Highland Safari

DAY 3 : Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve [1] in the Highlands of Iceland. It is at the edge of Laugahraun lava field, which was formed in an eruption around the year 1477.

Highland Safari

DAY 2 : Strokkur is a highlight in the Geysir Hot Spring Area, spouting water 10-30 meters into the air every few minutes.

Highland Safari

DAY 4 : Sprengisandur is a highland plateau in Iceland, defined roughly as the area between the Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull glaciers.

Highland Safari

DAY 7 : The spectacular valley of Breiðdalur is the longest and widest of the valleys in Eastern Iceland.

Highland Safari

DAY 8 : Svartifoss Waterfall in Skaftafell National Park is a easy hike and known for its basalt columns.

Highland Safari

On this 4WD self-drive tour you will discover colourful mountains and desert like landscapes while driving between two glaciers in the Icelandic highlands. Take a moment to listen to the silence on Sprengisandur highland route before reaching Aldeyjarfoss, one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls. See the Askja Caldera, accessible from the north and the 25 km row of Laki craters, accessible from the south. In addition to the highland attractions you will visit the famous Golden Circle, Lake Myvatn and Skaftafell National Park.

 

Highlights & recommended activities

  • The Golden Circle, Landmannalaugar, Sprengisandur Highland Route, Lake Myvatn and Dettifoss - Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Askja Caldera, Laki Craters, Skaftafell National Park and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Reynisfjara Black Beach and Reykjavik.
  • Myvatn Nature Baths, Whale Watching, Glacier Walk, Papey Boat Tour.
  • The Laki Craters were created in a volcanic eruption that took place in 1783. It left an area of 565 km² covered in lava fields.
 

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Included: 

  • 10 nights incl. breakfast in pre-booked accommodations.
  • 10 days rental car of your choice. - Unlimited driving, CDW and two drivers.
  • Pick-up/drop-off at the International Airport in Keflavík.
  • Road Map 1:500 000. - Detailed and personalised route description.
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7 while traveling in Iceland.
  • VAT and lodging tax.

 

 

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Day 1:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

If your flight leaves in the early morning you‘ll have to leave Reykjavík early for the airport, where you return your rental car before departure.

Prices from

1.680

Type

Self-drive

Season

July-September

Days / Nights

11 days / 10 nights

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