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Highlands & Lowlands Tour

Iceland Self Drive Tour

9 Days / 16 locations in Iceland

During this nine-day driving holiday, you will have the opportunity to see most of the country’s top attractions as well as the contrasting nature in Iceland’s beautiful interior wilderness. You will not only be driving on the Ring Road, but also off the beaten track on two of Iceland’s highland roads, Kjolur and Landmannalaugar routes, both offering magnificent and breath-taking views of Iceland’s exotic wilderness landscapes. Experience ever-changing views from colourful geothermal highlands to fertile green coastal lowlands

* Types of Car recommended: 5.0 or higher.

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
Meals: Breakfast

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

Approximate mileage: ca. 240 km / 150 miles

From Hveragerði to Thingvellir National park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park offers a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows. Visit the geothermal area of Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall.

Optional: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee

 
Day 3     Langanes Peninsula - Skagafjordur
Meals: Breakfast

Uninhabited Interior - Geothermal Area – Natural Bathing Pool – Viking Horses – Glacial Rivers

Approximate mileage: ca. 230 km / 143 miles

Today's route leads over the highland track Kjölur (4WD needed, track open from mid-June), driving through the colorful thermal area Hveravellir between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull. Travel to the horse-breeding valley of Skagafjörður fjord.

Optional: Horse riding in Skagafjörður, horse show in Skagafjörður

 
Day 4     Akureyri - Lake Myvatn
Meals: Breakfast

Iceland's Second Largest City – Waterfall "Of the Gods" – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal Activity - Rich Birdlife

Approximate mileage: ca. 190 km / 118 miles

Drive to Akureyri, the second largest town in Iceland outside the capital area. Stop at Goðafoss waterfall before driving to the beautiful Lake Mývatn area. The natural wonders of Lake Mývatn area include the unique lava formations of Dimmuborgir, Krafla volcanic area, and the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir.

 
Day 5     Husavik - Egilsstadir
Meals: Breakfast

Whale Watching – Glacier Carved Gorge – Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall

Approximate mileage: ca. 320 km / 199 miles

From Lake Mývatn you drive around Tjörnes peninsula. Travel through the fishing village of Húsavík to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, including the impressive horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon and the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Continue east to Egilsstaðir.

Optional: Whale watching from Húsavík

 
Day 6     Egilsstadir - Vatnajokull Glacier
Meals: Breakfast

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Mineral Collection

Approximate mileage: ca. 300 km / 186 miles

Drive south through the spectacular coast line of the East Fjords with charming fishing villages and towering mountains that plunge vertically into the sea. Stop at Almannaskarð pass which offers a striking view of Vatnajökull glacier and the coastal area.

 
Day 7     Jokulsarlon - Skaftafell National Park - Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Meals: Breakfast

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

Approximate mileage: ca. 220 km / 137 mile

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon by Vatnajökull glacier offers a beautiful view of the glacier and the floating icebergs will leave a deep impression on you. Onwards to Skaftafell National Park, a green oasis with various hiking possibilities. Continue along the south coast for an overnight stay.

Optional: Boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

 
Day 8     Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Hekla - Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

Multicolored Mountains of the Highlands – Lava Fields – Hot Springs with Bathing – Hekla Volcano

Approximate mileage: ca. 240 km /149 miles

Travel along the Fjallabaksleið highland interior track to Landmannalaugar, a magnificent area surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains, with the option of bathing in a natural warm pool (do not forget to bring swimsuit). Spot the towering Hekla, the legendary Icelandic volcano, after exploring Thjórsárdalur Valley, before heading back to Reykjavík.

If you prefer, instead of heading to Landmannalaugar, you can continue along the south shore exploring black sand beaches, bird colonies, towering waterfalls and crossing fertile farmlands towards Reykjavík.

Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp)

 
Day 9     Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

Arrangements end after breakfast.

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 you arrival day.*

*Please note that the package price is based on 8x24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 9 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 8 day rental is up and use a Flybus Plus departure transfer.

 

Notes

Price in USD per person in double room with private facilities with recommended Compact Car (cat 5): 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 8 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 9 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 8 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.

Prices quoted include a recommended Category 5. If you take an highland track a 4WD drive is necessary.

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

Price Includes
Daily Breakfast
Hotel Accommodation As in Itinerary With Daily Breakfast
Use of a Tablet With Detailed Itinerary, and Road Maps
Rental Car, Cat. 2, Gps, Unlimited Miles, Cdw, Tp & 2 Drivers
Price Does Not Include
 Optional Excursions
IT$-1269