Extraordinary Iceland

The complete Iceland experience
19 Days
May - Sep
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This grand tour takes in all corners of this unique island, from the ancient landscapes of the Westfjords, to the remote fishing villages of the East, the volcanic landscape in the south, and the beautiful Lake Myvatn in the north. Highlights include the mystical Snaefellsnes glacier, the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, and Akureyri, the capital of the north. Along the way, you’ll pass many of the volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers, and seascapes that make Iceland’s landscapes so magical and unforgettable.

The tour is a leisurely one as in 4 of the destinations, 2 nights are spent, so you have lots of time to relax and explore.                

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Day 1  Keflavik Airport - Hveragerdi   100km
Geothermal Lagoon - Flower Village - Geothermal Greenhouses

Arrive at Keflavik Airport, pick up your rental 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. 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  The Golden Circle    186km
National Park - Bubbling Geysers - Golden Waterfall

Drive to Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park itself is situated in a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows, on the border of Iceland's largest lake. Continue to the famous Geysir hot spring area and the mighty waterfall Gullfoss.  Overnight in Fludir area.

Day 3  Black Sand Beaches of the South Coast    215km
Waterfalls - Black Beaches - Birdcliffs - Vast Lava Field
Drive along the spectacular south coast, viewing highlights such as Skogafoss waterfall, Myrdalsjokull glacier, Dyrholaey* and the black sand beaches of Vik. Continue across Eldhraun lava field to the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, which is known for its fabulous trout fishing. 2 nights in South East Iceland. *Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season from mid-May until late June. Overnight in South East Iceland.

Day 4   Fjadrargljufur and Lakagigar Craters     120km
Spectacular Canyon - Crater Area - Historic Eruption Site
Today you may like to explore this little known area by taking a hike in magnificient Fjadrargljufur, one of Iceland's most spectacular canyons. Between June and August a longer detour takes you to volcanic Lakagigar (Laki craters), the site of the catastrophic eruption in 1783-84.  It includes beautiful sights such as Laki, the largest crater at 818 metres high with breathtaking views over the craters.  If you choose to go to Lakagigar you must have a Group 5.0 or higher 4WD car.   Overnight in South East Iceland.

Day 5  Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon    204km
Green Oasis - Glacial Lagoon - Europe's Largest Glacier
Today you will be around Vatnakojull National Park and there will be many great views of Europe's largest glacier enroute.  Visit the awe-inspiring Skaftafell National Park, which is set between glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and the harbour town of Hofn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.  Overnight in Hofn area.

Day 6   Eastern Fjords and Highland Wilderness    187km
Amazing Fjord Views - Fishing Villages - Old Rocks - Wilderness Centre
Drive through the spectacular East Fjords, past towering mountains and through charming fishing villages, to the fertile Egilsstadir area. On the way it is possible to take a boat tour to Papey Island, where thousands of puffins nest in the summer mid May to early August, or visit Petra's famous local stone and mineral collection at Stodvarfjordur.  In Egilsstadir area you can visit beautiful Hallormsstadur Forest and a local river said to be the home of a friendly sea monster.  Visit the new Wilderness Centre sitting at the edge of the majestic eastern highlands to discover Iceland's pioneer history and local nature.  You may also like to hike or horse ride from here into the highlands.  2 nights in Egilsstadir area.

Day 7  Seydisfjordur and Borgarfjördur Eystri  140km
Artistic Villages - Folkloric Elves - Fjord Views

Explore the quaint villages of Seydisfjordur, where the ferry from Europe arrives, and Borgarfjordur Eystri. Both villages are known for their friendly locals and rich artistic communities. 2nd overnight in Egilsstadir area

Day 8  Jokulsargljufur National Park   175km
Vast Highlands - National Park - Echo Rocks 
Travel across Modrudalsoraefi highlands, which are renowned for their stark beauty, to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Explore the many wonders of Vatnajokull National Park, such as the strange formations of Hljodaklettar (Echo Rocks) and the impressive horseshoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon. Continue along Tjornes peninsula to the fishing village of Husavik.  This town is known as the capital of whale watching due to excellent sightings.  2 nights in Lake Myvatn area.

