4x4 Highlights of Iceland including Sprengisandur and Landmannalaugar 9 days

4x4 Highlights of Iceland including Sprengisandur and Landmannalaugar 9 days

The tour covers Landmannalaugar as well as many of the most interesting sights in the east and the south.

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AVAILABLE:
July 12 to September 10

DURATION:
9 days / 8 nights

CAR RENTAL DAYS:
7 Days

DEPARTURES:
Daily

TOUR ID:
BP24

Included

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

Upon your arrival at Keflavik airport, you will be met by your private driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavik. You will be free for the rest of the day to explore Reykjavik, visit museums, landmarks etc. Downtown Reykjavík offers excellent restaurants, cafés, bars and clubs. You might want to join an optional tour if you arrive early. You can visit one of the many Reykjavík’s excellent restaurants for dinner.

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Reykjavík

Optional activity:

Day 2. The Beautiful South Coast

Pick up the car in the morning and leave Reykjavik. Cross the plateau Hellisheiđi, with a lot of geothermal activity and plumes of steam rising from the ground. Stop at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss where it is possible to walk behind the waterfall in summer, a quite a unique experience. The impressive waterfall Skógafoss is a little further east and don’t miss the Folk Museum at Skógar, close to the waterfall. Drive to Reynisdrangar with spectacular coast and beautiful rock formations. The promontory at Dyrhólaey is a massive natural arch carved by the relentless pounding of the winds and surf with rich birdlife in summer.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Vík area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 3. Skaftafell National Park & The Amazing Glacier Lagoon

Continue along the South Coast to Vatnajökull National Park. On your way you will pass Fjađrárgljúfur Canyon and Kirkjubćjarklaustur Village. As you reach the Vatnajökull area, you won’t miss Skaftafell National Park with its great views. There you can also find many hiking trails, for example to the beautiful Svartifoss Waterfall. Continue to the famous Glacier Lagoon, where huge icebergs, true sculptures of nature, broken off Breiđamerkurjökull glacier, float and grind together in the blue waters of the lagoon. You can also go down to the Diamond Beach before driving to the Höfn area for an overnight stay.

Driving distance
280 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Höfn area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 4. The Tranquil East Fjords

Drive from Höfn through the Almannaskarđ tunnel and past the colorful Lónsörćfi District, a mountainous wilderness ringed by extinct volcanoes and traversed by glacial rivers. Drive past towering mountains, and to the magnificent East Fjords, some now deserted. Enroute stop at the small fishing town Djúpivogur and at Stöđvarfjörđur the Stone Collection of Petra is an interesting place to visit.

Driving distance
260 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Egilsstađir area

Day 5. The Lunar Landscape of Lake Mývatn

Today you drive to the great Lake Mývatn area. On your way we recommend a detour to Dettifoss, the largest waterfall in Europe. Just before reaching Mývatn we recommend a stop at Námaskarđ Pass where boiling mud pools and flashing colors of the pass merge with ash and lava from nearby volcanoes. Explore the phenomenal natural beauty of the Lake Mývatn area. The lake area is known worldwide for its exceptionally many breeding duck species and the abundance of other birdlife. The main highlights of the area include Dimmuborgir, Mt. Hverfjall, the pseudo-craters of Skútustađir and the Krafla volcanic system. The explosion crater Víti is near Krafla and the Mývatn Nature Baths are an outstanding attraction too not to be missed.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Lake Mývatn / Reykjadalur area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 6. Sprengisandur Highland Trail

On a fine day the route over Sprengisandur provides a splendid trip through the magnificent interior of Iceland, with spectacular and far reaching views. As you drive south along the Bárđardalur valley the landscape becomes progressively less fertile and less inhabited and the altitude rises. At the northern end of Lake Íshólsvatn there is a short side fork which runs over intervening hills to an interesting low waterfall in the Skjálfandafljót glacial river Aldeyjarfoss, with variously twisted and formed basalt columns. The track passes Fjórđungsvatn, a crescent shaped lake under a low mountain ridge. Arriving at Nýidalur, the track passes through a wide variety of high country scenery, rock-strewn tracts, gravely plain and patches of eroded lavas, all almost bare of vegetation. The landscape is scattered with the debris of ice age glaciers and the evidence of stationary ice sheets that once occupied the plateau can be seen on all sides. Nýidalur valley with very steep slopes lies under the southern rim of ice-capped Tungnafellsjökull. All around encircling the horizon are the rugged mountains of the highlands and the sparkling white ice fields, Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull with fretted glaciers. The white of the ice fields looks incredibly vivid against the sombre background all around. The track goes west of lake Thorisvatn (Ţórisvatn), the second largest lake in Iceland. Near the southern end of the lake the track junctions right with a track leading to Veiđivötn and Jökulheimar. If time allows that detour is well worth doing. The highland track ends at the Sigalda Power station. Continue to Hella for an overnight stay.

