Around Iceland in 8 days | Winter



Around Iceland in 8 days | Winter

Explore the island for 8 days and 7 nights on a classic road trip. Iceland is a unique country of natural attractions from sprawling glaciers, beautiful black beaches and historic sites to lesser knowns gems along the ring road. The possibilities of what to see are almost endless - stop to enjoy Gullfoss impressive waterfall, Jökulárslón Glacier Lagoon and the picturesque drive of the East Fjords. The self-drive tour is a great way to experience some of Earth’s best natural wonders at your leisure. Available from 1 October to 30 April.

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Included

  • Accommodation for 7 nights, budget or comfort rooms with breakfast
  • Rental car for 8 days, with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance (pick up & drop off in Reykjavik)
  • Two authorized drivers
  • Airport shuttle from airport to Reykjavík (one transfer per tour)
  • E-Itinerary with the tour map, location points, and pictures for you to view before you arrive.
  • Driver Guide tablet mapping and navigating your personalised journey and highlights of surrounding areas:
       - Navigation GPS
       - Personalized itinerary with location points and information
       - Points of interest - suggestions for restaurants, museums, swimming pools and much more
       - WiFi hotspot - unlimited usage
       - Safe travel information and alerts
       - Weather and news information
       - Chat with us - We are there for you while travelling
  • 24/7 emergency phone line service
  • Taxes and service fee

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful and mystical Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • Walk along the beautiful black sands of Djúpalónssandur beach
  • Visit Akureyri town, the capital of the north!
  • Drive through spectacular scenery and visit 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 beautiful south coast of Iceland

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 to Cape Ingólfshöfði
  • Activity suggestions for each day in tour itinerary

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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. You will be met upon arrival at Keflavík Airport and taken to your accommodation in Reykjavík. 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 | West Iceland

    Explore Snæfellsnes Peninsula known for its beautiful landscape with spectacular mountains, small villages, sparkling fjords and dramatic volcanic peaks. Stop and take in the stunning sights at Eldborg Crater, Búðir village, the black sands of Djúpalónssandur Beach and the massive Snæfellsjökul Glacier. Visit Stykkishólmur village with its old and well-preserved colourful timber houses.

    Accommodation in Húnaflói/Skagafjörður area.

      Day 2 | Northwest Iceland & Akureyri

      View the majestic Hvítserkur Cliff off Vatnsnes Peninsula that legend claims is a petrified troll. Tour Skagafjörður, an area known for its horse breeding so keep an eye out for the Icelandic horse, visit the old farmhouse museum at Glaumbær and the old turf Víðimýrarkirkja Church (exhibition is closed during the winter). End the day at Akureyri, a charming town that has beautiful landmarks and great restaurants.

      Accommodation in Akureyri area.

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        Day 3 | Lake Mývatn Area

        Take in Goðafoss waterfall one of the country’s most impressive waterfalls before continuing to Lake Mývatn area, one of the pearls of Icelandic nature with its unique natural environment, contrasting landscapes and where you can experience the most and the best of Iceland. End the day by taking a soothing dip in the natural wonder of Mývatn Nature Baths.

        Accommodation in Lake Mývatn area.

          Day 4 | Northeast Iceland & Egilsstaðir

          Head 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 Cliffs before driving onwards through the mystical barren landscape of Möðrudalsöræfi on your way to Egilsstaðir town. 

          Accommodation in Egilsstaðir area.

            Day 5 | The Eastfjords

            The drive along the East Fjords is truly beautiful and breathtaking with dramatic mountains, narrow fjords and quaint fishing villages. Visit Djúpivogur from where you can view Papey Island a nature reserve of seabirds and eider ducks, Seyðisfjörður, surrounded by sheer mountains, or Fáskrúðsfjörður, which has a great view of a hollow cliff island, Skrúður. Continue southward to Höfn town set in stunning scenery and famous for its delicious lobster.

            Accommodation in Höfn area.

              Day 6 | Vatnajökull National Park

              Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the southeast coast. Stop at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the biggest glacial lagoon of its kind, and marvel at the stunning beauty of this otherworldly place. Continue to Skaftafell National Park, Iceland’s most popular wilderness area, and an ideal destination to enjoy outdoor activities as there are both short and easy trails that lead to Svartifoss Waterfall and Skaftafellsjökull Glacier. You also have the opportunity to explore an ice cave in this region (pre-booking recommended).

              Accommodation in Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

                Day 7 | South Iceland

                Relish in the marvellous views of the south coast and one of the country’s most beautiful attractions including Vík village and Dyrhólaey Peninsula. Enjoy the magnificent scenery with its breathtaking view to all directions; Mýrdalsjökull Glacier to the north, Reynisdrangar rock formation to the east and the west the endless black coastline before driving onwards to view the picturesque waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

                Accommodation in Gullfoss/Geysir area.

                  Day 8 | Gullfoss & Geysir

                  Discover the inland by driving through the fertile farmlands and settings of famous sagas. Spend the day exploring the Golden Circle area which comprises of the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir hot spring area and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take time to visit Skálholt one of the most important places in Iceland throughout the Middle Ages and Kerið, a volcanic crater lake.

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

                    Accommodation in Reykjavík

                    Optional and not included in the tour price.

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                    TripAdvisor reviews

                    Great trip! Hey Iceland did a wonderful job planning out our 8-day road trip. We are three adults who wanted to travel around the country by car, but didn't know how to start planning the trip. Hey Iceland has a well-run tourist system in place that offers lots of options to experience the country.
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