Diese Allrad-Selbstfahrer-Tour führt dich zu den Highlights der Highlands, also den besten Sehenswürdigkeiten des isländischen Hochlandes. Genieße ein Bad in den heißen Quellen von Landmannalaugar und die Aussicht von einem der Berge, die das Tal Þórsmörk umschließen.
Diese Tour ist ideal für jeden, der die raue, unberührte Natur der Insel hautnah erleben möchte. Þórsmörk ist ein wahres Paradies inmitten zerklüfteter Lavalandschaft, geschützt von mächtigen Bergen. Während du dein Zelt aufschlägst siehst du ein grünes Tal voller einladender Wanderpfade, die nur darauf warten, von dir entdeckt zu werden.
Bei dieser Reise im 4x4 Camper erlebst du außerdem die wunderschöne Südküste mit ihren beliebten Wasserfällen sowie den berühmten Golden Circle mit dem großen Geysir.
Wem das noch nicht genug ist, der kann diesem Tourpaket ganz einfach und unkompliziert weitere Abenteuer während der Buchung hinzufügen. Begib dich ins kristallklare Wasser der Silfra-Spalte im Nationalpark Thingvellir, sause mit einem Schneemobil über mächtige Gletscher oder gehe auf eine Gletscherwanderung - es liegt ganz an dir.
Es gibt so viel zu sehen während dieser 6 Tage auf unserer Insel! Diese Reise führt dich zu den besten Sehenswürdigkeiten Islands und um dem Ganzen noch die Krone aufzusetzen, geben wir dir auch tolle Tipps zu unbekannten Orten entlang der Strecke, die du in deinem personalisierten Reiseverlauf findest. Hier hast du die Möglichkeit, ungestört die Stille der Natur zu erleben!
Buche diese Mietwagenrundreise und erlebe Islands Highlights und noch viel mehr diesen Sommer! Prüfe die Verfügbarkeit im Buchungsfenster oben rechts.
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and is the single most popular attraction in Iceland.
The water is rich in silica and sulphur that helps make your skin shine like a baby. The Blue Lagoon also operates a Research and Development facility that helps find cures for skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.
The temperature in the bathing and swimming area is very comfortable, and averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F). There´s a restaurant there and it´s a truly romantic and beautiful place one should not miss while in Iceland.
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and the northernmost capital of a sovereign state in the world.
Despite a small population (120.000 and more than 200.000 in the Greater Reykjavik area), it is a vibrant city that draws an ever increasing number of visitors. It is the financial, cultural and governmental centre of Iceland. It also has a reputation of being one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world.
The city of Reykjavik is located in southwest Iceland by the creek of the same name. Throughout the ages, the landscape has been shaped by glaciers, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and the area is geothermal. Much of the current city area area was subglacial during the Ice Age, with the glacier reaching as far as the Álftanes peninsula, while other areas lay under the sea. After the end of the ice age the land rose as the glaciers drifted away, and it began to take on its present form.
The coastline of Reykjavik is set with peninsulas, coves, straights and islands, most notably the island of Videy, and seabirds and whales frequent the shores. The mountain ring as seen from the shore is particularly beautiful. Mount Esja is the highest mountain in the vicinity of Reykjavik and lends its distinct feature to the whole area. This majestic mountain is also highly popular for climbing. Other notable mountains that can be seen from the seaside are Akrafjall and Skardsheidi and on clear days one may even see as far to the legendary Snaefellsjokull glacier, at the end of the Snafellsnes peninsula.
The largest river to run through the city is Ellidaa in Ellidaardalur valley, which is also one of Iceland‘s best rivers for salmon fishing.
There are no trains or trams in Iceland, but most people travel by car. The city also operates a bus system. There are two major harbours in town, the old harbour in the centre and Sundahofn in the east. The domestic Reykjavik Airport is located at Vatnsmyrin, not far from the city centre and close to Oskjuhlid and Perlan. The international Keflavik Airport at Midnesheidi heath then lies around 50 km from the city. Cars, jeeps and bicycles can be readily rented in the city and many organized tours are also being offered.
