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Iceland Self-Drive the Ring Road

From April to September £2714 pp

Iceland

13 nights/ 14 days

min. 1 max. 4 per car

Iceland Self-Drive the Ring Road

What You'll Do

Enjoy a two week Iceland adventure! Discover the real Iceland at your own pace during the Spring and Summer months. Drive the deserted coastal road stopping off to take in the awe inspiring views and unspoiled nature.
Experience the thunderous geysers in the Golden Circle, the tranquil healing waters of the Blue Lagoon, staggering waterfalls and black sand beaches of the South Coast, and top it off with a couple of days in the bustling town of Reykjavik to experience the local food, history and culture.

Your activity holiday in Iceland will start a stop at the Blue Lagoon, one of the new wonders of the world and relax in the soothing warm mineral water. You will then drive  towards the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, taking in the stunning views.

From here you will go on to see Laugarbakki and the beautiful fishing village of Siglufjörður with a stop at the breathtaking Vatnsnes Peninsula where if you are lucky you may see a colonies of seals.

After this, you will visit Akureyri  which is a beautiful town, called ‘The Capital of the North’, we highly recommend strolling around the town to really take it in! Your next stop will be at the picturesque Mývatn Lake area. With incredible rock formations and several hiking paths with beautiful views of the pseudo craters. 

Now it’s time to visit Eastfjords of Iceland, the only forest in Iceland and the only place where you will see reindeer. The next day you will be visiting the stunning Glacier Lagoon and you have time to really explore this area.

After this, you move onto the stunning South Coast, considered one of the most beautiful parts of the country. With waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes – so many natural wonders in one area! Then you will be visiting the Golden Circle, a natural phenomenon of geothermal activity with the Geysir hotspot and Gullfoss waterfall, the area is unforgettable.

Your trip will end with 2 nights in Reykjavik where you will be able to explore the city and do whatever takes your fancy!

 

Experience
Highlights

Relax in the Blue Lagoon

Visit some of the most stunning parts of Iceland

Experience the local culture in Reykjavik

See the geothermal activity in Iceland first hand

Your Local Host:

Rannveig

I constantly consider myself lucky to be Icelandic and live in this incredible destination that Iceland is. Our culture, the Northern Lights, erupting volcanoes and incredible nature provide some of the best holiday experiences you can get. I have spent the last 15 years truly exploring my own country and it continues to amaze me every single day. The weather may be a challenge - we never know what what conditions will be thrown our way - but you can rest assured that every minute is an adventure! Respect for nature is important to all Icelanders and all the partners we work with care for people and for the environment. We are a family business committed to offering our customers the best, true, authentic experiences and nowhere else will you get a more personal service than with us.

Experience Itinerary

Arrival, Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik

Arrival at Keflavik International Airport.

Pick up your rental car at Keflavik airport and depart towards Reykjavík. On route to Reykjavík stop at the Blue Lagoon, considered one of the New Wonders of the World. Enjoy relaxing in the warm mineral rich geothermal waters after your flight, enjoy a glass of bubbly at the swim up bar and get into the holiday mood! From Blue Lagoon drive to Reykjavik for a free day to explore the city.

Accommodation:

3* or 4* hotel in Reykjavik

Distance/Journey time: 70 km/1 hour

 

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and leave Reykjavik, heading for the breathtaking Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Today you will explore the entire peninsula and its many natural wonders. It is well known for its amazing birdlife, lava fields and green valleys.

Take your day to drive around the whole peninsula,  you can explore Dritvík Cove and the cliffs of Arnarstapi and Lóndrangar. There are  plenty of small fishing villages to see along the way and some other  highlights for today will include  Búðakirkja black church, Hellnar, Kirkjufell Mountain with its twin waterfalls and the  Snæfellsjökull Glacier national park.

Accommodation:

3*  hotel in Stykkisholmur

Distance/Journey time: 300 km / 4 hours

Laugarbakki

After a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a morning walk in the wonderful fresh air, you can check out in your own time and leave Stykkisholmur and head towards Road Nr 1 taking you Northbound. This is Iceland’s main motorway and its nickname is The Ring Road .

Synonymous with road trip vibes, the Ring Road is a must-do drive for those looking for spectacular scenery. Since most of Iceland’s interior is uninhabitable wilderness, this highway only goes around the populated coastal areas. Circling the country, along the way you’ll find Iceland’s most well known natural attractions.

Your next destination is Hotel Laugarbakki perfectly located as a stopover between the South and North.

