En uges ekspedition til det nordlige Island
Join this 7-day summer road trip to explore the best spots in the North of Iceland. On this route, you'll visit the beautiful cities of Reykjavik and Akureyri, the renowned Diamond Circle, Myvatn geothermal area, Trollaskagi peninsula, as well as explore the Arctic Coast Way and the Vatnsnes peninsula. This itinerary is perfect for those keen to take to the road and explore a less ventured part of the country at your own pace.
Frequently overlooked by travelers, North Iceland provides an incredible array of natural attractions, including powerful waterfalls, dormant volcanoes, the biggest geothermal area in Iceland, spectacular fjords, and much more. Taking the path less-trodden is often the recipe for an exceptional adventure.
What is particularly special is that you can tailor this trip exactly to your own preferences. There's no need to worry about tour groups and guides when you're at the wheel. Spend as much or as little time as you prefer in each location to make this a truly incredible experience.
We'll provide you with a custom itinerary that will include all of the better-known attractions as well as a selection of lesser-known hidden gems, making your trip extra unique.
This tour also offers a variety of fantastic additional activities you can opt for on suitable days across your holiday. Visit one or more geothermal spas, take a helicopter ride over a volcanic area, go horse riding or whale watching, or join a caving tour to make your trip the perfect blend of nature and adventure.
Avoid the tourist crowds, get off the beaten track and customize your trip to shape a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to North Iceland. Check availability by selecting a date and book your Iceland adventure.
Dag 1 - Arrival in Iceland
Welcome to Iceland! It's time to explore the rugged wilderness and beautiful nature of the volcanic land of fire and ice.
You'll collect your car at Keflavik airport and begin your adventure.
On your way to Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon, it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today, it can be added to another day. Your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula if you have extra free time.
When you're ready, you can then head to the capital city of Reykjavik to settle in, freshen up and get ready to explore the city. Check out its abundance of museums, galleries, restaurants, cafes, landmarks, swimming pools, and boutiques. You'll be sure to find something suitable for your tastes.
You'll then spend the night in your Reykjavik accommodation.
Dag 2 - Head North to Akureyri
Today, you'll take your journey north, along the famous ring road to Iceland's capital of the north, Akureyri.
There are, however, plenty of great spots to check out along the way. For instance, you should visit Deildartunguhver, home to the largest hot spring in Europe, as well as the picturesque neighboring waterfalls of Hraunfossar and the more powerful Barnafoss.
For those of you with a particular interest in history, a visit to Reykholt is a must. This small village was the home of the famous poet of the early settler Snorri Sturluson, famous for writing the Saga Heimskringla in the 13th century.
We would also highly recommend a stop off at the waterfall, Fossatun. Ancient folklore states that these falls are said to be guarded by a troll woman named Drifa. If history and folklore spark your interest, a quick visit to the Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes is also a must. This will help you better understand the story of one of Iceland's most cherished heroes, Egill.
While in this region, you could also take a quick stop off at either the delightful Krauma Geothermal Baths for a bit of natural rest or opt to take in some added adventure by joining a tour of Vidgelmir cave.
After you get to Akureyri, you should explore its many landmarks. These include the iconic church in the city center, a variety of boutique shops, some very creative galleries, and the delightfully peaceful botanical gardens. Make sure you also try some of Iceland's best ice cream from the ice cream shop, Brynja.
One of the best ways to take in the dramatic nature of the surrounding area is to take a horse riding tour. You'll get to ride on the iconic and stylish Icelandic horse across the incredible terrains of North Iceland and experience the comfortable and unique gait only associated with this breed of horse.
You will retire for the night in your accommodation in Akureyri town center.
Dag 3 - The Diamond Circle
On the third day of your trip, you will have a couple of options to choose from depending on how much driving you would prefer to do.
For those happy to drive much longer distances, you should opt to travel the Arctic Coast Way. You'll, however, want to make sure you set off early to give yourself enough time to complete this route.
On this journey, you'll first visit the quiet fishing village of Svalbardseyri iconic for its black sand beaches and perfectly contrasting orange lighthouse.
Next, you'll head on to Grenivik, which is a small town offering the most spectacular views of the Eyjafjordur fjord. Take some time to breathe in your surroundings in this town. For those keen on photography, this is the perfect setting to get some dramatic photos.
Both of these towns are lesser-known hidden gems that few would include on their tour itineraries. It's a great way to enjoy a couple of unique lesser-known spots away from the crowds.
However, those who are keener to do less driving and more sightseeing should skip the two towns and head to the Diamond Circle trail directly.
Firstly, you'll head across the fjord from Akureyri and north towards the town of Husavik. Known as the whale watching capital of Europe, summer is the perfect time to join a tour and check out some of these magnificent creatures of the deep with your own eyes.
Husavik also hosts the popular Geosea Geothermal Sea Baths, which allow guests to enjoy bathing in naturally warm seawater in a very picturesque setting; this is a great way to relax along your journey.