The local arts scene is strong in Iceland, with both annual events and single ones, many of whom have hit the international stage. For the annual ones please check our articles Best Annual Events in Iceland and the Top Ten Festivals in Iceland. Major events taking place in Reykjavik include the Iceland Airwaves, Gay Pride, RIFF (The Reykjavik International Film Festival), The Reykjavik Literature Festival, Cultural Night, the Reykjavik Arts Festival, Food & Fun, the Reykjavik Fashion Festival and the Sónar music festival.
Among famous people from Reykjavik are artists Bjork Gudmundsdottir, Sigur Ros, writers Halldor Laxness (born in Laugavegur) and Arnaldur Indridason and mayor Jon Gnarr. For more well-known and fairly-well known Icelanders, check our article on the subject.
You might also want to check our article on some of the many things to see and do in Reykjavik, such as visiting the city‘s many museums, exhibitions and galleries, checking out live music, visiting the Harpa music hall or the theatres, visiting the lighthouse at Grotta, the main shopping street of Laugavegur, visiting the old harbour and the flea market, going on a bird- and whale watching tour or visiting Videy island. We also have a top ten list of things to do.
Make sure to visit the public square of Austurvollur, one of the city‘s most popular gathering places, where you‘ll also find the national parliament, Althingi, the state church a statue of independence hero Jon Sigurdson, as well as cafés, bars and restaurants. Austurvollur was central in the 2008 protests, along with Laekjargata, home to the House of Government. You are also not likely to miss the great church of Hallgrimskirkja that towers over the city from the hill of Skolavorduholt, wherefrom you‘ll get a great view of the city.
Try a walk by the city pond, greet the many birds that frequent the area and visit the city hall, stationed by its banks. The Hljomaskalagardur is a beautiful park that lies by the pond, it ideal for a nice walk and sometimes concerts get held there. Further off is the campus of the university of Iceland, the Nordic house and the Vatnsmyri wetland, a particularly pleasant place, but be mindful of not disturbing the wildlife there and keep to the pathways.
For a nice swim on a warm day, we particularly recommend Nautholsvik beach.
Visit the Laugardalur valley, home to one of the city‘s best swimming pools, as well as the Asmundarsafn gallery, a beautiful botanical garden and a domestic zoo. A walk by the Aegissida beach, with it‘s old fishing sheds, in the west part of Reykjavik also holds a particular charm. The aforementioned Elllidaardalur valley is also a popular resort.
Another place that offers one of the city‘s best (and free) views is Perlan, up in Oskjuhlid hill. The hill itself is a popular resort, with over 176.000 trees and great opportunities for walking and cycling.
Travel to Alftanes to see the president‘s house at Bessastadir, which is also a historical site in it‘s own right, having been the educational centre of Iceland for centuries. Nearby is a beautiful lava field, Galgahraun, well worth a visit, though there is currently an environmental struggle going on as to it‘s future state.
The city is furthermore a short drive from many of Iceland‘s major attractions, most famously the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. In close vicinity you‘ll also find the Heidmork preservation area, a favourite pastime resort of the people of Reykjavik, as well as the Blue Mountains, one of Iceland‘s most beloved skiing venues.
Check our Best of Reykjavik guide further for tips on the best cheap things to do in Reykjavik, some of the best restaurants in the city, happy hours, the top ten value places to eat and our two articles on the famous Reykjavik nightlife; Nightlife in Reykjavik and Nightlife and mating.
Finally, we‘d like to stress that these are only some suggestions of the many things you might check out in Reykjavik. Whatever you choose to do, we hope you‘ll be able to make the most of your visit and we wish you a pleasant stay in our capital.
Landmannalaugar ("The people's pools") is a vast area of stunning and unique beauty, the true heart of Iceland's southern Highlands.
