Lava Cave and Geothermal Adventure

Take a guided walk into the mighty Vidgelmir lava cave with the aid of our all-new access walkway, and state of the art feature lighting system.

Vidgelmir is Iceland‘s largest natural lava cave, located in West Iceland. Just shy of 1600 meters / 5250ft, the cave features amazing colours and lava formations that lurk in the depths of the earth. With the aid of the new access walkway, and state of the art feature lighting system, it‘s an easy walk that all generations can enjoy.

Heading out of Reykjavik, we drive through Borgarfjordur fjord towards Husafell. On the way we‘ll make a stop at Deildartunguhver, hot spring, and the magnificent Hraunfossar lava waterfalls. Once at the cave, we start an adventurous and guided walk down the great, colourful and beautiful lava cave. Learn about its history and geological uniqueness which dates all the way back to the Viking age.

Following the cave adventure, we relax at the geothermal pool at Husafell and then we drive straight back to Reykjavík.

Our experienced guides will follow you every step of the way.

Included

  • Guided coach tour
  • 1.5 hour guided cave walk
  • Safety equipment
  • Admission to the geothermal pool in Húsafell
  • Pick-up and drop-off at accommodation in Reykjavik

Important

It’s just about 0° C inside the cave, so please bring a warm jacket, gloves and sturdy footwear.

Spectacular West

Travel along West Iceland and the varied landscapes of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a showcase of lava formations, geothermal activity and Viking Saga history on the stunning Spectacular West Road Trip.

The remote Westfjords are the least populated area in Iceland and ideal for off-the-beaten-track encounters with extraordinary nature. The Westfjords specialize in extremes: steep mountains plunge into deep fjords, rugged seabird cliffs hang over delicate beaches, and steamy thermal pools that among flowering vegetation.

Highlights:

  • Visit the region Lonely Planet recommended as a must-visit place in 2016
  • Follow the footsteps of Viking settlers, including famous explorers
  • Visit locations mentioned in Icelandic Sagas
  • Be captivated by Snaefellsjokull, a glacial volcano that has inspired authors and artists for hundreds of years
  • Explore the hidden and stunning beauty of the Westfjords region
  • Discover tiny villages tucked in the fjords, each with its own character
  • View some of the most diverse wildlife in Iceland in nature reserves
  • Take advantage of opportunities to try sea kayaking, boat tours and seacoast horseback riding

What you get:

  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion.
  • Electronic version of Iceland Travel Booklet. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Guide booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure!
  • Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day.
  • Expertise– take advantage of our many years of experience.  We plan routes that let you combine driving with good time to explore each area
  • We focus on safety– We use safe cars and plan the best itineraries for road conditions in each season.  We also have a 24 hour emergency line if issues arise during your visit.

**Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7  an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.

Included

  • Accommodation for 6 nights
  • 6 Icelandic style breakfasts (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 6 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT (Types of Car recommended:2.0 and higher)
  • GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
  • Airport Service Charge
  • Fuel Discount Card
  • Customer Care service during office hours
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours, including weekends and holidays
  • Service fee and taxes
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (picked up at Keflavik airport with your car rental). The app includes:
    •  Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services that can be filtered to suit your interests
    • Highlight section for each day of the tour
    • Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out dates
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • In-app purchase feature to book day tours or activities directly into the app
    • Iceland Travel Road Guide about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

* We highly recommend adding the one-way ferry to this tour.  Please let us know at booking time and we will be happy to set up the ferry booking for you.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Ferry transfer across Breidafjordur Bay (can be added into the package- see price details) *
  • Petrol
  • Admissions and activities
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 2:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”

Important

  • You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.
  • Car category 2.0 or higher is recommended for this itinerary.
  • Our road trip packages are designed by our team of travel experts. They are created for people like you who want to experience the very best of what Iceland has to offer. To get the best value Iceland Travel has to offer, book our road trips online. Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee.
  • With our exclusive road trip app you don´t have to worry about missing out and you will always find your way to your hotel after a full day of traveling. It is easy to book day tours and activities in the app when you are on the road.

Day 1: Arrival

Highlights: Viking World The Blue Lagoon Hveragerdi Hveragerdi Hot Spring Area

Geothermal Lagoon – Flower Village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Approximate distance: 100km / 62miles

Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.

From Keflavik International Airport, we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. This village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and, because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs, it is often called the “flower village.”

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi.

Optional Tours:

Day 2: Reykjavik – Snaefellsnes Peninsula – Stykkisholmur

Highlights: Eldborg Crater Budahraun Lava Field Snaefellsjokull National Park ArnarstapiHellnar Berserker Lava Field Dritvik Djupalonssandur Kirkjufell Shark MuseumStykkisholmur

Massive Crater – Pebble Beaches – Glacier-Capped Volcano

Approximate distance: 250km / 160miles

Depart your hotel and travel along the west coast towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula. En route pass the perfectly formed Eldborg crater, which looks as if it belongs on the moon. Explore the extraordinary variety of natural wonders along the peninsula from the rich birdlife at Arnarstapi sea cliffs to pleasant hiking along the shiny pebble beach at Djupalonssandur.

Throughout the day enjoy the sight of Snaefellsjokull glacier, the icy cone-shaped peak which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD.

Overnight in west Iceland.

Optional Tours:

Day 3: Stykkisholmur – Brjanslaekur – Westfjords

Highlights: Breidafjordur Flatey Island Patreksfjordur Latrabjarg

Quaint Fishing Villages – Ferry on Breidafjordur Bay – Europe’s Largest Bird Cliffs

Approximate distance:  155km / 95miles

Sail across Breidafjordur Bay, which is home to more than 3,000 tiny islands inhabited by nesting seabirds and playful seals. (Please note the ferry cost is not included in the package price.) Upon reaching the remote Westfjords, explore the area’s main attraction, Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point in Europe. The remarkable 441-meter-high (1,447 ft) sea cliffs are alive with millions of playful puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills.  This beautiful natural sculpture has been recognized by both Lonely Planet and National Geographic as one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world. The cliffs make a stunning viewpoint to the beautiful beaches below during the Midnight Sun of summer.

If you do not want to take the ferry, you can drive along scenic coastal roads to the southern West Fjords area of Brjanslaekur and, from there, on to Látrarbjarg.  (Adds an additional hour and 211 km/131 miles to your trip.)  In September, the ferry does not operate all days, and driving the coastal roads is the best option.

Overnight in the Westfjords.

