Iceland 4 x 4 Highlands Lowlands and Fjords 9 days

Iceland 4 x 4 Highlands Lowlands and Fjords 9 days

The tour includes the highland trail Kj÷lur between the glaciers Langj÷kull and Hofsj÷kull as well as the best sights in the north, east and the south. A great holiday package.

BP10 Map

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AVAILABLE:
July 1 to September 15

DURATION:
9 days / 8 nights

CAR RENTAL DAYS:
7 Days

DEPARTURES:
Daily

TOUR ID:
BP10

Included

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival


Upon your arrival at Keflavik airport a meet and greet service is provided by a TOURIS representative who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavik, about 45 minutes drive. You may want to join an optional daytour from ReykjavÝk if you arrive early.

Highlights of the day:
ReykjavÝk

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Day 2. The Great Golden Circle


Pick up a car and head to Ůingvellir 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. Ůingvellir were excepted as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2004. From Thingvellir drive across the Gjßbakki pass to the Great Geysir hot-spring area with numerous hot springs and erupting geysers. The Geysir Service Center offers a restaurant, hotel, swimming pool, souvenir shop, snack bar, gas station, a geo-center multimedia show, horse rental, quad bike tours, and a camping area. The most active one, Strokkur erupts every few minutes. Continue to Gullfoss one of Icelands most majestic waterfall. Rafting on the HvÝtß River is available from Drumboddssta­ir during summer.

Driving distance
140 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Ůingvellir
Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs

Overnight:
Geysir area

Day 3. Kj÷lur highland trail


The route leads over the interior highland track Kj÷lur, "The Keel", a broad rocky lava covered pass between the giant ice fields, Hofsj÷kull and Langj÷kull. On a fine day, - Kjalvegur is an unforgettable drive of breathtaking beauty. The route travelled is an ancient north and south horse trail artery. Along the uninhabited highland route there are extensive views of mountains of all sizes and shapes, the two ice fields Langj÷kull and Hofsj÷kull, a black desert and towards Kerlingarfj÷ll a colourful range of rhyloite mountains. This is a true mountain wilderness of spectacular peaks, canyons and hidden here are strange and colorful thermal areas. Further north you will be coming to the colorful geothermal area Hveravellir between the glaciers Langj÷kull and Hofsj÷kull a picturesque hot-spring area in a shallow valley-like depression. The springs are surrounded by sinter terraces and display different colors and a variety of forms.
At Hveravellir there is a small pool ideal for a dip in the thermal water.
Drive around the west and north shore of Bl÷ndulˇn Lake and arrive on 751 in the valleys of Skagafjordur, renowned for horse breeding. Popular horse riding tours for beginners and experienced riders are available here. In Skagafj÷r­ur you will also be able to join some of the best White water rafting in Iceland. Here we recommend a visit to the old turf and stone farm / museum at Glaumbaer and the old tiny church at Vi­imřri. Continue to Akureyri, the second largest town in Iceland. One of the most extraordinary aspects of Akureyri is its warm climate. Although it is situated only about 40 km 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.

Driving distance
300 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Langj÷kull Glacier
Hveravellir Geothermal Area
Akureyri

Overnight:
Akureyri area

Day 4. The Wonders of Lake Mřvatn


Leave Akureyri area and head for Lake Mřvatn. Stop to take a look at the impressive waterfall Go­afoss, the waterfall of the gods, named after pagan gods, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country. Spend the day exploring the natural wonders of Lake Mřvatn and its surroundings. The Mřvatn area is known worldwide for its exceptionally many breeding duck species and the abundance of other birdlife. Visit its numerous highlights; Dimmuborgir lava formations, volcano Krafla, Nßmaskar­ geothermal area, Sk˙tusta­agÝgar Craters, the Nature Baths, and numerous other interesting and scenic spots. During summer, visitors can have a guided tour (free of charge) through the Kr÷fluvirkjun geothermal power station at Krafla, where natural steam pressure, directly from underground is used for generating electricity, some of the cleanest energy available anywhere.
Drive to ôThe Whale Watching Capital of The Worldö, H˙savÝk. H˙savÝk was the first place in the country to offer Whale watching cruises and many touristsĺ sole purpose for visiting the town is to join a Whale watching cruise. The Whale Museum in H˙savÝk is an interesting information centre on marine wildlife. Visit the H˙savÝk Natural and Maritime Museum, one of the best in the country.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Go­afoss waterfall
Lake Mřvatn
Dimmuborgir
H˙savÝk Town

Overnight:
H˙savÝk area

Recommended optional activity:
Nature Baths
Whale Watching From H˙savÝk

Day 5. The Diamond Circle & Egilssta­ir


Leave H˙savÝk and drive to the north to the Íxarfj÷r­ur Bay. Make a detour to Hljˇ­aklettar, Echo rocks, an extremely beautiful canyon carved by the great glacial river J÷kulsß ß Fj÷llum that takes its source in Vatnaj÷kull, Icelands largest glacier. This area offers many interesting hiking trails to explore the many wonders of the J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National Park. Visit the nearby horse-shoe shaped ┴sbyrgi canyon. Continue to the south road to Dettifoss waterfall the mightiest waterfall in Europe, further upstream in J÷kulsß ß Fj÷llum. From here drive to the east across the highland desert and across the M÷­rudals÷rŠfi highlands renowned for their stark beauty towards Egilssta­ir town. There is a short and scenic drive from Egilssta­ir across Fjar­arhei­i Heath to Sey­isfj÷r­ur town.

