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11-Day Self-Drive Tour - Iceland's Arctic Coast Way - SD15

Experience the Unspoiled Roads of North Iceland on Our Newest Self-Drive Expedition

On this ultimate self-drive adventure, hit the Arctic Coast Way, the first official tourist route in North Iceland. Rated one of the best destinations in Europe by Lonely Planet, the secluded North Coast offers the best of Iceland minus the crowds. Besides the charms of North Iceland, delve into the natural wonders of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Golden Circle, and the South Coast. Let your adventure begin!

Included in your 11-day self-drive package is a rental car, accommodation, and daily breakfast.
All at the best price guaranteed.


Duration: 11 days

Group maximum: 5

Available: Apr-Sept

Age limit: No age limit

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • The Arctic Coast Way Route
  • The Golden Circle
  • The South Coast
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • East Fjords
  • Blue Lagoon (optional)

Pick up your car at:

Keflavík International Airport

Drop off your car at:

Keflavík International Airport

Included:

  • 10 nights accommodation with private bathroom
  • 11 days car rental
  • Breakfast each morning at hotels

Bring with you:

Warm outdoor clothing, good hiking shoes, a driver's license, bathing suit, sunglasses, camera. Lunch & Dinner are not included but you can buy it on the road. 

Optional extras:

  • Whale watching tour in Dalvik
  • Glacier hiking tour
  • Swimming in the famous Blue Lagoon 

Accommodation:

Comfort accommodation is included in the package. 

Note: If you book for 2 or 4 persons you get twin / double rooms. If you book for 3 or 5 persons you get a combination of double/twin rooms and a single room.

Please Note:

This itinerary is perfect for morning arrivals. However, if you’re arriving to Iceland in the afternoon, we suggest a pre-night in Reykjavik before starting the regular itinerary.

from:
176 942 per adult

If 4 persons - May vary depending on group size, season and availability.


No Booking Fees
No Hidden Fees

Tour Description

Your adventure starts at Keflavík International Airport, where your rental car awaits. First head towards Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The otherworldly landscapes are sure to enliven your senses. Driving northward will take you straight to the Arctic Coast Way. Take a detour from the Ring Road and discover the North’s six peninsulas that stretch out towards the Arctic Circle.

After exploring the sparsely populated coastline of North Iceland, discover the mystic allure of East Iceland. Then head to the South Coast of Iceland and cruise along the world-famous Golden Circle. On the last day, drive through dreamy Reykjanes Peninsula and visit the most striking abandoned sights in the country.

Along the way, embark on optional activities, such as whale watching in Dalvik, glacier hiking, or soaking in the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon.

This self-drive tour takes you off the beaten path at your own pace. Skip the tedious research and enjoy customer support throughout your trip. Pack your bags and get ready to roll!

Day 1 - Borgarfjörður & Snæfellsnes

Velkominn! Your Icelandic adventure begins! 

Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, pick up your rental car and head towards Reykjavik. The 25 mi (40 km) drive from Keflavik to the capital city is an adventure in itself. As you follow the winding road through moss-covered lava fields, you’ll feel as if you’ve landed on the moon. 

Next, head north towards the scenic Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The route takes you through Borgarfjörður, a fjord between Reykjavik and Snaefellsnes. Along the way, soak up mountain views and experience the subtle charms of small towns. 

In the evening, arrive at your hotel in the Snæfellsnes area. 

