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Around Iceland

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  • 14 nights
  • May-Sep

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In pictures
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Explore Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s stunning coast and volcanoes

Aerial view over Lake Myvatn

Explore the Diamond Circle linking Godafoss, Myvatn, Dettifoss, Asbyrgi and Husavík

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Experience the ice wonders of Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon

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See the black-sand beaches and waterfalls on the South Coast

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Explore the picture-perfect villages of the East Fjords

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Search for whales and dolphins on a boat trip

Why this trip...

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Nordic Heritage

With over 38 years of experience in creating trips to Nordics we know this region inside out

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

Overview

It has to be one of the world’s classic drives. Route 1 brings the whole of Iceland within reach – an irresistible loop around the Land of Fire and Ice. You’ll explore the ins and outs of its crinkle-cut coast, delving into hidden fjords, dawdling in fishing villages and skirting volcanoes and icecaps. This two-week self-drive allows you to do it all at a relaxed pace.

A leisurely drive, not a race

Although you cover more than 1,300km circumnavigating Iceland on the Ring Road, this two-week itinerary allows you to linger in some of the country’s most breathtaking locations. You’ll spend two nights (staying in rural and waterfront properties) in each of the following: Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Akureyri, Lake Myvatn/Husavik, East Fjords, Skaftafell National Park and the South West.

The ultimate bucket-list drive

Not only will you get a great sense of achievement by driving around Iceland, you will also see some amazing and unique sights. Europe’s largest glacier. Its most powerful waterfall. Black-sand beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. A coastal lagoon full of icebergs. Humpback whales breaching, geysers spouting, sea cliffs teeming with birds... It could well be the drive of a lifetime.

Itinerary & Accommodation

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 arrive Keflavik - Reykjavik

Fly to Keflavik and collect your rental vehicle. Drive to Reykjavik for an overnight stay, perhaps taking a dip in the world-famous Blue Lagoon en route (at additional cost - pre-booking required).

Fly to Keflavik and collect your rental vehicle. Drive to Reykjavik for an overnight stay, perhaps taking a dip in the world-famous Blue Lagoon en route (at additional cost - pre-booking required).

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Hotel Klettur, Reykjavik

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Day 2 - 3 Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Continue your drive to north and explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its snow-capped volcano, sandy beaches, lava flows, stunning coastline and amazing bird colonies. With jaw-dropping scenery like this, no wonder it was here that Jules Verne focused his story 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. Check into your hotel for two nights.

Continue your drive to north and explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its snow-capped volcano, sandy beaches, lava flows, stunning coastline and amazing bird colonies. With jaw-dropping scenery like this, no wonder it was here that Jules Verne focused his story 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. Check into your hotel for two nights.

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Hotel Rjukandi, Snaefellsnes

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Day 4 Hvammstangi

Continue to drive north to Hvammstangi for an overnight stay at Hotel Laugarbakki outside of town.

Continue to drive north to Hvammstangi for an overnight stay at Hotel Laugarbakki outside of town.

Hotel Laugarbakki

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Day 5 Hvammstangi - Akureyri

After breakfast continue your journey to north towards Akureyri the largest town in North Iceland. Choose to explore Akureyri or alternatively continue along Eyjafjordur bay, through the coastal towns of Olafsfjordur and Siglufjordur enjoying the stunning scenery of this this lesser-explored road. Check into your hotel where you will spend the next two nights.

After breakfast continue your journey to north towards Akureyri the largest town in North Iceland. Choose to explore Akureyri or alternatively continue along Eyjafjordur bay, through the coastal towns of Olafsfjordur and Siglufjordur enjoying the stunning scenery of this this lesser-explored road. Check into your hotel where you will spend the next two nights.

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

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Day 6 Explore Myvatn

Explore the area's curious volcanic features from the pseudo craters around the lake and the lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Perhaps drive to the mudpools at Namaskard or take a dip in the milky waters of the Nature Baths (entrance payable locally) or visit the mighty Dettifoss waterfall.

Explore the area's curious volcanic features from the pseudo craters around the lake and the lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Perhaps drive to the mudpools at Namaskard or take a dip in the milky waters of the Nature Baths (entrance payable locally) or visit the mighty Dettifoss waterfall.

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Day 7 - 8 Husavik

Drive north to Husavik fishing village, also often referred as the whale watching capital of Iceland. Book an optional whale watching trip to get a chance to witness these magnificent creatures. Nearby is a striking horse shoe shape canyon called Asbyrgi, great for hiking.

Drive north to Husavik fishing village, also often referred as the whale watching capital of Iceland. Book an optional whale watching trip to get a chance to witness these magnificent creatures. Nearby is a striking horse shoe shape canyon called Asbyrgi, great for hiking.

