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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.
(115km- 71mi) When you arrive at the international airport, you will take your rental car. Depending on your time of arrival, you can discover the peninsula of Reykjanes and the geothermal areas before starting your drive on the south coast, to reach the town of Borgarnes, where you will spend the night.
(250 km- 150mi) Enjoy two days along the peninsula along the ocean. Explore some steep cliffs, desert pebble beach, adorable little church, impressive glacier. Night at the same place.
(150km – 93mi) You will keep going more towards the north of the island. This day will be focused on the small peninsula of Vatnsnes, where you will be likely to watch seals. Do not miss the famous Hvitserkur rock formation, assumed by some to be a petrified troll. The night will be spent in the surroundings.
(200km – 125mi) Today, you will head discover some of the jewels of the Icelandic past from traditional peat farms to ancien bishop’s church. For a relaxing break you can stop at one of the most beautiful public pool in Iceland overlooking the ocean. During the afternoon you will go even more north to reach the small and charming fishing town of Siglufjordur, where you will spend the night.
(190km – 112mi) After your breakfast, it will be time to embark on a whale watching adventure in the longest fjord of the country. In the afternoon enjoy Akureyri, the capital of the north, and visit its picturesque centre, cathedral, botanical garden and enjoy some gourmet food in one of the restaurant in town.
However remember to stop half way to admire the waterfall of Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. You will enjoy the rest of the day discovering the volcanic wonders of this region : crater, lava field formation and many more.
Second day to explore Myvatn and its volcanic sites, you will have many opportunities for wonderful hikes. In the afternoon, enjoy again a relaxing moment at Myvatn Nature Baths. Night at the same place not far from the lake.
(250km – 150mi) You will hit the road again, toward the east of the country. On the way you will be able to visit the canyon of the Jokulsa river and the most powerful waterfalls in Europe. An unforgettable experience is to walk along the dramatic cliffs framing the waterfall. This location is ideal to fill up with energy. You’ll reach in the afternoon Eskifjordur your location for the night an amazing place between ocean and mountain.
(320km – 200mi) Second day to explore the East Fjords, the charm of this region is often to be found in its secluded fishing towns. Therefore, we offer you to visit the scenic little town of Djupivogur, a small fishing establishment. From there you will drive to the famous glacial lagoon of Jökulsarlon overlooked by the ice outlet of Kviarjöjull. Night in the surroundings.
(130km – 80mi) This morning you enjoy a last moment at the wonderful Jökulsarlon and the icebergs reaching the ocean. Then you will drive up to Skaftafell National Park. If you wish, we can arrange for you a hike on a nearby glacier, with guide and gear (optional). Night in the surroundings of Kirkjubaejarklaustur.
(160km – 100mi) Driving on route 1, you will travel across the lava fields of Laki, a mesmerizing experience. Then, you will discover 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. You will end the day by Skogar and its waterfall, then Seljalandsfoss and the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. The night will be spent in the town of Hella.
(150km – 93mi) You will end your discovery of the Icelandic gems by the famous Golden Circle and its three iconic sites: Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir. The night will be spent in Reykjavik, and you will have the time to enjoy a night out in the Icelandic capital.
Enjoy a free day to discover the largest city in the country, including the city centre, the harbor, and the cathedral. Free evening for some gourmet experience in one of the best restaurant of the town.
Free time before getting to the airport for your international flight.
Indicative itinerary: On this self drive tour we will create a complete itinerary accordingly to your likes and hopes about Iceland and to our deep knowledge of the country. You will have an indicative day by day schedule, and the accommodation will be booked for you. We will also give you maps and a road book allowing you to travel relaxed: resupplying locations, good restaurants, tourists traps to avoid, mandatory sites and alternative locations of interest…
Vehicle:For this kind of self drive tour, except in winter time, we recommend to rent a city car instead of a 4WD. The 4WD are usually needed on the highlands roads and are not needed on asphalted roads. But if you expressively require a 4WD we will comply.
Accommodation during your stay:Usually we use quaint guesthouses or Bn’B, selected for their comfort, their nice staff and their location according to your itinerary. In some places of Iceland, the choice is limited, therefore you should book as early as possible. We avoid as much as possible hotels and standardized accommodations. You can also request to chose other accommodation types, such as 3-4* hotels, or camp sites (summer only). Please feel free to contact us for any specific requirements.
According to the season and to the weather’s instability in Iceland, here is a list of recommended gear.
YOUR PERSONAL GEAR:
If you have a doubt on your gear, feel really free to contact us to receive some personalized advice!