Classic sights along the Ring Road on this self-drive tour with fixed dates
Classic sights along the Ring Road on this self-drive tour with fixed dates
Our self-drive holidays with fixed dates offer pre-booked accommodations on certain days; all there is left to do is to choose a car and start looking forward to an adventure in Iceland!
These comfortably-paced trips also have the benefit of being confirmed in one business day, along with knowing at the time of booking what hotels you will be using.
This 9 night self-drive highlights the natural wonders, majestic landscapes and rich natural treasures of Iceland by combining the classic sights along the Ring Road with interior pearls such as Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk. Covering major high-lights such as Geysir geothermal area, the stunning Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon with its floating icebergs and the black beaches of the South Coast, this tour also allows you to experience the solitude of open spaces and the excitement of a relaxing bath in the middle of nature.
What's in it for you?
You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher.
*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 10 day rental is up and use our FlyBus departure transfer.
**If you would like to have dinner at your hotel, please contact the hotel directly to book a table.
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Day 1: Arrival
Pick up your rental car at Keflavik International airport and make your way to Reykjavík.
Overnight in Reykjavík.
Day 2: Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geysir
National Park with Geological Wonders – Exploding Geysers – Waterfalls
Start with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world’s first parliament and a jewel of nature. Afterwards, head to the nearby geothermal area of the great Geysir and witness several boiling mud pools and hot springs. The most active geyser, Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes. Onwards to the beautiful Gullfoss (Golden waterfall) considered by many to be the most impressive in Iceland.
Overnight nearby Mt. Hekla.
Day 3: Landmannalaugar
Interior Pearl – Deep Valleys – Volcanic scenery
Follow an interior track to Landmannalaugar (only accessible with a 4w4 jeep), a magnificent area surrounded by colourful rhyolite mountains with the option of bathing in a naturally warm geothermal pool. This pearl of the interior consists of deep valleys and mountains, formed in volcanic eruptions under the icecap during the ice-age, molding this uniquely colourful landscape.
Overnight nearby Mt. Hekla
Day 4: Thorsmork - Skogar – Vik
Spend today exploring the Thorsmork area, a beautiful nature reserve situated between three glaciers. One of them, the towering strata volcano Eyjafjallajokull, is probably the most famous volcano in the world today. In Þórsmörk there are many hiking trails through valleys with birch trees, glacial rivers, streams and wonderful mountain scenery. As you need to cross the glacial river Krossa to get to Thorsmork, a transfer is provided to Þórsmörk and back. Passing through rough mountain tracks and crossing un-bridged glacial rivers adds to the delight and excitement of this spectacular area. On your way to/from Thorsmork, stop and admire the two beautiful waterfalls, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and later enjoy the great views on Dyrholaey headland.
Overnight in Vik area.
Day 5: Skaftafell National Park – Jokulsarlon – Vatnajokull Glacier
Europe’s Largest National Park and Glacier – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs
Start the day by visiting Skaftafell National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, dominated by Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest ice cap. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon.
Overnight in Hofn area.
Optional at exta cost: Boat tour on Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Day 6: Hofn – East Fjords – Egilsstaðir
Majestic Steep Mountains – Narrow Fjords – Bird Life – Small Fishing Villages
Drive from Hofn through the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. The East part of Iceland offers a little bit of everything; majestic and steep mountains and narrow fjords, forests, wide variety of birdlife, bird cliffs, deserts, and vast expanses. Last but not the least; it has a lot of small fishing villages which hold a special charm, developed because of the natural harbours in the area. In East Iceland, the landscape exhibits an extraordinary variety of colours and it´s truly a magical region of natural phenomena.
Overnight in Egilsstaðir area.
Day 7: Egilsstaðir – Dettifoss – Asbyrgi – Husavik
Highland Desert – Powerful Waterfall – Canyon – National Park – Whale Watching
Travel across Modrudalsoraefi highland desert renowned for its stark beauty to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, located in the majestic Jokulsargljufur canyon. Discover the enormous horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi National Park that, according to Norse mythology, is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the magical eight-legged horse of the pagan god Odinn. Then travel around the stunning Tjornes Peninsula to Husavik village.
Overnight in Husavik area.
Optional at extra cost: Evening or late afternoon whale watching tour from Husavik village.
Day 8: Lake Myvatn – Akureyri
Bizarre Lava Formations – Geographical & Volcanic Activity – Rich Birdlife
Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and the pseudo craters at Skutustaðir. A visit to Krafla caldera is highly enjoyable; among it a short walk to Viti (“Hell”), an explosive crater on the slopes of Krafla, and a longer walk to Leirhnjukur lava field. Visit Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. Afterwards drive towards Godafoss waterfall before continuing to Akureyri, the vibrant “Capital of the North” and the second largest urban area in Iceland.
Overnight in Akureyri area.
Day 9: Akureyri – Borgarfjordur – Reykjavik
Fertile Farmlands – Unique Viking Horse – Protected Salmon River
Majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to Skagafjordur which is known for the breeding of the unique Icelandic horse. Continue towards the village of Blonduos built on both sides of the river Blanda, with Hrutey Island, a protected nature reserve, located in the middle of this popular salmon-river. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through the historical Borgarfjordur district to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 10: Departure
Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and drop off rental car.
Valid for departures on fixed dates. If you choose any other date, you can select from different types of accommodation; Comfort, Economy and Budget
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