Iceland Ring Road & Snaefellsnes 12 days

Self Drive Tour

Iceland Ring Road & Snaefellsnes 12 days

Self Drive Tour

This relaxing road trip includes all the major sights along the ring road and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

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AVAILABLE:
All year

DURATION:
12 days / 11 nights

CAR RENTAL DAYS:
10 Days

DEPARTURES:
Daily

TOUR ID:
BP44

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:
ReykjavÝk
Perlan
HallgrÝmskirkja Church
Laugavegur Shopping Streat
Gamla H÷fnin (The Old Harbour)
Harpa Concert Hall

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Optional activity:
Reykjavik City Card
Reykjavik Food Tour

Day 2. The Golden Circle


Pick up your car in the morning and head for the beautiful Ůingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the start of the famous Golden Circle. 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. Explore the great Geysir hot spring area on foot and see the famous Great Geysir and Strokkur, a geyser that spouts every few minutes. Continue onwards to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, one of Icelandĺs most beautiful waterfalls. Make Gullfoss your turnaround point ahead for the waterfall Faxi. Continue to the volcanic crater Keri­.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Ůingvellir
Geysir
Gullfoss Waterfall
Faxi waterfall
Keri­

Overnight:
Selfoss /Hella area

Recommended optional activity:
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure

Day 3. South Coast, Black Beaches and Waterfalls


Continue to the east heading for the Eyjafj÷ll district and stop at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss where it is possible to walk behind the waterfall in summer, a quite a unique experience. The impressive waterfall Skˇgafoss is a little further east and donĺt miss the Folk Museum at Skˇgar, close to the waterfall. Drive to Reynisdrangar with spectacular coast and beautiful rock formations. The promontory at Dyrhˇlaey is a massive natural arch carved by the relentless pounding of the winds and surf with rich birdlife in summer. Continue to VÝk, a small village on the black beach. Drive across the Mřrdalssandur floodplains and Eldhraun, the largest lava field ever to flow on Earth in historical time, and to the small village KirkjubŠjarklaustur. Fja­rßrglj˙fur is a narrow and beautiful canyon a few km to the west from KirkjubŠjarklaustur, worth taking a look at. At KirkjubŠjarklaustur, see Kirkjugˇlfi­ (the Church Floor), a protected natural monument just east of the village. Kirkjugˇlfi­ is columnar basalt, shaped and eroded by water and wind.

Driving distance
170 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skˇgafoss Waterfall
Dyrhˇlaey Nature Reserve
VÝk Town
Reynisfjara beach
Fja­rßrglj˙fur Canyon
KirkjubŠjarklaustur town
Kirkjugˇlf Basalt Columns

Overnight:
KirkjubŠjarklaustur / SÝ­a area

Recommended optional activity:

Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Solheimajokull Glacier
LAVA Centre
ATV Black Sand Beach and Plane Wreck
Katla Ice Cave

Day 4. Skaftafell National Park, The Glacier Lagoon and Dimond 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 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 before driving to the H÷fn area for an overnight stay.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Skaftafell National Park
Svartifoss waterfall
J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacial Lagoon
H÷fn

Overnight:
H÷fn area

Recommended optional activity:
Amphibian boat Tour on J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacier Lagoon
Glacier Lagoon Kayaking
Zodiac Boat on Glacier Lagoon
Crystal Ice Cave

Day 5. The East fjords


Drive from H÷fn past the colourful Lˇns÷rŠfi 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 Dj˙pivogur and at St÷­varfj÷r­ur the Stone Collection of Petra is an interesting place to visit.

Driving distance
260 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Egilssta­ir town
Hallormssta­askˇgur Forest

Overnight:
Egilssta­ir/HÚra­ area

Day 6. Lake Myvatn and Dettifoss waterfall


Today you drive to the great Lake Mřvatn area. On your way we recommend a detour to Dettifoss, the largest waterfall in Europe. Just before reaching Mřvatn we recommend a stop at Nßmaskar­ 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 Mřvatn 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 Sk˙tusta­ir and the Krafla volcanic system. The explosion crater VÝti is near Krafla and the Mřvatn Nature Baths are an outstanding attraction too not to be missed.

Driving distance
240 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Stu­lagil
Dettifoss Waterfall
Lake Mřvatn
Dimmuborgir
Sk˙tusta­agÝgar Pseudo Craters

Overnight:
Mřvatn/H˙savÝk area

Recommended optional activity:
Nature Baths

Day 7. ┴sbyrgi canyon and Husavik


Start the day by lake Myvatn and see the sites you might have missed from the day before then continue to H˙savÝk. H˙savÝk was the first place in the country to offer very successful Whale Watching cruises and of course we suggest a Whale watching tour. During summer Whale Watching cruises are available daily from morning until late evening. The Whale Museum in H˙savÝk is an educational centre on marine wildlife. From HusavÝk head to ┴sbyrgi canyon a strange and spectacular horseshoe shaped canyon. Continue to Vesturdalur Valley 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.

Driving distance
240 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

┴sbyrgi Canyon
Hljˇ­aklettar rock formations
H˙savÝk Town

Overnight:
Mřvatn / H˙savÝk area

Recommended optional activity:
Whale Watching From H˙savÝk

Please note that in winter and early summer road to Jokulsarglufur and Hlo­aklettar are usually not passable.

