DAY 1: WELCOME TO REYKJAVÍK
On arrival to Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city centre and its many museums, restaurants and bars for all tastes. If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.
Spend the night in central Reykjavik.
DAY 2: WONDERS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Collect your rental car in the morning and begin your journey on the classic “Golden Circle” route, starting with the fascinating Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next is the Haukadalur geothermal area, home of Geysir—the original “geyser”—and the more active Strokkur, which spouts water every few minutes. End the circle with visits to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the implosion crater of Kerið.
Spend the night in the Hvolsvöllur area.
Driving distance approx. 250 km
DAY 3: WATERFALLS AND VOLCANIC BEACHES
Visit the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade, then head to the equally gorgeous Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road. South of the village of Vík, make a stop at the volcanic black sand beach for dramatic views of the Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar rock formations rising above the crashing waves.
You can even take part in an optional guided excursion by foot or snowmobile on a glacier today! They are Add-On activities
Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur/Skaftafell area.
Driving distance approx. 220 km
DAY 4: GLACIERS AND FLOATING ICEBERGS
Spend some time exploring Skaftafell, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty. Here you’ll find many interesting hiking trails, including a short path leading to the Svartifoss waterfall and its unique basalt columns that resemble organ pipes. Then head to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and enjoy the view of floating icebergs under the glow of the setting sun.
Spend the night in the Höfn area.
Driving distance approx. 210 km / 130 mi.
DAY 5: FJORDS AND FISHING VILLAGES
Your drive along East Iceland today is characterized by long and narrow fjords with steep mountainsides and rugged tundra. Each fjord has its own unique qualities, with small fishing villages in postcard-perfect settings and friendly locals. Other notable sights on the route today include Mt. Búlandstindur and the Lagarfljót River, which according to folklore is inhabited by a Loch Ness-like monster.
Spend the night in Egilstaðir area.
Driving distance approx. 260 km / 160 mi.
DAY 6: LUNAR LANDSCAPES OF LAKE MÝVATN
Continue towards north towards today’s destination: the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area. This part of North Iceland boasts an abundance of unusual natural wonders to explore, like the Krafla volcano, the curiously-coloured Námaskarð pass, the massive crater of Hverfell and the lunar-like pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir. If you’re up for seeing more natural wonders today, make an optional detour (weather and road conditions permitting) to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Later in the evening, if the skies are clear, you may even see another natural wonder—the northern lights.*
Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.
Driving distance approx.263 km / 163 mi.
*Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.
DAY 7: NATURAL CHARMS OF THE NORTH
Spend the first half of the day exploring more of Lake Mývatn. We recommend visiting Goðafoss (“The Waterfall of the Gods”) on your way to the charming town of Akureyri, where you can take a stroll through the town centre and enjoy the variety of little shops, cafes and museums.
On your way towards Skagafjörður, an area known for its abundance of Icelandic horses, you may choose to take a detour around Tröllaskagi (“The Peninsula of the Trolls”) for beautiful scenery of mountains, cliffs and fjords. Other interesting stops along your drive include the village of Siglufjörður, which was once the centre of Iceland’s herring fleet, and the Hofsós town thermal pool (optional).
Spend the night in Northwest Iceland.
Driving distance (with Tröllaskagi) approx. 250 km / 155 mi.
DAY 8: JOURNEY TO SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA
Drive to the beautiful peninsula of Snæfellsnes today. On the way you’ll see the countless mounds of Vatnsdalshólar and the beautiful Þingeyrarkirkja church. Another great place for a break is in Stykkishólmur, a picture-perfect fishing village overlooking Breiðafjörður Bay. Here we recommend taking a walk up to the small hill overlooking the harbour, Súgandisey, for a wonderful panoramic view over the town, sea and surrounding mountains.
Spend the night in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula area.
Driving distance approx. 260 km / 162 mi.
DAY 9: SNÆFELLSJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND GLACIER
Enjoy the natural beauty of Snæfellsjökull National Park—named after the glacier-topped volcano that stands prominently at the end of the peninsula. Highlights of your driving route today include the Dritvík Cove, the dramatic bird cliffs of Lóndrangar, Hellnar and Arnarstapi as well as idyllic seaside villages. And if you think you have what it takes to be an Icelandic fisherman, you can test your strength with the “lifting stones” on beach at Djúpalónssandur like in the old days. Return to Reykjavik for the evening.
Spend the night in central Reykjavík.
Driving distance approx. 290 km / 180 mi.
DAY 10: DEPARTURE
Transfer by bus to Keflavík Airport in time for your departure flight. If you depart in the afternoon, you can do some last minute shopping at some of Reykjavik´s boutiques or visit one of the city’s interesting museums. You also have the possibility to add a trip to the Blue Lagoon to your transfer (optional).
-Transfer from Kef airport to reykjavik on arrival
-Accommodation (budget/comfort/quality) for 9 nights on twin sharing basis
-Breakfast on all days except Day 1
-Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, cdw and vat for 8 days
-Free in-car wi-fi (1gb), use of gps & two authorized drivers for the duration of the vehicle rental period
-Transfer from reykjavik to Kef airport on departure
-Information meeting with your travel consultant (optional)
-Map of iceland and detailed personal itinerary
-Road atlas & iceland travel guide
-Driving in iceland pamphlet
-Temporary use of a mobile phone
-24-hour emergency service
-Flights to/from iceland
-Personal travel insurance
-Meals and drinks (unless otherwise stated)
-Optional activities – can be added on request