6 Day Camping Self Drive | Kjolur 4x4 Highland Roads

6 Day Camping Self Drive | Kjolur 4x4 Highland Roads
Hexagonal basalt columns are rare features in Iceland, but due to millenniums of volcanic activity, they can be found in select places across the land.
The mountains of the highlands around the Kjölur Highland Road are barren and strangely coloured.
Moments before eruption, the geyser Strokkur in south Iceland's Haukadalur Valley foams and froths, warning those admiring it to get their cameras ready.
Gullfoss waterfall is a beloved feature of south Iceland and the Golden Circle, with a history that tells of the environmental nature of the Icelandic psyche.
Due to the intense tectonic activity in Þingvellir National Park, and a wealth of underground water running beneath it from Langjökull glacier, the UNESCO World Heritage site is riddled with ravines filled with crystal-clear spring water.
Some say that the Hvítserkur monolith in north Iceland resembles a troll: others compare it to an elephant. None, however, deny its unusual beauty.

Book this trip to immerse yourself in Iceland's incredible and diverse nature. In 6 days, this camping adventure takes you through the Icelandic wilderness around the Golden Circle, along the Kjölur Highland Road, and up to the glacier Langjökull. 

Not only will you save money by camping, but you will also be waking up in some of this country's most beautiful spots. These locations provide you with a wealth of incredible hiking and photo opportunities that you cannot get on any other tour. Best of all, you control where you'll go and how fast you'll get there by doing the driving; there is no need to worry about tour guides, departure times or other group members on a self-drive camping holiday!

To help you make the most of the freedom you have when camping, you will receive a handcrafted itinerary after you book. This will guide you to locations known only to a few and will allow you to see Iceland at her best: ancient, wild, and awe-inspiring. Of course, you will get to see the popular destinations too, but the itinerary will help you find peace away from the crowds.

This tour, in particular, will help you find the solitude most travellers to this country desire. Kjölur Highland Road is only accessible in summer, so take advantage of all that solitude in the rugged highlands while the Midnight Sun shines above. Iceland's eerie lunar landscape will lend you tranquillity and beauty you cannot find anywhere else.

Add activities to your tour during the booking process to create the customised vacation you have always dreamt of. These options include horse-riding, snorkelling, snowmobiling, caving, and even entering man-made tunnels carved into the side of Langjökull glacier.

Don't miss this camping opportunity of a lifetime. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Sep.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Caving, Hiking, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Self drive
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Geysir, Gullfoss, Kerlingarfjöll, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Reykjanes, Hveravellir, Silfra, Borgarfjörður, Kaldidalur, Reykholt, Langjökull, Kjölur/Kjalvegur, Blönduós, Keflavik International Airport, Hvítserkur, Öxarárfoss, Haukadalur, Hvammstangi, Capital Region, Víðgelmir, Ice Cave Tunnel
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible

Your car will await you at Keflavík International Airport when you arrive. You will drop it off at Keflavík airport, too, when you depart from Iceland.
Included:
  • 4x4 rental car with roof top tent for 6 days

  • CDW Insurance

  • GPS System

  • Camping card for select campsites

  • Camping equipment

  • Camping chairs and Tables

  • USB Charger

  • Cooling box

  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland

  • Taxes

  • Breakfast

  • Fuel

  • Dinner

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Warm Clothes

  • Swimwear


Good to know:

Off-road driving is illegal in Iceland. It is a highly fined offence. Avoid legal problems and make sure to stay on marked highland roads and paths. Believe us, this will already be adventure enough! Also note that highland roads are closed during wintertime, which normally open in mid-June and close in September.

Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavík City or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license is required, along with a one-year long on-road experience. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.

Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Reykjavík


The Sun Voyager sculpture is a great example of Reykjavík's fine art, overlooking the bay of Faxaflói from the capital's coast.


Pick up your car at the international airport in Keflavík, before driving to one of the Reykjavík campsites. After settling into one of Europe's most quirky capital cities, make the most of the rest of day, exploring the fabulous range of museums, galleries, and restaurants right on your doorstep. If you have energy after your flight, why not opt into a whale watching or horse-riding tour to start your holiday with some excitement?

Spend the first night of your Icelandic adventure in Reykjavik.


