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Iceland Explorer

West Iceland was chosen by Lonely Planet as one of its “Best in Travel 2016“ sites. Come discover more of this scenic and family-friendly region, combined with favorite wonders of South Iceland!

Type of tour:Self-Drive Tours
Season:20 June - 08 August
Duration:7 Days/6 Nights
Departure:Details
Language:English
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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.

Discover the essence of Iceland while visiting all the must-see attractions in South and West Iceland.  Travelling at your own pace, you can visit all the grand pearls of the Golden Circle and the fabled South Shore’s black sands and volcanoes. In addition, you’ll explore West Iceland’s ever-changing landscapes, lush valleys, panoramic bays, and gleaming glaciers. 

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.

 

Highlights:


• Visit the must-see attractions of the Golden Circle at your own pace.
• Explore two beloved national parks and a newly designated UNESCO Geopark
• Discover West Iceland, Lonely Planet‘s“Best in Travel 2016“
• Travel in the footsteps of the Viking Sagas in Borgarfjordur and surrounding area.
• Discover Snaefellsnes, with its ever-changing coastal scenery, glacial volcano
• Visit friendly family-owned farms and learn about life on an Icelandic farm
• See an amazing lava waterfall and Europe‘s most powerful hot spring
• Enjoy opportunities for birdwatching in the Reykjanes and Snaefellsnes areas
• See the homestead where the famous Vikings Erik the Red and Leif Eirkiksson lived
• With an easy upgrade of your rental car to a 4wd, you can travel through the highland track of Kaldidalur, a mountain pass between two glaciers in the south.

 

Important:

You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher. 

Included

• Rental car for 6 days with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection, and two authorized drivers. Types of Car recommended: any.
• Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport
• Accommodation with private bathrooms for 6 nights
• Breakfast daily, except arrival
• Detailed road map
• Detailed Travel Booklet
• Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version
• SIM card worth ISK 2000: 50 minutes of local calls + 300 MB of data. Standard, Micro 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 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on your last day, an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the included day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.

Departures

DateLanguageStatusExtra
20 June 2017 Guaranteed
27 June 2017 Guaranteed
04 July 2017 Guaranteed
11 July 2017 Guaranteed
18 July 2017 Guaranteed
25 July 2017 Guaranteed
01 August 2017 Guaranteed
08 August 2017 Guaranteed

Map

 

Day 1: Arrival and overnight in Reykjanes Peninsula

Approximate distance: ca30km / 19miles

Volcanic Wonderland – UNESCO Geopark – Viking Heritage – Blue Lagoon


Pick up the car at the airport and drive to the Geohotel in charming Grindavik village (about 25 – 30 minute drive from the airport). Check in to your hotel.

If you are arriving on a morning flight, you are in a fantastic part of Iceland to explore and enjoy. The Reykjanes peninsula area is an ideal introduction to Iceland´s volcanic personality. The region has been designated a UNESCO Geopark for its otherworldly and beautiful volcanic features. There are 55 points of interest in the area. Some of these include Krysuvik, a primoridial geothermal area of bubbling earth and steam, and the Midatlantic Ridge that the divides the North American and European tectonic plates.

Experience the area´s terrain on an ATV tour between lava and mountains and along the sea. Try whale watching or sailing. Visit the Viking World museum and discover Norse history and the famous Íslendingur Viking ship at that sailed to North America in 2000. Other area activities include birdwatching, hiking and playing golf in Sandgerði, on the edge of the ocean.

Or take a scenic drive through the area, visiting Geopark sites and enjoying seafood in charming village restaurants.

Of course, a very important place to visit in this area is the relaxing Blue Lagoon, which is a short drive from your hotel. The soothing geothermal mineral waters are perfect for your skin, and it´s a great way to shake off jetlag! (Important: if you plan to visit the Blue Lagoon, admission must be booked in advance. Iceland Travel can assist you with this.

