Iceland Circle including Snaefellsnes 10 days

Self Drive Tour

Iceland Circle including Snaefellsnes 10 days

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Self Drive Tour

This tour includes all the major sights along the circular highway and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

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AVAILABLE:
All year

DURATION:
10 days / 9 nights

CAR RENTAL DAYS:
8 Days

DEPARTURES:
Daily

TOUR ID:
BP17

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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 Reykjavik hotel.

Highlights of the day:
ReykjavÝk

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Day 2. The Beautiful South Coast


Pick up the car in the morning and leave Reykjavik. 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. Drive to the village Hverager­i, at the foot of the mountain, east of the plateau where geothermal water is used to heat up greenhouses. Continue along the South Shore and see the Saga Centre at Hvolsv÷llur. 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.
The glaciers Eyjafjallaj÷kull and Mřrdalsj÷kull are towering above. 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.
Underneath the icecap of Mřrdalsj÷kull is Katla, one of Icelands most dangerous volcano. Make a short detour to the glacier Sˇlheimaj÷kull (passable only during summer) before continuing to Dyrhˇlaey, a natural reserve and a nesting colony of numerous seabirds. 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.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Hverager­i Town
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skˇgafoss Waterfall
Reynisfjara beach
Dyrhˇlaey Nature Reserve
VÝk Town

Overnight:
VÝk area

Recommended optional activity:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Solheimajokull Glacier

Day 3. Skaftafell National Park & The Glacier Lagoon


Continue across the Mřrdalssandur floodplains and Eldhraun, the largest lava field ever to flow on Earth in historical time and to the small village KirkjubŠjarklaustur. At KirkjubŠjarklaustur, see Kirkjugˇlfi­ (the Church Floor). Kirkjugˇlfi­ is columnar basalt, eroded and shaped by wind and water. Drive across Skei­arßrsandur, vast tracts of black sandy desert washed down by torrential glacial rivers to Skaftafell National Park. Its natural beauty is a result of favorable weather conditions and the interaction of fire and ice. Beneath the Vatnaj÷kull ice cap, towering above Skaftafell is one of Icelands most active volcanic system. Stop at the Skaftafell National Park to see the interesting Visitors Center and for a walk. In the area are many interesting hiking trails. An interesting hiking trail takes you to Svartifoss, one of Icelands most picturesque waterfall, famous for basalt columns which surround it and the hiking trail to Skaftafellsj÷kull glacier is accessible even to wheelchair.Beneath the Vatnaj÷kull ice cap, towering above Skaftafell is GrÝmsv÷tn, one of Icelandĺs most active volcano. . 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. Continue to the amazing J÷kulsßrlˇn, the Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs, broken off the Brei­amerkurj÷kull glacier float and grind together in the deep waters of the lagoon and seals are frequently seen. A cruise among the icebergs on the Lagoon is available in summer. From here, continue east towards the H÷fn area for an overnight stay. Snowmobiling tours are available on the Vatnaj÷kull glacier in summer.

Driving distance
280 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
KirkjubŠjarklaustur town
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

Day 4. The Tranquil 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. An interesting option is taking a boat tour to Papey Island from Dj˙pivogur where thousands of puffins and other seabirds nest in summer. 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 5. The Stunning Landscape of Lake Mřvatn


Continue across the highland plateau towards Lake Mřvatn. Make a detour to Dettifoss, the largest waterfall in Europe. 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. Visit its highlights Dimmuborgir, Mt. Hverfjall, the pseudocraters of Sk˙tusta­ir and Krafla volcanic system where the most recent eruptions were 1975 - 1984. In summer visitors can have a guided tour through the Kr÷fluvirkjun Geothermal Power Station where steam pressure is harnessed for generating electricity (admission is free of charge). The explosion crater VÝti is near Krafla and the Mřvatn Nature Baths are an outstanding attraction too not to be missed.

Driving distance
190 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Lake Mřvatn
Nature Baths
Dimmuborgir

Overnight:
Mřvatn/H˙savÝk area

Recommended optional activity:
Nature Baths

Day 6. The Whale Watching Capital of The World & Akureyri Town


Drive to H˙savÝk, sometimes called ôThe Whale Spotting Capital of The Worldö. H˙savÝk was the first place in Iceland to offer Whale Watching cruises. The Whale Museum in H˙savÝk is an educational information centre on marine wildlife. In the morning we suggest a Whale watching tour and a visit to the Whale Centre at H˙savÝk. In the afternoon head towards Akureyri, the capital of the North and stop at the beautiful waterfall Go­afoss. Akureyri town, situated at the Eyjafj÷r­ur Fjord is the northern centre of education, culture, trade and industry. 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. If time allows we suggest a circle trip through the Eyjafj÷r­ur valleys. Drive through the majestic mountains and narrow passes of Íxnadalur Valley and Íxnadalshei­i Pass, which leads to the district of Skagafjordur, renowned for horse breeding. Popular horse riding tours for beginners and experienced riders are available here. In the upper reaches of Skagafjordur, you will also be able to join some of the best white water rafting in Iceland. We strongly recommend that you see GlaumbŠr Folk Museum where you can learn how Icelanders used to live in the past. The museum is open during the summer and the tiny old church at VÝ­imřri, is also worth a visit. Hˇlar is an interesting historical place to visit. At Hofsˇs town, see the interesting Emigration Center and museum.

Driving distance
280 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
H˙savÝk Town
Go­afoss waterfall
Akureyri
GlaumbŠr Folk Museum
HvÝtserkur Cliff

Overnight:
Northwest area

Recommended optional activity:
Whale Watching From H˙savÝk

Day 7. The Wonders of SnŠfellsnes Peninsula


Start the day by driving to the charming village of Stykkishˇlmur. 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, passing the small fishing towns Grundarfj÷r­ur, ËlafsvÝk, Rif and Hellissandur. Much of interesting geological phenomena and historic sites can be found in the SnŠfellsj÷kull National Park, the most recent one in Iceland. Among many places of interest are DritvÝk, Dj˙palˇnssandur and Índver­arnes a former fishing station. Make a short detour to Dj˙palˇnssandur and take a short walk along a marked path to the beach. Drive around the tip of the peninsula at the foot of SnŠfellsj÷kull, a glaciated volcano, the backdrop for the famous novel ôThe Journey to the Centre of the Earthö written by the famous French author, Jules Verne. Ů˙fubjarg is a spectacular cliff and a nesting colony of numerous seabirds, only a few minutesĺ walk from the road, shortly after passing Lˇndrangar. Continue to Arnarstapi and Hellnar to view beautiful and spectacular coast and interesting birdlife. There is an interesting museum at Hellnar. Visit B˙­ir, a pretty site located on a natural inlet. From B˙­ir continue east along the south coast of the peninsula. Seals can often be seen on land or in the water at the farm Ytri Tunga, only a few hundred meters drive from the main road.

Driving distance
420 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Vatnsdalshˇlar mounds
Stykkishˇlmur Town
Dj˙palˇnssandur
SnŠfellsj÷kull Glacier
Lˇndrangar rock formation
Arnarstapi
Hellnar hamlet

Overnight:
SnŠfellsnes area

Recommended optional activity:
Horseback Riding

Day 8. West Iceland & Ůingvellir National Park


In the morning we suggest a very special cruise from Stykkishˇlmur, among the numerous islands of the Brei­afj÷r­ur bay with its unique birdlife. Puffins Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Eiders and many other bird species nest here in great numbers. The White Tailed Eagles nest here too and are frequently seen. This is an unforgettable experience and takes a little more than two hours. The cruise is available daily at 11:00 from 14. May ľ 15. October and at 11:00 on Tuesdays from 14. January - 13. May. Please call 433 2254 for details. In the afternoon, head for Borgarnes. Enroute you will be passing a number of volcanic craters on both sides of the road, Eldborg being the largest and most beautiful shape. Shortly before reaching Borgarnes town, head towards Reykholt on 1 and later 50. Stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the largest hot spring in Europe. Continue a short distance further to the historic site Reykholt. Visit the interesting 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 to Borgarnes. At Borgarnes town we recommend a visit to the Settlement Centre. The prime objective of the Icelandic Settlement Centre is to dramatically recreate the fascinating sagas surrounding the birth of this island nation. Multi-media and theatrical techniques are employed to help the visitor experience firsthand the trepidation and excitement of setting off over the open ocean for lands unknown.
Drive along the shores of Hvalfj÷r­ur Fjord. Continue to Ůingvellir National Park, a unique place from a geological point of view. Research has shown that Thingvellir is a natural wonder. 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.

Driving distance
350 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Borgarnes town
Deildartunguhver
Reykholt town
Hraunfossar
Ůingvellir

Overnight:
South west area

Recommended optional activity:
Unique Adventure Cruise on Brei­afj÷r­ur bay
The Settlement Exhibition and The Egil Saga Exhibition

Day 9. The Great Golden Circle & A Relaxing Bath at The Blue Lagoon


Drive to the Great Geysir area. Explore the great Geysir hot spring area on foot and see the famous Great Geysir and Strokkur, a geyser that spouts every few minutes. The Geysir Service Center offers a restaurant, hotel, swimming pool, souvenir shop, snack bar, gas station, horse riding tours, quad bike tours, and more. From Geysir, about 10 minutes drive takes you to the majestic waterfall Gullfoss one of Icelands most beautiful waterfalls. Make Gullfoss your turnaround point ahead for the waterfall Faxi. Rafting on the HvÝtß River is available from Drumboddssta­ir during summer. Continue to the volcanic crater Keri­. Proceed to the main circular highway and head for Hverager­i, a small town where hot spring water is harnessed to heat greenhouses for cultivation of decorative flowers. During the major earthquake in late May 2008, there was considerable property damage in Hverager­i and several new hot springs were created. Cross the plateau Hellishei­i where numerous boreholes have been drilled for hot water and steam, currently used for generating electricity. Close up the circle to ReykjavÝk. After a short stop in ReykjavÝk head to the famous Blue Lagoon, situated in the geothermal area Svartsengi, next to a geothermal power station. Filled with mineral-rich waters, Stop for a refreshing bath before ending the tour at your hotel in ReykjavÝk. If you plan to take a bath at the Blue Lagoon, we strongly recommend that you book your ticket in advance. It can be booked at www.bluelagoon.com Return to ReykjavÝk and drop off the car.

Driving distance
250 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs
Faxi waterfall
Keri­
Hverager­i Town
The Blue Lagoon

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Day 10. Departure


A Flybus transfer from the hotel to Keflavik airport.

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

A - Kia Picanto or similar - Manual -

A - Kia Picanto or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 4
Suitcases: 1
Doors: 5
Average fuel consupmtion: 4,7 l/100 km

B - Kia Picanto or similar - Automatic -

B - Kia Picanto or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 4
Suitcases: 1
Doors: 5
Average fuel consupmtion: 6,0 l/100 km

C - VW Polo or similar - Manual -

C - VW Polo or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5
Average fuel consupmtion: 5,8 l/100 km

D - VW Polo or similar - Automatic -

D - VW Polo or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5
Average fuel consumption: 6,4 l/100 km

E - Hyundai i30 or similar - Manual -

E - Hyundai i30 or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5
Average fuel consumption: 6,0 l/100 km

F - Hyundai i30 or similar - Automatic -

F - Hyundai i30 or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5
Average fuel consumption: 6,8 l/100 km

G - Kia Ceed Station or similar - Manual -

G - Kia Ceed Station or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5
Average fuel consumption: 4,4 l/100 km

H - Kia Ceed Station or similar - Automatic -

H - Kia Ceed Station or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5
Average fuel consumption: 4,4 l/100 km

J - Dacia Duster 4x4 or similar - Manual -

J - Dacia Duster 4x4 or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5
Suitable for highland driving.

Average fuel consumption: 5,3 l/100 km

L - Kia Sportage 4x4 or similar - Automatic -

L - Kia Sportage 4x4 or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 5
Kia Sportage
Category: Large
This is a real SUV of the correct size for people who set high standards for performance, safety and costs. It is great on highways, driving in town or on the mountain paths. The luggage space is 564 liters. Average fuel consumption is 6,9 l/100 km. This car is suitable for F-roads.

M - Kia Sorento 4x4 or similar - Automatic -

M - Kia Sorento 4x4 or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 5
Suitable for highland driving.

Average consumption: 6,7 l/100 km

N - Toyota Land Cruiser or similar 4x4 - Automatic -

N - Toyota Land Cruiser or similar 4x4 - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 5
Doors: 5
Toyota Land Cruiser
Category: Large
The Toyota Land Cruiser 150 is not only incredibly powerful it's truly luxurious. Suitable for highland driving.

P - VW Caravelle 4x4 or similar - Manual -

P - VW Caravelle 4x4 or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 9
Suitcases: 5
Doors: 3
VW Caravelle 4x4
Category: Large
VW Carawelle 4x4 Average fuel consumption is 8,1 l/100 km. This car is suitable for F-roads.

R - Renault Traffic 9 seat or similar - Manual -

R - Renault Traffic 9 seat or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 9
Suitcases: 5
Doors: 4
Fuel consumption 6,2 l/100km

T - Mercedes Benz Vito 4x4 or similar - Automatic -

T - Mercedes Benz Vito 4x4 or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 9
Suitcases: 5
Doors: 5
Mercedes Benz Vito
Category: Large
This car is suitable for F-roads

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 9.

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

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.
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: Any. During winter, usually September through May, snow and ice can be expected. Although the route of this tour is usually passable by any car type, driving conditions can occasionally become difficult and we strongly recommend 4x4 during winter.



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.

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.