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From 12 to 17 days
Keflavik
Keflavik
Min Age : 6 months
Max People : 12
Tour Details

A slow comprehensive Icelandic immersive experience to remember. 

This year-round itinerary provides a comprehensive tour of Iceland, excluding the northwest and Snaefellsnes, to fully immerse yourself in its incredibly diverse regions. Discover a medley of Iceland’s stunning natural wonders, including some hidden gems that are equally captivating. Our thoughtfully designed journey ensures you won’t have to cover extensive distances daily. Instead, you’ll spend multiple nights in the same location, allowing for in-depth exploration of lesser-traveled paths and picturesque discoveries.

Take advantage of our expert guidance for beautiful walks and longer hikes, enhancing your overall experience at each stop. Customize the route to your preferences, with options to include highland passages like Landmannalaugar. You can also tailor the itinerary over time, avoiding bustling areas such as Reykjavik or the Golden Circle, if desired.

This itinerary is perfect for families, honeymooners, or anyone seeking a comprehensive introduction to the breathtaking landscapes of Iceland.

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  1 tree/person.
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: Arrival and the Commencement of Your Journey

Upon your arrival at Keflavik International Airport, embark on an extraordinary experience by picking up your rental vehicle. As you drive through the vast lava fields that extend to the horizon, you’ll feel like you’ve landed on a completely different planet.

Tonight, you’ll rest in the Hella region on the south coast of the country. In case of a late arrival, there’s also an option to spend the night by the sea near the airport.

Journey: 150km

Stops: Keflavík, Hveragerði, Reykjanes

D2:  Hiking the Golden Circle

The Golden Circle boasts some of Iceland’s most iconic attractions. Begin your day with a hike in the heart of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its rift, marking the division between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. We’ll provide you with insider tips to make the most of this site while avoiding the crowds. Following this, marvel at the renowned Strokkur geyser, shooting towering plumes of water vapor into the sky, and witness the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, one of the country’s most breathtaking natural wonders.

After this remarkable day of exploration, return to your previous night’s accommodation for a restful overnight stay.

Journey: 250 km

​Meals included: breakfast

Steps: Secret Lagoon Flúðir, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir

D3: Waterfalls and Enchanting Black Sand Beaches

Today, your journey leads you along the picturesque south coast, where you’ll encounter a series of extraordinary natural wonders. Begin with a captivating visit to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which you can even walk behind for a unique perspective. Then, marvel at the towering 60-meter cascade of Skógafoss waterfall. As you continue your journey, stroll along the expansive black sand beaches, taking in the striking beauty of the Reynisfjara beach’s basalt columns and the dramatic rock formations of Vík, which in summer, become home to hundreds of nesting puffins.

Navigate the canyons as you approach the Vatnajökull glacier, the second-largest glacier in Europe. Tonight, you’ll find your restful haven in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur region, an area brimming with more isolated, yet equally captivating, discoveries.

D4: Skaftafell and the Enchanting Jökulsárlón

Your journey takes you even closer to Iceland’s grandest glacier. The morning is dedicated to an invigorating hike in the heart of Skaftafell National Park. Be sure not to miss the stunning Svartifoss waterfall, nestled amid awe-inspiring basalt columns, and the breathtaking view of the Skeiðarárjökull glacial tongue.

In the afternoon, indulge in the natural wonder that is Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, renowned for its unique spectacle of icebergs gracefully making their way into the ocean. You can also take a leisurely stroll along the renowned Diamond Beach.

For those seeking extra adventure, consider an optional glacier walk with a guide during the summer or a visit to an ice cave in the winter.

Spend the night between Jökulsárlón and Höfn, nestled at the foot of the glacier, in anticipation of more awe-inspiring experiences to come.

Journey: 200 km –

​Meals included: breakfast.

