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Iceland Express Self Drive: Summer

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,892

Take a leisurely drive through majestic scenery, stopping over at prearranged hotels en route. Iceland is ready to take your breath away on each leg of the journey.


For the independent minded traveller 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. 

Explore this fairytale land over 8 days on a self-drive trip. Pick up your car at the airport and set off for Iceland’s wonders. Each night, you will have pre arranged accommodation at charming hotels, allowing you to simply enjoy the drive, and the sights.

During your week in Iceland you will see geothermal regions with geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers, coastal fjords, volcanic formations and unique National Parks. You will have the opportunity to visit Papey Island with its thousands of puffins. You can visit magnificent Horseshoe Canyon at Asbyrgi, enjoy the friendly fishing port of Husavik, explore the mystical volcano at Dimmuborgir and see a great example of old Icelandic architecture at an authentic farmstead near Glambaer.  

A range of optional activities are at your fingertips includi seal watching, river rafting and horse riding. However you choose to see it, you can be sure that every part of Iceland will captivate you.


 

At Goway we are experts at designing personalized itineraries to suit your special interests, tastes and budget. Let us arrange your ultimate travel experience today.
Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,892

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Day 1

Keflavik - Hverageroi

Pick up your car at the Hertz desk at the airport and start your Iceland experience.

From Keflavik International Airport, drive along the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. 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.

Distance: 100km / 62 miles

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Ork Hotel Hveragerdi

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    Ork Hotel Hveragerdi


    This countryside hotel is located in the village of Hveragerdi and offers friendly accommodation and well-equipped facilities in beautiful surroundings. Guests can enjoy traditional Icelandic cuisine served at Ork's restaurant. There are 85 well furnished guest rooms at Hotel Ork. The rooms have simple yet ...

    This countryside hotel is located in the village of Hveragerdi and offers friendly accommodation and well-equipped facilities in beautiful surroundings. Guests can enjoy traditional Icelandic cuisine served at Ork's restaurant.

    There are 85 well furnished guest rooms at Hotel Ork. The rooms have simple yet classic furnishings and feature private bathrooms with a bathtub with shower.

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Day 2

Tingvellir - South Shore

Today's highlights include Thingvellir National Park, a place of great geological and historical interest, the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot-spring area. Drive along the south shore, viewing the Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the black sand beaches around Vik and Myrdalsjokull glacier.

Optional: Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Center with a ferry transfer to the Westman Islands

Distance: 310km / 193 miles

Meal Plan Breakfast
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 3

Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Hofn

Drive through the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, explore Skaftafell National Park, a green oasis nestling below the great Vatnajokull glacier surrounded by black desert sands. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and onwards to the charming harbor town Hofn known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.

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

Distance: 270km / 168 miles

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Duration1 Night
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Jokull Hotel

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    Jokull Hotel



    The hotel, which used to be a public school, is well positioned by road 1. It is only 8 km from Hofn Hornafirdi and 453 km from Reykjavik. The surroundings are mounded by Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull. The spectacular natural scenery of sites such as ...

    The hotel, which used to be a public school, is well positioned by road 1. It is only 8 km from Hofn Hornafirdi and 453 km from Reykjavik. The surroundings are mounded by Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull. The spectacular natural scenery of sites such as Skaftafell, Jokulsarlon, Skalafellsjokull, Geitafell and Lonsoraefi is within reach from the hotel. The hotel consists of 23 rooms with bathroom and 17 rooms with washbasin. Sleeping bag accommodation in 6 rooms with washbasins is available in the basement. The restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and dinner. The lounge is equipped with a television and free access to a wireless internet connection.

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Day 4

Hofn - Egilsstadir

Drive along the rugged coastline of the East Fjords with their towering mountains and charming fishing villages. On the way you have the option of taking a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer or visit Petra's famous collection of local stones and minerals at Stodvarfjordur.

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

Distance: 300km / 186 miles

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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 5

Egilsstadir - Myvatn

Travel across Modrudalsoraefi highlands renowned for their stark, untouched beauty towards Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. Visit the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Asbyrgi. Drive onwards to Tjornes peninsula and the friendly Husavik fishing port.

Optional: Whale watching from Húsavík

Distance: 310km / 193 miles

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Duration1 Night
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Narfastadir Guesthouse

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    Narfastadir Guesthouse


    Provincial charm and local flavors highlight your stay at Narfastaoir Guesthouse. The main building is located in a former sheep-stable and a barn built in 1907, which have now been turned into elegant and comfortable hotel facilities. The guesthouse is ideal for tourists visiting Lake ...

    Provincial charm and local flavors highlight your stay at Narfastaoir Guesthouse. The main building is located in a former sheep-stable and a barn built in 1907, which have now been turned into elegant and comfortable hotel facilities. The guesthouse is ideal for tourists visiting Lake Myvatn (20 minutes away) and the whale watching capital of Husavik (40minutes away).

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Day 6

Myvatn - Akureyri/Skagafjordur

Explore highlights of the Lake Myvatn area, including the mystical volcanic formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard and Krafla volcanic area. Drive to Godafoss waterfall, the capital of the north Akureyri or Skagafjordur area.

Optional: Bird museum in Myvatn.

Distance: 130km / 81 miles

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Duration1 Night
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Varmahlid Hotel

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    Varmahlid Hotel


    Hotel Varmahlid is located by the Ring Road, convenient for those who are travelling on the highland road over Kjolur. The hotel's excellent facilities include 19 rooms which can accommodate up to 38 people.

    Hotel Varmahlid is located by the Ring Road, convenient for those who are travelling on the highland road over Kjolur. The hotel's excellent facilities include 19 rooms which can accommodate up to 38 people.

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Day 7

Varmahlio - Reykjavik

Drive through the historical region of Skagafjordur renowned for horse breeding. You have an option of visiting the old farmstead at Glaumbaer a great example of old Icelandic architecture. Continue to the bay of Hunafloi and across Holtavorduheidi plateau, enter Borgarfjordur area.

Another option is to travel across the barren Kjolur highland road (4WD needed, track open from mid-June), to the geothermal oasis at Hveravellir before driving to Reykjavik.

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

Distance: 490km / 305 miles

Meal Plan Breakfast
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 8

Departure

Drive to the airport where you will return your vehicle and connect with your international flight home.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily. This trip operates in the Icelandic Summer between May 1st to Sept 30th

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 7 day car hire (unlimited mileage)
  • GPS system
  • Detailed driving instructions and maps

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Arival and Departure transfers
  • Gratuities

OTHER INFORMATION:

Summer: May 1st to Sept 30th

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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