The Ultimate Iceland Road Trip

Explore Iceland in a 4x4 campervan from famous geysirs, waterfalls and National Parks to lesser known rhyolite massifs, lunar calderas and lava fields... This ultimate active road trip begins with the Golden Circle and Þingvellir UNESCO World Heritage Site, then you head to the lesser known ochre geothermal world of Kerlingarfjöll. From here, you continue north to the whale watching capital of Europe and the oldest settlement in Iceland, Húsavík. The North of Iceland has many secrets to reveal, lunar calderas, lava fields and thermal baths are waiting to be explored. Next, you journey south through the desert to the black sand beaches, icebergs filled lakes and characteristic National Parks of the south... Discover the freedom which comes with campervan travel and visit the best of Iceland - an iconic Icelandic adventure.

Programme

  • Jour 1 Arrival Keflavik

    Welcome to Iceland! Enjoy an evening at leisure to relax, explore and prepare for your road trip.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Keflavik

  • Jour 2 The Golden Circle

    The Golden Circle Collect your campervan this morning and discover the famous Golden Circle. This includes the beautiful Þingvellir UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Mid-Atlantic fault and meeting place of the world’s oldest Parliament; Gullfoss waterfall (‘Golden Waterfall’), a gigantic two-tiered waterfall with impressive basalt columns and the restless geothermal area of Geysir and the extraordinary Strokkur Geyser. Take the 35 Kjölur road northwards to Kerlingarfjöll.

    150 miles

  • Jour 3 Kerlingarfjöll

    Kerlingarfjöll Go hiking in the rhyolite massif of Kerlingarfjöll. Discover a magical geothermal world of hot rivers, steaming solfatares and bubbling fumerolles where bright orange hills contrast dramatically with enormous white glaciers... Very few tourists take time to visit this locally renowned destination - a truly wild Icelandic gem.

  • Jour 4 Húsavík and the North Coast

    Húsavík and the North Coast The traditional fishing town of Húsavík is the Northernmost point of this adventure, it is the oldest settlement in Iceland and it is known as the whale watching capital of Europe! Take a boat trip to see these magnificent mammals, visit the iconic church and explore local museums...

    200 miles

  • Jour 5 Husavik - Asbyrgi - Dettifoss - Grimstadir

    Husavik - Asbyrgi - Dettifoss - Grimstadir Discover the unique horse shoe shaped canyon of Asbyrgi and journey to Grimstadir. Stop en route to explore Jökulsargljufur National Park, home to the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss falls. Here, you can go hiking along the beautiful gorge of basalt columns accompanied by the roar of the mighty falls.

    75 miles

  • Jour 6 Grimstadir - Askja - Myvatn

    Grimstadir - Askja - Myvatn Askja is one of Icelands most isolated and spectacular landscapes, a truly remote destination so ‘out of this world’ that it is where the first people to walk on the moon trained alongst the Dyngjuljöll mountains. You can explore the largest caldera in Iceland, it last erupted in 1961 and left behind an impressive lava field, 5 characteristic craters and a beautiful small island in the middle of the lake...
    The track to Askja can be quite long and tiring. For a more relaxing day we suggest a hike to Krafla volcano with its impressive lava fields and formations - Krafla erupted 9 times between 1975 and 1984! Overnight in volcanic area of the beautiful Lake Mývatn.

    150 miles

  • Jour 7 Mývatn

    Mývatn Explore the active volcanic area of Lake Mývatn. Discover the views from on top of the impressive Hverfjall crater and visit the famous lava formations of Dimmuborgir. Explore Storagja fault, visit the pseudo-craters of Skutustadargigar and relax in the stunning Mývatn Nature Baths.

  • Jour 8 Mývatn - Landmannlaugar

    Mývatn - Landmannlaugar Journey through the desert of Sprengisandur to the colourful area of Lanmannalaugar. Drive along the Sprengisandur track which follows the ancient pass through the highland desert: a mythical area of grey stone and black sand as far as the eye can see. Your route passes between the two enormous glaciers Vatnajökull and Hofsjökull.

    200 miles

  • Jour 9 Landmannalaugar

    Landmannalaugar Take time to explore this extraordinary area of rhyolite mountains and volcanoes. Follow winding trails and discover the volcanic massif Torfajökull, the valley of the Storihver hot springs and Brennisteinsalda Mountain, the most colourful volcano in Iceland. You can explore the vast Laugahraun lava fields and you can even climb to the top of Blahnukur for an exceptional panorama view. You can finish the day by swimming or relaxing in a warm river near to our camping spot.

