Description day by day
Welcome to Iceland!
Welcome to Iceland. Upon landing at Keflavik airport pick up the hire car here. Drive to wards Reykjavík and then on eastwards on road 1. We recommend that you choose road 41 (Reykjanesbraut), as this road takes you around the city rather than through it. You will pass nice places to stop like Hellisheidi and Selfoss on your way to you accommodation for the night in the area of Hvolsvöllur. The countryside around the town is full of history and many of the Icelandic sagas are set here.
Discover the Southern Coast
Travel south along the coast past the two waterfalls Seljandsfoss and Skógafoss, two stops not to be missed. At Skógar you will also find a museum giving interesting insights into how Icelandic people lived in the past as well as in current times. You can also explore the glacial tongue Solheimajökull and the bird cliffs of Dyrhólaey, where many migrating sea birds nest, among them the famous puffin during spring and summer.
The black lava beaches on the South Coast are nenowned, and you can take a walk along the Reynishverfi beach or the little beach in the village Vik. Be careful when walking too close to the waves, their powerful pull can easily drag a person out to sea!
After Vik you pass through the black sand dessert Mýrdalssandur and later the enormous lave field Eldhrayn, which was formed during the big volcanic outbreak in 1783. You later arrive at Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a small town in beautiful surroundings. You can stop here to take a look at the so-called ”church floor”, formed by strange basalt cliff formations reminiscent of a lime floor, situated just east of town. Drive back to your hotel in Hvolsvöllur area for your overnight stay.
- Seljandsfoss waterfall
- Skógafoss waterfall
- The Solheimajökull glacial tongue
- Dyrhólaeys bird cliffs
- Black sandy beaches
Own activities around Hvolsvöllur.
These to days are left free for relaxation and own activities. Options for activities include taking a horseback ride from Hestheimars riding centre, near town, or travel up to the Myrdalsjökull glacier, where you can take a guided walk on the glacier, or even a snowmobile ride on it! Daily coach tours to the Thorsmörk valley are also available, where you can experience ”Iceland off road”. There are even several interesting golf clubs around, test out the ones near Fludir and Hella.
Another interesting excursion is to the beautiful valley of Þjórsá. You can experience the beautiful Hjálparfoss waterfall here, and near this is a reconstruction of a Viking farm. A bit further into the valley is an actual ruin of an original Viking farm, Stöng. From here you can take a walk to Gjáin, discovering beautiful rock formations and waterfalls along the way. Overnight in Hvolsvöllur area.
- Horse riding
- The Myrdalsjökull glacier
- Þjórsá valley
The Golden Circle – Reykjavík
On the way back to the capital you pass some of the most interesting and famous attractions in Iceland. We recommend a visit to the historically important Skálholt, which was the Episcopal seat for Southern Iceland for hundreds of years and an important cultural centre. A beautiful modern church resides there today.
Afterwards you visit the majestic waterfall Gullfoss, “the golden waterfall”, Iceland’s best know waterfall. Continue on to the world famous geothermic area of Geysir, where Strokkur, the most active geyser spurts its column of water into the sky every 5 minutes. Close by is Thingvellir National park, an interesting area both historically and in terms of its geology. Overnight in Reykjavik.
- Gullfoss waterfall
- The Strokkur Geysir
- Thingvellir National park
Get to know Reykjavík
The last 2 days are spent in Reykjavík, the world’s most northern capital city. Stroll around at your own leisure. We suggest you start by visiting Hallgrimskyrkan, where you can climb the church tower to view Reykjavík from above (small fee payable). For those interested in the arts, several museums are on offer. Reykjavík houses everything from large art museums to the national gallery, where you can get a real look into the country’s history. Of course, there is even a museum about Iceland’s many volcanoes and the city also has an array of designer shops and clothes shops selling excellent pure wool products.
Make sure you eat well at Reykjavik’s wide range of restaurants. Icelandic cooking is of high quality and is inspired by the Icelandic landscapes and scenery. If you want to prolong your evening, we recommend spending the evening in a cosy pub or strutting your stuff on one of the city’s many dance floors. Reykjavík is well known for its hot nightlife, but also offers lots of other activities during the day like whale watching.
Your options when it comes to relaxation and well-being are vast in Iceland. You can relax at some of Reykjavik’s many naturally heated outdoor pools, popular by the locals. We recommend that you visit he famous Blue Lagoon(must be booked in advance) during your days in Reykjavík, an inviting warm oasis in the midst of the barren Icelandic lave landscape. The lagoon gets its water directly from geothermic springs as deep as 2000 metres below the Earth’s surface, and the facilities also offer an indoor pool and a geothermic sauna.
In the heart of Reykjavík you can also find Laugar Spa, the largest spa in the Nordics. Laugar offers beauty treatments and massage salon, fitness centre, outdoor and indoor pools and an exclusive spa. Warm pools are a must in Iceland and will definitely leave memories for life. Overnight in Reykjavik.
- The Blue Lagoon
- Lovely cafes and restaurants
- Laugar Spa
Return flights either early in the morning or in the afternoon. Drive from Reykjavík to Keflavík airport (approx. 45 mins) and leave the car there in connection with your return flight.