Around Iceland by Jeep - 8 Days
Über die Reise
A must for all those who seek challenge and solitude, as well as an adventure off the main routes! On this journey you will sense the infinite vast and grandiose landscape of the Icelandic highlands. You will cross the wide plains twice and reach the versatile North of the country. We will secure your accommodation and rental car for a hassle free, enjoyable vacation. Detailed route description and further information will be sent to you upon booking.
Please note that this tour cannot be taken before the end of June due to the conditions of highland roads. For detailed information concerning the ideal time for travelling, please contact us.
- Majestic highland terrain far away from population
- Hekla volcano, the blazing liparit colors of Landmannalaugar
- Sprengisandur, the biggest desert in Europe
- Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe
- Mývatn volcanic lake & hot springs
- Kjölur highland route & Hveravellir, geothermal Nature Reserve
- Langjökull and Hofsjökull glaciers
- 7 nights in three-star hotels or guesthouses, incl. breakfast
- 7 days rental car, incl. unlimited mileage, CDW, Icelandic VAT and pick-up/drop-off at the airport in Keflavík
- Detailed itinerary for each day
- Location description of your accommodation
- Road map 1:500 000
- Iceland Road and Travel Guide
- VAT and accommodation tax
- Insolvency Insurance
Fuel, meals other than breakfast, admission to museums/exhibitions, GPS system and tunnel toll (Hvalfjörður). Extra driver € 30.
Your jeep will be waiting for you upon arrival at Keflavík airport. On the way into the city, you can take an optional detour to the Blue Lagoon Spa for a relaxing bath. 1 night in Reykjavík (ca. 50 km)
Reykjavík, National Park Þingvellir & the historic bishop’s residence Skálholt
Drive along the pipeline that supplies Reykjavík with hot water into the geothermal area Nesjavellir and continue around Lake Þingvallavatn to National Park Þingvellir, recently included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Drive further through the Lyngdalsheiði area to Lake Laugarvatn and further towards the historic bishop’s residence in Skálholt. Continue along the glacier river Þjórsá and the volcano Hekla to reach the highland centre Hrauneyjar. 2 nights in Hrauneyjar. (ca. 200 km)
Landmannalaugar and Volcano Hekla
Today you will experience the colourful rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar. After a short stop at the explosion crater Ljótipollur an extraordinary hiking area will come in view. You can hike in the obsidian lava field and take a relaxing bath in the warm nature springs. Through the scenic Dómadalur valley with the famous cave Landmannahellir and the ash desert along Hekla volcano you will get back to your accomodation. If your time schedule allows it and you are not too tired yet, you can experience the interesting young volcanic region Veiðivötn with its many lakes on a short detour in the evening. (ca. 150/230 km)
The interior Sprengisandur
Today should be interesting for those who like driving on gravel roads (in various conditions) and crossing unbridged rivers. Europe‘s vastest desert between the two majestic glaciers Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull towards the north part of the country. The glacier Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Europe, covering 8400 km2 of Iceland. Make sure to stop for a view of the beautiful waterfall Aldeyjarfoss, surrounded by basalt columns. When you reach the ring road again, be sure not to miss the “waterfall of the gods” Goðafoss. 2 nights near Lake Mývatn or the fishing village of Húsavík. (ca. 300 km)
Jökulsárgljúfur in Europe’s biggest National Park
Driving through Aðaldalur valley alongside the river Laxá the route will lead to the fishing village of Húsavík, with options of a whale watching tours or a visit to some of the town’s many museums. Continue around Tjörnes peninsula to Jökulsárgljúfur, part of Europe’s largest national park, where some of the main attractions of Iceland can be seen, e.g. the continent’s most powerful waterfall Dettifoss, the horseshoe shaped lava canyon Ásbyrgi and the “echoing cliffs” of Hljóðaklettar. On the way back a short walk past the sulphur springs in Námaskarð or a relaxing bath in the Nature Baths near Lake Mývatn are options to end the day. (ca. 250 km)
Nature paradise Lake Mývatn
The area around Lake Mývatn has many things to offer! Various short hikes can be recommended e. g. to the pseudocraters of Skútustaðir, the lava labyrinth of Dimmuborgir, explosion crater Hverfjall or the new lava from the volcano Krafla. On the way from Mývatn drive along the west side of the lake to Akureyri, the “capital” of Northern Iceland, and over the mountain pass of Öxnadalsheiði into the horse-breeding area Skagafjörður. The folk museum in Glaumbær as well as the horse farm Flugumýri are well worth a visit, before reaching the over night stay. 1 night in the Skagafjörður region. (ca. 250 km)
Kjölur and Hveravellir - Geysir and Gullfoss
Today you take the Kjölur route due south again. Stop in the geothermal area Hveravellir on your way over Kjölur. There you have the opportunity to take a bath in a warm natural pool. Continue your drive along the gravel road until you reach the waterfall Gullfoss. A bit further you will find the hot spring area at the old Geysir, where you can see Iceland‘s most famous example of geothermal activity before heading back to Reykjavík. 1 night. (ca. 200 km)
Drive to the airport in Keflavík, where you return the rental car before catching your flight back.
