Around Iceland including Snaefellsnes - 10 Days
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A best-seller! It's a classic and comprehensive trip around Iceland which includes Snæfellsness Peninsula and is one of the most popular tours. This trip encompasses the whole Iceland by the Ring Road and includes visiting all main sites like Park Skaftafell, Mývatn Lake, Dettifoss waterfall and more. The whole one day of the trip is dedicated to visit the savage landscapes of the Snæfellsness peninsula on the west of Iceland, an area located outside the Ring Road.
Route Length : 1990 km. (Nearly)
Season: All Year Round
Day 1 – Landing at Keflavík Airport - Reykjavik.
Car pick up is at the airport. After check-in at the hotel and quick arrangements, it's recommended to take a walk in the downtown of Reykjavik. Reykjavik City which was recognized the "Green City" for several times, is a pastoral and clean city with a vibrant nightlife. The city has several points of interest such as the Pearl – landmark building which stands on hot water storage tanks, at the top of the building there is a revolving restaurant which offers spectacular panoramic views, the Iceland's largest cathedral in the city center and the pond Tjörnin with swans and ducks which are perfectly integrated in the city background.
Today's main site: Reykjavik
Day 2 – South coast – Skógafoss Waterfall – Dyrhólaey Cliff.
We will leave from Reykjavík and head south to the Selfoss town. On the way we will cross the Hellisheiði hill bursting with geothermal activity along which one can see the plumes of steam rising from the bowels of the earth. We will arrive to the charming village Hveragerði. On the outskirts of the village you can find a site of boiling mud pits gaped by the earthquake that shocked Iceland in 2008. You will ride along the southern coast, stopping at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can get behind the waterfall in the summer, very unique experience for sure. Eastward from there is located an impressive waterfall Skogafoss, giant glaciers eyjafjallajökull and Myrdalsjokull are towering over it. We will make a short detour off the main road towards the glacier Sólheimajökull (accessible only in the summer months) before we will go to the cliff Dyrhólaey, the most southern point in Iceland and nesting site of many seabirds, including puffins.We will observe the Reynisdrangar basal sea stacks with their spectacular beach and impressive rock formations. We will continue to the town of Vik for the overnight stay. Estimated driving distance: 200 km.
Today's main sites: Village Hveragerði, Skogarfoss Waterfall, Dyrhólaey Cliff
Optional activities: Snow scooters on the Myrdalsjokull glacier, Skogar Museum
Accommodation: Vik area
Day 3 - Skaftafell National Park – Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon.
Heading east, we will pass Mýrdalssandur - huge swept area that was generated by the floods from glacier Myrdals, and Eldhraun – the largest lava field in the world. We will reach the historical village (with the name impossible to pronounce) Kirkjubaejarklaustur, briefly "Klauster". We will stop in Kirkjugólfið (with hexagonal basalt floor naturally created) which is just few minutes away from the road. We will continue to the black sandy desert incurred by glacial rivers that will bring us to the park Skaftafell. The natural beauty of the park Skaftafell is a result of weather conditions and the interaction of ice and fire. Towering over the Skaftafell we will see the vast Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe, under the surface of which is located one of the most active volcanoes in Iceland. The park has many beautiful walking routes. One of this routes takes us to the Black Fall (Svartifoss) - one of picturesque waterfalls in Iceland, famous for the basalt columns surrounding it. We will continue to the famous glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón which stared in many movies including James Bond. Huge icebergs, broken pieces of the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull, sparkle in the dark water of the lagoon, this is the place where seals can be seen very often. A special experience is the cruise among the icebergs in the lagoon (available only in summer). From here, we will head eastward towards the town of Höfn where we will spend the night. Estimated driving distance: 280 km.
Today's main sites: Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon
Optional activities: cruise in the amphibian boat in Ice Lagoon – walking tour on the glacier
Accommodation: Höfn area
Day 4 – The majestic East Fjords – Egilsstaðir.
