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Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

Highlights of Iceland Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,430 pp incl. flights

Special offer: Save up to £410pp

Free car hire available on this itinerary

Summary

Short description

Explore Iceland's dramatic landscapes and its vibrant capital city on this action-packed road trip

Highlights

  • Swap Reykjavik's urban cool for spectacular landscapes and wild coastlines
  • Watch scores of puffins congregate on the cliffs of Snaefellsnes
  • Witness the power of nature at Godafoss and Detifoss waterfalls
  • Soak in geothermal baths at volcanic Lake Myvatn
  • Explore dramatic wilderness of the remote Eastfjords

In Brief

  • 1 Night Reykjavík
  • 1 Night Húnaflói
  • 1 Night Akureyri
  • 1 Night Mývatn
  • 1 Night Egilsstaðir
  • 1 Night Höfn
  • 1 Night Kirkjubæjarklaustur
  • 1 Night Gullfoss
  • 1 Night Reykjavík

About

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History & culture | Self-drive

Begin this luxury road trip in the bustling city of Reykjavik and exploring the attractions of the south coast, including Djúpalónssandur beach and Snæfellsjökull Glacier. Over 10-days, tour Skagafjörður area, visit charming towns including Akureyi and witness the beauty of  Goðafoss Waterfall Lake Myvatn. End your action-packed Icelandic adventure visiting the spectacular sites of the Northeast, eastfjords, national parks and inlands of the south.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Reykjavík

Arrive at Keflavik Internation Airport where you are met upon arrival, and transfer to Hotel Alda, in Reykjavik. Spend the day at your leisure, wandering through the friendly city centre and absorbing Reykjavik culture. Enjoy the abundance of cafes, galleries and shops, or visit some of the many city landmarks, such as the Hallgrímskirkja church and the harbour.

Stay: Alda, Reykjavik (Superior)

Day 2
Snæfellsnes Peninsula

After breakfast, begin the journey exploring the unique diversity of Snæfellsnes Peninsula landscape and geology. Explore Eldborg Crater and many of the other national sites located along the south coast of the peninsula, including the church at Búðir, Arnarstapi harbour, Djúpalónssandur beach and Snæfellsjökull Glacier (glacier tours available in summer). Continue along the north coast, and admire the stunning views of Mount Kirkjufell from Grundarfjörður village, before exploring the quaint harbour village of Stykkishólmur. If visiting in summer, take a boat trip from here and sail around Breiðafjörður Bay's many islands and bird colonies.

Stay: Húnaflói/Skagafjörður accommodation

Meals: B

Day 3
The Northwest and Akureyri

Venture to Vatnsnes Peninsula and explore the majestic Hvítserkur Cliff, where seals are often sighted basking on the beaches. Spend the rest of the day visiting traditional Icelandic towns and areas, including Skagafjörður, the farmhouse museum of Glaumbær and the old turf church at Víðimýri. End your day in the town of Akureyri and check in to spend the night.

Stay: Akureyri accommodation

Meals: B

Day 4
Lake Mývatn

Witness the beautiful 'Waterfall of Gods', Goðafoss Waterfall, before continuing to the Lake Mývatn area and discovering its abundance of impressive sights; Dimmuborgir lava fields and the geothermal area at Námafjall. Enjoy dramatic landscapes and views as you soak in the blue waters of the Nature Baths, and if visiting in summer, head out from Husavik harbour on a whale watching tour. End your day visiting the beautiful Öxarfjörður area and the fossil collection at Tjörnes.

Stay: Lake Mývatn accommodation

Meals: B

Day 5
The Northeast

As you discover the northeast, visit the the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park including Ásbyrgi Canyon, Hljóðaklettar ('Echo rocks') and Dettifoss Waterfall.Continue the self-drive through the barren landscapes of Möðrudalsöræfi to Egilsstaðir town, located by Lake Lagarfljót. Explore the many attractions surrounding the mystical lake, including Hengifoss Waterfall, Hallormsstaður forest and Skriðuklaustur Centre of Culture and History.

Stay: Egilsstaðir accommodation

Meals: B

Day 6
The Eastfjords

Drive along the Eastfjords, admiring the dramatic sweeping mountain scenery and quaint village and harbour villages. Make stops as wished; perhaps in the Fáskrúðsfjörður village, from where views toward Skrúður Island can be enjoyed. Continue the drive southwards toward Höfn, and check in for the night, before enjoying a delicious lobster dinner, for which Höfn is well known for. 

Stay: Höfn accommodation

Meals: B

Day 7
Vatnajökull National Park

As you drive along the Southeast coast, admire the Vatnajökull Glacier and cruise between the towering icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (April-October). If travelling throughout the summer months, enjoy an usual tour of Cape Ingólfshöfði on a hay wagon, a enjoy the many hiking trails and glacier vistas of Skaftafell nature resort.

Stay: Kirkjubæjarklaustur accommodation

Meals: B

Day 8
The South Coast

Visit Kirkjubæjarklaustur village and take time to absorb its beautiful surroundings, before continuing to Vik village. In Vik, visit Dyrhólaey, a sky-high cape bursting with nature and birdlife, a sanctuary with perpendicular cliffs 120 m high. Make another stop at Skógar, famed for its magnificent waterfall Skógafoss, before admiring and- for those who dare- walk behind the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.

Stay: Gullfoss/Geysir accommodation

Meals: B

Day 9
The South (inland)

Explore the inlands of the South, driving through the fertile farmlands that mark the setting of the famous Njal's Saga.  Make a visit to various points of interest,  including historic Skálholt cathedral, Kerið; a 3,000 year old explosion crater, the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir hot spring area and Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of great historic and geological importance.

Stay: Alda, Reykjavik (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 10
Depart Iceland

Depart Reykjavik after breakfast and drop off your hire car. Board your flight and continue your onward journey home.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,430 incl. flights

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Special Offer

Save up to £410 pp.

Book by: 30 September 2018

Package includes:

  • Return flights to Reykjavik
  • Airport transfers in Reykjavik
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation Reykjavik on a B&B basis
  • 7 nights en-suite accommodation throughout Iceland on a B&B basis
  • Economy rental car for 8 days
  • GPS & Iceland Road Guide

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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