Accommodation:

Hotel Laugarbakki 3*

Distance/Journey time: 160 km / 2.5 hours

Hvítserkur and Siglufjörður

Depart from Laugarbakki and make your way further north towards Siglufjörður. On the way, stop at Vatnsnes Peninsula, taking a look at the breathtaking Hvítserkur Rock Formation. If luck will have it you will also see seals, as the Vatnsnes Peninsula is home to a few seal colonies.

Head onwards to Siglufjörður, a charming fishing village nestled in between mountains.

Accommodation:

Siglo Hotel 4*

Distance/Journey time: 245 km / 3.5 hours

 

Akureyri

From Siglufjörður, drive to Akureyri for some sightseeing. Akureyri is a beautiful town and is called the capital of the north, we recommend a stroll around here or perhaps you want to go Whale Watching or to visit the Beer Spa at Árskógssandi where you can bath in an outdoor hot tub full of  locally brewed beer! 

Accommodation:

4* hotel Akureyi

Distance/Journey time: 78 km / 1.5 hours

Mývatn Lake

From Akureyri drive to the picturesque Mývatn Lake area. Make a stop at Goðafoss Waterfall on the way. Here you will find pseudo craters, Námaskarð hot springs, Dimmuborgir with its incredible rock formations and several hiking paths. Visit Hverfjall Mountain where we highly recommend to hike the easy path to the top and see the views. To top your day off, you can visit the Mývatn Nature Baths a geothermal lagoon to relax after your busy day.

There is also the opportunity to meet and  to go for a ride on Iceland’s famous horses.

Accommodation: 3* hotel in the Myvatn area

Distance/Journey time: Flexible / depends on your choices

Eastfjords

Today it’s time to head to the Eastfjords of Iceland, home to our only forest and also the only place where Reindeer live.

On your way to the Eastfjords you may opt to detour to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall, claimed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe. We highly recommend you take this detour, from the parking lot it is just a short walk to see the waterfall. After exploring, check in to your hotel in Egilsstaðir.

Accommodation:

3* hotel in Egilsstadir

Distance/Journey time: 245 km / 4 hours (180 km if you skip Dettifoss)

Glacier Lagoon

From Egilsstaðir, continue your journey on Iceland’s Route Nr 1 and head to the magnificent Vatnajökull Glacier area. Upon arriving at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon you may opt to enjoy a sailing tour between the floating icebergs. We recommend you also visit Diamond Beach, just across the road. Skaftafell is a National Park in the area where you can find several hiking paths. 

Accommodation:

3* or 4* hotel in the area

Distance/Journey time: 285 / 4 hours

Glacier Lagoon / Skaftafell

Today is a free day for you to explore this magnificent area. There are several hiking & scenic options in Skaftafell region and we certainly recommend an easy hike to Svartifoss waterfall, approx. 3 km.

Accommodation:

3* or 4* hotel in the area

 

South Coast

Iceland’s South Coast is considered one of the most beautiful parts of the country. On your route to your next accommodation, enjoy the breathtaking scenery filled with waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes and black sandy beaches. We recommend to visit Reynisfjara beach, Dyrholaey rock arch, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. 

Accomodation: 3* or 4* hotel in the South West area

Distance/Journey time: 255-310 km / 3-4 hours

 

Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is one of Iceland’s ‘must see’ routes, where you get to can see  3 of Iceland’s most beautiful natural wonders. Visit Thingvellir National Park, where the world’s first parliament, Althingi, was located. See the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, and the famous Geysir hot spring, which no longer erupts but Geysir’s little brother Strokkur erupts every 10-15 minutes.

Here there is the option to visit the Secret Lagoon for a relaxing soak in the geothermal water, or to take an exciting snowmobile ride on the Glacier

Accommodation: 3* or 4* hotel in Reykjavik

Distance/Journey time: 205 km / 3 hours

Reykjavik

Enjoy these 2 days exploring the Northernmost capital of the world, relax stroll around the town, take a whale watching trip, visit the Sky Lagoon or take a walk on a live valcano! 

Accommodation: 3* or 4* hotel in Reykjavik

Optional Extra Activities

There are several optional activities you can choose to add on to your tours.

 Beer Baths in Arskogssandur  

Beer bath, where you bathe in young beer, live beer yeast, hops,  water, beer oil and beer salt. 

The beer we use for the bath is in the early stages of  fermentation, and at that stage the beer has very low pH which  will tighten and soften your hair follicles and is cleansing for your  hair and skin. 

