Arctic Iceland

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

Type of tour:Road-Trips
Season:01 May - 30 September
Duration:11 Days/10 Nights
Departure:All days
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Arctic Iceland

 

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
  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion. 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 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 the Krafla 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

 

Highlights:

Akureyri  |Myvatn  |Dimmuborgir  |Krafla  |Godafoss  |Myvatn Nature Baths
 

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:

Reykjavik  |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.

 
 
 

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 139 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.

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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