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Iceland Self Drive

YVR has partnered with Claire Newell, President and Founder of Travel Best Bets, to help travellers find some great travel packages.

Northern lights in Iceland 

Hop aboard Icelandair’s non-stop flight from Vancouver and spend an unforgettable week exploring the unique landscape of this mysterious island. Visit unique places such as Lake Myvatn, Egilsstadir, Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, Geysir hot spring area, waterfall Gullfoss, Thingvellir National Park, the blue lagoon and many more.

Travel Best Bets Package Includes:

  • Round trip non-stop airfare from Vancouver to Reykjavik aboard Icelandair
  • 7 nights comfort accommodation with private bathroom
  • Breakfast daily (B)
  • 8 day car rental: 2 door manual with unlimited mileage, GPS unit, CDW Insurance, VAT, Icelandic taxes and airport drop-off and pick-up fees
  • Map of Iceland and detailed itinerary
  • 24 hour emergency service

Vancouver: September 18
$2279 + $304 tax

Not Included: Deductible in case of damage, theft, vandalism, puncture and Insurance costs for the deductible (optional)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart Canada

Day 2: Welcome to Iceland
Arrival at Keflavik Airport. Pick-up of rented vehicle and drive to Reykjavik for your first night’s stay in Iceland. Depending on your arrival time, we recommend that you make a stop at the famous Blue Lagoon on the way and have a swim in the geothermal warm water. Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Driving distance approx. 50 km

Day 3: Reykjavik – Akureyri (B)
Start your roundtrip of Iceland by heading towards Borgarfjörður, an interesting area, rich with cultural and historical heritage. You pass the splendid waterfalls of Hraunfossar, where the water flows out of the lava into the river below. Continue and make a stop at Deildartunguhver, Iceland’s largest hot spring (in terms of water production per second). From Borgarnes, continue to the North of Iceland through the Skagafjörður, which is known for horse breeding and many Icelandic horses can be seen on the way. Take some time to visit the museum at Glaumbær, a beautifully restored turf farmhouse, one of the few that has been properly preserved in Iceland. Continue until you reach Akureyri the major town in the North of Iceland where you will be staying for 2 nights. Driving distance approx. 420 km

Day 4: Akureyri – Lake Mývatn area – Akuyeyri (B)
Dedicate the whole day to the marvels of Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve, known as one of Iceland’s most fascinating areas of natural beauty. On the way to Myvatn, stop at the impressive waterfall Godafoss “The fall of the gods”. One of its main attractions near Myvatn is the Námaskarð geothermal area where you will find bubbling mud pools and hissing steam vents. You must not miss the Krafla area with the crater Víti and the Leirhnjúkur area. Walk up to the top of Hverfjall crater or dip into the geothermal water of the natural baths located east of the Lake. Drive back to Akureyri for a second overnight stay. Driving distance approx. 250km

Day 5: Akureyri – Egilsstaðir (B)
Start your day by driving to the charming fishing village of Husavik. Then you drive along the coastline of the Tjörnes peninsula and make a small stop at the extremity of the peninsula to enjoy the view and spot some seabirds. Ásbyrgi is your next stop, a horse shoe shaped gorge with its impressive rock walls and abundant vegetation. Heading south from Ásbyrgi the road leads you to the mighty waterfall  Dettifoss where you will feel the earth tremble beneath the force of the glacial water. The road continues across the lunar landscape of Möðrudalur highlands until you reach the fertile valley of Hérað where the village of Egilsstadir lies. Overnight stay in Egilsstaðir. Driving distance approx. 340 km

Day 6: Egilsstaðir – Hofn (B)
Discover the East Fjords: Starting towards the fjord Reydarfjörður where a small history museum about World War II is situated. In Stöðvarfjörður there is Petra’s stone collection, a private collection which includes most of the Icelandic minerals. As you continue you might want to make a stop in the village of Djúpivogur, located in a charming setting. Now you continue along the fjords towards Southeast Iceland; at times the road hangs precariously high on the mountain slopes. Finally you drive through the tunnel of Almannaskarð to arrive in the Höfn region where you will stay for the night. Overnight stay in Höfn. Driving distance approx. 270 km

Day 7: Hofn – Skaftafell National Park – Vík/Hvolsvöllur (B)
After passing various outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, you will arrive at the glacial lagoon, Jokulsarlon. This is an exceptional sight at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur. You can walk along the banks of the lagoon or take a 30-40 min boat trip to admire the fantastically-shaped icebergs. Skaftafell National Park is another area worthy of your attention. This oasis surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains has many hiking possibilities. Continue through  irkjubaejarklaustur village, the Eldhraun lava field and the Mýrdalssandur plain before you arrive in the Vík area. Overnight stay in Vík/Hvolsvöllur area. Driving distance approx. 280 – 365 km

Day 8: Vík/Hvolsvöllur – Reykjavik (B)
Continuing westbound you arrive at Skógar and pass Skógarfoss waterfall, one of the highest in Iceland. As you continue towards Hella you pass Seljalandsfoss waterfall and you can actually walk behind it. Now it is time to visit some of the most interesting and famous areas of Iceland. You drive through the village of Flúðir to reach the famous geothermal area of Geysir where the Strokkur hot spring ejects its water column high into the air every 5 – 10 minutes and where numerous small springs boil and bubble. Close by is Gullfoss, surely the country’s most famous waterfall. Continuing towards Thingvellir (Þingvellir) consider one of the geological wonders of the world where you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements which have opened various cracks and fissures in the earth’s crust. It was here that the Icelandic Parliament was founded in the 10th century. Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Driving distance approx. 300 km

Day 8: Departure (B)
Drive back to Keflavik airport, drop off rental car and board your flight back home.

IMPORTANT: the visits and highlights mentioned in the above itinerary is suggested, not included. The itinerary can slightly change according to availability of hotel during the tour.

For more details and to book, contact Travel Best Bets by phone 1-877-523-7823 or email [email protected].

About Claire Newell

Claire Newell is a travel expert, author and a recognized authority on the international travel industry. She is the founder and owner of Travel Best Bets, one of the largest agencies in Canada and the best-selling author of Travel Best Bets – An Insider’s Guide to Taking Your Best Trips, Ever. She has appeared in top broadcast and print media throughout U.S. and Canada over the last 22 years, including Canada’s Global TV network, NBC’s Today Show, Fox & Friends, CNN, and others. Claire also writes regularly for print and online publications including Readers’ Digest, Today’s Parent and more.

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