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Summerhouse trip 14 nights
14 nights, May - September
Summerhouse trip 14 nights

This tour can be made roughly from late April to Early October.

Highlights for 14 nights

  • Akureyri, the small but charming "Capital of the North"
  • Lake Mývatn with all its natural wonders, such as the Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth and the solfataras of Námaskarð
  • Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall
  • Borgarfjörður Eystri with its colorful mountains and picturesque harbor
  • Egilsstaðir and the East Fjords.
  • Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, with its floating icebergs
  • Þingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s ancient parliament
  • The Skaftafell National Park and waterfall Svartifoss
  • Iceland's most famous highlights: the hot spring area of ​​Geysir and the waterfall Gullfoss
  • Skógar with Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar Folk Museum
  • The lovely valley Þjórsárdalur with the romantic Gjáin valley and Háifoss waterfall
  • The capital Reykjavík
  • The Blue Lagoon, a warm blue lake where you can relax and soak
  • And much more .... Please see the detailed itinerary by scrolling down past the calculator

Practical information

  • This trip can usually be made from May 1 to September 30.
  • This trip lasts 14 nights and 15 days, but can easily be extended.   For this trip we recommend an extra night in a hotel in Reykjavík at the beginning of the trip!
  • Any type of car can be used, but if you want to rent a 4x4 jeep we can plan a route which includes some highland roads.
  •  Driving distance is approximately 200 to 400 km miles per day.
  • IMPORTANT:  The changeover days of summer cottages are ONLY on Thursdays and Sundays, so you can only stay in each cottage from Sunday to Thursday or from Thursday to Sunday. If you wish to arrive or depart on other weekdays it is always possible to extend the trip by adding one or more nights at a hotel. You also have the option to extend your cottage stay by 3 or 4 nights in the area of your choice.
  • Note: We reserve the right to reverse the order of the booking depending upon availability. If you prefer, you can also ask to reverse your itinerary and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • To find prices, you can use our simple trip calculator where it is possible to calculate the cost for the package you desire without having to book the trip.  
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In brief:

14 nights (From Thursday): 3 nights North (Akureyri / Mývatn), 4 nights East, 3 nights  South-East, 4 nights South-West

In detail:
 

DAY 1
Day 1 (Thursday) KEFLAVÍK AIRPORT - AKUREYRI
After you arrive at Keflavík airport, you will pick up your rental car. First, drive to Reykjavik, where you can possibly do some shopping or a little sightseeing.  From there, your journey turns north through Borgarnes, over the mountain pass Holtavörðuheiði and east through province of Skagafjörður onwards to Akureyri.  This is about a six hour drive from the airport, but the roads are good so you should have no trouble completing it. If you are not up for the drive the same day as you arrive, please consider arriving in Iceland one day earlier so you can drive to Akureyri after an overnight stay in Reykjavik.  The first night (or second, depending on your choice) will be spent in a nice modern apartment or a summer house close to the city of Akureyri.
 
DAY 2
Day 2 (Friday) MÝVATN
Today, you have a whole day to enjoy the Mývatn area. We recommend visits to the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðir and to Dimmuborgir, a beautiful lava labyrinth where very strange rock formations provide shelter for the abundant vegetation. A walk is definitely a good idea! You can take a 10 minute stroll or hike for 2 - 3 hours, it is up to you! Another interesting place to visit is Námaskarð solfataras, with its boiling, grey mud pools, yellowish sulfur deposits and the unforgettable smell.  Finally, you should not forget to visit the Mývatn Nature Baths, where you can relax in natural hot water.
DAY 3
Day 3 (Saturday): TJÖRNES PENINSULA AND DETTIFOSS
TJÖRNES PENINSULA AND DETTIFOSS
Today, you drive north along Tjörnes peninsula. First, you make a stop at the fishing village of Húsavík where you will find a whale museum and another local museum.  Be sure to spend some time at the picturesque harbor, where you can also go on an optional whale watching trip (booking beforehand is recommended). You can also visit a charming church here. Then, you continue north along the peninsula and drive to Ásbyrgi, a horse-shoe shaped gorge, where a small forest shelters along the 100m high rock walls. Take a short walk to see the beautiful, little pond at the back of the canyon.  Next, you drive onward to Jökulsárgljúfur national park, where you drive to Dettifoss waterfall, which is Europe’s most powerful waterfall. You can walk down along a rocky path to reach the edge of the falls, to fully appreciate the 44m drop. When you leave there, you continue your way over a bumpy track, until you come to the main road leading back to Mývatn. 

