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Fly, Drive and Hike

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  • 14 nights
  • May-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
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Stride out in spectacular scenery

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Discover pseudo-craters and mud pools at Lake Myvatn

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Explore Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s stunning coast and volcanoes

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Walk to Svartifoss waterfall in Vatnajokull National Park

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Join a guided hike in the rhyolite mountains of Borgarfjordur Eystri

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Walk the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at Thingvellir National Park

Why this trip...

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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

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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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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

Overview

The title of this two-week self-drive says it all. Fly to Iceland (three hours from the UK). Drive around the Ring Road (an adventure in itself). Hike at spectacular locations including the East Fjords, Skaftafell, Lake Myvatn and Snaefellsnes. Perhaps we should have added ‘iDiscover’. Our digital travel guide will no doubt add an extra dimension to this superb summer trip.

Iceland’s Great Outdoors

Although you go full-circle on this holiday, it’s far more than a road trip. We’ve picked a handful of overnight stays from which you can get footloose and fancy-free on Iceland’s fantastic hiking trails. Hveragerdi, for example, is in countryside not far from Reykjavik and makes a great base for exploring nearby geothermal sites and the natural wonders of the Golden Circle. Skaftafell, meanwhile, puts you in a prime spot for hikes to the waterfalls and glaciers of the immense Vatnajokull National Park. It’s more a case of ‘stand-and-stare-in-awe’ at the nearby iceberg-filled lagoon of Jokulsarlon.

From East to West

Once you reach the East Fjords there’s a huge choice of walking trails – from a short amble to a puffin colony to a full-day hike in the Dyrfjoll Mountains, searching for trolls and reindeer. At Lake Myvatn in North Iceland, you can grapple with lava flows or stroll through a wooded canyon, while the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland has dramatic coastal walks.

Itinerary

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 Keflavik - Hveragerdi

Arrive in Keflavik, collect your vehicle and drive to Hveragerdi, perhaps stop at the Blue Lagoon for a dip en route (pre booking essential). Spend three nights at Hotel Ork.

Arrive in Keflavik, collect your vehicle and drive to Hveragerdi, perhaps stop at the Blue Lagoon for a dip en route (pre booking essential). Spend three nights at Hotel Ork.

Day 2 explore the Golden Circle

Marvel at the spectacular two-tiered waterfall Gullfoss, the fascinating Geysir geothermal area, where you can watch Strokkur erupting every few minutes, and the beautiful lake in Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient assembly.

Marvel at the spectacular two-tiered waterfall Gullfoss, the fascinating Geysir geothermal area, where you can watch Strokkur erupting every few minutes, and the beautiful lake in Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient assembly.

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Day 3 explore Reykjadalur

The area above Hveragerði is covered in trails and hot springs, its hillside stained by volcanic salts and heathland plants. From here, there are inspiring views towards the coast in fine weather. Remember to take your swimming costume to bathe in the warm streams.

The area above Hveragerði is covered in trails and hot springs, its hillside stained by volcanic salts and heathland plants. From here, there are inspiring views towards the coast in fine weather. Remember to take your swimming costume to bathe in the warm streams.

Day 4 Hveragerdi - Skaftafell

See the magnificent waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, stroll along the bird cliffs at Dyrholaey and walk through Fjadrargljufur canyon. Two nights at Hotel Skaftafell.

See the magnificent waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, stroll along the bird cliffs at Dyrholaey and walk through Fjadrargljufur canyon. Two nights at Hotel Skaftafell.

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Day 5 Hiking around Skaftafell

Starting from the visitors centre, head first to the impressive Svartifoss, the dark falls, so named because of the black hexagonal basalt columns which surround it. Discover further spectacular glaciers, waterfalls and dramatic mountains in this beautiful part of Iceland.

Starting from the visitors centre, head first to the impressive Svartifoss, the dark falls, so named because of the black hexagonal basalt columns which surround it. Discover further spectacular glaciers, waterfalls and dramatic mountains in this beautiful part of Iceland.

Day 6 Skaftafell - Breiddalsvik

Explore the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon with its blue icebergs and drive along the coastal road visiting picturesque fishing villages in the colourful East Fjords. Overnight at Hotel Bláfell.

Explore the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon with its blue icebergs and drive along the coastal road visiting picturesque fishing villages in the colourful East Fjords. Overnight at Hotel Bláfell.