Landmannalaugar is a truly rare area, both geologically and aesthetically. The area can be found nestled beside the raven-black Laugahraun lava field, a sweeping expanse of dried magma which originally formed in 1477. Landmannalaugar itself is made up of windswept rhyolite mountains, a rock type that creates a full spectrum of dazzling colour on the mountainside. Shades of red, pink, green and golden yellow all change their tone, keeping in movement with the sun rays and creating an area of wilderness that resembles no place else on earth.
Landmannalaugar is primarily known for its natural geothermal baths, hence its name "The People's Pools". For centuries, Landmannalaugar has served as an area of shelter and respite for weary travellers who use these soothing springs as a means to relax after tiring excursions. Today, visitors to the highlands should always bring a swimsuit and towel, just in case one of these naturally occurring hot pools should crop up along the hiking trail.
The area marks the northern end of the Laugavegur, one of Iceland's most popular hiking trails. It is also home to many other notable trails, however, including the path onto the mighty Mt. Brennisteinsalda ("Sulphur Wave"). Visitors can also traverse the trail up the Bláhnjúkur ("Blue Peak") volcano, whose summit allows for a sweeping view of up to five glaciers on clear days.
Multiple operators run daily tours to Landmannalaugar from mid-June to mid-September, during which time The Icelandic Touring Association operates a small shop, three camp sites and a mountain hut equipped with sleeping bags and accommodation for up to 80 visitors.
Nestled between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, and Tindafjallajökull is Þórsmörk (Thor's Valley), a nature reserve in the southern Icelandic highlands. Þórsmörk is one of Iceland's most popular hiking destinations.
Strictly speaking, Þórsmörk is a valley and a mountain range between the Krossá, Þröngá, and Markarfljót rivers. Locals, however, often use the name "Þórsmörk" when referring to a much larger region that is composed of the area between Þórsmörk proper, and the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano.
Contrasting vistas of lush oases and roaring glacier rivers cutting through black desert expanses not only make Þórsmörk unique to Iceland but to the entire world. Parts of the valley are rich with moss, fern, and Birchwood, while jagged mountain ridges and ice-capped peaks crown the horizon.
The valley's climate is warmer and calmer than usual in south Iceland, which often causes Þórsmörk's mountains to be cloaked in a veil of mist that materialises when the warm valley air ascends and mixes with the descending cold breath of the glaciers above.
Þórsmörk's surrounding hills, slopes and mountains are beset with small valleys and gullies that make for some of Iceland's most astonishing hiking routes. Experienced hikers, therefore, have a wealth of trails to trek, varying in distances and difficulty. In fact, Þórsmörk offers two of the most popular trails in Iceland, the Fimmvörðuháls and the Laugavegur.
Fimmvörðuháls is a 30km trail that takes you into the hills beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and to the volcanic craters Magni and Móði, which are still steaming from the eruption of 2010. The 55 km Laugavegur path takes you from Þórsmörk to the Landmannalaugar geothermal area which is home to an incredible wealth of hot springs and rhyolite mountains of vibrant colours.
During winter (October 16th - April 30th) the road into Þórsmörk is impassable. In summer (May 1st - October 15th) a special 4x4 mountain bus runs three times per day from the BSÍ bus terminal in central Reykjavík. Once there you have the choice setting up base in a small hut, a private room, a dormitory or in Þórsmörk's campsite. Please note that the huts, private rooms and dormitories must be booked well in advance.
Skogafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls of the island with an astounding width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters.
This is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland for travellers to visit. It is located in South Iceland, not far from Skogar, which itself features a highly interesting regional museum. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall often produces a single or double rainbow on sunny days.
Geysir is a famous hot spring in Haukadalur valley in South Iceland. Part of the ‘Golden Circle', Geysir gives its name to hot springs all over the world.
Though Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur, which spouts a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, around 15-20 meters into the air, Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
North of Geysir are fumaroles, i.e. unlike the hot springs that emit hot water, only steam and gas emanate from these. You may be able to observe bright yellow stains at the fumaroles, this is native sulphur, which crystallizes from the steam. At the southern part of the geothermal area, called Thykkuhverir, you‘ll find various mud pots. Such mud pots are actually fumaroles that boil up through surface water/groundwater and may become steaming fumaroles during dry spells, rather than the usual boiling mud pots.
