Highlands Lowlands Volcanoes and Fjords 16 days

Highlands Lowlands Volcanoes and Fjords 16 days

An ideal package for those who wish to experience the great diversity of the fantastic Icelandic landscape. It includes the Westfjords, the East fjords, lowlands and the interior highlands. Iceland's highlands are known to be the most extensive unspoilt wilderness in Europe. The tour includes LakagÝgar Craters and many of the greatest attractions in Iceland as well as some of the less visited places.

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AVAILABLE:
July 5 to September 10

DURATION:
16 days / 15 nights

CAR RENTAL DAYS:
14 Days

DEPARTURES:
Daily

TOUR ID:
BP33

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 ReykjavÝk offers excellent restaurants, cafÚs, bars and clubs. You might want to join an optional tour if you arrive early. You can visit one of the many ReykjavÝkĺs excellent restaurants for dinner.

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Optional activity:

Day 2. The Wonders of SnŠfellsnes Peninsula

Pick up a car in the morning and leave ReykjavÝk to head to the West. We recommend a visit the famous Settlement Centre at Borgarnes. Continue towards SnŠfellsnes Peninsula to explore the countless natural wonders of the area. Enroute you will be passing a number of volcanic craters on both sides of the road, Eldborg being the largest and most beautiful shape. We recommend a visit to B˙­ir, a pretty site located on a natural inlet. Other sites on the south coast are Arnarstapi and Hellnar with a spectacular coast and interesting birdlife and Dj˙palˇnssandur. Much of interesting geological phenomena and historic sites can be found in the SnŠfellsj÷kull National Park, the most recent one in Iceland. As you continue around the tip of the peninsula you will be met with a few small fishing towns. Just outside of Grundarfj÷r­ur you will find Kirkjufell Mountain, the most picturesque mountain in Iceland. Continue to Stykkishˇlmur town, the main town of the SnŠfellsnes Peninsula.

Driving distance
280 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
SnŠfellsnes area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 3. Brei­afj÷r­ur Bay

In the morning, take a ferry across Brei­afj÷r­ur Bay with its countless islands to BrjßnslŠkur, a port on the south coast of the Westfjords. Enroute to BrjßnslŠkur, the ferry will make a short stop at Flatey Island to drop off and pick up passengers. Drive from BrjßnslŠkur to Rau­isandur Beach. Continue to Lßtrabjarg, one of the most crowded bird cliffs in the world. In summer the 444 m high sea cliffs are occupied by millions of Puffins, Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbills and other species of seabirds. Enroute, stop at the interesting folk museum at Hnjˇtur.
Tours with starting date June 6th ľ August 22nd include the Baldur ferry in the morning. Other starting dates do not have a morning ferry scheduled so we recommend driving north to the Westfjords and enjoy the scenic views over Brei­afj÷r­ur Bay on those dates.

Driving distance
100 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Lßtrabjarg area

Day 4. The Amazing West Fjords

Head to ═safj÷r­ur town and stop enroute at the impressive Waterfall of Dynjandi. Drive along the shores of the Arnarfj÷r­ur Fjord and across the Hrafnseyrarhei­i Pass to the fishing village Ůingeyri. Proceed From Ůingeyri across Gemlufallshei­i Pass to Flateyri, a small town and take the tunnel to ═safj÷r­ur, the largest town in the Westfjords. Explore the town of ═safj÷r­ur and its surroundings and the neighboring towns, BolungarvÝk and Su­ureyri. In summer, Kayak tours are available on ═safj÷r­ur Fjord and the Natural History Museum of BolungarvÝk is an interesting place to visit.

Driving distance
220 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
═safj÷r­ur area

Day 5. The Amazing West Fjords

Explore the town of ═safj÷r­ur, its surroundings and the neighbouring towns of BolungarvÝk and Su­ureyri. In summer, an interesting boat tour to the picturesque Vigur Island is available from ═safj÷r­ur. This is a great adventure for nature lovers. The Natural History Museum of BolungarvÝk is also well worth a visit. Drive along the shores of the numerous and mostly uninhabited fjords of ═safjar­ardj˙p with beautiful coastlines teeming with seals and bird life. Continue to Strandir area.

