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Spring Self Drive in Iceland

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8 days / 7 nights From 1175 to 1800 Euros per person

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Title: Spring Self Drive in Iceland

Length : 8 days / 7 nights
From 1175 to 1800 Euros per person

Springtime in Iceland is a must! The country is in the process of awakening from it's winter hibernation and explodes into life in the span of only a couple of weeks. Birds return from their migrations to nest, rivers and waterfalls start flowing again, greenery re-emerges, and most of all, you’ll be able to take advantage of almost constant daylight as well as fairly mild weather. This self-drive tour explores the southern coast. Each segment of the trip is relatively short, allowing you time for hiking and discovering Iceland’s natural marvels at their most vibrant!
This trip is available in May and June

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Strengths:

- The trip can be taken in a two wheel drive vehicle
- Take a short break to the Vestman Islands.
- Attractive prices
- A season with lower tourist flow.


Summary:

Day 1: Keflavik - Reykjavík. 50 km. 1h
Day 2: Reykjavík – Snaefellsnes Peninsula. 180km about 3h
Day 3: Snæfellsnes - Borgarnes. 180 km about 3h
Day 4: “The Golden Circle”. 120 km about 2h
Day 5: South Coast - Vík. 180 km about 3h
Day 6: Vik - Landeyjahöfn (ferry) – Vestman Islands. 180 km about 3h by boat.
Day 7: Vestman Islands - Landeyjahöfn - Reykjavik. 2h45 by boat.
Day 8: Reykjavik - Keflavik. 50km about 1 h


Friendly Advice:

- Add one or two days to your trip to make time to visit the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon.
- Also, don’t hesitate to add a day to more fully explore the Vestman Islands.
- In the Snaefelsnes peninsula, treat yourself to a night in the Budir hotel, one of Iceland's best!
- If you have a tight budget, stay in hostels, mountain huts or choose our camping option.




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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 to and from Keflavik International Airport and your Reykjavík accommodation.
- 2 nights in Reykjavík in the double room of a guesthouse, with breakfast.
- 5 nights in the countryside in a double room (private or shared), or in a campsite depending on your choice.
- Breakfasts included if staying in guesthouses, farmhouses or countryside hotels,
- A trip folder including road maps and a road-book describing your detailed day by day itinerary.
- 7 day rental of a category A vehicle, unlimited distance, 25.5% VAT, CDW insurance and second driver included.
-The ferry transfer
- For the hostel, mountain hut and camping options: a stove for two, kitchen utensils, a cooler, a thermos, and a dishwashing kit.
- For the camping option: one tent for two and one camping mattress per person.


What's not Included:

- International flights in and out of Iceland, airport taxes and travel insurance.
- Meals, drinks and personal expenses.
- Breakfasts in hostels, mountain huts or campsites.
- Fuel for your car.
- Optional visits and activities.
- Admission to sites that charge for visits.
- Super CDW insurance and gravel protection (SCDW) including excess liability charges.
- For the hostel, mountain hut and camping options: a sleeping bag available on site if ordered before your departure.


Price:

PRICE IN 2017, BASED ON A TWO PERSON WITH A REGULAR CAR

In guesthouses, farmhouses or countryside hotels, end of April to mid-June

- Bedrooms with a private bathroom: from 1575 Euros to 1800 Euros/pers. depending on the season
- Bedrooms with a shared bathroom: from 1250 Euros to 1350 Euros/pers. depending on the season

In mountain huts or hostels, end of April to mid-June
- In shared or private rooms: from 1175 Euros to 1225 Euros/pers. depending on the season

Final price varies depending on the number of people, the season and the category of vehicle.




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Day 1: Keflavik - Reykjavík. 50 km. 1h
Arrival in Keflavik international airport. Rental car pick up and drive to Reykjavík. Settle into your accommodation before a night at your leisure in the world’s northernmost capital.

Day 2: Reykjavík – Snaefellsnes Peninsula. 180km about 3h
The morning is spent driving to reach Snaefellsnes peninsula along the famous “whale fjord”. In the afternoon, visit the wild coast in between the tiny ports of Arnastapi and Hellnar. 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 edges of the Snæfellsjökull glacier with its pumice stone expanses.
Spending the night in the Budir region.

Day 3: Snæfellsnes – Borgarnes. 180 km about 3h
Another morning drive along the coast, this time with opportunities to observe the numerous nesting birds who make their springtime homes here. You’ll have the time to drive around Snaefellsnes peninsula, a spectacular region of many varied landscapes. Traveling around this wondrous glacier, the coastal road takes you amongst bird covered cliffs and small sandy beaches.
Staying overnight in the Borgarnes region.

Day 4: Reykholt Valley - Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geysir. 120 km about 2h
Head inland towards Iceland’s famous Golden Circle: the Strokkur geyser at Geysir, the Gullfoss waterfall where the Hvítá River has carved an impressive canyon, the effects of the oceanic rift in Thingvellir (also the site of the historic Icelandic parliament). You’ll go through a verdant countryside even if the peaks of the central highlands are still covered in snow.
Staying overnight in the Geysir region.

Day 5: Southern Coast - Vík. 180 km about 3h
Discover the marvels lying at the feet of the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. Black sand beaches and bird cliffs on the ocean-side of the road. On the other side, innumerable waterfalls crash from cliff tops and glacier tongues drift down from the mountains higher up. Stop at the Skogar waterfall and visit its rustic museum. You’ll arrive in Vik in the afternoon to meet the puffin colonies that reside there. If you are in a 4WD vehicle, drive down to the black sand beaches of Dyrholaey.
Spending the night in Vik.

Day 6: Vik – Landeyjahöfn (ferry) – Vestmanneyjar. 180 km about 3h. 2h45 by boat.
Turn back in the direction of the capital along the southern coast. You’ll take the ferry southeast of Hvollsvellir for a mini cruise on high waters! Sailing south west from the southern coast with the glaciers behind you on the horizon, you arrive in Heimaey, the biggest of the Westman islands. This is also the site of the largest volcanic eruption in Iceland’s recent history, and 30 years later, you can still see the effects of this “Nordic Pompeii”. Get acquainted with the volcano that almost enveloped this island settlement.
Staying overnight on the island.

Day 7: Vestmanneyjar – Landeyjahöfn - Reykjavik. 2h45 by boat.
Take a morning hike along the cliffs where you can get up close and personal with the puffin colonies residing there. You can also purchase a tour allowing you to discover more of the island archipelago that is home to Icelands largest concentration of birds and the island of Surtsey that erupted from the ocean in 1963! Everything is fresh in Iceland!
Ferry ride back to Landeyjahöfn followed by a short drive to Reykjavík.
Return your rental car and enjoy a night at your leisure in Reykjavík.

Day 8: Reykjavik – Keflavik. 50km about 1 h
Return your rental car at Keflavik international airport and enjoy your flight home.




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