8-Day Iceland Roadtrip | Waterfall Chasing

Duration: 8 Days

Summer (May - Sept.)

Flexible

Bonus Secret Stops

Do you thirst for a big adventure, far from the hustle and bustle of the big cities? For 8 days, we invite you to travel along “Route 1” to discover the incredible landscapes of Iceland. Geysers, fjords, volcanoes, glaciers… not to mention the multiple waterfalls, each more unique than the next!

 

You will be guided by the itinerary that we have specially prepared for you, but ultimately you will decide the schedule of your days according to our suggestions. Your trip, your rules!

 

Because your holidays are important, you don’t want to have to worry about the organization. So, we take care of all of your reservations for you. Experts in all things Iceland, we have carefully chosen accommodation that should meet your expectations and is perfectly located according to the stages of your roadtrip. Also, booking optional activities is super easy, and will complement your adventure. No fuss, just fun.

 

Are you ready? Then read on to find out about the itinerary!

 

Included

  • Rental car for 8 days (different categories available, more info below)
  • Accommodation for 7 nights (different categories available, more info below)
  • SCDW insurance and Gravel Protection for the rental car
  • Detailed travel information (Roadbook)
  • Personal travel advisor
  • Icelandic taxes

Itinerary

Day 1

Highlights:

Capital Reykjavík
Reykjanes Peninsula & Volcano Fagradalsfjall (optional)

Summary:

Accommodation: Reykjavík
Driving Distance: approx. 50 km
Optional Activities: Blue Lagoon, Guided City Tour, Food Tour, FlyOver Iceland

Colorful houses in downtown Reykjavik

Let the adventure begin! On your arrival, you will easily be able to pick up your vehicle and drive through the lava fields to reach your accommodation in the capital city of Reykjavík. Depending on the time of your arrival, you could use the opportunity to take a dip in the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon, or even head straight towards the very active volcano, Fagradalsfjall in Geldingadalur.

 

Your first evening will be spent in the vibrant city of Reykjavík, where you can discover this charming little capital, made up of colorful houses, museums, street art, and not to mention many places to have a fun night out. The park Elliðaárdalur also offers the opportunity to marvel at a pretty waterfall, already today!

Day 2

Highlights:

Þingvellir National Park
Geysir & Strokkur
Gullfoss Waterfall
Kerið Crater

Summary:

Accommodation: Hvolsvöllur

Driving Distance: approx. 215 km

Optional Activities: Snorkeling, Secret Lagoon

geysir geyser going off pumping boiling water into the air

It's time to explore Iceland’s most famous region - the Golden Circle! Today, you will discover some of the island's most treasured locations, and all compacted in such a small area.

 

In Þingvellir National Park, you will see the separation point between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. From there you can head on to visit Geysir, and the impressive Strokkur, which fires 100 degrees Celsius, sulfur-rich water up to 40 meters into the air. You will visit Gullfoss waterfall, the jewel in the crown of the Golden Circle. That’s not all, the waterfalls of Brúarfoss and Faxi are, whilst lesser-known, pretty special spots in this already incredible area.

 

There is much more to see and do in this region: Discover a variety of secret places, have delicious lunch in a famous and award-winning tomato greenhouse, or stretch your legs in the geothermal waters of the Secret Lagoon.

Day 3

Highlights:

Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vík Village
Svartifoss Waterfall
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Summary:

Accommodation: Vatnajökull area

Driving Distance: approx. 225 km

Optional Activities: Glacier Hiking, Jökulsárlón Boat Tour

seljalandsfoss waterfall under midnight sun iceland

On the third day, you start a tour along the beautiful South Coast. Here the waterfalls are lined up, and besides Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, and Svartifoss, we also recommend a few lesser-known options.

 

Waterfalls are by far not everything on this day: The black sand beach of Reynisfjara is ideal for an unforgettable walk, and the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. In the nature reserve Skaftafell you can enjoy lush nature in an otherwise desert-like glacier landscape. You will spend the night in the Vatnajökull region, the perfect base for tomorrow's explorations!

Day 4

Highlights:

Vestrahorn Mountain
Eastfjords with Picturesque Stops Like Djúpivogur & Fáskrúðsfjörður
Lagarfljót Lake
Hallormsstaðaskógur Forest
Hengifoss Waterfall

Summary:

Accommodation: Egilsstaðir

Driving Distance: approx. 310 km

Optional Activities: Vök Baths

hengifoss waterfall in east iceland

Day 4 sends you on a scenic drive through winding fjords, along deep blue Atlantic coasts. If the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Svartifoss waterfall are still along the way, today you have the opportunity to start directly with your exploration there. Otherwise, the trip begins with a visit to the famous Vestrahorn mountain range, where you can take photos that will make your buddies at home envious!

