Highlights of Iceland - 11 days Self Drive Tour

SELF08 - A self drive tour to the real Iceland

We organize all kinds of self drive tours ...explore Iceland's rich natural treasures, including national parks, beautiful waterfalls, striking glaciers, magnificent volcanoes and hot springs.

Following you have a description of a tour around Iceland with the duration of 11 days and 10 nights. You'll see all the well-known attractions around Iceland. The tour includes Reykjavik city, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and some other hot springs, the national parks at Thingvellir and Skaftafell, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Jokulsargljufur National Park, Dettifoss, Hveravellir and many more. Everything already organized for your convenience.

Car collected and returned at KEF Int'l Airport
We can book accommodation before and after the tour if requested


Operation:

All year *

Duration:

11 days / 10 nights

Included:

Quality rental vehicle

Unlimited mileage

Accommodation with breakfast

A detailed itinerary

Excluded:

Fuel

Meals

International flights

* The highland part of this tour is open in the summer only (Jul - Sep) and you'll need a 4x4. Otherwise drive by the Ring Road Nr 1.


ITINERARY

Day 1

Car collect at the international airport of Keflavik (you'll need to book this, and give us the specifics about your flight). Drive the Reykjanes peninsula is the southwestern most point of Iceland and also the youngest part of the country. The North Atlantic ridge comes ashore there and visible signs of volcanic activity can be seen all over the peninsula because of the ridge. Lava fields, lava tubes, rifts and hot springs can be found in a number of locations. On the way to Reykjavik, you can have a relaxing time in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

Optional: Dining out in Reykjavik - Restaurants


Day 2

Drive to Hellisheidi east of Reykjavik and visit the geothermal power plant, Hellisheidarvirkjun. The plant is situated at Hengill which is an active volcanic ridge in SW Iceland. The plant's purpose is to meet increasing demand for electricity and hot water in the industrial and domestic sectors. Today, the geothermal power plant of Hellisheidarvirkjun produces about 303 Megawatts of electricity and up to 400 Megawatts of thermal energy, ranking Hellisheidarvirkjun geothermal plant as the largest geothermal power station in the world, in terms of installed capacity.

Near the power plant is the central volcano Hengill. The geothermal area around Hengill plateau is the second most powerful geothermal area on Earth. This is an area of high temperatures due to a volcanic chamber stationed beneath it. Thousands of hot springs and steaming vents can be found in the area.

After visiting Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant you will cross the Atlantic Ridge so you will drive from the America continental plate over the Atlantic Ridge to the Europe-Asia continental plate. Soon you will get to Hveragerdi village (‘Hot spring village’) where you can take a walk around the hot springs. In the valleys close to the village, hikers can find a number of pathways leading up to the rising plateau, where geothermal activity has enriched the view with its colorful display of moss, lichen and sulfuric rocks. Hot springs are around every corner on your way. In this area you’ll find a small stream of rushing warm water and it is not likely that you will find a more pleasant opportunity to take a bath anywhere in the world, including swimming pools at all the five star hotels of the world.

The glacier Solheimajokull, the southwestern outlet of the Myrdalsjokull icecap, is about 8 km long and 1-2 km wide. It is discharged by the river Jokulsa, sometimes named “The Stinking River” because of its emission of sulphuric acid from sub-glacial high temperature areas. Extreme Iceland Travel Agency offers hiking trips up the glacier tongue with all necessary equipment but the participants must bring warm clothing. The small peninsula, or promontory, Dyrholaey (120 m) is located on the south coast of Iceland, not far from Vik in Myrdalur. It is a former island of volcanic origin as its name reveals because the Icelandic word ‘eyja’ means island. Up there is a great view of the surrounding landscape - in the north the big glacier Myrdalsjokull, in the east, the black lava columns of the Reynisdrangar coming out of the sea, to the west the whole coastline in the direction to Selfoss. In front of the peninsula there is a gigantic black arch of lava standing in the sea which gave the peninsula its name (meaning: the island with the hill door). In the summertime, many puffins nest on the cliff faces of Dyrholaey.

Optional: Snowmobile tour from Myrdalsjokull glacier (all year)


Day 3

Myrdalsjokull glacier is the fourth largest glacier in Iceland with the central volcanic system of Katla down under. Near the village of Vik in Myrdalur is a sandy beach that has some fantastic sights, such as aqua tubes and caves and also picturesque columnar basalt formations. The beach is eroding and the ocean is always creeping more towards the houses of the village. From the beach is a view of the magnificent Reynisdrangar peaks, a series of black basalt columns out at the sea. The beach is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Iceland.

