Iceland Complete - 15 days

- including Snæfellsnes peninsula, West Fjords and Reykjanes peninsula

 

You can download the printable version (pdf) here

 

Introduction 

The Iceland complete tour covers not only most of the interesting places along the ring road, it also brings you to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, to the West Fjords, to remote parts of the North East and to the Reykjanes peninsula. On this tour you get a good impression of Icelandic nature in nearly all its varieties and you can learn a lot about living conditions in Iceland today and in the old days. You will be surprised how many different types of landscapes and other nature phenomena you can see in this country.

Iceland Complete is a circle tour; therefore you can start it at other places as well, for example in Egilsstaðir or Akureyri. It goes clockwise around the country, but of course you can turn it around and travel against the clock.

If you want to extend this tour and make it “really complete”, you can add a stay at Vestmannaeyjar Hostel to it, see details on right.



Day 1: Reykjavík → Grundarfjörður



- from Reykjavík drive road no. 1 (ring road) to the north

- pass the small town Mosfellsbær

- continue until you reach the fjord Hvalfjörður

- drive through the tunnel, please notice: you need to pay obligatory toll (1000,- ISK)


Hvalfjarðargöng

- tunnel underneath the fjord Hvalfjörður

- built 1996-1998, 5.6 km long, 165 m deep (measured from sea level)

- right after leaving the tunnel turn right and drive road no. 1 to reach Borgarnes


Borgarnes

- small town, 2.500 inhabitants, living on industry and services

- restaurant, services, shopping center, bank, hospital etc.

- one of the sites of the the famous Saga of Egill Skallagrímsson

- interesting botanical garden with a relief sculpture of Egill Skallagrímsson

- leave Borgarnes on road no. 54 (Snæfellsnesvegur) towards the peninsula Snæfellsnes

- possible stop at Borg á Mýrum, famous church and parsonage with sculpture Sonatorrek (“Irretrievable Loss of Sons”) by Ásmundur Sveinsson, based on a poem from Egils saga
 

Eldborg

- volcanic crater, 100 m above sea level, 200 m in diameter, 50 m deep in the middle of a lava field called Eldborgarhraun

- It is easiest to approach Eldborg from Snorrastadir on its southern side, walking 2,5 km through the shrub-covered lava field. It is possible to walk all the way around the crater as well as up it.

- protected area

- drive road no. 54, near Búðir go straight onto road no. 574 (Útnesvegur)


Búðahraun

- lava field on the south shore of Snæfellsnes peninsula

- lovely church from 19th century at Búðir

- yellow sand beach, rare in Iceland, with black lava


Arnarstapi and Hellnar

- two former fishing villages

- beautiful and striking coast line, interesting rock formations, basalt columns, gorges, caves, sea bird colonies

- in Arnarstapi you will see the stone monument to the hero Barður Snæfellsás, who protects the area from evil as the local legend has it

- several marked hiking paths to the caves and sea bird colonies

- restaurant at Arnarstapi, café at Hellnar

- National Park office including interersting exhibition at Hellnar

- continue on road no. 574


Snæfellsjökull

- The area is dominated by the three peaked volcano and glacier Snæfellsjökull (1446 m high) which is believed to be a place of supernatural power.

- One of the most famous volcanoes in Iceland featured in novels by Jules Verne and Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness.

- today a National Park

- several hiking trails


Dritvík

- For centuries one of the busiest fishing stations, once inhabiting 600 seasonal workers.

- walking path to the shore (Djúpalónssandur), where there are four well-known lifting stones which fishermen would try their strength at, they had to be able to lift at least the smaller ones

 

Rif and Hellissandur

- former important fisher villages

- western most settlements on Snæfellsnes peninsula

- maritime museum and fishermen’s cottages at Hellissandur

- large colony of the arctic tern between Rif and Hellissandur

 

Ólafsvík

- small town (900 inhabitants), good harbor facilities, rich offshore fishing grounds

- museum in a 19th century warehouse

- all necessary services

- continue on road no. 574 and 54 to Grundarfjörður


Grundarfjörður

- fishing and trading center since the 18th century, named after the fjord Grundarfjörður

- today lovely small town in a great environment, dominated by the mountain Kirkjufell

- population about 850, living on fishing and fish processing

- french fishermen built a church and several houses in the town

- swimming pool, tourist information

 

Accommodation

- accommodation recommended at Grundarfjörður Hostel 


 

 (Distances: Reykjavík-Borgarnes 63 km, Borgarnes-Búðir 102 km, Búðir-Grundarfjörður 89 km; total: 254 km)

 


Day 2: Grundarfjörður → Bíldudalur



  drive road no. 54 and 58 to get to Stykkishólmur

Stykkishólmur

- town with 1230 inhabitants, fishing and trading center, school, hospital

- for centuries a focal point for settlement in the Breiðafjörður area

- modern space age looking church, concert hall, art museum on water “Vatnasjafnið”

- folk museum close to the harbor in the “Norwegian House”

- supermarket, great swimming pool

- from here the ferry Baldur goes to Brjánslækur (West fjords)

- light house near the harbor

- several boat trips with bird and whale watching, tourist information centre



- take the ferry Baldur to Brjánslækur (West Fjords)

- passage takes 3 hours; arrival at 12 o’clock

- for cars you need to book in advance

- for further information on the ferry see here

- when you get to Brjánslækur drive road no. 62 in direction to the west (Barðaströnd)

- drive the mountain road Kleifaheiði (404 m high) in direction to Patreksfjörður

- when you reach the fjord turn left onto road no. 612

- please have in mind that there is no gas station on the way to Látrabjarg

- be careful on mountain and gravel roads, pay attention to weather conditions

- pass Breiðavík and continue until you get to Látrabjarg, the road is very rough and climbs up over a plateau and than steeply down to the coastline


Bjargtangar and Látrabjarg

- Bjargtangar is the westernmost point of Europe, there is a light house

- Látrarbjarg cliffs rise up to 414 m above sea level, the cliffs are 12 km long

- sea bird colonies (puffins, guillemot, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes)

- a foot path along the top of the cliff offers great views, you can get really near the birds, but please be careful not to fall off the cliff or to disturb the birds

- many shipwrecks have occurred in the rough sea here

- travel the same way back

 

Hnjótur

- farm, café and interesting folk and aviation museum, initiated by the local Egill Ólafsson

- memorial to British fishermen

- you can watch a film on sea rescue operations that occurred in 1947 and 1948 when the British trawlers Dhoon and Sargon wrecked during severe snow storms

- drive road no. 616, when you get to the the crossroads in the fjord Patreksfjörður turn left onto road no. 62, heading for the town Patreksfjörður

 

Patreksfjörður

- small town located on the shore of the southernmost of all Westfjords, named after the fjord

