RT21 - The Ultimate Highland Exploration 9 days
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Season: (JUL 12 to AUG 20)
Operates: (Daily)
Duration: (9 days / 8 nights)
By Car km/mi: (1565)
Price from: (183014 ISK Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.)
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This tour allows you to experience driving on rough highland roads and see the magnificent interior of Iceland along the most popular sites of South and North Iceland. Are you adventurous and want to make the most of your stay in Iceland? Then this Ultimate Highland Tour is perfect for you.


Day 1. Arrival - Reykjavik City

Following your arrival you will transfer to your accommodation in Reykjavík in a comfortable bus with Wi-Fi connection on board. Spend the rest of the day exploring Reykjavík, which offers a great variety of things to do and see.

Reykjavik city

Reykjavik city

Day 2. The Scenic South Coast - Waterfalls, Glaciers and Volcanoes

Pick up your car in the morning and your Icelandic adventure can start. Today you will visit the scenic South Coast of Iceland. Your first stop is Hveragerði town with its natural steaming vents and greenhouses that are heated with water form hot springs. Continue east passing the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano, that erupted last in 2010 and left air traffic in Europe and America paralyzed. Stop at the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It is possible to walk behind the falls. Just a little further you will find the impressive Skógafoss waterfall – the legend has it that in the cave, behind the waterfall, a hidden treasure can be found, which was put there by one of Iceland´s first inhabitants. Visit Dyrhólaey Nature reserve, where thousands of birds nest in summer time. You will find the colourful puffins there as well. Next continue to Reynisdrangar lava beach and see the bizarre basalt columns. Head to the charming town of Vík for an overnight stay.

Hveragerði Town
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Reynisfjara Beach
Vík Town
Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve
Eyjafjallajökull Glacier

Optional Extra
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
LAVA Centre

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Vík area

Day 3. Eldgjá Canyon - Landmannalaugar - Volcano Crater

Today you will head to Landmannalaugar via the Fjallabak route, which is believed to be one of the most scenic highland trails in Iceland. Visit the largest volcano canyon in the world – Eldgjá. Continue to Landmannalaugar – a highland oasis surrounded by the colourful rhyolite mountains and lava fields. The area offer countless shorter and longer hiking trails. One of Iceland´s most famous natural pool is located at Landmannalaugar, perfect for relaxing bath after hiking and exploring this highland paradise. Next continue to see the impressive Ljótipollur – a water-filled crater.

Eldgjá Canyon

Driving Distance:
155 kilometers

Hrauneyjar area

Day 4. Sprengisandur Highland Track

Fill up the tank, as there will not be any gas stations for more than 200 kilometers. Continue inland on Sprengisandur track along Þórisvatn, which is the second largest lake in Iceland. Enjoy the raw, yet stunning scenery being surrounded by two glaciers – Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. The route roughly follows an ancient horse trail that linked southern and northern Iceland. It affords a good cross section of views of the interior highlands. Much of the landscape along it consists of a desert sand, gravel and wind eroded lava beds. In total it has grandeur of its own, a haunting quality of size and emptiness, above all, the sense of space and freedom, tranquillity and grim beauty. The Sprengisandur route was first crossed by a motor vehicle in 1933. You will pass the Fjórðungsvatn lake, this is the highest elevation of the route – 826 meters above sea level. This is also the water devide – north of here all the rivers and streams drain to the Arctic Ocean. Depending on time, make a detour to Laugafell and enjoy a pleasant bath in an outdoor pool with natural warm water.

