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Around Iceland

Around Iceland | Self-Drive Tour | Scandinavian American World Tours

Reykjavik | Borgarfjörður | Skagafjördur | Akureyri | Lake Mývatn | Húsavík | Egilsstadir | Vík | Reykjavik

Daily Departures May 01-September 30, 2019

This self drive favorite explores Iceland’s rich natural treasures, including all of the well-known sites in the south, east and north of Iceland. These include Reykjavík city, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir and other hot springs, Skaftafell and Jokulsargljufur National Parks, Pingvellir, and much more. You’ll have ample time to cover all the hot spots that Iceland has to offer on the ring road!


Day 01: Reykjavik – Hveragerði Geothermal Lagoon – Flower Village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Arrival at Keflavik Airport. Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience. From Keflavík International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in a four star hotel located within the charming village of Hveragerði. The village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the flower village. Depending on your arrival time in Iceland it is ideal to visit the renowned Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal water.

Hotel Ork or similar (62 miles)

Day 02: Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir – Borgarfjörður – Greenhouses – Exploding Geysers – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Massive  Waterfall

Drive to the waterfall Gullfoss and the hot springs at Geysir. Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic Parliament, and through Hvalfjörður or Kaldidalur Highland Pass (4WD needed) to Borgarfjörður.

Borgarfjörður area (163 miles)

Day 03: Borgarfjörður – Blönduós – Varmahlíð – Akureyri – Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers – Iceland’s Second Largest City – Viking Horses

Drive north through Borgarfjörður, to the shores of Húnaflói bay and the towering mountains and horse-breeding valleys of Skagafjörður. On to Akureyri, capital of the north.

Akureyri area (174 miles)

Day 04: Akureyri – Lake Mývatn – Botanical Garden – Museums – ‘Waterfall of the Gods’

A morning in Akureyri, the capital of the North. After a stop in the town, onwards to the unique Lake Mývatn area.

Lake Mývatn area (62 miles)

Day 05: Lake Mývatn – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal Activity – Rich Birdlife

Explore the natural wonders of Lake Mývatn and the surrounding area, including fantastic lava formations. Visit to the volcanic area of Krafla along with the colorful sulfurous slopes of Námaskarð pass.

Lake Mývatn area (miles will vary)

Day 06: Húsavík – Tjörnes – Dettifoss – Egilsstaðir – Whale Watching – Glacier Carved Gorge – Europe’s Most Powerful Waterfall

Drive north to the fishing port of Húsavík and around Tjörnes Peninsula. Visit Ásbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon, and Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. Proceed to Dettifoss, Europe’s mightiest waterfall, before heading across the highland plateau to Egilsstaðir in the east.

Egilsstaðir area (193 miles)

Day 07: Reyðarfjörður – Stöðvarfjörður – Djúpivogur – Höfn – Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Mineral Collection

Drive south through the spectacular East fjords, where towering, terraced mountains plunge vertically into the ocean. The journey continues to the town of Höfn in Hornafjörður, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.

Höfn/Hornafjörður area (186 miles)

Day 08: Höfn – Skaftafell – Kirkjubæjarklaustur – Europe’s Largest Glacier – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest National Park

Drive to the shimmering icebergs and still, milky waters of Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before continuing to Skaftafell National Park, where a nature hike is recommended. On to the picturesque village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Kirkjubæjarklaustur area (124 miles)

Day 09: Vík – Skógar – Reykjavik – Lava Fields – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore – Puffin Colony – Thundering Waterfalls

Drive along the spectacular southern coast, a sweeping landscape of sandy desert, rocky shores and rolling farmland sandwiched between snow-capped glaciers, mountains and the ocean. Return to Reykjavik and enjoy a night at a centrally located four star hotel.

Reykjavik Lights Hotel or similar (162 miles)

Day 10: Reykjavik – Keflavik International Airport 

Breakfast at hotel. Return rental car at airport.


Additional Information

Price includes:

  • Accommodation for 9 nights including breakfast (except arrival day), a combination of farmhouses, guesthouses and hotels.
  • Rental car for 9 days with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, Free GPS system, theft protection, and two authorized drivers
  • Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes
  • Tablet with a new travel app:
    • Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • Detailed description of the customer’s journey, including hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel
    •  A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • Detailed PDF travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

NOTE: You must be 21 years of age to rent a car; you must be 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher. Please note that the package price is based on 9 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 10 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 9 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.
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Departure Dates and Information
All departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons sharing car and in USD. Max 2 adults per hotel room. Rates below are listed based on Economy Class accommodations. Single supplement applies to hotel rate only; please call for single person rates that include a car rental. Recommended car: category 2.0 or higher. Driving times listed for tours are approximate and may vary depending on traffic, weather, and any stops made en route. Departure is a land-only tour; call for air-inclusive rates on Icelandair. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed.

Shoulder season/special child discounts available! May 1 - Jun 24, Aug 27 - Sep 30: 10% discount applies to rates below. For pricing discounts outside of these dates, please contact us. Discounts are also available for accommodations with shared facilities (call/email for a quote). Child discount in extra bed (2-11 years): $774.

Hotel upgrade available. An upgrade to a 4-star hotel in Reykjavik and best accommodations in areas visited is available. Please call/email for a quote.

Land Only


1.0 Economy Toyota Yaris Manual (or similar)

$2448 p.p. twin


1.1 Economy Toyota Yaris Automatic (or similar)

$2493 p.p. twin


2.0 Compact Toyota Auris Manual (or similar)

$2493 p.p. twin


2.6 Compact Toyota Auris Hybrid (or similar)

$2583 p.p. twin


3.0 Intermediate Toyota Avensis Manual (or similar)

$2628 p.p. twin


3.1 Intermediate Toyota Avensis Automatic (or similar)

$2664 p.p. twin


4.0 Intermediate Skoda Octavia 4WD/Wagon Manual (or similar)

$2682 p.p. twin


4.1 Intermediate Skoda Octavia 4WD/Wagon Automatic (or similar)

$2718 p.p. twin


5.0 Medium Toyota RAV4 4WD Manual (or similar)

$2943 p.p. twin


5.1 Medium Toyota RAV4 4WD Automatic (or similar)

$2997 p.p. twin


7.1 Large Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic
(or similar)

$3312 p.p. twin


9.9 Full-Size 9-Seater Volkswagen Caravelle Van 4WD Manual (or similar)

$3438 p.p. twin


Tour Information

Tour Type:Self-Drive Tour
Price: from $2448
Duration:10 days
Cities Visited:Reykjavik - Gullfoss - Pingvellir National Park - Borgarfjördur - Skagafjördur - Akureyri - Lake Mývatn - Husavik - Dettifoss - Egilsstadir - Skaftafell National Park
Departures: May - June - July - August - September

Tour Map

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