Day 9   Lunar Landscapes of Lake Myvatn       Mileage variable
Volcanic Wonders - Pseudo Craters - Nature Baths

Spend the day exploring the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area. Visit highlights such as the lava shapes at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colourful sulphurous slopes of Namaskard and the Krafla volcano area. You may like to take a guided cycling or horseriding tour.  At the end of the day you may like to relax at Myvatn Nature Baths.  2nd overnight in Lake Myvatn area.

Day 10  Explore North Iceland     91km
Akureyri - 'Capital of the North'
Start the day driving from Lake Myvatn to the majestic Godafoss waterfall and onwards to explore Akureyri, the capital of the north. Explore the second largest town in Iceland, perhaps visiting the famous thermal swimming pool, the many museums, and the landmark church.   Other possible activities in the area include horse riding and hiking.  Overnight in Akureyri.

Day 11  Troll Peninsula and Skagafjordur   250km
Beautiful Coastline - Herring Boom Town - Icelandic Horse and Saga Heritage

Drive to Siglufjordur along one of Iceland´s most beautiful coastlines, where you’ll get a unique view towards the North Atlantic.  Here you will discover the town's history at the award winning Herring Museum.  This shows the early 20th century days when this small fishing village was temporarily transformed into a boom town.  In Hofsos you can visit the Infinity Pool and its unique optical illusion.  Explore the fascinating area of Skagafjordur, renowned for horse breeding, before driving to Hrutafjordur. A recommended stop along the way is Vatnsdalsholar, a cluster of hills found in Vatnsdalur Valley.  This area is renowned as the home of a famous female viking chieftain and was also the setting for the famous novel 'Burial Rites' which describes Iceland's last execution in the 19th century.  Overnight in Varmahlid/Laugarbakki area.

Day 12   Strandir, Holmavik and Drangsnes    250km
Beautiful Isolation - The Majestic Westfjords
Drive along the low hills of Hrutafjordur Fjord towards mountains that rise straight from the sea in the area of Holmavik and Drangsnes. For centuries, this was one of the most isolated regions in Iceland.  Enjoy the peace and solitude.  Strandir sits along the spine of the Westfjords, a place of jagged fjords and majestic crags.  In ancient times the inhabitants reputedly have magical knowledge and you can seek out these traditions at the Icelandic Museum of Sourcery and Witchcraft in Holmavik.  Overnight in Holmavik area.

Day 13  Westfjord’s Wonders: Isafjordur  221km
The Westfjords Capital - Rich Birdlife - Windmill - Island Harmony
Drive the numerous uninhabited fjords of Isafjardardjup, which boasts a beautiful coastline alive with seals and birds. Continue to Isafjordur, the largest town in the Westfjords. Here you can find some of the oldest buildings in the country, many of which have been restored.  You may like to take a ferry to Vigur Island where sustainable Eider Duck farming is practiced. You can also see Iceland's only traditional windmill here.  Overnight in Isafjordur area.

Day 14  Isafjordur - Thingeyri      Mileage variable
Eco Friendly Fishing - Traditional Fishing Heritage
Spend time in Isafjordur and the surrounding area, including the neighboring towns of Bolungarvik and Sudureyri. Her e you may like to take a walking tour which focuses on the town's eco friendly fishing ventures and enroute you can sample gourmet and traditional delicacies.  Age old fishing traditions can be discovered at Osvor fishing area, a restored 19th century camp showing how locals fished at sea using simple wooden row boats.  2nd overnight in Isafjordur area.

Day 15  Latrabjarg    287km
Multi-tiered Waterfall - Europe's Westernmost Point

Drive from Isafjordur through the beautiful West Fjords. A stop at the stunning Dynjandi waterfall is recommended, as well as driving to Latrabjarg cliffs. In the summer, these high sea cliffs are teeming with millions of puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills.  Continue to the south of the Westfjords where one of Iceland's first settlers stayed, in viking times.  Overnight in the southern Westfjords.

