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Iceland: Scenic Road trip from Reykjavik

Opt for our Iceland Fly Drive and explore the country's wonderful coastline by car

Opt for our Iceland Fly Drive and explore the country's wonderful coastline by car

What Makes Me Mighty Fine

  • Two week, summer fly drive itinerary taking you on a complete circuit of the island and featuring trips to the natural wonders of The Golden Circleand the world famous Blue Lagoon
  • See Europe’s largest glacier, Iceland’s longest fjord and one of its most active volcanoes
  • Make the most of your carefully planned route, put together by experts with years of experience
  • Take an optional whale watching trip to search for Orcas and other fascinating sea creatures

Experience true independence as you set off from the cosmopolitan city of Reykjavík on an exhilarating Iceland Fly Drive around Route 1. With no rigid timescale to stick to and the benefit of lingering light days, you really can create your own perfect summer adventure. Accommodation is booked in advance so there is no need to worry about looking for somewhere to stay late at night.

Opt for this simply amazing Iceland Fly Drive and you'll recieve a detailed itinerary put together by guides with years of experience in Icelandic tours. This itinerary will enable you to discover the country's hidden gems, such as geothermically heated rivers and pools, completely independently.

As you begin your road trip in southwest Iceland, driving in a clockwise direction, watch sweeping beaches unfold and take in some of the planet’s most epic scenery. As well as exploring unusual lava fields, hot springs and quaint fishing villages, there are several excursions and activities to enjoy along the way. A boat trip from the port of Húsavík takes you out in search of whales and dolphins as well as other sea creatures.

Each day of this Iceland Fly Drive you are faced with new adventures and diverse backdrops. Browse the proposed driving route below and start planning your unforgettable tour of Iceland.

Short on time? Take a look at our eight day Coastal Road Trip from Reykjavik. Prefer not to drive? Try our two week Best of Iceland tour.

Check out our Icelandic Holiday Ideas or, for a more experienced focussed adventure, our Whale Watching Holiday Ideas and call our helpful travel team on 0333 800 2033 to book your perfect break.

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Reykjavík

    Opt for our Iceland Fly Drive and explore the country's wonderful coastline by car - Arrive in Reykjavík

    Arriving at Reykjavík Airport, collect your hire car and drive to your overnight accommodation in the city. Standard accommodation will be booked for you throughout this trip, speak to one of our friendly travel team for details of the upgrades available.

    If you are eager to explore before you set off on your Iceland Fly Drive, why not sample some of Reykjavik's lively nightlife or take a walk around the local area? Visit the statue of Leif Ericson - considered the first European to land in North America, see the spot where the Cold War finally ended or maybe even take to the water to see the pods of whales that congregate off the coast. Reykjavik is a truly amazing place and you'll find plenty to amuse and delight here.

    (Driving approx. 30 miles)

  • Day 2 - Depart Reykjavík

    Set out on your Iceland Fly Drive today and travel through the magnificent fjords. You will have chance to discover the rich history of Borgarfjörður at the Museum of Icelandic Settlement in Borgarnes. Hot springs and crashing waterfalls can be found peppered across the countryside and are well worth visiting during your scenic road trip. Don't miss Delidartunguhver - Europe's most powerful hot spring - or the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss falls. You are heading up the West Coast towards Grundarfjörður where you will spend the night.

    (Driving approx. 124 miles)

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 3 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    There is so much to see and do on today’s leg of your Iceland Fly Drive; witness the enormous Snæfellsjökull glacier and several charming fishing villages or if you prefer, enjoy a boat trip among pretty islands and look for some of the abundant birdlife. Today is the perfect opportunity to explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, famous as the setting for Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth. How little or how far you travel today is upto you! Your overnight is in Grundarfjörður.

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 4 - Skagafjörður

    As you venture North on your Iceland Fly Drive, you will reach the impressive Grábrók Volcano where you can climb to its summit and look into the crater below. Within the surrounding valley you will find some fascinating turf houses and a turf church. Akureyri at the mouth of Eyjafjörður will be your base for this night of the coastal road trip.

