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Day 1: Arrival

Highlights: Viking World The Blue Lagoon Hveragerdi Hveragerdi Hot Spring Area

Geothermal Lagoon – Flower Village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Approximate distance: ca 100 km / 62 miles

Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.

From Keflavik International Airport,  we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. This village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and, because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the “flower village.“

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.

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

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi.

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Day 2: Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Fludir/Selfoss

Highlights: Gullfoss Geysir Kerid Skalholt Geysir Center Laugarvatn Fontana Nature Baths

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – Massive Waterfall

Approximate distance: ca 170 km / 106 miles

Drive to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. Continue to the famous Geysir hot-spring area and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall.

Overnight in the Fludir area.

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Day 3: Thjorsardalur - Hella - Vik - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Highlights: Eyjafjallajokull Thjorsardalur Vík Skogafoss Seljalandsfoss Dyrholaey

Hekla Volcano – Thundering Waterfalls – Seabird Colony – Black Sand Beaches – Lava Fields

Approximate distance: 300 km / 186 miles

Drive along the spectacular south coast and view highlights along the way such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Myrdalsjokull glacier, the seabird cliff of Dyrholaey* and the black sand beaches of Vik. Continue towards Kirkjubaejarklaustur, a picturesque village known for fabulous trout fishing and is the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent.

Overnight in southeast Iceland

*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, from around mid-May until June 23rd.

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Day 4: Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon - Hofn

Highlights: Skaftafell National Park Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon Vatnajokull Svartifoss Waterfall Hofn

Glacier-Rimmed Oasis – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Approximate distance: 200 km / 124 miles

Today you will be in the area of Vantajokull National Park, named after Europe‘s largest glacier.  Visit the park’s amazing Skaftafell area, a green oasis nestled between glaciers that offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and the harbour town of Hofn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.

Overnight in Hofn area.

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Day 5: Djupivogur - Reydarfjordur - Egilsstadir

Highlights: Reydarfjordur Faskrudsfjordur Petra’s Minerals Egilsstadir Hallormsstadur Seydisfjordur The Wilderness Center Hengifoss

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Mineral Collection

Approximate distance: 370 km / 230 miles

Drive through the spectacular East Fjords with towering mountains and charming fishing villages to the fertile Egilsstadir area. On the way, you might opt to take a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer (mid-May – early August) or visit Petra’s famous local stone and mineral collection at Stodvarfjordur.

You can either drive straight through Fagridalur to Egilsstadir or head along the East Fjords, one of the oldest regions in Iceland, shaped by glaciers during the Ice Age. Although many are uninhabited, each fjord has its own grandeur. The natural harbours in the fjords led to the development of fishing villages that have still hung on to a degree of old-world charm.

In the Egilsstadir area, you can visit the beautiful Hallormsstadur forest and a river reputed to be the home of a friendly sea monster. Then it´s time to head to edge of the eastern highland wilderness a stunning area of vast green heaths, black mountains and rushing glacial rivers. Visit the new Wilderness Center located at the edge of the hauntingly beautiful eastern highlands. The centre offers two exhibitions on life in the Icelandic wilderness where abandoned farm buildings showcase the hardship and the beauty of this spectacular frontier. The Wilderness Center is also a unique gateway for hiking into the highlands.

Overnight in the Egilsstadir area

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Day 6: Dettifoss - Asbyrgi - Husavik - Myvatn

Highlights: Saenautasel Dettifoss Ásbyrgi Jokulsargljufur National Park Hljodaklettar Húsavík Myvatn Nature Baths

Europe’s Most Powerful Waterfall – Glacier-Carved Gorge – Whale Watching

Approximate distance: 310 km / 193 miles

Travel across the vast Modrudalsoraefi highlands to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Explore the impressive horse-shoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon in Vatnajokull National Park’s northern rim before continuing to the fishing port of Husavik.

Overnight in northeast Iceland.

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Day 7: Lake Myvatn - Akureyri - Siglufjordur

Highlights: Dimmuborgir Myvatn Krafla Godafoss Akureyri Siglufjordur

Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal Activity – Waterfall of the Gods – Iceland’s Second Largest City

Approximate distance: 180 km / 112 miles

Spend the day exploring the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area. Visit highlights such as the lava citadels at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard and the Krafla volcano area. Depart Myvatn and drive westward, visiting beautiful Godafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods.  Drive to Siglufjordur along one of Iceland´s most beautiful coastlines, enjoying a unique view towards the North Atlantic. The town of Siglufjordur itself has many beautifully-restored, colourful buildings and excellent options for outdoor recreation, from golf to hiking to whale watching.

