Around Iceland Road Trip favourite explores Iceland’s rich natural treasures, including national parks, beautiful waterfalls, striking glaciers, magnificent volcanoes and hot springs. These include Reykjavik city, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Lake Myvatn, and Thingvellir and Vatnajokull National parks. You will have ample time to cover all the hot spots that Iceland has to offer on its famous Ring Road.

What’s in it for you?

  • Worry free travelling
  • 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

  • Plenty of time to cover all the major stunning attractions Iceland has to offer on the Ring Road
  • Enjoy a leisurely holiday combining driving with plenty time to enjoy sightseeing and activities
  • Explore all Iceland’s main attractions in the Golden Circle and along the South Shore
  • Take advantage of countryside hotel locations to scout for northern lights (mid-September – October and early–mid April )

**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 9 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.

Included

  • Accommodation for 9  nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 9 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
    • Useful information about your booking, including detailed descriptions of confirmed hotels,  and  a 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

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 car category 2.0 or higher for this itinerary. 4WD vehicles needed for Ring Road travel in April and October
  • Our road trip packages are designed by our team of travel experts. They are created for people like you who want to experience the very best of what Iceland has to offer. To get the best value Iceland Travel has to offer, book our road trips online. Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee.
  • With our exclusive road trip app you don´t have to worry about missing out and you will always find your way to your hotel after a full day of traveling. It is easy to book day tours and activities in the app when you are on the road.
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Day 1

Arrival

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles
Arrival in Iceland – The world’s northernmost capital city
Once you have landed at Keflavík Aiport, please pick up your luggage and head through customs.  Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel.   Depending on your arrival time in Iceland, it may be ideal to stop and visit the renowned Blue Lagoon where you can relax in its geothermal waters.  Important:  admission to the Blue Lagoon needs to be booked in advance.

October and April:  Drive to your hotel in Reykjavik, the colourful capital of Iceland.  (Approximate distance:  ca. 50km/30 miles)

May – September:  Drive along the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula to the charming village of Hveragerdi for your overnight.   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.”  (Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles)

Please note check-in for most hotels begins at 14:00 (2:00pm)

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Day 2

Hveragerdi - Geysir - Thingvellir - Borgarfjordur

Approximate distance: ca310km / 193miles
Greenhouses – Exploding Geysers – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Massive Waterfall
Drive to the legendary waterfall Gullfoss and the hot springs at Geysir. Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament, before driving through Hvalfjordur fjord  to the historic and scenic Borgarfjordur region.

If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can also take the scenic highland wilderness Kaldidalur track alongside Langjokull glacier to Borgarfjordur. The road generally is open between mid-June and mid-September.

Overnight in Borgarfjordur area

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Day 3

Borgarfjordur - Blonduos - Varmahlid - Akureyri

Approximate distance: ca280km / 174miles
Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers – Iceland’s Second Largest Community – Viking Horses
Drive north through Borgarfjordur to the shores of Hunafloi bay and the towering mountains and horse breeding valley of Skagafjordur. Continue to Akureyri, the capital of the north.

Overnight in North Iceland

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Day 4

Akureyri - Lake Myvatn

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

Botanical Gardens – Quality Museums – Waterfall Of the Gods

Spend the morning exploring the town of Akureyri. Continue your journey to the unique Lake Myvatn area. Stop en route to Myvatn to view the beautiful Godafoss waterfalls, which have a unique connection to Iceland‘s Viking Age.

Overnight in North Iceland

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Day 5

Lake Myvatn Area

Distance is variable

Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal Activity – Rich Birdlife

Explore the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the  surrounding area. Stroll along the mystical lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the volcanic area of Krafla along with the colourful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard pass. Enjoy the views of the pseudo craters at Skutustadir.

Overnight in North Iceland.

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Day 6

Husavik - Tjornes - Dettifoss - Egilsstadir

Approximate distance: ca310km / 193miles

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

Remember to make sure you have a full tank of gas and some snacks to eat, as travel services are more limited on today’s route.  Drive north to the fishing port of Husavik, where you might stop to enjoy a whale watching boat tour (available Mar- Nov).  The Whale Museum and the new Explorers’ Museum are both worth a look.   Head around the fossil-rich Tjornes peninsula on the edge of the Arctic Circle to the northern entrance of Vatnajökull National Park.  Here you can visit Ásbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoes-caped canyon Proceed to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful ones in Europe*. Continue across the vast highland plateau to Egilsstadir in the east.

*If you are traveling between May and September, roads would be open for visiting Dettifoss, the Europe’s most powerful waterfall.  Please note that it is not possible to visit Dettifoss in October and April, as the roads to the waterfall are not safe for winter travel.

October and April:  We recommend following the famous Ring Road 1  from Mývatn to Egilsstaðir, perhaps taking a detour to visit charming Husavik village.

Overnight in East Iceland.

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Day 7

Reydarfjordur- Stodvarfjordur - Djupivogur - Hofn

Approximate distance: ca300km / 186miles

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Unique Mineral Collection

Drive south through the spectacular East Fjords, where towering mountains plunge vertically into the ocean. Leave yourself plenty time, both for safe driving and for amazing views of the coast and Vatnajokull glacier. The journey continues to the town of Hofn in Hornafjordur, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.

Overnight in Southeast Iceland

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Day 8

Hofn - Skaftafell – Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Approximate distance: ca200km / 124miles

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

Today you will be in the vicinity of southern Vatnajokull National Park, and you‘ll get great views of Vatnajokull glacier as you drive along the Ring Road. Visit the shimmering icebergs and the still, milky waters of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before continuing to the Skaftafell area of the park, a beautiful nature area surrounded by glaciers. There are many great hiking trails here. Head onwards to the picturesque village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Overnight in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

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Day 9

Vik - Skogar - Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca260km / 162miles

Lava Fields – Black Sand Beaches – Seabird Colony – Thundering Waterfalls

Drive along the spectacular south coast, a sweeping landscape of sandy deserts, rocky shores and rolling farmlands sandwiched between snow-capped glaciers, mountains and the ocean. Stop to admire the black sand beaches and cliffs at Dyrholaey. There are also vast bird colonies here, including puffins (generally seen mid May to early August). Also visit the beautiful waterfalls of Skogar and Seljalands, each with its own character. You will also see the mighty Eyjafjallajokull volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption. An interesting volcano center at the base of the mountain tells the story of this event. Return to Reykjavík in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Reykjavik

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Departure

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 your arrival day.*

*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 9 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

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