Waterfalls and glaciers: Iceland road trip

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Duration (in days): 7

From: Reykjavik

To: Reykjavik

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£855

Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

Explore the natural wonders of Iceland on this week-long road trip around the south of the country. Starting on Reykjanes Peninsula, you’ll drive along the ring road, stopping in to see gushing waterfalls, black sand beaches and spouting geysers. Visit the blue iceberg-filled Jökulsárlón Lagoon and hike through Skaftafell National Park before coming back to enjoy the west coast north of Reykjavik. Take a cruise to look for birdlife, taste scallops fresh from the sea and drive to the Blue Lagoon to take a dip in the mineral-rich waters. Finish your time in Reykjavik, where you can explore the northernmost capital in the world - the perfect end to your Iceland road trip.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements, so please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip

Highlights

  • Drive along the southern section of Iceland’s Ring Road              
  • See the gushing waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss       
  • Admire the black volcanic sand of Reynisfjara Beach     
  • Wait for the famous Geysir to erupt a gush of boiling water
  • Gaze in awe at the blue ice in Jökulsárlón Lagoon and Skaftafell’s glaciers
  • Taste scallops and sea urchin sushi fresh from the ocean
  • Relax in the mineral-rich water at the Blue Lagoon
  • Wander through the cool city of Reykjavik
Itinerary


Itinerary in brief:

  • 1 night Hveragerdi         
  • 2 nights Vik       
  • 2 nights West Iceland
  • 1 night Reykjavik        

    

Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik       

On arrival in Reykjavik, you’ll pick up your hire car at the airport and begin your road trip through Iceland. First, you'll drive along the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula towards the charming village of Hveragerdi, often known as the “flower village” due to the many greenhouses heated by hot springs nearby. You’ll check into your hotel here for one night.


Day 2: South Coast     

Today you’ll head off along the coast, stopping at the various natural wonders along the way. Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss are two of Iceland’s most scenic waterfalls, with huge cascades of water pouring over the green cliffs. Head inland to see the famous Geysir, shooting up from the ground in a mass of boiling water – this is the phenomenon after which all other geysers are named. You’ll also spot the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, part of the volcano that caused air travel chaos across Europe in 2010. As you get close to Vik, you can stop in Dyrholaey, where thousands of puffins and other seabirds nest and take a stroll along Reynisfjara Beach, where black volcanic sand and tall basalt stacks out to sea make for a beautiful sunset. You’ll check into your hotel in Vik for two nights.


Day 3: Skaftafell and Vik        

Today you can explore the area around Vik further, starting with Skaftafell National Park – the largest in Europe. The park has many glaciers so spend the morning hiking between them for a glimpse of the bright blue ice, before heading to the Jökulsárlón Lagoon, where huge icebergs float in the water. After today, you’ll really understand why the country is called Iceland!


Day 4: Thingvellir and Borgarfjordur       

After breakfast, you’ll head off towards Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic Parliament, situated in a mountainous volcanic landscape next to the largest lake in the country. After exploring the park all morning, you’ll continue to Borgarfjordur Fjord and visit the historical Reykholt, where Iceland’s most famous author Snorri Sturluson lived in the 1200s. It's one of the country’s rare preserved medieval sites. Stop in at the pretty waterfalls Barnafoss and Hraunfossar before visiting Deildartunguhver, the hottest spring in Europe, heating showers and taps for 50 miles from its 97°C. At the end of a busy day, you’ll check into your hotel in West Iceland for two nights, in one of the small towns of this area.


Day 5: Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Explore the countless natural wonders of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula today, starting with the bird covered cliffs of Arnarstapi and the rocky beaches of Djupalonssandur before driving along the coast stopping at various quaint fishing villages. In Stykkisholmur, we’ve included a boat tour, where you’ll admire the bird life from the water (look out for white-tailed eagles) before a shellfish plough is lowered into the ocean, revealing a wonderful selection of shellfish for viewing and tasting: scallops, sea urchins, crabs, starfish and sea cucumbers. This is the freshest sushi you’ll ever eat!        


Day 6: Reykjanes Peninsula & Blue Lagoon   

Today you’ll be heading down towards Reykjavik, but first, head past the city and onto the Reykjanes Peninsula to visit the moon-like Lake Kleifarvatn with its bubbling mud pools and spend a few hours relaxing in the famous waters of the Blue Lagoon. If you want to add the entrance ticket to the Blue Lagoon, just ask, as it must be pre-booked. In the afternoon,  you'll drive into Reykjavik and have a wander around this small city. Visit the enormous Hallgrimskirkja Church and try a famous Icelandic hot dog before having dinner by the harbour and toasting a great Iceland road trip.


Day 7: Depart Reykjavik      

Spend the morning enjoying the city before driving back to the airport and dropping off your hire car in time to catch your onwards flight.


 

Info

This itinerary is only available between April and September.

Iceland enjoys a milder climate than many people think, meaning that the summers are warm and sunny while the winters are as cold as they come. Due its location, just where the Gulf Stream and the Arctic Air meet, the weather is extremely changeable. Be sure to bring a range of clothing, even if you are there in midsummer. The midnight sun shines in Iceland between late May and August, which means you can maximise your time here by exploring until late at night. In the winter, however, the sun doesn’t rise until 11am and disappears around 3pm, making it perfect for aurora spotters out to see the Northern Lights.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • Accommodation for 6 nights     
  • 6 x breakfasts
  • Car hire               
  • GPS
  • Tablet with travel app including Iceland guide, directions and hotel information
  • Viking Sushi Boat Tour

Not included: 

  • Meals not mentioned above     
  • Fuel      
Accommodation

6 nights in 3* standard accommodation.


Outside of Reykjavik, Iceland is made up of small villages and towns. There is a limited amount of accommodation in each area, which means that we do not specify hotels until you have booked with us.

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