Discover and explore the outstanding nature!
Discover the outstanding nature of Iceland on your own time and pace
Season: Mar-Oct. Duration: 14 days / 13 nights.
Day1. Welcome to Iceland
Approximate distance: ca. 51 Km
Pick your car at the KEF international airport. Your Iceland Self- drive adventure trip will begin from here. On the way you can visit the famous Blue Lagoon, or drive directly to Reykjavík.
Optional activities: Blue lagoon
Overnight in Reykjavík or Selfoss
Day 2: Golden Circle Tour
Approximate distance: ca. 200km
Your first stop is at Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is an amazing site, steeped in history and folklore, and surrounded by incredible geology. Thingvellir is the only place on earth which tectonic plates can be seen above ground. Next stop is Geysir Geothermal Area which is dotted with many hot pools, clay pots, and fumaroles and Gullfoss waterfall which is located in a plunging, ancient valley, this powerful falls tumbles down two drops, from an overall height of 105 ft. Before you drive to The south visit the impressive volcanic crater, Kerið.
Optional activities: Snowmobile on Langjökull glacier, Secret Lagoon
Overnight: Selfoss, Flúðir or Hella
Day 3: Iceland´s South shore
Highlights: Eyjafjallajökull glaciar, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skógafoss waterfall, Village of Vík, Reynisdrangar Cliffs - Black Sands Beaches.
After breakfast drive along the South Shore, an area of Iceland that is especially beautiful to view in winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses roaming in the fields. If the skies are clear you might see the area’s two most famous volcanoes in the distance: Mount Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption 2010). You might also possibly catch a glimpse of the Westman Islands archipelago off the coast of Iceland.
Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. If trail conditions are right, you might be able to walk behind the ribbon-like Seljalandsfoss falls. Skogafoss is a beautifully shaped waterfall that makes a perfect backdrop for a selfie. It has an interesting history geologically, and it just may also be hiding some buried treasure from the Middle Ages.
Head onwards, passing Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sand, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Optional activities: Katla ice cave
Overnight: Vík or Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Day 4: Vatnajökul Glacier
Highlights: Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Vatnajökull National Park– Diamond beach
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be in a world of glaciers! You’ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. You’ll view Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful glacial “tongues” that are slowly creeping down from Vatnajokull. Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers. The total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland, making it the largest national park in Western Europe! Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial out washes as you head east. Visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon (make sure that camera is loaded and ready!) Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, where shrinking icebergs settle on the black sands before they drift out to sea.
Optional activities: Boat tour on Glacier lagoon (April- Mid of November) , Glacier hike ( all year around)
Overnight: Höfn or Djúpivogur
Day 5: Eastern Fjords
Highlights: Vestrahorn-Djupivogur-Egilstaðir-Hengifoss waterfall
After breakfast heading to the East of Iceland. The East Fjords are one of the oldest regions in Iceland, which was shaped by glaciers during the Ice Age. Although many are uninhabited, each fjord has its own grandeur. The natural harbors in the fjords led to the development of fishing villages that have still hung on to a degree of old-world charm.The Eastfjords are home to the reindeer in Iceland. The biggest, and perhaps the only real forest in Iceland. And, moreover, where the Lagarfljotsormurinn the mystical monster of Iceland lives! Vestrahorn mountain range, located at the shores of Stokksnes, has quickly become one of the more popular spots for photographers in Iceland. Its black sand, sparsely distributed vegetation, and stark color contrasts are simply divine when combined into a frame.
The ‘capital’ of the Eastfjords is its biggest town Egilsstadir. The town serves as the central hub with the regional airport, the most diverse shopping options and the main service points. Egilsstaðir stands on the banks of the Lagarfljot river, one of Iceland’s most legendary rivers.
Optioanl wellness: Vök baths
Day 6: Mývatn area
Highlights: Mývatn lake- Dimmuborgir-Hverir- Námafjall-Dettifoss-Mývatn baths
After breafst heading to the north of Iceland. The Lake Mývatn area is by many considered the most beautiful place in Iceland. This has been one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations for years. An amazing journey through an area of extreme contrasts and nature’s diversity. The lake area has been a filming location for major Hollywood films and TV shows, such as Game of Thrones, Fast & Furious and Star Wars. We will visit local nature highlights, such as Hverir Mud Pools, Mt. Námafjall, Dimmuborgir Lava Fields and the most powerful waterfall in Europe Dettifoss waterfall. Before heading to Húsavík we will visit the Mývatn Nature Baths. The baths are located in the middle of lava fields where you can soak in a relaxing geothermal lagoon.