What to Do and See

On your way to Snæfellsnes, you’ll find lots of incredible attractions. Here are the most prominent sites: 

  • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls, situated on Route 518, are the most famous waterfalls in West Iceland. One gentle, the other fierce, these waterfalls evoke contrasting emotions. At Hraunfossar, thousands of serene rivulets streaming out of a black lava field. Just a short walk from Hraunfossar, you’ll find Barnafoss (Children’s Falls). The fierce cascade draws its name from an old spooky folktale about two children who accidentally fell off the bridge and drowned.
  • Reykholt Village is one of the most important historical sites in Iceland. In the 13th century, Reykholt was home to world-renowned medieval writer Snorri Sturluson. If you’re a fan of Norse mythology, Reykholt is the  place for you. Here you’ll also find Snorrastofa, an independent research center for medieval studies. 
  • Deildartunguhver Geothermal Area, located off Route 50 near Reykholt, is Europe’s largest hot spring. Deildartunguhver gushes out about 48 gallons (180 liters) of boiling water per second! Take a walk around the hissing vent and feel swelling clouds of steam. The geothermal water heats the surrounding towns of Borgarnes and Akranes.
  • Eldborg Crater (The Fire Castle), located off Route 54, is a beautifully-shaped dormant volcano ⁠— perhaps one of the most appealing in the land of fire and ice. Eldborg rises 197 ft (60 m) above the surrounding lava field. You can walk around the crater and even to the top. It’s an epic hike for all skill levels!
  • Gerðuberg Cliff, located on Snæfellsnes Peninsula, is home to dramatic basalt towers. Be wowed by the perfectly-shaped hexagonal columns that look like they’ve been carved by a divine stonecutter.
  • Ytri Tunga Beach, located on Snæfellsnes Peninsula, is best known for its amazing seal colony. The seals are best seen in June and July. While most of Iceland’s beaches are black, Ytri Tunga is graced with golden sands.

Day 2 - Snaefellsnes

After an appetizing breakfast, explore the gorgeous landscapes of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Also known as “Iceland in Miniature,” Snaefellsnes collects the best of Iceland in one place: volcanic peaks, sea cliffs, waterfalls, and black sand beaches. If you look to the west, you’ll see Snæfellsjökull, a glacier-capped volcano that was immortalized in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. 

After exploring Snaefellsnes, head towards Northwest Iceland. Hvítserkur Sea Stack on Vatnsnes Peninsula is the first highlight of the Arctic Coast Way. 

In the evening, arrive at your hotel. Rest up the romantic roadways of North Iceland await tomorrow!

What to Do and See
  • Arnarstapi, situated at the foot of Snæfellsjökull, is a tiny fishing village. Here you’ll find Gatklettur, an impressive stone arch that stands over in the sea. Don’t be surprised if you see an arctic tern soar over your head!
  • Hellnar, located close to Arnastapi, is another adorable fishing village that once was one of the largest fishing centers on the peninsula. You’ll be greeted by squawking seabirds and friendly locals.
  • Lóndrangar Basalt Cliffs, located near Hellnar, are true wonders of nature. Witness two basalt towers (remnants of an eroded crater) dramatically surging into the air. From a distance, Lóndrangar looks like a fairy-tale castle.
  • Djúpalónssandur Beach and Dritvík Cove are must-visit attractions in West Iceland. Djúpalónssandur is a wild black pebble beach with imposing rock formations. A short hike west of Djúpalónssandur leads to Dritvík Cove, an enclosed bay for seekers of solitude. 
  • Kirkjufell Mountain is one of the most photographed spots in the land of fire and ice. You’ll find the cone-shaped peak on the north shore of Iceland’s Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Kirkjufell or “Church Mountain” is named for its resemblance to a church steeple. 
  • Stykkishólmur is a quaint town of old wooden houses that overlooks a bay dotted with numerous islands. It’s no wonder that Stykkishólmur is often called “The Gateway to the Islands.” This idyllic place with its slow-paced life feels like it’s from another era.
  • Erpsstaðir Dairy Farm has some of the best homemade ice cream in the country. Tour the local farm and taste Skyr, Icelandic yogurt that’s been around since Viking times.
  • Hvítserkur Sea Stack, located on the Vatnsnes Peninsula (best known for its large seal colony) on Route 711, is a bizarre rock formation. The monolith rises 50 ft (15 m) out of the ocean. Legend has it that Hvítserkur was a troll who was caught by the sunrise when he attempted to destroy the bells of Þingeyraklaustur Convent. Other people say the rock resembles a dragon drinking the water.

