Sunny Iceland Road Trip

8 Day Summer Iceland Itinerary - Iceland

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Duration8 days / 7 nights (flexible)

DepartureReykjavik - Vik - Golden Circle - Snaefellsnes - Keflavik

ItineraryReykjavik - Vik - Golden Circle - Snaefellsnes - Keflavik

Suitable for families

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Overview

Want to enjoy another world and a totally different way of life? Whether you go in summer or winter, an Icelandic road trip never fails to impress. Discover Iceland in awe inspiring 8 days which includes the Volcanoes Route to the south ending at the Golden Circle with its Gullfoss waterfall and Iceland’s only spouting geyser. The Snaefellsnes peninsula will allow you to enjoy a lesser explored region of this remarkable country, it is hiking paradise while you  glimpse everyday Icelandic life.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport as described
  • Car hire
  • Excursions as described

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Welcome to Reykjavik!

Spot snow-capped peaks and volcanic craters from the plane window as you fly into Keflavik airport. Pick up your rental car from the airport and head into the city. Reykjavik is a compact and trendy city that is home to over half of the Icelandic population. The modern architecture, shops, young people and boutique restaurants give the city a quirky Nordic touch. You’ll stay in a hotel that is centrally located with authentic Scandinavian design.

A view of a city with the sea

After breakfast today you will head out from the harbour on a traditional fishing boat for your whale-watching trip. These fisherman are experts in knowing where to find these gentle giants, whilst ensuring it is done without disturbing them or causing any stress. You’ll spend around three hours on the boat, seeking out these gentle giants. Gaze in awe at the sight of powerful fins splashing in the sea and if you’re lucky, you’ll see a full breach!

A large whale tail coming out of the sea

Vikings & Volcanoes

Leaving the geyser area behind you, you’ll be on your way to the coastal village of Vik. On the way, stop off at Iceland’s most active volcano, Hekla. Here you can view the ruins of an old Viking farm that was only excavated in 1900 and also see its replica. Make sure to also stop at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, two incredibly photogenic waterfalls. The area flourishes with green flora and at Seljalandsfoss you can actually walk behind the waterfall for a truly magical experience. With the Hekla summit to your left, continue your drive slowly eastwards.

View of black sanded beach

Drive further down the ring road for a visit to the film exhibition of the mighty Eyjafjallajökul volcano, which shut down all European air traffic in 2010. In the evening you will arrive at the coastal village of Vík, where you will spend the night in a cosy guesthouse. Nearby are Black Sand Beach and Reynisfjara Beach, known for their black lava beaches and the angular basalt rocks that rise from the water. With a bit of luck you can also see puffins at Cape Dyrhólaey from the historic lighthouse there. After breakfast the following day, check out and continue your journey.

Rock formation going into the sea

Spouting Geysers & Crashing Falls

Today you’ll head off to the Golden Circle. We recommend a stop at Thingvellir en route, where you’ll find a gap between the European and American continental plates in a national park that’s well worth checking out. From Thingvellir, you’ll then continue to the Golden Circle, where you will find Iceland’s highest spouting geyser, Strokkur. Be sure to have your camera ready, as you can take spectacular pictures here. In the evening, check into your countryside hotel and after such an exciting day seeing the sights, it’s time to relax in the Secret Lagoon, one of the oldest thermal baths in Iceland. We’ll reserve entrance tickets for you in advance, so all you have to do is get there. Between the different baths you walk through a world of moss and steam, giving you a magical feeling.

Geyser erupting with people watching

It’s worth getting up early today, so that you have enough time to visit the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall before all the day trippers arrive. This way you have all the peace and space to grab yourself some beautiful photos. The water begins at the glacial river Hvítá and plunges here like a perpendicular water curtain into a 70 meter deep gorge. There are also fantastic views over the Gullfoss from all sides and when the sun shines, you almost always see a rainbow here. After your visit to Gullfoss, you will leave the Golden Circle region and continue your journey through Iceland. Depending on your chosen route, you will now travel along Seljalandsfoss to Vík and the south coast or visit Pompeii in the Westman Islands.

People bathing in a lagoon

Snaefellsnes by the Sea

From the northern town of Akureyri it takes about 5 hours to drive to the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Many travellers skip this part of Iceland making it a real hidden gem, and with its vast grasslands it’s a nice counterpart to the more rugged interior. As you approach the Snaefellsnes peninsula you’ll have a stunning view of the towering volcano in the distance, which makes for a great picture. You will be welcomed by an Icelandic couple as you pull up to their small family guesthouse.

an orange lighthouse with a path leading up to it

In winter, large troops of orcas come along the coast, so dress warmly today as you will be heading out to sea in search of these majestic animals.  They are here to hunt the herrings that congregate in the fjords. Be ready, because they can be difficult to spot and you do, it’s a truly wonderful experience as the water spurts above the surface and you see a fin emerge. After about two hours on the water you’ll head back to harbour. Due to its remote location, Snaefellsnes is also ideal to see the Northern Lights, so a night walk is highly recommended to end the day with a little more excitement.

woman looks over sea and land

Secrets of the Blue Lagoon

Drive over the Reykjanes peninsula towards Keflavík to end your trip completely zen at the Blue Lagoon. You can arrange an entrance ticket with specific access time in advance. On the way to the natural baths you will see lava fields and hot springs with large plumes of smoke in the background. The lagoons are artificially constructed but heated by natural sources. On the sides there are large containers with purified clay for you to rub over your body. This has been scientifically proven that the mineral salts and algae of this geothermal seawater have a healing effect on the skin.

a pool with steaming water and a small bridge
David on a rickshaw

Speak to our Iceland specialist, David

"Iceland offers so much variety. Whether it's bathing in one of many natural lagoons, heading out to see the wildlife or witnessing the amazing northern lights, you won't run out of things to do! I ticked off a lot of things from my bucket list here."


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