Holiday Home Vacation
Approx. 3900 km: This is the version of the holiday home itinerary that starts off with 3 nights in the North and takes you counterclockwise around the country. Depending on availability the route can also take you clockwise around the country, starting off in the South.
- Duration days13, 14, 15 or 16
- Accommodation typeHoliday houses
- Available Spring to Autumn 30.03.19 - 19.10.19
- Day 1
After disembarking from Norröna you drive through the long and fertile valley of Jökuldalur, and then you drive up to Möðrudalsheiði, a desert-like plateau. Then you head north over Hólssandur, until you reach the Mývatn area. From there you drive to your house in the north, in the Mývatn or Akureyri area.
- Day 2
It is possible to make a whale watching safari from Húsavík in the morning! Today you drive north along Tjörnes peninsula. First you make a stop at Húsavík fishing village where it’s possible to make a whale watching boattour and where you can visit the charming church. Then you continue north along the peninsula and drive to Ásbyrgi, a horse-shoe shaped gorge, where a small forest shelters along the 100 m high rock walls. A short walk is indicated. Another highlight of this day is Dettifoss waterfall, which is Europe’s mightiest - no other waterfall has such a lot of water! It’s 44 m high. You can walk down along a rocky path until you get very close by the waterfall, so you can thoroughly enjoy it. Then you return to your base.
- Day 3
Today’s tours brings you to lake Mývatn, where you spend the rest of the day visiting all the marvellous sights, such as Krafla, the site of volcanic eruptions as recent as the 80s, Námaskarð solfataras, Dimmuborgir Lava Labyrinth and the pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir.
- Day 4
Today you drive first to Goðafoss waterfall, the waterfall of the Gods, which is well worth a good stop. Then you continue to Eyjafjörður fjord, and spend the afternoon in the lovely city of Akureyri, often called “The Capital of the North”. It’s a good idea to visit the beautiful botanic garden and a visit to the swimming pool is a very nice experience as well. Also, the city offers some nice shopping opportunities, such as for example a factory outlet of woolens.
Next you drive to Skagafjörður county, famous for its horsebreeding. There, it is possible to visit the turf house museum of Glaumbær, dating from the end of the 19th century. You continue along the main road to the village of Blönduós, the fjord Hrútafjörður and then over Holtavörðuheiði to the Borgarfjörður area, your base for the next 4 nights.
- Day 5
Today, it is possible to make a boat trip in the afternoon (in high season, book beforehand), sailing among the many islands of Breiðafjörður, fishing for scallops and watching the many seabirds of this area. Overnight in Stykkishólmur. (180 km)
- Day 6
Today you visit some of the marvels of Borgarfjörður, such as Deildartunguhver which is Iceland’s largest hot spring, producing 180 l of almost boiling water per minute. Also you view Hraunfossar, a whole row of small waterfalls tumbling out of the lava, into a passing river.
- Day 7
This is a day to explore the marvels of the tip of the peninsula, such as the impressive beach Djúpalónssandur (from which you can hike to Dritvík, approx. 3 hrs.), the cliff at Þúfubjarg, and one of the highlights of the area: Arnarstapi. There the kittiwakes nest among the basalt columns, and you can observe them from very close by. A walk along the coastline here is really something not to be missed. After that you drive along the south side of the peninsula, and you can make a stop at Gerðuberg, Iceland’s longest row of basalt columns. Next you continue to the village of Borgarnes. Overnight in this area. (250 km)
- Day 8
Today you drive to Reykjavík, where you might like to explore the marvels of the city. If you like, you can make an excursion to Reykjanes peninsula, with a visit to the church of Bessastaðir, and to the steam vents and boiling mud pools of Krísuvík. A highlight is a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, filled with natural hot water, rich in all kind of minerals. After a refreshing bath in the bizarre surroundings of lava fields and a geothermal plant, you drive back to Reykjavik and to your house in south-west Iceland.
- Day 9
Drive to Þingvellir National Park, where the ancient parliament was founded. This is also a place of great geological interest, and you can take a walk through one of the large fissures. Then you continue over Lyngdalsheiði pass to the village of Laugarvatn, and from there to the Geysir area, where the famous spring Strokkur ejects its water columns high into the air every 5 minutes or so. Next you visit Gullfoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Iceland.
- Day 10
Today you explore the lovely valley of Þjórsardalur. This valley was once a lovely farming area, but in 1104 it was destroyed by an eruption of Mt. Hekla. If the weather is favourable you might get some good views of this notorious volcano. You can visit the excavated ruins of the farm Stöng, as well as it’s reconstruction (entrance fee!) close by. There are the waterfalls Hjálp (twin falls) and Iceland’s 3rd highest: Háifoss and you mustn’t miss the charming little valley Gjáin.
- Day 11
Today you explore the south coast, driving in the direction of the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss and the lovely Folk Museum of Skógar. Next you visit the bird cliff of Dyrhólaey (open after 25 June), where puffins can be seen until mid-August, and the small village of Vik. Next you drive over the Mýrdalssandur outwash plains to Kirkjubæjarklaustur and from there you continue further east. On the way you can make a stop at Dverghamrar with its basalt columns, and you can visit the tiny chapel at Núpsstaður. Finally you arrive in the Skaftafell area, to enjoy the marvels of the Skaftafell National Park. You can actually drive all the way to the glacier tongue Svínafellsjökull, and there are many opportunities for hiking in the Park. A walk to Svartifoss waterfall (1 1/2 hrs in total) is a must! Next you continue east along the south coast, and the first and most important stop of the day is at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. In this large lagoon immense icebergs float around, and you can even make a short boattrip among them, giving you really the opportunity to see them from close by. After this stop, you continue to the village of Höfn and into the East Fjord area Via Djúpivogur and Skríðdalur you drive to the east for the last 4 nights.
- Day 12
Today an excursion to Borgarfjörður Eystri is recommended. Among the things to see there, are a lovely and picturesque harbour with a nice bird cliff, the colourful rhyolite mountains of the area, a charming village with a beautiful small church and an impressive mountain pass.
- Day 13
Today you should visit the East fjords. You could drive all the way to the charming village of Neskaupstaður and go for a short but beautiful hike along the coast. Visit Reyðarfjörður village and drive along the eastern fjords with their lovely landscape. A tip: visit the Stone Museum of Petra, in the tiny village of Stöðvarfjörður. There you can see a garden and most of the house full of the most colourful and sparkling Icelandic semi-gemstones. Via Breiðdalsvík and you return to your base.
- Day 14
Make a beautiful excursion around Lake Lögurinn, visiting Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, for a nice hike. Then you could drive to Hengifoss waterfall and embark on a hike to see this charming waterfall from close by. And of course you should visit Egilsstaðir village, where there is a lovely swimming pool, an interesting museum and lots of shops.
- Day 15
In the morning you drive the 30 km back to Seyðisfjörður, where you can have a good look around and perhaps visit the Technical Museum, before you catch the ferry.
Note: we reserve the right to reverse the itinerary.