Enjoy the major natural wonders that have made Iceland famous, all easily accessible in this short self drive trip exploring Reykjavik and the surrounding regions. Follow Iceland’s dramatic coastline through an active volcano zone, as you pass black sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains, picturesque waterfalls, and spouting geysers. If you’re lucky, you’ll also witness a spectacular showing of the famous Northern Lights.
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Day 1: Arrival Reykjavik - 50km
On arrival in Iceland at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is yours to rest and enjoy. The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 2: Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss: National Park with Geological Wonders - Exploding Geysers - Golden Falls - 200km
Today head out of Reykjavik for the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake. Then drive to the village of Laugarvatn and continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir, with bubbling mud pools and the regularly erupting Strokkur geyser. Then visit the dramatic, two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Overnight in Hella/Hvolsvollur area.
Day 3: South Shore - Eyjafjallajokull Volcano: Waterfalls - Volcanic Aftermath - Black Sand Beaches - 365km
Spend this day exploring the region close to the towering strato-volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which is possibly the most famous volcano in the world today. Driving along the south shore you can also visit the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Then continue onwards to Reynisfjara beach and its striking black sands, viewing the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Overnight in Höfn area.
Day 4: Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier - 200km
Skaftafell National Park is one of Iceland's most outstanding areas of natural beauty. It’s dominated by the Vatnajokull glacier, Europe's largest ice cap. Continue to the photogenic Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where you can watch a breathtaking sight of floating, blue-tinted icebergs on this 180-metre deep glacial lagoon. Overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Day 5: Hveragerdi - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik: Greenhouse Village - Thundering Waves - Geothermal Lagoon - 249km
Head towards the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few communities in the world located directly on top of an active geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called ‘the flower village’ because of its many greenhouses that are heated by hot water from nearby springs. Continue snaking along the coast, with its breathtaking sea waves. On to the Reykjanes peninsula where you can enjoy an (optional) visit and a relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm and mineral rich geothermal water located in a middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik for overnight stay.
Day 6: Departure - 50km
Arrangements end with the return of your rental car to the Keflavik Airport
Departures: daily 1 October - 30 April
Includes: 5 nights accommodation including daily breakfast; rental car for 5 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick upwith unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT; GPS, additional authorised driver; airport service charge; map and travel gfuide; emergency phone line open 24 hours.
Accommodation: choose from 2 levels of accommodation: Economy or Comfort:
Economy: accommodation with private facilities in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses, with first and last night in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.
Comfort: accommodation with private facilities in quality hotels and guesthouses, with first and last night in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.
Car hire: Choose from Group 1.3 Suzuki Swift 4WD Manual or similar; Group 2.5 Suzuki SX4 4WD Manual or similar; Group 4.0 Skoda Octavia Wagon 4WD Manual or similar; Group 4.1 Skoda Octavia Wagon 4WD Automatic or similar; Group 5.0 Toyota RAV 4WD Manual or similar; Group 5.1 Toyota RAV 4WD Automatic or similar; Group 7.1 Toyota Landcruiser GX 4WD Manual or similar; Group 7.2 Toyota Landcruiser GX 4WD Automatic or similar.
The prices shown are based on Economy accommodation with a Group 1.3 car; double/twin price is for 2 adults sharing the car and a double/twin room single price for 1 adult only in the car and in a single room
Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the beginning or end, or anywhere else already on the itinerary along the way.
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 first and last nights which are always in Reykjavik itself)
The price is based on 5 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.
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).
Distances shown are approximate.
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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The prices shown are based on Economy accommodation with a Group 1.3 car; double/twin price is for 2 adults sharing the car and a double/twin room, single price is for 1 adult only in the car and in a single room
Includes: 5 nights accommodation including daily breakfast; rental car for 5 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT; GPS, additional authorized driver; Car pick up/drop off at Keflavík international airport; Airport Service Charge; Road map (1:500 000); Detailed Travel Guide; Emergency phone line open 24 hours.
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