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Iceland Grand Tour – 16 days / 15 nights

A self drive holiday in Iceland gives you freedom and flexibility to experience this beautiful country on your terms and to make the most of your limited time here. On a self drive holiday you can visit the most popular attractions but also get off the beaten path to do some hiking, take photos or just to stop for a moment to enjoy an amazing scenery,- it's all up to you.

We'll take care of planning your self drive holiday in Iceland, arrange and book your accommodation and type of car you want to drive and provide you with a detailed travel plan and road maps and. The only thing you have to book yourself is your accomodation in Reykjavík city before and after your round trip. Please note that the transfer to and from Keflavik airport is not included in the price of the tour. We recommend our Airport Express transfer service, which can be added to the package.

Itinerary details

Day 1 – Arrival

Collect rental car in Keflavik airport and drive to Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavik

≈50 km

Day 2 – West Iceland

Head north to Borgarfjörður area. You can either drive through the tunnel under Hvalfjörður, or the more scenic route along the fjord. If you want to learn about the settlement of Iceland, there is a settlement center in the town of Borgarnes with information about the first inhabitants of the island. Visit Hraunfossar waterfalls, and the historical Reykholt village. You can also go and see Deildartunguhver, which is the most powerful hot spring in Europe.

Overnight in Borgarfjörður area.

≈75 km

 

 

Day 3 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Continue west, to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Snæfellsjökull glacier, a volcano made famous in Jules Verne‘s novel „Journey to the Center of the Earth“, is located at the end of the peninsula. Various tours are available for those who wish to go on the glacier. While driving by the coast of the Peninsula, you will encounter the colourful bird life on the rocky and oddly shaped cliffs by the sea. For an easy hike that still gives great views, try walking up Saxhóll crater.

Overnight in Snæfellsnes area.

≈95 km

Day 4 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Breiðafjörður Bay

Continue along the Northern coast of Snæfellsnes where several fishing villages are located. The mountain Kirkjufell is not to be missed, and Orca whales can ofter be seen by the fjords. There are very successful whale watching tours operated from the area in the wintertime.

Overnight in Snæfellsnes area.

≈65 km

Day 5 – North-West

 Drive further North, over heaths and through historical districts to Hvammstangi, a village in north-west Iceland. An interesting detour is the Vatnsnes Peninsula, where there is an abundance of seals often seen resting on the rocks and beaches.

Overnight in Hvammstangi area

≈160 km

Day 6 - Akureyri and the North-West

Skagafjörður is well known for horse breeding and horse rentals are available in several places. The farmhouse museum in Glaumbær gives an glimpse into the life of the Icelandic people through the ages, and in Víðimýri you can see an old traditional turf church. Continue to Akureyri, the largest town in North-Iceland.

Overnight in Akureyri area.

≈ 200 km

Day 7 – Lake Mývatn area

On the way to Mývatn, make a stop at Goðafoss waterfall which is both beautiful and historic. When in Mývatn, visit the Dimmuborgir „dark castles“ lava field for spectacular lava formations. There is very rich bird life by the lake, and thousands of ducks of many species nest there every spring. In Sigurgeir‘s Bird Museum you can see specimens of over 80 Icelandic breeding birds. For mud pots and fumaroles, visit the geothermal area by Námafjall. Then you can have a relaxing soak in the geothermal Nature Baths, or even go on an easy hike to Hverfell volcanic crater.

Overnight in Mývatn area

≈ 95 km

Day 8 – The North-East

Visit the northern-most part of Vatnajökull national park, in Jökulsárgljúfur. This is a huge canyon, created in a series of catastrophic glacier floods thousands of years ago. A glacial river still runs through it, and there you can find several waterfalls. Dettifoss is by far the largest one, and is considered to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

Overnight in Egilsstaðir area

≈ 210 km

Day 9 – The East fjords

Explore the area of Hérað by Lake Lagarfljót. According to myth, a sea serpent in the shape of a giant snake lives in the lake, although its existence has not been proven yet despite numerous attempts. This is also where you will find the largest forest in Iceland, Hallormsstaðaskógur National Forest. Most of the trees are native birch, although multiple foreign tree species are grown in an arboretum there, and the area has many nice hiking paths.
Nearby is the waterfall Hengifoss, which is one of the tallest waterfalls in Iceland.

Overnight in Egilsstaðir area

Flexible km

Day 10 – The East fjords and South-East

Drive through the spectacular East Fjords with towering mountains and charming fishing villages. Each village has something special to offer, such as the Natural History museum in Norðfjörður, Petra’s Stone collection in Stöðvarfjörður and the Technical Museum in Stöðvarfjörður.

