Off road driving in your 4x4

It is necessary to drive this program in a 4x4, and not the smallest types. This trip is only available during the summer season.

Driving through the Icelandic highlands is an adventure on nature's own terms: wild, indomitable, unpredictable. Narrow gravel roads, no bridges, limited modern comforts. You will never find yourself lined up behind other cars, but you will have to ford the rivers or turn back.

In winter the highland are beyond reach, and only accessible by 4x4 during the summer. So, if you have a 4x4 that you only use for city driving, maybe it is time to put it through its paces in its right element.

Drive off into the unknown and enjoy the surprises. Cook on a primus under the open skies. Release your inner explorer. We will provide the directions and good advice – and you your sound common sense.

 

Season Period Duration of the trip Prices from Route
summer 02.07-13.08.201911 Nights Tue-Sat
(7 - night stay)
€ 2305 pp 3
summer 02.07-30.07.201918 Nights Tue-Sat
(14 - night stay)
€ 3330 pp 7
summer 06.08.201918 Nights Tue-Sat
(14 - night stay)
€ 3170 pp 7
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  • Price includes
    • Price per person when 2 travel together
    • Ferry Denmark-Iceland and return
    • 2-berth cabin without window
    • Your car (max 5 m L/1,9 m H)
    • 7/14 nights in double room with ensuite facilities in hotels, farms or guesthouses in Iceland  
    • Day to day programme
    • Iceland road map
    • Breakfast throughout the journey
  • Add-ons
    • Book the meals on board in advance and Save up to 20%. See the restaurants and prices here
    • Mini bar in cabins with window: with alcohol € 17 / without alcohol € 12
    • Supplement for a larger car (max 5 m L and 2.5 m H.): € 520

     

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  • Route 03

    A short but very comprehensive tour, which involves quite a bit of driving: a total of 1450-1600 km. The route goes to the most exciting spots in the highland and also includes the "musts" of Iceland. It is necessary to drive this program in a 4x4 drive car, and not the smallest types! This trip can be made from early July until mid August.

    See route description
  • Route 07

    The highlands of Iceland are uninhabited and uninhabitable, since the winters are very harsh in this area. It is almost impossible to drive there in the winter, and even in the summer it can only be done with good 4x4 cars. 

    There are quite a few glacier rivers tumbling down from the mountains, and there are not always bridges… so then you just have to drive through the fords. We will provide instructions on how to do this, and of course you need to be careful and use some common sense, but the experience is very remarkable indeed. The wildness and variation of the highlands is almost unlimited, and if you were wondering if there is still some unspoilt nature left in the world, you will find the answer here! This trip can be made from early July through August.

    See route description

Documents

When booking a roundtrip you will get a detailed itinerary of the trip, address of the booked accommodation, directions on how to get there and vouchers for all booked services such as accommodation and excursions.

 

Special needs

If you have special needs, then please inform us upon booking.

 

Driving in Iceland

Driving in Iceland might be quite different from what you are used to. We recommend that you check safetravel.is where you will find descriptions of what you can expect and guidelines about how to handle different situations that might arise.

 

Travelling on a motorcycle

The routes, which are most suitable for motorcycles, are route 1, 5, 8 and 17. It is also possible to go into the highlands (route 3 and route 7) on a motorbike, but this is only for experienced drivers.

 

Snow chains

We recommend bringing along snow chains during the period outside June, July and August.

 

Fixed routes

The routes in Iceland are fixed. In the event of fully booked accommodation during the high season (June, July and August), travellers may expect slight changes to the itineraries.

 

  • The original whale safari boat trip from Húsavík ()

    The original whale safari boat trip from Húsavík

    Duration of the trip
    3 hours

    Included
    Boat tour, use of warm coveralls, rain gear, hats, gloves and blankets and English speaking driver / guide.