Þórsvatn Lake
Hofsjökull Glacier

Driving Distance:
280 kilometers

Mývatn area

Day 5. Lake Mývatn Area - Ásbyrgi Canyon - National Park - Húsavík Town

Start the day by driving to town of Húsavík, which is known also as the Whale Watching Capital of the World. You might want to join a whale watching tour. Next continue to the massive, horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi Canyon, from there head to see the strange Hljóðaklettar rock formations. Continue to the Jökulsárgljúfur National park, where you will witness the raw force of the Europe´s most powerful waterfall – Dettifoss. Standing near the waterfall you can´t help but feel humbled by the devastating power of nature. Next head to explore the surrounding area of Mývatn – hot springs and mud pools at Námaskarð, the impressive volcano Krafla and its crater Víti as well as mysterious lava formations at Dimmuborgir. After a day of sightseeing we recommend you to visit Mývatn Nature Baths and relaxi in the mineral rich waters.

Dettifoss Waterfall
Ásbyrgi Canyon
Hljóðaklettar Rock Formations
Húsavík Town
Hverfell Krater
Mývatn Nature Baths
Námaskarð Pass

Optional Extra:
Mývatn Nature Baths
Whale Watching from Húsavík

Driving Distance:
230 kilometers

Mývatn area

Day 6. Akureyri Town - Skagafjörður Fjord

Today you will head to the Capital of the North – Akureyri. On the way make sure to stop at the inspiring Goðafoss waterfall (The Waterfall of Gods). There is a special story about the falls – in year 1000, when Icelanders converted to Christianity, a law speaker, named Þorkell, threw pagans gods in the waterfall. As you arrive at Akureyri, consult the visitor´s centre for things to do and see. Akureyri is a vibrant city, always full of life, and everyone should find something that suits their interests. From Akureyri head to Skagafjörður, an area famous for its horse breeding and horsemanship. If you ever wanted to meet the friendly Icelandic horse and go on horse riding tour, this is the perfect place. Various horse riding tours for beginners and experienced riders are available.

Goðafoss Waterfall
Akureyri Town
Glaumbær Folk Museum

Optional Extra:
Horse Riding

Driving Distance:
220 kilometers

Skagafjörður area

Day 7. Kjölur Highland Road - The Golden waterfalls and Geysers

Before heading inland to the highland track Kjölur, remember to fill up the tank, since there are no gas stations in highlands. Continue on the highland road surrounded by Hofsjökull and Langjökull glaciers. Stop at Hveravellir geothermal area, where you will find natural hot springs and can enjoy a relaxing bath in this highland environment. Enjoy the magnificent mountain views in the area and make sure to stop at Kerlingafjöll mountains – an area that offers beautiful scenery and various hiking trails. After the drive on Kjölur highland road, you will arrive at Gullfoss – the Golden waterfalls - one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland. A little further you will find the Geysir geothermal area with various hot springs and geyser Strokkur. Strokkur erupts every 8 minutes or so with such a force that the boiling water jets up to 20 meters in the air.

Kerlingafjöll Mountains
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir Geothermal Area

Driving Distance:
270 kilometers

Laugarvatn area

Day 8. Þingvellir National Park - Reykjanes Peninsula and the Blue Lagoon area

The first stop of today will be Þingvellir national park, an UNESCO World heritage site. Þingvellir is a place of great importance from a geological as well as historical perspective. The Icelandic parliament was established here in 930. Head south and visit towns of Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki, both known for delicious lobster and seafood. Continue along coast line to Reykjanes peninsula, which will amaze you by its lunar landscapes. Make a detour and visit the geothermal area of Krýsuvík, filled with hot springs and mud pools. Drive along the mysterious, yet stunning Kleifarvatn Lake. Next continue to the world famous Blue Lagoon and relax in the blue water after a breathtaking trip in Iceland. Head back to Reykjavík and drop off your rental car.

Þingvellir National Park
Krýsuvík Geothermal Area
Lake Kleifarvatn

Driving Distance:
280 kilometers


Day 9. Departure

Transfer from your accommodation to the international airport in a comfortable bus with Wi-Fi connection on board.

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Season: JUL 12 to AUG 20
Departures: Daily
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Driving distance: 1565 KM
Price from: 183014 ISK/person - Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.
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