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Roundtrip Iceland

from / to Reykjavík

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Roundtrip Iceland

from / to Reykjavík

10 - 14 days / 1,500 - 1,600 km (depending on the trip)
Best time to travel: May to September

During this motorhome trip, you will discover Iceland with the natural wonders of the Golden Circle, the Skaftafell National Park, and the glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlón. You will see the Dettifoss Waterfall, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, the eastern fjords, and the Mývatn area and then, you will take the ring road back to Reykjavík.

Arrival in Reykjavík and collection of the camper

You will take a drive, which is approx. 50 km long, from the Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík, which is the capital of Iceland with just over 120.000 inhabitants. With its geographical position, about 270 km south of the Arctic, it is the world’s northernmost capital. There are more than 200,000 people who live in the municipalities around the Icelandic capital. The name Reykjavík stands for “Smoke Bay” and probably comes from the steam of the hot springs.

Traces of the first settlers, Vikings from Norway and Celtic tribes, date back to 870. The settlement was expanding very slowly, as Reykjavík officially received the city rights only in 1786. Today, there are most university faculties of the country, several colleges, theatres, museums, cultural institutions, and a seaport in the city. There is also a small lake, Tjörnin Lake, in the middle of Reykjavík. This lake is also one of the largest nesting areas for waterfowl in the south-west of Iceland.

The cathedral (Dómkirkjan), located in the city centre, is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The church was built as a result of the transfer of the seat of Bishop from Skálholt to Reykjavík at the end of the 18th century. Another highlight worth seeing is the University of Iceland, which was inaugurated in 1940. What is more, there are many examples of modern architecture that can be found in Reykjavík, such as Hallgrímskirkja one of the highest churches in the city. The construction of the church lasted from 1943 to 1986 (!). The building is additionally equipped with a lift located in the tower. The top offers a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Harpa, a concert hall and conference centre, was first inaugurated in August 2011, as part of the framework of the Reykjavík Culture Night. Another striking building is the Perlan, which can be found in the Öskjuhlíd District. The small Saga Museum, a restaurant, and shops are located under a glass dome, which is part of huge hot water tanks belonging to the city. The tanks provide the capital with hot water as well as help winter services in a large part of Reykjavík, as the water is used to heat the streets and sidewalks.

Highlights & Tips
Bathing in Reykjavík
Bathing spots with geothermal water are commonplace in Reykjavík. There are seven swimming pools in the city. There is only one indoor pool at Sundhöllin, but most of the spots offer outdoor pools as well.

Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon, a geothermal bath in Grindavik, is one of the attractions located near the capital of Iceland.

Reykjavík – Vík í Mýrdal

Stage distance: approx. 290 km

Suggested route: Reykjavík – Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Seljalandsfoss – Skógafoss – Vík í Mýrdal

The three most famous sights of Iceland form the Golden Circle: the Thingvellir National Park, the geothermally active area around the geyser, and the Gullfoss Waterfall. In the Thingvellir National Park, you can find Thingvallavatn, the largest natural body of water in Iceland. Thingvellir is an important site when it comes to history and culture. In 930 AD, an assembly called Althing was held there for the first time. It was kind of Parliament that met on a regular basis over a period of more than 850 years, up to 1798.

Continue towards Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls and then, to this day’s destination point, Vík í Mýrdal, whose name stands for “the Bay of the Marshy Valley.” With a population of around 300 people, this is the southernmost point in the mainland Iceland.

Highlights & Tips
On the black beach of Vík í Mýrdal
Even though it is not a tropical paradise, the beach in Vík í Mýrdal is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. On the beach made of black lava, you can find rock formations which, according to the legend, are petrified trolls who wanted to bring a ship to the shore. You will also find there the “Voyage” statue by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir, an Icelandic sculptor. The second identical copy can be found on the beach of one of the British coastal towns, Hull. The sculptures are supposed to create an imaginary bridge between the two island states.

Vík í Mýrdal – Höfn

Stage distance: approx. 270 km

Suggested route: Vík í Mýrdal – Kirkjubærklaustur – Skaftafell – Höfn

From Vík í Mýrdal, you will be on your way to Kirkjubærklaustur, where Myrdalssandur stretches. It is a black sand desert with approximately 700 square kilometres. It is the largest sand plain in Iceland. Then, you will pass the Europe’s highest glacier, Vatnajokull, and drive east, past the glacier lagoon of Lake Jökulsárlón, a spectacular filming location of James Bond and other films.

Highlights & Tips
Exploration of the Vatnajökull Glacier
There are ample possibilities of excursions in the Vatnajökull National Park. Spend a relaxing day and explore the region.

Glacier at Skaftafell
Tourists visiting the Skaftafell National Park will be surrounded by huge glaciers on all sides. While participating in a guided walk on a glacier tongue, marvel at the icy nature of the landscape and get a magnificent view of the national park.

Boat trip in ice
There is a possibility to participate in boat tours which go through the glacier lagoon of Lake Jökulsárlón. The starting point is Jökulsárlón.

Höfn – Egilsstadir

Stage distance: approx. 190 km

Suggested route: Höfn – Bakki – Egilsstadir

Travelling along the picturesque east coast, you will pass through the eastern fjords and fishing villages to Egilsstadir. The eastern part of Iceland features a high-contrast landscape with its steep mountains as well as flat beach areas, glaciers, and forests.

Highlights & Tips
Excursions around Egilsstadir
While being around Egilsstadir, we recommend a trip to Bakkagerdi (approx. 80 km/approx. 1 h). The place is hidden and surrounded by colourful basalt and rhyolite mountains. You may also circumnavigate Lake Lögurinn and wander in the forest of Hallormsstadir.

Egilsstadir – Akureyri

Stage distance: approx. 265 km

Suggested route: Egilsstadir – Myvatn – Akureyri

In Egilsstadir, agricultural areas are the first element characterising the landscape. During the last part of the drive, you will travel along the edge of arid eastern highlands to Myvatn Lake with its variety of volcanic phenomena. It will also be very attractive for the enthusiasts of bird watching.

In the afternoon, you will arrive in Akureyri, the capital of the northern part of Iceland. The botanical garden and various museums are worth paying a visit. You can comfortably take a stroll around the pedestrian area or relax in the thermal baths.

Highlights & Tips
Around Mývatn
Spend a day and explore the vicinity of Mývatn. While travelling around the Tjörnes Peninsula, you can visit the horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi Canyon and the biggest waterfall in Europe – the Dettifoss Waterfall.

Akureyri – Reykjavík

Stage distance: approx. 460 km

Suggested route: Akureyri – Borgarnes – Reykjavík

While travelling along the ring road, turn south. Before you reach Borgarnes, we recommend a detour to Reykholt, the home of Snorri Sturlusson – a 13th-century writer and scholar.

If you branch off from the ring road slightly towards the highlands, you can find the Hraunfossar Waterfalls, where the water seems to flow directly out of the solidified lava.

Highlights & Tips
One more night before returning the campers
We recommend an additional overnight stay in Reykjavík so that you can relax before returning the campers and driving to the Keflavík Airport on the next day.