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Iceland Explorer Scheduled Self Drive

Duration
7 Days
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US$ 2,003

Explore Iceland’s southern and western coasts on this self-drive vacation. Recharge from your flight in the Blue Lagoon outside Grandavik, marvel at the sight of Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, which shut down European air travel when it erupted in 2010, and see the country’s first settlements along the Borgarfjordur before finishing your tour in the country’s electric capital, Reykjavik.


Take a 7-day self-drive tour through the western expanses of magical Iceland.

For the independent minded traveler who likes to make up their own mind as to the itinerary they would enjoy and the pace at which they wish to travel, Goway makes it easy to plan a vacation. Whether it is a self-drive car with pre-booked accommodation or a rental car, we have several suggested itineraries in Iceland which lend themselves perfectly to this type of arrangement. We also offer self-drives in other parts of the world.

As one of Europe’s hottest destinations, Iceland is a perfect country to explore at your own pace on a self-drive tour. Your Iceland vacation begins in the village of Grandavik, due southwest of Reykjavik. Grandavik is best known for the Blue Lagoon, which sits almost five kilometres to the north. Recharge from your flight with a dip in the warm mineral waters of the Blue Lagoon before heading south and east along the coast towards Laugarvatn and the Geysir Geothermal area. While the Great Geysir rarely erupts, you’ll see water shoot almost 70 metres into the air if it does. The smaller Strokkur geyser is more regular; you can see it shoot water 15 to 20 metres high every six to 10 minutes. Nearby this fascinating geothermal area is Eyjafjallajokull Glacier Volcano, which famously erupted in 2010, delaying air travel for weeks. Head to the foot of the mountain to learn about the eruption and gaze upon its snow-crested peak.

If volcanoes and geysers aren’t your beat, head to Gullfoss to witness a river seemingly disappear from the face of the earth. Water drops off the Queen of Waterfalls into a 32-metre-deep gorge. As you approach the falls, the edge of the cliff is obscured, making it seem as if the river has simply disappeared. On your way north, head past Thingvellir National Park and Borgarnes to learn about Iceland’s settlement in the 10th century and see its original parliament building. On the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, you’ll find Snaefellsnes National Park and its eponymous volcano that served as the gateway to the earth’s crust in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Before heading to Reykjavik to complete your exploration of western Iceland, stop by the Borgarfjordur region to take in its rich history. See a gorgeously-preserved town centre in Stykkisholmur and Eiriksstathir, the home of Eirik the Red and his son, Leif Eiriksson. Your trip to Iceland ends in Reykjavik, the country’s capital and the world’s northernmost capital. With a population of only 130,000, it’s easy to think options in Reykjavik are limited, but don’t let the small size fool you. This small city boasts big culture. It’s a happening place, with a vibrant nightlife and booming restaurant culture. Visit the National Museum to learn about the nation’s founding before relaxing in the smoky hot springs that surround the town.

This self-drive is a perfect way to explore volcanic landscape and Viking history on an Iceland vacation.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,003

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Day 1

Arrival

Arrival and overnight in Reykjanes Peninsula
Approximate distance: 30km / 19miles

Pick up the car at the airport and drive to the Geohotel in charming Grindavik village (about 25 - 30 minute drive from the airport). Check in to your hotel.

If you are arriving on a morning flight, you are in a fantastic part of Iceland to explore and enjoy. The Reykjanes peninsula area is an ideal introduction to Iceland's volcanic personality. The region has been designated a UNESCO Geopark for its otherworldly and beautiful volcanic features. There are 55 points of interest in the area. Some of these include Krysuvik, a primoridial geothermal area of bubbling earth and steam, and the Midatlantic Ridge that the divides the North American and European tectonic plates.

Experience the area's terrain on an ATV tour between lava and mountains and along the sea. Try whale watching or sailing. Visit the Viking World museum and discover Norse history and the famous Islendingur Viking ship at that sailed to North America in 2000. Other area activities include birdwatching, hiking and playing golf in Sandgerai, on the edge of the ocean. Or take a scenic drive through the area, visiting Geopark sites and enjoying seafood in charming village restaurants. Of course, a very popular place to visit in this area is the relaxing Blue Lagoon, which is a short drive from your hotel. The soothing geothermal mineral waters are perfect for your skin, and it's a great way to shake off jetlag!

Listed activities are NOT included in the trip price. Please ask your Iceland specialist of the many options. (Important: if you plan to visit the Blue Lagoon, admission must be booked in advance)

Overnight stay in the Reykjanes area (Geo Hotel, Grindavik or similar)

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Geo Hotel

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    Geo Hotel



    Geo Hotel is a new hotel in Grindavík village about 20 km from the Keflavik International Airport. The hotel opened on June 1st 2015. Within a 10 minute walk from the hotel you will find a supermarket, bank, outdoor thermal swimming pool, church, cafes, restaurants, ...