About 2 km from Geysir is an old preserved natural pool called Kúalaug. One can bathe in it and it has room for 3-5 people at a time, but care should be taken, as the area around the pool is very delicate. The temperature is 39-43°C, depending on how you are positioned in the pool. The water is slightly muddy, as the pool is built on soil, and the bottom is slippery due to algae, so caution is advised.
In Haukadalur there has also been tree planting in recent times and today the forest Haukadalsskógur is one of the largest in South Iceland. Aspen, various types of pine, and other plants have been tried out there and experiments and research continue. We also recommend visiting the tree museum, built in the memory of forester Gunnar Freysteinsson. There are good paths and roads in the forest and the wood is specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
Haukadalur has been a church site since ancient time. The current wooden church was last rebuilt in 1938 but the variety and appearance of the church dates back to 1842, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Iceland.
Haukadalur is indeed a historical place. It was settled during the age of settlement and scholar Ari “The Wise“ Thorgilsson grew up there. The first pastoral school in Iceland was also built there.
For accommodation, Hotel Gullfoss is about 7 km from the Geysir area, and closer still is the Hotel Geysir.
Gullfoss (translated to ‘Golden Falls’) is one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls, found on the Hvítá river canyon in south Iceland. The water in Hvítá river travels from the glacier Langjökull, finally cascading 32m down Gullfoss’ two stages in a dramatic display of nature’s raw power.
Because of the waterfall’s two stages, Gullfoss should actually be thought of as two separate waterfalls. The first, shorter stage of the waterfall is 11m, whilst the second stage is 21m. The canyon walls on both sides of the waterfall reach heights of up to 70m, descending into the 2.5km long Gullfossgjúfur canyon (geologists indicate that this canyon was formed by glacial outbursts at the beginning of the last age.)
In the summer, approximately 140 cubic metres of water surges down the waterfall every second, whilst in winter that number drops to around 109 cubic metres. With such energy, visitor’s should not be surprised to find themselves drenched by the waterfall’s mighty spray-off.
In the early days of the last century, Gullfoss was at the centre of much controversy regarding foreign investors and their desire to profit off Iceland’s nature. In the year 1907, an English businessman known only as Howells sought to utilise the waterfall’s energy and harboured ambitions to use its energy to fuel a hydroelectric plant.
At the time, Gullfoss was owned by a farmer named Tómas Tómasson. Tómas declined Howell’s offer to purchase the land, stating famously “I will not sell my friend!” He would, however, go on to lease Howells the land, inadvertently beginning the first chapter of Icelandic environmentalism.
It was Tómas’ daughter, Sigríður Tómasdóttir, who would lead the charge. Having grown up on her father’s sheep farm, she sought to get the lease contract nullified, hurriedly saving her own money to hire a lawyer. The ensuing legal battle was an uphill struggle; the case continued for years, forcing Sigríður to travel many times by foot to Reykjavík if only to keep the trial moving. Circumstances became so difficult that Sigríður threatened to throw herself into the waterfall if any construction began.
Thankfully, in 1929, the waterfall fell back into the hands of the Icelandic people. Today, Sigríður is recognised for her perseverance in protecting Gullfoss and is often hailed as Iceland’s first environmentalist. Her contribution is forever marked in stone; a plaque detailing her plight sits at the top of Gullfoss.
Besides Gullfoss, visitors can enjoy the views from Gullfoss Cafe, a locally run delicatessen that serves a wide variety of refreshments and meals. The menu has options to tantalise everyone’s taste buds; hot soups, sandwiches, salads and cakes. There is also a shop on site where visitors’ can browse and purchase traditional Icelandic souvenirs.
The 120 meter high promontory Dyrholaey is the southernmost part of the mainland, only a short drive south of the Ring Road. It offers a breathtaking view and features spectacular outcrops and rock formations.