Next, you will drive towards the vast horseshoe-shaped Asbyrgi Canyon, said to be shaped by the stamping of Odin's eight-legged horse (Sleipnir) from Norse mythology. A little further along this route and you'll come to the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettisfoss, well-known for its ominous presence and feature in the hit movie Prometheus.
After a day of sightseeing, you'll then retire for the night in your accommodation in the Lake Myvatn area.
Dag 4 - Myvatn Geothermal Area
On your fourth day, you'll explore the volcanic region of the Lake Myvatn area. It's the perfect time to visit in summer with the snow and ice melted, revealing a landscape of impressive views across the lake surrounded by nesting birds who arrive to nest for the season.
One of the most impressive spots worth visiting in this region is the Dimmuborgir lava field, which translates to 'the dark fortress.' Though not an actual fortress, the lava here formed some incredible shapes resembling castles, turrets, and towers. Its somewhat ominous presence led those in bygone eras to believe it was one of the entrances to hell itself.
Spend some time at Namaskard geothermal area just past the mountain pass. This surreal environment pulsates with steam vents and poisonous gases and is a landmark not to be missed.
Alternatively, you can join a day tour to Askja volcano, where you'll discover the incredible otherworldly lunar landscapes of Iceland. This will give you a better understanding of why this region is the testing ground for the upcoming Mars mission.
After another beautiful day in the volcanic paradise of North Iceland, take your time to relax and rejuvenate in the soothing geothermal waters of the nearby Myvatn Nature Baths under the glorious Midnight Sun.
You will then retire for the evening once more in your accommodation in the Lake Myvatn area.
Dag 5 - Troll Peninsula and Arctic Coast Way Route
Your fifth day will take you on a drive to Saudarkrokur while stopping for a selection of breathtaking sights along the way.
We highly recommend taking a drive along the unique and picturesque Trollaskagi peninsula ('The Troll Peninsula') with plenty of Arctic Coast Way sights to take in. Some of the great stops include the beautiful coastal towns of Dalvik and Siglufjordur, Hofsos infinity pool, and the quirky Beer Spa just outside Arskogssandur.
The Beer Spa is a great way to start the day. You'll bathe in a wooden Kambala bathtub of beer, relaxing in the hops and yeast, and enjoy a cold one (as long as you're not the driver!).
If a beer bath is not your thing, taking a whale watching tour from the village of Hauganes is a great activity as well, before continuing along the Arctic Coast Way.
At the tip of the Trollaskagi peninsula, after driving through a one-way tunnel, you'll arrive at the stunning fishing village of Siglufjordur. Known as the fishing capital of Iceland, you should check out the Herring Era Museum to better understand the importance of the fishing industry in Iceland and its economic and cultural impact on this tiny island in the North Atlantic Ocean.
After this, you'll make your way to the west side of the peninsula and head towards the village of Hofsos. Here, you can relax in the famous infinity pool and marvel at the surrounding mountainous and fjord-filled landscapes surrounding you.
Having traveled around this incredible part of Iceland, you'll rest for the night in your accommodation in Saudarkrokur.
Dag 6 - Return to Reykjavik
Today, you'll make your way back to Reykjavik. En route, many worthy detours await.
For instance, you can choose to come off of the ring road and visit the Vatnsnes peninsula. The most visited spot of Hvitserkur. This strange rock is the remnants of a dormant volcano. It is now a fan favorite of photographers for its bizarre shape and beautiful setting. Frequently, travelers ask, 'does it resemble a drinking elephant or a dragon more?'
If you choose to continue around the peninsula, you'll find several excellent stops to capture some beautiful photos. Most notably, around the western side near the small settlement of Illugastadir, there's an excellent opportunity to see a local seal colony with the backdrop of Iceland's Westfjords in the distance.
Shortly after, you'll pass through the small town of Hvammstangi and rejoin the ring road on your way back to Reykjavik.
For those of you feeling extra adventurous on this day, you can choose to take a helicopter tour over Iceland's incredibly vast geothermal areas from the domestic airport in Reykjavik.
Alternatively, if you arrive back in Reykjavik in good time, you can join a tour to enter the empty magma chamber of the Thrihnukagigur volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula.
After an exciting day of adventure and exploration, you'll spend your final night in Iceland in Reykjavik.
Dag 7 - Final Day in the Capital
On your seventh day, you’ll drive to Keflavik International Airport to drop off your rental car and take your return flight home.
For those of you who have a late flight, you can take the extra time to explore some parts of Reykjavik you missed on the first day of your trip. This is an excellent opportunity to check out some less touristy areas, such as the delightful Seltjarnarnes peninsula, which hosts the poignant Grotta Lighthouse, the relaxing Kvika geothermal foot spa, or the lovely coastal walks in Vesturbaer, the west part of town. Alternatively, you can use the time to do your last bit of souvenir shopping to tempt yourself with a final treat before heading for the airport.
If you happen to have an early flight, we wish you a safe journey home and look forward to welcoming you back to Iceland in the future.