DAY 4
Day 4 (Sunday): AKUREYRI-MÖÐRUDALSHEIÐI-EGILSSTAÐIR AREA
Today, you proceed to your next house, in the east part of Iceland.  Drive back along Mývatn, where you can re-visit the places you loved or even catch the sights you may have missed earlier. Next, you drive over the plateau Möðrudalsheiði, through the valley Jökuldalur to Egilsstaðir, the main town in the east.   Your next summerhouse is in this area.
DAY 5
Day 5 (Monday): LAKE LÖGURINN- HALLORMSSTADUR- HENGIFOSS-KÁRAHNJÚKAR
It is quite interesting to make a tour around the lake Lögurinn. First, you drive along the lake to Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur.  You can take a nice walk here.  Then you drive to the other side of the lake, where you will find Iceland´s second highest waterfall Hengifoss. You can also visit the visitor center for the Vatnajökull National Park before you head out on the road that leads to the highlands. This road has a steady incline and takes you up to Kárahnjúkar, where a new hydro-power plant was built a few years ago. From there, you return to Egilsstaðir in the afternoon.
DAY 6
Day 6 (Tuesday): BORGARFJÖRÐUR EYSTRI
Today, we suggest a visit to Borgarfjörður Eystri, a nice little village where you can do some exploration. There is a church with an altar table by the famous painter Kjarval, a picturesque harbor where large quantities of puffins breed (May to mid-August), and a factory where beautiful jewelry and utensils are made ​​from locally found stones and gemstones. From here you can return along a slightly different route to Egilsstaðir, where a local museum and a great pool await you.  Finally you drive back to your accommodation.
DAY 7
Day 7 (Wednesday): NESKAUPSTADUR OR SEYÐISFJÖRÐUR
Today, you can choose between two different routes, or drive both! Your first option is to drive to the village Seyðisfjörður, where the Norröna ferry docks once a week. Here, you will find an interesting museum of technology as well as several hiking trails you can explore.  Another possibility is a trip to Neskaupstaður, where you can drive through an area that really lets you connect to the majestic beauty of the East Fjords.  From the village you can take a nice walk along the coast, and there also is a nice swimming pool and a museum.
DAY 8
Day 8 (Thursday): EGILSSTAÐIR-DJÚPIVOGUR-HÖFN-JÖKULSÁRLÓN-KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR
Today, you drive along the east fjords and you can make a stop along the way at the famous Petra Stone Museum.  Next you might like to have a look around in the fishing village of Djúpivogur and from there you continue to Höfn, a slightly larger town with an important fishing port. From here, you continue along the glacier Vatnajökull to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where large icebergs float in the water. It's possible to make an optional boat-trip (by amphibian boat or by zodiac, whichever you prefer) on the lagoon (30-45 minutes) which brings you closer to the glacier itself and provides great opportunities to take spectacular pictures of the icebergs. Finally, you drive to your next overnight location near Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
DAY 9
Day 9 (Friday): SKAFTAFELL
Today, you have a whole day to explore Skaftafell national park.  You can take a 1½ hour hike up to Svartifoss waterfall, surrounded by incredible basalt columns or walk in the direction of the glacier tongue Skaftafellsjökull.  You can choose to drive to the glacier tongue Svínafellsjökull if you want an up close view of this unique site. There are also quite many other great hiking trails to be found in Skaftafell.
DAY 10
Day 10 (Saturday): KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR-FJAÐRÁRGLJÚFUR
Today can relax a bit and also enjoy the surroundings of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. From the village, you can walk to Systrafoss waterfall. You can also make a short trip to the beautiful gorge Fjaðrárgljúfur where you will find another nice opportunity to take a nature walk. We also suggest taking a relaxing swim in Kirkjubæjarklaustur’s local swimming pool!
DAY 11
Day 11 (Sunday): VÍK-DYRHÓLAEY-SKÓGAR-SELJALANDSFOSS-HVERAGERÐI/GEYSIR
Today, you will drive over the sand plains of Mýrdalsjökull to the village of Vík, famous for its incredible black beach. Close by Vík, it is possible to drive up to Dyrhólaey cliff to see the puffins. There are puffins everywhere up until the middle of August and, if the weather is nice, there can be a lovely view of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Next you can drive to the glacier tongue Sólheimajökull to get an up close view of the ice. Next, you should visit Skógar folk museum, a fantastic exhibit of old artifacts and other handicraft.   Also, you will see Skógafoss, a beautiful 60m high waterfall!  Continue on to Seljalandsfoss, a lovely waterfall which is very special: you can walk behind it – if you don’t mind getting wet!  From here, continue on the ring road until you arrive at your next overnight accommodation.
DAY 12
Day 12 (Monday): ÞINGVELLIR-GULLFOSS-GEYSIR-ÞJÓRSÁRDALUR
Today, you will start by driving 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 of earth’s tectonic plates slowly drift apart.  Because of this, you can hike down into a fissure (named Almannagjá) created between the two plates. After exploring this magnificent spot, you drive to Laugarvatn and then the tour continues on to the Geysir hot spring area with its famous spouting Strokkur and a great number of bubbling, steaming, boiling springs.  After this, you will visit one of the most beautiful, and certainly the most famous waterfall in Iceland, Gullfoss.  From Gullfoss, continue via the charming gorge of Brúarhlöð to Flúðir. If you like, you can continue through Þjórsárdalur valley, where you can visit the twin waterfall Hjálp, and the lovely small canyon Gjáin.  If you have a 4x4 vehicle you can also drive to the waterfall Háifoss, Iceland's third highest waterfall.  Then drive back to your accommodation.
DAY 13
Day 13 (Tuesday): REYKJANES
Today, you should make an excursion to Reykjanes. It starts with a visit to the boiling mud pools of Krísuvík. Then, visit the fishing village Grindavík where you can stop at a quaint fishing museum. The highlight of this day is a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon, a lake filled with natural, mineral-rich hot water. Enjoy a refreshing swim surrounded by the lunar landscape of lava fields and even a massage floating in the geothermal waters. After you are nice and relaxed, continue your drive to the tip of the peninsula, where you can look out over the ocean.  A little further, you can visit the "bridge between the continents”, a symbolic bridge that indicates where about the European and American tectonic plates come together. Finally, it is worth your time to visit the church of Bessastaðir before returning to your accommodation for the night.
DAY 14
Day 14 (Wednesday): REYKJAVÍK
This is the day to sample the delights of Reykjavík. In the city, you can walk down the old town street full of boutiques and restaurants or visit one of the many galleries and museums.  Don’t forget to visit Hallgrímskirkja Church and Perlan, where a revolving restaurant sits on top of the city’s hot water tanks offering a fantastic view over the city. There are also two shopping malls, a botanical garden in a lovely park, a small zoo (with mostly domestic animals), wonderful outdoor, year-round swimming pools, a world class spa, bowling alleys, fitness centers, and many other things to do. It is also possible to book a whale-watching tour out of Reykjavík or even go fishing. Finally, you drive back to your accommodation for the last overnight stay.
DAY 15
Day 15 (Thursday) KEFLAVÍK AIRPORT
Today you drive back to Keflavik airport for your flight back home.    If you have an afternoon flight, you still have some time to spend for shopping or visiting the city or the Blue Lagoon. 

