Relax and indulge in quirky cultural of Reykjavik
Touchdown the capital and the largest city of Reykjavik over a 12 hour flight from Delhi. After settling in to your hotel, you head straight to get yourself drive vehicle for the rest of your trip. Iceland is best explore by road hence our Travel Engineers highly recommend opting for a self-drive option throughout your trip in Iceland. Once you’ve received your vehicle head straight to explore the Iceland’s quirky artsy culture at the main street Laugavegur. You can experience thriving coffee culture and enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes. Spend a relaxed evening .
Golden Circle Route
Drive towards Thingvellier National Park and walk on the rift valley between tectonic plates
Next morning after a hearty breakfast you embark you journey on the scenic routes that showcases three of Iceland’s most spectacular wonders on the Golden Circle Route starting with driving 45 minutes east towards Thingvellir National Park where you can walk on the rift valley between North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
Snorkel in world’s clearest water of Silfra glacial water between the tectonic plates
Here you will get to snorkel in Silfra one of the clearest bodies of water on earth with up to 120 meters of visibility. Silfra is a fissure created by the separation of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates cutting through Iceland. The Silfra fissure fills with glacial water that has been filtered underground for decades through hardened, porous lava rock. This is an absolutely incredible experience and Travel Engineers recommend pre booking this excursion.
Haukadalur Geothermal area and natural Strokkur watersprouts 98 feet above the ground
Next up head to Haukadalur valley geothermal area approximately 50 mins from Thingvellir National Park. This incredible geothermal region of Geysir, known for its hot springs and geysers. Take in the bubbling pools and steam vents, and see Strokkur, a waterspout that shoots to around 98 feet (30 meters) in the air.
Spectacular Gullfoss Waterfalls
Further on, 10 mins from the Geysir drive to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall located on the Hevita River for spectacular views of the untouched forces of nature. Enjoy a nice meal and coffee next to the waterfall at the café before heading back to Reykjavik over 1 hour 50 minutes drive.
3000 year old volcanic crater Lake Kerid
40 mins Enroute Reykjavik stop at the last wonder a 3000 year old volcanic crater lake Kerid with distinctive red volcanic rock slopes and the actual lake itself is relatively shallow and as a result of minerals from the surrounding soil, the water is a unique and strikingly vivid aquamarine shade of blue.
Our Travel Engineers recommend starting your journey on the golden circle route early to ensure you return back to Reykjavik by early evening and get enough time to admire and absorb the natural beauties on the Golden Route. The total driving distance on the golden circle is approximately 3 hour 40 mins.
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Majestic Seljalandsfoss waterfall and hidden paths behind the waterfall to neighbouring Skógafoss waterfall
After a good night’s sleep today you head to the south coast of Iceland starting with the graceful waterfall Seljalandsfoss over 1 hour 45 minutes’ drive. Here, hidden paths will lead you to behind the waterfall and through the misty cascade to Skógafoss, another neighbouring waterfall with a 197-foot (60-meter) drop. You will get numerous photo opportunities here, as the area is known for its magnificent views.
Drive to Coastal Village Vik with volcanic beach and basalt cliffs Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar
Drive another 50 mins towards the coastal village Vik and take a stop to admire the black volcanic beach perfectly framed with dramatic Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar basalt cliff like rock formation shooting out of the ocean in the backdrop.
Admire constantly moving Sólheimajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers en-route Kirkjubæjarklaustur
After this you will get to see most famous natural wonders of the area just 30 mins drive from Vik, the Sólheimajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, which are constantly moving!
After absorbing the beauty of the most magical natural wonders in the South Coast, you now drive 1 hour 30 mins to the quaint village Kirkjubæjarklaustur! Unwind and relax in the evening.
Skaftafell + Djúpivogur
Spectacular Svatifoss waterfalls falling from wall of black basalt columnar formations in Skaftafell Nature Reserve & Ice climbing and Glacier walking tours
Today morning you will embark your journey to Skaftafell nature reserve, part of the immense Vatnajo?kull National Park known for its outstanding natural wonders where glaciers decent to black sands, hot streams erupt from frozen banks of ice and home to Iceland’s highest mount, largest glacier and most powerful waterfall. This place offers a variety of adventure activities including guided glacier walking tour and ice climbing excursions. At Skaftafell nature reserve you will find Svartifoss, a waterfall which drops from a dramatic wall of black basalt columnar formations which is an absolute visual treat!
