Iceland Complete Circle - 9 Days
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Iceland Self-drive Full Circle. Classic extended trip that passes Iceland's nature treasures including national parks, spectacular waterfalls, giant glaciers, impressive volcanoes, hot springs and geothermal pools. For off-road vehicles there is a possibility to drive on Iceland's most beautiful highland road in central Iceland.
Route Length : 1800 km. (Nearly)
Season: All Year Round
Day 1 - Landing - Pick up car at Keflavík Airport - Reykjavik.
You will pick up the car at the airport and then drive 45 minutes to Reykjavik for express check-in and the initial arrangements at the hotel. The rest of the day, you will spend walking around Reykjavik, which is the capital city of Iceland and cultural, governance and trade center of the country. It is recommended to go down to the Gulf of Reykjavik and breathe in the fresh Icelandic air. The city's opera house called Harpa ("Harp" in Icelandic) is located on the waterfront. This is a unique structure made of glass that changes colors according to the sun's reflection. The structure Perla (The Pearl) located on a hill in the eastern part of the city provides a beautiful view of 360 degrees of Reykjavik as well as the option to dine in the revolving restaurant located there...
Today's main sites: Reykjavik.
Day 2 - Golden Circle - Three classic Icelandic landmarks.
You will leave Reykjavik and head northeast to the Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir) - UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the place, where the tectonic plates of Europe and America meet together and here the first gatherings of the Icelandic Parliament, which is the oldest parliament in the world, took place. Later you will arrive to geyser Strokkur and admire its eruptions that happen every 12 minutes. In addition, here Geysir is located: it gave its name to the concept of "geyser" that describes the phenomenon of hot spring in which boiling water and steam are sent in a form of a tall column into the air. A bit eastward from there, Gullfoss Waterfall is located. This royal waterfall falls into two cascades close to each other, and urges the spectacular view. There are other interesting sites in this area: crater Creed and waterfall Faxi and we will visit them too. Estimated driving distance: 250 km.
Today's major sites: Thingvellir National Park - Geysir - Gullfoss waterfall.
Optional activities: diving in Silfra - jet boat cruise.
Day 3 - Panoramic view over the south coast - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall - black sand beach in Vik.
Today we will walk along the beautiful south coast stretching along the mountains with the sloping coastline at the river mouth. We will reach the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and watch it falling down from the front and from behind since its rock formation has created a trail, which allows walking behind the waterfall. We will pass near the famous volcano Eyjafjallajökull, the eruption of which in 2010 led to the fact that all the flights were grounded in the whole Northern Hemisphere. Another waterfall we will see today is Skógafoss, it is falling from a height of 60 meters and on a sunny day, double rainbow is shimmering from its bottom. Since the waterfall flow is falling into a flat area, you can walk closely to it and "merge" into the rainbow. We will reach the village Vik that is the southernmost point of the island of Iceland. Dyrhólaey Cliff is located not far from there and is a wonderful place to watch the many sea birds such as the various species of sea gulls and puffins of different colors. Vik beaches are the black sand beaches; the walk along the waterfront will expose us to the exciting view of the black sand in the contrast of the deep blue color of the sea. We will stop at the Kirkjubaejarklaustur village with a hard to pronounce name that does not indicate its picturesque simplicity, the village with the beautiful mountains and rivers that extend around it and make your heart fall in love with it. Just in a short distance from the village, you can walk on the hexagonal basalt floor created by the volcanic eruption called Kirkjugólfið, the meaning of this word is the church-floor. Estimated driving distance: 220 km.
Today's main sites: waterfalls Skogarfoss and Seljalandsfoss - Cliff Dyrhólaey
Optional activities: Snow scooters on the Myrdalsjokull glacier, Skogar Museum
Day 4 - The wilderness at the Skaftafell National Park - glacial lagoon - glacier Vatnajökull.
We will drive on Route 1, where from one side of the road there is a plateau with the delta of the rivers and on the other side extends Vatnajökull glacier, a huge block of ice, which is the largest glacier in Europe. We will enter the nature reserve of the Skaftafell National Park, there are many hiking trails leading to the eye-catching sites, like a black waterfall and panoramic viewpoints over the glacier. Not far from the park is located the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon considered one of the most beautiful sites in Iceland and a landmark that will undoubtedly be engraved in your memory as one of the most beautiful places you've ever visited. Glacial lagoon contains a huge glacier pieces that broke away from the adjacent glacier and float slowly into the sea. This dynamic postcard of the nature changing constantly its form and the seals swimming in the waters of the lagoon certainly will not leave you indifferent. In the summer, you can go on a cruise among the icebergs in the amphibian boat. Estimated driving distance: 210 km.
