Fly to Iceland and collect your rental car on arrival at Keflavik International Airport. Dive into the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon before heading south to your first accommodation. A visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa could be a good start on your stay in Iceland. Guests renew their relationship with nature, soak up the scenic beauty and enjoy breathing the clean, fresh air while relaxing in the warm geothermal seawater. Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon needs to be booked ahead, and entrance is not included in this offer. On the roundtrip in Iceland, you will also find other geothermal pools to visit. First night in Reykjavik.
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Secrets of Iceland is a self-drive tour with specially selected accommodation. It should delight those who enjoy a comfortable, cozy place to stay and personal attention. Through our excellent links with privately run guesthouses and hotels, we can guarantee a stylish holiday in every respect.
We start our journey by driving to the west Iceland. If you like, hiking, there is an about 4-hour hiking path in the deep end of Hvalfjordur to the second highest waterfall in Iceland; Glymur which has a stunning drop of 198m. Do not forget study shoes if you take the hike and you may have to cross a small river on the way. Stop at Deildartunguhver, Europe's largest geometric hot water source. It produces 150 liters of boiling water per second! The steaming water testifies to the inner forces of the earth. You will find Krauma Spa by Deildartunguhver. Visit Reykholt, the place of Snorri Sturluson, Icelandic author and poet who lived in Reykholt in the 1200's. He is most famous as a writer of Heimskringla, Norse Kings Sagas. Nearby Reykholt, you will find Húsafell. Here you have the opportunity to join a tour to Langjökull glacier and into a man-made cave on the glacier. Just by Húsafell, you will also find the beautiful waterfalls Barnafossar and Hraunfossar. Accommodation in Borgarfjörður area.
Continuing over the Holtavörðuheiði highland plateau, you reach the Skagafjörður region in the north-west of Iceland. The Skagafjörður area features a number of intriguing sights. This region is particularly famous for breeding the world-renowned Icelandic horses. Nearby is Saudakrokur and the fascinating folk museum at Glaumbær.
There are possibilities for horseback riding on Iceland horse, hiking tours and if you want more excitement, there is river rafting. In Víðidalur near Hvammstangi, you will find the beautiful Kolugljúfur canyon with its stunning waterfall Kolufossar. In this area, you will also find the amazing cliff Hvítserkur on the Vatnsnes Peninsula. Vatnsnes is an area of varied animal life, and it is here that we find the largest and most accessible seal sanctuary in Iceland, where the common seal (Phoca vitulina) can be seen at quite close range. The ring road (711) round Vatnsnes is about 90 km and is mostly dirt road. Accommodation in Skagafjörður area.
Drive the beautiful coastal route through many small villages, before reaching Akureyri, the biggest city of the north. In Siglufjörður, you will find The Síldarminjasafnið herring museum is the largest marine and industrial museum in Europe. It is housed in three widely differing premises where the visitor can become acquainted with the pursuit of the "silver darlings" and the processing of that valuable commodity. By the harbor, you find nice restaurants. Siglufjörður was the set of an Icelandic crime TV show, Trapped, which took viewers by the storm in whole Europe. The town of Akureyri is located on a stunning fjord and this colorful town is famous for its relaxed atmosphere and charming botanical gardens - a rare sight indeed in this land of volcanoes. Accommodation in Akureyri area for two nights.
Drive the Diamond Circle route to pass through the truly impressive landscape of the north. Explore the area around Lake Mývatn. This is a lovely and intriguing area of pseudo-craters, steaming fissures, lush green plains and amazingly varied birdlife. Couple of highlights by Mývatn are the lava “town” of Dimmuborgir and geothermal area Námaskarð. Continue your journey around the dramatic Tjörnes Peninsula to Húsavík, Ásbyrgi, and Jökulsá Canyon and on to Europe’s most powerful waterfall Dettifoss. With a width of 100 meters and a drop of 45 meters, it is a spectacular sight and you can feel the earth shake when you stand by the fall. Ásbyrgi is a horseshoe shaped valley with nice hiking opportunities, as well as a beautiful little lake in the middle of the valley. Take a trip to the fishing village of Húsavík, where you can join a whale-watching excursion. Húsavík is known for being Europe's whale capital, and there is a great chance to see whales if you participate in whale watching. The trip out with the beautiful wooden boats gives you a wonderful experience at the sea overlooking the majestic north coast of Iceland. Visit Godafoss, the impressive “waterfall of the Gods” on the route to Akureyri, the largest town in the north.
