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Iceland Complete Self Drive: Reykjavik to Reykjavik

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,901

This self-drive favorite explores Iceland’s rich natural treasures, including national parks, beautiful waterfalls, striking glaciers, magnificent volcanoes and hot springs. These include Reykjavik city, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Lake Myvatn, and Thingvellir and Vatnajokull National parks. You will have ample time to cover all the hot spots that Iceland has to offer on its famous Ring Road.


Embark on the complete Iceland adventure over 10 days, picking up your car from Reykjavik airport and circumnavigating the land of fire and ice.

Collect your vehicle and set off along the southwest coast, staying overnight in the ‘flower village’ of Hveragerdi, where geothermal springs power local greenhouses. See the full force of those springs as you explore Geysir National Park, as well as the famous Gullfoss waterfall. Overnight in Bogarfjordur, then catch a glimpse of rural life in Iceland, visiting the horse breeding valley of Skagafjordur, and Hunafloi Bay. Glaciers that cut through the landscape serve as a reminder that this is still nature’s show.

Overnight in Akureyri and explore the Lake Myvatn area, including the incredible Godafoss waterfalls. You’re deep in the northern part of Iceland now, seeing sights many tourists never reach. Enjoy the unique lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and colourful Namaskard pass. The following day, you’ll have the chance for whale watching before going on to Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. Drive south into the east fjordland, taking things slowly as you admire the Vatnajokull glacier.

Heading into the home stretch of your journey, Iceland’s southern coast, explore Vatnajokull National Park, named for Europe’s largest glacier. See Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and the green oasis of Skaftafell before overnighting in Kirkjubaejarklaustur. The south coast is defined by glaciers, rocky shores, black sand beaches and in summer, Iceland’s adorable puffins. You’ll also see the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which grounded flights across Europe in 2010. A visitor’s centre at the base explains how.

Return to Keflavik Airport for departure. If you have time, stop in at the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s must-do experiences, and a great way to soak away your aches and pains.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,901

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Day 1

Arrival

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

Geothermal Lagoon - Flower Village - Geothermal Greenhouses

Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.
From Keflavik International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. This 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".

If your flight arrives early in the day, consider a stop at the Blue Lagoon (a short distance from the airport) for a chance to relax in the soothing geothermal mineral waters. (not included in the trip price)

Important: Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance.
Overnight stay in Hveragerdi.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Edda Laugarvatn IKI

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    Edda Laugarvatn IKI


    Hotel Edda Iki Laugarvatn is located on the shore of Lake Laugarvatn, in a picturesque setting, close to Skalholt Cathedral and the Thingvellir National Park. The hotel is also close to Sundlaug Leisure Centre's geothermal outdoor pool and steam baths. The Hotel Edda IKI Laugarvatn ...

    Hotel Edda Iki Laugarvatn is located on the shore of Lake Laugarvatn, in a picturesque setting, close to Skalholt Cathedral and the Thingvellir National Park. The hotel is also close to Sundlaug Leisure Centre's geothermal outdoor pool and steam baths.

    The Hotel Edda IKI Laugarvatn has 28 comfortably equipped rooms.

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Day 2

Hveragerdi - Geysir - Thingvellir - Borgarfjordur

Approximate distance: ca310km / 193miles

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

Drive to the legendary waterfall Gullfoss and the hot springs at Geysir. Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament, before driving through Hvalfjordur fjord to the historic and scenic Borgarfjordur region.

If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can also take the scenic highland wilderness Kaldidalur track alongside Langjokull glacier to Borgarfjordur. The road generally is open between mid-June and mid-September.

Overnight in Borgarfjordur area.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Borgarnes

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    Hotel Borgarnes



    Set 200 metres from the Borgarfjordur Fjord, this property offers views of Hafnarfjall Mountain. Brakarey Island's Icelandic Settlement Centre is within 10 minutes' walk. Wi-Fi access is free on site. Breakfast is available each morning. For dinner, an a la carte traditional Icelandic menu and ...

    Set 200 metres from the Borgarfjordur Fjord, this property offers views of Hafnarfjall Mountain. Brakarey Island's Icelandic Settlement Centre is within 10 minutes' walk. Wi-Fi access is free on site. Breakfast is available each morning. For dinner, an a la carte traditional Icelandic menu and lighter bar dishes are offered. A free internet computer is found in the lounge area.

