Best of Both Worlds - Highlands and Lowlands 10 days


This tour is for those who prefer to see some of the remote highlands as well as all the major sights in the lowlands. This tour offers a glimpse into the amazing contrast the Icelandic nature offers. Combine the rugged volcanic landscapes with the lush green lowlands on this amazing Best of Both Worlds tour.

Overview

Map for Best of Both Worlds - Highlands and Lowlands  10 days tour
  • Duration:10 days / 9 nights
  • By Car km/mi:1940
  • Season:July 6 to September 5
  • Operates:Daily
  • Price From:238696 ISK/Per Person
  • Tour ID:RT11

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival and Reykjavik City



Following your arrival at the airport, you will take a comfortable bus ride, with Wi-Fi Internet connection on board, to your accommodation in Reykjavik or to a nearby drop off point.

You have the option of upgrading to a private door-to-door airport transfer. You can also receive and return the rental car at the airport if you prefer that.

Enjoy the rest of the day in Reykjavik, which offers a great variety of things to do. See iconic buildings including the Perlan (the Pearl), the Al■ingish˙si­ (where the Icelandic Parliament is housed), and HallgrÝmskirkja Church. If you don't have time to shop on Laugarvegur Street, don't worry; you can do that when you return from your Icelandic Circle adventure.

Highlights:
Gamla H÷fnin (The Old Harbour)
Harpa Concert Hall
Perlan
HallgrÝmskirkja Church
Laugavegur Shoppping Streat

Overnight:
Reykjavik city

Optional Extras:
Private Airport Transfers
Reykjavik City Card


Day 2. A National Park - Geysers - The Golden Waterfall



Today you will do the famous Golden Circle route, where some of Icelandĺs most precious natural wonders can be found. Start with a visit to the Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is a place of great importance from a geological and historical perspective, as well as a park of exceptional natural beauty. From the Thingvellir National Park, continue to the Great Geysir geothermal area. The area hosts a few geysers and hot springs, the most powerful of which (Strokkur) erupts every 8 minutes or so with such force that the boiling hot water jets 15 to 20 meters into the air. Continue further to the Golden Waterfalls, Gullfoss, one of Icelandĺs most majestic waterfalls. When viewed in sunny weather, the mist layers many rainbows on top of one-another, giving the waterfalls its beautiful crown. Continue to your accommodation in the area for an overnight stay.

Highlights:
Ůingvellir National Park
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Keri­ Crater
Selfoss Town
Hella Town

Driving Distance:
160 kilometers

Overnight:
Geysir area


Day 3. Highland Adventure and Akureyri City



Fill up the tank as there are no gas stations for the next 300 kilometers. Head inland to the highland track Kj÷lur taking you over the interior highlands between the massive ice fields of Hofsj÷kull and Langj÷kull glacier. Enjoy the magnificent mountainous views on this route and be sure to stop by the colourful Kerlingarfj÷ll 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 Skagafj÷r­ur region. We recommend a visit to GlaumbŠr folk museum to see the turf houses and learn about the old way of living in Iceland. Continue to Akureyri to enjoy this cultural hub of the north and spend the night in the area.

Highlights:
Kerlingafj÷ll Mountains
Hveravellir

Driving distance:
300 kilometers

Overnight:
Akureyri area


Day 4. Paradise on Earth ľ Lake Myvatn and The Whale Watching Capital of the world



Leave Akureyri and head for one of Icelandĺs most beautiful areas surrounding Lake Mřvatn. Along the way, stop by the legendary Go­afoss 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 Ůorkell disposed of the pagan gods by throwing them into the waterfallŚthus the name, Go­afoss, which means the "waterfall of the gods".
Continue your journey to explore the abundance of natural wonders Lake Mřvatn and the surrounding area, including amazing formations of geological interest. Visit the numerous highlights of the area: the Dimmuborgir lava field, the Nßmaskar­ geothermal area, the Sk˙tusta­agÝgar pseudo craters, the nature baths, Krafla Volcano, and numerous other interesting spots.
Proceed to H˙savÝk town, the ôwhale watching capital of the worldö, where you can join a whale watching tour or simply relax after a day of sightseeing.