East of the village Vik you drive over Myrdalssandur, sand plains covering 700 km² of black lava sand and ashes. It is formed by the glacial rivers and their frequent glacier runs from the Katla volcano that lies dormant in the glacier Myrdalsjokull. The crater of Katla, which is about 100 km² in size and almost 700 meters deep, is filled with ice. Katla central volcanic system has erupted around 20 times since Iceland was settled, last eruption happened in 1918. When the eruptions occur a huge amount of glacier water floods in all directions. The glacial runs often take roads and bridges apart and they can be very powerful.

You drive east of Eldgjahraun lava field and over the glacier river of Kudafljot where you will find the historic lava field of Skaftareldahraun, formed in a huge eruption in the Lakagigar crater-row. The eruption, also known as the Skaftareldar ("Skafta river fires") or Sidueldur, started on June 8th 1783 and lasted until February 7th 1784 creating a lava field that is 11.656 square kilometers and 14 cubic kilometers.

A lot of farms and farming areas were destroyed in the aftermath of the eruption because of the ash-fall. Most of the livestock in the area died subsequently. The emission of sulfuric aerosols resulted in one of the most important climatic and socially repercussive events of the last millennium. In Great Britain the summer of 1783 was known as the "sand-summer" due to the ash fallout. The gases were carried by the convective eruption column to altitudes of about 15 kilometers (~10 miles). The aerosols caused a cooling effect in the Northern Hemisphere.

Fjadrargljufur river gorge is by the road to Lakagigar crater row. The river Fjadra cascades down the cliff-side into the spectacular gorge beneath. Hiking around the area is really worth the while.

Dverghamrar are a peculiar columnar basalt rock formation, created by the surging sea when the surface of the ocean was higher around the last ice age. Dverghamrar columnar basalt formations are now on a conservation list..

Skeidararsandur is an enormous sand plain that reaches from Skeidararjokull glacier to the sea. It is the largest sand plain in the world, covering 1300 km² and, like other sand plains in this region, it is formed from glacier runs. The glacier runs are caused by frequent eruptions under the glacier, the last one in 1996, originated in Grimsvotn central volcano system. Near the glacier the sand plain is really rocky; with massive boulders but the closer you get to the sea the sand transforms into gravel and mud. The sand plain near the sea is important to the stem seal near the island as the seals use it a nursing ground for their newborn pups. The sand plain is also the largest breeding ground for the Great Skua in Iceland. The bridge over Skeidara river is the longest in Iceland, about 900 meters long.

Skaftafell nature resort is part of Vatnajokull National Park. The glacier tongues of Skeidararjokull glacier, Morsarjokull glacier and Skaftafellsjokull glacier give the National Park a majestic scenery and there are few places in Iceland where you can more easily get in contact with the great white world of the country. In Skaftafell you will find many hiking paths of varying levels of difficulty.

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


Day 4

Hike in Skaftafell in the morning where you can choose a hiking route that suits you. Close to Skaftafell there are two very interesting glaciers, Skaftafellsjokull and Svinafellsjokull.

Oraefajokull glacier is a central volcano with a caldera. The summit of Oraefajokull glacier is named Hvannadalshnjukur, 2110 meters high and the highest of all peaks in Iceland. Oraefajokull glacier has erupted twice in historic time, in 1362 and 1727.

East of Oraefajokull glacier several glacier tongues creep forward, such as Stigarjokull glacier, Holarjokull glacier, Kviarjokull glacier, Hrutarjokull glacier and Fjallsjokull glacier. Due to the retreat of the glaciers, because of global warming, a glacial lake has formed in front of Kviarjokull glacier and Fjallsjokull glacier.

Breidamerkurjokull glacier is the largest amongst Vatnajokull ice cap’s glacier tongues. Around 100 years ago the glacier tongue almost reached to the sea but at that time it was only about 200 meters between the surf of the ocean and the tip of the glacial tongue. The glacier started to retreat in the beginning of the last century. A glacial lagoon formed in front of the glacial tongue in 1935, Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. The lagoon was 8 km² in 1975 but today it is 20 km². The glacial lagoon is the deepest lake in Iceland, 284 meters deep with uncountable amount of icebergs floating in it. You can take a closer look at the icebergs if you sail around the lagoon. A boat-trip on the lagoon, amongst the huge icebergs, is a highlight when visiting Iceland. The icebergs are over 1000 years old. This is a very popular sightseeing attraction, widely regarded as the most picturesque scenery in south Iceland. The duration of the boat trip in Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon takes approximately 40 minutes

Driving from Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon to the town of Hofn in Hornafjordur takes about an hour. Many outlet glaciers from Vatnajokull can be seen on the way, such as Skalafellsljokull, Heinabergsjokull, Flaajokull and Hoffellsjokull and nearby them are valleys with endless hiking opportunities in a very interesting landscape.

From Hofn in Hornafjordur it takes about an hour to drive to the village Djupivogur. It is a small town with a history of trading since 1589 and a long history of fishing. It is located in a region of incomparable natural beauty. Langabud, the oldest house in Djupivogur, is made of logs and was originally built in 1790. The house has been renovated and is now the cultural center of Djupivogur. It houses a museum for the sculptor Rikhardur Jonsson as well as a gallery for local crafts and a coffee shop. The towering mountain Bulandstindur which is 1069 meters high, dominates the landscape. The mountain is pyramid-shaped and many believe it to be a source of cosmic power. The restaurant at hotel Framtid is popular among the locals and among tourists as well. The staff also arranges all sorts of activities and walking trips, from sea angling and evening boat voyages to nature walks and sightseeing tours of the beautiful, mysterious and geologically fascinating mountains and fjords in the vicinity.

Accommodation at Djupivogur.

Optional: Boat Tour Tickets - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon (Apr - Oct)


Day 5

Drive from Djupivogur on the mountain pass Oxi to Lagarfljot lake where you can take a walk like to Hengifoss waterfall or follow the trails in Hallormsstadaskogur forest.

The lake Lagarfljot (also called Logurinn) is situated in the east of Iceland near Egilsstadir town. Its surface is measuring 53 km² and it is 25 km long, its greatest width is 2.5 km and its greatest depth 112 m. The river Lagarfljot flows through this lake.

The biggest forest in Iceland, Hallormsstadaskogur is to be found near the lake as well as Hengifoss, a nice waterfall with the height of 118 m, one of the highest waterfalls in the country. Below it, there is another waterfall called Litlanesfoss. As in the Scottish lake Loch Ness, a worm-monster called Lagarfljotsormurinn is believed to be living in the depths of lake Lagarfljot. From Egilsstadir you drive to lake Myvatn.

Relax in the geothermal spa named Jardbodin near Myvatn in the evening. Accommodation at Myvatn lake area.


Day 6

Explore the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area, including the mystical lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the volcanic area of Krafla along with the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard pass.

There are not many places in Iceland that can boast from a mountain scene like Myvatnssveit area and it is worth to enjoy the scenery from Myvatnsheidi heath. Most of the mountains in the neighborhood of lake Myvatn were formed in sub glacial eruptions a few thousand years ago. The mountains are all easily reachable and there is a splendid view from the top.

Lake Myvatn is the sixth largest lake in Iceland, 37 km². The lake is 277 meters above sea level with many islands and islets in it. The lake is fed by nutrient-rich spring water and it has an abundance of aquatic insects (chironomidae) and cladocera that form an attractive food supply for ducks. Thirteen species of ducks nest here. The duck species composition is a unique mixture of Eurasian and North American elements along with boreal and arctic species. Most of the ducks are migratory, arriving in late April - early May from north-western Europe. The most abundant is the Tufted Duck, which immigrated to Iceland at the end of the 19th century. The Greater Scaup is the second most common duck species. A silica based algae was produced from materials in the lake and exported since 1967 but in 2004 the production was stopped. Today local people have been attracting tourists to the area using healing powers of their natural geothermal baths and silica based baths which contain a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal microorganisms.

The area is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. It offers a variety of accommodation services, restaurants and activities throughout the year.

Explore the surroundings on numerous well-marked paths or follow the signs along the National Road guiding you to all major places of interest. Allow yourself to lose track of time while admiring the beauty of the landscape, the abundant flora and bird life.

Places not to be missed include Hverfjall, Dimmuborgir, Grjotagja, Skutustadagigar, Hofdi, Lofthellir, Leirhnjukur, Krafla and the hot springs east of Namskard, and last but not least the craters of Ludent and Viti (Hell).

A total of 450 inhabitants live in the district of Skutustadahreppur including around 200 villagers at Reykjahlid. Accommoodation by Myvatn lake area.


Day 7

From lake Myvatn you drive to Dettifoss waterfall and even to Hafragilsfoss, Rettarfoss and Vigafoss waterfalls and go for a hike in Holmatungur and Hljodaklettar. From Hljodaklettar you drive on to Asbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon, and Jokulsargljufur National Park. From Asbyrgi you drive to Husavik where you have accommodation.

For thousands of years one of Iceland’s largest rivers, Jokulsa a Fjollum, has continued to flow from under the glacier Vatnajokull. It winds its way through a landscape of diverse aspects for a distance of about 200 km until flowing into the sea in Oxarfjordur bay. On its long journey, the river has carved numerous channels into the highland bedrock and to the west of Holsfjoll it cascades from a tall rocky ledge, forming the huge waterfall Dettifoss, plunging into magnificent canyons which extend all the way down to the bridge over the river on highway 85. The Jokulsargljufur canyons (Icelandic: gljúfur), which take their name from the river, are approximately 25 km long, half a km wide and in several locations they extend to a depth of over 100 meters.

A national park was established in Jokulsargljufur canyons and the surrounding area in 1973, the park was expanded to include Asbyrgi in 1978. When Vatnajokull National Park, the largest national park in Europe, was established in 2008, Jokulsargljufur became a part of it. The park includes all the canyons to the west of Jokulsa. In 1996, the area around Dettifoss, Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss to the east of Jokulsa was declared a national monument. The Natural Park visitors’ Center, Gljufrastofa, is located in Asbyrgi, a tourist information center with great geology exhibitions.

Among renowned pearls of the park, in addition to the above mentioned waterfalls are Vesturdalur, Hljodaklettar, Holmatungur and Asbyrgi. Canyons, gullies, and rock formations of diverse shapes and sizes are all phenomena of nature, primarily formed by volcanic activity and water floods from Jokulsa. The Park offers numerous other points of interest, such as the huge rock pillars Karl and Kerling (Old Man and Old Woman) and the waterfalls Selfoss and Rettarfoss in Jokulsa. Holmatungur area is rich in diverse vegetation where great contrasts catch the eye. The National Park is ideal for walks and outdoor recreation, especially for those who are not in a hurry, since a number of days are needed to enjoy the richness and diverse character of the area. A footpath is marked through the park between Dettifoss and Asbyrgi which takes nearly two days to traverse. However, many shorter routes can be selected, radiating out from the park’s main destinations. In the summer, a programme of events is offered where visitors can choose between various walking tour options. Accommodation in Husavik.


Day 8

You may want to start the day with a whale watching tour. Husavik is a really beautiful town. As the sagas tell us the Swedish explorer Gardar Svavarsson was the first man to discover that Iceland actually was an island. He wintered in Husavik four years before the settlement of Ingolfur Arnarson. Nattfari, a companion of Gardar settled for a while in Iceland and he is considered by many the first permanent settler of Iceland. This region fully satisfied the demands of the settlers with regard to the quality of land and potential for sustenance. A large number of settlers are identified in Landnama, the book of settlements, and many burial mounds of the first settlers have been found in Southern Thingeyjarsysla.

The Sagas often relate to local heroes, such as Thorgeir Thorkelsson of Ljosavatn, who became renowned for his decisive role in the conversion to Christianity in the year 1000. He is also said to have thrown his images of the old heathen gods into a waterfall in Skjalfandafljot which henceforth was named Godafoss (Waterfall of the Gods).

Husavik is the largest town in Thingeyjarsysla, a prosperous community by the eastern side of Skjalfandi bay. There the Swedish explorer Gardar Svavarsson spent the winter of 870. As Gardar departed Iceland the following spring, three people stayed behind: a man called Nattfari along with an unnamed slave and a maid. Despite the sagas’ account of Nattfari’s settlement, in Nattfaravik across the bay from Husavik and later in Reykjadalur, history books usually credit Ingolfur Arnarson, who settled in Reykjavik four years later, as Iceland’s first settler.

Husavik was the first town in Iceland to offer organized whale watching tours and has remained the whale watching capital of Iceland and even Europe. Husavik is a clean and tidy town whose heart beats around the harbor with its remarkable whale museum. The church, built in 1907, stands on the main street and is regarded as an emblem of the town. Up the street is the museum building with its collection of museums: a regional museum, district archives, museum of natural history, maritime museum and photograph and film archives.

From Husavik you drive to Adaldalur and Reykjadalur and then you take road nr. 1 to Godafoss waterfall in Skjalfandafljot river. From there you drive to Akureyri, the biggest town on the countryside of Iceland. After sightseeing in Akureyri and in Eyjafjordur area you drive over to Skagafjordur and to Varmahlid by road 1. Horseback riding tour in the evening or the next morning. Accommodation close to Varmahlid in Skagafjordur.

Optional: Whale watching from Husavik (Apr - Oct)


Day 9

Take a horse back riding tour in the morning or even take a river rafting tour.

Close to Varmahlid in Skagafjordur is the folk museum Glaumbaer. The museum’s first exhibition was opened in 1952 at the Glaumbaer Farm, which had served as a dwelling until 1947. The old turf farmhouse forms the backdrop for exhibitions focusing on rural life in the 18th and 19th century. On the museum grounds at Glaumbaer, there are two 19th century timber houses, Ashus and Gilsstofa, good examples of the first timber houses built in the region. Ashus contains exhibitions and Tea Room Askaffi serves traditional Icelandic fare. Full meals are available if booked in advance. Gilsstofa, at present, contains the Museum´s administrative offices.

Not far from Varmahlid, the highland road Kjolur (F35) goes to south of Iceland, between the glaciers Myrdalsjokull and Langjokull. This is a highland road and only accessible for 4WD cars. On the way you can take a break at Hveravellir highland service station where you can see one of the most beautiful hot spring areas in Iceland.* NOTE ! The Kjolur road is CLOSED from October to June.

Kjolur road is about 200 km long. The distance from Gullfoss to Hveravellir is about 90 km and the distance from Hveravellir to Blondudalur about 110 km. About halfway between Reykjavik and Akureyri, you get to Hveravellir, a unique nature reserve situated on Kjolur mountain route in the middle of the west highlands between the glaciers Langjokull and Hofsjokull. Hveravellir is one of the most beautiful geothermal areas in the world with smoking fumarole.

Hveravellir has two houses for accommodation. One has room for 33 people in sleeping bags and the other has beds for twenty people, split into 3 separate rooms.

Both made-up beds and sleeping bag accommodations are offered. During the summer months a small restaurant, seating 25 people, is operated. During the winter the restaurant is only open for groups with advance reservations.

The geothermal pool at Hveravellir is unique with both hot and cold water flowing into the pool, which makes it easy to regulate the temperature of the water. The water is clean and suitable for bathing. Over 20 people can comfortably bathe in the pool at the same time. The pool and its entire surroundings are magnificent, offering a beautiful view of the geothermal area, Kjalhraun lava field and Langjokull. Accommodation at Hveravellir hot spring area in the highlands.

Optional: Horse Riding along the Black River (all year)

Optional: River Rafting in North Iceland (May - Sep)


Day 10

Drive south from Hveravellir hot spring are to Hvitarvatn glacier lake. Lake Hvitarvatn covers an area of about 30 km². Its greatest depth is 84 m and it is situated 421 m above sea level at the eastern edge of the country’s second largest glacier, Langjokull glacier, in the central highlands. Its discharge is the glacial river Hvita, which contains the famous Golden Waterfall. On lake Hvitarvatn you can on a fine day expect the most spectacular scenery.

From Hvitarvatn glacier lake you drive to Blafellshals, but from there snowmobile tours are possible when weather and conditions on Langjokull glacier are good.

From Langjokull glacier you drive to Gullfoss (the golden waterfall). Gullfoss waterfall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. The river Hvita rushes southward but about a kilometer above the falls it turns sharply to the left and flows down into a wide curved three-step "staircase" and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 meters and 21 meters) into a crevice 32 meters deep.

From Gullfoss waterfall it takes about 10 minutes to drive to Geysir geothermal field. The field includes the Great Geysir and Strokkur which is the most active geyser in Iceland.

Geysir in Haukadalur is one of the most famous spouting springs on earth. The English term ‘geyser’ is derived from its name. However, Geysir is neither the largest nor the most impressive of the world's hot springs. It probably secured its eminence by being known to Europeans at an early date, i.e. before the springs in the new world. As soon as the Yellowstone springs were discovered in the 19th century, they were immediately preserved as a national park.

More often than not, the earthquakes in southern Iceland have stimulated Geysir, as has been pointed out above. Nevertheless, in time its aquifers have been by incrustations, the flow has diminished and the spouting interval has increased. In 1871 William Morris writes in his diary that Geysir usually only spouts once every five or six days, from which we may infer that its activity had already diminished, and in 1895 Geysir was most unwilling to spout. Sometimes three weeks would lapse between each jet. Major earthquakes on 10th of September 1896, gave Geysir a new lease of life and for a while it spouted once or even twice a day, to greater heights than previously. After two or three years following the tremors, it grew sluggish again.

Geysir's capricious ways have always fascinated its admirers for it never ceases to take them by surprise. Shortly after the middle of the 20th century, a group of people had waited 8 hours after soap had been administered, but the spring never stirred, so finally the people left. As soon as they were out of sight Geysir produced one of its most spectacular eruptions. A few weeks later, a group of congress delegates, determined to linger for days if needed, arrived to witness the spouting of Geysir at any cost. Soap was administered while they were on their way, so that they would be spared at least some of the delay. When they arrived, Geysir had just relieved itself and all they found was an empty, fuming vent.

Strokkur (the churn) is currently the most energetic spouting spring in Iceland. It spouts every few minutes, sometimes to a height of 40 m, yet generally less than 10-20 m.

From Geysir geothermal field you drive to Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir means a lot to the Icelandic people and the park is often mentioned in the history of the country. Shortly after the year 900, people considered to make a general assembly for the settlers of Iceland. The foundation of the Icelandic parliament is said to be the founding of the nation of Iceland, and the first parliamentary proceedings in the summer of 930 laid ground for a common cultural heritage and national identity. The Althing (or Althingi) at Thingvellir was Iceland’s supreme legislative and judicial authority since its establishment in 930 until 1262.

Thingvellir was the center of Icelandic culture. Every year during the Commonwealth period, people would flock to Thingvellir from all over the country, sometimes numbering in thousands. They set up dwellings with walls of turf and rock and temporary roofing and stayed in them for the two weeks of the assembly. Although the duties of the assembly were the real reason for going there, ordinary people gathered at Thingvellir for a wide variety of reasons. Merchants, sword-sharpeners and tanners would sell their goods and services, clowns performed and ale-makers brewed drinks for the assembly guests. News were told from distant parts; games and feasts were held. Itinerant farmhands looked for work and vagrants begged. Thingvellir was a meeting place for everyone in Iceland, laying the foundation for the language and literature that have been a prominent part of people’s lives right up to the present day.

In the year 999 or 1000, Iceland's legislative assembly was debating which religion they should practice: Norse paganism, or Christianity. The law speaker Thorgeir Ljosvetningagodi, a pagan priest and a chieftain (a godi), after a day and a night of silent meditation under a fur blanket, decided in favour of Christianity. Pagans could still practice their religion in private. After his decision, Thorgeir himself became a Christian and threw the idols of his gods into Godafoss waterfall.

Oxara river has been a prominent feature of Thingvellir ever since the assemblies began there. The river was diverted into Almannagja rift to give people at the assembly easy access to fresh water. Flooding in Oxara, combined with land subsidence, made it necessary to move the Law Council from its original location. From Thingvellir National Park you drive to Reykjavik for accommodation.

Optional: Glacier hike on Langjokull and boat tour on lake Hvitarvatn (Jun - Sep)

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


Day 11

If your flight schedule allows, you can use this day to head for the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, where you can relax for some time. Or if you have done that on Day 1, you can visit Reykjavik with its many possibilities. Return the car at the international airport of Keflavik, which is very near the Blue Lagoon.

Option: Restaurants in Reykjavik

---

Meet on location - Activities around Iceland
Why not add a little adventure to your road trip? Our trusted travel partner Extreme Iceland offers diverse activities all around Iceland.

See the selection of activities around Iceland, at Extreme Iceland

The outline for this tour (summer route)
Whale watching in Husavik - minke whale
Holmatungur area in North Thingeyjarsysla
Ice from Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and a seal
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland
Seljalandsfoss waterfall in South Iceland
Skogafoss waterfall in South Iceland
Orustuholl mound, Skaftareldahraun lava field
Lake Myvatn, area of active volcanism in the north
Dettifoss waterfall in Jokulsargljufur National Park
Hafragilsfoss waterfall in Jokulsargljufur National Park
River rafting in North Iceland
Hveravellir geothermal area - Highlands of Iceland
Langjokull glacier, second largest ice cap in Iceland
Snowmobiling on Langjokull glacier
Lake Hvitarvatn next to Langjokull glacier
Gullfoss Waterfall in the canyon of Hvita river
Thingvellir National Park
Reykjavik sculpture "The Sun Voyager" is the most photographed spot in town

 

Highlights of Iceland - 11 day self drive tour

Contact us about availability...

1000 characters left