  • Jour 10 Kirkjubaejarklaustur / Skaftafell

    Kirkjubaejarklaustur / Skaftafell Go hiking in the National Park at the foot of the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull. There are lots of stunning trails here as well as the highest peak in the country Hvannadalshnukur (2119m) a summit with simply breathtaking views.

    50 miles

  • Jour 11 Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón

    Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is a truly magical place where strangely-shaped blocks of floating ice drift from Breidarmerkurjökull glacier towards the sea. Nearby you can find black sand beaches scattered with mini icebergs which glisten like diamonds in the sun... You can take a boat trip here through the ice filled waters where seals frequent.

    75 miles

  • Jour 12 The road to Skógar

    The road to Skógar Explore the iconic black sand beaches of Reynisfjara - rated in the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world! With dramatic North Atlantic Ocean waves, black sands, impressive basalt columns, a huge cave, interesting folklore history plus the chance of puffin sightings this is a destination not to be missed. (This area has featured in many films and TV shows including Star Wars Rogue One, Star Trek Into Darkness and Game of Thrones) Arrival in Skaftafell National Park this afternoon.

    85 miles

  • Jour 13 Skógar - Reykjavik

    Skógar - Reykjavik Enjoy an evening in the vibrant capital city of Reykjavik, on the way why not visit the iconic Skógar and great Skógafoss waterfalls? There is also an interesting folk museum at Skogar with ancient peat-roofed houses...

    100 miles
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Reykjavik
    NB Night in Keflavik possible depending on your flights

  • Jour 14 Farewell Iceland

    Return your vehicle and onwards travel.

The details in this indicative programme are updated regularly but imponderables and unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the adventure which is best suited to your demands, the weather and the operational conditions, changes to the programme may be made. For safety reasons, we reserve the rights to interrupt your participation in this programme at any time if your technical level or fitness are deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to yourself or to those around you. This will in no case give rise to refunds or compensation.

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Période & budget

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Prix

From 2784 EUR for 2 travellers

Ce budget est indiqué par personne, selon disponibilité. Votre agent local vous fera parvenir un devis personnalisé avec le prix exact. En effet, ce dernier peut varier en fonction de plusieurs éléments (disponibilité, niveaux de prestations, période, nb de participants, délai de réservation et bien d’autres encore).

Le prix comprend

  • 4x4 camper van vehicle hire
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) Insurance (self-risk: 2800 €)
  • Your Road Book: A complete itinerary and travel guide with maps and recommendations
  • 24/7 telephone assistance

Your campervan includes:
  • Sleeping space for 2-3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, 2 beds
  • A sink with faucet
  • Freshwater 40 L tank
  • Refrigerator, gas/battery powered220v
  • City electrical connection
  • Gas-stove
  • Gas Heater
  • Cooking utensils
  • Linen including bed sheets, towels, blankets, dish-clothes
  • Kitchenware including washing-up tools, dinner-set, pan, pots, a kettle, a thermos and coffee making facilities

Le prix ne comprend pas

  • International flights
  • Registration fee: €18 (free for under 12s)
  • Meals

Additional Campervan Hire Options
  • Super CDW: 20 € with self risk limit from €800
You can purchase the following accessories for your campervan. Prices per rental:
  • Tents: €50
  • Camping chairs: €20
  • Camping tables:  €20
  • Porta potty toilet: €50
  • Baby chairs, booster seats: €30
  • GPS navigation system: €50
  • Tow rope: €5
  • BBQ Grill: €50

Additional Activities
Please let us know if you would like to reserve any of the following optional activities:
  • A one hour boat trip among glaciers in Jokulsarlön lagoon: from €70 (discounts for children)
  • Mývatn Nature Bath: From €20
  • Museums in Húsavík: From €9
  • Whale-watching and or puffin watching boat trip from Húsavík: prices vary, from €80

Remarques

You will need a valid driver's license, issued for at least 12 months before the rental date. Minimum driver age: 20

Please also note that campervan rental is priced per calander day rather than per hour so depending on your flight times, alternative accommodation like guesthouse accommodation in Reykjavik at the beginning and or end of your trip may be less expensive.

Infos pratiques

Encadrement

Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge our professional Icelandic team know the country inside out. You can call us 24/7 during your trip - we are here to ensure you have the best holiday.

Alimentation

Breakfast is provided when staying in guesthouse accommodation. Your campervan is equiped with cooking equipment and gas. Lots of recommendations of where to eat out and where to purchase food can be found in your Road Book.

