Iceland Complete Self Drive

For the Road Trip Lovers, a unique experience around Iceland


Iceland Land Tours
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Duration: 9 days
Starts: Keflavik, Iceland
Ends: Keflavik, Iceland
Language: English speaking voyage

Season: April to October
**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 charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 8-day rental is up and use our Airport Direct departure transfer.


FROM:
USD1,192.-.-

Rates will vary depending on the type of car, accommodation and number of passengers


Included
Optional


Here’s What You Get
Discover flexible, stress-free travelling with pre-booked hotel nights and rental car, plus our comprehensive electronic road book.
Enjoy the Travel Companion App with over a thousand interesting points of interest to help you plan your day. You can also book day tours and activities in the app when you are on the road.
Take advantage of our many years of experience. We plan routes that combine driving with good time to explore each area.
We focus on safety with the best cars and itineraries for road conditions in each season. We also have a 24-hour emergency line if issues arise during your visit.

Highlights
View first-hand many classic natural wonders, including the Golden Circle area, the Glacier Lagoon and Myvatn Nature Reserve
Experience the amazing variety in Iceland’s landscape
Make great use of your time with this introductory tour of Iceland and its unique regions
Enjoy our best-selling escorted tour itinerary as a flexible road trip

Important:
You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, and 23 years of age to rent car Categories 5.0 or higher.
A valid automobile driver’s license from the US, Canada or the European Economic Area is required to drive in Iceland. A license from other countries can be used if it: a) has a valid license number, b) the license holder’s photograph, c) is printed in Latin alphabet characters and d) is valid at the time of travel. Otherwise, an international driver’s license is required.
The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings, therefore, cannot be guaranteed.
**Full coverage includes unlimited km, Collision and Damages Waiver, Theft Protection, GPS system, one additional driver, Super Collision and Damages Waiver, Windshield Protection, Sand and Ash Protection, and VAT.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival and Reykjanes Peninsula
Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles
Approximate Driving Distance: 100 km / 62 miles (With Reykjanes Peninsula; 130 km / 81 miles)

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time in Iceland, we suggest that you take some time to explore the Reykjanes Peninsula (a UNESCO GeoPark site).

Reykjanes is a great introduction to Iceland’s unique geology and volcanoes. You’ll see unusual and stunning features around the peninsula, including craters, lava cliffs, fissures, and the Mid-Atlantic ridge itself. You can even walk on a bridge that divides Europe and North America. We also recommend a stroll in the surreal Gunnuhver area where you can view quirky colorful mud pools and steam vents bubbling away. If you are a Viking history buff, we recommend the Viking World museum, famous for the Islendingur, a Viking ship replica that sailed between Iceland and North America in 2000. Several charming fishing villages and lighthouses dot the peninsula, and the area has a reputation for tasty seafood fresh from the ocean.

Reykjanes is home to the renowned Blue Lagoon, and you might enjoy the chance to relax in the soothing azure waters. Important: admission to the Blue Lagoon needs to be booked in advance. We can help you with that!

Drive along the mystical lava landscapes of the South Coast road to the charming village of Hveragerdi for your overnight stay. The road takes you past rocky beaches with thundering waves. Hveragerdi is perfect for getting to know typical small-town Icelandic culture, but with a unique twist. Hveragerdi 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.”

Please note check-in for most hotels begins at 14:00 – 16:00 (2:00pm-4:00pm).

Overnight in the Hveragerdi area.

Optional Activities:
Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras: The Blue Lagoon is known for its special properties and its beneficial effects on the skin, and attracts visitors from all over the world in search of health, relaxation and an exotic experience.
In addition to bathing in the lagoon, guests have access to a sauna with a view of the lagoon, a steam-bath with white walls that resemble silica-mud and a cosy steam-bath carved into a lava cave. Guests can also stand beneath a small waterfall for an energizing massage. Of course, guests bathing in the milky waters of the Blue Lagoon have easy access to the famous white silica-mud, an essential part of the spa experience.

