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ICELAND – 10 Days, Active Ring Road

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10 Days / 09 Nights
Availability : July to August
Reykjavik
Reykjavik
Max People : Self Drive
Tour Details

This 9 night self-drive highlights the natural wonders, majestic landscapes and rich natural treasures of Iceland by combining the classic sights along the Ring Road with interior pearls such as Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk. Covering major high-lights such as Geysir geothermal area, the stunning Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon with its floating icebergs and the black beaches of the South Coast, this tour also allows you to experience the solitude of open spaces and the excitement of a relaxing bath in the middle of nature.

What to Expect

  • Total Length: 1332 km
  • Terrain: mostly asphalt. Dirt road through the highland track of Kaldidalur, a mountain pass between two glaciers in the south.

Visit the must-see attractions of the Golden Circle at your own pace. Travel in the footsteps of the Viking Sagas in Borgarfjordur and surrounding area. View the mystical lava columns on a black sand beach. Explore the surreal volcanic beauty of the Reykjanes Peninsula´s Geopark (UNESCO designation)

Day 1Arrival

Pick up your rental car at Keflavik International airport and make your way to Reykjavík.
Overnight in Reykjavík.

Day 2Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geysir

Start with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world’s first parliament and a jewel of nature. Afterwards, head to the nearby geothermal area of the great Geysir and witness several boiling mud pools and hot springs. The most active geyser, Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes. Onwards to the beautiful Gullfoss (Golden waterfall) considered by many to be the most impressive in Iceland.

Overnight nearby Mt. Hekla.

Day 3 Landmannalaugar

Interior Pearl – Deep Valleys – Volcanic scenery
Follow an interior track to Landmannalaugar (only accessible with a 4w4 jeep), a magnificent area surrounded by colourful rhyolite mountains with the option of bathing in a naturally warm geothermal pool. This pearl of the interior consists of deep valleys and mountains, formed in volcanic eruptions under the icecap during the ice-age, molding this uniquely colourful landscape.

Overnight nearby Mt. Hekla

Day 4Thorsmork - Skogar – Vik (south shore)

Spend today exploring the Thorsmork area, a beautiful nature reserve situated between three glaciers. One of them, the towering strata volcano Eyjafjallajokull, is probably the most famous volcano in the world today. In Þórsmörk there are many hiking trails through valleys with birch trees, glacial rivers, streams and wonderful mountain scenery. As you need to cross the glacial river Krossa to get to Thorsmork, a transfer is provided to Þórsmörk and back. Passing through rough mountain tracks and crossing un-bridged glacial rivers adds to the delight and excitement of this spectacular area. On your way to/from Thorsmork, stop and admire the two beautiful waterfalls, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and later enjoy the great views on Dyrholaey headland.

Day 5Skaftafell National Park – Jokulsarlon – Vatnajokull Glacier

Europe’s Largest National Park and Glacier – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs.

Start the day by visiting Skaftafell National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, dominated by Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest ice cap. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon.

Overnight in Hofn area.

Day 6Hofn – East Fjords – Egilsstaðir

Majestic Steep Mountains – Narrow Fjords – Bird Life – Small Fishing Villages

Drive from Hofn through the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. The East part of Iceland offers a little bit of everything; majestic and steep mountains and narrow fjords, forests, wide variety of birdlife, bird cliffs, deserts, and vast expanses. Last but not the least; it has a lot of small fishing villages which hold a special charm, developed because of the natural harbours in the area. In East Iceland, the landscape exhibits an extraordinary variety of colours and it´s truly a magical region of natural phenomena.

Overnight in Egilsstaðir area.

Day 7Egilsstaðir – Dettifoss – Asbyrgi – Husavik

Highland Desert – Powerful Waterfall – Canyon – National Park – Whale Watching

Travel across Modrudalsoraefi highland desert renowned for its stark beauty to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, located in the majestic Jokulsargljufur canyon. Discover the enormous horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi National Park that, according to Norse mythology, is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the magical eight-legged horse of the pagan god Odinn. Then travel around the stunning Tjornes Peninsula to Husavik village.

Overnight in Husavik area.

Day 8Lake Myvatn – Akureyri

Bizarre Lava Formations – Geographical & Volcanic Activity – Rich Birdlife

Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and the pseudo craters at Skutustaðir. A visit to Krafla caldera is highly enjoyable; among it a short walk to Viti (“Hell”), an explosive crater on the slopes of Krafla, and a longer walk to Leirhnjukur lava field. Visit Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. Afterwards drive towards Godafoss waterfall before continuing to Akureyri, the vibrant “Capital of the North” and the second largest urban area in Iceland.

Overnight in Akureyri area.

Day 9Akureyri – Borgarfjordur – Reykjavik

Fertile Farmlands – Unique Viking Horse – Protected Salmon River.

Majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to Skagafjordur which is known for the breeding of the unique Icelandic horse. Continue towards the village of Blonduos built on both sides of the river Blanda, with Hrutey Island, a protected nature reserve, located in the middle of this popular salmon-river. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through the historical Borgarfjordur district to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 10Departure

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and drop off rental car.

Price includes

  • Accommodation for 9 nights, including breakfast. Accommodation is a mix of economy and comfort categories
  • Return coach transfer to Thorsmork Nature Reserve
  • 2 lunchboxes (1 lunchbox for car grps 4.1 and lower; cars not suitable for Landmannalaugar)
  • Rental car with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection, GPS system with car, additional authorized driver and VAT*
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavík International Airport, Airport Service Charge
  • Road map (1:500 000) (Until 1. May)
  • Detailed Travel Guide in selected languages (Until 1. May)
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours
  • SIM card worth ISK 2000: Unlimited text and talk for local calls + 1 GB of data. Standard, Micro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland.
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (for guests arriving from 1. May)

Departures - 2018

July
August

PRICE: from: $3350.00 cad / per person*
Single Supplement : On request

PRICE: from: $3350.00 cad / per person*
Single Supplement : On request

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