- Take a road trip to Iceland's famous waterfalls and hot springs
- Visit the most famous geothermal areas in the country
- Enjoy nature walks and bike rides in the country
- Go on food tours in both northern and southern Iceland
|Day 1||Arrive in Iceland, Road Trip to Borgarnes||Borgarnes|
|Day 2||Tour Snæfellsnes Peninsula||Snæfellsnes Peninsula|
|Day 3||Melrakkaey Island Boat Tour||Snæfellsnes Peninsula|
|Day 4||Drive to the Westfjords & Wildlife Spotting||Patreksfjörður|
|Day 5||Scenic Drive to the Northern Westfjords||Isafjordur|
|Day 6||Ísafjörður Day Tour, Arctic Fox Center||Isafjordur|
|Day 7||Tour Ísafjörður & Mountain Biking, Transfer to Hólmavík||Holmavik|
|Day 8||Northern Coast Drive, Sorcery & Witchcraft Museum||Holmavik|
|Day 9||Tour the Vatnsnes Peninsula, Drive to Blönduós||Blönduós|
|Day 10||Scenic Drive to Akureyri & Möðrudalur Farm||Lake Mývatn|
|Day 11||Diamond Circle Highlights, Whale Watching in Húsavik||Lake Mývatn|
|Day 12||Northern Iceland Food Tour & Beer Spa||Laugarbakki|
|Day 13||Drive to the Secret Lagoon & Reykjavík||Reykjavík|
|Day 14||Reykjavík Food Walk||Reykjavík|
|Day 15||Depart Iceland|
Day 1: Arrive in Iceland, Road Trip to Borgarnes
Day 2: Tour Snæfellsnes Peninsula
In the morning, drive west from Borgarnes to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This 56-mile (90 km) long peninsula is often referred to as "Iceland in miniature" as it boasts many of the country's famous wonders. The Snæfellsjökull glacier volcano dominates the region, and also here are unique rock formations, desolate lava fields, windswept beaches, and rugged sea cliffs. A major highlight is Mount Kirkjufell, which looms over the three-tiered waterfall of Kirkjufellsfoss.
To see the most incredible rock formations on the peninsula, take a stroll on the cliffs between the villages of Hellnar and Arnarstapi. The Berserkjahraun and Budahraun lava fields are worth visiting, too. After doing some sightseeing and hiking, you'll drive to a hotel on the peninsula, where you'll overnight.
Day 3: Melrakkaey Island Boat Tour
Day 4: Drive to the Westfjords & Wildlife Spotting
Drive north from the Snæfellsnes Peninsula this morning and head into the southern Westfjords. This untamed group of peninsulas and fjords is home to some of the nicest, sandiest beaches in Iceland. You can see for yourself when you drive along the coast to Rauðasandur, a unique beach in that its sands are red-hued and golden rather than volcanic and black. It's also home to a colony of seals, which you can visit on a photo safari.
Continue to the western end of the region, and you'll arrive at Látrabjarg, whose towering sea cliffs are home to colonies of seabirds like puffins. Feel free to stop for a brief stroll near the cliffs. There are also many golden-sand beaches in the area to visit like Breiðavík and Örlygshöfn. After enjoying the landscapes, you'll transfer to a hotel in the village of Patreksfjörður, where you'll overnight.
Day 5: Scenic Drive to the Northern Westfjords
This morning you'll leave Patreksfjörður on a drive between the northern and southern Westfjords. The route passes some of the most beautiful fjords in Iceland including Arnarfjordur and Dyrafjordur. Backed by soaring mountains known as the Westfjords Alps, Dyrafjordur offers great hiking on unfrequented trails. For example, Mount Sandafell, above the town of Thingeyri, has great views of Dyrafjordur. Thingeyri itself is interesting, as it's one of the oldest settlements in the Westfjords. Just outside it is the Haukadalur farmstead, which is the setting for Icelandic sagas from the 9th and 10th centuries.
If you're traveling during the summer months, you can drive from Thingeyri over the Hrafnseyrarheidi mountain pass. This section of road connects Dyrafjordur and Arnarfjordur and offers great views over the latter. After coming down from the pass, you'll arrive at majestic Dynjandifalls. The name translates to "thunderous," and this 330-foot (100 m) waterfall delivers on its promise. Standing near the 196-foot (60 m) base of the falls and hearing the water crash around you is truly an unforgettable experience. At the end of the day, you'll continue north to the town of Ísafjörður, where you'll overnight.
