Highland Express - 4 days Self Drive Tour

SELF01 - Explore the rugged highlands of Iceland

We organize a wide variety of self drive tours for your convenience. Explore Iceland’s bountiful natural treasures, including national parks, splendid waterfalls, striking glaciers, impressive volcanoes and hot springs.

Following you have a description of a tour around Iceland with the duration of 4 days and 3 nights. This tour gives you plenty of time to cover all the major stunning attractions that Iceland has to offer when driving in the highland. We can take care of your visit to Iceland from A to Z.

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July, August, September


4 days / 3 nights


Quality 4WD vehicle

Unlimited mileage

Accommodation with breakfast

A detailed itinerary




International flights


Day 1

Sprengisandur highland pass

You drive east from Reykjavik and set your course to the highland-road Sprengisandur that lies between two of Iceland’s most magnificent glaciers, Hofsjokull and Vatnajokull. You spend the night in the mountain hut at Nyidalur, which is an oasis by the Sprengisandur highland-road. On the way you can stop at Hveragerdi hot spring village, Thorsardalur valley, Hjalparfoss waterfall, Hotel Hrauneyjar service station, Thorisvatn lake, Hagonguhraun lava field and Hagongulon Lagoon. At Nyidalur it is possible to hike to Vonarskard or up to Tungafellsjokull glacier which is a central volcano. Accommodation in Nyidalur mountain hut.

Day 2

North Iceland

You drive north on the Sprengisandur highland-road and down the valley of Bardardalur. You stop for example at Hrafnabjargafoss waterfall, Isholsvatn lake, Ingvararfoss waterfall, Aldeyjarfoss waterfall, and don’t miss the magnificent waterfall Godafoss (the waterfall of the gods). Accommodations in Akureyri – the 'capital' of northern Iceland, a friendly little town where there are many interesting recreation areas, hiking paths and a lot of places worth visiting.

Day 3

Kjolur road / Hveravellir geothermal area

You drive west from Akureyri-town, through the most prosperous agricultural regions of Iceland in Skagafjordur region and turn on the highland-road Kjolur that lies between the glaciers Hofsjokull and Langjokull. You spend the night at Hveravellir, a unique geothermal area in the middle of the highlands and the most beautiful hot spring area in Iceland. Enjoy all the varieties of hot springs, listen, see, feel …You can take a bath in the natural hot pool, both in the evening and in the morning. Accommodation in a mountain cottage at Hveravellir.

Optional: Horse Riding along the Black River, or River Rafting in North Iceland

Day 4

The Golden Circle

You drive from Hveravellir south the highland-road Kjolur to the mountain lake Hvitarvatn, to the amazing waterfall Gullfoss (the golden waterfall) in river Hvita (the white river) to the remarkable geothermal area of Geysir with its world famous hot springs and through Thingvellir national park on the way back to Reykjavik.

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

Optional: Snorkeling under the midnight sun (May - Aug)


Meet on location - Activities around Iceland
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The route for this highland tour
The highlands of Iceland by jeep
A flower field in the central highland
Godafoss impressive waterfall in north Iceland
The hot springs at Hveravellir geothermal area
A natural bathing pool at Hveravellir geothermal area
Lake Hvitarvatn and Langjokull glacier


Highland Express - 4 day self drive tour

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