Iceland Express - 8 days

Self Drive Tours, Start in Reykjavik

This self drive tour allows you to see and explore all major attractions that Iceland has to offer: the mighty Geysir hot spring area, breathtaking waterfalls, National Parks, the impressive Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, and other natural wonders. Rental car is included in the tour price.

Tour details

This tour can commence in: Reykjavik

Day 01: Arrival in Iceland

  • Arrival at Keflavik airport according to your own itinerary
  • Pick up rental car at the airport
  • Drive from Keflavik airport to Hveragerdi
    • Driving distance: 115 km
    • Approximate driving time: 2 hours
  • Recommended attraction:
    • Visit to the Blue Lagoon (pre-booking recommended)
  • Accommodation in the Hveragerdi area

Day 02: The Golden Circle & South Shore

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Hveragerdi to Vik.
    • Driving distance: 300 km
    • Approximate driving time: 4 hours
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Thingvellir National Park
    • Geysir Hot Spring area
    • Gullfoss waterfall
    • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
    • Þorvaldseyri volcano visitor center
  • Accommodation in the Vik area

Day 03: Vatnajökull National Park - Glacial Lagoon

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Vik to Höfn
    • Driving distance: 270 km
    • Approximate driving time: 3 hours
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Vatanjökull National Park
    • Glacier walk on Vatnajökull glacier
    • Jökulsarlon Glacial lagoon
  • Accommodation in the Höfn area

Day 04: East Fjords with high mountains and fishing villages

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Höfn to Egilsstadir
    • Driving distance: 300 km
    • Approximate driving time: 3,5 hours
    • Driving time and distance include the detour to both Stödvarfjördur and Reydarfjördur
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Djupivogur village
    • Stödvarfjördur village – visit Petra’s stone museum
    • Reydarfjördur village
  • Accommodation in the Egilsstadir area

Day 05: Driving from the east to the north - Husavik fishing port

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Egilsstadir to Husavik
    • Driving distance: 310 km
    • Approximate driving time: 4 hours
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Dettifoss, Europe’s mightiest waterfall
    • Ásbyrgi canyon
    • Tjörnes peninsula
  • Accommodation in the Lake Myvatn/Husavik area

Day 06: Lake Mývatn Area – Akureyri

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Husavik to Akureyri
    • Driving distance: 180 km
    • Approximate driving time: 2 hours
    • Driving time and distance include detour to Dimmuborgir, Namaskard, Krafla area and Godafoss waterfall.
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Whale watching tour from Husavik
    • Dimmuborgir, volcanic formations
    • Colorful sulfurous slopes of Námaskarð
    • Krafla volcanic area
    • Godafoss waterfall
    • Bathing in Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Accommodation in Akureyri or surroundings

Day 07: From the North to Reykjavik

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Akureyri to Reykjavik
    • Driving distance: 490 km
    • Approximate driving time: 5,5 hours
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Glaumbær heritage museum
    • Glanni Waterfall
  • Accommodation in Reykjavik

Day 08: Departure from Reykjavik

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure to Keflavik airport according to your own itinerary
  • Return the rental car at the airport

Day 01: Arrival in Iceland

Arrival at Keflavik airport, Iceland, according to your own itinerary. The rental car will be waiting for you at the airport. We recommend starting your tour by visiting the Blue Lagoon which is in only a 15 minutes' drive from the airport (pre-booking recommend to secure space). From there you can head straight towards Hveragerdi, the town you will be staying in this night, or drive the alternative route that will take you to Reykjavik before continuing to Hveragerdi. Hveragerdi is a small town surrounded by many natural hot springs which explains the name: "Hver" means hot spring in Icelandic. Accommodation in the Hveragerdi area.

Day 02: The Golden Circle & South Shore

Breakfast at the hotel. From Hveragerdi you will head towards the three best known attractions in Iceland that together make the so called “Golden Circle”. The first stop is Thingvellir National Park, a place of great geological and historical interest. Here you can walk around the ancient site of the world's first parliament held outdoors. Thingvellir has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2004. The second stop is by the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall. Here the river Hvita drops 30 meters in two falls, creating an awesome spectacle. The third and final stop included in the Golden Circle is by the Geysir hot spring area where you will see spewing geysers. Continue towards the South Shore. On the way along the south coast we recommend a stop at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall which you can walk behind. If you are interested in learning more about the famous volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 we recommend you stop by the visitor center at Thorvaldseyri farm. Continue to the small village Vík, Iceland’s southernmost village. Accommodation in the Vik area.

Day 03: Vatnajökull National Park - Glacial Lagoon

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will drive through the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. From there you soon enter the Vatnajökull National Park which is Europe’s largest national park. The area is an amazing place to view the great contrasts between active volcanoes, mighty glaciers, powerful glacial rivers and endless flat sandy plains. One way to experience the breathtaking landscape is to go for a glacier hike on Vatnajökull glacier. As you continue driving along the south-east of Iceland you will reach Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon where we recommend going on a boat tour among the icebergs. Continue to the charming harbor town Höfn, known as the lobster capital of Iceland. Accommodation in the Höfn area.

Day 04: East Fjords with high mountains and fishing villages

Breakfast at the hotel. This day you will drive along the rugged coastline of the East Fjords with their towering mountains and charming fishing villages. If you are lucky, you will spot some reindeer which can only be found in this part of Iceland. You will drive between beautiful fjords and pass several fishing villages on the scenic route. At Stödvarfjördur village we recommend a visit to Petra's famous collection of local stones and minerals. Accommodation in the Egilsstadir area.

Day 05: Driving from the east to the north - Husavik fishing port

Breakfast at the hotel. From Egilsstadir your journey continues across Möðrudalsöræfi highlands, renowned for their stark and untouched beauty. The drive over this inhabited area will take approximately 2 hours. Continue towards Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. Close by you will find the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon named Ásbyrgi where we recommend a stop to witness one of the natural wonders of Iceland. Drive onwards to Tjörnes peninsula, one of the best known geological locations in Iceland. From there you drive to the friendly Húsavík fishing port, famous for whale watching tours. Accommodation in the Lake Myvatn/Husavik area.

Day 06: Lake Mývatn Area – Akureyri

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will have the possibility to go on a 3-hour whale watching tour from Husavik. The tour gives you the opportunity to enjoy magnificent wildlife and witness whales and birds in their natural habitat. Afterwards you can explore the endless natural beauty of the Lake Mývatn area. You can visit the mystical volcanic formations at Dimmuborgir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Námaskarð and Krafla volcanic area. We recommend making a stop by Goðafoss waterfall which played an important role in the Icelandic history, particularly in connection with the introduction of Christianity. We also recommend you take a bath in the Myvatn Nature baths before heading to Akureyri town. At the nature baths you can relax in a natural pool of geothermal water located in the middle of lava fields offering great view over Lake Myvatn. Continue to Akureyri, a town with 17.000 inhabitants that makes it the second largest town in Iceland after Reykjavik. Accommodation in Akureyri or surroundings.

Day 07: From the North to Reykjavik

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you can explore the charming town of Akureyri. We recommend taking a walk around the town’s center and try the famous “Brynju” ice-cream before you head back on the road. From Akureyri you drive through the historical region of Skagafjörður, renowned for horse breeding. Close to the town Varmahlid you find Glaumbær museum where you can see an old turf farmhouse and other old buildings that show how Icelanders used to live in the 18th and 19th century. On the way to Reykjavik you can make a stop at Glanni Waterfall located in Borgarfjordur region.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital. 60% of Iceland’s inhabitants live in the capital area. Why not add an extra night in Reykjavik to have more time to explore this interesting city! Accommodation in Reykjavik.

Day 08: Departure from Reykjavik

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Reykjavik according to your own itinerary. You can drive the car to the airport and return it there.
However note that only 7 x 24 hours rent is included. If your arrive early on day 1 and depart late on day 8 an extra rental day needs to be added. Another option is to return the car in Reykjavik on day 7 and take the airport bus on your departure day.

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