8 Days / 7 Nights
A Self-Drive Journey
Daily departures between May to October.
We have planned this journey to create the perfect family Road-Trip through some of Iceland's most iconic natural treasures. The fantastic activities that are featured are easy, fun, and do not require any previous experience! Equipped with a pre-loaded tablet detailing all the attractions along the trip with point-to-point guided driving, you will enjoy a worry-free journey!
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Price per person, based on a party of 4 family members sharing 2 rooms.
Journey's Highlights »
- Visit Reykjavik, the vibrant Icelandic capital
- Soak in the healing & warm water of the Blue Lagoon
- Taste some local specialties on your Culinary Tour of Reykjavik
- Explore the wonders of the Golden Circle
- Join a Glacier Trekking Adventure
- Mount the Quads for a thrill ride along the Black Beaches
- Sale amidst icebergs in Glacier Lagoon
- Walk along the Diamond Beach
- Hike to the Black Fall at Skatafell National Park
- Learn about the Icelandic Volcanos at the interactive Lava Center
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- 3 nights in Reykjavik at the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre, in Premium Rooms (Day 1-4)
- 1 night in the South Shore at the Skalakot Manor Hotel, in Grand Rooms (Day 4-5)
- 2 nights in Glacier Lagoon at the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, in Standard Rooms (Day 5-7)
- 1 night in Reykjavik at the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre, in Premium Rooms (Day 7-8
Transportation & Touring:
- Entrance fees to all mentioned sites and National Parks
- All transfer and daily tours are operated via private luxurious vehicles and English-speaking private guides. Several activities within these days such as Ice -Trekking, Snowmobile Ride, Horseback Riding, and more are operated locally in small groups. (unless otherwise specified)
- 4WD Car Rental (Kia Sorento or similar) including unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), and Theft Protection
- Use of a Tablet fully pre-loaded with your journey's interactive itinerary, GPS assisted Point-to-Point driving Instructions, information of the point of interests, restaurants, Gas Stations, and more
- Pre-paid Gasoline Card in the amount of ISK 100,000 (about USD 80)
- 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot is included with your car for unlimited access to internet service
- Free Second Driver
- All Taxes and Airport Fees
- 24/7 Emergency Service and Support
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Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland
Arrive at Keflavik Airport and pick up the rental car, drive to Reykjavik for briefing.
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Welcome to Iceland! Upon arrival at Keflavik airport, go through immigration and proceed to the Hertz Counter at the Arrival Hall to pick up your Rental Car. You will be offered additional coverage options for the Car Rental period.
Drive to Reykjavik, the vibrant Capital of Iceland.
Our local representative will meet you at your hotel and join you for a short briefing regarding your program. He/she will also instruct you with the Caren Interactive Driving Companion operation and share all the essential driving tips for your Icelandic Adventure.
Day 2 - Blue Lagoon and Walking Culinary City-Tour
Enjoy the Premium Package at the Blue Lagoon and explore the city through a Culinary Walking Tour.
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This morning, drive yourselves to the Blue Lagoon.
The Blue Lagoon was formed in 1976 during operation at the nearby geothermal power plant. In the years that followed, people began to bathe in the unique water and apply the silica mud to their skin. As a result, those with psoriasis noticed an incredible improvement in their condition. Over the years, Blue Lagoon has been innovative in harnessing this gift of nature to develop different spa services and products. Today, Blue Lagoon is recognized as one of the wonders of the world.
Your Pre-paid Premium Entry Includes:
Entrance to Blue Lagoon
Silica Mud Mask
Use of Towel, Slippers, and Bathrobe
1st Drink of your choice
Reservation at Lava (optional, as cost of the meal is not included)
Sparkling wine if dining at Lava
Later today, meet a small group for a culinary walking tour. Excellent food doesn't just happen. Behind it are hard-working families, fascinating stories, ambitious restaurants, and age-old traditions.
On this tastiest sightseeing, we explore downtown Reykjavik through delicious local cuisines that you would never come across in your typical "to-do in Iceland" itinerary. We will stroll around the city and visit 5-6 excellent local restaurants with a fun and knowledgeable guide by your side. You will visit everything from well-known 'must visit restaurants' to small family-run businesses and local secret hangouts.
