Highlights of Iceland



Highlights of Iceland

Make the most of your time in Iceland on this classic 5-night road trip. Drive around the island enjoying majestic sights along the way including waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, lagoons, fjords, mountains and charming villages. This tour is perfect for first time visitors who want to experience the best of Iceland in under a week. Available from 1 May to 30 September. 

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Included

  • Accommodation for 5 nights, budget or comfort rooms with breakfast
  • Rental car for 6 days, with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance (pick up & drop off in Reykjavik)
  • Airport shuttle from airport to Reykjavík (one transfer per tour)
  • A tablet travel guide mapping your journey and highlights of surrounding area
  • Suggested itinerary in English
  • 24/7 emergency phone line service
  • Taxes and service fee

Highlights

  • See the famous Golden Circle sights - Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss
  • Travel along the South Coast with its beautiful ocean views 
  • View the stunning Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Enjoy the mountain scenery and quaint fishing villages of the Eastfjords
  • Explore Lake Mývatn with its steaming geothermal sites
  • Visit the charming town of Akureyri

Optional

  • Experience a thrilling glacier tour on Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Go on a whale watching tour from Húsavík harbour
  • Take a relaxing dip in the Nature Baths by Lake Mývatn

Itinerary

Arrival day | Reykjavík

You are met upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Reykjavík. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the city, its museums, shops, restaurants and landmarks such as the Harpa Concert and Conference Centre by the harbour and Hallgrímskirkja church.

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

Day 1 | The South - inland and coast

Visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of great historical and geological importance, the Geysir hot spring area with its fabulous erupting Strokkur and the beautiful two-tiered Gullfoss Waterfall. Head to the South Coast travelling through the green farmland area known for one of Iceland's most popular Sagas, Njal's Saga. View Seljalandsfoss Waterfall which you can also walk behind if you wish! Continue to the magnificent waterfall and interesting folk museum at Skógar and the Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Centre (advance bookings in winter), admiring the vast black sands and tall cliffs along the way.

Accommodation in the Vík area.

Day 2 | Vatnajökull National Park

Enjoy the wonderful glacier vistas and many walking and hiking options at Skaftafell. Marvel at the floating icebergs at the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón. Various types of glacier tours on Vatnajökull Glacier can be booked in advance.

Accommodation in the Höfn area.

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Day 3 | The Eastfjords

Relish the marvellous views of tall and often uniquely formed mountains en route to the Eastfjords. Visit the many quaint fishing villages such as Djúpivogur and Eskifjörður with their colourful old houses and harbours. Explore the area around Egilsstaðir including Lake Lagarfjót, home to alleged sea serpent 'Lagarfljótsormurinn' and Skriðuklaustur Centre of Culture and History.

Accommodation in the Egilsstaðir area.

Day 4 | Húsavík or Lake Mývatn

Choose between going on a whale watching tour from the charming harbour town of Húsavík (limited in winter) and exploring the canyons, rock formations and waterfalls within the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. Or discover Lake Mývatn's beautiful scenery, varied bird - and plantlife, mystical lava formations, steaming geothermal sites and enjoy a relaxing dip in the Nature Baths.

Accommodation in the Lake Mývatn area.

Day 5 | Akureyri and the North

View the beautiful Goðafoss ('Waterfall of the Gods') en route to Akureyri town which has enjoyable goethermal swimming pools, parks and museums. Tour the Skagafjörður district known for its horse breeding. Visit the farmhouse museum at Glaumbær and the old turf church at Víðimýri. Explore the sites of the Húnaþing district including the Seal Centre at Hvammstangi, Vatnsdalshólar hills and Kolugljúfur Canyon.

Accommodation in the Húnaflói/Skagafjörður area.

Day 6 | The West

Discover the lovely Borgarfjörður district. Climb the old crater Grábrók, view Hraunfossar and Barnafossar falls, the powerful Deildartunguhver hot spring, historic Reykholt and the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes before heading back to Reykjavík.

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

Accommodation in Reykjavík

Optional and not included in the tour price.

 

TripAdvisor reviews

Amazing road trip! Icelandic Farm Holidays (as Hey Iceland was known then) was helpful in all the queries we had and all our bookings were done without hassle and our queries were answered no matter how small. Our stay and our trip to Iceland was great. People were friendly. We drove around 2600 Kms and there were hardly any hassles in figuring out our way. Would love to be back in Iceland sometime again!
Suman, India

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