Around Iceland in 11 days



Around Iceland in 11 days

Explore the country for 11 days and 10 nights on a classic road trip of the island. Discover Snæfellsnes peninsula and other beautiful sights along Iceland’s Ring Road. Enjoy spectacular waterfalls, mystical glaciers, hot springs, villages in picturesque settings and endless black sand beaches. The self-drive tour is an ideal vacation for independent travellers to experience the best Iceland has to offer. Available 1 May to 30 September.

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Included

  • Accommodation for 10 nights, budget or comfort rooms with breakfast
  • Rental car for 11 days, with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance (pick up & drop off in Reykjavik)
  • Airport shuttle from airport to Reykjavík (one transfer per tour)
  • A tablet travel guide mapping your journey and highlights of surrounding area
  • Suggested itinerary in English
  • 24/7 emergency phone line service
  • Taxes and service fee

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful and mystical Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • Walk along the black sands of Djúpalónssandur beach
  • Spot seals basking on the beach at Vatnsnes peninsula 
  • Visit Akureyri town, the capital of the north!
  • Drive through spectacular scenery and volcanic sites by lake Mývatn
  • Marvel at the floating icebergs on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • View the tall mountains and friendly fishing villages of the East Fjords
  • Taste delicious lobster at Höfn
  • Discover the sights of the south shore of the country

Optional

  • Enter one of the world's most remarkable lava caves
  • Go on a thrilling glacier tour on Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Cruise the beautiful Breiðafjörður bay on a boat
  • Take a dip in Mývatn Nature Baths
  • See whales in their natural environment in Húsavík
  • Go on a boat excursion and sail between the icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Take an unusual hay wagon tour of Ingólfshöfði cape

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Itinerary

Arrival day | Reykjavík

Reykjavík is a safe, clean, and vibrant city that has great museums, historic attractions, galleries, shops, open-air geothermal swimming pools and much more – so there is something for all to enjoy! While exploring the city, a taste of delicious Icelandic cuisine can be found in a variety of exciting restaurants located all over the city. The Airport Direct shuttle will transfer you to your accommodation in Reykjavík from Keflavik Airport upon arrival. Optional, and not included in the price, is to pick up the rental car at the airport when you arrive.

Accommodation in Reykjavík (optional and not included in tour price).

Day 1 | Borgarfjörður area

Explore Borgarfjörður area known for its beauty and as the site of most of the Icelandic Sagas. Take time to enjoy Reykholt, one of Iceland’s important historical sites, and the stunning Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming out of Hallmundarhraun Lava. Close by era Barnafoss Waterfalls and Deildartunguhver hot spring.

Accommodation in Snæfellsnes area.

Day 2 | Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Explore Snæfellsnes peninsula known for its stunning nature, glaciers, waterfalls and small villages enriched by history. Take time to take in all the area has to offer with a stop to explore Arnastapi village, Búðir church, the black sands of Djúpalónssandur beach and the majestic Snæfellsjökul glacier, which according to legend is one of earth’s seven energy points. Grundarfjörður village offers a spectacular view of Mt. Kirkjufell, Iceland‘s most photographed mountain, and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall.

Accommodation in Húnaflói/Skagafjörður area.

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Day 3 | Northwest Iceland & Akureyri

Watch seals bask on the beach while enjoying the view of Hvítserkur cliff off Vatnsnes peninsula, which legend claim is a petrified troll! The area is one of the largest seal colonies in Iceland and at Hvammstangi, there is a Seal Center. Explore Skagafjörður area, famous for its horse breeding, and pretty Tröllaskagi peninsula. In Varmahlíð visit Glaumbær farmhouse, a preserved turf house, and Víðimýrarkirkja turf church before ending the day in Akureyri town.

Accommodation in Akureyri area.

Day 4 | Lake Mývatn area

Take in the impressive Goðafoss, a waterfall of the Gods, one of Iceland’s most stunning waterfalls. Continue to Mývatn lake area which has many incredible natural wonders such as Dimmuborgir lava fields and Námufjall geothermal area. End the day by relaxing in the warm waters of Mývatn Nature Baths and enjoy the view of surrounding landscape.

Accommodation in Húsavík/Mývatn lake area for 2 nights.

Day 5 | Northeast Iceland

Explore Húsavík town, the island’s whale-watching capital, with its colourful houses, unique museums and snowcapped peaks across the bay. Go whale watching and see whales in their natural habitat (limited in winter). Visit Tjörnes, a peninsula known for its dense population of ptarmigan and rich fossil, as well as Öxarfjörður, a lovely fjord featuring woodlands and tuff mountains before continuing to the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park, which includes some of the most spectacular and diverse sights in Iceland such as Ásbyrgi canyon, Dettifoss waterfall and Hljóðaklettar.

Day 6 | East Iceland

Head to Egilsstaðir town through the mystical barren landscape of Möðrudalsöræfi. The town lies on the banks of Lagarfljót river the alleged home of sea serpent Lagarfljótsormur! In the area are Hengifoss Waterfall, Hallormsstaður National Forest and Skriðuklaustur Centre of Culture and History.

Accommodation in the Egilsstaðir area.

Day 7 | Fljótsdalur Valley

Egilsstaðir town is the largest town in East Iceland and lies on the banks of Lagarfljót river, home of sea monster Lagarfljótsormur according to the legend! In the area there are many places of interest such as Hengifoss waterfall, Iceland’s third highest, Hallormsstaður National Forest, the country’s largest birch forest, and Skríðuklaustur Center of Culture and History. Also in the area is Stórurð or the Giant Boulders that lies below the small glacier west of Dyrfjöll mountains.

Accommodation in Egilsstaðir area.

Day 8 | The Eastfjords

The drive along the East Fjords is very scenic with an endless view of mountains, fjords and beautiful fishing villages. The area offers many interesting stops along the way, including villages such as Djúpivogur, Neskaupstaður, Seyðisfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður, which has a great view of Skrúður, a hollow cliff island that rises steeply out of the sea east of the bay. End the day in Höfn town that is famous for its delicious lobster.

Accommodation in Höfn area.

Day 9 | Vatnajökull National Park

Admire the breathtaking scenery of the south-east coast of Iceland and stop to explore the biggest glacial lagoon of its kind, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. See the towering icebergs of the lagoon up close on a cruise and wildlife such as seals and birds in their natural habitat. Continue to Skaftafell, which is an ideal destination to enjoy outdoor activities as the area offers both short and easy hiking trails. 

Accommodation in Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Day 10 | South Iceland

Explore the tiny village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Fjaðrárgljúfur, a beautiful canyon located not far from the village. Visit Vík village and Reynisfjara, a black sand beach with basalt stacks. South of the village is Dyrhólaey peninsula, from where you have a breathtaking view to all directions. Take the time to enjoy the scenery before driving onwards to Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls from where you should follow the footpath to the hidden waterfall, Gljúfrabúi.

Accommodation in Gullfoss/Geysir area.

Day 11 | Gullfoss & Geysir

Discover the inland by driving through the lush farmlands and settings of historical sagas. The area is rich in history and culture with stunning attractions such as the Golden Circle route which includes the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring area and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thingvellir is the national shrine of Iceland and a key location in the country’s history.

Accommodation in Reykjavík (optional and not included in tour price).

Accommodation in Reykjavík

Optional and not included in tour price.

 

TripAdvisor reviews

Best introduction to Iceland! I booked this on a whim and it could not have been more perfect. The car was ideal for us to set our own itenary with the comfort of knowing where we were going to sleep each night. Each stay provided a great nights rest and breakfast. I highly recommend and will use them again!
ehdevries87, Florida

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