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12 days - Independent premium self-drive in Iceland

Iceland is where glaciers reach for the skies, deep blue mountain lakes fill steep valleys with sharp green peaks on all sides. Come with us to explore these iconic sights of Iceland. This self-drive journey allows you to explore the sights at your own pace and includes countryside boutique accommodation that let you fully recharge for each day’s adventures.

Let hot springs relax and calm you as you take in the spectacular views. This Iceland itinerary can be tailor made to suit your plans.

Highlights include

  • Drive the Golden Circle: erupting hot springs at Geysir, Gullfoss waterfalls and Þingvellir National Park
  • Stay for two nights between Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Visit the small village of Fáskrúðsfjörður on the east coast of Iceland
  • Whale watching near Akureyri on a silent electic boat
  • Stay at the Blue Lagoon to enjoy a soak in the hotel's own private bathing lagoon, not available to the general public
Day 1
Arrive Reykjavik and transfer to your hotel
Day 2
Reykjavik - optional activities such as 'Inside the Volcano' tour or a visit to the Secret Lagoon
Day 3
Explore the Golden Circle & Southern Iceland
Days 4 - 5
Glaciers & Lagoons of South East Iceland
Day 6
Journey further east to the small village of Fáskrúðsfjörður
Days 7 - 8
Lake Mývatn - endless possibilities; Viti, cave formations, Game of Thrones sites...
Day 9
Whale Watching and spending time in a small Icelandic fisherman village
Day 10
Snæfellsjökull National Park
Day 11
Soak your cares away at the Blue Lagoon
Day 12
Departure day
Start Place
Reykjavik, Iceland
End Place
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Country Visited
Iceland
Duration
12 Days
Type
Self Guided
Suitability
Easy independent holiday suitable for singles & couples
Code
BOI001

Details

Transportation

Transfers & self-drive car, Car Skoda Octavia or similar Automatic.

Included
  • Transfer from the airport
  • Meet & Greet service at hotel
  • Hotel pick-up for can rental
  • Maps and information for the self-drive journey
  • Rental car for 9 days Car type S (Car Skoda Octavia or similar Automatic), with unlimited mileage, CDW insurance and GPS, VIP service
  • Best available accommodation outside of Reykjavik in our recommended country hotels with private facilities and breakfast included
  • 1 night at the Silica Hotel @ the Blue Lagoon, breakfast included
  • Whale Watching on day 9
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Not Included
  • Extra car insurance, such as S-CDW and gravel protection.
  • Flight tickets to/from start and end points, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

Optional activities can be arranged before you leave. During peak season, they can book out early so please ask us for further details.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavik and transfer to your hotel

On arrival, you'll be met by your private driver and taken to your hotel. After settling in, start exploring this lovely capital. Be sure to check out the design stores and cool cafes in central Reykjavik.

In the evening you can enjoy a gourmet dinner at one of Reykjavik's many fine restaurants - taste the fresh Atlantic seafood or free-range lamb that Iceland is famous for.

Accommodation
Superior room at stylish boutique hotel located in Reykjavik´s main district.
Restaurants
Fiskmarkaðurinn
Sægreifinn
Matarkjallarinn Food Cellar and Cocktails
Optional Add Ons
Puffin Watching from Reykjavik

Day 2 - Reykjavik - optional activities such as 'Inside the Volcano' tour or a visit to the Secret Lagoon

Reykjavik is an easy city to explore on foot or bike. Feel the fresh air on your face with a visit to the harbour and perhaps enjoy a food tour of this small capital. If you're interested in experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.

Optional day tours include the 'Inside the Volcano' or the 'Inside the Glacier' tour which we would recommend booking before you travel.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Superior room at stylish boutique hotel located in Reykjavik´s main district.

Day 3 - Explore the Golden Circle & Southern Iceland

Pick up your hire car at 9.00am in the morning.

Today is known as driving the Golden Circle: erupting hot springs at Geysir, Gullfoss waterfalls and Þingvellir National Park. The Gullfoss waterfalls are Iceland's most popular and easily accessible from Reykjavik, therefore, rather crowded in the peak season. These two-tiered waterfalls are spectacular and involve a short walk from the car park.

Þingvellir is one of the most frequently visited tourist sites in Iceland where you can become better acquainted with Iceland's history and traditions. You can join guided tours of the site and also find short hiking trails to help you explore Þingvellir National Park.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Superior room in the heart of the Golden Circle

Days 4 - 5 - Glaciers & Lagoons of South East Iceland

Spend two nights exploring South Iceland - in a hotel located perfectly for nature lovers. Right between Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, you have time to explore two of Iceland's most spectacular natural attractions.

Meals
2 Breakfasts
Accommodation
Superior room

Day 6 - Journey further east to the small village of Fáskrúðsfjörður

Be surprised by the small village of Fáskrúðsfjörður. The French had heavily fished Icelandic waters since the 16th century and street signs here are in Icelandic and French. There is a French cemetery outside town filled with too few of the many thousands of French sailors who lost their lives in 100-plus shipwrecks, and the former French hospital is now a fine hotel with an excellent museum detailing France’s long history of Icelandic miseries.