    (Driving approx. 230 miles)

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Eyjafjörður to Mývatn

    Eyjafjörður to Mývatn

    The longest fjord in Iceland, Eyjafjörður is situated in the north of the country amid breathtaking landscapes. Perhaps visit the town of Akureyri on your road trip and go hiking on one of the scenic tracks or take a ferry from Hrísey Island and go in search of Arctic seabirds. Afterwards, as you continue along the north coast during your Iceland Fly Drive you will come to Goðafoss Waterfall before finally reaching the volcanic Lake Mývatn, which is well known for its rich birdlife. During your stay you can walk around the lava pillars and pseudocraters, or journey to Húsavík which is located close by.

    (Driving approx. 137 miles)

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 6 - East Coast Adventure

    Leaving Lake Mývatn, drive through bumpy lava plateaus and vast desert as you head for the east fjords, perhaps stopping at Hengifoss and Lögurinn Lake en route. 

    This beautiful East fjord area offers some fabulous hiking trails through the mountains where you can discover local wildlife and admire the tremendous views. There are also pretty fishing ports which are great for taking a relaxing stroll around or sampling some of the fresh seafood. Tonight you will stay on the east coast of Iceland, travelling in the footsteps of the Elves.

    (Driving approx. 140 miles)

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 7 - Vatnajökull National Park

    Vatnajökull National Park

    Head south towards, Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull lies within this remarkable region where you can enjoy ice climbing or hiking on the glacier to get a true sense of its enormity. In fact, this astonishing natural feature is the largest glacier in Europe, with a surface area of 8300 square metres! For an unforgettable experience, sail out onto the glacial lagoon and weave between meringue-like icebergs. Later, your Iceland Fly Drive continues to Skaftafell National Park where Svartifoss Waterfall tumbles down the sides of large lava columns. Stay overnight in the Skaftafell area.

    (Driving approx. 248 miles)

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 8 - South Coast

    The south coast of Iceland is immersed in natural beauty and the Laki lava field and rushing falls that you will see on today’s journey provide a striking backdrop for your Iceland Fly Drive. Walk along the black sand beaches before retiring to your accommodation for the evening.

    (Driving approx. 144 miles)

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 9 - Þjórsárdalur Valley

    This wonderful valley has been shaped by nature over thousands of years and, as such, is filled with fascinating sights. Learn about the Viking history of the farm at Stöng, see the unusual rock formations that have been created by volcanic activity, and visit Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes.

    (Driving approx. 105 miles)

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 10 - The Golden Circle

    The Golden Circle

    Before your Iceland Fly Drive leads you back to Reykjavík, a Golden Circle tour is a requisite on any holiday to Iceland as it comprises the country’s most iconic phenomena. You can take your time exploring each of the three sites which include the powerful Geysir Hot Springs, Gullfoss Waterfall and Þingvellir National Park, a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. This unique geological wonder is the only place in the world where it's possible to go from Europe to America in a single step! Return to Reykjavík for the next two nights.

    (Driving approx. 143 miles)

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 11 - Reykjavík


    It’s no wonder Reykjavík is the capital of Iceland as its culture and chic urbanity curiously complement the extraordinary landscapes that surround it. You can spend today taking in the main sights or pay a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon which is cloaked in clouds of hot steam. There are plenty of restaurants located around the centre, so why not celebrate the final night of your Iceland Fly Drive with a traditional meal?

    (Driving approx. 93 miles)

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 12 - Return Flight

    After spending your last night in the lively capital, drop off your rental car and check in for your flight home. The past two weeks are sure to have been an experience you'll treasure forever. Which was your favourite location, your most awe-inspiring view? Look back on a fabulous fortnight as you return to the UK.

    (Driving approx. 30 miles)

    Meals included:Breakfast


  • 11 nights' accommodation in local standard hotels (upgrade details on request)
  • A detailed travel itinerary
  • 11 days' car hire based on a Toyota Aygo (upgrade details on request)
  • Return international flights from London Gatwick (details of regional departures on request)
  • Meals as per the itinerary

Not Included...

  • 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)

Please call our friendly advisors on 0333 800 2033 for pricing on this holiday.

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.

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