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Icelandic Wildlife Self Drive

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10 days / 9 nights

Your roadtrip to Iceland animals and nature!

Iceland is a paradise for lovers of flora and fauna. The majority of the country is made up of protected natural spaces which allow the island’s birds to multiply and form bustling colonies everywhere… And then there are the seals! Visitors will quickly understand why Icelanders have built a reputation for being particularly fussy when it comes to protecting the environment! This self drive tour takes you along Iceland’s western and eastern coasts, and includes excursions to its most spectacular wilderness.

This trip is available from May to September.

Regions visited during this trip to Iceland : Reykjavik | Golden Circle | Highlands | East | Northeast

N.B.: This trip to Iceland is an individual tailor-made tour, to be personalized with our Iceland specialist advisors.

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Your Icelandic Wildlife Self Drive day by day itinerary

Day 1

Keflavik - Reykjavík

Arrival at Keflavik international airport. Rental car pick up and drive to Reykjavík. Settle into your accommodation. The rest of your first night is at your leisure in the world’s northernmost capital. Overnight in Reykjavík.

Distance travelled: 50 km. 1h

Night in Reykjavík

Day 2

Reykjavik - Thingvellir - Gulfoss


In the morning, whale watching excursion out of the Reykjavik harbour, lasting about 3 hours. Then, rental car pick up and drive towards Iceland’s famous golden circle: a fantastic introduction to the country’s striking geology and history. At Thingvellir, the site of the world’s oldest parliament you’ll be able to observe the effects of oceanic rift. At Geysir, (to which the term geyser owes its name) the eruptions of the Strokkur geyser will take your breath away. Several kilometres further, you’ll arrive at the Gullfoss waterfall where the Hvítá river has created an impressive canyon. Staying overnight in the Hekla region.

Distance travelled: 160 km about 3h

Night in Hekla region

Day 3

Skogar- Vik -Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Explore the wonders of the glacial volcanoes of Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. Black sand beaches, glacial lagoons, bird nesting cliffs, and waterfalls crashing from the cliff faces. You’ll discover Dyrhólaey, the remnants of an ancient crater. These volcanic cliffs have been eroded into arches, crags and grottos of basalt rock. Thousands of birds make them their nesting homes in the summer (access to the cliffs is closed off from the 1st of May to the 25th during the nesting season). At Vik you’ll see colonies of puffins as you walk along the black sand beaches and well as seals and great skuas. Staying overnight in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur region.

Distance travelled: 230 km about 4h

Night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur region

Day 4

Skaftafell National Park – Jökulsarlon


Once you’ve crossed the great sand expanse created by the eruptions of the Vatnajokull volcanoes, you’ll enter into the Skaftafell National Park. Hike atop impressive glaciers and more volcanic sand until you reach the Svartifoss waterfall and its surrealist basalt rock formations. Then, head off on a unique excursion on a tugboat pulled by a tractor to the Ingolfshöfdi monolith, whose only point of access is a great black sand dune. By this seaside basalt rock face you find yourself in the kingdom of the Great Skua and Atlantic Puffin. (This excursion departs at noon and is not available on Sundays). In the afternoon, you’ll leave Skaftafell National Park to head to the glacial lagoon of Jökulsarlon and its arctic atmosphere. Seals and Arctic terns play hide ‘n seek in a playground of black, blue and white icebergs, with snow capped glaciers on the horizon. Staying overnight in Jökulsarlon.

Distance travelled: 260 km about 5h

Night in Jökulsarlon

Day 5

Höfn – Alftafjördur - Djupivogur

Discover the fjords of the east, a region that remains fairly isolated in Iceland and has thus preserved a strong regional character. You’ll take a magnificent coastal road that leads you from one fjord to the next. Stop wherever you are most tempted; to watch the seals of Lónsvík at play or swans in the bay of Álftafjördur. (depending on the season) There is also an exhibit about Iceland’s French fishermen in Fáskrúdsfjördur. Overnight in the Djúpivogur region.

Distance travelled: 260 km about 5h

Night in Djúpivogur region

Day 6

Djupivogur – Papey – Egilsstadir


Have the morning at your leisure in the village. In the early afternoon, you’ll take off by boat for Papey Island about 2 km away. During your guided visit you will discover one of Iceland’s largest puffin colonies, and spot grey seals lazing the day away on rocks. Next, either via the Öxi mountain pass or the bay of Breiddalsvik, you’ll come to the charming village of Egilsstadir. If you’re up for a detour: – follow the coastal road by Reydarfjördur to check out its impressive fjords. Staying overnight in the Egilsstadir region.

