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Iceland Odyssey

Take to the open road and discover the natural wonders and welcoming towns of Iceland's Ring Road and Snaefellsnes Peninsula!

Type of tour:Self-Drive Tours
Season:01 May - 30 September
Duration:12 Days/11 Nights
Departure:All days
Language:English
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This classic circular route gives travellers both flexibility and time to spend at each of Iceland's most popular attractions.

Apart from experiencing all the natural treasures accessed via the Ring Road such as Geysir, Seljalandsfoss, and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, this tour dedicates two whole days to the wonders of South West Iceland, including the Borgarfjordur fjord and the mystic Snaefellsnes Glacier. 

What's in it for you?

  • Worry free traveling
  • Electronic version of Iceland Travel Booklet. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Guide booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure!
  • Safety first! Free SIM card worth 2000 ISK to phone us in case of a travel hiccup or an emergency. It also gives you the opportunity to phone your friends and family at home and share your Iceland experience through social media.
  • Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day.

 

Highlights

  • This tour is very similar to Iceland Travel's “Around Iceland” tour, but the Odyssey tour additionally includes two days in West Iceland, where you can explore the magical Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
  • This tour covers the whole of Iceland, except the Westfjords. With 12 days of traveling, you are sure to have plenty of time to cover all the major stunning attractions that Iceland has to offer along the Ring Road.
  • The nature plays the biggest role in this unforgettable tourGeysers and hot springs, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, National Parks, and more – this one has it all.

Important:

  • Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher. 
  • Recommended car type:  Category 2 or higher

Included

 

  • Accommodation for 11  nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 11 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT (Types of Car recommended: car cat 2.0 or higher)
  • FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
  • Detailed road map
  • Detailed Travel Booklet
  • Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version
  • One SIM card worth ISK 2000: 50 minutes of local calls + 300 MB of data. StandardMicro 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

 **Please note that the package price is based on 11x24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 12 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 11 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.

 

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, you might stop at the Blue Lagoon (a short distance from the airport) for a chance to relax in the soothing geothermal mineral waters.

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

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi. 

 

Day 2: Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Fludir/Selfoss

Approximate distance: ca170km / 106miles

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

Drive to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. Continue to the famous Geysir hot-spring area and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall.

Overnight in Fludir area.

 

Day 3: Thjorsardalur - Hella - Vik - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Approximate distance: ca300km / 186miles

Hekla Volcano - Thundering Waterfalls – Seabird Colony - Black Sand Beaches - Lava Fields

Drive along the spectacular south coast and view highlights along the way such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Myrdalsjokull glacier, the seabird cliff of Dyrholaey* and the black sand beaches of Vik. Continue towards Kirkjubaejarklaustur, a picturesque village known for fabulous trout fishing and is the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent.

Overnight in Southeast Iceland

*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, from around mid May until June 23rd.

 

Day 4: Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon – Egilsstadir

Approximate distance: ca380km / 236miles

Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier - Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Mineral Collection

Today you will be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe´s largest glacier. Visit the park‘s awe-inspiring Skaftafell area, which is set between glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Wind your way through the spectacular East Fjords, with towering mountains and charming fishing villages, to the fertile Egilsstadir area. You might opt to take a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer or visit Petra‘s famous stone collection at Stodvarfjordur (Note: best time for viewing puffins is mid May to early August).

Overnight in Egilsstadir area

 

Day 5: Egilsstadir and Surroundings

Distance is variable

 

East Fjords - Legendary Lake Monster - Largest Forest in Iceland- Wilderness Heritage

Explore Egilsstadir and the  surrounding area. Visit Hallormsstadur the largest forest plantation in Iceland set along Lake Lagarfljot, which according to legend contains a monster.  Drive to edge of the magnificent highland wilderness, where you can visit the interactive new Wilderness Center that focuses on the pioneer history and nature of the eastern highlands.  From here you can also take hiking and horseback riding day tours that bring you into the highland wilderness.

 

Day 6: Dettifoss - Asbyrgi - Husavik - Myvatn

Approximate distance: ca310km / 193miles

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

Travel across the vast Modrudalsoraefi highlands to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Explore the impressive horse-shoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon in Vatnajokull National Park´s northern rim  before continuing to the fishing port of Husavik.

Overnight in Northeast Iceland

 

Day 7: Lake Myvatn - Akureyri

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal Activity - Rich Birdlife

Explore the highlights of Lake Myvatn and surrounding area with unique attractions such as Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard and Krafla volcanic area. Make a stop to admire Godafoss , "Waterfall of the Gods" before continuing to the town of Akureyri.

Overnight stay in Akureyri area

 

Day 8: Akureyri

Distance is variable

Iceland's "Capital of the North" - Botanical Gardens - Local Museums - Arctic Circle

Spend the day exploring Akureyri the "capital of the North" and its surrounding area.  This charming town is small in size but has a vibrant cultural scene. Wander through a street dedicated to art galleries. Visit museums and historical wooden homes.  Swim in the magnificent geothermal pool. And take a walk through a beautiful botanical garden on the edge of the Arctic Circle. If you enjoy outdoor recreation, Akureyri is great for whale watching, fishing, horseback riding or hiking in the trails around the fjord.

