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Iceland Grand Discovery Self Drive
If you have time on your hands and you want a relaxing tour of Iceland then this is the self drive tour for you!
Our Iceland Grand Discovery circular route gives travelers both flexibility and time to spend at each of Icelandâ€™s most popular attractions. Apart from experiencing all the natural treasures accessed via the Ring Road, this tour dedicates two whole days to the wonders of South West Iceland, including Borgarfjordur Fjord and the mystic Snaefellsnes Glacier, made famous by author Jules Verne as the entrance to the center of the Earth, and more recently voted the best region to visit in 2016 by the Lonely Planet.
Along the way, youâ€™ll pass many of the volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers, and seascapes that make Icelandâ€™s landscapes so magical and unforgettable.
Take to the open road and discover the natural wonders and welcoming towns of Iceland's Ring Road and Snaefellsnes Peninsula!
Grp 1.0 Economy 2wd Toyota Yaris or similar
Grp 1.1 Economy 2wd Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar
Grp 2.0 Compact 2wd Toyota Auris or similar
Grp 2.6 Compact 2wd Toyota Auris Automatic or similar
Grp 3.0 Intermediate 2wd Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar
Grp 3.1 Intermediate 2wd Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar
Grp 4.0 Intermediate 4wd Station Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar
Grp 4.1 Intermediate 4wd Station Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar
Grp 5.0 Medium 4wd Toyota RAV4 4wd or similar
Grp 5.1 Medium 4wd Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic or similar
Grp 5.2 Medium 4wd Dacia Duster or similar
Grp 5.6 Medium 4wd Kia Sorento Automatic or similar
Grp 7.1 Large 4wd Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic or similar
Grp 9.9 Full size 4wd passenger van VW Caravelle 9 seater or simila
Day 1 Keflavik
Welcome to Iceland
Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.
From Keflavik International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. The village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses heated by
hot water from nearby springs it is often called the flower village.
Depending on your arrival time in Iceland, on your way to Hveragerdi it may be ideal to visit the renowned Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal water.
Overnight stay in Hveragerdi
Approximate mileage: 103 km / 64 miles
The Golden Circle
Approximate mileage: 186 km / 115 miles
Drive to Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park itself is situated in a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows, on the border of Iceland's largest lake. Continue to the famous Geysir hot spring area and the mighty waterfall Gullfoss.
Overnight stay in Fludir
Optional: Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee
Black Sand Beaches of the South Coast
Approximate mileage: 215 km / 133 miles
Drive along the spectacular south coast, viewing highlights such as Skogafoss waterfall, Myrdalsjokull glacier, Dyrholaey* and the black sand beaches of Vik. Continue across Eldhraun lava field to the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, which is known for its fabulous trout fishing.
Overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur
* Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, from about the middle of May until
Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp)
Day 4 KirkjubaejarklausturMeals: Breakfast
Lakagigar crater row
Approximate mileage: 120 km / 74 miles
Enjoy the day exploring this little-known area. We recommend a hike in magnificent Fjadrargljufur, one of the most spectacular canyons in Iceland. If you are traveling in June, July, or August a longer detour to the volcanic Laki craters (Lakagigar) is a great option. The drive, for which you'll need a rental car category 5.0 or higher, takes you to the site of a catastrophic eruption in 1783-84, and includes beautiful sights such as Laki, the largest of the craters, which is 818 metres (2684 feet) high and affords a breathtaking view over the craters.
Overnight stay in southeast Iceland
Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Approximate mileage: 204 km / 126 miles
Visit the awe-inspiring Skaftafell National Park, which is set between glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and the harbour town of Hofn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.
Overnight stay in Hofn
Optionals: Amphibian Boat Tour on Glacial Lagoon (from the lagoon)
Iceland East Fjords
Approximate mileage: 187 km / 116 miles
Drive through the spectacular East Fjords, past towering mountains and through charming fishing villages, to the fertile Egilsstadir area. On the way it is possible to take a boat tour to Papey Island, where thousands of puffins nest in the summer, or visit Petra's famous local stone and mineral collection at Stodvarfjordur.
