Iceland Express Self Drive

Iceland

Reykjavik

7 nights, 8 days
Prog Code - ICE-03-TOUR
Prices from £999 per person
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The Vamos Travel Iceland Express tour is one of our most popular self drive holidays and for good reason. It is a circle tour that allows you to see the very best of Iceland and includes the option to traverse the uninhabited interior of Iceland via the Kjölur highland track, when open. Throughout this tour you will discover magical natural wonders, majestic landscapes and the unique character Iceland is renowned for.

There are many key benefits to our Iceland Express tour including: You will cover a great deal of Iceland within a relatively short period but still having the flexibility to decide how long your travel days are. You will be able to see and explore all the major attractions around Iceland’s main ring road. This includes the mighty Geysir and the spouting Strokkur hot springs. Waterfalls, National Parks and other nature wonders are also part of this magical program.

If you book a 4wd, you can travel through the highland track of Kjölur, a mountain pass between two of Iceland’s large glaciers; an amazing life experience ideal for a special occassion, honeymoon or a once in a life time holiday. Our clients always receive a detailed travel guide and map of Iceland (1:500.000) upon arrival. For your safety and in case of emergency or after hours assistance, Vamos Travel also provides you with an emergency phone number, open 24 hours May to September. It is also possible to pre book a sat nav for your vehicle.

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Key Points

  • Exiting accommodation for 7 nights including breakfast
  • Combination of farmhouses, guesthouses and hotels.
  • Rental car for 7 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT
  • FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver.
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavík International Airport
  • Detailed road map (1:500 000).
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September
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Day 1:

Geothermal Lagoon – Flower village – Geothermal Greenhouses Approximate mileage: ca. 100 km / 62 miles

Pick up your car at the airport and start your Iceland self drive experience. 

From Keflavík International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerði.  The village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its pretty greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the flower village.

Depending on your arrival time in Iceland it is possible to visit the renowned Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal water. A great start to the holiday! Note you can also do this on your departure day depending on your return flight time.

Day 2:

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – Puffin Colony – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore Approximate mileage: ca. 310 km / 193 miles

Today’s highlights include Thingvellir 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 other worldly black sea sand beaches around Vík and Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

Optional: Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Center, ferry transfer to the Westman Islands.

Day 3:

Lava Fields – Europe’s Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier Approximate mileage: ca. 270 km / 168 miles

Drive through the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, explore Skaftafell National Park, a green oasis nestling below the great Vatnajökull glacier surrounded by the imposing black desert sands. Continue to teh famous Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and onwards to the charming harbor town Höfn known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.

Optional: Boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon; glacier hike in Skaftafell area.

Day 4:

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Mineral Collection Approximate mileage: ca. 300 km / 186 miles

Drive along the rugged coastline of the East Fjords with their towering mountains and charming fishing villages. On the way you have the option of taking a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer or visit Petra’s famous collection of local stones and minerals at Stöðvarfjörður.

Optional: Boat tour to Papey Island, Petra’s stone collection. *Recommended!*

Day 5:

Highland Desert – Europe’s Most Powerful Waterfall – Glacier Carved Gorge – Whale Watching Approximate mileage: ca. 310 km / 193 miles

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.

Optional: Whale watching from Húsavík *recommended 

Day 6:

Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Activity – Rich Birdlife – Waterfall “Of the Gods” – Iceland’s Second Largest City Approximate mileage: ca. 130 km / 81 miles

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.

Optional: Bird museum in Mývatn.

Day 7:

Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers – Folk Museum – Scenic Fjord Approximate mileage: ca. 490 km / 305 miles

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 the Borgarfjörður area. Return to Reykjavík in the evening.

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.

Optional: River rafting in Skagafjörður; horse riding in Skagafjörður; seal watching tour from Hvammstangi.

Day 8:

Sadly today is your departure day but we hope you are leaving with some magical memories of Iceland.

If you have an afternoon flight it is possible for us to arrange a transfer to the airport including a 2 hr stop at Iceland’s blue lagoon. This is a great way to finish your holiday in style.

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7 nights, 8 days.

From £ 999.00 pp

Dates and prices

Price per adult base don 2 persons travelling and using a basic cat vehicle from £999.00

For different vehicle options and higher numbers of travllers please contact us: info@vamostravel.com  

Rates are per adult per night in double room with private bathroom facilities (if you are on a tight budget we can offer prices based on shared bathroom facilities – please just contact us for more info: info@vamostravel.com)

Triple rooms for adults are not available.
Double room with extra bed on request.
Superior upgrade on accommodation available upon request.

