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.
Alternative flights are available with easyJet, Jet2, Iceland Air and WOW. Please ask a consultant for details.
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IES2018: 7 Nights
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...