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Our 12 Day Iceland Road Trip taking you round the island in a leisurely fashion via pretty much every geo attraction the island has to offer. We include a Safari excursion on Fjallsárlón or Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Whale Watching from Husavik, a Viking sushi Cruise on Breidafjördur Bay and a bathe in the Myvatn Nature Baths to make for an epic Iceland Holiday. A mix of Lodgings along the way provides stays in Farm Houses, Luxy Hotels and simple B&B’s which you can mix and match in a bespoke arrangement as you wish. 

Lovely bright double room
Delicious dinner with quality red wine
Breakfast is served in a bright spacious room
Probably the best tomato soup

Hotel Hekla

In the shadow of its eponymous volcano the Hekla has individually furnished rooms with private WC/shower and with an outdoor hot pot in which to soak off the rigours of the day. The hotel has 46 comfortable rooms, all fully equipped with free WI-FI, hair dryers, and satellite TV. There is a choice double, twin, economy triple, single and Loft Deluxe rooms along with family suites sleeping 4-5 people. Apart from its location the two commendations it consistently earns are the unfailing helpfulness of the staff and the kitchen which consistently turns out dishes from local produce bought to it by local farmers.

Foss Hotel Glacier Lagoon | Iceland Holidays by ScanAdventures
Foss Hotel Glacier Lagoon | ScanAdventures
Twin  Room Foss Hotel Glacier Lagoon | Holidays to Iceland
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon | Iceland Holidays

Foss Hotel Glacier Lagoon

In Hnappavellir mid way between Skaftafell and the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the new and locally designated 4 star Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is a unique combi of edgy design and  traditional Icelandic features, notably the grass roof. The fabrics, furnishing and style of all 100 or so rooms pay homage to volcanic colours: muted greys, steel, black and a variety of in between hues. Most importantly the hotel is a stone's throw from the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and stands in vast open plains ideal for spotting the Northern Lights and if you see them reflected on the Lagoon's surface you'll think you've died and gone to heaven.

View outside of Guesthouse Egilsstadir, Iceland
Double bedroom in Guesthouse Egilsstadir, Iceland, by ScanAdventures
Restaurant in Guesthouse Egilsstadir, Iceland, by ScanAdventures
Two women enjoying dinner at restaurant in Guesthouse Egilsstadir, Iceland, by ScanAdventures

Guesthouse Egilsstadir

on the shores of Lake Logurinn, this elegant farmhouse has 18 rooms all with en suite bathrooms, multi-channel television, radio, a coffee maker and hairdryer. The grounds of the hotel are a working farm with sheep & cattle.

Hotel Reykjahlid

further down the road on the other side and as close to the lake as it’s possible to get, with a top floor lounge with views out over the lake. Furnished almost like a private house with canary yellow walls offset by lots of white broderie anglais in the just nine rooms.

View outside of Gauksmyri Lodge, Iceland by ScanAdventures
Double room in Gauksmyri Lodge, Iceland
Dining room in Gauksmyri Lodge, Iceland
Couple enjoying glass of wine in restaurant in Gauksmyri Lodge, Iceland

Gauksmyri Lodge

Jóhann Albertsson and Sigríður Lárusdóttirnear’s lodge set in the heart of horse country has 18 rooms with private WC/shower and a really good restaurant focused on local produce, bar and lounge. There are short riding tours available at the nearby horse centre and whether you’ve ridden a horse before or not the Icelandic horse’s 5th gait makes it easy to enjoy.

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.

1st Day UK – Iceland

fly to Keflavik International Airport from the UK. Collect your hire car on arrival, drive (125kms) towards Hveragerdi and beyond for 2 nights at the Hotel Hekla.

2nd Day Gullfoss & Geyser

spend the day savouring south Iceland’s attractions: the Geyser geothermal area with its hot springs, sulphurous yellow fumaroles & Thykkuhverir’s mud pots; Gullfoss, whose waters flow down a 3 step staircase before plunging down a crevice at right angles to the flow of the river and Pingvellir, home to the Althing where the Vikings gave up rape and pillage in favour of democracy.

3rd Day Skeida – Skaftafell

drive (390kms) along the island’s southern shoreline stopping at Seljandsfoss and Skogafoss, then across the vast Skeidararsandur black sand outwash plains forded by bridges and dams before arriving at the edge of Skaftafell National Park. Spend 2 nights at the Hotel Skaftafell.

4th Day Skaftafell

Spend the day in Skaftafell National Park with its contrasting landscapes of dwarf birch woodland, glacial tongues, melt water rivers, moorland and sand plains. There are several walks with differing demands; our two favourites being up to Svartifoss (literally black waterfall) flanked by basalt columns to Snonnarsker returning via Skaftafell turf roofed farm across Skaftafell moor; or a simple walk up to Skaftafellsjokull.

5th Day Skaftafell – Seydisfjördur

the highlight of today’s journey (335kms) is the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, undoubtedly one of Iceland’s ‘wow factors’. Stop off and cruise amongst the lagoon’s bergs before continuing along the still gravelled section of route 1 dotted with fishing villages and overhung by rhyolite crags contouring the indented coastline before descending to Seydisfjördur for a night at the Hotel Aldan.