Dazzling Icebergs of Jakulsarlon glacier lagoon on black sand Diamond BeachOur Travel Engineers recommend an amazing experience of a boat ride among the maze of floating icebergs about 50 mins from the Vatnajökull National Park. You will also get to admire the Diamond Beach where the icebergs which fill Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon wash up on shore, standing dazzling and defiant in stark contrast to the black sand beach an ideal picture spot for wildlife and nature lovers !
Scenic East Coast drive to charming village Djupivogur
Thereon drive to 2 hour 30 minutes to the charming village of Djúpivogur in East Iceland with stunning panoramic views of sea and mountains. Travel Engineers recommend you leave from Jökulsárlón by afternoon to enjoy the scenic south east coast side drive to Djupivogur.
Spend an easy evening in this picturesque village with endless entertainment opportunities followed by a good night’s sleep.
Scenic drive to Egilsstaòir
After a refreshing breakfast you will now drive past tranquil fishing villages, spectacular Fjords and stunning landscapes towards largest wooded area in Iceland Hallormsstaðarsko?gur forest and home to monster habitat Lagafljo?t that offers great hiking trails, walks leading to stunning waterfalls . A completely refreshing experience.
Visit Sto?ðvarfjo?rður museum of natural objects and mineral rocks
If you enjoy offbeat attractions – particularly if you’re a geology buffs or garden enthusiasts you may want to visit Petra’s Mineral Collection in Sto?ðvarfjo?rður, a small museum of found natural objects and mineral rocks started as a personal hobby by a local resident.
After a relaxing day you head to your hotel in Egilsstaðir , a quaint town on the banks of Lagarfljt river over a 15 mins drive. There are some great café and bars to have a cosy evening.
Volcanic landscapes and soothing nature baths in geothermal areas of Lake Myvatn Area
After a good night’s rest, today’s drive brings you to the Lake Myvatn area, a hotbed of volcanic landscapes such as the Na?maskarð Pass, the Sku?tustaðagi?gar pseudo-craters, the Dimmuborgir lava formations and Mt. Krafla, one of Iceland’s most interesting volcanoes. Later in the afternoon take a dip in the soothing geothermal waters of the Myvatn Nature baths to unwind after a long day of sightseeing.
Unique sights of A?sbyrgi canyon and Europe’s most powerful waterfall Dettifoss or Whale Watching in Húsavik
After your relaxing Nature bath, you head to your hotel in nearby Lake Myvatn Area
The following day you can drive around to explore the unique and intriguing surroundings of Lake Myvatn or drive through the Jo?kulsa?rglju?fur part of Vatnajo?kull National Park, visiting unique sights as the A?sbyrgi canyon and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Our Travel Engineers recommends another great option is to join a whale watching tour at the nearby village of Hu?savi?k about 50 minutes from Lake Myvatn area, this area is known to be “the whale watching capital of Europe”.
Return back to your hotel in the evening for another relaxed night in Mytvan Area.
Drive to charming town Akureyri and take a stop en-route at Godafoss Waterfalls known as ‘waterfalls of the gods’.
Today morning you set out to explore Northwest Iceland driving towards the charming town of Akureyri with variety of interesting shops and museums as well as one of the world’s northernmost botanical garden over a 1 hour 20 mins drive. Halfway to Akureyri, you must take a pitstop at the Goðafoss waterfalls known as “waterfall of the gods” with a stunning postcard like view of the waterfalls.
Drive to Skagafjordur valley known for abundance of Icelandic horses
Continue further 1 hour towards Skagafjo?rður, a valley known for its abundance of Icelandic horses, you will also pass through the beautiful, mountainous area of Tro?llaskagi (“peninsula of the trolls”), the old herring-fishing village of Siglufjo?rður and Hofso?s, where you can enjoy wonderful scenery from the town’s thermal pool.
