Iceland Odyssey

from £1900
excluding flights *
15 nights May-Sep

Overview

With 15 nights to lavish on a self-drive itinerary, we’ve devised a rather special holiday. Our Iceland Odyssey not only encircles the country, taking you on a breathtaking journey along the South Coast, through the East Fjords and over-the-top to Lake Myvatn, but it also probes the wild and wonderful West Fjords and stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The ultimate Iceland odyssey.

Highlights

  • Explore classic sights around Iceland’s Ring Road and venture to the less-explored West Fjords
  • Witness natural-wonders-galore – from glaciers and waterfalls to mountains and fjords
  • Enjoy optional activities like a boat trip on Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon
  • Go whale watching (optional) at Husavik
  • Enjoy magnificent ocean views and close encounters with puffins at the towering cliffs of Latrabjarg
  • Try out the incredible range of outdoor pools and geothermal baths scattered around the country
  • Find hidden gems with our exclusive iDiscover digital travel guide

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental throughout
  • Unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • Exclusive use of iDiscover app

Full description

Our most comprehensive itinerary

Iceland is like a box of chocolates. It’s sometimes hard to choose between the strawberry cream and the hazelnut caramel. But with our chock-a-block Iceland Odyssey itinerary, you can scoff the lot. Everyone’s favourite is included in this mouthwatering self-drive, from the ice-spectacular of Vatnajokull National Park to the irresistible West Fjords and classic Golden Circle.

Time to linger

This is not a mad dash around Iceland. The itinerary is paced to allow you to soak up the views, enjoy hikes and optional activities like snowmobiling and whale watching, relax in geothermal pools and get to know the friendly and welcoming Icelandic people. You’ll also have iDiscover. Over 30 years of our experience in Iceland has gone into this snazzy interactive guide. It’s just another way of ensuring that you have an unforgettable holiday.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £70 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price
May 2019 15 nights B - VW Golf £1,900
May 2019 15 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,032
May 2019 15 nights G - Toyota Rav4 £2,184
May 2019 15 nights I - Mitsuishi Pajero £2,401
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 15 nights B - VW Golf £2,538
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 15 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,755
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 15 nights G - Toyota Rav4 £3,058
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 15 nights I - Mitsuishi Pajero £3,530
Sep 2019 15 nights B - VW Golf £2,134
Sep 2019 15 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,266
Sep 2019 15 nights G - Toyota Rav4 £2,418
Sep 2019 15 nights I - Mitsuishi Pajero £2,635

 Note Other variations such as single rooms, rooms without facilities, three or four people sharing a vehicle, will be quoted on request.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental throughout
  • 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

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Keflavik - Hveragerdi

Fly to Keflavik, collect rental vehicle and head off through stunning scenery to Hveragerdi for a two night stay.

Day 2: Hveragerdi

Explore the natural wonders on the famed Golden Circle route: the tectonic rip in the earth's crust at Thingvellir, the thundering falls of Gullfoss and the bubbling Geysir geothermal area.

Day 3: Hveragerdi - Vik

Continue around the south coast, stopping no doubt many times to admire the views, including Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland's best-known waterfalls and the Myrdalsjokull icecap, where you may wish to take an optional snowmobile trip (prebookable - please contact our team). You may also choose to visit the little museum at Skogar and the famous waterfall with an impressive 60 metre drop (perhaps walk the path to the top). Explore the Reynisfjara pebble beach with its caves and basalt formations. Investigate the bird cliffs at Dyrholaey and walk along its black sand beach (closed until 25th June so as not to disturb nesting birds). Continue east past Vik for a two night stay, driving through the rather curious looking, grass-covered lava fields at Eldhraun.

Day 4: Skaftafell

You will be spoilt for choice today as there is much to see and do in the area: walking in the Skaftafell area of Vatnajokull National Park; discovering the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon with its immense icebergs (boat trips are prebookable - contact us for further details). Perhaps take an optional snowmobile trip on Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull - to name but a few options!

Day 5: Skaftafell - Breiddalsvik

Further east, located in the coastal village of Breiddalsvik stay overnight at Hotel Blafell, a cozy log style hotel.

Day 6: Breiddalsvik- Egilsstadir

Spend the day enjoying the sweeping fjords of the east coast, including birdlife rich Djupivogur, where you might want to take a look at the 34 enormous granite eggs along the shoreline, representing the number of bird species that nest in the area. The road winds high into the clouds before dropping down into the town of Egilsstadir.

Days 7-8: Egilsstadir - Myvatn

Continue to the Myvatn region; with a possible visit enroute to Iceland's highest farm with a cafe and turf buildings at Modrudalur. close to the northern shores of the lake where you will have plenty of time to explore the area and its volcanic wonders. Visit the relaxing Nature Baths (the north's answer to the Blue Lagoon), grab a snack at milking time at the Cowshed Café, take a hike at Dimmuborgir or venture up to the pretty village at Husavik and experience a thrilling whale watching trip on an old fishing boat (prebookable - contact us for details). Spend two nights in the area.

