Fly & Drive

 

Self-drive tours offer the travelers the opportunity to truly experience the tranquility and beauty of Iceland at their own pace. Our team will have driven the routes we suggest and visited the accommodation, so the traveler can rely on this firsthand knowledge. Self-drive tours offer freedom and flexibility for the experienced driver. It is always better to have information on what pace of travel the individuals prefer and whether they are used to travelling independently before suggesting a self-drive program.

We provide 24-hour total assistance as well as detailed notes of the program, distances and any other relevant information such as nearby sights of interest. We always suggest to include a GPS in the car rental but we provide a road map with the hire car in case the traveler does get lost. We trust that the travelers take their time studying driving conditions and regulation in Iceland before traveling as well as following closely the weather forecast during the stay.

Sample: 6-day all-year self-drive itinerary

This is a perfect trip to take on your own all-year round. For winter we will update slightly due to short days (and more unpredictable weather). The program covers the main attractions on the south coast of Iceland, Thingvellir National Park, Katla Geopark and Vatnajokull National Park, reaching the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon to the east.

 

Day 1

Arrival at Keflavik international airport, pick-up your rental car and drive to Reykjavik hotel for overnight.

Day 2

Today is dedicated to the famous "Golden Circle" in south Iceland, one of the most popular tourist routes in Iceland.   to Thingvellir national park (UNESCO World Heritage List), site of the ancient Icelandic Parliament, which is situated on the boundaries of the North American and European tectonic plates. The next stop is Geysir geothermal area, where a short path passes between the openings of the different geysers, the most famous being Strokkur whose jet of hot water can reach 30 meters in height, with a regular frequency of about every 10 minutes. The last stop on the Golden Circle is the Gullfoss waterfall, the 'golden waterfall' generated by the Hvita river. You will stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall on your way to Skogar area for overnight.

Day 3

The journey continues along the south coast, an area belonging to the Katla Geopark which includes, Katla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes. Along the way you will stop at Skogafoss waterfall, the promontory of Dyrholaey and the village of Vik. Passing Myrdalsandur black sands and the lava fields of Eldhraun on the way before reaching Kirkjubaejarklaustur area for overnight.

Day 4

You will spend the day exploring parts of Vatnajokull National Park. The national park was established in 2008 and covers over 12,000 square kilometers which makes it the largest national park in Europe. The figure of the imposing Vatnajokull glacier will accompany you for most of the day. The main stops along the way are Skaftafell nature reserve and the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, where huge icebergs, which have broken off Breidamerkurjokull glacier, float in the lagoon. Experience the lagoon up close with a short boat tour between the ice of the lagoon, on board an amphibian boat. Continue back to Kirkjubaejarklaustur area for overnight.

Day 5

Return to Reykjavik, with expected arrival in the early afternoon. Time available for optional activities or to discover the lively capital.

Day 6

Departure day. It is recommended to reach the airport at least 2,5-3 hours before flight departure, especially during summer. Drop-off of rental car in airport area with shuttle transport to the airport.

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