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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

The Jewels of Iceland is a self-drive trip with a very complete itinerary, which allows you to discover, among the most famous natural sites of Iceland. You will make the complete tour of the island, following the ring road. From North to South, you will discover varied landscapes, black sandy beaches, large fjords between sea and mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls… Icelandic nature is full of exceptional sites that you will discover freely and at your rhythm.

Highlights of this trip
  • The most beautiful sites in the country. This tour is ideally designed for those who wish to make their first stay in Iceland. It condenses in a single trip, the visit of the most beautiful and most emblematic natural sites of the country. After this discovery of the Jewels of Iceland, you will have only one wish, to come back!
  • Tailor made tour. Whether in terms of activities, accommodation or sites to visit, we offer a tailor-made trip made to fit your desires and your budget. Our accommodations are atypical, warm and intended to make you discover the country in the most comfortable way possible. We make sure that you are in contact with the locals and their daily lives. We avoid standardized hotel chains.
  • A trip at your personal pace. Our goal is to make you discover Iceland in the most beautiful way, at a pleasant pace, without hurrying and without driving too many kilometers every day. Your stay will be truly tailor-made, according to your desires. We take into account what you want to see and do, and offer an itinerary with stages intended to make the most of your visits, in the most beautiful natural sites of the country.
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: Discovery of the 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

You continue your trip along the South coast. En route, you stop at the famous waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. A little further, you can admire the impressive basalt organs of Reynisfjara beach and continue with a superb walk along the black sand beach of Vík.

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

D4: Between ocean and glacier

Continuing along road n°1, you cross the immense lava fields resulting from an ancient eruption of the Laki volcano, impressive! You can stop at 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: Sumptuous East Fjords

The beauty of the East region lies in the fishing villages nestled in the depths of its fjords. All day, beautiful scenic route which takes you through grandiose landscapes. The artistic reputation of the small town of Djúpivogur is well established and its wild surroundings, ideal for a nice stroll. The town of Fáskrúðsfjörður keeps alive the memory of French fishermen, who came to these latitudes for cod fishing, an interesting jump into the past. Arrival at Eskifjordur at the end of the day. The site offers superb reflection’s games on the calm waters of its fjord. Accommodation with Jacuzzi and an unforgettable view between sea and mountain.

Driving distance about 250 kms.

D6: The Diamond Circle

On the way to the north, possibility of discovering the surroundings of Egilsstaðir which offer some exceptional natural sites before continuing in the lunar and deserted landscapes of the North. Stop in the heart of the plain of Möðrudalur were is located the most isolated farm in the country, a true oasis in the heart of the mountains. Visit of the Jokulsa gorge and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Nice walk along the impressive cliffs that surround the waterfall. An ideal place to recharge your batteries.

Overnight in the Myvatn region by the lake. Driving distance about 250 kms.

D7: Volcanic sites in Myvatn

Enjoy a full day to explore the surroundings of Lake Mývatn. Many hikes are possible, whether in the heart of the amazing lava castles of Dimmuborgir, on top of the Hverfell crater or in the heart of the solfatares and muddy ponds of Námaskarð … you will be spoiled by choice. At the end of the day pamper yourself in the relaxing hot springs of Myvatn baths.

Overnight at the same place. Driving distance about 20 kms. We recommend a second day in Mývatn.

D8: Fjords and peninsulas in the North

Today you continue driving toward the North West. You can stop at the beautiful Godafoss waterfall and visit the capital of the North, Akureyri before exploring the Eyjafjörður Fjord. You embark on a whale watching excursion to observe the humpback whales in the fjord, before continuing along the Trollaskagi peninsula (the troll peninsula) where you can still admire the vestiges of Iceland rich past.

Overnight in the Hofsós region. Driving distance about 250 kms.

D9:The West and Reykjavik

You’re driving in the direction of Reykjavik with several stops to appreciate the beauty of the landscapes. Discover the discreet Vatnsnes peninsula which is home to the largest seal colony in the country. Throughout the journey, you will enjoy superb views of the sea. Do not miss the famous Hvítserkur rock, some of which say that it is a petrified troll… Last stop in Borgarnes, city known to be one of the cradles of the Icelandic Sagas before arriving at the end of the day in Reykjavik.

Overnight in the city center. Driving distance about 300 kms. 

D10:Reykjavik and departure

Spend a lovely day in Reykjavik. Stroll through the colorful alleys of the city centre, visit the port, the cathedral or the new Harpa cultural center, astonishing with its modern architecture. Enjoy some shopping and an evening to enjoy the atmosphere of its various cafes, bars and restaurants. In the evening you drive to the airport for your international flight.

Driving distance about 50 kms.

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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.
  • Domestic flight (if applicable): the flight between Reykjavik and Akureyri is carried out from Reykjavik domestic airport by the Icelandic company Air Iceland. For this flight you can embark at no extra charge with hand luggage of 6 kgs and hold luggage of 20 kgs.
  • 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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