A notable attraction is the massive arch that the sea has eroded from the heartland, giving the island its name (‘dyr’=door’). One daredevil pilot even flew through it!
Dyrholaey has an abundance of birdlife, the most common being puffins and eider ducks. You can also enjoy the black beach, where the waves can provide an impressive sight. As these can be very wild, we do however advise uttermost caution.
Thingvellir is one of the most important sites to visit in Iceland for its landscape, history and cultural value.
The Icelandic parliament was founded in Thingvellir in 930 and remained there for centuries.Thingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range and is the site of a rift valley, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic range. Today it is a natural park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and considered a vital part of the ‘Golden triangle’ (with Geysir and Gullfoss). Of particular note is the magnificent gorge Almannagja, which marks the eastern boundary of the north American plate and into which the beautiful waterfall Oxararfoss falls.
Other notable attractions within the park include the beautiful lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland, the Silfra fissure, one of the world's top dives, and Gjabakkahellir, one of Iceland's most interesting lava tubes.
The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vik in Myrdalur on Iceland's South Coast, is widely regarded as the most impressive black-sand beach in Iceland.
To reach Reynisfjara you can either drive there yourself. Here you will find the largest and cheapest car rentals in Iceland. Or you can join this summer tour to the South coast, or this winter tour to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Reynisfjara is a black pebble beach and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, which is called Hálsanef. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has a rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
The waves at Reynisfjara are especially strong and unpredictable, and fatal accidents have occurred at this beach, so people are advised to take extra care when visiting the area.
According to folklore, two trolls attempted to drag a ship to land but were turned to stone as daylight broke, turning them into the Reynisdrangar stacks, clearly visible from the beach.
Vik in Myrdalur valley is the southernmost village on the Icelandic mainland, located 186 km from the capital Reykjavik.
Vik is important as a service centre for the inhabitants and visitors of the marvellous Reynisfjara beach.
Reynisfjara is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches on earth (see for example Islands Magazine). This black pebble beach boasts an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns called Gardar, which resembles a rocky step pyramid and out in the sea are the spectaculary shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
Startzeit : Flexibel
4x4 Mietwagen mit Dachzelt für 6 Tage
Campingkarte (gültig auf ausgewählten Campingplätzen)
Campingstühle und Tisch
Benzin / Diesel
Warme und regenfeste Wanderfunktionskleidung, festes, wandertaugliches Schuhwerk, Badesachen und Handtuch
Das Mindestalter für das Anmieten eines Allradfahrzeuges beträgt 23 Jahre. Fahrer müssen seit mindestens einem Jahr im Besitz ihres Führerscheines sein. Für die Abholung des Mietwagens ist eine Kreditkarte notwendig.
Das Fahren abseits der Straßen bzw. Pisten ist ausdrücklich untersagt und wird mit sehr hohen Geldstrafen geahndet. Die Hochlandstrecken sind nur im Sommer geöffnet, in der Regel ab Mitte Juni bis September.
Internationale Flüge sind nicht inklusive.
Hole dein Fahrzeug direkt am Flughafen Keflavík ab. Wenn dein Flieger zeitig am Tag eintrifft, besteht die Möglichkeit, einen Stopp in der berühmten Blauen Lagune einzulegen. Andernfalls nutze den Tag, um die nördlichste Metropole der Welt, Reykjavík, ein wenig zu erkunden, bevor du die Nacht im Zentrum der Hauptstadt verbringst.
Deine Reise beginnt mit einer Tour entlang des Golden Circle, welcher die wohl bekanntesten Sehenswürdigkeiten von Island vereint. Im Nationalpark Thingvellir (Þingvellir), einem UNESCO Welterbe, kannst du buchstäblich zwischen den Kontinenten Amerika und Europa wandeln und Einiges über eines der ältesten demokratischen Parlamente der Welt erfahren. Mach einen weiteren Halt an einem versteckten Wasserfall mit Namen Brúarfoss, den man in der Regel ganz für sich genießen kann. Dann darf natürlich ein Stopp am berühmten Geysir und seinen umgebenden heißen Quellen nicht fehlen. Alle paar Minuten stößt eine kochende Wassersäule gen Himmel empor. Nicht weit entfernt liegt einer der schönsten Wasserfälle Islands, der Gullfoss (goldener Wasserfall). Auf dem Weg zur Unterkunft kommst du auch noch am Kratersee Kerið vorbei.
