Around Iceland in 10 days



Around Iceland in 10 days

Explore the country for 10 days and 9 nights on a classic road trip of the island. Enter one of the world‘s most remarkable lava caves, relax in the milky blue waters of Mývatn Nature Baths, enjoy beautiful mountains, sparkling fjords and the East Fjords friendly fishing villages. Marvel in the beauty of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and go on a boat excursion to sail between floating icebergs. The self-drive tour is a great way for independent travellers to experience the best of Iceland. Available 1 May to 30 September.

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Included

  • Accommodation for 9 nights, budget or comfort rooms with breakfast
  • Rental car for 10 days, with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance (pick up & drop off in Reykjavik)
  • Private transfer from airport to Reykjavík (one transfer per tour)
  • Use of GPS satellite navigation
  • Good road map and suggested itinerary in English
  • 24/7 emergency phone line service
  • Taxes and service fee

Highlights

  • Explore the  mystical Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • Walk along the black sands of Djúpalónssandur beach
  • Spot seals basking on the beach at Vatnsnes peninsula 
  • Visit Akureyri town, the capital of the north!
  • Drive through spectacular scenery and volcanic sites by lake Mývatn
  • Marvel at the floating icebergs on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • View the tall mountains and friendly fishing villages of the East Fjords
  • Taste delicious lobster at Höfn
  • Discover the sights of the south shore of the country

Optional

  • Enter one of the world's most remarkable lava caves
  • Go on a thrilling glacier tour on Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Cruise the beautiful Breiðafjörður bay on a boat
  • Take a dip in the Mývatn Nature Baths
  • See whales in their natural environment in Húsavík
  • Go on a boat excursion and sail between the icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Take an unusual hay wagon tour to Cape Ingólfshöfði

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Arrival day | Reykjavík

You are met upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Reykjavík. The city is friendly, small with great museums, shops and restaurants all within walking distance. Two major highlights are Hallgrímskirkja church, which offers a fantastic view of the city from its tower, and Harpa, a cultural and social centre in the heart of the city.

Accommodation in Reykjavík (optional and not included in tour price).

Day 1 | Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snæfellsnes peninsula is known for its diverse landscape that includes Eldborg, a crater rising 60 metres above surrounding lava, and Búðir, a former fishing village located a stone’s throw from the ocean and surrounded by Búðahraun lava field - rumoured to be the home of countless elves. Also on the peninsula is Djúpalónssandur black beach, Arnastapi village and the massive Snæfellsjökul glacier.

Accommodation in Snæfellsnes area.

Day 2 | Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Drive the north shore of the peninsula and stop at Grundarfjörður village set in a stunning scenery with a view of Mt Kirkjufell, the country’s most photographed mountain, and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall. The peninsula offers some of Iceland’s most beautiful and unique landscape so take the time to enjoy it with a stop in Stykkishólmur village. Explore Breiðafjörður bay by boat tour around its many islands and bird colonies (limited in winter).

Accommodation in Húnaflói/Skagafjörður area.

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Day 3 | The Northwest and Akureyri

Don’t miss the majestic Hvítserkur cliff, which legend claims is a petrified troll, that several species of birds such as gulls and fulmars nest on. The cliff stands 15 metres high just off Vatnsnes peninsula, which is the island largest seal colony, and seals can often be seen basking on its shore. Visit Glaumbær, the old turf farmhouse, and the old turf church at Víðimýri before ending the day in Akureyri town.

Accommodation in Akureyri area.

Day 4 | Lake Mývatn

Marvel in the impressive Goðafoss, a waterfall of the Gods, one of Iceland’s most stunning waterfalls. Continue to Mývatn lake area which has many incredible natural wonders such as Dimmuborgir lava fields and Námufjall geothermal area. End the day by relaxing in the warm waters of Mývatn Nature Baths and enjoy the view of surrounding landscape.

Accommodation in Húsavík/Mývatn lake area.

Day 5 | The Northeast

Explore Húsavík town, the island’s whale-watching capital, with its colourful houses, unique museums and snowcapped peaks across the bay. Go whale watching and see whales in their natural habitat (limited in winter). Visit Tjörnes, a peninsula known for its dense population of ptarmigan and rich fossil, as well as Öxarfjörður, a lovely fjord featuring woodlands and tuff mountains

Accommodation in Húsavík/Mývatn lake area.

Day 6 | The Northeast

Enjoy Vatnajökull National Park and all it has to offer, including Ásbyrgi, a gigantic canyon, Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, and Hljóðaklettar or Echo Rocks. Continue to Egilsstaðir town through the mystical barren landscape of Möðrudalsöræfi. The town lies on the banks of Lagarfljót river the alleged home of sea serpent Lagarfljótsormur! In the area are Hengifoss Waterfall, Hallormsstaður National Forest and Skriðuklaustur Centre of Culture and History.

Accommodation in the Egilsstaðir area.

Day 7 | The East Fjords

Driving the East Fjords is a delight - the rugged coastline, looming mountains, remote farms and fishing villages offer peace and tranquillity. There are many places and villages of interest such as Papey island a nature reserve, Seyðisfjörður village and Fáskrúðsfjörður, which has a great view of the hollow cliff island, Skrúður, who rises steeply out of the sea east of the bay. Continue to Höfn, a charming town set in a stunning setting, famous for its delicious lobster.

Accommodation in Höfn area.

Day 8 | Vatnajökull National Park

Admire the breathtaking view as you drive the south-east shore and stop to explore Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, the biggest glacial lagoon of its kind. Cruise between towering icebergs (April to October) and watch the seals play in the lagoon. Take an unusual tour of Ingólfshöfði, an isolated cape between the black sands of the south coast and the ocean, on a hay wagon (May to August). Continue to Skaftafell National Park, which offers many walking and hiking trails with amazing view.

Accommodation in Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Day 9 | The South Coast

Discover some of Iceland’s most lovely sights that include Fjaðrárgljúfur, a striking canyon located not far from Kirkjubæjarklaustur village, Vík village and Reynisfjara, a black sand beach with basalt stacks. South of Vík village is Dyrhólaey, a 120-meter high cape and nature sanctuary with vertical cliff walls teeming with birds. Stop at Skógar where you will find the magnificent waterfall, Skógafoss, and Skógar Folk Museum. Continue to Seljalandsfoss and walk behind the waterfall.

Accommodation in Gullfoss/Geysir area.

Day 10 | The South – Inland

The South is rich with history and settings of famous sagas. Visit the historic Skálholt cathedral and explore Kerið, a 3,000-year-old volcanic crater lake located in Grímsnes area. Marvel at the beautiful sights of the Golden Circle an area that includes the stunning Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring area and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Accommodation in Reykjavík (optional and not included in tour price).

Accommodation in Reykjavík

Optional and not included in tour price.

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TripAdvisor reviews

Great Iceland trip! Hey Iceland gave us very personal help, making our holiday a highly memorable experience. We rarely had a problem doing everything we planned to do, and all the guesthouse owners and staff treated us very well. We had booked in January for a late-June trip, and weren't able to get all the Category guesthouses we wanted, but everything worked out fine.
Murray S

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