National Parks and Natural Wonders

National Parks and Natural Wonders

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  • May-Sep
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National Parks and Natural Wonders

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  • 10 nights
  • May-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
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Straddle two continents at Thingvellir National Park

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Discover Vatnajokull National Park, home to Iceland's largest ice cap

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Witness the Strokkur geyser erupt 20-30m high every few minutes

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Tick off a long list of famous Icelandic waterfalls

Aerial view over Lake Myvatn

Discover pseudo-craters and mud pools at Lake Myvatn

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Drive the spectacular coast road in the East Fjords

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

Overview

Take two points in Iceland – Reykjavik in the southwest and Akureyri in the north. Start at either one and join the dots in-between. The result: a stunning 10-night self-drive through a succession of scenic wonders. Thingvellir and Vatnajokull national parks are the stars of this free-spirited odyssey, but you’ll also visit natural beauties like the East Fjords and Lake Myvatn.

Iceland’s all-action national parks

Vatnajokull covers no less than 13% of Iceland. Much of it is frozen wilderness. Scaling the Vatnajokull icecap by superjeep or cruising through the icebergs at Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon are two of the optional activities available on this trip. You can also go glacier walking or snowmobiling. Thingvellir National Park, meanwhile, is not only a superb hiking spot, but you can also snorkel or dive in the flooded Silfra fissure at the margin between the Eurasian and North American plates.

Non-stop natural wonders

They come thick and fast on this trip. You’ll lose count of the waterfalls (Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Svartifoss, Hengifoss and Dettifoss are just the famous ones). There’s wildlife too: seabirds on the Vopnafjordur coast; reindeer in the East Fjords and whales in the north. You’ll see volcanic wonders at Lake Myvatn: steaming lava flows, seething mud pits and explosion craters. And you’ll even see trees (a rarity in Iceland) when you delve into the birch forest of Hallormsstadur. Geysers, fjords, canyons, glaciers, volcanoes, black-sand beaches ... Iceland is, in fact, just one big natural wonder.

This holiday includes a domestic flight between Reykjavik and Akureyri. It’s up to you whether you want to start your self-drive in Reykjavik and fly back to the capital from Akureyri, or fly to Akureyri first and do the itinerary in reverse. Alternatively, you can extend your trip and drive between the two.

Itinerary

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 Keflavik - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik

Fly to Keflavik, transfer to the city and overnight in Reykjavik. If you have time why not visit the Blue lagoon enroute though pre-booking is essential. Overnight at Hotel Cabin.

Fly to Keflavik, transfer to the city and overnight in Reykjavik. If you have time why not visit the Blue lagoon enroute though pre-booking is essential. Overnight at Hotel Cabin.

Day 2 Reykjavik - Akureyri - Myvatn

Transfer on your own (5-10 mins taxi ride, payable locally) to Reykjavik City Airport for midday flight to Akureyri, then collect rental vehicle at the airport. Explore this quaint northern town located almost at the head of Eyjafjordur then drive to Myvatn, making a detour at picturesque Godafoss for a photo stop. Spend two nights at Lake Myvatn. Spend two nights at Guesthouse Dimmuborgir.

Transfer on your own (5-10 mins taxi ride, payable locally) to Reykjavik City Airport for midday flight to Akureyri, then collect rental vehicle at the airport. Explore this quaint northern town located almost at the head of Eyjafjordur then drive to Myvatn, making a detour at picturesque Godafoss for a photo stop. Spend two nights at Lake Myvatn. Spend two nights at Guesthouse Dimmuborgir.

Day 3 Lake Myvatn

Spend the day exploring the area and its volcanic wonders. Visit the relaxing Nature Baths (the north's answer to the Blue Lagoon), grab a snack at milking time at the Cowshed Cafe, take a hike at Dimmuborgir or venture up to the pretty village at Husavik and experience a thrilling whale watching trip on an old fishing boat (pre-bookable - contact us for details).

Spend the day exploring the area and its volcanic wonders. Visit the relaxing Nature Baths (the north's answer to the Blue Lagoon), grab a snack at milking time at the Cowshed Cafe, take a hike at Dimmuborgir or venture up to the pretty village at Husavik and experience a thrilling whale watching trip on an old fishing boat (pre-bookable - contact us for details).

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Day 4 Lake Myvatn - Vopnafjordur

Visit the Jokulsa Canyon National Park and explore its gorges and waterfalls, including a possible visit to the immense waterfall Dettifoss. Continue to Vopnafjordur for an overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel Tangi.

Visit the Jokulsa Canyon National Park and explore its gorges and waterfalls, including a possible visit to the immense waterfall Dettifoss. Continue to Vopnafjordur for an overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel Tangi.