Day 2: The Golden Circle and the South Shore
Approximate distance: ca285km / 177miles
Exploding Geysers – Waterfalls – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore

Breakfast at your hotel. Start your day by driving to the area of famous Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the "Golden Waterfall", and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before continuing to Dyrholaey* and the black sand beaches of Iceland’s South Shore. Continue to the village of Vik.

Overnight in the Vik area.

*Dyrholaey is closed for the bird nesting season between mid-May and 25 June.

Optional Activities:
Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp): South Iceland is certainly spectacular from "below” but nothing tops experiencing it from "above” Our snowmobile tour goes to the top of Mýrdalsjökull glacier - an icecap covering one of Iceland’s largest volcano, Katla.
Explore and experience the wilderness and the breathtaking views over South Iceland.
Solheimajokull Glacier Walking Tour (from Basecamp): Along the way to the glacier, we will have a good view of the Solhimeajokull glacier lagoon and the area around the glacier. We start with a safety briefing and a short lesson how to use the crampons and the ice pick on the glacier walk.
The glacial landscape is amazing and dynamic, including crevices, sinkholes and small black volcanic sandhills. Sometimes it’s possible to take a look at the small holes or enter caves.
Kayaking by Solheimajokull Glacier: Leave the crowds behind and immerse in the beauty of a majestic outlet glacier while on a kayak. The tour starts with meeting your expert kayaking guide in the Solheimajokull glacier parking lot. You will be equipped with a dry suit and shown the basic technique needed to maneuver the kayak. The sit-on-top kayaks are easy to steer, and no previous kayaking experience is needed. As you push away from the shore, you will enter a world of iceberg filled lagoon.

Day 3: Vatnajokull National Park – Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon – Hofn
Approximate distance: ca290km / 181miles
Lava Fields – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your journey on the Ring Road. Cross Eldhraun, the largest lava flow recorded on the planet in historical times. Visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur town, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. The tour continues over the Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within Vatnajokull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. Nearby is the famous Diamond Beach, where glittering chunks of ice rest on black sand. Throughout the day you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier.

Overnight in the Hofn area.

Optional Activities:
Glacier Wonders (from Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park): Starting from Skaftafell at the foot of Vatnajokull Glacier, join a glacier hiking tour to learn about the enthralling world of ice in South Iceland
Zodiac Tour on Fjallsárlón- Iceberg Lagoon: Get closer to icebergs on this adventours Zodiac safari in the peaceful and less visited Iceberg Lagoon (Fjallsarlon)
Amphibian Boat Tour on Glacial Lagoon (from the lagoon): Board an amphibian boat and cruise between floating icebergs on the glacial Lagoon Jokulsarlon.

Day 4: Hofn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir
Approximate distance: ca255km / 158miles
Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Legendary Lake Monster

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Hofn through the Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. You’ll also pass villages, each with their own special history and charm. The road brings you to Egilsstadir town, located near Iceland’s largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster. The area is also getting a name for itself for its excellent locally sourced cuisine. If you have time in your schedule, we suggest a visit to the Wilderness Center, a living history experience where you can enjoy an interactive exhibit and excellent locally sourced meals. Another relaxing suggestion is a refreshing swim in the Vok Baths, floating geothermal pools near Egilsstadir.

Overnight in the Eastfjords area.

Day 5: Lake Myvatn Area
Approximate distance: ca260km / 162miles
Highland Desert – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Wonderland

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. Visit Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. Myvatn also offers fun outdoor activities such as mountain biking, horseback riding on excellent trails and even summer cart rides or winter dogsledding with Siberian huskies. The azure blue geothermal waters of the Myvatn Nature baths are a pleasant way to end a beautiful day.

Overnight in the Lake Myvatn area.

October& April: Please note that it is not possible to visit Dettifoss between October and mid- May, as the roads to the waterfall are not open for winter travel. We recommend following famous Ring Road 1 from Egilsstadir to Myvatn.

Optional Activities:
Myvatn Nature Baths: In a volcanic setting among steaming hills, bathers can enjoy the ultimate natural outdoor spa experience at the Myvatn Nature Baths in northern Iceland.

