Around Iceland

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10 days
May - Sep
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This 10 day/9 night self-drive favourite explores Iceland's rich natural treasures, including national parks, beautiful waterfalls, striking glaciers, magnificent volcanoes and hot springs. The length of the tour means you will have ample time to cover all the sights you wish to see. Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the end of the tour.     

Day 1  Keflavik Airport - Hveragerdi   100km
Geothermal Lagoon – Flower village – Geothermal Greenhouses
Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.  From Keflavik International Airport drive the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi, 45km south east of Reykjavik.The village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the flower village. Overnight in Hveragerdi.

Day 2 Hveragerdi - Geysir - Thingvellir - Borgafjordur    310km
Greenhouses - Exploding Geysers - National Park with Geological Wonders - Massive Waterfall
Drive to the waterfall Gullfoss and the hot springs at Geysir. Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament, before driving through Hvalfjordur fjord to Borgarfjordur. Overnight in Borgarfjordur area.

Day 3 Borgafjordur - Blondus - Varmahlid - Akureyri    280km
Fertile Farmlands - Glacial Rivers - Iceland's Second Largest City - Viking Horses
Drive north through Borgarfjordur to the shores of Hunafloi bay and the towering mountains and horse breeding valley of Skagafjordur. Continue to Akureyri, the capital of the north. Overnight in North Iceland.

Day 4 Akureyri - Lake Myvatn    100km
Botanical Garden - Museums - Waterfall "Of the Gods"
Spend the morning exploring the town of Akureyri. Continue your journey to the unique Lake Myvatn area. Stop en route to Myvatn to view the beautiful Godafoss waterfalls, which has a unique connection to Iceland‘s Viking Age. Overnight in North Iceland.

Day 5  Lake Myvatn    Variable Mileage
Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal Activity - Rich Birdlife
Explore the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and surrounding area, including the mystical lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the volcanic area of Krafla along with the colourful sulfurous slopes of Namaskardpass. Overnight in North Iceland.

Day 6 Husavik - Tjornes - Dettifoss - Egilsstadir    310km
Whale Watching - Glacier Carved Gorge - Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall

Drive north to the fishing port of Husavik, where you might stop to enjoy a whale watching boat tour. Head around Tjornes peninsula on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Visit Asbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon,  and Jokulsargljufur National Park. Proceed to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful ones in Europe. Then head across the vast highland plateau to Egilsstadir in the east. Overnight in East Iceland.

Day 7 Reydarfjordur - Stodvarfjordur -  Djupivogur - Hofn    300km
Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline

Drive south through the spectacular East Fjords, where towering mountains plunge vertically into the ocean. The journey continues to the town of Hofn in Hornafjordur, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe. Overnight in North East Iceland

Day 8  Hofn - Skaftafell - Kirkjubaejarklaustur    200km
Europe's Largest Glacier - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest National Park
Today you will be in the vicinity of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe‘s largest glacier. Visit the shimmering icebergs and the still, milky waters of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before continuing to the Skaftafell area of the park, a beautiful green oasis surrounded by glaciers. There are many great hiking trails here. Head onwards to the picturesque village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Overnight in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

Day 9 Vik - Skogar - Reykjavik    260km
Lava Fields - Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore - Puffin Colony - Thundering Waterfalls
Drive along the spectacular south coast, a sweeping landscape of sandy deserts, rocky shores and rolling farmlands sandwiched between snow-capped glaciers, mountains and the ocean. Stop to admire the black sand beaches and cliffs at Dyrholaey. There are also vast bird colonies here, including puffins (generally seen mid May to early August). Also visit the beautiful waterfalls of Skogar and Seljalands, each with its own character. You will also see the mighty Eyjafjallajokull volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption. An interesting volcano center at the base of the mountain tells the story of this event. Reach Reykjavík in the late afternoon.

Day 10 Reykjavik - Keflavik Airport    52km
Your tour concludes with car drop-off at Keflavik International Airport. 

Departures: daily 1 May - 30 September 

Includes: 9 nights' accommodation* including breakfast; rental car for 9 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up, CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection, and additional driver;  car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport; travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7; Tablet with travel app which includes nature sites, historic places, road side services, safety guidelines, info from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration, detailed itinerary including hotels and GPS road guide to each hotel, map view of the road trip, detailed pdf travel book about Iceland (please not the tablet does not have internet connection capacity). 

Excludes: petrol; optional tours.

* The first night of your tour is spent in the Hveragerdi area, a small town about 45km from Reykjavik, to enable you to then head off into the countryside the next day without having to go through Reykjavik.

*  Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the end of the tour.

* Choose from 3 different levels of accommodation:
Budget: standard rooms with shared facilities in budget hotels, farm houses and guesthouses
Economy: standard rooms with private facilites in standard hotels and guesthouses. Last night at 3 star hotel.
Comfort: standard rooms with private facilites in quality hotels and guesthouses or superior rooms in standard hotels and guesthouses. Last night in 4 star hotel.

* The names for individual accommodations are not available prior to booking, as the tour package is based on specific hotel/price categories and not on specific hotels/accommodations. The exact location of the countryside hotels will vary according to availability- the itinerary indicates the region for each overnight stay (with the exception of the last night which is always in Reykjavik itself).

* The price is based on 9 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of car pick up and finishing at the same time. Additional use of the car beyond this time frame will incur additional days rental fee.

* The price shown is for a Group 2.0 car and Comfort or Economy accommodation. For other car types and accommodation prices please enquire.      

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3811.00
Single AUD$ 6799.00

The price shown here is for COMFORT accommodation 2018.

Includes: 9 nights' COMFORT accommodation* including breakfast; rental car for 9 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up, CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection, and additional driver;  car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport; travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7; Tablet with travel app which includes nature sites, historic places, road side services, safety guidelines, info from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration, detailed itinerary including hotels and GPS road guide to each hotel, map view of the road trip, detailed pdf travel book about Iceland (please not the tablet does not have internet connection capacity). 

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3350.00
Single AUD$ 5618.00

The price shown here is for ECONOMY accommodation 2018.

Includes: 9 nights' ECONOMY accommodation* including breakfast; rental car for 9 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up, CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection, and additional driver;  car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport; travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7; Tablet with travel app which includes nature sites, historic places, road side services, safety guidelines, info from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration, detailed itinerary including hotels and GPS road guide to each hotel, map view of the road trip, detailed pdf travel book about Iceland (please not the tablet does not have internet connection capacity). 

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