Around Iceland

This 10-day/9-night self-drive favorite explores Iceland's rich natural treasures, including national parks, beautiful waterfalls, striking glaciers, magnificent volcanoes and hot springs.

Type of tour:Self-Drive Tours
Season:01 May - 30 September
Duration:10 Days/9 Nights
Departure:All days
Language:English
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Around Iceland

 

This self drive holiday favorite explores Iceland's rich natural treasures, including all of the well-known sites in the South, East and North of Iceland. These include Reykjavik city, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, and Thingvellir and Vatnajokull National parks. You will have ample time to cover all the hot spots that Iceland has to offer on the Ring Road.

What's in it for you?

  • Worry free travelling
  • 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 and hunt for northern lights in the evening.

Highlights

  • Plenty of time to cover all the major stunning attractions that Iceland has to offer along the Ring Road.
  • Enjoy a leisurely holiday that combines driving with plenty of time for sightseeing and activities.
  • A holiday in harmony with your budget! We allow you to decide whether your self-drive holiday in Iceland includes Comfort, Economy, or Budget accommodation. In our price section you can easily compare prices, as well as see examples of accommodation for each category!

Important:

  • You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.
  • We recommend car category 2.0 or higher for this itinerary

Included

  • 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
  • Detailed road map (Until 1. May)
  • Detailed Travel Booklet (Until 1. May)
  • Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version (Until 1. May)
  • One SIM card worth ISK 2000: Unlimited text and talk for local calls + 1 GB 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
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (for guests arriving from 1. May)

    The app includes:
    • Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • Detailed description of the customer´s journey, including hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

 **Please note that the package 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 our flybus 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: 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

 

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

 

Highlights:

Barnafoss  |Hraunfossar
 

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

 

Highlights:

Akureyri  |Godafoss  |Mývatn
 

Day 5: Lake Myvatn Area

Distance is variable

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.

 

Highlights:

Mývatn  |Dimmuborgir  |Krafla  |Myvatn Nature Baths
 

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

 

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>

 

Highlights:

Egilsstadir  |Reydarfjorður  |

Djúpivogur

  |Petra´s Minerals  |Hofn
 

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.

 

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 Reykjavík in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Reykjavik

 

Day 10: 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 your arrival day.*

 *Please note that the package 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 our Flybus departure transfer.

 

Day 1: 抵达

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

蓝湖温泉镇地热温室大棚

驱车距离: 约100公里 / 62英里

机场取车,开启冰岛之旅。从凯夫拉维克国际机场出发,我们建议您沿着雷克珍半岛南岸前往位于温泉镇的酒店。这个小镇坐落于地热区,有很多由温泉供热的温室大棚,所以这里常被称作“花乡”根据您的航班时刻,您可在航班抵达后前往蓝湖享受惬意温泉,放松身心。

请注意:蓝湖门票需提前预定

Optional:蓝湖Blue Lagoon

夜宿温泉镇

 

Day 2:Hveragerdi温泉镇-Golden Circle黄金圈- Borgarfjordur博尔加内峡湾

Approximate distance: ca310km / 193miles

驱车距离: 约310公里 / 193英里

驱车前往黄金瀑布和盖歇尔地热区,您可首先游览辛格维利尔国家公园,这里是冰岛古议会遗址。之后您可驱车前往博尔加内斯地区,如果您租用的是4WD车型,还可前往高地。道路通常在六月中至九月中开放通车。

Optional: Fontana地热温泉 

 

夜宿博尔加内斯峡湾地区

 

Day 3: Borgarfjordur 博尔加内峡湾-Blonduos 布朗道斯-Varmahlid 瓦尔马赫利-Akureyri阿克雷里

Approximate distance: ca280km / 174miles

驱车距离: 约280公里 / 174英里

今日向冰岛北部驱车,穿过Hunafloi峡湾和Skagafjordur峡湾,您可看到绵延的山脉,马棚……之后前往冰岛北部首都阿克雷里。

 

夜宿冰岛北部

 

Highlights:

Barnafoss  |Hraunfossar
 

Day 4:Akureyri阿克雷里- Lake Myvatn米湖

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

早晨您可开启阿克雷里小镇游览,前往米湖地区,享受温泉之旅。沿途可经过神灵瀑布,欣赏美景。 

 

夜宿冰岛北部

 

Highlights:

Akureyri  |Godafoss  |Mývatn
 

Day 5:米湖

Distance is variable

今日继续游览米湖地区,除了美丽的景色之外,这里还保存有完整的火山地理景观,包括地热、间歇性喷泉、火山口等。由于景观丰富1974年冰岛政府将这里规划为特别保留区。在湖东山坡下,有一簇黝黑的嶙峋怪石,这些怪石有的状如尖塔、有的又状似城堡,簇拥在一个狭长的谷地周围,远远望去,火山口犹如一座雄伟的黑色古堡,这是米湖的一大奇景。

 

夜宿冰岛北部

 

Highlights:

