Fly Drive Holiday in Iceland

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Circular Self Drive Holiday of Iceland’s Wilderness

Hit the road less travelled on this circular tour of Iceland. Along the ring road you'll be treated to awe-inspiring sights including Gulfoss Waterfall, the black sand beaches of Vik, the eastern fjords, lava formations and Europe’s largest national park, Vatnajokull. Choose to travel further off the beaten track with a 4X4, traversing the uninhabited interior of Iceland via Kjolur highland track. This short self drive holiday is the perfect introduction to the Icelandic wilderness, highlighting the power of nature as well as offering the chance to relax in soothing geothermal waters.

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ITINERARY

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN

Day 1:

Pick up your rental car at the airport and start your Iceland adventure. From Keflavik International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. The village is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses, heated by hot water from nearby springs, it is often called the 'flower village'. Depending on your arrival time in Iceland it is ideal to visit the renowned Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal waters.

Day 2:

Your journey across the the Icelandic wilderness continues today with highlights that include geological powerhouse of Thingvellir National Park, the stunning Gullfoss waterfall and hot spring geysers. Choose to visit Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths to soak in the hot springs and enjoy the relaxing environment. Hot, healing steam simmers directly from the ground through grids in the cabin floors of this wellness center, where nature meets tradition.

Travel the south shore, viewing Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the black sand beaches around Vik and Myrdalsjokull glacier before arriving at your hotel in Vik.

Day 3:

Visit the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, site of a medieval convent en route to Skaftafell, a rare green oasis nestled below the great Vatnajokull glacier. Skaftafell is part of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest of its type in Western Europe.

Your journey continues through the black sand plains created by glacial activity to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, a filming location for many Hollywood blockbusters. The picturesque harbour town of Hofn, commonly referred to the lobster capital of Europe, is the perfect place for a bite to eat.

Day 4:

Casually journey through narrow fjords, passing steep mountains and rugged coastline, something that will become the norm after a week in Iceland. The drive along the rugged coastline of the eastern fjords, with their towering mountains and charming fishing villages, is one of the most scenic days of the trip. En route you will have the chance to take a boat tour to Papey Island where flocks of puffins nest for the summer. If the seas are not as inviting, we recommend a visit to Petra's famous collection of local stones and minerals at Stodvarfjordur.

Tonight you have the option to live like a local by enjoying a hearty meal in an Icelandic home. In Egilsstaðir, the main town in the East coast of Iceland, you can experience the great and rare chance to meet with an Icelandic family in their home, an insight into the everyday lives of the locals.

Day 5:

Travel across the Modrudalsoraefi highlands renowned for their stark, untouched beauty towards Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. Visit the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Asbyrgi before continuing to Tjornes peninsula and the friendly fishing port of Husavik.

Experience a traditional whale-watching tour from Husavik. This town located in North Iceland has the reputation of being Europe's whale watching capital. This optional excursion is operated with expert guides from a traditional oak boat.

Day 6:

Explore the highlights of the Lake Myvatn area, including the mystical volcanic formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colourful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard, and the Krafla volcanic area. Drive to Godafoss waterfall en route to Akureyri, the charming ‘capital’ of North Iceland.

Travellers looking for pampering with a difference can relax in Kambala wood hot tubs filled with beer, water, hops and yeast at Iceland’s newly opened Beer Spa. Located in the small village of Árskógssandur at the Microbrewery Bruggsmiðjan in North Iceland, the spa has a total of seven bath tubs, featuring two outside hot tubs which overlook Hrísey island, mountains and Þorvalds valley.

Day 7:

The fertile pastures, glacial rivers and scenic fjords of the west coast show another side to this spectacular country. The historical region of Skagafjordur, renowned for horse breeding, is the first destination on your final drive. You have an option of visiting the old farmstead at Glaumbaer, a great example of old Icelandic architecture. The journey continues to the bay of Hunafloi and across Holtavorduheidi plateau, entering the Borgarfjordur area.

Another option is to travel across the barren Kjolur highland road. For this journey a four wheel drive hire car is needed and the track is only open from mid-June through August. The route passes through the geothermal wilderness oasis at Hveravellir before arriving in Reykjavik.

Your final evening will be spent in the cool, quirky, and cutting-edge capital, Reykjavik. The city will captivate you with an enticing combination of jaw-dropping nature on its doorstep and cosmopolitan delights.

Day 8:

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport, perhaps making time for one last treatment at the Blue Lagoon en route to the airport. The team at Magnetic North Travel will be happy to help tailor your perfect road trip to Iceland, adding optional excursions, additional nights in the buzzing city of Reykjavik or onward travel to another Scandinavian or Canadian destination.

PRICE

From £1595 per person, based on two sharing (excluding flights)

£1595.00 GBP roughly converts to: 1,755 EUR | 2,089 USD

Price conversions are indicative only, payment is in GBP.

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Price Includes

  • Mid range accommodation for seven nights

  • Breakfast (except arrival day)

  • Rental car for 7 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT

  • GPS

  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport

  • One SIM card worth ISK 2000: Unlimited text and talk for local calls + 1 GB of data.

  • Emergency phone line available 24/7

  • Travel App companion

 

All our trips include:

  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service

  • Personalised travel documents

  • Exclusive access to our client travel app where you'll find your travel documents, destination guides, maps, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration

Price Excludes

  • Optional activities

  • Flights

  • Meals not stated

  • Gratuity

Additional Info

This trip has flexible daily departures

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.

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Reykjavik (KEF)

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