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Day 7 Breiddalsvik - Borgarfjordur Eystri

Head past the main town of Egilsstadir along winding roads to the charming and remote Borgarfjordur Eystri. Spend two nights at Country Hotel Álfheimar.

Head past the main town of Egilsstadir along winding roads to the charming and remote Borgarfjordur Eystri. Spend two nights at Country Hotel Álfheimar.

Day 8 explore Borgarfjordur Eystri

Take an optional guided hike amongst the spectacular coloured rhyolite peaks offered by the hotel. Alternatively, relax and soak up the scenery in this peaceful hideaway location.

Take an optional guided hike amongst the spectacular coloured rhyolite peaks offered by the hotel. Alternatively, relax and soak up the scenery in this peaceful hideaway location.

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Day 9 Borgarfjordur Eystri - Lake Myvatn

Drive through a grey desert landscape to Jokulsagljufur National Park. It's well worth going to see Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, and enjoying a short hike in the wooded gorge of Asbyrgi before exploring the Hljodaklettar volcanic plugs. Two nights at Sel Hotel Mývatn.

Drive through a grey desert landscape to Jokulsagljufur National Park. It's well worth going to see Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, and enjoying a short hike in the wooded gorge of Asbyrgi before exploring the Hljodaklettar volcanic plugs. Two nights at Sel Hotel Mývatn.

Day 10 exploring Lake Myvatn

There is a great choice of fantastic hiking routes around Lake Myvatn. Opt for the Krafla area, around the crater Viti and the mud pools of Namaskard. Or perhaps take in the Hverfjall crater, the Dimmuborgir lava formations, Grjotagja fissure and Skutustadir’s pseudocraters.

There is a great choice of fantastic hiking routes around Lake Myvatn. Opt for the Krafla area, around the crater Viti and the mud pools of Namaskard. Or perhaps take in the Hverfjall crater, the Dimmuborgir lava formations, Grjotagja fissure and Skutustadir’s pseudocraters.

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Day 11 Lake Myvatn - Gauksmyri

Visit beautiful Godafoss en route to Akureyri. Hike to Hraunvatn Lake, set among glaciated mountains and continue west to the Skagafjordur region. Walk among the craters and lava flows of Berserkjahraun. Overnight at Hotel Laugarbakki.

Visit beautiful Godafoss en route to Akureyri. Hike to Hraunvatn Lake, set among glaciated mountains and continue west to the Skagafjordur region. Walk among the craters and lava flows of Berserkjahraun. Overnight at Hotel Laugarbakki.

Day 12 Gauksmyri - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Drive to the Snaefellsnes and spend the next two days exploring this magnificent peninsula. Overnight at Fosshotel Hellnar.

Drive to the Snaefellsnes and spend the next two days exploring this magnificent peninsula. Overnight at Fosshotel Hellnar.

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Day 13 exploring the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Take a coastal walk to Arnarstapi and view its rock arches, sea stacks and basalt columns. Explore the cliffs, coves and rock formations of Snaefellsnes National Park at the foot of the volcano and icecap.

Take a coastal walk to Arnarstapi and view its rock arches, sea stacks and basalt columns. Explore the cliffs, coves and rock formations of Snaefellsnes National Park at the foot of the volcano and icecap.

Day 14 Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Reykjavik

Drive to Reykjavik for the last overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel Cabin.

Drive to Reykjavik for the last overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel Cabin.

Day 15 depart Iceland

Drive to Keflavik, return your hire car and depart on your flight.

Drive to Keflavik, return your hire car and depart on your flight.

Accommodation Options

We have selected properties for this holiday referenced in the itinerary. However, with a wide choice of accommodation in Iceland, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference - from hotels, farmstays and self-catering apartments to private villas and countryside properties.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

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 £1731 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 on unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • Exclusive use of iDiscover App
  • 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
Jun - Aug 2020 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,211
Jun - Aug 2020 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,436
Jun - Aug 2020 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,681
Sep 2020 14 nights B - VW Golf £1,864
Sep 2020 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,011
Sep 2020 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,119
May 2021 14 nights B - VW Golf £1,731
May 2021 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,885
May 2021 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,999
Jun - Aug 2021 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,289
Jun - Aug 2021 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,526
Jun - Aug 2021 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,783
Sep 2021 14 nights B - VW Golf £1,803
Sep 2021 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,957
Sep 2021 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,071

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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