Day 16  Breidafjordur - Flatey - Stykkisholmur    50km
Baldur Ferry - Timber Buildings
Sail with the ferry Baldur across Breidafjordur Bay, with countless islands and rich birdlife enroute you will pass Flatey Island and its timber buildings before you arrive in the charming village of Stykkisholmur. You may recognise the town if you have seen the movies 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' or 'Pawn Sacrifice'   Overnight in Stykkisholmur area.

Day 17  Snaefellsnes - Borgarfjordur    272km
Basalt Rock Forms - Unique Waterfalls - Vast Hot Springs
Continue around the Snaefellsnes peninsula, passing the small fishing villages Hellissandur and Grundarfjordur. Make a stop at the magnificent columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi, as well as the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur. Explore Borgarfjordur area and visit the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls along with Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot springs.  Learn more about Icelandic saga folklore with a visit to Reykholt, home of the medieval chieftain, poet and author Snorri Sturluson.  Overnight in Borgarfjordur area.

Day 18   Reykjavik  118km
Beautiful Glacier - Viking Sagas - Iceland's Highest Waterfall
You may like to take an into the glacier tour when you are in Borgarfjordur area. On this you will ride in an 8WD monster truck up Langjokull Glacier and into a man-made glacial tunnel. Near to Borgarfjordur town is a homestead once lived in by a famous viking saga hero, Egill Skallagrimsson.  Continue via Hvalfjordur, where in this scenic fjord, you can stop to visit Glymur the highest waterfall in Iceland.  Continue to Reykjavik for overnight.

Day 19   Reykjavik - Keflavik Airport    52km
Your tour concludes with car drop-off at Keflavik International Airport. 

Departures: daily 01 May - 30 September

Includes:  18 nights' accommodation* including breakfast; rental car for 18 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up (type of car recommended: 2.0 or higher); CDW; theft protection; unlimited mileage; VAT; GPS system and additional driver; car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport; detailed road map (1:500 000); travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September; ferry across Breidafjordur Bay.

Excludes: petrol and optional tours - Blue Lagoon (Day 1 or Day 19); Myrdalsjokull Snowmobiling (Day 3); Jokulsarlon Boat Tour, Glacier Hike (Day 5);  Dinner with the Egilsstadir locals (Day 6 or 7); Husavik Whale Watching (Day 8); Akureyi Whale Watching, Akureyi Art and City Walk (Day 10); Hvammstangi Seal Watching (Day 12);  Vigur Island by Boat (Day 13); Sudureyri Walking Foody Tour (Day 14);  Borgarfjordur Settlement Centre, Husafell into the Glacier tour (Day 18). These can be purchaed locally.

Tour Notes:

* 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 or anywhere else already on the itinerary along the way.

* 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 shower/wc in simple hotels, farm houses and guesthouses with last night in 3 star hotel in Reykjavik
Comfort: standard rooms with private shower/wc in quality hotels and guesthouses with last night in 4 star hotel in Reykjavik
Please note:  for travel in peak season from June to August 2017 there is limited hotel availability.  Whilst every endeavour will be made to book the accommodation level requested, a mixture of accommodations only may be available.  If so, the final price for the tour would be adjusted accordingly.

* 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.
 
* 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 and the exact location of your hotel will vary according to availability. The itinerary indicates the region only for each overnight stay (with the exception of the last night which is always in Reykjavik itself)

* The price is based on  18 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.

* We recommend a Group 2.0 car or higher- the price of the tour will vary according to the car category selected.

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

* You must be 21 years of age to rent any car, and 23 years of age to rent a car category 5.0 or higher and have a valid driver's license with photo ID ( an international driver's licence is not otherwise required) 

* The suggested route for this tour has ideas for sights and activities but please note these are NOT included in the tour price       

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 6414.00
Single AUD$ 11398.00

Early Bird booking specials and discounts for travel in May and September may apply – please enquire.

Includes:  18 nights' accommodation including breakfast; rental car for 18 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up (type of car recommended: 2.0 or higher); CDW; theft protection; unlimited mileage; VAT; GPS system and additional driver; car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport; detailed road map (1:500 000); travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September; ferry across Breidafjordur Bay.

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