: 11 days
Highlights: Highland Routes Kjölur, Laki and Fjallabak nyrðra. Landmannalaugar rhyolit mountain area. Geysers and hot sulphur mud springs.
Geothermal areas. Volcanic lava landscapes. Lake Mývatn. Glaciers. National Park Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður with Skaftafell. Gullfoss and Goðafoss Waterfalls.
- 10 nights incl. breakfast in pre-booked accommodations.
- 10 days 4WD rental car of your choice, unlimited mileage, CDW, CD-Guide and pick-up/drop-off at the international airport in Keflavík.
- VAT and Lodging Tax.
- Road Map (Ferðakort) 1:500 000.
Not included: International flight or ferry, fuel, 2nd driver (€ 29,- per rental), meals besides breakfast, SCDW (add 10 x € 19,-), road
toll (Hvalfjörður Tunnel), entrance fees and activities.
Esja Travel also offers:
- Mobile phone rental during your stay, price € 2,- per day + credit.
- 3G Dongle rental during your stay, price € 2,- per day + usage (1 GB, 5 GB or 10 GB).
- International flights.
Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you pick up your pre-booked rental car. If you arrive in the morning or afternoon, you might want to stop by
at the Blue Lagoon on your way into the city of Reykjavík.
If arriving late, you will find your accommodation near the airport.
Day 2: National Park Þingvellir, Geysers, Gullfoss Waterfall & Geothermal Activity in Kerlingarfjöll
Leave the city in the morning for the UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park Þingvellir. Here you can enjoy a walk in the Almannagjá canyon and
explore the old parliament site.
From here, your journey takes you through the village Laugarvatn to the Geysir geothermal area, where you willl see the very active geyser Strokkur erupting
spectacularly every five minutes or so.
Drive further to the impressive Gullfoss waterfall before you start your trip over the interior highland route of Kjölur. Roughly a third of the way over
Kjölur, you take a right turn towards the highland center of Kerlingarfjöll, a marvelous hiking area with geothermal activity.
Day 3: Kjölur Highland Route with Hveravellir
Back on the Kjölur route, you drive through the desolate landscape between the glaciers of Langjökull and Hofsjökull until you reach Hveravellir. Here
you can take a dip in a warm natural pool or go on a hike.
You can choose between two routes to the Skagafjörður area. Either follow the Kjölur route until you come to the ring road, or drive through the
valleys of Haukadalur and Mælifellsdalur. The second route is somewhat slower, so you need to allow more time for it than the first.
You can visit the folk museum in Glaumbær before heading onwards over the high plateau of Öxnadalsheiði and to Akureyri.
Day 4: Akureyri & Lake Mývatn
See the sights around Akureyri in the morning before continuing your journey over the Vaðlaheiði plateau to the Goðafoss waterfall. Afterwards you might
want to explore Lake Mývatn and its surroundings, go for a walk along the pseudo craters of Skútustaðir and in the lava field of Dimmuborgir. We also recommend stopping to see the
boiling hot mud springs of Námaskarð.
Should you be interested in a boat trip, you can drive to Húsavík and go on a whale watching tour from the harbour.
Day 5: Dettifoss Waterfall & Askja Volcano
You will need an early start is as it will be a long day. Drive eastward along the ring road. Just before you cross the glacial river Jökulsá
á Fjöllum, you might want to take a left turn for a detour to see Dettifoss waterfall.
Returning to the ring road, you cross the river and head for the interior. Pass Mt. Herðubreið to the volcano Askja and Víti crater.
Afterwards you reach the ring road in Jökuldalur and drive onwards to your accommodation near Egilsstaðir.
Day 6: Fjord Landscapes of the East & Glacier Lagoon
Driving over the mountain pass Öxi to Berufjörður fjord, you come into the fjord landscapes of East Iceland, with its characteristic sheer precipices
and narrow coastline.
Again on the ring road you follow the coast to the village of Höfn and in the afternoon you reach Jökulárlón glacial lagoon, where you might
be tempted to take a boat tour on the lagoon amidst the drifting icebergs. You are highly likely to catch a glimpse of seals when walking along the river or along the shore of the lagoon.
Day 7: Skaftafell & Svartifoss Waterfall
The interesting tour to the bird cliffs of Ingólfshöfði runs daily (except Sundays) from Fagurhólsmýri. You can see Puffins and the
Great Skua on this tour, which does require some hiking skills.
The rest of the day can be spent in Skaftafell in the Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður national park, where you can choose from several hiking routes,
e.g. to the Svartifoss waterfall, sightseeing point Sjónarnípa or futher to the mountains of Kristínartindar. Afterwards you continue your drive to the next village,
Day 8: Laki Craters
Take an excursion to the 25 km long row of craters at Lakagígar, also called Laki for short. The devastating volcanic eruption that took place here in 1783
left an area of 565 km2 covered in lava fields.
On the way back from Laki, you might want to stop for a break in the beautiful Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.
Day 9: Nature Reserve Fjallabak & Landmannalaugar
From the lava field of Eldhraun, created in the Laki volcanic eruption, you turn right on to the mountain road over the Fjallabak area.
You drive via the Eldgjá canyon to the colorful rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar, where you can take a dip in the warm natural pool and opt for one of
the many hiking routes the area has to offer.
Day 10: Þjórsárdalur Saga Valley & Reykjavík
Explore the volcanic landscapes of the lake district Veiðivötn before heading towards Reykjavík. If you prefer, you can spend the day exploring the
Þjórsárdalur valley on the way to the city. There you come across the beautiful waterfall Hjálparfoss. You might also want to stop at Stöng, an excavated
farm that was buried under ash in the Hekla volcanic eruption in the year 1104, and then visit the reconstruction of the farm, Þjóðveldisbær, located close to Stöng.
We recommend a walk through the city center of Reykjavík, where we would be happy to provide restaurant recommendations and suggestions for other
Day 11: Departure
The time of departure determines your plan for the day. If you leave in the late afternoon or the evening you will have time to explore Reykjavík and stop by
at the Blue Lagoon on your way to the airport.