Summary of self-drive Tours 2021

SD01 Around Iceland in 7 nights

SD02 Classic Iceland in 9 nights

SD03 Iceland Complete in 13 nights 

SD04 Best of South and West in 6 nights

SD21 Classic Express Around Iceland in 6 nights

Other information,  car upgrades , car rental conditions

Discover our self drive tours in Iceland, whether traveling 8-10 or 14 days, we can customize your tour depending on your aspiration! Please note that the visits and highlights mentioned in itineraries are suggested, not included. Due to the very small amount of hotel and hostel in Iceland compare to the amount of tourist in high season, the itinerary can slightly change according to availability of hotels during the tour.

IMPORTANT: Depending on the time of year some internal roads are closed because of the snow. A vehicle type 4×4 is more appropriate before June and after August if you plan to drive outside of the main roads. Note: The puffins can be seen between May and August.(Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season from May 15 until June 23 and from mid- August the puffins will have gone  back to the sea!). The Northern lights can be seen from October to April.  Please see the car rentals’ Terms and Conditions here

 

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SELF-DRIVE ICELAND
DAILY DEPARTURE FROM APRIL 1ST TO OCTOBER 31ST , 2021

1

DAY 1 WELCOME TO ICELAND! (50 KM)


Arrival at Keflavik Airport. Pick-up of rented vehicle and drive to Reykjavik for your first night stay in Iceland. Depending on your arrival time, we recommend that you make a stop at the famous Blue Lagoon on the way and have a swim in the geothermal warm water. (B)
Accommodation: Reykjavik for 1 night
2

DAY 2 WATERFALLS AND AKUREYRI THE CAPITAL OF THE NORTH (460 KM)


Highlights
• Waterfall Hraunfossar and Barnafossar
• Deildartunguhver
• Glaumbaer
• Akureyri
Start your roundtrip of Iceland by heading towards Borgarfjörður, an interesting area, rich with cultural and historical heritage. You pass the splendid waterfalls of Hraunfossar, where the water flows out of the lava into the river below. Continue and make a stop at Deildartunguhver, Iceland’s largest hot spring (in terms of water production per second). From Borgarnes, continue to the North of Iceland through the Skagafjörður, which is known for horse breeding and many Icelandic horses can be seen on the way. Take some time to visit the museum at Glaumbær, a beautifully restored turf farmhouse, one of the few that has been properly preserved in Iceland. Continue until you reach Akureyri the major town in the North of Iceland where you will be staying for 2 nights. (B)
Accommodation: Akureyri area for 2 nights
3

DAY 3 WATERFALL AND LAKE MÝVATN


Highlights
• Akureyri
• Waterfall Godafoss
• Lake Myvatn
• Skútustaðir
• lava formations of Dimmuborgir
• Námskarð
• Krafla area
The whole day is dedicated to the marvels of Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve known as one of Iceland’s most fascinating areas of natural beauty. On the way to Myvatn you must make a stop at the impressive waterfall Godafoss “The fall of the gods”. One of its main attractions near Myvatn is the Námaskarð geothermal area where you will find bubbling mud pools and hissing steam vents. You must not miss the Krafla area with the crater Víti and the Leirhnjúkur area. Later on you can venture a walk up to the top of Hverfjall crater or dip into the geothermal water of the natural baths located east of the Lake.
Drive back to Akureyri for a second night. (B)
4

DAY 4 DETTIFOSS WATERFALL AND ÁSBYRGI (340 KM)


Highlights
• Husavik
• Tjörnes peninsula
• Ásbyrgi
• Waterfall Dettifoss
• Egilsstadir
You start your day by driving to the charming fishing village of Husavik. Then you drive along the coastline of the Tjörnes peninsula and make a small stop at the extremity of the peninsula to enjoy the view and spot some seabirds. Ásbyrgi is your next stop, a horse shoe shaped gorge with its impressive rock walls and abundant vegetation. Heading south from Ásbyrgi the road leads you to the mighty waterfall Dettifoss where you will feel the earth tremble beneath the force of the glacial water. The road continues across the lunar landscape of Möðrudalur highlands until you reach the fertile valley of Hérað where the village of Egilsstadir lies. (B)
Accommodation: Egilsstaðir area for 1 night
5

DAY 5 THE EAST FJORDS (270 KM)


Highlights
• East Fjords
• Petra´s stone collection
• Djúpivogur
• Almannaskarð
• Höfn
Now it is time to discover the East Fjords: Starting towards the fjord Reydarfjörður where a small history museum about World War II is situated. In Stöðvarfjörður there is Petra’s stone collection, a private collection which includes most of the Icelandic minerals. As you continue you might want to make a stop in the village of Djúpivogur, located in a charming setting. Now you continue along the fjords towards Southeast Iceland; at times the road hangs precariously high on the mountain slopes. Finally you drive through the tunnel of Almannaskarð to arrive in the Höfn region where you will stay for the night. (B)
Accommodation: in Höfn area for 1 night
6

DAY 6: SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK, WATERFALLS AND ICEBERGS (280 – 365 KM)


Highlights
• Vatnajokull glacier
• Glacial Lagoon Jokulsarlon
• Skaftafell National Park
• Svartifoss waterfall
• Skaftafell glacial tongue
• Kirkjubaejarklaustur
• Eldhraun lava field
• Vík
After passing various outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, you will arrive at the glacial lagoon, Jokulsarlon. This is an exceptional sight at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur. You can walk along the banks of the lagoon or take a 30-40 min boat trip to admire the fantastically-shaped icebergs. Skaftafell National Park is another area worthy of your attention. This oasis surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains has many hiking possibilities. Continue through Kirkjubaejarklaustur village, the Eldhraun lava field and the Mýrdalssandur plain before you arrive in the Vík area. (B)
Accommodation: in Vík/Hvolsvöllur area for 1 night
7

DAY 7 WATERFALLS AND THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (300 KM)


Highlights
• Skógarfoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls
• Geysir hot spring
• Waterfall Gullfoss
• Thingvellir National Park
Continuing westbound you arrive at Skógar and pass Skógarfoss waterfall, one of the highest in Iceland. As you continue towards Hella you pass Seljalandsfoss waterfall and you can actually walk behind it. Now it is time to visit some of the most interesting and famous areas of Iceland. You drive through the village of Flúðir to reach the famous geothermal area of Geysir where the Strokkur hot spring ejects its water column high into the air every 5 – 10 minutes and where numerous small springs boil and bubble. Close by is Gullfoss, surely the country’s most famous waterfall. Continuing towards Thingvellir (Þingvellir) consider one of the geological wonders of the world where you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements which have opened various cracks and fissures in the earth’s crust. It was here that the Icelandic Parliament was founded in the 10th century. (B)
Accommodation: Reykjavik for 1 night
8

DAY 8 REYKJAVIK – KEFLAVIK AIRPORT (50 KM)


Drive back to Keflavik airport for your flight back home. Or book an extra night in Reykjavik, the vibrant capital of Iceland! (B)

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