Day 2 - The Golden Circle


Ready for an eruption, Strokkur - the main attraction in the Geysir Geothermal Area - bubbles and seethes.


Your second day begins with a tour of Iceland's famous Golden Circle to see some of the most spectacular natural sights that Iceland has to offer. Start with the Þingvellir National Park, a place of enormous historical and geographical importance. This is where Iceland formed the world's longest running ongoing representative democracy (earning Þingvellir a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list), as well where it converted to Christianity, declared its independence, and elected its first president. As if that were not interesting enough, it is also located in the North Atlantic Ridge, right between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. While here, you can opt for a snorkel within the crystal clear waters of the Silfra ravine.

After the national park, visit the Haukadalur geothermal area. This is the home of the Great Geysir, and though it is rather inactive these days, you can still watch its more active neighbour, Strokkur, erupt every ten minutes or so to heights of around 20 m (66 ft). Only a few minutes drive further is the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall. Here, you can walk down to the water's edge and get up close to the roar of the falls, to really feel the power of Iceland's nature.

After Gullfoss, you can take a snowmobiling trip up on Langjökull glacier for some incredible vistas and an exhilarating ride. Alternatively, you could book a riding tour, and meet the charming Icelandic horse. 

Exit the main road and take a gravel road called Kjölur; this is the main highland road that goes all the way to the north coast. Drive through the Icelandic wilderness towards the picturesque Hvítárvatn glacier lagoon, then continue north to the geothermal area of Kerlingarfjöll. Here, you will spend the night after a tranquil bath in the hot geothermal waters.


Day 3 - Hveravellir in the Kjölur Highlands


The Kjölur Highland Road connects south and north Iceland, and is interrupted in its centre by the Hveravellir geothermal area.


After enjoying vivid views of Kerlingarfjöll, consider taking a hike to the roots of the glacier for some spectacular views. After that, head north through the lunar landscape of the highlands, stopping at Hveravellir.

Here there are plenty of opportunities for scenic walks, as well as more natural baths to relax in! After a good soak, continue to the northern town of Blönduós, where you will camp for the night.


Day 4 -  Hvítserkur Sea Stack


Other than its seal colonies, and the Icelandic Seal Centre in the town of Hvammstangi, the Vatnsnes Peninsula of northern Iceland is best known for the rock formation Hvítserkur.


Take the ring road west towards the village of Hvammstangi, which is known as the home of Icelandic seals. Here you can take an optional boat trip, and get out onto the water to watch them up close.

Head around the Vatnsnes Peninsula and stop at the fascinating geological formation of the Hvítserkur basalt stack for some photographs, before heading back onto the main road. Continue to the west coast towards Deildartunguhver in Borgarfjörður, the largest hot spring in Europe, with 180 litres running through it every second, and spend the night in the area of Reykholt.


Day 5 - Highland Experience


Throughout summer, Iceland's enormous sheep population is let loose to graze the verdant fields of the highlands.


Head towards the western side of Langjökull glacier, and drive through the barren sand desert of Kaldidalur; the scenery just keeps getting better the further you go. Consider taking a little detour all the way to the foot of the glacier, where you can take a walk up to the ice in the middle of summer.

While in the area, you can also opt into a tour which goes inside Langjöjull, down man-made channels through ancient glacial ice. Alternatively, you can go lava tubing in Viðgelmir cave. Both options promise to entertain, inform, and delight.

Once you are finished with your activities, drive south towards Lundareykjadalur, where the last hot spring on your journey, the pool of Krossalaug, awaits. After a refreshing bask in the warm waters, head through the Hvalfjörður valley where you will find a location for camping that night.


Day 6 - Departure Day


Those with a late flight on their departure day from Iceland should use it to better explore the incredible sites of Reykjavík city or the Reykjanes Peninsula.


Drive back to Keflavík airport and drop off your car before departure. If you're lucky enough to have an evening or afternoon flight, you can use the time to bask in the azure, warm waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, which is en route to the airport from Reykjavík. If you have enjoyed enough hot pools for one trip, you can instead use the time to take a short tour of the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula.


Car

The vehicles offered for our self drive camping tours are highland capable and equipped with a roof top tent and necessary camping equipment suitable for two people. They come with a GPS and CDW insurance.


Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.


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