Drive to the Snæfellsnes peninsula via Hvalfjörður, either doing the beautiful drive around the fjord, or taking the tunnel under it. This beautiful peninsula is famous for its cone shaped, glacier covered stratovolcano, Snæfellsjökull, a regular Icelandic Mt.Fuji and the gateway to the center of the Earth in the famous novel by Jules Verne (Journey to the Center of the Earth). Discover the charming town of Stykkishólmur, nestled on a jagged secondary peninsula with its historic and quaint little houses. Accommodation in the Stykkishólmur area.
D2: Borgarfjörður - Langjökull - Kaldidalur - Þingvellir - Gullfoss Geysir.
From Stykkishólmur you drive along the beautiful Skógarströnd (Wooded Beach) following the Hvammsfjörður fjord. This is saga-land and is known for its big role in the Icelandic Sagas. Drive towards the Langjökull glacier, stopping at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hotspring in Europe. Take the Kaldidalur road towards Þingvellir and subsequently Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hotspring, together forming the famous Golden Circle. Accomodation in the Gullfoss/Geysir area.
In perhaps the longest day of the tour, the ancient Kjölur mountain road will take you towards the Kerlingafjöll massif. The day is spent exploring the magnificent landscape of Kerlingarfjöll by foot. Here the contrast of snow and ice and the hot springs are painted in their fullest glory, in a colorful landscape of red, yellow, ochre brown rhyolite mountains. Enjoy the views towards Iceland’s second and third largest glaciers of Hofsjökull and Langjökull. On your way towards your evening destination, pass the Hjálparfoss waterfall and if time allows check out the ancient farm Stöng. Accommodation in Hotel Háland.
Coming down into the Fjallabak Nature Reserve you arrive at Landmannalaugar where you spend a few hours walking to enjoy the colors of this world famous rhyolite massif. The natural hot spring awaits with its delightful and relaxing waters at the foot of the lava field. Accommodation in Hótel Háland.
D5: Langisjór - Eldgjá.
From Landmannalaugar you head southwards to the Eldgjá ravine. In that same area is Ófærufoss waterfall and Langisjór lake, all of which are very interesting to see. A relatively easy hike (300m elevation) up to mountain Sveinstindar (1090m) where a marked trail leads all the way to the top, giving a fantastic view of the surroundings (which, on a clear day can reach quite far). Close by the Lakagígar crater row lie dormant, giving witness to the catastrophic eruption that lasted for almost a year, from 1783-1784, wreaking havoc on Iceland and even some parts of Europe. Accommodation near Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
D6: Skaftafell - Jökulsárlón.
Vatnajökull National Park is Europe’s biggest National Park. The southeast part of this park is the area of Skaftafell which is composed of natural birch forest growing between glacial tongues, reaching down almost to sea level - a unique place to visit. Walk through the forest up to Svartifoss waterfall, which is famous for its black basalt columns. On the way you will get fantastic views of Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull and its highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur (2110m). At their lodge in Skaftafell NP, Icelandic Mountainguides can provide you with 2 or 4 hour inspiring walk on the glacier. You will be provided with all the necessary gear (crampons and ice axes) to discover the amazing blue world of ice and explore its ridges and crevasses! Accommodation near Skaftafell.
D7: South Coast.
Drive across the black flood plains of Skeiðarársandur, created by flooding caused by eruptions from under Skeiðarárjökull outlet glacier. Stop at Kirkjubæjarklaustur village for a short hike in the area visiting f.ex. the „Church Floor“ and Stjórnarfoss waterfall. A short drive away is the impressive volcanic canyon Fjadrargljufur, carved in volcanic tuffs by the river running through it. Visit the Dyrhólaey peninsula and the village of Vik with its cliffs harboring the largest colony of Arctic terns in the country. Further west you will discover Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, both cascading from the ever infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier, known for its disruptive power, best demonstrated in 2010 when the ashes from its eruption disrupted international flights around the world. Accommodation near Hvolsvöllur.
D8: Reykjanes - Blue Lagoon.
On this last day, visit the little town of Hveragerði, known for its hot springs, one of them situated in the middle of the town, where the locals bake their famous black bread Hverabrauð (hot spring bread). From Hveragerði your route lies even further west, along the Reykjanes peninsula with its lunar-like landscapes and active geothermal areas. See an exact replica of a 9th century viking ship and take a swim in the award winning Blue Lagoon, voted one of the 25 „Wonders of the World“ by National Geographic. Accommodation in Reykjavik.