Exotic Iceland - 8 day Self Drive Tour
Indulge in the magnificent Icelandic nature
Travel around most of Iceland, driving the mountain road Kjolur (a 4WD vehicle is required). You will have such an eventful schedule that each day is going to be just amazing!
Sail on a glacial lagoon, bathe in geothermal waters in the highlands of Iceland, go whale watching, admire waterfalls, glaciers, and far more wonderful natural phenomena.
You can pick-up the car in Reykjavik or at Keflavik airport. Click here for information about airport transfers.
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When you have collected your car at the airport (you need to mark that option when you book) you are free to enjoy your first day. You could choose to enjoy a free day in the city, maybe enjoying the thermal swimming pools, going to the mall for some shopping, doing some sightseeing around the city and perhaps you would like to dine out in a local restaurant. You will also have some free time to get yourself settled ready for the great trip beginning tomorrow. Your accommodation is recommended to be arranged in the Reykjavik area.
Optional: Dining out in Reykjavik - Restaurants
Today your tour takes you from Reykjavik in an easterly direction to the town of Selfoss and then further east to the villages of Hella and Hvolsvollur where you could visit a very interesting museum, the Saga Museum.
From here the route takes you close to Eyjafjallajokull central volcano which erupted in April and May 2010. It is good to take a stop at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall where it is possible to walk behind the waterfall before driving further east to get to the magnificent Skogafoss Waterfall, it is also possible to visit the Folk Museum in Skogar. Your route continues to Solheimajokull glacier and then to the black beach Reynisfjara where there are sea caves and you can watch the waves rolling in from the south.
We recommend you to take a stop at the village of Vik before you drive over Myrdalssandur where you will be able to look up at the central volcano Katla which is under the ice-cap of Myrdalsjokull glacier. It is possible to take a snowmobile tour here if you would like to do this.
East of Myrdalssandur you will find Eldgjarhraun lava field, which was formed from the earth's largest volume single eruption lava flow in historic times. This lava field was formed in one massive eruption in the year 934 in the volcanic rift of Eldgja which is almost 60 km long. The lava field's size is somewhere between 18-19 cubic km.
East of Eldgjahraun lava field and the glacier river of Kudafljot, you will find the historic lava field of Skaftareldahraun which was formed in a huge eruption in the Lakagigar crater-row. This eruption started June 8th 1783 and lasted until February 7th 1784. A lot of farms and their farmlands were destroyed in the aftermath of this eruption because of ash fall and most of the livestock subsequently died. The lava field spreads over an area of 656 sq. km and contains 14 cubic km. Your accommodation is recommended to be arranged in the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur or its surrounding area.
Optional: Snowmobile Myrdalsjokull glacier (all year)
Your tour continues with recommended stops at Kirkjugolf, Foss a Sidu, (a waterfall) Dverghamrar and Nupsstadur. Your route will take you over Skeidararsandur to Skaftafell National Park where you can choose to spend your time seeing the Svartifoss Waterfall, enjoying short hikes, or taking a longer hike with a guide to Skaftafellsjokull glacier or to Svinafellsjokull glacier; you will then need to drive to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, where boat tours are offered during the summer.
From Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon the route takes you to the town of Hofn; in clear visibility there are beautiful views up to many outlet glaciers of Vatnajokull. From the town of Hofn you will need to drive to the village Djupivogur. Your accommodation is recommended to be arranged in the village of Djupivogur or its surrounding area.
From Djupivogur and Berufjordur the route takes you along the Oxi Highland Road, to the town of Egilsstadir and the area around Lake Lagarfljot where there are waterfalls and many nice places to visit. From Egilsstadir your route heads to Myvatn which is a great place to for you to look around. This area offers a lot to see and do. You could enjoy bathing in Jardbodin Geothermal Spa near Myvatn in the evening. Your accommodation is recommended to be arranged in the area surrounding Lake Myvatn.
From Myvatn the journey will take you to the geothermal area at Hverarond and Krafla and then on to visit Iceland's major waterfalls in Jokulsargljufur National Park, Dettifoss, Hafragilsfoss, Rettarfoss, Vigabjargsfoss, Holmatungur, Hljodaklettar, Asbyrgi. From Asbyrgi you will need to drive to Husavik to spend the night. Whale watching tours are available in the evening from Husavik in the high season (you do not need to worry about daylight). Your accommodation is recommended to be arranged in Husavik or its surrounding area.
Optional: Whale watching from Husavik (Apr-Oct)
From Husavik your route will take you through the Adaldalur and Reykjadalur valleys to Godafoss, a truly impressive waterfall which is conveniently located close to the main road. Further on you will reach the town of Akureyri (the biggest town in north Iceland, with a population of almost 18,000 inhabitants). We recommend you take some time to explore the town before driving on to Skagafjordur fjord. Your accommodation is recommended to be arranged in the area of the Skagafjordur fjord.
Varmahlid village is not far away and here you could try some horse riding and/or river rafting.
Today your journey will take you along the Kjolur Highland Road (F35) to South Iceland, this is a fantastic highland road passing between the glaciers. It is possible to stop here and there, for example, at Hveravellir which is one of the most beautiful hot spring areas in Iceland.
From Hveravellir you drive to Hvitarvatn lake where you could take a boat tour or go glacier hiking. Further on you will find one of the primary Icelandic waterfalls, Gullfoss (the golden waterfall) and Geysir geothermal field where you will see hundreds of hot springs, including the Great Geysir which gave its name to all other geysers in the world and the geyser Strokkur which erupts every 5 minutes or so to a height of 15 – 20 m, sometimes to a height of 40 m.
From Geysir Geothermal field the route takes you to Thingvellir national park where it is good to spend some hours exploring before you drive back to Reykjavik. Your accommodation is recommended to be arranged in the Reykjavik area.
On its final day your route will take you to explore the Reykjanes peninsula and to the Blue Lagoon where you will be able to relax for a few hours. From here it is a very short drive to Keflavik International Airport, where you leave your car, in time for your flight back home after a memorable trip in Iceland.