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a 9 Day road trip travelling anti clockwise around Iceland from Reykjavik to Akuyeri, taking in the south coast’s scenic and geological icons, the fjord indented eastern coast and the surreal landscapes of Myvatn in the north.

South & North

Kick off with Gullfoss & Geyser which to Iceland are what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris and then head off past the plunge falls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, the rock arch at Dyrholaey and the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and Seydisfjordur on the east coast. In the north Myvatn is mystical, surreal and a startling contrast to the meadowlands fringing the south shore,the lake and eveything around it simply takes your breath away with its landscape shaped by volcanic activity and fumaroles venting steam littering the surrounding mountainside.

Double Room at Hotel Grimsborgir | Weddings in Iceland
Suite at Hotel Grimsborgir |  Weddings in Iceland
Wedding couple in front of Selfoss | Weddings in Iceland
Wedding couple at Grimsborgir | Weddings in Iceland

Hotel Grimsborgir (W)

Relentless entrepreneur Olafur Laufdal and his wife Kristin Ketilsdottir have created something of a gem; a colony of 10 apartments and 28 rooms arranged in a circle by the river Sog in the Grimsnes fissure. The Grimsborgir's apartments range in size from 56sq m (about double the size of a good twin bedded hotel room) up to 4 bed roomed ones at 200sq m. Kristin’s interiors are best described as Scandinavian Country meets Ralph Lauren. Biscuit coloured bed coverlets, patchwork quilts, muted colours, leather inlay tables, vertical wood panelling, hanging wall clocks, and wing back armchairs all apparently carelessly thrown together. Apartments have their own private hot tub overlooking the river with snow topped mountains in the distance. Locally sourced and foraged food particularly based on salmon, trout and cod is the hallmark of the hotel’s kitchen. With a location just an hour's drive from Geysir and an hour and half down to Vik, the Grimsborgir is as good a spot as it gets for taking in some of Iceland's most epic scenery.  

Hotel Reynihlíð

in Reykjahlid village is the focal point and social hub (such as it is) of the Myvatn area. The hotel has a mix of different room types ranging up to 30m2, some doubles and some twins with a choice of WC/shower or bath tubs, coffee/tea kettle, satellite TV and radio. Pretty much every room has a view of either the mountains or the lake. There is a glazed lobby with views out over the lake, bar and restaurant and just across the road a café cum bar much used by the locals. In the hands of husband & wife Petur Snaebjornsson and Erna Thorarinsdottir as is just along the road from the

Hotel Centrum

A stylish modern hotel inside, with an exterior sympathetically in keeping with its adjacent & surrounding clapboard buildings. Right bang in the centre of town but in a quite enclave (more than useful on a Friday or Saturday night). Close to restaurants and shops. The hotel’s 89 rooms come in three variants( twin, de-lux and studio ) and are all furnished and fitted in a Scandinavian minimalist but warm style with private WC/shower, minibar, telephone, satellite TV, radio, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, safe, coffee and tea making facilities.

Hotel Dyrholaey Vik Iceland Twin Room ScanAdventures
Hotel Dyrholaey Vik Iceland ScanAdventures
Hotel Dyrholaey Vik Iceland Twin Room ScanAdventures
Hotel Dyrholaey Vik Iceland ScanAdventures

Hotel Dyrholaey

A case of location, location, location the hotel sits on top of a hill by Vik and has steadily expanded from being a miniscule B & B in the early 90’s to an 88 room clutch of buildings today. The Dyrholaey peninsula is a haven for puffin; the signature rock arch and the glistening Mýrdalsjökull icecap contrasting with the meadowland fringing the sea make this a special spot. A simple pit stop place with an all-day dining room overlooking the bay and rooms with private WC/shower, TV and coffee/tea making facilities.

Lovely double room in Hotel Aldan with a romantic interior
Cozy atmosphere in the restaurant in Hotel Aldan
Delicious dish
Hotel Aldan is one of the cutest hotels that there is

Hotel Aldan

Spread across three buildings originally bought into the Seydidfjordur as Ikea fat pack style buildings by Norwegian herring fisherman, the Aldan Hotel is full of classic Icelandic character.

Hotel Ion

Sigurlaug Sverrisdóttir’s edgy design hotel sits partly on cantilevered pillars on the slopes of Mount Hengill rising up from one of Iceland’s most active geo-thermal lava fields. The ION perfectly blends eco- style and luxury. Inside everything is minimalist Scandinavian chic with furniture, tables, wall decor and a hot pool fashioned in rectilinear shapes. Natural concrete walls and extensive floor to ceiling picture windows showcase the surrounding views. There is a mixture of standard and deluxe rooms all with hard wood flooring, down duvets, WI-FI, TV, hairdryer, kettle, bathrobes and slippers. The restaurant takes fresh locally sourced ingredients and gives them a Californian Asian twist Northern Lights bar offer menus of fresh local ingredients cooked with a twist.

