Explore Iceland's dramatic landscapes and its vibrant capital city on this action-packed road trip
- 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
- 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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
Depart Reykjavik after breakfast and drop off your hire car. Board your flight and continue your onward journey home.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
- 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
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