- main industry fishing and fishprocessing, population about 700

- memorial to the victims of avalanches and to British seamen from Aberdeen, Hull and Grimsby

- drive road no. 63, pass the fjord Tálknafjörður and drive over the mountain pass Hálfdan (525 m), heading for Bíldudalur


Bíldudalur

- small village (pop. 260), once one of the most important fishing stations in Iceland

- main occupation today fishing and fish processing

- monument for drowned seamen of the village

- museum “Melódíur minninganna” (Melody Memory Lane), a small private museum dedicated to Icelandic popular music

- accommodation recommended at Bíldudalur Hostel

 

(Distances: Grundarfjörður-Stykkishólmur 45 km, Brjánslækur-Patreksfjörður 42 km, Patreksjförður-Látrabjarg-Patreksjförður village 124 km, Patreksfjörður-Bíldudalur 27 km; total: 238 km)




Day 3: Bíldudalur → Korpudalur



- drive road no. 63 along the coastline of Suðurfirðir


Suðurfirðir

- collective name of the fjords of the southern branch of Arnarfjörður, Fossjörður, Reykjafjörður, Trostansfjörður and Geirþjófsförður

- typical landscape of the West fjords: high mountain plateaus and deep fjords, very little of flat land, hardly any space for agriculture, difficult roads

- near Hornatær turn left onto road no. 60 (Vestfjarðavegur) and drive over the plateau Dynjandisheiði (500 m high) to reach the waterfall Dynjandi

 

Dynjandi

- one of the most beautiful and impressive waterfalls in Iceland

- The water falls in many cascades down from 100 m height, forming a huge triangular.

- There is a walking path along the waterfall; it takes at least 1 hour to climb up the hillside. Take your time, it is a wonderful place. There are facilities at the camping site. Nice place for a picnic.

- drive road no. 60 to Hrafnseyri


Hrafnseyri

- birthplace of Jón Sigurðsson (1811-1879), called 'The President', one of the leaders of the Icelandic independence struggle during the 19th century

- replica of a turf farm house and museum dedicated to Jón Sigurðsson, also a nice cafe

- his birthday, June 17th, is the national holiday. On June 17th 1944, the Republic of Iceland was established

- drive road no. 60 over the mountain plateau Hrafnseyrarheiði (552 m) to reach Þingeyri


Þingeyri

- village with a population of 380

- oldest trading place in the West fjords

- one of Iceland’s oldest houses is in Þingeyri, a warehouse dating back to the 18th century

- spectacular nature surrounds Þingeyri, high mountains and beautiful valleys

- continue on road no. 60 along the fjord Dýrafjörður


Dýrafjörður

- largest fjord in this country, about 39 km long but narrow

- two mountains, Sandfell and Mýrafell, on both sides of the mouth of the fjord

- continue on road no. 60 over the mountain plateau Gemlufallsheiði to reach the bottom of the fjord Önundarfjörður

- turn right onto road no. 627, heading for Korpudalur Hostel (Kirkjuból) 


(Distances: Bíldudalur-Dynjandi 60 km, Dynjandi-Korpudalur 54 km; total: 104 km)



Day 4: Korpudalur → Broddanes



- from Korpudalur Hostel drive road no. 627 and turn right onto road no. 60, heading for Ísafjörður


Ísafjörður

- so-called capital of the West fjords, largest settlement in the area, pop. about 3000

- living on fishing, trade, administration and tourism

- situated in the fjord Skutulsfjörður which is a part of the Ísafjarðardjúp

- all necessary service, banks, shops, hospital, schools

- institutions for higher education

- the oldest part of the town is called Neðstikaupstaður; here you find four of the oldest houses in Iceland, built in the 18th century

- very interesting maritime and folk museum in Neðstikaupstaður

- not far from Neðstikaupstaður at the harbor, you can find options for boat trips to the romantic islands Vigur and Æðey

- drive road no. 61 along the several fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp

 

Ísafjarðardjúp

- largest of the West fjords, a number of smaller fjords open into it: Skutulsfjörður, Álftafjörður, Seyðisfjörður, Hestfjörður, Skötufjörður, Mjóifjörður, and Ísafjörður

 

Súðavík

- small village situated in the fjord Álftafjörður.

- founded in the late 19th century when Norwegians started to run a whaling station at the place

- On January 16th 1995 an avalanche fell on Súðavík, killing 14 people and destroying 22 houses.

- drive road no. 61 along the coastline, when reach the fjord Mjóifjörður driver over the bridge to get the remote peninsula Reykjanes

 

Reykjanes

- narrow peninsula between the fjord Ísafjörður and the fjord Reykjafjörður

- the name means peninsula of steam, which reminds on the geothermal hot springs in this area

- In 1934 a district boarding school was built here. Nice outdoor swimming pool that once belonged to the school

- hiking trails, bird watching, hot springs neas by the shore

- cafeteria that offers simple meals

- from Reykjanes drive road no. 61, heading for Hólmavík

- drive over the highland plateau Steingrímsfjarðarheiði (440 m high), continue on road no. 61


Hólmavík

- village situated in Steingrímsfjörður, population 400, living on fishing and fish processing

- interesting church, cafés, shops, handcraft

- quite an interesting history museum with emphasis on the history of the witch-hunting in 17th century Iceland as well as various aspects of magic from younger sources


Accommodation

- accommodation is recommended at Broddanes Hostel

- Broddanes is situated 35 km south of Hólmavík

- drive road no. 61


 

(Distances: Korpudalur-Ísafjörður 40 km, Ísafjörður-Reykjanes ca. 140 km, Reykjanes-Hólmavík 100 km, Hólmavík-Broddanes 35 km; total ca. 315 km)

 


Day 5: Broddanes → Akureyri



- from Broddanes continue on road no. 61, at the bottom of the fjord Hrútafjörður, turn left onto road no. 1, continue on road no. 1

 

Blönduós

- small town, pop. 1000, living on agriculture, transport, trading

- situated at the mouth of the river Blanda built on both sides of the river

- very interesting modern church, built in the years 1981-1985

- all necessary service available, bank, shops, gas station, restaurant

- nice recreation area on an island in the glacial river Blanda, worth to stop and go for a walk (you see it from the gas station)

- continue on road no. 1, driving through the valley Langidalur and over the pass Vatnsskarð


Arnarstapi

- coming down the mountain pass Vatnsskarð you should stop at the memorial for Stephan G. Stephansson and enjoy the views on the fjord Skagafjörður

- Stephan G. Stephansson (1853-1972) was an Icelandic farmer and poet who lived in this area before leaving the country to settle in USA and Canada, he was called the poet of the Rocky Mountains

- many farmers and poor people from the Skagafjörður area emigrated to Canada and the USA in the late 19th and early 20th century, forming the community of the West-Icelanders in Canada (especially in Manitoba)

- continue on road no.1

- before getting to Varmahlíð, you can find the church of Víðimýri to the right of road no. 1


Víðimýrarkirkja

- traditional turf church from 1834

- one of the most beautiful turf churches still existing in Iceland

- very good example of traditional Icelandic architecture

- continue on road no. 1, turn left on to road no. 75, passing the village Varmahlíð to get to Glaumbær


Glaumbær

- very interesting open air and folk museum, former parsonage and wealthy farm

- one of the few remaining Icelandic turf farms, oldest parts of it are from the 18th century

- Beside the turf farm, there are buildings from the 19th and early 20th century, including a church and a former school for housekeepers.

