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8-Day The Ring Road and Golden Circle of Iceland Self-Drive Tour from Reykjavik

Tour Code: 300-5708
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Reykjavik, Iceland
8 Days 7 Nights

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Highlights: Visit Akureyri, Borgarnes (Settlement Center), Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon, Myvatn (Dimmuborgir, Namaskard), Reykholt (Deildartunguhver), Selfoss (Seljalandsfoss), Thingvellir National Park, Vatnajokull National Park (Skaftafell, Svartifoss), Vik (Skogafoss).

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Activity Option 1Surcharge Date / Date Range AdultChild
Snorkeling in Silfra - 16 years old and above - Surcharge Year round $133$133
Snowmobiling on Langjokull - Surcharge Year round $209.04$209.04
2 Hours Horse-Riding - Surcharge Year round $107.07$107.07
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Activity Option 2Surcharge Date / Date Range AdultChild
Glacier Lagoon Amphibian Boat Tour - Surcharge Year round $47.68$47.68
Glacier Lagoon Zodiac Boat Tour - Surcharge Year round $81.98$81.98
Glacier Hiking in Skaftafell - Surcharge Year round $82.81$82.81
Ice Cave Tour in Myrdalsjokull Year round $250.11$250.11
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Activity Option 3Surcharge Date / Date Range AdultChild
Whale Watching in Husavik Year round $86.16$86.16
Whale and Puffin Rib Boat Tour in Husavik Year round $158.10$158.10
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Whale Watching in Akureyri Year round $91.93$91.93
1 Hour Horse Riding Year round $91.18$91.18
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Activity Option 5Surcharge Date / Date Range AdultChild
Ice Cave Tunnel in Langjokull Year round $163.12$163.12
Viogelmir Lava Caves Year round $54.37$54.37
Inside the Volcano Year round $351.33$351.33
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Blue Lagoon Comfort Entrance - Surcharge Year round $58.47$58.47
Blue Lagoon Premium Entrance - Surcharge Year round $83.57$83.57
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    Add-on OptionSurcharge Date / Date Range AdultChild
    Blue Lagoon Comfort Entrance - Surcharge Year round $58.47$58.47
    Blue Lagoon Premium Entrance - Surcharge Year round $83.57$83.57
    Activity OptionsSurcharge Date / Date Range AdultChild
    Snorkeling in Silfra - 16 years old and above - Surcharge Year round $133$133
    Snowmobiling on Langjokull - Surcharge Year round $209.04$209.04
    2 Hours Horse-Riding - Surcharge Year round $107.07$107.07
    Glacier Lagoon Amphibian Boat Tour - Surcharge Year round $47.68$47.68
    Glacier Lagoon Zodiac Boat Tour - Surcharge Year round $81.98$81.98
    Glacier Hiking in Skaftafell - Surcharge Year round $82.81$82.81
    Ice Cave Tour in Myrdalsjokull Year round $250.11$250.11
    Whale Watching in Husavik Year round $86.16$86.16
    Whale and Puffin Rib Boat Tour in Husavik Year round $158.10$158.10
    Whale Watching in Akureyri Year round $91.93$91.93
    1 Hour Horse Riding Year round $91.18$91.18
    Ice Cave Tunnel in Langjokull Year round $163.12$163.12
    Viogelmir Lava Caves Year round $54.37$54.37
    Inside the Volcano Year round $351.33$351.33
    • price is shown as per person if 4 travelers
    • Child under 6 free of charge.
    Day 1


    These self-driving tours begin either in Reykjavik or the Keflavik International Airport. After guests arrive at the airport, they will pick up their car and drive to the hotel. Then, they will have the rest of the day free at their own leisure to explore Reykjavik. Those who arrive early can pay a visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon.
    Standard Hotel: 3 stars hotel in Reykjavik
    Day 2

    Golden Circle - Selfoss - Vik (299 km)

    Today, we will travel along the Golden Circle, beginning with Thingvellir National Park, where we will see the Almannagja gorge. We will also have the chance to go snorkeling in the Silfra fissure. Next, we will see Geysir and Strokkur. After that, we will travel to Gullfoss waterfall and we can go snowmobiling or horseback riding on the Langjokull glacier. Then, we will see the volcanic crater of Lake Kerio before we continue on our way to see the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Along the coast, near Vik, we can stop to admire black sand beaches and dramatic cliff faces.
    • Golden Circle, ICELAND

      Iceland's Golden Circle is the country's most popular tourist route, featuring several of the top geological formations in the country, such as the geysers of Strokkur and Geysir, as well as the Gullfoss waterfall.


