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Iceland Express Extended - 8 Days

Iceland Express extended route self-drive, also includes the possibility of driving in the center of Iceland's on the most beautiful highland road in Iceland. Discover the unforgettable landscapes of Iceland! The route length is nearly 1820 km.

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  • Quality

    Quality

    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
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  • Comfort

    Comfort

    Rooms with private bathroom (shower and toilet). This category includes hotels, guest houses and farms with high tourist class. Breakfast is included.
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    • 3 star hotel in Reykjavik
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    Budget

    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.
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Snowmobile tour on the Mýrdalsjökull

For extreme adventurers and adrenaline enthusiasts, riding snowmobiles across Iceland's snow white surfaces and glaciers is a perfect experience, no matter which season you decide to visit. Snowmobile trips provide an excellent opportunity to experience the impressive, breathtaking views that can be seen from the tips of the glaciers without any special physical effort.

Snowmobile

Amphibian Cruise at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

The main attraction in the lagoon area and one of the most unique and certainly the best ways to see Jökulsárlón is to take a cruise in an amphibious boat that sails between the icebergs.

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon (Icelandic: "Bláa lónið") - the world's most famous geothermal spa and one of the most popular attractions in Iceland. Blue Lagoon was selected one of the 10 top spas in the world.

Blue Lagoon

Whale-watching Cruise from Husavik

Whale-watching cruise is one of the attractions not to be missed when visiting Iceland. It's an experience you'll never forget and it will leave you deeply moved by the creatures these gentle and giant.

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Tour Route

Complete tour around Iceland. For travelers who prefer to drive 4WD vehicle, The Iceland Express Extended self-drive tour gives you the possibility of driving in the center of Iceland's on one of the most beautiful highland roads. Discover the unforgettable landscapes of Iceland!

Route Length : 1820 km. (Nearly)
Season: May1st - Sep30th

Day 1 - Landing at Keflavík Airport - Reykjavik

Car pick up is at the airport. After check-in at the hotel and quick arrangements, you may want to take a walk in the downtown of Reykjavik. You should visit the Hallgrímskirkja church that allows to see an amazing view from its roof and get to know the beautiful city which is considered the "greenest" in the world.

Today's main sites: Reykjavik.
Accommodation: Reykjavik.
Optional activities: Blue Lagoon

Day 2 - Thingvellir National Park - Geysir - Gullfoss waterfall - South Coast

Geysir

You will begin our trip with Iceland's most famous route. Golden Circle route will take us to the National Park Thingvellir, where the world's first parliament gathered. The park is a boundary of two tectonic plates that connect the continents of Europe and America, Park Thingvellir was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004. You will continue to the park of geysers, there is located the geyser Strokkur bursting powerfully approximately every 8 minutes, the scenery that definitely should not be missed. Not far away from there, below the road there is the "Golden Waterfall"- Gullfoss, considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. You will continue our way to the impressive crater Kerið. It is a volcanic crater 55 meters deep and 270 meters wide. Estimated driving distance: 250 km.

You will continue along the southern coast, first you'll stop at the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, a beautiful waterfall with a walking trail behind the fall. Waterfall Skógafoss is not far neither, to stand up watching the amazing water column is an unforgettable experience. Two glaciers on the mountains above the waterfalls are their constant water suppliers – those are Eyjafjallajökull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers. You'll continue driving along the southern coast toward the Dyrhólaey nature reserve, the southernmost point in Iceland and the nesting place for many birds, including puffins. In Reynishverfi you can walk on the beach with black sand and enjoy the view of the cliffs.

Today's main sites: Thingvellir National Park - Geysir - Gullfoss Waterfall - Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls - Dyrhólaey Cliff.
Accommodation: Vik area
Optional activities: Snowmobile tour on the Mýrdalsjökull

Day 3 - Park Skaftafell - Ice Lagoon - Höfn

iceberg-lagoon

You will cross Eldhraun – the largest lava field in the world created by one single eruption. You will continue to Skeiðarársandur, a section of the black sand plain created by furious glacial rivers that reach 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 you 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. At the Skaftafell National Park you will stop at the visitor center and then will go for a walk in the park. The park has many beautiful walking routes. One of this routes will take us to the Black Fall (Svartifoss) - one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Iceland, famous for the basalt columns surrounding it. You 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, you will continue eastward to the town of Höfn. Estimated driving distance: 350 km.

