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 Iceland Self Drive (9 days)






Day  1         Arrive Reykjavik


                 On arrival in Keflavik Airport, pick-up your car.

                 Overnight in Reykjavik.

                 Accommodation in Iceland will be a combination of farmhouses, guesthouses and hotels  



Day  2        Hveragerði - Geysir - Þingvellir - Borgarfjörður



Greenhouses - Exploding Geysers - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Massive Waterfall


Approximate distance:  310 km / 193 miles


Drive across Hellisheiði plateau to the greenhouse village of Hveragerði. Continue to the waterfall Gullfoss and the hot springs at Geysir. Visit Þingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament, before driving through Hvalfjörður fjord or Kaldidalur highland pass (4WD needed) to Borgarfjörður.




Day  3       Borgarfjörður - Blönduós - Varmahlíð - Akureyri



Fertile Farmlands - Glacial Rivers - Iceland's Second Largest City - Viking Horses


Approximate distance: . 280 km / 174 miles


Drive north through Borgarfjörður to the shores of Húnaflói bay and the towering mountains and horse-breeding valley of Skagafjörður. Continue to Akureyri, the capital of the north.


Optional: River rafting in Skagafjörður; horse riding in Skagafjörður; seal watching tour from Hvammstangi.




Day  4       Akureyri - Lake Mývatn



Botanical Garden - Museums - Waterfall "Of the Gods"


Approximate distance: 100 km / 62 miles


Spend the morning exploring the town of Akureyri. Continue your journey to the unique Lake Mývatn area.




Day  5      Lake Mývatn   Húsavík - Tjörnes - Dettifoss - Egilsstaðir



Whale Watching - Glacier Carved Gorge - Europe' Most Powerful Waterfall


Approximate distance: 310 km / 193 miles


Drive north to the fishing port of Húsavík and around Tjörnes peninsula. Visit Ásbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon and Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. Proceed to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall, before heading across the highland plateau to Egilsstaðir in the east.


Optional: Whale watching from Húsavík




Day  6     Reyðarfjörður- Stöðvarfjörður - Djúpivogur - Höfn



Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline - Mineral Collection


Approximate distance: 300 km / 186 miles


Drive south through the spectacular East Fjords, where towering mountains plunge vertically into the ocean. The journey continues to the town of Höfn in Hornafjörður, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.


Optional: Petra's stone collection; boat tour to Papey Island.




Day  7     Höfn - Skaftafell - Kirkjubæjarklaustur



Europe's Largest Glacier - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest National Park


Approximate distance: 200 km / 124 km


Drive to the shimmering icebergs and still, milky waters of Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon before continuing to Skaftafell National Park where a nature hike is recommended. On to the picturesque village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.


Optional: Jeep tour to Vatnajökull glacier; boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon; glacier hike in Skaftafell area.




Day  8     Vík - Skógar - Reykjavík



Lava Fields - Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore - Puffin Colony - Thundering Waterfalls


Approximate distance: 260 km / 162miles


Drive along the spectacular south coast, a sweeping landscape of sandy deserts, rocky shores and rolling farmland sandwiched between snow-capped glaciers, mountains and the ocean. Return to Reykjavík.


Optional: Boat tour to the Westman Islands.




Day  9      Included: Entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon.



               Drop off self-drive car at the airport


              Depart  Reykjavik    



The Blue Lagoon was accidentally formed in 1976 during operation at the nearby geothermal power plant. In the years that followed, people began bathe in the unique water and apply the silica mud to their skin. Those with psoriasis noticed an incredible improvement in their condition. Over the years, Blue Lagoon has been innovative in harnessing this gift of nature to develop different spa services and products. Today, Blue Lagoon is recognized as one of the wonders of the world.


Note: This is a suggested itinerary only. It can be modified to suit your own requirements or combined with other touring in Iceland or elsewhere.