12 Day Budget Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with 3 National Parks & Myvatn

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Summary

Starts from
Keflavík Airport
Ends in
Keflavík Airport
Duration
12 days & 11 nights
Difficulty
Easy
Available
May - Oct.
Accommodation
11 nights included
Car rental
12 days included

Description

Embark on a worry-free trip around Iceland and explore the country's most popular attractions on this 12-day budget self-drive tour. Drive along the ring road and visit famous sites and hidden gems without spending too much. This tour is perfect for those who want to travel on their own terms and have their own adventure.

Let the ring road guide you on a memorable tour along Iceland's stunning landscapes, visiting three national parks and iconic attractions. You have the option to begin your journey with a relaxing dip in the Blue Lagoon. 

Explore the remarkable Golden Circle, featuring Thingvellir National Park, geysers, and the Gullfoss waterfall. Discover captivating landscapes at Skaftafell, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, and Lake Myvatn while also experiencing thrilling activities. Explore charming towns, witness mesmerizing waterfalls, go whale watching, and marvel at the wild beauty of the Westfjords and the legendary Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Forget about spending weeks trying to plan the perfect itinerary because we've already done it for you. When you book, you'll receive a detailed itinerary carefully designed to ensure you don't miss out on Iceland's best attractions. Don't take the risk of planning a trip yourself and potentially missing out on the most interesting experiences.

With our self-drive tour, you'll also have the support of a personal travel agent. Our dedicated team is available to help you any time of the day, seven days a week. Whether you have questions, need recommendations, or encounter any issues during your trip, we'll be there to provide expert guidance and support.

Join the many travelers who have loved this tour and rated it highly. The great feedback we receive shows how satisfied and delighted people are with this unforgettable adventure. We're proud to offer an exceptional self-drive experience that goes beyond expectations.

One of the best things about our self-drive tours is the freedom and flexibility they offer. You'll have the independence to explore at your own pace, spending more time at the attractions that interest you and skipping the ones that don't.

No need to rush with impatient tour guides or be held back by large tour groups. You're in control, both literally and figuratively, deciding where to go and when to leave.

To make your holiday even more exciting, you can customize your itinerary with thrilling adventures. Imagine snorkeling between two continents at Silfra, zooming across the ice cap of a glacier, going down into the mystical magma chamber of a volcano, or enjoying a memorable horseback ride through the beautiful Icelandic countryside.

Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to experience Iceland on your own terms. Book your immersive twelve-day budget self-drive tour now and get ready for an adventure like no other. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Included

11 nights of accommodation
New rental car for 12 days
CDW car rental insurance
Gravel protection car insurance
Unlimited mileage
Unlimited in-car Wi-Fi
Detailed itinerary & travel plan
Personal travel agent
24/7 helpline
VAT & all taxes

Destinations

Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world.Reykjavík / 2 nights
An abandoned house on the Reykjanes Peninsula presents a striking contrast against a lush green landscape.Southwest Iceland / 1 night
Dyrhólaey peninsula from east to westSouth Coast / 1 night
The Vatnajokull glacier in Southeast Iceland.Southeast Iceland / 1 night
East Iceland is a spectacular region.Eastfjords / 1 night
Lake Myvatn is Northeast Iceland's most famous attraction.Northeast Iceland / 1 night
North Iceland is home to many incredible attractions, such as the Hvitserkur rock formation.North Iceland / 1 night
Hvitserkur rock stands tall just off the coast of Northwest Iceland.Northwest Iceland / 1 night
Beautiful coastal geology helps to define the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.Snæfellsnes / 2 nights
Deildartunguhver geothermal hot spring in West IcelandDeildartunguhver
Reykholt was home to Snorri Sturluson, a medieval writer.Reykholt