- Take your time; there are many things to explore and to learn about everyday life in Iceland.

- There is a very nice café in a cozy old-fashioned tearoom where you can get traditional Icelandic cakes and other local snacks.

- drive back on road no. 75, turn right onto road no. 1, heading east


Öxnadalur

- very deep and narrow valley, 35 km long

- the rocky mountain ridge Hrauandrangi is more than 1000 m high and really impressive, many folk tales are connected to it.

- Two of the most famous Icelandic poets lived in this valley: Jónas Hallgrímsson (1807-1845), scientist and poet, was born at the farm Hraun and Jón Þórláksson (1744-1819), poet and translator, lived at the farm and parsonage Ytri-Bægisá.

- continue on road no. 1 until you reach the fjord Eyjaförður


Eyjafjörður

- collective name of the fjord and the narrow, well cultivated valley (60 km long) toward the head of the fjord

- the river Eyjarfarðará runs through the valley into the fjord

- the town Akureyri is situated in the fjord Eyjafjörður


Akureyri

- so called capital of the North, situated in the narrow fjord Eyjafjörður

- trading place since 1602, population today 16.000

- interesting sites: botanical garden, modern church by the architect Guðjón Samúelsson, sculpture “The Outlaw” by Einar Jónsson, Nonnahús (museum in memory of Jón Sveinsson, author of children books), harbor, folk museum, museum on natural history

- restaurants, cafés, shops, art galleries etc. in the center of the town, swimming pool, all year Christmas shop

- tourist information, guided tours by bus, boat and jeep

- airport




Accommodation

- accommodation recommended at Akureyri Hostel 


(Distances: Broddanes-Hrútafjörður (bottom) 78 km, Hrútafjörður (bottom)-Blönduós 85 km, Blönduós-Glaumbær 57 km, Glaumbær-Akureyri 101 km; total: 321 km)

 


Day 6: Akureyri → Berg / Árbót



- from Akureyri drive road no. 1, heading east

Goðafoss

- very impressive waterfall on the river Skjálfandafljót

- Icelandic Sagas tell that back in the year 1000, when the parliament had decided that Icelanders should adopt the Christian religion, the law-speaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði threw his pagan idols into the river. After that the waterfall was named the 'Waterfall of the gods' 

- walking paths, lovely moss and birch growth, please be careful not destroying it

- cafeteria, shop and service

- continue on road no. 1 to reach the Mývatn area


Mývatn

- beautiful shallow lake in a region of volcanic activity and geothermal heat

- during the summur a paradise for ducks and other birds, average number of 50 000 pair of ducks of 15 species

- very good trout fishing

- extremely beautiful surrounding area, covered with lava and growth

- interesting geological phenomena like pseudo craters, lava caves, hot mud and steam springs, canyons etc.

- the name means "lave of the midges", during the summer swams of midges can make life unpleasant here, but these midges do not bite

- several service stations and resutrants around the lake

 

 

Reykjahlíð

- church and former parsonage, today a small village of 200 inhabitants

- service, resturant, bank, supermarket, shop

- In the year 1829, the church was threatened by a volcanic eruption but miraculously the flow of lava stopped just a few meters from the church. A modern church was built on the same site in 1972.


Jarðböðin


- The Mývatn Nature Baths, opened in 2004, are an outstanding attraction, offering excellent bathing facilities in an outdoor lagoon whose temerature is 38-40° C

- service and information center, cafeteria




Námafjall

- mountain south of the pass Námaskarð, former sulfur mine, the east side of the mountain is all covered by signs of geothermal heat

- impressive bubbling mud pools, steam vents, hot boiling springs and fumaroles, distinctive stenchy of sulfur everywhere

- there are roped-off paths, please stick to those paths as it is extremely dangerous to walk around in this area; the surface material is fragile and the ground is extremely hot.
 

Krafla and Víti

- cone-shaped volcano north of Námafjall, but also a system of fissures

- considerable geothermal heat on the west side of Krafla

- Geothermal Power Station, build in 1984, later extended

- The crater Víti is situated nearby Krafla, its name means "hell" in Icelandic

 

Skútustaðir

- famous for a number of pseudo craters, formed by gas explosions when hot lava flew into the waters, looking like circular craters or small islands

- protected area, please do not leave the walking paths and close the gates behind you

- service, shop, cafe


Dimmuborgir

- quite unique recreation area

- valley filled up with bizarre lava formations, caves, holes and pillars.

- protected area, very sensible birch growth

- several marked walking paths, don not leave the roped off routes, you can easily get lost in this labyrinth of dark lava rocks

- newly built service and information centre at the entrance, cafeteria

 

Accommodation

- accommodation recommended at Berg Hostel or Árbót Hostel

- from lake Mývatn drive road no. 87 to the north, when you reach road no. 85 turn left and drive for approx. 6km. Turn to the left to reach Árbót Hostel.  To find Berg, drive for a short while and then turn right onto road no. 852           


(Distances: Akureyri – Goðafoss 50 km, Goðafoss – Mývatn (Reykjahlíð) 53 km, Mývatn (Reykjahlíð) – Berg Hostel 47 km; total depends on what sights you choose at Mývatn)    



Day 7: Berg / Árbót → Kópasker/Ytra Lón



- from Berg Hostel drive road no. 852 and turn left onto road no. 85, drive north to get to Húsavík
- from Árbót Hostel turn right onto road no. 85, drive north to get to Húsavík.

Húsavík

- nice small town, situated in the bay of Skjálfandafljót, population 2500

- former fishing town with excellent natural harbor conditions

- populating now mostly living on service and tourism

- schools, hospital, centre of higher education, banks etc.

- In Húsavík, the first Icelandic whale watching tours started in the early 90’s

- really interesting professional museum and exhibition on whales and former whaling in Iceland (all the way back to the Middle Ages)

- Whale watching recommended! There are different companies offering whale watching in Húsavík. A trip takes at least 3 hours.