After admiring the beauty over the day, you drive back to Myvatn Lake area over a 2 hour 30 mins journey for another night over at your Hotel.
Scenic Drive to Holmavik and relaxing dip in Drangsnes Hot Pools
Leave early morning to drive to the tranquil remote West Fjords of Iceland to arrive at Ho?lmavi?k 6 hours from Myvatn. Travel Engineers recommend you leave in time to enjoy stunning sights such as countless mounds of Vatnsdalsho?lar, the Borgarvirki natural fortress and the Glaumbær folk museum on route. After arriving early afternoon at your hotel and you’re refreshed head for relaxing dip in the natural hot pools in Drangsnes just 20 mins from your hotel . Return in the evening for a relaxing overnight stay at your hotel.
Drive to “Capital of the West Fjords” Isafjordur and discover the life of Iceland Fisherman’s in old days at Osvor Maritime Museum
The next morning your journey is characterized by endless but dramatic fjords and towering mountains on your way to I?safjo?rður,over a 2 hour 40 minutes drive. I?safjo?rður is the “Capital of the West Fjords” and the biggest settlement in the region. After checking in to your hotel step out and stroll around the old town where you will find some of the most historic houses in Iceland, dating back to mid 18th century. Later in the afternoon you could head for a 15 mins drive to nearby Bolungarvi?k and visit the O?svo?r Maritime Museum, a great way to see what life was like for Iceland’s fishermen in the old days. Return back to your hotel in the evening and indulge in some vintage café for a meal.
Dynjandi Waterfall and spot puffins and other species of bird at the Westernmost point of Europe Latrabjarg
The following morning head to Dy?rafjo?rður over a 40 mins drive where you can absorb the Iceland’s first century history with the trail of the Viking Saga hero Gisli Su?rsson as or just a take a quick stop to admire the Skru?ður botanical garden. Make your next stop 1 hour later at the impressive Dynjandi waterfall before heading to the spectacular 444 metre-high cliff of La?trabjarg, the westernmost point of Europe. Here, you can get a good look at some of Iceland’s many species of nesting seabirds, such as puffins and razorbills. After immersing yourself into the magical views you drive 1 hour 30 mins ahead to Patreksfjo?rður where you check in to your hotel early evening. Spend the night at your hotel and grab a good night’s sleep reminiscing your day’s experience.
Scenic Baldur ferry ride to the wonders of Snæfellsnes peninsula
Kick off your next morning with a 1 hour drive to catch the Baldur ferry at noon across Breiðafjo?rður Bay to the village of Stykkisho?lmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, passing the scenic island of Flatey along the way over a 2 hour 45 minutes ferry ride. Spend your afternoon roaming the region's unique sights, including Snæfellsjo?kull glacier in Snæfellsjo?kull National Park, the Dritvi?k cove and the small, charming hamlets of Arnarstapi, Hellnar and Bu?ðir. Later check into your hotel and stay overnight at the Snæfellsnes region.
Travel Engineer recommend in May and September, the Baldur ferry departs only in the evenings, hence you drive around the bay to Stykkisho?lmur village. The drive adds approximately 280 km / 4 hours to your journey, but it is very scenic.
Drive back to Reykjavik with stop en route at Borgarfjordur and thrilling ice cave tour
Following morning explore the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the morning before heading back to Reykjavik over 2 hour 15 drive. Half way onroute stop by Borgarfjo?rður (1 hour 15 mins en route to Reykjavik) where you will find the largest hot spring in Europe, the twin waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, as well as Glanni Waterfall, Ha?afell Goat Farm, and the large lava tunnel of Vi?ðgelmir.You could also opt for thrilling ice cave tour into the glacier before heading back to Reykjavik.
Ending with the famous Geothermal Spa Blue Lagoon
You arrive in Reykjavik later in the evening over a 1 hour drive from Borgarfjo?rður. Unwind and relax on your last night. Incase you skip Borgarfjo?rður experience you could directly reach Reykjavik over a 2 hour 15 minutes drive and go for a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal spa to unwind completely and prepare yourself for the departure back home the following morning.
Time to bid a goodbye to this land of natural wonders and head back home.