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D1- July 17 - Arriving to Iceland
A Taxi will drive you from the airport to Reykjavik accommodation, about 35 minutes drive to your guesthouse, Guesthouse Sunna, in the center of Reykjavík. Two double/twin rooms with shared facilities. Stroll around Reykjavik to see the houses, shops, the very good cafes and have dinner in one of many restaurants in town.
D2 - July 18 - Geysir – Gullfoss - Laugarvatn (approx. 190 km)
The car rental picks you up at your accommodation between 08.30 and 09.00 to pick up the vehicle. Departure for the famous gushing springs of Geysir and the great cataract of Gullfoss, "the Golden Fall" partly frozen by ice. Optional bath at the outdoors Fontona spa by the lake at Laugarvatn next door to your accommodation.
Héraðsskólinn Boutique hostel in two double/twin with shared facilities including breakfast. It is possible to have dinner at the hostel or at the famous restaurant next door called Lindin.
D3 - July 19 - Thingvellir - Snæfellsnes (approx. 250 km)
Departure to Thingvellir National Park, the Plain of Parliament, that is one of the most beautiful graben faults on the surface of the globe. Major parallel rift faults cross the valley from north to south. In one of them, Almannagjá, stood the summer sessions of the ancient Parliament, one of the oldest republics in the world, established in 930. After passing in the undersea tunnel of the Whale Fjord (1000 ISK to pass and it is ca. 7 km long), the road crosses the marshy tundra of the Borgarnes region and reaches the base of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, a narrow snowy mountain range jutting far into the ocean, pointing west as a finger with the magnificent volcano Snæfellsjökull -the glacier of Snowfell-crowning its tip.
National Park of Thingvellir before heading to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
On the southern part of the peninsula, in the small village of Arnarstapi which is at the foot of the majestic Snæfellsnesjökull glacier, you will be staying at Guesthouse Arnarstapi in a quadruple room with shared facilities and breakfast for two nights. Restaurant at the guesthouse or at the next small village Hellnar.
D4 - July 20 - Arnarstapi South
Guesthouse Arnarstapi a second night in a quadruple. Arnarstapi, known for its magnificent cliffs of basalt organ where thousands of kittiwakes nest. From Arnarstapi there is a little hike you can do along the coast to Hellnar. Beautiful view over the Snæfellsnes glacier if the weather is good.
D5- July 21 - Snæfellsnes South to Snaefellsnes North - 200 km
Visit the famous church of Budir, if the weather is nice you can see the majestic glacier of Snaefellsjokull. Nice to walk to the beach from the church. Go on the beach of Djúpalónssandur.
Bypassing the Snæfellsness peninsula, crowned at its end by the famous volcano Snæfellsjökull, the volcano where the heroes of the journey to the center of the earth that the famous writer Jules Verne wrote about. The north coast is carved with many small fjords some of which are home to small active fishing ports. The village of Grundarfjörður has become well known for one of Iceland's most famous mountain, Kirkjufell.
From there head to the beautiful village of Stykkishólmur located on Breidafjörður Bay, dotted with innumerable islands and islets.
Harbour hostel is your accommodation for the night, quadruple room with shared facilities, one double bed and one bunk bed. Here the breakfast is not included but there is a nice Icelandic bakery and coffee shops close to the accommodation or you can make your own. Same goes for the dinner, you can shop your food at the big supermarket, Bónus, and cook your dinner or you can go in one of Stykkishólmur's cosy restaurants.