Today's main sites: Skaftafell National Park - Ice Lagoon.
Accommodation: Höfn.
Optional activities: Cruise at Jökulsárlón Lagoon

Day 4 - East Fjords - Djúpivogur village - Egilsstaðir

East-Fjord

You will leave Höfn and drive along the rocky coast of the East Fjords. You will visit the picturesque villages on the edge of the long fjords. East Fjords area is one of the geologically oldest in Iceland, it got its unique shape from the glaciers withdrawal that once covered Iceland during the ice age. At the Stöðvarfjörður village you will visit Petra's stone and mineral museum. You will end the day at Egilsstaðir – the main city of eastern Iceland. Estimated driving distance: 300 km.

Today's main sites: East Fjords - Egilsstaðir - Puffin colonies.
Accommodation: Egilsstaðir.

Day 5 - Dettifoss waterfall - Ásbyrgi - Jökulsárgljúfur - Husavik.

Dettifoss

You will continue northward to the Dettifoss waterfall – the most powerful waterfall in Europe and from there to Ásbyrgi and park Jökulsárgljúfur, an area with the most magical views which were associated with famous Norse mythology stories of the Icelandic culture. You will continue through the peninsula Tjörnes to the famous town of Husavik in the beautiful bay where many boats sail into the sea to watch the sea giants - whales. Estimated driving distance: 310 km.

Today's main sites: Dettifoss waterfall - Husavik - Park Jökulsárgljúfur
Accommodation: Husavik \ Mývatn.
Optional activities: Whale-watching Cruise from Husavik

Day 6 - Mývatn - Akureyri - Skagafjörður Mountain Ridge

Hverfjall

You will walk in the area of the lake Mývatn, which is often described as another planet's landscape. 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. You will visit sites around the lake that should not be missed: Dimmuborgir Nature Reserve, Hverfjall Volcano, pseudo-craters and Krafla volcano which most recent eruptions were in 1975 and 1984. In the summer visitors can have a guided tour to Kröfluvirkjun - the site where the geothermal energy is generated. This is the power plant where vapor pressure is used to generate electricity (the entrance is free). Other attractions in the area: Víti Crater located near the Krafla volcano and nature baths in Mývatn. You will continue our way to Akureyri - the main city of northern Iceland. You'll pass through the historic area of the mountain ridge Skagafjörður known for its many horse breeding farms. In this area is located the grass roofs houses museum of Glaumbær which is an excellent example of the old Icelandic architecture. Estimated driving distance: 150 km.

Today's main sites: Akureyri - Mývatn.
Accommodation: Skagafjörður.

Day 7 - Saga Valley - Hraunfossar Waterfall - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik

Hraunfossar

From Skagafjörður you continue to the west of Iceland, after you'll visit Borgarnes you will move on to Reykholt. You'll stop at the hot springs Deildartunguhver -the largest in Europe hot springs site. A short distance away from there is situated the historic site Reykholt. You will visit an interesting museum there and the geothermal pool Snorralaug. You will continue towards the beautiful waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. From there you will head to Reykjavik. In the evening or on the next day before the flight you can visit the Blue Lagoon – one of the world famous spa resorts. Estimated driving distance: 360 km.

Today's main sites: Waterfall Hraunfossar - mountain ridge Skagafjörður - Reykholt - Borgarnes.
Accommodation: Reykjavik.

Day 8 - Reykjavik - Keflavik (flight).

Rest of the day in Reykjavik – the capital city of Iceland. The return of the car is at the airport before the flight

Complete tour around Iceland. For travelers who prefer to drive 4WD vehicle, The Iceland Express Ext...

Package Includes

This Vacation Package Include

Car pick up at the airport
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.
Companion app on Tablet
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!
7 Nights' accommodation in hotels, guest houses and farmhouses
Best available accommodation all around Iceland.
Breakfast
Daily breakfast bouffe.
Car rental with unlimited mileage
New cars only with low mileage from international leading brand.
Two drivers insurance (CDW, theft protection)
Need more drivers? no problem! You can add additional drivers from as low as 32 EUR per drive for the whole period.
GPS built-in in the car
Available in different languages.
Digital trip plan with driving directions on a Tablet
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.
Useful information booklet for trip preparation
What clothes to bring? How to use your mobile phone? etc. All you need to know before arriving to Iceland.
Digital Map of Iceland 1: 500,000 on a Tablet
All officials roads and more in one map.
Car drop-off at the airport at the same time as pick-up.
Emergency telephone service 24/7
Our experienced stuff is available for you during your travel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Package Does Not Include

Flight tickets
Fuel expenses
Travel Insurance
Optional activities

Accommodation

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.

