Around Iceland in 10 days | Winter



Around Iceland in 10 days | Winter

Explore the country for 10 days and 9 nights on a classic road trip of the island. Enter one of the world‘s most remarkable lava caves, relax in the milky blue waters of Mývatn Nature Baths, enjoy beautiful mountains, sparkling fjords and the East Fjords friendly fishing villages. Marvel in the beauty of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and explore the unique world of an icecave. This self-drive tour is a great way for independent travellers to experience the best of Iceland. Available 1 October - 30 April.

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Included

  • Accommodation for 9 nights, budget or comfort rooms with breakfast
  • Rental car for 10 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 personalized journey and highlights of surrounding areas. Including a GPS Navigation system, recommendations along the way, Wi-Fi, helpful information, a messenger system to stay in touch with us, our Driver Guide will instantly become your best travel mate.
  • 24/7 emergency phone line service
  • Taxes and service fee

Highlights

  • Explore the mystical Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • Walk along the black sands of Djúpalónssandur beach
  • 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
  • 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 the Mývatn Nature Baths
  • See whales in their natural environment in Húsavík
  • Explore a stunning ice cave in Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Go on a thrilling glacier tour on Sólheimajökull glacier

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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 are 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 | 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 Lava Falls, 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 | The Northwest and Akureyri

Don’t miss the majestic Hvítserkur Cliff, which legend claims is a petrified troll, that several species of birds such as gulls and fulmars nest on. The cliff stands 15 metres high just off Vatnsnes Peninsula, which is the island largest seal colony, and seals can often be seen basking on its shore. Visit Glaumbær, the old turf farmhouse, and the old turf church at Víðimýri (exhibition is closed during the winter) before ending the day in Akureyri town.

Accommodation in Akureyri area.

Day 4 | Lake Mývatn Area

Take in the impressive Goðafoss, the waterfall of the Gods, one of Iceland’s most stunning waterfalls. Continue to the Lake Mývatn area which has many incredible natural wonders such as Dimmuborgir Lava Fields and Námafjall 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/Lake Mývatn 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 Cliffs.

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 | The Eastfjords

Driving the Eastfjords is a delight - the rugged coastline, looming mountains, remote farms and fishing villages offer peace and tranquillity. There are many places and villages of interest such as Papey island a nature reserve, Seyðisfjörður village and Fáskrúðsfjörður, which has a great view of the hollow cliff island, Skrúður, which rises steeply out of the sea east of the bay. Continue to Höfn, a charming town set in a stunning setting, famous for its delicious lobster.

Accommodation in Höfn area.

Day 8 | Vatnajökull National Park

Admire the breathtaking view as you drive the southeast shore and stop to explore Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, the biggest glacial lagoon of its kind. Continue to Skaftafell National Park, which offers many walking and hiking trails with an amazing view. You can also explore the unique world of one of Vatnajökull Glacier's ice caves in this area (pre-booking needed).

Accommodation in Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Day 9 | South Iceland

Discover some of Iceland’s most lovely sights that include Fjaðrárgljúfur, a striking canyon located not far from Kirkjubæjarklaustur village, Vík village and Reynisfjara, a black sand beach with basalt stacks. South of Vík village is Dyrhólaey, a 120-meter high cape and nature sanctuary with vertical cliff walls. Stop at Skógar where you will find the magnificent waterfall, Skógafoss, and Skógar Folk Museum. Continue to Seljalandsfoss and walk behind the waterfall.

Accommodation in Gullfoss/Geysir area.

Day 10 | Gullfoss & Geysir

The South is rich with history and settings of famous sagas. Visit the historic Skálholt Cathedral and explore Kerið, a 3,000-year-old volcanic crater lake located in Grímsnes area. Marvel at the beautiful sights of the Golden Circle an area that includes the stunning Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Spring area and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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

Accommodation in Reykjavík

Optional and not included in the tour price.

 

TripAdvisor reviews

Fantastic Trip - Highly Recommend My family and I did the 10 day vacation with Hey Iceland, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The entire trip was incredibly well-planned and convenient, and all the lodgings were comfortable and fun. Hey Iceland booked us a shuttle from the airport when we arrived and took care of the rental car and all the lodgings during the rest of our stay. The morning that our trip began, someone arrived promptly from the rental car agency to pick us up and get us started. The tablet that they provide with a suggested itinerary was very helpful for directions and as a framework for us to base our trip around, but we still had the flexibility to add or remove destinations. Our vacation wouldn't have been as fantastic or easy without their involvement.
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