Day 4: Patreksfjordur – Bildudalur – Thingeyri – Isafjordur

Highlights: Talknafjordur Bildudalur Dynjandi Thingeyri Isafjordur Isafjordur Maritime Museum

Rugged Heaths – ‘Thunderer’ Waterfall – Capital of the Westfjords

Approximate distance: 220km / 135miles

Travel across the spectacular Westfjords, keeping an eye out for thermal bathing springs hidden among the rugged heaths. At Dynjandi waterfall, the thunderous power of the main cascade drops 100 meters (329 ft) off the edge of a mountain. The waterfall base provides views seaward over lush valleys, making it an ideal picnic stop. En route, enjoy provincial charms in the fishing villages of Thingeyri before arriving in Isafjordur. Explore this honorary capital of the Westfjords, which has a real vibrancy and an endearing micro-culture created from years of isolation.

Overnight in Isafjordur area.

Optional Tours:

Day 5: Isafjordur – Holmavik – Strandir – Laugar Saelingsdalur

Highlights: Vigur Island Isafjordur Hólmavík

Uninhabited Fjords – Seal and Birdlife – Remote Arctic Wilderness

Approximate distance: 360km / 220miles

Drive the numerous uninhabited inlets of Isafjardardjup Fjord, with its beautiful coastline teeming with seals and bird life, towards Holmavik village. We recommend an excursion to the Strandir coast, one of the least-visited corners of Iceland. This remote and desolate wilderness has an air of mystery, where you can hike the breathtaking moorlands, soak in natural geothermal pools and learn about ancient sorcery and witchcraft. End your day in the fertile green valleys of Laugar in Saelingsdalur, an area rich in ancient Saga folklore and history.

Overnight in the Laugar Saelingsdalur area.

Optional Tours:

Day 6: Laugar Saelingsdalur – Borgarfjordur – Reykjavik

Highlights: Eiriksstadir Viking Home Deildartunguhver Hraunfossar Barnafoss BorgarnesSettlement Center of Iceland Hvalfjordur Fjord Husafell

Viking Heritage – Mysterious Waterfalls – Europe’s Most Powerful Hot Spring

Approximate distance: 290km / 180miles

Drive to Eiriksstadir, the Viking Age home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eriksson, who discovered North America. See the turf-covered replica of his longhouse and the adjacent excavation site where you can stand on Leif’s doorstep and share his magnificent view overlooking Haukadalur valley. Head through Borgarfjordur, visiting Hraunfoss waterfall where the water shimmers from moss-covered lava into cerulean waters below.  The nearby Barnafoss Falls have a mysterious secret to reveal. Be sure to stop at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, where you can buy organic tomatoes grown using geothermal heat. Continue via Hvalfjordur (the Whale Fjord) to Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Optional Tours:

Day 7: Departure

Highlights: Reykjavik Keflavik

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon as it is on your way to the airport if you did not have time to do it on your arrival day. *

*Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7  an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

Krauma Nature Baths

Enjoy a soothing bath at Krauma geothermal baths in an authentic Icelandic nature, near Deildatunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring.

Experience nature from its core by bathing in the geothermal baths at Krauma. The hot water originates in Europe’s most powerful hot spring Deildartunguhver, at a temperature of 100°C (212°F). To achieve the perfect bathing temperature the hot water is mixed with cold water which originated in the glacier Raudsgil.

Krauma has a total of six baths, five warm and one cold. The baths only feature blunted soft shapes which create an interesting contrast to the square design of the buildings. If you want to get even more relaxed enjoy the relaxation room located in the bathing area and lie or sit down while listening to soothing music and a crackling fireplace.The steam baths at Krauma are created by spraying water from the hot springs under timber benches located in the steam baths. Guests can smell high quality scented oils in the saunas to add to their experience.

Highlights

Deildartunguhver. Situated on a beautiful farm, Deildartunguhver is the largest and most powerful hot spring in Europe with a flow rate of 180 litres (50 gallons) of water per second at a piping hot 97°C (200°F). The scalding water bubbles out of an algae-covered rocky outcrop creating a steamy source of power. Most of the water heating homes and businesses in the towns of Borgarnes and Akranes comes from Deildartunguhver. It travels through a 64 kilometre (40 mi) pipeline, the longest of its kind in Iceland. So, if you take a shower anywhere within a 65 km radius of Deildartunguhver, you have already bathed in the hot water from this powerful spring!

Krauma. Geothermal baths in west Iceland.

Included

  • Entrance to the geothermal baths at Krauma

Not Included

  • Towels

Pearl Tour: Golden Circle, Super Jeep and Snowmobile

Combine a Super Jeep Adventure with riding a  snowmobile on Langjokull glacier, while visiting some of Iceland’s most famous and exciting natural wonders.

Our first stop is at Thingvellir National Park, which is one of Iceland’s most significant historical sites because it was there that Iceland’s first parliament was founded in the year 930 AD. From Thingvellir we head along mountain tracks toward the world-renowned geothermal area around Geysir hot spring, the one spouting hot spring on Earth after which all other spouting hot springs are named.

From there we continue on to Gullfoss (“the Golden waterfall”) where your proximity to its edge is so close you can feel the spray of the glacial water on your face.

Next we kick the action into higher gear to get even closer to Iceland’s nature and go for a snowmobiling tour on Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier.

We reserve the right to alter the itinerary according to weather and road conditions. Choices of roads and availability of activities are condition dependent.

Important:

Drivers need to present a valid driver’s license in order to drive a snowmobile (minimum age 18 years old).

What to bring:

  • Warm clothes
  • Good shoes
  • Snacks & drinks

Included

  • Super truck tour with driver-guide
  • Snowmobile tour (approx. 1 hour)
  • Warm overall, gloves and helmet during snowmobiling
  • Pick-up and drop-off at accommodation in Reykjavik

Into the Glacier Day Tour

Explore the stunning blue worlds of the Langjokull Ice Tunnel on the Into the Glacier Day Tour! This exceptional tour is must for the adventure seeker.

After nearly five years of studying, planning, modelling and careful preparation by top engineers, as well as advice from world renowned geo physicists with expert level knowledge of glaciers, you are now able to explore the Langjokull ice tunnel, located high on Europe’s second largest glacier.

The Langjokull Ice tunnel is the world’s first, and biggest, man-made Ice Cap Glacier tunnel.

This adventurous, once in a lifetime journey to the heart of an Ice Cap Glacier, starts with a bus ride to the area of Borgarfjordur. On the way to the edge of the glacier you’ll stop and witness natural phenomena such as Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring area in Europe, and Hraunfossar Waterfalls, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 metres out of a lava field.

When you reach Langjokull glacier, it’s time to board a monster 8 wheel glacier truck to reach the entrance of the ice cave.

