Lux Iceland Ring Road Self Drive

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Duration

8 Days 7 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

11 people

Languages

English, Espanol, Francais, German, Japanese, Vietnamese

About this tour

Highlights

  • Type of tour: Road Trip
  • Recommended For: First time visitors to Iceland, Instagram photographers, explorers, nature buffs
  • Interests: Natural wonders, geology, great photographic moments, Ring Road travel
  • Season: Year Round
  • Car : Hyundai i30 / Suzuki Jimny / Dacia Duster or Equivalent
  • Optional shared for everyday can be booked for additional charges

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation is a combination of hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses
  • First night in Hveragerði area. Last night in Reykjavik
  • Icelandic-style breakfasts during tour (except arrival day)
  • Rental car with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance

Itinerary

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time in Iceland, we suggest that you take some time to explore the Reykjanes Peninsula (a UNESCO GeoPark site) before you head to Reykjavik.
Reykjanes is a great introduction to Iceland’s unique geology and volcanoes. You’ll see unusual and stunning features around the peninsula, including craters, lava cliffs, fissures, and the Mid-Atlantic ridge itself. You can even walk on a bridge that divides Europe and North America. We also recommend a stroll in the surreal Gunnuhver area where you can view quirky colorful mud pools and steam vents bubbling away.
Reykjanes is home to the renowned Blue Lagoon, and you might enjoy the chance to relax in the soothing azure waters. Important: admission to the Blue Lagoon needs to be booked in advance. We can help you with that!
October & Mar/ April: Drive to your hotel in Reykjavik, the colorful capital of Iceland. Overnight in Reykjavik. (Approximate distance: 50 km / 30 miles, with Reykjanes Peninsula 95 km / 55 miles)
May – September: Drive along the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula to the charming village of Hveragerdi for your overnight. 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.” There are plenty of outdoor and wellness activities to enjoy here, and several restaurants with a unique local focus. Overnight in Hveragerdi. (Approximate distance: 100 km / 62 miles, with Reykjanes Peninsula 130 km / 81 miles)
Please note check-in for most hotels begins at 14:00 – 16:00 (2:00pm-4:00pm)
Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance |Panorama ATV/Quad tour

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – Puffin Colony – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore
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Approximate driving distance: 395 km / 245 miles
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Enjoy a day visiting the natural wonders of the Golden Circle region. Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic Viking parliament and a jewel of nature. Here you can see the meeting point between the North American and Europe continents. Many important historical events happened here. Several walking trails and hiking trails take visitors to historical points of interest.
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Gullfoss is considered by many visitors to be Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls. Geysir is an active geothermal field with many bubbling steam vents and spouting hot springs, including the famous Strokkur geyser.
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Drive along the south shore, viewing Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, two amazing waterfalls that each have a special charm.
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Next visit the black sand beaches around Vik and the area’s Myrdalsjokull glacier. Depending on your schedule, you can take a snowmobiling or ATV tour in the area. In the area is also Dyrholaey*, a former island that is known for its excellent birdwatching, including puffins (puffins generally seen in Iceland between mid-May and early August).
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*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, from about the middle of May until late June.
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Overnight in the Vik area.
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Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp) |Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee |Solheimajokull Glacier Walking Tour (from Basecamp) |Secret Lagoon Visit |ATV Black Beach Safari |Zipline Adventure in Vik |Snorkeling Tour from Silfra (Meet at Thingvellir)

Lava Fields – Europe's Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe's Largest Glacier
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Approximate driving distance: 285 km / 177 miles
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Start the day with a drive through Eldraun, the strange-looking lava field created by one of Iceland’s most devastating volcanic eruptions.
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Drive through the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, site of a medieval convent. Explore Skaftafell, a green oasis nestled below the great Vatnajokull glacier. Skaftafell is part of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest of its type in Western Europe. Continue across black sand plains created by glacial activity. Stop at the incredible Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, a filming location for many Hollywood blockbusters. Also in the area is the Diamond Beach, a popular spot for photographers. Then head onwards to the charming harbor town of Hofn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.
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Overnight in the Hofn area.
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Optional: Amphibian Boat Tour on Glacial Lagoon (from the lagoon) |Zodiac Tour on Fjallsárlón- Iceberg Lagoon |Glacier Wonders (from Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park)

Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Intriguing Stone Collection
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Approximate driving distance: 265 km / 165 miles
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Drive along the rugged coastline of the Eastfjords region. Perhaps you’ll visit Djupivogur village harbor and its unique egg sculptures or Petra‘s famous stone collection at Stodvarfjordur.
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You can then either drive straight through Fagridalur to Egilsstadir or head along the coastal Eastfjords, one of the oldest regions in Iceland, shaped by glaciers during the Ice Age. Although many fjords are uninhabited, each fjord has its own grandeur. The natural harbors in the fjords led to the development of fishing villages that have still hung on to a degree of Old-World charm.
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Depending on your schedule, you might enjoy the opportunity to swim in the floating pools of a genuine hot spring lake at the Vok geothermal area near Egilsstadir.
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Overnight in the Egilsstadir area.
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Optional: Vok Baths |Petra's Minerals Museum |Local Village Walk in Bakkagerdi (East Iceland)