Overnight stay in Egilsstadir
Optional: Dinner with the Locals (from Egilsstadir, East Iceland)
Day 7 EgilsstadirMeals: Breakfast
Seydisfjordur and BorgarfjÃ¶rdur Eystri
Approximate distance: 140km / 86miles
Explore the quaint village of Seydisfjordur, where multi-coloured wooden houses are sheltered by a jaw-dropping backdrop of snow-capped mountains and tumbling waterfalls. Also, explore Borgarfjordur Eystri, steeped in the folklore of elves. This area has excellent hiking paths, in different length and difficulty. Both villages are known for their friendly locals and rich artistic communities.
Overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area.
Jokulsargljufur National Park
Approximate mileage: 175 km / 108 miles
Travel across the vast Modrudalsoraefi highlands, which are renowned for their stark beauty, to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Explore the many wonders of northern Vatnajokull National Park, such as the strange formations of Hljodaklettar (Echo Rocks) and the impressive horseshoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon. Continue along Tjornes peninsula at the edge of the Arctic Circle to the fishing village of Husavik. This town is known as the capital of whale watching for its excellent sightings. Perhaps you will enjoy a whale watching tour on a beautifully-restored oaken boat.
Overnight stay in Lake Myvatn area
Optional: Whale Watching in traditional Oak Boat (from Husavik)
Day 9 Lake MyvatnMeals: Breakfast
Lunar Landscapes of Lake Myvatn
Approximate mileage: Variable
Spend the day exploring the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area. Visit highlights such as the lava shapes at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulphurous slopes of Namaskard and the Krafla volcano area.
Overnight stay in Lake Myvatn area
Day 10 AkureyriMeals: Breakfast
Explore North Iceland
Approximate mileage: 91 km / 57 miles
Start the day driving from Lake Myvatn to the majestic Godafoss waterfall and onwards to explore Akureyri, the capital of the north. Explore the second largest town in Iceland, perhaps visiting the famous thermal swimming pool, the many museums, and the landmark church.
Overnight stay in Akureyri
Optional: Whale Watching (from Akureyri)
Akureyri Art and City Walk (from Akureyri)
Approximate mileage: 250 km / 155 miles
Drive to Siglufjordur along the Troll Peninsula, one of IcelandÂ´s most beautiful coastlines, where youâ€™ll get a unique view towards the North Atlantic. In the charming town of Siglufjordur enjoy discovering the history of the town at the award-winning Herring Era Museum. This fabulous museum accounts the days in the early 20th century that transformed a small fishing village into a boom town which radically transformed Icelandâ€™s economy.
Stop by Hofsos is which is home to the Grof church and a beautiful infinity pool which gives a unique optical illusion. Visit the Holar bishopric, one of Icelandâ€™s foremost historical areas, where you can visit the picturesque 18th century Holar Cathedral which houses artefacts from Icelandâ€™s Catholic era (15th & 16th centuries). Explore the fascinating area of Skagafjordur, renowned for horse breeding and many sites from Icelandic Saga History, before driving to Hrutafjordur. A recommended stop along the way is Vatnsdalsholar, a cluster of hills found in Vatnsdalur valley. Vatnsdalur is an area renowned as the home of a famous female Viking chieftain, Audur the Deep Minded. It is also the haunting setting for the famous historical novel by Hannah Kent, Burial Rites, which describes the last execution in Iceland in the 19th century.
Overnight stay in Varmahlid/Laugarbakki area.
Day 12 Varmahlid - HolmavikMeals: Breakfast
Strandir, Holmavik and Drangsnes
Approximate mileage: 250 km / 155 miles
Drive along the low hills of Hrutafjordur Fjord towards jagged mountains that rise straight from the sea in the area of Holmavik and Drangsnes. For centuries, this was one of the most isolated regions in Iceland. It is a region of remote and spectacular beauty. Here you can enjoy the peace and solitude that is rare in so many places. Strandir is literally the spine of the Westfjords, a place of spiky fjords and majestic crags. In ancient times, the inhabitants were reputed to have knowledge of magic. You can find out about these traditions at the Icelandic Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft in Holmavik town.
Overnight in the Holmavik area.
Day 13 Holmavik - IsafjordurMeals: Breakfast
Westfjordâ€™s Wonders: Isafjordur - Capital of the Westfjords,
Approximate mileage: 221 km / 137 miles
Drive the numerous uninhabited fjords of Isafjardardjup, which boasts a beautiful coastline alive with seals and birds. Continue to Isafjordur, the largest town in the Westfjords.
