Discover Iceland with the flexibility of travelling with your own vehicle. Circumnavigate the country on the iconic Route 1, completed in 1974 to mark 1,100 years of settlement, leaving the highway to explore some of the more remote and less travelled parts of the island. This 11-day self-drive itinerary incorporates both the historical and natural sites of the country, from the remains at Thingvellir and Reykholt, to the southern and eastern coastlines featuring the likes of Mount Hekla, the Vatnajokull glacier, remote fjords and remote fishing villages. Cross northern Iceland via the stunning Lake Myvatn and the northern capital of Akureyri before heading to Reykjavik via the wild and beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula.
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Fly from London to Keflavik International airport with British Airways.
On arrival pick up your car hire and drive along the
Reykjanes peninsula towards the south coast and
the town of Hveragerði. Stay overnight at the Örk Hotel (or similar). (N)
Today, drive to Thingvellir National Park and see the site of the world's oldest parliament before visiting the geothermal area of Haukadalur, known for the geysers of Stokkur and Geysir and the thundering Gullfoss waterfalls. Continue on to the picturesque Thorsardalur valley and visit the ruins of the Viking settlement at Stong. Stay overnight in Hella at the Stracta Hotel Hella (or similar). (B)
Continue south and visit the spectacular waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss (40 metres tall) before continuing to Thoraldseyri Farm, which houses an exhibition of photos and films chronicling the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier. Further along Route 1 are the Skogar waterfalls and Folk Museum, where the first wooden house in Iceland can be visited, built entirely of driftwood. Before reaching Vik, take the road to the isolated Dyrholaey headland for panoramic views out to sea and along the coast. From Vik, continue east over the Eldhraun lava field to Kirkjubæjarklaustur where you will stay overnight at the Hotel Horgsland (or similar). (B)
Depart your accommodation and head to the Skaftafell National Park, Iceland's largest and best-known national park. Visit the Vatnajokull glacier, Europe's largest glacier, and the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, which was created by the meltwater from the nearby Breidamerkurjökull glacier. Continue via the village of Hofn, known as the lobster capital of Europe, along the rugged eastern coastline to Egilsstadir. Stay two nights at Hotel Edda Egilsstadir (or similar). (B)
Day at leisure to explore the surrounding area around Egilsstadir. Visit Hallormsstadur, the largest forest in Iceland, set along the shores of the picturesque Lake Lagarfljot, which, legend has it, has its own Loch Ness type monster. (B)
Journey north, off the beaten track, following the coastline via the villages of Vopnafjordur, with its natural hot springs, and Thorshofn on the Langanes peninsula. Stay overnight at the Nordurljos Hotel or similar. (B)
Today travel across the Oxafjardarheidi plateau and visit Asbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon in the Jokulsargljufur National Park before continuing to along Tjornes peninsula to the fishing port of Husavik. Finally drive to stunning area of Lake Myvatn. Stay overnight at the Gigur Hotel (or similar). (B)
Today, visit the natural attractions of Lake Myvatn including the volcanic area by Krafla, the sulphur slopes and boiling mud pools of Namaskard, the lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the pseudocraters near Skutustadir. The area is also renowned as Europe's largest bird sanctuary where numerous species breed. Continue on to Akureyri and stay overnight at the Hotel Edda Akureyri (or similar). (B)
Drive west through the historic region of Skagafjordur, which is known for its horse breeding as well as agriculture, and visit the Glaumbaer farmstead museum for a glimpse of an Icelandic homestead. Continue to the Snaefellsnes peninsula where you will overnight at Hellissandur Hotel (or similar). (B)
Explore the Snaefellsnes peninsula and visit the sea cliffs at Arnarstapi, known for its multitude of seasonal birdlife, explore the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur and stare at the impressive Snaefellsjokull glacier. Continue south to the Borgarfjordur area and visit Borgarnes and the Icelandic Settlement Centre. Finally, return to Reykjavik and stay overnight at the Reykjavik Lights Hotel (or similar). (B)
Transfer to Keflavik airport and return your car
hire in time for your flight back to London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Upgrades to your vehicle and accommodation, in some areas, are available. Please ask a consultant for details.
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ICI2018: 10 Nights
Egilsstadir lies on the banks of the Lagarfljot river in the east of Iceland. Established in 1947...
The name Hella is derived from a series of caves near the town that are said to have...
Situated 45 km from Reykjavik, close to the southern coastline, the town...
Lake Myvatn is a shallow eutrophic lake that lies in the north-east of...
First settled by Vikings in 874, Reykjavik is the world's most northerly capital cities...
The Snaefellsnes Peninsula lies in the west of Iceland. Known...