Extraordinary Iceland

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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.

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 area.

Day 2  The Golden Circle  165km
National Park (UNESCO) - 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. While in the area, perhaps relax in one of the hot spring-fed pools that make Iceland so famous. The Secret Lagoon is a historical swimming pool with an all-natural feel and its own little geyser and the Laugarvatn Fontana steam baths are a local favourite. Overnight in Fludir area or similar.

Day 3  Black Sand Beaches of the South Coast  305km
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

Day 4   Fjadrargljufur and Lakagigar Craters  variable mileage
Spectacular Canyon - Crater Area - Historic Eruption Site
Today you may like to explore this little known area, part of Katla UNESCO GeoPark, 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. Second overnight in South East Iceland.

Day 5  Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon  209km
Green Oasis - Glacial Lagoon - Europe's Largest Glacier
Today you will be near Vatnajokull National Park. Visit the amazing Skaftafell area nestled between glaciers offering many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, nearby Diamond Beach. Continue on, perhaps detour past the mountain of Vestrahorn on your way to the harbor town of Hofn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe. Overnight in Hofn area.

Day 6  Djupivogur - Reydarfjordur - Egilsstadir  335km
Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline - Mineral Collection
Drive through the spectacular East Fjords with towering mountains and charming fishing villages to the fertile Egilsstaðir area. On the way, you might opt to visit the quirky egg sculptures in the harbor of charming Djupivogur village or visit Petra's famous local stone and mineral collection at Stodvarfjordur. You can either drive straight through Fagridalur to Egilsstaðir or head along the East Fjords, one of the oldest regions in Iceland, shaped by glaciers during the Ice Age. Although many are uninhabited, each fjord has its own grandeur. The natural harbours in the fjords led to the development of fishing villages that have still hung on to a degree of old-world charm. In the Egilsstadir area, you can visit the beautiful Hallormsstadur forest and a river reputed to be the home of a friendly sea monster. Perhaps you’ll end the day at Lake Urridavatn’s Vok Baths, where you can unwind in untouched nature in distinctive floating geothermal pools. Overnight in Egilsstadir area.

Day 7  Seydisfjordur and Borgarfjördur Eystri or Eastern Highlands  variable mileage
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. Another suggestion is to spend a day or half a day at the award-winning Wilderness Center on the edge of the eastern highlands. Here you can discover Iceland’s pioneer history and highland nature in a clever interactive way. Take a guided horseback tour, join a locally guided hike to view waterfalls along a glacier river and take a dip into a natural hot spring pool. Or relax at the cosy Wilderness Spa. Overnight in Egilsstadir area.

Day 8  Dettifoss - Asbyrgi - Husavik   280km
Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall - Glacier Carved Gorge
Travel across Modrudalsoraefi highlands renowned for their stark beauty to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Discover the horseshoe shaped Asbyrgi Canyon in Vatnajokull National Parks northern area before continuing around the fossil rich Tjornes Peninsula to the fishing village of Husavik, famous for whale watching. A great way to end the day is with a relaxing swim in the warm sea waters of Husavik’s GeoSea Baths. Overnight in North East Iceland.

Day 9  Lunar Landscapes of Lake Myvatn  95km
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.  Overnight in Myvatn area.

Day 10  Explore North Iceland  70km
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 area.

Day 11  Troll Peninsula and Skagafjordur  385km
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. Visit Holar bishop ric where you can see the picturesque 18th century Holar cathedral housing artefacts from Iceland's Catholic era (15th and 16th century). 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 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 and surrounding  variable mileage
West Fjords - Local Museums - Hiking in Hornstrandir Natural Reserve

Spend time in Isafjordur and surrounding area including the neighboring towns of Bolungarvik and Sudureyri. You may like to take a walking tour around Sudureyri and get to know about the town's unique sustainable fishing industry while trying samples of gourmet and traditional seafood products along the way. Bolungarvik's renovated fishing camp from the 19th century shows you how people made their living while fishing from wooden row boats. The once-inhabited Hornastrandir is now a nature reserve where you can take a guided day tour to enjoy hiking or Arctic fox viewing. Or take a day tour to Vigor Island and its tiny community where you’ll learn about how the inhabitants sustainably collect eider down. Isafjordur also offers several interesting guided walking tours that take you through historical back streets and up into the hills overlooking the town. It is possible to try sea-kayaking in Isafjordur's waters. Overnight in Isafjordur area.

Day 15  Tingeyri - Dynjandi - Latrabjarg - Patreksfjordur  295km
Multi-tiered Waterfall - Europe's Westernmost Point

Drive from Isafjordur through the beautiful West Fjords. En route, enjoy provincial charms in the fishing villages of Thingeyri before arriving to the beautiful Dynjandi. 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  Raudisandur - Breidafjordur - Stykkisholmur  50km
Baldur Ferry - Picturesque Islands with Birdlife - Charming Village
Continue along the southern coast of the Westfjords. Raudasandur is a gorgeous stretch of beach where you can see different colors of sand ranging from white to yellow to red to black. Depending on your schedule, perhaps stop for a dip in the Hellulaug natural geothermal pool in Vatnsfjordur fjord. This is a simple little natural pool with ocean views. 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. *Note: in September the ferry does not operate on Saturdays. Overnight in Stykkisholmur area or northern Snaefellsnes Peninsula. 

Day 17  Stykkisholmur – Arnarstapi - Borgarfjordur  234km
Glacier Volcano - Sea Cliffs with Birdlife - Volcanic Crater
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. The crown jewel of the region is Snaefellsjokull, a glacier-topped volcano that is said to be the home of a benevolent troll spirit. You can enjoy guided activities in the region such as glacier hiking on Snaefellsjokull, visiting Vatnshellir lava cave, whale watching near Olafsvik, and sea kayaking in the vicinity of Kirkjufell. Overnight in Borgarfjordur area.

Day 18  Borgarfjordur - Reykjavik  205km
Picturesque Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring - Iceland’s Capital city
Head through Borgarfjordur, a charming mix of miniature forests, waterfalls, caves and views of Langjokull Glacier. If you want to add some adventure to your day, a visit to the colorful Vidgelmir caverns or the unique ice cave is an unforgettable experience. The charming Husafell area has hiking trails. Visit Hraunfoss waterfall and the nearby Barnafoss Falls. Be sure to stop at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, where you can buy organic tomatoes grown using geothermal heat and perhaps visit Krauma natural geothermal spa. Continue via Hvalfjordur (the Whale Fjord) to Reykjavik for overnight.

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

2020 departures: Daily 01 May - 30 September

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

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).

You can do this tour with a Group 2.0 car but you will need to upgrade to a Group 5.0 car if If you choose to go to Lakagigar on Day 4. The price shown is for a Group 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$ 4413.00
Single AUD$ 7405.00

The prices shown here are for COMFORT accommodation for May 2020. Please enquire for other dates.

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

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4763.00
Single AUD$ 8076.00

The prices shown here are for QUALITY accommodation for May 2020. Please enquire for other dates.

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

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