This tour is perfect for travelers looking to maintain autonomy in their travels but who would also like to avoid the hassle of organizing their holiday itinerary alone. With this self-drive tour, you will have 24/7 contact with a personal travel agent, who can customize your route to include attractions and hidden gems that you want to see, really making the holiday your own.
You will travel through some of the most beautiful regions in Iceland. You will pass by cascading waterfalls, glittering glacial lagoons, the rugged canyons of the South Coast, charming coastal villages, the luscious meadows and towering mountains of the Eastfjords, the dried lava fields, and active geothermal areas of the Myvatn region.
This itinerary also allocates some time to Iceland's exciting capital, Reykjavik. The city is the country's hub for culture and commerce. There you'll have plenty of options for exploration. You could visit one of the many museums or walk around downtown and do some shopping.
You'll spend a day in the silence, serenity, and natural beauty of the Central Highlands, where you can choose to visit the Thorsmork valley, which is hidden between three glaciers, or the windswept and colorful mountains of the Landmannalaugar region. In the far East, you can follow a local guide to reach the far corners of the Eastfjords. Up north, you can opt to venture into the truly bizarre landscape of the Askja volcanic region, stepping on the training grounds of Neil Armstrong in preparation for the Moon landing mission.
As you book, you can add activities to make your journey even more exciting. While traveling the Golden Circle, you can snorkel between continents or snowmobile on a glacier. You can go on a glacier hike or visit an authentic Ice Cave on the South Coast. You can also descend into an empty magma chamber of a volcano and sail among the icebergs at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
In Husavik, the 'Whale Capital of Europe', you can hop on a boat that boasts a 99% success rate in spotting the gentle giants of the North Atlantic ocean. Many hot springs and geothermal baths are available along the route to make your road trip a more relaxing experience.
Before setting out, you will have an organized itinerary arranged for you and accommodation and vehicles rentals all finalized. All you have to do is come along for the ride. By setting your own pace, you can appreciate Iceland as it should be - personal, intimate, and entirely yours.
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Once in the car, drive to Iceland's capital city and cultural hub, Reykjavik, located in southwest Iceland. Throughout your journey, you will be passing the haunting, dried magma fields of Reykjanes, complemented on one side by the rolling blue waves of the Atlantic, on the other, distant mountainscapes.
Once you arrive at your accommodation in the city, you are free to spend the remaining of the day as you wish. There are countless galleries, museums, cultural exhibitions, and inner-city parks to occupy your time with, as well as quaint coffee houses and gorgeous hiking trails in the surrounding countryside.
If your flight arrives in the late afternoon or evening, why not sample some of the gourmet restaurants and discover Iceland's exciting nightlife?
Spend your first night in Iceland in the capital.
In this stunning nature reserve, visitors can see firsthand the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates standing exposed from the earth, as well as glacial springs such as the crystal clear Silfra Fissure. As an added extra, you can choose to partake in a drysuit snorkeling tour here to discover the glorious blue canyons that rest just beneath the surface.
The second stop of the Golden Circle tour is Haukadalur geothermal valley, an area of steaming fumaroles, bubbling mud cauldrons, and the two geysers, Geysir and Strokkur. While Geysir now sits largely dormant, Strokkur erupts every five minutes or so, making for fantastic, dramatic photographs.
The third stop of the day is the "Queen of Icelandic Waterfalls", Gullfoss. This incredible feature drops 105 ft (32 m) over two rocky steps into the dark canyon below. From certain angles, it appears as though the water is dropping off the very face of the earth!
Ambitious travelers will want to get an early start on this day to have plenty of time to explore Kaldidalur valley. The road through Kaldidalur valley, Kaldidalsvegur, is one of the shortest tracks through the Icelandic highlands, which makes it a nice warmup for the deep dive into the highlands you'll do on the following day. Despite being short, the road goes higher above sea level than most other roads through the highlands, making it a nice first taste of the gorgeous Highlands.
From the car park at Gullfoss, it is also possible to add on a snowmobiling trip on Iceland's second-largest glacier, Langjokull. Whizzing across the white, wide, open ice cap, you will be privy to some fantastic views of the surrounding area, as well as experience a jolt of adrenaline like never before.