Day 3 - The Iconic Golden Circle
Today visit the attractions of the Golden Circle, including Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, and Gullfoss.
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After breakfast, depart for a full-day self-drive excursion to Iceland's most iconic sites along the famous Golden Circle route.
Start with a drive to the historical and geological wonder Thingvellir National Park. There you can see where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart. Thingvellir was also the setting of the world's oldest parliament, founded around 930. Thingvellir has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2004.
From there, continue to Fridheimar, a local Tomato Farm, serving a delicious buffet of homemade bread and tomato soup inside the geothermal-heated greenhouse! Enjoy your lunch amidst the Tomato's vine. A truly unique culinary experience. (Cost of meals to be paid locally).
We recommend stopping at Secret Lagoon Natural Hot Springs. While not so 'secret' anymore, the lagoon offers a rare opportunity to enjoy a soak in natural thermal water. Entry fees and the towel rental to be paid locally. Bring your bathing suit.
Next, you'll head to the Geysir geothermal area is where the geyser Strokkur shoots a column of water up to 25- 30 meters into the air every few minutes in a thrilling display of nature's forces.
The tour continues to Gullfoss, a two-tiered waterfall in the river Hvita. The river tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 105 ft. deep in an extraordinary display of natural power. Gullfoss is considered one of the most photogenic waterfalls in the world.
You then continue along the shores of Thingvallavatn lake, Iceland's largest lake boasting spectacular views, back to Reykjavik. In time for a late dinner.
Day 4 - The Icelandic South Shore and Glacier Ice Trekking
Check-out and depart to explore the famous attractions of the South Shore region. Your day includes a guided Ice-Trekking experience.
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Today, check out and drive to the South for your Ice Trekking Experience. En route, we suggest making stops at some iconic sites such as:
This iconic wonder of nature is a true gem. The most distinguishing feature of Seljalandsfoss is a pathway that stretches around it. The cliffs behind the falls have a vast cavern; rocks and paths allow guests to encircle it fully.
One of Iceland's widest waterfalls, with a drop of 215 feet, creates a lavish display of water and rainbows. Make sure to allow enough time to climb up the top of the waterfall, where there are lookout points to get a bird's eye view of the waterfall. Prepare to get soaked.
Arrive at the Solheimajokull Glacier and enjoy a short and easy Glacier Walk. Your certified and experienced glacier guide will lead you through a frozen wonderland of different shades of glacier ice. The spectacular colors of the ice can be white, blue, or crystal clear. You will safely view deep crevasses and water cauldrons, along with other interesting features of the glacier. During the glacier hike, you will have plenty of photo opportunities.
Additionally, your expert guide will share their wisdom about the ever-changing landscapes of the Icelandic glaciers, their formation, and how these icy giants are connected with the surrounding volcanoes and mountains. No technical skills are needed for this tour, and you will be provided with all the necessary glacier walk equipment. This is a great way to experience an Icelandic glacier. Total duration around 3 hours, on the ice 1 – 1.5 hours. (Shared Activity)
Afterward, continue to your charming countryside hotel for overnight.
Day 5 - Quad Adventure, Black-Sand Beaches and onto the Glacier Lagoon
Continue towards the east and the Glacier Lagoon. En-route, mount the ATVs (quads) for a thrill ride along the Black-Sand Beaches.
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This morning, we have arranged a thrilling Quad Bike Ride on a Black Sand Beach. This tour kicks off after meeting your ATV guide at the Arcanum Myrdalsjokull Glacier Base. You will receive all the necessary gear and a short safety briefing before venturing out to ride on Iceland's iconic black beaches. The guide will lead the group to the stunning coastline to witness breathtaking views of the surrounding area. You'll marvel at the views of Dyrhólaey, a peninsula that is the southernmost tip of the country, and have seen the enormous Myrdalsjokull glacier in the distance. After leaving the beach, they will head to the famous Solheimasandur plane wreck. This relic has been resting in the sand since 1973. Following the plane, you will drive to the Jökulsá river and up the foot of the mountain.
After your Adventure, head East towards the Glacier Lagoon. En route, we suggest making stops at:
Vík, the most southern town in Iceland. Stop at the local church, and after some free time for lunch.