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Attractions

Þingvellir National Park is Iceland's only UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the major stops along the world famous Golden Circle sightseeing route.Thingvellir
Geysir is a dormant hot spring in the geothermal area, Haukadalur Valley, found in South Iceland.Geysir
Long-exposure photo of Gullfoss waterfall on a cloudy dayGullfoss
Þingvellir National Park, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on Iceland’s mainland, is birthplace of the country’s parliament.Kerið
Seljalandsfoss on the South Coast of Iceland bathed in the otherworldly light of the midnight sun.Seljalandsfoss
The mighty Skógafoss waterfallSkógafoss
Sólheimajökull is the most popular glacier to hike on for those based in Reykjavík.Sólheimajökull
Dyrhólaey Peninsula is a 120 metre promenade famed for its staggering views of Iceland’s South Coast, as well as its historic lighthouse and wealth of birdlife.Dyrhólaey
Reynisfjara beach and Reynisdrangar cliffs in winterReynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Arial view of Reynisdrangar and Mt. ReynisfjallReynisdrangar
Skaftafell Nature Preserve can be found in Öræfasveit, the western region of Austur-Skaftafellssýsla in Iceland.Skaftafell
Svartifoss in Skaftafell Nature Reserve in summer.Svartifoss
Jökulsárlón is one of Iceland's most popular and unique attractionsJökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The icy diamonds of Diamond BeachDiamond Beach
Vestrahorn is a spectacular mountain, especially under the Northern Lights.Vestrahorn
Lagarfljot, in east Iceland, has a terrible monster in its depths, according to legend.Lagarfljót
Dettifoss waterfall in IcelandDettifoss
Asbyrgi Canyon in north Iceland is a centre of folklore and beauty.Ásbyrgi
Lake Myvatn is surrounded by stunning natural beautyMývatn
Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)Mt. Namafjall (Namaskard)
A hot spring and a lava cave: Grjótagjá hits two birds with one stone.Grjótagjá
Dimmuborgir, said in Nordic folklore to lead to the catacombs of hell.Dimmuborgir
Godafoss is a beautiful waterfall with ties to Iceland's religious history.Godafoss Waterfall
Beautiful flowers can be found in the Kjarnaskogur forest in Iceland.Kjarnaskogur
Puffins are residents of Eyjafjordur from May to September.Eyjafjörður
Trollaskagi is well known for its high population of Icelandic horses.Tröllaskagi
Holar is a village in Iceland with a notably pretty church.Hólar in Hjaltadalur
Borgarvirki (Citadel) is both natural and man-made.Borgarvirki
Hvítserkur, aka; “The Troll of North-West Iceland”, is a 15-metre (49ft) high basalt rock stack protruding from Húnaflói Bay.Hvítserkur
Mount Kirkjufell on Snaefellsnes peninsula is one of the most iconic mountains in IcelandKirkjufell
Djupalonssandur has beautiful natural featuresDjupalonssandur
Lóndrangar under the midnight sun.Lóndrangar
Snæfellsjökull glacier above the black church at Búðir village.Snæfellsjökull
Búðakirkja Church bathed by the Northern LightsBudir
Seals hauling out at Ytri Tunga.Ytri Tunga Beach
Hraunfossar is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in West Iceland.Hraunfossar
Borg á Mýrum is a church estate in Iceland.Borg á Mýrum
Kleifarvatn is the third largest lake in Iceland.Kleifarvatn
KrýsuvíkKrýsuvík
Gunnuhver is one of the geothermal areas on the Reykjanes Peninsula.Gunnuhver

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Caving
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
Ice Caving
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Day 1

Day 1 – Reykjavík

  • Reykjavík - Arrival day
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After arriving in Iceland, find your vehicle at Keflavik International Airport and head towards Iceland's capital, Reykjavik.

On your way, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. 

If you add the Blue Lagoon, it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today, it can be added to another day. Your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. 
There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula if you have extra free time.

The Reykjanes Peninsula showcases stunning volcanic landscapes, including the recently active Fagradalsfjall volcano. Witness the area's volcanic activity through hot springs like Krysuvik and Gunnhver, the iconic Bridge Between the Continents, and sprawling lava fields. 

This region is renowned for its birdwatching cliffs and charming historic fishing villages.

Meanwhile, Reykjavik is a vibrant city brimming with delightful restaurants, unique cafés, engaging museums, art galleries, and various shops. Don't miss the famous attractions like the striking Hallgrimskirkja church, the architecturally impressive Harpa Concert Hall, and the beautiful Sun Voyager statue, all providing insights into Icelandic culture. 

Nature enthusiasts can stroll along the scenic Faxafloi Bay shoreline, view Mount Esjan, or visit nearby nature reserves like Seltjarnarnes or Heidmork. There are plenty of parks and geothermally-heated pools to relax in, and even a small geothermal beach.