During the excursion within the glacier itself you’ll see colours of blue you never knew existed, and learn how glaciers hide the secrets of history.

After an approximately 50 minute visit within the glacier, it’s time to head back to Reykjavik.

Included

  • Guided Coach tour
  • Monster Glacier Truck tour to “Ice Cave Iceland” on Langjokull glacier
  • Entrance to the Ice Cave
  • Pick-up and drop-off at accommodation in Reykjavik

Not Included

  • Food and drink
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Landmannalaugar – Hiking and Bathing Tour

Landmannalaugar is one of Iceland’s most awe-inspiring places with its impressive colorful mountains and natural hot springs.  

Landmannalaugar, this unique part of the highlands is one of Iceland’s most awe-inspiring places. The colorful rhyolite mountains are among its main characteristics with their varying textures, shapes and sizes, making Landmannalaugar one of Iceland‘s most photographed area. Within Landmannalaugar area you will find spectacular hiking trails with different difficulty levels to suit most visitors. Your guide will offer you to go on a 2 hour guided hike into the hills surrounding the area. We highly recommend that you go hiking!

Volcanic activity has put its mark on this area with warm springs and wonderful natural hot springs that are perfect for soaking in after a day of hiking in the mountains.

En route to Landmannalaugar we will stop by the beautiful Hjalparfoss waterfall in Thjorsardalur valley. We will also have a fine view of Iceland’s best-known volcano, Mt. Hekla. Once we get into the highlands, we will make a stop at Hnausapollur Crater Lake where you can see the stunning turquoise blue water, balck and red volcanic pumice and vegetated brims.

Highlights:

  • Experience the magnificent Landmannalaugar area
  • Bathe in a natural hot spring
  • Visit the beautiful Hjalparfoss waterfall
  • See Hnausapollur crater lake
  • Take in the peaceful Iceland countryside

Please note: Some hiking is required on this excursion to fully enjoy the tour. Hiking may involve changes in elevation and walk over rocky or uneven trails.

Bring with you:

  • A bathing suit and a towel if you want to take a dip into the hot spring at Landmannalaugar.
  • Your camera, this area is very picturesque

Included

  • Round-trip bus fare with complimentary pick up and drop off for hotels, guesthouses and bus stops in Reykjavik
  • Guided tour with a professional tour guide

Pick up starts 30 minutes before departure. Please be ready at your pick-up location by that time.

Iceland Complete – Winter Aurora Edition

Experience the special “Aurora Edition” of our best-selling Ring Road tour! You will visit all the main attractions of the legendary Ring Road, but with the added beauty—and northern lights—of an Icelandic winter.

Highlights

  • See Iceland‘s most popular sites and attractions along the famed Ring Road
  • Visit the world-famous Golden Circle natural wonders
  • Walk on the black sand beaches and see Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls along the south shore
  • Take in the majesty of Vatnajokull National Park that includes Skaftafell, the Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach
  • Explore the magnificent East Fjords, home of wild reindeer and a legendary sea monster
  • Visit AkureyriSiglufjordur and the Lake Myvatn region in North Iceland
  • View the hidden treasures of beautiful Borgarfjordur in West Iceland
  • Enjoy Icelandic cuisine made with fresh local ingredients
  • Take advantage of the Northern Lights wake-up calls and optional tours to increase your chances of seeing the amazing Northern Lights
  • Discover Iceland with our hand-picked local guides

Good to know

Maximum size: 36 participants

Minimum size: Guaranteed with 2 participants

Activity/Difficulty Level:  1 out of 5 (Very Easy) 

What to bring:

  • Comfortable outdoor shoes are recommended as there is some easy level walking on the tour
  • Bring wind and waterproof outerwear with you to Iceland
  • The weather in Iceland can change rapidly, we recommend dressing in layers for optimal comfort

Optional Activities

Booked via your guide at the start of your tour.

Winter 2019- 2020- Subject to change

Day 3: Super jeep tour on Vatnajokull glacier | 4 hrs
Day 5: Myvatn Nature Baths | Flexible time
Day 5:  Horse riding in Myvatn/Safarihestar | 1-2 hrs
Day 6:  Sailing / Sea angling / Whale watching (dep. on season) Akureyri | 3 – 3.5 hrs
Day 8:  Non-guided tour to the Blue Lagoon on arrival/departure | Book in advance; price is based on availability at booking time

Included

  • Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 8
  • Expert local English speaking guide from day 2 to day 8
  • Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
  • 2 hotel nights in standard rooms with private facilities in Reykjavik
  • 6 hotel nights in standard rooms with private facilities in countryside
  • Daily Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 6 three-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside with coffee/tea
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum including Icelandic-style refreshments (day 6)
  • Horse Show in Skagafjordur (day 7)
  • Northern Lights hunting kit (use of flashlight, blanket and a hot drink)
  • Entrance to the Herring Museum (day 7)
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
  • Northern Lights hunting kit (use of flashlight, blanket and a hot drink)
  • Great photo stops
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland

Added Value: Northern Lights Wake-Up Calls at selected hotels

Not Included

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Round-trip transfers between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik
  • Dinners in Reykjavík (day 1 and 8)
  • Lunches
  • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
  • Baggage porterage at airport and hotels
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00 (2:00pm)
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”

Accommodation

This tour stays in hotels with private bathrooms, generally a mix of four and three star hotels.  Most of the groups stay at the following hotels.  Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

Day 1 –  Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Day 2- Kria Hotel   or Icelandair Hotel Vik

Day 3- Hotel Hofn

Day 4-  Icelandair Hotel Herad

Day 5 – Sel-Hotel Myvatn

Day 6- Siglo Hotel

Day 7- Icelandair Hotel Hamar

Day 8 –  Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Important

  • Little walking is required on this tour other than walking on mostly flat and paved or smooth paths.
    • Day 5:  Dettifoss-  Good to know that the walking path between the parking lot and the waterfall is about 15- 20 minutes. It is an easy walk overall, heading downhill to the falls and uphill back to the parking lot.
  • Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice, due to road conditions
  • The Northern Lights are subject to the correct weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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Day 1: Arrival

Highlights: Reykjavik

On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavik, the largest municipality in Iceland.

Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik stands today. The town got its name “Smoky Bay” after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers.

Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm).

Overnight stay in Reykjavik at Icelandair Hotel Natura (according to advised accommodation list). Dinner on own.

For all Northern Lights enthusiasts we recommend joining a Northern Lights tour from Reykjavik tonight. Please let us know upon booking if you are interested in this option.

Important:   If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard “Winter Iceland Complete” itinerary.

*Northern Lights tours are subject to the correct weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed. 

