Across Iceland along Kjölur and through the East of Iceland - Self-drive Tour 4WD ICeland

The 4WD Self-Drive Tour "Across Iceland over Kjölur and through East Iceland" takes you through the interior on the highland route Kjölur, the Askja

Across Iceland along Kjölur and through the East

The 4WD Self-Drive Tour "Across Iceland over Kjölur and through East Iceland" takes you through the interior on the highland route Kjölur, the Askja Caldera, the numerous Laki Craters as well as the mountain track "behind the mountains" Fjallabak.

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Duration: 11 days / 10 nightsMap of Iceland Rental Car Tour Across Iceland along Kjölur and through the East
Travel Season: Beginning of July -Middle of September

Highlights: Highland Routes Kjölur, Laki and Fjallabak nyrðra. Landmannalaugar rhyolit mountain area. Geysers and hot sulphur mud springs. Geothermal areas. Volcanic lava landscapes. Lake Mývatn. Glaciers. National Park Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður with Skaftafell. Gullfoss and Goðafoss Waterfalls.
- 10 nights incl. breakfast in pre-booked accommodations.
- 10 days 4WD rental car of your choice.
- Unlimited driving, CDW and two drivers.
- Pick-up/drop-off at the International Airport in Keflavík.
- Iceland Road Guide. 
- Road Map 1:500 000.
- Detailed and personalised route description.
- Service telephone number while traveling in Iceland.
- VAT and lodging tax.

Esja Travel supports - the Icelandic Environment Association Landvernd with a EUR 5 donation for every traveller booked on a package tour. 

Not included: International flight or ferry, fuel, 2nd driver (€ 29 per rental), meals besides breakfast, SCDW (add 10 x € 19), road toll (Hvalfjörður Tunnel), entrance fees and activities.
Day 1:   Arrival
Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you pick up your pre-booked rental car. If you arrive in the morning or afternoon, you might want to stop by at the Blue Lagoon on your way into the city of Reykjavík.
If arriving late, you will find your accommodation near the airport.
Day 2:   National Park Þingvellir, Geysers, Gullfoss Waterfall & Geothermal Activity in Kerlingarfjöll
Leave the city in the morning for the UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park Þingvellir. Here you can enjoy a walk in the Almannagjá canyon and explore the old parliament site.
From here, your journey takes you through the village Laugarvatn to the Geysir geothermal area, where you will see the very active geyser Strokkur erupting spectacularly every five minutes or so.
Drive further to the impressive Gullfoss waterfall before you start your trip over the interior highland route of Kjölur. Roughly a third of the way over Kjölur, you take a right turn towards the highland centre of Kerlingarfjöll, a marvellous hiking area with geothermal activity.
Day 3:   Kjölur Highland Route with Hveravellir
Back on the Kjölur route, you drive through the desolate landscape between the glaciers of Langjökull and Hofsjökull until you reach Hveravellir. Here you can take a dip in a warm natural pool or go on a hike. 
You can choose between two routes to the Skagafjörður area.  Either follow the Kjölur route until you come to the ring road, or drive through the valleys of Haukadalur and Mælifellsdalur. The second route is somewhat slower, so you need to allow more time for it than the first.
You can visit the folk museum in Glaumbær before heading onwards over the high plateau of Öxnadalsheiði to Akureyri.
Day 4:  Akureyri & Lake Mývatn
See the sights around Akureyri in the morning before continuing your journey over the Vaðlaheiði plateau to the Goðafoss waterfall. Afterwards you might want to explore Lake Mývatn and its surroundings, go for a walk along the pseudo craters of Skútustaðir and in the lava field of Dimmuborgir. We also recommend stopping to see the boiling hot mud springs of Námaskarð. 
Should you be interested in a boat trip, you can drive to Húsavík and go on a whale watching tour from the harbour.
Day 5:   Dettifoss Waterfall & Askja Volcano
You will need an early start is as it will be a long day. Drive eastward along the ring road. Just before  you cross the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, you might want to take a left turn for a detour to see Dettifoss waterfall. 
Returning to the ring road, you cross the river and head for the interior. Pass Mt. Herðubreið to the volcano Askja and Víti crater. 
Afterwards you reach the ring road in Jökuldalur and drive onwards to your accommodation near Egilsstaðir.
Day 6:   Fjord Landscapes of the East & Glacier Lagoon
Driving over the mountain pass Öxi to Berufjörður fjord, you come into the fjord landscapes of East Iceland, with its characteristic sheer precipices and narrow coastline. 
Again on the ring road you follow the coast to the village of Höfn and in the afternoon you reach Jökulárlón glacial lagoon, where you might be tempted to take a boat tour on the lagoon amidst the drifting icebergs. You are highly likely to catch a glimpse of seals when walking along the river or along the shore of the lagoon.
Day 7:   Skaftafell &  Svartifoss Waterfall 
The interesting tour to the bird cliffs of Ingólfshöfði runs daily (except Sundays) from Fagurhólsmýri. You can see Puffins and the Great Skua on this tour, which does require some hiking skills. 
The rest of the day can be spent in Skaftafell in the Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður national park, where you can choose from several hiking routes, e.g. to the Svartifoss waterfall, sightseeing point Sjónarnípa or futher to the mountains of Kristínartindar. Afterwards you continue your drive to the next village, Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Day 8:   Laki Craters
Take an excursion to the 25 km long row of craters at Lakagígar, also called Laki for short. The devastating volcanic eruption that took place here in 1783 left an area of 565 km2 covered in lava fields. 
On the way back from Laki, you might want to stop for a break in the beautiful Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.
Day 9:   Nature Reserve Fjallabak & Landmannalaugar
From the lava field of Eldhraun, created in the Laki volcanic eruption, you turn right on to the mountain road over the Fjallabak area. 
You drive via the Eldgjá canyon to the colorful rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar, where you can take a dip in the warm natural pool and opt for one of the many hiking routes the area has to offer. 
Day 10:   Þjórsárdalur Saga Valley & Reykjavík
Explore the volcanic landscapes of the lake district Veiðivötn before heading towards Reykjavík. If you prefer, you can spend the day exploring the Þjórsárdalur valley on the way to the city. There  you come across the beautiful waterfall Hjálparfoss.  You might also want to stop at Stöng, an excavated farm that was buried under ash in the Hekla volcanic eruption in the year 1104, and then visit the reconstruction of the farm, Þjóðveldisbær, located close to Stöng.
We recommend a walk through the city center of Reykjavík, where we would be happy to provide restaurant recommendations and suggestions for other activities.
Day 11:   Departure
The time of departure determines your plan for the day. If you leave in the late afternoon or the evening you will have time to explore Reykjavík and stop by at the Blue Lagoon on your way to the airport.