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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.
Se vores boligniveauer nedenfor og vores foretrukne indkvarteringspartnere under hver dag i den daglige rejseplan.
Indkvartering med superbudget niveau arrangeres i vandrehjems senge. For andre niveauer arrangeres bookinger for en person i enkeltværelser, og bookinger til to eller flere personer deler et (e) dobbelt- / dobbeltværelse (r).
Teenagere og børn arrangeres i samme rum med forældrene. Hvis der er behov for ekstra værelse (r), påløber der ekstra omkostninger.
Guide to Iceland giver dig den bedste tilgængelige bolig på din tid fra din reservation fra vores foretrukne partnere. Husk, at hotelkvaliteten i Island varierer mellem placeringer og tilgængeligheden er meget begrænset. Hvis vores foretrukne partnere er fuldt bookede på tidspunktet for din reservation, vil vi finde en anden passende bolig til dig på lignende niveau.
Bemærk, at ikke alle placeringer tilbyder indkvartering på kvalitetsniveau. Overnatning på komfortniveau arrangeres på disse bestemte steder, hvilket afspejles i opgraderingsprisen for kvalitetsniveau.
Vi gør altid vores bedste for at imødekomme specielle ønsker, som kan medføre ekstra omkostninger. Tryk på vælg en dato for at finde tilgængelighed.
Sovesenge med fælles badeværelser i pensionater eller vandrerhjem. Beliggende i regionen med de bedste attraktioner. Morgenmad er ikke inkluderet.
Værelser med fælles badeværelser i bondegårde, pensionater eller vandrerhjem med gode placeringer i nærheden af de bedste attraktioner. Morgenmad er ikke inkluderet.
Værelser med eget badeværelse i tre-stjernede hoteller eller kvalitetshytter. Meget tæt på de bedste attraktioner på hvert sted. Morgenmad er inkluderet.
Værelser med eget badeværelse i et firestjernet hotel eller superior-værelser på et kvalitets-3-stjernet hotel på de bedste steder i Island. Morgenmad er inkluderet.
Nedenfor kan du se de mulige biludlejningsmuligheder, der er tilgængelige for denne kør-selv-tur.
Alle vores køretøjer er nye eller nuværende modeller på højst 2 år. Superbudgetniveauer leveres med standard CDW-forsikring, mens alle andre niveauer også inkluderer grusbeskyttelse (GP) forsikring. Bemærk venligst, at terrænkørsel er ulovlig for alle biltyper.
Alle niveauer er udstyret med gratis wi-fi. Du kan nyde ubegrænset data med Wi-Fi-enheden, som kan tilsluttes til op til 10 enheder på én gang. Biludlejningen vil give 24-timers nødhjælp på vejen.
Alderskrav for hvert niveau kan findes nedenfor. For alle niveauer gælder det, at chaufføren skal have haft et gyldigt kørekort i mindst et år før lejedatoen.
Vi anbefaler Budget 4X4 niveau til sommerkørsel og Comfort 4X4 til vinterkørsel.
Et lille 2WD-køretøj som Toyota Aygo eller lignende, der er egnet til grundlæggende kørsel under daglige forhold. Kompakt og behagelig for op til 2 rejsende med meget lidt bagage. Ingen højlandskapaciteter. Føreren skal være 20 år eller derover.
Et grundlæggende 2WD-køretøj, såsom en Toyota Yaris eller lignende, der er egnet til kørsel under daglige forhold. Behageligt for 3 rejsende med let bagage. Dette køretøj har ikke kapacitet på højlandet. Føreren skal være 20 år eller derover.
En grundlæggende 4WD (4X4) jeep eller SUV såsom en Dacia Duster eller lignende. Passer komfortabelt op til 3 rejsende med 2 store stykker bagage. Passer til de fleste rejser og anstændigt til sne- og off-asfaltkørsel. Har basale kapaciteter på højlandet. Føreren skal være 20 år eller derover.
En mellemstor 4WD (4x4) jeep eller SUV som f.eks. en Toyota Rav4 (automatisk) og Suzuki Vitara (manuel) eller lignende. Passer komfortabelt op til 4 rejsende med 3 store stykker bagage. Passer til de fleste rejser og god til sne- og off-asfaltkørsel. Har basale kapaciteter på højlandet. Føreren skal være 21 år eller derover.
En stor 4WD jeep som en Toyota Land Cruiser eller lignende. Komfortabelt for op til 4 rejsende med 4 store stykker bagage. Passer til næsten alle rejser. Har fuld highland-kapacitet til at køre på tilgængelige bjergveje. Føreren skal være 21 år eller derover.
En stor 9-personers varevogn, såsom en Mercedes Benz Vito (4WD manuel, har højlandsfunktioner og bedre egnet til vinterkørsel) eller lignende. Komfortabelt for 5 til 7 rejsende. Hvis du sidder fuldt, er bagagerummet begrænset. Føreren skal være 23 år eller derover.