Driving distance
240 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Strandir area

Day 6. North West Iceland

Continue via Hr˙tafj÷r­ur and Mi­fj÷r­ur fjords to Bl÷nduˇs. Cross the Vatnsskar­ Pass to the fertile valley of Skagafj÷r­ur, renowned for horse breeding. Popular Horse riding tours for beginners and experienced riders are available in Skagafj÷r­ur. In the upper reaches of Skagafj÷r­ur you will also be able to join some of the best White Water Rafting in Iceland. See GlaumbŠr Folk Museum, open during the summer and the old tiny church at VÝ­imřri is well worth a visit. Hˇlar is also an interesting historical place to visit and the town Hofsˇs with its old buildings and the Emigration Center.

Driving distance
300 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Skagafj÷r­ur area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 7. Akureyri, the Capital of the North


Continue to Akureyri, the largest town in the North. Explore the fascinating town on the shores of the Eyjafj÷r­ur Fjord. One of the most extraordinary aspects of the town is its mild climate. Although Akureyri is situated only about 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, it enjoys some of the best weather in the country. See the Botanical Gardens and some of the many museums and art galleries. Overnight in the Eyjafj÷r­ur area.

Driving distance
130 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Eyjafj÷r­ur area

Recommended optional activity:

Different options:
Explore Tr÷llaskagi Peninsula. Drive along the eastern shore of Skagafj÷r­ur Fjord to Hofsˇs and further to the north to Fljˇt District. Continue to Siglufj÷r­ur, a remotely located fishing town that during the herring boom in early 20th century used to be the most prosperous fishing town in Iceland. Visit the award-winning Siglufj÷r­ur Herring Era Museum. It charts the rise and decline of the former "Herring Capital of the World" and the great Herring Adventure that lasted until 1968. Take the tunnel to Ëlafsfj÷r­ur, a fishing town on the shores of Eyjafj÷r­ur Fjord. Take a tunnel further and drive to DalvÝk town. Continue further to Akureyri.

Day 8. Lake Mřvatn┤s Stunning Surroundings

Leave the Akureyri area and head for Lake Mřvatn. Stop at the pretty waterfall Go­afoss. Spend the day exploring the numerous natural wonders of the Lake Mřvatn area and its surroundings. The lake area is known worldwide for abundance of birdlife and great number of duck species, breeding in one place in summer. The lake's surroundings show amazing formations of geological interest and great variety of landscapes. Visit the numerous highlights of the area: Dimmuborgir lava formations, Nßmaskar­ geothermal area, Sk˙tusta­agÝgar pseudo craters, the Nature Baths, the volcano Krafla, and numerous other interesting and scenic spots.
Proceed to H˙savÝk, sometimes called "The Whale Watching Capital of The World". H˙savÝk was the first place in the country to offer very successful Whale Watching cruises. The Whale Museum in H˙savÝk is an educational centre on marine wildlife.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
H˙savÝk/Mřvatn area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 9. J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National Park & Egilssta­ir

Leave H˙savÝk and drive to the north towards the Íxarfj÷r­ur Bay to ┴sbyrgi canyon is a strange and spectacular horseshoe shaped canyon by the main road, - not to be missed. Head back to Vesturdalur and Hljˇ­aklettar, the Echo rocks, an extremely beautiful canyon carved by the river J÷kulsß ß Fj÷llum. This area offers many interesting hiking trails to explore the many wonders of the J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National Park. Continue to the south to Dettifoss waterfall, the largest waterfall in Europe. From Dettifoss proceed back to Mřvatn.

Driving distance
250 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
HÚra­ area

Day 10. The Tranquil East Fjords

Drive to the magnificent East Fjords, some now deserted, each a world of its own. The Stone Collection of Petra at St÷­varfj÷r­ur is well worth a visit. Stop at Dj˙pivogur, a small fishing town. Continue to the south and past Lˇns÷rŠfi and to top of Almannaskar­ pass for a great view. Continue to H÷fn in Hornafjordur, a blooming community in the realm of the greatest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull. Snowmobiling tours on Vatnaj÷kull is available here.

