Iceland's hidden highlights self-drive

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On arrival at Keflavík airport and collect your rental car. All insurances have been included for you, and a GPS navigation system can be added locally. Drive to Landeyjahöfn where you’ll take the half-hour ferry across to the Westman Islands. Formed thousands of years ago by submarine volcanoes, the Westman Islands are scenically and culturally different fro...
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Trip type
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Take a privately guided superjeep tour to Þjórsárdalur in Iceland’s southern highlands, exploring its verdant valleys and dramatic waterfalls.
    • Climb a volcano and catch views of the south coast’s glaciers from the Westman Islands.
    • Explore the verdant, craggy landscape of Eldhraun: the world’s largest lava field.
    • See one of Iceland’s largest puffin colonies and learn more about Icelandic folklore in the Eastfjords.

What's this trip about?

    On arrival at Keflavík airport and collect your rental car. All insurances have been included for you, and a GPS navigation system can be added locally. Drive to Landeyjahöfn where you’ll take the half-hour ferry across to the Westman Islands. Formed thousands of years ago by submarine volcanoes, the Westman Islands are scenically and culturally different from the rest of Iceland. Continue your self-drive tour east towards the town of Kirkjabæjarklaustur and the vast Eldhraun lava field, which was created by a huge eruption in the 18th century and is the largest in the world.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityHveragerði
End CityReykjavík

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Iceland

Attractions

  • Reykjavík
  • Vatnajökull National Park

Activities

  • Culture
  • Educational/ learning
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Nature
  • Ruins & Archaeology
  • Wildlife viewing

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Itinerary

Day 1: Hveragerði

Accommodation: Frost & Fire Boutique Hotel

On arrival at Keflavík airport and collect your rental car. All insurances have been included for you, and a GPS navigation system can be added locally. To navigate Iceland’s more remote rugged landscape, we’ve boo...

Day 2: Hveragerði

Accommodation: Frost & Fire Boutique Hotel

Meet your guide this morning and embark on a full-day, private superjeep tour to the Þjórsárdalur valley in Iceland’s remote southern highlands. This region is celebrated for its impressive waterfalls, including Há...

Day 3: Vík

Accommodation: Hotel Vík

Drive to Landeyjahöfn where you’ll take the half-hour ferry across to the Westman Islands. Formed thousands of years ago by submarine volcanoes, the Westman Islands are scenically and culturally different from the rest of Iceland, and y...

Day 4: Vík

Accommodation: Hotel Vík

See the renowned south coast from another perspective, joining a local Icelander on a small-group quad-bike tour. Along the way, your guide will share stories of Iceland’s past, and cook a meal for you in an ancient cave that was hand-carved by Irish monks over a millennia ago.

Day 5: Hof

Accommodation: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Continue your self-drive tour east towards the town of Kirkjabæjarklaustur and the vast Eldhraun lava field, which was created by a huge eruption in the 18th century and is the largest in the world. Your 4x4 will allow yo...

Day 6: Höfn

Accommodation: Hotel Höfn

Your focus today is the vast Vatnajökull National Park, whose mammoth ice cap covers 20% of Iceland. Most visitors flock to the much-celebrated Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon; instead you’ll take a small-group, guided boat tour on its nearby sister lagoon Fjallsárlón, and watch huge chunks of ice, which have calved from the glacier above, float beside your boat.

Day 7: Fáskrúðsfjörður

Accommodation: Fosshotel Eastfjords

Your self-drive tour continues along the coast to Iceland’s spectacular Eastfjords. This region is one of the least visited in the country, and you can expect some of Iceland’s best scenic driving opportunities as you weave y...

Day 8: Egilsstaðir

Accommodation: Gistihúsið — Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir

Continue your drive through the Eastfjords to the village of Borgarfjörður Eystri. Here, take a guided tour with a local, learning more about traditional folklore and the way of life for Icelanders in this remo...

Day 9: Reykjavík

Accommodation options: Centerhotel Miðgarður, Hotel Borg, Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina & Reykjavík Residence Hotel

Drop off your car at Egilsstaðir Airport and take a short flight west to Reykjavík. On arrival, take a taxi to your hotel, which is a sho...

Day 10: Return home

You’ll be met at your hotel this morning and transfer by private car to Keflavík International Airport in time for your flight.

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