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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 to Keflavik International airport. Pick up your
hire car and drive to the town of Hveragerdi.
Overnight at Hotel Örk (or similar). (N)
Visit the Golden Circle of Thingvellir, Gullfoss
and Geysir. Continue south east toward the
black beaches at Vik. Overnight at Hotel Edda
Vik (or similar). (B)
Drive via the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur to
Skaftafell National Park. Visit Europe’s largest
glacier, Vatnajökull. Continue to Höfn via
the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Overnight at
Arnanes Country Hotel (or similar). (B)
Drive along the eastern coastline to Egilsstadir.
Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Herad (or
Drive to Lake Mývatn via Dettifoss, Europe’s
most powerful waterfall. Overnight at the Sel
Hotel (or similar). (B)
Explore the natural wonders of Lake Mývatn,
including the volcanic areas and boiling mud
pools. Continue to Akureyri. Stay at the Icelandair
Hotel Akureyri (or similar) for 1 night. (B)
Drive west through the historic region of Skagafjordur and visit the Icelandic Settlement
Centre at Borgarnes. Return to Reykjavik and
stay overnight at the Grand Hotel Reykjavik
(or similar). (B)
Transfer to Keflavik airport and return your
hire car. Fly home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Based in 3- and 4-star
accommodation. In remote areas, Cox &
Kings uses the best available accommodation.
However, outside Reykjavik, facilities should be
regarded as simple but comfortable.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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