(Reykjavik, Vik i Myrdal, Hofn, Egilsstadir, Myvatyn, Akureyri)
Discover the magical natural wonders, the majestic landscapes and the unique character of Iceland. This self-drive tour provides the ultimate freedom and flexibility to experience Iceland at your own pace. You will see and explore all major attractions around Iceland's main ring road, including the mighty Geysir and the spouting Strokkur hot springs, Waterfalls, National Parks and other nature wonders. The package include: accommodation with breakfast, rental car with CDW and Theft Protection, emergency phone line available 24/7 , detailed road map, road book in selected languages. Delivery of rental car on day 2 at hotel in Reykjavík. Discover the magical natural wonders, the majestic landscapes and the unique character of Iceland. Self-drive tours provides the ultimate freedom and flexibility to experience Iceland at your own pace. You will see and explore all major attractions around Iceland's main ring road, including the mighty Geysir and the spouting Strokkur hot springs, Waterfalls, National Parks and other nature wonders. The package include: accommodation with breakfast, rental car with CDW and Theft Protection, emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September, detailed road map, road book in selected languages. Delivery of rental car on day 2 at hotel in Reykjavík. Free GPS system and no charges for an additional driver.
Relax on your airport transfer in Reykjavik with a private vehicle and driver. Please note that a surcharge may be post billed to you if you require a transfer after 8pm or before 7am.
Arrival in Reykjavik, the Northernmost Capital in the World.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Take time to explore Reykjavik at leisure. Surrounded by sea, its waterfront paths are perfect for a leisurely stroll, some jogging, cycling or rollerblading. The city's northern waterfront is a popular area, with a beautiful view of Reykjavik's landmark mountain, Mt. Esja. The city is an intimate size with a big personality and some striking landmarks, including mountains, beautiful buildings both old and modern, a lake and intriguing sculptures. City Hall is an impressive building on the northern shore of Lake Tjornin; stark and modern, it is the neural centre of Reykjavik, connecting nature, water and bird life to the centre of town. Hallgrimskirkja church, the largest church in Iceland, is Reykjavik's main landmark and its tower can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. Hofdi House, built in 1909, might be one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Reykjavik. It is best known as the location for the 1986 summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbatsjov, a historical event that effectively marked the end of the Cold War. Videy Island is a unique site that combines history, culture and nature, and is only a few minutes away from the city by boat. Archaeological excavations have disclosed the fact that the island was inhabited already in the 10th century. In more modern times, the Imagine Peace Tower was inaugurated on the island and is dedicated to the memory of John Lennon on what would have been his 67th birthday.
Today's highlights include Þingvellir National Park a place of great geological and historical interest, the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot-spring area. Drive along the south shore, viewing Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the black sand beaches around Vík and Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Approximate mileage:ca. 310km/193 miles.
Enjoy a boat tour around the islands, surrounded by mountains, volcanoes and seabirds. The volcanic eruption in the Westman Islands in year 1973 is, without doubt, considered the largest natural disaster in Iceland in recent history. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding this service to your itinerary. This tour is optional and can be purchased locally.
Drive through the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, explore Skaftafell National Park, a green oasis nestling below the great Vatnajökull glacier surrounded by black desert sands. Continue to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and onwards to the charming harbor town Höfn known as the lobster capital of northern Europe. Approximate mileage: ca. 270 km / 168 miles.
Enjoy the beautiful south shore of Iceland to the extraordinary glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón. You will pass charming villages in the south as well as the Skaftafell National Park before reaching the lagoon. Once there, enjoy a stunning boat tour floating past large blocks of ice that have broken off of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. The tour includes a Boat tour on the Glacier Lagoon. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding this service to your itinerary.
Glacier hike in Skaftafell area is an awe-inspiring place, with incredible mountains reaching for the sky and enormous glaciers stretching out in all directions. If you are looking for breathtaking views, great hiking and unforgettable glacier trips, this is certainly Iceland's top location. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding this service to your itinerary.
Drive along the rugged coastline of the East Fjords with towering mountains and charming fishing villages. Approximate mileage: ca. 300 km / 186 miles.
On the way you have the option of taking a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding this service to your itinerary.
Visit Petra's famous collection of local stones and minerals at Stöðvarfjörður. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding this service to your itinerary. This tour is optional and can be purchased locally.
