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    9 days - Self Drive highlights of Iceland, done simply.

    Experience Iceland with the kids on an unforgettable drive, being your own master to decide stops and highlights. You self-drive the detailed itinerary with unlimited mileage and all accommodation is arranged in local small hotels and farm stays.

    Highlights include the Golden Circle region, National parks and family friendly places to visit. Farms, whale watching and lots of swimming (hot springs and pools) can make this a great family holiday.

    NEW: An Adventure into a Glacier through ice caves and tunnels. This new man-made ice cave journey in an 8 wheel drive monster truck. Kids are free & teenagers half price. Be sure to add this to your tour - ask us how.

    Day 1
    Arrive Reykjavik and enjoy a private transfer from the airport.
    Days 2 - 3
    Explore the South - Golden Circle, Waterfalls and Geysirs.
    Day 4
    Head North to the Borgarfjörður area.
    Days 5 - 6
    The North - whale watching, boiling mud pots and hot springs.
    Day 7
    Head back towards Reykjavik, staying overnight in Borgarfjörður/Hrútafjörður
    Day 8
    Enjoy Reykjavik with pools, zoo and family parks.
    Day 9
    Departure day.
    Start/End Place
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    Country Visited
    Iceland
    Duration
    9 Days
    Type
    Self Guided
    Suitability
    Independent self-drive tour with some basic accommodation
    Code
    FQS-IK

    Details

    Transportation

    Skoda Octavia Combi, family size. Upgrades to 4WD are possible.

    Included
    • 6 nights accommodation, rooms with shared or private facilities incl.breakfast.
    • 2 nights, Guesthouse/Hotel in Reykjavik
    • Rental manual car for 8 days, with unlimited milage and CDW insurance.
    • Whale watching tour (3- 3.5 hours)
    • GPS rental
    • Airport transfer to Reykjavi­k
    • Good road map and suggested itinerary
    • Fun box for the children (colouring book, crayons, etc.)
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    Not Included
    • Flights to and from Iceland.
    • Meals other than specified.
    • Airport transfer upon departure.
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • Extra car insurance, such as S-CDW and gravel protection.
    • Optional activities are not included. Please inquiry approx. prices for activities such as Horseriding, 'Inside the Volcano" (children over 12) and Rafting.
    • If you wish to hire an automatic car, these are 'on request' and can be difficult to obtain. Please seek further advice with us .

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavik and enjoy a private transfer from the airport.

    Guests are met upon arrival at Keflavik international airport and driven to their hotel in Reykjavik. Accommodation in Reykjavi­k.

    Explore the city's attractions: Tjörnin Lake, Hallgrímskirkja church tower, the old harbour and Harpa Concert & Conference Centre. Or head to one of the many pools in town or even the artificial beach, Nauthólsvík which has hot tubs next to the water- be brave and jump from one to the other. Reykjavík Art Museum is free for under 18's and has a lovely cafe.

    Restaurants
    Fiskmarkaðurinn
    Sægreifinn
    Optional Add Ons
    Puffin Watching from Reykjavik
    Whale Watching from Reykjavik

    Days 2 - 3 - Explore the South - Golden Circle, Waterfalls and Geysirs.

    Explore Iceland’s famous circle of wonders “The Golden Circle” with highlights such as Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir. Start by driving to Þingvellir National park and visit a horse farm where the children can try horse riding. Enjoy the afternoon in Slakki, an attractive small family zoo with the Icelandic animals and more.

    On Day 3 it is ideal to visit Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area in the morning and drive to the coastal village Stokkseyri to visit the Witchcraft museum and the family garden Töfragarðurinn.

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts
    Transportation
    Approx. 50 kilometres
    Accommodation
    Accommodation for two nights in the Gullfoss and Geysir area.

    Day 4 - Head North to the Borgarfjörður area.

    On your way north visit the Borgarfjörður area, Hraunfossar, even detour to Snæfellsnes peninsula.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Transportation
    Approx. 270 kilometres
    Accommodation
    Local guesthouse accommodation in Borgarfjörður/Hrútafjörður area.

    Days 5 - 6 - The North - whale watching, boiling mud pots and hot springs.

    Your days in the Northern Iceland can be spent according to your families age and interests. The nature baths in Mývatn area are not to be missed. You will go whale watching in Húsavík on Day 7. There is plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, such as taking a short hike across lava fields to see boiling mud pots in Krafla area or visiting Dimmuborgir - the 'Dark Castles of Iceland' .

    Your family will be amazed at the Goðafoss (Waterfall of the Gods).

    Your accommodation will be in Akureyri for the next two nights. Spend some time in outdoor swimming pool in Akureyri.

    Meals
    2 Breakfasts
    Transportation
    Approx. 315 kilometres
    Optional Add Ons
    Horse Riding in Iceland

    Day 7 - Head back towards Reykjavik, staying overnight in Borgarfjörður/Hrútafjörður

    Visit the farmhouse museum in Glaumbær and the old turf church at Víðimýri. There are horse rentals in Skagafjörður area where you can try out Icelandic horses which area very different from other breeds. Although small, they are extremely strong and sturdy, with five gaits, two more than most other breeds.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Transportation
    Approx. 100 kilometres
    Accommodation
    Staying overnight in Borgarfjörður/Hrútafjörður

    Day 8 - Enjoy Reykjavik with pools, zoo and family parks.

    Head back to Reykjavik, an intimate city with a big personality and some striking landmarks - stroll down to the harbour to visit the Armoury, the new concert hall, the design streets and city hall. The many outdoor swimming pools in Reykjavik are great for children. If you didn't go earlier, the Blue Lagoon is a must for every traveller and child friendly.

    It can also be fun visiting the Family Park and Zoo in Laugardalur. For city sightseeing we recommend the 'Hop on, Hop off' bus.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast

    Day 9 - Departure day.

    Departure day. "Flybus" departs from your hotel - please consult with the reception the day before leaving.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    Adult prices are twin share per person unless otherwise specified. Child price applies when travelling with 2 adults between the age of 2 & 11 years of age. Due to the current volatility of the Icelandic Króna (ISK), this price is indicative. We are happy to individually quote this tour for you.

    Dates
    Valid From
    Valid To
    Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    1 Jun 2019
    30 Sep 2019
    1 Jun 2019
    30 Sep 2019
    EUR 2,551
    On request
    Standard

    Important Information

    Farm Accommodation Standard:

    Some farmers in Iceland supplement their low farming income and cater for tourists, and the most natural way of doing that is building cabins on their land. They are reasonably basic, with private facilities in the cabins and rooms. The meals offered on the farm stays are generally traditional home made food featuring locally sourced ingredients from their own farm or neighbouring farms, such as geothermally grown vegetables, organic beef and lamb, freshly caught fish and home baked bread.

    Optional Activities:

    Please let us know if you wish to prebook any optional activities before departure; some get very busy during the peak summer period.

    • Horseriding
    • Inside the Volcano
    • Fly Fishing
    • Glacier walks
    • Kayaking
    • Seal Safaris
    • River Rafting
    • Bird Watching

    Driving in Iceland:

    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.

    The hire car cannot be driven in the Highlands area. If you wish to 4WD, please ask us about our Highlands Self-Drive itinerary.

    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.

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