Day 3 - Skagafjörður & Eyjafjörður

Wake up in the Northwest. After breakfast, continue your journey towards the North of Iceland, a wonderland of unspoiled nature. As you pass through elongated fjords, explore the small villages along the way. Each village has a unique charm and distinct atmosphere. 

Opt for whale watching tour in Dalvik at 3:00 p.m. (15:00). Book the activity on our website. 

In the evening, arrive at your hotel in Akureyri. If you’ve skipped whale watching, you’ll have additional time to explore the bustling city and its surroundings.

What to Do and See 
  • Blönduós Town is a perfect stopover on the North Coast. Stretch your legs and explore the delights of the area. The town of a thousand residents is home to a striking modern church that resembles the surrounding mountains.
  • Hofsós Village, located on the banks of the beautiful Skagafjörður Fjord, has postcard-perfect views and seduces visitors with its relaxed lifestyle. Hofsós is also home to an infinity pool that will make you wonder where the pool ends and the ocean begins. 
  • Siglufjörður, or Sigló, is Iceland’s northernmost town. As you drive from Hofsós to Siglufjörður, soak up ravishing views of North Iceland. Once Iceland’s busiest herring port, Siglufjörður is now home to Iceland’s largest maritime museum, Herring Era Museum.
  • Ólafsfjörður is a sleepy fishing town of about 800 people. Resting on a fjord of the same name, the town is blessed with a gorgeous lake. Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, Ólafsfjörður becomes a skier’s paradise in winter.
  • Dalvik is an adorable fishing village best known for excellent skiing slopes and whale watching tours. Below awe-inspiring mountain vistas, find one of Iceland’s most beautiful churches. If you seek relaxation, visit a local beer spa.
  • Dalvik whale watching tours show you the ocean’s gentle giants, including humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and harbor porpoises. On this ocean adventure, sail the untamed Eyjafjörður Fjord and create memories to last a lifetime!
  • Akureyri, or the capital of the North, is Iceland’s second-largest city. Sitting at the bottom of the Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in the country, the area is chock-full of stylish cafes, top-notch restaurants, and art galleries. You’ll also find the world’s northernmost botanical gardens, as well as a lovely harbor.

Day 4 - Mývatn and Surrounding Areas

After a scrumptious breakfast, drive east from Akureyri towards Lake Mývatn, one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions. The lakeshore is world-famous for its abundant birdlife. Marvel at bizarre lava formations, heavenly waterfalls, and steaming volcanic craters. 

After exploring the Lake Mývatn area, head north towards Húsavík. En route, be wowed by  Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. 

Spend the night at your hotel in Húsavík.

What to Do and See 
  • Goðafoss Waterfall (Waterfall of the Gods) is among Iceland’s most awe-inspiring cascades. in the year 1000 CE, the Icelandic lawspeaker threw his statues of Norse gods into the falls after he made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. Find the weeping falls about 30 m (50 km) east of Akureyri on your way to Mývatn. 
  • Dimmuborgir Lava Field, also known as the Black Fortress, is an otherworldly lava field in the Lake Mývatn area. Featured on HBO’s Game of Thrones, the area is so mysterious that it hardly seems real. Wander on marked trails among eerie rock formations. You’ll feel like you've stepped into a fairy-tale world.
  • Lake Mývatn is Iceland’s fourth-largest natural lake. It’s surrounded by volcanic landscapes. Covering 14 mi² (36 km²), Mývatn is a paradise for birdwatchers. During summer, the lake is home to more species of ducks than any other lake in the world. Walking around Mývatn is an easy and scenic way to experience Iceland’s nature.  
  • Grjótagjá, located close to Lake Mývatn, is a small lava cave with a serene hot spring. While bathing in Grjótagjá is forbidden, the beauty of this geological wonder is sure to inflame your imagination. 
  • Hverarönd, also called Hverir, is a geothermal field of steaming vents and bubbling mud pools. The area is sprayed with colorful minerals that make the field look like NASA’s satellite picture of Mars. Be amazed by the powers of Earth as you stand among swelling clouds of steam. 
  • Stóra-Víti Crater, located at the base of Krafla Volcano, is filled with brilliant turquoise water. Stóra-Víti translates to “Big Hell.” Walk around the rim and take in the hypnotizing views of the pool, which was formed by a massive eruption in the year 1724.
  • Dettifoss Waterfall often called “The Niagara of Europe,” is Europe’s most powerful cascade. ” The water plummets 148 ft (45 m) and creates enormous clouds of spray. On sunny days, see dancing rainbows over churning waters.
  • Husavik is a pretty fishing town known for the Whale Museum and geothermal sea baths. Husavik charms you with colorful houses and relaxed atmosphere.It’s the perfect place to spend the night before you continue your adventure along North Iceland coastline.