- church, restaurants, cafés, shops, swimming pool, all services near by the harbor

- hiking trails along the shore, up to Húsavík mountain (where you will find a surprising hot water bath), around the small lake Botnsvatn

- hot springs and geothermal heat

- drive road no. 85 on Tjörnes peninsula

- drive over the bridge at Lón and continue to get to Ásbyrgi


Ásbyrgi

- U-shaped valley, surrounded by dark cliffs up to 90 m high

- Legend has it that this is the footprint of the horse Sleipnir. It had eight legs and was the horse of the Norse god Odin.

- Geologists think that Ásbyrgi was shaped by enormous glacier floods coming underneath the glacier Vatnajökull.

- protected area, long and short walking and hiking trails, information on nature history of the area provided in brochures and on information tablets

- small romantic lake “Botnstjörn”, home to the lovely green-winged teal (duck)

- service, shop, cafeteria just outside the area, near by the road

- coming from Ásbyrgi continue on road no. 85, cross the bridge over the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, just after the bridge turn right

- drive road no. 864 to get to Dettifoss

- Please have in mind that not all vehicles are suitable for driving on highland roads!

- Road no. 864 is closed during the winter season and early summer if conditions are very bad. There is a tarmac road to Dettisfoss (road no.862), which is off road no.1 on the way from Lake Mývatn. 

- Please always get information on road and weather conditions before driving highland roads see here and here


Dettifoss

- one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland and claimed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe

- although just 45 m high it dispatches 500 m3 water per second, since this water comes from a glacier it is of dark color

- walk from parking to the waterfall takes at least 20 minutes; please be careful, and do not step out of the marked trails

- drive back north on road no. 864, turn right onto road no. 85 (in direction to Kópasker)


Kópasker

- small village in the fjord Öxarfjörður, pop. 140, harbour since 1879, pier for oceangoing ships

- In 1976, the epicenter of a very severe earthquake was out in the fjord Öxarfjörður, the earthquake caused damage to the village and the harbor.

 

Melrakkaslétta

- peninsula between Öxarfjörður and Þistilsfjörður

- all flat low land with a lot of lakes and tarns, former farming area, today mostly abandoned

- eider duck and seal colonies along the coast

- here you are very near the Arctic Circle
 

Raufarhöfn

- northernmost village in Iceland, pop. today 340, situated on the east of the plain Melrakkaslétta

- church designed by the most influential Icelandic architect, Guðjón Samúelsson

- in the 50s, during the so called “herring years”, the harbor underwent extensive improvements; piers were build to make it possible to land great amounts of herring

- during the “herring adventure” thousands of people came to Raufarhöfn to help landing, salting and processing the herring

 

Þistilsfjörður

- fjord or bay between the peninsula Langanes and the plain highlands of Melrakkaslétta

- a landscape with low hills and valleys with many rivers running towards the sea

- former an area with several farms on the moors farther inland


Þórshöfn

- small village, pop. 390, situated at the fjord Þistilsfjörður

- occupation: fishing, fish-processing, trading, good harbor

- from Þórshöfn it is not far to Ytra Lón Hostel (14 km), drive road no. 869 to get there


 
(Distances: Berg-Húsavík 22 km, Húsavík-Ásbyrgi 67 km, Ásbyrgi-Dettifoss 27 km, Dettifoss

Kópasker 58 km, Kópasker-Raufarhöfn 54 km, Raufarhöfn-Þórshöfn 64 km, Þórshöfn-Ytra Lón16km;

total: 174/308 km)

 

 

Accommodation

- accommodation is recommended at Kópasker Hostel or Ytra Lón Hostel

- if you are going to stay at Ytra Lón Hostel, continue on road no. 85

 

 


Day 8: Kópasker/Ytra Lón → Húsey


 
- coming from Kópasker, continue as described the day before, pass Raufarhöfn and Þórshöfn

- coming from Ytra Lón, drive back to Þórshöfn

- drive road no. 85 across the mountain moore Brekknaheiði (highest altitude 200 m) and along the coast line of Langanesströnd

- not far from Skeggjastaðir you can see the rock Stapi rising straight out of the sea

- at Skeggjastaðir you could visit the church, built 1845
 

Vopnafjörður

- nice small Village (pop. 500), former important trading post

- occupation: trading, fishing, fish-processing, farming

- very good natural harbor

- swimming pool in Selárdalur, folk museum, service

- continue on road no. 85, turn left onto road no. 917

- now you have the sea to your left and the mountain ridge Smjörfjöll to you right

- if you don’t want to drive over the mountain ridge, you can choose driving road no. 85 to the south and then road no. 1 to the east (Möðrudalsöræfi), you will get to the same bridge over the river Jökulsá á Brú

 

Smjörfjöll

- mountain ridge between Vopnafjörður and Jökulshlíð

- highest point 1251 m, very steep and rocky on the side of Vopnafjörður

- little vegetation, rough and “cold” landscape

- there can be snowdrifts also during the summer season

 

Jökulsá á Dal or Jökulsá á Brú

- once one of the biggest glacial rivers in Iceland, now very much changed because of the Kárahnjúkar power plant

- as all glacial rivers it carried a lot of sand, clay and stones, 112 tons of this material flooded into the bay of Héraðsflói every day, now it often is an almost clear fresh water river

- 1994 a modern bridge was finished, “Jökulsábrú”, 119 m long, there is a view point at the eastern edge of the bridge with a good view into the gorge, 70 m wide and 40 m deep


Accommodation

- accommodation is recommended at Húsey Hostel 

(Distances: Þórshöfn-Vopnafjörður 70 km, Vopnafjörður – Jökulsá (bridge) 69 km, Jökulsá (bridge) – Húsey 29 km)

 


Day 9: Húsey → Seyðisfjörður/Reyðarfjörður



- from Húsey drive road no. 926 and no. 925. When you reach the junction, turn left onto road no. 1

- drive road no. 1 to Fellabær

- from Fellabær drive road no. 931 (along the lake Lagerfljót), do not cross the bridge over Lagerfljót

 

Lögurinn or Lagarfljót

- lake, 2 km wide and 24 km long, 53 m², only 20 m above sea level but very deep with 111 m

- contains brown or grey glacial water

- a monster is believed to live in the lake, called Lagarfljótsormurinn (the drake of Lagarfljót), the descriptions are very similar to those of the monster of Loch Ness

- largest woodlands of Iceland on the eastern banks of Lagarfljót


Hengifoss

- very high (118 m) and beautiful waterfall partly to be seen from the parking lot

- hiking to the waterfall takes about 2 hours, difficult path, can be muddy and slippery, you need to wade through several creeks

- the waterfall Litlanesfoss is further downstream, nicely set in basalt columns

- continue on road no. 931 and 933

 

Skriðuklaustur

- monastery during the middle ages until the16th century

- ongoing archeological excavation

- in the 1930s, the famous novelist Gunnar Gunnarsson built his stone house here

- interesting exhibition on the life and work of Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889-1975)