Drive up to the edge of the cliff, where you can walk along an easy path, 120 feet above the ocean. Here you will see the giant Rock Arch, a result of centuries of erosion. On top of Dyrhólaey stands an iconic lighthouse, built in 1927. Between May to September, the site is also the nesting place of thousands of Puffins. It is one of the best places in Iceland to see the Puffins from a close distance.
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach:
This site is probably Iceland's most famous beach! Its beautiful black sand, powerful waves, and the nearby Reynisdrangar sea stacks make Reynisfjara a must-visit place and a popular filming location (Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and more). Here, it is all about nature's 'Dramatic Skills'.
Jökulsárlón is one of Iceland's natural crown jewels, and we've even started calling the nearby black beach our Diamond Beach, as the ice chunks lying on it resemble diamonds glistening in the sun. Typically, thousands of people are drawn to Jökulsárlón all year round to watch the free-flowing icebergs, explore the lagoon on boat tours, and even frequently snap a picture of a seal. The lagoon is formed naturally from melted glacial water and is perpetually growing while big blocks of ice crumble from the ever-shrinking glacier.
Arrive at your hotel located at the Glacier Lagoon for overnight.
Day 6 - Family fun at Glacier Lagoon
Enjoy a Zodiac Ride amidst Icebergs on Glacier Lagoon, followed by a visit to Diamond Beach. Later, embark on a hike through the Skaftafell National Park.
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This morning, we have arranged a zodiac ride on a Glacier Lagoon for you. Drive yourselves to the base and meet your small group. Sailing amidst the icebergs is an awe-inspiring experience. The icebergs are different in size, shape, and hues that make the appearance of each iceberg unique.
Just across the road from the Glacier Lagoon, we can find Diamond Beach. Here the icebergs that previously floated into the ocean are washed up on shore by the waves and currents, creating a diamond-like illusion against the black sand shoreline. The Diamond Beach is a favorite location for photographers and Wildlife-enthusiasts who can frequently site seals on the beach.
This afternoon, we suggest a visit to the Skaftafell National Park. Skaftafell is a nature reserve located in Vatnajökull National Park in the South East of Iceland. The area is known for its stunning hiking trails, often called the 'hikers' paradise.' There are easy treks that lead to various sites, such as the waterfall Svartifoss, which is surrounded by bizarre and beautiful basalt columns.
Day 7 - Return to Reykjavik and the Lava Center
Commence your way back to Reykjavik with additional stops at Postcard likes sceneries and explore the interactive exhibition at the Lava Center.
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Today, at your leisure, return to Reykjavik. En route, we suggest a stop at the Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon:
The Canyon is a magical place and one in which photos don't do justice. The Canyon is over 330 feet deep and 1.25 miles long and offers visitors several walking paths to take so they can enjoy the breathtaking views! It's quickly become one of the most sought-after locations, especially after appearing in Justin Bieber's video 'I'll Show You.'
Another optional stop is at the Lava Center. LAVA 'Iceland Volcano & Earthquake Center' reveals the epic forces of nature that shape our planet and formed Iceland only 20 million years ago. LAVA is dedicated to the unique volcanoes and geology of Iceland. (entrance Fees are payable locally).
The center features an interactive educational exhibition exploring the art and science of geology and the volcanic systems in Iceland and an educational learning center for geology where staff members educate visitors to make the visit as enjoyable and memorable as possible. The interactive exhibition further displays a collection of artifacts, films and graphics from various volcano eruptions that have occurred in the past century.
Arrive back to Reykjavik and drop off your car at the hotel (Just park in a legal spot and hand the keys to the reception of the hotel).
Enjoy your last night of this Adventure exploring on your own.
Day 8 - Departure from Iceland
Transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.
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Today you will be transferred to the international airport for your departure flight.
Explore more of: Iceland
Quad Ride on the Black Sand Beaches
The Diamond Beach
Ice Trekking Experience
Zodiac Ride on Glacier Lagoon
Meet the Icelandic Horses
Optional lunch at Friðheimar Tomato Farm
Typical Icelandic Scenary - South Shore Area
Hike to the Black Wtaerfall
Gullfoss Waterfall at the Golden Circle
The Blue Lagoon