Iceland Self-drive

Starting at PER PERSON for all of the below, based on 2 participants: $6,441.00

Day 1; Reykjavik for 1 night

Meet & greet transfer to your hotel

1 twin room, breakfast & taxes included at Hotel Borg****
The elegant Art Deco-style Hotel Borg by Keahotels enjoys a central location in Reykjavik, overlooking the historic Asuturvollur Square. It offers brightly decorated rooms with free WiFi and flat-screen, Smart TVs.
All rooms at Hotel Borg feature quality beds and Philippe Starck fittings. Each also has wooden floors and stylish art deco furniture.
Guests can enjoy an in-house spa and gym that features a hot tub, sauna and steam room. It is also possible to book massages.
The staff can help with bookings of tours and assist with car rental.
Laugavegur shopping street is less than 657 feet from the hotel. The Life of Whales boat safari terminal is a 5-minute walk away.

After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city centre at you own pace. The main downtown area offers a variety of shops, museums and galleries—all within an easy walk. Laugavegur, Reykjavík’s main street, offers an abundance of excellent restaurants and cafés.

Day 2: Hvolsvöllur/Vík area for 1 night

Suggested taxi ride to Reykjavik Domestic airport (1.5 miles from your hotel)

Pick-up your rental car at Reykjavik Domestic Airport
Hyundai i30 or similar Compact Class – Automatic Transmission including theft & CDW insurance

The drive to Seljalandsfoss waterfall is about 1 hour 40min drive
The first leg of your journey is along the south coast, with a stop at the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall—the only one of its kind in Iceland where you can walk behind the cascade on a footpath!
For those who are more adventurous we recommend stopping by the hidden waterfall in the canyon, known as Gljúfrabúi, located near Seljalandsfoss. Further along you can visit the magnificent 60 metre free-falling Skógafoss waterfalls in Skógar. From there, the journey takes you past the beautiful Eyjafjöll mountain range.

Head back the way you came to Hestheimar – 35 minute drive

2 hour Horse Riding at Hestheimar
Riding a friendly, sure-footed Icelandic horse is a wonderful experience for beginners and experienced riders alike. At the Hestheimar farm, located a short distance from Selfoss, you can join a guided tour on beautiful countryside trails. Before riding, your guide will give you a basic overview of the Icelandic horse and riding techniques. This is the 2-hour ride; there is also a 1-hour ride available.

Your hotel is in Hella a 15 minute drive

1 double standard twin room, breakfast & taxes included at Hotel Ranga****
This unique hotel lies 59.7 miles east of Reykjavík in Hella. Guests can enjoy outdoor hot tubs, views of Mount Hekla volcano and free Wi-Fi.
Hotel Ranga offers guests a thoroughly luxurious stay. Guests can choose rooms with such items as spa baths, balconies, flat-screen TVs and CD/DVD players. Most guest rooms also offer views of the volcano or the river.
At Ranga’s restaurant, tranquil riverside views can be admired while sampling traditional Icelandic/Scandinavian gourmet cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. Fresh organic produce is used.

Day 3: Skaftafell & Vatnajökull National Park area for 1 night

The drive to Hnappavellir is about 3.4 hours
Explore Skaftafell, part of Vatnajökull National Park and home of the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where, in summer, you can take a boat ride among the floating azure icebergs and marvel at the area’s great beauty by exploring the many interesting hiking trails, including a short one to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. In this area you can also go glacier-walking or try ice-climbing with an optional guided tour.* Journey back to your accommodation along the South Coast for the evening.

Suggested stop along the way:
Skógafoss, a magnificent 60-metre high waterfall where, according to legend, the first Viking settler in the area hid a treasure in the cave behind the cascade. This is also one of Iceland‘s most photogenic landmarks; since the waterfall produces a lot of mist, rainbows are a common sight on sunny days. Nearby is the Skógar Folk Museum, which boasts an array of interesting artifacts including an original turf farm that shows how people lived hundreds of years ago.

Skaftafell National Park Iceland’s largest national park at 5,000 km2 is a place of immense natural beauty and one of Iceland’s most visited places during the summer.
The variety of landscapes is astounding in Skaftafell. Here you can expect to see lush vegetation, icebergs, canyons, hanging valleys, ice tunnels and arches, glacial rivers, and much more.
Guided glacier tours and hikes are available year-round.

