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Iceland Self Drive Tour Includes

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Iceland Self Drive Tour Overview

Trip Location: Reykjavík

9 Nights 10 Days Self-drive in Iceland
Just as the name indicates, on this popular route you’ll navigate Iceland’s legendary and scenic “Ring Road,” and traverse the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Along the way, visit some of the country’s most spectacular natural attractions, including Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss and Goðafoss waterfalls and the lunar landscapes of Lake Mývatn, complete with craters and unearthly rock formations.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • See the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss Skógafoss
  • Traverse Iceland‘s beautiful national parks – VatnajökullÞingvellir and Snæfellsnes
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland
  • Enjoy the striking nature of Snæfellsnes and its charming fishing villages
  • Walk the quaint streets of the capital city, Reykjavik
  • Roam the tranquil villages of the East Fjords

Iceland Self Drive Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 - WELCOME TO REYKJAVÍK

    On arrival to Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city centre with its abundance of museums, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, and enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

  • Day 2 - THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

    Collect your rental car in the morning and begin your journey on the classic “Golden Circle” route, home to some of Iceland’s most popular attractions. Start with a visit to the fascinating Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next on the route is the Haukadalur geothermal area, where you can see Geysir—the original “geyser”—and its more active neighbour, Strokkur, which spouts water every few minutes. End the circle with visits to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the old implosion crater of Kerið.

    Spend the night in the Hvolsvöllur area.

    Driving distance approx. 230 km / 143 mi.

  • Day 3 - WATERFALLS AND VOLCANIC BEACHES

    Start with visits to the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can experience walking right behind the misty cascade, and the gorgeous 60-metre high Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road. Further ahead at Vík, you can make a stop at the black volcanic beach south of the village, from where you can view the rock formations Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar. The last stop of the day is to the stunning Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. You also have a chance today to join an exciting guided excursion by foot or snowmobile on a glacier!

    Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur/Skaftafell area.

    Driving distance approx. 157 km / 97 mi.

  • Day 4 - GLACIERS AND ICEBERGS

    Enjoy Skaftafell, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty with many interesting hiking trails, including a short path to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. This area is also full of opportunities for more adventurous pursuits, such as guided glacier-walking or ice-climbing excursions. Then, head to the amazing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where you can join a boat ride among the maze of floating icebergs (optional).

    Spend the night in the Höfn or Djúpivogur area.

    Driving distance approx. 208 km / 129 mi.

  • Day 5 - FJORDS AND FISHING VILLAGES

    Your drive along East Iceland today is characterised by spectacular fjords, tranquil fishing villages, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. On arrival to the otherworldly Lake Mývatn, you have an abundance of unusual natural wonders to explore, including the Krafla volcano, the curiously-coloured Námaskarð pass, the massive crater of Hverfell and the lunar-like pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir.

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 430 km / 267 mi.

  • Day 6 - LUNAR LANDSCAPES OF LAKE MÝVATN

    Use this day to further explore the surroundings of Lake Mývatn. You can start the day with an optional whale-watching trip from the village of Húsavík, “The Whale Watching Capital of Europe”. Then, drive through Jökulsárgljúfur; part of Vatnajökull National Park, visiting such sights as the hoof-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon and the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. End the day by bathing in the relaxing geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths, where you can experience the glow of the midnight sun.

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

  • Day 7 - EXPLORE NORTH ICELAND

    Spend the first half of the day around Lake Mývatn. We recommend a visit to Goðafoss (“The Waterfall of the Gods”) on your way to the charming town of Akureyri, where you will find interesting shops and museums as well as the world's most northerly botanical garden.

    After your break in Akureyri, you can either head straight to Skagafjörður or take a detour on the way there to Tröllaskagi (“The Peninsula of the Trolls”), where you can enjoy fantastic scenery of beautiful mountains, cliffs and fjords. Then, continue through Siglufjörður, which was once the centre of Iceland’s herring fleet, and make a stop at Hofsós to relax in the thermal pool (optional) before arriving to Skagfjörður, an area known for its abundance of purebred Icelandic horses.

    Spend the night in Northwest Iceland.

    Driving distance approx. 301 km / 187 mi.

  • Day 8 - JOURNEY TO SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA

    Head to Snæfellsnes Peninsula today. On the way you’ll see the countless mounds of Vatnsdalshólar and the beautiful Þingeyrakirkja church. You may also wish to make stops to the living museum at Eiríksstaðir, home of famous Viking Erik the Red, and the hot geothermal pool of Guðrúnarlaug. Or pay a visit to Stykkishólmur, a picture-perfect fishing village overlooking Breiðafjörður Bay. Here, you can take a walk up to the small hill overlooking the harbour, Súgandisey, for a wonderful panoramic view over the town, sea and surrounding mountains.

    Spend the night on Snæfellsnes Peninsula / Borgarfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 335 km / 208 mi.

  • Day 9 - SNÆFELLSJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND SNÆFELLSJÖKULL GLACIER

    Experience the unique Snæfellsjökull National Park, with amazing birdlife, lush valleys and lava fields. It is ideal to drive around the peninsula, exploring Dritvík Cove, Lóndrangar Cliffs as well as Hellnar and Arnarstapi Cliffs with its bursting bird-life and the small villages on the coast. You might also wish to test your strength at the stones of the black volcanic beach of Djúpalónssandur like the seamen in past times.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Driving distance approx. 219 km / 136 mi.

  • Day 10 - DEPARTURE

    On your day of departure, a shuttle bus will collect you from your hotel in Reykjavík and deliver you back to Keflavík International Airport ahead of your scheduled flight.

Stay

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  • 1 Night at Hotel Accommodation in Reykjavik
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  • 1 Night at Hotel Accommodation in Hvolsvöllur area
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  • 1 Night at Hotel Accommodation in Kirkjubæjarklaustur/Skaftafell area
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  • 1 Night at Hotel Accommodation in Höfn or Djúpivogur area
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  • 2 Nights at Hotel Accommodation in Lake Mývatn area
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  • 1 Night at Hotel Accommodation in Northwest Iceland
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  • 1 Night at Hotel Accommodation in Snæfellsnes Peninsula / Borgarfjörður area
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  • 1 Night at Hotel Accommodation in Reykjavik

Meal

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  • Daily Breakfast

Activity

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  • Snorkeling in Silfra - Pingvellir - Day 2
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  • Snowmobile Tour on Myrdalsjokull Glacier - Day 3
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  • Jokulsarlon Amphibian Boat Tour Day 4
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  • Whale Watching from Husavik Day 6
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  • lava Cave Tour Vidgelmir Day 9

Other Inclusions

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  • One private transfer from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík
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  • Accommodation (budget/comfort/quality) for 9 nights
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  • Daily Breakfast
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  • Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, CDW and VAT for 8 days
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  • Free in-car unlimited wi-fi, use of GPS & two authorised drivers for the duration of the vehicle rental period
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  • Information meeting with your travel consultant (optional)
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  • One semi-private transfer from Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport on departure

Things To Carry

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  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
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  • Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
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  • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants
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  • Hat, gloves and scarf
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  • Bathing suit for visiting geothermal pools
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  • Electronic gear such as smartphone, external powerpack, travel adapters
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  • Reusable water bottle

Advisory

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  • International/Domestic Flights are not included
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  • Travel Insurance is not included
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  • Visa is not included
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  • Meals other than specified

Iceland Self Drive Tour: Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
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  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Iceland Self Drive Tour: Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 15 business days
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  • All applicable refunds will be done in traveller's thrillophilia wallet as Thrillcash

Iceland Self Drive Tour: Booking Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking before confirmation and a full refund will be processed.

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