The Highland Adventure

The Highland Adventure

Experience the tranquility of nature in the Icelandic highlands and enjoy an adventure of driving off the beaten track where your driving skills will be put to the test as you get to cross unbridged streams and rivers along the way.

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Tour Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights

Tour ID: ID75

A quick view to the highlands


  • Þingvellir national park
  • The Geysir hot springs area
  • Kjölur highland road
  • Hveravellir with a natural hot pool
  • Sprengisandur higland road
  • Laugafell
  • Town of Akureyri
  • Goðafoss waterfall
  • Lake Mývatn volcanic area
  • Panoramic views of glaciers
  • Aldeyjarfoss and Hrauneyjarfoss and many other waterfalls
  • Landmannalaugar geothermal area
  • Eldgjá
  • Dyrhólaey

Departures: July, August 2018

Prices include:
– 7 days car rental with unlimited mileage, CDW, “Theft Waiver” PAI and tax; pick up in Reykjavik, drop off at Keflavík airport
– Flybus Keflavík airport – Reykjavík city
– Road map
– 7 nights accommodation in double or twin rooms including breakfast
– Detailed itinerary
– Reference guide about Iceland
– Service and VAT

A) With accommodation in rooms with private facilities:

Car type group Price p.p. from: ISK Price p.p. from: ISK Price p.p. from: ISK Price p.p. from: ISK
  with 2 pax with 4 pax with 6 pax with 8 pax
FG / DFNN 247.800 183.600    
G / DFAN 256.000 187.700    
I / FFBD 327.600 223.500    
R / LFBD 358.300 238.900    
J / SVNQ *   239.200 199.300 185.800 *
K / PFNQ   249.400 206.100  

B) With accommodation in rooms without private facilities:

Car type group Price p.p. from: ISK Price p.p. from: ISK Price p.p. from: ISK Price p.p. from: ISK
  with 2 pax with 4 pax with 6 pax with 8 pax
FG / DFNN 232.100 168.000    
G / DFAN 240.300 172.100    
I / FFBD 311.900 207.900    
R / LFBD 342.600 223.200    
J / SVNQ *   233.600 183.700 170.200 *
K / PFNQ   233.700 190.400  

Car type groups  suitable for highland roads :
J /SVNQ * : TOYOTA HIACE 9 SEATER 4WD BUS (* when rented with 8 pax, the price includes a trailer for luggage!)

Discounts may apply for self-drive packages after 20 August. 

Day 1: Reykjavík – Keflavík
Upon your arrival at Keflavík international airport, you will be transported to your accommodation in Reykjavík with the flybus.

Day 2: (ca. 190 km)
In the morning you will get a rental car pick up at the hotel and set off to explore the sights of the “Golden Circle.” You will start by visiting Þingvellir National Park which is a great lava arena in a rift valley and the site of the oldest parliament, “the Althing” and Lake Þingvallavatn with a view of surrounding mountains. From there you head to the Geysir geothermal area – have your camera ready for one of the geysers, Strokkur as it spouts a column of hot water. Lastly, you will visit Gullfoss waterfall (the Golden Waterfall) before turning in for the night.

Day 3: (ca. 200 km)
Today you will drive the gravel highland road of the Kjölur where you will have views of the Langjökull glacier, Mt Kerlingarfjöll, and Hofsjökull glacier. On the way, you will visit the Hveravellir hot spring area with steam vents and warm pools where you can bathe in the natural pool which is cooled down by the fresh water. There you also have a chance for a hike on the trail of the outlaws who hid out in this area once upon a time. When moving onwards, you will see the artificial lakes which are part of the power station Blanda and cover a significant portion of the northern end of this route.

Day 4: (ca. 280 km)
On the journey today you will explore Skagafjörður and the glacial valleys of Öxnadalur and Hörgárdalur. You will also visit Akureyri – the university town often referred to as the capital of North Iceland. Akureyri has many points of interest to explore. There are the charming wooden houses in the old part of the town, the northernmost botanical garden, the church – a landmark that towers over the downtown area and many interesting museums, galleries, and cafés.
After you explore Akureyri, you will head and visit Goðafoss waterfall on your way to the fascinating volcanic area of Lake Mývatn. The area is rich in birdlife, and nature is a sight to see. There are lava fields, volcanic craters, and mountains, pseudo craters, lava rock formations, solfatara field with boiling mud pits and roaring steam vents. At the end of the day, you can have a relaxing bath in the pleasantly warm water of the Nature Baths geothermal lagoon while enjoying the fantastic views over the area.

Day 5: (ca. 320 km)
Today you will drive through Bárðardalur valley along Skjálfandafljót river. You will see Aldeyjarfoss waterfall with its impressive wall of basalt formations as well as Hrafnabjargafoss. You will make your way along the Sprengisandur desert highland road and visit the geothermal area of Laugafell where you have a chance to bathe in a natural warm pool. On your way, there are views of glaciers (Hofsjökull, Tungnafellsjökull, Vatnajökull), and several unbridged streams and rivers to cross.

Day 6: (ca. 230 km)
Your drive today will take you along scenic highland roads to Landmannalaugar, a geothermal area with hot springs and a chance to hike through the colorful landscape and bathe in the warm stream. You will come across the Eldgjá rift, one of the most significant fissures in the world, before reaching the town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Day 7: (ca. 190-260 km):
Today you will visit the village Vík with its black, sandy beach which stretches as far as you can see and a view of the Reynisdrangar stack. You can visit the bird sanctuary at Dyrhólaey and drive beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier under which rests the infamous volcano of the same name. You can visit the Skógar folk museum and view the Skógafoss waterfall and Seljalandsfoss waterfall while enjoying views of the Vestmannaeyjar Islands and Mt. Hekla (weather permitting) on your way to Reykjavik.

Day 8: Reykjavík –Keflavík (ca. 50 – 70 km)
Now you will drive to Keflavík international airport, drop off the rental car and check-in for the flight back home. If your departure is in the afternoon or evening, then you have the chance to explore the Reykjanes peninsula or visit the Blue Lagoon for a final relaxing time in the pleasantly warm geothermal water.



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