Optional Tours:

Day 2: Geysir – Gullfoss – Skogar – Dyrholaey – Vik

Highlights: Geysir Gullfoss Hekla Eyjafjallajokull Seljalandsfoss Skogafoss Reynisdrangar Cliffs Vík

Exploding Geysers – Waterfalls – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day with a short city sightseeing of Reykjavik. From Reykjavik head through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Head on to the Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the “Golden Waterfall”, and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before continuing to Dyrholaey and the black sand beaches of Iceland’s South Shore. Continue to the village of Vik.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area at either Icelandair Hotel Vik or Hotel Kria (according to advised accommodation list).

*Northern Lights wake-up call available on this night 

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast
  • Three-course dinner

Approximate distance: ca 325 km / 201 miles

Day 3: Skaftafell National Park – Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon – Hofn

Highlights: Katla Eldhraun Lava Field Skaftafell National Park Vatnajokull National ParkVatnajokull Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon Hofn

Lava Fields – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your journey on the Ring Road. Cross Eldhraun, the largest lava flow recorded on the planet in historical times. Visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur town, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. The tour continues over Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within Vatnajokull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. Throughout the day you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Hofn area at Hotel Hofn (according to advised accommodation list).

*Northern Lights wake-up call available on this night 

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast
  • Three-course dinner

Optional Tours:

  • Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon | 45 mins | Price for winter 2019- 2020:  6.900 ISK
  • Super jeep tour on Vatnajökull glacier | 4 hrs | Price for winter 2019- 2020: 26.000 ISK

Approximate distance: ca 279 km / 173 miles

Day 4: Hofn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir

Highlights: Egilsstadir Lagarfljot Hallormsstadur

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Legendary Lake Monster

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords.  Enjoy the amazing views:  keep an eye out for wild reindeer, which can sometimes be seen in the area during the winter months.  You’ll also pass villages, each with its own special history and charm.  The road brings you to Egilsstadir town, located near Iceland’s largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster.  The area is also getting a name for itself for its excellent locally-sourced cuisine.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area at Icelandair Hotel Herad (according to advised accommodation list).

*Northern Lights wake-up call available on this night 

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast
  • Three-course dinner

Approximate distance: ca 259 km / 161 miles

Day 5: Lake Myvatn Area

Highlights: Hverfjall Myvatn Krafla Dettifoss Vatnajokull National Park

Highland Desert – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Winter Wonderland

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area at Sel-Hotel Myvatn (according to advised accommodation list).

*Northern Lights wake-up call available on this night 

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast
  • Three-course dinner

Optional Tour:

  • Mývatn Nature Baths | Flexible time | Price for winter 2019- 2020: 5.000 ISK (3.300 for senior citizens – 65 years or older)
  • Horse riding in Myvatn/Safarihestar | 1-2 hrs | Price for winter 2019- 2020: 7.500 -12.000 ISK

Approximate distance: ca 255 km / 158 miles

Day 6: Lake Myvatn Area – Akureyri – Siglufjordur

Highlights: Dimmuborgir Godafoss Akureyri Trollaskagi – Troll Peninsula Siglufjordur

“Waterfall of the Gods” – Turf-roofed Folk Museum – The Beautiful Troll Peninsula

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall and the old turf farm Laufas. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colorful northern “capital „of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur Fjord. After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur and the Troll Peninsula. This is a beautiful drive along steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline. The destination is Siglufjordur, set in a beautiful fjord of the same name. This town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Siglufjordur is a very picturesque and easily walkable town for an evening stroll.

Dinner and overnight in Siglufjordur at Hotel Siglo (according to advised accommodation list).

*Northern Lights wake-up call available on this night 

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast
  • Three-course dinner
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum including Icelandic-style refreshments

Optional Tour:

  • Sailing / Sea angling / Whale watching (dep. on season) Akureyri | 3 – 3.5 hrs | Price for winter 2019- 2020: 9.000 ISK – minimum 6 people required to guarantee departure

Approximate distance: ca 215 km / 134 miles

Day 7: Skagafjordur – Borgarnes

Highlights: The Herring Era Museum Skagafjordur Fjord Drangey Island Grabrok Borgarnes

Historical Museum – Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers – Unique Viking Horse Demonstration

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning visit Siglufjordur’s  award-winning Herring-Era Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a herring boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to Skagafjordur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding. Enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait – the tolt. Continue towards the village of Blonduos built on both sides of the river Blanda. Hrutey Island, a protected nature reserve, sits within the centre of this popular Salmon River. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.

Dinner and overnight stay in Borgarnes area at Icelandair Hotel Hamar (according to advised accommodation list).

*Northern Lights wake-up call available on this night 

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast
  • Three-course dinner
  • Entrance to the Herring Museum
  • Horse Show in Skagafjordur

Approximate distance: ca 310 km / 193 miles

Day 8: Borgarfjordur – Thingvellir – Reykjavik

Highlights: Deildartunguhver Barnafoss Hraunfossar Hvalfjordur Fjord Thingvellir National Park Reykjavik

Europe’s Largest Hot Spring – Picturesque Waterfalls – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls before continuing via Hvalfjordur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest lake and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where the world‘s oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik at Icelandair Hotel Natura (according to advised accommodation list). Dinner is on your own.

For all Northern Lights enthusiasts we recommend joining a Northern Lights tour from Reykjavik tonight or contact your hotel reception to reschedule your tour if you booked a tour on your first night and it was not operated.

*Northern Lights tours are subject to the correct weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed. 

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast
  • Three-course dinner

Approximate distance: ca 205 km / 127 miles

Optional Tours:

Day 9: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight.  Transfer to the airport not included. We advise departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight.  Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, you might use the opportunity to stop there now on your way to the airport.

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast

Optional Tours:

Snaefellsnes Express Road Trip

Short on time? Want to experience the area voted by US Travel Magazine Travel and Leisure as the winter getaway in Europe? Don´t want to break the bank? We invite you to go on a 5-day road trip of a lifetime through the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

The western edge of the peninsula includes the national park highlighting Snæfellsjokull glacier which is featured in the epic adventure ´Journey to the Center of the Earth’ by Jules Verne. Snæfellsnes peninsula has been referred to as ´Iceland in Miniature´ as you can experience all the best of Iceland in this region. This includes Snaefellsjokull glacier, impressive beaches, vast lava fields, cliffs teaming with birdlife, impressive rock stacks, friendly fishing towns and imposing mountains.

On our road trips you have the freedom to travel at your own pace by car, you can explore dramatic landscapes sculpted by ancient glaciers and volcanoes, hunt for the elusive northern lights or bask in the midnight sun (depending on the time of year!) and visit the sites – including the famous Londrangar sea stacks.

