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.
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Horgsland Cottages are located just outside Kirkjubæjarklaustur at the foot of Lakagígar, a volcanic fissure in the south of Iceland, close to the canyon of Eldgjá. The simple but comfortable timber-built cottages each have their own terrace, providing undisturbed views out over the surrounding area. There is also a shop, restaurant and bar located in the main building. The restaurant serves a daily breakfast with other meals available on request.
Features: 13 cottages, shop, restaurant, bar, communal shared hot tub.
A modern property located close to the centre of Akureyri, Hotel Edda Akureyri is a short walk from the Eyjafjordur shoreline and the botanical gardens. The property offers 204 comfortable and modern rooms with wooden flooring featuring Scandinavian décor with either shared or en suite facilities. The hotel has a restaurant serving a daily breakfast and dinner buffet of a variety of Icelandic and international dishes. There is also a small café in the lobby and a communal lounge for guests'...
Situated in the town of Egilsstadir, close to the airport, Hotel Edda Egilsstadir offers views out over the Lagarfljot River valley. The hotel has 52 comfortable rooms featuring Scandinavian décor and en suite facilities, while complimentary wireless internet access is available in public areas. The hotel's restaurant serves a variety of Icelandic and international dishes with a daily buffet breakfast. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and on-site...
Hotel Gigur is situated at Skutustadir along the southern shore of Lake Myvatn. The property offers 37 comfortable rooms equipped with en-suite facilities, satellite television and WiFi access in public areas. There is a restaurant with lakeside views serving a variety of local Icelandic and international cuisine. Other facilities include a bar serving a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and a...
Hotel Hellissandur is situated on the north-western tip of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with views of the Snaefellsjokull glacier. The hotel has 20 simply decorated en suite rooms equipped with television, wireless internet and radio. The hotel's restaurant serves a variety of traditional Icelandic dishes using locally bought, seasonal, ingredients. Other hotel facilities include a small library with books in several languages and wheelchair...
Located by the harbour in the old part of the village, Hotel Nordurljos, which translates as the Northern Light Hotel, is open all year round and offers 15 en suite rooms that are basic and comfortable, featuring Scandinavian decor. The hotel also has a restaurant serving a mixture of Icelandic and international cuisine, coupled with views out over the...
Hotel Örk is located in the greenhouse village of Hveragerði, approximately 45 km from Reykjavik. The property offers 85 simple yet spacious and comfortable rooms equipped with in room refrigerator, satellite television and complimentary WiFi access while a mixture of International and traditional Icelandic cuisine is served at Örk's restaurant. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and on site geothermal...
The Reykjavik Lights Hotel is a sleek concept design hotel located within easy access of the centre of Reykjavik. The property offers 105 elegantly designed rooms, individually decorated with artworks from the ancient Icelandic calendar and equipped with flat screen television and WiFi access. The hotel's restaurant serves a variety of International and Icelandic cuisine with a breakfast buffet served daily in the dining room. There is also a lounge bar featuring decor inspired by the ever-changing light in Iceland and the way it reflects Icelanders' everyday...
The Stracta Hotel is a modern property located along the Golden Circle in the south-western town of Hella. The hotel offers rooms decorated in a typical Nordic style, with hardwood parquet floors and natural colour schemes. The hotel's restaurant is located on the second floor and serves a menu of international and Icelandic dishes with stunning views out over the local area.
Features: 120 rooms, restaurant, bar.
Room amenities: Television, Wi-Fi...
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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...