Around Iceland

Hraunsfossur, West Iceland
from £1937 14 nights | May - Sep Inc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • May - Sep

Overview

It has to be one of the world’s classic drives. Route 1 brings the whole of Iceland within reach – an irresistible loop around the Land of Fire & Ice. You’ll explore the ins and outs of its crinkle-cut coast, delving into hidden fjords, dawdling in fishing villages and skirting volcanoes and icecaps. This two-week self-drive allows you to do it all at a relaxed pace.

Highlights

  • Volcanoes, black-sand beaches and seabirds of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Lava flows and geothermal hot spots at Lake Myvatn (plus mighty Dettifoss nearby)
  • Breathtaking scenery of the Golden Circle, South Coast and East Fjords
  • Svartifoss waterfall, Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and Vatnajokull icecap
  • Explore picture-perfect Seydisfjordur and idyllic Mjoifjordur in the East Fjords
  • Optional excursions, such as whale watching
  • Exclusive iDiscover digital travel guide to help you make the most of your self-drive
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities

A leisurely drive, not a race
Although you cover more than 1,300km circumnavigating Iceland on the Ring Road, this two-week itinerary allows you to linger in some of the country’s most breathtaking locations. You’ll spend two nights (staying in rural and waterfront properties) in each of the following: Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Akureyri, Lake Myvatn/Husavik, East Fjords, Skaftafell National Park and the South West.

The ultimate bucket-list drive
Not only will you get a great sense of achievement by driving around Iceland, you will also see some amazing and unique sights. Europe’s largest glacier. Its most powerful waterfall. Black-sand beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. A coastal lagoon full of icebergs. Humpback whales breaching, geysers spouting, sea cliffs teeming with birds... It could well be the drive of a lifetime.

iDiscover - exclusive to Discover the WorldiDiscover digital guide

If you book any self drive in Iceland with us you will also get free use of our exclusive digital travel guide, iDiscover. Your personalised itinerary will be pre-loaded onto an iPad air which you will get with your hire car and includes all the information you need for your trip.

With a covering of snow, the Lake Myvatn area was like a winter wonderland... as you can tell, we really enjoyed our trip to Iceland and we will go back, as it is truly a beautiful and fascinating country. Thank you once again for looking after out travel arrangements so well.

Nicky & Steve Hilliar, Around Iceland

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Kelfavik - Reykjavik
Fly to Keflavik. Collect your rental car and make the one hour journey to Reykjavik for an overnight at Hotel Cabin.
Day 2: Reykjavik-Snaefellsnes
Drive north to the mystical Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Check in at Fosshotel Hellnar for two nights.
Day 3: Snaefellsnes Peninsula
At leisure to explore the Peninsula with its snow-capped volcano, sandy beaches, lava flows, stunning coastline and amazing bird colonies. With jaw-dropping scenery like this, no wonder it was here that Jules Verne focused his story 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'!
Day 4: Country Hotel Vogur - Gauksmyri
Head north east to Gauksmyri Lodge. This working farm is ideally set in the countryside and has fantastic opportunities for horse-riding with its very own horse centre on site. The area is also renowned for myriad bird species, so grab your binoculars and head out! Check in for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Gauksmyri - Akureyri
Drive to the the charming town of Akureyri on the shores of the glistening Eyjafjordur. Perhaps take an optional Arctic Circle flight (summer only), or take the local ferry to Grimsey, a tiny island located on the line of the Arctic Circle (both pre-bookable - contact us for details).
Day 6: Siglufjordur
Spend a day travelling around this scenic area. Visit the unique Herring Era Museum before returning to Akureyri for a second night.
Day 7: Akureyri - Husavik
Visit the beautiful Godafoss waterfall and then head north to the charming village of Husavik to perhaps join a Whale Watching trip.
Day 8: Lake Myvatn
Drive to the mudpools at Namaskard, explore the area's curious volcanic features. Perhaps take a dip in the milky waters of the Nature Baths (entrance payable locally), visit the quirky Cow Shed café or hike at Dimmuborgir.
Day 9: Husavik - Egilsstadir
Spend a leisurely day heading east crossing the highland desert and visit the delightful farm at Modrudalur with its turf buildings and charming cafe. Continuing along Road 1 (Iceland's ring road) explore the beautiful east fjords, overnighting in the town of Egilsstadir for 2-nights
Day 10: Egilsstadir
Spend a second day exploring this stunning area at your own pace.
Day 11: Egilsstadir - Skaftafell
Continuing south, take an optional icecap and snowmobile tour on Vatnajokull glacier, or enjoy a boat cruise around the icebergs on the brilliant Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon (all prebookable - contact us). Be sure to cross over the road from the lagoon and take a look at the blue-hued icebergs as they drift out to sea or are washed ashore on the black sand beach. Take a scenic drive past the glaciers and spend two nights at Hotel Skaftafell.
Day 12: Explore Skaftafell National Park
With wonderful views of glaciers and waterfalls, this is a hiker's paradise. Walk some of the many trails including that which leads to stunning Svartifoss, a striking waterfall tumbling over basalt columns.
Day 13: Skaftafell - Hveragerdi
Travel along the south coast past the bird cliffs of Dyrholaey, impressive Skogafoss and its charming museum, Seljalandsfoss and other amazing waterfalls. Next two nights at Hotel Ork in the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi.
Day 14: Explore the Golden Circle
Comprising a trio of natural wonders, this is possibly Iceland's most famous route. Thingvellir National Park with its lake of the same name, the ancient assembly site and Law Rock, which is also known for its flora and geological features. Visit Gullfoss, the hot springs and geysers at Geysir and, if time permits, historic Skalholt church.
Day 15: Hveragerdi - Keflavik
Drive along the craggy coast to the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula. Visit the hot springs and fumaroles in Krisuvik, the cliffs at Grindavik and perhaps opt for a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon (entrance fee at additional cost - payable in advance if preferred). Later, return to Keflavik for return flight to your destination.