6th Day Seydisfjördur – Mývatn

vast seemingly endless deserts of glacially crushed rock are the hallmark of today day’s short drive (195kms) before arriving in the contrastingly lush Lake Mývatn area for 2 nights at Hótel Reykjahlíð or Icelandair Hotel Myvatn ( formerly the Reynihlid )

7th Day Mývatn

Time to explore the extraordinary scenery and wildlife in Iceland’s North East Iceland’s corner: the wooded headland at Hofdi with its lava pillars; contorted black towers of Dimmuborgir; the pastel coloured Námafjall ridge with its steamy surroundings and the smouldering, sulphurous Krafla caldera. Further afield there are the multi-hued houses that hug the mountainside by the fishing village of Husavik from where you go whale spotting; the unusually wooded canyon at Asbyrgi; Dettifoss with its dishwater grey torrent and the somewhat forgotten Selfoss with its wide curtain fall.

8th Day Myvatn – Saudarkrokur

drive(290 kms) across to Akureyri, through the Öxnadalsheidi pass and then round to Laugarbakki in the heart of horse breeding country for a night at Gauksmyri Lodge.

9th Day Saudarkrokur – Grundarfjordur

drive (185kms) south alongside the Hrutafjordur and then the northern side of the Snæfellsness peninsula, dropping in on Stykkishólmur, to Grundarfjordur for 2 nights at Hotel Framnes.

10th Day Grundarfjordur

Cruise out on Breidafjördur Bay and watch puffins, eider ducks, shags, kittiwakes, fulmars and the majestic white-tailed eagle whilst enjoying a Viking Sushi put together from fresh scallops and sea urchin roe. Afterwards round off the day with a drive to the vertiginous bird cliffs at Arnarstapi (the hike between there and Hellnar is beautiful) or climb up on to Snæfellsjökull glacier.

11th Day Grundarfjordur – Reykjavik

Drive (170kms) back along long the northern shore of the peninsula and then down to Borgarnes (the Settlement Centre there is a good place to catch up on Sagas that Iceland is known for) and Reykjavík for a final night at Hotel Centrum or similar.

12th Day Reykjavik – UK

After breakfast, leave relatively early for the Blue Lagoon and a valedictory bathe before dropping off your hire car and return flight to the UK.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flights* from UK departure airport to Keflavik International Airport
All airport passenger service charges & departure taxes
Economy seating, and Pay on Board cabin service
11 Nights’ accommodation as specified in itinerary
Lodgings in twin rooms with private WC/shower
11 Breakfasts and 1 Arrival Welcome Dinner
11 days (11 x 24 hrs) Suzuki Vitara or similar 4x4, 5 Door/5 seater cleared for F Road driving, including unlimited mileage;
theft protection & collision damage waiver insurance; local taxes and airport collection/drop off plus NIL EXCESS HIRE CAR INSURANCE
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Departure Dates & Prices:

Daily May-Sep 2019
Guide £2250pp
Guide prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are variable 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.

Jokulsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

discover some of the south coast’s most iconic scenery on the way across bridges fording dramatic outwash plains interspersed with black sand beaches and lava fields to the Jokulsarlon Lagoon. The Lagoon’s luminous blue icebergs tinted with black volcanic dust float in the Lagoon for several years, gradually self-sculpting themselves in to different shapes before finally working their way out to sea. You’ll take a boat trip amongst them on a DUKW, a mechanical amphibian originating in WW2 which can be driven up on the shore, as well as in the water. Along the way you’ll stop at both Seljandsfoss and Skogafoss, plunge waterfalls dropping off cliffs that once marked the shoreline. Hotel pick up at 07.30 daily (Jun 1st to Aug 31st) and on Tues, Thur, Sat or Sun (Apr 1st to May 31st & Sep 1st to Oct 31st). Tour lasts for 14 hours. Price £191pp. Kinder go free, gratis and for nothing. Teen Kinder pay half price.

Whale Spotting

Faxaflói Bay is regularly frequented by Minke Whales, White-Beaked Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises and Humpbacks with very occasionally Orca, Fin Whales, Baskin Sharks and Pilot Whales appearing. For our ScanAdventure we partner with Magnús Guðmundsson, the fleet Admiral operating MS Rosin, a specially built ship offering virtually uninterrupted sea vistas from the poop, amidships and foredeck and with a cruising speed of 24 knots gets out to the whale spotting area faster than any of the alternatives. The saloon has comfort seating, flat screen TV’s and wide vista windows so even if you’re warming up below with a hot chocolate. Departures at 10.00 & 14.00 May to August. Tour lasts for 21/2 hours. Price £73pp. Children (7-15) pay half price. Alternative departures with an educational focus particularly suited to children at 09.00 & 13.00 (Apr to Sep) and 17.00 (May15th to Sep 15th) available on MS Andrea, a former ferry with substantial exterior decking and interior space.

Breidafjordur Bay & Latrabjarg Cliff

a bird photographer and enthusiasts dream capturing the magic of arctic birdlife in Breidafjordur Bay and that of Europe’s largest bird cliff Latrabjarg amongst some of Iceland’s most remote and rugged scenery. You’ll be driven early in the morning to Stykkisholmur, a picturesque fishing village on the north side of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, where you’ll board the local ferry out into the Bay for the 3 hour crossing to Brjánslækjar on the Vatnasfjordur. En route you’ll stop at the little island of Flatey (winter population 5) with its coloured clapboard houses and after disembarkation taken to the 13km long Latrabjarg bird cliffs. Here you’ll be able to catch sight of the zillions of puffins, guillemots, razorbills and gannets that make this their nesting home amongst the rocky outcrops that offer them shelter from the northerly winds and arctic foxes. Hotel pick up! At 06.00 on Sun (Jun 15th to Aug 31st). Tour lasts for 17 hours. Price £195pp. Too long for Kinder!

  • Flights from 5 UK airports 
  • Mix of overnight lodgings' style
  • 11 Breakfasts & Welcome Dinner
  • Bespoke Options