Itinerary 14 nights-15 days (Arrival on Sunday)

In brief:

14 nights (From Sunday): 4 nights North (Akureyri / Mývatn), 3 nights East, 4 nights  South-East, 3 nights South-West

In detail:
 

DAY 1
Day 1 (Sunday) KEFLAVÍK AIRPORT - AKUREYRI
After you arrive at Keflavík airport, you will pick up your rental car. First, drive to Reykjavik, where you can possibly do some shopping or a little sightseeing.  From there, your journey turns north through Borgarnes, over the mountain pass Holtavörðuheiði and east through province of Skagafjörður onwards to Akureyri.  This is about a six hour drive from the airport, but the roads are good so you should have no trouble completing it. If you are not up for the drive the same day as you arrive, please consider arriving in Iceland one day earlier so you can drive to Akureyri after an overnight stay in Reykjavik.  The first night (or second, depending on your choice) will be spent in a nice modern apartment or a summer house close to the city of Akureyri.
DAY 2
Day 2 (Monday) MÝVATN
Today, you have a whole day to enjoy the Mývatn area. We recommend visits to the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðir and to Dimmuborgir, a beautiful lava labyrinth where very strange rock formations provide shelter for the abundant vegetation. A walk is definitely a good idea! You can take a 10 minute stroll or hike for 2 - 3 hours, it is up to you! Another interesting place to visit is Námaskarð solfataras, with its boiling, grey mud pools, yellowish sulfur deposits and the unforgettable smell.  Finally, you should not forget to visit the Mývatn Nature Baths, where you can relax in natural hot water.
DAY 3
Day 3 (Tuesday): TJÖRNES PENINSULA AND DETTIFOSS
Today, you drive north along Tjörnes peninsula. First, you make a stop at the fishing village of Húsavík where you will find a whale museum and another local museum.  Be sure to spend some time at the picturesque harbor, where you can also go on an optional whale watching trip (booking beforehand is recommended). You can also visit a charming church here. Then, you continue north along the peninsula and drive to Ásbyrgi, a horse-shoe shaped gorge, where a small forest shelters along the 100m high rock walls. Take a short walk to see the beautiful, little pond at the back of the canyon.  Next, you drive onward to Jökulsárgljúfur national park, where you drive to Dettifoss waterfall, which is Europe’s most powerful waterfall. You can walk down along a rocky path to reach the edge of the falls, to fully appreciate the 44m drop. When you leave there, you continue your way over a bumpy track, until you come to the main road leading back to Mývatn. 
DAY 4
 
