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  • A local agency
  • Off the beaten tracks
  • Emphasize quality over quantity
  • Expert guides at your service
From 12 to 16 days
Keflavik
Keflavik
Max People : 16
Tour Details

Dreaming of discovering Iceland by following the famous ring road around the island? We offer this self drive tour especially created to be a first experience in Iceland that includes an extensive itinerary unveiling some of the most famous locations of the country, as well as some lesser known gems, but as breath-taking. The itinerary of this tour has been thought with the goal of having as little driving as possible every day, so you can enjoy the natural treasures of Iceland as much as possible.

Highlights of this trip
  • A comprehensive tour. North, South, East and West, you will have a glance at all the main regions of the country. This tour around Iceland is ideal for those aiming to see everything… or almost everything !
  • A tailor made tour. According to the number of days you want to spend in Iceland, we can adapt this tour around Iceland to your desires. Our goal is allowing you to discover Iceland the best way in a slow rhythm, without piling up the kilometers. The legs of our tour are short, to let you enjoy the locations as much as possible.
  • A quaint and iconic tour. Our selection of accommodations has been done relatively to their locations, their charm and their staff’s quality. We always try to bring you to accommodations where you can meet Icelanders and their culture. We avoid as much as possible hotels and standardized accommodations.
Our commitments
  • A selection of partners engaged in more responsible tourism.
  • A real tailor-made trip designed for you.
  • Refund of excursions not carried out for reasons beyond your control (weather, cancellation by the service provider).
  • The option to request a change in the booking of your accommodation, subject to availability.
  • The guarantee of working with a local agency.
  • We are contributing to the reforestation of Iceland with the planting of around 1 tree for 4 people.
Price

Included

  • Nights in guesthouse, room with mix of private and share bathroom (Superior category or 100% private bathroom on request).
  • Buffet breakfast. Our accommodation sometimes offer a kitchen and / or hot bath on site. Bedsheets and towels are provided. We try to choose as much as possible eco-friendly accommodation.
  • Rental car with unlimited mileage, taxes and SCDW insurance included, refund of the deductible 0 €. Vehicle picked up and drop off at Keflavik Airport. 2x4 or 4x4 depending on demand or season.
  • 1 entry per person to the natural baths of Mývatn.
  • 1 whale watching excursion per person to observe humpback whales. Warm clothes provided and a hot drink offered. Approximate duration 3h.
  • Optional: walk on the glacier, visit of an ice cave (from November to April), horseback riding, snowmobile, kayaking, diving, rafting ... Booking dinners to be paid on site.
  • Personalized travel book. Includes a general presentation of Iceland, various tips and a day-by-day program including supplies, suggestions for visits, advice for walks and hikes, as well as a detailed information for each accommodation. Map 1: 600,000 and hiking maps.
  • Our contact and locale assistance

Not included

  • International flight from 200 € departing from Europe
  • Meals other than breakfast, petrol
  • Personal cancellation and repatriation insurance
  • Optional: Additional of 2nd driver supplement between 25 and 40 € to be paid only at the rental agency.
Itinerary

D1: Let's the adventure begins

Your itinerary is given as an indication. We can arrange this self-drive trip according to the time you have, with a minimum stay of 10 days. A domestic flight is possible between Reykjavik and Akureyri, if you don’t have enough time to go around the island.

Upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you pick up your rental vehicle and head to your accommodation, located along the South coast of the country, in the small town of Hveragerði, known for its intense geothermal activity.

For late arrivals, you can stay near the airport, by the coast. Driving distance about 90 kms.

D2: Golden Circle

Today is dedicated to the visit of the Golden Circle and its three emblematic sites: Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir. You can walk in the middle of the lava formations where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates separate, in the heart of the Þingvellir national park, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, before continuing towards the famous Geysir, to let yourself be surprised by the power and spontaneity of its geyser. Finally, you can go to the foot of Gullfoss, one of the most powerful and beautiful waterfalls in the country.

Overnight in the Hella region. Driving distance about 200 kms.

D3:Waterfalls and black sand beaches of the South Coast

Driving on route 1, you will discover the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. At the southern tip you’ll find the beaches of Vik and Reynisfjara where basalt pipes are waiting for you. Between May and August, these locations offer also the opportunity to watch many puffins. To reach your accommodation you will travel across the lava fields of Laki, a mesmerizing experience. 

Overnight in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur region. Driving distance about 180 kms.

D4: Among icebergs and glacier

Enjoy half day in the Skaftafell National Park to admire the glacial tongue of the Vatnajökull glacier. Several hikes are possible in the heart of the park. In the afternoon you arrive in front of the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, one of the most beautiful natural sites in the country. Unforgettable stroll along the famous Diamond Beach where the icebergs come to run aground.

Overnight in the Höfn region. Driving distance about 200 kms.

D5: Mesmerizing East fjords

You leave the South Coast and now enter the region of the East Fjords, along a superb scenic route which leads you to several fishing villages. Here the landscapes between sea and mountain are magnificent. Stop in the artistic city of Djúpivogur and discover its wild surrounding. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore Fáskrúðsfjörður, whose past is intimately linked to the thousands of French fishermen, who came from these latitudes for cod fishing. Arrival at Eskifjordur at the end of the day. The place offers superb water reflection over the fjord. Accommodation with Jacuzzi and an unforgettable view between sea and mountain (* subject to availability).