Highland Desert – Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall – Glacier Carved Gorge - Whale Watching
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Approximate driving distance: 275 km / 171 miles
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Travel across the Modrudalsoraefi highlands renowned for their stark, untouched beauty towards Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. Then travel through the otherworldly canyon landscapes of northern Vatnajokull National Park. Take some time to enjoy the walking trails and viewing points around the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Asbyrgi.
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Drive onwards to Tjornes peninsula and the friendly Husavik fishing port, a town made famous recently by the 2020 Netflix movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. Husavik is most famous for its excellent whale watching, and we recommend a tour to catch a possible glimpse of whales and dolphins. Tonight, you might enjoy the opportunity to relax in the soothing warm ocean waters of the GeoSea Geothermal Spa as you look out towards the Arctic Circle.
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Important: Please note Roads 864, 862 and therefore, Road 85 are usually closed during the fall, winter and spring until the end of May (Road opening dates are dependent on the weather conditions). Until these roads are open, please take the scenic Ring Road 1 to Road 87 and on to Husavik.
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Please note that Roads 864 and 862 are gravel roads, and you need to pay attention to warning signs in the area if road conditions are not good for driving
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Overnight in the Husavik area.
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Optional: GeoSea Baths in Husavik |Big Whale Safari and Puffins in RIB boats (from Husavik) |Whale Watching from Husavik

Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Activity – Rich Birdlife – Waterfall "Of the Gods"– The Capital of North Iceland
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Approximate driving distance: 165 km / 103 miles
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Explore the highlights of the Lake Myvatn area, including the mystical volcanic formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard, and the Hverfjall volcanic crater. Perhaps you might relax with a visit to the azure blue Myvatn Nature Baths, where you can enjoy the soothing waters and the natural steam baths and sauna.
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Drive on to Godafoss, a lovely half circle-shaped waterfall with a connection to Icelandic Vikings. Continue on to Akureyri, the charming “capital” of North Iceland.
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Please Note: The Ring Road route today contains a toll tunnel. More information on the tunnel and fees is here.
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Overnight in the Akureyri area or Northwest Iceland.
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Optional: Myvatn Nature Baths |Whale Watching from Dalvik

Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers – Folk Museum – Scenic Fjord
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Approximate driving distance: 490 km / 305 miles
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Drive through the historical region of Skagafjordur, renowned for horse breeding. You might visit the old farmstead at Glaumbaer a great example of traditional Icelandic turf house architecture. A museum exhibit inside shows how Icelanders lived for centuries in houses like this. Continue to the bay of Hunafloi, where you might visit the Seal Centre and perhaps take a seal watching tour.
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Then head across Holtavorduheidi plateau, entering the Borgarfjordur area. Visit the beautiful Hraunfossar lava falls and Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot springs. Near Deildartunguhver is Krauma, the intriguing “fire and ice” geothermal spa that uses water from the springs.
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Drive to Reykjavik, arriving in the evening.
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Overnight in Reykjavik.
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Alternative Route for Today: Another option if you are traveling between mid-June and August and have a 4WD vehicle is to travel across the barren wasteland on the Kjolur highland road to the geothermal wilderness oasis at Hveravellir before driving to Reykjavik. This historical route heads through a landscape of black sands, high mountains, and two magnificent glaciers. (If you take the Kjolur option, the alternative distance would be 410 km, 255 miles and about 6 hours.)
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Important information about Kjolur - Please note that a 4WD vehicle is needed for this unpaved mountain track. The Kjolur track is generally open mid-June through August, openings subject to weather and road conditions.
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Optional: Krauma Nature Baths |Sky Lagoon Pass
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Return to Keflavik International Airport.**
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Approximate driving distance: 50 km / 30 miles
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Drive back to Keflavik International Airport.** We recommend departing your hotel in Reykjavik no later than at least 3 hours before your flight departure. It takes approximately 1 hour to drive to the airport, and check-in will start 2 hours before your departure.
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If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon earlier but have some free time today, you might want to use the opportunity en route to the airport. For this detour, please be sure to allow for at least 2-2,5 hours extra so you’ll have ample time at the lagoon. Your rental car should be returned to the airport service area, which is located only 2 minutes from the airport building. A shuttle will then transport you to the departure hall.
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Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance |Sky Lagoon Pass |Panorama ATV/Quad tour |Reykjavik Summit in Helicopter

Durations

Multi day

Languages

English
Espanol
Francais
German
Japanese
Vietnamese

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