Optional wellness: Mývatn baths
Day 7. Húsavík
Highlights: Húsavík-Whale watching- Goðafoss waterfall- Akureyri- Akureyri church
After breakfast join in whale watching in Húsavík. Húsavík is the oldest settlement in Iceland, besides being the largest town in Þingeyjarsýsla district and the service centre for the surrounding area. The town is known for whale watching tours in Skjálfandi Bay and is often referred to as the Whale Capital of Iceland. After lunch we will heading to Akureyri, on the way to Akureyri we will make a stop and visit Goðafoss waterfall. Goðafoss Waterfall is nicknamed the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Some believe that the name comes from the fact that the waterfall is god-like in beauty. However, an old Icelandic legend tells the tale of the waterfall’s name through a Viking leader named Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði. Then we will conutinue drive to Akureyri, the Capital of the norht Iceland. The North is home to Iceland's second largest urban area, Akureyri, located in Iceland's longest fjord, the mild-weathered Eyjafjörður. Akureyri, rich in culture and history, has a charming downtown full of late nineteenth century wooden houses. Then you will have time to explore the city in Akureyri by yourself.
Optional activities: Whale watching
Day 8: Hvítserkur Sea stack- Stykkishólmur
Highlights: Hvítserkur Sea stack- Hvammstangi- Seal watching- Stykkishólmur
After breakfast you will heading to the West of Iceland. This day would be long drive from the north to the West. In our first destination of the day is Hvítsekur Sea Stack- the Troll of Northwest Iceland. It´s located on Vatnsnes peninsula in North-West Iceland, some 50 meters offshore stands the majestic Hvítserkur, a 15-meter tall monolith or sea-stack, an eroded volcanic dyke. It looks like an animal of some sort, an elephant or a rhino, or even a dinosaur drinking. After visiting Hvítserkur we will continue heading to Hvammstangi. This area is home to one of the largest seal colonies in Iceland and in Hvammstangi village, which is on the opposite side of the peninsula, one can visit the Icelandic Seal Centre. Our last stop of the day will stop at Stykkishólmur. Stykkishólmur is a town and municipality situated in the western part of Iceland, in the northern part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is a center of services and commerce for the area.
Overnight: Stykkishólmur or Snæfellsnes
Day 9: Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Hightlights: Kirkjufell- Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall- Lóndrangar-Arnarstapi- Snæfellsjökull-Búðir-Djúpalónssandur
Snæfellsnes a fascinating peninsula located in West Iceland just a couple of hours’ drive from Reykjavik, that awes visitors with the large variety of its landscapes, including moss-covered lava fields, beautiful cliffs, and even a world-famous glacier. we make our way towards the first attraction of the tour, Kirkjufell, one of the most iconic mountains in Iceland, which captures people’s attention with its peculiar shape. Opposite the road, there is a small waterfall, Kirkjufellsfoss, that is a popular place to visit as from there you can take beautiful pictures of the mountain. We make a quick stop and Lóndrangar to admire two beautiful lava formations that are believed to be trolls that turned into rock while fishing. From the viewing point, you can also see the romantic Malariff lighthouse, one of the many lighthouses on the peninsula, in its stunning location surrounded by the giant waves of the Atlantic.
We then continue towards the iconic black church in Buðir, a fascinating building standing lonely in the middle of an ancient lava field. Continues to Arnarstapi, a small once-thriving fishing village stunningly located at the foot of Snæfellsjökull, a glacier-topped volcano known for being featured in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. The village of Arnarstapi is famous for its cliffs and lava formations that are home to a variety of bird species in the summer months. An easy path starts from Arnarstapi’s natural harbor and runs along the coastline, allowing for fantastic photo opportunities of the cliff and the surrounding scenery.Continues to one of the most spectacular nd dramatic beaches of the peninsula and the country, Djúpalónssandur, characterized by its black pebble beach and breath-taking rock formations. Back in the day, this used to be a very popular place for sailors and fishermen to camp on their way out to see. Today, you can test yourself with the lifting stones that were once used by these men to measure their strength and gain a place on the boats.
