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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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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
  • 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 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

f northern Europe.

 

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.

 

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 similar3960215120881836x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar4032218721241854x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar40322187212418541881
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar42392286219619081917
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar42932322220519171926
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar43472349222319351944
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar43832376224119441944
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar44462403225919531962
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar48782610239420702052
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar49862673244820972079
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar55442952261922322178
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar57873069270022862232

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 similar4239230422321962x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar4311234022771980x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar43112340227719802016
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar45362448234920432052
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar45902484235820522061
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar46532511237620702079
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar46892538239420792079
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar47612574242120882097
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar52202790256522142196
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar53372862261922412223
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar59313159279923852331
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar61923285288924482385
 

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 similar3411193518811611x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar3483197118991629x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar34831971189916291656
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar36902079197116831710
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar37442106198917101719
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar37982133200717191728
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar38342151201617281737
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar39062178204317461746
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar43292394218718451827
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar44372448222318721854
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar49952727240320161962
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar52382844249320792016

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 similar3654207020161728x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar3726210620341746x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar37262106203417461773
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar39512223210618001827
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar40052250212418271836
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar40682286215118361845
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar41042304216018451863
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar41762331218718721872
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar46352565234019711953
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar47522619237620071980
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar53462916257421602097
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar56073042266422232160
 

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 similar2916170116561395x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar2979173716831413x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar29791737168314131449
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar319771827173714671485
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar32221854175514851494
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar32761881177314941503
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar33211899179115031512
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar33751926180915211521
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar39062205193516111602
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar40232259197116471629
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar45542520214217641728
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar47972637230418271773

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 similar3123181817731494x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar3186186318001512x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar31861863180015121548
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar342181953186315661593
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar34471980188115931602
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar35012016189916021611
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar35552034191716111620
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar36092061193516291629
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar41762358207017281710
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar43022421210617641746
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar48692700229518901845
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar51302826246619531899

 

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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Super efficient way to travel to Iceland and in Iceland. Hotels booked ahead, rent-a-car booked ahead. Funbus fares already taken care of! Vastly simplified the process - especially in a place like Iceland - with the complicated spelling / pronunciation of place names - finding and booking hotels / guest houses would be a nightmare.

I have already recommended Iceland Travel and your tours to friends.

My only suggestion would be to add another stop [in the 9 night tour]. Add a stop between Borgarnes and Akureyri. We regret that we did not have time to see the Westfjords Area. We truly enjoyed the scenery, the people, and the food. The wildlife -especially the birds - were phenomenal. 

Sandra K. (Canada)