Brewers yeast that has gone through the process of fermenting  beer, is a great source of nearly the whole Vitamin B scale, which  has very revitalising effect on skin and hair and is also a great  source of protein, potassium, iron, zinc and magnesium. The bath’s temperature is 37 – 39°C and is filled up with a new blend after each guest. This treatment is both cleansing for the skin and has a very positive effect on health. Relax and rejuvenate in this novel spa.

Whale Watching in Akureyri  

Enjoy a half day Whale Watching cruise from Akureyri city center.  Minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and sometimes humpback whales, killer whales and even Fin whales give us the chance to enjoy and understand them in their natural environment.  

Whale Watching cruises take place throughout the year, in peak summer there is even a  Midnight Sun whale watching option. Seeing whales can never be guaranteed but there is an abundance of whales living in this area.

1 hour Horse Riding  

Meet your sturdy, furry Icelandic horse for a horse riding experience which takes you through amazing lava formations you just would not believe. The tour starts along side Lake Myvatn and during summer with luck you will see baby birds just starting out in life. Next the tour takes you up on a pseudo crater with amazing views of the water below, you will ride through laval landscapes hundreds of years old using old horse trails that were  used to transport people and supplies many years ago.

Glacier Hike  

This is an easy glacier walk on Sólheimajökull  glacier. Your certified and experienced glacier guide will lead you  through a frozen wonderland of different shades of glacier ice. The  spectacular colours of the ice can be white, blue or crystal clear. You  will safely view deep crevasses and water cauldrons, along with  other interesting features of the glacier. During this once in a lifetime glacier hike,  you will have plenty of photo opportunities.

Kayak by the glacier  

Leave the crowds behind and immerse yourselves in the beauty of a majestic  outlet glacier while on a kayak. The tour starts with meeting your  expert kayaking guide in the Sólheimjökull glacier parking lot.  The sit-on-top kayaks that we use  are easy to steer and no previous kayaking experience is needed.You will be equipped with a dry suit and shown the basic techniques needed to manoeuvre the kayak. As you push away from the shore, you will enter the amazing world of the iceberg filled lagoon.

Ice Cave Katla

Your guide will meet you at our meeting point in Vik. You  will embark on an exciting super jeep ride to the  secret area of one of our 13 glaciers (30-60 minute super jeep ride)!  Once at the glacier area, you will borrow gear (IE, helmet,  headlamp, and crampons) and our local guide will do an  educational brief on safety, what to expect, etc. You’ll take a super  fun walk to the glacier ice cave (5-10 minutes) and go inside the magical colourful space to  explore. We will have a total of 45-60 minutes in the glacier area.

Snowmobile  

Join our super truck transfer from Gullfoss for the snowmobile ride of a lifetime! This is a great choice for those who have their own  transportation and want to top off the Golden Circle with  something special. Our professional guides will take you on a  snowmobile adventure in the Icelandic highlands, giving you the  most amazing views of the majestic glacier and its unique  surroundings. Once we arrive at our glacier hut, you will receive the appropriate snowmobile gear. Our friendly and fun-loving  guides will give you instructions on how to operate the snowmobiles and go over the safety procedures before you ride  off into the wondrous winter wonderland.

Secret Lagoon  

Secret Lagoon natural hot springs are located in the small village  called Fludir  in the Golden Circle area. The lagoon is natural and unique,the pool’s natural surroundings and steam rising  into the air gives the place a magical feeling. The warm water stays  at 38-40 Celsius all year. In the whole area there are several  geothermal spots and a little Geysir which erupts every 5 minutes,  showing off for the guests relaxing in the hot spring. During winter,  the northern lights often give a great light show above Secret Lagoon and in Summer you can bathe in the midnight sun

 

Location Information

Take a road trip along Iceland’s Ring Road, the coastal route which takes you around this spectacular Iceland. Your route is planned and your accommodation is all booked. Collect your car on arrival at the airport and head for the open road! Planned by experts this route will take you to all the famous sights and give you plenty of opportunity to get off the beaten path, go at your own pace and enjoy the awe inspiring landscapes and natural wonders to your hearts content.

  • All your accommodation in Iceland for 13 nights with Breakfast included.
  • Hire car for the trip
  • Full itinerary with maps, directions and all contact details for the stops on your trip
  • 24 hour local support
  • Comfort Entrance to the Blue Lagoon including towel, silica mask and a drink

FAQs

Yes :
14 days rental car is included in the package.
Includes CDW, THW and PAI.
Includes pickup and drop off at Keflavik airport
GPS included