Upgrades, Supplements and Children rates:

  • NEW Superior upgrade per room per night is gross GBP 99 on prices. Upgrade to higher quality accommodation as per priorty list. Available upon request.
  • NEW Late arrival supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smári at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerði area. Price per room per night is GBP 69 on prices.
  • Single supplement per room per night is gross GBP 88 with Private Facilities and GBP 70 with Shared Facilities.
  • Triple reduction per adult per night in triple room/double room with extra bed is GBP 10 with Private Facilities and GBP 8 with Shared Facilities. Available upon request.
  • Special children rate (for children 2-11 years) applies to all programs: GBP 55 per night, when one child shares a double room with 2 adults. Please note children’s accommodation consists of an extra bed/mattress on the floor. Children 12 years and older pay full adult price.

Included

  • Accommodation for 7 nights including breakfast, a combination of farmhouses, guesthouses and hotels.
  • Rental car for 7 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT
  • FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver.
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavík International Airport
  • Detailed road map (1:500 000).
  • Vamos travel holiday info pack pre travel and on arrival
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September

 Not included

  • Gasoline
  • Meals and beverages
  • Optional tours and activities
  • International flights – please contact our team to discuss your best options: 01926 330 223

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Your Stay

Accommodation for 7 nights including breakfast, a combination of farmhouses, guesthouses and hotels.

Rates are per adult per night in double room with private bathroom facilities (if you are on a tight budget we can offer prices based on shared bathroom facilities – please just contact us for more info: info@vamostravel.com)

Triple rooms for adults are not available.
Double room with extra bed on request.
Superior upgrade on accommodation available upon request.

Upgrades, Supplements and Children rates:

  • NEW Superior upgrade per room per night is gross GBP 99 on prices. Upgrade to higher quality accommodation as per priorty list. Available upon request.
  • NEW Late arrival supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smári at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerði area. Price per room per night is GBP 69 on prices.
  • Single supplement per room per night is gross GBP 88 with Private Facilities and GBP 70 with Shared Facilities.
  • Triple reduction per adult per night in triple room/double room with extra bed is GBP 10 with Private Facilities and GBP 8 with Shared Facilities. Available upon request.
  • Special children rate (for children 2-11 years) applies to all programs: GBP 55 per night, when one child shares a double room with 2 adults. Please note children’s accommodation consists of an extra bed/mattress on the floor. Children 12 years and older pay full adult price.

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    A: Vamos Travel has a dedicated department specializing in tours. With 1000s of satisfied customers, and a large portion of our business coming from repeat business and word of mouth, we only rely on our reputation to grow as a business. 

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    A: We take great pride in our strong relationships with our accommodation partners and in their facilities. Our travel mangers or our long term local representatives will have always inspected & evaluated the accommodation your are staying in. Before making a booking with Vamos Travel, your account manager will have communicated the standard and room type.

    Q: Will the hotel be in a safe & well located area?
    A: Yes. This is one of our main priorities; the hotel will always be in a safe & tourist friendly area. Your enjoyment and safety is our main concern. 

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    Q: Do you have a brochure?
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    Q: Can we book plane tickets through your travel company?
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    Q: When can I expect to receive my holiday information pack [example: tickets, hotel vouchers, tour information]?
    A: We send your holiday information packs 10-14 days before departure. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your 1-1 expert travel manager.

    Q: What if I have a problem abroad?
    A: For most holiday bookings, we will provide you with an emergency contact name/number, who will be able to help during difficult situations. This is not available for activity, transfer, flight ‘only’ bookings.

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    Q: Should I take out insurance before travelling?
    A: Yes. It is extremely important that all travelers booked must have travel insurance, whilst travelling with us. Its part of our booking conditions, as we want your safety to come first.

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    Q: How can I check, you’re actually a legally running UK company?
    A: Your holiday time is important, so we know there is lot at stake here!  Rest assured, we are a very real & trust worthy company and not an internet cowboy. We are: Vamos Travel Ltd – our UK address is: Pure Offices, Plato Close, Leamington Spa, CV34 6WE – England. We abide to UK laws and regulations. Make an appointment and visit us! A UK limited company has to be registered with www.companieshouse.gov.uk A legitimate travel firm should be able to provide you a companies house number. Don’t be afraid to ask for this straight away. Our company No. 4378409. Also, legitimate companies will be registered with the ‘Civil Aviation authority’ a government run scheme. Each company registered – has an ATOL number. This number can be checked on the website www.atol.org.uk – Vamos Travel Ltd – has the ATOL number 5927 

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  • Safety

    Q: Will your activity holidays be run by professional people?
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  • Solo travelers

    Q: Are solo travellers welcome?
    A: Yes. If you are prepared to stay with a same ‘sex’ traveller, there will be no single supplement charge. If you would like your own room/cabin – single supplement fees will have to be charged.

  • Special requirements

    Q: What if I need special facilities during my stay?
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