Around Iceland Self-drive
From: Keflavik, Iceland
To: Keflavik, Iceland
Departing: Daily from May to September
10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS
Discover Iceland on a self-drive journey, taking in breath taking fjords, lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and icebergs while staying in typical Icelandic villages
Day 1 - Keflavik > Hveragerði
Pick up your car at the Keflavik International airport and start your Iceland self-drive adventure! Drive down the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula towards the charming village of Hveragerði for your first overnight stay. The village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many green houses heated by hot water from nearby springs, it is often called the flower village.
Overnight: Hveragerði area
Day 2 - Hveragerði, Geysir, Thingvellir & Borgarfjorður (B)
Drive to the Gullfoss Waterfall and the hot springs at Geysir. Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic Parliament, before driving through Hvalfjorður Fjord or Kaldiðalur highland pass (4WD needed) to Borgarfjorður.
Overnight: Borgarfjorður area
Day 3 - Borgarfjorður, Blonduos, Varmahlid & Akureyri (B)
Drive north through Borgarfjorður to the shores of Hunafloi Bay and the towering mountains and horse breeding valley of Skagafjorður. Continue onto Akureyri, the capital of the north.
Overnight: Akureyri area
Day 4 - Akureyri & Lake Mỳvatn (B)
Spend the morning exploring the town of Akureyri. Continue your journey to the unique Lake Mỳvatn.
Overnight: Lake Mỳrvatn area
Day 5 - Lake Mỳvatn (B)
Explore the natural wonders of Lake Mỳvtn and surrounding area, including the mystical lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the volcanic area of Krafla along with the colourful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard pass.
Overnight: Lake Mỳrvatn area
Day 6 - Husavik, Tjornes, Dettifoss & Egilsstaðir (B)
Drive north to the fishing port of Husavik and around Tjornes Peninsula. Visit Asbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon and Jokulsargljufur National Park. Proceed to the mighty Dettifoss Waterfall, before heading across the highland plateau to Egilsstaðir in the East.
Overnight: Egilsstaðir area
Day 7 - Reydarfjordur, Stodvarfjordur, Djupivogur & Höfn (B)
Drive south through the spectacular East Fjords, where towering mountains plunge vertically into the ocean. Your journey continues on to the town of Höfn in Hornafjorður, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.
Overnight: Höfn area
Day 8 - Höfn, Skaftafell & Kirkjubæjarklaustur (B)
Drive to the shimmering icebergs and still, milky waters of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before continuing to Skaftafell National Park where a nature hike is recommended. Continue on to the picturesque village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Overnight: Kirkjuvæjarklaustrur area
Day 9 - Vik, Skogar & Reykjavik (B)
On your way back to Reykjavik, drive along the spectacular south coast, a sweeping landscape of sandy deserts, rocky shores and rolling farmland sandwiched between snow-capped glaciers, mountains and the ocean.
Day 10 - Departure (B)
Drive back to Keflavik International Airport to return your car. Stop at the famous Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa on your way.
- 9 days car hire of your choice (prices start from a Toyota Auris or similar)
- 9 nights accommodation of your choice including breakfast
- Detailed itinerary provided
- 24 hour emergency helpline
Please contact us for a detailed quote.
The expedition staff and their knowledge were fantastic - from the lectures to the daily briefings all the relevant information to make the trip more enjoyable was provided.Lindy Mace - Jewels of the Arctic, 2016
I cannot rate Aurora, the staff, the expedition team, the hotel staff and chefs and the crew highly enough. And the ship....love Polar Pioneer in all its non-luxury glory!Karen Hinchliffe - Jewels of the Arctic, 2015
The trip was simply brilliant, a great adventure providing us with wonderful memories and exceptional insight into this fragile environment. Thank you all so very much.S. O'Neil - Across the Arctic Circle, 2015