Iceland Self Drive Holiday - 10 days

Day 1: Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

Once you have landed at Keflavík aiport, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time in Iceland, it may be ideal to stop and visit the renowned Blue Lagoon where you can relax in its geothermal waters. Important: admission to the Blue Lagoon needs to be booked in advance. Overnight.

Day 2: Hveragerdi - Geysir - Thingvellir - Borgarfjordur

Approximate distance: ca310km / 193miles

Breakfast. Drive to the legendary waterfall Gullfoss and the hot springs at Geysir. Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament, before driving through Hvalfjordur fjord to the historic and scenic Borgarfjordur region.

Mid-June through Mid-September: If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can also take the scenic highland wilderness Kaldidalur track alongside Langjokull glacier to Borgarfjordur. The road generally is open between mid-June and mid-September. Overnight in Borgarfjordur area.

Day 3: Borgarfjordur - Blonduos - Varmahlid - Akureyri

Approximate distance: ca280km / 174miles

Breakfast. Drive north through Borgarfjordur to the shores of Hunafloi bay and the towering mountains and horse breeding valley of Skagafjordur. Continue to Akureyri, the capital of the north. Overnight in North Iceland.

Day 4: Akureyri - Lake Myvatn

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

Breakfast. Spend the morning exploring the town of Akureyri. Continue your journey to the unique Lake Myvatn area. Stop en route to Myvatn to view the beautiful Godafoss waterfalls, which have a unique connection to Iceland's Viking Age. Overnight in North Iceland.

Day 5: Lake Myvatn Area

Distance is variable.

Breakfast. Explore the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area. Stroll along the mystical lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the volcanic area of Krafla along with the colourful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard pass. Enjoy the views of the pseudo craters at Skutustadir. Overnight in North Iceland.

Day 6: Husavik - Tjornes* - Dettifoss* - Egilsstadir

Approximate distance: ca310km / 193miles

Breakfast. Remember to make sure you have a full tank of gas and some snacks to eat, as travel services are more limited on today's route. Drive north to the fishing port of Husavik, where you might stop to enjoy a whale watching boat tour (available Mar- Nov). The Whale Museum and the new Explorers' Museum are both worth a look. Head around the fossil-rich Tjornes* peninsula on the edge of the Arctic Circle to the northern entrance of Vatnajökull National Park. Here you can visit Ásbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoes-caped canyon Proceed to the mighty Dettifoss* waterfall, the most powerful ones in Europe*. Continue across the vast highland plateau to Egilsstadir in the east.

*If you are traveling between May and September, roads would be open for visiting Dettifoss, the Europe's most powerful waterfall. Please note that it is not possible to visit Dettifoss in October and April, as the roads to the waterfall are not safe for winter travel. Overnight in East Iceland.

Day 7: Reydarfjordur- Stodvarfjordur - Djupivogur - Hofn

Approximate distance: ca300km / 186miles

Breakfast. Drive south through the spectacular East Fjords, where towering mountains plunge vertically into the ocean. Leave yourself plenty time, both for safe driving and for amazing views of the coast and Vatnajokull glacier. The journey continues to the town of Hofn in Hornafjordur, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe. Overnight in Southeast Iceland.

Day 8: Hofn - Skaftafell – Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Approximate distance: ca200km / 124miles

Breakfast. Today you will be in the vicinity of southern Vatnajokull National Park, and you'll get great views of Vatnajokull glacier as you drive along the Ring Road. Visit the shimmering icebergs and the still, milky waters of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before continuing to the Skaftafell area of the park, a beautiful nature area surrounded by glaciers. There are many great hiking trails here. Head onwards to the picturesque village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Overnight in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

Day 9: Vik - Skogar - Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca260km / 162miles

Breakfast. Drive along the spectacular south coast, a sweeping landscape of sandy deserts, rocky shores and rolling farmlands sandwiched between snow-capped glaciers, mountains and the ocean. Stop to admire the black sand beaches and cliffs at Dyrholaey*. There are also vast bird colonies here, including puffins (generally seen mid-May to early August). Also visit the beautiful waterfalls of Skogar and Seljalands, each with its own character. You will also see the mighty Eyjafjallajokull volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption. An interesting volcano center at the base of the mountain tells the story of this event. Return to Reykjavík in the late afternoon. Overnight in Reykjavik

Day 10: Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon as it is on your way to the airport, if you did not have time to do it on your arrival day.*

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