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Day 1: Arrival

Highlights: Reykjavik The Blue Lagoon National Museum Parliament House Harpa Concert Hall Hallgrimskirkja

Keflavik international airport- Blue lagoon- Reykjavik

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs, your car rental will be available for pick-up just beyond customs. Once you have your car, head onward towards Reykjavik and check-in at your hotel in Reykjavik city.  The day is yours to rest and use at your own leisure. You might consider a visit to the National Museum, which focuses on the cultural history of Iceland. The axe and the block used at Agnes Magnusdottir’s execution is on display here as well as the jaw bones of Agnes and Fridrik.

If your flight arrives early in the day, you might stop at the Blue Lagoon (a short distance from the airport) for a chance to relax in the soothing geothermal mineral waters.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance.

 

Approximate driving distance: ca 50 km / 30 miles

 

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Day 2: Travel from Reykjavik to Laugarbakki

Highlights: Glanni Waterfall Paradisarlaut Borgarnes

Glanni Waterfall – Laugarbakki

Breakfast at your hotel.  Drive towards Laugarbakki in northwest Iceland.

On your way, visit the Glanni Waterfall, said to be the dwelling place of elves and trolls. Nearby is the Paradise Hollow, a beautiful oasis in the middle of a lava field. Park your car by the golf course and from there is a walking path that will lead to the waterfall and the hollow. The viewing deck offers a great view of Glanni. You can buy provisions at the coffee shop by the car park and enjoy a wonderful picnic by the waterfall or in Paradise Hollow.

Afterwards, drive onwards to your hotel in Laugarbakki.

Overnight in Laugarbakki.

Approximate driving distance: ca 190 km / 118 miles

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Day 3: Burial Rites and Vatnsnes Peninsula

Highlights: Vatnsnes Peninsula Hvítserkur

Vatnsnes Peninsula – Burial Rites Historical locations – North Iceland nature and history

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today you will explore Vatnsnes Peninsula in the Hunavatnssysla district, the home and execution place of Agnes Magnusdottir. Give yourself plenty of time to explore the sites connected with Agnes Magnusdottir‘s deeply moving story.

Visit Illugastadir, where the murders took place.  The ruined remains of Natan‘s workshop can still be seen here.  Visit the cemetery of Efra-Nupi in Nupsdalur in Midfjordur and see the burial site of the Icelandic poetess Rosa Gudmundsdottir who was Natan’s lover and wrote the moving lyrics to the traditional lullaby Visur Vatnsenda Rosu. Also visit Thristapar, the site of the executions, and Tjorn church, where Agnes Magnusdottir and Fridrik Sigurdsson are buried. You can find the details of each location in your Iceland Travel Companion app.

Other highlights include a Viking-era rock fortress and the magnificent Hvítserkur sea stacks.  Alternatively, picnic in Blönduós or try seal watching while sipping on hot cocoa and nibbling on cinnamon buns from the nearby town of Hvammstangi.

Overnight in Laugarbakki.

Approximate driving distance: ca 100 km / 62 miles

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Day 4: The Gems of the Troll Peninsula

Highlights: Siglufjordur Dalvik Trollaskagi – Troll Peninsula The Herring Era Museum Hofsos

Siglufjordur – Dalvik – Herring Era Museum – Troll Peninsula

One of most hidden Icelandic gems is Tröllaskagi peninsula, a truly astonishing and fascinating kingdom a bit separated from the rest of the country because of the high and dense mountains which cover it all. The highest point is mount Kerling, Kerlingarfjöll, with its 1538mt, and two fjords flank the peninsula.

Driving the Troll Peninsula is an epic fairy tale route, along with the spectacular coastline, through small fishing communities like Dalvik, Olafsfjordur and Siglufjordur where you will stay overnight.  On your way to Siglufjordur, we recommend making a stop at the old turf farm Glaumbær. There you can see two 19th century timber houses and the historical church called Vidimyri.

Visit the historically significant bishopric of Hólar with religious artefacts dating back to the middle ages, or take a dip on Hofsós’s famous infinity pool, and explore Siglufjordur’s award-winning Herring Era Museum. Siglufjordur is also home to several cosy cafes, art galleries, and an artfully curated folk music museum where you can hear and try traditional Icelandic instruments.

Overnight in Siglufjordur.

Approximate driving distance: ca 246 km / 152 miles

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Day 5: Akureyri

Highlights: Akureyri Myvatn Dimmuborgir Krafla Hverfjall Myvatn Nature Baths Godafoss

Akureyri – Myvatn – Dimmuborgir

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive onwards to Akureyri, the “capital of the north.”  Explore the charming town of Akureyri or explore the diverse landscapes of northern Iceland. Stop at the lovely Godafoss waterfall before driving to the intriguing Lake Myvatn area. The natural wonders of Lake Myvatn area include the unique lava formations of Dimmuborgir, Krafla volcanic area and geothermal center, and the pseudo craters at Skutustadir. Myvatn is also home to Myvatn Nature Baths.  Horseback riding and whale watching is also available.

Overnight in Akureyri.

Please Note:  The Ring Road route today contains a toll tunnel.  More information on the tunnel and fees is here. 

Approximate driving distance: ca 300 km / 186 miles

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Day 6: Return to Reykjavik

Highlights: Reykjavik Perlan Hallgrimskirkja Harpa Concert Hall Tjornin Reykjavik City Hall

Akureyri – Reykjavik

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive back to Reykjavik. The drive is around 4.5 hours without stops, so plan your day accordingly and stop for great photo opportunities along the way!

Once in Reykjavik, explore the great bars, restaurants, and theatres downtown or if travelling in winter, try a northern lights cruise.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

 

Approximate driving distance: ca 386 km / 239 miles

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Day 7: Departure

Reykjavik- Keflavik international airport

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon, as it is on your way to the airport, if you did not have time to do it on your arrival day. *

Approximate distance: 52 km / 32 miles

 

**Please note that the package price is based on 6×24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7, an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik and use our Flybus departure transfer.

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