Exotic Iceland - 8 days Self Drive

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Following you have a description of a tour around Iceland with the duration of 8 days and 7 nights. You will travel around most of Iceland, drive the mountain road Kjolur and see all of the highlights in only eight days. You will have an eventful schedule and every day is going to be amazing. Sailing on glacial lagoons, bathing in geothermal water in the highlands of Iceland, whale watching, waterfalls, glaciers, during winter time and many more natural wonders.

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July, August, Sept


8 days / 7 nights


Quality 4WD vehicle

Unlimited mileage

Accommodation with breakfast

A detailed itinerary




International flights


Day 1

Car collect at the airport (you need to mark that option when you book). You can then have a free day in town according to your choice, like going to the thermal swimming pools, going to the mall for some shopping, do some sightseeing around in the city and maybe dine out in a local restaurant. You'll also have some buffer time to get yourselves settled for the big trip begining tomorrow.

Optional: Dining out in Reykjavik - Restaurants

Day 2

Drive south-east to the town of Selfoss and further east to the villages Hella and Hvolsvollur where you can visit a very interesting museum, the Saga Museum.

Drive to Eyjafjallajokull central volcano where the eruption was in April and May 2010. You take a stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you can walk behind the waterfall and further east you get to the magnificent Skogafoss waterfall where you can visit the folk museum in Skogar. You drive to Solheimajokull glacier and then to the black beach Reynisfjara where you can see sea caves and the waves coming in from the south.

Take a stop at the village Vik and from there you drive over Myrdalssandur where you will see up to the central volcano Katla which is under the ice-cap of Myrdalsjokull glacier. There it is possible to take a snowmobile tour.

East of Myrdalssandur you'll find Eldgjarhraun lava field, which happens to be the Earth's largest amount of lava to flow from a single eruption in historic time. The 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. The eruption started June 8th 1783 and lasted until February 7th 1784. A lot of farms and their farming areas were destroyed in the aftermath of the eruption because of ash-fall and most of the livestock died subsequently. The lava field spreads over an area of 656 sq. km and contains 14 cubic km. You get to the village Kirkjubaejarklaustur where you will accommodate.

Optional: Snowmobile tour from Myrdalsjokull glacier (all year)

Day 3

You stop at Kirkjugolf, Foss a Sidu, (waterfall) Dverghamrar and Nupsstadur. You drive over Skeidararsandur to Skaftafell national park where you can spend some time seeing the Svartifoss waterfall, take short hikes or longer hike with a guide like to Skaftafellsjokull glacier, or to Svinafellsjokull glacier; then you drive to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, where boat tours are offered during the summer.

From Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon you drive to the town Hofn and on the way there are good possibilities of a beautiful view up to many outlet glaciers of Vatnajokull. From town Hofn you drive to the village Djupivogur where you will accommodate.

Optional: Guided glacier hike - the Blue Ice Experience (Feb - Oct)

Optional: Sailing Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon (Apr - Nov)

Day 4

From Djupivogur and Berufjordur you drive the highland road Oxi, to the town of Egilsstadir and around the lake Lagarfljot where there are waterfalls and many nice places to visit. From Egilsstadir you drive to Myvatn where you look around. This area offers a lot to see and do. Evening bath in Jardbodin. Accommodation is offered at Myvatn.

Day 5

From Myvatn you drive to the geothermal area at Hverarond and Krafla and then to Iceland's major waterfalls in Jokulsargljufur national park, Dettifoss, Hafragilsfoss, Rettarfoss, Vigabjargsfoss, Holmatungur, Hljodaklettar, Asbyrgi and from Asbyrgi you drive to Husavik for accommodation.

Optional: Whale watching from Husavik (Apr - Oct)

Day 6

From Husavik you drive through Adaldalur and Reykjadalur valley to Godafoss waterfall and to Akureyri (the biggest town in north Iceland) and then to Skagafjordur for accommodation.

Optional: Horse Riding along the Black River

Optional: River Rafting in North Iceland

Day 7

You drive the highland Road Kjolur (F35) to south Iceland, a fantastic highland road between the glaciers. You stop here and there, for example at Hveravellir which is one of the most beautiful hot spring areas in Iceland. From there you drive to Hvitarvatn lake. And from there to Gullfoss (the golden waterfall) and Geysir geothermal field where we have hundreds of hot springs, Great Geysir that gave name to all other geysers in the world and Strokkur that is erupting every 5 minutes or so.

Katla erupted very powerfully in 1918 but there is evidence of smaller eruptions after that. Icelandic volcanologists are expecting another eruption in next few years so the Myrdalsjokull glacier and the Katla caldera are monitored quite closely. Because the volcano is sub glacial it has a reputation of being one of the most dangerous volcanoes in Iceland. Its peak reaches 1493 m in height and the extension of the glacier Myrdalsjokull reaches 595 km². Since 930, 16 eruptions have been documented. The Laki craters and the Eldgja canyon are part of the same volcanic system, so it can be regarded as one of the most powerful in the world. Before the Ring Road had been constructed, people feared traversing the plains in front of the volcano because of the often occurring glacier runs and the deep rivers to cross. Especially fatal was the glacier run after the eruption of 1918. Through the ages many farms have been swept away by Katla eruptions with that of 1311 being recorded as particularly damaging. A farmer is said to have survived with his young son by clinging to an iceberg which later drifted back to shore. An eighteenth century eruption killed several people while others were stranded for days on mountains that turned to islands as floods engulfed the plains. In Katla´s last eruption in 1918 icebergs at the size of houses were seen floating out to sea. More recently in 1955 and 1979 there have been floods though no eruption could be seen. In year 2011 there was a big flood from the glacier that swept away the bridge over the river Mulakvisl on the Ring Road east of village Vik. People had to traverse the river with a ferry for 10 days while a temporary bridge was constructed.

From Geysir Geothermal field you drive to Thingvellir national park. There you can spend some hours before driving to Reykjavik. Drive to Reykjavik for the night.

Optional: Glacier hike on Langjokull and boat tour on lake Hvitarvatn

Day 8

Drive west into the Reykjanes peninsula to the Blue lagoon where you'll be able to relax for a few hours. From there you drive to Keflavik International airport in time for your flight back home after a memorable trip in Iceland. Car deliver at the airport.

This tour is a long one, a lot to see, long days, action from morning to evening.


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The route for this summer self drive
Reykjavik sculpture "The Sun Voyager" is the most photographed spot in town
Skogafoss Waterfall
Reynisdrangar Cliffs
The Glacial Lagoon
Jardbodin geothermal spa at lake Myvatn
Lake Hvitarvatn and Langjokull Glacier
The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa


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