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Around Iceland

Overview 7 nights May-September

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A short but very comprehensive tour, which involves quite a bit of driving: a total of 1.800-2.000 km in total. Most of the days are quite well-filled and give you a whole lot to do and to see. The tour included the whole circle as well as the Snæfellsnes peninsula, visiting many of the most spectacular sites of Iceland: the most of Iceland in the shortest possible time!

Highlights

  • Borgarfjörður with the Hraunfossar waterfalls and Iceland’s biggest hot spring
  • Snæfellsnes peninsula with Arnarstapi’s bird cliffs and basalt formations and Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Akureyri, the small but charming “Capital of the North”
  • Lake Mývatn with all its wonders of nature, including Dimmuborgir Lava Labyrinth and Námaskarð solfataras.
  • Dettifoss waterfall
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with its floating icebergs
  • Skaftafell National park with Svartifoss waterfall
  • Skógar with Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar Folk Museum
  • Iceland’s most famous highlights: Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfall
  • Þingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s ancient parliament.
  • The capital Reykjavík
  • The Blue Lagoon, a warm blue lake where you can take a refreshing bath
  • And many more….

Practical information

  • This tour is available from May 1st until September 30th.
  • It takes 7 nights and 8 days.
  • The tour can be driven in any type of car.
  • You will drive from 200 up to 400 km per day, with a total of ca. 2.000 km during the week.
  • You move from one hotel to another, changing hotels every day.
  • For prices, go to "Book now". You can check out the prices for the package of your choice without committing to making a reservation!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Keflavík airport, where you pick up your car. If you arrive in the afternoon, you can visit the famous Blue Lagoon, filled with natural hot water, rich in all kind of minerals. After a refreshing bath in the bizarre surroundings of lava fields and a geothermal plant, you drive to your accommodation in Keflavík or Reykjavík. If your flight arrives late in the evening, you drive straight to your accommodation, but then you will have time to visit the Blue Lagoon on your last day.

Day 2: You start off on your tour to Borgarfjörður County, to visit Hraunfossar waterfalls, Reykholt village and Deildartunguhver hot spring. From there you continue to the west, to Snæfellsnes peninsula. Along the south side you will find lovely farmlands, and at the tip, where the glacier Snæfellsjökull towers over the landscape, there are some wonderful spots with lots of nesting birds, interesting basalt formations and impressive landscapes. Next you drive along the north side of Snæfellsnes peninsula, with its many fishing villages, for an overnight in this area. Overnight is at the north side of the peninsula.

Hraunfossar

Day 3: Today you continue over Laxárdalsheiði to Hrútafjörður pass and further to Húnavatnssýsla County. This area has quite a bit of agriculture and Skagafjörður county is famous for horse breeding. It’s possible to visit the Glaumbær turf farm museum. Continue over the impressive pass Öxnadalsheiði (550 m) to Akureyri, the most important town of the north. After exploring Akureyri, you continue via Goðafoss waterfall to lake Mývatn, where you spend the rest of the day. At Skútustaðir, there are pseudo-craters. Dimmuborgir is a beautiful lava labyrinth with very strange lava formations, which provide shelter for the abundant vegetation. A walk is definitely indicated. Another visit is made to the Námaskarð solfataras, with their grey mud pools which are really cooking, the yellowish sulphur precipitations and the unforgettable smell. Also you can climb Mount Hverfjall or visit Grjótagjá – a small gorge which is filled with hot water, or Stóragjá, a similar phenomenon. Overnight in the Mývatn area. (250-300 km)

Kálfaströnd

Day 4: Drive north along Tjörnes peninsula and make your first stop at Húsavík fishing village for a look at the picturesque harbour or, if you like, an optional whale watching trip. Then you continue to the horse-shoe-shaped gorge Ásbyrgi where you can take a short walk through a small but lovely forest. ©Next, you drive through Jökulsárgljúfur gorge, which is a national park. You can visit Hafragilsfoss waterfall and you shouldn’t miss Dettifoss, Iceland’s most powerful waterfall. After descending on foot along a rocky path to see the waterfall, you continue over Möðrudalsheiði highland plateau to the east. Finally you drive through Jökuldalur valley to Egilsstaðir, the most important town of east Iceland, for overnight. (280-300 km)

Dettifoss

Day 5: Today you drive through Skriðdalur valley and over Breiðdalsheidi mountain pass, to Breiddalur valley, where the children at some of the farms sell colourful stones they have found in the mountains. Alternatively, you can drive along the east fjords, and make a stop on the way at the famous Petra Stone Museum. Then you drive further over winding roads, enjoying lovely views. You pass the tiny village of Djúpivogur and from there you continue to Höfn, a larger community and an important fisheries harbour. You stay overnight in this area, or in Skaftafell.

Skaftafell

Day 6: First you drive to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where large icebergs float around. It's possible to make an optional boat-trip on the lagoon. Then, take some time to visit Skaftafell national park and walk to Svartifoss waterfall, (1½ hrs walk in total) before continuing along the south coast. You cross Skeiðarársandur, an outwash plain of black sand, at the foot of the glacier. Then you have the opportunity to stop at the tiny chapel of Núpsstaður and a bit further at the interesting basalt columns of Dverghamrar. Next you pass Kirkjubæjarklaustur village and then you cross Mýrdalssandur outwash plains until you come to the village of Vík. Close by it's possible (after 25 June) to drive up to Dyrhólaey cliff to see the puffins. Visit Skógar folk museum and Skógafoss waterfall before continuing your tour along the south coast and make a visit to Seljalandsfoss, a lovely waterfall which is very special: you can walk behind it – if you don’t mind getting wet. Overnight in the Selfoss area.

Reynisfjara

Day 7: Today you visit Iceland's highlights: Gullfoss waterfall, which some people consider to be Iceland’s most beautiful, and the Geysir hot spring area with the famous spouting spring Strokkur as well as a great number of bubbling, steaming and boiling springs. Then you drive to Þingvellir national park, where the ancient outdoor parliament was founded in 930. This area is also very interesting from a geological point of view, since it’s situated on top of the mid-Atlantic ridge, where two earth crust plates slowly drift apart. Therefore, there are many fissures in the soil at Þingvellir. From there you drive to Reykjavík where you can explore the city. If you fancy, it is possible to drive in the afternoon or in the early evening to the Blue Lagoon for a swim in the mineral-rich hot water. You stay overnight in Reykjavík or Keflavík.

Geysir

Day 8: Drive to the airport, to catch your return flight.

Note: we reserve the right to reverse the itinerary.


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