Overnight stay in Akureyri

 

Day 9: Akureyri - Laugarbakki - Stykkisholmur

Approximate distance: ca370km / 230miles

Fertile Farmlands – Folk Museum – Viking Horses

Travel to the horse-breeding valley of Skagafjordur fjord. Here you might enjoy a horseback ride in the beautiful countryside or take in ancient history at Holar Museum area or the old manor of Glaumbaer.Continue to the shores of Hunafloi bay, an area rich in Icelandic history. Explore Dalir, the region of Eric the Red and birthplace of his son, the great explorer Leif Eiriksson at a living replica museum before driving to Snaefellsnes peninsula.

Overnight stay in Stykkishólmur area

 

Day 10: Stykkisholmur - Arnarstapi - Borgarfjordur

Approximate distance: ca240km / 150miles

Magical Glacier Volcano– Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Volcanic Crater

Circle around the legendary Snaefellsjokull peninsula passing the small fishing villages of Grundarfjordur and Hellissandur. Make a stop at the rocky beach of Djúpalónssandur. Don't miss the striking columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi.  Overall of this beauty is the great glacier-crowned volcano of Snaefellsjokull, said to have magical powers.  Pass Eldborg crater on route to the agricultural region of Borgarfjordur.

Overnight stay in Borgarfjordur area.

 

Day 11: Borgarfjordur - Reykholt - Hvalfjordur - Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca220km / 137miles

Picturesque Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring - Viking history

In Borgarfjordur visit the beautiful Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls, and the enormous Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot springs in Europe. Walk in the footsteps of the Medieval chieftain and Saga author Snorri Sturluson at his home in Reykholt. Visit the Viking Settlement Museum in Borgarnes. Continue via Hvalfjordur fjord to Reykjavik. 

Overnight stay in Reykjavik

 

Day 12: Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

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 11x24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 12 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 11 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.

 

Iceland Travel offers different types of self-drive categories, where the main difference between each category is the accommodation which allows you to create an Iceland experience fitting your travel style.

Take a look at the accommodation categories here below and let us know your selection during the booking process.

 

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made prior to / including 31st March 2017

For travel period from 1st May - 30th September
May and September are offered with a 15% discount of below prices

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar4840262925522244x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar4928267325962266x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar49282673259622662299
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar51812794268423322343
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar52472838269523432354
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar53132871271723652376
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar53572904273923762376
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar54342937276123872398
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar59623190292625302508
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar60943267299225632541
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar67763608320127282662
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar70733751330027942728

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made from 1st April 2017

For the travel period 1st July - 15th August

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar5181281627282398x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar5269286027832420x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar52692860278324202464
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar55442992287124972508
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar56103036288225082519
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar56873069290425302541
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar57313102292625412541
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar58193146295925522563
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar63803410313527062684
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar65233498320127392717
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar72493861342129152849
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar75684015353129922915
 

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made prior to / including 31st March 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar4169236522991969x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar4257240923211991x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar42572409232119912024
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar45102541240920572090
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar45762574243120902101
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar46422607245321012112
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar46862629246421122123
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar47742662249721342134
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar52912926267322552233
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar54232992271722882266
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar61053333293724642398
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar64023476304725412464

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made from 1st April 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar4466253024642112x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar4554257424862134x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar45542574248621342167
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar48292717257422002233
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar48952750259622332244
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar49722794262922442255
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar50162816264022552277
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar51042849267322882288
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar56653135286024092387
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar58083201290424532420
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar65343564314626402563
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar68533718325627172640
 

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made prior to / including 31st March 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar3564207920241705x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar3641212320571727x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar36412123205717271771
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar390832233212317931815
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar39382266214518151826
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar40042299216718261837
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar40592321218918371848
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar41252354221118591859
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar47742695236519691958
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar49172761240920131991
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar55663080261821562112
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar58633223281622332167

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made from 1st April 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar3817222221671826x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar3894227722001848x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar38942277220018481892
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar418222387227719141947
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar42132420229919471958
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar42792464232119581969
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar43452486234319691980
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar44112519236519911991
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar51042882253021122090
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar52582959257421562134
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar59513300280523102255
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar62703454301423872321

 

Superior Self-Drive Holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 78 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

 

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 49 EUR in Category Comfort and 70 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.  

 

Discounts & special offers

15% discount for departures in May and September

 

Children rate

Valid when one child shares a double room with 2 adults:

  • Children 2-11 years old: EUR 54 / GBP 41 / USD 62 / CAD 83  per night. Add the total to the rate for 2 adults in car.
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • Children's accommodation consists of an extra bed/mattress on the floor.

 

Child Seat 0-13 kg approx. EUR 27 / GBP 21 / USD 31 / CAD 41 per rental.

Child Booster 9-25 kg approx. EUR 11 / GBP 8 / USD 13 / CAD 17 per rental. Payable on spot.


Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

 

Rooms

  • 1 Person = 1 single room
  • 2 Persons = 1 double/twin room
  • 3 Persons = 1 double/twin + 1 single room
  • 4 Persons = 2 double/twin rooms
  • 5 Persons = 2 double/twin + 1 single room

Car Rental

Our selfdrive packages include basic insurance (CDW), unlimited mileage, VAT, a GPS system and two authorized drivers.

Accommodation

Quality is an important factor for Iceland Travel. When organizing our tours we choose accommodation with regards to quality, value for money, location and service provided.

 
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Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.br /> These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.

 

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