      Considered the first geyser discovered by modern Europeans, the eruptions of Geysir can send boiling water up to 70 meters in the air. Only 50 meters away is Strokkur, another famous Icelandic geyser.


      Merely a stone's throw from it's sibling, Geysir, Strokkur is a fountain geyser near the Hvita River. It erupts every 8-10 minues, averaging about 15-20 meters high each time.


      This waterfall in southwest Iceland is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. It is a multi-tiered waterfall, which all empties into a crevice 32 meters deep.
    • Thingvellir National Park, ICELAND

      Thingvellir National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular tourist destination in Iceland. Thingvellir has unusual tectonic and volcanic geological features and visitors can enjoy a wide array of activities including camping, hiking, and scuba diving.
    • Selfoss, ICELAND


      This waterfall in Iceland is situated between the town of Selfoss and another waterfall, Skogafoss. At a height of 200 feet, it marks where the coastline of Iceland once was thousands of years ago.
    • Vik, ICELAND


      This waterfall in Iceland lies along the Skoga River where it once drained into the sea. The cliff at the top of the waterfall marks where the old coastline of Iceland was.
    Standard Hotel: Vik 3-star hotel
    Day 3

    Vik - Vatnajokull National Park - Jokulsarlon (159 km)

    Today, we will head to the beautiful Skaftafell Nature Reserve within Vatnajokull National Park. We can also choose to visit a natural ice cave within the Myrdalsjokull glacier. The area holds many trails for hiking, no matter what the skill level. Afterwards, we can stop by the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, where we can take an optional boat tour and visit Diamond Beach.
    • Vatnajokull National Park, ICELAND


      A preservation area in southeast Iceland. It used to be a manor farm and a national park, but has been a part of Vatnajökull National Park since its establishment in 2008.


      Known as the black falls, this waterfall is one of the most popular sights in Vatnajokull National Park. The waterfall is surrounded by dark lava columns, which have provided inspiration for Iceland's architects.
    • Jokulsarlon, ICELAND

      A large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajokull National Park. Situated at the head of the Breioamerkurjokull glacier, it developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
    Standard Hotel: Jökulsárlón and Höfn 3-star hotel
    Day 4

    Jokulsarlon - East Fjords - Egilsstađir (158 km)

    Driving through the Icelandic countryside will feel like a rollercoaster ride as we journey today to the great Vatnajokull glacier. We will also enjoy the views of picturesque fishing villages and the east fjords. We will spend the night in Egilsstađir.
    Standard Hotel: Egilsstađir 3-star hotel
    Day 5

    Egilsstaoir - Myvatn - Akureyri (265 km)

    Today, we will head to Lake Myvatn. On the way, we will drive through the Jokulsargljugur section on Vatnajokull National Park, visiting the incredible Asbyrgi canyon and Dettifoss. When we reach Myvatn, we can explore places like Manaskard Pas, the Skútustađagígar, the Dimmuborgir lava formations and Mount Krafla. In the nearby village of Husavik, we can take a whale watching cruise. Later on, we will take a dip in the soothing waters of the Myvatn Natural Baths. Afterwards, we will spend the night in Akureyri.
    • Myvatn, ICELAND

      This lake in northern Iceland is situated in an area of volcanic activity. The landscape is dominated by volcanic formations, and even the lake itself was formed from an eruption over 2,300 years ago.


      If you didn't know any better, you would think that this area of volcanic and geothermal activity in northern Iceland was actually Mars! Travelers, be wary: though the landscape is fascinating, the sulfuric stench is pungent!