Day 6: Lake Myvatn Area – Akureyri – Siglufjordur
Approximate distance: ca165km / 103miles
"Waterfall of the Gods" – Colorful Northern “Capital” – The Beautiful Troll Peninsula

Please Note: The Ring Road route today contains a toll tunnel. More information on the tunnel and fees is here.

Breakfast at your hotel. Start your day by exploring Myvatn’s peculiar lava formations of Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall, where you can walk on paths giving you different views of the water. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colorful northern “capital” of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and a beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur Fjord.

After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur and the Troll Peninsula. This is a breathtaking drive along steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline. The destination is Siglufjordur, set in a beautiful fjord of the same name. This town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Depending on when you arrive in town, we suggest a visit to Siglufjordur’s award-winning and popular Herring-Era Maritime Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a “frontier” boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring.

Overnight in Northwest Iceland.

Day 7: Skagafjordur – Borgarnes
Approximate distance: ca340km / 211miles
Icelandic History and Horses – Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers

Breakfast at your hotel. Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to Skagafjordur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding. Holar was one of Iceland’s cultural centers and has buildings from nine centuries of Iceland’s history that you can visit. Medieval and military history buffs might enjoy the new 1238: Battle of Iceland exhibit in Saudakrokur town. Cutting-edge virtual reality technology brings to life the drama and history of a pivotal 13th century battle that changed Iceland’s people forever. The Glaumbaer turf manor house at the Skagafjordur Regional Museum is an interesting glimpse into how people lived in Iceland until the early 20th century. Glaumbaer was an inspiration for the manor farm in Hannah Kent’s award-winning novel Burial Rites (a movie is now in production).

If you’re interested in horses, the farm of Lytingsstadir also has a replica of a turf barn and an exhibit about the history of horses in Iceland, as well as a chance to meet some friendly horses. You can also take horseback riding tours from the farm.
The town of Hvammstangi’s Seal Center is a great place to learn about seals and perhaps join a guided excursion to look for seals by boat.
Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.

Overnight in the Borgarfjordur area.

Day 8: Borgarfjordur – Thingvellir – Reykjavik
Approximate distance: ca210km / 131miles
Europe's Largest Hot Spring – Picturesque Waterfalls – National Park with Geological Wonders

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. The nearby Krauma Natura Hot Spring Spa is a great place to enjoy a refreshing morning bath surrounded by gorgeous landscapes.
Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfall before continuing via Hvalfjordur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where the world’' oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet.
After your visit here, head on to Reykjavik, Iceland’s culturally vibrant capital city. Enjoy exploring the city’s many dining options. You might also enjoy late afternoon and evening activities such as a visit to Wonders of Iceland or FlyOver Iceland. During the summer evenings there are activities you can book, such as whale watching or ATV rides. During October and early April there are options for northern lights viewing.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Optional Activities:
Krauma Nature Baths: Enjoy a soothing bath at Krauma geothermal baths in an authentic Icelandic nature, near Deildatunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring.
Into the Glacier - Classic Tour (from Husafell Center or Klaki Base Camp): Add a Langjokull Glacier Ice Tunnel tour to your self-drive holiday

Day 9: Departure
Approximate distance: ca50km / 30miles
Return to Keflavik International Airport

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive back to Keflavik International Airport.** We recommend departing your hotel in Reykjavik no later than at least 3 hours before your flight departure. It takes approximately 1 hour to drive to the airport, and check-in will start 2 hours before your departure.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon earlier but have some free time today, you might want to use the opportunity en route to the airport. For this detour, please be sure to allow for at least 2-2,5 hours extra so you’ll have ample time at the lagoon. Your rental car should be returned to the airport service area, which is located only 2 minutes from the airport building. A shuttle will then transport you to the departure hall.

**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 charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 8-day rental is up and use our Airport Direct departure transfer.