Do you want to add caving, whale watching, viking sushi tour or other exciting activities to your itinerary? Go for it! You can easily book your day tours or activities in advance or if you are feeling spontaneous, book them directly in your Iceland Travel Companion App along the way. It’s that easy!

Highlights:

  • Explore all Iceland‘s main attractions along the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Visit the charming fishing villages of Grundarfjordur, Arnarstapi and Hellnar, beautiful mountains and volcanic craters such as Kirkjufell and Ljosufjoll, the black beach at Djupalonssandur, the majestic glacier Snaefellsjokull, and the seal colony at Ytri Tunga. If you’re lucky and travelling between September and April, you might even spot the northern lights along the way.
  • See all that Reykjavik city has to offer with two overnights in the ‘Capital of Cool’.
  • Enhance your trip by adding one of our discounted activity add-on packages to create the perfect vacation that suits your interests.

What you get:

  • Flexible stress-free travelling. With a comprehensive map and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace and choose your own stops and activities along the way.
  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion App pre-installed on a tablet.
  • An electronic version of the Iceland Travel Road Guide. Prior to your arrival, we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Guide Road Guide. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure.
  • Expertise– take advantage of our many years of experience.  We plan routes that let you combine driving with good time to explore each area
  • We focus on safety– We use safe cars and plan the best itineraries for road conditions in each season.  We also have a 24 hour emergency line if issues arise during your visit.

What to bring:

Learn more about what to pack for you Iceland adventure here.

**Please note that the package price is based on 4 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 5 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 4-day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

Included

  • 2 nights in Reykjavik
  • 2 nights in Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • 4 Icelandic breakfasts (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 4 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT**
  • GPS system with car and additional authorized driver
  • Fuel Discount Card
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavik international airport.
  • Airport Service Charge.
  • Customer Care service during office hours
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours, including weekends and public holidays.
  • Service fee and taxes
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (picked up at Keflavik airport with your car rental). The app includes:
    •  Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services that can be filtered to suit your interests
    • Highlight section for each day of the tour
    • Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out dates
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • Iceland Travel Road Guide about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

Not included

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Gasoline/petrol
  • Admissions and activities
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 1400 (2:00 pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”

Important

  • Due to high demand, accommodation in Reykjavik for New Year’s Eve cannot be guaranteed.
  • Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher.
  • Please note: The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • Please note that this package can only be booked online. Our road trip packages are designed by our team of travel experts. They are created for people like you who want to experience the very best of what Iceland has to offer. To get the best value Iceland Travel has to offer, book our road trips online. Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee.
  • With our exclusive road trip app, you don´t have to worry about missing out and you will always find your way to your hotel after a full day of traveling. It is easy to book day tours and activities in the app when you are on the road.
  • Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee. Your Iceland Travel Companion app will also not reflect the changes.
  • Learn about packing essentials for your trip to Iceland here.

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Day 1: Arrival

Highlights: The Blue Lagoon Keilir Reykjavik Keflavik

Arrival in Iceland – The world’s northernmost capital city

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport, make sure you receive a tablet with protective case and chargers, and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is yours to rest and use at your own leisure.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Optional Tours:

Day 2: Reykjavik – South of Snaefellsnes

Highlights: Hvalfjordur Fjord Borgarnes Settlement Center of Iceland Arnarstapi HellnarSnaefellsjokull National Park

Approximate distance: ca 190km / 118miles

Borgarnes – beautiful 19th-century church – lava fields – Arnarstapi – unique rock formations – Snæfellsjökull glacier

This is a day for romantic seaside scenery.

Drive from Reykjavik via the Hvalfjordur tunnel to Borgarnes town which makes for a perfect pit stop. We recommend the cosy Kaffi Kyrrd for refreshments. Proceed from Borgarnes on road 45 to your hotel on the southwestern edge of Sneafellsnes peninsula where the imposing Snaefellsjokull glacier dominates the scenery.

Visit the fishing village of Arnarstapi and its harbor. Walk along the coastline to see the teeming birdlife and the magnificent lava formation.  See the monument of the mythical protector of Snaefellsnes, Bardur Snaefellsas and don´t miss Gatklettur or Arch Rock which is a beautiful cliff with a circular arch. It is surrounded by birdlife and pretty flora.

Near Arnarstapi are such natural wonders such as Raudfeldsgja, Dritvik, Bjarnafoss and Londrangar sea stacks.

Nearby is the old charming fishing village of Hellnar. It has lovely rock formations by the sea. One rock formation is especially noteworthy, it is called Valasnos. It has a cave called Badstofa which is famous for its light and hues.

Near Hotel Budir is a pathway which takes you through a lava field by the coast to charming 19th-century church. It is a setting for a perfect romantic walk.

Overnight in a local hotel.

Optional Tours:

Day 3: South West of Snaefellsnes to North of Snaefellsnes

Highlights: Kirkjufell Grundarfjordur Shark Museum Ólafsvík Stykkisholmur

Approximate distance: ca 145km / 90miles

Impressive mountains – fishing villages – Kirkjufell – Stykkisholmur – Breidafjordur Bay

Drive from your hotel on the South Western part of Snaefellsnes peninsula. If you are up to it you can book a caving tour in the 200 meters long and 35-meter deep lava cave Vatnshellir. Don´t worry, you can book this tour in the Iceland Companion app at your leisure. Continue to the fishing villages of Hellissandur, Rif and Olafsvik. At Olafsvik village you can join a whale watching tour during the summer (1 April – 15 September). In winter, you can join a whale watching tour from the village of Grundarfjordur. Again, you can book this in the Iceland Travel Companion app.

Proceed to the town of Grundarfjordur which is famous for the picturesque (or shall we say Tolkienesque) mountain of Kirkjufell. During the summer Grundarfjordur hosts a ´Viking village´ with the local Viking Association showing re-enactments.  The surrounding fjord is abundant in marine-life and in winter orca whales can be seen swimming near the shore, chasing Iceland’s delicious herring. The area has also become a known sanctuary for the white-tailed eagle which is the largest predatory bird in Iceland.

From Grundarfjordur there is a short drive to Stykkisholmur, the largest town on the peninsula. From there you will have a fantastic view over the islands in Breidafjordur Bay.

Overnight in Stykkisholmur town or nearby towns.