Stages: Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón

D5: Exploring the Heart of the Eastern Fjords

Begin your day with a visit to Höfn, a charming small fishing port situated at the glacier’s base. From there, your journey unfolds along the picturesque eastern fjords, where you’ll encounter cozy fishing villages nestled within these tranquil valleys. Make a cultural stopover in the small town of Djúpivogur, offering intriguing insights into the local heritage. As you continue your adventure, the village of Fáskrúðsfjörður pays homage to the resilient Breton fishermen who braved the Icelandic seas in pursuit of their livelihood.

Wrap up this captivating day in the Seyðisfjörður region, a coastal haven that promises serenity and scenic beauty by the sea.

Journey: 250 km

​Meals included: breakfast

Stages: Höfn, Djúpivogur, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Seyðisfjörður

D6: Eastern Fjords' Delight - Hot Springs and Wildlife Encounters

Today is dedicated to uncovering the treasures of the Eastern Region. Begin your day by exploring the enchanting village of Seyðisfjörður, with its distinctive charm. Then, venture to the Hengifoss waterfall, surrounded by striking basalt columns, and find yourself pleasantly surprised by the density of the Hallormstaðaskógur forest.

Don’t miss the chance to meet the puffin colony in Borgarfjörður Eystri, often considered the realm of elves. The Eastern Fjords, often overlooked due to their location opposite the capital, remain a hidden gem. They offer abundant opportunities for relaxation in hot baths, invigorating hikes, and delightful wildlife encounters, including polar foxes, reindeer, seals, and a wide variety of bird species.

You’ll rest in the same tranquil location as the previous night, as the Eastern Fjords continue to reveal their captivating wonders.

Journey: 0-150 km depending on choice

Stages: Egilsstaðir, Seyðisfjörður, Hengifoss, Bakkagerði

D7: Vast Northern Expanses

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through a lunar landscape that guides you northward. Along the way, discover the breathtaking beauty of the Stuðlagil gorge. As you continue, make a stop at the remote Möðrudalur farm, one of the most isolated in the country, providing an oasis of serenity amidst the mountains and deserts.

Exploring the Jökulsá gorges allows you to approach Europe’s mightiest waterfall, Dettifoss. For hiking enthusiasts, there’s an opportunity to embark on a picturesque loop that leads you to two additional waterfalls along the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon.

Rest for the night in the Húsavík region or at the scenic Lake Mývatn, both offering their own unique charm and experiences.

Journey: 250 km

​Meals included: Breakfast

Stages: Stuðlagil, Dettifoss

D8: Lake Mývatn and Lava Wonders

Today, immerse yourself in the wonders of Lake Mývatn and explore the various volcanic sites shaped by the Krafla volcano and the rift. Venture into the heart of the extraordinary lava formations at Dimmuborgir, where you can walk amidst the captivating lava castles. Climb to the summit of the Hverfjall crater for panoramic views, and be captivated by the fumaroles and mud pools at Námaskarð.

We’re ready to guide you to the most stunning hikes in the area, catering to your preferences, whether you have just an hour or an entire day to explore.

Conclude your day in the soothing hot springs of the Mývatn baths, a perfect way to unwind and rejuvenate.

Enjoy your second night in this enchanting location, providing ample time to savor the remarkable beauty of Lake Mývatn.

Journey: 50 km

​Meals included: Breakfast

Stages: Krafla, Dimmuborgir, Mývatn, Námaskarð, Hverfjall

D9: Mývatn to Goðafoss - From Lava Fields to Waterfalls

On your second day in Mývatn, you’ll embark on an adventure to explore Krafla and its renowned Leirhnjúkur lava field, still emitting wisps of smoke. Just nearby, the Víti crater provides yet another perspective of the vast caldera, with its last eruption as recent as 1984!

In the afternoon, bid farewell to Mývatn and journey to the captivating Goðafoss Waterfall. From there, you’ll continue your exploration as you traverse the Eyjafjörður Fjord, ultimately reaching Akureyri and your splendid seaside accommodation.

Subject to availability, you’ll spend this night and the next two at the Helgafell center, thoughtfully managed by our agency. This arrangement allows for a more personalized and enriching experience, where you can meet fellow travelers and relish the opportunity to observe the midnight sun, the northern lights, as well as the diverse birdlife and playful whales. Many travelers opt to extend their stay here, making it their base for exploring the North in all its glory.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of this serene setting, whether you’re traveling with friends or family, and savor the wonders of the northern capital, Akureyri, right at your doorstep.