Overnight stay in the Reykjanes area (Geo Hotel, Grindavík or similar)

 

Highlights:

Reykjanes  |The Blue Lagoon

Day 2: South Coast Road to Gullfoss and Geysir

Approximate distance: ca215km / 134miles

Thundering Waves – Magical Church – Viking Horses – Golden Falls – Spouting Geysers


Breakfast at your hotel. Start with a drive along a scenic road taking you by thundering waterfalls and the mysterious mountains surrounding Lake Kleifarvatn. Stop at Strandakirkja, a lovely old church, Local legends have it that the church provides good fortune and success to those in need of it. The road takes you into the green farmlands and coasts of South Iceland. Take an optional tour of Fakasel, an interactive horse center, where you can meet friendly Icelandic horses and discover more about this ancient Viking breed. Your ultimate destination is the Golden Circle region. Visit Gullfoss, the Queen of Waterfalls. Nearby is the Geysir Geothermal area, where hot springs bubble and even shoot into the air. Most famous of these is Strokkur, which erupts like clockwork. Maybe you´ll opt to bathe in one of the local favorite hot spring pools of the area. These include the Secret Lagoon in Fludir, or the Fontana Steambaths in Laugarvatn.

Overnight in the Geysir region, at Hotel Edda Laugarvatn ÍKÍ or similar.

 

Highlights:

Kleifarvatn  |Gullfoss  |Geysir

Day 3: South Coast Waterfalls and Thjorsardalur Valley

Approximate distance: ca444km / 277miles

Majestic Waterfalls - Cliffs & Stone Arches - Black Sandy Beaches and Bird Colony


Breakfast at your hotel. Today explore the famous South Shore region. Visit the majestic Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, each with its own unique attributes. In the region is the beautiful yet imposing Eyjafjallajokull Glacier Volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption, An interesting multimedia exhibit at the foot of the volcano tells the story.

Dyrholaey is a rocky headland characterized by a black lava arch. Every year thousands of sea birds nest here during the summer. (Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, from about the middle of May until late June.) In this area you can also enjoy views of the vast black sand beaches and unusual rock formations.

Next drive through the Thjorsardalur valley and its contrasting landscapes of birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers and waterfalls, huddling below the impressive volcano Hekla, Iceland‘s most frequently-erupting one. This is also the location of Stong, a Viking age farm where you can see a replica longhouse. Follow the road through Thjorsardalur back to your accommodation in Laugarvatn.

Overnight at Hotel Edda Laugarvatn ÍKÍ or ML 

Day 4: Thingvellir National Park – Whale Fjord – Borgarnes – Snaefellsnes

Approximate distance: ca260km / 162miles

Historical and Geographical park – Saga history town – Wind tangled beaches – Glacier-crowned mountain


Breakfast at your hotel. Today discover two national parks. Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) provides a visually stunning lesson in plate tectonics and is a historical treasure as the site of the world's oldest parliament.

A drive along scenic Hvalfjörður (Whale) Fjord reveals Bjarteyjarsandur, a working horse and sheep farm where you may choose to stop for a friendly visit or even participate in fun farm activities. Driving further into West Iceland brings you to Borgarnes known for Iceland's beloved Sagas where you can go on a voyage of discovery at the Settlement Center which uses the Sagas to explore the history of Iceland's early settlement by Nordic Vikings.

Continuing West, head onto the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, also known as “Iceland in a Nutshell“ for its compact combination of the different types of landscapes that represent Iceland. This peninsula is also rich in Icelandic history and folklore. Snaefellsjokull National Park, the only coastal national park in the country, makes up the Western edge of the peninsula. The park is named after the volcanic glacier that towers over the peninsula. A benevolent half-troll spirit is said to guard the area from the top of the mountain. The mountain has a reputation internationally as a place of healing energy. Science fiction fans may know Snaefellskökull from Jules Vernes‘ novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Enjoy exploring the fantastic landscapes, birdlife and historical sites in Iceland´s oldest national park.