Day 4 (Wednesday): MÝVATN OR EYJAFJÖRÐUR AND/OR WHALE SAFARI
Today, you have another opportunity to spend some more time in Mývatn and possible to go hiking there.  Also, you can opt to visit the south side of the fjord Eyjafjörður, or you can make a whale safari. Of course, all the museums of Akureyri are also a possibility. If you want to really relax, the lovely swimming pool with its steam room and the hot pots is also tempting!
DAY 5
Day 5 (Thursday): AKUREYRI-MÖÐRUDALSHEIÐI-EGILSSTAÐIR AREA
Today, you proceed to your next house, in the east part of Iceland.  Drive back along Mývatn, where you can re-visit the places you loved or even catch the sights you may have missed earlier. Next, you drive over the plateau Möðrudalsheiði, through the valley Jökuldalur to Egilsstaðir, the main town in the east.   Your next overnight location is in this area.
DAY 6
Day 6 (Friday): LAKE LÖGURINN- HALLORMSSTADUR- HENGIFOSS-KÁRAHNJÚKAR
It is quite interesting to make a tour around the lake Lögurinn. First, you drive along the lake to Iceland´s largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur.  You can take a nice walk here.  Then you drive to the other side of the lake, where you will find Iceland´s second highest waterfall Hengifoss. You can also visit the visitor center for the Vatnajökull National Park before you head out on the road that leads to the highlands. This road has a steady incline and takes you up to Kárahnjúkar, where a new hydro-power plant was built a few years ago. From there, you return to Egilsstaðir in the afternoon.
 
DAY 7
 
Day 7 (Saturday): BORGARFJÖRÐUR EYSTRI
Today, we suggest a visit to Borgarfjörður Eystri, a nice little village where you can do some exploration. There is a church with an altar table by the famous painter Kjarval, a picturesque harbor where large quantities of puffins breed (May to mid-August), and a factory where beautiful jewelry and utensils are made ​​from locally found stones and gemstones. From here you can return along a slightly different route to Egilsstaðir, where a local museum and a great pool await you.  Finally you drive back to your accommodation.
DAY 8
Day 8 (Sunday): EGILSSTAÐIR-DJÚPIVOGUR-HÖFN-JÖKULSÁRLÓN-KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR
Today, you drive along the east fjords and you can make a stop along the way at the famous Petra Stone Museum.  Next you might like to have a look around in the fishing village of Djúpivogur and from there you continue to Höfn, a slightly larger town with an important fishing port. From here, you continue along the glacier Vatnajökull to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where large icebergs float in the water. It's possible to make an optional boat-trip (by amphibian boat or by zodiac, whichever you prefer) on the lagoon (30-45 minutes) which brings you closer to the glacier itself and provides great opportunities to take spectacular pictures of the icebergs. Finally, you drive to your next overnight location near Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
DAY 9
Day 9 (Monday):  SKAFTAFELL
Today, you have a whole day to explore Skaftafell national park.  You can take a 1½ hour hike up to Svartifoss waterfall, surrounded by incredible basalt columns or walk in the direction of the glacier tongue Skaftafellsjökull.  You can choose to drive to the glacier tongue Svínafellsjökull if you want an up close view of this unique site. There are also quite many other great hiking trails to be found in Skaftafell.
DAY 10
Day 10 (Tuesday): KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR-FJAÐRÁRGLJÚFUR
Today can relax a bit and also enjoy the surroundings of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. From the village, you can walk to Systrafoss waterfall. You can also make a short trip to the beautiful gorge Fjaðrárgljúfur where you will find another nice opportunity to take a nature walk. We also suggest taking a relaxing swim in Kirkjubæjarklaustur’s local swimming pool!
DAY 11
Day 11 (Wednesday) EXTRA DAY IN KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR
Today, you can choose from several options. If you like walking, you can return to Skaftafell and spend an extra day in the national park. You can walk to Morsárdalur or, if the weather is clear and you love climbing mountains, hike to the top of the Kristínartindar. A guided glacier walk is also possible (see excursions Skaftafell area). If you do not mind driving a bit further, you can continue to  Fagurhólsmýri and experience the lovely Nature Trip to Ingólfshöfði. our exciting excursions offered there. (See excursions Skaftafell area).
 