Optional Activities:
Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras: The Blue Lagoon is known for its special properties and its beneficial effects on the skin, and attracts visitors from all over the world in search of health, relaxation and an exotic experience.
In addition to bathing in the lagoon, guests have access to a sauna with a view of the lagoon, a steam-bath with white walls that resemble silica-mud and a cosy steam-bath carved into a lava cave. Guests can also stand beneath a small waterfall for an energizing massage. Of course, guests bathing in the milky waters of the Blue Lagoon have easy access to the famous white silica-mud, an essential part of the spa experience.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Reykjanes Peninsula
Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles
Approximate Driving Distance: 100 km / 62 miles (With Reykjanes Peninsula; 130 km / 81 miles)

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time in Iceland, we suggest that you take some time to explore the Reykjanes Peninsula (a UNESCO GeoPark site).

Reykjanes is a great introduction to Iceland’s unique geology and volcanoes. You’ll see unusual and stunning features around the peninsula, including craters, lava cliffs, fissures, and the Mid-Atlantic ridge itself. You can even walk on a bridge that divides Europe and North America. We also recommend a stroll in the surreal Gunnuhver area where you can view quirky colorful mud pools and steam vents bubbling away. If you are a Viking history buff, we recommend the Viking World museum, famous for the Islendingur, a Viking ship replica that sailed between Iceland and North America in 2000. Several charming fishing villages and lighthouses dot the peninsula, and the area has a reputation for tasty seafood fresh from the ocean.

Reykjanes is home to the renowned Blue Lagoon, and you might enjoy the chance to relax in the soothing azure waters. Important: admission to the Blue Lagoon needs to be booked in advance. We can help you with that!

Drive along the mystical lava landscapes of the South Coast road to the charming village of Hveragerdi for your overnight stay. The road takes you past rocky beaches with thundering waves. Hveragerdi is perfect for getting to know typical small-town Icelandic culture, but with a unique twist. Hveragerdi 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.”

Please note check-in for most hotels begins at 14:00 – 16:00 (2:00pm-4:00pm).

Overnight in the Hveragerdi area.

Optional Activities:
Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras: The Blue Lagoon is known for its special properties and its beneficial effects on the skin, and attracts visitors from all over the world in search of health, relaxation and an exotic experience.
In addition to bathing in the lagoon, guests have access to a sauna with a view of the lagoon, a steam-bath with white walls that resemble silica-mud and a cosy steam-bath carved into a lava cave. Guests can also stand beneath a small waterfall for an energizing massage. Of course, guests bathing in the milky waters of the Blue Lagoon have easy access to the famous white silica-mud, an essential part of the spa experience.

Day 2: The Golden Circle and the South Shore
Approximate distance: ca285km / 177miles
Exploding Geysers – Waterfalls – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore

Breakfast at your hotel. Start your day by driving to the area of famous Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the "Golden Waterfall", and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before continuing to Dyrholaey* and the black sand beaches of Iceland’s South Shore. Continue to the village of Vik.

Overnight in the Vik area.

*Dyrholaey is closed for the bird nesting season between mid-May and 25 June.

Optional Activities:
Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp): South Iceland is certainly spectacular from "below” but nothing tops experiencing it from "above” Our snowmobile tour goes to the top of Mýrdalsjökull glacier - an icecap covering one of Iceland’s largest volcano, Katla.
Explore and experience the wilderness and the breathtaking views over South Iceland.
Solheimajokull Glacier Walking Tour (from Basecamp): Along the way to the glacier, we will have a good view of the Solhimeajokull glacier lagoon and the area around the glacier. We start with a safety briefing and a short lesson how to use the crampons and the ice pick on the glacier walk.
The glacial landscape is amazing and dynamic, including crevices, sinkholes and small black volcanic sandhills. Sometimes it’s possible to take a look at the small holes or enter caves.
Kayaking by Solheimajokull Glacier: Leave the crowds behind and immerse in the beauty of a majestic outlet glacier while on a kayak. The tour starts with meeting your expert kayaking guide in the Solheimajokull glacier parking lot. You will be equipped with a dry suit and shown the basic technique needed to maneuver the kayak. The sit-on-top kayaks are easy to steer, and no previous kayaking experience is needed. As you push away from the shore, you will enter a world of iceberg filled lagoon.

