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Essential Iceland Self Drive

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10 days / 9 nights From 1000 to 2375 Euros per person

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Title: Essential Iceland Self Drive

Length : 10 days / 9 nights
From 1000 to 2375 Euros per person

This essential tour of the country will show you all the wonders Iceland has to offer. From the black beaches to the white glaciers, the freezing cold icebergs to the steaming hot geothermal areas… Between sea and mountain, desert and fjord, volcanoes and green pastures, lakes and rivers, you will discover the incredibly wide range of panoramas of this “one of a kind” island. A land so raw that the great Jules Verne imagined it was even possible to start a “journey to the center of the earth” in Iceland. From the Snæfellsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glacial volcanoes and the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon to the smokey lava of the Krafla volcano, the explosive geysers to the mighty waterfalls, you might not see the center of the earth, but you will experience some of the most diverse and incredible landscapes.

Trip possible from May to September

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Strengths:

- The tour of Iceland including Snæfellnes
- The complete range of Icelandic landscapes: fjords, country-side, glaciers, volcanoes, deserts…
- Bird-watching from May to mid-August.
- In summer, many 4x4 detours in the highlands are possible, especially in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve.


Summary:

Day 1: Keflavík – Reykjavík. 50 km. 1hr
Day 2: Reykjavík – Thingvellir – Gulfoss – Vík. 300 km approx. 5hrs
Day 3: Kirkjubæjarklaustur – Skaftafell – Jökulsárlón – Höfn. 280 km approx. 5hrs
Day 4: Höfn – Álftafjördur – Djúpivogur – Egilsstadir. 260 km approx. 5hrs
Day 5: Dettifoss – Jökulsárgljúfur – Mývatn. 300 km approx. 5hrs
Day 6: Mývatn – Godafoss – Akureyri – Skagafjördur. 220 km approx. 4hrs
Day 7: Skagafjördur – Vatnsnes – Stykkishólmur. 280 km approx. 5hrs
Day 8: Stykkishólmur – Snæfellsnes – Borgarnes. 200 km approx. 4hrs
Day 9: Reykholt – Hvalfjördur – Reykjavík. 200 km approx. 4hrs
Day 10: Reykjavík – Keflavík. 50km approx. 1 hr


Friendly Advice:

- If you have a small budget, you can take the option in camping with a category A rental car for 2 people in summer, or travel in May or September.
- If you want to hike, add some days at Skaftafell and Mývatn in your trip.
- To do in September, for the autumn lights, access to the mountains still open (4X4 only), have the chance to witness some northern lights and the peace of travelling after the high season.




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In hotels, guesthouses, farmhouses, mountain huts or camping

With this itinerary you have many various and very different accommodation choices, as different as accommodation gets in Iceland in any case! The vast majority of Icelandic establishments are modest, but clean and comfortable. Most of the guesthouses, farmhouses and hotels offer catering. Meanwhile, keep in mind that we cannot guarantee specific accommodation before booking; however, your accommodation will fall under whichever category of establishment you choose. We recommend that you book as soon as possible in order to have to the most choice when it comes to the establishment itself and the type of accommodation you stay in.

There is also a camping option. With our voucher system, you’ll be able to camp when and where you want, giving you as much freedom as you want to adapt your itinerary based on the weather as well as your own location choices. This option is easy on your wallet, but cannot be undertaken outside of the summer months (from June to September). Remember that we will provide you with all the necessary equipment (tent, mattress, kitchen kits and coolers). For people staying in mountain huts or in hostels, we also provide kitchen kits and coolers.
For travellers staying in mountain huts, hostels or camp sites, sleeping bags will be available on location if ordered before your departure.

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What's Included:

- Transfer both ways from Keflavik international airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík.
- 2 nights in Reykjavík in double room in guesthouse, breakfast included.
- 7 nights in the country in double room, in common room or dormitory, or camping depending on which category you choose.
- Breakfast included in guesthouses, farms and country hotels.
- Travel documentation including road map and a detailed day-by-day road-book.
- A rental car for 9 days, unlimited mileage, 24% VAT, CDW insurance, second driver fee included.
- For youth hostels, huts and camping: 1 stove for 2 persons, kitchen equipment, one cooler, 1 thermos bottle for 2 persons, washing up equipment.
- For camping: one tent for 2 and one mattress per person.


What's not Included:

- International flight to Iceland, airport taxes and travel insurance.
- Meals, drinks and other personal expenses.
- Breakfast in youth hostels, huts or camping.
- Fuel for the vehicle.
- Optional activities.
- Access to sites when not free.
- “Super CDW and gravel protection“ insurance (SCDW) that further lower the own-risk.
- For trips in huts, youth hostels or camping, sleeping bags are available for rental, by request before your arrival.


Price:

PRICE PER PERSON IN 2017, BASED ON 2 PERSONS IN A REGULAR CAR

In guesthouses, farms or country hotels, from May to September
- In room with private facilities: from 1925 to 2375 Euros/pers. depending on season
- In room without private facilities: from 1400 to 1775 Euros/pers. depending on season

In hut or youth hostel, from May to September
In dormitory or common room in the country: from 1250 to 1575 Euros/pers. depending on the season

In camping, from June to August
With equipment provided: from 1000 to 1250 Euros/pers. depending on the season

Final price depending on the number of persons, the season and the vehicle category




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Day 1: Keflavík – Reykjavík. 50 km. 1h
Arrival at Keflavik international airport and rental car pick up. The first evening is spent at your leisure in the northernmost capital of the world.
Option: If you have an early morning arrival, there is a possibility to go whale watching in Reykjavik, or visit the Blue Lagoon. (Not included)
Staying overnight in Reykjavík.