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Day 3

Borgarfjordur - Blonduos - Varmahlid - Akureyri

Approximate distance: ca280km / 174miles

Fertile Farmlands - Glacial Rivers - Iceland's Second Largest Community - Viking Horses

Drive north through Borgarfjordur to the shores of Hunafloi bay and the towering mountains and horse breeding valley of Skagafjordur. Continue to Akureyri, the capital of the north.

Overnight in North Iceland.

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Duration1 Night
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Akureyri Edda Hotel

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    Akureyri Edda Hotel



    In Iceland's second largest city and "capital of the north", Hotel Edda Akureyri is a great base for touring the rugged northern coastline. Idyllic Lake Myvatn is an hour by car and the Hrisey Island bird sanctuary is just a short ferry ride away. Nearby ...

    In Iceland's second largest city and "capital of the north", Hotel Edda Akureyri is a great base for touring the rugged northern coastline. Idyllic Lake Myvatn is an hour by car and the Hrisey Island bird sanctuary is just a short ferry ride away. Nearby are Kjarnaskogur and Vaglaskogur woodlands and top salmon, trout and sea fishing. In early summer, the sight of the sun on the horizon at midnight is like no other.

    Facilities

    • Swimming Pool
    • WiFi

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Day 4

Akureyri - Lake Myvatn

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

Botanical Gardens - Quality Museums - Waterfall Of the Gods

Spend the morning exploring the town of Akureyri. Continue your journey to the unique Lake Myvatn area. Stop en route to Myvatn to view the beautiful Godafoss waterfalls, which have a unique connection to Iceland's Viking Age.

Overnight in North Iceland.

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Duration1 Night
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Akureyri Edda Hotel

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    Akureyri Edda Hotel



    In Iceland's second largest city and "capital of the north", Hotel Edda Akureyri is a great base for touring the rugged northern coastline. Idyllic Lake Myvatn is an hour by car and the Hrisey Island bird sanctuary is just a short ferry ride away. Nearby ...

    In Iceland's second largest city and "capital of the north", Hotel Edda Akureyri is a great base for touring the rugged northern coastline. Idyllic Lake Myvatn is an hour by car and the Hrisey Island bird sanctuary is just a short ferry ride away. Nearby are Kjarnaskogur and Vaglaskogur woodlands and top salmon, trout and sea fishing. In early summer, the sight of the sun on the horizon at midnight is like no other.

    Facilities

    • Swimming Pool
    • WiFi

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Day 5

Lake Myvatn Area

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Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal Activity - Rich Birdlife

Explore the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area. Stroll along the mystical lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the volcanic area of Krafla along with the colourful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard pass. Enjoy the views of the pseudo craters at Skutustadir.

Overnight in North Iceland.

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Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Gigur

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    Hotel Gigur


    Hotel Gigur is situated in one of Iceland's most popular and beautiful tourist attractions, on the southern shore of Lake Myvatn. Enjoy fantastic views and experience at firsthand the beauty of this enchanting lake district. The hotel has 37 comfortable rooms, all with private bathrooms. ...

    Hotel Gigur is situated in one of Iceland's most popular and beautiful tourist attractions, on the southern shore of Lake Myvatn. Enjoy fantastic views and experience at firsthand the beauty of this enchanting lake district.

    The hotel has 37 comfortable rooms, all with private bathrooms. Hotel Gigur has magnificent dining rooms for up to 250 guests, with a fantastic view over the lake. Hotel guests and other diners can choose from a number of delectable meals from the a la carte menu. The hotel also has a bar and a lounge.

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Day 6

Husavik - Tjornes - Dettifoss - Egilsstadir

Approximate distance: ca310km / 193miles

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

Drive north to the fishing port of Husavik, where you might stop to enjoy a whale watching boat tour. Head around Tjornes peninsula on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Visit Asbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon, and Jokulsargljufur National Park. Proceed to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful ones in Europe. Then head across the vast highland plateau to Egilsstadir in the east.

Overnight in East Iceland.

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Duration1 Night
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Egilsstadir Edda Hotel

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    Egilsstadir Edda Hotel



    Located in the village of Egilsstadir, next to the Lagarfljot River, Hotel Edda offers a river-view restaurant and free internet access in public areas. Egilsstadir, the "capital of the east" boasts its own international airport and is host to many local attractions. Among them are ...