From Höfn we will continue through the Almannaskard road tunnel to the colorful Lónsöræfi area, this mountainous desert surrounded by extinct volcanoes traversed by rivers and glaciers. The village Diofiogor is the gate to the East Fjords. This is the southern village of the east fjords and the area has a breathtaking scenery. The village is situated near the island Papey which is a big summer colony of puffins and other seabirds. We will continue to Egilsstaðir - main city in eastern Iceland. Egilsstaðir is situated on a major crossroad where Route 1 and the east fjords roads meet. From Egilsstaðir we will go towards the passage Fjarðarheiði to the fjord Sidisfiordor. On the edge of the 17 km-long fjord we will find fisherman's village which is considered by many to be one of the most picturesque villages in East Iceland. Estimated driving distance: 300 km.
Today's main sites: Village Diofiogor, East Fjords, Egilsstaðir.
Optional activities: Petra's stone and mineral museum, a cruise to Papey Island.
Day 5 - Dettifoss Waterfall - Mývatn Lake.
We will continue on the desert plateau towards Mývatn, on our way we will stop at the waterfall Dettifoss – the most powerful waterfall in Europe, the intensity of the water will leave you open-mouthed. Before the lake Mývatn is Námaskarð pass where we will find pools of boiling mud in different colors blended by ash and lava from the nearby volcanoes. We will walk in the Mývatn area, a genuine pearl of nature. This lake is known all over the world due to the many species of water birds that nest in the area, especially large variety of rare ducks. We will visit sites around the lake that should not be missed: Dimmuborgir Reservation, Hverfjall Volcano, simulated craters and Krafla volcano which most recent eruptions were in 1975 and 1984. In the summer visitors can get a guided tour at the geothermal power station Krofluvirkjun. This is the power station where the vapor pressure is harnessed to generate electricity. Other attractions in the area: Viti Crater near Krafla and nature baths in Mývatn. Estimated driving distance: 230 km.
Today's main sites: Dettifoss Waterfall – Mývatn Lake
Optional activities: Mývatn nature baths
Accommodation: Mývatn \ Husavík
Day 6 - Northern Iceland - Akureyri – Skagafjörður Bay.
We will head north to the town of Husavik, known as the world's capital city of the whale watching. Husavik was the first town in Iceland that offered whale watching cruises. Here the museum of whales is located where a whole skeleton of whale is displayed. It is recommended to join one of the cruises that leave out of Husavík port to watch these gentle and amazing creatures in their natural environment. In the afternoon we will drive towards Akureyri – capital city of the Northern Iceland and second largest city in the country. Before we get to Akureyri we will stop at the impressive Goðafoss Waterfall. Akureyri town, located at the Eyjafjörðurfjord, is the center of trade, services, education, culture, industry and is the most important city in Iceland after Reykjavik. One of the most striking aspects of Akureyri is its warm climate. Although the city is only 60 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, it has the best weather in the country. You should visit the botanical garden and some of the many museums and art galleries. We will continue in circular tour through the valleys of Eyjafjörður to the district Skagafjörður, which is known for horse breeding. The Icelandic horse is particularly impressive animal, it is not very high, but has a special grace and strength integrated uniquely with the nature all around. Estimated driving distance: 280 km.
Today's main sites: Husavik - Godafoss Waterfall - Akureyri
Optional activities: whale watching cruise, Glaumbær grass houses.
Accommodation: Skagafjörður area
Day 7 - Snæfellsjökull Park - Snæfellsness Peninsula.
After traveling through the fertile agricultural regions of Skagafjörður, we will drive along the northern coast of the Snæfellsness peninsula to the charming town of Stykkishólmur. We will spend the day discovering the wonders of nature during the trip to the Snæfellsness peninsula, which divides the west coast of Iceland to two large bays. We will continue westward to the edge of the peninsula and will pass small fisherman's villages. Many interesting geological phenomena and historical sites can be seen in the Snæfellsjökull National Park. We will stop at the black stone beach and will make a short walk along the marked path. We'll go around the foot of the Snæfellsjökull volcano and see the glow of the iceberg at its head. Snæfellsjökull volcano won worldwide publicity when he served as a gateway of the journey to the center of the Earth in the book "Journey to the Center of the Earth" by the French author, Jules Verne. We will continue to picturesque villages Arnarstapi and Hellnar where lovely beach and unique rock formations are. Often can be observed there colonies of seals in the water or on the beach at the Ytri Tunga farm, just a few hundred meters from the main road. Estimated driving distance: 380 km.
