Iceland Round Trip In 10 Days

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Iceland Round Trip In 10 Days

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This great Iceland travel package is our most popular self drive tour to date.  It takes you on a round trip of Iceland to many of the island’s finest natural wonders. Places visited include Þingvellir National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Gullfoss & Geysir, Lake Mývatn and the amazing Snæfellsnes Peninsula. If you are looking for the ideal Iceland self drive vacation, this might be the one for you.

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Day 1: Arrival/Reykjavik

Reykjavík - HallgrímskirkjaYour Iceland self drive vacation is about to begin. Once you arrive in Keflavik International Airport, you will be welcomed by our chauffeur. He will transfer you to
your accommodation in the heart of Reykjavik. After you have checked in to your hotel and received your travel documents, we would like to have a optional private information meeting during office hours (located in Borgartún 27 second floor). Explore the pearls of the city in the afternoon before staying the first night in the capital of the north. If you arrive early, you might be interested in optional day tours, such as whale watching from Reykjavík Harbor or relaxing at the Blue Lagoon. Overnight in the heart of Reykjavik.

Sites recommended in Reykjavik: Hallgímskirkja church, National Museum, Kolaportið flea market (open during weekends), Laugavegur shopping street, Harpa – Music Center, Solfar sculpture
Optional activities: Helicopter tourWhale watchingPuffin watching (in summer), Horseback riding

Day 2: The Golden Circle

iceland self drive toursToday your Iceland travel begins for real! Pick up your rental car in the morning and start your day by driving to Þingvellir National Park. Because of its beauty and its geological and historical value, Þingvellir was accepted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.  This is the site where the vikings first assembled in ancient times. After exploring the treasures of the park, head south to see Geysir Spouting Spring and Gullfoss waterfall  to complete the “Golden Circle”. Enjoy the afternoon seeing the sizzling hot springs and geysers and the force of the great waterfall. Drive to the south coast and stay the night at a hotel/guest house/cottage in the area.

Highlights of the day: Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir area, Kerið crater, Skálholt Church
Optional activities: Snorkeling/Diving in Silfra fissureRiver rafting (in summer), Horseback riding

Day 3: The South Coast

SeljalandsfossToday you will explore the beautiful south coast of Iceland. After breakfast and packing, drive east to the picturesque waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss. Above the waterfalls you can get a glimpse of Eyjafjallajökull where the great volcanic eruption took place in 2010. You can even enjoy an optional snowmobile tour on the glacier. Drive along the south shore to Dyrhólaey natural reserve where you can find one of the best seabird colonies in Iceland. You will cross Mýrdalssandur and Eldhraun before arriving in Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Don’t forget to take a look at the amazing Fjaðrárgljúfur just before reaching the village, a narrow and beautiful canyon and one of our favorite hidden treasures of Iceland.  Overnight in Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Highlights of the day: Seljalandsfoss, Skógarfoss, Dyrhólaey, Fjaðrárgljúfur
Optional activities: Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull glacierGlacier hiking on Sólheimajökull glacier

Day 4: Vatnajökull National Park and Glacier Lagoon

Surrounded by beautiful basalt columsToday you will head to the famous Skaftafell area, located in the Vatnajökull National Park. After passing Skeiðarársandur you will arrive at Skaftafell. We recommend that you take the easy hike to Svartifoss waterfall that is surrounded by beautiful pitch black basalt columns or the 3 hour hike to Kristínartindar Peaks. Stop at Svínafellsjökull glacier fall, where the opening sequence of Batman Begins was filmed.  Head east to the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón that comes from the roots of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. If the conditions are favorable, you can take an optional boat tour where you will sail between the icebergs while the local guides tell you the story about this great phenomenon. Stay overnight in the area around Höfn in Hornafjörður.