Highlights:
Go­afoss Waterfall
Lake Mřvatn
Mřvatn Nature Baths
H˙savÝk Town

Optional Extra:
Whale Watching from H˙savÝk

Optional Extra:
Mřvatn Nature Baths

Driving distance:
150 km

Overnight:
H˙savÝk/ Lake Mřvatn area


Day 5. J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National Park ľ ┴sbyrgi Canyon ľ Dettifoss Waterfall



Head for Íxarfj÷r­ur Bay and make a detour to Vesturdalur and Hljˇ­aklettar, also known as Echo rocks, a valley of extraordinary rock formations, carved by the river J÷kulsß ß Fj÷llum streaming from Vatnaj÷kull Glacier. There are numerous hiking trails for exploring the many wonders of J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National Park.
Visit ┴sbyrgi Canyon, a strange and spectacular, horseshoe-shaped canyon carved by the mighty J÷kulsß ß Fj÷llum River. There is an excellent visitors' centre at ┴sbyrgi called Glj˙frastofa, where one can get detailed information on ┴sbyrgi and the national park, including maps for hiking trails.
Continue south along a rather rough but scenic route to Dettifoss Waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Proceed across the highland plateau to the town of Egilssta­ir, the largest town in East Iceland. Hallormssta­askˇgur, the largest forest in the country, and the legendary Lake Lagarfljˇt are nearby. Across Fjar­arhei­i Pass is Sey­isfj÷r­ur, a small and picturesque fishing town and a ferry port that is certainly worth a visit.

Highlights:
Hljˇ­aklettar Rock Formations
┴sbyrgi Canyon
J÷kulsßrglj˙fur Canyon
Dettifoss Waterfall

Driving distance:
180 kilometers

Overnight:
Lake Myvatn area


Day 6. Volcanic Highlands



After breakfast you will once again head inland for another highland exploration through volcanic areas. You will drive through a vast lava field of Ëdß­ahraun to Her­ubrei­alindir springs, a lush and fertile area in the middle of the deserted highlands. Continue to Dygjufj÷ll mountain range where and onwards through the mountain track util you reach the hiking path to the majestic Askja caldera and the explosion crater VÝti and if you are feeling adventurous you can take a bath in the blue crater lake so take your swimsuits and towel with you. It is about a 30 minute easy walk to the caldera and crater and are definitely a must do. From Askja continue to Egilssta­ir town where you will spend the night in the area.

Highlight:
Her­ubrei­arlindir
Askja
VÝti
Ëdß­ahraun

Driving Distance:
330 kilometers

Overnight:
Egilssta­ir / Hallormssta­ur area


Day 7. Fjord Scenery of the East



Drive to the long narrow fjords and with steep-sided mountain peaks. The East Fjords are famous for their colourful minerals and the stone collection of Petra at St÷­varfj÷r­ur is an interesting place to visit.
Continue to the top of Almannaskar­ Pass for a spectacular view of the surrounding area. Continue to H÷fn, a fishing town in the realm of Vatnaj÷kull, the largest glacier in Europe. H÷fn located at the foot of Vatnaj÷kull is famous for its lobster catch, and the scenery is breathtaking. You might want to enjoy a lobster dinner at H÷fn as they are known for their excellent lobster dinners.

Highlights:
East Fjords
Dj˙pivogur Town
H÷fn Town

Driving distance:
250 kilometers

Overnight:
Dj˙pivogur / H÷fn area


Day 8. J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacier Lagoon and Skaftafell



Today you will head for J÷kulsßrlˇn, the Glacial Lagoon and one of the major attractions in Iceland. Large blocks of ice constantly break off the edge of the glacier and drift about in the blue glacial waters of the lagoon at the foot of the glacier. Boat trips that take you sailing among the icebergs are popular during the summer.
Continue to Skaftafell National Park, nestled at the foot Europeĺs largest glacier, Vatnaj÷kull. Hike to Svartifoss, one of Icelandĺs most picturesque waterfalls, framed in by hexagonal basalt columns. Skaftafell has a network of excellent hiking trails, and guided treks are available.
Continue to KirkjubŠjarklaustur town and see Kirkjugˇlfi­ (the Church Floor), a protected natural monument with a floor that looks like man-made tile. Stop to take a look at Fja­rßrglj˙fur Canyon just west of KirkjubŠjarklaustur on your way to the black sandy floodplains of Mřrdalssandur and the charming town of VÝk.