Today's main sites: Stykkishólmur - Djúpalónssandur black beach - Snæfellsjökull National Park – Villages Arnarstapi and Hellnar
Optional activities: Horse riding
Day 8 - West Iceland - Hraunfossar Waterfall - Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO).
From the Snæfellsness Peninsula we will move south toward the town Borgarnes. On the way we will see a number of volcanic craters on both sides of the road, where Eldborg crater is the largest and most beautiful. We will stop at the hot springs of Deildartunguhver. This is the largest hot springs site in Europe. A short distance away from there is located the historical site, Reykholt. We will visit the interesting museum there and see the geothermal hot spring Snorralaug. We will continue towards the beautiful waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. From there we will return back to Route 1. At the town Borgarnes we can visit the Settlement Centre which recreates the fascinating sagas that led to the birth of the Icelandic nation in this Terra Incognita. We will drive on the road along the coast of the gulf of whales, this fjord in the north of Reykjavik. Before entering the Reykjavik city, in the village Mosfellsbær we will take the road to the Thingvellir National Park. It is geologically unique place, real natural wonder. Cracks and fissures in the soil of the area are living testimony to the movement of the earth's crust. Thingvellir is also one of the most important historical sites in Iceland, it is the establishment site of the world's first parliament Alþingi. Estimated driving distance: 350 km.
Only during the summer, only with 4x4 vehicles: we can make an interesting shortcut. We can take the Kaldidalur highland road to reach the park Thingvellir.
Today's main sites: Crater Eldborg – Hot spring Deildartunguhver - Reykholt - Hraunfossar Waterfall - Thingvellir National Park
Accommodation: Laugarvatn area.
Day 9 - Geysir - Gullfoss Waterfall - Blue Lagoon.
We will continue to the Geysir Park. We will walk by foot in the area of the famous geyser and watch the steam jet bursting into the sky every few minutes. Remember that the water temperature is close to a boiling point, do not get too close. Geysir Visitor Center offers a restaurant, hotel, pool, gift shop, snack bar, gas station, horse riding, bike tours and more. From the Geysir we will drive about 10 minutes to get to the Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Waterfall), one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. At Gullfoss we will turn around and move on. We will stop at the Faxi waterfall, hidden from the road a short distance on the left. We will look for a small sign "Faxi". During the summer you can go rafting on the river Hvítá from Drumboddsstaðir (near junction Faxi). We will continue to crater Kerið. Then we will head to Route 1 and drive towards Hveragerði, a small town with hot springs that are used to heat greenhouses for growing flowers and vegetables. During a major earthquake in May 2008 were opened in Hveragerði new hot springs and bubbling mud pits and it's possible to explore the area. We will cross the Hellisheiði hill which has many wells for producing electricity from geothermal energy. We will end the trip there and go back to Reykjavik. But first we will head to the famous Blue Lagoon, located in Svartsengi, near the geothermal power station. The lagoon is full with warm mineral-rich water and besides the unique experience of bath in it, it's also considered as a source of natural medicine for people suffering from skin diseases. We will have a refreshing stop before the end of the trip and return to our hotel in Reykjavik. Estimated driving distance: 250 km.
Today's main sites: Geysir - Gullfoss Waterfall - Blue Lagoon
Optional Activities: Blue Lagoon entrance
Accommodation: Reykjavik area.
Day 10 - Reykjavik - Keflavik (flight).
The rest of the day we will dedicate to a walking tour in Reykjavik. The return of the car is at the airport before the flight.
Note: We reserve to ourselves the right to change the order or the direction of the trip.
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Due to very high demand of rental cars in summer, we cannot guarantee a particular type of vehicle. We will do our best to provide you the best available car in each price category. Vehicle name indicates about its level but the model can be different.