Mývatn  |Dimmuborgir  |Krafla  |Myvatn Nature Baths
 

Day 6: Husavik 胡萨维克-Dettifoss黛提瀑布- Egilsstadir埃伊尔斯塔齐

Approximate distance: ca310km / 193miles

前往冰岛北部城市胡萨维克。胡萨维克(Husavik)位于斯克雅凡帝湾(Skjalfandi)东海岸,是大部分鲸鱼爱好者的必选之地,以观鲸种类最多而出名,这儿真算得上是鲸鱼主题活动中心。你可以尽享各种赏鲸活动。Dettifoss 黛蒂瀑布,黛提瀑布源流是瓦特纳冰原。黛提瀑布宽度约100米,高度有44米,被认为是欧洲落差最大、流量最大的瀑布。流量因季节而异,枯水期约有每秒200立方米;夏季冰融使河水增加,流量可达到500立方米。当河流经过荒凉地区,强大的水流带着泥沙流过44米的断崖,其气势令人惊叹。之后可前往东部高地地区。

Optional: Husavik观鲸之旅(from Husavik)

夜宿冰岛东部

 

Day 7: Reydarfjordur- Stodvarfjordur - Djupivogur – Hofn 霍芬

Approximate distance: ca300km / 186miles

驱车距离: 约300公里 / 186英里

今日游览东部峡湾地区。冰岛东部地形可谓多姿多彩,这里您将看到连绵不断的高山,美丽的峡湾海岸和起伏错落的丘陵高地,并穿过众多小村落。之后您可驱车前往霍芬小镇,品尝当地的龙虾餐。

 

夜宿冰岛东南部

 

Highlights:

Egilsstadir  |Reydarfjorður  |

Djúpivogur

  |Petra´s Minerals  |Hofn
 

Day 8:Hofn 霍芬- Skaftafell史卡法特- Kirkjubaejarklaustur科克拜亚克劳斯特镇

Approximate distance: ca200km / 124miles

驱车距离: 约200公里 / 124英里

造访史卡法特国家公园,该地是冰岛第二大国家公园。公园面积4807平方千米,是冰岛独具特色

的自然景点之一,美妙绝伦,自然种类是其它地方难以比拟的。在这儿,你可以看到广阔的冰川、

深蓝色的冰川湖畔、色调柔和的山峰、奇形怪状的岩石、让人望而生畏的峡谷、稀有鸟群、各种植

物和动物,景色蔚为壮观。前往著名的杰古沙龙湖,位于瓦特纳冰川南端,是冰岛最大、最著名的

冰河湖。湖底深达200米,也是冰岛的第二大深湖。冰河湖的湖水湛蓝、清澈,很多形状各异的超

大冰块飘浮于湖面。远处的冰川冰犹如被天空施加了魔法,之前还像是从冰川上流下的水,顷刻间

却全冻结成了冰,时间仿佛在那一刻静止了。之后可驱车前往教堂镇。

 

Optional: Jokulsarlon boat tour 冰湖游船(from Glacier Lagoon)

             Glacier Wonders 冰川徒步(from Skaftafell National Park)  

 

夜宿冰岛南部

 

Day 9: Vik维克-Reykjavik雷克雅未克

Approximate distance: ca260km / 162miles

驱车距离: 约260公里 / 162英里

开启冰岛南岸的自然体验,途径塞里雅兰瀑布高度50 米,在瀑布后行走,有如进入水帘洞

一般。水珠随风飘落,一不小心就会衣衫尽湿。太阳照耀在水帘上,幻化成一道美丽璀璨璨的虹。景色十分壮观。在这段旅程中,您将会看到 2010 年两次喷发的埃亚菲亚德拉火山。森林瀑布从60 米高的茂密森林飞奔直下,气势磅礴,经常被作为广告元素。抵达维克小镇后,参观维克小镇 VIK位于冰岛的最南端,是个安宁和睦的小镇。在小镇后面是一望无际的大海。小镇最著名的是它的黑沙滩。沙滩在这里通通都是黑颜色。由于它黑得天然,黑得通透,海水在丝毫未受影响的情形下依然清澈,在阳光下泛着金色的微光。驱车返回雷克雅未克。

 

Optional: 雪地摩托 (from Myrdalsjokull)

 

夜宿雷克雅未克

 

Day 10: 离开

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

驱车距离: 约52公里 / 32英里

将车开回凯夫拉维克国际机场还车。

请注意,费用包含的价格是9*24小时的租车时间。如果您的行程提前或者延后,将产生额外费用。您也可以选择在规定时间内还车,乘坐机场快线前往机场离开冰岛。

 

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.

 
 
 

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 89 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 20 EUR in Category Comfort and 78 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.

Discounts & special offers

 

 

Children rate

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

  • Children 2-11 years old: EUR 64 / GBP 60 / USD 74 / CAD 99  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 25 / USD 31 / CAD 42 per rental.

Child Booster 9-25 kg approx. EUR 11 / GBP 10 / 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.
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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