- guided tours with a lot of information on the novelist, the house and the archeological excavations

- nice café with local dishes and cakes

 

Valþjófsstaðir

- former manor farm, church and parsonage

- today there is a new church with a replica of the wooden carved church door from medieval times, the original door is now owned by the National Museum in Reykjavík

- drive back on road no. 933 and turn right to cross the lake (still road no. 933)


Hallormsstaðarskógur

- most important forest in Iceland

- since the early 20th century the Icelandic Forrest Commission made considerable effort to preserve woodlands and plant new trees

- nice walking paths through the forests of Hallormsstaður with labeled collection of trees

- also worth a visit is Atlavík, a small bay of Lagarfljót
 
- continue on road no. 933 and road no. 1 in direction to Egilsstaðir
 

Egilsstaðir


- the town Egilsstaðir is the administrative centre of the East Fjords

- modern small town, 1700 inhabitants

- schools of higher education, hospital etc.

- all necessary service, supermarket, fuel station, swimming pool, folk museum, library etc.
 

Accommodation

- accommodation is recommended at Seyðisfjörður Hostel or Reyðarfjörður Hostel

- if you are going to stay at Seyðisfjörður, drive road no. 93 to get there


Fjarðarheiði

- highland moor (620 m) that divides the fjord Seyðisfjörður from the town Egilsstaðir

- the road is steep at both ends and driving conditions can be very difficult, weather is often rough or foggy up here

- if there is no fog, you have very nice views over the fjord and the inland district Fljótsdalshérað


Seyðisfjörður

- town at the head of a narrow curving fjord of the same name, population about 800

- The town developed rapidly during the late 19th and early 20th century

- Trading and fishing started in the 19th century when the Norwegian Otto Wathne opened a herring fishing and processing station. Later the Icelandic population learned from the Norwegians how to exploit the herring

- good harbor, the ferry Norröna from Denmark and Norway lands in Seyðisfjörður.

- attractive harbor with traditional Norwegian-Icelandic timber houses

- Seyðisfjörður was a US naval base during World War II

- hiking trails

-if you are going to stay at Reyðarfjörður Hostel, drive road no. 92 to get there

 

Reyðarfjörður

- town in the fjord Reyðarfjörður

- expanded very much during the last years because of the new built aluminum smelter a few km away from the town

- Reyðarfjörður was built up as a naval US base during World War II; see the Icelandic Wartime Museum (Stríðsárasafnið)

- from here you could also visit the towns Eskifjörður and Neskaupstaður, driving there is a unique experience because of the high mountain passes (630 m) with astonishing views over the fjords and the ocean

  


(Distances: Húsey-Fellabær 47 km, Fellabær-Lagarfljót circle-Egilsstaðir 82 km, Egilsstaðir-Seyðisfjörður/Reyðarfjörður 27/31 km; total: 156/150 km)

 


Day 10: Seyðisfjörður/Reyðarfjörður → Höfn/Vagnsstaðir



- from Seyðisfjörður drive back to Egilsstaðir, drive road no. 92 to the bottom of the fjord Reyðarfjörður (do not drive into town)

- from Reyðarfjörður drive back to the bottom of the fjord

- now you can choose if you want to drive through the new tunnel to Fáskrúðsfjörður or around the fjord (road no. 96)

 

Fáskrúðsfjörður

- narrow fjord and fisher village

- there was much French influence here in earlier centuries because French fishermen had their consulate, hospital and cemetery in Fáskrúðsfjörður

- one weekend every summer people celebrate the French Festival (Franskir dagar)

- there is also an exhibition on the French influence in Iceland

- when you come out of the tunnel you will find a small parking lot in a very nice surrounding, ideal for a short walk

- continue on road no. 96
 

Stöðvarfjörður

- small fjord, former fisher village with fish processing, today rather a quiet small village

- famous for the “stone collection” of Petra Steinsdóttir (Steinasafn)

- Steinasafn is an impressive private collection of stones. Petra decided early in her youth to collect rocks from the East Fjords, now these rocks have taken over the home and very lovely garden owned by Petra – worth a visit, have a chat with family members and enjoy the rocks and things in house and garden

- continue on road no. 1, passing the bay Breiðdalsvík

 

Berufjörður

- very picturesque narrow but long fjord, no harbor or fisher village but several farms

- many possibilities to stop and explore the surroundings by foot
 

Djúpivogur

- beautiful little village centered around the harbor, the most southern of the East Fjords

- boat trips to the island Papey, bird and seal watching

- nice walks and bird watching possibilities, also an exhibition on bird life in Iceland

- museum Langabúð, wooden warehouse building from the 18th century, nice café

- swimming pool, supermarket, bank etc.
 
- continue on road no. 1, drive through the fjords Hamarsjförður and Álftafjörður and the glacial river valley Lón

- Just before you drive through the tunnel, you can turn right and drive up to the mountain pass Almannaskarð. With a little luck, you can experience astonishing views on the icy vastness of Vatnajökull. Maybe you can see the highest point of Iceland, Hvannadalshnjúkur (2.110 m) in the southern part of Vatnajökull. On a flat peninsula right below your point of view, you can see the small town Höfn. Panorama maps explain the views.

- drive back and through the tunnel, continue on road no. 1

- there are many viewpoints along the road where you can stop and take pictures, be careful not to disturb the traffic

 

Vatnajökull

- largest glacier in Iceland, 8.200 km², up to 900 m thick

- underneath the glacier is one of the most powerful geothermal areas of the world and many active volcanoes

- the highest point of Iceland is Hvannadalshnjúkur (2110 m) in the southern parts of Vatnajökull is called Öræfajökull

- many glacier tongues jut out of Vatnajökull, all have their own names and different shapes

 

Höfn

- small town at the south coast of Iceland

- you need to leave road no. 1 to get to Höfn, road no. 99, just 4 km

- 1800 inhabitants, living on fishing, tourism, service

- all necessary service available including library, new swimming pool, restaurants, shopping centre, tourist information etc.

