Iceland - On Your Own
Iceland is a small island, but you could spend lots of time there and still not see it all. Even veteran Iceland visitors have a list of spots that they haven't quite explored to their satisfaction our list gets longer with every trip. On the other hand, it's so loaded with things to see and do that even a short stop can show you a lot interesting landscape, geology, history and beauty. We always say, better to have a short visit to Iceland than none at all.
The capital city of Reykjavik is ideally suited for those with a short travel time frame. It's a lively town in its own right with more than enough cultural offerings music, theater, museums, great food, to hold a visitors attention. Plus the rewards for getting out of town are many- within an easy drive are lots of impressive areas west Iceland with its history, bird cliffs and Snaefellsness, and South Iceland with impressive wilderness, seaside towns, and glaciers and of Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir. You can see a lot without having to drive great distances. It's easy to get out of your car and out of your own life and into the wild landscape that is IcelandWe offer two easy ways to enjoy a short stop. We have our Explore from Reykjavik series, where you stay in a nice range of comfortable hotels in Reykjavik and venture out on interesting day tours. Or there's our Coutryside Explorations where you can start and/or end your stay in the capital and spend a few other nights in the countryside. Both ways are fun, we set you up with a car and accommodations and a detailed itinerary with plenty of specific suggestions for how to get the most out of your time. Easy choices and no wrong answers!
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Explore from Reykjavik Driving Tour - choose your days, choose your funThe best of the rest, evenings in Reykjavik, days exploring the many nearby wonders. Great for a little stopover or a complete short holiday. You'll have a wide range of car sizes, a choice of accommodation from cozy guesthouses to 3 and 4 star hotels, all with private baths, and breakfast every day. From us, you'll get a great itinerary, knowledgeable advice and helpful information. How much you see depends on the total number of days you're in Iceland, but each day will take you to somewhere interesting
Special interest? Is there is a place or activity that is of particular importance to you? Just ask - - we can usually arrange to include it in your itinerary
Countryside Driving Explorations
While one can spend days and days exploring Iceland in depth, you can also grab some great memories in a quick trip. These tours are ideal if you can just squeeze out a few days for an interesting holiday. Also great as a stopover on the way to or from somewhere else-although we'll warn you that a short stay can become just a dress rehearsal for a longer trip on this intriguing island!
Like all our tours, they come with airfare, a choice of accommodations and cars of various sizes and an excellent itinerary chock full of suggestions, directions and inspirations for how to enjoy IcelandMost tours start or end in Reykjavik - it's convenient to the airport, and offers a nice array of food, culture and activity. These tours range farther than the Reykjavik based tours on page 2 with more varied driving and stays in the countrysides.Because there's so much to do outside the care, we think it's best to not make each nights stop too distant, which also means that many of the suggested activities can be seen on a choice of days.
Most of these tours include a first or last night in Reykjavik, a visit to Reykjanes Peninsula and a Golden Circle tour
The Shortest Stop 4 days/ 3 nights.
South Iceland and Reykjavik 5 nights/4 days
Regional favorite - South, West Iceland and Reykjavik 6 days/5 nights
So, what's the right tour for me?? Here are a few things to consider
Duration: - how much time do you have for Iceland? Are you an active a traveler? Will you want time for organized or spontaneous excursions -hiking, riding rafting along the way? We generally advise people to drive less rather than more, as Iceland has a way of enticing you out of the car.
Cars: there are many choices, but picking a car that is big enough for passengers AND the luggage can be challenging! Two wheel drive cars are fine if you're sticking to Rt.1 and secondary roads, you'll need 4WD if you want to travel in the highlands or on the mountain roads. Manual transmission is standard for rental cars, and some models are available with an automatic transmission for a bit more.
Accommodations: Our tours come with a nice choice of lodgings, all with private bath, and breakfast
Itinerary: We design each itinerary so that your overnight stays are in places which will give you good access to the more interesting sights and activities, and plenty of time to explore. We'll give you an itinerary packed with many, many ideas and you may need to prioritize these - some days may offer more than can be done even in Iceland's long days of summer. We can advise on guided day tours, and we're happy to work with you to include special interests also.
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