11 Days from$1,628 p/p in USD
DeparturesMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
A stunning 10-night self-drive through a succession of Iceland’s scenic wonders from Reykjavik in the southwest to Akureyri in the north. Stay near Lake Myvatn with its sensational summer bird watching and rarities such as Barrow’s goldeneye, harlequin duck and great northern diver. Take an optional whale watching boat trip from Husavik, known as the ‘whale watching capital of Europe’, while seabirds can be seen from the Vopnafjordur coast and reindeer are found in the East Fjords. Non-stop natural wonders come thick and fast: numerous waterfalls, volcanic wonders at Lake Myvatn – steaming lava flows, seething mud pits and explosion craters – icebergs in Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, Strokkur geyser which erupts every few minutes and much more. Iceland is, in fact, just one big natural wonder.
Safari types:Birding Safari, Self Drive Safari
You will visit:Lake Myvatn, Reykjavik, Vatnajökull National Park, Akureyri, Jokulsa Canyon NP, Blue Lagoon, Egilsstadir, Breiddalsvik, Skaftafell National Park, Jokulsarlon
Wildlife:Birds, Whales, Reindeer
Activities:Boat Cruise, Nature Walk, Optional Activities, Birding, Whale Watching, Snowmobile
Getting around:Transfer Vehicle, Domestic Flight, Rental Car
Start/end:Start/end in Reykjavik or Akureyri
This holiday includes a domestic flight between Reykjavik and Akureyri. It’s up to you whether you want to start your self-drive in Reykjavik and fly back to the capital from Akureyri, or fly to Akureyri first and do the itinerary in reverse. Alternatively, you can extend your trip and drive between the two.
Price Per Person – GBP
From £ 1,330 per person – May
From £ 1,621 per person – June, July, August
From £ 1,425 per person – September
Prices based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire (Car Category B – VW Golf)
Prices may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.
Choice of Vehicles
We would always recommend a 4WD for winter travel, but many clients also prefer the greater security and comfort that a larger vehicle provides year round – upgrade your vehicle from as little as £10 per person per day. We can offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday – our team will be happy to talk you through the options and provide a quote for the most suitable category based on your individual requirements. Our long-standing relationship with the local Europcar franchise means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits, including priority on the newest and best appointed vehicles available. Alternatively, consider renting a motorhome and use this itinerary as a route outline. You’ll have complete flexibility on where you overnight.
- Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
- Daily breakfast
- Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
- No charge for additional driver
- Exclusive use of iDiscover App
- 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
- No surcharge guarantee
- Full financial protection
- Flights – Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £250 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
- Optional activities
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Discover The World‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘Discover The World‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
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Day by Day Overview
Fly to Keflavik, transfer to the city and overnight in Reykjavik. If you have time why not visit the Blue lagoon en route (pre-booking is essential). Overnight at Hotel Cabin.
Transfer on your own (5-10 mins taxi ride, payable locally) to Reykjavik City Airport for midday flight to Akureyri, then collect rental vehicle at the airport. Explore this quaint northern town located almost at the head of Eyjafjordur then drive to Myvatn, making a detour at picturesque Godafoss for a photo stop. Spend two nights at Lake Myvatn, at Guesthouse Dimmuborgir.
Spend the day exploring the area and its volcanic wonders. Visit the relaxing Nature Baths (the north’s answer to the Blue Lagoon), grab a snack at milking time at the Cowshed Cafe, take a hike at Dimmuborgir or venture up to the pretty village at Husavik and experience a thrilling whale watching trip on an old fishing boat (pre-bookable – contact us for details).
Visit the Jokulsa Canyon National Park and explore its gorges and waterfalls, including a possible visit to the immense waterfall Dettifoss. Continue to Vopnafjordur for an overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel Tangi.
Drive the 4×4 track to view the monumental basalt columns and sea birds on Langanes, a lonely windswept peninsula or visit the remote village of Raufarhofn. Return through Vopnafjordur and travel to Egilsstadir for an overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel Eyvindará.
Spend the day enjoying the sweeping fjords of the east coast until you reach Breiddalsvik, where you will spend the night in the area. Overnight at Hotel Framtid.
In the morning, set off to the charming village of Djupivogur. After this begin your journey south, where one eye-catching view follows another on the drive through the fjords to Hofn, a fishing port at the foot of Europe’s largest icecap, Vatnajokull. Travel around the base of the icecap, in sight of its many breathtaking glaciers. One has receded, forming a huge lagoon, where icebergs lie adrift – this is Jokulsarlon. Take a boat trip (at additional cost) and head over to the beach to watch as they drift out to sea. Overnight at Hotel Skaftafell.
You will be spoilt for choice today as there is much to see and do in the area: walking in the stunning Skaftafell National Park; discovering the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon with its immense icebergs (boat trips are prebookable – contact us for further details). Perhaps take an optional snowmobile trip on Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull. Vatnajokull covers no less than 13% of Iceland, much of which is frozen wilderness. Continue to Kirkjubaeklaustur for an overnight stay at Hotel Klaustur.
Journey along the south coast, visit the fascinating Skogar Folk Museum and the thundering falls, Skogafoss. Don’t miss the walk behind Seljalandsfoss and look out through its curtain of cascading water. Spend two nights in Hveragerdi at Hotel Ork.
Explore the natural wonders on the famed Golden Circle route: the tectonic rift in the earth’s crust at Thingvellir, the thundering falls of Gullfoss and the bubbling Geysir geothermal area.
Drive back to Keflavik, drop off rental vehicle at the airport and catch the flight back home.
The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.