Day 8. Akureyri ĹĹThe Capital of The NorthĹĹ


Head to Akureyri city. We recommend a stop at the beautiful waterfall Go­afoss on your way to Akureyri. One of the most extraordinary aspects of Akureyri is its warm climate. Although its sits only 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, it has some of the best weather in the country. See the Botanical Gardens and some of the many museums and art galleries. The newly opened Forest Lagoon is a great attraction as well. Leave Akureyri and drive to Skagafj÷r­ur, renowned for horse breeding.

Driving distance
200 - 250 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Go­afoss waterfall
Akureyri
GlaumbŠr Folk Museum

Overnight:
Skagafj÷r­ur area

Recommended optional activity:
Forest Lagoon

Different option:

Explore Tr÷llaskagi Peninsula. Take road 82 to the north along the western shore of Eyjafj÷r­ur Fjord to DalvÝk town. Drive further to the north to Ëlafsfj÷r­ur town and Siglufj÷r­ur fishing town, 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. Continue on 76 to the south along the shores of Skagafj÷r­ur Fjord to Hofsˇs town and further to Sau­ßrkrˇkur.

Day 9. North West Iceland


The Icelandic Seal Center at Hvammstangi town is an interesting place to visit. It is a research and exhibition center investigating the lives of seals found in and around Iceland. Around Vatnsnes peninsula you have a unique opportunity to watch both harbour seals and grey seals in their natural habitat. After driving through the fertile farmlands of H˙navatnssřsla County and along the shores of Hr˙tafj÷r­ur Fjord continue to the SnŠfellsnes Peninsula and towards the charming village of Stykkishˇlmur.

Driving distance
260 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Vatnsdalshˇlar mounds
HvÝtserkur Cliff
Stykkishˇlmur Town

Overnight:
Stykkishˇlmur area

Day 10. Wonders of Snaefellsnes peninsula


Spend the day to explore the countless natural wonders of the SnŠfellsnes peninsula that divides the west coast of Iceland into two large bays. Head to the west towards the tip of the peninsula you will pass a few small fishing towns. Just outside of Grundarfj÷r­ur you will find Kirkjufell Mountain, the most picturesque mountain in Iceland. Much of interesting geological phenomena and historic sites can be found in the SnŠfellsj÷kull National Park, the most recent one in Iceland. On the south coast of the peninsula you will find Arnarstapi and Hellnar with a spectacular coast and interesting birdlife. The hiking trail between the two villages is also very interesting. We also recommend a visit to B˙­ir, a pretty site located on a natural inlet.

Driving distance
230 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Dj˙palˇnssandur
SnŠfellsj÷kull Glacier
Lˇndrangar rock formation
Arnarstapi
Hellnar hamlet
Kirkjufell

Overnight:
Borgarfj÷r­ur area

Day 11. Borgarfj÷r­ur, Reykjanes and Reykjavik


From Borgarnes continue towards Reykholt. Stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the largest hot spring in Europe. Continue a short distance further to the historic site Reykholt. Visit the interesting historical museum at Reykholt and see the hot pool Snorralaug. Drive further inland to the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafossar Waterfalls. Make the waterfalls a turnaround point and head back towards Borgarnes and then further towards Reykjavik. You can make a detour along the shores of Hvalfj÷r­ur Fjord to Reykjavik. From Reykjavik, head out to the Reykjanes Peninsula and to Blßa Lˇni­, - the Blue Lagoon. 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. Soak in the refreshing waters of the lagoon and have a wonderful last unforgettable taste of Iceland that ensures you will be fully relaxed when you leave the country. 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
190 - 280 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Borgarnes town
Deildartunguhver
Reykholt town
Hraunfossar

Overnight:
Reykjavik

Recommended optional activity:
The Settlement Exhibition and The Egil Saga Exhibition
Krauma Baths

Day 12. Departure


Private transfer from the hotel to Keflavik International Airport.

ACCOMMODATION

CARS

01.A - Hyundai I10 or similar - Manual -

01.A - Hyundai I10 or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 4
Suitcases: 1
Doors: 5

02.D - Hyundai I10 or similar - Automatic -

02.D - Hyundai I10 or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 4
Suitcases: 1
Doors: 5

03.N - VW Polo or similar - Manual -

03.N - VW Polo or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5

04.O - VW Polo or similar - Automatic -

04.O - VW Polo or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5

05.B - VW Golf or similar - Manual -

05.B - VW Golf or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5

06.L - VW Golf or similar - Automatic -

06.L - VW Golf or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5

07.E - Hyundai I30 station or similar - Manual -

07.E - Hyundai I30 station or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 5

09.M - Skoda Octavia Station AWD or similar - Automatic -

09.M - Skoda Octavia Station AWD or similar - Automatic -

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

10.P - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Manual -

10.P - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5

11.H - Kia Sportage 4WD or similar - Automatic -

11.H - Kia Sportage 4WD or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5

12.J - Kia Sorento 4WD or similar - Automatic -

12.J - Kia Sorento 4WD or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5

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

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

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

14.C - Land Rover Discovery 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

14.C - Land Rover Discovery 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

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

15.I - Land Rover Defender 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

15.I - Land Rover Defender 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5

17.XE - VW Transporter 2WD or similar - Manual - Limited Availability

17.XE - VW Transporter 2WD or similar - Manual - Limited Availability

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 9
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 4

18.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual - Limited Availability

18.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual - Limited Availability

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 9
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 3

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 ReykjavÝk the day prior to your departure ľ day 11

    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 in June and due to road conditions some routes may temporarily not be passable without prior notice

    Types of car recommended: Any. During September, snow and ice can be expected. Although the route of this tour is usually passable by any car type, we strongly recommend 4x4 in September.

    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.

    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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