Accommodation Options

This itinerary is based on the hotels shown below in rooms with private facilities. We offer a wide range of accommodation from farms to self catering cottages, budget hotels to luxury properties, ask our Iceland experts for recommendations.

Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Superb value for your money, this 252-room hotel is for …

Hotel Ork, Hveragerdi

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Found 45km east of Reykjavik in the 'greenhouse village'…

Hotel Skaftafell

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Found only 5km from the Vatnajökull National Park, thes…

Gauksmyri Lodge, nr Hvammstangi

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Guesthouse / B&B

This large working farm near Hvammstangi offers comforta…

Lamb Inn at Ongulsstadir

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Guesthouse / B&B

17 rooms set on a former northern farm, this beautifully…

Hotel Eyvindara, nr Egilsstadir

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Guesthouse / B&B

This attractive property occupies a pretty and peaceful …

Fosshotel Husavik

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Within walking distance of the harbour, this whale-theme…

Fosshotel Hellnar

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

Fosshotel Hellnar is a charming country hotel on the sou…

Upgrade to Hotel Ranga

This luxury ranch-style is in an ideal location for exploring the south coast and Golden Circle. Enjoy fine dining in the gourmet restaurant and relax in the outdoor hot tubs.

Excursions

Excursions

From glacier hikes to horse riding, river rafting to mountain biking, there are a wide range of optional activities available. These are just a selection of the optional activities you can choose to include on this holiday.

Adventures at Sea - boat trip from Breiddalsvik

Set sail and visit colonies of playful puffins* and curious…

Blue Lagoon

The award-winning Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s premier…

Boat Trip on the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

This popular trip takes you out into the spectacular glacia…

Dettifoss Waterfall by Superjeep

Dettifoss is Europe's most powerful waterfall, with an asto…

East Iceland Village Walks

Explore the beautiful east with an expert local guide!

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano by Superjeep and Lava Hike

This unique superjeep and hiking tour explores the other-wo…

Horse Riding in Snaefellsnes

Enjoy a short ride along the beaches of this spectacular pe…

Horse Riding in the North East

Experience riding the pure bred Icelandic horse on a choice…

Horse Riding in the South West

Choose from a range of durations to explore on horseback

Hot Springs and Lava Cave Tour

The tour begins at the famous Hengill Volcano where you wil…

Ice and Fire Sightseeing Flight

A journey by plane, this tour examines Iceland's breathtaki…

Kayaking in the South West

Explore the sheltered waters near Stokkseyri on a fun kayak…

Nature and Culture in Summer by 4x4

Immerse yourself in the nature and culture of east Iceland …

Quad Biking in Reykjanes Peninsula

Drive through lava fields and black sands of the Reykanes P…

River Rafting from Varmahlid

Raft the glacial rivers of North Iceland on this adrenaline…

Snowmobiling on Langjokull

An exhilarating snowmobile trip on Iceland's second largest…

Superjeep Tour on Vatnajokull Glacier

Explore a glacier by Icelandic superjeep

The Highland Circle by Superjeep

This fascinating guided day trip takes you through the high…

Whales, Puffins and Sails Boat Trip

This is a unique sailing tour that combines whale and bird …

Prices & Dates

Holiday prices to Iceland have increased significantly recently, due to a number of factors – not least the lower value of the pound. Whilst we offer the best price available, if your budget will not stretch we would be happy to discuss modifying this itinerary in various ways to make it more affordable. Just contact our team of Travel Specialists to discuss.


Prices are in £ per person based on rooms with private facilities, unless otherwise stated.

Pricing for additional passengers sharing the vehicles is available on request. Please advise if you wish to share accommodation or require additional rooms (triple and single rooms are available at most establishments).

Summer 2017

Season

May & September

Category 2 sharing
B - VW Golf £1,937
D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,079
F - Suzuki Grand Vitara £2,183
H - Kia Sorrento £2,240

 

Season

June, July & August

Category 2 sharing
B - VW Golf £2,459
D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,677
F - Suzuki Grand Vitara £2,941
H - Kia Sorrento £3,168

 

Prices include flight credit of £250*; accommodation in rooms with private facilities on a breakfast basis; car rental for the agreed period on an unlimited mileage basis (includes semi-comprehensive insurance and no charge for additional driver); use of iDiscover iPad for the duration of the holiday with free WiFi; all airport taxes. The price is FULLY GUARANTEED against any surcharges or increases.

Prices excludes travel insurance, fuel, personal expenses, tips and gratuities

* Flight credit is based on a typical airfare with checked in luggage and is for budgeting purposes only. The actual cost of the flight with taxes will be advised to you when enquiring about the holiday. We will always state the lowest fare available for your route and travel dates which may mean that the price of this element may be more or less than £250. Booking early usually means the lowest price.

 

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, yet with the support of our excusive digital travel guide, iDiscover.

iDiscover digital guide

If you book any self drive in Iceland with us you will also get free use of our exclusive digital travel guide, iDiscover. Your personalised itinerary is pre-loaded onto an iPad air which you will receive when you collect your hire car. The app allows you access to a vast travel directory featuring scenic wonders, 'must-visit' sites as well as hidden gems and activities available. With 4G connectivity and built in links to weather updates and road conditions, you have all the information you need for your entire trip in one handy device.

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iDiscover iPad

iDiscover

All Iceland self drive clients will have free use of our exclusive digital travel guide. Your personalised itinerary will be pre-loaded onto an iPad air, which hosts a comprehensive database of places to visit throughout Iceland.

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