When the day's activities are over, you will drive to the Selfoss area, where you will be spending the night.
The first option, driving to Landmannalaugar, is only available to those who have chosen to rent a 4x4 vehicle for their journey and are experienced, outdoor drivers. Please note that the route does involve some river crossings, so it's important that you are a competent driver.
The second option is to take a Super Jeep tour into Landmannalaugar ("The Pools of the People") for a short hike. You will see firsthand the colorful rhyolite hillsides of Landmannalaugar, the blue, purple, and green shades glistening from their slopes, as well as the spiraling hiking trails and lush vegetation. You'll still be able to explore the magnificent highlands on foot by yourself, but the pressure of driving will be taken out of the equation.
The fourth option is a super jeep tour to the hiker's paradise of Thorsmork. It is one of Iceland's most beautiful valleys, nestled between three surrounding glaciers. There, you will travel past stunning rivers and magnificent waterfalls through dramatic canyons and areas of verdant vegetation while the glaciers watch over you. You'll meet your tour guide in the Hella and Hvolsvollur region.
After your day of highland adventure, you will travel back to your overnight accommodation around Selfoss.
Your first stops of the day will be at the waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Both waterfalls are 197 ft (60 m) high but differ in width, with the former being far narrower. Seljalandsfoss offers guests the rare chance to walk behind the cascading water, making for great photographs!
Next up will be the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, known for its thundering waves, hexagonal basalt columns, volcanic pebbles, and dramatic sea stacks. You will also explore the nearby town of Vik i Myrdal, a great spot to grab a bite to eat or even do a little souvenir shopping.
Close to Vik village is Dyrholaey peninsula, a remarkable feature of the South Coast landscape. The rock which protrudes into the sea has an arch-shaped hole in it. Legend has it that adventurous pilots have attempted to fly through the hole.
There are many upgrades you can choose from for your fourth day. For starters, you can choose to take a hike up the glittering ice cap, Solheimajokull, an activity that will present stunning views of the South Coast, as well as an up-close perspective on the glacier's intricate ice sculptures, deep crevasses, and sloping moulins. It is also possible to have fun at the glacier by taking a snowmobile trip.
Staying in the same realm, it is also possible to book an ice cave tour in Katla, a dramatic volcano covered by a massive glacier, proving why this country is called "The Land of Ice and Fire". That evening, you will be staying in accommodation around Vik.
If you choose to forgo the glacier hike on Day 4, it is possible to add one today at Skaftafell. Skaftafell is a stunning wilderness area within the park, known for its sweeping canyons, roaring waterfalls, and two mighty glaciers, Skaftafellsjokull and Svinafellsjokull.
The highlight of your sightseeing will, undoubtedly, be Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, often referred to as "The Crown Jewel of Iceland," thanks to its absolute aesthetic beauty. Here, gorgeous blue and white icebergs float peacefully across the lagoon's still surface, groaning as they push against one another.
This place is truly a once-in-a-lifetime type vista with a backdrop of mountains, glaciers, and rolling Atlantic waves. Those who wish to get a closer look at these incredible icebergs can opt for boat tours on either a speedy Zodiac boat or a slower amphibious vessel.
A short walk away from Jokulsarlon, visitors can stumble across Diamond Beach. This aptly named stretch of shoreline sees icebergs from the lagoon washing up on the jet black sand on their way out to the Atlantic Ocean. This area is particularly beloved by nature enthusiasts.
In the evening, you will be staying near the town of Hofn.
Along the coast of the Eastfjords, there are several quaint little fishing villages worth seeing. Stopping in any of the towns along the way will be worth your while. You'll get to see the local culture and maybe get to taste some delicious locally cough fish.
The east is less visited due only to its distance from Iceland's capital. Its attractions are just as beautiful, if not more so than in the rest of the country. This is the only area of the country that boasts herds of wild reindeer, for example. The region is characterized by its haunting landscapes, eclectic hiking trails, and charming coastal villages. The entire area feels quiet and untouched—only 3.2% of the Icelandic population lives here.
From Hofn, you will drive east down a dark, cragged coastline towards Vestrahorn, a particularly dramatic mountainscape. Icelanders often refer to Vestrahorn as "Batman Mountain" or "Iceland's Horniest Mountain" with its sharp peaks and steep slopes.
