast.

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

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 11x24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 12 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 11 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

 

Notes

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 11 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 12 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 11 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.

Car Categories

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

Price Includes
Daily Breakfast
Rental Car, Cat. 2, Gps, Unlimited Miles, Cdw, Tp & 2 Drivers
Use of a Tablet With Detailed Itinerary, and Road Maps
Hotel Accommodations
Price Does Not Include
 Optional Excursions
IT$-1018