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Travel around Iceland in eight days, taking in the highlights of the Ring Road, with the option of closing your tour by traversing the uninhabited interior of Iceland via the Kjolur highland track (weather permitting). Throughout this tour, you will discover magical natural wonders, majestic landscapes and the unique character for which Iceland is renowned.
Kjolur highland track is generally open mid-June through August; 4WD vehicle required.
Advised car type: Toyota Auris or higher / Toyota RAV4 4WD or higher if going through Kjolur.
You’ll also enjoy the benefits of a relaxed traveling pace and minimal hotel changes through your stay, so there‘s more time to experience the true essence of Iceland‘s nature and culture.
Each day enjoys inspiring guided short hikes on trails in both world-famous areas as well as lesser-known but equally fantastic destinations. Some examples include majestic Asbyrgi Canyon, the beloved Thorsmork and Myvatn Nature Reserves and the colorful Landmannalaugar hot spring wilderness. Your expert guide will also share Icelandic stories and folktales connected to the areas where you hike. A highlight of the trip is a visit to charming Siglufjordur, a town becoming known for its excellent outdoor recreation.
At the end of the day, relax in comfortable countryside hotels with private bathroom facilities. Several hotels have outdoor geothermal hot tubs a perfect way to end a day on scenic trails!
This tour combines enjoyable short hikes with sightseeing in a small coach or tour van. Each hike generally ranges from 1- 5 hours, with the longest hiking done on Day 6. Hikes offered during the tour are a mixture of easy and moderate routes. Participants do not need to be expert hikers, but they should be in reasonable physical shape. The trip hiking is also designed to be flexible: each day’s hiking will be adjusted to your group’s general fitness level, weather and trail conditions.
A big appeal of hiking in Iceland is that it is an authentic, natural experience. This means most hiking paths in Iceland are not paved. Expect trails to have lava rocks, loose gravel, soft dirt and muddy areas. In some cases, trails follow narrow paths created from sheep trails. We highly recommend that you bring hiking poles/alpine walking sticks on this tour.
The guide has the right to change hiking routes in the itinerary based on weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Some of the days involve driving on unpaved wilderness tracks in the highlands. Be prepared to expect bumpy roads! It‘s all part of the authentic adventure and fun of exploring the highlands!
During this nine-day driving holiday, you will have the opportunity to see most of the country’s top attractions as well as the contrasting nature in Iceland’s beautiful interior highland wilderness.
You will not only be driving on the Ring Road but also off the beaten track on two of Iceland’s highland roads, Kjolur and Landmannalaugar routes, both offering magnificent and breath-taking views of Iceland’s exotic wilderness landscapes. Experience ever-changing views from colorful geothermal highlands to fertile green coastal lowlands.
What you get:
- Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion
- The electronic version of the Iceland Travel Road Guide. Prior to your arrival, we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Road Guide. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure!
- Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day.
- Expertise– take advantage of our many years of experience. We plan routes that let you combine driving with a good time to explore each area.
- We focus on safety– We use safe cars and plan the best itineraries for road conditions in each season. We also have a 24-hour emergency line if issues arise during your visit.
Experience the otherworldly volcanic landscapes of Iceland’s uninhabited interior. With an especially 4x4 mountain coach, travel off the beaten track through the untamed highlands of Iceland, highlighted by the multi-colored mountains of the Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve and the barren black sands of Sprengisandur. When combined with other major attractions such as the Geysir geothermal area, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, and Dettifoss waterfall, this tour is sure to conquer the hearts of all first-time visitors, as well as those who have been here before.
This classic circular road trip of Iceland, Iceland Odyssey, gives travelers both flexibility and time to spend at each of Iceland’s most popular attractions.
Apart from experiencing all the natural treasures accessed via the Ring Road such as Geysir, Seljalandsfoss, and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, this tour dedicates two whole days to the wonders of South West Iceland, including the Borgarfjordur fjord and the mystic Snaefellsnes Glacier.
Offering the ultimate Iceland experience, the superb Majestic Fjords self-drive tour covers all the major highlights of the mainland, plus the many wonders of the more secluded Westfjords.
These two weeks of travel bring together a sequence of attractions, from the newly-formed volcanic hot spots such as Krafla to those ancient landscapes found in the far west, where the roads lead to remote fishing villages, weave around coastlines and through narrow fjords. This is the ultimate Iceland experience including the highlights of the Ring Road, the scenic Westfjords, and the mystical Snaefellsnes peninsula.
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