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Arctic Iceland

Explore Iceland's Ring Road, including the Mysterious Eastern Fjords, Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Melrakkasletta, the northernmost point of Iceland!

Type of tour:Self-Drive Tours
Season:01 May - 30 September
Duration:11 Days/10 Nights
Departure:All days
Language:English
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This 11 day driving holiday is perfect for those wanting to circle around Iceland at a comfortable pace and enjoy the unique and diverse scenery that make Iceland such an amazing destination.

You also get a chance to visit the peaceful Snaefellsnes peninsula with the Snaefellsnes Glacier as the crowning jewel. Also explore Melrakkasletta, the northernmost point of the mainland, abundant with arctic wild foxes and birdlife.

This self-drive tour covers the entire country except the mighty Westfjords. If you'd rather include them in your Icelandic holiday, take a look at our Majestic Fjords Iceland self-drive tour

 

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 and hunt for northern lights in the evening.

 

Highlights

  • Visit all the well-known attractions along the Ring Road.
  • Take in amazing sites on the edges of Iceland not typically visited by travelers.
  • Furthermore, explore the magical Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the less known but incredibly beautiful Northern-East Coast, including Vopnafjordur, Bakkafloi and Thistilfjordur.

 

 

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 a car category 2.0 or higher

Included

 

  • Accommodation for 10  nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 10 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
  • 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 10 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 11 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 10 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. The 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.

Depending on your arrival time in Iceland it is ideal to visit the renowned Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal water.

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi.

 

 

Day 2: Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Skalholt - Tjorsardalur - Hella

Approximate distance: ca300km / 186miles

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

 

Today's highlights include Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a place of great geological and historical interest. Then take in the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot-spring area. Drive along the mighty Thjorsa river to Thjorsardalur valley with Mt. Hekla, Iceland's most famous volcano towering above. Continue to the South Shore area.

Overnight in South Iceland

 

Day 3: Hella - Vik - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Approximate distance: ca160km / 99miles

Thundering Waterfalls - Puffin Colony - Black Sand Beaches - Lava Fields

 

Visit Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, each with its own unique character. Continue to Dyrholaey* a rocky headland where thousands of puffins nest in the summer (puffins are in Iceland usually between mid May and early August). Travel across the vast lava field of Eldhraun to the picturesque village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent.

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

Overnight in South Iceland

 

Day 4: Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon - Hofn - Egilsstadir

Approximate distance: ca450km / 280miles

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

 

Today you will be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe‘s largest glacier. Visit  the park´s Skaftafell area, a green oasis nestling below the great Vatnajokull glacier. There are many excellent hiking trails here. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where huge icebergs float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon. Drive along the rugged and varied coastline of the magnificent East Fjords to Egilsstadir the largest town in the east.

 

Day 5: Egilsstadir and Surroundings

Distance is variable

East Fjords - Legendary Lake Monster - Largest Forest in Iceland

Explore Egilsstadir and surrounding area. Visit Hallormsstadur the largest forest plantation in Iceland set along Lake Lagarfljot, which according to legend contains a monster.  A highlight of this area is the new Wilderness Center, which offers exciting hiking and horseback riding day tours visiting mountains, waterfalls and abandoned farmhouses.  An interactive exhibit also shows how Icelanders lived here in the old days.

 

Day 6: Vopnafjordur - Langanes

Approximate distance: ca140km / 87miles

Glacial Rivers - Small Fishing Villages - Northernmost Point in Iceland

Drive to Vopnafjordur village, with its spectacular coastline and natural hot springs. Continue to Thorshofn village  (population: 500), which is situated on Langanes peninsula. 

Overnight in Northeast Iceland

 

Highlights:

Vopnafjordur
 

Day 7: Asbyrgi - Husavik - Myvatn

Approximate distance: ca240km / 149miles

Glacier Carved Gorge - Whale Watching - Volcanic Area

Travel across the Oxafjardarheidi plateau. Visit Asbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon in Jokulsargljufur National Park. Local legend says this was formed by the hoof prints from Odin‘s magical horse. Drive along Tjornes peninsula at the edge of the Arctic Circle en route to the fishing port of Husavik. Spend some time in this charming town before continuing to Lake Myvatn.

