Self-Drive in Iceland with Family in July 2013 (Finalized Itinerary)
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Sep 22, 2012 5:30 AM Last Post By: todaytomorrow665
Sep 19, 2012 7:16 AM
Self-Drive in Iceland with Family in July 2013 (Finalized Itinerary)Hello Everyone,
Would appreciate any suggestions or changes you have to our more or less finalized itinerary to Iceland self-drive for 17 days.
Thanks for all your help.
28. June. Day 1.
Arrival to Keflavik international airport. Meet you and then drive to Reykjavik. Overnight in Reykjavík
29. June. Day 2.
Pick up the car in the morning. Drive to Thingvellir and from there over the Kaldidalur to Borgarfjordur. Visit the waterfalls of Hraunfoss and Barnafoss. Overnight stay in the area.
30. June. Day 3.
On to the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Possiblity to go up the Snaefellsnes glacier on a snowcat.??? Overnight stay in the area of south Snæfellsnes
01. July. Day 4.
Drive around the Snaefellsnes peninsula, driving through towns like Hellisandur, Olafsvik and on to Stykkisholmur for a nights stay.
02. July. Day 5. Stykkishólmur – Örlygshöfn
In the morning I suggest a very special cruise from Stykkishólmur past the islands of the Breiðafjorður bay with its unique birdlife, puffins guillemots, kittywakes, eiders and many other species nest here in great numbers and the white tailed eagles nest here too and are frequently seen. This is an unforgettable experience and takes a little more than 2 hours. In the afternoon sail with the ferry Baldur across the Breiðafjörður bay with its countless islands and rich bird life to Brjánslækur. Enroute to Brjánslækur there will be made a short stop at the Flatey island. Drive from Brjánslækur to the Örlygshöfn area for an overnight stay.
03. July. Day 6. Örlygshöfn – Ísafjörður
Drive through the beautiful West Fjords. And drive to Látrabjarg, one of the most crowded bird cliffs in the world. In summer the 444 m high sea cliffs are occupied by millions of puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills. Enroute, stop at the interesting folk museum at Hnjótur. Stop at the waterfall Dynjandi. Then drive along the shores of the numerous Westfjords to Ísafjörður for an overnight stay in the area
04. July. Day 7. Ísafjörður - Hólmavík
Explore the town of Ísafjörður and its surroundings such as the neighboring towns of Bolungarvík and Suðureyri. In summer an interesting boat tour to the picturesque Vigur island is available from Ísafjörður, a Kayak tour on the Ísafjörður fjord and the Natural History Museum of Bolungarvík is interesting too. Overnight at Hólmavík / Drangsnes area.
05. July. Day 8. – Drive along the shores of the numerous uninhabited fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp with beautiful coastlines teeming with seals and bird life and to Hólmavík. Enroute there is an interesting detour to Reykjanes where there is a possibility to take a swim in a geothermal pool. We suggest that you see the Witchcraft museum at Hólmavík. Continue to Sauðárkrókur for an overnight stay.
06. July. Day 9.
Visit the turf musuem of Glaubaer and then drive through the towns of Hofsos and on to Siglufjordur to see herring museum. Then go on through the mountain pass of Lagheidi to Olafsfjordur, Dalvik and Akureyri for an overnight stay in the area.
07. July. Day10.
Visit the sights of Akureyri. Drive on to the waterfalls of Godafoss and on to Husavik. After a short stop on to Asbyrgi, Hljodaklettar and Dettifoss waterfall in the Jokulsar National Park. Drive on to the Lake Myvatn area for an overnight stay in Reykjadalur / Mývatn area.
08. July. Day 11.
Visit the sights around Lake Myvatn – the psuedo craters at Skutustadir, the lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the boiling mud pits at Namaskard, etc. Overnight stay in Reykjadalur / Mývatn area.
09. July Day 12. Drive to Askja. Return to Lake Mývatn for overnight. stay in Reykjadalur / Mývatn area.
10. July. Day 13.
Drive to Egilsstadir and on to through the eastern fjords towards Djupivogur for an overnight stay.
11. July. Day 14.
Drive towards the town of Hofn and on to the Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon for a boat tour among the icebergs. Overnight in the area.
12. July. Day 15.
On towards Skaftafell National Park and towards the town of Vik and the waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Overnight in the area of Hvolsvollur.
13 July. Day 16.
Drive through the town of Selfoss to visit the Geysir area and Gullfoss waterfalls. Stop at Hveragerdi and drive to the Blue Lagoon for an overnight stay at the Northern Light Inn. In the evening we would like to relax in the mineral waters of the lagoon. Overnight in Reykjavík
14 July. Day 17 Extra day at the Blue Lagoon. Overnight in Reykjavík
15. July. Day 18.
Visit Kleifarvatn, then Keflavik town and then onto our return flight to USA.
Sep 19, 2012 7:50 AM
1Its a plausible tour, although you appear to have made liberal use of someone's advertising copy in describing it.
You need a decent 4wd to go to Askja. You could avoid that by doing an organised tour out of Myvatn, though remember it is something like €120 per person. Or pre-booking short term hire of 4wd in Akureyri.
Apart from that the only road you specifically mention on your itinerary that the hire company may require a 4wd for is Kaldidalur, which you could skip. Though you may prefer to have a 4wd as you will do quite a bit of unpaved road in teh westfjords.
If you do hire a 4wd, you might like to think about taking better advantage of it. Go to Landmannalaugar, you are mad not to if you have the 4wd.
It is wise to have some time in hand allocated to in and aroudn Reykjavik at the end of a tour. I trust that in reality you will have the imagination to use your last 2-and-a-half days more profitably than the itinerary suggests.
Sep 22, 2012 5:30 AM
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