ITB — Iceland Tourist Bureau

Classic Iceland

Self drive tour around Iceland in 10 days

Discover magnificent scenery in several of Iceland’s national parks across the country, among them Vatnajokull, the largest in Europe. Moon-like volcanoes and brooding grey deserts contrast with shimmering icecaps, vibrant green valleys, peaceful fjords, sleepy fishing villages and naturally, countless waterfalls in all shapes and sizes. This classic self-drive tour includes comfortable acommodation im rooms with pric. fac. in hotels, farms and country hotels along Ring road no. 1.

Day 1 Arrival – Blue Lagoon – South Iceland

Flight from selected airport to Iceland and rental car pick-up. Dive into the warm Blue Lagoon before heading south to your first accommodation where you stay for 2 nights. (If your flight arrives late in the evening, the first night will be booked close to the airport)!

Day 2 Thingvellir, Gullfoss & Geysir

You drive to the historically important Thingvellir National Park, which is the site of Iceland‘s original parliament. Enjoy views across the clear waters of lake Thingvallavatn. Visit the famous Gullfoss waterfall, the powerful geothermal area famous for its spouting geyser Strokkur and other hot springs.

Day 3 Thjorsardalur & Vik

At the foot of the Hekla volcano, it is worth taking a trip to the valley of river Thjorsa. On the route to Vik, the southernmost town in Iceland, you can stop to see the Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss waterfalls.

Day 4 Skaftafell

Right next to the Ring Road is the Skaftafell national park with the Svartifoss waterfall surrounded by basalt columns. Europe‘s biggest glacier, Vatnajokull, and the impressive glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon are, without doubt, the highlights of the day.

Day 5 Höfn – Eastern Fjords

From the fishing village Höfn you drive through the long valles of the Eastern Fjords, which belong geologically to the oldest parts of Iceland. A visit to Petra‘s “rock garden“ is not to be missed.

Day 6 Egilsstadir & Myvatn

From Egilsstadir you drive through the uninhabited and desert-like areas of the Modrudalsoraefi to visit the attractions in north-east of Iceland. Explore the area around Myvatn, an active volcanic zone with pseudo-craters, sulphuric springs and bizarre lava formations as well as lush green fertile plains. This area is also home to a large variety of birdlife.

Day 7 Waterfall Dettifoss – Husavik – Akureyri

Drive the Diamond Circle route to Husavik , the centre of whale watching, then continue around the dramatic Tjornes Peninsula to Asbyrgi, Jokulsa Canyon and on to the powerful Dettifoss waterfall. Visit Godafoss, the impressive “waterfall of the Gods“ en route to Akureyri, the largest town in the north. Take a trip to the fishing village Husavik, where you can join a whale-watching excursion in a wooden boat.

Day 8 Akureyri – Skagafjord

Up north the attractions are in the Skagafjord-area wich is also the centre of the icleandic horse breading. Close to Saudakrokur lies the fascinating folk museum at Glaumbaer. The fjord Skagafjördur is the area known for the breeding of Icelandic horses. Continue west to the Borgarfjord district were you spend the next night.

Day 9 Borgafjord – Reykjavík

Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. A stop will be made to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, before continuing to the capital of Iceland were the tour ends. Explore the greater Reykjavik area on a walk through the old town or by car to Perlan, the Nordic House or the harbour front.

Day 10 Reykjavík – Departure

You may organize the day as you wish, depending on your return flight. Return your rental car to the airport in Keflavik. Check in for your flight and return to UK.

Included in package

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off fee
  • 9 days car rental
  • Unlimited miles & CDW
  • 9 nights in hotels/summer hotels with shower/WC
  • Daily breakfast

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