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Iceland 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure

  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Geysers, black sand beaches & glacial lagoons
  • The Valley of Thor
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Dettifoss Waterfall
  • Mt Hekla

Overview

A must do tour for your bucket list!

Iceland is one of the most unique places on earth – it is a country in the making, one of the "youngest" in the world. 

Iceland is in all senses a surprising country - Islanders boasts an educational level of 99% as well as the highest, per capita readers, in the world. The infrastructure is good. The food of the highest quality and the natural beauty and variety, makes for unforgettable images in your mind. Life underneath the surface of the earth, however, is the thing that will mesmerize you the most. Imagine, boiling water ejecting 40 meters into the air every 10 minutes, steam bubbling out of the earth, a drive through a 32-km crater … the world’s longest, standing on the edge of the volcano responsible for the ash cloud over Europe in 2010 and driving on a glacier with an 800 m thick ice layer beneath you. It is impossible to leave Iceland untouched. 

Live the Journey will travel to Iceland from 12 to 21 August 2019. This type of experience will not be repeated soon - we will be driving specially converted 4x4 vehicles with 38-inch tyres. During the day you will travel through mountains, valleys and on back roads, and at night sleep in 3-star accommodation. Don't miss out!

(Some 4x4 driving experience is required for this tour.)

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik

Upon arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be met by your guide who will transfer you by bus to your accommodation in Reykjavik.
Over dinner you will get acquainted with fellow tour members and the guide.
O/N Reykjavik Lights or similar (dinner)
Driving distance approx: 49 km

Day 2: Langjökull Glacier

Breakfast and check-out.
Depart from Reykjavik and drive to the rural countryside. You will head to Þingvellir National Park to experience some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland: the great Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall. Then you will go off the beaten track for a drive onto the Langjökull glacier an unforgettable experience. End the day at Laugarvatn for dinner at restaurant Lindin.
O/N in Minni Borgir (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Driving distance approx.: 270 km

Day 3: Valley of Thor and South Coast

Breakfast and check-out.
Drive the main road eastwards from to the foot of Eyjafjallajökull (volcano). This is the volcano that covered Europe in an ash cloud in 2010 and brought all air travel to a halt. The drive will take you past small Icelandic farms that are at the foot of the mountains. In less than two hours you will arrive in Thorsmörk at the foot of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier … Iceland’s 4th largest glacier. The icecap of the glacier covers an active volcano called Katla. From there head to the black beach on the south coast. Again, we will go off the beaten track and drive on a black sand beach to admire the beauty and power of the North Atlantic Ocean … amazing black sand. Last but not least, we will stop at the waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss where the brave ones can take a walk behind the waterfall as it falls from the cliffs.
O/N Hrauneyjar in the Higlands. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Driving distance approx.: 334 km

Day 4: Sprengisandur and Askja

Breakfast and check-out.
This will be our longest day in off-road conditions. We will start out early and drive the famous route between two of the largest glaciers Hofsjökull and the mighty Vatnajökull. We will follow the north side of Vatnajökull through one of the last frontiers in Europe, Ódáðahraun. This area receives very little rain and therefore it is just one large lava desert as far as the eye can see. The trail is rough and it is unlikely that we will see any other travellers on the route today. Finally, we will reach Mývatn our overnight stop.
O/N in Myvatn (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Driving distance approx.: 340 km (most difficult day with most off-road driving)

Day 5: North Iceland, Lake Mývatn and surroundings

Breakfast and check-out
Explore the surroundings of the tranquil Lake Mývatn. Sights include the boiling mud-pots at Námafjall, the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, the lava maze Dimmuborgir and the Krafla Volcano to name but a few. Taking a dip and relaxing in the healing waters of “Mývatn Nature Baths” and experience bathing in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of down to 2,500 meters is the perfect way to end the day.
O/N in Husavik (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Driving distance approx.: 134 km

Day 6: Jökulsárgljúfur

Breakfast and check-out
Drive along Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. This park is around the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum Eight thousand years ago, a volcano erupted directly underneath the river and glacial ice. This caused explosions and chaotic flooding. Dettifoss the most powerful waterfall in Europe can also be seen here. We proceed through the east highlands to Djupivogur in the eastern fjords.
O/N in Djupivogur (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Driving distance approx. 295 km

Day 7: Glacier Lagoon and Vatnajökull National Park

Breakfast and check-out.

Head south to the picturesque Glacial Lagoon Jökulsárlón, where we take an amazing boat ride between the icebergs floating on the lake. Spend the rest of the day exploring some of the wonders of Skaftafell, a part of Vatnajökull Skaftafell National Park, the largest National Park in Europe. There are many interesting hiking trails in Skaftafell, including one to the waterfall Svartifoss, which drops from the edge of a wide cliff of basalt columns.
O/N in Skaftafell/ Kirkjubæjarklaustur area (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Driving distance approx. 295 km

Day 8: Landmannalaugar

Breakfast and check-out.
Explore the beautiful surroundings of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, including Fjaðrarárgljúfur Canyon and the Dverghamrar cliffs … the scenery is out of this world along this route. Then take the Fjallabak highland route towards Landmannalaugar, stopping at the Eldgjá fissure system and Ófærufoss waterfall. In Landmannalaugar, a geothermal area surrounded with stunning Rhyolite peaks, you can bathe in a completely natural hot pool.
O/N in Hrauneyjar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Driving distance approx. 157 km

Day 9: Mt. Hekla and Thjorsardalur

Breakfast and check-out.
Today you will drive on the base of Mt. Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland and one of the most famous volcanoes in the world. The valley of Þjórsárdalur is on an off the beaten track route. Also visit the excavated farm of Stöng that was devastated by the Hekla eruption in 1104. The reconstruction of the viking farm built at Þjórsárdalur is based on the excavation at Stöng. Drive to the volcanic wonderland of the Reykjanes Peninsula. From here you head to your hotel for check-in with an optional visit to the amazing Blue Lagoon Spa where it is ideal to take a refreshing dip in the healing waters and round up the day with dinner.
O/N Hotel Berg. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Driving distance approx. 249 km

Day 10: Departure

Check-out and take the hotel shuttle to the airport.
Check-in for your return flight.
Flights usually depart early morning.

End of services

Dates

12 August 2019 - 21 August 2019

Rates

The current costs are based on 2018 rates, as 2019 rates were not available at time of publishing.
Please use as an estimate only.

Land Package
Per person sharing based on 2 people per vehicle: EUR 6,150.00
Per person sharing based on 4 people per vehicle: EUR 4,880.00
Single supplement: EUR 675.00

Included

  • Transport: 4x4 Vehicle for self-drive including fuel
  • Communication radio for each vehicle
  • A local English speaking guide with 4x4 experience in own vehicle
  • Accommodation in double rooms inclusive of breakfast
  • All lunches and dinners
  • Entrance fees to parks and waterfalls
  • Glacier lagoon boat trip
  • Entrance fee for Blue Lagoon bathing

Excluded

  • All international flights and airport taxes (quoted separately)
  • Visa Fees
  • All drinks
  • Driver, guide and local escort gratuities 
  • Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature 
  • Travel Insurance