Day 2: Reykjavík – Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Vík. 300 km approx. 5hrs
Departure for the golden circle: Discover the oceanic rift at Thingvellir, the geyser Strokkur at Geysir and the Gullfoss waterfall where the HvÍta river has created an impressive canyon.
Approaching Vík, the southernmost village in Iceland, drive south of the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull ice-covered volcanoes and stop at the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Further down the road, stroll along the black sandy beaches and cliffs of the south coast.
Staying overnight in Vík area.

4X4 option (in summer only): Take an extra day to discover the ever-changing landscapes of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, the lava fields around the Hekla volcano, the picture-perfect and colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar and the impressive Eldgjá canyon. Bathe in a natural hot spring in Landmannalaugar


Day 3: Kirkjubæjarklaustur – Skaftafell – Jökulsárlón – Höfn. 280 km approx. 5hrs
Head eastward until the Skaftafell National Park. Numerous hikes are possible in the park, one of which leads you to the Svartifoss waterfall and its beautiful basalt columns, over-looking gigantic glaciers and endless plains. Further east, discover Jökulsárlón’s glacial lagoon and its Greenland-like landscapes complete with icebergs.
Staying overnight in Hofn area.

4X4 alternative (in summer only): Take an extra day to discover Laki and its amazing lunar landscapes sculpted during the biggest eruption since Iceland was settled.

Day 4: Höfn – Álftafjördur – Djúpivogur – Egilsstadir. 260 km approx. 5hrs
From one fjord to the next, discover the wild landscapes shaped by the glaciers of the last ice-age, the seals of Lónsvík, the swans of Álftafjördur (depending on the season), the rocks and minerals museum of Petra at Stödvarfjördur, and the charming harbor of Djúpivogur.
Overnight in Egilsstadir area.

Day 5: Dettifoss – Jökulsárgljúfur – Mývatn. 300 km approx. 5hrs
After crossing the desert-like landscapes of the northeast highlands, discover the powerful Dettifoss waterfall and further away, the astonishing Ásbyrgi canyon. In Mývatn, home to some of the most surprising and interesting geological and geothermal manifestations in Iceland, a large variety of bird life and odd lava formations … Here, you have the opportunity to relax in an outdoor geothermal pool.
Staying overnight in the Mývatn region.

4X4 alternative (in summer only): Add an extra day or two to your trip and explore the regions of Snæfell, Kverkfjöll and Askja volcanoes. You’ll be in the heart of the volcanic highlands, north of Vatnajökull icecap.

Day 6: Mývatn – Godafoss – Akureyri – Skagafjördur. 220 km approx. 4hrs
Take your time to discover the surroundings of Lake Myvatn: Pseudocraters, explosion craters, recent lava flows and cauldrons of boiling mud. Continue driving west, stopping at the famous Godafoss falls before entering the city of Akureyri, the “capital of the north,” before finally arriving in the region of the Skagafjördur fjord. If time permits, visit the Glaumbær folk museum, situated on a renovated 19th century farm.
Staying overnight in the Skagafjördur region.

4X4 alternative (in summer only): Beyond the Aldeyjarfoss waterfall, explore the highlands north of the Hofsjökull glacier and bathe in the Laugafell natural hot spring.

Day 7: Skagafjördur – Vatnsnes – Stykkishólmur. 280 km approx. 5hrs
Today you are off to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Along the way, there’s the possibility to make a detour to the coast of the Vatnsnes peninsula to observe the seal colonies and enjoy its peaceful shoreline
Staying overnight in Stykkishólmur area.

Day 8: Stykkishólmur – Snæfellsnes – Borgarnes. 200 km approx. 4hrs
Discover the wild coastline of this peninsula under the ever-present Snæfellsjökull volcano, the site that inspired Jules Verne for the beginning of his classic novel: Journey to the center of the earth. Coves and cliffs alternate along the shore and are the homes of Black-legged Kittiwake Gulls and of Arctic Terns. You can also choose to discover the reefs of Djupalonssandur or the lava flow at Budahraun. There’s also the rocky out crops with its colonies of seagulls and guillemots on the Arnarstapi and Hellnar cliffs.
Staying overnight in Borgarnes area.

4X4 option (in summer only): Drive up to the edge of Snæfellsjökull glacier and gaze over the sandy shores of Snæfellsnes peninsula.


Day 9: Reykholt – Hvalfjördur – Reykjavík . 200 km approx. 4hrs
Back to Reykjavik through the Reykholt valley where you will find the Deildartunguhver hot springs. Discover the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, and head back to the capital by the impressive Hvalfjördur fjord. Drive back towards Reykjavik to relax and enjoy your last night in Iceland
Staying overnight in Reykjavik.

4X4 option (in summer only): Take the Kaldidalur road along the Langjökull glacier on your way to the Thingvellir National Park


Day 10: Reykjavik – Keflavik. 50 km approx. 1 hr
Return your rental car at Keflavik airport and enjoy your flight home.

Option: If your departure is in the afternoon or the evening, there is a possibility to visit Reykjanes peninsula and the Blue Lagoon. (Not included)




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