Quality Rooms

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:

Isafjordurhotels Hotel
Hótel Ísafjörður / Torg - Quality

Address: Silfurtorgi 2, 400 Ísafjörður

Laxá
Laxá Hotel - Quality

Address: Olnbogaás, 660 Mývatn

Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel - Quality

Address: SIGTÚN 38, 105 REYKJAVÍK

Harmer
Harmer Hotel - Quality

Address: 310 Borgarnes

Hotel Edda Höfn
Hotel Edda Höfn - Quality

Address: Ránarslóð, 780 Höfn í Hornafirði

Akureyri Hotel
Icelandair Hotel Akureyri - Quality

Address: Icelandair Hotel Akureyri, Thingvallastraeti 23, 600 Akureyri

Stykkisholmur
Hotel Stykkisholmur - Quality

Address: Borgarbraut, Stykkishólmur

Comfort Rooms

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:

reykjavik lights
REYKJAVIK LIGHTS - Comfort

Address: Sudurlandsbraut 12 108 Reykjavik

Hótel Gullfoss
Hótel Gullfoss - Comfort

Address: Gullfoss, Iceland.

Fosshotel Reykholt
Fosshotel Reykholt- Comfort

Address: 320 Reykholt

fosshotel westfjords
Fosshotel Westfjords - Comfort

Address: Aðalstræti 100, 450 Patreksfjörður

Hotel Laugarbakki
Hotel Laugarbakki - Comfort

Address: 531 Hvammstangi, Iceland

Hotel Edda Egilsstadir
Hotel Edda Egilsstadir - Comfort

Address: Tjarnarbraut 25, 700 Egilsstadir

Hotel Nordurland
Hotel Nordurland - Comfort

Address: Geislagata, 600 Akureyri

Budget Rooms

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:

Borgarnes Bed & Breakfast
Borgarnes Bed & Breakfast - Budget

Address: Skúlagata 21, 310 Borgarnes - Iceland

Hotel Edda in Saelingsdalur
Hotel Edda in Saelingsdalur - Budget

Address: Laugar in Saelingsdalur, 371 Búðardalur

Guesthouse Sunna
Guesthouse Sunna - Budget

Address: Þórsgata 26, 101 Reykjavík

breidavik
Hotel Breidavik - Budget

Address: Breiðavík / Látrabjarg - 451 Patreksfjörður

Hrifunes Guesthouse
Hrifunes Guesthouse - Budget

Address: Hrífunesvegur

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Our Customer Testimonials

  1. "everything just worked perfect.."

    We would like to thank you... The trip you've arranged for us was our honeymoon as my wife and I got married a little more than two months ago and we were looking for interesting and unusual destination for the trip after the wedding. We are very thankful for your replies to the many e-mails we've sent. Thank you for the interesting route and for the service providers that you work with, we have not encountered any problem not with the hotels or car rental, not with the whales watching cruise - everything just worked perfect. It is important to note that you were taking care of us during the trip as well, sending us weather updates that could affect our route. We are very pleased with our Icelandic experience, and of course now Iceland has a place of honor in our hearts... Hopefully one day we will return to have another trip there.
    Yuri and Beate.

    Yuri and Beate

  2. "The other hotels were great too.."

    We had a great time in Iceland. We really have to thank you for the great itinerary. Our first day started when we flew in around 6:00 A.M. and when we got to Hertz everything was ready for us. We had a little trouble finding our hotel in Reykjavik but that was more us not being used to the roads. When we got to the hotel they actually let us in to our room that morning which was really terrific because we were really tired and got to take a short nap and then explore the city. The front desk staff were terrific and helped us out whenever we had a question and gave us some ideas of where to go in the city. Not only that, they gave us a junior suite which was really nice if you arranged that. The other hotel that was extraordinary was the Stracta Hotel in Hella. The staff were really great and the hotel was fantastic. Also, to have us stay at the airport on our last night was really appreciated and that hotel was just fine!
    Doug Penny

    Doug Penny

  3. "thank you for the assistance and quick response to any problem.."

    About three months ago I've returned from the trip to Iceland and I would like to thank you for the assistance and quick response to any problem or request. The trip was amazing, I have no other way to describe it. The views were stunning, every place we got to was even more incredible and beautiful than the previous. I've taken more than 1,000 photos and about two hours of video and still I look at the pictures and I know that they are not able to describe the amazing feeling I had.
    Daniel

    Daniel