Around Iceland

Self Drive
Circle Tour of the major Icelandic areas
10 days
Apr - Oct
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This self-drive circle tour 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.
*Please note: for Winter departures in October & April, the first overnight stop will be in Reykjavik instead of Hveragerdi.

Day 2 Hveragerdi - Geysir - Thingvellir - Borgafjordur  310km
Greenhouses - Exploding Geysers - National Park with Geological Wonders - Massive Waterfall
Enjoy a day visiting the natural wonders of the Golden Circle region. 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  420km
Fertile Farmlands - Glacial Rivers - Iceland's Second Largest City - Viking Horses
Spend part of the day exploring enjoyable activities In Borgarfjordur. Visit the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, and the enormous Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot springs in Europe. Nearby is the lovely Krauma Natural Geothermal spa where you can relax in a variety of hot pools and take in the beautiful views. 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  75km
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 the Myvatn area.

Day 5 Lake Myvatn area  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 the Myvatn area.

Day 6 Myvatn - Husavik - Tjornes - Dettifoss - Egilsstadir  315km
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.
*Please note: it is not possible to visit Dettifoss between October and April, as the roads to the waterfall are not safe for winter travel. 

Day 7 Reydarfjordur - Stodvarfjordur -  Djupivogur - Hofn  309km
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 southeast Iceland.

Day 8 Hofn - Skaftafell - Kirkjubaejarklaustur  209km
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 and nearby Diamond Beach 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  345km
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.
*Please note: *Dyrholaey is closed for the bird nesting season between mid-May and 25 June

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

2019 departures: Winter season daily October
2020 departures: Winter season daily April; Summer season daily May to September

Includes: 9 nights' accommodation* including breakfast; category 2.0 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). 

* For May-September departures, 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
Comfort: standard rooms with private facilities in standard hotels and guesthouses. Last night at 3 star hotel.
Quality: standard rooms with private facilities 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 category 2.0 car and Comfort or Quality accommodation. For other car types and accommodation prices please enquire.      

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2146.00
Single AUD$ 3622.00

The price shown here is for COMFORT accommodation in May 2020. Please enquire for other dates.

Includes: 9 nights accommodation including breakfast; category 2.0 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 note the tablet does not have internet connection capacity). 

The price shown is for a category 2.0 car. For other car type prices, please enquire.      

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2320.00
Single AUD$ 3956.00

The price shown here is for QUALITY accommodation in May 2020. Please enquire for other dates.

Includes: 9 nights accommodation including breakfast; category 2.0 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 note the tablet does not have internet connection capacity).

The price shown is for a category 2.0 car. For other car type prices, please enquire.  

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