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Iceland complete tour

Overview May-September Price from 1.414 US per person

This is a trip all around Iceland, with well balanced days. The program is very comprehensive and includes of course the main attractions of Iceland (Skaftafell, Geysir, Gullfoss and Þingvellir, Snæfellsnes peninsula, Akureyri, Mývatn, Dettifoss), as well as the rugged and sparsely inhabited West Fjords.

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
  • The West Fjords, with their impressive mountains and uninhabited areas
  • Waterfall Dynjandi
  • 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
  • A view of Mount Hekla, Iceland’s most notorious volcano.
  • Þjórsárdalur valley, with its beautiful and romantic valley Gjáin and Háifoss falls.
  • 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 14 nights and 15 days
  • The tour can be driven in any type of car
  • You will drive from 200 up to 350 km per day, with a total of ca. 3.500 km during the 2 weeks.
  • You mostly move from one hotel to another, changing hotels every day, but once or twice you stay 2 nights in the same hotel.
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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 can spend part of this day exploring the city of Reykjavík, and you might like to drive to the Blue Lagoon, but in the afternoon you drive from Reykjavík around the scenic fjord Hvalfjörður. There are some lovely sights over the fjord and it’s possible to stop to view a small waterfall, as well as a small church. Then you continue to the north where you explore the lovely county of Borgarfjörður, You start with a visit to Iceland’s largest hot spring, Deildartunguhver, which provide people with hot water for house heating as far as 60 km away from the spring. Then you drive to Reykholt village, where the 13th century historian Snorri Sturluson lived. It’s still possible to see his miniature private swimming pool in this small village and if you’re interested in history a visit to the Snorri Museum is indicated. Your next goal is Hraunfossar waterfalls, a series of small waterfalls that tumble straight out of the lava, a strange and magnificent sight. Close by is the summer resort of Húsafell, where you can visit a lovely swimming pool, and if you fancy there is a farm in this area which offers riding tours. Overnight in Borgarfjörður. 

Borgarnes

Day 3: An interesting drive awaits you today, all around Snæfellsnes peninsula. Drive via Borgarnes west along the south shore of the peninsula until you arrive at Arnarstapi birdcliffs. A walk here is recommended strongly, because there are many lovely basalt formations, as well as lots of nesting birds, such as kittiwakes and arctic terns. At the tip of the peninsula there are many lovely places to stop such as Þúfubjarg bird cliff (this involves a short walk away from the main road) and Djúpalónssandur beach – where a rocky path brings you down to an impressive black beach. Also, you might get good views of Snæfellsjokull glacier, which is also an old volcano – as can be seen from the many lavafields that surround the mountain. Then you drive along the north side of the peninsula, through various fishing villages, such as Ólafsvík and Grundarfjörður, to Stykkishólmur

Ingjaldshóll

Day 4: You can choose between a ferry ride or a drive. If you take the ferry, you will enjoy a lovely trip over Breiðafjörður fjord with its many islands, rich birdlife and wonderful basalt formations. It will give you the chance in the afternoon to go for a hike in Vatnsfjörður nature reserve. If you decide to drive all around Breiðafjörður, you will get to know the sparsely inhabited southern parts of the West Fjord area, with lovely views over the fjord. You will stay overnight in Flókalundur or Breiðavík.

Brjánslækur

Day 5: In the morning, you can visit Látrabjarg, Europe’s biggest bird cliff. From there you continue north and drive over high mountain passes north, to arrive at another highlight: the waterfall Dynjandi. This is actually a collection of 5 waterfalls, so you should take some time to explore! It’s possible to climb all the way up, along a small track, to get close to all 5 falls. Finally you drive via Þingeyri village to Ísafjörður, your base for the next 2 nights. (420 km)

Dynjandi

Day 6: Today is a day of leisure, to view the charming fishing town of Ísafjörður. There are some lovely old houses and interesting museums. We also recommend a drive to the nearby village of Bólungarvík, where an old fishermen’s hut was turned into a small museum, which is quite an experience. It might also be possible to make a boattrip on Ísafjarðardjúp fjord. (50 km)

Ísafjörður

Day 7: Today you move headquarters again, driving along Ísafjarðardjúp, one of the least inhabited areas of Iceland apart from the highlands. The landscape is impressive, with its winding roads along the various fjords. In earlier times, there were quite some farms in this area, but the distances in this area are rather large and there is not much flat land, which makes farming rather difficult. So nowadays there are no farms anymore in this area, it is mostly uninhabited. After driving around quite a few of these fjords, you drive over Steingrimsfjarðarheiði high plateau, to Hólmavík village. This is a small and friendly fishing village, where you can also shop and tank! After this you drive south along the Strandir coast, an area with some agriculture. This area is also famous for the quantities of driftwood that are found along the coast. Finally, you drive into the Hrútafjörður area and you stay overnight here, or close by Blönduós. (350-370 km)

Hestfjörður

Day 8: First you continue to Skagafjörður county, famous for horse breeding. It’s possible to visit the Glaumbær torf farm museum. This house was lived in until 1939, and it gives you a very good idea about how people lived in Iceland from late 19th century until the beginning of the 20th century. Then you drive north along the fjord for a visit to the village of Siglufjörður, where we recommend a visit to the Herring Era Museum. From there, you drive through the new tunnel to Ólafsfjörður, Dalvík and on to Akureyri, the most important town of the north, where you can enjoy some shopping and sightseeing. There’s a very lovely botanic garden in the town and we recommend a visit. Finally, you drive via Goðafoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most charming falls, to Lake Mývatn, your next base. (330-350 km)