Highlights of the day: Skaftafell, Skeiðarársandur black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, Svínafellsjökull
Optional activities: Glacier walk/ice climbing from Skaftafell, Snowmobiling on Vatnajökull Glacier, Zodiac boat ride on Jökulsárlón (in summer), Farmers hay-cart bird-watching tour (in summer)

Day 5: East Iceland

Time to travel the tranquil and beautiful East Fjords of Iceland. After passingThe famous glacier lagoon Jökulsarlon. Djúpivogur, you will explore the east coast. Travel through tranquil coastal villages towards the largest village in the east, Egilsstaðir. On the way you might want to stop and have a look at Petra’s mineral collection in Stöðvarfjörður fjord. You can also take a short cut over the Öxi Mt.Road where you might spot some reindeer. Nearby Egilsstaðir, there is a small forest called Hallormsstaðarskógur. In the ancient times, it was believed that a large worm-monster lived in the lake by the forest, our very own Loch Ness monster.  If you manage to snap a photo of it you are in for some seriously good rewards.  Stay one night in Egilsstaðir.

Highlights of the day: East Coast, Höfn, Djúpivogur, Mt. Búlandstindur, Hallormsstaðarskógur, Egilsstaðir

Day 6: Lake Mývatn

Iceland Self Drive HolidayToday you will drive to the amazing and almost surreal Mývatn area. Drive from Egilsstaðir through Möðrudalsöræfi route to Lake Mývatn. We recommend that you take the Dettifoss Road and explore Dettifoss Waterfall (the most powerful in Europe) and Ásbyrgi Canyon. After that drive to Húsavík, where you can take an optional whale watching tour before continuing to Lake Mývatn. Please note that we recommend a 4×4 vehicle if you are taking the longer route to Mývatn via the Dettifoss Road.  Around the Mývatn area you will find amazing attractions such as the colourful Námaskarð pass, the Skútustaðir pseudo craters, the Dimmuborgir lava formations, Krafla volcano and the Natural Baths of Mývatn. Stay the night in Mývatn.

Highlights of the day: Möðrudalsöræfi, Mývatn, Dettifoss, Hljóðaklettar, Ásbyrgi, Húsavík, Dimmuborgir, Krafla
Optional activities: Whale watching in Húsavík, Hiking in Mývatn area, Sightseeing flights from Mývatn, Mývatn Nature Baths

Day 7: From Mývatn to Akureyri

Start the day early by exploring the sights around Lake Mývatn before driving to Akureyri. On your way to Akureyri (the “Capital of the North”) stop and enjoy the charming Goðafoss waterfall. In Akureyri we recommend that you visit the Botanical Garden, an oasis in the heart of this charming town. Also recommended is the Akureyri Church, situated on a hilltop overlooking the center of town. After a full day of sightseeing it’s always popular to spend the afternoon in the town’s outdoor geothermal swimming pool & water park.  A drive into Eyjafjörður fjord is well worth doing. There you will find a lush agricultural area, old churches and a farm that produces the best ice cream in Iceland, straight from the cows’ udders… well, almost!

It is possible to take a flight from Akureyri airport to Grímsey island and cross into the Arctic Circle. We recommend booking that tour well in advance. Overnight in or around Akureyri.

Highlights of the day: Mývatn area, Goðafoss, Akureyri, Botanical Garden, Eyjafjörður fjord
Optional activities: Whale watching from Akureyri, Sightseeing flights from Akureyri

Day 8: From Akureyri to Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Iceland honeymoonIt’s time to continue your Iceland travel. Leave Akureyri behind and start making your way to the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula. On the way you can stop in the Skagafjörður Fjord and enjoy an optional riding tour. Visit Borgarvirki natural fortress before reaching Snæfellsnes. On Snæfellsnes, you can choose from a variety of activities such as horseback riding, hiking, a bird watching-cruise (in summer), or whale watching from Stykkishólmur Village or simply relax and take in the Snæfellsjökull glacier’s alleged supernatural energy. The Snæfellsjökull glacier in the Snæfellsjökull National Park was the setting for Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth.  Stay in a hotel or guesthouse in Snæfellsnes area.

