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Highlands and Lowlands

Drive a circle route where you can enjoy the Iceland's contrasting nature in the deserted yet colorful thermal highlands and the green fertile coastal lowlands.

Type of tour:Self-Drive Tours
Season:20 June - 15 September
Duration:9 Days/8 Nights
Departure:All days
Language:English
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This self-drive holiday gives you the opportunity to see most of the country's top sights, in addition to experiencing Iceland's contrasting nature in the deserted yet colourful interior. You will therefore not only be driving on the Ring Road, but also off the beaten track on two of Iceland's highland roads, Kjolur and Landmannalaugar, both offering magnificent and breathtaking views of Iceland's exotic landscape

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:

  • Take the opportunity to travel off the beaten track through two of Iceland's highland tracks; Kjolur and Landmannalaugar, both offering magnificent and exotic landscapes.
  • Drive past all major attractions in Iceland, except in the western part of the country. Sites include Geysir, Gullfoss, Dettifoss, and Godafoss waterfalls (and many more), black sand beaches, plus several national parks.
  • Types of Car required: 5.0 or higher.

Important:

  • You must be at least 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.  
  • This tour requires Car Types 5.0 or higher due to driving on unpaved mountain roads

Included

  • Accommodation for 8  nights including breakfast (except arrival day)*
  • Rental car for 8 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT (Types of Car recommended: car cat. 5.0 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 8x24 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 necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 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 is early, you might consider stopping along the way at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing swim in the geothermal mineral waters. 

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

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi

 

Day 2: Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir

Approximate distance: ca240km / 150miles

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

Drive from Hveragerdi to Thingvellir National park, the site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park offers a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows. Today you´ll also visit the geothermal area of Geysir and the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall.

Overnight in Golden Circle area

 

Day 3: Kjolur - Hveravellir - Skagafjordur

Approximate distance: ca230km / 143miles

Wilderness Interior – Highland Geothermal Area - Natural Bathing Pool - Viking Horses - Glacial Rivers

Today's route leads over the historical highland track Kjolur (car category 5.0 or higher required;  track open from mid-June to mid-September). Drive this track through the colorful thermal area Hveravellir between the glaciers Langjokull and Hofsjokull. As you drive, you´ll be seeing the same landscapes that Vikings and outlaws saw in the old days. The trail emerges into the horse breeding valley of Skagafjorður fjord and its glacial rivers.

Overnight in North Iceland

 

Highlights:

Hveravellir  |Kjolur
 

Day 4: Akureyri - Lake Myvatn

Approximate distance: ca190km / 118miles

Akureyri - Waterfall "Of the Gods" - Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal Activity - Rich Birdlife

Drive to Akureyri, the "capital of the north."  Stop at the lovely Godafoss waterfall before driving to the intriguing Lake Myvatn area. The natural wonders of Lake Myvatn area include the unique lava formations of Dimmuborgir, Krafla volcanic area, and the pseudo craters at Skutustadir.

Overnight in North Iceland

 
 

Day 5: Husavik - Dettifoss - Egilsstadir

Approximate distance: ca320km / 199miles

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

From Lake Myvatn drive around Tjornes peninsula. Travel through the fishing village of Husavik to Jokulsargljufur National Park, including the impressive horseshoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon and the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Continue east to Egilsstadir.

Overnight in East Iceland

 

Day 6: East Fjords - Hofn

Approximate distance: ca300km / 186miles

Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline - Mineral Collection

Drive south through the spectacular coast line of the East Fjords with charming fishing villages and towering mountains that plunge vertically into the sea. Remember to give yourself plenty of time to drive carefully and enjoy the amazing scenery. One of these is the Almannaskard pass, which offers a striking view of Vatnajokull glacier and the coastal area.

 

Day 7: Jokulsarlon - Skaftafell - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Approximate distance: ca220km / 137miles

Europe's Largest Glacier - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Glacier-Ringed Green Oasis

Today you will be in the vicinity of Vatnajokull National Park named after Europe´s largest glacier. Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon by Vatnajokull glacier offers a beautiful view of the glacier, and the floating icebergs will leave a deep impression on you. Head onwards to the park‘s Skaftafell area, an ice-ringed green oasis with various hiking possibilities. Get closer to the beauty with an optional ice hiking tour on one of Vatnajokull‘s glacial tongues. Continue along the south coast for an overnight stay.

Overnight in South Iceland

 

Day 8: Landmannalaugar - Reykjavík

Approximate distance: ca240km / 149miles

Multicolored Highland Mountains - Lava Fields - Hot Spring Bathing - Hekla Volcano

Travel along the Fjallabaksleid highland interior track. Cross several unbridged rivers to Landmannalaugar, a magnificent area surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains, with the option of bathing in a natural warm pool (do not forget to bring a swimsuit). Throughout the day you'll enjoy views of the towering Hekla, Iceland´s most frequently erupting volcano. Explore the ever changing scenery of Thjorsardalur, a valley sculpted by Hekla´s past eruptions, before heading back to Reykjavik.

Note:  If you prefer not to visit Landmannalaugar, you can continue along the south shore exploring black sand beaches, bird colonies, towering waterfalls and crossing fertile farmlands towards Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavik

 

Day 9: 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 8x24 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 necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 4 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 per person (EUR) for confirmed bookings made prior to / including 31st March 2017

For travel period from 1st May - 30th September.
1st June – 14th June & 22nd August – 31st August are offered with a 10% discount of below prices.
May and September are offered with a 20% discount of below prices. If you would like to book this self drive in April or October, please contact us.

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar43282320212818401816
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar44322368216018641832
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar49202616232819841936
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar51442728239220401984

Prices per person (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
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar46322480226419681936
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar47442536229619921952
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar52642800248021202056
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar55042920254421842112
 

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

For travel period from 1st May - 30th September.
1st June – 14th June & 22nd August – 31st August are offered with a 10% discount of below prices.
May and September are offered with a 20% discount of below prices. If you would like to book this self drive in April or October, please contact us.

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar38642120192016481624
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar39682168196016721640
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar44562416212817921744
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar46642528219218401784

Prices per person (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
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar41362272204017601728
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar42482320208817921744
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar47682584226419201856
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar49922704233619681896
 

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

For travel period from 1st May - 30th September.
1st June – 14th June & 22nd August – 31st August are offered with a 10% discount of below prices.
May and September are offered with a 20% discount of below prices. If you would like to book this self drive in April or October, please contact us.

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar33841896170414161408
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar34801944174414481424
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar39602184189615601520
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar41682288196816161560

Prices per person (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
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar36242032181615121496
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar37202080185615521512
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar42402336201616721616
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar44562448209617281656

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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