Arctic Iceland

One of the highlights of this trip is the chance to explore the new Arctic Coast Way. This beautiful route is Iceland’s first official scenic byway, perfectly designed for people who want to take their time getting to know North Iceland’s special heritage.

11 DAYS | REYKJAVIK ROUND TRIP

TYPE: SELF DRIVE

TRAVEL: MAY - SEP 2020

FROM $2,862*


ITINERARY

DAY 1 REYKJAVIK – HVERAGERDI

On arrival to Keflavik Airport, collect your rental car and start your journey. Your first stop may be the Blue Lagoon – or, simply drive along the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula to the charming village of Hveragerdi for your overnight.

DAY 2 THINGVELLIR – HELLA

Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic Viking parliament and a jewel of nature. Continue to the amazing sites of Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir hot spring area. Explore Thjorsardalur valley and its ever-changing landscapes of birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers and waterfalls. B

DAY 3 HELLA – VIK – KIRKJUBAEJARKLAUSTUR

Drive along the scenic South Shore and the area near the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Enjoy stops at the beautiful Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Your route will take you past Myrdalsjokull glacier. Stop by the seafront village of Vik to explore a dramatic stretch of coastline poised between glacier- topped mountains, rugged sea cliffs and black sand beaches. During the summer, thousands of sea birds and puffins nest here. B

DAY 4 SKAFTAFELL – JOKULSARLON – HOFN

Today you’ll be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. Visit the awe-inspiring Skaftafell area of the park, a lovely oasis set between glaciers. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Fjallsarlon Ice Lagoon and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Diamond Beach is also a highlight, located next to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. B

DAY 5 HOFN – DJUPIVOGUR – EGILSSTADIR

Drive through the spectacular East Fjords with towering mountains and charming fishing villages to the fertile Egilsstadir area. The town of Djupivogur is the “gateway” to East Iceland. This is one of Iceland’s oldest regions, with rugged fjords carved by glaciers during the Ice Age. Drive by Hallormsstadur the largest forest in Iceland set along Lake Lagarfljot. Visit the award-winning Wilderness Centre, where you can discover Iceland’s settlement history and highland nature in an interactive way. Head to Egilsstadir and experience one of the local specialities – reindeer. East Iceland has the country’s only wild reindeer herd. B

DAY 6 EGILSSTADIR – HUSAVIK

Pass by Vopnafjordur village, with its spectacular coastline and natural hot springs. Continue to Thorshofn village, which is situated on Langanes peninsula. Raufarhofn village is Iceland’s northernmost town and home to the picturesque Arctic Henge, an enormous sun calendar based on Norse mythology. Drive across the exotic Melrakkasletta the “Arctic Fox plain”, Iceland’s most isolated region. Visit Asbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon in the northern part
of Vatnajokull National Park. Drive along Tjornes peninsula at the edge of the Arctic Circle en route to the charming fishing port of Husavik. B

DAY 7 HUSAVIK – MYVATN

Husavik is sometimes nicknamed the whale watching capital of Iceland. You may wish to take a whale watching excursion here – or simply relax and soak in natural hot pools / Geosea baths in Hu?savi?k. Explore the highlights of Lake Myvatn and surrounding

area with unique attractions such as Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colourful sulphurous slopes of Namaskard and Krafla volcanic area. See the mighty Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. B

DAY 8 AKUREYRI AND SURROUNDS

Start by visiting areas around Myvatn you might have not seen yesterday. Stop at Godafoss waterfall, a legendary cascade said to contain the statues of Norse gods tossed there in 1000 AD. Head onwards to the scenic Eyjafjordur fjord and Akureyri, Iceland’s “Capital of the North.” B

DAY 9 AKUREYRI – STYKKISHOLMUR

From Akureyri, continue over the Oxnadalur pass to the historical region of Skagafjordur, renowned for horse breeding and horseback riding tours. Visit the old farmstead at Glaumbaer with its turf-roofed manor home, the inspiration for Hannah Kent’s best-selling novel, Burial Rites. You can also visit the beautiful Vatnses Peninsula. Then, head into West Iceland, stopping to visit Eiriksstadir, the place where the famous explorer-Vikings Erik the Red and Leif Eiriksson lived. The roads lead to Snaefellsnes Peninsula where you’ll overnight in the eco-friendly town of Stykkisholmur. B

DAY 10: SNAEFELLSNES – BORGARNES – REYKJAVIK

Circle around the legendary Snaefellsnes peninsula, passing the small fishing villages of Hellissandur and Grundarfjordur. Don’t miss the striking columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi. Make a stop at the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur. Pass Eldborg crater on route to the agricultural region of Borgarfjordur before returning to Reykjavik. B

DAY 11 REYKJAVI?K

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and return your rental car. Onwards journey as per own arrangements. B

Visit all the well-known attractions along the Ring Road

Take in amazing sites off-the beaten track

Explore the new Arctic Coast Way, abundant with birdlife and Arctic foxes

View the unique Arctic Henge solar calendar, located in Iceland‘s northernmost town

Take a trip back in time at the award-winning Wilderness Centre, a unique living history experience

Visit the peaceful and mystical Snaefellsnes Peninsula with Snaefellsjokull National Park

9 nights’ accommodation in countryside hotels

1 night accommodation in Reykjavik

10 breakfasts

Rental car for 10 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT

GPS system with car and no charges for an additional driver

Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport

Fuel Discount Card

Customer Care service during office hrs

Emergency phone line open 24 hrs, including weekends and holidays

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Tablet with travel app for your Iceland tour

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