The Self-Drive Tour "An Introduction to Iceland" takes you to around Iceland and includes all the highlights: waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers, volcanic lava landscapes as well as the fjords of East-Iceland.
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Travel Season: March to November
Highlights: Hot Spring Area Geysir, Waterfalls Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Svartifoss, Dettifoss and Goðafoss, National Parks Þingvellir and Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður with Skaftafell, Glacier Lagoon, Fjord Landscape of the East, Hot Mud Springs in Námaskarð, Lava Labyrinth Dimmuborgir, Whale Watching, Akureyri and Reykjavík.
- 7 nights incl. breakfast in pre-booked accommodations.
- 7 days 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, extra driver (€ 29 per driver/rental), meals besides breakfast, SCDW (add 7 x € 14), 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
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 willl see the very active geyser Strokkur erupting spectacularly every five minutes or so.
From Geysir it is only a 10-minute drive or so to the impressive waterfall Gullfoss.
A drive towards the south coast will take you to your accommodation. During the summer months, you might be able to attend a classical concert at Skálholt cathedral.
Day 3: Waterfalls, Black Coast of the South & Skaftafell
Today is the day to see waterfalls! Only a short drive away from the village Hvolsvöllur, you will come across the waterfall Seljalandsfoss: walking behind the waterfall is an unforgettable experience.
After a drive further towards the east to Skógar, the beautiful waterfall Skógafoss awaits you. There we also recommend a visit to the local folk- and transport museum.
Follow the coast further through the villages Vík and Kirkjubæjarklaustur, you will reach Skaftafell in the national park Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður. There you can walk to the waterfall Svartifoss, which is surrounded by monumental basalt columns, a wondrous sight not to be missed.
Day 4: Glacier Lagoon & the Fjord Landscapes of the East
A drive along the foot of the massive Vatnajökull glacier past Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur (2114 m/6923 ft), brings you to Jöklulsárlón glacial lagoon.
The approximately hour-long drive from Skaftafell to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is worth it. Simply take a walk along the shore of the lagoon or go on a boat trip amidst the floating icebergs. You have a good chance of spotting wild seals here.
Afterwards your journey takes you along the coast and through the fjord landscapes of East Iceland to Egilsstaðir, where you will find your pre-booked accommodation for the night.
Day 5: Lake Mývatn
Follow the ring road from Egilsstaðir towards Lake Mývatn. However, on the way you might want to make a small detour to the grand waterfall Dettifoss and stop by the foul-smelling, hot sulphur mud springs in Námaskarð near the volcano Krafla.
From there it is only a few minutes by car to the area around Lake Mývatn. A walk in the lava labyrinth of Dimmuborgir and around the pseudo craters in Skútustaðir comes highly recommended.
Day 6: Whale Watching & Akureyri
Should you be interested in a whale-watching tour you should visit the fishing village Húsavík and go on a tour in the morning.
The waterfall Goðafoss is a must-see on the way to Akureyri, the capital of North-Iceland, where a walk through the centre of town is in order before continuing over the Öxnadalsheiði pass to Skagafjörður.
Day 7: Seals on Vatnsnes Peninsula & Reykjavík
As you continue southward along the ring road you can stop by at the fishing village of Hvammstangi and visit the Seal Center, where you can find out everything you never knew about seals!
In Borgarnes village a visit to the Settlement Center to learn about the first Icelanders and the Sagas is recommended before driving through the Hvalfjörður tunnel and onwards to Reykjavík.
Day 8: 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.
You can also add a few days, switch from a normal rental car to a 4WD and head to the highlands of Iceland.
Information available upon request.
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.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DRIVING IN THE HIGHLAND IS PROHIBITED, this applies to Categories A, B, C, N and M.
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.
Sail with one of the newest ships in the North Atlantic. From the deck of M/S Norröna you get an incredible view over the horizon - waves, sea and the sky.
The journey gives you a good opportunity to observe birds, and maybe you'll spot a whale or two. Indoors Norröna has much to offer its guests, and especially in terms of gastronomic experiences. Additionally, there are many different activities for you as a passenger aboard.
All information subject to change.