Experience Iceland on a circuit of the island
from the iconic two-lane highway known as
Route 1, completed in 1974 to mark 1,100
years of settlement. This 8-day self-drive
itinerary incorporates the historical heartland
of Iceland - Reykjavik, Thingvellir and Reykholt,
the wild southern and eastern coastline framed
by the brooding peaks of Mount Hekla and
the Vatnajokull glacier - and continues to the
stunning Lake Mývatn and northern capital of
Akureyri before finishing in vibrant Reykjavik.
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Fly from London to Keflavik International airport with Iceland Air.
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)
Visit the historic Golden Circle
of Thingvellir, Gullfoss and the geothermal area
of Haukadalur. Continue south along the coast
to Vik and stay overnight at the Hotel Edda Vik
(or similar). (B)
Drive via the village of
Kirkjubæjarklaustur to Skaftafell National Park
and visit Europe’s largest glacier the Vatnajokull
glacier. Continue to the village of Hofn and stay
overnight at the Arnanes Country Hotel (or
Today, travel along the
rugged eastern coastline through small fishing
villages to Egilsstadir. Stay overnight at Hotel Edda Egilsstadir
or similar. (B)
towards the Lake Mývatn area across the
Modrudalsoraefi highlands and continue to
Lake Mývatn. Stay overnight at the Hotel Gigur
(or similar). (B)
Today, explore the
natural attractions of Lake Mývatn, such as the
volcanic area by Krafla and boiling mud pools
of Namaskard. Continue to Akureyri and stay
overnight at the Hotel Edda Akureyri (or
Drive west through the
historic region of Skagafjordur and visit and
the Icelandic Settlement Centre at Borgarnes.
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.
In remote areas, Cox & Kings uses the best available accommodation. However, outside Reykjavik, facilities should be regarded as basic and comfortable. Accommodation upgrades are available for this itinerary, please speak to a consultant for more information.
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Located 6km west of Hofn, the Arnanes Country Hotel is situated on a ness by the sea which offers panoramic views of the Vatnajokull glacier, the largest in Europe. The hotel is also within easy reach of the Jokulsarlon iceberg lagoon which has featured in several international films. There are 18 rooms with a mixture of en suite and shared facilities. All rooms are comfortably furnished with Scandinavian decor and are equipped with a satellite television and complimentary internet access. The hotel's restaurant serves a variety of traditional Icelandic cuisine, specialising in fish...
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...
Situated in the town of Vik on the rugged southern coastline of Iceland, in the shadow of the Myrdalsjokull glacier, Hotel Edda Vik has 32 comfortably furnished en suite rooms with televisions and telephones. There are also 10 rooms with private facilities in small summer cottages next to the main hotel. The hotel's restaurant, Strondin, is located a short walk from the main building with views of the ocean and the Reynisdrangar rock pillars. There is wireless internet available in public...
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 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...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
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IES2017: 7 Nights
Akureyri is Iceland's second largest town after Reykjavik, with a population of around 17,000...
Egilsstadir lies on the banks of the Lagarfljot river in the east of Iceland. Established in 1947...
Hofn is the second largest fishing town in south-eastern Iceland with a...
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 southernmost village in Iceland, Vik's stunning basalt beach has, in the past...