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Mountain and Coast

This is a special 10 day Self Drive Tour, where you will experience Iceland's contrasting nature of mountain and coastal areas. You will be able to explore on your own Iceland's rich natural treasures, including national parks, amazing waterfalls, striking glaciers, hot springs and breathtaking coastal scenery. A suitable 4WD, automatic car is provided.

Duration: 9 Nights, Summer

Price: From $2,429 per person

Highlights

  • The Westman Islands, Golden Circle area and the Kjölur Highlands
  • The Myvatn Lake area, The Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, glaciers and volcanoes
  • The Capital Reykjavík and the Blue Lagoon

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Included:
  - 4WD Automatic Car for 9 days, pick up on arrival at Keflavík International Airport*
  - 1 nights' accommodation in the Reykjavik area
  - 8 nights' accommodation in the countryside
  - Iceland road atlas and map
  - 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
  - All taxes, VAT and service fees
  - Information about driving in Iceland
  - The detailed Itinerary will be sent to you before departure, so you can study it and prepare your trip.  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

Price cannot be guaranteed until booking is made and confirmed by us.

*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.

This outlines the main route of the tour. A detailed itinerary will be provided after consultation with you.

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Day 1

Arrival and The South Coast

Arrival in Keflavik Airport.  Pick up the rental car at the Airport. Drive to the south coast and stay there the first night.

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Day 2

The Golden Circle

ÞINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK - 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 - A majestic double waterfall that tumbles 105 feet into the canyon of HVÍTÁ, one of the longest rivers in Iceland.
GEYSIR - Located in the HAUKADALUR geothermal area, this is the geyser from which the English word is derived. GEYSIR itself is now dormant, but an adjacent geyser, STROKKUR, erupts every few minutes.

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Day 3

Kjalvegur Mountain Road to the North

KJÖLUR - A plateau that cuts through the remarkable Icelandic highlands.  Situated between two glaciers, HOFSJÖKULL and LANGJÖKULL, the surrounding landscape is magnificent.  Rhyolite, a volcanic stone, gives the KERLINGARFJÖLL mountain range a distincting reddish hue.  And the geothermal field at HVERAVELLIR with its sky blue hot springs is a surreal oasis to bathe and unwind in. 
Drive through the Kjölur Highlands to the Myvatn Area in the North. This drive is about 7 hours. The roads are gravel roads, rough but safe and easy to drive carefully in a 4wd car.  On your way you explore the Hvitárvatn glacier lagoon and the Kerlingarfjöll Area (geothermal activity). It is nice to stop by Hveravellir and take a dip in the natural hot tub.  You can optionally stay one night in the Kerlingafjöll Mountain Resort.

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Day 4 and 5

The North and The Lake Mývatn Area

Drive towards Akureyri the capital of the North. From Akureyri you drive to Lake Mývatn. Stay in the Akureyri / Mývatn area for 2 days. 
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 referred 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.  Climb the steps of AKUREYRARKIRKJA - the city’s iconic church, stroll through LYSTIGARÐURINN - one of the world’s northenmost botanical gardens, and then take a dip in the popular local swimming pool. 
MÝVATN - 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, and DETTIFOSS, Europe’s most powerful waterfall.  Explore the volcanic area around KRAFLA, the spectacular sulphur fields at NÁMASKARÐ, the dramatic lava formations at DIMMUBORGIR, and the pseudo craters at SKÚTUSTAÐIR.  Or, go on a whale watching and/or bird watcing tour on SKJÁLFANDAFLÓI, a large bay known for its remarkable wildlife. 

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Day 6

From Lake Myvatn to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

THE EAST FJORDS - The beautiful, rugged coastline of the East Fjords are punctuated with towering mountains and charming small villages such as BORGARFJÖRÐUR EYSTRI, EGILSSTAÐIR, SEYÐISFJÖRÐUR, and DJÚPIVOGUR.  You’ll also find Iceland’s largest forest, HALLORMSSTAÐASKÓGUR, in this region.  Admittedly, it is remarkably small compared to the forests you will find just about anywhere else in the world, but it’s a highly attractive camping and hiking destination nonetheless. Optionally you can add a day and visit the highlands of the East, and view the area around the recently built Kárahnjúkar Hydrolic Power Plant, the Mount Snæfell and stay overnight in the Laugarfell Highland Hostel. 
JÖKULSÁRLÓN - Driving to the South East, you will come to a stunning glacial lagoon filled with icebergs that have calved off the glacier BREIÐAMERKURJÖKULL and are heading out to sea.  JÖKULSÁRLÓN is the deepest lake in Iceland and it’s abundant with fish that have drifted in from the ocean, so you may very well catch a glimpse of seals swimming around and looking to reap the bounty.  Stay one night in the area.

