Nice & Easy Around Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula (Self Drive)
10 Days Self Drive Tour from Reykjavik

Features and Inclusions

  • 9 nights accommodation with private facilities

  • 9 breakfasts

  • Detailed travel itinerary in English 60-80 pages depending on the length of tour

  • Emergency phone number access service

  • Not Included: Rental Car, detailed road maps, entrance fees and activities, detailed road maps and travel guide books

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Departures and Prices 2016

Starting Daily from

May 1 - May 31, 2016

September 1 - September 30, 2016

Per Person in Twin

$ 2285.00

Single

$ 1765.00

 

Starting Daily from

June 1 - August 31, 2016

Per Person in Twin

$ 2680.00

Single 

$ 2110.00

 

 

 

ITINERARY

 

NICE & EASY Self-Drive Hotel Packages


Advantages:
* Instant availability
* Great value for money for our best selling concept of Nice & Easy self-drive programs
* The name of accommodation is specified in the Nice & Easy self-drive programs
* Possibility to book and pre-pay optional activities in advance
* A very detailed driving itinerary is included in the price and will be sent by email 3-4 weeks prior to arrival, offered in English language only. A 7-day itinerary is about 60 A-4 pages, a 10-day itinerary is about 80 A-4 pages, including many web links, distances in km/miles and small regional maps.
* Vouchers are sent by email about 3 weeks prior to arrival, once invoice is paid
* Emergency phone number access from May to September
* Information meeting with our travel experts during office hours at our travel bureau in street Borgartún 34 where we have a selection of brochures, travel books and maps

Day 1: Reykjavik (49km)
Arrival and 1 night at Guesthouse Borgartun or Grand Hotel Reykjavik for additional charge. Optional activity: Blue Lagoon, depending on time of arrival. (O)

Day 2: Snaefellsnes Peninsula (310km)
The Snćfellsnes Peninsula (the peninsula of the snowy mountain) juts out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip, in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. Craters, lava flows, an ice cap, glaciated peaks, fjords, sandy beaches and high cliffs are its landscapes. A rugged mountain chain runs its length, capped by the 1,446m Snćfellsjökull, a mystical cone-shaped strato volcano where according to Jules Verne´s book the entrance to the center of the earth can be found. The south side of the peninsula is farming country yet has conserved much of its extensive marshlands, which are an important habitat for birds. Fringed by golden sand beaches, the wild and windswept coast is pounded by surf as it faces the full onslaught of an unforgiving Atlantic. The north side of Snćfellsnes is more sheltered and has fjords which make a good anchorage for fishing vessels. Stykkishólmur is a charming fishing town offering amazing view over Breiđafjörđur fjord with thousands for small islands. 1 night at Hotel Framnes in Gudarfjordur. (B,O)
Optional activity: Bird watching & fjord cruise

Day 3: Going North (355km)
Travel along the north shore of the Snćfellsnes Peninsula to Haukadalur, a rather authentic replica of the homestead of Eirik the Red, the famous explorer, who founded the Icelandic colony in Greenland. His son Leif-the-Lucky, born in Haukadalur, Iceland, went on to become the first European to set foot in North America. Now the excavated and reconstructed farm in Haukadalur is a living Viking museum which is a fun, informative and rather photogenic place. The landscape is dominated by mountains, valleys, the sea and wide open spaces. Continue to Skagafjörđur, valley of the horses and sagas. Here you find the Glaumbćr turf farm & folk museum and the Viđimýri church, one of the most beautiful examples of traditional turf church architecture. 1 night at Hotel Norđurland in Akureyri. (B,O)
Optional activities: Seal watching in Northwest Iceland or horseback riding in Akureyri

Day 4: Akureyri & Lake Myvatn - Husavik (135km)
Akureyri is the capital of North Iceland and we recommend a visit to the old town, the modern church and botanical garden. Continue to Gođafoss, the waterfall of the Gods. Lake Mývatn offers a wide spectrum of volcanic and geological features, abundant bird life and a wealth of walking trails. Continue to Húsavík, the whale watching capital of Iceland. 1 night at Cape Hotel Húsavík. 
Optional activity: Early morning whale watching & fjord cruise from Akureyri. 
Optional activity: Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn (“blue lagoon of the North”). 
Optional activity: Guided Bike & Bath Tour at Lake Mývatn incl. entrance to Nature Baths.
  

Day 5: Going East (270km)

Travel east over Jökuldalsheiđi moorland plateau, lava and sand desert. We recommend a detour to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, subject to season. Egilsstađir is the center of East Iceland, located at Lögurinn Lake and not far from Hallormsstađur woods and Hengifoss, Iceland's 2nd highest waterfall. Continue to the small village of Fáskrúđsfjörđur in the East Fjords and stay at one of Iceland's most charming hotels. 1 night at Fosshotel Eastfjords in Fáskrúđsfjörđur. (B,O)
Optional activity: Whale watching in Húsavík.

Day 6: Vatnajokull National Park (410km)

Travel the scenic route along the dramatic fjord landscape and fishing villages of East Iceland before reaching Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier and National Park. We recommend a boat tour between icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and a short hike in Skaftafell National Park. 1 night at Laki Cottages in Kirkjubćjarklaustur. (B,O)
Optional activity: Boat trip on glacial lagoon.

Day 7: South Shore (220km)

A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits you today as you head across the Laki lava field, pass the waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. The bird cliffs of Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara are simply amazing. We recommend also a stroll on the black lava beaches of Vík and a visit to the folk museum and turf houses at Skógar. 1 night at Hotel Örk in Hveragerđi. (B,O)
Optional activities: Glacier hike on Sólheimajökull or a snowmobile tour on Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

Day 8: South Iceland Activity Day

The village of Hveragerđi is heaven for outdoor activities and surrounded my volcanic mountains and beautiful green valleys with geothermal springs and even some natural hot rivers to take a bath in the wilderness. We recommend a South Iceland activity challenge day or simply explore the nearby seashore villages. 
If you are up for more sightseeing by rental car, the Thjórsárdalur valley is well-known for its numerous excavations of old Viking farms, which were buried by the ash of an eruption of Hekla volcano in the year 1104. The farm at Stöng is especially worth seeing. In this area are two beautiful waterfalls, Hjálparfoss that is easy to reach and Háifoss waterfall that is a bit off the beaten track. A short walk leads to the ravine Gjáin that offers a surrounding with waterfalls, lava formations and wonderful vegetation. This is an enchanting spot and not to be missed. This round trip is about 170 km / 105 miles. (B,O)
Optional activities: Horseback riding or a guided hiking tour & bathing in a natural hot river or a guided mountain biking & splash tour.

Day 9: Golden Circle (195km)

Today's program is called Golden Circle with Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot springs and Thingvellir National Park. Take some time to explore Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. 1 night at Guesthouse Borgartún or Grand Hotel Reykjavík for additional charge. (B,O)
Optional activities: Horseback riding, river rafting or entrance to Fontana geothermal steam baths. 

Day 10: Departure (49km)

Departure. (B)
Optional activity: Blue Lagoon, depending on time of departure.

 

 

B=Breakfast; D=Dinner; O=Overnight                                            gitsjne5

 

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