You will spend a part of the day discovering Lake Lagarfljot, a body of water famed for the supposed serpent, known as the "Lagarfljot Worm," that swims at its depths. Endless hours of amusement can be spent here either looking out for the mythological creature or merely appreciating the incredible scenery around you. Also in this area, guests can find Hallormsstadaskogur National Forest, Iceland's largest wooded area.
A short drive away, you will also have the chance to visit the waterfalls Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss. Hengifoss is known for its lovely hike and dark red rock, whilst the latter (only a short distance away), is a prize example of hexagonal columns surrounding an Icelandic fall.
Near Egilsstadir, you'll find the lovely new hot water spring baths, Vok. You can add your admission to these lovely hot pools during the booking process. It's well worth the trip to soak in a hot tub that protrudes into the beautiful Lake Urridavatn.
From Egilsstadir, it is only a short drive to Skriduklaustur Monastery. A historical farmstead once lived in by the famous Icelandic author Gunnar Gunnarsson. Today, Skriduklaustur serves as a museum dedicated to the author and an information center for Vatnajokull National Park.
Your seventh day will also see you gain a deeper insight into Iceland's fascinating history and culture. You will visit Saenautasel, an old turf house found in the nearby countryside. The caretakers of Saenautasel provide information on the daily lives of those who once called these historical buildings.
Attractions around Lake Myvatn are numerous and make for a fantastic day of sightseeing. You could visit the dark fortress, Dimmuborgir, an area of gnarled volcanic rocks that resembles some haunted and fantastical castle.
You can also visit Namaskard Pass, a red, martian-like landscape comprised of bubbling mud cauldrons, steaming fumaroles, and other indicators of geothermal activity.
On this day, you have the option to make an extended visit to the "Giant Boulders," Storurd, in the valley Urdardalur. This spot is one of the most beloved features in the east and is a favorite amongst the region's hikers. If you choose this hike, you can expect to spend around 9 hours walking in beautiful surroundings. This area sees enormous rocks sitting half-submerged in a glistening lake, making for a truly picturesque scene. The whole area is overlooked by the towering Dyrfjoll Mountains.
You could also choose to add an entry to the Myvatn Nature Baths to this day. Making a stop to relax at the Nature Baths before heading to your accommodation for the night will ensure a good night's sleep.
You'll spend the night in the Myvatn region.
The beautiful Myvatn lake will be close to where you begin your day, and it's an unmissable part of any trip north. Dettifoss waterfall is Europe's most powerful waterfall. Asbyrgi canyon is a horseshoe-shaped indent in the landscape, providing one of the country's most breathtaking views. The town of Husavik is an interesting stop and is essential for those hoping to spot whales.
There are some exciting extras available on this day. For those who like hiking, the highland tour to Askja is a great choice. However, this will take up nearly all of your day. For those who like the ocean and animals, Husavik is the more apt choice. In Husavik, you can choose between an exciting and a more traditional whale watching tour, or you can have a relaxing soak in the Geosea baths.
You'll spend the night in the town of Akureyri.
We highly recommend you stop at Hvitserkur sea stack. The gorgeous rock formation, which some say looks like a dragon taking a sip of water from the sea, is 49 ft (15 m) high and made of basalt. Along with the sea stack, you'll see one of the country's most beautiful shorelines.
When you arrive back in Reykjavik, you will have the rest of your day to enjoy as you see fit. Today might be a great opportunity to further explore the city's art museums and galleries, inner-city parks, and other cultural attractions. Perhaps you could check out the local coffee culture, pay a visit to Harpa Concert Hall or experience the city's vibrant flea markets?
There are some fun activities you can add to this day to make it that much more special. You can choose to go inside Thrihnjukagigur volcano, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a dormant volcano. Or you can choose a different way to enter the remnants of an eruption by taking time at Vidgelmir lava caves. If plain old lava caves aren't exciting enough for you, the third option is a visit to the stunning ice tunnel in Langjokull glacier.
You will be spending the evening at accommodation in Reykjavik.
When your time is over, make the final journey back to Keflavik International Airport and return your rental car. Have a great flight, and come back soon!
Some optional activities might require you to have a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkeling.
Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.
Se vores boligniveauer nedenfor og vores foretrukne indkvarteringspartnere under hver dag i den daglige rejseplan. Indkvartering med superbudget niveau arrangeres i vandrehjems senge. For andre niveauer arrangeres bookinger for en person i enkeltværelser, og bookinger til to eller flere personer deler et (e) dobbelt- / dobbeltværelse (r). Teenagere og børn arrangeres i samme rum med forældrene. Hvis der er behov for ekstra værelse (r), påløber der ekstra omkostninger. Guide to Iceland giver dig den bedste tilgængelige bolig på din tid fra din reservation fra vores foretrukne partnere. Husk, at hotelkvaliteten i Island varierer mellem placeringer og tilgængeligheden er meget begrænset. Hvis vores foretrukne partnere er fuldt bookede på tidspunktet for din reservation, vil vi finde en anden passende bolig til dig på lignende niveau. Bemærk, at ikke alle placeringer tilbyder indkvartering på kvalitetsniveau. Overnatning på komfortniveau arrangeres på disse bestemte steder, hvilket afspejles i opgraderingsprisen for kvalitetsniveau. Vi gør altid vores bedste for at imødekomme specielle ønsker, som kan medføre ekstra omkostninger. Tryk på vælg en dato for at finde tilgængelighed.
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Nedenfor kan du se de mulige biludlejningsmuligheder, der er tilgængelige for denne self-drive tour. Alle vores køretøjer er nye eller nuværende modeller på højst 2 år. Superbudgetniveauer leveres med standard CDW-forsikring, mens alle andre niveauer også inkluderer grusbeskyttelse (GP) og Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) forsikringer. Vær opmærksom på, at kørsel uden for landevej er ulovlig for alle typer biler. Alle niveauer er udstyret med en GPS og gratis trådløs internetadgang. Du kan nyde ubegrænset data med Wi-Fi-enheden, som kan forbindes til op til 10 enheder på én gang. Billeje vil levere døgnåbnet nødhjælpstjeneste. Aldersbehov for hvert niveau kan findes nedenfor. For alle niveauer skal føreren have et gyldigt kørekort i mindst et år før datoen for lejen. Vi anbefaler Budget 4X4 niveau til sommerkørsel og Comfort 4X4 til vinterkørsel.
Et lille 2WD-køretøj som Toyota Aygo eller lignende, der er egnet til grundlæggende kørsel under daglige forhold. Kompakt og behagelig for op til 2 rejsende med meget lidt bagage. Ingen højlandskapaciteter. Føreren skal være 20 år eller derover.
Et grundlæggende 2WD-køretøj, såsom en Toyota Yaris eller lignende, der er egnet til kørsel under daglige forhold. Behageligt for 3 rejsende med let bagage. Dette køretøj har ikke kapacitet på højlandet. Føreren skal være 20 år eller derover.
En grundlæggende 4WD (4X4) jeep eller SUV såsom en Dacia Duster eller lignende. Passer komfortabelt op til 3 rejsende med 2 store stykker bagage. Passer til de fleste rejser og anstændigt til sne- og off-asfaltkørsel. Har basale kapaciteter på højlandet. Føreren skal være 20 år eller derover.
En mellemstor 4WD (4x4) jeep eller SUV som f.eks. en Toyota Rav4 (automatisk) og Suzuki Vitara (manuel) eller lignende. Passer komfortabelt op til 4 rejsende med 3 store stykker bagage. Passer til de fleste rejser og god til sne- og off-asfaltkørsel. Har basale kapaciteter på højlandet. Føreren skal være 21 år eller derover.
En stor 4WD jeep som en Toyota Land Cruiser eller lignende. Komfortabelt for op til 4 rejsende med 4 store stykker bagage. Passer til næsten alle rejser. Har fuld highland-kapacitet til at køre på tilgængelige bjergveje. Føreren skal være 21 år eller derover.
En stor 9-personers varevogn, såsom en Mercedes Benz Vito (4WD manuel, har højlandsfunktioner og bedre egnet til vinterkørsel) eller lignende. Komfortabelt for 5 til 7 rejsende. Hvis du sidder fuldt, er bagagerummet begrænset. Føreren skal være 23 år eller derover.