: 11 days
Travel Season: Beginning of July-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 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, extra driver (€ 29,- per driver/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
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
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
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,
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
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.