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additional driver for the whole rental period directly at the rental counter for 32 euros at the pickup of the vehicle.
Third-party coverage (CDW, TP), theft insurance and personal accident insurance are automatically included in the rental contract.
Third party coverage is determined by the Icelandic law at any given time. This applies also to the insurance holder's participation.
Vehicles are rented for the unlimited kilometrage.Insurance holder's participation for the CDW insurance is included in the package:
Private vehicles: 1350 Euro.
4x4 vehicles, vans: 2275 Euro.
Upon the vehicle pick-up can be purchased extended SCDW insurance to reduce the insurance holder's participation to minimum.
Private vehicles price: 12 euros per day. Reduces the insurance holder's participation to 190 euros.
4x4 vehicles / vans price: 16 euros per day. Reduces the insurance holder's participation to 430 euros.
Upon the vehicle pick-up can also be purchased windshield insurance (Windshield Protection) for 6 euros per day for the regular vehicles, 9 euros per day for the 4x4 vehicles.
This insurance reduces the insurance holder's participation to zero.Car insurance (including SCDW) does not cover damage caused by:
Driving on the roads marked as forbidden to vehicles.
Damages caused as a result of crossing streams and waterways.
Damage to tires and bottom chassis of the vehicle.
Damage caused by dust storms and ashes.
Vehicles that are not SUVs and 4x4 are not allowed to travel on roads marked on maps with F, including the road Kjölur (Kjölur # 35), road Kaldidalur (Kaldidalur # 550) and the roads leading to Landmannalaugar, Askja, craters of Laki and Thorsmork.
Roads leading to the sites in central Iceland as: Askja, Laki, Thorsmork and Landmannalaugar include crossing rivers and waterways. Crossing waterways is under the responsibility of the tenant only and in case of damage to the vehicle all the charges apply to the tenant including rescue and towing charges.
All of our tours include high quality accommodation! – Accommodation levels are divided into three categories: budget, comfort and quality. Great variety of suppliers who work with us all over Iceland allow us to find for you the best accommodation available in each category.
Rooms with private bathroom (shower and/or bathtub and toilet). This category includes the best hotels available in each area. All hotels provide breakfast which is included in the price,
- Private facilities
- Comfort hotels, quality guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation.
- 4 star hotel in Reykjavik,
Examples of Quality hotels:
Address: Silfurtorgi 2, 400 Ísafjörður
Address: Olnbogaás, 660 Mývatn
Address: SIGTÚN 38, 105 REYKJAVÍK
Address: 310 Borgarnes
Address: Ránarslóð, 780 Höfn í Hornafirði
Address: Icelandair Hotel Akureyri, Thingvallastraeti 23, 600 Akureyri
Address: Borgarbraut, Stykkishólmur
Rooms with private bathroom (shower and toilet). This category includes hotels, guest houses and farms with high tourist class. Breakfast is included.
- Private facilities
- Economy hotels, guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation
- 3 star hotel in Reykjavik,
Examples of Comfort hotels:
Address: Sudurlandsbraut 12 108 Reykjavik
Address: Gullfoss, Iceland.
Address: 320 Reykholt
Address: Aðalstræti 100, 450 Patreksfjörður
Address: 531 Hvammstangi, Iceland
Address: Tjarnarbraut 25, 700 Egilsstadir
Address: Geislagata, 600 Akureyri
Rooms with shared bathroom, which are often in the corridor or on the same floor. This category includes hotels, guest houses and farmhouses. In some rooms there is a sink in the room. Breakfast is included. Outside Reykjavik, in more remote areas, most of the places in this category offer dinner for an additional fee.
- Shared facilities
- Budget hotels, guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation
Examples of Budget hotels:
Address: Skúlagata 21, 310 Borgarnes - Iceland
Address: Laugar in Saelingsdalur, 371 Búðardalur
Address: Þórsgata 26, 101 Reykjavík
Address: Breiðavík / Látrabjarg - 451 Patreksfjörður
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