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Best of Iceland

This classic self-drive tour is popular for a reason. Drive along Iceland’s scenic “Ring Road” to take in some of the country’s most spectacular scenery while you are touring Iceland. Explore rugged coastlines and glacial valleys, admire some of Europe’s largest and most powerful waterfalls, and traverse otherworldly, volcanic landscapes.

Duration: 8 Days, All Year

Price: From $ 1,956 per person

Highlights

  • The Natural Wonders of Mývatn and the North
  • The Towering Mountains and Charming Villages of the East Fjords
  • The Golden Circle and the South Coast

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Included:
  - Car rental for 7 days, pick up on arrival at Keflavík International Airport*
  - 1 night accommodation in the Reykjavík area
  - 6 nights accommodation in the countryside
  - Iceland Road Atlas and map
  - Standard or Detailed itinerary which we will help put together with you
  - Our expert assistance in planning the vacation and during your trip
  - Rental car airport fee
  - Unlimited mileage
  - Collision Damage Waiver Insurance
  - 2 authorized drivers for the whole period
  - GPS is Free of Charge
  - Iceland Network Cell Phone (2,000 ISK prepaid)
  - All taxes, VAT and service fees
  - Information about driving in Iceland
  - The Itinerary will be sent to you 4 - 6 weeks in advance, so you can study it and prepare your trip before your departure. You can also download it to your
     Iphone/smart phone or tablet to have with you on your trip.

Not included:
  - Flights to and from Iceland
  - Travel Insurance
  - Car rental for an extra day, if necessary

The total driving distance is approximately 930 miles. Total distance per day is ca:
Day 1: 70     Day 2: 250     Day 3: 110     Day 4: 120     Day 5: 170     Day 6: 110     Day 7: 70     Day 8: 30

*Please note that the package price is based on 24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on departure day, an extra rental day is available. You can also choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the car rental ends and use Flybus Plus or private departure transfer.

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Day 1

Arrival - Velkomin til Íslands!

Pick up your rental car at Keflavík International Airport and drive past Reykjavík to the BORGARFJÖRÐUR region. Often referred to as “the saga valley of western Iceland,” this area served as the stage for many significant events in the literary masterpieces that Iceland is known for. It is home to Hraunfossar, a remarkable series of waterfalls formed by water emerging from a porous lava field, and Barnafoss, a cluster of robust rapids with a tragic story behind their name. Spend the night in the Borgarfjörður region.

Driving distance: 70 miles

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Day 2

Akureyri, the “Capital of the North”

Drive through the Skagafjörður region to AKUREYRI. This small, yet bustling city is nestled in Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord. Because it serves as the hub for trade, education, and culture in the region, Akureyri is often refered to as “the capital of the north.” And although it is situated less than 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the climate here is surprisingly mild. Spend some time wandering through the northernmost botanical garden, and then take a dip in one of Iceland’s most popular swimming pools. Spend the night in Akureyri or neighbourhood.

Driving distance: ca. 250 miles

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Day 3

The Natural Wonders of Mývatn

MÝVATN is the fourth largest lake in Iceland. Frequent lava flows have left its shoreline very irregular in shape, and few areas offer such a wide spectrum of geological formations. The lake lies on an active volcanic belt where eruptions are frequent and intense geothermal activity results in bubbling mud pools, steaming solfataras, and brightly-colored mineral deposits. Relax in the sublime Jarðböðin við Mývatn, a bathing lagoon filled with mineral-rich, geothermally-heated water.  Marvel at the magical waterfall, Goðafoss, the volcanic area around Krafla, the spectacular sulphur fields at Námaskarð, the dramatic lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir.  Spend the night in the Mývatn/Húsavík region.

