Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts. A place where fire and ice co-exist. Where dark winters are offset by the summer’s midnight sun. A country where insular existence has spurred a rich and vibrant culture. With layers upon layers in every landscape — blue waters, fields of black sand and rocks, green mountains and snow-capped glaciers — Iceland is a photographer’s dream. Even when it’s cloudy, it is beautiful with colorful village homes contrasting with countryside. And in the summer months, endless days mean plenty of light for photography. Only in the weather is guaranteed to change at least five times an hour!

Iceland Circle and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts. A place where fire and ice co-exist. Where dark winters are offset by the summer’s midnight sun. A country where insular existence has spurred a rich and vibrant culture. With layers upon layers in every landscape blue waters, fields of black sand and rocks, green mountains and snow-capped glaciers Iceland is a photographer’s dream. Even when it’s cloudy, it is beautiful with colorful village homes contrasting with countryside. And in the summer months, endless days mean plenty of light for photography. Only in the weather is guaranteed to change at least five times an hour!

Iceland is a big island covering an area more than half the size of New England or about 40 thousand square miles, with only 330 thousand inhabitants. The roads are mainly along the coastal regions, with the circular road around the island being about 870 miles. Road conditions in Iceland are often different from those you are accustomed to. On your Self Drive trip in Iceland, it is very important that you receive information on how to drive according to Icelandic road conditions. We will provide you with safe tips and how to make most of your visit to this beautiful country. We will provide you with a detailed itinerary and a Road map, and we help you plan the trip; where to stop and what to see, and where to stay each night. GPS is free of charge and you can choose to have an Icelandic phone, a SIM card or a data card for your tablet.

We offer mainly 2 types of Self Drive Packages.

Standard value packages: An accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and farmhouses around Iceland. The standard accommodation room is ideal for a brief stay of up to a few days. Double rooms contain two twin beds, or one queen size bed. There is a fully equipped en suite bathroom. All hotels are equipped with central heating and television. Normally no room service is provided. Wi-Fi is available in most standard accommodations.
Quality value packages: An accommodation in 3 or 4 star like hotels or special guesthouses. The Beds can be two twin beds or one Queen or King. Ensuite full bathrooms normally contain hairdryers, toiletries and towels. Bathrooms are fully equipped, either with a shower or a bathtub. Wi-Fi internet is available in all hotels free of charge. Quality accommodation offers restaurant on site. Possibility to upgrade to superior or deluxe rooms, when available.

You can also upgrade to luxury hotels where available for a supplement, and customize the tour to your requirements. Tour prices depend on hotel category selection, type of self drive car used and various other logistical factors. Please ask us how!


Arrival and the Borgarfjörður Region

Arrival at Keflavik airport in Reykyavik . Pick up the car and drive to Borgarfjörður area and stay there the first night. This is around 2 hours drive from the airport. You can visit the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes and learn about the life of the Vikings and drive to the Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls; very special waterfalls that flow out from the lava on banks of the river Hvitá. You can also take a short hiking tour on the Grábrók mountain. Overnight stay in the area.


The Snæfellsnes Peninsula- Drive from Borgarfjörður to the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

This is sometimes called mini Iceland and is a great inspiration for writers and photographers. The Snæfellsnes glacier is the setting for Jules Vernes “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. Stay in the picturesque north of Snæfellsnes for one day before heading to the north of Iceland. If you want to explore the region, you can stay one more night and and extend the total length of the tour.


Akureyri, the capital of the North and Lake Mývatn

Drive to the North Country through the Skagafjörður region to Akureyri. From Akureyri continue to Mývatn. You might want to stay 2 nights in the North East.


Along the east fjords to the south country

Drive east to the town of Egilsstaðir, and to the rugged coastline of the east fjords, with their towering mountains and small charming villages. Overnight stay in the east fjords region, either near the town of Egilsstaðir, or in one of the small coastal villages of the East Fjords.


Vatnajökull glacier and the south

Drive south of the Vatnajökull Glacier, visiting the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and the Skaftafell National Park area. A boat tour on the Glacier Lagoon is a must (summer). Zodiac boat tours need to be booked. Often seals are playing on the beach or swimming in the lake. There are some very good hiking trails in the Skaftafell National Park. Close by is Skaftafell National Park, renowned for hiking paths, glacier walks and snowmobile tours.


The South Coast, Glaciers and Waterfalls

Drive along the south coast, enjoy the view to the many glaciers, including the famous Eyjafjallajökull, and stop at the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.
An option is to take a Super Jeep tour to the Eyjafjallajökull area, which erupted 3 years ago. The Lava is still hot and you will see the aftermath of the eruption the two new mountains Magni and Móði. This tour has been much praised by all our guests.


The Golden Circle

Drive to Gullfoss waterfalls and on to the Geysir geo-thermal area. You might want to take an optional snowmobile tour on the Langjökull Glacier.
Accommodation in the Golden Circle area, or the central south.


Drive to Reykjavik and stay there for one night.

Reykjavík

If you leave in the afternoon you can spend the morning in Reykjavik or leave early and stop by the Blue lagoon on your way to the airport.

REYKJAVÍK is the northern most capital city in the world. Lined with colorful, corrugated steel buildings, the streets in the downtown area are very pedestrian-friendly and full of fascinating museums, quaint shops, and cozy cafes. Spend the morning exploring the city at your leisure and then head back to Keflavík airport.

You can also stop by Bláa Lónið, the Blue Lagoon, before your flight.


For more information and for booking this or similar tours in ICELAND please call (800) 373 0388 or email info@Worldviewtours.com