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The Jewels of Iceland : from 10 to 12 days all year round

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Why Book With Us?

  • A local agency
  • Off the beaten tracks
  • Emphasize quality over quantity
  • Expert guides at your service
From 10 to 12 days
Keflavik
Keflavik
Min Age : 6 months
Max People : 12
Tour Details

 This self-drive tour is ideally created for a first trip in Iceland. You’ll have the chance to visit some of the most famous and beautiful natural sites in the country. After this trip your only wish to be to come back again to see more…

Highlights of this trip:

– Famous natural sites.This self-drive tour is ideally created for a first trip in Iceland. You’ll have the chance to visit some of the most famous and beautiful natural sites in the country. After this trip your only wish to be to come back again to see more…

– Charming holidays. With our selection of eco-friendly accommodation we work with beautiful places picked up for their quality, charm and welcoming aspect. We try to avoid as much as possible chains and standardized hôtels.

Budget

Includes

  • 9 or more nights in double/twin room in guesthouses or hotel 3 or 4*, or private chalet with breakfast included, private bathroom on request
  • 9 days rental car including unlimited kms and SCDW insurance with liability 0€, from and to the airport, 2x4 or 4x4 according the season and request
  • 1 entry to the Mývatn Nature Bath
  • Whale watching 3H, with warm cloths and one drink included
  • Personnal road book, map 1:600000, hiking maps
  • Our contact and locale assistance
  • Options: dinner booked, Glacier excursion, Ice Cave, Riding Tour, Snowmobile, Rafting, Diving, Birdwatching...

Price does not includes:

  • International flight
  • Meals other than breakfast, petrol
  • Personal insurance
Itinerary

D1 : Arrival and Reykjanes

After picking up your car, you drive to your accommodation located in the geothermal town of Hveragerði. If your flight arrives early enough, we recommend to make a few stops along the Reykjanes peninsula. Driving distance approx. 100 kms.

D2 :  Golden Circle

Today explore the famous Golden Circle. Admire the powerful Gullfoss waterfall, the always surprising Geysir and the beautiful Thingvellir national park a Unesco gem. Night at the same place. Driving distance approx. 200 kms.

D3 : South coast

Your destination today is Iceland’s scenic south coast. you will pass the magnificent waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss before getting in Vik wordly known for being one of the most beautiful beach in the world. Night in the area of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Driving distance approx. 250 kms.

D4: Glacier and Icebergs

Your first stop today is Skaftafell National Park, an area definitely worth a visit. Surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains, this is a site for great hiking. After passing various, glaciers tongue belonging to Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, you’ll arrive at the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón, a place of pure beauty. Night in the surrounding. Driving distance approx. 200 kms.

D5: East Fjords

Today you’re entering the region of the East Fjord. Full day to explore those tiny towns nested between steep mountains and small harbors. The fjords are full of historical reference and used to be the most populated area thanks to fishing times. Driving distance approx. 260 kms.

D6: Dettifoss

On the way to the north, make a quick stop in Egilsstaðir the “capital of the East fjords” before continuing along the scenic road that leads to Mývatn with en route a stop at the canyon of Jökulsárgljúfur (Iceland’s Grand Canyon!). There you can enjoy Europe’s most powerful waterfall Dettifoss. Night by lake Mývatn. Driving distance approx. 250 kms.

D7: Myvatn Lake

Mývatn is one of the most volcanic area in Iceland. You’ll have a full day to hike, explore and discover its surrounding, a chance to observe some lava formations, craters, mud pools, solfatares… In the evening enjoy a relaxing time in the Mývatn Baths. Driving distance approx. 20 kms.

D8: Whale watching in Eyjafjörður

You’re heading to the West in direction of Akureyri with a stop at Godafoss waterfall. After a couple of hours in the capital of the North it’s time to embark for a whale watching experience. Night in the charming town of Siglufjörður or its surrounding. Driving distance approx. 150 kms.

D9:Trollaskagi peninsula and the North

The most beautiful swimming pool in Iceland, the old diocese, the best conservated traditional turf houses, the biggest seals colony are some of the things you can discover today. Night in the region of Borgarnes. Driving distance approx. 300 kms.

D10:Reykjavik

You end this ring road drive in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. You have the full day to have a glimpse at its old center, visit some museums, enjoy a stroll at the lake and the harbor and of course walk along the colored streets. Reykjavik is a great place if you like to go out as it’s full of restaurants, cafe and bars to enjoy ! Driving distance approx. 70 kms.

Departure in the evening or the next day.

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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 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 usually have a range of B&B and guesthouses selected for their confort, charm and welcoming atmosphere and of course their localisation according to your itinerary, even some part of Iceland may have restricted choice. We recommend to book as early as possible in order to have the best possible choice. We generally avoid hotels and standardized accommodations. It’s also possible to request other type of accommodation, 3/4* hotels or camping ! Contact us for any specific request.

Important note : driving between end of September to end of April

You must be aware that travelling on your own in Iceland between end of September and end of April can lead you to encounter some difficult climatic situation such as snow, ice on road (especially in the North and East of the country) and a changing weather. In the worst scenario you can experience some snow or sand storm and temperature below 0°C. If you’re driving in Iceland, those conditions can impact your itinerary and your driving. Always check forecast and road conditions before driving.

Climate : because of the rough and changing climate in Iceland see below a list of recommended equipment to bring with you for this trip. You can except temperature between 0° and 20°C from April to September and from +5 to -20°C from October to March.

YOUR PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

  • Duffle bag for all your belonging
  • Backpack for your daily need
  • Comfortable and waterproof hiking shoes
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with a hood (gore-tex)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Hiking socks, woolen or synthetic (a few pairs)
  • Woolen sweater or warm fleece
  • Tee-shirts (merinos)
  • Woolen or comfortable fiber hiking long sleeves shirts
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Bottle
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Swimsuit / towel
  • Toiletry bag
  • Sunscreen and lips balm
  • Gaiters (only if travelling in winter)
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