Highlights:
J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacier Lagoon
Skaftafell
Vatnaj÷kull Glacier
Svartifoss Waterfall
KirkjubŠjarklaustur Town
VÝk Town

Optional Extra:
The Glacier Lagoon - Amphibian Boat Tour

Driving distance:
280 kilometers

Overnight:
VÝk area


Day 9. Volcanic Beaches ľ Stunning waterfalls ľ Lunar Landscapes and the Blue Lagoon



Drive to Reynishverfi with its black beaches and the beautiful pinnacles Reynisdrangar. Thousands of seabirds nest here in sea cliffs in the summer. Continue to the majestic Skˇgafoss Waterfall, situated at the foot of the infamous Eyjafjallaj÷kull Glacier and volcano that erupted in 2010.
Continue to the mesmerizing Seljalandsfoss Waterfall where you can gain a unique perspective by walking behind the waterfall.
Continue to Hvolsv÷llur town where the surrounding area is the scene of Njßls Saga, one of the most famous Icelandic sagas. Continue pass the towns Selfoss and the greenhouse community and onwards to Reykjanes peninsula with its vast lava fields. Visit Lake Kleifarvatn and KrÝsuvÝk geothermal area before going to the Blue Lagoon to soak in the mineral rich waters leaving you fully relaxed after your Iceland adventure vacation.

Highlights:
Reynisfjara Beach
Skˇgafoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Hverager­i Town
Lake Kleifarvatn
KrřsuvÝk Geothermal Area
The Blue Lagoon

Optional Extra:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Mřrdalsj÷kull Glacier
LAVA Centre

Driving distance:
290 kilometers

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk


Day 10. Departure



Enjoy a bit of shopping on Laugavegur Street or relax at one of the local cafes before transferring from your accommodation to the airport aboard a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus.



Accommodation

Comfort Accommodation
Comfort Accommodation


Private rooms with private WC facilities and shower/bath in hotels or well appointed guesthouses.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Economy Accommodation
Economy Accommodation


Private rooms with shared WC facilities and shower in guesthouses.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Quality Accommodation
Quality Accommodation


Rooms in the highest quality accommodation available with private shower or bath and WC.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds.In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Rental Cars

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic

Other Information

This tour can be customized to your specifications and needs, so if you have any special requests, please donĺt hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to help you arrange the perfect Icelandic vacation.

This tour is also available as a private guided tour: PT08 - Best of Both Worlds - Highlands and Lowlands - 10 day

*FAQ*

We are arriving very early. What is the check in time?
Check in time is usually between 14:00 - 16:00 for accommodation in Iceland. The only way to secure an early check in is to book the night before as well. However if a room is ready you should be able to check in early.

Where to eat during the tour?
In the small towns around Iceland you will find restaurants, bakeries and cafes where you can get something to eat. If you are going to the highlands we recommend purchasing something to take with you as there are very limited options for meals in the remote highland areas.

Are there any hidden charges?
There are no hidden charges or fees you should be aware of. Note that fuel and meals other than breakfast are not included.

What type of car is recommended?
For this tour you require a 4x4 vehicle suitable for highland driving. On this tour you will be driving on both paved roads as well as rough highland tracks with river crossings.

Do I need an international driverĺs license?
No you do not need an international drivers license but you need a valid driverĺs licence, which you will have held for at least two years. Travellers from overseas will need a licence issued in their country of residence along with an English translation (where appropriate). Some form of picture Identity is required, e.g. Passport, ID card etc. A valid credit card is also required.

How far is it between gas stations?
Gas stations can be found in almost all towns around Iceland so running out of gas is not a likely scenario. However before going to the highland areas we recommend filling up the tank as there are no gas stations in the highlands.

Do hotels and guesthouses offer Wi-Fi internet connection?
Most hotels and guesthouses in Iceland do provide free access to Wi-Fi internet. Some hotels and guesthouses do charge a small fee for access to the internet.

How do I book and what is the process?
There are several factors that determine the tour price:
Ľ Time of the year you plan on visiting
Ľ Number of people travelling together
Ľ Type of car Car Info (Only applicable with self drive trips)
Ľ Accommodation type (we offer 2 categories of accommodation or you can choose mixture of both)
Ľ Optional Activities (Various optional activities are available with each trip)

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We require a 15% deposit at the time of booking. Full payment is due 5 weeks prior to arrival.

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