Driving distance: ca. 110 miles

The East fjords

Day 4

Along the East Fjords

Skjálfandaflói is a large bay known for its remarkable wildlife, so whale watching and bird watching tours originating in a little town called Húsavík are quite popular.  Before leaving the north, check out Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss (if accessible) Then, travel south along the beautiful, rugged coastline of the East Fjords which are punctuated with towering mountains and charming small villages such as Egilsstaðir, Seydisfjordur, and more.  Spend the night in the East Fjords.

Driving distance: ca. 120 miles

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DAY 5

Jökulsárlón and Skaftafell

Continue your journey south of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.  Spend some time at JÖKULSÁRLÓN, a stunning glacial lagoon filled with icebergs that have calved off the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull and are heading out to sea. It is abundant with fish that have drifted in from the ocean, and you may catch a glimpse of seals swimming around the lagoon looking to reap the bounty.

Next, explore SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK.  Part of the larger Vatnajökull National Park, Skaftafell is a masterpiece of seemingly impossible contrasts of nature. The landscape in the park has considerable variety and has been formed over thousands of years by the influences of ice, fire, and water. The waterfall Svartifoss is one of Skaftafell’s best known attractions, mainly for the towering black basalt columns that flank it.  Spend the night in the southeast.

Driving distance: ca. 170 miles

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Day 6

The South Coast

VÍK is the southernmost village in Iceland, and it is renowned for the breathtaking black beaches of Reynisfjara.  To the west lies Dyrhólaey, a promontory formed by a submarine volcanic eruption and known for its large, distinctive archway. SKÓGAR is a tiny village that is home to not only a fantastic folk museum - which contains an outstanding collection of artifacts and impressive turf houses - but it is also home to Skógafoss, one of Iceland’s largest waterfalls with a width of 82 feet and a drop of 200 feet.  SELJALANDSFOSS is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in all of Iceland. Here, the river Seljalandsá drops 200 feet over the cliffs of what used to be the island‘s coastline. If favorable conditions allow (and if you don‘t mind getting a bit wet), it is possible to walk behind the waterfall.  Spend the night in the south.

Driving distance: ca. 110 miles

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Day 7

The Golden Circle

Spend the day touring Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle.  ÞINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Iceland’s most fascinating places due to both its impressive geological formations and for the significant role it plays in the country’s history as the original meeting site of the Icelandic parliament, the oldest existing parliament in the world. GULLFOSS is a majestic double waterfall that tumbles 105 feet into the canyon of Hvítá, one of the longest rivers in Iceland.  And located in the Haukadalur geothermal area, GEYSIR is the geyser from which the English word is derived. Geysir itself is now dormant, but an adjacent geyser, Strokkur, erupts every few minutes.  Spend the night in Reykjavík.

Driving distance: ca. 70 miles

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Day 8

Reykjavík - Departure

REYKJAVÍK is the northern most capital city in the world. Lined with colorful, corrugated steel buildings, the streets in the downtown area are very pedestrian-friendly and full of fascinating museums, quaint shops, and cozy cafes.  Spend the morning exploring the city at your leisure and then drive back to Keflavík to return the rental car before catching your flight home. If you like to bathe in the Blue lagoon on your last day, please remember to pre book.

Driving distance: ca. 30 miles

Daily Departures.

Standard value packages: An accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and farmhouses around Iceland. The standard accommodation room is ideal for a brief stay of up to a few days. Double rooms contain two twin beds, or one queen size bed. There is a fully equipped en suite bathroom. All hotels are equipped with central heating and television. Normally no room service is provided. Wi-Fi is available in most standard accommodations.
Quality value packages: An accommodation in 3 or 4 star like hotels or special guesthouses. The Beds can be two twin beds or one Queen or King. En-suite full bathrooms normally contain hairdryers, toiletries and towels. Bathrooms are fully equipped, either with a shower or a bathtub. Wi-Fi internet is available in all hotels free of charge. Quality accommodation offers restaurant on site. Possibility to upgrade to superior or deluxe rooms, when available.

