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Day 1: Arrival:

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

Approximate distance: 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.”

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi.

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Day 2: Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir - South Shore:

Highlights: Gullfoss Geysir Geysir Center Eyjafjallajokull Seljalandsfoss Skogafoss Dyrholaey

Approximate distance: 310 km / 193 miles

Today’s highlights include the geologically and historically significant Thingvellir National Park, the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, and the famous Geysir hot spring area. Drive along the south shore, viewing Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the black sand beaches around Vik, and Myrdalsjokull glacier.

Important: Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, from about the middle of May until late June.

Overnight in the Vik area.

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Day 3: Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon - Hofn:

Highlights: Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon Skaftafell National Park Vatnajokull Hofn

Approximate distance: 270 km / 168 miles

Drive through the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, site of a medieval convent. Explore Skaftafell, a green oasis nestled below the great Vatnajokull glacier. Skaftafell is part of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest of its type in Western Europe. Continue across black sand plains created by glacial activity. Stop at the incredible Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, a filming location for many Hollywood blockbusters. Then head onwards to the charming harbour town Hofn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.

Overnight in the Hornafjordur area.

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Day 4: Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline – Intriguing Stone Collection:

Highlights: Skrudur Island Petra’s Minerals Egilsstadir Seydisfjordur The Wilderness Center Hengifoss

Approximate distance: 300 km / 186 miles

Drive along the rugged coastline of the East Fjords with their towering mountains and charming fishing villages. On the way, you have the option of taking a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer (May – early August), or visit Petra’s famous collection of local stones and minerals at Stodvarfjordur.

Overnight in east Iceland.

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Day 5: Egilsstadir - Dettifoss - Husavik - Myvatn:

Highlights: Jokulsargljufur National Park Dettifoss Ásbyrgi Húsavík Whale Museum

Approximate distance: 310 km / 193 miles

Travel across the Modrudalsoraefi highlands renowned for their stark, untouched beauty towards Dettifoss, Europe’s mightiest waterfall. Visit the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Asbyrgi. Drive onwards to Tjornes peninsula and the friendly Husavik fishing port.

Overnight in northeast Iceland.

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Day 6: Myvatn - Akureyri/Skagafjordur:

Highlights: Myvatn Dimmuborgir Krafla Godafoss Akureyri Myvatn Nature Baths The Christmas Garden

Approximate distance: 130 km / 81 miles

Explore the highlights of the Lake Myvatn area, including the mystical volcanic formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard, and the Krafla volcanic area. Drive to Godafoss waterfall en route to Akureyri, the charming “capital” of North Iceland.

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

Overnight in the Eyjafjordur or Skagafjordur area

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Day 7: Varmahlid - Reykholt - Borgarnes - Hvalfjordur - Reykjavik:

Highlights: Saudarkrokur Skagafjordur Heritage Museum – Glaumbaer Grettislaug Geothermal Pool Glanni Waterfall Paradisarlaut Barnafoss Hraunfossar Borgarnes

Approximate distance: 490 km / 305 miles

Drive through the historical region of Skagafjordur renowned for horse breeding. You have an option of visiting the old farmstead at Glaumbaer a great example of old Icelandic architecture. Continue to the bay of Hunafloi and across Holtavorduheidi plateau, enter Borgarfjordur area. Return to Reykjavik in the evening.

Another option is to travel across the barren wasteland on the Kjolur highland road (4WD needed, track open from mid-June through August), to the geothermal wilderness oasis at Hveravellir before driving to Reykjavik.

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Day 8: Departure:

Highlights: Reykjavik The Blue Lagoon

Approximate distance: 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 7 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 8 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 7 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

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