You can enjoy the Akureyri city in the morning or start the next journey by visiting the Blue Lagoon of the north, Nature baths at Mývatn. From Mývatn you drive through the uninhabited and desert-like areas of the Möðrudalsöræfi to visit the attractions in the east. The next accommodation will be around Egilsstadir. Explore the area of Egilsstadir and Hallormsstadur. Hallormsstaður National Forest is located about 25 kilometers inland from the town of Egilsstaðir. It is one of the larger forests in Iceland, covering 740 hectares, and includes the only village in Iceland that is located in a forest. Here you find over 40 km of marked trails and footpaths. From Egilsstadir to Hallormsstadur you find the 25 km long lake Lagarfljót. Make sure you look out for the Icelandic Loch Ness Monster, or Lagarfljótsormurinn called by the locals. The creature was first logged in 1345 and regular sightings has been reported up until recent years. In 2012, a video was published that supposedly showed the creature swimming in the lake. One of the most popular hiking sites you find nearby Hallormsstadur. It will take you about 40-60 minutes to walk to the beautiful waterfall Hengifoss. The waterfall is 128 meters and surrounded by basaltic strata.
From Egilsstadir/Hallormsstadur, you head off through the long valleys of the Eastern Fjords. Geologically this is the oldest parts of Iceland. An area of fjords, steep mountains, majestic mountain peaks, rich bird life and ancient memories. If the weather is nice, take the time for the detour towards Eskifjordur, which some consider to be the most beautiful fjord in Iceland, with old red wooden houses situated on the seafront. You can stop at the stone museum of Petra in Stöðvarfjörður, which is a private collection of Icelandic minerals. In Djupavogur you will find "Eggene i Gledivik", a stone sculpture consisting of 34 large stone eggs set up by the seaside. There is the possibility of a boat trip from Djupavogur to the island of Papey, which has a rich birdlife. The boat trip is about 4 hours and runs around 13:00 hours. Continue on the road to the fishing village of Höfn where you stay for the night. Take a tour to the coast outside Höfn, and enjoy the views of the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Vestrahorn on the Stokksnes peninsula.
Nearby Höfn is Europe‘s biggest glacier, Vatnajökull, and the extraordinary Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Without doubt a place worth visiting. You can join a tour by boat on the lagoon or maybe a kayak tour. Make sure to visit the Diamond beach, just by the Glacier Lagoon. Here you will find icebergs from the lagoon who have drifted ashore and created the most magical setting. White melting icebergs on a black beach. Right next to the Ring Road is the Skaftafell National Park. The mountains are reminiscent of the Alps, and have been formed by volcanoes, glaciers and water. Skaftafell is an area you can spend a whole day. Go up to the glacier or just for a short trip to Svartifoss waterfall, one of the most popular attractions in the park. Svartifoss is a unique natural gem framed in black lava columns. From Skaftafell you drive through the desert plains of Skeiðarársandur, mainly made of volcanic sands. In 1996 there was a big volcanic eruption in Vatnajökull glacier and melted a lot of glacial ice. It came a big glacial outburst from underneath the glacier and destroyed a part of the main road and bridges across Skeidara River. Monument of this you will find on the way. From the black sand, you will arrive to the green areas of Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Vik. Accommodation in Vik area for two nights.
Take a day to enjoy the area of Vik. At Vik, you will find Reynisfjara, Reynisdrangar and Dyrholaey. Reynisfjara is a black lava beach that has amazing basalt rock formations. Outside the sea, you can see the basalt-shaped pillars Reynisdrangar. The area has a rich bird life and you will be able to see puffins here. Dyrholaey is a small peninsula at Reynisdrangar. Here you should take pictures of the view.
