Travel full-circle in just 10 days on this exciting fly-drive adventure and encounter the incredible sights of South Iceland before driving along the stunning east coast where narrow fjords carved by Ice Age glaciers create calm natural harbours.
Cross the Mordrudalsoraefi highland, pass en route to the volcanic Lake Myvatn region and continue to Husavik – Iceland’s whale watching capital.
From Akureyri the picturesque farmlands of the north-west are the backdrop to the final part of the journey back to Reykjavik.
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Fly to Iceland. Arrive at Keflavik International airport and collect your car. On the drive to the capital, Reykjavik, stop by the Blue Lagoon (optional) and enjoy a dip in the geothermal waters of this famous attraction. Overnight in Reykjavik. (80Km)
Visit Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site remarkable for its geology and history - it was here that the Vikings established their parliament in 930AD. Continue to the famous Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area, where the smaller geyser called Strokkur erupts every 10-15 minutes. End the day in the farmlands of south Iceland. (B) (195Km)
Continue along the south coast towards the area of the 2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption. Perhaps visit the new Lava Centre - an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Spend time at Skogar Folk Museum and stop at both Skogarfoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Travel to Dyrholaey cape to search for birds and discover the rock formation Reynisdrangar. End the day in the town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur or Skaftafell National Park and stay here for one night. (B) (175Km)
Explore Skaftafell National Park. Perhaps choose to hike to Svartifoss waterfall with its black column basalt walls. For those who wish to continue walking, why not head all the way up the glacier tongue Svinafellsjokull or to search for birds including the puffin, enjoy a tour to Ingolfshofdi cape. End the day in the area of the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. (B) (125Km)
Morning visit to the at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon where large chunks of ice crumble down the steep mountainside into the glacial waters.Take an optional boat tour among them before travelling onwards to Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Pass through the small fishing town Hofn and into the eastfjords for an overnight stay. (B) (105Km)
Perhaps begin the day with a boat tour to Papey Island. Continue along the east fjords, through fishing towns and in Stodvarfjordur visit Petras stone collection - a large collection of local stones all collected by one lady. Journey onwards across the Modrudalsoraefi mountain pass. Here enjoy homemade waffles at the mountain cafe Fjalladyrd. On a clear day enjoy the spectacular view into the deep highlands, all the way to Vatnajokull glacier. In the afternoon stop at Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Iceland. Stay in the area of Lake Myvatn for two nights. (B) (395Km)
Spend a full day exploring around the Lake Myvatn, an area known for its spectacular geology, geothermal heat and the large number of ducks which nest by the lake. Take a leisurely hike among the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and at the rock formation - Dimmuborgir. Be sure to visit Hverarond geothermal area and for those keen to continue hiking, continue for two hours to Leirhnjukur crater. Unwind and relax at the end of the day at the Myvatn Nature Baths. (B) (0Km)
Visit the fishing town Husavik - known as the capital of whale watching. Located so close to the Arctic Circle, there are usually hundreds of whales in the fjord during summer. Perhaps visit the whale museum located at the harbour. In the afternoon drive to Godafoss waterfall and onwards to Akureyri , often referred to as the Capital of the North. Ending the day in farmlands of Skagafjordur for an overnight stay. (B) (235Km)
Spend time in the Skagafjordur area of Iceland. The farmers of Skagafjordur take great pride in owning more horses than they can count. The area is also deeply connected to Iceland’s Viking time history, be sure to find the special map which shows important locations from this period in history. Before leaving the area, visit the swimming pool in Hofsos and then continue back to Reykjavik for an overnight stay. (B) (375Km)
Return the car to Keflavik International airport and fly back to the UK. (B) (50Km)
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The price is based on travel in April or October in standard rooms, and supplements may apply for travel at other times of year or you can upgrade your accommodation to comfort or luxury hotels - just ask your Regent specialist for details.