RT24 - Thrills of South, West, North and Highlands 8 days
Self Drive Activity Tour

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Season: (JUN 26 to SEP 1)
Operates: (Daily)
Duration: (8 days / 7 nights)
By Car km/mi: (1235)
Price from: (182182 ISK Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.)
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This tour allows you to see the most popular sites of Iceland´s South-West, North as well as the stunning highlands. All this combines with unique and thrilling activities such as snorkelling in arctic waters, river rafting in glacial river and ATV tour. Get the most out of your stay by exploring some of the highlands, lowlands as well as joining in on these exciting activities providing you with a great introduction to all that Iceland has to offer.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

Following your arrival at airport, transfer to your accommodation in Reykjavík, in a comfortable, Wi-Fi connected bus. Spend the rest of your day exploring the capital of Iceland.

Highlights:
Reykjavik city

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 2. The Golden Circle and Snorkeling in Silfra fissure

Pick up your car in the morning and head out for your Iceland road trip adventure. Your first stop will be Þingvellir National Park where you will join a snorkelling tour in Silfra fissure. Nestled in the heart of Þingvellir National Park, Silfra is an otherworldly sight located on top of the tectonic plate rift between Europe and North America. The crystal-clear water in the deep fissure gives you the impression of being weightless as you float down with the lazy current. Silfra is frequently rated as one of the world’s top ten dive sites, and visibility reaches up to 100 metres. The water temperature in Slifra is only couple degrees (Celsius), but don´t worry, you will be provided with a dry suit that will keep you dry and warm. After the snorkelling tour you can explore Þingvellir National park, which is also an UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to Geysir geothermal area filled with geysers and hot springs. One of the geysers sprouts boiling hot water 15-20 meters in the air every 8 minutes or so in a majestic display so make sure you stick around for the show. Continue further to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall but Gullfoss waterfall is one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls and a site not to be missed.

Highlights:
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Þingvellir National Park

Overnight:
Geysir area

Driving distance:
115 kilometers


Day 3. Kjölur Mountain Road and Hveravellir Hot Springs

Fill up the tank as there are no gas stations for the next 300 kilometers. Head inland to the highland track Kjölur taking you over the interior highlands between the massive ice fields of Hofsjökull and Langjökull glacier. Enjoy the magnificent mountainous views on this route and be sure to stop by the colourful Kerlingarfjöll Mountains before continuing to the strange Hveravellir geothermal area. There you will find a natural hot spring where you can enjoy a relaxing bath in the surreal environment. Take a short stroll around the lunar like area before continuing onwards to the fertile Skagafjörður region. We recommend a visit to Glaumbær folk museum to see the turf houses and learn about the old way of living in Iceland.

Highlights:
Hveravellir

Overnight:
Skagafjörður area

Driving distance:
220 kilometers


Day 4. Akureyri City and Lake Mývatn Area

Continue to Akureyri city, which is called the capital of the North. Akureyri offers wide variety of things to do and see. Visit the city tourist information centre for recommendations. After Akureyri head for one of Iceland’s most beautiful areas surrounding Lake Mývatn. Along the way, stop by the legendary Goðafoss Waterfall where an historical event took place in the year 1,000 when Icelanders converted to Christianity. The story goes that a so-called law speaker named Þorkell disposed of the pagan gods by throwing them into the waterfall—thus the name, Goðafoss, which means the "waterfall of the gods". Continue your journey to explore the abundance of natural wonders Lake Mývatn and the surrounding area, including amazing formations of geological interest. Visit the numerous highlights of the area: the Dimmuborgir lava field, the Námaskarð geothermal area, the Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters, the nature baths, Krafla Volcano, and numerous other interesting spots. Head back to Skagafjörður and relax before tomorrow´s adventures.

Highlights:
Lake Mývatn
Goðafoss Waterfall
Akureyri Town

Overnight:
Skagafjörður area

Driving distance:
355 kilometers


Day 5. White Water Rafting in Glacial River and Vatnsnes Peninsula

In the morning head to rafting base where you will be provided with all necessary equipment and soon you will be rafting in one of Europe´s best rafting rivers. You don´t need a previous experience in rafting, however you can´t be afraid of getting wet if you want to join this rafting tour. This rafting trip is graded 4 out of 5 and the minimum age to join this river rafting action is 18 years. Along thrilling action and adrenaline pumping you will witness the raw beauty of East Glacial River – its spectacular canyon and astonishing scenery. After the white water action, continue west to Vatnses Peninsula where you have great chances of seeing seals in their natural habitat. Visit the unique rock formations of Hvítserkur. We recommend that you visit the seal centre at Hvammstangi where you will learn more about these amazing animals.

Overnight:
Hvammstangi area

Driving distance:
220 kilometers


Day 6. Deildartunguhver Hot Springs - Hraunfossar Waterfall - Hvalfjörður Fjord

Today you will explore the wonders of West Iceland. Your first stop will be Deildartunguhver Hot Spring, which yields over 180 litres of boiling water every second. Then, you will continue inland to see the Hraunfossar and Barnafossar Waterfalls where the water creeps from underneath the lave fields into the Hvítá River. From there, head to the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes town where you can explore the sagas of the settlement times and visit an exhibition of the famous Viking poet Egill Skallagrimsson. As you head back to Reykjavík make sure you drive through the scenic Hvalfjörður Fjord (The Whale Fjord). Drop off the car.

Highlights:
Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
Hraunfossar Waterfalls
Borgarnes-Town

Overnight:
Reykjavik City

Driving distance:
325 kilometers


Day 7. Explore Reykjavík and an ATV Adventure

Today you can relax and enjoy Reykjavík – do some shopping and sightseeing. Join the adventurous ATV tour where you will drive on rough terrain and experience wilderness only few minutes from the city.

Highlights:
Reykjavik city

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 8. Departure

Transfer from Reykjavík to international airport in a comfortable, Wi-Fi connected bus.



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Season: JUN 26 to SEP 1
Departures: Daily
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Driving distance: 1235 KM
Price from: 182182 ISK/person - Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.
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