Today's main sites: Park Skaftafell - Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon.
Optional activities: cruise in the Ice Lagoon – snow scooter tour on the glacier Vatnajökull.
Day 5 - The East Fjords - "Far East of Iceland".
We will spend this day traveling along the East Fjords. This region was isolated once, when the land transport was limited and the relations of the residents of the East Fjords with the ships coming from Europe were more developed than with the rest of Iceland. Among Icelanders, every fjord has its own story and its unique nature and inhabitants. Even a stranger visiting this area would feel it. Bird watching and photography enthusiasts are welcome to enjoy the cruise to the island of Papey, where they can watch colonies of sea puffins that stay at the island during their nesting season until mid-August. Ferry from Denmark reaches the charming village Seyðisfjörður once a week. This village is known for the wooden houses built on the edge of the fjord that look like they were taken from a fairy tale. East Fjords are abundant with the trees, unlike the rest of Iceland, and are unique as only in this part of Iceland there are wild herds of north reindeer wandering in the area. Estimated driving distance: 300 km.
Today's main sites: East Fjords - Egilsstaðir - puffin colonies.
Optional activities: Petra's stone museum - cruise to Papey Island
Day 6 - The most powerful waterfall in Europe - volcanoes - Lake Mývatn - summer home of the water birds.
We will say goodbye to the East Fjords and turn northward all the way to the Dettifoss waterfall, which is the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Watching the furious and mighty flow of the waterfall is an amazing experience, that will make each one of you feel insignificant and small compared to the power of the water. Another meeting with the forces of nature today will be in the area of the volcano Krafla that despite the fact that his last eruption was in 1984, the landscape around it is full of steaming lava and the volcanic riots create a view dazzling the senses. A few minutes' drive away, is located the geothermal field Namafjall with pits of boiling mud and sulfur. Mývatn is the perfect place to get us some peace and quiet. Around the lake a great variety of water birds spend the summer and as an addition to this beautiful scenery, near the lake there are "dark castles" of Dimmuborgir, known in folklore of Iceland as the home of the Gnomes of Christmas. Estimated driving distance: 200 km.
Today's main sites: Mývatn.
Optional activities: Mývatn geothermal nature baths - whale watching cruise.
Accommodation: Husavik \ Mývatn.
Day 7 - Akureyri the capital of the North - Icelandic horses in Skagafjörður.
On our way west we will stop to watch the waterfall Godafoss, name of which means in Icelandic "the waterfall of the Gods", and the sight is heavenly indeed. From there we will turn from the nature landscape to Akureyri – the magnificent northern capital of Iceland. In Akureyri there are many attractions including a botanical garden, golf surfaces, open sea cruises and plenty of restaurants and cafes. We will pass Öxnadalur - mountain pass with its sharp peaks that look like they have been cut by a human hand. From there we will reach the region Skagafjordur known by some of the finest and the most beautiful Icelandic horses, which are bred here. Even if you will not ride the horse, you can still watch them galloping in a meadow on the sides of roads. This region is abundant with the rivers and lakes brimming with fish and swans cruising above it. To learn a little about how the daily life was in Iceland many centuries ago, you can visit the museum of the grass houses Glaumbær. Estimated driving distance: 220 km.
Today's main sites: waterfall Godafoss - Akureyri - Skagafjörður Mountain Ridge.
Optional activities: horse riding tour.
Day 8 - Waterfall Hraunfossar (Lava Waterfall) – the cradle of Icelandic sagas - Reykjavik.
From Skagafjordur we will move on facing the western Iceland, after passing Borgarnes, we will continue to Reykholt. We will make a stop at the hot springs in Deildartunguhver. This is the biggest hot springs site in Europe. From there, before we get further west, we can make a detour around the Vastnes peninsula and see the Hvítserkur – an impressive rock rising from the sea, according to the Icelandic sagas, it was originally a scary troll that became a rock when it was exposed to the sunlight. Around this peninsula, you can see herds of seals on sunny days sunbathing on the rocks sticking out from the sea. We will continue westward, to the cradle of the Icelandic sagas, there started a large part of the great and important traditions of the Western world. Lava Waterfall's (Hraunfossar) long splashes of rocks are located in the area near the Europe's largest geothermal water well – the provider of water at minimal cost to all the nearby residents. In the village Borgarnes we can make a stop before we complete the whole circle and be back onto the Route 1 to Reykjavik. Estimated driving distance: 280 km.