Driving distance
250 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
H÷fn area

Day 11. The Great Glacier Lagoon and Skaftafell National Park

Drive to the famous Glacier Lagoon, where huge icebergs, true sculptures of nature, broken off Brei­amerkurj÷kull glacier, float and grind together in the blue waters of the lagoon. You can also go down to the Diamond Beach. Continue along the South Coast to Vatnaj÷kull National Park. As you reach the Vatnaj÷kull area, you wonĺt 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 VÝk where you will stay for the night. On your way you will pass Fja­rßrglj˙fur Canyon and KirkjubŠjarklaustur Village.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
KirkjubŠjarklaustur area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 12. LakagÝgar Craters

Drive to LakagÝgar craters. A rewarding, although a bumpy drive the scenery at the end of the trail makes it worth the effort as there are few wild and rugged natural wonders that equal the beauty of the Laki area.
LakagÝgar craters, named for Mt. Laki, which the 25km long eruption fissure runs through. The craters are on a roughly south-west to a north-east trending line, the general line of fissure eruptions in Iceland. About two thirds of the more than hundred craters are west of Mt. Laki, while the remainder lies south of it. The craters were created in an eruption of five months duration and from them issued the greatest volume of lava on Earth in a single eruption within historical times.

Driving distance
120 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
KirkjubŠjarklaustur area

Day 13. The Colorful Landmannalaugar

The Fjallabak route is one of the most scenic trails in the interior highlands of Iceland. One of the highlights of the route is Eldgjß, one of the most interesting sights in this part of the country. There you can see the ËfŠrufoss Waterfall. Continue to Landmannalaugar, nesting under the high edge of an obsidian lava flow. Here is a warden station, mountain hut and a camping site. Near the hut is a warm water pool created by the confluence of natural hot water and cold-water springs. There you can find many interesting hiking trails. Leave Landmannalaugar and pass lake Frostasta­avatn, surrounded by colourful mountains and craters. Visit Landmannahellir, a cave that runs some distance into a hillside. This mountain track known as Landmannalei­ 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
220 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Hella area

Day 14. The Golden Circle

Continue to Selfoss before going to the Golden Circle with stops at the Keri­ 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 Icelandĺs largest and most beautiful waterfalls. Make Gullfoss a turnaround point and head back to Geysir area. Head to Ůingvellir 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 ReykjavÝk.

Driving distance
210 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Recommended optional activity:

Day 15. Reykjanes Peninsula and Blue Lagoon

Leave ReykjavÝk and make a circle trip on Reykjanes peninsula to Lake Kleifarvatn, KrřsuvÝk geothermal area and visit the Blue Lagoon. Visit Lake Kleifarvatn and KrřsuvÝk geothermal area for a feel of the power of Earth. Further along the peninsula you can find attractions like Brimketill and Gunnuhver Hot Spring. Close the circle trip around the peninsula at the Blue Lagoon. Enjoy a relaxing bath in an otherworldly setting. In this unique area, lava and thermal water complement each other to prepare you for your journey home. Soak in the refreshing waters of the Blue Lagoon, and have a wonderful last unforgettable taste of Iceland, that ensures that you are fully relaxed when you leave Iceland. If you plan to take a bath at the Blue Lagoon, we strongly recommend that you book your ticket in advance. Return to ReykjavÝk and drop off the car.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Recommended optional activity:

Day 16. 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.

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  • Please note that the tour can not start on Thursdays after 28. August

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

    Drop off is in ReykjavÝk the day prior to your departure ľ day 15.

    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.
    The highland tracks of Iceland are usually not expected to be open until early June and due to road conditions some routes may temporarily not be passable without prior notice.

    Types of car recommended: 4x4 car with high road clearance is required for this tour.

    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 clientĺs wishes. If you want to change or extend the tour, add days etc, please contact our office.

    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.

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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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