    Available

    See description
  • Whale safari boat trip from Reykjavík ()

    Whale safari boat trip from Reykjavík

    Duration of the trip
    2½ - 3½ hour

    Included
    The boat tour, use of overalls or rain gear and guide (English speaking, and often other languages as well)

    Available

    See description
  • Blue ice glacier hike on Svinafellsjökull ()

    Blue ice glacier hike on Svinafellsjökull

    Duration of the trip
    2½ hour in total (2 hours of hiking)

    Included
    Use of glacier gear and safety equipment, English speaking guide.

    Available

    See description
  • Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon zodiac trip ()

    Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon zodiac trip

    Duration of the trip
    1 hour

    Included
    Boat trip in a rubber zodiac boat with English speaking guide, use of safety vests and overalls.

    Available

    See description
  • The Blue Lagoon ()

    The Blue Lagoon

    Duration of the trip

    Included
    Entrance fee to the lagoon. You will need to bring your own swimwear and towel, but you can also rent it on site.

    Available

    See description
  • Glacier lagoon amphibian boat trip ()

    Glacier lagoon amphibian boat trip

    Duration of the trip
    30-40 minutes.

    Included
    Boat trip with English speaking guide, use of safety vests.

    Available

    See description
  • Into the Glacier ()

    Into the Glacier

    Duration of the trip
    3 - 3½ hour

    Included
    Bustransfer from Húsavík to the glacier if booked. Monster truck trip from base camp to the entrance of the glacier tunnels. Hike through the glacier tunnels with English speaking guide. Use of crampons.

    Available

    See description
  • Solheimajökull exploration glacier hike ()

    Solheimajökull exploration glacier hike

    Duration of the trip
    3 - 3½ hour in total (2½ - 3 hours on the ice)

    Included
    Use of glacier gear and safety equipment and an English speaking guide.

    Available

    See description
  • Ingólfshöfði nature tour - Hey wagon trip ()

    Ingólfshöfði nature tour - Hey wagon trip

    Duration of the trip
    2 - 2½ hour.

    Included
    Hay wagon ride to Ingólfshöfði. English speaking guide / tractor driver.

    Available

    See description
  • Viking sushi adventure boat trip ()

    Viking sushi adventure boat trip

    Duration of the trip
    2 hours and 15 minutes.

    Included
    Boat trip with English speaking guide.

    Available

    See description
  • Whale watching and sea angling boat trip ()

    Whale watching and sea angling boat trip

    Duration of the trip
    2½ - 3 hours.

    Included
    Boat trip with English speaking guide, coffee and Icelandic cake. Fishing.

    Available

    See description
  • Mountain safari ATV (quad) ()

    Mountain safari ATV (quad)

    Duration of the trip
    2 - 2½ hour in total, including 1 hour on the ATV.

    Included
    A 1 hour trip on an ATV, two persons per vehicle. English speaking guide and the use of an overall, gloves and helmet.

    Available

    See description

The Highland routes on your motorcycle

It is possible to drive the highland routes such as Sprengisandur, Behind the Mountains and the track to Askja if you have a good 4x4 enduro motorcycle (not tour motorcycle) and if you are very careful. For tour motorcycles, we recommend staying on the main roads and not driving through the highland, with the possible exception of the Kjölur track.

 

Here is some practical advice for highland driving

It is important to have a waterproof and shock-proof luggage system, a good chain and new tires. Particularly in the interior, it is best to use tires with a coarse enduro profile. There are stories about people who finished off a set of tires in 1800 km, because the gravel is sharp and destructive. It is very useful to bring a tool to measure the air pressure in the tires, a repair kit for flat tires and an extra tank for fuel, particularly if you also cook on fuel.  Take care with packing: lids can easily be shaken off boxes, if they are not fixed well.

All in all, if you to do some thorough work beforehand and bring a big and tough motorcycle, it can be a wonderful adventure.

Iceland road map

When booking a package tour to Iceland we will send you an Iceland road map, when the trip has been fully paid. 

Iceland road map

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