From $2,105 per person, double occupancy
Areas visited: South and West Iceland
Includes: Non-stop flights on Icelandair, nine nights hotel, car rental, daily breakfast except arrival
Areas visited: Follows Ring Road circling Iceland
From: April 30 - September 29, 2017
Follow the Ring Road for a journey around the coast of Iceland to explore its rich natural treasures including national parks, beautiful waterfalls, striking glaciers, magnificent volcanoes and hot springs. You will explore and experience all of the well-known attractions in the south, east and north of Iceland, including Reykjavik city, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, Thingvellir, Skaftafell, Jokulsargljufur National Park, and much more!
When you book your self-drive tour with Icelandair, you’ll receive an internet-connected tablet with a new self-drive app when you pick up your vehicle. Its easy-to-use interface lets you see your trip mapped out day by day, thousands of points of interests, services, and a GPS road guide that will take you right to your hotel after a day of exploring. The Iceland Travel Companion provides detailed information on accommodations for your entire trip as well as must-see stops along the way. If you’ve opted to include additional days on your tour package, they will also be represented in the app. For those who want more information on Iceland, there’s a pdf road book available in selected languages right in the app navigation—making sure that you get the trip you want.
Customers must be a minimum of 21 years of age to rent cars in Category 2.0 and 3.1. For Category 5.0, the minimum age is 23.
1 Thingvellir National Park 2 Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon 3 Iceland's Ring Road
4 Akureyri, North Iceland 5 Godafoss, North Iceland
All starting prices listed below are per person and based on availability from Toronto (YYZ) and Montreal (YUL). See below the price chart for pricing information for additional gateways. All car types shown below are recommended. Please be aware a four-wheel drive vehicle (4WD) is required for mountain road driving.
2017 Season Guide Room Guide
Shoulder 1 | May and September 1 passenger | single room
Shoulder 2 | June 1 - 30 and August 16 - 31, 2017 2 passengers | double room
Summer | July 1 - August 15, 2017 3 passengers | double & single room
4 passengers | two double rooms
5 passengers | two double rooms + one single
CAR TYPE 2.0: COMPACT 2WD MANUAL (TOYOTA AURIS 5 DOORS OR SIMILAR)
CAR TYPE 3.1: INTERMEDIATE 2WD AUTOMATIC (TOYOTA AVENSIS SEDAN OR SIMILAR)
CAR TYPE 5.0: MEDIUM 4WD MANUAL (TOYOTA RAV4 OR SIMILAR)
Evening departure from North America.
Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience. From Keflavik International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. This village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and, because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the "flower village." Overnight stay in Hveragerdi. Total distance covered approximately 62 miles (100 km).
Drive to the legendary waterfall Gullfoss and the hot springs at Geysir. Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament, before driving through Hvalfjordur fjord to the historic and scenic Borgarfjordur region. If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can also take the scenic highland wilderness Kaldidalur track alongside Langjokull glacier to Borgarfjordur. The road generally is open between mid-June and mid-September. Overnight in Borgarfjordur area. Total distance covered approximately 193 miles (310 km).
Drive north through Borgarfjordur to the shores of Hunafloi bay for the towering mountains and horse-breeding valley of Skagafjordur. Then, continue to Akureyri, the charming and colorful capital of north Iceland near the Arctic Circle. Overnight in North Iceland. Total distance covered approximately 174 miles (280 km).
Spend the morning exploring the town of Akureyri which, although small in size, boasts a great number of art galleries, restaurants, museums and parks. The town even has its own Botanical Garden which is considered a real highlight of the area. Once you've finished exploring Akureyri, continue your journey to the unique Lake Myvatn area, stopping en route to view Godafoss Falls. Overnight in North Iceland. Total distance covered approximately 62 miles (100 km).
Explore the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area, including the mystical lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the volcanic area of Krafla along with the colorful, primordial slopes of Namaskard pass. Overnight in North Iceland. Total distance covered will vary depending on your travel plans.
Drive north to the fishing port of Husavik, where you might stop to enjoy a whale watching boat tour. Head around Tjornes peninsula on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Visit Asbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon, and Jokulsargljufur National Park. Proceed to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful ones in Europe. Then head across the vast highland plateau to Egilsstadir in the east. Overnight in East Iceland. Total distance covered approximately 193 miles (310 km).
Drive south through the spectacular East Fjords, where towering mountains plunge vertically into the ocean. The day's journey continues to the town of Hofn in Hornafjordur, a gateway to the south coast. Overnight in southeast Iceland. Total distance covered approximately 186 miles (300 km).
Today you will be in the vicinity of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe‘s largest glacier. Visit the shimmering icebergs and the still, milky waters of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before continuing to the Skaftafell area of the park, a beautiful green oasis surrounded by glaciers. There are many great hiking trails here. Head wards to the picturesque village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Total distance covered approximately 124 miles (200 km).
Drive along the spectacular south coast, a sweeping landscape of black sand deserts, rocky shores and rolling farmland sandwiched between snow-capped glaciers, mountains and the ocean. Stop to admire the black sand beaches and cliffs at Dyrholaey. There are also vast bird colonies here, including puffins (generally seen mid May to early August). Also visit the beautiful waterfalls of Skogar and Seljalands, each with its own character. You will also see the mighty Eyjafjallajokull volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption. An interesting volcano center at the base of the mountain tells the story of this event. Overnight in Reykjavik. Total distance covered approximately 162 miles (260 km).
Start the morning with a Scandinavian buffet breakfast which is included as part of your hotel stay, followed by the remainder of your morning which is open for own activities. Drive back to Keflavik International Airport for your late afternoon departure to North America, and even stop at Blue Lagoon as it is on your way to the airport, if you did not have time to do it on your arrival day.
Note: We strongly recommend arriving at the airport no later than two hours prior to departure. The Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance
A list of your accommodations (which range from country hotels, guesthouses, summer hotels to farm holiday guesthouses) will be sent with your Booking Confirmation up to a few weeks after you have booked. Properties used, ranging from independently owned properties to chains such as FossHotel and Hotel Edda, may vary based on departure date, but will be of a similar standard, and include private bathrooms. Please note that your room may not be ready for immediate check-in, as guaranteed early check-in is not included in packages. The last night of your vacation is in the capital Reykjavik, with all other nights spent along your driving route.
Note: The tour operator has the right to change hotels in package based on availability. Substitute hotels are of similar quality.
Five star | *****
All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, satellite TV, movie channel, radio, desk and safe compartment. Luxurious interior decor & furnishings, including bathrobes at each bedside. Room & turndown service, a restaurant and laundry services are available, as well as an indoor swimming pool and/or exercise facilities.
Four star | ****
All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, satellite TV, movie channel, radio and desk. There is room service, a restaurant and laundry services available.
Three star | ***
All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, TV, radio and desk. There is a breakfast room and service counter to buy snacks and small items.
Two star | **
Bar & dining room facilities (including breakfast), public telephone access and 24 hour check-in available. Rooms may be equipped with a private bathroom, but this is not a condition.
More information on the Tourist Board Hotel Classification System can be found here.
Note: We strongly advise to not book tour add-ons during days 2-11. You will be staying overnight in the countryside on these days, and add-ons are based on pick-ups and drop-offs in Reykjavik. You will receive information from us with suggestions of activities to do on your arrival and departures dates, including contact information for booking them in Iceland. We recommend arranging such activities once you have arrived in Iceland.