Optional Skaftafell Blue Ice Glacier Walk at 2 pm (not included in the below price, please add NET: $113.00 per person)
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Enjoy an easy two-hour walk with crampons on the Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue in Skaftafell National Park. Svínafellsjökull is a breathtaking outlet of the Vatnajökull glacier, and the scenery is simply stunning. This walk takes you through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures as you navigate the ice ridges and deep crevasses of the glacier. At the outset of our tour, your experienced guide will teach you how to use the necessary glacier equipment like crampons and ice axes.

1 twin room, breakfast & taxes included at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon****
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon offers accommodation in Hnappavellir. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and hotel bar. Skaftafell is 18 miles from the hotel. Free WiFi access is available.
Rooms include a TV with cable channels. Certain rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Enjoy a cup of tea while looking out at the mountains. The rooms come with a private bathroom.

Day 4: Vik for 1 night

Vatnajökull National Park and home of the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Film buffs will recognize Jökulsárlón from such blockbusters as Tomb Raider, Batman Begins, and 2 James Bond films: A View to a Kill and Die Another Day. It’s not surprising why famous directors would choose this amazing location as a backdrop!
This extremely picturesque glacial lagoon at the southern edge of the Vatnajökull glacier is regarded as one of Iceland’s greatest natural wonders. Huge chunks of ice regularly calve off the glacier and make their way to the sea via the glacier lagoon.
The view from the shore is unforgettable, but boat tours onto the lagoon to navigate the maze of icebergs are also available to get up close and personal with the azure ice. Boat tours are operated daily from May 15th to September 15th.
From land or on the water, you’re also likely to spot playful seals swimming in the chilly waters, much to the enjoyment of onlookers.

9:30am or 11am 1 hour tour
On the Zodiac we are able to cover large areas of the lagoon and get closer to the icebergs than on the amphibian. When possible the Zodiac goes almost all the way up to the glacier (as close as safe).
Passengers are provided with flotation suites and a life jacket.

The drive to Vik is about 2 hours
Vik-Mýrdalur is the southernmost district of Iceland, bordered by the glacial river Jökulsá to the west and the river Blautakvísl to the east. Its northern border is the Mýrdalsjökull glacier (700 km2, Iceland’s fourth largest glacier). Approximately 600 metres below the ice lies the dormant subglacial volcano Katla which the Geopark is named after. Its southern limits are black sands and the rolling Atlantic waves.
The natural beauty of the area is spectacular. There are many places of interest in the vicinity of Vik. Just east of the outskirts of the village lies one of Europe’s biggest artic tern breeding grounds. A short hike within the close vicinity of Vik is sure to satisfy all serious nature lovers and birds watchers. To the south of Reynisfjall mountain a spectacular set of rock columns called Reynisdrangar rise majestically out of the Atlantic Ocean. Dyrhólaey is a 120 meters high headland extending into the sea and forming an impressive natural arch located in the western part of the Mýrdalur district. In the summer, the peninsula is home to hosts of puffins
Puffins nest high in the cliffs of Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjall and the best time to see them is from early July to mid-August. During the day, the parents leave their nests to gather food from the sea for their young, returning in the evening with their catch. The best time of the day to see them is generally early morning or from 21:00 to 23:00. The best place to see them is the nature preserve of Dyrhólaey, a few kilometers east of Vík. On a good day you can see puffins as close as 2 meters away. Other places would be the Reynisfjara beach where the basalt colums are, at the black beach in Vík, as well as at the foot and at the top of Reynisfjall Mountain.
Víkurfjara beach is reachable on foot from Vík and is the perfect place for a short walk. The breathtaking view on Reynisdrangar and the soothing sound of the waves will transport you and relax you.

