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Spectacular views of the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls

Picturesque landscape at the UNESCO Geopark, great for photographs

Self drive through the Reykjavik region, exploring artistic shops and eateries

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Day 1

HVERAGERÐI

Drive along mystical lava landscapes to the charming village of Hveragerði. This town is perfect for getting to know typical small-town Icelandic culture with a unique twist. Hveragerði is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs, it is often called the “flower village.”
 

Day 2

GOLDEN CIRCLE

Explore the wonders of the Golden Circle region. Visit Ljosafossvirkju, one of Iceland’s unique pollution-free power stations. Continue to the Thingvellir National Park, the site of the ancient Icelandic Viking parliament and a jewel of nature. Here you can see the meeting point between the North American and European continents. 

Explore the amazing sites of Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir hot spring area. Gullfoss is considered by many visitors to be Iceland’s most beautiful waterfall. Geysir is an active geothermal field with many bubbling steam vents and spouting hot springs, including the famous Strokkur geyser. (B)
 

Day 3

SOUTH SHORE

Drive along the scenic South Shore, one of Iceland’s best areas for farming. If the skies are clear, you’ll get a great view of two famous volcanoes. Hekla is Iceland‘s most frequently erupting volcano. Eyjafjallajokull is the (in)famous volcano whose 2010 eruption impacted air traffic around the world.

This is a great day to get acquainted with Iceland’s famous volcanic and tectonic forces with an optional visit to the interactive LAVA Centre in Hvollsvollur village.

The route also leads by two beautiful waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is a ribbon-like waterfall that you can walk behind if trail conditions are good. Skogafoss is believed to contain hidden treasure from the Middle Ages. Admire the black sand beach, basalt columns, and powerful Atlantic waves of Reynisfjara beach near Vík village. (B)
 

Day 4

VÍK

Drive through an impressive and surreal lava field as you head east. This is Eldhraun, the world‘s largest known single flow of lava, created by the eruption of Laki in 1783. The path takes you over vast black sand plains created by glacial floods and on to the town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. 

You will soon be in the vicinity of Vatnajokull National Park, named after the largest glacier in Europe, and enjoy the amazing views of Vatnajokull throughout the day. (B)
 

Day 5

REYKJAVÍK

Drive along the south coast road to Reykjanes Peninsula, a colorful UNESCO Geopark that is a paradise for photographers and geology buffs. Drive along seacoast with amazing views of powerful waves, stopping to view Strandakirkja. This lovely church is the spot where many Icelanders have prayed for the safety of loved ones who worked or traveled on the sea. It’s very special to spend some moments outside the church and take in the views of the mighty ocean and rocky coastline.

Visit the moon-like surroundings of Lake Kleifarvatn and the Krysuvik geothermal area with its multi-colored bubbling mud pools. Visit Grindavik fishing village, known for its salt fish heritage. You can also cross the Mid-Atlantic Ridge on the Bridge between Continents. In the area is the famous Blue Lagoon where you can relax in the soothing mineral waters. (B)

Day 6

REYKJAVÍK

No trip to Iceland is complete without a visit to Iceland‘s capital city. The day is open for you to explore the vibrant culture of Reykjavík. Stroll the Old Harbor area, known for its artistic shops and unique eateries, including the new Grandi Food Hall. Browse for Icelandic products on Laugavegur, Iceland‘s main shopping street.

It’s also fun to explore the areas around the city in your car. The Arbaejarsafn Museum is a village-like Open Air museum with a collection of houses from two hundred years of Reykjavik’s history. You can stroll around the “village” and see how people lived in the past. (B)

Day 7

REYKJAVÍK

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon earlier but have some free time today, you might want to use the opportunity en-route to the airport. For this detour, please be sure to allow for at least 2-2,5 hours extra so you’ll have ample time at the lagoon. (B)

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