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IcelandRoad trip along the ring road

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Iceland's Ring Road is an 828 mile long circuit of some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Can you think of a better way to explore this rugged slice of heaven than driving it yourself? Nope, you can't. Thundering waterfalls, impressive glaciers, black sand beaches, volcanoes, hot springs, lava fields, your friends and a set of keys. A few places on Earth can make you feel so in awe, so sm...

Iceland's Ring Road is an 828 mile long circuit of some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Can you think of a better way to explore this rugged slice of heaven than driving it yourself? Nope, you can't. Thundering waterfalls, impressive glaciers, black sand beaches, volcanoes, hot springs, lava fields, your friends and a set of keys. A few places on Earth can make you feel so in awe, so small and so alive. The only question that remains is, who's driving?


*Due to heavy snowfall in the winter, this tour is only offered from the end of April until the beginning of October*

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Trip highlights
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Volcano
    Volcano
  • Nature escape
    Nature escape
  • Mountain
    Mountain
  • City
    City

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Day 1: Welcome to Iceland!

Arrival...

Transfer to your accommodation in Reykjavik

• Within walking distance from your hotel you’ll find many of the highlights of this vibrant capital

Catch a great view of the city from the top of the Hallgrímskirkja bell tower (small fee paid directly)

• Also check out the Perlan building and Harpa Music & Conference centre

Visited:
Reykjavik

Day 2: The Golden Circle & Gullfoss waterfall

Pick up the rental car and stop by our office for an optional private information session to go over the route

• Start your self-drive adventure by driving to the amazing Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

•At Þingvellir, take the short walk to Öxarárfoss waterfall

• Continue to the famous Geyser geothermal fields with hot springs and bubbling mud pools

Watch a “performance” by Strokkur geyser, as it spouts water and steam up to 30 meters into the air

• Then, head to the stunning Gullfoss waterfall

• Push on towards the South Coast


Day 3: Waterfalls and black sand

• Start driving to the Hvolsvöllur Lava Museum (optional)

• Next stop is the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The 60-meter drop is nutty!

• Continue to the picture perfect Skógafoss, one of the country’s biggest waterfalls

• Enjoy glacier hiking or snowmobiling with professional guides on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier (optional)

• Finally, visit the black volcanic beach of Reynisfjara.

Visited:
SeljalandsfossSkógafossMyrdalsjokull, Vik

Day 4: Skaftafell and glacier lagoon

• Continue to Skaftafell, a lush green oasis in the Vatnajökull National Park

• Wander down some great hiking trails, including one to the Svartifoss waterfall

• Continue to the spectacular Jökulsarlon glacial lagoon where huge ice bergs break from the glacier

• Join an optional boat tour among the beautiful icebergs

• Stop at “Diamond Beach” where icebergs from the lagoon drift ashore and create the most magical setting

• Afterwards, proceed to the village of Höfn


Day 5: The beautiful East Fjords

• Time to explore the tranquil East Fjords of Iceland

• Start by driving to Djúpivogur, a small and cosy fishing town

• Marvel at Petra’s Stone Collection in Stöðvarfjörður (optional)

• Next up, Fáskrúðsfjörður, formerly a setting for a French sailboat fishery

• Spend the night in the town of Egilsstaðir


Day 6: Lake Myvatn

• Explore the natural highlights of the volcanic lake Mývatn

• Do not miss Námaskarð, a huge geothermal area with hot sulfuric mud springs and steam springs

• Check out the Dimmuborgir lava formations, Krafla volcano and the Skútustaðir pseudo craters

 In the evening, we recommend a soak in the Mývatn Nature Baths (optional)

Visited:
MývatnNámaskarðDimmuborgir, Skútustaðir

Day 7: The Waterfall of the Gods & Akureyri

• Visit one of the most spectacular waterfalls of Iceland, Goðafoss - the Waterfall Of The Gods

 Arrive in Akureyri, explore the town and climb up to the church of Akureyri for a great view

• The Botanical Gardens are also a big hit


Day 8: Snaefellsnes Peninsula

• Make your way to the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula

• Sights in this area include the Berserkjahraun lava field, the famous shark museum in Bjarnarhöfn and the picturesque Kirkjufell mountain

• Continue to the Snaefellsjökull glacier, the Djúpalónssandur pebble beach, Arnarstapi, Hellnar and the old church in Búðir

• Visit the Vatnshellir Lava Cave, catch a whale watching tour or a Viking Sushi boat tour (optional)

Visited:
SnæfellsnesKirkjufell, Snæfellsjökull, Djúpalónssandur beach, Búðir

Day 9: Volcano hike & Europe‘s largest hot spring

Start heading back in the direction of Reykjavik

• Either take the scenic Hvalfjörður Fjord route or return directly to Reykjavik via Route 1

• Stop at the Eldborg crater for an easy hike though the lava field

• Sights along the way are Hraunfossar waterfalls, Deildartunguhver (the largest hot spring in Europe) and the Settlement Center in Borgarnes

Return the rental car in Reykjavik

Visited:
Eldborg, Hraunfossar

Day 10: Departure day!

Transfer to Keflavik International in time for your flight home

• If you are leaving in the afternoon, you can visit the Blue Lagoon on your way to Keflavík Airport (optional)

Safe travels!

Visited:
Reykjavik

ReykjavikThingvellirGeysirGullfossSeljalandsfossSkógafossMyrdalsjokullVikVatnajökullSkaftafellSvartifossJökulsárlónDjupivogurFáskrúðsfjörðurEgilsstaðirMývatnNámaskarðDimmuborgirSkútustaðirGoðafossAkureyriSnæfellsnesKirkjufellSnæfellsjökullDjúpalónssandur beachBúðirEldborgHraunfossar

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The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
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  • Car rental

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  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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