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Activity Round Trip: 11 Day Tour

Capture the amazing beauty of Iceland and experience thrilling activities in this Iceland self-drive tour. Visit places such as Þingvellir national park and snorkel in the Silfra lava fissure. Enjoy a three-hour glacier hike in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull national park with experienced glacier guides by your side. Iceland offers a plethora of activities and we have included some of the most popular in this latest addition to our 11 days Iceland self-drive tour.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this tour, please click on the “Request a quote” widget on the left side of the page. A quick form will open up where you will provide us with more information about your travel expectations. You will then be connected with your specialized travel agent who will assist you throughout the planning a provide a fully detailed quote.

Please note that this itinerary can be adjusted and customized to meet your travel needs and preferences. The package can also be offered as a privately guided tour if a self-drive option is not what you had in mind for your Iceland experience.

Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Tour Code

SD-08

Season

May - Sept

Travel Style

Self-Drive

Duration

11 days / 10 nights

Location

Around Iceland

Age Limit

12 Years Old

Included

  • 9 nights accommodation (budget/comfort/quality) with breakfast
  • Rental car of your choice for 8 days with unlimited mileage, CDW & VAT
  • GPS Unit in your rental car for easier navigation
  • Unlimited drivers for the rental car
  • WiFi hotspot in your rental car for easy internet access
  • Transfer from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavik
  • Transfer with pickup at your accommodation in Reykjavik upon departure
  • Optional private information meeting with our travel consultant in Reykjavik before your tour starts
  • Big, handwritten, detailed map with route, recommendations and accommodations highlighted
  • Snorkeling in Silfra
  • One hour snowmobile tour in Mýrdalsjökull
  • Three hour glacier walk in Skaftafell
  • One hour Zodiac boat tour on Jökulsárlón
  • Whale watching in Húsavík
  • Lofthellir caving tour in Mývatn
  • Riding tour on the Icelandic horse
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fee

Not Included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals and drinks at restaurants and entrance fees (unless otherwise agreed upon)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gasoline
Day 1 | Arrival in Reykjavik

Welcome to Iceland! After clearing customs in Keflavik Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in the centre of Reykjavik. The drive takes approx. 40 minutes and if you arrive after 9:00 in the morning, it is possible to visit the Blue Lagoon before continuing to Reykjavik. After you have checked in to your hotel and received your travel documents, we would like to have an optional private information meeting during office hours (located in Borgartún 27 second floor). Afterwards, you will have some free time to explore the northernmost capital of the world! Visit some of Reykjavik’s most renowned landmarks such as the Hallgrímskirkja church, Harpa Music Center and Perlan dome in Öskjuhlíð hill. Overnight in the heart of Reykjavik.

Day 2 | Golden Circle with Gullfoss Waterfall & Snorkeling

It is time to hit the road. First of all, you will be picked up by the car rental agency in the morning and transferred to their HQ for delivery of the rental car. Afterwards, you will drive to Þingvellir National park where you will meet with our diving operator. Here you will enjoy fantastic snorkelling experience in the crystal clear waters of the Silfra lava fissure. This activity takes around 3-4 hours to complete. Afterwards, you should enjoy the unsurpassed beauty of Þingvellir – a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. Continue to Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area where you will see the eruptions of the Strokkur geyser, before heading down to the south coast. Overnight in the area close to the village of Hvolsvöllur.

Day starts in

Reykjavik

Day ends in

Hvolsvöllur

Driving distance

~250 km / 155 miles

Day 3 | South Coast & Snowmobiling

Today you will be driving along the splendid south coast of Iceland. Leave Hvolsvöllur area and head east. First stop is by the amazing Seljalandsfoss waterfall which you will be able to enjoy a 360° view by walking behind it. Just remember to wear good shoes and prepare for some light drizzle. Next up is Skógafoss, a picture-perfect waterfall, located by the foot of the mighty Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Close by you’ll find Mýrdalsjökull glacier where we have booked you on a one-hour thrilling snowmobile tour.

After the snowmobiling, continue to the village of Vík, where we recommend you visit the Reynisfjara black volcanic beach. Drive further east and locate the Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, a hidden gem of Icelandic nature and often overlooked by visitors. Close by is the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur where you will spend the next night.

 

Day starts in

Hvolsvöllur

Day ends in

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Driving distance

~152 km / 95 miles

Day 4 | Skaftafell & Glacier Lagoon

Leave Kirkjubæjarklaustur behind and head across Skeiðarársandur, to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull national park. You will meet up with professional glacier guides for an exciting three-hour glacier hiking tour. After the glacier hike, we recommend that you hike to Svartifoss waterfall. The hike is easy and takes around two hours to complete. We also recommend that you visit Svínafellsjökull glacier fall. After Skaftafell, continue east to the wonderful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. There you will enjoy a thrilling Zodiac boat tour in between the icebergs. This is a fantastic experience and a tour that takes approx. one hour. A little further east close to Höfn in Hornafjörður, you will find your hotel for the night.

Day starts in

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Day ends in

Höfn

Driving distance

~195 km / 121 miles

Day 5 | East Fjords

Today you will travel through the beautiful and rugged East Fjords of Iceland. Drive past Höfn in Hornafjörður and continue to Djúpivogur – a tranquil and beautiful coastal village where it’s ideal to have a cup of morning coffee before continuing your journey.

Afterwards, visit Stöðvarfjörður fjord and have a look at Ms Petra’s collection of rare Icelandic stones and minerals. Later you arrive at Fáskrúðsfjörður from where you can take a road tunnel to Reyðarfjörður. Drive through Fagridalur valley and continue to Egilsstaðir, the largest town in East Iceland. You will spend the night in this area.

