Day 1: Arrival
Highlights: Reykjavik The Blue Lagoon The Sun Voyager Harpa Concert Hall Austurvollur Square Hallgrimskirkja Perlan
Keflavik Airport – Reykjavik
Approximate distance: ca 50KM / 31Miles
Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport, make sure you receive a tablet with a protective case and chargers, and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is yours to rest and use at your own leisure.
Drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula and the famous Blue Lagoon for a relaxing dip in the pleasantly warm geothermal waters, rich in silica and minerals that are great for the skin. We recommend you book your entrance to the Blue Lagoon online well in advance.
Explore the Mars-like landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula – a UNESCO Global Geopark – and its fishing villages, lighthouse and the colorful geothermal area of Krysuvik. Or simply head to your hotel, relax or explore Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world. Walk down the main shopping streets of Laugavegur and Skolavordustigur, or go up to the top of Hallgrimskirkja church and take in the view of the entire city. Feeling hungry? Try the Reykjavik Food Walk Tour.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 2: Explore the Golden Circle
Highlights: Thingvellir National Park Gullfoss Geysir Kerid
Reykjavik – Thingvellir – Geysir Hot Spring Area – Gullfoss waterfall – Fludir area
Approximate distance: ca141km / 87miles
Today you‘ll visit many of the must-see sights in Iceland.
Begin your day with the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, famous for its Viking history and geological wonders. Continue to Geysir Hot Spring Area, with its collection of bubbling pools and spouting geysers. Drive onwards to the majestic, two-tiered Gullfoss (Golden Falls). Soak in the Secret Lagoon or Laugarvatn Fontana Baths. Try riding an Icelandic horse. Take a pit stop at Fridheimar greenhouses to see how food is grown in Iceland and sample the fresh local cuisine.
Overnight in Fludir area.
Day 3: The Legendary Icelandic South Coast
Highlights: Eyjafjallajokull Thorsmork Katla Myrdalsjokull Seljalandsfoss Skogafoss Reynisdrangar Cliffs Vík Dyrholaey
Looming volcanoes – Black-Sand Beaches – Thundering Waterfalls – Sea Cliffs & Stone Arches – Snowmobiling
Approximate distance: ca149km /92miles
This day is chock-full of selfie-worthy destinations!
Drive along the scenic southern coast and the area near the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano which erupted and disrupted air traffic in the northern hemisphere for weeks in 2010. Star Wars fans will be pleased to know that the opening scenes from The Force Awakens were shot in this area.
Continue onwards and explore the beautiful Skogafoss (don’t miss the beautiful nearby hidden waterfall Gljufrabui) and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and Myrdalsjokull glacier, which covers the powerful Katla volcano. Here it’s possible to explore an ice cave, go snowmobiling on the glacier, and get envy-worthy photos of southern Iceland’s epic looking coastline. Stop by the peaceful seafront village of Vik to grab a meal and explore a dramatic stretch of coastline, photogenically poised between glacier-topped mountains, rugged sea cliffs, and world-famous black sand beaches. Near Vik are the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach and Dyrholaey promontory.
Overnight in the Vik area
Day 4: Drive to the largest glacier in Europe and end up in the langoustine capital of Northern Europe
Highlights: Hofn Skaftafell National Park Svartifoss Waterfall Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon Vatnajokull
Vik – Kirkjubaejarklaustur – Skaftafell – Jokulsarlon – Hofn
Approximate distance: 270km / 168miles
Drive from Vik village through the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Explore Skaftafell, a green oasis nestled below the great Vatnajokull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. Make sure to stop by Skaftafell area, an oasis and hiker’s paradise which is a part of Vatnajokull National Park. Here you can go on amazing glacier hikes! Continue across black sand plains created by glacial activity.
Stop at the incredible Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, a filming location for many Hollywood blockbusters. These include Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and the James Bond films Die Another Day and A View to a Kill. On the other side of the road, you can find the unique Diamond Beach.
Head onwards to the seaside town of Hofn. It is known as the langoustine capital of northern Europe. We recommend trying out langoustine for dinner!
Overnight in the Hofn area.
Day 5: See the narrow fjords and the epic coastline of East of Iceland
Highlights: Petra’s Minerals The Wilderness Center Hengifoss Seydisfjordur Faskrudsfjordur Skrudur Island Icelandic Wartime Museum Hallormsstadur Lagarfljot Egilsstadir
Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Intriguing Stone Collection
Approximate distance: ca 262 km / 224 miles
Today you’ll be visiting some of Iceland’s oldest landscapes, the rugged and scenic East Fjords! Give yourself plenty of time to navigate the steep roads and to enjoy the beautiful views. This is a special part of Iceland that deserves a closer look. The road takes you by towering mountains and charming fishing villages, a perfect setting for photography.
Djupivogur, the gateway to the East Fjords, is ideal for coastal hiking. As you travel, you might option of visiting Petra’s famous collection of local stones and minerals at Stodvarfjordur. Faskrudsfjordur is a pretty town with an interesting historical connection to France. East Iceland also has ties to the Second World War, and if you enjoy history you should check out the Icelandic Wartime Museum in Reydarfjordur town. East Iceland is a great base for locally-sourced cuisine, and tonight you should enjoy the opportunity to try some specialties of the area in Egilsstadir.
Overnight in East Iceland
Day 6: Explore the highlights of the 'Diamond Circle' of North-Eastern Iceland
Highlights: Jokulsargljufur National Park Dettifoss Ásbyrgi Húsavík Myvatn Saenautasel
Egilsstadir – Dettifoss waterfall – Ásbyrgi – Husavik – Dimmuborgir – Myvatn
Approximate distance: ca330km / 205 miles
Expect a long day of sightseeing that will take you through the magnificent ´Diamond Circle´ of the Icelandic North East. Start out from Egilsstadir, travel across the Modrudalsoraefi highlands renowned for their stark, untouched beauty towards the massive Dettifoss, Europe’s biggest waterfall. When you get there, don’t forget to visit its neighbor Selfoss waterfall. Explore the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Asbyrgi. An optional stop is at the Hljodaklettar rock formations.
Drive onwards to a friendly Husavik fishing port which is often called the capital of whale watching of Iceland. Finish your day by driving to the lovely Lake Myvatn where you can relax in the Myvatn nature baths. Lake Myvatn and its surroundings are one of Iceland’s most impressive destinations.
Overnight in northeast Iceland.
Day 7: Explore the capital of the North
Highlights: Akureyri Skagafjordur Fjord Myvatn Dimmuborgir Hverfjall Krafla Godafoss
Myvatn – Akureyri-Skagafjordur
Approximate distance: ca130km / 81miles
Now you have time to 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 northern Iceland.
Overnight in the Eyjafjordur or Skagafjordur area
Day 8: Free afternoon or early evening in Reykjavik
Highlights: Hallgrimskirkja Perlan Reykjavik Harpa Concert Hall
Drive to Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, known as the “Capital of Cool.”
Overnight in Reykjavik. We recommend fine dining in Reykjavik on your final night!
Day 9: Departure
Reykjavik- Keflavik international airport
Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles
Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and perhaps 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 8×24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 9 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 8-day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.