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)
  • Private transfer from airport to Reykjavík (one transfer per tour)
  • Use of GPS satellite navigation
  • Good road map and 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

You are met upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Reykjavík. The city centre is small and ideal for walking to explore and enjoy its museums, galleries and shops. Two major highlights are Hallgrímskirkja church that offers a fantastic view from the top and Harpa, a cultural and social centre in the heart of the city.

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

Day 1 | Snæfellsnes Peninsula

The diversity of the landscape and geology of the Snæfellsnes peninsula is unique and includes delightful villages, fjords and volcanic peaks. On the south coast of the peninsula is Eldborg crater, Búðir church, Arnarstapi village, the black sands of Djúpalónssandur beach and Snæfellsjökull glacier, which legend claim is one of earth‘s seven energy points.

Accommodation in Snæfellsnes area.

Day 2 | Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Discover the north coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula to Grundarfjörður village with its stunning view of Mt. Kirkjufell - Iceland‘s most famous mountain and star of the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Continue to Stykkishólmur, a charming village with its many colourful old timber houses, and take a boat trip of Breiðafjörður bay’s islands and bird colonies (limited in winter).

Accommodation in Húnaflói/Skagafjörður area.

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Day 3 | The Northwest and 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

A short drive from Akureyri is Goðafoss waterfall, or the waterfalls of the Gods, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland. Mývatn lake is also in the area, which is a microcosm of all the natural wonders of what the country has to offer, including impressive sights such as Dimmuborgir lava fields and Námafjall geothermal area. At the end of a long day relax in the warm waters of Mývatn Nature Baths and enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

Accommodation in Húsavík/Mývatn lake area.

Day 5 | The Northeast

Húsavík with its colourful timber houses and unique museums is the whale-watching capital of Iceland. Go whale watching and see whales in their natural habitat (limited in winter). Visit Tjörnes peninsula, known for its dense population of ptarmigan and abundant fossil, and explore the woodlands and tuff mountains of Öxarfjörður area.

Accommodation in Húsavík/Mývatn lake area.

Day 6 | The Northeast

Vatnajökull National Park, one of Iceland’s famous sights, is spectacular! In the northern part of the park is Ásbyrgi, a gigantic canyon that stands guard next to the northern entrance of the 3,5 km Jökulsá canyon, Dettifoss the most powerful waterfall in Europe and Hljóðaklettar or Echo Rocks, a beautiful volcanic formation. Take the time to enjoy it all before continuing to Egilsstaðir.

Accommodation in Egilsstaðir area.

Day 7 | The East

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 East Fjords

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 (April to October) 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 | The South Coast

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 | The South – Inland

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.

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TripAdvisor reviews

Great Iceland trip! Hey Iceland gave us very personal help, making our holiday a highly memorable experience. We rarely had a problem doing everything we planned to do, and all the guesthouse owners and staff treated us very well. We had booked in January for a late-June trip, and weren't able to get all the Category guesthouses we wanted, but everything worked out fine.
Murray S

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