1 twin room, breakfast & taxes included at Icelandair Hotel Vik*** 
Icelandair Hotel Vik is a new hotel in a wonderful setting in the village of Vik in Myrdalur Valley. This property is 9 minutes’ walk from the beach. With views of the Reynisdrangar sea stacks, this Icelandair Hotel Vík hotel is just 886 feet off southern Iceland’s Ring Road. It offers free WiFi, a bar, as well as bright, modern rooms.Tea/coffee facilities, a flat-screen satellite TV and seating area are provided in all Icelandair Hotel Vík’s rooms. Some feature views of the sea, the cliffs or Reynisdrangar sea stacks. A daily breakfast buffet is available at Icelandair Hotel Vík. Staff arranges on-site horse rental and glacier tours.
Dyrhólaey Peninsula is 11.8 miles away, while Skógafoss Waterfall is 21.1 miles from the hotel. Other area activities include golfing, hiking and bird watching.

Day 5: Reykjavik for 3 nights

The drive to Reykjavik is about 2 hours

1 twin room, breakfast & taxes included at Hotel Borg****
The elegant Art Deco-style Hotel Borg by Keahotels enjoys a central location in Reykjavik, overlooking the historic Asuturvollur Square. It offers brightly decorated rooms with free WiFi and flat-screen, Smart TVs.
All rooms at Hotel Borg feature quality beds and Philippe Starck fittings. Each also has wooden floors and stylish art deco furniture.
Guests can enjoy an in-house spa and gym that features a hot tub, sauna and steam room. It is also possible to book massages.
The staff can help with bookings of tours and assist with car rental.
Laugavegur shopping street is less than 657 feet from the hotel. The Life of Whales boat safari terminal is a 5-minute walk away.

Day 6:

Morning at leisure

Visit the old Harbor
Apart from it being a beautiful place to walk with stunning views across the bay to Mount Esja, the Old Harbour area is where the majority of marine activities, such as whale watching and puffin tours are concentrated; it’s also home to the excellent Víkin Maritime Museum and the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina. The numerous new businesses being established, offering everything from scooter rides to the city’s best dark-roasted coffee, are testament to the wonderful community spirit responsible for generating the success of the Old Harbour and re-establishing it as a new vibrant quarter of Reykjavík City.
Whales of Iceland is a new exhibit that opened in the heart of Reykjavík’s old harbour area in February 2015. Close to downtown, this is truly an immersive exhibit that will take you into the world of the whales.
Whales of Iceland is the largest whales exhibition of its kind in the world. Featured are 23 life-size models of the species found in Icelandic waters. These range from one of the smallest marine mammals, the harbour porpoise, all the way up to the gigantic blue whale. Wander amongst these amazing animals while listening to their distinctive sounds in ambient lighting that will make you feel as though you are underwater with them.
The Iceland Expo Pavilion was designed for the Worlds Fair in Shanghai 2010 and set up again at the Fankfurt Book Fair in 2011, where Iceland was the Guest of Honor for 2011.
The pavilion features a unique 360-degree where the walls and ceiling form a visual unity. Over 3 million guests have visited the pavilion but the aim is to present the pearls of Icelandic nature in an impressive short movie.
The film, which is fifteen minutes long, presents Iceland in all its diversity. Footage from both city and nature is projected onto the four walls and the ceiling of the pavilion, together forming a cube that surrounds its guests. You fly through waterfalls, a marathon, and a volcano even erupts.
Geothermal beach at Nauthólsvík in Reykjavík.
Nauthólsvík was opened in 2001, to the delight of residents and tourists alike and now attracts an estimate of 530.000 guests each year. The creation of the geothermal beach was an ambitious, but a very successful project, involving the construction of a lagoon with large sea walls, where cold sea and hot geothermal water fuse together resulting in higher temperatures.
The main objective of creating the geothermal beach was to establish the bay of Nauthólsvík as a diverse outdoor area and haven for recreational activities; such as sunbathing, sailing and sea-swimming. The latter is surprisingly popular all year round, with people enjoying the use of the hot-tubs, steam-bath, and changing facilities and showers. Even when the water drops below freezing. Cold-water swimming might sound crazy, especially in a country like Iceland, however this extreme activity dates all the way back to the age of settlement. The oldest recorded sea-swimming feat was performed in the year 1030, when Grettir Ásmundarson (of Icelandic Saga legend) swam a distance of 7km across a bay in North Iceland to the island of Drangey.
Hallgrímskirkja church is Reykjavík’s main landmark and its tower can be seen from almost everywhere in the city.
It was designed by the late Guðjón Samuel in 1937, who was often inspired in his endeavours by the fascinating shapes and forms created when lava cools into basalt rock.
Construction of the church began in 1945 and ended in 1986, with the tower completed long before the rest of the building. The crypt beneath the choir was consecrated in 1948, the steeple and wings completed in 1974 and the nave consecrated in 1986.
The church features, most notably, a gargantuan pipe organ designed and constructed by the German organ builder Johannes Klais of Bonn. Standing tall at an impressive 15m and weighing a remarkable 25 tons, this mechanical action organ is driven by four manuals and a pedal, 102 ranks, 72 stops and 5275 pipes, all designed to reproduce powerful notes capable of filling the huge and holy space with a range of tones – from the dulcet to the dramatic. Its construction was completed in December 1992 and has since been utilized in a variety of recordings, including some by Christopher Herrick.
Standing directly in front of the church, and predating it by 15 years, is a fine statue of Leifur Eiriksson (c. 970 – c. 1020) – the first European to discover America. Records suggest that Leifur landed on the shores of the new world in the year 1,000 A.D., that’s 500 years before Christopher Columbus. The statue, which was designed by Alexander Stirling Calder was a gift from the United States in honour of the 1930 Alþingi Millennial Festival, commemorating the 1,000th anniversary of the establishment of Iceland’s parliament at Þingvellir in 930 AD.