Optional Tours:

Day 4: Stykkisholmur to Reykjavik

Highlights: Reykjavik Perlan Hallgrimskirkja Borgarnes Settlement Center of IcelandHvalfjordur Fjord

Approximate distance: ca 165KM / 103 miles to Reykjavik

Drive back to Reykjavik through Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Borgarfjordur Valley via Borgarnes. Stop by the Settlement Center of Iceland in Borgarnes to learn about Viking history or just enjoy an excellent meal. If the weather is good, enjoy a scenic detour to Hvalfjordur fjord. Enjoy your free afternoon in Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Optional Tours:

Day 5: Departure

Highlights: Keflavik Viking World

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon, as it is on your way to the airport if you did not have time to do it on your arrival day. *

**Please note that the package price is based on 4×24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 5 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 4-day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

Iceland Complete

Visit all Iceland’s main attractions along the Ring Road escorted by a professional local guide in our bestseller tour, Iceland Complete.

Prefer to travel in a smaller-sized group?  Try the  new “Small Group” version of this tour!Maximum size:  16 participants Enjoy the convenience and comfort of a small group tour as you discover the Ring Road natural wonders.   The small group version is priced from 2.688,-EUR/person in a double room.

The small group version is available on the following dates:  May 1, 8, 29;  June 3, 5, 19; July 10, 22; August 5, 21; September 11, 20.

With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this classic, best-selling tour highlights the natural wonders, majestic landscapes and the unique character of Iceland. Features of this popular tour include stops at the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Mývatn and all the famous sights of the Golden Circle such as Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.

This is a classic circle tour that provides the perfect mix of culture and nature. This tour has been our best seller for nearly 20 years.

Get the most out of your holiday in Iceland!!

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • See Iceland’s most popular sites and attractions along the famed Ring Road
  • Visit the world-famous Golden Circle natural wonders
  • Walk on the black sand beaches and see Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls along the south shore
  • Take in the majesty of Vatnajokull National Park that includes Skaftafell, the Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach
  • Explore the magnificent East Fjords, home of wild reindeer and a legendary sea monster
  • Visit Akureyri and the Lake Myvatn region in North Iceland
  • Journey through the less-travelled Troll Peninsula and explore the charming town of Siglufjordur
  • View the hidden treasures of beautiful Borgarfjordur in West Iceland
  • Enjoy Icelandic cuisine made with fresh local ingredients

All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
Maximum group size: 36 people

2019 Optional tours and activities:

Booked via your guide at the start of your tour.Day 3: Boat tour on the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon | 45 mins 
Day 3: Super jeep tour on Vatnajokull glacier | 4 hrs
Day 5: Myvatn Nature Baths | Flexible time |
Day 5:  Horse riding in Myvatn/Safarihestar | 1-2 hrs
Day 6:  Sailing / Sea angling / Whale watching (dep. on season) Akureyri | 3 – 3.5 hrs
Day 8:  Non guided tour to the Blue Lagoon on arrival/departure | Variable prices | Book in advance; price is based on availability at booking time

Included

  • 7 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 2 nights  w/private facilities in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation  6 nights w/private facilities in countryside
  • Icelandic breakfast daily except arrival day
  • 5 dinners in the countryside (day 2, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum, including refreshments (day 6)
  • Herring-Era Museum Entrance (day 7)
  • Horse Show in Skagafjordur (day 7)

Accommodation

This tour stays in hotels with private bathrooms, generally a mix of four and three star hotels.  Most of the groups stay at the following hotels.  Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

Day 1 –  Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Day 2- Icelandair Hotel Vik or Hotel Kria

Day 3- Hotel Hofn

Day 4- Icelandair Hotel Herad

Day 5 – Sel-Hotel Myvatn

Day 6- Hotel Siglo

Day 7 – Icelandair Hotel Hamar

Day 8- Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Round-trip transfers between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik
  • Lunches
  • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”

Important

Travel Tips:

  • We suggest bringing a mosquito/fly head net for use on Day 5, as there can be harmless midges around Lake Myvatn. It‘s not required, but some visitors have found it more comfortable.

Day 1: Arrival:

Highlights: Reykjavik Hallgrimskirkja Tjornin The Sun Voyager Perlan The Blue Lagoon

Important:   If you have added extra nights in Reykjavik before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard “Iceland Complete” itinerary.

Welcome to the Land of Fire and Ice!  On your own, transfer to Reykjavik.  We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers, which can be booked through Iceland Travel.  If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavik, the largest municipality in Iceland.

Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik stands today. The town got its name “Smoky Bay” after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers.

Dinner is on your own.  Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price.  Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm). 

Overnight stay in Reykjavik (airport transfer not included).  Dinner on own.

Day 2: Geysir – Gullfoss – Skogar – Dyrholaey – Vik:

Highlights: Hveragerdi Geysir Gullfoss Seljalandsfoss Skogafoss Dyrholaey

Exploding Geysers – Waterfalls – Puffin Colony – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore

Breakfast at your hotel.  Start your journey by  heading through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Drive on to the Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the “Golden Waterfall”, and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before continuing to Dyrholaey* nature reserve. Continue to the village of Vik.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area.

*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, approximately mid-May until June 25th.

Approximate distance: ca330km / 205miles

Day 3: Vik – Skaftafell National Park – Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon – Hofn:

Highlights: Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon Skaftafell National Park Vatnajokull

Lava Fields – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel.  Continue your journey along the Ring Road.  Cross Eldhraun, the largest single lava flow recorded on the planet. Visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur town, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. The tour continues over Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within Vatnajokull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. It’s a treat for photographers.  Continue eastward, enjoying  magnificent views of mighty Vatnajokull, Europe‘s largest glacier.  Your destination is Hofn, a seacoast village located near the glacier.

Dinner is on your own this evening.  Hofn is famous for its excellent langoustines (Norway lobsters), and several restaurants in the town offer this specialty.

Overnight in Hofn.

Approximate distance: ca280km / 174miles

Day 4: Hofn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir:

Highlights: Hofn Petra’s Minerals Reydarfjordur Faskrudsfjordur

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline 

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today you’ll enjoy amazing scenery as you head from glacial landscapes to fjord views. Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Head into the magnificent East Fjords with its views of towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea. Pass through charming coastal fjord villages on your way to Egilsstadir town.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area.

Approximate distance: ca260km / 162miles

Day 5: Lake Myvatn Area:

Highlights: Dettifoss Myvatn Krafla

Highland Desert – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Activity – Rich Birdlife – Protected Salmon River

Breakfast at your hotel.  Feel the empty vastness of the surreal Modrudalsoraefi highland desert as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area.  On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall.  Continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. One of the Myvatn area’s claims to fame is that it is home to more species of ducks than any other place on Earth.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area.