Day 5 - Arctic Coast: Melrakkaslétta

Today is your last day on the Arctic Coast Way. Hit unspoiled roads and immerse yourself in the beauty of two peninsulas Tjörnes and Melrakkaslétta. 

In the evening, arrive at your hotel in Þórshöfn/Vopnafjörður.

What to Do and See 
  • Tjörnes Peninsula is geologists’ favorite place in Iceland. The rounded peninsula is famous for ancient fossils that back about two million years. Explore dazzling cliff faces that overlook the sea. Look out for puffins and rock ptarmigan birds.
  • Ásbyrgi Canyon is a forested horseshoe-shaped gorge. Legend has it that the canyon is a hoof print left by Sleipnir, the eight-legged horse of Norse god Odin. Explore the area’s many hiking trails. 
  • Kópasker is a tiny village you'll pass before venturing into the Northeast Coast. This is the least-visited area of Iceland. With a population of just 120, Kópasker gives you a taste of the simple pleasures of the Far North.
  • Melrakkaslétta Peninsula, located within kilometers of the Arctic Circle, is wild and quiet. Melrakkaslétta literally translates to "Arctic Fox Plain." The area has some of the best unspoiled scenery in Iceland. Surrounded by solitary lagoons and inlets, you’ll feel far away from the clamor of the modern world.
  • Raufarhöfn, perched on the northeastern tip of Melrakkaslétta Peninsula, is Iceland's northernmost town. In Raufarhöfn, the Arctic is at your fingertips. Just two miles from the Arctic Circle, the tiny village experiences Iceland’s longest summer nights and darkest winter days. 
  • The Arctic Henge, situated just north of Raufarhöfn, is an impressive stone structure standing 170 ft (52 m) in diameter. The four stone arches represent the four seasons and act as a massive sundial, reminiscent of Stonehenge in England.
  • Þórshöfn is a wee fishing village on the remote Langanes Peninsula. With its laid-back atmosphere, Þórshöfn a lovely place to unwind before you continue your road trip. You’ll also find a nice swimming pool.

Day 6 - Borgarfjörður Eystri, East Iceland

Enjoy breakfast before you head towards Borgarfjörður Eystri, a tiny hamlet surrounded by towering mountains. Along the way, visit Stuðlagil Canyon, one of the numerous geological wonders in Iceland. Embark on leisurely strolls and explore the exotic nature of East Iceland. 

Spend the night at your hotel in Borgarfjörður Eystri.