Another option for 4X4 vehicle travelers is to cross Iceland by the hilly dirt road Kjölur that runs between the two glaciers. On our way we will visit the oasis and geysers park Hveravellir before we get back to Reykjavik.
Today's main sites: waterfall Hraunfossar - Deildartunguhver - Reykholt - Borgarnes.
Day 9 - Reykjavik - Keflavik (flight).
This day and until your flight back home, we will dedicate to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. The car will be returned at the airport before your flight.
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Iceland Self-drive Full Circle. Classic extended trip that passes Iceland's nature treasures including...
This Vacation Package Include
Do not waste time. Start exploring Iceland from the moment you arrive until your departure. Pick up and drop off car at the airport for maximum flexibility.
On car pick-up you will get an internet connected tablet with an award winning companion app. In the app you'll find your digital itinerary with built-in GPS road guide with thousands of points of interest!
Best available accommodation all around Iceland.
Daily breakfast bouffe.
New cars only with low mileage from international leading brand.
Need more drivers? no problem! You can add additional drivers from as low as 32 EUR per drive for the whole period.
Available in different languages.
This is your tour guide from A to Z. In our detailed itinerary you'll find all the information you need to explore Iceland like the local, all on a Tablet! Tips and useful information included with daily maps and driving directions.
What clothes to bring? How to use your mobile phone? etc. All you need to know before arriving to Iceland.
All officials roads and more in one map.
Our experienced stuff is available for you during your travel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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We offer our customers an all-inclusive car rental service for the best price and with the best service. Our vehicles offered for rent are new, clean and in excellent condition.
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.
|A||Economy - Manual/Auto
|B||Compact - Auto
|K||Compact 4wd - Manual
|Toyota Urban Cruiser|
|C||Intermediate - Manual/Auto
|T||Intermediate station- Manual
|Toyota Corolla Verson|
|E||Station 4wd - Manual/Auto
|Skoda Octavia Station|
|R||Intermediate Station - Auto
|Toyota Avensis Station|
|F||Medium 4wd - Manual/Auto
|I||Large 4wd - Auto
|Toyota Landcruiser GX|
|Q||Large Van - Manual
|D||Large 4wd Van - Manual
|W||Large 4wd Van - Manual
The minimum age to rent an off-road vehicle is 23 years and 20 years for other types of vehicles – at the pickup of the vehicle the driver must present a valid driver's license for 12 months at least. The license must be presented at the rental beginning.
The payment for our services is by international credit cards like Visa and MasterCard.
The drivers of 10-seats or more vehicles must present a third party driver's license.
Rental Car Insurance CDW includes two drivers. Can be purchased driver insurance for an
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
Our Customer Testimonials
"thank you for an amazing trip that we won't forget soon!"”We would like to thank you for an amazing trip that we won't forget soon! The organization was perfect, hotels and guest houses were excellent in every way, breakfast accommodates 5 stars, the route, explanations, maps and GPS! Happily and heartily we'll recommend you, I wish there were more like you :) ”
"The choice of accommodation - great!"”Now, after it has been over a week since we've returned and after we've told about our experience thousands of times to anyone who would listen, I would like to thank you for the wonderful trip you've organized for us! To travel in Iceland was my dream since the age of 15.... And how do they say? Expectations may sometimes lead you to disappointments? So that's it, it was not this case. It was clear to us that we were going to the amazing country in every possible way, but we did not know how our stay there would be great! The organization was perfect! The choice of accommodation - great! Each hotel surprised with its originality, design and wonderful location. Route planning, setting points of interest, and many more things you thought about that made the trip enjoyable, challenging and surprising. This is the opportunity to say that I have fulfilled my dream the best way I could ask for. Well done and will continue making people fall in love with Iceland - that it is worth every minute! Huge thanks and best regards, ”
"especially I enjoyed the hotel where a surprise awaited for us .."”Hello Guy, We've returned to our country which is literally on fire after two amazing weeks of peace and quiet detached from the reality in the cold and clear weather which now is much more valued after you get to the "oven" of our country! Thanks so much for planning and help throughout the trip! Even the hotel without the facilities was fine in the end and its location in the forest was completely pastoral! Hotels were of the completely reasonable level, better than I expected, especially I enjoyed the hotel Mr. Islander where a surprise awaited for us - hot water springs in the hotel's courtyard and after the rainy day we could not walk at all because of the strong wind, warm dip saved the day! The hotel is totally recommended! But really thanks for everything, the route was with a variety of stunning views and hopefully we'll return to Iceland! ”