Fairy Tale - 13 day Self Drive
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Following you have a description of a tour around Iceland with the duration of 13 days and 12 nights. This tour gives you plenty of time to enjoy your trip along the Ring Road and even see the wonders of Snaefellsnes peninsula.
Take your time at these well-known attractions of Iceland. These include Reykjavik city, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and some other hot springs, the national parks at Thingvellir, and Skaftafell, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Jokulsargljufur canyon, Dettifoss waterfall, Snaefellsnes Peninsula and many more. Everything already organized for your convenience.
13 days / 12 nights
Quality 4WD vehicle
Accommodation with breakfast
A detailed itinerary
Day 3: Snowmobile tour from Myrdalsjokull glacier (all year)
Day 8: Whale Watching in Husavik (Apr - Oct)
Day 10: Ferry to Flatey island (May - Aug)
Day 12: Snorkeling under the Midnight Sun (May-Aug)
Either from the airport, or from Reykjavik, collect your rental car and drive the south coast to the hot spring village Hveragerdi, seeing lava, craters and hot springs on the way. This is a conveniently short driving day, if you're arriving in the middle of the day and wish for more affordable accommodations outside the capital area.
Check in to a hotel / guesthouse in Hveragerdi and relax for some time. After that you can take look around in the village. There is a very nice hot spring area in front of the village’s church, and most particularly the Sandholshver hot springs and a river of warm water.
From Hveragerdi you drive to crater named Kerid and from there to Geysir geothermal field. The field has hundreds of hot springs, such as the geysir Strokkur and the Great Geysir (that all other geysers in the world take name from). From Geysir geothermal field you drive to Gullfoss (the golden waterfall). Then you go over Bruarhlod and to the village Fludir, an area whith a lot of hot springs and green houses. You drive to Thjorsardalur (Þjórsárdalur) but there you can for example see the houses of the vikings from the year 1104. That year Mt. Hekla erupted and some of the viking-houses were covered under some meters layer of white ash.
From there you drive a bit up into the highland and there you will see a huge hydro power plant. You will drive to Mt. Hekla which is our most famous volcano. From there you go south to the ring road (road nr. 1), to the villages Hella and Hvolsvollur. Accommodation is offered at Hvolsvollur or nearby.
After breakfast and a visit to the Saga Museum at Hvolsvollur you drive to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and Skogafoss waterfall. At Skogar you can visit a nice folk museum and a litle further to east you can take a snowmobiling tour on Myrdalsjokull glacier. From there you drive to the promontory Dyrholaey, to Reynisfjara black sand beach and then to the village Vik. From there you drive east over Myrdalssandur sand with a view up to the volcano Katla that is sleeping nicely under the Myrdalsjokull glacier. On the way you drive over some glacier rivers and over Eldgjarhraun lava field which is the biggest lava field from historical times in the world (19 cubic kilometers) and then over to Eldhraun which is the second biggest lava field from historical times in the world (13 cubic kilometers). You will get to the village Kirkjubaejarklaustur, situated in a very interesting landscape. There you will have a look at Kirkjugolf. You will accommodate close to Kirkjubaejarklaustur.
Optional: Snowmobile tour from Myrdalsjokull glacier (all year)
From Kirkjubaejarklaustur you will drive to Foss a Sidu (waterfall) and to Dverghamrar cliffs and then to the sand plains of Skeidararsandur where you will drive over big glacial rivers with a good view up to Vatnajokull glacier and other glaciers there around. Hike in Skaftafell, take a glacier hiking tour with a guide, or a walk up to Skaftafellsjokull glacier with looking over to Skaftafellsjokull glacier and Svinafellsjokull glacier. From there you drive to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon where you can have a boat tour. Accommodation is offered close to Hofn in Hornafjordur.
Optional: Guided glacier hike - Blue Ice Experience (Feb - Oct)
Optional: Boat tour in Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon (Apr - Oct)
From the hotel you drive to the fishing village Hofn in Hornafjordur and then up north the east fjords, stopping here and there, like in the villages Djupivogur, Breiddalsvik, Stodvarfjordur, Faskrudsfjordur and Reydarfjordur. You drive around Lagarfljot lake where you stop at both historical places and places with special nature. In the afternoon you drive to Myvatn lake area for accommodation.