Journey: 100 km

​Meals included: breakfast

Stages: Krafla, Eyjafjörður, Akureyri

D10:Eyjafjördur and Whales

Today, your schedule revolves around an exciting whale-watching excursion in the stunning Eyjafjördur fjord. Following this thrilling adventure, you’ll have ample free time to explore Akureyri, embark on a rewarding hike, soak in the tranquil Forest Lagoon’s hot springs, or seek out lesser-known gems for relaxation. Consider taking a warm soak in a hot tub shaped like a ship on a black sand beach or indulging in a soothing seaside sauna.

Enjoy the flexibility to create your own memorable experiences in this delightful region, while calling Helgafell home. 

Journey: 150 km

​Meals included: breakfast

Stages: Hauganes, Akureyri, Eyjafjörður

D11:The Northern Gem - Your Choice Day

Your second day in this beautiful fjord offers an array of exciting possibilities. You can explore the picturesque island of Hrísey, often referred to as the Pearl of the North, sitting serenely in the heart of the fjord. Alternatively, partake in a memorable horseback ride, luxuriate in soothing hot baths, or embark on a scenic mountain hike (note that this region hosts the largest mountain range in Iceland; during winter, we offer guided snowshoe walks). 

For those seeking tranquility, spending time at the Helgafell center provides a unique opportunity to savor the profound encounters that Iceland has to offer. You may also opt for a relaxing massage or a rejuvenating yoga class.

Staying at this locale brings you closer to the heart of local life, allowing for a more immersive and authentic experience in Iceland, rather than merely passing through. Tailor your day to your desires and uncover the true essence of the North.

 

Journey: 0-200 km

​Meals included: breakfast

Stages: Hrísey, Akureyri, Tröllaskagi

D12:Exploring the Arctic Road and North Coast

As your adventure continues, you’ll traverse the picturesque “Arctic Road” along the captivating north coast of Iceland. En route, you’ll encounter the historic Glaumbær farm, featuring traditional turf houses that offer a glimpse into the rugged heritage of Iceland. Continue your journey along the Vatnsnes peninsula, home to the iconic Hvítserkur rock formation and its stunning seal colony.

The drive along the north coast treats you to a spectacle of colorful lighthouses, solitary farms, and distinctive landscapes that unfold one after another.

Your night’s lodging awaits you in the west, in the Borgarnes region, a place steeped in the history of Iceland’s colonization.

Journey: 300 km

​Meals included: breakfast

Stages: Blönduós, Hvítserkur, Glaumbær

D13:Exploring the West Borgarnes Region

D14:Cultural Exploration in Reykjavik

Upon your arrival in Reykjavik, you’ll have a free day to immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant culture. Take a leisurely stroll through the colorful streets and picturesque harbor. Be sure not to miss the striking Harpa cultural center, a true architectural marvel made of glass and steel, and the beautiful Hallgrímskirkja church, which graces the city’s skyline.

Reykjavik is a lively and bustling metropolis, teeming with small boutiques, trendy restaurants, and the comforts of civilization.

Alternatively, if you’re inclined to savor one more day of Iceland’s ever-changing natural beauty, consider a visit to the Reykjanes Peninsula, known for its active volcanoes. You might even have the opportunity to witness a live eruption!

Your night’s stay will be in the heart of the capital or near the seaside airport, depending on the timing of your flight the following day.

Journey: 150-200kms

​Meals included: Breakfast

Stages: Reykjavík, , Reykjanes

D15: Journey's End

Bid farewell to Iceland as you return your rental car at the airport. It’s time to embark on your return international flight, cherishing the memories of your remarkable adventure through the diverse and awe-inspiring landscapes of Iceland. Safe travels, and may the experiences from your journey stay with you always.

Journey: 5-50 km

​Meals included: breakfast

Stages: Keflavík

 

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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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