What to Do and See
  • Vopnafjörður Village, situated on a fjord of the same name, is famed for its salmon fishing. Many celebrities, including Prince Charles and George Bush Sr., have fished in Vopnafjörður’s legendary salmon fishing rivers, Hofsá and Selá.
  • Stuðlagil Canyon is an incredible basalt rock formation that will make your jaw drop. Considered one of Iceland’s greatest hidden gems, Stuðlagil’s perfectly-shaped hexagonal columns tower over a turquoise glacial river.
  • Rjúkandi Waterfall, located close to the Route 1, is one of Iceland’s secret spots. The flowing torrent doesn’t have many visitors, so expect to have it all to yourself. On windy days, Rjúkandi fights gravity and runs upside down.
  • Borgarfjörður Eystri Village is a gorgeous Icelandic village of just 100 people. Surrounded by colourful rhyolite mountains, Borgarfjörður is known for its splendid natural scenery. Choose from many well-marked hiking trails and explore the area at your own pace. In summer, you’ll find the large puffin colony.
  • Dyrfjöll Mountains are one of Iceland’s most challenging and dramatic ranges. Rising 3,727 ft (1,136 m) above sea level, the dazzling peaks send shivers down your spine. The name Dyrfjöll means “Door Mountains” due to the large gap in the highest peak. Hiking to Dyrfjöll is difficult and should not be attempted by inexperienced hikers.
  • Hafnarhólmi Cape, located in Borgarfjörður Eystri, is one of the best places in Iceland to watch puffins and other seabirds. Walk across the wooden boardwalk to the viewing platform. Once there, enjoy close-up views of vivid birdlife. Don’t forget your binoculars!

Day 7 - East Fjords

After breakfast, hop in your car and hit the road towards South Iceland. Journey through the wonderful East Fjords, the oldest region in Iceland. Along the way, discover life in quaint rural towns.

In the evening, arrive at your hotel in Höfn/Skaftafell.

What to Do and See
  • Lagarfljót, also known as Lögurinn, is Iceland’s third-largest lake. The long, narrow stretch of water is said to be the home of a serpent monster called Wyrm, Iceland’s version of the Loch Ness Monster. If you’re feeling brave, circle around the lake in your car (the entire loop takes a few hours). Graced with forest on the eastern shore, Lagarfljót reveals soothing views.
  • Hallormssaðarskógur is the largest forest in Iceland. Forests are rare in the land of fire and ice, making Hallormssaðarskógur even more unique. The forest has abundant wildlife and many pleasant hiking trails, making it the ideal place to fill your lungs with crisp Icelandic air. As John Muir rightly noted, “come to the woods, for here is rest”. 
  • Saxa Cliff, located just off the small town of Stöðvarfjörður, is a striking rock formation. Here the waves of the Atlantic crash into a crevice and then hurl high into the air. The name “Saxa” refers to seaweeds that are chopped inside the crevice and then shoot into the air with the waves.
  • Petra’s Stone & Mineral Collection, found in Stöðvarfjörður, is an extraordinary collection of rare rocks and minerals from the local area. The specimens were collected over a lifetime by a local naturalist, Petra Sveinsdóttir. The museum gives insight into the incredible geology of the country. 
  • Havarí is a family-run organic farm best known for bulsur, vegan sausages made with barley and beans. The farm is also a music venue. The lively atmosphere contrasts with the still landscapes of East Iceland.
  • Djúpivogur is the southernmost town of East Iceland and your last stop along the East Fjords. Most visitors travel to this diminutive settlement to catch the boat to Papey, a small island where Irish monks lived in pre-Viking times.
  • Höfn, also known as Höfn í Hornafirði, is an adorable coastal town in Southeast Iceland. The town is known for its delicious lobster and sigh-inducing views of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. 

Day 8 - Skaftafell & Kirkubæjarklaustur

Leave the town of Höfn behind and head to iceberg-dotted Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Afterward, explore Skaftafell National Park, an area graced with landscapes unlike anything else on Earth. Then continue your journey towards Kirkjubæjarklaustur. 