WOW Air is Iceland’s low cost airline. It was established in 2012, and has since been offering economical fares for flights to and from Iceland. The company now operates flights from Boston, Baltimore Washington, London, Dublin, Copenhagen and Billund. Please find more detailed information by following the link. For up-to-date flight fares and booking status get in touch with the team at Erlingsson Naturreisen.
Icelandair, the Icelandic national carrier has over 70 years of flying experience. They offer direct flights from many major airports including London (LHR & LGW), Birmingham, Glasgow, Vancover, Toronto, New York, Washington D.C., Orlando Denver, Seattle, Copenhagen, Billund. For more detailed information on Icelandair routes please follow the link, alternatively for live flight fares and booking status requests, please contact the team at Erlingsson Naturreisen.
It is possible to travel to Iceland with the Smyril-Line ferry from Hirtshals in Denmark. You can either take your car or get a rental car when arriving in Seyðisfjörður in the east of Iceland. We are happy to give you a tour offer with individualized routes and accomodations.
Those who mainly want to experience the vibrant Icelandic bird life and endless summer nights, should plan their trip in the early summer (mid May – end of July). The puffins, popular with many tourists, leave Iceland in August. If you’re mainly interested in the aurora borealis, you should choose a later date. You have a good chance of seeing these bizarre light formations from the end of August. The highland routes are normally open from mid June until the end of September. For further information see the homepage of the Icelandic Road Administration.
When traveling to Iceland, citizens of the European Union, countries that belong to the Schengen Agreement and Switzerland require a passport, valid at least three months beyond the intended stay. Citizens of other countries should contact an embassy of their respective country for further information on visas. Further information at the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration.
No special vaccination is required when traveling to Iceland. We advise EU-citizens to bring their Health Insurance Card along. Please contact your insurance company or your embassy for further information.
In case of emergency, call 112 (24 hour service).
Medical centers and/or hospitals can be found in all bigger communities in Iceland.
For further issues call Reykjavík Police Headquarters during office hours, tel.: +354 569 9020.
The national currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Króna (=crown, ISK). You can exchange money in every bank (open Monday–Friday 9:15–16:00). However, the cheapest way is to withdraw money from local cash points/ATM’s with your debit or credit card. Cash points are available in every community and at airports. Credit cards are accepted everywhere in Iceland.
Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland has a relatively mild climate, though summers can be cooler than you are used to. The weather is very changeable in Iceland, so you should be prepared for everything. Further information, including weather forecasts for the whole country, can be accessed on the homepage of the Icelandic Meteorological Office.
Iceland is in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) all year long.
Clothes and Equipment
Due to changing weather conditions, we recommend layering, so it’s best to come equipped with t-shirts, jumpers, warm trousers and a light, wind- and waterproof raincoat. Strong and waterproof hiking boots with grip soles are essential. Please note that it is best to break in new shoes well before arrival to avoid blisters. We also recommend packing binoculars, bathing suits and sun glasses.
Icelanders love going to the country’s numerous outdoor swimming pools. At the swimming pool people of all ages meet to discuss the latest headlines. Don’t forget to try the “Heiti pottur” – the hot tub.
The electrical tension/voltage in Iceland is, just like in continental Europe, 230 V, 50 HZ AC. All plugs are in accordance.
You can call every phone within the Icelandic telephone network directly. If you want to call an Icelandic number from abroad, use the country code 00354 followed by the seven digit number. If you want to call a number abroad from Iceland, dial 00 followed by the adequate country and city code and the individual number of the person you wish to speak to.
For security reasons, we strongly recommend you take a mobile phone with you when traveling to Iceland. In order to avoid high costs, you can purchase a prepaid card with an Icelandic phone number in any duty free shop or gas station.
Food and drinks
The Icelandic cuisine offers a variety of delicious specialities, e.g. fresh fish, lamb and typical Icelandic products such as skyr (a dairy product). Iceland also suits vegetarians. Special regulations apply for alcoholic beverages. You can only purchase them in special liquor stores run by the state (“Vínbúð”). Although beer has only been legal in Iceland since 1989, Icelandic breweries offer a wide variety of high standard brands of this popular drink.
Tipping is not expected in Iceland since it is generally already included in the bill.
General opening hours of stores and shops in June, July and August are between 9 am and 6 pm on weekdays. Some supermarkets are open 24 hours as well as on weekends.
Arrival at your accommodation
We recommend you call your hotel/guesthouse to let them know if you’re planning on arriving late (after 6 pm).
Further information on climate, time, electricity and other topics can be found on the official homepage of Visit Iceland.
Don’t forget our 24 hour service telephone for our customers traveling in Iceland: +354 864 0400. (Only for emergencies during the night.)