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Season: (All year)
Operates: (Daily)
Duration: (12 days / 11 nights)
By Car km/mi: (2200/1400)
Price from: (129063 ISK Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 01.A - Hyundai I10 or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.)
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Map for Iceland Road Trip 12 days tour

This Iceland road trip will take you the full circle around Iceland to all the major sites at a relaxed pace and no stress. Take your time and even join in some of the optional activities available to make this 12 day Iceland road trip even more memorable.

Day 1. Arrival and Reykjavik City

Following your arrival at the airport, you will take a comfortable bus ride, with Wi-Fi Internet connection on board, to your accommodation in Reykjavik. Reykjavik offers a great variety of things to do: Consult the Reykjavik City Guide and enjoy the rest of your day in the city.

Reykjavik City

Reykjavik City

Day 2. A National Park - Geysers - The Golden Waterfall

Pick up your car in the morning and head out for a road trip adventure. Today you’ll follow a route known as the Golden Circle, where some of Iceland’s most precious natural gems can be found. First up is a visit to Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is a place of great importance from a geological and historical perspective, as well as a park of exceptional natural beauty. From Thingvellir National Park, continue to the Great Geysir geothermal area. The area hosts dozens of geysers and hot springs, the most powerful of which (Strokkur) erupts every 8 minutes or so with such force that the boiling hot water jets 15 to 20 meters into the air. Continue further to the Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most majestic waterfall. When viewed in sunny weather, the mist layers many rainbows on top of one-another, giving the waterfall its beautiful crown. Before heading to your lodging for the night, visit the impressive volcanic crater, Kerið, and the town of Selfoss.

Þingvellir National Park
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Kerið Crater
Selfoss Town
Hella Town

Optional Extra:

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Hella area

Day 3. Waterfalls – Black Beaches and A National Park

After breakfast, continue your road trip along Iceland’s amazing south coast. Stop by the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall and, for an exciting new perspective, take a walk behind the waterfall to see the water crash over the cliff’s edge above. A little further, the powerful waterfall Skógafoss plunges 60 meters, creating quite a splash. Visit the Black Beach Reynisfjara, where huge basalt columns seem to rise from the ocean bed in mysterious formations, and the Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve. Stop at the charming small town of Vík before continuing over the desolate floodplains to Skaftafell National Park. This park, which is situated at the roots of Europe’s largest glacier (Vatnajökull), is a natural paradise and a national treasure. Svartifoss waterfall, with its dark lava columns and mesmerizing appeal, awaits your discovery in the lush area of Skaftafell.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Reynisfjara Beach
Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve
Kirkjubæjarklaustur Town
Vatnajökull Glacier
Svartifoss Waterfall

Optional Extra
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
LAVA Centre

Driving Distance:
240 kilometers

Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Skaftafell area

Day 4. Skaftafell – The Glacier Lagoon and Hofn Town

There is not much driving today. Spend half the day to continue your exploration of the Skaftafell National Park or join a glacier hike. After this rejuvenating stay in Skaftafell, continue driving along the roots of Vatnajokull glacier to the inspiring Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon. Here, massive ice blocks float in the lagoon and drift lazily towards the ocean. Short boat trips on the lagoon are operated for those eager for a closer scenic view. After a stop at the glacier lagoon, continue to the town of Höfn.

Vatnajökull Glacier
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Höfn Town

Optional Extra
The Glacier Lagoon - Amphibian Boat Tour
Skaftafell Surroundings - Flightseeing

Driving Distance:
150 kilometers

Höfn area

Day 5. The East Fjords and Egilsstaðir town

Continue north and enjoy the morning by driving through the East Fjords. The peaceful fjords and the small villages will give you great photo opportunities. After the tranquil fjord scenery, continue to Egilsstaðir town located by the mysterious Lake Lagarfljót, home of the Icelandic Loch Ness. The “lake worm” is said to be an enormous creature, only seen on rare occasions, so make sure to have your eyes wide open in case it decided to reveal itself. The lake is up to 130 meters deep, so there is plenty of space for the worm to hide in. Continue along the lakeside to Hallormsstaður village, surrounded by the lush Hallormsstaðaskógur forest. Return to Egilsstaðir for an overnight stay.

Djúpivogur Town
Stöðvarfjörður Fjord
Egilsstaðir Town

Driving Distance:
275 kilometers

Egilsstaðir area

Day 6. The Eastern Fjords, Dettifoss Waterfall and the Wonders of Lake Mývatn

From Egilsstaðir, drive on to the amazing Lake Mývatn area and enjoy its stunning landscapes for the rest of the day. On the way to Lake Mývatn, make a detour to Dettifoss, the largest waterfall in Europe. You may want to visit the relaxing Mývatn Nature Baths in the afternoon or evening and bathe in the geothermal water.