Day 5 Vopnafjordur - Egilsstadir

Drive the 4x4 track to view the monumental basalt columns and sea birds on Langanes, a lonely windswept peninsula or visit the remote village of Raufarhofn. Return through Vopnafjordur and travel to Egilsstadir for an overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel Eyvindará.

Drive the 4x4 track to view the monumental basalt columns and sea birds on Langanes, a lonely windswept peninsula or visit the remote village of Raufarhofn. Return through Vopnafjordur and travel to Egilsstadir for an overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel Eyvindará.

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Day 6 Egilsstadir - Breiddalsvik

Spend the day enjoying the sweeping fjords of the east coast until you reach Breiddalsvik, where you will spend the night in the area. Overnight at Hotel Framtid.

Spend the day enjoying the sweeping fjords of the east coast until you reach Breiddalsvik, where you will spend the night in the area. Overnight at Hotel Framtid.

Day 7 Breiddalsvik- Skaftafell

In the morning, set off to the charming village of Djupivogur. After this begin your journey south, where one eye-catching view follows another on the drive through the fjords to Hofn, a fishing port at the foot of Europe’s largest icecap, Vatnajokull. Travel around the base of the icecap, in sight of its many breathtaking glaciers. One has receded, forming a huge lagoon, where icebergs lie adrift - this is Jokulsarlon. Take a boat trip (at additional cost) and head over to the beach to watch as they drift out to sea. Overnight at Hotel Skaftafell.

In the morning, set off to the charming village of Djupivogur. After this begin your journey south, where one eye-catching view follows another on the drive through the fjords to Hofn, a fishing port at the foot of Europe’s largest icecap, Vatnajokull. Travel around the base of the icecap, in sight of its many breathtaking glaciers. One has receded, forming a huge lagoon, where icebergs lie adrift - this is Jokulsarlon. Take a boat trip (at additional cost) and head over to the beach to watch as they drift out to sea. Overnight at Hotel Skaftafell.

Day 8 Skaftafell - Klaustur

You will be spoilt for choice today as there is much to see and do in the area: walking in the stunning Skaftafell National Park; discovering the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon with its immense icebergs (boat trips are prebookable - contact us for further details). Perhaps take an optional snowmobile trip on Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull. Continue to Kirkjubaeklaustur for an overnight stay at Hotel Klaustur.

You will be spoilt for choice today as there is much to see and do in the area: walking in the stunning Skaftafell National Park; discovering the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon with its immense icebergs (boat trips are prebookable - contact us for further details). Perhaps take an optional snowmobile trip on Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull. Continue to Kirkjubaeklaustur for an overnight stay at Hotel Klaustur.

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Day 9 Klaustur - Vik - Hveragerdi

Journey along the south coast, visit the fascinating Skogar Folk Museum and the thundering falls, Skogafoss. Don’t miss the walk behind Seljalandsfoss and look out through its curtain of cascading water. Spend two nights in Hveragerdi at Hotel Ork.

Journey along the south coast, visit the fascinating Skogar Folk Museum and the thundering falls, Skogafoss. Don’t miss the walk behind Seljalandsfoss and look out through its curtain of cascading water. Spend two nights in Hveragerdi at Hotel Ork.

Day 10 explore the Golden Circle

Explore the natural wonders on the famed Golden Circle route: the tectonic rift in the earth's crust at Thingvellir, the thundering falls of Gullfoss and the bubbling Geysir geothermal area.

Explore the natural wonders on the famed Golden Circle route: the tectonic rift in the earth's crust at Thingvellir, the thundering falls of Gullfoss and the bubbling Geysir geothermal area.

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Day 11 depart Iceland

Drive back to Keflavik, drop off rental vehicle at the airport and catch the flight back home

Drive back to Keflavik, drop off rental vehicle at the airport and catch the flight back home

Accommodation Options

We have selected properties for this holiday referenced in the itinerary. However, with a wide choice of accommodation in Iceland, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference - from hotels, farmstays and self-catering apartments to private villas and countryside properties.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £1,395 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £250 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • Exclusive use of iDiscover App
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car category Twin Price
May 2021 10 nights B - VW Golf £1,395
May 2021 10 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,505
May 2021 10 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,586
Jun - Aug 2021 10 nights B - VW Golf £1,756
Jun - Aug 2021 10 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,925
Jun - Aug 2021 10 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,109
Sep 2021 10 nights B - VW Golf £1,423
Sep 2021 10 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,533
Sep 2021 10 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,614

 

Choice of Vehicles

We offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday provided by the local Europcar franchise. Our long-standing relationship with them means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits including priority on the newest and best appointed vehicles available on the day. Alternatively, consider renting a motorhome and use this itinerary as a route outline. You'll have complete flexibility on where you overnight.

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