Of course, you could also just relax at your hotel and rest in preparation for your twelve days of adventure ahead. 

After a fulfilling day of discovery, retreat to your comfortable and affordable accommodation in Reykjavik, where you can relax and recharge for the exciting adventures ahead.

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Day 2

Day 2 – Southwest Iceland

  • Southwest Iceland
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  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Kerid Crater
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On day two, your adventure on the road begins. The day will take you around the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route.

Your first stop is the remarkable Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site steeped in rich history. It was within these very grounds that Iceland's historic parliament, Althingi, was established back in 930 AD, making it one of the oldest parliaments in the world. 

Thingvellir is also in a rift valley, nestled between two tectonic plates drifting apart. This geological phenomenon has birthed the beautiful underwater canyon known as Silfra, a direct result of the continental drift. 

Consider embarking on a snorkeling tour within the crystal-clear waters of Silfra for an unparalleled adventure. Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

Continuing along the Golden Circle, you'll arrive at the captivating Haukadalur Valley, an enchanting geothermal area boasting Iceland's hot springs and geysers. 

Witness the Strokkur geyser erupt every five to ten minutes, propelling magma-heated water an astonishing 66 feet (20 meters) into the sky. Marvel at the raw power and beauty of this natural spectacle, a testament to Iceland's geothermal activity.

Your Golden Circle journey concludes at the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. Watch in awe as the mighty Hvita river cascades down a breathtaking 105-foot (32-meter) gorge, creating a wonderful display of nature's grandeur. Multiple viewing platforms provide panoramic vistas of this magnificent waterfall, including one situated right beside the thunderous rush of water. 

For an added adrenaline rush, consider embarking on a thrilling snowmobile tour of Langjokull, the glacier that feeds the Hvita River. Alternatively, opt for a serene horse riding excursion through the picturesque Icelandic countryside, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the landscape.

As you make your way towards your cozy accommodation in soutwest Iceland, take a moment to visit the enchanting Lake Kerid. Nestled within what was once a volcanic cone, this stunning lake offers a serene oasis surrounded by striking natural beauty.

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Day 3

Day 3 – South Coast

  • South Coast
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  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Dyrholaey
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks
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On the third day, you can kickstart your day by driving directly to the charming village of Vik, where an unforgettable adventure awaits. 

Join a thrilling morning tour that will take you to the majestic Myrdalsjokull glacier. Accompanied by an expert guide, venture into a natural ice cave. Be awed by the ice formations as you delve into the frozen depths of the glacier.

If you prefer a more leisurely pace, take the opportunity to savor the scenic beauty of Iceland's South Coast. Drive at your own rhythm, allowing yourself to soak in the breathtaking landscapes and visit some of the area's most captivating attractions. 

Be sure to stop at the magnificent trio of waterfalls along the way—Seljalandsfoss, Gljufrabui, and Skogafoss. These natural wonders are all unique, with a cave opening behind Seljalandsfoss, Gljufrabui hiding off the beaten track, and Skogafoss falling with great power.

As you traverse the route, you'll encounter two impressive glaciers—Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. For those who did not opt for an ice-caving tour, there are two enticing options to choose from. 

Stop at the Solheimajokull glacier tongue for a fascinating hike across the ice cap, immersing yourself in the glacial wonderland. Alternatively, opt for an exciting snowmobile ride on Myrdalsjokull, the larger glacier from which the tongue originates.

Make your way to the picturesque village of Vik, a perfect spot to pause, relax, and replenish your energy. Located on the shores of Reynisfjara beach, this charming village offers a serene backdrop for a peaceful break. 

Explore the beautiful black sand beach adorned with dramatic cliffs of dark hexagonal basalt columns. Offshore, witness the majestic Reynisdrangar sea stacks rising to an impressive height of 180 feet (66 meters), adding an ethereal touch to the coastal scenery.

Conclude your day's journey in the historic town of Vik, where you can unwind and enjoy a comfortable night's rest. Alternatively, if you're up for a bit more adventure, consider extending your drive and spending the night in the captivating region of Skaftafell Nature Reserve. 