    Located in the village of Egilsstadir, next to the Lagarfljot River, Hotel Edda offers a river-view restaurant and free internet access in public areas. Egilsstadir, the "capital of the east" boasts its own international airport and is host to many local attractions. Among them are Hallormsstadur, Iceland's biggest forest and the extinct Mount Snaefell Volcano.

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Day 7

Reydarfjordur - Stodvarfjordur - Djupivogur - Hofn

Approximate distance: ca300km / 186miles

Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline - Unique Mineral Collection

Drive south through the spectacular East Fjords, where towering mountains plunge vertically into the ocean. Leave yourself plenty time, both for safe driving and for amazing views of the coast and Vatnajokull glacier. The journey continues to the town of Hofn in Hornafjordur, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.

Overnight in Southeast Iceland.

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Duration1 Night
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Smyrlabjorg Hotel

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    Smyrlabjorg Hotel



    Situated next to Iceland's Ring Road, this family-run farm hotel offers brightly decorated rooms with a TV and a private bathroom. The Hoffell Hot Springs are 25 km away. All rooms at Hotel Smyrlabjorg feature country house-style decor. Some rooms have views of the Atlantic ...

    Situated next to Iceland's Ring Road, this family-run farm hotel offers brightly decorated rooms with a TV and a private bathroom. The Hoffell Hot Springs are 25 km away.

    All rooms at Hotel Smyrlabjorg feature country house-style decor. Some rooms have views of the Atlantic Ocean, while others overlook the mountains.

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Day 8

Hofn - Skaftafell - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Approximate distance: ca200km / 124miles

Europe's Largest Glacier - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Glacier-Ringed Oasis

Today you will be in the vicinity of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. Visit the shimmering icebergs and the still, milky waters of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before continuing to the Skaftafell area of the park, a beautiful green oasis surrounded by glaciers. There are many great hiking trails here. Head wards to the picturesque village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Edda Vik

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    Hotel Edda Vik



    This hotel is found in Viki Myrdal, only 5 minutes' walk from Vik's black sand beach. The region of Vik in Myrdal is a haven of rugged beauty, with the unique Dyrholaey sea arch setting this stretch of Iceland's southern coast apart from the rest. ...

    This hotel is found in Viki Myrdal, only 5 minutes' walk from Vik's black sand beach. The region of Vik in Myrdal is a haven of rugged beauty, with the unique Dyrholaey sea arch setting this stretch of Iceland's southern coast apart from the rest. The majestic, mighty Myrdalsjokull glacier towers over the town.

    The 62 guest rooms offer views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Vik Mountains. Strondin, the hotel's restaurant, is just across the street. It offers a varied a la carte dinner menu and ocean views.

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Day 9

Vik - Skogar - Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca260km / 162miles

Lava Fields - Black Sand Beaches - Seabird Colony - Thundering Waterfalls

Drive along the spectacular south coast, a sweeping landscape of sandy deserts, rocky shores and rolling farmlands sandwiched between snow-capped glaciers, mountains and the ocean. Stop to admire the black sand beaches and cliffs at Dyrholaey. There are also vast bird colonies here, including puffins (generally seen mid May to early August). Also visit the beautiful waterfalls of Skogar and Seljalands, each with its own character. You will also see the mighty Eyjafjallajokull volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption. An interesting volcano center at the base of the mountain tells the story of this event. Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

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Duration1 Night
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Reykjavik Lights Hotel

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    Reykjavik Lights Hotel



    This design hotel is located 1km from Laugardalur Family Park. A buffet breakfast is served each morning in the dining room. Drinks can be enjoyed in the lounge bar, featuring decor inspired by the changing lights of Iceland. Local buses stop 100 metres from Reykjavik ...

    This design hotel is located 1km from Laugardalur Family Park. A buffet breakfast is served each morning in the dining room. Drinks can be enjoyed in the lounge bar, featuring decor inspired by the changing lights of Iceland. Local buses stop 100 metres from Reykjavik Lights Hotel. Kringlan Shopping Centre is 2km away.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Airport shuttle available $
    • Bar
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Newsstand
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Parking
    • Ticket Service
    • Tour Desk
    • TV

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Day 10

Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and 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. (Blue Lagoon visit not included in the trip price)

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation for 9 nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 9 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT (Types of Car recommended: 2.0 or higher)
  • FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion
  • A map view of the Iceland road trip 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Please note that the price is based on 9 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 10 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 9 day rental is up and use a Reykjavik to airport departure transfer. Listed hotels are to be used as a guide only. Actual hotels will be confirmed at the time of booking.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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