Driving distance approx. 250 kms. 

D6: The wild landscapes of the North

You will take advantage of the morning to explore the surroundings of Egilsstaðir which offer some exceptional natural sites such as the beautiful waterfall of Hengifoss. Heading further North you cross a large uninhabited area through beautiful lunar and desert landscapes. You can stop at Möðrudalur which houses the most isolated farm in the country, a true oasis in the heart of the mountains. In the afternoon you will be walking along the impressive cliffs that surround the Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. An ideal place to recharge your batteries.

Overnight by lake Myvatn. Driving distance about 250 kms.

D7 and D8:Volcanism around lake Myvatn

Enjoy two full days to explore the diversity of the various volcanic sites around Lake Mývatn. Within 20 kms, many walks are possible, whether in the heart of the Krafla caldera, around the Viti crater, through the lava fields of Dimmuborgir or in front of the mud pools of Námaskarð. One afternoon will be spent in the relaxing baths of Mývatn.

2 nights at the same place. Driving distance about 20 kms.

D9: Whale watching in the fjord Eyjafjörður

On the way to Akureyri, you can stop at the beautiful waterfall of Godafoss and spend a few hours visiting the “capital of the North”. In the afternoon, you head towards the fjord Eyjafjörður where you embark on a whale watching excursion to observe the humpback whales. At the end of the day you arrive in Siglufjörður, the former capital of herring and a charming little town.

Night between Siglufjörður and Hofsós. Driving distance about 200 kms.

D10: Beautiful Trollaskagi peninsula

Driving along the Trollaskagi Peninsula (the Troll Peninsula) you admire the remains of the island’s rich past. The beautiful municipal swimming pool of Hofsós offers a pleasant relaxing break with a breathtaking view, which overlooks the ocean. Have a stroll in the heart of a picturesque forest, which surrounds the church of Holar, the old archbishopric of the island then visit the old traditional turf farms of Glaumbaer.

Overnight in the surrounding of Varmahlíð. Driving distance about 100 kms.

D11:Discreet Vatnsnes peninsula

As you head West, don’t miss a detour along the discreet Vatnsnes Peninsula, home to the country’s largest seal colony. Throughout the journey, you will enjoy superb viewpoints over the sea. Nice walk to the rock Hvítserkur, some of which say that it is a petrified troll… It’s now time to leave the circular route to enter another peninsula : Snaefellsnes.

Overnight in Stykkisholmur. Driving distance about 300 kms. 

D12 and D13 : Snaefellsnes

The Snaefellsnes peninsula is where Jules Verne began his “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. You have two days to explore the wild landscapes of the peninsula and enjoy the many steps along the coast, between lava fields and coastline. Between the charm of the small villages, the amazing sites such as the Rauðfeldsgjá gorge, the sumptuous Kirkjufell mountain or the very photogenic church of Búðir, you will be amazed by the diversity of the region. 

Driving distance approx. 200 kms. 

D14:Reykjavik

Today your final destination is Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital. Having a whole day in the warm city, it is pleasant to walk the colorful streets of the city center, hang along the charming little harbor, visit the cathedral or the new Harpa cultural center, astonishing by its modern architecture. Spend a last shopping moment before spending the evening enjoying the atmosphere of its various cafes, bars and restaurants.

D15:International Flight

Free time before getting to the airport for your international flight.

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Good to know

  • Itinerary : on this self-drive tour we create a tailor-made itinerary following the length of your stay in Iceland and your personal interest according to our knowledge of the country as travel agency. A day by day itinerary will be given on a indicative basis and accommodations will be booked for you in advance. We provide you with all necessary maps and a trip information package with practical information that allows you to enjoy your vacation in the best possible way; tips on where to buy food, good restaurants, places to go – places to avoid, inescapable sites, our personal knowledge of Iceland and our experience as a local travel agent.
  • Transport : For this self-drive we usually advice, outside the period from October to April, to rent a berline instead of a 4×4 only necessary on gravel roads for the highlands but not needed on paved road, except if you request something special.
  • Accommodation: We work as a priority with accommodation such as charming guesthouse or B&B, chosen for their comfort, hospitality and location, in relation with your itinerary. As the choice can be limited in some regions of the country, it is important to book your stay as soon as possible to benefit from the largest possible offer. In any case, we avoid standardized hotels. It is possible to choose other types of accommodation during your stay, 3/4 * hotel or camping. Contact us for any specific request.
  • Period to travel: we offer this itinerary all year round.
  • Important note, stay between mid-October and mid-April: If you decide to travel to Iceland at this period, in winter therefore, you may encounter difficult climatic conditions, with snow, icy roads (especially in the North and East of the country), and variable weather. Due to weather conditions you might not be able to access certain sites. In the worst case, you can get snow or sandstorms and temperatures sometimes well below 0 ° C. If you drive yourself in Iceland, this climate can affect your itinerary or driving. We will be there to help and advise you on your itinerary.
     
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