Iceland Ring Road Leisure - 12 Days / 11 Nights (0)
Iceland Ring Road Leisure - 12 Days / 11 NightsWe take care of all the planning for you, provide you with a car of your choice, a detailed travel plan and a good road map. We also book your accomodation for you during your tour. The only thing you have to book yourself is your accomodation in Reykjavík before and after your round trip and your flight to and from Iceland. 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.
Day 1 – The South-West
Collect rental car in Reykjavik and 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.
- Settlementer center in Borgarnes
- Snorrastofa Medieval and Cultural center
Overnight in Borgarfjörður area.
Day 2 – 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.
- Vatnshellir cave tour
- VikingSushi bird and nature watching tour
Overnight in Snæfellsnes area.
Day 3 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the West
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 boat tours operated on Breiðafjörður bay, both to the island of Flatey and sightseeing cruises to enjoy the rich birdlife. Drive across Laxárdalsheiði heath to Hrútafjörður.
- Eric the Red living museum
- Seal center in Hvammstangi
Overnight in the Hrútafjörður/Skagafjörður area.
Day 4 – Akureyri and the North-West
After breakfast, drive further North through valleys and fjords. An interesting detour is the Vatnsnes Peninsula, where there is an abundance of seals often seen resting on the rocks and beaches. 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.
- Horse riding in Skagafjörður
- Whale Watching tours from Akureyri
Overnight in Akureyri area.
Day 5 – 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.
- Mývatn Nature Baths
- Sigurgeir‘s Bird Museum
Overnight in Mývatn area
Day 6 – The North-East
Drive to the nearby town of Húsavík, most commonly known as the Whale capital of Iceland. Whale watching tours are operated daily throughout most of the year, to great success. The most commonly seen species on the tours are Minke whales, Humpbacks and Blue whales. Dolphins and many species of birds can be seen as well. Tjörnes, just outside of Húsavík, is a must-see for geology and archeology enthusiasts. From the multiple layers of sediments and fossils, some of which are believed to be up to 10 million years old, scientists have deducted the history of climate changes and marine life.
- Whale Museum
- Whale watching tour from Húsavík
Overnight in Mývatn area.
Day 7 – 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. Ásbyrgi is another canyon in the same area, and is in the shape of a horse-shoe. According to legend, the canyon is the footprint of Odin‘s eight-legged horse. The canyon is covered in lush vegetation, and there are lovely hiking paths through it.
Overnight in Egilsstaðir area
Day 8 – 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. Hengifoss can be reached by a 1 hour easy hike, and it is surrounded by layers of dark basalt rock with thin red bands of clay between the layers which makes it a unique sight.
- Reindeer Safari by Super Jeep
- Skriðuklaustur center of culture and history
Overnight in Egilsstaðir area
Day 9 – 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. From Djúpivogur you can take a boat tour to the island of Papey, and bird- and sealwatching tours. Continue to Höfn, a town known for good lobster, located below Vatnajökull glacier.
- Petra‘s Mineral Collection
Overnight in Höfn area
Day 10 – The South-East
Drive along the South-East coast, along Vatnajökull glacier. Stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can go on a boat trip between the icebergs that float on the lagoon. 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.
- Amphibian boat tour on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
- Guided hike on Snæfellsjökull glacier
Overnight in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area
Day 11 – The South Coast
Continue along the south coast and through the town of Vik. 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. 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.
- Skógar folk museum
- Eyjafjallajökull volcano visitor center
Overnight in Geysir area
Day 12 – The South Inland
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. Another national park, 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.
- Secret Lagoon
- Friðheimar Greenhouse visit and food tasting
- Fákasel Horse Show
Return car in Reykjavik in the evening.
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 164.000 ISK
Shoulder Season: 01.05-14.06.2017 & 20.08.-31.09.2017: from 212.000 ISK
High season: 15.06.2017 - 19.08.2017 from 238.000 ISK
Economy Package - room with private facilities and intermediated vehicle or 4WD station wagon:
Low Season: 01.September 2016 -30. April 2017: from 208.000 ISK
Shoulder Season: 01.05-14.06.2017 & 20.08.-31.09.2017: from 298.000 ISK
High season: 15.06.2017 - 19.08.2017 from 335.000 ISK
Comfort Package - deluxe room category and off road 4WD vehicle:
Low Season: 01.September 2016 -30. April 2017: from 231.000 ISK
Shoulder Season: 01.05-14.06.2017 & 20.08.-31.09.2017: from 342.000 ISK
High season: 15.06.2017 - 19.08.2017 from 400.000 ISK
- 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 grayline.is
- This package can be combined with other Gray Line packages
- Eleven nights in farm house accommodation with breakfast
- Rental car for 12 days
- Good road map
- Detailed itinerary
- All taxes and service fees
- Admission to museums and extra activities
- Accommodation in a hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik
- Transfer to/from Keflavik Airport
- International flights
- Meals other than breakfast
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula
- Lake Mývatn
- South Coast