6 Day Highlands Camping Tour | Self Drive Landmannalaugar & Þórsmörk

Jump into this camping adventure of a lifetime. This grand self-drive tour delivers you to some of the most remarkable Highland locations of Iceland. From the geothermal baths and hot springs of Landmannalaugar to the sheltered woodland paradise of Þórsmörk, you will get to see some of the rawest, most untouched parts of this incredible country.

It is not only the Highlands that will captivate you on this adventure, however; the tour also includes the South Coast. You'll have plenty of time to visit the plane wreckage of a 1973 crash, see puffins nesting in the seaside cliffs, and take photos of the magnificent waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. When you are the driver, where you go and how long you spend in each place is entirely up to you.

Within the booking process for this trip, you can also add some extra excursions to create the vacation you've always wanted. Along the Golden Circle, you can snorkel in Silfra fissure, or shoot across the ice cap of Langjökull on a snowmobile. You can either hike across the surface of a magnificent glacier at Sólheimajökull, and take a ride on one of Iceland's beautiful horses. The choice is yours.

You’ve got a lot of ground to cover for your stay in Iceland, and this tour takes you to many of the most popular sites. You will also receive a custom itinerary after you book, however, which will show you to more secluded locations. Here, you can avoid the crowds, stand in the desolate, beautiful landscapes, and truly reconnect with the nature. 

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Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Oct.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snorkeling, Hiking, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing, Ice Caving, Self drive
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Reykjavík, Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk, Skógafoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Black Sand Beach - Reynisfjara, Vík i Mýrdal, Bruarfoss waterfall, Reykjanesta, Solheimasandur Plane Wreck
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : Flexible

Included:
  • 4x4 rental car with roof top tent for 6 days

  • CDW Insurance

  • GPS System

  • Travel Plan

  • Camping card for selected campsites

  • Camping equipment

  • Camping chairs and Tables

  • USB Charger

  • Cooling box

  • Taxes

  • Breakfast

  • Fuel

  • Dinner

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Warm Clothes


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 - Hello, Iceland! - Arrival in Reykjavik




Pick up your car at the international airport in Keflavik. If you have had an early flight, you may want to wash away the stress of travel at the geothermal spa of the Blue Lagoon before driving to the capital Reykjavík. The warm, azure water, with its reputed healing properties, will fully recharge you for your adventures ahead.

Take the rest of the day to explore Iceland's vibrant capital, which is packed with cultural sights, restaurants, bars and boutiques; there really is something for everyone. 

Remember that this vacation is all about doing what you want to, so just relax and enjoy your first day. Spend the night in the peaceful Reykjanes peninsula


Day 2 - The Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss




Your journey begins properly on day two, and encompasses the magical Golden Circle, featuring some of Iceland’s most popular natural sights. Begin with a visit to the cultural and geological hotspot, Þingvellir National Park. Within this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can literally walk between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, and see where the world's longest running representative parliament was founded. You can also opt into a snorkel tour within the world-famous Silfra fissure, which is regularly voted as one of the world's top five dive sites.

Next on your route is the geothermal valley where you can see Geysir - the original “geyser” after which all others in the world are named - and its more active neighbour, Strokkur. This geyser spouts boiling water up to 20 m (66 ft) high every ten minutes or so. End the circle with a visit to the dramatic and powerful Gullfoss Falls; you can approach it right up to the water's edge, and really get a taste for the power of Iceland's nature.

From Gullfoss, it is possible to take a snowmobiling tour up on the glacier Langjökull, an activity not to be missed by thrill-seekers. You can also use this free time to take a two-hour long horse-riding tour nearby.

A site that is often missed by those on the Golden Circle is the volcanic crater lake of Kerið. It is a stunning location, the crater coloured with rust-red and fire-orange rocks, contrasting against the azure blue of the permanent lake within it.

After a long day of exploring, you can spend the night camping in the Hvolsvöllur area.


Day 3 - Landmannalaugar Paradise




On your third day, start with a drive to Iceland's most celebrated geothermal Highlands, Landmannalaugar. This incredibly beautiful region sports many fine options for hikes, and you will spend all day finding new wondrous paths. There are natural hot springs here, perfect for taking a long, relaxing bath, while revelling in the rustic, untouched beauty that surrounds you.

You can choose spend the night camping in the beautiful valley of Landmannalaugar, amongst steaming rivers and under a canopy of stars.


Day 4 - Secret Waterfall - Þórsmörk




Day four will start with a drive along part of the south coast. On the way, you can stop at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which you can walk all the way around. Don't forget to stop at its lesser-known neighbour, however, the waterfall Gljúfrabúi. Gljúfrabúi falls from heights of 40 m (130 ft) and is partially hidden behind a large cliff; it is breathtaking and otherworldly. Keep an eye out as you drive on, since the infamous volcano beneath a glacier, Eyjafjallajökull, is in sight.

You can take the walking track that leads to the main area of Þórsmörk. Þórsmörk means 'Thor's wood' or 'Thor's land', and its incredible beauty will leave you in no doubt as to why it took the name of the most powerful of the old Norse gods. This incredible forested valley is sheltered by three mighty glaciers, meaning it is usually very temperate, perfect for hiking.

Spend the day exploring and drinking in some of the purest mountain air in the world, maybe even spend the night at Þórsmörk's campgrounds.


Day 5 - South Iceland - Plane Wreck - Puffins




On day five, you will start to properly explore the South Coast. First along the way, you will find Reynisfjara, the black sand beach in South Iceland, considered the country's most beautiful stretch of coastline by many. Here you can see a wall of basalt rocks and the sea stacks of Reynisfjara in the distance. These impressive features are rumoured to be the remains of a pair of trolls who waded out into the water to catch a passing ship, and turned to stone when they were caught by the light of the rising sun. This area is also a very good location to see puffins, especially around the promontory Dyrhólaey, which is easily accessible from the small, charming village of Vík.

Further west is the plane wreck of Sólheimasandur, which has become a very popular attraction. It has been there since the winter of 1973, exposed to the elements and yet, like so many things in Iceland, has endured them steadfastly. A quick stop here allows for an excellent photo opportunity.

One of the most popular features on this stretch is the magnificent waterfall Skógafoss. It is 60 m (197 ft) in height, and after a heavy rain, can be a third of that in width. It releases so much spray that on a sunny day, the foot of the falls throws off many rainbows.

While travelling the south coast, you can opt into a snowmobile tour or glacier hike on Sólheimjökull glacier. Which one you take is entirely up to personal preference; you won't walk away from either with the feeling that you haven't done something extraordinary.

You'll spend the night in or near Reykjavik.


Day 6 - Departure Day




Depart from Iceland feeling truly satisfied, having seen some of the main and most beautiful attractions of this island up close and personal.

If you have time before your flight, enjoy a last soak in the geothermal spa of the Blue Lagoon, which is en route to the airport. 

Don't forget to allocate some extra time to drop your car off at Keflavík International Airport in time for your flight.


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.


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