Overnight in Breiðdalsvik area

≈ 85 km

Day 11 – The South-East

Continue to Höfn, a town known for good lobster, located below Vatnajökull glacier. Great scenery of tall and uniquely formed mountains en route towards the South.

Overnight in Höfn area

≈ 165 km

Day 12 – The South Coast

Drive along the South-East coast, by Vatnajökull glacier. Stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and on the beach of Breiðamerkursandur the icebergs wash up on the shore, and the clear white and blue ice contrasts beautifully with the black volcanic sand.

In Skaftafell is a visitor center for Vatnajökull national park, where you can get information about the area and hiking paths around. It takes approximately 40 minutes to hike to Svartifoss waterfall, best known for the basalt column formations around it.

Overnight in Skaftafell area

≈ 135 km

 

Day 13 – The South Coast

Drive through the town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, across vast volcanic sands and one of the world‘s largest lavafields. Reynisfjara is a very popular site to visit, with black sands and basalt columns, and the rocks of Reynisdrangar off the coast. In Dyrhólaey you can find a nature sanctuary where plenty of birds nest in the spring.

Overnight in Vik area

≈ 140 km

Day 12 – The South Inland

A bit further along the coast are the waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. By Skógafoss is a very interesting folk museum, and you can try walking behind Seljalandsfoss. On this route you will see the famous volcanoes of Katla, Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla.

Overnight in Geysir area

≈ 145 km

Day 13 – Golden Circle

Go around the Golden Circle, the most popular tourist route in Iceland. The large waterfall of Gullfoss can be seen from several different viewpoints, and you might even get wet from the water spray coming off the falls. Nearby is the geothermal area of Geysir, where the hot spring of Strokkur erupts columns of hot water high in the air every few minutes. The national park of Þingvellir holds a great historic importance, since that is where the world’s oldest parliament was founded. It also has fissures and canyons all around due to Earth’s tectonic plates tearing apart, so you can literally walk between the American and European continents.

Overnight in Reykjavik area

≈ 150 km

 

Day 14 – Reykjavik city

Spend the day at leisure in Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavik area

Flexible km

Day 15 – Departure

Return to Keflavik airport and return the car before your flight.

≈ 50 km

 

 

Prices are per person in a double room, when two people share a vehicle. Contact us for other rates. Prices are subject to availability.

 

Budget Package - room with shared facilities and compact vehicle:                                                                    

Low Season: 01.September 2016 -30. April 2017: from 219.000 ISK    

Shoulder Season: 01.05-14.06.2017 & 20.08.-31.09.2017: from 279.000 ISK     

High season: 15.06.2017 - 19.08.2017 from 326.000 ISK                                                                     

Economy Package - room with private facilities and intermediate vehicle or  4WD station wagon:                                                                      

 

Low Season: 01.September 2016 -30. April 2017: from 274.000 ISK                            

Shoulder Season: 01.05-14.06.2017 & 20.08.-31.09.2017: from 387.000 ISK                 

High season: 15.06.2017 - 19.08.2017 from  448.000 ISK                                                                    

Comfort Package - deluxe room category and off road 4WD vehicle:                                                                   

Low Season: 01.September 2016 -30. April 2017: from 319.000 ISK                            

Shoulder Season: 01.05-14.06.2017 & 20.08.-31.09.2017: from 451.000 ISK                 

High season: 15.06.2017 - 19.08.2017 from  530.000 ISK                                                                    

 

Optional

 

  • Extra nights in Reykjavik (please enquire about the price)
  • Extra nights at all locations available on request
  • Room upgrades available on request
  • Other packages and day tours available at www.grayline.is
  • This package can be combined with other Gray Line packages

 

Highlights

  • Hraunfossar waterfalls
  • Eldborg
  • Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Dimmuborgir
  • Húsavík - whale capital of Iceland
  • Ásbyrgi
  • Dettifoss waterfall
  • Borgarfjörður eystri
  • Vatnajökull glacier
  • Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Dyrhólaey
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Þingvellir national park
  • Detailed itinerary

Included

  •  Farm house accommodation for 5 nights including breakfast - w/shared OR private facilities
  •  Rental car for 16 days, including unlimited mileage, CDW and VAT
  •  Good road map and a GPS
  •  Detailed itinerary

Excluded

  •  Admission to museums and extra activities
  •  Accommodation in hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik
  •  Transfer to/from Keflavik airport
  •  International flights
  •  Gasoline
  •  Meals other than breakfast

Tour highlights:

  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Langjökull
  • Landmannalaugar

Comments

Bagrowski 5 stars

8/15/2016 12:52:06 PM

It was really great!!!

Sellars 5 stars

8/15/2016 12:52:31 PM

Everything happened just as it should have. The nice clean bus arrived early, the driver was friendly and very helpful with luggage. The drive to the airport was professional and felt very safe. then we arrived early. Perfect!


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