Hotel Skaftafell Twin Room | Iceland Holidays by ScanAdventures
Hotel Skaftafell Iceland Restaurant | ScanAdventures
Hotel Skaftafell Iceland | Holidays to Iceland
Hotel Skaftafell Iceland Reception Lobby | Iceland Holidays

Skaftafell Hotel

Run by Anna María Ragnarsdóttir and her family all of whom have a real love for the Skaftafell National Park ( her father Ragnar Stefánsson was one of the locals who fought to preserve it has a National park). The Skaftafell has a spectacular view over to the glaciers, which are only a few minute walk away from the hotel. The location is perfect for enjoying the magnificent nature of Iceland. The room facilities include TV, telephone, private bathroom with a shower/WC and WIFI.

1st Day UK – Iceland

Fly to Keflavik International Airport from UK, collect your hire car on arrival and drive to Nesjavellir or Þingvallavegur. Stay for 2 nights at Hotel Ion or Hotel Grimsborgir. Dinner at the hotel.

2nd Day Drive at Will

Suggested itinerary: after breakfast drive up to the Geyser area where Strokkur spouts every 5 to 10 minutes alongside steaming fumaroles, hot springs and mud pools. Continue to Gullfoss, the ‘golden falls’, where the glacial river Hvítá plummets 32 metres before its waters foam white down a large gorge between the Mid Atlantic Ridge’s tectonic plates. Drive back down to Laugarvatn Spa, stopping of for a steam bath in the manner of the locals, and back alongside Pingviller to your hotel.

3rd Day Nesjavellir/Þingvallavegur – Dyrholaey

Drive along the country’s ring road to the foot of Myrdalsjokull where you can get up onto the glacier, then take in both Skogafoss and Seljalandfoss, the latter having a pathway behind it, and then out on to the Dyrholaey promontory. Stay the night at Hotel Dyrholaey

4th Day Dyrholaey- Skaftafell

After breakfast drive along the southeast coast with its outwash plains forded by bridges, interspersed with black sand beaches. Stay for 2 nights at Hotel Skaftafell.

5th Day Skaftafell

An ideal day for hiking amongst the icecaps and glaciers that struggle to meet the coast against a backdrop of ice, ice-scoured rock and interwoven braids of rivers slicing across the sandur.

6th Day Skaftafell-Seydisfjördur

The highlight of today’s journey is the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon undoubtedly one of Iceland’s wow factors. Luminous blue icebergs tinted with black volcanic dust float in the Lagoon for several years, gradually self-sculpting themselves into different shapes before finally working their way out to sea. Continue on and over the eastern mountains before descending to Seydisfjörur. Overnight at the Hotel Aldan.

7th Day Seydisfjördur-Mývatn

Vast seemingly endless deserts of glacially crushed rock are the hallmark of the day before you arrive at the contrastingly lush Myvatn. Overnight at Hotel Reynihild for 2 nights.

8th Day Mývatn

Time to explore the extraordinary scenery and wildlife in the area: the wooded headland at Höfði with its lava pillars; contorted black towers of Dimmuborgir; the pastel coloured Námafjall ridge with its steamy surroundings and smouldering, sulphurous Krafla.

8th Day Myvatn –Reykjavik

In the early afternoon drive to Akureyri, drop off your hire car and fly down to Reykjavík. Transfer to the city centre for a valedictory night at Hotel Centrum.

9th Day Reykjavik –UK

Spend the morning at leisure and at lunchtime transfer to Keflavik for your return flight to UK.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flight(s) from UK to Iceland (Keflavik International Airport). Pay on board cabin service. All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes. Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked) 8 nights lodging at hotels specified in itinerary. Accommodation in twin rooms with private WC/shower & room amenities. Board: 8 Buffet breakfasts 3 dinners. 8 days (8 x 24hrs) car rental (group B, 5 door Toyota Yaris or similar) including unlimited mileage; theft protection & collision damage waiver insurances and all local taxes, ROAD MAP, CD guide, airport collection fee. ADMISSION FEE TO LAUGARVATN SPA THE BLUE LAGOON INCLUDING TOWEL RENTAL ScanAdventures TRAVEL PACK

Departure Dates & Prices:

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Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are veriable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don’t do fancy lead in prices and the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available. This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction-supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.
 

Safaris included or available on request

Iceland Holidays | Bespoke designed by ScanAdventures

Our Iceland Holidays are crafted by our 'Scandi by Birth' Travel Designers whose collective 25 years experience helps turn your Holiday to Iceland into something of an Adventure whether on a Short Break, Fly Drive Road Trip or Escorted arrangement. We keep an eye out for what's new, exciting and differerent to arrange something beyond ordinary. So we'll show you The Secret Lagoon, Fjallsárlón, Friðheimar & Myvatn's Underground Bakery; parts other operators don't reach. We'll take you to Seyðisfjörður to the hotel where Walter Mitty stayed, into the Highlands to Hrauneyjar for one of the best chances of seeing the Northern Lights you'll ever get. All bespoke designed to your personal purse & passion.