 

The route takes you through idyllic fishing villages and finally to Iceland's largest forest area, Hallormsstaður, where the unique Hengifoss waterfall awaits you. The extraordinary sight is formed by lines of red clay between the rock layers, in front of which the water jet rushes more than 100 meters into the depth. After this impressive experience, you will spend the night at the largest city in the Eastfjords, Egilsstaðir.

Day 5

Highlights:

Dettifoss Waterfall
Námaskarð Geothermal Area
Lake Mývatn
Dimmuborgir Lava Field
Skútustaðagígar Pseudocraters

Summary:

Accommodation: Mývatn

Driving Distance: approx. 265 km

Optional Activities: Mývatn Nature Baths

godafoss waterfall in winter

Now that you have seen what the South of Iceland has to offer, it is time to see what treasures await in the North. You will discover one of the most incredible locations in North Iceland: the beautiful, sprawling lake of Mývatn

 

Wondering which waterfall will be on the cards today? The most powerful in Europe – Dettifoss – will leave you speechless. Up to 193 cubic meters per second rush into the depths, which provided a breathtaking backdrop for films like Prometheus. You spend the night in the area of beautiful Lake Mývatn, where the milky blue natural pools invite you to relax.

Day 6

Highlights:

Goðafoss Waterfall
Capital of the North: Akureyri
Glaumbær Museum
Hofsós Swimming Pool

Summary:

Accommodation: Skagafjörður

Driving Distance: approx. 190 km

Optional Activities: Whale Watching, Horseback Riding

blue water in godafoss north iceland

Welcome to the Capital of the North. Akureyri is the second-largest town in Iceland, and an extremely pleasant location to re-enter civilization before continuing west. As you approach Akureyri, you don’t want to miss Goðafoss (The Waterfall of the Gods). It may be smaller than Dettifoss, but it is just as awe-inspiring.

 

Further along the road, you can visit Glaumbær Museum, where the peat-roofed farmhouses invite you to step back in time to Iceland’s more rural past. Also in this region, we will send you to a lesser-known waterfall, which has another surprise in store...

Day 7

Highlights:

Glanni Waterfall
Grábrok Crater
Hraunfossar & Barnafoss Waterfalls (optional)

Summary:

Accommodation: Reykjavík

Driving Distance: approx. 295-350 km

Optional Activities: Krauma Baths

hraunfossar waterfall seeping through lava field in west iceland

Today, the road takes you back to Reykjavík through the West of Iceland. This area, rich in history and natural diversity, has many exciting locations to visit. From the bubbling hot spring Deildartunguhver to the twin waterfalls of Barnafoss and Hraunfossar, where the porous lava rock oxidizes the glacial water as it churns into electric blue rapids.

 

If you want to take it easy on the last day, the Glanni waterfall is right along the route. Here you can also take a walk around the Grábrók crater before finally returning to the capital. In Reykjavík, you can end your vacation with a visit to one of the many excellent restaurants.

Day 8

Highlights:

Capital Reykjavík
Reykjanes Peninsula & Volcano Fagradalsfjall (optional)

Summary:

Driving Distance: approx. 50 km

Optional Activities: Blue Lagoon

people bathe in blue lagoon iceland

Whilst your adventure may be over, we know you will have made memories to last a lifetime. You will drop off your rental car at the airport and, depending on your flight time, you can use this last opportunity to visit the famous Blue Lagoon, making this final day even more special!

Budget category in Iceland

Budget (Shared Bathroom)

In our budget category, we will accommodate you in cozy countryside guesthouses. Private rooms with shared bathroom, breakfast is included.

Comfort category in Iceland

Comfort (Private Bathroom)

In our comfort category, we will accommodate you in hotels and boutique guesthouses. Private rooms with bathroom, breakfast is included.

Kia Rio rental car in Iceland

Standard 2WD

In this category, we book a manual transmission Kia Rio (or similar). SCDW insurance and gravel protection are included.

 

Recommended for 2-3 travelers. If you are more than 3, we will arrange multiple cars.

Dacia Duster rental car in Iceland

Standard 4WD

In this category, we book a manual transmission Dacia Duster (or similar). SCDW insurance and gravel protection are included.

 

Recommended for up to 4 travelers. If you are more than 4, we will arrange multiple cars.

Kia Sportage rental car in Iceland

Comfort 4WD

In this category, we book an automatic transmission Kia Sportage (or similar). SCDW insurance and gravel protection are included.

 

Recommended for up to 4 travelers. If you are more than 4, we will arrange multiple cars.