Around Iceland in 9 days | Winter



Around Iceland in 9 days | Winter

Explore the country for 9 days and 8 nights on a classic road trip of the island. Discover the unique landscape of volcanic sites, lava fields and mystical glaciers. Marvel at the floating icebergs on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, enjoy spectacular mountains and visit picturesque villages. The self-drive tour is a perfect way for independent travellers to experience the best Iceland has to offer at their leisure. Available 1 October to 30 April. 

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Included

  • Accommodation for 8 nights, budget or comfort rooms with breakfast
  • Rental car for 9 days, with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance (pick up & drop off in Reykjavik)
  • Door-to-door private transfer from airport to Reykjavík (one transfer per tour)
  • Free Wi-Fi up to 3GB in car during your trip
  • Use of GPS satellite navigation
  • Two authorized drivers
  • Good road map and suggested itinerary in English
  • Iceland Guide Book
  • 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
  • Spot seals basking on the beach at Vatnsnes peninsula
  • 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
  • And if you are lucky, view the northern lights lit up the sky

Optional

  • Enter one of the world's most remarkable lava caves
  • Take a dip in Mývatn Nature Baths
  • See whales in their natural environment in Húsavík
  • Explore the unique world of an ice cave

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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 picked up upon arrival and the Door-to-door private transfer will take you 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 | 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 at Arnastapi village, Búðir and its lovely old 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 shore off Vatnsnes peninsula with a fantastic view of the majestic Hvíserkur cliff, which according to legend is a petrified troll! Explore Skagafjörður area and Tröllaskagi peninsula with its high mountains and green valleys. Stop at Glaumbær farm and Víðimýrarkirkja church, old preserved turf houses and end the day in Akureyri town.

Accommodation in Akureyri area.

Day 4 | 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 Mývatn lake area.

Day 5 | 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 before driving onwards through the mystical barren landscape of Möðrudalsöræfi on your way to Egilsstaðir town. 

Accommodation in Egilsstaðir area.

Day 6 | The Eastfjords

The drive along the Eastfjords is picturesque with a view of dramatic mountains, fjords and small fishing villages. The area has many interesting places, 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. Continue to Höfn town, known for its delicious lobster and dine at one of the local restaurants.

Accommodation in Höfn area.

Day 7 | 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 before continuing to Skaftafell, which is an ideal destination to enjoy outdoor activities as the area offers both short and easy hiking trails. You also have the opportunity to visit a stunning icecave in this area (prebooking recommended).


Accommodation in Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Day 8 | South Iceland

The south coast holds some of Iceland’s beautiful attractions including Fjaðrárgljúfur, a canyon located not far from Kirkjubæjarklaustur village. Take time to explore the surrounding area of Vík village including Dyrhólaey peninsula, from where you have a breathtaking panoramic view to all directions with an endless black coastline to the west, Reynisdrangar rock formation to the east and Mýrdalsjökull glacier to the north. Continue to Skógafoss, one of the country’s most beautiful waterfalls, and Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

Accommodation in Gullfoss/Geysir area.

Day 9 | Gullfoss & Geysir

Discover all the sights on the Golden Circle route, an area rich in history and culture and includes the stunning Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring area and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the historic Skálholt cathedral and explore Kerið, a 3,000-year-old volcanic crater lake located in Grímsnes area.

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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