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Day 4

Day 4 – Southeast Iceland

  • Southeast Iceland
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  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Svartifoss
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
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On your fourth day, experience the breathtaking beauty of Vatnajokull National Park, where you'll find stunning landscapes shaped by rivers, volcanic activity, and glacial ice.

Inside the park, you'll discover the captivating Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a place of contrasting beauty where lush plants thrive against the backdrop of black sands and the sparkling glacier. Explore the reserve's many hiking trails that lead you to nature's wonders.

One of these trails takes you to the mesmerizing Svartifoss waterfall. Be amazed by its cascading beauty, with dark lava columns towering around it. These unique lava formations even influenced the design of Reykjavik's famous Hallgrimskirkja church.

For an extraordinary adventure, consider joining a glacier hike in Skaftafell. Walk on the icy surface of one of Vatnajokull's glaciers and witness the ever-changing environment firsthand. Experienced guides will lead the way, ensuring your safety as you marvel at the glacier's power and beauty.

Continuing your journey, you will be in awe of the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This enchanting place offers a surreal sight as massive icebergs gracefully float in the cool waters, creating a magical atmosphere.

To fully experience this icy wonderland, hop on one of the thrilling boat tours available on the lagoon. Get up close to the grandeur of the icebergs, a truly unforgettable encounter that will leave you in awe of nature's marvels.

Before heading to your cozy accommodation in southeast Iceland, don't miss the chance to visit the enchanting Diamond Beach. This picturesque black sand beach showcases nature's artistry as icebergs from the nearby lagoon wash ashore, resembling glistening diamonds on a dark canvas. Take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, soaking in the serene ambiance of this magical place.

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Day 5

Day 5 – Eastfjords

  • Eastfjords
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  • Vestrahorn
  • Lake Lagarfljot
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Prepare for an unforgettable day as you traverse the captivating eastern fjords of Iceland, embarking on a journey through coastal landscapes, majestic mountains, and lush green fields.

The fjords of Eastern Iceland are renowned for their abundant wildlife, offering you a chance to witness nature's wonders firsthand. Keep your eyes peeled as you zigzag along the road, as you may be fortunate enough to spot charming puffins, elusive foxes, graceful seals, or even majestic reindeer.

The fjords provide a haven for these creatures, adding a touch of enchantment to your scenic drive.

As you navigate through this picturesque region, you'll encounter a series of quaint fishing villages, each with its own distinct charm. Take a moment to explore the town of Faskrudsfjordur and learn about its intriguing connection with France. 

Visit the World War II museum in Reydarfjordur, offering fascinating insights into Iceland's role during the war, or explore the maritime museum in Eskifjordur, where tales of seafaring adventures unfold. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty surrounding the town of Neskaupsstadur.

Continuing your journey northward, you'll arrive at Egilsstadir, the largest town in East Iceland. This vibrant hub serves as a gateway to remarkable attractions nearby. 

Explore Hallormsstadaskogur, a magnificent forest that is a rarity in Iceland's landscape. 

Adjacent to the town lies the bewitching Lake Lagarfljot, known for its milky waters and fascinating folklore. Legend has it that a mysterious creature akin to Scotland's Loch Ness Monster dwells within the depths of the lake, adding an air of mystery to this enchanting destination.

In the Egilsstadir area, you'll find comfort and rest for the night, ready to embark on new adventures the following day.

As you continue your self-drive journey, the allure of Iceland will continue to unfold, offering you an abundance of natural wonders and unforgettable experiences at every turn.

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Day 6

Day 6 – Northeast Iceland

  • Northeast Iceland
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  • Dettifoss waterfall
  • Asbyrgi canyon
  • Lake Myvatn Area
  • Namaskard Pass
  • Grjotagja Cave
  • Dimmuborgir Lava Formations
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Prepare to be transported to an otherworldly realm as you embark on day six of your adventure to the captivating area of Lake Myvatn. This mesmerizing location, born from a volcanic eruption that occurred approximately 2,500 years ago, boasts a landscape with remarkable geological formations.

As you explore the area, you'll be greeted by fascinating sights that showcase the aftermath of the volcanic explosion. Behold the extraordinary sight of free-standing lava pillars and pseudocraters, remnants of the volcanic activity that shaped the region. These unique formations, scattered around the lake, create an otherworldly ambiance, transporting you to a realm unlike any other.