Afternoon Whale Watching Safari
Duration of tour: 3 hours
This tour shall offer you a perfect chance to spot some of the whales swimming close to the coast line. The various types of whales commonly sighted include minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and the popular humpback whales, the majestic fin and sei whales and the killer whales (orcas) are also occasional companions to our boats. We will be accompanied by sea birds such as gannets, puffins, guillemots, cormorants, gulls, kittiwakes, arctic terns and many more. Our trips take us past several islands inhabited by colonies of puffin, a great photo opportunity! Between June to August you may even take part in the midnight whale watching adventure! Ideal as a relaxing ending of a busy day or as a beginning of a fun night in town. As our whales never fully sleep…Enjoy one of the most advanced whale watching vessels in Iceland and at the same time get a good look at the capital from the sea.
includes: A guided whale watching tour by boat starting from the old harbour of Reykjavik.

Day 7:

Golden Circle tour by jeep (8 to 9 hours) – pick-up at your hotel
The Golden Circle is Iceland´s most popular daytrip, for good reason. You see the one and only original Geysir. Having Gullfoss waterfall in front of you is worth a daytrip on its own. Þingvellir is a National Park, nature reserve, Unesco World Heritage site, and split by the Mid-Atlantic Rift. But by using our Superjeeps, we can also add the huge Langjökull glacier to your list of impressions. We start the day in Þingvellir, where the Parliament of Iceland was founded in 930 AD. There, you get a view from “the edge of America” over the Mid-Atlantic continental divide. Continuing, we pass the geothermally heated Laugarvatn lake before arriving at the Great Geysir hot spring area, peppered with small and large boiling water springs. The most spectacular one, Strokkur, blasts boiling water up to 30m skywards, up to 3 times in a minute. After quality time at Geysir, a short drive takes us to Gullfoss waterfall, Iceland’s most visited, where glacier meltwater thunders in two stages into a 70m deep basalt canyon. We then maneuvre a gravel track snaking up mountains towards Europe’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. There, a snowmobile ride is optional (add $110 per person) if pre-booked, of course dependent on weather, conditions, and time of year. In the afternoon, we descend again and traverse the South Iceland agricultural heartland on our way home to Reykjavik.

Day 8:

Departure transfer with day stop at the Blue Lagoon
If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing onwards to Keflavík International Airport. We can make a reservation at the Blue Lagoon including
Premium Tickets at Blue Lagoon (not included in the below rate, please ADD Net $90.00 per person)
• Entrance to Blue Lagoon
• Silica Mud Mask
• Use of Bathrobe
• Use of Towel
• Slippers
• 1st drink of your choice
• Algae Mask
• Table reservation at LAVA Restaurant
• Sparkling wine at LAVA Restaurant


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