Approximate distance: ca225km / 139miles

Day 6: Lake Myvatn Area – Akureyri – Siglufjordur:

Highlights: Dimmuborgir Godafoss Akureyri Trollaskagi – Troll Peninsula Siglufjordur

“Waterfall of the Gods” – Folk Museum – The beautiful Troll Peninsula

Breakfast at your hotel.  Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall and the Laufas turf farm museum, Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colourful northern “capital“of Iceland.  The town has charming buildings and a beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur Fjord.  After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur and the Troll Peninsula.  This is a beautiful drive along steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline.  The destination is Siglufjordur, set in a beautiful fjord of the same name.  This town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Siglufjordur is a very enjoyable and friendly town for an after-dinner evening stroll.

Dinner and overnight in Siglufjordur.

Approximate distance: ca215km / 134miles

Day 7: Skagafjordur – Borgarnes:

Highlights: Borgarnes The Herring Era Museum Skagafjordur Fjord

Fertile Farmlands – Scenic Views-  Icelandic History– Unique Viking Horse Demonstration

Breakfast at your hotel.  This morning visit Siglufjordur’s award-winning Herring-Era Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century when Siglufjordur was transformed into a herring boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring.  Afterwards, head along  majestic mountains and narrow passes to the historical town of Hofsos with its beautiful views over the ocean.  After some time here, head onto Skagafjordur,  considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for historical preservation and horse breeding.   Stop at Holar, one of Iceland’s most historical places.  It was the cultural center of Iceland for over 700 years and has several fascinating ancient buildings on site. Today it is home to a world-famous agricultural university.   This afternoon you’ll visit a local horse farm for an enjoyable introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait – the tolt. Continue towards the village of Blonduos, built on both sides of Blanda, a river formed from a wilderness glacier.  Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.

Dinner and overnight in the Borgarnes area.

Approximate distance: ca315km / 196miles

Day 8: Borgarfjordur – Thingvellir – Reykjavik:

Highlights: Hraunfossar Barnafoss Deildartunguhver

Europe’s Largest Hot Spring – Picturesque Waterfalls – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)- Iceland’s Capital City

Breakfast at your hotel.  Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls before continuing via Hvalfjordur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest lake and Thingvellir National Park.  This UNESCO heritage site is where the world’s oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century.  It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. The road takes you back to Reykjavik where you’ll enjoy a  short “farewell” city sightseeing tour before being dropped off at your hotel for the final night.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik.  Dinner is on your own.

Approximate distance: ca280km / 174miles

Day 9: Departure:

Highlights: Perlan Reykjavik Esja Reykjavik City Museum Laugardalur

Breakfast at your hotel.  Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight.  Transfer to the airport not included, but we would be happy to book it for you.  We advise departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, you might use the opportunity to stop there now on your way to the airport.

Ring Road Express Road Trip

The Ring Road Express Road Trip allows you to explore the whole of Iceland’s Ring Road and Reykjavik in just 9 days. You will visit the incredible sights in each region and with the exclusive Iceland Travel Companion App, you don’t have to worry about missing out on any of the essential experiences.

You will have the freedom and flexibility to travel at your own pace by car. Explore dramatic landscapes sculpted by ancient glaciers and volcanoes, visit sights of historical or cultural significance, or simply bask in the midnight sun in one of Iceland’s many geothermal heated pools and springs.

Do you want to add ice caving, snowmobiling, ATV rides, whale watching or other exciting activities to your itinerary? Go for it! You can easily book your day tours or activities in advance or if you are feeling spontaneous, book them directly in your Iceland Travel Companion App along the way. It’s that easy!

What to bring:

Learn more about what to pack for you Iceland adventure here.

*Please note that the package price is based on 8 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 9 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 8-day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

Please note the ring road today contains a toll tunnel  www.tunnel.is

Highlights

  • Explore Iceland‘s ring road with the varied and otherworldly landscape that has made Iceland a “must-see” place to experience.
  • Visit Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss and Geysir hot spring area within the Golden Circle
  • Travel along the South Coast with its black sand beaches, glaciers and volcanoes
  • Experience the mountains, fjords and quirky small towns, including Seydisfjordur in East Iceland
  • Admire the Lake Myvatn area and Akureyri in North Iceland
  • See all that Reykjavik city has to offer with two overnights in the ‘Capital of Cool’.
  • Enhance your trip by adding one of our discounted activity add-on packages to create the perfect vacation that suits your interests.

What you get

  • Flexible, stress-free travelling. With a comprehensive map and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace and choose your own stops and activities along the way.
  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion App pre-installed on a tablet.
  • An electronic version of the Iceland Travel Road Guide. Prior to your arrival, we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Road Guide. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure.
  • Expertise– take advantage of our many years of experience.  We plan routes that let you combine driving with good time to explore each area
  • We focus on safety– We use safe cars and plan the best itineraries for road conditions in each season.  We also have a 24 hour emergency line if issues arise during your visit.

Included

  • 2 nights in Reykjavik
  • 6 nights in countryside hotels
  • 8 Icelandic style breakfasts (except for arrival day)
  • Rental car for 8 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT**
  • GPS system with car and additional authorized driver
  • Fuel Discount Card
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavik international airport
  • Airport Service Charge
  • Customer Care Service during office hours
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours, including weekdays and public holidays
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (picked up at Keflavik airport with your car rental). The app includes:
    •  Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services that can be filtered to suit your interests
    • Highlight section for each day of the tour
    • Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out dates
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • In-app purchase feature to book day tours or activities directly into the app
    • Iceland Travel Road Guide about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

Not Included

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Gasoline/petrol
  • Admissions and activities
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 1400 (2:00 pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”

Important

  • Please note that this package can only be booked online.
  • Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher.
  • Our road trip packages are designed by our team of travel experts. They are created for people like you who want to experience the very best of what Iceland has to offer. To get the best value Iceland Travel has to offer, book our road trips online. Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee.
  • With our exclusive road trip app you don’t have to worry about missing out and you will always find your way to your hotel after a full day of traveling. It is easy to book day tours and activities in the app when you are on the road.
  • Learn about packing essentials for your trip to Iceland here.
  • Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee. Your Iceland Travel Companion app will also not reflect the changes.

Day 1: Arrival

Highlights: Reykjavik The Blue Lagoon The Sun Voyager Harpa Concert Hall Austurvollur Square Hallgrimskirkja Perlan

Keflavik Airport – Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca 50KM / 31Miles

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport, make sure you receive a tablet with protective case and chargers, and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is yours to rest and use at your own leisure.

Drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula and the famous Blue Lagoon for a relaxing dip in the pleasantly warm geothermal waters, rich in silica and minerals that are great for the skin. We recommend you book your entrance to the Blue Lagoon online well in advance.

