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Essential Iceland

7 days
 / 6 nights

Experience the rugged beauty of Iceland’s magnificent glaciers, black sandy beaches, and immense waterfalls with this 7-day self-drive package that takes you to all the major attractions in Iceland.

On this adventurous self-drive tour, you will experience incredible sights in each region like Þingvellir National Park, Gulfoss and Geysir, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Borgarfjordur, the magical Snæfellsnes peninsula, and the Reykjanes Peninsula. If you are looking for the ideal Iceland vacation, this package has everything needed to make a dream trip to remember. If you are interested in a few day-long vacation and explore the very best Iceland has to offer, this is the perfect holiday package for you.

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Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs and travel preferences. If a self-drive tour is not what you prefer, this travel package can also be offered as a privately guided trip.

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7 days
 / 6 nights

Estimated price per person from:

178,800 ISK
Estimated high-season price per person based on bookings for a family of 4 ( 2 children under 12 years old)

We will tailor this vacation package to you. Change anything – from activities to accommodation to places visited.

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What's Included

Included

Accommodation for 6 nights
Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage
Family entry to the Lavacenter
Amphibian boat tour in Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Detailed personal itinerary
Expert trip manager and local guides
Customer care service and 0-24h emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
Taxes and service fees

Not included

Flights and connections to and from Iceland
Personal travel insurance
Tunnel and road tolls unless specified
Petrol / gasoline
Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in your itinerary
Any service, admission or activity not specifically listed under “Included”

Highlights

Reykjavik
Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord)
Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls
Reykholt
Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Vatnshellir Lava Cave
Thingvellir National Park
Gullfoss waterfall
Geysir Geothermal Area
South Coast of Iceland
Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss waterfalls
Reynisfjara black sand beach
Dyrhólaey
Vík
Vatnajokull National Park
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Amphibian Boat tour at Glacier lagoon
Diamond Beach
Reykjanes Peninsula
Fagradalsfjall volcanic eruption

Itinerary

Day 1

Pick up your car at Keflavík Airport

Your Kia Sportage automatic vehicle (or similar) is ready for pick up at Enterprise Car rental service desk. Please proceed directly to the car rental shuttle bus, located just outside the arrival hall. They will take you to Enterprise service desk on the other end of the premises. Shuttle departures every 10-15 minutes.

Included in your rental are: CDW Insurance, GPS navigation system, theft protection (TP), Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)

Reykjavik at leisure

The city center offers many great sights and the city is unique in so many ways. You won’t find the towering skyscrapers of America or the age-old narrow streets, which time has seemingly forgotten and seemingly unchanged since Roman times, as in Europe. Reykjavik is somewhere in between and yet miles away. With its small quirky houses and both tiny and open spaces. It is colorful, modern, charming, and old all a the same time. So, don’t forget to bring your camera along, you are bound to find many great photo opportunities.

Day 2

Hvalfjörður

Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), only 50 km from Reykjavik, gives an excellent opportunity to enjoy the unique beauty of Icelandic fjords, with its sloops, shores, canyons, and waterfalls and its somewhat controversial history of whaling. The area is especially quiet and tranquil with few people around. Glymur, the highest waterfall of Iceland (198 m) is in Hvalfjordur. During World War II, a British and American naval base could be found in the fjord. The British base HMS Baldur was located at Hvitanes, and you can still today visit the ruins of the once-great housing. Today Hvalfjordur is a quiet place with farms and beaches.

INTERESTING THINGS TO SEE INSIDE HVALFJORDUR

  • Brynjudalsfoss Waterfall
  • Botnsskáli Abandoned House
  • Fossárrétt – Old Sheep Herding Station and Waterfall
  • Hvítanes – the Old Abandoned Military Base during World War II

Bjarteyjarsandur farm

The Bjarteyjarsandur farm is owned and operated by three different families, all specializing in their different fields; i.e. farming, tourism, education, food processing, and machine work. The farm is situated in a beautiful by the fjord with a lovely seashore. The same family has lived in Bjarteyjarsandur since 1887.

Borgarfjörður - West Iceland

Borgarfjordur is a stunning fjord near the town of Borgarnes in West Iceland. Visit the area’s volcanic lava fields and hot springs. Explore the most powerful hot spring in Europe, bath in a geothermal pool, visit the historical sites, and more. A must-see geothermal paradise! When driving through Borgarfjörður valley it is impossible not to be amazed. Borgarfjörður is home to some of the most stunning open landscapes in Iceland. The dynamic geothermal underground in Iceland is very evident. The area is home to stunning waterfalls, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, a lava birch paradise, staggering beaches, and unique history. Borgarfjörður is filled with farmland and agriculture is very popular in the region. Here you can find Icelandic sheep, Icelandic horses and geothermal greenhouses where vegetables and fruits are being grown. A fantastic golf course can be found in Borgarfjörður. Borgarfjordur is home to the Silver Circle, composed of four main stops Deildartunguhver, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls, Krauma Geothermal Pool and Spa and the historical Reykholt. 

Day 3

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snaefellsnes is truly a magical place, with its volcanoes, glacier, basalt columns and waterfalls. The peninsula is rich in wildlife, including dozens of species of birds and bays teeming with whales.