Overnight stay in Northeast Iceland 

 

Day 8: Akureyri and Surroundings

Distance is variable

Volcanic Area - Lava Formations of Lake Mývatn - Botanical Gardens

 

Explore the Lake Mývatn area´s natural wonders, including the fantastic lava formations of Dimmuborgir, theKrafla volcanic area, and the pseudo craters at Skutustadir. Stop at Godafoss waterfall, a legendary cascade said to contain the statues of Norse gods tossed there in 1000 AD.  Head onwards to the scenic Eyjafjordur fjord and Akureyri, Iceland's "Capital of the North." Spend some time in this town of beautifully preserved historical buildings. Though small in size, Akureyri has a vibrant cultural scene, including a street dedicated to art galleries. It also boasts one of the best geothermal swimming pools in Iceland. 

Overnight stay in Akureyri  area

 

 
 

Day 9: Akureyri - Stykkisholmur

Approximate distance: ca348km / 217miles

Fertile Farmlands - Viking Horses - Quaint Fishing Villages

 

From Akureyri, continue over the Oxnadalur pass to the historical region of Skagafjordur,  renowned for horse breeding. You might visit the old farmstead at Glaumbaer, a great example of Icelandic architecture from the last few centuries. Continue the journey Snaefellsnes peninsula.

Overnight in West Iceland.

 

Day 10: Snaefellsnes - Borgarnes - Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca200km / 130miles

Coastal Villages - Sea Cliffs with Birdlife - Volcanic Crater - Picturesque Fjord

 

Circle around the legendary Snaefellsjokull peninsula, passing the small fishing villages of Hellissandur and Grundarfjordur. Don't miss the striking columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi. Make a stop at the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur. Pass Eldborg crater on route to the agricultural region of Borgarfjordur before returning to Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavik

 

Day 11: 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 10 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 11 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 10 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.

 

Highlights:

Reykjavík  |The Blue Lagoon
 

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 similar4400239023202040x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar4480243023602060x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar44802430236020602090
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar47102540244021202130
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar47702580245021302140
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar48302610247021502160
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar48702640249021602160
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar49402670251021702180
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar54202900266023002280
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar55402970272023302310
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar61603280291024802420
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar64303410300025402480

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 similar4710256024802180x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar4790260025302200x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar47902600253022002240
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar50402720261022702280
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar51002760262022802290
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar51702790264023002310
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar52102820266023102310
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar52902860269023202330
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar58003100285024602440
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar59303180291024902470
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar65903510311026502590
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar68803650321027202650
 

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 similar3790215020901790x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar3870219021101810x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar38702190211018101840
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar41002310219018701900
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar41602340221019001910
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar42202370223019101920
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar42602390224019201930
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar43402420227019401940
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar48102660243020502030
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar49302720247020802060
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar55503030267022402180
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar58203160277023102240

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 similar4060230022401920x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar4140234022601940x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar41402340226019401970
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar43902470234020002030
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar44502500236020302040
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar45202540239020402050
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar45602560240020502070
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar46402590243020802080
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar51502850260021902170
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar52802910264022302200
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar59403240286024002330
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar62303380296024702400
 

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 similar3240189018401550x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar3310193018701570x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar33101930187015701610
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar355302030193016301650
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar35802060195016501660
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar36402090197016601670
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar36902110199016701680
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar37502140201016901690
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar43402450215017901780
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar44702510219018301810
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar50602800238019601920
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar53302930256020301970

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 similar3470202019701660x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar3540207020001680x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar35402070200016801720
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar380202170207017401770
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar38302200209017701780
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar38902240211017801790
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar39502260213017901800
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar40102290215018101810
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar46402620230019201900
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar47802690234019601940
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar54103000255021002050
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar57003140274021702110

 

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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