11 days Rental Car Tour 4WD Across Iceland along Kjölur and through the East

About the accommodation categories:

Rooms with shared facilities are booked in guesthouses, higher class hostels,l Bed and Breakfasts as well as in farm-guesthouses. In many cases the rooms do have a wash basin.

Rooms with private facilities are booked in middle class hotels, country hotels, higher class guesthouses or farm-guesthouses.

Many of the accommodations do offer their guests access to open-air jacuzzis.



CDW (Collission Damage Waiver), unlimited mileage as well as pick up and drop off at the Keflavík International Airport are included in our package prices.  

Self risk for the categories A, B, C, D and N is € 1.325 and for the categories FG, H, I, J and K € 2.415
Further information about the CDW is availiable on request.

The driver must be at least 20 years old and must have held a drivering licence for at least one year. A valid driving licence must be presented when picking up the rental car.
Please note that a credit card must be presented when you sign your rental car lease agreement (MasterCard, Visa oder Diners).

Liability Insurance and passenger Accident Insurance are included in all packages.

Information about driving in the interior come with your travel documents.



Additional drivers € 29 per rental (two drivers are included in the package prices).

SCDW incl. Gravel Protection - Surcharge for categories A, B, C, D and M € 15 per day – Self risk € 350/ Surcharge for categories M FG, H, I, J and K € 19 per day – Self risk € 650Self risk in case of broken windows and lights (CDW and SCDW) € 170 or € 280 depending on car category.

SADW (Sand- and Ash Damage Waiver) € 15 per day 
Baby- and infant seats € 7 per day or max. € 48 per rental.
GPS Navigation System € 12 per day – Self risk for lost or damaged item € 500
One Way Fee for pick up/drop of at Keflavík International Airport € 31 (included in package prices).
One Way Fee for other rental locations outside Reykjavík for categories A, B, C, N and M € 91 and for categories G, H, I, J and K € 151
After hours Pick Up Fee in the Winter Season (19:00-6:00 Uhr) at the Keflavík International Airport € 54
Cancellation fees for rental categories E, H, I, K:
3 weeks or more prior to arrival 50% of the total rental car price.
3-2 weeks prior to arrival 75% of the total rental car price.
Less than a week prior to arrival 90% of the total rental car price.

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