Around Iceland

Around Iceland

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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

Discover pseudo-craters and mud pools at Lake Myvatn

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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 37 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 - Hella

Fly to Keflavik and collect your rental car. Drive through the lavascapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula and onto Road 1 for the journey to Hotel Ranga in the heart of the icelandic countyside for a three night stay.

Fly to Keflavik and collect your rental car. Drive through the lavascapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula and onto Road 1 for the journey to Hotel Ranga in the heart of the icelandic countyside for a three night stay.

Hotel Ranga, near Hella

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Day 2 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.

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Day 3 South coast

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.

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.

Day 4 Hella - Jokulsarlon - Hofn

Head east stopping along the way at Vik, a charming village with black sand beach. Continue along Road 1 to Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park and take an easy walk to beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. Then onto Jokulsarlon the stunning glacial lagoon. Following 2 nights in the area.

Head east stopping along the way at Vik, a charming village with black sand beach. Continue along Road 1 to Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park and take an easy walk to beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. Then onto Jokulsarlon the stunning glacial lagoon. Following 2 nights in the area.

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Day 5 exploring around Hofn

Enjoy a leisurely day exploring this scenic south-east corner of Iceland. Visit Hofn the nearby small fishing village, and get closer to Mt Vestrarhorn for those perfect photo opportunities (small admission fee, payable locally). If feeling more energetic, then continue further east to visit the small villages of Djupivogur, Breiddalsvik and Stodvarfjordur.

Enjoy a leisurely day exploring this scenic south-east corner of Iceland. Visit Hofn the nearby small fishing village, and get closer to Mt Vestrarhorn for those perfect photo opportunities (small admission fee, payable locally). If feeling more energetic, then continue further east to visit the small villages of Djupivogur, Breiddalsvik and Stodvarfjordur.

Day 6 Hofn - Egilsstadir

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. Following two nights at the Fosshotel Easfjords or at the Lake Hotel.

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. Following two nights at the Fosshotel Easfjords or at the Lake Hotel.

Lake Hotel, Egilsstadir

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Day 7 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 8 Egilsstadir - Lake Myvatn

Spend a leisurely day heading west crossing the highland desert and visit the delightful farm at Modrudalur with its turf buildings. Visit the mighty Dettifoss waterfall and the continue to Myvatn for a three night stay.

Spend a leisurely day heading west crossing the highland desert and visit the delightful farm at Modrudalur with its turf buildings. Visit the mighty Dettifoss waterfall and the continue to Myvatn for a three night stay.

Sel Hotel Myvatn

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Day 9 exploring 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).

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).

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Day 10 visit 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. Return to Myvatn via Asbyrgi, a striking horse shoe shape canyon.

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. Return to Myvatn via Asbyrgi, a striking horse shoe shape canyon.

Day 11 Myvatn - Hvammstangi

After breakfast continue your journey to west towards Akureyri the largest town in North Iceland stopping en route at the stunning Godafoss waterfall. 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. Continue to Hvammstangi for an overnight stay at Hotel Laugarbakki outside of town.

After breakfast continue your journey to west towards Akureyri the largest town in North Iceland stopping en route at the stunning Godafoss waterfall. 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. Continue to Hvammstangi for an overnight stay at Hotel Laugarbakki outside of town.

Hotel Laugarbakki

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Day 12 Hvammstangi - Snaefellsnes - Husafell

Continue your drive to south 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'. Finally check into fantastic Hotel Husafell for two nights.

Continue your drive to south 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'. Finally check into fantastic Hotel Husafell for two nights.

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Hotel Husafell

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Day 13 explore around Husafell

Explore the Husafell valley with its vast lava fields, Hraunfossar waterfall and Deildartunguhver hot springs. Join an optional excursion 'Into The Glacier' - an ice cave tour on nearby Langjokull glacier or visit the natural caves of Vidgelmir, the largest lava tunnel in Iceland.

Explore the Husafell valley with its vast lava fields, Hraunfossar waterfall and Deildartunguhver hot springs. Join an optional excursion 'Into The Glacier' - an ice cave tour on nearby Langjokull glacier or visit the natural caves of Vidgelmir, the largest lava tunnel in Iceland.

Day 14 Husafell - Reykjanes Peninsula

Head south to the Reykjanes Peninsula, maybe taking the scenic route around Hvalfjordur. Spend the rest of the day either exploring the lava fields, hot springs and dramatic coastline or visit the famous Blue Lagoon for a dip in the therapeutic naturally heated waters (entrance fee at additional cost - payable in advance if preferred). Overnight at the Northern Light Inn.

Head south to the Reykjanes Peninsula, maybe taking the scenic route around Hvalfjordur. Spend the rest of the day either exploring the lava fields, hot springs and dramatic coastline or visit the famous Blue Lagoon for a dip in the therapeutic naturally heated waters (entrance fee at additional cost - payable in advance if preferred). Overnight at the Northern Light Inn.

Northern Light Inn

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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.

Excursions

Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £1,789 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
  • 3-course a la carte dinner each night at Hotel Ranga
  • 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 for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car category Twin Price
May 2021 14 nights B - VW Golf £1,789
May 2021 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,943
Jun - Aug 2021 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,349
Jun - Aug 2021 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,586
Sep 2021 14 nights B - VW Golf £1,984
Sep 2021 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,138

Choice of Vehicles

We offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday provided by the local Europcar franchise. Our long-standing relationship with them means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits including priority on the newest and best appointed vehicles available on the day.

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Meet Alex

1 Icelandic canyon jumped off

4 Geothermal pools bathed in

5 Nordic film/TV locations visited

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