Arctic Iceland Self-Drive
One of the highlights of this trip is the chance to explore the new Arctic Coast Way. This beautiful route is Iceland's first official scenic byway, perfectly designed for people who want to take their time getting to know Northern Iceland's special heritage.
Day 1: Reykjavik > Hveragerdi Collect your rental car and start your journey. Your first stop may be the Blue Lagoon - or, simply drive along the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula to the charming village of Hveragerdi for your overnight.
Day 2: Hveragerdi > Thingvellir > Hella Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic Viking parliament and a jewel of nature. Continue to the amazing sites of Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir hot spring area. Explore Thjorsardalur valley and its ever-changing landscapes of birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers and waterfalls.
Day 3: Hella > Vik > Kirkjubaejarklaustur Drive along the scenic South Shore and the area near the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Enjoy stops at the beautiful Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Your route will take you past Myrdalsjokull glacier. Stop by the seafront village of Vik.
Day 4: Skaftafell > Jokulsarlon > Hofn Visit the awe-inspiring Skaftafell area of the park and continue to the shimmering icebergs of Fjallsarlon Ice Lagoon and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.
Day 5: Hofn > Djupivogur > Egilsstadir Drive through the spectacular East Fjords with towering mountains and charming fishing villages to the fertile Egilsstadir area. Head to Egilsstadir and experience one of the local specialities - reindeer.
Day 6: Egilsstaoir > Husavik Pass by Vopnafjordur village and Thorshofn village, situated on Langanes peninsula. Drive across the exotic Melrakkaslett the "Arctic Fox plain". Visit Asbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoeshaped canyon. Drive along Tjornes peninsula at the edge of the Arctic Circle en route to the charming fishing port of Husavik.
Day 7: Husavik > Myvatn Husavik is sometimes nicknamed the whale watching capital of Iceland. Join a whale watching excursion here - or simply relax and soak in natural hot pools/Geosea baths in Husavik. Explore the highlights of Lake Myvatn and see the mighty Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.
Day 8: Akureyri and Surrounds Stop at Godafoss. Head onwards to the scenic Eyjafjordur fjord and Akureyri, Iceland's "Capital of the North".
Day 9: Akureyri > Stykkisholmur From Akureyri, continue over the Oxnadalur pass to the historical region of Skagafjordur. Visit the old farmstead at Glaumbaer. Then, head into West Iceland then on to Snaefellsnes Peninsula where you'll overnight in the eco-friendly town of Stykkisholmur.
Day 10: Snaefellsnes > Borgarnes > Reykjavik Pass the small fishing villages of Hellissandur and Grundarfjordur. Don't miss the striking columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi. Pass Eldborg crater before returning to Reykjavik.
Day 11: Reykjavik Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and return your rental car
• Tailor-made journey • 9 nights' accommodation in countryside hotels • 1 night accommodation in Reykjavik • Rental car for 10 days • Tablet with travel app for your Iceland tour • Service fees and taxes • 10 breakfasts
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs May - September
May - September