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Day 9 Husavik - Egilsstadir

Spend a leisurely day heading east crossing the highland desert and visit the delightful farm at Modrudalur with its turf buildings.

Spend a leisurely day heading east crossing the highland desert and visit the delightful farm at Modrudalur with its turf buildings.

Day 10 exploring the East Fjords

Spend a day exploring the area driving coast roads between scattered fishing villages, enjoying puffin watching and exploring some wonderful trails. We recommend visiting the town of Seydifjordur, located at the coast. The town is known for its original 19th century timber houses and being the cultural centre of East Iceland. On return to Egilsstradir continue pass Hallormsstadur forest and walk up to the Hengifoss waterfall.

Spend a day exploring the area driving coast roads between scattered fishing villages, enjoying puffin watching and exploring some wonderful trails. We recommend visiting the town of Seydifjordur, located at the coast. The town is known for its original 19th century timber houses and being the cultural centre of East Iceland. On return to Egilsstradir continue pass Hallormsstadur forest and walk up to the Hengifoss waterfall.

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Day 11 Egilsstadir - Hof

Spend the day travelling through the charming small villages dotted along the East fjords. One of them is Faskrudfjordur, which has strong French connection and street signs are both in Icelandic and French. Visit Hofn the nearby small fishing village, and get closer to Mt Vestrarhorn for those perfect photo opportunities (small admission fee, payable locally). Following two nights at Hotel Skaftafell

Spend the day travelling through the charming small villages dotted along the East fjords. One of them is Faskrudfjordur, which has strong French connection and street signs are both in Icelandic and French. Visit Hofn the nearby small fishing village, and get closer to Mt Vestrarhorn for those perfect photo opportunities (small admission fee, payable locally). Following two nights at Hotel Skaftafell

Hotel Skaftafell

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Day 12 Jokulsarlon

Enjoy a leisurely day exploring Vatnajokull National Park and take an easy walk to beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. Then onto Jokulsarlon the stunning glacial lagoon

Enjoy a leisurely day exploring Vatnajokull National Park and take an easy walk to beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. Then onto Jokulsarlon the stunning glacial lagoon

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Day 13 South Coast

Head west stopping along the way at Vik, a charming village with black sand beach. Continue along Road 1 to explore the south coast visiting the bird cliffs of Dyrholaey, impressive Skogafoss and its charming museum, Seljalandsfoss and other amazing waterfalls. Perhaps add a superjeep tour to Thorsmork valley to see the rugged landscapes and experience adventurous river crossings, or visit the top of Eyjafjallajokull volcano on one of these beast of machines. Then continue onto your hotel where you will stay two nights.

Head west stopping along the way at Vik, a charming village with black sand beach. Continue along Road 1 to explore the south coast visiting the bird cliffs of Dyrholaey, impressive Skogafoss and its charming museum, Seljalandsfoss and other amazing waterfalls. Perhaps add a superjeep tour to Thorsmork valley to see the rugged landscapes and experience adventurous river crossings, or visit the top of Eyjafjallajokull volcano on one of these beast of machines. Then continue onto your hotel where you will stay two nights.

Hotel Ork, Hveragerdi

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Day 14 explore The Golden Circle

Comprising a trio of natural wonders, this is possibly Iceland's most famous route. Thingvellir National Park with its lake of the same name, the ancient assembly site and Law Rock, which is also known for its flora and geological features. Visit Gullfoss, the hot springs and geysers at Geysir and, if time permits, historic Skalholt church.

Comprising a trio of natural wonders, this is possibly Iceland's most famous route. Thingvellir National Park with its lake of the same name, the ancient assembly site and Law Rock, which is also known for its flora and geological features. Visit Gullfoss, the hot springs and geysers at Geysir and, if time permits, historic Skalholt church.

Day 15 depart Iceland

Return your hire car to Keflavik airport and check-in on your flight home.

Return your hire car to Keflavik airport and check-in on your flight home.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £1,813 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £250 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

Departure Duration Car category* Twin Price Offer Twin Price
May 14 nights B - VW Golf £1,813 -
Jun - Aug 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,308 £2,188 (save £120)
Sep 14 nights B - VW Golf £1,901 £1,865 (save £36)

* Choice of Vehicles

We would always recommend a 4WD for winter travel, but many clients also prefer the greater security and comfort that a larger vehicle provides year round – upgrade your vehicle from as little as £10 per person per day.
  • We can offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday – our team will be happy to talk you through the options and provide a quote for the most suitable category based on your individual requirements.
  • Our long-standing relationship with the local Europcar franchise means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits, including priority on the newest and best appointed vehicles available.

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