- very interesting glacier exhibition, worth a visit

- nice walk on Nes, an area near the harbor, great view on the Vatnajökull, memorial for fishermen, bird colonies, especially the arctic tern

- one weekend during the summer season, people celebrate the Lobster Festival

Accommodation

- accommodation is recommended at Höfn Hostel or Vagnsstaðir Hostel


(Distances: Seyðisfjörður/Reyðarfjörður-Fáskrúðsfjörður 64/9 km, Fáskrúðsfjörður-Stöðvarfjörður 28 km, Stöðvarfjörður-Djúpivogur 82 km, Djúpivogur-Höfn 98 km; total: 272/217km) 

 

 


Day 11: Höfn/Vagnsstaðir → Vík/Skógar


- from Höfn/Vagnsstaðir drive road no. 1 to Vík

Breiðamerkurjökull and Jökulsárlón

- broad glacier tongue that once reached the ocean but started to retreat during the early 20th century

- today between glacier and coast line there is a deep glacial lagoon: Jökulsárlón

- here we have the lowest point of Iceland

- often many icebergs float on the water before melting down

-Jökulsárlón is a must stop for travellers. Take a walk and we recommend a boat tour on the lagoon as well (no need to pre-book)

- colony of the Arctic tern, seals, other birds

- guided tours, cafeteria, souvenir shop etc. at Jökulsárlón


- continue on road no. 1, just before getting on Skeiðarársandur turn right to reach the service centre of Skaftafell National Park
 

Skaftafell National Park

- boundered by glaciers the Skaftafell National Park covers 1.700 km²

- it is an excellent area for hiking, there are several hiking trails for long and short hikes, difficult and easy

- most famous is the hike to Svartifoss (the Black Waterfall), a lovely waterfall surrounded by picturesque basalt columns (1,5 hour), during the hike you also get a great view over Skeiðarársandur and over to Hvannadalshnúkur

- you can also walk to the glacier Skaftfellsjökull, get information at the visitor centre

- interesting exhibitions, video on the volcanic eruption and glacier flood in 1996

- cafeteria, souvenir shop, guided mountain and glacier tours etc.

- drive back onto road no. 1, cross the black desert of Skeiðarársandur
 

Skeiðarársandur

- largest black sand desert, formed by glacial rivers and catastrophic glacial floods coming out from Skeiðarárjökull glacier

- longest bridge in Iceland, 904 m (but in summer 2009 the river disappeared)

- in 1996 this bridge like several others was destroyed after volcanic eruptions underneath the glacier, followed by glacial floods, see the memorial before crossing the bridge over Skeiðará

- ever changing breathtaking landscape of glaciers, mountains, rivers, black sand and the ocean

- all the glacier tongues you are going to drive along for the rest of the day are part of the biggest glacier in Iceland and Europe, Vatnajökull

- you will see ahead the impressing inland cliff Lómagnúpur (approx. 700 m high)

- just after passing Lómagnúpur you should stop at Núpsstaður

 

Núpsstaður

- farm from early 20th century, still inhabited

- buildings (sheds, houses, stables) from different periods, some of them turf buildings with grass roofs

- very nice and interesting small chapel, owned by the National museum of Iceland, open to visitors

-  is listed as natural remnant.

 

Kirkjugólf

- “church floor”

- formation of basalt columns that looks like the floor of a mediaeval church

- nice little walk

- return to road no. 1, continue driving west
 

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

- small village in a beautiful landscape

- Christian settlement all from the beginning of Icelandic history

- from 12th to 16th century there was a convent, many place names remind on it (for example sisters fall, sisters lake etc.)

- church reminds on the rev. Jón Steingrímsson who is believed to have stopped the lava flow of 1783 by his fire sermon (eldmessa)

- all necessary service available: bank, post office, supermarket, tourist information, fuel station, restaurants, swimming pool

- continue on road no. 1
 

Eldhraun

- “fire lava”, lava flow from a row of craters called Lakagígar, 75 km northwest from here

- this flow is the largest in the world, 565 km², caused by eruptions in 1783-84

- these eruptions meant one of the most dangerous catastrophes of nature to the Icelandic people, it caused a famine, 20% of the entire population died

- the lava is now covered by a thick layer of moss, when you stop to watch around, please be careful not to damage the moss by stepping on it or removing it

- continue on road no. 1, if you want to visit the canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur turn right onto road no. 206 or follow the signs, it is not far from the main road
 

Fjaðrárgljúfur

- impressive canyon in the small river Fjaðrá

- very beautiful landscape covered by moss and grass, nice environment for a little walk

- the fissure can also be seen from the main road (there is an information board there)
 
- turn back and continue on road no. 1, driving to the west
 

Mýrdalsjökull

- fourth largest glacier in Iceland, 701 km², 1480 m high

- many glacier tongues jut out from the main glacier

- the active volcano Katla is under the Mýrdalsjökull

- last eruption of Katla was 1918, it usually erupts every 70 to 80 years

- eruptions of Katla cause destruction by floods of glacier water
 

Vík

- small village in the picturesque landscape near the valley Mýrdalur, 300 inhabitants

- southernmost village in Iceland

- restaurant, cafeteria, service station, wool factory, handcrafts

- great view of the impressive cliffs “Reynisdrangar” (66 m high, folktales say they are trolls that turned to stone at first daylight)

- walking path on the mountain Reynisfjall, good opportunity for bird watching
 

Accommodation

- accommodation is recommended at Vík Hostel or Skógar Hostel

- if you are going to stay at Skógar Hostel, continue on road no. 1

(Distances: Höfn/Vagnsstaðir-Jökulsárlon 79/29 km, Jökulsárlón –Skaftafell 57 km, Skaftafell-Vík 142 km)

 


Day 12: Vík/Skógar → Fljótsdalur


- coming from Vík, continue on road no. 1 to the west

- coming from Skógar, you need to drive a little spot back on road no. 1

- only a few kilometers east of Skógar a gravel track just beside a glacial river goes to the glacier tongue Sólheimajökull


Sólheimajökull

- one of the glacier tongues that jut out of Mýrdalsjökull

- rather narrow, 8 km long glacier

- stop at the parking lot

- from the parking lot, it is a 15 minutes’ walk to the glacier

- Be careful. The ice can break very easily, please do not walk on the glacier without proper guidance

- mountain guides provide guided tours

- drive back, turn right onto road no. 1, continue on road no. 1

 

Skógar

- the name refers to two farms, a school and an open-air museum, near the waterfall Skógafoss

- very interesting folk museum: a church replica, various types of traditional stone and turf farm buildings and two modern building for exhibitions

- countless artifacts of former everyday life in a farming and fishing society, collected over more than 5 decades

- exhibition on history of transportation and infrastructure in Iceland

- guided tours available, nice café, worth a prolonged stay



 

Skógafoss

- one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, 60 m high, walking path beside the waterfall to climb up the mountain

- facilities
 
- get back on road no. 1, drive west, turn right onto road no. 249 to find the waterfall Seljalandsfoss
 

Eyjafjallajökull

- magnificent looking glacier on top of the mountain Eyjafjöll, 1666 m high

- the icecap covers 100 km²

- active volcano underneath the glacier, last eruption was 1821

- Recent events - new eruption in 2010
 

Seljalandsfoss

- very beautiful waterfall in the river Seljalandsá, 40 m high, narrow but powerful waterfall

