Discover the geological wonders of Iceland's spectacular north on an epic road trip
- Discover the lesser-visited delights of Iceland's remote north
- Soak in the world-famous Blue Lagoon, with complimentary entry
- Take in the epic scenery of the Thingvellir National Park
- Stay in charming fishing villages
- Enjoy a night in buzzy Reykjavik
- 1 Night Grindavik
- 2 Nights Siglufjörður
- 2 Nights Akureyri
- 1 Night Reykjavík
Activity adventure | City | Natural world | Wildlife
This epic road trip will see you combine western Iceland's highlights with the hidden gems of its wild north. You'll start with Reykjavik's city buzz and the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon before you turn out to the mighty waterfalls and twisting lava formations surrounding Akureyri and the northwest fjords. It's all knitted together by stays in fishermen's towns and drives that sweep along dramatic coastlines and dip into high-mountain hinterlands. Lastly, although winter trippers will be treated to displays of the Northern Lights, summertime offers the Midnight Sun, puffins and whale cruises.
Day by day itinerary
UK to Grindavik
After enjoying your complimentary airport-lounge access, fly to Keflavik Airport, where you'll pick your car hire. It's then just a short drive on to the world-famous Blue Lagoon, where you'll rest up after your flight with included entry. You'll be treated to a welcome drink and a mud mask as you enjoy soaks in this geothermal spa, sunk deep in a lava field. Fully rested, you'll then continue to your cosy accommodation – the Northern Light Inn. All grand fireplaces, welcoming sitting areas and a delightful "honesty bar", its secluded position is perfect for enjoying the aurora borealis or summer's Midnight Sun. There's even a Northern Lights rooftop lounge, while you'll also be treated to complimentary tea and coffee, as well as make-your-own waffles.
Stay: Northern Light Inn
After breakfast, make the journey to historic Siglufjörður – Iceland's northernmost town. Situated in the heart of a narrow fjord, beneath sweeping mountains, Siglufjörður is often considered one of Iceland's most beautiful settlements, and the road trip here offers fantastic photo opportunities with breathtaking scenery. Think high mountain passes and desolate lava fields, before summertime boat trips bring you out to puffin colonies. Then, take the time to explore this historic fishing village; it's just 24 nautical miles from the Arctic and hosts the award-winning Herring Era Museum and Folk Centre. If you're after something more active, perhaps also hike to the mid-Atlantic ridge and its hidden waterfall. Your hotel for the next two nights is the stunning Hotel Siglo, which commands beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and marina, not least from its outdoor spa and sauna. Spend evenings relaxing, soaking up the beautiful views and sampling local cuisine at one of Hotel Siglo's excellent restaurants.
Stay: Siglo Hotel, Siglufjordur (Superior)
After breakfast, head to Akureyri; voted the 'best place in Europe' by Lonely Planet in 2015. Famed for its temperate climate and sheltered location at the head of a fjord, Akureyri is one of the greenest places in Iceland, with tree-lined streets and a location within easy reach of Lake Myvatn, Husavik's fishing-village idyll and the waterfall wonders of Dettifoss and Godafoss. Each evening, return to your hotel's geothermal swimming pool and spectacular fjord views, best taken from the outdoor garden – heated by an outdoor fireplace. Don't also miss the shellfish soup in the restaurant, or the summertime whale-watching cruises.
Stay: IcelandAir Hotel Akureyri (Superior)
After breakfast, make the drive back to Reykjavik, sweeping along the coast and dipping through the mountainous interior to arrive at Thingvellir National Park. It's where the first Icelandic parliament was founded over 1,000 years ago, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, protecting the spectacular rift valley and its accompanying ruins. Then, spend the rest of the day absorbing the coffee culture of the world's northernmost city, perhaps visiting its art galleries, bars and museums. We particularly recommend the Fishmarket (Fiskmarkaðurinn) restaurant.
Stay: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum (Superior)
Depart for UK
After breakfast, drive to Keflavik Airport, drop off your hire car and catch your flight home.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
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