Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Hvolsvollur (372 km)
Today, we will travel along the Golden Circle, beginning with Thingvellir National Park, where we can see the Almannagja gorge and go snorkeling in the Silfra fissure. Next, we will see the spouting Geysir and Strokkur. After that, we will reach Gullfoss waterfall and go snowmobiling on the Langjokull glacier. We will also be able to stop at the Kerith crater before heading to the quiet town of Hvolsvollur for the evening.
Golden Circle, ICELAND
Iceland's Golden Circle is the country's most popular tourist route, featuring several of the top geological formations in the country, such as the geysers of Strokkur and Geysir, as well as the Gullfoss waterfall.
Considered the first geyser discovered by modern Europeans, the eruptions of Geysir can send boiling water up to 70 meters in the air. Only 50 meters away is Strokkur, another famous Icelandic geyser.
Merely a stone's throw from it's sibling, Geysir, Strokkur is a fountain geyser near the Hvita River. It erupts every 8-10 minues, averaging about 15-20 meters high each time.
This waterfall in southwest Iceland is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. It is a multi-tiered waterfall, which all empties into a crevice 32 meters deep.
Thingvellir National Park, ICELAND
Thingvellir National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular tourist destination in Iceland. Thingvellir has unusual tectonic and volcanic geological features and visitors can enjoy a wide array of activities including camping, hiking, and scuba diving.
Standard Hotel: Hvolsvöllur 3-star hotel
Hvolsvollur - Selfoss - Vik - Kirkjubćjarklaustur (219 km)
As we continue our journey today, we will drive towards Eyjafjallajokull volcano before visiting the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. After that, we will stop by the Skogar Folk Museum. We will continue driving towards the Solheimajokull glacier before taking a detour to see the black sands of Reynisfjara beach. Then, we will stop briefly in the village of Vik before continuing to Kirkjubaejarklaustur, where we will spend the night.
This waterfall in Iceland is situated between the town of Selfoss and another waterfall, Skogafoss. At a height of 200 feet, it marks where the coastline of Iceland once was thousands of years ago.
This waterfall in Iceland lies along the Skoga River where it once drained into the sea. The cliff at the top of the waterfall marks where the old coastline of Iceland was.
The southern coast of Iceland contains a unique surprise for visitors: black sand beaches, formed due to the region's volcanic activity. Reynisfjara in particular has been called the coolest beach in the country.
Standard Hotel: Kirkjubćjarklaustur 3-star hotel
Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Vatnajokull National Park - Jokulsarlon - Kirkjubaejarklaustur (192 km)
Today, we will pass Foss a Síđu, a picturesque waterfall, as well as the Dverghamrar basalt columns. Then, we will drive over the vast glacial sands of Skeiđarársandur. Further along, we will explore the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. We will be able to take a short hike to Svartifoss or go on a guided glacier hike. About 40 minutes east, we will reach the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and Diamond Beach. We will also be able to explore an ice cave in this area. We will spend the night in Kirkjubćjarklaustur, keeping an eye out for the Northern Lights in the evening.
Vatnajokull National Park, ICELAND
A preservation area in southeast Iceland. It used to be a manor farm and a national park, but has been a part of Vatnajökull National Park since its establishment in 2008.
Known as the black falls, this waterfall is one of the most popular sights in Vatnajokull National Park. The waterfall is surrounded by dark lava columns, which have provided inspiration for Iceland's architects.
A large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajokull National Park. Situated at the head of the Breioamerkurjokull glacier, it developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
Standard Hotel: Kirkjubćjarklaustur 3-star hotel
Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Ring Road - Reykjavik (255 km)
Setting out in the morning, we will drive along the Ring Road, an incredible scenic route that will bring us back to Reykjavik. When we are back in the capital, we will be able to visit local museums, galleries and cultural sites. This is also a good time to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and see its sights.
Ring Road, ICELAND
The Ring Road or Route 1 is a national road in Iceland that runs around the island and connects most of the inhabited parts of the country. The total length of the road is 1,332 kilometres. Popular tourist attractions such as the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Dyrhólaey and the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon are by the Ring Road.
Standard Hotel: Reykjavík 3-star hotel