Typical Icelandic Cuisine
A wide variety of foods from around the world are available in Iceland. Lamb and fish dishes are widely eaten; popular local foods include skyr (protein rich yogurt), rúgbrauð (rye bread) and preserved foods: Pickled, dried or smoked. Brennivín (a spirit) is considered the national distilled drink.

Hébergement

Discover Iceland by 4x4 campervan - our detailed roadbook includes all the best possible camping spots for nights in your 4x4 campervan. You can hire tents as an additional option if you wish.

Your first and last nights will be spent in guesthouse accommodation with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, hot showers and heating.

Déplacement et portage

Iceland has a fabulous network of scenic roads which connect its most amazing destinations. Some 'roads' are however more like 'tracks' and fjord crossings are not uncommon - a 4x4 vehicle is necessary for this route.

In general you can expect to find petrol stations, shops and accommodation options around every 70 miles. Fuel is not included in the car rental rates but prices in Iceland are fair.

Budget et change

The currency in Iceland is Icelandic Krona (ISK). Please budget for:
  • Meals, drinks & personal expenses
  • Museum entry fees and additional activities
  • Fuel & additional insurance options/car accessories

Equipement fourni sur place

A detailed Road Book with maps, information and recommendations.

Your campervan includes:
Linen: towels (two sizes), tea towel, Duvet or sleeping bags, pillows, blankets.
Kitchenware: pots, pans, plates, glasses, cups, kettle, knives, forks, spoons, ladles, can opener, bottle opener, simple coffee maker, cheese grater, lighter.
Liquid soap, washing up liquid, new kitchen brush, sponge, rags, dust brush.
Propane gas 9 kilos. Cleaning, Inverter (12V to 230V).

Bagages

Bring a small rucksack for use as a day bag when hiking. This is practical for carrying your lunch, water and any personal medication with you.

Pharmacie

We recommend that you bring a small personal first aid kit containing any medication you may need such as inhalers, plasters, antiseptic and painkillers.

Passeport

Most travellers will need a passport that is valid for at least three months after their return date. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and please be aware that proof of onwards travel may be required.

Visa

Iceland is part of the Schengen cooperation. You should not need to obtain a visa but proof of onwards travel may be required. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific visa requirements.

Vaccins obligatoires

There are no specific health risks.

Santé / recommendations sanitaires

It is your responsibility to check that your personal health insurance covers everything in this trip. A consultation with your doctor is a prerequisite for any trip.

Climat

Contrary to the name 'Ice-land' the weather in Iceland is relatively mild considering its location. In summer the average temperature is 10-13°C (50-55 °F) but warm summer days can reach 20-25°C

From June to September it is nearly always light with the return of night and the first Northern Lights appearances towards the end of August.

Electricité

Iceland uses Northern European electrical standards (50Hz/220 volts)  and the standard Europlug socket with two round prongs.
Please be aware that some remote campsites and refuges charge for electricity use.

Heure locale

Iceland uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) like the United Kingdom but does not observe daylight-saving time in the summer

Géographie

Area: 39,768.5 m²
Population: 334,252 inhabitants (2016)
Capital: Reykjavik
Languages: Icelandic (English is widely spoken)
Regime: Parliamentary Republic

Iceland is 20 million years old and is a volcanic island with around one eruption every 5 years. 11% of the island is covered with ice, 1% of the land is cultivated, 20% is grassland, 2% is lake, 40% is sand and the rest is desert.

Tourisme responsable

 As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously. We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...

1.    Be prepared
2.    Stick to trails and camp overnight right
3.    Stash your trash and pick up waste
4.    Leave it as you find it
5.    Be careful with fire
6.    Respect wildlife
7.    Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates. 

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.
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Isabelle

Mon agent local
Isabelle

  • Outdoor activities enthusiast
  • Adventure travel expert
  • Studied Outdoor Leadership
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Région
Northern Iceland Reykjavík The Highlands The South
Activité
Hiking Self-Drive Summer
Durée
14 jours
Code
EISLL4WD
Prix
A partir de 2 784 €
Niveau
2/5
Confort
2/5

Points forts

  • A 4x4 campervan road trip - the best way to see Iceland
  • Go hiking in rhyolite massifs, though lava fields and in National Parks
  • Black sand beaches, icebergs and volcanoes...
  • Your detailed Altai Road Book includes a travel guide, maps and recommendations

Niveau requis

This trip includes long days of hiking a driving.
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