Across Iceland along Sprengisandur and through the East

The 4WD Self-Drive Tour "Across Iceland over Sprengisandur and through East Iceland" takes you through the interior on the highland route Sprengisandur,

Across Iceland along Sprengisandur and through the East

The 4WD Self-Drive Tour "Across Iceland over Sprengisandur and through East Iceland" takes you through the interior on the highland route Sprengisandur, to the Askja Caldera as well as to the grand Laki Craters.

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Duration: 11 days / 10 nightsMap of Iceland Across ICeland along Sprengisandur and through the East Self-drive Tour
Travel Season: Beginning of July -Middle of September
Highlights:  Highland Routes Sprengisandur and Laki. Landmannalaugar rhyolit mountain area. Geysers and hot sulphur mud springs. Geothermal areas. Volcanic lava landscapes. Lake Mývatn. Glaciers. National Park Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður with Skaftafell. Gullfoss, Aldeyjarfoss and Goðafoss Waterfalls.
- 10 nights incl. breakfast in pre-booked accommodations. 
- 10 days 4WD rental car of your choice.
- Unlimited driving, CDW and two drivers.
- Pick-up/drop-off at the international airport in Keflavík.
- Iceland Road Guide. 
- Road Map 1:500 000.
- Detailed and personalised route description.
- Service telephone number while traveling in Iceland.
- VAT and lodging tax.

Esja Travel supports - the Icelandic Environment Association Landvernd with a EUR 5 donation for every traveller booked on a package tour. 

Not included: International flight or ferry, fuel, extra driver (€ 29 per driver/rental), meals besides breakfast, SCDW (add 10 x € 19), road toll (Hvalfjörður Tunnel), entrance fees and activities.
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
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.
From Geysir it is only a 10-minute drive or so to the impressive waterfall, Gullfoss.
A drive towards the south coast will take you to your accommodation. During the summer months, you might be able to attend a classical concert at Skálholt cathedral.
Your accommodation for the night is in the vicinity of Flúðir village or Þjórsárdalur valley.
Day 3:   Landmannalaugar 
You can choose between the route across Dómadalur valley or past the Hrauneyjar highland center to Landmannalaugar. 
There you can opt for one of several hiking options, and you have the opportunity to take a bath in a warm natural pool. 
If you are still up for some highland driving, you can drive to the volcanic lake district of Veiðivötn in the late afternoon.
Day 4:   Sprengisandur Highland Route
Today you can experience a real highland road. You drive through the desolate and sparsely vegetated desert of Sprengisandur between  the glaciers Hofsjökull and Vatnajökul. On the way you have to cross several rivers. Further information on driving in the highlands comes with the detailed route description. 
Rest in the highland cabin in Nýidalur valley before heading onwards to Bárðardalur valley, where you should not miss the magnificent waterfall of Aldeyjarfoss. 
Your accommodation is located in the area around Laugar, Lake Mývatn or in the Aðaldalur valley.
Day 5:   Lake Mývatn
Spend the day exploring the area around Lake Mývatn, where you can choose from a variety of sights and activities. You can take a walk through the Dimmuborgir lava field, see the pseudo craters of Skútustaðir and scale the crater Hverfjall.
The Nature Baths are perfect for some relaxation, and the privately-owned and slightly quaint bird museum on the lake side can also be recommended.
In addition, you can drive to Húsavík and hop on a 3-hour whale watching tour departing several times a day from the harbour.
Day 6:   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 7:   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 8:   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, Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Day 9:   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 to your accommodation, you might want to stop for a break in the beautiful Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.
Day 10:   Black South Coast, Waterfalls & Reykjavík
Follow the south coast through the village of Vík to Mýrdalur valley. You might want to take detours to the coast by Reynisfjara, to the bird cliffs of Dyrhólaey or the glacier
Sólheimajökull. In Skógar you can visit the folk- and transport museum and see the picturesque waterfall Skógafoss. 
Further along the ring road, Seljalandsfoss waterfall is also worth the small detour. Drive through the town of Selfoss and the high plateau of Hellisheiði to Reykjavík.
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.


About the accommodation categories:

Rooms with shared facilities are booked in guesthouses, higher class hostels,l Bed and Breakfasts as well as in farm-guesthouses. In many cases the rooms do have a wash basin.

Rooms with private facilities are booked in middle class hotels, country hotels, higher class guesthouses or farm-guesthouses.

Many of the accommodations do offer their guests access to open-air jacuzzis.



CDW (Collission Damage Waiver), unlimited mileage as well as pick up and drop off at the Keflavík International Airport are included in our package prices.  

Self risk for the categories A, B, C, D and N is € 1.325 and for the categories FG, H, I, J and K € 2.415
Further information about the CDW is availiable on request.

The driver must be at least 20 years old and must have held a drivering licence for at least one year. A valid driving licence must be presented when picking up the rental car.
Please note that a credit card must be presented when you sign your rental car lease agreement (MasterCard, Visa oder Diners).

Liability Insurance and passenger Accident Insurance are included in all packages.

Information about driving in the interior come with your travel documents.



Additional drivers € 29 per rental (two drivers are included in the package prices).

SCDW incl. Gravel Protection - Surcharge for categories A, B, C, D and M € 15 per day – Self risk € 350/ Surcharge for categories M FG, H, I, J and K € 19 per day – Self risk € 650Self risk in case of broken windows and lights (CDW and SCDW) € 170 or € 280 depending on car category.

SADW (Sand- and Ash Damage Waiver) € 15 per day 
Baby- and infant seats € 7 per day or max. € 48 per rental.
GPS Navigation System € 12 per day – Self risk for lost or damaged item € 500
One Way Fee for pick up/drop of at Keflavík International Airport € 31 (included in package prices).
One Way Fee for other rental locations outside Reykjavík for categories A, B, C, N and M € 91 and for categories G, H, I, J and K € 151
After hours Pick Up Fee in the Winter Season (19:00-6:00 Uhr) at the Keflavík International Airport € 54
Cancellation fees for rental categories E, H, I, K:
3 weeks or more prior to arrival 50% of the total rental car price.
3-2 weeks prior to arrival 75% of the total rental car price.
Less than a week prior to arrival 90% of the total rental car price.

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