D6 - July 22 - North West fjords to Látrabjarg cliffs - 135 km
The deep waters of Breiðafjörður Bay have strong tidal currents and are dotted by thousands of small islands and islets, rich in seafood. The Breiðafjorður bay is full of life, it has White-tailed Sea Eagles, Atlantic Puffins, Great Cormorants, Crested Cormorants, Harbor Seals and Gray Seal.By boat at 09:00 in the morning you gain the pretty little island of Flatey and its old preserved village. Tickets for the Baldur ferry must be picked up half an hour before departure. Departure at 09:00, the ferry stops at Flatey Island (1h30) and you can either continue directly to Brjánslækur with an arrival there at 11:30 or enjoy the island of Flatey and take a stroll in this area. small paradise, shrine to wild birds that nest in the most incongruous places: old tractors, tires, barns, vehicles are not allowed on the island so if you decide to stop there, leave your keys with the ferry staff and your car will be waiting for you on the other side. If you stop at Flatey island, take the second ferry at 17:15 for Brjánlækur.Hellulaug is a small "secret" hot spring next to Flokalundur, once your arrive in the North West fjords and if you want to take a dip in the warm water (this adds to the km of your travel). Your accommodation tonight, the strange and mystic Hotel Breiðavík, next to the cliffs of Latrabjarg.
Quadruple room with shared facilities and breakfast. Restaurant on site.
D7 - July 23 - Látrabjarg cliffs - Rauðasandur beach - 125 km
From Breiðavík, reach the cliffs of Látrabjarg. 17 km of cliffs and several million birds. The huge Látrabjarg cliff is considered to be the largest seabird cliff in the world. Real housing crisis for all the birds, Atlantic Puffins, Seagles, Torda Penguins, Glaucous Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwakes. Beyond the Látrabjarg cliff lies the coppery sand of Rauðasandur (Red Sand) Bay. Off to the south is Snæfellsjökull glacier, a lonely snowy volcano, Iceland's Fuji Yama, which was an important landmark for the long Viking ships. It also appears to be the secret but obligatory passage for a certain trip to center of the earth. While Iceland has accustomed us to black sand beaches, here, curiously, in the Far West of the largest volcanic island in the world, the sand is yellow and the sea takes on tropical nuances; a sand of shells ranging from the most perfect light gray to dark orange as here in Rauðasandur. The only swimmers in the area are the gray seals.
Second night at Hotel Breiðavík.
D8 - July 24 - Dynjandi waterfall - Ísafjörður - 216 km
The road crosses south of the desolate highlands of broken rocks still partly snow-covered then bypasses deep branched fjords dominated by impressive steep mountains of stratified basalt to cross again other passes. Passing the village of Patreksfjörður (possible to do some grocery shopping or other). On the road 20 km after Bíldudalur a natural outdoor swimming pool in the Reykjafjörður fjord. (From Bíldudalur it is possible to take the small rocky road of Ketilstadavegur to go and visit Selárdalur, an amazing place, add about 50 km total to go there/back and forth).
Visit the Dynjandi waterfall, one of the most beautiful and graceful among waterfall of Icelandi which is extremely photogenic. On this day, two geothermal pools for swimming, Pollurinn next to Tálknafjörður with a great view of the Fjord and / or Reykjafjarðarlaug, a very nice place to bathe before hitting the capital of the North West fjords, Ísafjörður.
A very nice small town with beautiful surroundings.
Family room at Hotel Horn with shared facilities, the breakfast is served at Hotel Ísafjörður just next door. A nice accommodation in the heart of the town.
D9 - July 25 - Ísafjörður - ?? km
Second night at Hotel Horn (These are the same owners as the Gamla Guesthouse which I first proposed to you). Many things to do in Ísafjörður, kayaking, boattour to Hornstrandir etc. Nice swimming pool, cafés, restaurants, museum etc.
D10 - July 26 - West fjords to Heydalur - 140 km
Large landscapes and bypass many fjords that all are more beautiful than the others into the bottom of the fjords.
Indoor pool in a greenhouse in Heydalur and also a hot spring of 40 ° C outside. Heydalur Guesthouse in a triple room with an extra mattress, breakfast included and restaurant at accommodation.
Very nice hikes to do all around.
D11 - July 27 - Mjóifjörður to Reykjanes - 28 km
Drive in the narrow fjord of Mjóifjörður to reach Hotel Reykjanes. The hotel is situaded 28 km east from Heydalur, it also has a hot pool. Quadruple room including breakfast.
D12 - July 28 - Strandir - 138 km or 164 if you take the road peninsula of 645 by stopping by at the village of Drangsnes. After driving the mystical are of Strandir (known for magics in the old days) with all sorts of strandings and wrecks, countless common eiders, numerous seals on the reefs, you arrive to the incredible Djúpavík Hotel in the bay of Djúpavík next to an abandoned fishing factory.