On the way, south you will pass Eyjafjallajökull glacier and the area evacuated in the large volcano eruption in 2010. Make sure that you stop by two of Iceland's loveliest waterfalls, Skogarfoss and Seljalandsfoss. Both of those waterfalls have a 60 m drop, but at Seljalandsfoss, visitors can walk behind the falls into a small cave. Remember to take the raincoat with you. In the town of Hella, you find the Lava Center museum with information about the volcanic land of the south. On the way to Geysir area, you will find the natural geothermal pool Secret Lagoon. This pool has been used by the locals for swimming for more than 100 years. Accommodation in Geysir area.
Visit the thundering Gullfoss waterfall and famous Geysir geothermal area, where the geyser of Strokkur regularly erupts and numerous other hot springs bubble and steam. Nearby Geysir area, we can recommend stop at the farm Efstidalur who has a nice restaurant and ice-cream shop. Drive to the World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park. This is the location of Iceland‘s original parliament. The park lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Enjoy views across the clear waters of Lake Thingvallavatn. Option for snorkeling tour on the Silfra rift by Thingvallavatn. From here you return to Reykjavík, to spend some time enjoying Iceland`s young and vibrant capital. Indulge yourself in the stylish boutiques, walk around the harbor, experience the marvelous panorama view from the church of Hallgrímskirkja and have a coffee in one of the many excellent cafés or eat out in Reykjavik's restaurants!
Take a stroll in the old city, with the small colorful houses, shops, galleries and cafes. There are options for city sightseeing excursions and boat-tours from the city harbor, as well as guided walk tours with both food and beer tasting on the way. Visit the beautiful concert house Harpa by the harbor. Reykjavik has many outdoor swimming pools, open from early morning to late evening and a good way to ease the body after a long drive. Laugavegur shopping-street is worth visiting, and you will find the big shopping center Kringlan near by the city center. Enjoy your last evening in the city.
Spend the day as you wish, depending on your return flight. Drop off your rental car at Keflavik Airport.
Prices per person in £
|CAR CATEGORY HIGH SEASON||1 Pax||2 Pax||3 Pax||4 Pax||Children|
|Z - like VW Up||£ 3,295.-||£ 2,110.-||£ 1,825.-||-||£ 1,205.-|
|B - VW Golf||£ 3,490.-||£ 2,210.-||£ 1,890.-||£ 1,900.-||£ 1,205.-|
|N - like Skoda Station||£ 3,655.-||£ 2,290.-||£ 1,945.-||£ 1,940.-||£ 1,205.-|
|FG - Dacia Duster 4x4||£ 4,220.-||£ 2,575.-||£ 2,135.-||£ 2,080.-||£ 1,205.-|
|CAR CATEGORY SHOULDER SEASON||1 Pax||2 Pax||3 Pax||4 Pax||Children|
|Z - like VW Up||£ 3,005.-||£ 1,965.-||£ 1,730.-||-||£ 1,205.-|
|B - VW Golf||£ 3,070.-||£ 2,000.-||£ 1,750.-||£ 1,795.-||£ 1,205.-|
|N - like Skoda Station||£ 3,395.-||£ 2,160.-||£ 1,860.-||£ 1,875.-||£ 1,205.-|
|FG - Dacia Duster 4x4||£ 3,590.-||£ 2,260.-||£ 1,925.-||£ 1,920.-||£ 1,205.-|
High Season: 15.06. - 19.08.
Shoulder Season: 01.05. - 14.06. & 20.08. - 30.09.
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Tour code: 1403
- Return flights from the UK to Iceland incl. taxes
- Rental Car for 12 days
- Accommodation for 12 nights
- Breakfast for 12 days
- Unlimited Mileage
- CDW-insurance (Collission Damage Waiver)
- THW-insurance (Theft Waiver)
- PAI-insurance (Personal Accident Insurance)
- Cancellation insurance
- Travel Insurance
- Additional CDW insurance
- Optional excursions
- Meals other than specified