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 Ring Road Highlights - 8 days / 7 nights 1 Apr 2015 -
31 Oct 2015

Express circle tour with the option of driving through the interior of the country via Kjölur highland track.
 
Type of car recommended: No. 2 (Compact) and higher.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrival in Keflavík – Hveragerði
Geothermal Lagoon – Flower village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Approximate mileage: ca. 100 km / 62 miles

Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.

From Keflavík International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerði. The village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the flower village.

Depending on your arrival time in Iceland it is ideal to visit the renowned Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal water.

DAY 2: Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geysir – South Shore
National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – Puffin Colony - Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore

Approximate mileage: ca. 310 km / 193 miles

Today's highlights include Thingvellir National Park a place of great geological and historical interest, the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot-spring area. Drive along the south shore, viewing Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the black sand beaches around Vík and Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

Optional: Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Center, ferry transfer to the Westman Islands.

DAY 3: Kirkjubæjarklaustur – Skaftafell – Jökulsárlón – Höfn
Lava Fields - Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier

Approximate mileage: ca. 270 km / 168 miles

Drive through the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, explore Skaftafell National Park, a green oasis nestling below the great Vatnajökull glacier surrounded by black desert sands. Continue to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and onwards to the charming harbor town Höfn known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.

Optional: Boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon; glacier hike in Skaftafell area.

DAY 4: Höfn – Djúpivogur – Reyðarfjörður – Egilsstaðir
Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Mineral Collection

Approximate mileage: ca. 300 km / 186 miles

Drive along the rugged coastline of the East Fjords with their towering mountains and charming fishing villages. On the way you have the option of taking a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer or visit Petra's famous collection of local stones and minerals at Stöðvarfjörður.

Optional: Boat tour to Papey Island, Petra's stone collection.

DAY 5: Egilsstaðir – Dettifoss – Húsavík – Mývatn
Highland Desert – Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall – Glacier Carved Gorge – Whale Watching

Approximate mileage: ca. 310 km / 193 miles

Travel across Möðrudalsöræfi highlands renowned for their stark, untouched beauty towards Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. Visit the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Ásbyrgi. Drive onwards to Tjörnes peninsula and the friendly Húsavík fishing port.

Optional: Whale watching from Húsavík

DAY 6: Mývatn – Akureyri/Skagafjörður
Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Activity – Rich Birdlife – Waterfall "Of the Gods" – Iceland's Second Largest City

Approximate mileage: ca. 130 km / 81 miles

Explore highlights of the Lake Mývatn area, including the mystical volcanic formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Námaskarð and Krafla volcanic area. Drive to Goðafoss waterfall, the capital of the north Akureyri or Skagafjörður area.

Optional: Bird museum in Mývatn.

DAY 7: Varmahlíð – Reykholt – Borgarnes – Hvalfjörður – Reykjavík
Fertile Farmlands - Glacial Rivers - Folk Museum - Scenic Fjord

Approximate mileage: ca. 490 km / 305 miles

Drive through the historical region of Skagafjörður renowned for horse breeding. You have an option of visiting the old farmstead at Glaumbær a great example of old Icelandic architecture. Continue to the bay of Húnaflói and across Holtavörðuheiði plateau, enter Borgarfjörður area. Return to Reykjavík in the evening.

Another option is to travel across the barren Kjölur highland road (4WD needed, track open from mid-June), to the geothermal oasis at Hveravellir before driving to Reykjavík.

Optional: River rafting in Skagafjörður; horse riding in Skagafjörður; seal watching tour from Hvammstangi.

DAY 8: Departure

DURATION:
8 days, 7 nights
OPERATION: April - October 2015
DEPARTURES: Daily
 
PRICE
Per person for 2 adults in car sharing a double room
Valid 1 June - 31 August 2015. May and September are offered with a 15% discount. April and October are offered with a 20% discount.

Double room without private facilities

Compact 2wd (Toyota Auris or similar)

1,113 €

Intermediate 2wd (Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar)

1,232 €

Medium 4WD (Toyota RAV 4WD or similar)

1,414 €

Rate for children 2-11 years*

49 € per night


Double room with private facilities

Compact 2wd (Toyota Auris or similar)

1,239 €

Intermediate 2wd  (Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar)

1,337 €

Medium 4WD (Toyota RAV 4WD or similar)

1,554 €

Rate for children 2-11 years* 

49 € per night

 
*Special child rate (for children 2-11 years): 49 € gross per night, when one child shares a double room with 2 adults. Please note children's accommodation consists of an extra bed/mattress on the floor. Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults. 
Single room supplement:
W/ private facilities: 68 EUR per room per night
W/ shared facilities: 46 EUR per room per night
 
INCLUDED
  • Accommodation for 7 nights including breakfast, a combination of farmhouses, guesthouses and hotels
  • Rental car for 7 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT
  • FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavík International Airport
  • Detailed road map (1:500 000)
  • Detailed travel guide
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September

  • NOT INCLUDED
  • Gasoline
  • Meals and beverages
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Any other service not specifically listed under "included"


    Car types (examples only):
    Group 1 -  Economy 2wd:  Toyota Yaris or similar
    Group 2 - Compact 2wd: Toyota Auris or similar
    Group 3 - Intermediate 2wd: Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar
    Group 3.1 -  Intermediate automatic 2wd: Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar
    Group 3.2 - Intermediate station 2wd: Skoda Octavia Station 4WD or similar
    Group 5 - Medium 4wd: Toyota RAV4 4WD or similar
    Group 7.1 - Large 4wd automatic: Toyota Landcruiser GX 4WD Automatic or similar

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