    Geo Hotel is a new hotel in Grindavík village about 20 km from the Keflavik International Airport. The hotel opened on June 1st 2015. Within a 10 minute walk from the hotel you will find a supermarket, bank, outdoor thermal swimming pool, church, cafes, restaurants, gasoline stations, a busy fishing harbour and many other interesting things.

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    • Dining Room
    • Lounge
    • Reception

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Day 2

South Coast Road to Gullfoss and Geysir

Approximate distance: 215km / 134miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Start with a drive along a scenic road taking you by thundering waterfalls and the mysterious mountains surrounding Lake Kleifarvatn. Stop at Strandakirkja, a lovely old church, Local legends have it that the church provides good fortune and success to those in need of it. The road takes you into the green farmlands and coasts of South Iceland. Take an optional tour of Fakasel, an interactive horse center, where you can meet friendly Icelandic horses and discover more about this ancient Viking breed. Your ultimate destination is the Golden Circle region. Visit Gullfoss, the Queen of Waterfalls. Nearby is the Geysir Geothermal area, where hot springs bubble and even shoot into the air. Most famous of these is Strokkur, which erupts like clockwork. Maybe you'll opt to bathe in one of the local favorite hot spring pools of the area. These include the Secret Lagoon in Fludir, or the Fontana Steambaths in Laugarvatn.

Listed activities are NOT included in the trip price. Please ask your Iceland specialist of the many options.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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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 3

South Coast Waterfalls and Thjorsardalur Valley

Approximate distance: 444km / 277miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Today explore the famous South Shore region. Visit the majestic Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, each with its own unique attributes. In the region is the beautiful yet imposing Eyjafjallajokull Glacier Volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption, An interesting multimedia exhibit at the foot of the volcano tells the story.

Dyrholaey is a rocky headland characterized by a black lava arch. Every year thousands of sea birds nest here during the summer. (Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, from about the middle of May until late June.) In this area you can also enjoy views of the vast black sand beaches and unusual rock formations.

Next drive through the Thjorsardalur valley and its contrasting landscapes of birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers and waterfalls, huddling below the impressive volcano Hekla, Iceland's most frequently-erupting one. This is also the location of Stong, a Viking age farm where you can see a replica longhouse. Follow the road through Thjorsardalur back to your accommodation in Laugarvatn.

Listed activities are NOT included in the trip price. Please ask your Iceland specialist of the many options.

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Day 4

Thingvellir National Park - Whale Fjord - Borgarnes - Snaefellsnes

Approximate distance: 260km / 162miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Today discover two national parks. Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) provides a visually stunning lesson in plate tectonics and is a historical treasure as the site of the world's oldest parliament.

A drive along scenic Hvalfjöraur (Whale) Fjord reveals Bjarteyjarsandur, a working horse and sheep farm where you may choose to stop for a friendly visit or even participate in fun farm activities. Driving further into West Iceland brings you to Borgarnes known for Iceland's beloved Sagas where you can go on a voyage of discovery at the Settlement Center which uses the Sagas to explore the history of Iceland's early settlement by Nordic Vikings.

Continuing West, head onto the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, also known as "Iceland in a Nutshell" for its compact combination of the different types of landscapes that represent Iceland. This peninsula is also rich in Icelandic history and folklore. Snaefellsjokull National Park, the only coastal national park in the country, makes up the Western edge of the peninsula. The park is named after the volcanic glacier that towers over the peninsula. A benevolent half-troll spirit is said to guard the area from the top of the mountain. The mountain has a reputation internationally as a place of healing energy. Science fiction fans may know Snaefellskokull from Jules Vernes' novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Enjoy exploring the fantastic landscapes, birdlife and historical sites in Iceland's oldest national park.

Listed activities are NOT included in the trip price.

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Duration1 Night
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Fosshotel Hellnar

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    Fosshotel Hellnar



    Fosshotel Hellnar is everything people look for in a charming country hotel. The hotel is located right beneath Snæfellsjokull Glacier, a national park made famous in the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. The glacier is said to be one of the seven ...

    Fosshotel Hellnar is everything people look for in a charming country hotel. The hotel is located right beneath Snæfellsjokull Glacier, a national park made famous in the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. The glacier is said to be one of the seven great energy centers of the earth and has been attributed various mysterious powers. The Hellnar area is a true natural wonder, with Snæfellsjökull National Park, Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík close by. The area offers stunning lava arches and beautiful cliffed coasts where Orca whales are regularly spotted swimming in the ocean.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Lounge
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Day 5

Snaefellsjokull National Park- Stykkisholmur - Laugar in Saelinsgsdal Valley

Approximate distance: 220km / 137miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Today explore more of Snaefellsjokull National Park and the north coast of the peninsula. Explore pebbled beaches to bizarrely-shaped sea cliffs with incredible birdlife. Keep an eye out for Kirkjufell (the Church Mountain), a popular landmark for photographers.
Many visitors to this area like to visit the Shark Museum at Bjarnarhofn for a courageous taste of 'rotten' shark meat, a local delicacy, and a fascinating lesson on shark fishing.