- sensational walk on a foot path behind the waterfall

- bird colonies, fulmars

- facilities

- drive back, continue on road no. 1
 

Hvolsvöllur

- small town situated at road no. 1

- 700 inhabitants, living on trade, service, industry

- all necessary service, bank, supermarket, post office, fuel station, cafeteria

- if you are interested in the Icelandic sagas you should stop at the Saga centre in Hvolsvöllur

 - from Hvolsvöllur drive road no. 261 to get to Fljótsdalur

- accommodation is recommended at Fljótsdalur Hostel 


(Distances: Vík-Sólheimajökull 28 km, Sólheimajökull-Skogar 12 km, Skógar –Seljalandsfoss 27 km, Seljalandsfoss-Hvolsvöllur 21 km, Hvolsvöllur Fljótsdalur 25 km; total: 113 km)

 


Day 13: Fljotsdalur → Árnes



- from Fljótsdalur drive road no. 261 back to Hvolsvöllur

- from Hvolsvöllur drive road no. 1 to the west, pass Hella, turn right onto road no. 26

- turn left onto road no. 32

- at Sultartangastöð power plant, cross the river Þjórsá, you can stop at the bridge and view the power station, the water chanel and the piece of art at the building

- continue on road no. 32
 

Búrfellsvirkjun

- power plant station in the river Þjórsá, built in 1969

- one of four stations, generating power in a system of one lake (Þórisvatn) and three reservoirs (Krókslón, Hrauneyjarlón, Sultartangarlón)

- visitor center open during summer season

- not far from the station there is the replica of a farmhouse from the Viking age

 

Þjóðveldisbærinn

- longhouse replica of the original building of Stöng

- interesting museum, shows the living conditions before 1104 when an eruption of Hekla destroyed Stöng and many other farms in this region
 

Þjórsárdalur

- a once fertile valley named after the river Þjórsá, inhabited by the vikings

- astonishing landscape, formed by the river Þjórsá and eruptions of the volcano Hekla

- continue on road no. 32, after a short while, turn right onto road no. 327 (gravel road)
 

Stöng

- former Viking homestead, excavated by archeologists in 1939, now protected by a roof, but easily accessible, written information at the site

- walking path to reach Stöng

- very lovely landscape, inviting for a stay

- be careful not to harm the vegetation, do not leave anything behind

- no facilities
 
- good hikers can go to Háifoss waterfall from here (2 hours hike)

 

Háifoss

- waterfall in the river Fossá, 122 m high

- reachable from Stöng only for good hikers
 
- from Stöng drive back to reach road no. 32

- continue on road no. 32
 

Hjálparfoss

- picturesque waterfall, surrounded by basalt columns

- situated in the river Fossá in the middle of this desert-like black landscape

- be careful not to harm the vegetation

- no facilities

- continue on road no. 32 to get to Árnes


Accommodation

- accommodation is recommended at Árnes Hostel 

 

(Distances: Fljótsdalur-Hvolsvöllur 25 km, Hvolsvöllur-Sultartangastöð 89 km, Sultartangastöð-Búrfellsstöð 19 km, Búrfellsstöð-Stöng 6 km, Stöng-Árnes 21 km; total: 160 km)



Day 14: Árnes → Reykjavík


 
- from Árnes drive road no. 32, turn right onto road no. 30


Flúðir

- prospering village in the geothermal area of Hellisholt

- inhabitants: 275

- many green houses, the energy of geothermal hot water is used to cultivate vegetables

- continue on road no. 30, cross the river Hvítá

- when you get to the junction, turn right onto road no. 35 to get to Gullfoss waterfall
 

Gullfoss

- famous and very impressive waterfall in the river Hvítá, the name means Golden Waterfall

- The water falls into a gorge, which is 70 m deep. The waterfall itself is 32 m high and 250 m wide, falling in two cascades.

- exhibition on the nature reserve of river Hvítá situated in an information center called Sigríðarstofa

- cafeteria, souvenir shop etc. just beside Sigríðarstofa

- parking recommended “upstairs” on the parking lot at the service center

- drive back on road no. 35 to get to Geysir

 

Geysir

- hot spring area in the valley Haukadalur, named after the famous hot spring Geysir

- eruptions of Geysir itself are unpredictable, but the hot spring Strokkur erupts every 5 to 10 minutes

- restaurant, cafeteria and gas service station, souvenir shop etc.

- interesting multi-media exhibition on the geology of this area called Geysisstofa
 
- continue on road no. 35 and 37 to get to Laugarvatn
 

Laugarvatn

- lake with geothermal heat on the banks and the bottom

- When the Icelanders in the year 1000 voted to become Christians many of them were baptized in the warm spring at the bank of Laugarvatn (Vígðalaug).

- village with a number of schools, a College of Physical Education, sport grounds, a natural steam bath and greenhouses

- after passing Laugarvatn, turn onto road no. 365 (gravel road, often in bad condition, be careful)

- when you reach lake Þingvellir, turn right onto road no. 36
 

Þingvellir National Park

- most important place in Icelandic history

- National Park since 1928

- situated on the banks of lake Þingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland (84 km²)

- The historical Icelandic Parliament (Alþingi) was founded here in the year 930. It was the biggest annual event for Icelandic farmers. They came together for two weeks every summer to meet each other and to follow the parliament sessions. At this site Icelanders voted to become Christians in the year 1000.

- Þingvellir is a large lava field, situated right on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the European and North American plates are moving apart.

- service station and tourist information during summer

- excellent multimedia-exhibition on geology, wild life and history near the view point above the gorge Almannagjá

- many hiking trails, information spots
 
- drive road no. 36 to Reykjavík, passing the small town Mosfellsbær
 
- Thingvellir was accepted on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its cultural values in 2004 

 

Accommodation

- accommodation is recommended at one of our Reykjavík Hostels



(Distances: Árnes-Flúðir 21 km, Flúðir-Gullfoss 32 km, Gullfoss-Geysir 6 km, Geysir-Þingvellir (service station) 56 km, Þingvellir-Reykjavík 45 km; total: 160 km)


Day 15: Reykjavík → Keflavík Airport


 
- from Reykjavík drive Kringlumýrarbraut and Hafnarfjarðarvegur (road no. 40) through the suburbs Kópavogur and Garðabær

- turn right onto road no. 415 to Álftanes peninsula, turn right to Bessastaðir


Bessastaðir

- one of the richest farms in mediaeval Iceland, center of education and culture for many centuries, first mentioned in the Icelandic Sagas

- site of the only Latin school in Iceland from 1805 until 1845, when it was moved to Reykjavík

- since 1944 residence of the President of Iceland

- church built in early 19th century, interesting stained glass windows, showing the history of Christianity in Iceland

- you can visit Bessastaðir, but only the church is open to visitors, not the residence of the president
 
- drive back on road no. 415, turn right, pass the church of Garðar
 

Hafnarfjörður

- town, centered around the harbor, built on a lava field, inhabitants approx. 20.000

- long history of trade at the harbor
 
- famous Viking village near by the harbor, Viking festival every second year

- local folk museum and Icelandic film museum in the oldest building of Hafnarfjörður, Sívertsen-house, recently reconstructed

- small but lovely garden Hellisgerði, ingeniously made into the lava, not far from Sívertsen-house

- tourist information centre

- guided walks on Icelandic folklore such as stories of hidden people and other fairies

- several restaurants, cafés, shops, churches etc.
 
