4 x 4 Highlands and Lowlands 8 days

4 x 4 Highlands and Lowlands 8 days

This tour covers the most interesting lowland sights in Iceland, as well as being a real highland adventure.

BP13 Map

BP13 Map

AVAILABLE:
July 12 to September 10

DURATION:
8 days / 7 nights

CAR RENTAL DAYS:
6 Days

DEPARTURES:
Daily

TOUR ID:
BP13

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. West Iceland and Ţingvellir National Park

Pick up the car in the morning and head to the Borgarfjörđur District where you will visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's largest hot spring. Drive further inland to the waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, some of Iceland's most beautiful cascades and through the Húsafell woodlands. Proceed over the mountain pass Kaldidalur, one of Iceland's highest mountain roads, to Thingvellir National Park, a unique place from a geological point of view. Research has shown that Thingvellir is a natural wonder on an international scale. The faults and fissures of the area make evident the rifting of the earth's crust. Thingvellir is also the most historical place in Iceland and a place of exceptional beauty. Thingvellir were accepted as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2004.

Driving distance
230 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
South west area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 3. The Great Golden Circle & The Beautiful South Coast

Continue to the Great Geysir area and explore the hot springs and see the famous Great Geysir and Strokkur, an active geyser that spouts every few minutes, as well as numerous other hot springs. Continue to the majestic waterfall Gullfoss one of Icelands most beautiful waterfalls. Turn around at Gullfoss and head back to the waterfall Faxi and to the volcanic crater Keriđ. After a short stop at Keriđ head to the south coast. From here drive east and stop at the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss a little further along the main road. A walk behind Seljalandsfoss is an option during the summer and can be quite a unique experience. 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
220 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Vík area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 4. Skaftafell Nationl 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 back to the Kirkjubćjarklaustur area.

Driving distance
320 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Kirkjubćjarklaustur area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 5. Lakagígar craters

Drive to Lakagígar 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.
Lakagígar 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:
Kirkjubćjarklaustur area

Day 6. Landmannalaugar & Fjallabak mountain route

The Fjallabak route is one of the most scenic trails in the interior highlands of Iceland. One of the highlights of the route is Eldgjá, one of the most interesting sights in this part of the country. There you can see the Ófćrufoss 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 a cold-water springs. There you can find many interesting hiking trails. 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
230 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Hella area

Day 7. Reykjanes Peninsula and Blue Lagoon

Leave Selfoss and make a circle trip on Reykjanes peninsula to Lake Kleifarvatn, Krýsuvík geothermal area and visit the Blue Lagoon. Visit Lake Kleifarvatn and Krýsuvík 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 Reykjavík and drop off the car.

Driving distance
230 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Reykjavík

Recommended optional activity:

Day 8. 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.

Why book your Self Drive Tour with Tour.is?
  • Highly competitive prices
  • We include more
  • Outstanding response time and customer care
  • Knowledgeable and motivated team of travel agents
  • Great reviews from visitors
  • We offer cancellation insurance


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

    Drop off is in Reykjavík the day prior to your departure – day 7. 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: A 4 wheel drive car is needed 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 client’s 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.

    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)

    There is a special Price Calculator button at our website with every self drive tour package where you can enter your choice of type of accommodation and car, number of people and when you want to begin the tour (arrival date) and the Price Calculator will calculate and display the price of different options.

    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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