Travel across Möðrudalsöræfi highlands renowned for their stark, untouched beauty towards Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. Visit the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Ásbyrgi. Drive onwards to Tjörnes peninsula and the friendly Húsavík fishing port. Approximate mileage: ca. 310 km / 193 miles
Experience the original Húsavík Whale Watching tour that has given the town the reputation of being Europe's whale watching capital. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding this service to your itinerary.
Explore highlights of the Lake Mývatn area, including the mystical volcanic formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Námaskarð and Krafla volcanic area. Drive to Goðafoss waterfall, the capital of the north Akureyri or Skagafjörður area. Approximate mileage: ca. 130 km / 81 miles.
The bird museum is located on the farm Ytri-Neslönd beside Lake Myvatn. Sigurgeir’s bird museum is considered the largest known private bird collection in Iceland. There is a multi-lingual computer guide to Iceland's birds, a shop with refreshments, bird books are available, there is a logbook of recent sightings, telescopes are set up to watch the birds on the lake and a remote camera displays live wildlife images from one of the lake's islands. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding this service to your itinerary.
Drive through the historical region of Skagafjörður renowned for horse breeding. You have an option of visiting the old farmstead at Glaumbær a great example of old Icelandic architecture. Continue to the bay of Húnaflói and across Holtavörðuheiði plateau, enter Borgarfjörður area. Another option is to travel across the barren Kjölur highland road (4WD needed, track open from mid-June), to the geothermal oasis at Hveravellir before driving to Reykjavík. Approximate mileage: ca. 490 km / 305 miles.
River rafting or horse riding in Skagafjörður. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding this service to your itinerary.
Seal watching from Havammstangi. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding this service to your itinerary.
Enjoy a shared transfer with a stop at the Blue Lagoon on your way to Reykjavik. This transfer departs at multiple times throughout the day. Included: bathing fee at the Blue Lagoon and towel . There is a secure location to store your luggage while at the Lagoon. Also, lockers are available in the change rooms.
Grand Hotel Reykjavík (4*) is the largest hotel in Iceland with a total of 314 rooms. All of the hotel rooms are very spacious and equipped with first-class amenities, including an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower, large beds, satellite TV, mini-bar, hair dryer, iron & iron board, coffee & tea maker and a safe. Rooms with facilities for disabled persons are also available, and adjoining rooms (walk-through) are available upon request. The first-class à la Carte restaurant, Brasserie Grand, offers a varied menu to suit every need.
The Vík Hotel Edda (3*) benefits from a superb location on the south coast of Iceland. The hotel is a comfortable cozy accommodation in the town of Vik i Mydral. A short distance away, guests can view the stunning Myrdalsjokull glacier and the small peninsula of Dyrholaey. This welcoming hotel offers modern standards of comfort and amenities, allowing for a great vacation on Iceland.
Höfn Hotel (3*) was founded in the year 1966 and is one of the better established hotels in the country. It's located in the center of town and has a breathtaking view over the magnificent glaciers, the circle of mountains and the fjord. Hótel Höfn has 68 comfortable rooms all equipped with a TV, radio, telephone, computer access and a private bath. A dining room/board room, seating 140 guests is situated at the top floor. A smaller restaurant "Ósinn" featuring courses such as pizza, steak and lobster is on the ground floor. The hotel has a bar and great facilities for conferences and all kinds of gatherings.
The Hérad Icelandairhotel (3*) is located in the thriving centre of Egilsstadir, an area that continues to grow. The three-storey hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a break in Iceland and explore some of the eastern region’s natural, awe-inspiring sights. Well-equipped, stylish rooms offer a relaxing stay and a great night’s sleep and there’s always the chance for dining, as well as socialising, in the superb restaurant and bar. The balcony is the perfect place to drink in the unforgettable hues of the midnight sun.
Hotel Gigur (3*) is situated in one of Iceland´s most popular and beautiful tourist attractions, on the southern shore of Lake Myvatn. The hotel has 38 comfortable rooms, all with private bathrooms and magnificent dining rooms, with a fantastic view over the lake. Hotel guests and other diners can choose from a number of delectable meals from the a la carte menu. The hotel also has a bar and a lounge.
The Hotel Edda in Akureyri (3*) is located in the student residence of the Akureyri High School, in the heart of the town. It is ideal for those who are looking for good accommodation and service at a reasonable price. This year the hotel adds 122 new rooms, all with TV, telephone and private bath.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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