Siglufjörður

Day 9: A whole day for sightseeing at lake Mývatn. We recommend visits to the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðir, Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth (where the strange lave formations provide shelter for quite a lot of vegetation), the tephra volcano Hverfjall (which you can climb if you fancy), the impressive solfataras at Námaskarð and Leirhnjúkur (where boiling mud pools and colourful sulphur precipitations provide a very picturesque view), and caves filled with natural hot water. Overnight again in the Mývatn area. (50-100 km)

Leirhnjúkur

Day 10: Today you drive north along Tjörnes peninsula. First you make a stop at Húsavík fishing village where it’s possible to make a whale watching boattour and where you can visit the charming church. Then you continue north along the peninsula and drive to Ásbyrgi, a horse-shoe shaped gorge, where a small forest shelters along the 100 m high rock walls. A short walk is indicated. Another highlight of this day is Dettifoss waterfall, which is Europe’s mightiest - no other waterfall has such a lot of water! It’s 44 m high. You can walk down along a rocky path until you get very close by the waterfall, so you can thoroughly enjoy it. From there you continue over Möðrudalsheiði highland plateau east. On the way, you might enjoy a lovely view of Mt. Herðubreið (in good weather!). After that you continue through Jökuldalur valley to Egilsstaðir village, the most important town of the east

Jökulsárgljúfur

Day 11: Today you continue south over Breiðdalsheidi pass to the East Fjord area. In Breiðdalur you can encounter young children who are selling semi-precious stones such as quarz, obsidian and jasper, which 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. Drive along the long fjord of Berufjörður (where you’ll find a lovely waterfall) to Djúpivogur village. You continue past Hamarsfjörður and Álftafjörður fjords to Hvalnes, a place where the road winds along the steep mountains. Finally you arrive to the village of Höfn. Overnight is in this area.

Petra’s Stone Museum, Stöðvarfjörður

Day 12: Today you drive along the south rim of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. There, one often gets views of glacier tongues descending from the main icecap. In the afternoon you pass one of the highlights of this tour: Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where large icebergs float around. It's possible to make an optional boat-trip on the lagoon, which takes 45 minutes and brings you a lot closer to the glacier itself, as well as providing you with great opportunities to take spectacular pictures of the icebergs. Then you should take some time to visit Skaftafell national park and walk to Svartifoss waterfall which is surrounded by beautifully regular basalt columns, before over Skeiðarársandur outwash plain to the tiny chapel at Núpsstaður which was built in the 17th century. Next you can make a stop at Dverghamrar, a place with interesting basalt columns where you can take a short walk. Then you continue via Kirkjubæjarklaustur village and over Mýrdalssandur to the village of Vík. There is a factory outlet shop there, where you can purchase woollens, socks and souvenirs for good prices. A short visit to the beach in the village is recommended: it’s black!

Fjallslón

Day 13: Close by Vík it's possible (after 25 June, before that it’s closed for reasons of nature preservation) to drive up to Dyrhólaey cliff to see the puffins (until mid-August, after that the puffins have gone!). It’s rather a winding and steep road, but the view is worth while. There are puffins all over the place, and if the weather is nice you can also have a lovely view of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Next you should visit Skógar folk museum, where lots of old utensils and handicraft are exhibited.
There’s also an original old turf farm, where you can see how people lived by the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. In the same tiny village, you can visit Skógafoss waterfall (60 m high) before continuing to Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This is a very special waterfall, because you can walk behind it (if you don’t mind getting wet!). Next, you drive through Landsveit area further inland, through lava and pumice produced by Mt. Hekla. The volcano itself towers over the area and in good weather you will have a nice view of it. Then you drive through Þjórsárdalur valley, where you can visit the waterfalls Háifoss and Hjálp, the ruins of a farm that was destroyed by Mt. Hekla in 1104, and a lovely small canyon. Finally, you check in your hotel in the south (230-250 km)

Gjáin in Þjórsárdalur

Day 14: Today you visit Iceland's highlights. First, you drive to Gullfoss waterfall, which many people think is Iceland’s most beautiful. It falls into a deep canyon in two parts, the first one 20 m high, the second one 11 m. From there you drive to the Geysir hot spring area, where many hot springs are bubbling and boiling. The most famous is the spouting spring Strokkur, which ejects a high column of boiling water every 5 minutes or so. After this you continue to Laugarvatn village and over a mountain road to Þingvellir national park. This is where the ancient parliament was founded in the year 930. Also, this area is of great geological interest, since it’s situated directly on the mid-Atlantic ridge, which divided Europe and America. Therefore, there are many large fissures in this area, which can easily be seen. After a walk in this beautiful area, you drive to Reykjavik for the last overnight.

Strokkur hot spring – Geysir

Day 15: Depending on the departure time of your flight, you either drive straight to Keflavík airport early in the morning, or you can spend some more time in Reykjavík, enjoying this small but modern capital. There are many shops, galleries and museums, wonderful swimming pools, a beautiful botanic garden and endless café’s and restaurants. In the afternoon or early evening, you might also have time to drive to the famous Blue Lagoon, for a refreshing bath, before you return to Keflavík airport for the return flight.

Note: we reserve the right to reverse the itinerary.


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