Overnight at Hotel Hellnar.

Day 5: Snaefellsjokull National Park- Stykkisholmur – Laugar in Saelinsgsdal Valley

Approximate distance: ca220km / 137miles

Pebbled beaches – Shark Museum – Bay of a Thousand Islands – Viking Homestead

Breakfast at your hotel. Today explore more of Snaefellsjokull National Park and the north coast of the peninsula. Explore pebbled beaches to bizarrely-shaped sea cliffs with incredible birdlife. Keep an eye out for Kirkjufell (the Church Mountain), a popular landmark for photographers.

Many visitors to this area like to visit the Shark Museum at Bjarnarhofn for a courageous taste of 'rotten' shark meat, a local delicacy, and a fascinating lesson on shark fishing.

Explore Stykkisholmur with its beautifully preserved town center. From here, you can take a boat tour through Breiðafjörður bay with its jawdropping seascapes and thousands of tiny islands dotting the area. Take the scenic route towards Budardalur village, a village that dates back to Iceland‘s Viking settlement.  . At the nearby Erpsstadir dairy farm you can stop for an introduction to Icelandic farm life and taste the freshly made ice cream.

If you continue to Eiriksstadir, you'll see the Viking Age home and turf-covered replica longhouse of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. In this area you can also visit the rocky outcrop said to be a cathedral to elves and other supernatural creatures.  In the evening, when the sun hits it just right, it takes on its own strange glow

Overnight at the Hotel Edda Laugar in Saelingsdalur or similar

DAY 6: Borgarfjordur – Reykholt – Hvalfjordur – Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca260km / 162miles

Picturesque Waterfalls – Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring- Home of Medevial Saga Author

Breakfast at your hotel. A drive through Borgarfjordur reveals a region proud of its legacy, serving as the setting for most of the Icelandic Sagas with the landscape, nature and culture reflecting this heritage and bringing history to life. While in Reykholt you'll be walking in the footsteps of Snorri Sturluson, famed Saga poet and author.

A drive further reveals two adjacent waterfalls, each with very different characteristics. At Hraunfossar (Lava Falls) the water seems to magically appear from the moss covered lava rocks and shiver down into the rushing turquoise blue waters below, while Barnafoss (Children's Falls) resembles a pale blue milkshake of short, fierce rapids that cut through a narrow canyon.
Nearby is Europe's most powerful hot spring, Deildatunguhver, where visitors can by organic tomatoes grown using geothermal heat in the nearby greenhouses.

On your way back we recommend a short detour to Háafell goat farm, that is proud to protect the Icelandic goat stock. You can play your part in the protection and adopt one of their goats for a one year support or longer.

Head to Reykjavík in the afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Reykjavík or Reykjavík area (Hotel Klettur, Reykjavík Lights, Hotel Vellir)

 

Day 7: Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 33miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive back to Keflavik International Airport, Drop off your car at the airport. We recommend departing Reykjavik no later than 3 hours before your flight.

Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the

 
 

Prices per person in EUR, valid June-August 2017

Valid for departures on fixed dates.  If you choose any other date, you can select from different types of accommodation; Comfort, Economy and Budget

Comfort Gr. 1.0 Gr. 1.1 Gr. 2.0 Gr. 2.6 Gr. 3.0 Gr. 3.1 Gr. 4.0 Gr. 4.1 Gr. 5.0 Gr. 5.1 Gr. 7.1 Gr. 9.9
1 adult 2505 2554 2554 2686 2719 2751 2784 2825 3097 3171 3532 3688
2 adults 1284 1308 1308 1374 1391 1407 1423 1444 1580 1617 1797 1875
3 adults 1142 1158 1158 1202 1213 1224 1235 1249 1339 1364 1484 1536
4 adults 1071 1083 1083 1116 1124 1132 1141 1151 1219 1237 1328 1367
5 adults n/a n/a 1038 1064 1071 1078 1084 1092 1147 1161 1234 1265

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.

 

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.