DAY 12
 
Day 12 (Thursday): VÍK-DYRHÓLAEY-SKÓGAR-SELJALANDSFOSS-HVERAGERÐI/GEYSIR
Today, you will drive over the sand plains of Mýrdalsjökull to the village of Vík, famous for its incredible black beach. Close by Vík, it is possible to drive up to Dyrhólaey cliff to see the puffins. There are puffins everywhere up until the middle of August and, if the weather is nice, there can be a lovely view of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Next you can drive to the glacier tongue Sólheimajökull to get an up close view of the ice. Next, you should visit Skógar folk museum, a fantastic exhibit of old artifacts and other handicraft.   Also, you will see Skógafoss, a beautiful 60m high waterfall!  Continue on to Seljalandsfoss, a lovely waterfall which is very special: you can walk behind it – if you don’t mind getting wet!  From here, continue on the ring road until you arrive at your next overnight accommodation.
DAY 13
Day 13 (Friday): ÞINGVELLIR-GULLFOSS-GEYSIR-ÞJÓRSÁRDALUR
Today, you will start by driving 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 of earth’s tectonic plates slowly drift apart.  Because of this, you can hike down into a fissure (named Almannagjá) created between the two plates. After exploring this magnificent spot, you drive to Laugarvatn and then the tour continues on to the Geysir hot spring area with its famous spouting Strokkur and a great number of bubbling, steaming, boiling springs.  After this, you will visit one of the most beautiful, and certainly the most famous waterfall in Iceland, Gullfoss.  From Gullfoss, continue via the charming gorge of Brúarhlöð to Flúðir. If you like, you can continue through Þjórsárdalur valley, where you can visit the twin waterfall Hjálp, and the lovely small canyon Gjáin.  If you have a 4x4 vehicle you can also drive to the waterfall Háifoss, Iceland's third highest waterfall.  Then drive back to your accommodation.
DAY 14
Day 14 (Saturday): REYKJANES & REYKJAVÍK
Today, you can make an excursion to Reykjanes. It starts with a visit to the boiling mud pools of Krísuvík. Then, visit the fishing village Grindavík where you can stop at a quaint fishing museum. The highlight of this day is a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon, a lake filled with natural, mineral-rich hot water. Enjoy a refreshing swim surrounded by the lunar landscape of lava fields and even a massage floating in the geothermal waters. After you are nice and relaxed, continue your drive to the tip of the peninsula, where you can look out over the ocean.  A little further, you can visit the "bridge between the continents”, a symbolic bridge that indicates where about the European and American tectonic plates come together. From there you drive to Reykjavík to sample the delights of the capital. In the city, you can walk down the old town street full of boutiques and restaurants or visit one of the many galleries and museums.  Don’t forget to visit Hallgrímskirkja Church and Perlan, where a revolving restaurant sits on top of the city’s hot water tanks offering a fantastic view over the city. There are also two shopping malls, a botanical garden in a lovely park, a small zoo (with mostly domestic animals), wonderful outdoor, year-round swimming pools, a world class spa, bowling alleys, fitness centers, and many other things to do. It is also possible to book a whale-watching tour out of Reykjavík or even go fishing. Finally, you drive back to your accommodation for the last overnight stay.
DAY 15
Day 15 (Sunday) KEFLAVÍK AIRPORT
Today you drive back to Keflavik airport for your flight back home.    If you have an afternoon flight, you still have some time to spend for shopping or visiting the city or the Blue Lagoon.
 

NOTE:

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Kverkfjöll and Vatnajökull jeep excursion
Nature tour to Ingólfshöfði
Whale safari and sea angling
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon amphibian boat trip
Svínafellsjökull glacier hike
Kverkfjöll and Vatnajökull jeep excursion
Nature tour to Ingólfshöfði
Whale safari and sea angling
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon amphibian boat trip
Svínafellsjökull glacier hike
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