Snaefellsjokull glacier is a 1446 m high dormant strata-volcano in the middle of Snaefellsnes National Park and the crater is ca 200 m deep. It is the main tourist attraction in the peninsula of Snaefellsnes, towering over the national park at the far end of the 90 km long stretch of land. The renowned writer Jules Verne wrote his science fiction in 1864, Journey to the Center of the Earth, about a group of scientists who ventured into the crater of Snaefellsjokull. 

Vatnshellir lava cave

Follow the path of the lava flow 200 meters into the cave and 35 meters below the surface. Vatnshellir cave is one of the most easily accessible lava tubes in Iceland and is suitable for most people. Even so, you need to be reasonably fit to walk in the dark cave on uneven lava floor and up and down spiral staircases inside the cave. The lava tube was naturally created nearly 8000 years ago in a volcanic eruption from a nearby crater. In this 45-minute guided tour you get to know the basics of how the cave came to be in a fun and educative explanation on the local geology.

Day 4

Golden circle self-drive from Reykholt

Today it is time for the famous Golden Circle route! 

After about 2 hours of driving, you will have reached Thingvellir national park. Besides being a natural wonder, it is also the site where the world’s longest continuously run parliament was founded and still running some good 1.000 years later, but now as Althingi in Reykjavik. Thingvellir is also a site of geological wonders, as it lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. You can clearly see the rift and how the movement of the tectonic plates pulls the island apart, approximately 2,5 cm every year. 

The next stop, a little over 1 hour away, is Gullfoss waterfall - the waterfall which gives the Golden circle its name. It is mostly known for its’ beauty, but the sheer power of it has also been the cause of much debate on hydro-plants vs tourism and land preservation. 

Only a short 10 minute drive from Gullfoss is Geysir Geothermal area. The dormant geyser Geysir, is the one and only geyser that gave all other geysers their name! It is no longer active, but Strokkur geyser erupts every 20 minutes or so, and can reach heights up to 25 meters!

Day 5

South Coast & waterfalls

This route is ideal for nature lovers of all kinds. We take you along the south coast of Iceland, one of the country’s most scenic regions, as far as Vík, a charming village surrounded by high beautiful bird cliffs.

South Iceland is special for that it is one of the flattest regions on the island. Because of that, most of all grain farming in Iceland is done there. The high mountains to the north, shield the area from the harshest winds from the north.

The Lava Center

Lava is dedicated to Iceland‘s riveting volcanic activity and its frequent earthquakes.
The center will feature an interactive educational exhibition revealing the science and aesthetics of Iceland‘s spectacular geological features. In the learning center, our experts will excite and educate its guests with earth-shattering tales of “Iceland on the Move.”

The interactive exhibition will display a collection of artifacts, films, and graphics from various volcanic eruptions that have occurred in the past century.

Day 6

Exploring the South Coast to Vatnajökull glacier

After breakfast, we continue the coastline of south Iceland. 

We drive to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. This lagoon is the biggest star of them all, and has appeared in many movies. To name a few: Batman Begins and the James Bond movies: A View to a Kill and Die Another Day. We spend some time here and enjoy the magnificent scenery. Those who booked a boat tour can now go and sail among the icebergs.

A short walk away, you can find the Diamond Beach (or Crystal Beach), a nearby black sand beach where you can find small icebergs (crystals) that have washed ashore and look like glittering diamonds. You can also take a short hike along the glacier lagoon and enjoy the mesmerizing surroundings. 

Amphibian Boat tour at Glacier lagoon

Join this incredible boat trip in one of the world’s most inspiring places, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Cruise between magnificent towering icebergs that fill the lagoon as they move their way slowly out to the ocean. This is the perfect tour for those wanting to get up close to these beautiful ice formations and take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Day 7

The South Coast to Reykjavík

Today you will be driving back towards Reykjavík, but you still have plenty to see along the South Coast.

Reykjanes peninsula

Reykjanes Peninsula is a UNESCO Global Geopark – a cultural, geographical, and historical treasure trove where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge rises above sea level. Nowhere else in the world can you see the oceanic ridge and its divergent plate boundary as clearly as in Reykjanes. Pillow lava, curious rock formations in the shape of elves, trolls, and outlaws put their distinct mark on the amazing landscape of the peninsula.

Day 8

Departure day - rental car drop off at KEF airport

Your adventure has sadly come to an end.

You must return your rental car in good time to check-in for your flight at the same location as you picked it up from. It is recommended that passengers check-in for their flights 2,5 hours prior to departure time.

Rental Car Type Examples

When we design our travel packages we include the most reliable rental cars available, in order to make your trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Below you’ll find examples of the type of rental cars we recommend for this trip.

Compact

KIA Ceed or similar
Passengers: 5
Luggage: 2
Doors: 5
Transmission: Manual

Standard 4x4 SUV

KIA Sportage AWD or similar
Passengers: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic

Premium 4x4 SUV

ToyotaLand Cruiser or similar
Passengers: 5
Luggage: 5
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic

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Essential Iceland
7 days
 / 6 nights

Estimated price per person from:

178,800 ISK
Estimated high-season price per person based on bookings for a family of 4 ( 2 children under 12 years old)

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