Day 3: Vatnajokull National Park – Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon – Hofn
Approximate distance: ca290km / 181miles
Lava Fields – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your journey on the Ring Road. Cross Eldhraun, the largest lava flow recorded on the planet in historical times. Visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur town, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. The tour continues over the Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within Vatnajokull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. Nearby is the famous Diamond Beach, where glittering chunks of ice rest on black sand. Throughout the day you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier.

Overnight in the Hofn area.

Optional Activities:
Glacier Wonders (from Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park): Starting from Skaftafell at the foot of Vatnajokull Glacier, join a glacier hiking tour to learn about the enthralling world of ice in South Iceland
Zodiac Tour on Fjallsárlón- Iceberg Lagoon: Get closer to icebergs on this adventours Zodiac safari in the peaceful and less visited Iceberg Lagoon (Fjallsarlon)
Amphibian Boat Tour on Glacial Lagoon (from the lagoon): Board an amphibian boat and cruise between floating icebergs on the glacial Lagoon Jokulsarlon.

Day 4: Hofn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir
Approximate distance: ca255km / 158miles
Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Legendary Lake Monster

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Hofn through the Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. You’ll also pass villages, each with their own special history and charm. The road brings you to Egilsstadir town, located near Iceland’s largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster. The area is also getting a name for itself for its excellent locally sourced cuisine. If you have time in your schedule, we suggest a visit to the Wilderness Center, a living history experience where you can enjoy an interactive exhibit and excellent locally sourced meals. Another relaxing suggestion is a refreshing swim in the Vok Baths, floating geothermal pools near Egilsstadir.

Overnight in the Eastfjords area.

Day 5: Lake Myvatn Area
Approximate distance: ca260km / 162miles
Highland Desert – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Wonderland

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. Visit Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. Myvatn also offers fun outdoor activities such as mountain biking, horseback riding on excellent trails and even summer cart rides or winter dogsledding with Siberian huskies. The azure blue geothermal waters of the Myvatn Nature baths are a pleasant way to end a beautiful day.

Overnight in the Lake Myvatn area.

October& April: Please note that it is not possible to visit Dettifoss between October and mid- May, as the roads to the waterfall are not open for winter travel. We recommend following famous Ring Road 1 from Egilsstadir to Myvatn.

Optional Activities:
Myvatn Nature Baths: In a volcanic setting among steaming hills, bathers can enjoy the ultimate natural outdoor spa experience at the Myvatn Nature Baths in northern Iceland.

Day 6: Lake Myvatn Area – Akureyri – Siglufjordur
Approximate distance: ca165km / 103miles
"Waterfall of the Gods" – Colorful Northern “Capital” – The Beautiful Troll Peninsula

Please Note: The Ring Road route today contains a toll tunnel. More information on the tunnel and fees is here.

Breakfast at your hotel. Start your day by exploring Myvatn’s peculiar lava formations of Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall, where you can walk on paths giving you different views of the water. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colorful northern “capital” of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and a beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur Fjord.

After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur and the Troll Peninsula. This is a breathtaking drive along steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline. The destination is Siglufjordur, set in a beautiful fjord of the same name. This town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Depending on when you arrive in town, we suggest a visit to Siglufjordur’s award-winning and popular Herring-Era Maritime Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a “frontier” boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring.

Overnight in Northwest Iceland.

Day 7: Skagafjordur – Borgarnes
Approximate distance: ca340km / 211miles
Icelandic History and Horses – Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers

Breakfast at your hotel. Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to Skagafjordur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding. Holar was one of Iceland’s cultural centers and has buildings from nine centuries of Iceland’s history that you can visit. Medieval and military history buffs might enjoy the new 1238: Battle of Iceland exhibit in Saudakrokur town. Cutting-edge virtual reality technology brings to life the drama and history of a pivotal 13th century battle that changed Iceland’s people forever. The Glaumbaer turf manor house at the Skagafjordur Regional Museum is an interesting glimpse into how people lived in Iceland until the early 20th century. Glaumbaer was an inspiration for the manor farm in Hannah Kent’s award-winning novel Burial Rites (a movie is now in production).