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Day 7

South East to the South Coast

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 the park’s best known attractions, mainly for the towering black basalt columns that flank it. KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR - Home to KIRKJUGÓLF (meaning ‘church floor’). A church was, in fact, never situated here, but this natural attraction was formed with lava cooled quickly and contracted, forming hexagonal pillars that look like tiles. Nearby is FJAÐRÁRGLJÚFUR, a canyon that, while not particularly impressive in size, is absolutely spellbinding. The canyon is cut from the volcanic rock palagonite and the walls are blanketed in a vibrant green moss.

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Day 8 and 9

The South Coast Area to Reykjavik

VÍK - The southernmost village in Iceland, renowned for the breaktaking black beaches of REYNISFJARA.  To the west lies DYRHÓLAEY, a promontory formed by a submarine volcanic eruption and known for its distinctive large archway.  SKÓGAR | A tiny village that is home to not only a fantastic folk museum with 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 - 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.
Optionally you can take the ferry to the Westman Islands on the South Coast of Iceland and stay there for one night. 
VESTMANNAEYJAR - THE WESTMAN ISLANDS An archipelago formed by submarine volcanic eruptions and located a short ferry ride from the southern mainland. HEIMAEY is the largest and most populated of the islands, although the historical eruption of ELDFELL in 1973 nearly rendered it uninhabitable. Despite the eruption occuring without warning, the 5300 residents of the island were evactuated within hours, and seawater was used to slow the lava flow that was threatening to destroy the harbor – the island’s main source of income and livelihood.
Explore these magnificent volcanic Islands. Take the ferry to the mainland.
You drive through small rural villages and visit the geothermal plant in Hellisheidi on your way. Hveragerdi is an interesting small town where you can see hot geysers.
REYKJAVÍK - The northernmost capital city in the world.  Lined with colorful corrugated steel buildings, the streets in the downtown area are very pedestrian-friendly and are full of fascinating museums, quaint shops, and cozy cafes.

Stay overnight in Reykjavik, and enjoy the city life.

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Day 10

Departure for home

If you leave in the afternoon you can spend the morning in Reykjavik or leave early and stop by the Blue lagoon on your way to the airport.

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 head back to Keflavík airport.

You can also stop by Bláa Lónið, the Blue Lagoon, for a refreshing swim before your flight.

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. Ensuite 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: 9 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 $ 2,652 $ 2,109 $ 2,340 $ 2,045
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 2,790 $ 2,180 $ 2,414 $ 2,104
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 2,922 $ 2,244 $ 2,480 $ 2,157
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 3,283 $ 2,478 $ 2,660 $ 2,302
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 3,674 $ 2,738 $ 2,856 $ 2,458
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 3,807 $ 2,827 $ 2,922 $ 2,511

 

Quality Value Package: 9 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 $ 3,025 $ 2,365 $ 2,722 $ 2,387
02 - Toyota Auris Automatic or similar $ 3,172 $ 2,463 $ 2,796 $ 2,446
03 - Skoda Octavia Station Wagon 4WD Automatic $ 3,305 $ 2,551 $ 2,862 $ 2,499
04 - Toyota Rav4 4WD Automatic $ 3,666 $ 2,792 $ 3,043 $ 2,643
05 - Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic 5 seater $ 4,056 $ 3,052 $ 3,238 $ 2,799
07 - VW Caravelle 9 seater 4x4 $ 4,189 $ 3,141 $ 3,305 $ 2,853

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Views from Mountain and Coast

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Highlights

  • The Westman Islands, Golden Circle area and the Kjölur Highlands
  • The Myvatn Lake area, The Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, glaciers and volcanoes
  • The Capital Reykjavík and the Blue Lagoon

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