Selfdrive 711 Greene

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D1 – 07/11: Arrival to Iceland-Keflavik airport - Reykjavik - 45 km
Arrival at 2:40 -  Vehicle pick up at the airport at Höldur/Europcar - 40 minutes drive to Reykjavik center to you Guesthouse Sunna. Double room with shared facilities and breakfast.

D2 – 07/12 : Drive from Reykjavik in the direction of the North West. About 192 km if you take the tunnel. 233 km if you drive in the Hvalfjordur.
You can either take the undersea tunnel (about 7 km, price for the tunnel is 1000kr.) that makes a short cut instead of driving through the fjord of the whales. I recommend that you drive through it, if you have time, since it is a beautiful place and less and less people take that route because it is longer than if you take the tunnel. In the Hvalfjord, there is a lovely hike to do at the bottom of the fjord, to walk up to the second highest waterfall of Iceland, GLYMUR. This takes about 1 hour 30 to walk up and a bit less to walk down again.
Head northwest and cross the marshy tundra of the Borgarnes region to reach the south oft he Snæfellsnes peninsula. Accommodation at Guesthouse Arnarstapi, in the small village of Arnarstapi which is at the foot of the majestic Snæfellsnesjökull glacier. A double room with shared facilities, breakfast included. The restaurant is at the hotel next door, the guesthouse and the hotel are owned by the same people.

Possible hikes:
- Eldborg crater (or the last day on the way back to Reykjavik)
- Djúpalón beach to Dritvík
- Olkelda – mineral spring
If you are a sparkling mineral water fan you can find a mineral spring, the water is safe to drink but it has a strong iron taste. There is the red hill mountain of Ytri Rauðamelskúlur near by where you can go up admire the view all the way to Reykjavik.

D3 – 07/13 : Snæfellsnes South to Snaefellsnes North - 200 km
Famous church of Budir, if the weather is nice you can see the majestic glacier of Snaefellsjokull. Nice to walk to the beach from the church. Arnarstapi, known for its magnificent cliffs of basalt organ where thousands of kittiwakes nest. From Arnarstapi there is a little hike you can do along the coast to Hellnar.
Bypassing the Snæfellsness peninsula, crowned at its end by the famous volcano Snæfellsjökull, the volcano where the heroes of the journey to the center of the earth that the famous writer Jules Verne wrote about. The north coast is carved with many small fjords some of which are home to small active fishing ports. The village of Grundarfjörður has become well known for one of Iceland's most famous mountains, Kirkjufell.
From there head to the beautiful village of Stykkishólmur located on Breidafjörður Bay, dotted with innumerable islands and islets. Second night at Guesthouse Arnarstapi in a double room with shared facilities, breakfast included.

Possible hikes:
Miðfell : A nice hike on a small mountain with a beautiful view over the western part of the Snæfellsness. The walk begins at the same location as at Hreggnasa at the mouth of Eysteinsdalur. There is a parking and it is easy to leave the car there. You follow a marked trail that lies on Hreggnasa up to the first neck. Head from there to Miðfell. The trail is not marked, but we follow the neck and take the direction to a fairly obvious spine in the mountain. You go up to it but it is a bit steep and the ground a bit loose. A little brittle the last meters on the mountain, but you should not have any difficulty if you are used to walking. Same way back.

Mount Kirkjufell:
Kirkjufell (463m) is a magnificent mountain (the most photographed in Iceland) in the northern part of Snæfellsnes in the village of Grundarfjördur. This famous mountain is very steep, so be very careful on the way up. People have not come back from there.

Hike to Olkelda – mineral spring
If you are a sparkling mineral water fan you can find a mineral spring, the water is safe to drink but it has a strong iron taste. There is the red mountain of mountain … where you can admire the view all the way to Reykjavik.

D4 – 07/14 : Arnarstapi to Reykjavik - 192 km
Drive back to Reykjavík via Borgarnes and take the underwater tunnel (1000 ISK for the vehicle). Guesthouse Sunna, double room with shared facilities, breakfast included.
Possible hike at Eldborg crater on the way back to Reykjavik.

D5 - 07/15 Reykjavík - Keflavík 45 km
Hit the road at least 3 hours prior to your flight. Return the vehicle at the airport.

The maximum speed limit in Iceland is 90 km per hour. Note that roads can sometimes be narrow, even on the main roads. Please be careful when going over bridges, they are often very narrow and only for one car to pass at a time.

Note, the km are an estimation and do not include extra stops, visits, activities, lunches etc.

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Duration  : 5 days

Group  : 2 people

Level  : Self drive

Accommodation  : B&B**/Guesthouses

Date: 11 to 15 July 2018

You’ll need to bring comfortable and adequate clothing to protect you
from cold and wet weather, such as polypropylene, capilene, or pile.
Wool and wool/synthetic blends are also suitable – though wool, if
wet, dries slowly compared to synthetic fabrics. We discourage the use
of cotton in wet conditions it dries very slowly. When layering, the
innermost layer should be long underwear. The middle layer can be a
synthetic turtleneck or wool shirt, and pants. The outermost layer must
be a breathable waterproof jacket such as a good quality Gore-Tex
wind/rain parka and over-pants. For quantities for each item listed,
use your own judgment, based on the expected weather conditions and
overall packing/weight restrictions for your luggage.
• Regular underwear.
• Short-sleeved synthetic or cotton/synthetic T-shirts
• Synthetic thermal underwear
• Full-length pants, quick-drying synthetic fabric
• Long-sleeved, synthetic or wool shirt
• Wool or/and synthetic socks
• Medium-weight synthetic fleece sweater or jacket
• Gore-Tex rain/wind parka
• Gore-Tex rain/wind pants
• Sun & rain hat
• Wooly hat
• Gloves (wool or pile)
• Down jacket from September to May (optional)
• Hiking trousers, quick-drying synthetic fabric
• Casual sportswear for evenings in lodging
• Lightweight sports shoes for lodging
• Or just bring your usual clothes but something rainproof to put
over your usual things!
• Swimsuit and small towel (High density synthetic-chamois) for
hot spring bathing and swimming pool
Toiletry kit—soap, toothbrush, and so on.
• Personal first aid kit
• Moisturising lotion. (The air in Iceland is very dry)
• Sunscreen and lip protection (The sun in Iceland is much more
intense than you probably imagine)
• Toilette paper and a lighter to burn it
• Sunglasses
• Spare pair of prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses, or
contact lenses (but not only lenses, as wind-blown dust can
make them very uncomfortable)
• Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries (from August
• Swiss Army-type pocket knife (Must be kept in duffle bag, not
in hand luggage, when flying !)
• Half liter capacity unbreakable water bottle or thermos
• Binoculars for bird watching, seals and whales (from March to
• Hiking poles. Highly recommended
• Netting hood, head net or bug bucket hat * (optional, can be
purchased on site

Optional Travel Accessories
• Hiking poles. Highly recommended
• Binoculars
• Repair kit with needle, thread, and safety pins
• Reading and writing material
• Your favorite snack food such as raisins or chocolate
• Protein supplements for vegetarian
1 or 2 good bottles of wine or a bottle of something stronger
Cameras, tablets, smart-phones
• Camera bag
• Replacement batteries for electrical devices
• Additional memory card
• Adapter for electrical plug (European standard)

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