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Iceland Odyssey

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

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Reykjavik | Hveragerði | Flúdir | Egilsstadir | Húsavík | Lake Mývatn | Akureyri | Stykkishólmur | Snæfellsnes | Borgarfjörður | Reykjavik

Daily Departures May 01-September 30, 2019

This is a classic route tour that gives you flexibility and suitable time to spend at Iceland’s major attractions. You can also visit the Blue Lagoon at the end of the tour—a real treat!
Type of car recommended: Nr. 2.0 (Compact) and higher.


Day 01: Reykjavik – Hveragerði

Arrive at Keflavik Airport, where you’ll pick up your rental car and start your self-drive tour of Iceland by traveling along the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula towards Hveragerði: one of the few sites in the world located directly above a geothermal region. An abundance of greenhouses watered from nearby hot springs have earned this town the nickname of ‘the flower village’.

Stay overnight at a hotel in Hveragerði.

Hotel Ork or similar (62 miles)

Day 02: Hveragerði – Þingvellir National Park – Geysir – Gullfoss Waterfall – Flúdir

Breakfast is included this morning at your hotel before you continue the journey. Drive to Pingvellir National Park, where the ancient Icelandic parliament met on the shores of Lake Þingvallavatn, then continue to the famous Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss Waterfall.

Travel to Flúdir and enjoy a stay overnight at a local hotel.

Flúdir area (106 miles)

Day 03: Flúdir – Skógafoss Waterfall – Mýrdalsjökull Glacier – Vík – Dyrhólaey – Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Breakfast is at your hotel this morning. Continue to travel along the south shore, stopping in picturesque locations such as Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skógafoss Waterfall, Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, the cliffs of Dyrhólaey* which house a large puffin colony, and the Reynisfjara black sand beach near Vík. Make your way toward Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a picturesque fishing village and former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent.

Tonight you’ll enjoy a stay in a local Kirkjubæjarklaustur hotel.

Kirkjubæjarklaustur area (186 miles)

NOTE: *Dyrhólaey is closed nesting season, mid-May through June 23rd.

Day 04: Skaftafell National Park – Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon – Egilsstaðir

After breakfast at your hotel, drive this morning to the beautiful Skaftafell National Park: an awe-inspiring region located between two dramatic glaciers, it’s a prime hiking spot. Further along, you’ll be able to stop and explore the Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where hundreds of icebergs break away from the head of the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier (part of the larger Vatnajökull Glacier) and float within the confines of a natural harbor.

Drive through Iceland’s East Fjords, a region of mountains and fishing villages, to reach Egilsstaðir. From here, you can choose an optional tour of the famous Petra stone collection (Stöðvarfjörður) or a boat tour of Papey Island: thousands of puffins nest here in the summer.

Overnight in a local hotel at Egilsstaðir.

Egilsstaðir area (236 miles)

Day 05: Egilsstaðir – Hallormsstaður – Lake Lagarfljót – Egilsstaðir

Breakfast this morning is at your hotel. Today you’ll enjoy the region close to Egilsstaðir, driving out to the largest forest plantation in Iceland–Hallormsstaður–and the nearby Lake Lagarfljót, home of the Lagarfljótsormur monster legend.

Overnight in Egilsstaðir.

Egilsstaðir area (distance is variable)

Day 06: Egilsstaðir – Dettifoss – Jökulsárgljúfur National Park – Ásbyrgi Canyon – Húsavík – Lake Mývatn

Breakfast is at your hotel this morning before you leave the Egilsstaðir area. Drive across the Möðrudalsöræfi highlands to Dettifoss Waterfall, the most powerful in Europe, and then move on to Ásbyrgi Canyon within Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. This horseshoe-shaped canyon is home to a local Norse legend: it’s said that Sleipnir, the Norse god Odin’s eight-legged horse, left a hoof print embedded in the ground in passing.

Move on to Húsavík, a fishing port located in the far north of Iceland. Accommodations tonight are at a local hotel in the Lake Mývatn region.