Day 6: Ísafjörður Day Tour, Arctic Fox Center
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Day 7: Tour Ísafjörður & Mountain Biking, Transfer to HólmavíkToday you'll continue road-tripping around Ísafjörður. Start the day with some of the best waffles in Iceland at the Litlibær, a historic farmstead with a turf roof. Then drive to the nearby cape at Hvítanes to get up close and personal with curious seals. You can also hike up to waterfalls in the Valagil gorge, or stop at the Kaldalón fjord to hike around creeks, waterfalls, and Iceland's northernmost glacier, Drangajökull.
Later, you'll return to Ísafjörður. Here, leave the car and hop on a bicycle for a guided 2.5-hour ride down an easy rail with stunning views across the fjord and beyond. Ride along avalanche barriers through the forests and open trails above the town. Along the way, your guide will tell tales of life in Ísafjörður, the history of the area, and perhaps a bit of local gossip. Afterward, you'll drive south to the coastal village of Hólmavík, where you'll overnight.
Day 8: Northern Coast Drive, Sorcery & Witchcraft MuseumToday's drive takes you through the remote Strandir region of Iceland's north. Amid the unspoiled nature of this region, you can see many of the features for which the country is famous: rugged coastline, fjords, mountains, fishing villages, puffins, whales, and wild Icelandic horses. It's also a great area to glimpse the northern lights.
Day 9: Tour the Vatnsnes Peninsula, Drive to BlönduósDrive up to the Vatnsnes Peninsula today. This oft-overlooked region is off the beaten path yet boasts must-visit sites like the Hvítserkur sea stack. This 50-foot (15 m) rock formation rises out of the water off the coast and, according to legend, is actually a troll that was caught in the sun and turned into stone. This area is also home to one of the largest seal colonies in Iceland.
Day 10: Scenic Drive to Akureyri & Möðrudalur Farm
After Akureyri, continue east, deep into the Icelandic wilderness. Within this remoteness, you'll find Möðrudalur Farm. Sitting at 1,539 feet (469 m), this is the highest farm in the country and is known for its long history dating back over 1,000 years to Iceland's first settlements. A walk along the trails here will lead you to great viewpoints offering wide panoramas of the surrounding plains. There's also a storybook white chapel with a red roof that was built in 1949.
Day 11: Diamond Circle Highlights, Whale Watching in Húsavik
After a leisurely morning in Lake Mývatn, hit the road again to see even more of the Diamond Circle. One interesting place is Ásbyrgi, a horseshoe-shaped canyon that, as the story goes, was created when god Odin's eight-legged horse galloped across the land. Other places to visit include the turquoise Botnstjörn Pond, the unique rock formations in Vesturdalur Valley, and Jökulsárgljúfur, a 15-mile (25 km) glacial river canyon. It's up to 393 feet (120 m) deep in places, making it one of the deepest in Iceland. Perhaps the most famous landmark here is Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall.
Continue north to Húsavík, a lovely harbor town and the whale watching capital of Iceland. The reason it's so popular is that you don't need to venture far out to sea to view these animals—you can see them right in the harbor. You'll have the option to take a two-to-three-hour boat cruise to spot humpback whales, sperm whales, dolphins, and harbor porpoises. Afterward, you can visit the Whale Museum and then have a bite to eat at a restaurant on the harbor before returning to your hotel at Lake Mývatn.
Day 12: Northern Iceland Food Tour & Beer SpaToday you'll embark on a foodie tour to sample northern Iceland's exciting gastronomy. That's right, besides its gorgeous scenery and quaint villages, northern Iceland has a burgeoning food and drink scene. Most of the beverages and dishes you'll find here are representative of this part of the country. The climate, soil, water, and environment have all shaped the culinary culture here over the centuries.
Day 13: Drive to the Secret Lagoon & Reykjavík
Day 14: Reykjavík Food Walk
Day 15: Depart Iceland
Bags packed? Ready to go? Then enjoy one last leisurely breakfast in your hotel before heading to the airport and bidding a fond farewell to this volcanic wonderland of a country. Bless!
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