Spend the night at your hotel in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

What to Do and See 
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is a glacial lake filled with floating icebergs of various shapes and forms. Travelers from every corner of the globe flock to the lagoon to admire the large chunks of ice that drift towards the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t be surprised if you encounter seals — the large mammals are common visitors!
  • Diamond Beach, located by Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, is perhaps the most famous black sand beach in the world. The crystal-clear ice boulders of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon wash up on the beach’s volcanic sands. Set foot on black sands and gaze in wonder at shimmering natural ice sculptures.
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve is Iceland’s premier hiking destination. Located at the foot of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, the park reveals awe-inspiring views of hulking mountains and glistening glaciers. Stand below the towering peaks and contemplate nature in her full majesty.
  • Svartifoss Waterfall, found in Skaftafell, is among Iceland’s most spectacular cascades. Also known as “Black Falls,” Svartifoss is framed by dark hexagonal basalt columns. These columns inspired the architecture of Reykjavík’s National Theatre. The waterfall drops down 80 ft (20 m) into a calm pool.
  • Lómagnúpur Mountain is one of the most recognizable peaks in the country. The 2516-ft (767-m) tall cliff is a photographer’s dream. Gape at the imposing peak that rises over a black desert dotted with small ponds. The scenery looks plucked out of a romantic painting.
  • Dverghamrar Cliffs, located close to the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, is a small yet fascinating canyon featuring hexagonal columns of basalt. Legend says that dwarves dwell in the gorge hence the name “Dwarf Cliffs.”
  • Kirkjugólfið (The Church Floor), found in the town of Kirkjubæarklaustur, is an 80 mi² (207 km²) expanse of hexagonal lava pavements. Once thought to be a church floor rather than a work of nature, Kirkjugólfið inspires awe and quiet contemplation.
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, located close to Kirkjubæarklaustur, is a serpentine-shaped gorge that formed during the last ice age. The primordial wonder became world-famous when it was featured in Justin Bieber’s video I’ll Show You. Explore the pleasant hiking trail.

Day 9 - Vík í Mýrdal and Waterfalls on the South Coast

After a delicious breakfast, continue your journey through the South Coast. Be enchanted by the black beauty of Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Along the way, visit the best waterfalls on the South Coast. 

Opt for glacier hike at 1:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. Strap on your crampons and embark on a guided walk atop a glacier! The tour is suitable for all experience levels. Book the activity on our website. 

After an action-packed day, relax at your hotel in the Golden Circle / Hvolsvöllur Area.

What to Do and See 
  • Vík í Mýrdal is Iceland’s southernmost town. It’s now a hub for the South Coast’s most popular attractions. With many excellent restaurants and a wide variety of public services, the village of 300 people feels very alive. The area around Vík brims with beauty at every turn.
  • Reynisfjara Black Beach is an astonishing strip of black volcanic sand. With overwhelming vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and gigantic basalt columns, Reynisfjara will inspire you to return again and again. Stroll along the beach and marvel at the sea stacks that rise out of the ocean. Look to the west to see the Dyrhólaey arch. 
  • Dyrhólaey, located on the peninsula of the same name, is a massive rock arch and one of the most astounding sights in South Iceland. Take in black sand beaches and far-reaching views from atop the promontory. Dyrhólaey is also a paradise for bird lovers. See puffins and other seabirds in their natural habitat.
  • Optional Glacier Hike Activity takes you to the top of a glowing ice cap. On the guided tour, hike across the crackling ice and get close-up views of crevasses and jagged ridges. We provide all the necessary glacier-walk gear. All you have to do is show up!
  • Skógar is a petite village of just 25 residents. Still, it but harbors some of the most exciting attractions in Iceland!  See the mighty Skógafoss Waterfall, learn about Icelandic cultural heritage at the Skógar Folk Museum, and hike a trail to Þórsmörk Valley.
  • Skógafoss Waterfall is one of the biggest and most impressive cascades in Iceland. The dizzyingly high cascade drops 200 ft (60 m) into a river. On sunny days, Skógafoss creates vibrant rainbows across the water.
  • Gljúfrabúi Waterfall is often overlooked by travelers who seek the beauty of its more famous neighbor, Seljalandsfoss. The name Gljúfrabúi's means “Canyon Dweller.” Enjoy nature in peace. 
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is the most photographed cascade in Iceland. A footpath leads around the back of Seljalandsfoss, allowing visitors to walk behind the falls. The power of the crashing waters will leave you energetic and refreshed.

