Iceland: Coastal Road Trip from Reykjavik
Our Fly Drive in Iceland takes you on an adventure along Icelandic shores
What Makes Me Mighty Fine
- Eight day, summer, self drive itinerary following the country’s main ring road and visiting the Golden and Diamond Circles to see Iceland's foremost, iconic natural attractions
- Stop off en route to see the Godafoss, Hengifoss, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls
- See Europe’s largest glacier and take an optional boat trip on the glacier lagoon
The shoreline of Iceland is dramatic and ruggedly beautiful and this fly drive holiday gives you the freedom to explore where you like, when you like. With our suggested Route 1 itinerary for this Fly Drive in Iceland, we make it easy for you to discover many of the main sights as well as some hidden treasures in more secluded areas. You can unearth nature’s incredible handiwork and get close to amazing phenomena including volcanic craters, erupting hot springs and black lava fields.
Foaming waterfalls, simmering volcanoes and giant glaciers adorn the landscape here, making every moment of your Fly Drive in Iceland a visual delight. Commencing in the lively capital of Reykjavík and journeying along the coast, this great holiday culminates with a tour of the Golden Circle.
Summers in Iceland provide some of the best conditions for a Fly Drive in Iceland as the days are long and, as a rule, don’t get too hot. For several months in the year, certain parts of Iceland are bathed in the rays of the Midnight Sun, allowing more time for driving and exploring.
For a little guidance on our holidays in the Land of Fire and Ice, check out our Icelandic Holiday Ideas or call our helpful travel team on 0333 800 2033.
Day 1 - Fly to Reykjavík
On arrival, collect your rental car and make your way to your hotel for the start of your Fly Drive in Iceland. You have the rest of the day to familiarise yourself with this cultural city.
(Driving approx. 30 miles)
Day 2 - Drive along the West Coast
Begin your Fly Drive in Iceland with a scenic drive up the west coast travelling through lush fjords. You will have the opportunity to spend some time at Skagafjörður or peer into the crater of the Grábrók Volcano. Arriving in the region of Eyjafjörður, enjoy the following two nights in North Iceland.
(Driving approx. 255 miles)Meals included:Breakfast
Day 3 - North Coast
Head towards the capital of North Iceland where there will be time to go sightseeing at Akureyri. As you continue eastwards you will reach Goðafoss Waterfall which is one of the most spectacular in the country. Finally, arrive at Lake Mývatn and admire the birdlife and volcanic landscape which surrounds it. This is a great area for delving into the geology of the island during your Fly Drive in Iceland.
(Driving approx. 137 miles)Meals included:Breakfast
Day 4 - East Iceland
Húsavík is a charming fishing village which is located nearby and is a great place to enjoy a whale watching tour. At leisure, drive in an easterly direction, across lava plateaus and desert, stopping at Hengifoss and Dettifoss waterfalls en route.
(Driving approx. 186 miles)Meals included:Breakfast
Day 5 - Vatnajökull National Park
Today on your Fly Drive in Iceland you will witness the beautiful fishing villages and epic fjords that make up much of the scenery. Vatnajökull is the biggest glacier in Europe and spreads across over eight percent of the country. You can go hiking in Skaftafell National Park or sail out onto the glacial lagoon on a boat trip. Overnight in the Skaftafell region.
(Driving approx. 248 miles)Meals included:Breakfast
Day 6 - The South Coast
Driving south on the Fly Drive in Iceland you will see the scenery become even more beautiful with mountains and glaciers dominating the area. Crowded bird cliffs hang overhead and black sands are lapped by the North Atlantic waters. Passing over the Laki lava field, see Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls crashing down the sides of verdant cliffs. Spend the night either in Selfoss or Hella.
(Driving approx. 144 miles)Meals included:Breakfast
Day 7 - Golden Circle Tour
Today is possibly one of the most impressive of all on the coastal road trip with the famous sites of the Golden Circle to explore. Gullfoss Waterfall, Þingvellir National Park and Geysir Hot Springs make up this this famous trio that have become one of Iceland’s most visited attractions. You can take your time uncovering the history and geology of each area before making your way back to Reykjavík for the final night of your Fly Drive in Iceland.
(Driving approx. 143 miles)Meals included:Breakfast
Day 8 - Depart Iceland
Return your hire car and check in for your flight home at Reykjavík Airport as your Fly Drive in Iceland comes to an end. What has been your highlight, the crashing waterfalls, the opportunity to set out in search of whales or the iconic Golden Circle? This action-packed break is sure to leave you with memories to last a lifestime and anechdotes aplenty!
(Driving approx. 30 miles)Meals included:Breakfast
- A pre-departure meeting with local travel experts and a detailed travel itinerary
- Return international flights from London Gatwick (details of regional departures on request)
- Eight days' car hire car based on a Toyota Aygo (upgrade details on request)
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Local ferry prices, road tolls and attraction entrance fees
- Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)
- Prices are per person, based on two adults sharing
- Prices are based on departures from London airports
- Other departure airports may be available and a supplement may apply
- Prices include car hire for a Toyota Aygo
- Other cars are available to hire and a supplement may apply
Fly Drive Holidays offer the independence to explore your destination on your own terms. Set out with the security of pre-booked accommodation and a detailed suggested itinerary and see what you want, when you want, for as long as you want as you take control of your break! If a fly drive break sounds like your kind of holiday, then take a look at our full range of destinations and tours or call our advisers on 0333 800 2033 for more information.