Two twin/double rooms with shared facilities and breakfast. Nice restaurants on the spot.
Option: Drive north to the end of the road that ends at the fjord of Norðurfjörður. Great landscape of mountains and ocean typical to the Far North. The end of the world!
Bath in a hot water pool located on the shore, Krossneslaug north of the Norðurfjörður hut, with incredible sea view (about ISK 500 per person). Seals can observe you from the icy ocean during your bathing.
D13 - July 29 - Hit the road back to Reykjavík - 301 km
This day you have a lot of driving but the route is beaufitul.
Head back south to Reykjavik. Return the vehicle at the nearest office. If you return it before closure (18.00 oclock), the car rental can drive you back to Guesthouse Sunna.
Guesthouse Sunna, two double/twin with shared facilities.
D14 - July 30 - Departure
Taxi transfer from Guesthouse Sunna to Keflavík airport at 04.40
The maximum speed limit in Iceland is 90 km per hour. Note that roads can sometimes be narrow, even on the main roads. Please be careful when going over brigdes, they are often very narrow and only for one car to pass at a time.
Note, the km are an estimation and do not include extra stops, visits, activities, lunches etc.
Here is a good website with all kinds of useful information about Iceland: http://fr.visiticeland.com/
You’ll need to bring comfortable and adequate clothing to protect you
from cold and wet weather, such as polypropylene, capilene, or pile.
Wool and wool/synthetic blends are also suitable – though wool, if
wet, dries slowly compared to synthetic fabrics. We discourage the use
of cotton in wet conditions it dries very slowly. When layering, the
innermost layer should be long underwear. The middle layer can be a
synthetic turtleneck or wool shirt, and pants. The outermost layer must
be a breathable waterproof jacket such as a good quality Gore-Tex
wind/rain parka and over-pants. For quantities for each item listed,
use your own judgment, based on the expected weather conditions and
overall packing/weight restrictions for your luggage.
• Regular underwear.
• Short-sleeved synthetic or cotton/synthetic T-shirts
• Synthetic thermal underwear
• Full-length pants, quick-drying synthetic fabric
• Long-sleeved, synthetic or wool shirt
• Wool or/and synthetic socks
• Medium-weight synthetic fleece sweater or jacket
• Gore-Tex rain/wind parka
• Gore-Tex rain/wind pants
• Sun & rain hat
• Wooly hat
• Gloves (wool or pile)
• Down jacket from September to May (optional)
• Hiking trousers, quick-drying synthetic fabric
• Casual sportswear for evenings in lodging
• Lightweight sports shoes for lodging
• Or just bring your usual clothes but something rainproof to put
over your usual things!
• Swimsuit and small towel (High density synthetic-chamois) for
hot spring bathing and swimming pool
Toiletry kit—soap, toothbrush, and so on.
• Personal first aid kit
• Moisturising lotion. (The air in Iceland is very dry)
• Sunscreen and lip protection (The sun in Iceland is much more
intense than you probably imagine)
• Toilette paper and a lighter to burn it
• Spare pair of prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses, or
contact lenses (but not only lenses, as wind-blown dust can
make them very uncomfortable)
• Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries (from August
• Swiss Army-type pocket knife (Must be kept in duffle bag, not
in hand luggage, when flying !)
• Half liter capacity unbreakable water bottle or thermos
• Binoculars for bird watching, seals and whales (from March to
• Hiking poles. Highly recommended
• Netting hood, head net or bug bucket hat * (optional, can be
purchased on site
Optional Travel Accessories
• Hiking poles. Highly recommended
• Repair kit with needle, thread, and safety pins
• Reading and writing material
• Your favorite snack food such as raisins or chocolate
• Protein supplements for vegetarian
1 or 2 good bottles of wine or a bottle of something stronger
Cameras, tablets, smart-phones
• Camera bag
• Replacement batteries for electrical devices
• Additional memory card
• Adapter for electrical plug (European standard)