 

Price for the period June 1 to September 14, 2018: 

 

Standard Value Package: 7 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
01 - Toyota Yaris Auto $ 2,130 $ 1,681 $ 1,820 $ 1,591
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 2,212 $ 1,736 $ 1,877 $ 1,637
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 2,287 $ 1,786 $ 1,929 $ 1,678
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 2,554 $ 1,927 $ 2,069 $ 1,790
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 2,858 $ 2,130 $ 2,221 $ 1,912
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 2,961 $ 2,199 $ 2,273 $ 1,953

 

Quality Value Package: 7 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
01 - Toyota Yaris Auto $ 2,353 $ 1,857 $ 2,117 $ 1,856
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 2,467 $ 1,916 $ 2,175 $ 1,902
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 2,570 $ 1,984 $ 2,226 $ 1,944
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 2,851 $ 2,171 $ 2,367 $ 2,056
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 3,155 $ 2,374 $ 2,519 $ 2,177
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 3,258 $ 2,443 $ 2,570 $ 2,219

 

Price for the periods September 15 to October 31 2017 and December 21, 2017 to January 5, 2018:

 

Standard Value Package: 7 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
01 - Toyota Yaris Auto $ 1,708 $ 1,358 $ 1,398 $ 1,191
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 1,762 $ 1,394 $ 1,425 $ 1,212
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 1,807 $ 1,424 $ 1,448 $ 1,230
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 1,943 $ 1,515 $ 1,516 $ 1,285
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 2,084 $ 1,609 $ 1,586 $ 1,360
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 2,129 $ 1,639 $ 1,609 $ 1,385

 

Quality Value Package: 7 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
01 - Toyota Yaris Auto $ 1,866 $ 1,538 $ 1,556 $ 1,389
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 1,919 $ 1,574 $ 1,583 $ 1,419
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 1,965 $ 1,604 $ 1,605 $ 1,444
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 2,101 $ 1,695 $ 1,697 $ 1,519
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 2,241 $ 1,788 $ 1,794 $ 1,597
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 2,286 $ 1,819 $ 1,826 $ 1,623

 

Price for the periods November 1 to December 20, 2017 and January 6 to April 30 2018:

 

Standard Value Package: 7 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 1,621 $ 1,285 $ 1,298 $ 1,102
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 1,724 $ 1,354 $ 1,350 $ 1,143
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 1,831 $ 1,425 $ 1,404 $ 1,186
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 1,872 $ 1,453 $ 1,424 $ 1,202

 

Quality Value Package: 7 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 1,737 $ 1,385 $ 1,415 $ 1,208
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 1,840 $ 1,453 $ 1,466 $ 1,249
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 1,947 $ 1,525 $ 1,520 $ 1,293
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 1,988 $ 1,552 $ 1,540 $ 1,316

 

May 1 to 31, 2018:

 

Standard Value Package: 7 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
01 - Toyota Yaris Auto $ 1,792 $ 1,426 $ 1,482 $ 1,265
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 1,862 $ 1,473 $ 1,517 $ 1,293
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 1,891 $ 1,492 $ 1,531 $ 1,309
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 2,027 $ 1,583 $ 1,600 $ 1,385
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 2,167 $ 1,676 $ 1,692 $ 1,463
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 2,213 $ 1,706 $ 1,723 $ 1,488
Quality Value Package: 7 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
01 - Toyota Yaris Auto $ 1,911 $ 1,577 $ 1,601 $ 1,447
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 1,981 $ 1,624 $ 1,645 $ 1,486
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 2,010 $ 1,643 $ 1,665 $ 1,502
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 2,146 $ 1,734 $ 1,760 $ 1,577
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 2,287 $ 1,827 $ 1,858 $ 1,655
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 2,336 $ 1,857 $ 1,889 $ 1,680

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Views from Best of Iceland

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Highlights

  • The Natural Wonders of Mývatn and the North
  • The Towering Mountains and Charming Villages of the East Fjords
  • The Golden Circle and the South Coast

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