Among the highlights of Lake Myvatn is the Namaskard Pass, a geothermal wonderland with its boiling mud pools and fumaroles. Witness the display of bubbling mud and sulfuric vents, forming a surreal atmosphere that showcases the immense forces at work beneath the Earth's surface.

Venture further into the landscape, and you'll encounter the Dimmuborgir lava field, shrouded in an eerie aura. Marvel at the peculiar rock formations that emerge from the lava, resembling dark castles and twisted sculptures, inviting your imagination to run wild. 

A hidden gem within the region is Grjotagja, a volcanic hot spring nestled within a cave. The lava cave and hot spring have such an ethereal, otherworldly beauty. Interestingly, one of the most iconic love scenes in HBO’s Game of Thrones was shot here.

After a day of sightseeing, consider indulging in the rejuvenating experience of the Myvatn Nature Baths.

Immerse yourself in the mineral-rich geothermal waters, allowing the warm embrace to revitalize your senses and soothe your weary muscles. This therapeutic soak amidst the stunning natural backdrop is the perfect way to unwind before settling in for the night in the region.

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Day 7

Day 7 – North Iceland

  • North Iceland
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  • Godafoss Waterfall
  • Kjarnaskogur
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Extend your exploration of the beautiful Myvatn area with the flexibility of your self-drive tour. Seize the opportunity to delve deeper into the wonders that await, experiencing the diverse landscapes and unique attractions that define this remarkable region.

If you're eager to uncover more natural marvels, consider embarking on a scenic drive through the Jokulsargljufur Canyon. Encounter Dettifoss, a true powerhouse of nature and the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Feel the sheer force of the cascading water as it plunges into the depths below, creating an exhilarating display of raw power.

While exploring the Jokulsargljufur Canyon, take the chance to visit the Asbyrgi Canyon. Legend has it that Asbyrgi Canyon is where Odin's horse made its mark, leaving behind a remarkable horseshoe-shaped formation. Explore this mythical canyon and get lost in its ancient allure.

Alternatively, set your sights on the charming town of Husavik, nestled on the picturesque shores of Skjalfandi Bay. Known as the "Whale Watching Capital of Iceland," Husavik offers a unique opportunity to witness the majesty of these magnificent marine creatures. 

Choose to embark on an unforgettable whale-watching excursion, where you can witness humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, and many other species. To enhance your experience, consider adding a segment dedicated to the delightful puffins, allowing you to observe these charming seabirds as they navigate the coastal cliffs.

For a change of scenery, take a leisurely drive around the enchanting Eyjafjordur fjord. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes adorned with rolling hills, picturesque valleys, and mighty mountains that dominate the horizon. 

Traverse alongside flowing rivers, their crystal-clear waters mirroring the beauty of their surroundings. As you wind your way through this breathtaking terrain, savor the serenity and tranquility that only nature can provide.

As the day draws to a close, make your way to the vibrant town of Akureyri, your welcoming haven for the night. Unwind in the comfort of your accommodation, reflecting upon the wonders you've encountered throughout the day. 

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Day 8

Day 8 – Northwest Iceland

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  • Eyjafjordur fjord
  • Troll Peninsula
  • Holar i Hjaltadal
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Awake in the charming town of Akureyri, ready to embark on another day of exploration. 
Before setting off on your journey, take the opportunity to savor the town's vibrant atmosphere. Explore the diverse array of shops, boutiques, and galleries, where you can discover unique Icelandic crafts, souvenirs, and local artwork. 

Indulge in a culinary adventure by sampling delicious Icelandic cuisine at one of the many delightful restaurants, savoring the flavors of the region.

For those seeking further encounters with Iceland's incredible wildlife, consider joining a thrilling whale-watching tour from Akureyri's bustling harbor. Hop aboard a specially designed vessel and venture into the open waters, where you can catch a glimpse of majestic whales as they gracefully breach the surface, creating unforgettable memories of these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Alternatively, embark on an unforgettable horseback riding tour, allowing you to forge a connection with the renowned Icelandic horse. These gentle and friendly creatures will guide you through the captivating landscapes of Eyjafjordur, offering a unique perspective on the region's natural beauty.