If you’re interested in horses, the farm of Lytingsstadir also has a replica of a turf barn and an exhibit about the history of horses in Iceland, as well as a chance to meet some friendly horses. You can also take horseback riding tours from the farm.
The town of Hvammstangi’s Seal Center is a great place to learn about seals and perhaps join a guided excursion to look for seals by boat.
Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.

Overnight in the Borgarfjordur area.

Day 8: Borgarfjordur – Thingvellir – Reykjavik
Approximate distance: ca210km / 131miles
Europe's Largest Hot Spring – Picturesque Waterfalls – National Park with Geological Wonders

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. The nearby Krauma Natura Hot Spring Spa is a great place to enjoy a refreshing morning bath surrounded by gorgeous landscapes.
Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfall before continuing via Hvalfjordur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where the world’' oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet.
After your visit here, head on to Reykjavik, Iceland’s culturally vibrant capital city. Enjoy exploring the city’s many dining options. You might also enjoy late afternoon and evening activities such as a visit to Wonders of Iceland or FlyOver Iceland. During the summer evenings there are activities you can book, such as whale watching or ATV rides. During October and early April there are options for northern lights viewing.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Optional Activities:
Krauma Nature Baths: Enjoy a soothing bath at Krauma geothermal baths in an authentic Icelandic nature, near Deildatunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring.
Into the Glacier - Classic Tour (from Husafell Center or Klaki Base Camp): Add a Langjokull Glacier Ice Tunnel tour to your self-drive holiday

Day 9: Departure
Approximate distance: ca50km / 30miles
Return to Keflavik International Airport

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive back to Keflavik International Airport.** We recommend departing your hotel in Reykjavik no later than at least 3 hours before your flight departure. It takes approximately 1 hour to drive to the airport, and check-in will start 2 hours before your departure.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon earlier but have some free time today, you might want to use the opportunity en route to the airport. For this detour, please be sure to allow for at least 2-2,5 hours extra so you’ll have ample time at the lagoon. Your rental car should be returned to the airport service area, which is located only 2 minutes from the airport building. A shuttle will then transport you to the departure hall.

**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 charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 8-day rental is up and use our Airport Direct departure transfer.

Optional Activities:
Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras: The Blue Lagoon is known for its special properties and its beneficial effects on the skin, and attracts visitors from all over the world in search of health, relaxation and an exotic experience.
In addition to bathing in the lagoon, guests have access to a sauna with a view of the lagoon, a steam-bath with white walls that resemble silica-mud and a cosy steam-bath carved into a lava cave. Guests can also stand beneath a small waterfall for an energizing massage. Of course, guests bathing in the milky waters of the Blue Lagoon have easy access to the famous white silica-mud, an essential part of the spa experience.


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INCLUSIONS

Summer 2021
Accommodation in a standard room for 8 nights
Icelandic-style breakfast (except arrival day)
Rental car for 8 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT**
FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
The Travel Companion App. The app includes:
Over a thousand points of interest with descriptions clearly displayed on your map. The points of interest can be customized to suit your interests and individual route
Book day tours or activities directly into the app
Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration, emergency numbers and more
Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French
Customer care service during office hours
24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
Service fee and taxes
**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 charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 8-day rental is up and use our Airport Direct departure transfer.

Summer 2022
Accommodation in a standard room for 8 nights
Breakfast (except arrival day)
Rental car for 8 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT**
Free in-car unlimited Wi-Fi to help you navigate with your personal mobile device
Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
Authorization for two people to drive the rental car during your trip
The Travel Companion App. The app includes:
Over a thousand points of interest with descriptions clearly displayed on your map. The points of interest can be customized to suit your interests and individual route
Book day tours or activities directly into the app
Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration, emergency numbers and more
Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French
Customer care service during office hours
24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
Service fee and taxes

EXCLUSIONS

Breakfast on arrival day
International airfare
Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
Petrol/Gasoline
Tolls (tunnels, roads, and other route tolls), unless specified. More information here.
Admissions and activities other than those noted in the itinerary
Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in the itinerary
Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts 14:00 (2:00pm) – 16:00 (4:00pm)
Guaranteed late check-out
Any service not specifically listed under "Included"


* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
** All prices will be re-confirmed by email at the time of booking.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

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