Driving distance
360 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Sprengisandur highland pass

Overnight:
Hella area

Day 7. The Colorful Landmannalaugar

Today you will explore the Ţjórsárdalur Valley and Landmannalaugar highlands. Stop and see the medieval viking farm at Stöng, there you can hike to the Gjáin ravine. See the pretty Hjálparfoss waterfall and Ţjóđveldisbćrinn. Continue to the Landmannalaugar area, only passable by a 4x4 vehicle during the summer. The scenic interest in the area is tremendous. The surrounding mountains are perhaps the most varied and colorful in Iceland. This area is highly recommended for nature lovers and those interested in geology. It offers numerous hiking trails for long and short hikes. Leave Landmannalaugar and pass lake Frostastađavatn, surrounded by colourful mountains and craters. Visit Landmannahellir, a cave that runs some distance into a hillside. This mountain track known as Landmannaleiđ is rugged and rocky in sections. The track passes through a wide variety of canyons, valleys, over rock ridges and black lava, weird plain of lava rocks surrounded by captivating mountains.

Driving distance
250 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Hella area

Day 8. The Great Golden Circle & The Blue Lagoon

Continue further along the South Coast before going to the Golden Circle with stops at the Keriđ Crater and the waterfall Faxi before arriving at the Geysir area. There you can see the famous Great Geysir and Strokkur, a very active geyser that spouts every few minutes, as well as numerous other hot springs. From Geysir, continue a short distance further to the majestic waterfall Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s largest and most beautiful waterfalls. Make Gullfoss a turnaround point and head back to Geysir area. Head to Ţingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The faults and fissures of the area are evidence of the rifting of the earth's crust. Thingvellir is one of the most historical sites in the country and a place of exceptional beauty. From the National Park head back to Reykjavík. Now head to the Blue Lagoon before you end the tour at your hotel in Reykjavík. Enjoy a relaxing bath at the Blue Lagoon in an otherworldly setting where lava and thermal water complement each other to prepare you for your journey home. If you plan to take a bath at the Blue Lagoon, we strongly recommend that you book your ticket in advance. Return to Reykjavík and drop off the car.

Driving distance
290 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Reykjavík

Recommended optional activity:

Day 9. Departure

Private transfer from the hotel to Keflavik International Airport.

ACCOMMODATION

CARS

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 5

Optional Extra: Would you like to do some extra activities? Below activities can be added to this tour.

Useful Information: Here you will find other information for this tour.

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  • Pick up of rental car is the morning of day 2.

    Drop off is in Reykjavík the day prior to your departure – day 8.

    An extra day will be charged if the car is returned later.

    Due to road conditions routes may have to be altered without prior notice.

    Types of car recommended: 4x4 with high road clearance is required

    Accommodation is according to your choice in farmhouses, guesthouses or hotels, cat. 1, 2 or 3. including breakfast. Due to limited availability of accommodation in the Icelandic countryside and a great demand for summer, we are only able to confirm specific category but not a specific hotel in each locality until booking has been made and confirmed.


    Early morning arrival: Check in time at hotels is usually between 14:00 - 16:00. If you arrive early morning, you may not be able to check in immediately on arrival.
    A credit card imprint will be taken at the start of all rentals for security reasons, even when a voucher covers the cost of the rental. Cash and debit card deposits will not be accepted. This credit card imprint may be used to pay all extra charges, including extra driven kilometres if applicable, extra insurance, parking fines, damages or any costs due to the car rental company as a result of the hirer's use of the car.

    Self Drive tours can often be modified according to the client’s wishes. If you want to change or extend the tour, add days etc, please contact our office.

    Please note that some activities described may only be available during summer.

    During winter, road conditions can quickly change. Information on weather and road conditions are available at http://www.vegagerdin.is/english/road-conditions-and-weather/

    Map displayed is only for quick reference and is not to scale.

    Travel Insurance: To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.

    Price Calculator: There are several factors that determine the price of self drive packages:

    1. Time of the year.

    2. Number of people traveling together

    3. Type of car (we offer more than 15 different types of cars)

    4. Type of accommodation (we offer 3 different categories of accommodation)

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    Note: Day(s) can be added before and / or after if your arrival and departure does not fit the itinerary of this tour. Additional day tours can be added for the additional day/s. If you have any questions please don´t hesitate to contact us by email to tour@tour.is and we will be more than happy to advice.

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