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Arctic Iceland

A Self Drive Odyssey

Book By

Dec 14, 2019

Duration

11 Days

from USD

$1799

from CAD

$2359

 
Price Includes
  • 10 nights' accommodation

    • Comfort (good no-frills hotels with private bathrooms) accommodations in standard rooms

    • Quality (best available in each area, with private bathrooms)

  • 10 breakfasts

  • Car Rental;

    • Unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT

    • GPS system and no charges for an additional driver. Digital map and itinerary

    • Iceland Travel companion app

    • 24-hour emergency assistance

  • Service fee and taxes

Price Excludes
  • Travel insurance

  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes

  • Visa fees if applicable

  • Meals and beverages not mentioned

  • Gratuities

  • Items of a personal nature

About this Trip

This 11-day Icelandic self-drive vacation takes you around the Ring Road to experience the natural wonders of this Atlantic nation. It features your choice of comfort or quality hotels, a car rental, independent touring options, and is ideal for travellers who want to see the highlights of Iceland at their own pace.

Your Icelandic journey begins upon arrival at Keflavik Airport, where you’ll pick up your rental car and begin your drive throughout the country. As you drive along the Ring Road, you’ll have the option to stop off at highlights along the way. Follow your fancy in this beautiful landscape to discover quiet fishing villages, geothermal pools, and frozen landscapes. Right after leaving the airport, consider stopping off at the famous geothermal pool of the Blue Lagoon, where you can revitalize yourself in the silica-rich waters. Continue to Hveragerdi to stay the night in the small centre located on top of geothermal hot springs. On your first full-day, drive the Golden Circle, the most popular natural attractions in the country. First stop is Thingvellir National Park, a stunning series of rocky cliffs at the meeting point of the continent plates, followed by the exploding geysers of Geysir and Strokkur, and the Golden Waterfall of Gullfoss.

After getting these popular tourist sites out of the way, get on Route 1 and follow the Ring Road around the country. Stop off at the stunning waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before reaching Vik, where you’ll find the imposing black sand beach of Reynisfjara, known for its organ-like basalt columns and rogue waves (as well as an appearance in Game of Thrones). Continue to Vatnajokull National Park, home to the largest ice cap in Europe. You can explore the glacier on an excursion or continue along to Jokulsarlon, a glacier lagoon that is considered the most beautiful site in the country. Stroll along Diamond Beach to see miniature icebergs deposited on a black sand beach, and gaze out over the waters to see transparent slabs of ice flowing along the surface.

Continue into the Eastfjords to explore some of the oldest parts of the country. You can take advantage of geothermal waters near Lake Urridavatn before driving along the Arctic Coast Way to see the trails of the Langanes Peninsula or the fishing village of Thorshofn. Continue north and stop off in Raufarhofn, the northernmost town in the country, to gaze out over the Arctic waters. Turn west and cross the plain of Melrakkasletta to reach Asbyrgi, a stunning horseshoe-shaped canyon said to be formed by the hoof-print of Odin’s magical horse. You can also stop off at Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, before reaching Husavik, the nation’s whale watching capital.

North Iceland is a hotbed of activity. You can explore Lake Myvatn and the lava citadels of Dimmuborgir, head to Godafoss, Waterfall of the Gods, or visit the surprisingly-cosmopolitan streets of Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest urban centre. Then drive west along the Siglufjordur and pass the Troll Peninsula. Continue west into a landscape known for medieval legends. You can visit the medieval centre of Holar, follow the footsteps of legendary hero Grettir the Strong in Grettislaugh, or stop at a local farm to get up close with Icelandic horses. Make your way to Hvammstangi and follow one of the best seal-watching routes in the country. Spot the ocean rock formations at Hvitserkur and reach West Iceland with a visit to Dalir, home to Eirik the Red and his son, Leif Eiriksson, who reached the New World centuries before Columbus.

 

On your final full day, drive around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula to explore a microcosm of Iceland as a whole. Pay special attention to Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in the country, the black sand beach of Djupalonssandur, and Snaefellsjokull, the massive ice cap that was featured in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth. If you have time after exploring the peninsula, head along the Borgarfjordur to see the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, before reaching Reykjavik.

On your final morning, head back to Keflavik Airport, making time for a stop at the Blue Lagoon if you haven’t already, to drop off your rental car and return home.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

"Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Hotels are not guaranteed and are subject to change until 3 weeks prior to departure. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire."