The Arctic Coast Way 9 days

The Arctic Coast Way 9 days

This tour goes off the beaten track and discovers the most remote places in North Iceland along with all the main sights. Read more about what the Arctic Coast Way is in our blog.

BP37 Map

BP37 Map

AVAILABLE:
June 1 to September 20

DURATION:
9 days / 8 nights

CAR RENTAL DAYS:
7 Days

DEPARTURES:
Daily

TOUR ID:
BP37

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. West Iceland and Borgarfj÷r­ur District

Pick up a car in the morning and leave ReykjavÝk and drive to the beautiful Hvalfj÷r­ur fjord and enjoy the tranquil environment. From there head to the Borgarfj÷r­ur district and Borgarnes town. In Borgarnes town you will find the interesting Saga Centre. The prime objective of the Icelandic Settlement Centre at Borgarnes is to 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. Head for Borgarfj÷r­ur district and visit Deildartunguhver, Iceland's largest hot spring. Continue further inland to the historic Reykholt, home of 13th century chieftain, writer, poet and a scholar Snorri Sturluson. Continue to Hraunfossar and Barnafossar, some of Iceland's most scenic waterfalls. Continue to Hr˙tafj÷r­ur and Mi­fj÷r­ur Fjords and further to Hvammstangi. 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.

Driving distance: 310 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
North West Iceland

Optional activity:

Day 3. Arctic Coast Way: Vatnsnes Peninsula and Skagafj÷r­ur Fjord

Start the Arctic Coast Way by exploring Vatnsnes Peninsula. The route today is one of the best in Iceland for seal watching. At Hamarsß you can see a wheel-shaped sheep round-up pen, right on the seacoast, a striking image and a great photo stop. Illaugasta­ir beach is a place that offers great opportunities to watch seals in their natural habitat. See the HvÝtserkur rock formation, otherwise known as the Troll of Northwest Iceland. Finish up the circle around Vatnsnes Peninsula and head to Skagastr÷nd village where you will find a museum of Prophecies. Continue towards the tip of the peninsula and stop at KßlfshamarsvÝk, a small peninsula built up by spectacular basalt columns. An interesting short walk takes you through the ruins of the once flourishing settlement of KßlfshamarsvÝk and to the lighthouse. Continue over the tip of the peninsula and drive along the west coast of Skagafj÷r­ur Fjord heading towards Sau­ßrkrˇkur and stop at Grettislaug pool. The hot pool offers great views Drangey island. Continue to Sau­ßrkrˇkur.

Driving distance: 230 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Sau­ßrkrˇkur

Day 4. Arctic Coast Way: Tr÷llaskagi Peninsula and Whale Watching Capital.

Continue towards Tr÷llaskagi Peninsula. Explore Hˇlar, an interesting historical place to visit. Popular horse riding tours for beginners and experienced riders are available in Skagafj÷r­ur area. Continue to Hofsˇs which is one of the oldest trading centers in Iceland and has a very scenic outdoor swimming pool. 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. Continue along the shores of Eyjafj÷r­ur to DalvÝk. Drive along the coastline through Akureyri town and to H˙savÝk, sometimes called ôThe Whale Watching Capital of The Worldö. 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: 260 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
H˙savÝk

Optional activity:

Day 5. Arctic Coast Way: H˙savÝk, ┴sbyrgi Canyon and Kˇpasker

Leave H˙savÝk and drive to the north towards the Íxarfj÷r­ur Bay. Make a detour 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. ┴sbyrgi canyon is a strange and spectacular horseshoe shaped canyon by the main road, - not to be missed. Continue to the fishing village of Kˇpasker. There you will find an interesting Earthquake Center. Continue further to explore MelrakkaslÚtta Peninsula. This area is one of the best places in Iceland to see the midnight sun in summer and the famous Northern Lights in winter. This area offers shelter and is a temporary stopping place for thousands and thousands of birds that come here for the summer or rest here for their further migration to the north or to the south. Seals can also be seen resting on skerries and whales are spotted off the coast as well as foxes and mink on the heaths close to rivers and lakes. Continue to the small village Raufarh÷fn.

Driving distance: 190 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Raufarh÷fn/١rsh÷fn

Optional activity:

Day 6. Arctic Coast Way: ١rsh÷fn, Bakkafj÷r­ur and Vopnafj÷r­ur

Continue to the small fishing village ١rsh÷fn. Explore Langanes Peninsula which is known for its rich birdlife and a very good birdwatching spots where it is possible to watch the Gannet and BrŘnnichs Guillermot from land. Continue to Bakkfj÷r­ur. Langanes Municipality is one of Icelandĺs hidden gems, where the beauty and soul of the small fishing villages lives on. Head towards the village Vopnafj÷r­ur. Make a stop at the geothermal swimming pool Selßrdalslaug which is located on the banks on the river Selß. From Vopnafj÷r­ur head to the ring road and continue to Lake Mřvatn. Make a detour to Dettifoss waterfall, the largest waterfall in Europe.

Driving distance: 360 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Lake Mřvatn

Day 7. The Natural Wonders of Lake Mřvatn and Akureyri

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. Stop at Nßmaskar­ pass where boiling mud pools and flashing colors of the pass merge with ash and lava from nearby volcanoes. Visit its highlights Dimmuborgir, Mt. Hverfjall, the pseudo-craters of Sk˙tusta­ir and Krafla volcanic system where the most recent eruptions were 1975 - 1984. The explosion crater VÝti is near Krafla and the Mřvatn Nature Baths offer a nice place to relax in warm waters after a long day of sightseeing and not to be missed. 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 some of the many museums and art galleries. 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.

Driving distance: 240 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
North West Iceland

Recommended optional activity:

Day 8. Back to Reykjavik

Drive back to Reykjavik. You can either make a detour on your way to Reykjavik and explore SnŠfellsnes Peninsula or drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula and relax in the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon. Drop off the car in Reykjavik.

Driving distance: 290 kilometers

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Day 9. 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 - Hyundai i20 or similar - Manual -

03.N - Hyundai i20 or similar - Manual -

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

04.O - Hyundai i20 or similar - Automatic -

04.O - Hyundai i20 or similar - Automatic -

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

05.B - Hyundai i30 or similar - Manual -

05.B - Hyundai i30 or similar - Manual -

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

06.L - Hyundai i30 or similar - Automatic -

06.L - Hyundai i30 or similar - Automatic -

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

07.E - Toyota Corolla station or similar - Manual -

07.E - Toyota Corolla station or similar - Manual -

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

08.C - Hyundai I30 station or similar - Automatic -

08.C - Hyundai I30 station or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
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 - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual -

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

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

11.H - Hyundai Tucson 4WD or similar - Automatic -

11.H - Hyundai Tucson 4WD or similar - Automatic -

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

12.J - Land Rover Discovery Sport 4WD or similar - Automatic -

12.J - Land Rover Discovery Sport 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 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.
    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.
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    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.

    Map displayed is only for quick reference and is not to scale.

    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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