Distance travelled: 300 km about 5h

Night in Egilsstadir region

Day 7

Egilsstadir – Myvatn


Your day beings with the crossing of rocky desert-like hills and expanse’s until you arrive at the turn off to Dettifoss, here you can opt to take a detour to the Detifoss waterfall, the most powerful in Europe. You will then arrive in the Mývatn region, home to some of the most surprising and interesting geological and geothermal manifestations in Iceland. Mývatn is one of Iceland’s most volcanic regions and also the largest sanctuary for nesting ducks in Europe. Here, you have the option to relax in an outdoor geothermal pool or stop by Sigurgeir’s bird museum. Staying overnight in the Mývatn region.

Distance travelled: 150 km about 3h

Night in Mývatn region

Day 8

Myvatn –Husavik- Myvatn


Deepen your discovery of the Mývatn region. Pseudocraters, explosion craters, recent lava flows and cauldrons of boiling mud or enjoy the hikes in this surreal apocalyptic setting. The journey then takes you north around the Tjörnes peninsula, where puffins perform aerial feats, you’ll arrive in Husavik’s port where you can choose to go whale watching. followed by a drive back to Mývatn. Staying overnight in Myvatn.

Distance travelled: 220 km about 4h

Night in Myvatn

Day 9

Myvatn – Akureyri- Reykjavik


Continue driving west, stopping at the famous Godafoss falls before entering the city of Akureyri, the «capital of the north», a pretty city nestled in the crest of the Eyjafjördur fjord. You can either return your rental car and fly to Reykjavik or you can choose to drive down the route 1 ( a 5 hour drive of ca.400 km).

Distance travelled: 100 km about 2 h

Night in Reykjavik

Day 10

Reykjavik – Keflavik

Return your rental car at Keflavik international airport and enjoy your fight home.

Distance travelled: 50km about 1 h

Night in Selfoss

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Take your pick: hotels, mountain huts, campsites…

The vast majority of Icelandic establishments are modest, but clean and comfortable. Most of the guesthouses, farmhouses and hotels offer catering. Your accommodation will fall under whichever category of establishment you choose. There is also a camping option (all camping equipment provided). 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.

We recommend that your book your Iceland self-drive 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.

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Price range per person for this self-drive: 775€ to 1400€*

Pricing based on two persons, double room, with a regular car

In guesthouses, farmhouses or countryside hotels, from May to mid-August

  • In a room with a private bathroom: from 3 200 to 3 800 Euros
  • In a room with a shared bathroom: from 2 550 to 3050 Euros

In mountain huts, or hostels from May to mid-August

  • In dorms or shared rooms in the countryside: from 2 500 to 2 800 Euros

Camping, from June to mid-August

  • With equipment provided: from 2 100 to 2 400 Euros

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

Included in this travel

  • Transfer to and from Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavík accommodations.
  • 2 nights in Reykjavík in the double room of a guesthouse, with breakfast.
  • 7 nights in the countryside in private or shared double rooms, or in a campsite depending on your choice.
  • Breakfast 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.
  • 9 day rental of a category A vehicle, unlimited distance, 24% VAT, CDW insurance, one way fee between Keflavík and Akureyri and second driver included.
  • 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.
  • An excursion to the Ingolfshöfdi monolith and Papey Island.
  • Domestic flight between Akureyri and Reykjavík on day 9.
  • Transfer from the domestic airport to your Reykjavik accomodation on day 9.

Not included in this travel

  • International flights in and out of Iceland, airport taxes and travel insurance.
  • Meals, drinks and personal expenses.
  • Breakfast in hostels, mountain huts or campsites.
  • Fuel for your car.
  • Optional visits and activities.
  • Admission to sites that charge for visits.
  • The boat tours from Jokusarlon and whale watching in Husavik
  • 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.
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Friendly advice for your Icelandic Wildlife Self Drive:

  • Book a whale watching trip from the port of Húsavík on the northern coast
  • A good pair of binoculars is essential for bird watching.
  • May and June are the best months for bird watching.
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Watching the midnight sun beyond the Arctic Circle

No time to sleep during your stay in Iceland!

Experience one of the most unique events in Iceland : the midnight sun.

Hop on a ferry in Akureyri,  and sale to the island of Grimsey, straddling the Arctic Circle. During summer solstice, (approx. 20 – of June ) the sun remains constantly above the horizon for 24 hours.

Meet Atlantic puffins and more than 12 other different species before settling in your guesthouse to enjoy a local meal. Shortly after it will be time to find a perfect spot for the spectacular scene: enjoy the endless sun of Grímsey..

This unique experience is an Iceland Like A Local finding


200 € / 2 days / 1 night
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