Day 10 - The Golden Circle

Set out to explore the Golden Circle, the most popular sightseeing route in Iceland. En route, veer away from the tourist hotspots and discover lesser-known attractions. 

In the evening, arrive at your hotel in the Reykjavík Capital Area.

What to Do and See 
  • Kerið is a 6500-year-old volcanic crater filled with brilliant blue water. Walk around the rim and admire the colorful slopes that stand in stark contrast to the lake. Icelandic singer Björk once performed in the middle of the lake!
  • Friðheimar Greenhouse is a family-run tomato farm that houses a restaurant inside its greenhouse. Enjoy the tomato-themed lunch among the fragrant plants. Also learn more about the use of geothermal heating in Icelandic horticulture.
  • Faxi Waterfall, located about 8 m (12 km) from Gullfoss, is a true natural wonder that you won’t find in your guidebook. Considered a hidden gem, Faxi is a wide, serene cascade. You’ll also find a nice restaurant with awesome views.
  • Gullfoss Waterfall, or the Golden Falls, is a 105-ft (32-m) high, two-tiered cascade that falls into a rugged canyon. Rated as one of the 10 best waterfalls on Earth, Gullfoss inspires great awe. Climb the platform for wonderful views from the top of the canyon.
  • At Geysir Geothermal Area, walk amid hissing hot springs and bubbling mud pools. Visit Strokkur, Iceland’s most active geyser, which erupts once every ten minutes. Strokkur’s pool explodes in a 50-ft (15-m) jet and is a spectacle you don’t want to miss!
  • Thingvellir National Park is a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its geology and history. The area sits on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Most importantly, Iceland’s first parliament, Althingi, was held here in 930 C.E.

Day 11 - Return Home

Today is your last day on the road. Explore the soul-stirring landscapes of Reykjanes Peninsula before you return your car at the airport. Lying directly on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Reykjanes greets visitors with lunar-like lava fields and intense geothermal activity. 

Add a visit to the praised Blue Lagoon (entrance fee is not included).

What to Do and See 
  • Kleifarvatn Lake is a large and spooky lake on Reykjanes Peninsula. According to local lore, the lake harbors an aquatic monster the size of a whale. Surrounded by black sand beaches, the lake looks awesome in panoramic photos. With a maximum depth of 318 ft (97 m), Kleifarvatn is also one of the deepest lakes in the country.
  • Hópsnesviti Lighthouse, located on the Hópsnes Peninsula just off Grindavík, is a bright orange tower that stands in stark contrast to the surrounding black lava field. En route, pass several shipwrecks. Each shipwreck has an information plaque that tells you how the ships ended up here. Built in 1928, the lighthouse is both eerie and striking.
  • Blue Lagoon is Iceland's most renowned geothermal spa. Jump into the milky turquoise water surrounded by volcanic landscapes. For many, bathing at the iconic Blue Lagoon is the ultimate Icelandic experience. The 100°F (38°C) water soothes your muscles and promotes relaxation. The cleansing Silica Mud Mask (included with the admission fee) is a treat too.
  • Reykjanesviti Lighthouse, on Reykjanes Peninsula's southwestern tip, is the oldest lighthouse in Iceland. Climb to the top of the hill where the lighthouse stands and get fantastic views of Gunnuhver, a steamy geothermal field. 
  • Bridge Between Continents, about 20 minutes drive from Keflavik, is a 15-meter (50-ft) footbridge where visitors can walk from North America to Eurasia. Take a symbolic walk between two tectonic plates — a perfect conclusion to your road trip in Iceland, a land constantly shaped by extreme forces of nature.
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