- continue on road no. 41, drive road no. 42 in direction to Kleifarvatn and Krýsuvík
 

Kleifarvatn

- lake, 10 km², up to 97 m deep

- very interesting because the water level rises and falls, sometimes drastically, for examples in 2001 the water level dropped about 7 m due to a fissure that opened after an earthquake

- hot springs at the bottom of the lake, in 2001 they appeared at the beach

- lava all around the lake
 
- continue on road no. 42
 

Krýsuvík (Seltún)

- Krýsuvík is actually the name of an abandoned farm and a former church

- nowadays people use the name for the hot spring area Seltún

- hot mud and steam springs

- stop at the parking lot and enjoy a walk on a path

- this landscape changes very much, new springs appear at the surface, others „die“ or explode

- it depends on the weather, how much water there is on the surface

- be very careful, these hot springs can be dangerous, stay on the path

- facilities (during summer season)

- continue on road no. 42, turn right onto road no. 427

 

Grindavík

- small town, 2.300 inhabitants

- living on fishing, fish processing, recently reconstructed harbor

- new church, school buildings

- very interesting museum on salt fish processing, salt fish (cod) was one of the main trade Icelandic goods until frozen fish products took over

- The motto of the museum „Lífið er saltfiskur“ (Life is salt fish) is taken from a novel by Halldór Laxness, Salka Valka.

- restaurants, bank, shops

- from Grindavík drive road no. 43 to get to the Blue lagoon


Blue Lagoon

- one of the most famous and unique attractions in Iceland

- pool of  pale blue warm water (38°) especially rich in minerals

- situated in the middle of black lava fields, often it looks very surreal, especially when fog swirls over the water

- The artificial lake was actually created by accident when geothermal seawater was used to cool down the nearby power station in the 1960s. The run-off water was meant to sink into the ground, but at a point lava would not absorb any more water and a lake appeared. Experience and research have proved that the water is very healthy for several skin diseases and it is an unforgettable exprerience to relax in the hot salty water. A new Blue lagoon was created and modern service centre built 1998.

- restaurant, cafeteria, souvenir and cosmetic shops etc.

- walking path along the lake (500 m)

- for entrance fee and further information on the Blue lagoon see here

- continue on road no. 43, when you get to the junction turn left onto road no. 41, in direction to Njarðvík or the International Airport of  Keflavík


(Distances: Reykjavík-Bessastaðir 15 km, Bessastaðir-Hafnarfjörður 5 km, Hafnarfjörður-Krýsuvík 26 km, Krýsuvík-Grindavík 23 km, Grindavík-Blue Lagoon 8 km, Blue Lagoon-Keflavík Airport 20 km; total: 97 km)


Share |

Map

Iceland complete 16 days_t
 See larger map Click here



Day by day plan


Reykjavík → Grundarfjörður
  Sights: Snæfellsnes peninsula


2
Grundarfjörður → Bíldudalur

Sights: Breiðafjörður, Látrabjarg, Hnjótur


3
Bíldudalur → Korpudalur

Sights: Dynjandi, Hrafnseyri, Þingeyri


4
Korpudalur → Broddanes

Sights: Ísafjörður, (Vigur), Reykjanes, Hólmavík


5
Broddanes → Akureyri

Sights: Blönduós, Víðimýri, Glaumbær, Öxnadalur


6
Akureyri → Berg / Árbót

Sights: Goðafoss, Mývatn area


7
Berg / Árbót → Kópasker/Ytra Lón

Sights: Húsavík, Ásbyrgi, Dettifoss, Melrakkaslétta


8
Kópasker/Ytra Lón → Húsey

Sights: Vopnafjörður, Hellisheiði, Jökulsá


9
Húsey → Seyðisfjörður/Reyðarfjörður

Sights: Lagarfljót, Hengifoss, Skriðuklaustur, Valþjófsstaður, Hallormsstaðarskógur


10 
Seyðisfjörður/Reyðarfjörður → Höfn/Vagnsstaðir

Sights: Stöðvarfjörður, Djúpivogur, Almannaskarð, Höfn


11
Höfn/Vagnsstaðir → Vík/Skógar

Sights: Vatnajökull, Jökulsárlón, Skaftafell, Núpsstaður, Kirkjugólf, Eldhraun, Fjaðrárgljúfur


12
Vík/Skógar → Fljótsdalur

Sights: Sólheimajökull, Skógar folk museum, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss


13
Fljotsdalur → Árnes

Sights: Hekla, Búrfellsvirkjun, Stöng, Þjóðveldisbær, Háifoss, Hjálparfoss


14
Árnes → Reykjavík

Sights: Gullfoss, Geysir, Laugarvatn, Þingvellir, Reykjavík


 
 

 

Extension: Westman Islands

- transportation to the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) is possible via ferry or plane

- for further information on ferry transportation see here

- scheduled flight to Vestmannaeyjar goes from Bakki Airport and from Reykjavík Airport

- for further information on flights see here

- accommodation is recommended at Vestmannaeyjar Hostel

 
Vestmannaeyjar
- a group of small islands south of Iceland, part of the state Iceland

- the biggest island, Heimaey, is inhabited by approx. 4500 people

- the town Heimaey is centered around the harbor, the “life line” of the Westman Islands

- people live on fishing, tourism and services

- in 1973 inhabitants experienced a catastrophe when the volcano Eldfjall erupted and its lava and ashes destroyed half of the township, it also threatened to block the harbor

- fortunately nobody lost his life and harbor conditions afterwards were better than before

- in 1974 most inhabitants turned back and started rebuilding their homes

- today you can still feel the warmth of the volcano and people call Heimaey “little Pompeii”

- grassy hills and sea cliffs are home to bird colonies of puffins, fulmar and guillemot

- guided tours by bus, boat and foot, swimming pool, cinema, Volcanic Film Show, folk museum, archeological excavations

- in 1963 the island Surtsey was formed by a submarine eruption, today it is a nature reserve
                      

 HI-Iceland | Borgartún 6 | 105 Reykjavík | Tel 575 6700 | Fax 553 0535 | info@hostel.is | Copyright ©www.hostel.is