Verbringe die Nacht in oder um Hvolsvöllur.
Heute geht es dann direkt ins Hochland, und zwar zum Ort der heißen Quellen: Landmannalaugar. Verbringe den Tag mit der Erkundung der Gegend. Verschiedene Wanderwege bieten die Möglichkeit, diese selbst für Island einmalige Gegend zu erforschen. Badezeug nicht vergessen! Anschließend kannst du deine müden Glieder nämlich bei einem Bad im heißen Fluss von Landmannalaugar entspannen. Campe eine Nacht im Tal von Landmannalaugar.
Der Tag startet mit einer Fahrt entlang der Südküste bis hin zum Wasserfall Seljalandsfoss. Hier ergeben sich spannende Perspektiven, denn man kann diesen Wasserfall von hinten bewundern. Gleich um die Ecke versteckt sich der etwas weniger bekannte Wasserfall Gljúfrabúi in einer Felsspalte. Den sollte man ebenso nicht verpasst haben!
Nun führt der Weg weiter, immer entlang des bekannten Vulkans Eyjafjallajökull, bis hin zum Gletscherfluss Krossá, wo du dein Fahrzeug abstellst. Ein Wanderweg führt direkt in das Tal Þórsmörk (Thorsmörk). Auch hier stehen verschiedene Wanderwege zur Verfügung, um die Gegend weiter zu erkunden. Verbringe die Nacht auf dem Campingplatz in Þórsmörk oder entlang der Südküste.
Verbringe den Tag mit der weiteren Erkundung von Islands Südküste. Schau dir zum Beispiel den 60 Meter hohen Wasserfall Skógafoss an. Eine Treppe führt hinauf bis zur Fallkante. Von dort hat man eine super Aussicht.
In nicht allzu weiter Ferne befindet sich ein altes, amerikanisches Flugzeugwrack, welches 1973 dort notlanden musste. Lasse dein Auto am Wegrand stehen und mache dich auf die Wanderung hierhin, um das bizarre Wrack auf dem schwarzen Sand zu sehen.
Weitere Attraktionen des Tages sind die faszinierenden Basaltformationen und der schwarze Lavastrand von Reynisfjara oder das Kap Dyrhólaey, wo man im Sommer Papageientaucher beobachten kann. Auch das kleine Dorf Vík ist einen Besuch wert, bevor es dann später zurück nach Reykjavík geht, wo du die letzte Nacht verbringst.
Natürlich gibt es noch tausend weitere Dinge auf Island zu entdecken. Wir glauben jedoch, dass du mit dieser Tour bereits einige der besten Attraktionen und Sehenswürdigkeiten der Insel gesehen hast und hoffen, dass du mit unvergleichlichen Eindrücken die Insel Richtung Heimat verlässt.
Wenn du am Abreisetag noch Zeit hast, dann plane noch den einen oder anderen Abstecher auf dem Rückweg zum Flughafen ein, zum Beispiel zum Leuchtturm von Garður, ganz in der Nähe von Keflavík, oder statte der Blauen Lagune einen Besuch ab. Vergiss nicht ausreichend Zeit am Flughafen einzuplanen, wo du deinen Mietwagen zurückgibst.
Die Fahrzeuge für unsere Camping-Touren sind für das Hochland geeignet und verfügen über ein Dachzelt sowie alle notwendigen Camping-Utensilien für zwei Passagiere. Die Autos verfügen außerdem über ein Navigationssystem und eine Vollkaskoversicherung mit Selbstbehalt (CDW).