Day starts in

Höfn

Day ends in

Egilsstaðir

Driving distance

~260 km / 162 miles

Day 6 | Diamond Circle & Whale Watching

It’s time to continue your Iceland self drive tour and drive towards the other worldly Lake Mývatn, area but with a twist. Drive through the Jökuldalur valley and to the Möðrudalsöræfi (yeah, that’s a tough one) highland region. Take a right turn down to road 862 and continue to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall – the most powerful of all waterfalls in Europe. A little further north you’ll find the Ásbyrgi canyon. Drive to the beautiful village of Húsavík where you will enjoy a three-hour long whale watching tour. After the tour, drive to Lake Mývatn are where you will spend the next two nights. In the evening, we recommend that you visit the Nature Baths of Mývatn and relax after a full day of sightseeing and adventures.

Day starts in

Egilsstaðir

Day ends in

Lake Mývatn

Driving distance

~305 km /190 miles

Day 7 | Lake Mývatn & Caving

The Lake Mývatn area is about as unique as they come. It is bound to amaze you with its plethora of natural splendours, and that’s why you will have a full day to explore it. Start the day by visiting Lofthellir lava cave and experience the world of lava, ice and darkness. Lofthellir cave boasts the greatest natural ice sculptures currently known in an Icelandic lava cave. The tour takes around 4-5 hours. In the afternoon, drive to Námaskarð pass and visit the Hverarönd geothermal area, where you’ll see boiling mud pools and steaming lava vents.

Furthermore, close by you’ll find Krafla volcano.  If you are extremely energetic, you can hike up to Mt.Hverfjall and from there make your way down to the Dimmuborgir lava maze. Finally, in the evening you will probably want to visit the Mývatn Nature Baths again after this active and adventurous day. Same like last night, stay in or around Lake Mývatn.

Day starts in

Lake Mývatn

Day ends in

Lake Mývatn

Driving distance

Optional

Day 8 | Akureyri & Horse Back Riding

It’s time to leave this amazing area behind and continue your Iceland self-drive tour. On the way to Akureyri – the “capital of the north”, we would not want you to miss the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall – the waterfall of the Gods. In addition, today we have included a fantastic riding tour on the Icelandic horse in the cosy village of Grenivík. After the riding tour, you will be invited for some coffee and home-baked cakes at the farm. You will spend the second half of the day in the beautiful town of Akureyri. We recommend a visit to Akureyri Botanical Garden and Hof – Cultural house. In the evening you might want to visit the Akureyri swimming pool before residing at your hotel for the night.

Day starts in

Lake Mývatn

Day ends in

Akureyri

Driving distance

~90 km / 55 miles

Day 9 | Akureyri to Snæfellsnes

Today is a day of travel. Drive from Akureyri via Route #1 to the rugged Snæfellsnes peninsula. On the way, you will drive between beautiful mountains such as in the Öxnadalur valley, to Skagafjörður. In Skagafjörður you can have a look at Glaumbær, an old turf house exhibition and the Víðimýri church.

Continue your journey and you might want to make a small detour up Vatnsnes peninsula to set your eyes on Hvítserkur, a basalt stack that rises from the beach. Continue to Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where you will stay for the night. On your way, you might want to stop by Grábrók and stretch your legs by hiking up the wonderful crater.

Day starts in

Akureyri

Day ends in

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Driving distance

~475 km / 295 miles

Day 10 | Snæfellsnes & Return to Reykjavik

Today is your last day on the road and what a day! Travel around the unique Snæfellsnes peninsula. Visit Bjarnarhöfn shark museum, Snæfellsjökull National Park and Hellnar Cove, where we recommend that you enjoy a bowl of warm, delicious seafood soup. Close by you’ll find Sönghellir cave but remember to bring a flashlight. You will drive through beautiful coastal villages and rough lava fields before returning to Reykjavik. Once back in Reykjavik, return the rental car and check into a hotel in the downtown area. In the evening, there are many gourmet restaurants that await you. Overnight at a hotel in the heart of Reykjavik.

Day starts in

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Day ends in

Reykjavik

Driving distance

~282 km / 175 miles

Day 11 | Departure

The time to say goodbye or “bless bless” to Iceland, has come. Transfer to Keflavik International Airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, it is ideal to visit the Blue Lagoon on the way. After soaking in the lagoon, continue to Keflavik in time for your departure. Thank you for traveling with Iceland Unlimited and we hope to see you again in the future!

Budget

Budget accommodations include shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some cases, the rooms might be equipped with a TV and a washbasin. The in-room amenities are limited and basic but they all adhere to a high standard of cleanliness.
Breakfast is included.

Comfort

Comfort accommodations offer access to private facilities (shower and toilet). This type of lodges belongs to the 3-star hotel category. Most of these properties have an in-house restaurant. This section offers an upgrade in comfort and service compared to the budget category. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Quality accommodations offer private rooms with en-suite shower/bath and toilet. These rooms are the best available accommodations in 4-star hotels or the highest quality lodges in each region. Luxury accommodations - the highest class of lodges, suites, and penthouses - are available upon request. Breakfast is included.

Kia Ceed Wagon


or similiar

Type: Intermediate Wagon
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4×4 Hyundai Kona


or similiar

Type: SUV Economy
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 3
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4×4 Kia Sportage


or similiar

Type: SUV Full Size Intermediate
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser


or similiar

Type: SUV Full Size
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

4×4 Land Rover Discovery


or similiar

Type: SUV Full Size Luxury
Passenger: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

Hyundai H1


or similiar

Type: VAN
Passenger: 8
Luggage: 5
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic
(Manual option available)

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