This village is on the Iceland's east coast, renowned for magnificent nature and landscape.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Superior room

Days 7 - 8 - Lake Mývatn - endless possibilities; Viti, cave formations, Game of Thrones sites...

After a leisurely start, head north to Lake Mývatn’s eastern shore. You have two days to explore the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area, a hotbed of volcanic landscapes such as the Námaskarð Pass, the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters, the Dimmuborgir lava formations and Mt. Krafla, one of Iceland’s most interesting volcanoes.

End the day at Mývatn Nature Baths (optional) in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2,500 metres, a great way to relax after sightseeing, and enjoy the midnight sun.

Meals
2 Breakfasts
Accommodation
Superior room at Icelandair Hotel Mývatn
Optional Add Ons
Cave Exploration Lofthellir

Day 9 - Whale Watching and spending time in a small Icelandic fisherman village

Drive via Akureyri to Siglufjörður today. Leave early to arrive in time for your Whale Watching tour this morning. Duration: 3 hours.

Afterwards, travel further east through Akureyri, perhaps enjoying lunch in the small town centre, or head to the art centre on the harbour for a panoramic lunch.

Built into the fisherman's marina, the Siglo Hotel has wonderful views of the beautiful surrounding mountains and peaceful environment of Siglufjord.

Further optional activities today can include hiking, plunging in geothermal pools and sea angling. As a special highlight, dinner on the pier could be a possibility.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Deluxe room at Siglo Hotel

Day 10 - Snæfellsjökull National Park

Head to the edge of the Snæfellsjökull National Park, the first national park that was established in Iceland, the boundaries of which reach out into the sea. On the water's edge, your hotel this evening is a small boutique hotel with a lovely restaurant & relaxed ambience.

Visit the lovely little country church in Búðir, just a short walk from the hotel. It is extremely picturesque & a well known wedding spot. Activities today can include golf, horse riding, snow mobile tours & glacier walking.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Deluxe room at Búðir Hótel

Day 11 - Soak your cares away at the Blue Lagoon

This morning, make your way to the Blue Lagoon, the ultimate hot spring experience. Set in the heart of a stunning lava landscape, Silica Hotel is just a ten-minute walk from the Blue Lagoon. The hotel offers its own private bathing lagoon, which is available for hotel guests every day from 09:00 to 22:00.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Deluxe room at Silica Hotel

Day 12 - Departure day

Drive to Keflavik International Airport and return your hire car before flying out.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

Price per person. Due to the current volatility of the Icelandic Króna (ISK), this price is indicative. We are happy to individually quote this tour for you. Hotels are in very short supply in Iceland during the peak of summer. Please contact us early.

Dates
Valid From
Valid To
Price
Status
Accommodation
1 May 2019
30 Sep 2019
1 May 2019
30 Sep 2019
EUR 3,800
On request
Standard
1 May 2019
30 Sep 2019
1 May 2019
30 Sep 2019
EUR 2,900
On request
Extra for Single

Important Information

The accommodation in this itinerary comprises Iceland’s best countryside boutique properties, which are in short supply during the peak summer season Jun-Aug. Booking early is essential. Should our selected properties not be available for your specific dates, we will look for alternatives, which in most cases will mean a downgraded standard.

Please note that the authorities of Reykjavik City has announced changes to the current arrangement for tour bus traffic in Reykjavik City Centre, effective from 15th of July, 2017. The area where buses are not allowed to drive has been increased in size, and locations, numbers and names of the designated bus stops have been changed.

This may affect the pick-up and drop-off locations for your activities and transfers. If you have airport transfers with FlyBus, you will need to carry your luggage (200 metres to 300 metres) to / from the bus stop to your hotel.

Driving in Iceland:

A hire car cannot be driven in the Highlands area. In regards to gravel roads; technically you’re not recommended to take a hire car on gravel roads, but in Iceland you may not have a choice. Some guesthouses are located on gravel roads. Consider getting extra car insurance with gravel protection if it is something that might worry you. Ask us about what car would suit you - as it depends on the time of year and where you want to go!

When driving in Iceland, plan that all your destinations are going to take longer to reach than planned. Most of the time it is because you are going to make unanticipated stops to check out a waterfall, a viewpoint, a museum, or a shop. Sometimes it is also that traffic is just slow, animals may be crossing the road, or there is bad weather. If you build some extra time into your day, you won’t have to be rushing around at the end of the day.

For more Iceland driving rules and tips and to stay up to date on road conditions, check out the Road Conditions website and for all kinds of safety and travel information in Iceland check out the Safe Travel website. Bookmark both of these websites before you start your drive in Iceland.

If you are interested in visiting some of the spots around Iceland where famous flims or series have been filmed, click here to see an Interactive Map produced by Iceland Tourist Board.

Interactive Tour Map

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