As you bid farewell to Akureyri, prepare to venture into the mountainous Trollaskagi peninsula. Your path will lead you to the charming fishing village of Siglufjordur, where history comes alive. 

Discover one of Iceland's most prominent maritime museums, where interesting exhibits recount the town's storied past. Learn about the captivating tales of brave fishermen and their struggles against the mighty North Atlantic, gaining insight into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Continuing on your journey, you'll reach the picturesque village of Hofsos, home to one of Iceland's most breathtaking geothermal swimming pools. Take a dip in the soothing mineral-rich waters and allow yourself to be enchanted by the panoramic views of the fjord and its surrounding islands. As you relax in the warm embrace of the pool, feel the stress and worries of everyday life melt away.

Conclude your day's adventures by settling in the tranquil town of Saudarkrokur or the surrounding area, where a cozy and welcoming atmosphere awaits. Unwind in comfortable accommodations, reflecting upon the memories you've created throughout the day. 

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Day 9

Day 9 – Snæfellsnes

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  • Borgarvirki basalt strata and ruins
  • Hvitserkur Rock Stack
  • Kirkjufell Mountain
  • Djupalonssandur black pebble beach
  • Londrangar Basalt Cliffs
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Today, you'll head out west as you journey to the captivating Snaefellsnes Peninsula. 

Along the way, consider taking a short detour to witness the awe-inspiring sight of Hvitserkur. This mighty sea stack, often referred to as the 'Troll of North-West Iceland,' rises majestically from the ocean, shrouded in mythical tales and natural beauty.

Arriving at the charming town of Stykkisholmur, you'll discover a treasure trove of well-preserved old houses nestled within its picturesque town center. Take a stroll through the streets, admiring the architectural beauty and immersing yourself in the town's rich history. 

Stykkisholmur also serves as the gateway to the captivating islands of Breidafjordur Bay. Known for its exceptional natural landscapes and remarkable wildlife, the bay offers a unique opportunity to witness the unspoiled wonders of Icelandic nature.

Continuing your westward journey, be sure to make a stop near the town of Grundarfjordur to behold the breathtaking Mount Kirkjufell. This iconic mountain is one of the most photogenic features of the region, having featured in shows such as Game of Thrones.

As you reach the western end of the Snarfellsnes peninsula, the charming village of Olafsvik awaits.

Take a moment to savor the region's flavors by tasting some delectable seafood at a local restaurant. Feel the warm hospitality of the village as you embrace the tranquility of your surroundings and reflect upon the day's adventures.

Other attractions on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula include the black church at Budir, the villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, and the hexagonal basalt columns on the cliffs at Gerduberg. However, you'll have another day of exploring this region tomorrow, so don't feel pressured to cram too much in.

As nightfall descends upon the Snaefellsnes area, you'll find comfortable accommodations where you can unwind and recharge for the next day's discoveries. Nestled amidst the natural beauty of the peninsula, these peaceful retreats offer a welcome rest, allowing you to fully appreciate the wonders that lie ahead. 

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Day 10

Day 10 – Snæfellsnes

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  • Snaefellsjokull
  • Budir hamlet
  • Ytri Tunga Beach
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Prepare for another exploration of the magnificent Snaefellsnes Peninsula as you explore deeper into its breathtaking landscapes. As you embark on your journey, witness the majestic presence of the Snaefellsjokull glacier towering above you, creating an enchanting backdrop for your adventures.

The glacier is well-known for its unique shape, with two horn-like peaks. Snaefellsjokull glacier is also the site of the "Journey to the Center of the Earth" novel by Jules Verne.

To start your day, set off on a scenic drive to Djupalonssandur beach, a hidden gem nestled along the coastline. As you make your way to this stunning black sand coastline, you'll traverse a path flanked by massive lava rock formations.

Upon arrival, discover a unique relic of the past—four "measuring stones" that were once used to assess the strength and suitability of aspiring fishermen. Marvel at the history and significance of these stones as you contemplate the challenges faced by those who lived and worked in this rugged coastal environment.

You can still try to lift them today to see if you'd have qualified to work on Iceland's seas.