      This large area is loaded with fascinating volcanic formations. The name Dimmuborgir means "dark fortresses," a reference to the ominous citadel-like shape of these structures. The area is one of Iceland's most popular natural attractions.
    Standard Hotel: Akureyri 3-star hotel
    Day 6

    Akureyri - Tröllaskagi Peninsula - Blönduós (145 km)

    We will be able to spend the morning exploring Akureyri, visiting the local shops, museum and botanical gardens. Then, we will set out along the Trollaskagi peninsula, where we can choose to embark on a whale watch. We will continue to Skagafjordur, where we can take a horseback ride and revel in the mountain views before reaching the old fishing villages of Siglufordur and Hofsos. We will spend the night near Blonduos.
    • Akureyri, ICELAND

      Nicknamed the Capital of North Iceland, Akureyri is an important port and fishing centre. The area where Akureyri is located was settled in the 9th century but did not receive a municipal charter until 1786. The town was the site of Allied units during World War II.
    Standard Hotel: Blönduós 3-star hotel
    Day 7

    Blonduos - Borgarnes - Reykholt - Reykjavík (392 km)

    Today, we will explore West Iceland.. Our first stop of the day will be the Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes and Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in Europe. Further along, we will visit the captivating waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. History buffs may also want to take a detour to Snorrastofa, the medieval research institute in Reykholt. We can also opt to take an exciting tour of the caves near the Viđgelmir lava tubes or venture into the incredible man-made ice tunnels at Langjokull. We can even venture into a volcano by exploring the colorful magma chamber of Ţríhnúkagígur. On the way back to Reykjavik, we will take a short break at the Fossatuna waterfall, said to be guarded by a troll woman named Drifa.
    • Borgarnes, ICELAND

      Borgarnes is a town located 60 kilometers north of Reykjavik along the shore of Borgarfjorour municipality in Iceland. Popular tourist attractions include the Settlement Center (a twin museum exhibition), Bruouheimar (a unique center for puppet arts), Bjossarolo Park, and more.

      Settlement Center

      This museum experience is like none other. Divided into two exhibitions, visitors can learn about the discovery and settlement of Iceland, and the adventures of Egil Skallagrimsson and his family. Both attractions are informative, action packed, and family friendly.
    • Reykholt, ICELAND

      A village in the Western Region of Iceland, Reykholt has a rich history and was once the intellectual center of Iceland. Today, archaeologists continue to find medieval remains, scientists conduct research on the aurora borealis, and tourists enjoy attractions like the Hraunfossar waterfalls and nearby Deildartunguhver hot springs.


      Deildartunguhver is a hot spring and popular tourist attraction near Reykholt, Iceland. On average, water from the spring emerges at 97 °C (206 °F) and some of the water is used to for heating in surrounding towns.
    Standard Hotel: Reykjavík 3-star hotel
    Day 8


    Today, guests will drive to the airport to drop their cars off and board their departure flights. If their flight is in the late afternoon or evening, they can exploer for a little while before heading to the airport. They can see Hallskrimskirkja, Ellidarardalur Park, Grotta Lighthouse, the Blue Lagoon and more.
    • Departure & Return

    • Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavík City or at Keflavik International Airport.
    • Departure time is flexible.
    • Price Includes

    • 7 nights hotel accommodation with private baths and breakfasts
    • Vehicle (VW Polo or similar)
    • CDW, SCDW and gravel protection insurance for vehicle
    • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
    • GPS system
    • Taxes
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    • Fuel
    • Any other costs not specified in the "Price Includes"
    • Additional Note

    • Thing to bring: warm clothes, good hiking boots, valid driver's license along with a one-year long on-road experience.
    • The Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.
    • Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.
    • Transportation Option:
      Budget: A small 2WD vehicle fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions, such as VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or similar. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities.
      Comfort: A medium sized jeep or SUV with 4WD (4x4) fit for most travel, and good for snow and off-asphalt travel, such as Toyota Rav4 or similar. This vehicle has basic highland capabilities.
      Luxury: A large sized jeep with 4WD (4x4) such as Toyota Land Cruiser or similar, fit for nearly all traveling. This vehicle has full highland capabilities to drive on accessible mountain roads.
    • It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.
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    • Your ticket(s) will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please allow up to 8 hours to receive the confirmation. Your booking will be processed as soon as possible.


    • Complete operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, is included on your e-ticket. You must print the e-tickets and take them along on your trip; they are your proof of purchase.

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    Cancellation Policy:
    • You can cancel your multi day tour up to 7 days before departure and receive an 85% refund. The 15% service fee is to cover our cost of planning and arrangement. You can not cancel any individual services within a package within 7 days before departure.
    • You can cancel your car rental reservation up to 24 hours before departure and receive a full refund.
    • If we cancel your tour due to weather conditions or any other circumstances you will always receive a full refund. If a volcanic eruption stops you from getting to Iceland you will also receive a full refund on tours.

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