Dettifoss Waterfall
Lake Mývatn

Optional Extra:
Mývatn Nature Baths

Driving Distance:
230 - 270 kilometers

Lake Mývatn or Húsavík area

Day 7. A National Park, Ásbyrgi Canyon, Whale Watching Capital

Start the day by visiting sites at Mývatn that you did not have time to visit the day before. Continue to Húsavík, sometimes called “The Whale Spotting Capital of the World”. Húsavík was the first place in Iceland to offer successful Whale Watching cruises. The Whale Museum in Húsavík, is an educational information centre on marine wildlife. Head to Öxarfjörður Bay and visit Vesturdalur and Hljóðaklettar, the Echo Rocks, an extremely beautiful canyon, carved by the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum. The road to Hljóðaklettar may not be passable early spring / summer. This area offers many interesting hiking trails to explore the many wonders of Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. Ásbyrgi canyon is a strange and spectacular horseshoe shaped canyon, not to be missed. Return to Húsavík.

Hljóðaklettar Rock Formations
Ásbyrgi Canyon

Optional Extra:
Whale Watching from Húsavík

Driving Distance:
210 kilometers

Húsavík area

Note: During winter and early summer the road to Vesturdalur & Hljóðaklettar area is not be passable.

Day 8. Akureyri City, the Capital of the North

Today you will visit the second largest city in Iceland, Akureyri. Before reaching Akureyri, you will come upon the Goðafoss waterfall, known as “waterfall of the gods.” Akureyri has plenty to offer visitors, and everyone should find something to their liking. After a visit to the city, you’ll head out to the countryside for some more experiences. Drive to Skagafjörður fjord, known for its agricultural prosperity and horse breeding. You may also want to visit the fascinating Glaumbær folk museum, which is housed in an old turf farm.

Goðafoss Waterfall
Akureyri Town
Glaumbær Folk Museum

Optional Extra:
Horse Riding
Beer Spa

Driving Distance:
230 kilometers

Skagafjörður area

Day 9. Northwest Iceland – Charming Stykkishólmur Town

Take a leisurely drive through the Northwest region. One of the best-known horse farms in Iceland is located in this region, and a short horseback riding tour would be a great way to get to know the Icelandic horse. You might want to stop at Hvammstangi and walk down to the shore to see if you can spot any seals, - they are frequent visitors here and short tours are available should you want to go out to sea to look for them. Continue to the inspiring town of Stykkishólmur, a charming ocean-side town with a relaxing atmosphere.

Þingeyrarkirkja Church
Vatnsdalshólar Mounds
Stykkishólmur Town

Driving Distance:
270 kilometers

Stykkisholmur area

Day 10. Stunning Scenery of Snæfellsjökull National Park

Explore the Snæfellsnes peninsula and the many small fishing hamlets situated around the peninsula. Spectacular rock formations, mountains, lava fields, and the magnificent Snæfellsjokull glacier that towers over the tip of Snæfellsnes peninsula are among the things to explore. The peninsula is sometimes referred to as “Iceland in miniature” because it offers so many of the things found all over Iceland. The Snæfellsjokull Glacier is the main attraction in Snæfellsnes National Park. It is said that the glacier has mysterious powers, and that people are drawn to the glacier by these powers. From the Snæfellsnes peninsula, head towards Borgarnes where you will find the Icelandic Settlement Centre, whose main objective is to present the fascinating sagas from the settlement times as well as a special exhibition of the famous Viking poet, Egill Skallagrímsson.

Snæfellsjökull Glacier
Lóndrangar Rock Formations
Arnarstapi Village

Optional Extra:
Viking Sushi Boat Tour

Driving Distance: 230 kilometers

Borgarfjörður area

Day 11. Borgarfjordur district - Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik

Continue traveling through Borgarfjörður district and stop at the hot spring area of Deildartunguhver. There you will find the Krauma baths with numerous hot & cold tubs and stem baths heated with the geothermal water originating from the Deildartunguhver hot spring. Head further inland to see the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls,where the water creeps from underneath the lave fields into the Hvítá River. On your way to Hraunfossar you will find the historic Reykholt the former home of Snorri Sturluson a great writer, poet and chieftain in Iceland who was assassinated by the order of the Norwegian king in 1241. Make the waterfalls your turnaround point and head back towards Reykjavik. If you would like to visit the Blue Lagoon drive through Reykjavik and continue towards the amazing Blue Lagoon. Here you can enjoy a relaxing bath in the mineral rich waters and apply some of the silica mud to rejuvenate and your soften skin. At the Blue Lagoon, you can enjoy a stroll, dine at the Lava Restaurant, get a massage, and visit the Blue Lagoon Café. It's a great place to collect your thoughts after your days exploring Iceland. Head back to Reykjavík and drop off the car.

Reykholt Town
Hraunfossar Waterfalls
The Blue Lagoon

Optional Extra:
Krauma Baths

Driving Distance: 180-280 kilometers


Day 12. Back Home

On your last day in Iceland, a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus will transfer you from your accommodation to the airport.

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Season: All year
Departures: Daily
Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Driving distance: 2200/1400 KM
Price from: 129063 ISK/person - Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 01.A - Hyundai I10 or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.
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