Continue your journey to the charming fishing hamlets of Hellnar and Arnarstapi, where you'll witness breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Take a stroll along the picturesque coastline, breathing in the fresh ocean air and admiring the dramatic cliffs and rock formations that grace the shoreline. 

For an added adventure, consider exploring the Vatnshellir lava tube cave. Caving tours allow you to witness the effects of Iceland's volcanic eruptions and provide a thrilling and unique expedition.

Additionally, be sure to visit the enchanting Bjarnafoss waterfall, where the cascading waters create a pleasant spectacle amidst the natural beauty of the region.

As the day draws to a close, take delight in another night spent within the embrace of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. 

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Day 11

Day 11 – Reykjavík

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  • Deildartunguhver hot spring
  • Reykholt historical site
  • Hraunfossar & Barnafoss waterfalls
  • Borg a Myrum church and farm
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Embark on an exciting journey through the beautiful western region of Iceland, where diverse attractions await your exploration. Prepare to be fascinated with this remarkable area's natural beauty and cultural significance.

Begin your day by marveling at the breathtaking waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, whose cascading waters flow in a mesmerizing display over rugged lava formations. As you witness the raw power and elegance of these falls, take a moment to appreciate the unique geological formations that have shaped Iceland's landscapes.

Next, venture to Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in Europe. Delight in the powerful jets of steaming water that emerge from this geothermal wonder, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle. Marvel at the forces of nature at work and take in the incredible sight before you.

For those seeking a deeper understanding of Icelandic culture, visiting the Settlement Center in Borgarnes is a must. Learn the tales of Egill Skallagrimsson, one of the most renowned heroes from the Icelandic Sagas. Learn about his adventures and the rich heritage surrounding him, gaining valuable insights into the country's history and folklore.

Continue your cultural journey by exploring Snorrastofa, the medieval research institute. Go through the life and works of Snorri Sturluson, a prominent poet, scholar, and lawmaker who authored the Snorra-Edda, an important work on Norse mythology. Expand your knowledge of this fascinating realm of gods, legends, and epic tales that have shaped the cultural fabric of Iceland.

As you traverse the enchanting landscapes of West Iceland, be presented with two distinct tour options. Choose to venture to Langjokull glacier, where an expert guide will lead you through a man-made tunnel within the icy depths of the glacier. 

Alternatively, descend into the mesmerizing subterranean world of Vidgelmir lava cave, revealing a vibrant tapestry of colors and geological wonders.

Conclude your day by returning to Reykjavik, the vibrant capital city of Iceland. Indulge in the relaxation and rejuvenation offered by the geothermal pools that dot the cityscape. Immerse yourself in the warm, soothing waters, allowing the stresses of your journey to melt away as you soak in the unique atmosphere of these geothermal oases.

Finally, spend your last night in Iceland in the heart of Reykjavik. Cherish the memories and bid farewell to this extraordinary land, knowing that the spirit of Iceland will forever hold a special place in your heart.

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Day 12

Day 12 – Reykjavík

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On your final day in Iceland, it's time to bid farewell to this extraordinary land and make your way to Keflavik International Airport. 

It's important to allocate ample time for dropping off your rental car and ensuring a smooth departure for your flight back home.

If you have a later flight and crave one last unforgettable experience, consider visiting the renowned Blue Lagoon. This world-famous geothermal spa offers the perfect opportunity to unwind and rejuvenate before departure. Soak in the warm, mineral-rich waters and let the tranquil ambiance soothe your soul.

For those with an early flight, we extend our warmest wishes for a pleasant journey back home. 

However, if you have extra time before your departure, take advantage of the vibrant city of Reykjavik. Explore its charming streets, visit its museums and galleries, indulge in the local cuisine, or simply soak up the unique atmosphere of this capital city.

As you prepare to depart, carry with you the cherished memories of Iceland's majestic landscapes, awe-inspiring natural wonders, and warm hospitality. 

Your adventure in the land of fire and ice will remain etched in your heart, and we hope it has left an indelible mark on your soul. Safe travels and until we meet again!

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What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothes
Camera
Swimsuit and towel
Driver's license

Good to know

Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavík City or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license is required, along with a one-year-long on-road experience. Gravel protection is not included if you choose a Toyota Aygo or similar. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.

Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.

For the snorkeling tour, participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

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