Highlights of the day: Skagafjörður Fjord, Snæfellsjökull glacier, Stykkishólmur, Djúpalónssandur
Optional activities: Hiking on Snæfellsjökull, Snowmobiling on Snæfellsjökull, Caving in Vatnshellir

Day 9: West Iceland & Return to Reykjavik

Glymur WaterfallExperience the unique Snæfellsjökull National Park, with amazing bird life, lush valleys and rugged lava fields. It is ideal to drive around the peninsula, exploring Dritvík Cove, Lóndrangar Cliffs as well as Hellnar Cliffs and Arnarstapi with its bursting bird-life and the small villages on the coast. After exploring Snæfellsnes it’s time to continue to Reykjavik.  Before finishing your “ring road”, take a look at the highlights of West Iceland. Sights along the way are the volcanic crater Grábrók, Hraunfossar waterfalls, Deildartunguhver (the largest hot spring in Europe) and the settlement center in Borgarnes.

Once heading back to Reykjavík, you can either take the  scenic Hvalfjörður  Fjord route where you can  stop and hike up to the famous Glymur waterfall or if you want to return directly to Reykjavík take the Route 1 underwater tunnel. Please note there is a 1,000 krona toll for the tunnel.  Arrive in Reykjavik, return the car and stay the night in central Reykjavik.

Highlights of the day: Dritvík Cove, Lóndrangar, Hellnar, Arnastapi, Grábrók Crater, Settlement Exhibition in Borgarnes, Reykholt, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Hvalfjörður (Glymur).

Day 10: Departure

Romantic IcelandYour Iceland travel is coming to an end. How time flies when you’re having fun.  Transfer to Keflavik International Airport via an airport shuttle bus. If you are leaving in the afternoon you can visit the blue lagoon on your way to Keflavík Airport (optional). Soak in the restorative waters of  the lagoon that is situated in the middle of a pitch black lava field.  Your luggage will be kept safe while you are relaxing in the lagoon. After that you will be dropped off at Keflavík International Airport. Have a safe journey home!

 

Detailed information

This tour is rated as Moderate to Hard for disabled travelers.

This tour can be modified to be a private fully guided tour.

Season: All year

Accommodation: hotels, farm-hotels, hostels and guesthouses in Iceland.

We offer three different accommodation categories for this tour:

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Budget accommodation includes shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some you might find a TV and a washbasin in your room. All offer breakfast that’s included in the price. In some places in the countryside you can order an evening  meal as long as you give at least a couple of hours of advance notice.

 

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In Comfort accommodation you will have access to private facilities (shower and WC). These would be 3 star hotels and better guest houses many of whom have their own restaurant. All offer a continental breakfast that is included in the price.

 

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Rooms with private shower/bath and WC. These are the best available rooms in 4 star hotels or the best hotels in each  region.  Suites and Jr. Suites are available upon request within the Quality category

 

 

Car rental:

Rental Cars available for this tour are:

A: Toyota Aygo (or similar) – Manual
B: Toyota Yaris (or similar) – Automatic
C: VW Golf (or similar) – Manual
D: VW Golf (or similar) – Automatic
E: Skoda Octavia Station – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
F: Skoda Octavia Station (or similar) – Automatic
G: Dacia Duster – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
H: Skoda Yeti – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
I: Toyota RAV4 – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
J: Kia Sportage – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
K: Toyota Land Cruiser – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
L: Land Rover Defender – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual

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
    • Private pick-up at Keflavík Airport and transport to your hotel in Reykjavik
    • Private information meeting with our travel consultant in Reykjavik before your tour starts
    • Big, handwritten, detailed map with route, recommendations and accommodations highlighted
    • Shuttle bus transfer with pickup at your accommodation in Reykjavik upon departure
    • Use of an Icelandic mobile phone with 1000 ISK worth of calls
    • 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

 

Please contact us and get a price quote for this Iceland winter self-drive tour. Note that this tour is fully customizable and days and activities can be added upon request. This tour is also offered as a fully guided private tour.

Our terms and conditions can be found here