Driving distance
260 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Hljˇ­aklettar rock formations
┴sbyrgi Canyon
Dettifoss Waterfall
Egilssta­ir town
Sey­isfj÷r­ur town

Overnight:
Egilssta­ir / HÚra­ area

Day 6. The Tranquil East Fjords


Drive from Egilssta­ir to the magnificent East Fjords, some now deserted, each a world of its own. The stone collection of Petra at St÷­varfj÷r­ur is interesting to visit. An interesting option is taking a boat tour to Papey Island near Dj˙pivogur where thousands of puffins and other seabirds nest in summer. Continue to the south and past Lˇns÷rŠfi district and drive to top of Almannaskar­ for a great view. Continue to H÷fn in Hornafjordur, a blooming community in the realm of the greatest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull. The village H÷fn is located at the base of Vatnaj÷kull, and the scenery is breathtaking.

Driving distance
260 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Hallormssta­askˇgur Forest
H÷fn

Overnight:
H÷fn area

Day 7. The Glacier Lagoon & Skaftafell National Park


Continue to the west and head for J÷kulsßrlˇn, the Glacial Lagoon, where huge icebergs, true sculptures of nature are floating on the deep blue glacial waters of the lagoon at the foot of the Brei­amerkurj÷kull glacier. An extremely popular boat trip is available from here to sail among the floating icebergs on the lagoon. Continue along the South Coast and head for Skaftafell National Park, nestling between glaciers and with many hiking possibilities. An interesting hiking trail takes you to Svartifoss, one of Icelands most picturesque waterfall, famous for basalt columns which surround it and the walking trail to Skaftafellsj÷kull glacier is accessible even to wheelchair. Vatnaj÷kull, the largest glacier in Europe is to the north from here. In the afternoon of 21. May 2011, a sub-glacial eruption started in the GrÝmsv÷tn volcanic system underneath Vatnaj÷kull Glacier. Later the same day, the eruption broke the ice cover of the glacier and started spewing volcanic ash into the air. The amount of ash fall was the greatest close to the village KirkjubŠjarklaustur. The eruption went on for about a week. It ceased on 28. May 2011. From Skaftafell drive across the Skei­arßrsandur floodplains to KirkjubŠjarklaustur. At KirkjubŠjarklaustur see Kirkjugˇlfi­ (the Church Floor), a natural monument just. Kirkjugˇlfi­ is columnar basalt, eroded and shaped by wind and water.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacial Lagoon
Skaftafell National Park
Svartifoss waterfall
KirkjubŠjarklaustur town

Overnight:
KirkjubŠjarklaustur area

Recommended optional activity:
Amphibian boat Tour on J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacier Lagoon

Day 8. The Beautiful South Coast


Drive west to Fja­rßrglj˙fur, a narrow and beautiful canyon for a hike along the canyon. Continue across Eldhraun, the most extensive lava field ever to flow on the planet from the Laki eruption in 1783 and the black sandy floodplains of Mřrdalssandur to the village VÝk. Drive to Reynishverfi with spectacular coast and rock formations and thousands of nesting seabirds. Make a short detour to the glacier Sˇlheimaj÷kull. Stop at the beautiful waterfalls Skˇgafoss and Seljalandsfoss and donĺt miss the folk museum at Skˇgar.
On March 20th 2010, a volcanic eruption started on Fimmv÷r­uhßls, a mountain ridge between the glaciers, Eyjafjallaj÷kull and Mřrdalsj÷kull. The eruption on Fimmv÷r­uhßls lasted a couple of weeks. After this eruption came to an end a new and bigger eruption started underneath the nearby icecap of Eyjafjallaj÷kull Glacier. This eruption came to an end on 23. May 2010.
Make a detour to the glacier Sˇlheimaj÷kull (passable only during summer) before continuing to Dyrhˇlaey natural reserve and a nesting colony of numerous seabirds (closed for all traffic during the nesting period until June 25th).
Continue past the villages Hvolsv÷llur, Hella and Selfoss towards ReykjavÝk. Cross the plateau Hellishei­i, with a lot of geothermal activity and plumes of steam rising from the ground. Numerous boreholes have been drilled on Hellishei­i in the last years for hot water and steam, some of the cleanest energy available. Stop at Hellishei­i Geothermal Powerplant where natural hot water and steam pressure from the ground is used for generating electricity. Here, you can enjoy an optional tour through the power station and and learn about the eco-friendly geo thermal energy. Continue to ReykjavÝk and drop off the car.

Driving distance
280 kilometers

A different option is to drive the beautiful and uninhabited mountain track Fjallabakslei­, route through Landmannalaugar nature reserve (4WD needed), the track is usually open to 4x4 traffic from mid-June until end of September.

Highlights of the day:
Fja­rßrglj˙fur Canyon
VÝk Town
Reynisfjara beach
Skˇgafoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Hverager­i Town

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Recommended optional activity:
Glacier Walk
Horse Riding Tour South

Day 9. Departure


Transfer to Keflavik airport by Flybus from your hotel.

ACCOMMODATION

Cat 1

Cat 1

Rooms in guesthouses with shared facilities but sometimes with washbasins in the rooms. Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Cat 2

Cat 2

Rooms in guesthouses or hotels with private shower or bath and WC. Breakfast is included.

Cat 3

Cat 3

Rooms in the best quality accommodation available with private shower or bath and WC. Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

CARS

10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual -

10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual -

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

11.H - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Automatic -

11.H - Suzuki Vitara 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

15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

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.


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

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