You spend the whole day at Myvatn which has lot to see and do, see for example here. Lake Myvatn and its surrounding area is a place where you could spend a life time. Some of its unique attractions are Dimmuborgir and the pseudo craters at Skutustadir. Do not miss Hverfjall (also known as Hverfell) which is a tephra cone or tuff ring volcano. Its crater is approximately 1 km in diameter and it's a very easy hike to the rim (with a great view of the whole area). Take a look at Grjotagja, a small lava cave with a thermal spring inside. The water is about 42°C. The nearby lava cave of Storagja is also being used as a bathing site. Or if you want it a little bit more sophisticated, try the geothermal spa at Jardbodin Geothermal Spa.
Accommodation is offered at Myvatn
From Myvatn you drive to the geothermal area at Hverarond and Krafla hot springs and then to Iceland’s major waterfalls in Jokulsargljufur canyon, Dettifoss, Hafragilsfoss, Rettarfoss, Vigabjargsfoss, and see even the cliffs at Holmatungur and Hljodaklettar, and the canyon Asbyrgi. From Asbyrgi you drive to Husavik for accommodation.
You can start the day with a whale watching tour from Husavik. From Husavik you drive to Godafoss waterfall and to Akureyri (the biggest town in north Iceland). You drive into Eyfjafjordur, and over to the area Skagafjordur Fjord, and there you take a look on both historical places, museums and places with special nature.
Accommodation is offered in Skagafjordur Fjord.
Optional: Whale watching tour from Husavik (Apr - Oct)
You start the day in the area of Skagafjordur with horse back riding for 1 hour. Then you may visit the Glaumbaer folk museum near Varmahlid. You drive to Langidalur, Blonduos village, to the Vatnsnes peninsula where you may take a photo stop by the sea stack Hvitserkur (check for seals in this area) and then move on south, coming into the Snaefellsnes peninsula through Budardalur. Accommodation near Stykkisholmur.
Optional: Horse Riding along the Black River (all year)
Optional: River Rafting in North Iceland (May - Sep)
You can take a boat tour to the islands of Breidafjordur bay and see thriving bird life and beautiful rock formations. You drive from Stykkisholmur to Grundarfjordur and Olafsvik and then into the Snaefellsjokull glacier National Park. Hike inside the national park to Snaefellsjokull glacier, Saxholl, and to Djupalon, Dritvik, Londrangar, Hellnar, Arnarstapi, Budahraun and Budir. Accommodation is offered close to Snaefellsjokull glacier.
Optional: Ferry to Flatey island - from Stykkisholmur (May - Aug)
From Budir you drive to Hnappadalur where you will visit this natural bathing place. You will hike in the lava field Gullborgarhraun and can even do some caving, more information here. You drive to Borg a Myrum (historical place), to the village Borgarnes and then to Deildartunguhver hot spring (which has more water coming up than any other hot spring in the world). You drive to the waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, to Husafell and up to the Hallmundahraun lava field where there are great caves.
Then you go to Reykholt for accommodation.
From Reykholt you drive around the fjord Hvalfjordur (fjord of whale). From there you drive to Thingvellir national park. Thingvellir is a fantastic location and of great importance in many aspects. Geologically, it is a rift between two tectonic plates - and that's a very rare thing to see. Historically, it is the site where the Althing, the early Icelandic parliament was established in 930 AD. You might want to take a good break there. Accommodation in Reykjavik.
Optional: Snorkeling under the midnight sun (May - Aug)
You go for a sightseeing tour in Reykjavik and around Reykjavik. Try the thermal swimming pools, or go for a walk downtown. Maybe you'd like to seize the chance to hit the mall for some final shopping, or go savor the local cuisine in one of the capital's many restaurants. Reykjavik has many museums and galleries worth visiting. Accommodation is offered in Reykjavik.
Option: Restaurants in Reykjavik
Option for the next day: Caving tour with the Blue Lagoon (with the possibility of KEF Int'l airport drop-off)
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