Overnight in Isafjordur
Day 14 IsafjordurMeals: Breakfast
Isafjordur - Thingeyri
Distance is variable
Friendly towns â€“ traditional and modern fishing heritage
Spend time in Isafjordur and the surrounding area, including the neighbouring towns of Bolungarvik and Sudureyri. Sudureyri offers a friendly and informative walking tour focused on the townâ€™s eco-friendly fishing. Along the route you can sample gourmet and traditional fish delicacies. Discover older fishing traditions at the Osvor traditional fishing camp, a restored 19th century area where locals fished at sea using simple wooden rowboats. In the evening, try the fresh seafood at one of the excellent local restaurants.
Overnight in the Isafjordur area.
Optional: Food Trail (from Sudureyri)
Day 15 IsafjordurMeals: Breakfast
Approximate mileage: 287 km / 178 miles
Drive from Isafjordur through the beautiful West Fjords. A stop at the stunning Dynjandi waterfall is recommended, as well as driving to Latrabjarg cliffs. In the summer, these high sea cliffs are teeming with millions of puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills.
Overnight in the southern part of the Westfjords
Day 16 StykkisholmurMeals: Breakfast
Breidafjordur - Flatey - Stykkisholmur
Approximate mileage: 50 km / 31 miles
ail with the ferry Baldur across beautiful Breidafjordur Bay, with its countless islands and rich birdlife.(Please note the ferry cost is not included in the package price.) Youâ€™ll pass by the island of Flatey and its timber buildings on the way to the charming village of Stykkisholmur for an overnight stay. You might recognize the town from movies such as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Pawn Sacrifice. The Museum of Water â€“ featured in author Rebecca Solnitâ€™s memoir The Faraway Nearby - is a popular place for visitors with its unique architecture.
Overnight in Stykkisholmur.
Snaefellsnes - Borgarfjordur
Approximate mileage: 272 km / 170 miles
Continue around the Snaefellsnes peninsula, passing the small fishing villages Hellissandur and Grundarfjordur. Make a stop at the magnificent columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi, as well as
the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur. Explore Borgarfjordur area and visit the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, Reykholt and the hot spring Deildartunguhver.
Overnight in Borgarfjordur
Approximate distance: 118km / 74miles
A unique experience in the Borgarfjordur area is the chance to go into the very heart of a glacier with an Into the Glacier experience. Tours depart from Husafell village. Take a ride in a monster-sized vehicle up the sides of Langjokull Glacier and into a glacial ice tunnel. Here you can learn about glaciers and how they formed in a setting with a great focus on environmental conservation and education. Borgarfjordur town is located near the homestead of a famous Viking saga hero, Egill Skallagrimsson. You can learn more about him and the first Viking settlers in Iceland at the Settlement Museum in the town of Borgarnes. Continue via Hvalfjordur fjord, a scenic fjord where you might stop to visit Glymur, the second highest waterfall in Iceland. Then continue to Reykjavik.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Optionals: The Settlement Center - Entrance Fee
Into the Glacier - Classic Tour (from Husafell Hotel or Klaki Base Camp)
Day 19 ReykjavikMeals: Breakfast
Approximate distance: 52 km / 32 miles
Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon, as it is on your way to the airport, if you did not have time to do it on your arrival day. *
**Please note that the package price is based on 18x24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 19 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 18 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer
Price in USD per person in double room with private facilities with recommended Compact Car (cat 2): Inquire for rates on other car categories.
LATE ARRIVAL SUPPLEMENT FOR PASSENGERS ARRIVING LATE EVENING/NIGHT. YOU STAY THE FIRST NIGHT AT AIRPORT HOTEL SMARI AT KEFLAVIK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT INSTEAD OF HOTEL IN HVERAGERDI.
* Please note that the package price is based on 18x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 19, an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 18-day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer to return to the airport
Price IncludesGps System
1 Additional Driver
Use of Tablet With Detailed Itinerary and Interactive Road Maps
Booklet in Selected Languages
24 Hour Emergency Phone Service
Customer Service Car During Office Hours
Accommodation Including Daily Breakfast
Rental Car for 3 Days, Unlimited Mileage
Cdw, Theft Protection and Vat
Price Does Not IncludeOptional Excursions
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