Enchanting East Iceland

Starting from: Flexible

Season: All year

Duration: 11+ days

Driving distance: 1600-1800 kms

Highlights: Jokulsarlon - Hofn - Djupivogur - Mjoifjordur - Seydisfjordur - Lake Lagarfljot - Borgarfjordur Eystri - Raufarhofn - Husavik - Lake Myvatn area

Available as a self-drive or private guided tour

Enter the magnificent Vatnajokull National Park, drive through the enchanting Eastfjords, explore the edge of the world in remote Northeast Iceland and marvel at the unique Lake Myvatn area.

On this trip, you will visit some of the most famous sites in Iceland but also go off the beaten path to local favourites and lesser-known gems. Your adventure will be tailored to your interests and we will sure you make the most of your time!

A road trip is a personal experience and our goal is to design an itinerary that matches your dream trip.
Below is a relaxed 11 day / 10 night sample itinerary to give you a general idea of our Enchanting East Iceland trip starting from Hofn and ending at Akureyri.
It is also possible to do a modified version of this itinerary in reverse order, or starting from Seydisfjordur or Egilsstadir.

Day 1 - Jokulsarlon & Hofn

Arrival at Hofn domestic airport and start with a visit to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Enjoy a boat ride or take a glacier kayaking tour depending on your interests. In the evening, explore the surroundings of Hofn town and enjoy a lobster dinner.

Day 2 - Djupivogur

Drive to Djupivogur stopping at some scenic places off the beaten path and crossing the mountain pass for views over the glacier. In the afternoon enjoy a hike to one of the most beautiful mountains of Iceland or a boat tour to Papey island.

Day 3 - The Eastfjords villages

Explore the charming fishing villages of the Eastfjords, each with its own special characteristics. Take some exciting detours along the coast to a nature reserve, some caves and a quarry.

Day 4 - Mjoifjordur & Seydisfjordur

Visit Mjoifjordur and Seydisfjordur, known to be the prettiest villages in Iceland. Visit some beautiful waterfalls or hike in some gorges on the route.

Day 5 - Lake Lagarfljot

Explore the Lake Lagarfljot area, visit the largest forest in Iceland, enjoy some hot pots and hiking trails.

[mynd 10 h t]

Day 6 - Borgarfjordur Eystri

Visit Borgarfjordur Eystri known as the home of puffins and elves before you drive north to Vopnafjordur where you can visit a turf-roofed museum and see some interesting sea stacks by the shore.

Day 7 - The Arctic Circle

Drive past abandoned settlements and the dramatic coastline to Raufarhofn, the Arctic Circle village where you can also visit the site of the Arctic Henge.

[mynd 11 h t]

Day 8 - Asbyrgi & Husavik

Hike in the Asbyrgi canyon and take a whale watching tour from Husavik, the whale watching capital of Europe.

Day 9 - Jokulsargljufur & Dettifoss

Visit the Jokulsargljufur canyon, Hljodaklettar, the powerful Dettifoss waterfall and the Namaskard geothermal area. It is also possible to take a dip in the Myvatn Nature Baths.

Day 10 - Lake Myvatn & Akureyri

Visit the many volcanic and geothermal wonders of the Lake Myvatn area - Skutustadagígar, Dimmuborgir and Godafoss before continuing to the charming town of Akureyri.

Day 11 - Departure

Departure from Akureyri domestic airport.

Notes:
The locations specified above are indicative. Since your exact itinerary is customised for your arrival and departure times, activities and tours you choose, and the pace of your trip; these might change.
We can of course also accommodate any preferences you have.

Here are some of the ways in which we can customise this trip:
- Add extra days to slow down the pace or enrich your itinerary with more time for activities or de-tours; there is enough to do for 2 weeks
- Cut a day or two from the itinerary to allow for reduced time or budget
- Create a themed itinerary with an emphasis on your favourite activity or interest f.e. adventure, geology, hiking, geothermal pools, birds & wildlife, cuisine, history & culture etc.
- If you want to explore more sights off the beaten path then we have a ton of great ideas!

Price for self-drive: 341,000 ISK per person on a twin-sharing basis in summer

Inclusions:
- 10-day station car rental (including CDW insurance, GPS, Hofn airport pick up and Akureyri airport drop off, unlimited kilometres and emergency service)
- Digital map for each day
- 10-night two-star hotel accommodation (double or twin room with private bath and breakfast)
- Detailed day wise sightseeing itinerary
- Contact person in Iceland

Price for private guided tour: Contact us with details of group size, language and requirements.

Notes:
For self-drive, the car rental is as per your preference and the season; in the off-season, we only provide a 4X4.
For private tours, we offer a variety of comfortable vehicles for different group sizes with a local guide.

We offer a wide variety of handpicked quality accommodations from star category hotels to guesthouses and apartments, all well rated and located so as to balance your daily driving time.

Our detailed itinerary is completely tailored to your specific interests. It will include comprehensive information on the must-see attractions and offbeat sights you will visit, a day-wise outline and directions on Google maps.

We can also include tours and activities of your choice, self-guided walks and hikes, and restaurant recommendations. Typically this requires adding extra time to the trip.

And of course, we are always available for questions or assistance during your trip.

Additional information for your Iceland trip will be sent to you after the booking. This will include details about weather and clothing, currencies and payments, electricity system, food and water, safety, contact info, and other useful tips.

Self-drive:
The minimum driver age for is 20 years for smaller cars and 25 years for jeeps. Drivers must bring an international driving licence or a local driving licence written in a Roman script. Winter driving experience is strongly recommended for off-season travel.