Explore Stykkisholmur with its beautifully preserved town center. From here, you can take a boat tour through Breioafjöraur bay with its jawdropping seascapes and thousands of tiny islands dotting the area. Take the scenic route towards Budardalur village, a village that dates back to Iceland's Viking settlement. At the nearby Erpsstadir dairy farm you can stop for an introduction to Icelandic farm life and taste the freshly made ice cream.
If you continue to Eiriksstadir, you'll see the Viking Age home and turf-covered replica longhouse of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. In this area you can also visit the rocky outcrop said to be a cathedral to elves and other supernatural creatures. In the evening, when the sun hits it just right, it takes on its own strange glow.

Listed activities are NOT included in the trip price.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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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 6

Borgarfjordur - Reykholt - Hvalfjordur - Reykjavik

Approximate distance: 260km / 162miles

Breakfast at your hotel. A drive through Borgarfjordur reveals a region proud of its legacy, serving as the setting for most of the Icelandic Sagas with the landscape, nature and culture reflecting this heritage and bringing history to life. While in Reykholt you'll be walking in the footsteps of Snorri Sturluson, famed Saga poet and author.

A drive further reveals two adjacent waterfalls, each with very different characteristics. At Hraunfossar (Lava Falls) the water seems to magically appear from the moss covered lava rocks and shiver down into the rushing turquoise blue waters below, while Barnafoss (Children's Falls) resembles a pale blue milkshake of short, fierce rapids that cut through a narrow canyon. Nearby is Europe's most powerful hot spring, Deildatunguhver, where visitors can by organic tomatoes grown using geothermal heat in the nearby greenhouses.

On your way back we recommend a short detour to Háafell goat farm, that is proud to protect the Icelandic goat stock. You can play your part in the protection and adopt one of their goats for a one year support or longer.

Listed activities are NOT included in the trip price. Head to Reykjavík in the afternoon.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Klettur

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    Hotel Klettur



    Hotel Klettur is right next to Reykjavik's main shopping street, Laugavegur. It offers modern guest rooms with free internet access and a flat-screen satellite TV. All the air-conditioned and brightly decorated guest rooms, Klettur Hotel have a private bathroom with shower. Some rooms feature a ...

    Hotel Klettur is right next to Reykjavik's main shopping street, Laugavegur. It offers modern guest rooms with free internet access and a flat-screen satellite TV. All the air-conditioned and brightly decorated guest rooms, Klettur Hotel have a private bathroom with shower. Some rooms feature a balcony, and some have panoramic views of Reykjavik. A buffet breakfast is served every morning in the dining room. The hotel bar is an ideal place to relax with a drink and mingle.

    Facilities

    • Ironing Board
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Check-In Time
    • Check-Out Time
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access
    • Reception
    • TV

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Day 7

Departure

Approximate distance: 52km / 33miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive back to Keflavik International Airport, Drop off your car at the airport. We recommend departing Reykjavik no later than 3 hours before your flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Jun 20, 27; Jul 4 Sold Out, 11, 18, 25; Aug 1, 8 Sold Out.

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22 May'17 $ 2,634 $ 2,634 $ 2,634 $ 2,003 $ 2,003
12 Jun'17 $ 2,634 $ 2,634 $ 2,634 $ 2,003 $ 2,003
26 Jun'17 $ 2,634 $ 2,634 $ 2,634 $ 2,003 $ 2,003
10 Jul'17 $ 3,246 $ 4,347 $ 3,310 $ 2,702 $ 3,083
24 Jul'17 $ 3,254 $ 4,347 $ 3,310 $ 2,668 $ 3,083
9 Aug'17 $ 3,254 $ 4,354 $ 3,310 $ 2,702 $ 3,102
23 Aug'17 $ 3,314 $ 4,384 $ 3,314 $ 2,702 $ 3,102
15 Sep'17 $ 3,246 $ 4,347 $ 3,310 $ 2,702 $ 3,083
Listed dates are day 1 of the small group tour departure from Oslo. Flights from North America to meet the listed dates, are usually overnight, and depart the day before. Land tour is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 people. Rates include international and any domestic or regional flights. Air rates based on availability at time of booking and subject to change. Listed flights include stops en-route and on return. Direct flights may be available at a higher cost. Toronto based on Iceland Air - Vancouver based on Iceland Air - Montreal based on Iceland  Air - NYC based on Iceland  Air - Los Angeles based on Iceland Air. Listed rates include all airline and airport taxes and subject to change and availability.

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Rental car for 7 days with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection, and two authorized drivers
  • Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport.
  • Accommodation with private bathrooms
  • Breakfast daily, except arrival
  • Detailed road map
  • Detailed Travel Booklet
  • Detailed Travel Booklet - Electronic version
  • SIM card worth ISK 2000: 50 minutes of local calls + 300 MB of data. Standard, Micro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes

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

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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