Explore the Mars-like landscapes of Reykjanes Peninsula – a UNESCO Global Geopark – and its fishing villages, lighthouse and the colorful geothermal area of Krysuvik. Or simply head to your hotel, relax or explore Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world. Walk down the main shopping streets of Laugavegur and Skolavordustigur, or go up to the top of Hallgrimskirkja church and take in the view of the entire city. Feeling hungry? Try the Reykjavik Food Walk Tour.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Optional Tours:

Day 2: Explore the Golden Circle

Highlights: Thingvellir National Park Gullfoss Geysir Kerid

Reykjavik – Thingvellir – Geysir Hot Spring Area – Gullfoss waterfall – Fludir area

Approximate distance: ca141km / 87miles

Today you‘ll visit many of the must-see sights in Iceland.

Begin your day with the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, famous for its Viking history and geological wonders. Continue to Geysir Hot Spring Area, with its collection of bubbling pools and spouting geysers. Drive onwards to the majestic, two-tiered Gullfoss (Golden Falls). Soak in the Secret Lagoon or Laugarvatn Fontana Baths. Try riding an Icelandic horse. Take a pit stop at Fridheimar greenhouses to see how food is grown in Iceland and sample fresh local cuisine.

Overnight in Fludir area.

Optional Tours:

Day 3: The Legendary Icelandic South Coast

Highlights: Eyjafjallajokull Thorsmork Katla Myrdalsjokull Seljalandsfoss SkogafossReynisdrangar Cliffs Vík Dyrholaey

Looming volcanoes – Black-Sand Beaches – Thundering Waterfalls – Sea Cliffs & Stone Arches – Snowmobiling

Approximate distance: ca149km /92miles

This day is chock-full of selfie-worthy destinations!

Drive along the scenic southern coast and the area near the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano which erupted and disrupted air traffic in the northern hemisphere for weeks in 2010. Star Wars fans will be pleased to know that the opening scenes from The Force Awakens were shot in this area.

Continue onwards and explore the beautiful Skogafoss (don’t miss the beautiful nearby hidden waterfall Gljufrabui) and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and Myrdalsjokull glacier, which covers the powerful Katla volcano. Here it’s possible to explore an ice cave, go snowmobiling on the glacier, and get envy-worthy photos of southern Iceland’s epic looking coastline.  Stop by the peaceful seafront village of Vik to grab a meal and explore a dramatic stretch of coastline, photogenically poised between glacier-topped mountains, rugged sea cliffs and world-famous black sand beaches. Near Vik are the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach and Dyrholaey promontory.

Overnight in the Vik area

Optional Tours:

Day 4: Drive to the largest glacier in Europe and end up in the langoustine capital of Northern Europe

Highlights: Hofn Skaftafell National Park Svartifoss Waterfall Jokulsarlon Glacial LagoonVatnajokull

Vik – Kirkjubaejarklaustur – Skaftafell – Jokulsarlon – Hofn

Approximate distance: 270km / 168miles

Drive from Vik village through the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Explore Skaftafell, a green oasis nestled below the great Vatnajokull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. Make sure to stop by Skaftafell area, an oasis and hiker’s paradise which is a part of Vatnajokull National Park. Here you can go on amazing glacier hikes! Continue across black sand plains created by glacial activity.

Stop at the incredible Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, a filming location for many Hollywood blockbusters. These include Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and the James Bond films Die Another Day and A View to a Kill. On the other side of the road you can find the unique Diamond Beach.

Head onwards to the seaside town of Hofn. It is known as the langoustine capital of northern Europe. We recommend trying out langoustine for dinner!

Overnight in the Hofn area.

Optional Tours:

Day 5: See the narrow fjords and the epic coastline of East of Iceland

Highlights: Petra’s Minerals The Wilderness Center Hengifoss Seydisfjordur FaskrudsfjordurSkrudur Island Icelandic Wartime Museum Hallormsstadur Lagarfljot Egilsstadir

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Intriguing Stone Collection

Approximate distance: ca 262 km / 224 miles

Today you’ll be visiting some of Iceland’s oldest landscapes, the rugged and scenic East Fjords!  Give yourself plenty of time to navigate the steep roads and to enjoy the beautiful views.  This is special part of Iceland that deserves a closer look.  The road takes you by towering mountains and charming fishing villages, a perfect setting for photography.

Djupivogur, the gateway to the East Fjords, is ideal for coastal hiking. As you travel, you might option of visiting  Petra’s famous collection of local stones and minerals at Stodvarfjordur.   Faskrudsfjordur is a pretty town with an interesting historical connection to France.  East Iceland also has ties to the Second World War, and if you enjoy history you should check out the Icelandic Wartime Museum in Reydarfjordur town.  East Iceland is a great base for locally-sourced cuisine, and tonight you should enjoy the opportunity to try some specialties of the area in Egilsstadir.

Overnight in east Iceland

Optional Tours:

Day 6: Explore the highlights of the ‘Diamond Circle’ of North Eastern Iceland

Highlights: Jokulsargljufur National Park Dettifoss Ásbyrgi Húsavík Myvatn Saenautasel

Egilsstadir – Dettifoss waterfall  – Ásbyrgi – Husavik – Dimmuborgir – Myvatn

Approximate distance: ca330km / 205 miles

Expect a long day of sightseeing that will take you through the magnificent ´Diamond Circle´of the Icelandic North East. Start out from Egilsstadir, travel across the Modrudalsoraefi highlands renowned for their stark, untouched beauty towards the massive Dettifoss, Europe’s biggest waterfall. When you get there, don’t forget to visit its neighbour Selfoss waterfall. Explore the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Asbyrgi. An optional stop is at the Hljodaklettar rock formations.

Drive onwards to a friendly Husavik fishing port which is often called the capital of whale watching of Iceland. Finish your day by driving to the lovely Lake Myvatn where you can relax in the Myvatn nature baths. Lake Myvatn and its surroundings is one of Iceland’s most impressive destinations.

Overnight in northeast Iceland.

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Day 7: Explore the capital of the North

Highlights: Akureyri Skagafjordur Fjord Myvatn Dimmuborgir Hverfjall Krafla Godafoss

Myvatn – Akureyri-Skagafjordur

Approximate distance: ca130km / 81miles

Now you have time to explore the highlights of the Lake Myvatn area, including the mystical volcanic formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard, and the Krafla volcanic area. Drive to Godafoss waterfall en route to Akureyri, the charming “capital” of northern Iceland.

Overnight in the Eyjafjordur or Skagafjordur area

Optional Tours: