Reykjavķk - Borgarnes - Reykholt - Akureyri (403 km)
Today, we will drive from Reykjavik to Akureyri in the north. On the way, we will stop in Borgarnes to get ice cream and take a short hike up Grabrok, where we will be able to see the beautiful landscapes across the Borgarfjordur area. We can also take a detour and head to the historical site of Reykholt, the hot spring of Deildartunguhver and the waterfalls of Hraunfossar. A further option would be to visit the tall Hvitserkur rock, near Hvammstangi. The drive from Reykjavik to Akureyri takes around 4.5 hours in total.
Borgarnes is a town located 60 kilometers north of Reykjavik along the shore of Borgarfjorour municipality in Iceland. Popular tourist attractions include the Settlement Center (a twin museum exhibition), Bruouheimar (a unique center for puppet arts), Bjossarolo Park, and more.
A village in the Western Region of Iceland, Reykholt has a rich history and was once the intellectual center of Iceland. Today, archaeologists continue to find medieval remains, scientists conduct research on the aurora borealis, and tourists enjoy attractions like the Hraunfossar waterfalls and nearby Deildartunguhver hot springs.
Deildartunguhver is a hot spring and popular tourist attraction near Reykholt, Iceland. On average, water from the spring emerges at 97 °C (206 °F) and some of the water is used to for heating in surrounding towns.
Standard Hotel: Akureyri 3-star hotel
Akureyri - Lake Myvatn - Egilsstaoir (265 km)
From Akureyri, we will head east towards the area of Lake Myvatn, where we will see the gorgeous Godafoss waterfall. We will also check out the Nįmaskarš and the stunning Dimmuborgir. Be sure to save time for the 2 hour drive to Egilsstašir, where we will spend the night. We can take a detour at the Dettifoss waterfall on the way.
This lake in northern Iceland is situated in an area of volcanic activity. The landscape is dominated by volcanic formations, and even the lake itself was formed from an eruption over 2,300 years ago.
If you didn't know any better, you would think that this area of volcanic and geothermal activity in northern Iceland was actually Mars! Travelers, be wary: though the landscape is fascinating, the sulfuric stench is pungent!
This large area is loaded with fascinating volcanic formations. The name Dimmuborgir means "dark fortresses," a reference to the ominous citadel-like shape of these structures. The area is one of Iceland's most popular natural attractions.
Standard Hotel: Egilsstašir 3-star hotel
Egilsstašir - Jökulsįrlón (158 km)
Near Egilsstašir, we can explore Hallormsstašaskógur before driving south towards the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. We will also be able to visit nearby Diamond Beach. We wills spend our night in the area.
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: Jökulsįrlón and Höfn 3-star hotel
Jokulsarlon -Vatnajokull National Park - Vik - Selfoss - Hvolsvollur (316 km)
We can return to the glacial lagoon to take an optional boat ride. After that, we will continue to the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, where we can take a glacier hike. Then, we will continue along the south coast of Iceland, making interesting stops on the way, including the wreckage of an old bridge, the town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur and Fjašrįrgljśfur canyon. When we reach Vik, we will view the Renisdrangar rocks and the gorgeous Dyrholaey cliff. Lastly, we will be able to explore Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss before settling down in a local town for 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.
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.
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.
Standard Hotel: Hvolsvöllur 3-star hotel
Golden Circle - Thingvellir National Park - Reykjavik (192 km)
Today, we will be able to explore a dazzling ice cave that is part of the Myrdalsjokull glacier or we can begin our journey along the Golden Circle. Later, we will reach Gullfoss and we can embark on a snowmobiling tour. After a short drive, we will come to Geysir. We will wrap up the Golden Circle with a visit to Thingvellir National Park. Once we are done, we will make the drive back to Reykjavik, where we will spend the night.
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.
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.
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.
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: Reykjavķk 3-star hotel