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

Overnight in north Iceland.

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Day 8: Siglufjordur - Varmahlid/Laugarbakki

Highlights: Siglufjordur The Herring Era Museum Skagafjordur Fjord Saudarkrokur Trollaskagi – Troll Peninsula Vatnsnes Peninsula Hvítserkur Grettislaug Geothermal Pool

Fertile Farmlands – Folk Museum – Viking Horses

Approximate distance: 200 km / 124 miles

Explore the fascinating area of Skagafjordur, renowned for horse breeding and Medieval history, before driving to Hrutafjordur Fjord. A recommended stop along the way is Vatnsdalsholar, a cluster of hills found in Vatnsdalur valley. These hills are considered to be one of the three natural sites in Iceland too numerous to easily count, along with the lakes in Arnarvatnsheidi and the islands in Breidafjordur Bay.

Overnight stay in Varmahlid/Laugarbakki area

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Day 9: Holmavik - Isafjordur

Highlights: Strandir Coast Hólmavík Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum Isafjordur Isafjordur Maritime Museum

Scenic Coastline – Striking Fjords – Steep Mountains – Seal and Birdlife

Approximate distance: 360 km / 224 miles

Drive to Holmavik, a village renowned for its museum of witchcraft.  Head across Steingrimsfjardarheidi and into the spectacular region of the Westfjords, the oldest part of Iceland. Thread around the numerous uninhabited fjords of Isafjardardjup, a beautiful coastline alive with seals and birds. Continue to Isafjordur, the largest town in the area.

Overnight in the Isafjordur area.

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Day 10: Isafjordur and Surroundings

Highlights: Flateyri Bolungarvik Outdoor Maritime Museum at Osvor Sudureyri Vigur Island

West Fjords – Local Museums – Hiking in Hornstrandir Natural Reserve

Distance varies.

Spend time in Isafjordur and surrounding area including the neighboring towns of Bolungarvik and Sudureyri. In Sudeyri you might opt to take a pleasant walking tour around the town, getting acquainted with the town’s unique sustainable fishing industry. Try samples of gourmet and traditional seafood products along the way. Bolungarvik has a renovated fishing camp from the 19th century that shows you how people made their living, fishing from wooden row boats.  A pleasant activity to try in the area is sea kayaking in the calm, peaceful fjord waters.

Overnight in the Isafjordur area.

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Day 11: Thingeyri - Bildudalur - Latrabjarg - Flokalundur

Highlights: Thingeyri Dynjandi Bildudalur The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum Talknafjordur Patreksfjordur

Small Picturesque Villages – Striking Waterfall – Red Sand Beaches – Sea Cliffs with Birdlife

Approximate distance: 330 km / 205 miles

Drive from Isafjordur through the beautiful Westfjords. A stop at the stunning multi-tiered Dynjandi waterfall is recommended, as well as visiting Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point in Europe. In the summer, these high sea cliffs are teeming with millions of puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills. Head onwards to the southern coast of the Westfjords and the Flokalundur area.

Overnight in the Westfjords.

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Day 12: Ferry Baldur - Breidafjordur - Stykkisholmur

Highlights: Raudisandur Breidafjordur Flatey Island Stykkisholmur Library of water

Ferry Across the Bay – Picturesque Islands with Birdlife- Charming Village

Sail with the ferry Baldur across Breiðafjordur bay with its countless islands and rich birdlife to the charming village of Stykkisholmur for an overnight stay.  (Please note the ferry cost is not included in the package price.)

Please note: After Sept. 1. the ferry Baldur departs once per day and does not sail on Saturdays.

From Stykkisholmur: 15:45

From Brjanslaekur: 19:00

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Day 13: Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Borgarfjordur - Reykjavik

Highlights: Snaefellsjokull National Park Shark Museum Kirkjufell Ólafsvík Songhellir Arnarstapi Budahraun Lava Field Barnafoss Hraunfossar Borgarnes

Quaint Fishing Villages – Picturesque Waterfalls – Europe’s Most Powerful Hot Spring – Scenic Fjord

Approximate distance: 360 km / 223 miles

Continue around the Snaefellsnes peninsula, passing the small fishing villages of Hellissandur and Grundarfjordur. Make a stop at the magnificent columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi, as well as the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur. Explore Borgarfjordur area and visit the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, Reykholt and the hot spring Deildartunguhver. Continue via Hvalfjordur fjord to Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

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Day 14: Departure

Highlights: Reykjavik Keflavik

Approximate distance: ca 52 km / 32 miles

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. *

**Please note that the package price is based on 13 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 14, an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 13 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

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