Day 10: Reykholt
Highlights: Reykholt- Hraunafoss waterfall- Deildatunguhver geothemal hot spring
Borgarnes is located to the north of Reykjavík, Borgarnes was settled in Iceland’s earliest days, over a millennium ago, and has long been occupied by fishermen; the village was not to substantially grow, however, until the 20th Century when Iceland’s infrastructure boomed, and it became an essential gateway to the country’s north and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The town is now home to two museums, the Settlement Centre and, curiously, the Centre for Puppet Arts.
We will visit the Settlement Cetre after breakfast and then heading to Reykholt. Reykholt is the home of 13th century writer, poet and scholar Snorri Sturluson. During his time, Reykholt was the intellectual centre of Iceland and was the site of the country’s most important schools. Here you can visit the remains of Snorri’s old farm, including a tunnel that ran between the farm and the bathhouse, in which Snorri died. Another must-see is the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfall, a fascinating series of waterfalls seemingly originating in a field without a river or lake. The water is actually streaming through rivulets in the Hallmundarhraun lava field. After visting Waterfalls we will heading back to Reykjavík, on the way we will make a stop to visit Geothermal hot spring. Deildartunguhver is the highest flowing hot spring in Europe and is widely known for its rapid flow rate of 180 litres (380 pints) per second.
Optional activity: Into the Glacier tunnel ( all year around)
Overnight: Reykholt or Borgarnes
Day 11: Reykjanes Peninsula
Highlights: Reykjanes peninsula-Gunnuhver, Krýsuvik- Reykjanestá- Reykjanesviti lighthouse
Today we will visit Reykjanes peninsula. The trip then takes you through the surreal landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula ( Reykjanes Geopark ). UNESCO recognises Reykjanes as a Unesco Global Geopark which are areas where sites and landscapes that are of international geological significances are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education, and sustainable development. The Reykjanes Peninsula runs along the Mid-Atlantic Rift, where the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates are drifting apart. Due to this geological setting, the whole peninsula is extremely volcanically active, covered with lava fields, and eruptions and earthquakes are very common here. The main geothermal areas of Reykjanes, however, are Gunnuhver, Krýsuvik. Various mud pools and fumaroles can be seen at Gunnuhver, while Krýsuvik is characterised by hot springs and mud pots that bestow multicoloured hues upon the soil. The southwestern most tip of the Reykjanes peninsula is called Reykjanestá. It is home to stunning cliffs and sea stacks that are constantly battered by the sea. Nearby take some time to visit Reykjanesviti Lighthouse. It is Iceland’s oldest lighthouse
Optional: ATV tour
Day 12: Reykjavík city tour
Highlights: Hallgrimskirkja Church, Statue of Leif Eiriksson, Solfarid Sun Voyager, Sculpture, Harpa Concert Hall, The Pearl or Perlan, The lake Tjörnin.
The city center offers many great sights and the city is unique in so many ways. You won’t find the towering skyscrapers of America or the age-old narrow streets, which time has seemingly forgotten and seemingly unchanged since Roman times, as in Europe. Reykjavik is somewhere in between and yet miles away. With its small quirky houses and both tiny and open spaces. It is colorful, modern, charming and old all a the same time.
Optional activities: horse riding, inside the volcano
Day 13: Sky Lagoon and relaxation
This day would be relaxing day after visiting the ring road, you must be tired. You can sleep late in the hotel or explore attractions in the downtown area by yourself. Today your schedule is only geothermal bath.
In afternoon you will visit Sky Lagoon, on the outskirts of Reykjavik. Sky Lagoon is a luxurious, man-made thermal bath that juts out over the wild North Atlantic. Soaking in the warm water you can watch the waves crash beneath you and gaze out to the steely horizon, all while staying cosy warm.
Optional tours: Sky Lagoon, food tour, Reykjavik walk tour
Day 14: Departure
Depart with plenty of memories and an adventure that will certainly impress, and entertain your friends and family for years to come. We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your flight. Car rental return is located at Keflavík International Airport.
Included in package:
Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price. *Subject to availability - price is confirmed when payment has been made. Book in advance to get the best price!
INCLUDED IN PACKAGE: