From Iceland's western-most tip at Latrabjarg to the fishing villages of the Eastfjords, our all-encompassing Iceland Encompassed Fly-Drive gives you the opportunity to explore this diverse island in detail.
Make use of free time to hike through dramatic scenery, experience life as a rural fisherman or discover the obscure museums in out-of-the-way towns.
Following the route suggested below, witness spectacular backdrops of mountain ranges, vast lunar-like landscapes, picturesque villages and unique wildlife as you drive through one of the world's most interesting countries.
Please contact us to pre-book your Blue Lagoon excursion as pre-booking is mandatory.
Collect hire vehicle on arrival at Keflavik International Airport before proceeding to Reykjavik for an overnight stay. (50Km)
Head for Snaefellsnes peninsula, either drive through the Hvalfjordur bay tunnel (approx £5) or drive the old scenic road around the fjord. Spend the day exploring the Snaefellsnes peninsula with its diverse geology. There is an interesting walk (1.5 hours return) from Arnarstapi to Hellnar, along the coast line and through the lava fields - take a welcome break at the friendly coffee house Fjoruhusid at Hellnar. Drive around the tip of the peninsula to view Snaefellsjokull glacier in all its majestic glory. Finish the day in the fishing town Stykkisholmur or neighbouring villages for an overnight stay. (B) (280Km)
In the morning, take the ferry Baldur across Breidafjordur Bay to Flokalundur on the south coast of the Westfjords. The journey takes around 3 hours and travels past Flatey Island. Reach the shore and head towards the western-most tip of Iceland, Latrabjarg, the largest bird cliffs in Iceland where hundreds of thousands of seabirds come to nest, including the Puffin. Evenings and early mornings are a good time for hiking along the cliffs. Overnight in the area. (B) (65 Km)
The road traverses along the fjords on the way to Isafjordur, the largest town in the area. Take a detour to Selardalur Valley in Arnarfjordur. In the early 1900s, farmer-turned-artist Samuel Jonsson lived here and created sculptures of famous buildings, among them his version of the lion‘s fountain in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. At the bottom of Arnarfjordur is the majestic waterfall Dynjandi, a perfect spot for a short hike or picnic. Drive to Isafjordur area, and stay for two nights. (B) (300Km)
Spend a full day in the Isafjodur area; perhaps visit the Maritime Museum in Osvor and the old blacksmiths workshop. Take time to relax and enjoy cake and coffee at the Arctic Fox Centre or live like a fisherman in Sudureyri. Bird enthusiasts may wish to take an optional boat tour to Vigur Island, where Puffins nest in their thousands. (B) (0Km)
Drive along the winding road to the end of the long fjord Isafjardardjup and across the mountain pass Steingrimsfjardarheidi to the Westfjords area of Strandir. Here, find a museum dedicated to Icelandic sorcery and witchcraft, as well as Iceland’s only Sheep Farm museum. Overnight in Holmavik. (B) (225Km)
Depart the stunning Westfjords and notice the landscape changing from steep mountains with countless fjords to a more open landscape and smaller mountains. Travel through the farmlands of north west Iceland en route to the Skagafjordur area, which is often referred to as the horse country of Iceland. The farmers of Skagafjordur pride themselves on owning more horses then they can count so this is the perfect place to enjoy some horse-riding. Continue on to Akureyri, perhaps via the town of Siglifjordur with its award-winning Herring Era Museum before finishing the day in the “capital of the North”. (B) (240 Km)
From Akureryi head towards Lake Myvatn, stopping en-route at Godafoss falls and stay for 3 nights in the Myvatn/Husavik area. . Lake Myvatn was formed 2,300 years ago in an eruption of one of the Krafla fissures. Often mistaken for a crater, Lake Myvatn is actually a very flat lava field that was dammed in around the edges by subsequent flows. The eruption disrupted the flow of the Laxa River and the basin was filled with underground spring water. Take a leisurely hike among the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and at rock formation Dimmuborgir. Leave time for relaxing in the Myvatn Nature Baths, an outdoor bath in natural geothermal blue water.(B) (175Km)
Continue exploring the area around Lake Myvatn, a haven for birdwatchers. You could arrange a day-trip to Askja, famously used by the Apollo astronauts to train for their missions to the moon or visit the Asbyrgi National Park, a dramatic gorge formed by floodwaters from the Vatnajokul glacier. (B)
Husavik is renowned for its whale-watching and is one of the best places to see these incredible creatures. You can arrange trips on a traditional wooden boat and exhilarating RIB or one of the new eco-friendly, electric boats where you cruise harbour in near silence, keeping an eye out for minke, humpback and the occasional blue whale. Afterwards visit the new GeoSea thermal baths perched on the edge of the fjord boasting views across to the mountains on the other side of the water. (B)
This morning drive to Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerfull waterfall in Iceland, before continuing across the mountain pass of Modrudalsoraefi to enjoy homemade waffles at the mountain cafe Fjalladyrd. On a good day there are spectacular views into the deep highlands, all the way to Vatnajokull glacier. In the afternoon drive to Egilsstadir for an overnight stay. (B) (165Km)
Start the day with a walk, then visit Hengifoss, just south-east of Egilsstadir. This high and narrow fall is considered the third highest in Iceland and the walk takes around 2-3 hours. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely drive along the Eastfjords, through the fishing towns. In fjord Stodvarfjordur visit the unique Petra‘s Stone Collection Museum, containing local stones collected by one lady, who changed her home into museum. Reach the town of Hofn and enjoy the view of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. (B) (260Km)
In the morning, visit Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, where icebergs float on the glacial waters. Take an optional boat tour before continuing to Skaftafell National Park to walk up to the glacier tongue Svinafellsjokull. Overnight in the area. (B) (140Km)
Spend the morning relaxing or for the more adventurous, glacier hiking. Head west, crossing the sand plains of Myrdalsjokull glacier to reach the village of Vik. Continue to the volcanic area of Eyjafjallajokull and visit the excellent new Lava Centre - an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Leave time for the Skogar folk Museum and Skogarfoss waterfall, as well as Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where a walk behind the falls reveals the full force of nature. Overnight in the area. (B) (235Km)
Today visit the famous Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area, where the geyser called Strokkur erupts up every 10-15 minutes. In the afternoon explore Thingvellir National Park, now an UNESCO World Heritage Site, not only remarkable for its geology but also an important location in Iceland’s history, as it was here that the Vikings established their parliament in 930AD. Continue to Reykjavik and check in to the accommodation for two nights. (B) (210Km)
Spend the day exploring Iceland's capital city. Speak to a Regent Iceland Specialist about an optional excursion to the famous Blue Lagoon. (B) (150Km)
Return the hire car at Keflavik International Airport and connect with the flight back to the UK. (B) (50Km)
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