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Around Iceland 7 nights
Around Iceland 7 nights
This is a short but very comprehensive tour which involves quite a bit of driving, totaling between 1700 and 2000 km. The days will be busy and full of opportunities to see  and do many wonderful things. The trip follows the main ring road around the island, but also goes around the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The itinerary  includes the most spectacular attractions of Iceland giving you the most of the country in the shortest possible time!

Highlights

  • Borgarfjörður with Hraunfossar waterfalls and Iceland's largest hot spring
  • Snæfellsnes peninsula with Arnarstapi’s bird cliffs and basalt formations and Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • 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
  • Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, with its floating icebergs
  • The Skaftafell National Park and waterfall Svartifoss
  • Skógar with Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar Folk Museum
  • Iceland's most famous highlights: the hot spring area of ​​Geysir and the waterfall Gullfoss
  • Þingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s ancient parliament
  • 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.

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  • This trip can usually be made from May 1 to September 30.
  • The trip takes eight days and seven nights.
  • Four wheel drive vehicle is not necessary.
  • This is a very comprehensive trip, where you drive a total of about 2000 km during the week.
  • Each night will be spent in a different hotel.
  • 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.
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DAY 1
Day 1: KEFLAVÍK–BLUE LAGOON-REYKJAVÍK
After you arrive at Keflavík airport, you will pick up your rental car. If you arrive during the day, you can visit the famous Blue Lagoon, filled with natural, mineral-rich hot water. After a refreshing swim surrounded by the lunar landscape of lava fields and a geothermal plant, you drive to Reykjavík, where you will stay overnight.  If your flight arrives late in the evening you will drive straight to your accommodation, but they you can visit the Blue Lagoon later on during your trip.
DAY 2
Day 2: HÚSAFELL-HRAUNFOSSAR-REYKHOLT-DEILDARTUNGUHVER-SNÆFELLSNES
Today, you drive through the province of Borgarfjörður, where you can visit some amazing sights! First, make a stop at the summer resort of Húsafell, where you can have a swim in a lovely, geothermal heated swimming pool. Next, visit the fantastic and mysterious waterfalls Hraunfossar where a whole row of small waterfalls tumble out of the lava, into a passing river.  Then you should take some time to explore the village Reykholt, where you can see the 13th century "hot pot" built by historian Snorri Sturluson. Finally, visit Deildartunguhver which is Iceland’s largest hot spring, producing 180 l of near boiling water per minute.  Next, the trip goes via Borgarnes west along the south shore of the peninsula until you arrive at Arnarstapi bird cliffs. A walk here is strongly recommended, because of the lovely basalt formations, as well as the numerous nesting birds, such as kittiwakes and arctic terns. At the tip of the peninsula, there are many picturesque 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. On a clear day, you might get a nice view of Snæfellsjökull glacier, an old volcano surrounded by lava fields. Afterwards, you drive along the north side of the peninsula through various fishing villages, such as Ólafsvík, Grundarfjörður and Stykkishólmur.  Overnight stay is in one of these villages.
DAY 3
Day 3: HRÚTAFJÖRÐUR-AKUREYRI-GODAFOSS-MÝVATN
Via Skógaströnd you drive to Hrútafjörður fjord where you will get back on the main (ring) road.  This brings you through the province of Húnavatnssýsla.   Along the way there are many places that you can visit, such as a seal museum, a small gorge with a beautiful waterfall and Hvítserkur, an enormous rock in the sea. You can also visit a turf church in Skagafjörður as well as the Glaumbær Turf Farm Museum. Then you will arrive at Akureyri, often called the "Capital of the North" and here you can enjoy some shopping and sightseeing. There’s a very lovely botanical garden in the town we recommend you visit.  When you are done, you continue to visit Goðafoss waterfall and then you drive to the Mývatn area, where you spend the rest of the day (and even the evening!) sightseeing. 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 4
Day 4: HÚSAVÍK-TJÖRNES-DETTIFOSS-EGILSSTAÐIR
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 100 m 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, where you turn east to drive over a high plateau and through a lovely valley to Egilsstaðir.
DAY 5
Day 5: EGILSSTAÐIR-DJÚPIVOGUR-HÖFN-JÖKULSÁRLÓN
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.
DAY 6
Day 6: SKAFTAFELL-VÍK-SKÓGAR-SELFOSS


Today, you have some time 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.  Then you will drive to Kirkjubæjarklaustur and then 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 from mid May 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.  After that you should visit Skógar folk museum, a fantastic exhibit of old artifacts and other handicraft.   Also, you will see Skógafoss, a beautiful 60 m 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 in the Selfoss area.

DAY 7
Day 7: GULLFOSS-GEYSIR-ÞINGVELLIR-REYKJAVÍK
Today you visit some of Iceland's most famous highlights: Gullfoss waterfall, which many people consider to be Iceland’s most beautiful, and the Geysir hot spring area with its famous spouting Strokkur and a great number of bubbling, steaming, boiling springs. Continue your drive 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 is 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. From there you will drive to Reykjavík where you can explore the capital city. End the day with a night in town and enjoy a meal in one of the many fine dining establishments to be found.  You will stay overnight in Reykjavík.  (It is possible to stay in Keflavik if you have an early morning flight.)
DAY 8
Day 8: 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: 
We reserve the right to reverse the itinerary.
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