Day 9: Lake Myvatn - Akureyri - Hvammstangi

Drive to Akureyri, Iceland's "capital of the north" is a peaceful, laid back town set amongst snow capped mountains, on the edge of one of the country's longest fjords. It is home to a host of trendy cafes, the world's most northerly botanical gardens and several museums, and is well worth a visit before the long journey west, through sheep and horse country, to the Hvammstangi area.

Day 10: Hvammstangi - Drangsnes

Drive along the spectacular Strandir coast and overnight at the cosy logcabin style Hotel Malarhorn in Drangsnes; the hot tubs in the village are perched on the water's edge and are a great place to meet the locals.

Day 11: Drangsnes - Sudureyri

Continue deep into the West Fjords taking the road that follows the water's edge to Fisherman Hotel, located in Sudureyri, almost at the westernmost tip of the Westfjords. Should you wish to stay an extra night here then there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied; from day hikes to fishing and kayak tours (prebookable - contact our team).

Day 12: Sudureyri- Latrabjarg

Travel down along the northwest coast of the region, with stunning views as you cross over the mountaintops of the fjords to your hotel, near to the bird cliffs at Latrabjarg, the westernmost point in Iceland and a must-see for bird watchers. Early evenings are often the best time to visit this area. Overnight at the Fosshotel Westfjords.

Day 13: Latrabjarg - Snaefellsnes

Drive to Brjanslaekur and take a ferry (3 hrs) across Breidarfjordur Bay to the dramatic Snaefellsnes Peninsula. You may wish to consider adding an extra night and staying on the tiny island of Flatey (the ferry stops here en route, however vehicles are not permitted on the island and they will be transported to the harbour at Stykkisholmur ready for you to collect the following day).

Day 14: Snaefellsnes

Time to explore the volcanic landscape of Snaefellsnes including a drive around the impressive glacier, a visit to the sea stacks at Arnarstapi and the pretty fishing villages sheltered by colourful looming mountains and interspersed by sweeping lava fields.

Day 15: Snaefellsnes - Reykjavik

On the final leg of the odyssey, drive south to Reykjavik, taking in the sights of Borgarfjordur including the beautiful Hraunsfossar falls spilling out from underneath the lava, the island's most productive hot spring at Deildatunguhver and the fascinating Settlement Centre at Borganes (entry payable locally).

Day 16: depart Keflavik

Drive towards Keflavik. Time-permitting, perhaps taking a final dip in the relaxing waters of the Blue Lagoon (prebooking essential) before dropping off the rental vehicle at the airport and catch your flight home.

Hotel Ork, Hveragerdi

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Found 45km east of Reykjavik in the 'greenhouse village' of Hveragerdi, this hotel offers 85 spacious, en suite rooms.

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Hotel Blafell, Breiddalsvik

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Hotel Blafell is a cosy hotel situated in the charming village of Breiddalsvik at the…

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Icelandair Hotel Herad

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Located in the heart of East Iceland's thriving capital of Egilsstadir, Icelandair Hotel Herad offers 60 well-appointed rooms that are both conveniently located and picturesque.

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Sel Hotel Myvatn

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Sel Hotel Myvatn is the ideal base for experiencing the wonders of Lake Myvatn and its surroundings, with 58 smartly-furnished rooms situated on the southern shores of the lake.

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Gauksmyri Lodge, nr Hvammstangi

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Guesthouse B&B

This large working farm near Hvammstangi offers comfortable, modern rooms with or without private facilities.

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Hotel Malarhorn

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Located in the tiny village of Drangsnes, Hotel Malarhorn offers 14 double rooms in Iceland's rural western fjords.

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Fisherman Hotel, Sudureyri

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

The Fisherman Hotel in the village of Sudureyri in the scenic West Fjords captures the…

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Fosshotel Westfjords, Patreksfjordur

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

The Fosshotel Westfjords (Vestfirdir), opened in June 2013. Located in the small fishing village of…

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Fosshotel Hellnar

Iceland

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

This is a superb base from which to explore the natural wonders of the Snaefellsnes…

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Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Superb value for your money, this 252-room hotel is for guests looking for simple yet comfortable accommodation.

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Hotel Skaftafell

Iceland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

The Hotel Skaftafell makes an ideal stopping off point for excursions into the park, out onto the glacier and to the area's iconic waterfalls.

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Excursions

Other Information

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.

Alternatively, consider renting a motorhome and use this itinerary as a route outline. You'll have complete flexibility on where you overnight.

iDiscover digital app

If you book any self drive in Iceland with us you will also get free use of our exclusive digital travel app, iDiscover, pre-loaded with your personalised itinerary. With 4G connectivity, the app allows you access to a vast travel directory featuring scenic wonders, 'must-visit' sites as well as hidden gems and activities.

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