The Self-Drive Tour "Through the North" takes you to the highlights of North-Iceland: the Skagafjörður area, Akureyri, the area around Lake Mývatn as well as to the Whale Watching Centre of Iceland, Húsavík.
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Travel season: April-November / December - March with slightly adapted route.
Highlights: National park Þingvellir, hot spring area at Geysir, waterfalls Gullfoss, Hraunfossar and Goðafoss, Saga-Center Reykholt, Seal watching in Vatnsnes, Volcanic Lava Landscapes of Lake Mývatn, Akureyri. NORTHERN LIGHTS (September-April)
- 7 nights incl. breakfast in pre-booked accommodations.
- 6 days rental car of your choice.
- Unlimited driving, CDW and two drivers.
- Pick-up at the International Airport in Keflavík/drop of in Akureyri.
- Airport Transfer.
- 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, taxi transfer 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: Seals on Vatnsnes Peninsula & Skagafjörður
A drive northward along the ring road and through the Tunnel under Hvalfjörður fjord brings you to Borgarnes, where you might be interested in a visit to the Settlement Centre.
Continue over the Holtavörðuheiði plateau to North Iceland. Perhaps you would be interested in visiting the Seal Centre in the fishing village of Hvammstangi on Vatnsnes peninsula, where you can find out everything you never knew about seals! Nearby, on Vatnsnes peninsula, you will find marvelous spots for seal-watching.
Today’s destination is Skagafjörður, an area well known for horse breeding. In Skagafjörður the local folk- and heritage museum in Glaumbær is worth a visit and you are in the right place if you want to try riding an Icelandic horse.
Day 3: Herring & Folk Music on the "Troll Peninsula" & Akureyri
Driving along the east coast of the Skagafjörður fjord, you reach the Tröllaskagi peninsula (literally “Troll Peninsula”) and to the fishing village of Siglufjörður, a former center of herring processing. You can learn about the “herring golden age” in Siglufjörður and Iceland in the local Herring Era Museum and about Icelandic folk music in the Folk Music Centre.
Leave Siglufjörður via the newly built tunnel of Héðinsfjarðargöng into Ólafsfjörður Fjord and the Ólafsfjarðargöng tunnel brings you onwards to Eyjafjörður Fjord and Akureyri, the Capital of the North.
Day 4: Lake Mývatn
You pass the Vaðlaheiði plateau on your way to Lake Mývatn. On the way, don‘t miss the gorgeous waterfall Goðafoss, a site that played an important role when Icelanders converted to Christianity.
Spend the rest of the day around Lake Mývatn. Walks to the pseudo-craters in Skútustaðir as well as in the lava field Dimmuborgir provide an interesting insight into volcanic history.
A bath in the warm water of the Nature Baths with a breathtaking view over the lake might very well be the perfect end to a good day.
Day 5: Ásbyrgi Canyon, Dettifoss Waterfall & Hot Sulphur Mud Springs of Námaskarð
A drive around Tjörnes peninsula can either start or end in Húsavík, but either way today you will see the horse-shoe shaped canyon Ásbyrgi before driving further along the east side of the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum to visit the grand waterfall Dettifoss. Do not forget to stop by the foul-smelling boiling-hot sulphur mud springs in Námaskarð on the way back to your accommodation.
Day 6: Whale Watching from Húsavík & Waterfalls
A perfect start to the day would be a visit to the fishing village of Húsavík, Iceland’s whale-watching hotspot, where 3-hour whale watching tours are on offer several times a day in the high season.
An insider’s tip for those interested in waterfalls would be the waterfall Aldeyjarfoss in Bárðardalur valley, situated in a tremendous wall of basalt columns. Your day’s journey ends in Akureyri town.
Day 7: Akureyri, the Arctic Circle & flight to Reykjavík
Explore Akureyri before noon and if you want we would be happy to help you arrange an air tour from Akureyri to the island of Grímsey, the northernmost inhabited point of Iceland, lying along the Arctic Circle.
Afterwards, you return your car at the airport in Akureyri and get on the 45-minute flight back to Reykjavík, where you will get to your accommodation by taxi (fare not included). Spend the remainder of the day exploring Reykjavík.
Day 8: Departure
You will be brought to Keflavík airport by the airport bus. If your flight is late in the afternoon or in the evening, you can take the airport bus that goes via the Blue Lagoon and stop there long enough for a nice, hot soak before heading onwards to the airport in time for your flight.
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.