Mývatn area (193 miles)

Day 07: Lake Mývatn – Goðafoss Waterfall – Akureyri

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning. Discover the highlights of the Lake Mývatn and surrounding areas today: Dimmuborgir–incredible lava formations with the appearance of a crumbling, ancient citadel–the pseudocraters at Skútustaðir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Námaskarð, and the Krafla volcanic region.

Drive to the town of Akureyri, known as the capital of north Iceland, and stop on the way to admire Goðafoss Waterfall–the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’. Overnight in a local hotel in Akureyri.

Akureyri area (62 miles)

Day 08: Akureyri

After breakfast spend the entire day exploring Akureyri, Iceland’s second-largest city, and the surrounding area. There are a good amount of fascinating sights, including botanical gardens and local museums.

Return to your hotel in Akureyri for overnight.

Akureyri area (Miles will vary)

Day 09: Akureyri – Skagafjörður – Húnaflói Bay – Dalir – Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Stykkishólmur

Breakfast is at your hotel this morning before you leave the Akureyri region. Travel to the horse-breeding valley of Skagafjörður–a lush green fjord with a number of Icelandic horse farms–and then continue on to the shores of Húnaflói Bay, an area rich with Icelandic history.

Drive on to Dalir, the region of Eric the Red and the birthplace of famous Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson, considered by many to have traveled to North America before Christopher Columbus. Drive from here to Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Accommodations tonight are at a local hotel in the Stykkishólmur region.

Stykkishólmur area (230 miles)

Day 10: Stykkishólmur – Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Djúpalónssandur Beach – Arnarstapi – Borgarfjörður

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning. Explore the countless wonders of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, such as the rocky beach of Djúpalónssandur and Arnarstapi sea cliffs, before continuing on to the agricultural Borgarfjörður area.

Stay overnight in a local Borgarfjörður hotel.

Borgarfjörður area (150 miles)

Day 11: Borgarfjörður – Reykholt – Deildartunguhver Hot Spring – Hvalfjörður – Reykjavik

Breakfast is at your hotel this morning before you embark on the last full day of your Iceland self-drive tour. You’ll travel around Borgarfjörður and visit such highlights as the Hraunfossar Waterfall and Barnafoss Waterfall, Reykholt–the home of the famous Middle Age poet and politician Snorri Sturluson–and the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver.

Continue via the Hvalfjörður to Reykjavik, where you’ll stay your final night in Iceland.

Reykjavik (137 miles)

Day 12: Depart Reykjavik

After your final Icelandic breakfast, you’ll begin the drive back to Keflavik Airport. On the way, you may want to make an optional visit to the Blue Lagoon. Once you reach the airport, return your rental car and board the plane for home.


Additional Information

Price includes:

  • Accommodation for 11 nights including breakfast (except arrival day), a combination of farmhouses, guesthouses and 3* hotels
  • Rental car for 11 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 11×24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 12 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 11 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus 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): $946.

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)

$2992 p.p. double


1.1 Economy Toyota Yaris Automatic (or similar)

$3047 p.p. double


2.0 Compact Toyota Auris Manual (or similar)

$3047 p.p. double


2.6 Compact Toyota Auris Automatic (or similar)

$3157 p.p. double


3.0 Intermediate Toyota Avensis Manual (or similar)

$3212 p.p. double


3.1 Intermediate Toyota Avensis Automatic (or similar)

$3256 p.p. double


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

$3278 p.p. double


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

$3322 p.p. double


5.0 Medium Toyota RAV4 4WD Manual (or similar)

$3597 p.p. double


5.1 Medium Toyota RAV4 4WD Automatic (or similar)

$3663 p.p. double


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

$4048 p.p. double


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

$4202 p.p. double


Tour Information

Tour Type:Self-Drive Tour
Price: from $2992
Duration:12 days
Cities Visited:Reykjavik - Hveragerdi - Pingvellir National Park - Gullfoss - Flúdir - Skaftafell National Park - Glacial Lagoon - Egilsstadir - Dettifoss - Husavik - Lake Mývatn - Akureyri - Stykkishólmur - Snæfellsnes - Borgarfjördur - Reykjavik
Departures: May - June - July - August - September

Tour Map

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