Journey beginning and ending at Reykjavik, Iceland
Available: 2019-05-01 to 2019-06-14 starting from $4078 AUD
Available: 2019-06-15 to 2019-09-30 starting from $4435 AUD
Experience the "Saga-Island" in the North Atlantic on a circle trip around Iceland being your own master to decide stops and highlights. You self-drive the detailed itinerary with unlimited mileage and all accommodation is arranged in local guesthouses, farm accommodation and small hotels. We can handpick our recommended accommodation for you.
Highlights include the Golden Circle region, National parks, whale watching, dramatic East Coast scenery and unique local accommodation.
Day 1 – Arrival into Reykjavik
Individual transfer from Keflavik Airport or Reykjavik domestic airport by scheduled airport bus to your hotel in Reykjavik. Reykjavik is an intimate city with a big personality and some striking landmarks – stroll down to the harbour to visit the Armoury, the new concert hall, the design streets and city hall.
Day 2 – Pick up your car and head South to the Golden Circle
You will be given an individual transfer to the car-rental office in Reykjavik. Pick-up of the rented car. A description with farm guesthouses addresses and a detailed road directions and itinerary will be handed over to you on check-in at your hotel in Reykjavik.
Visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of great historical and geological importance, the Geysir hot spring area with its fabulous erupting Strokkur and the beautiful two-tiered Gullfoss Waterfall. Head to the South Coast travelling through the green farmland area known for one of Iceland’s most popular Sagas, Njal’s Saga. View Seljalandsfoss Waterfall which you can also walk behind if you wish!
Continue to the magnificent waterfall and interesting folk museum at Skógar and the Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Centre (advance bookings in winter), admiring the vast black sands and tall cliffs along the way.
Days 3 – 4 – Drive the Southeast and East Coast of Iceland
Breakfast at the guesthouse and then hit the road. Drive along the south coast, with black lava fields, waterfalls and glaciers. The southern coast of Iceland regularly comes up as one of the most beautiful coasts in the world so be sure to take your time and enjoy the trip.
Places of interest today include the Skaftafell National Park, the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón and the Vatnajökull glacier. You can join a glacier tour if you book in advance.
You will reach Skaftafell National Park first this morning. Enjoy stunning views of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnjukur. There is rich bird life and flora to see and lava fields, volcanoes and glaciers to explore. The uninhabited highlands at Skaftafell National Park span three glaciers on the southern edge of Vatnajökull. The vast expanses of the centuries-old forest and heath are excellent for hiking and glacier exploring.
Vatnajökull Glacier is the biggest glacier in Europe, covering about 8% of Iceland. Under the ice-cap are still active volcanoes and in Grimsvotn volcano, Iceland’s most active since the Middle Ages erupted in 1996, 1998 and 2004. For this reason, this area of Iceland has had scenes from two James Bond movies filmed here. The glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón is only 40 minutes drive from your hotel this evening and large icebergs from the glacier float on the lagoon, so remember to take a boat tour and sail amongst the icebergs or try ice climbing.
You can take guided tours to the bird sanctuary of Cape Ingólfshöfði or the lava fields at Laki to walk in the craters. Please talk to us about your optional activities here as they book up early.
Day 5 – Explore the East Coast and the fjords.
A dramatic day of driving today in a remote and isolated area. Stop along the way to enjoy views of tall and often uniquely formed mountains on route to the East fjords. Quaint fishing villages and small farms are ideal places to stop for snacks and breaks.
Days 6 – 7 – Lake Mývatn
After breakfast at the guesthouse, head off to explore the beautiful Lake Myvatn area. The main draw of Lake Myvatn is to simply drive around it, stopping along the way to enjoy a picnic lunch and for plentiful photo opportunities such as the lava formations at Dimmuborgir, Mt. Hverfjall, Krafla volcano and the geothermal area east of Námaskarður.
You have two days here to explore this fascinating region. Ask us about optional activities available in this region.
Day 8 – Whale Watching near Akureyri and the North of Iceland
This morning, we have included a whale watching sailing boat tour. After your tour, you can then meander back to the main road, take a short detour back to view the beautiful Goðafoss (‘Waterfall of the Gods’) en route to Akureyri town which has enjoyable goethermal swimming pools, parks and museums.
Day 9 – Explore the North and Southwest, return to Reykjavik
Places of interest: The lovely Borgarfjörður district, Climbing the old crater Grábrók, Borgarnes the site of one of the most popular Icelandic sagas, Egla.
At the end of the day, you will be required to drop-off the rented car at the car-rental office in Reykjavik. You will then receive an individual transfer to hotel in Reykjavik. You will get details about the exact time you need to do this when you pick up the car.
Day 10 – Tour ends
The tour ends after breakfast. Transfer with the FlyBus shuttle to the airport via the Blue Lagoon. You can arrange to stop here at the Blue Lagoon for a soak and a pamper if you have time before your flight.
- Transfer from & to airport
- Individual transfers to car rental office
- Iceland Road guide for the trip
- Rental manual car for 8 days, with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance (pick up & drop off in Reykjavik).
- GPS | Global Navigation System
- Accommodation in local farm guesthouses and country cottages with private and shared facilities. Please note that the farm stays are in real working farms.
- Whale Watching
- Breakfasts included
- Blue Lagoon Entrance
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
- Flight tickets to/from start and end points, any airport taxes, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.
- Large paper maps
- Activities are optional and you can choose those that you wish to enjoy. During the peak season, some can be very busy and need to be booked early.
- Extra car insurance, such as S-CDW and gravel protection.
- If you wish to hire an automatic car, these are ‘on request’ and can be difficult to request. Please seek further advice with us .
For a greener option, please ask us about changing your vehicle to a ‘green’ car; either a diesel or a hybrid.
To enquire, feel free to contact Globetrotter via the following link and we will be sure get back to you as soon as possible!