This classic circular road trip of Iceland, Iceland Odyssey, gives travelers both flexibility and time to spend at each of Iceland’s most popular attractions.

Apart from experiencing all the natural treasures accessed via the Ring Road such as Geysir, Seljalandsfoss, and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, this tour dedicates two whole days to the wonders of South West Iceland, including the Borgarfjordur fjord and the mystic Snaefellsnes Glacier.

What’s in it for you?

  • Worry free traveling
  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion app.
  • 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.

Highlights

  • This tour is very similar to Iceland Travel’s “Around Iceland” tour, but the Odyssey tour additionally includes two days in West Iceland, where you can explore the magical Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
  • This tour covers the whole of Iceland, except the Westfjords. With 12 days of traveling, you are sure to have plenty of time to cover all the major stunning attractions that Iceland has to offer along the Ring Road.
  • The nature plays the biggest role in this unforgettable tourGeysers and hot springs, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, National Parks, and more – this one has it all.

**Please note that the package price is based on 11×24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 12 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 11 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.

Included

  • Accommodation for 11  nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 11 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT (Types of Car recommended: car cat 2.0 or higher)
  • FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
  • Fuel Discount Card
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
  • Customer Care Service during office hours
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours, including weekends and public holidays
  • 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 that can be filtered to suit your interests
    • Highlight section for each day of the tour
    • Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out dates
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • Iceland Travel Road Guide about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

 

Not Included:

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Petrol
  • Admissions and activities
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 2:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”

Important

  • Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.
  • Recommended car type:  Category 2 or higher
  • 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: ca 100 km / 62 miles

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. 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.”

If your flight arrives early in the day, you might stop at the Blue Lagoon (a short distance from the airport) for a chance to relax in the soothing geothermal mineral waters.

Important: Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance.

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi.

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Day 2

Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Fludir/Selfoss

Approximate distance: ca 170 km / 106 miles

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – Massive Waterfall

Drive to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. Continue to the famous Geysir hot-spring area and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall.

Overnight in the Fludir area.

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Day 3

Thjorsardalur - Hella - Vik - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Approximate distance: ca 300 km / 186 miles

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

Drive along the spectacular south coast and view highlights along the way such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Myrdalsjokull glacier, the seabird cliff of Dyrholaey* and the black sand beaches of Vik. Continue towards Kirkjubaejarklaustur, a picturesque village known for fabulous trout fishing and is the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent.

Overnight in southeast Iceland

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

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Day 4

Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon – Egilsstadir

Approximate distance: ca 380 km / 236 miles

Europe’s Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier – Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Mineral Collection

Today you will be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. Visit the park’s awe-inspiring Skaftafell area, which is set between glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Wind your way through the spectacular East Fjords, with towering mountains and charming fishing villages, to the fertile Egilsstadir area. You might opt to take a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer or visit Petra‘s famous stone collection at Stodvarfjordur (Note: best time for viewing puffins is mid May to early August).

You can either drive straight through Fagridalur to Egilsstadir or head along the East Fjords, one of the oldest regions in Iceland, shaped by glaciers during the Ice Age. Although many are uninhabited, each fjord has its own grandeur. The natural harbours in the fjords led to the development of fishing villages that have still hung on to a degree of old-world charm.

Overnight in the Egilsstadir area

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Day 5

Egilsstadir and Surroundings

Distance is variable

East Fjords – Legendary Lake Monster – Largest Forest in Iceland- Wilderness Heritage

Explore Egilsstadir and surrounding area, one of the oldest regions in Iceland, shaped by glaciers during the Ice Age. Although many are uninhabited, each fjord has its own grandeur. The natural harbors in the fjords led to the development of fishing villages that have still hung on to a degree of old-world charm.

Explore the quaint village of Seydisfjordur, where multi-coloured wooden houses are sheltered by a jaw-dropping backdrop of snow-capped mountains and tumbling waterfalls.

Visit Hallormsstadur the largest forest in Iceland set along Lake Lagarfljot, which according to legend contains a monster. Visit the new Wilderness Center located at the edge of the hauntingly beautiful eastern highlands. Here you can discover Iceland’s pioneer history and highland nature in a clever interactive way.

Overnight in the Egilsstadir area

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Day 6

Dettifoss - Asbyrgi - Husavik - Myvatn

Approximate distance: ca 310 km / 193 miles

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

Travel across the vast Modrudalsoraefi highlands to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Explore the impressive horse-shoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon in Vatnajokull National Park´s northern rim before continuing to the fishing port of Husavik.

Overnight in northeast Iceland.

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Day 7

Lake Myvatn - Akureyri

Approximate distance: ca 100 km / 62 miles

Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal Activity – Rich Birdlife

Explore the highlights of Lake Myvatn and surrounding area with unique attractions such as Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard and Krafla volcanic area. Make a stop to admire Godafoss, “Waterfall of the Gods” before continuing to the town of Akureyri.

Overnight stay in the Akureyri area.

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Day 8

Akureyri

Distance is variable

Iceland’s “Capital of the North” – Botanical Gardens – Local Museums – Arctic Circle

Spend the day exploring Akureyri the “capital of the North” and its surrounding area.  This charming town is small in size but has a vibrant cultural scene. Wander through a street dedicated to art galleries. Visit museums and historical wooden homes.  Swim in the magnificent geothermal pool. And take a walk through a beautiful botanical garden on the edge of the Arctic Circle. If you enjoy outdoor recreation, Akureyri is great for whale watching, fishing, horseback riding or hiking in the trails around the fjord.

Overnight stay in Akureyri.

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Day 9

Akureyri - Laugarbakki - Stykkisholmur

Approximate distance: ca 370 km / 230 miles

Fertile Farmlands – Folk Museum – Viking Horses

Travel to the horse-breeding valley of Skagafjordur fjord. Here you might enjoy a horseback ride in the beautiful countryside or take in ancient history at Holar Museum area or the old manor of Glaumbaer. Continue to the shores of Hunafloi bay, an area rich in Icelandic history. Explore Dalir, the region of Eric the Red and birthplace of his son, the great explorer Leif Eiriksson at a living replica museum before driving to Snaefellsnes peninsula.

Overnight stay in the Stykkishólmur area.

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Day 10

Stykkisholmur - Arnarstapi - Borgarfjordur

Approximate distance: ca 240 km / 150 miles

Magical Glacier Volcano– Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Volcanic Crater

Circle around the legendary Snaefellsness peninsula passing the small fishing villages of Grundarfjordur and Hellissandur. Make a stop at the rocky beach of Djúpalónssandur. Don’t miss the striking columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi.  Overall of this beauty is the great glacier-crowned volcano of Snaefellsjokull, said to have magical powers.  Pass Eldborg crater en route to the agricultural region of Borgarfjordur.

Overnight stay in the Borgarfjordur area.

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Day 11

Borgarfjordur - Reykholt - Hvalfjordur - Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca 220 km / 137 miles

Picturesque Waterfalls – Europe’s Most Powerful Hot Spring – Viking history

In Borgarfjordur visit the beautiful Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls, and the enormous Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot springs in Europe. Walk in the footsteps of the Medieval chieftain and Saga author Snorri Sturluson at his home in Reykholt. Visit the Viking Settlement Museum in Borgarnes. Continue via Hvalfjordur fjord to Reykjavik.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik.

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Day 12

Departure

Approximate distance: ca 52 km / 32 miles

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 11×24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 12 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 11 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

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