North Iceland Ext. Itinerary
Sample North Iceland Extended Itinerary (9 days)
This extended North Iceland itinerary is suitable for any time of year including the winter months. This itinerary can be adjusted to include on-going travel by car to east and south Iceland during peak season.
Depart US to Keflavík on Icelandair.
Day 1 – Reykjavík
Arrive Keflavík, Iceland the next morning or on a late evening flight. Take FlyBus to accommodations in Reykjavík – Stay at accommodations ranging from 4-star hotels to charming guesthouses located in downtown Reykjavík. Private facilities and breakfast included.
Day 2 – Reykjavík – Golden Circle - Reykjavík
Take the most popular day tour in Iceland: The Golden Circle Super Jeep tour – the best way to get to know Iceland’s history, culture and geology before heading off on your own on day 3. Includes visits to hot springs, waterfalls, geysers and the mid-Atlantic ridge at Iceland’s famous Thingvellir National Park. Same overnight location in Reykjavík.
Day 3 – Reykjavík - North Iceland
After breakfast, pickup rental car from your accommodations and checkout. Head north on the ring road to the Skagafjörður region (2 to 3.5 hours) with an overnight at Iceland’s oldest accommodations Hótel Tindastóll in the town of Sauðárkrókur or Guesthouse Gauksmýri or Brekkulækur, both active horse farms near Hvammstangi. Visit turf covered farms and quaint country churches from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Day 4 – Ólafsfjörður – Tröllaskagi
Heading east and north along the coastal road on the eastern shore of beautiful Skagafjörður fjord, you have opportunities to visit Hólar, the location of Iceland’s northern bishopric and home to an educational institution dedicated to the Icelandic horse, Hofs ós, the emigration center of Iceland, and the famous former herring capital of Iceland - Siglufjörður. Consider lunch there and then travel through the new Siglufjörður - Ólafsfjörður tunnel, opens in September 2010 (prior to that date travel route 82). This region of Iceland is know as Tröllaskagi, home to the giant trolls who came every spring to the mountains to hide from the arctic sun. The region is full of folklore tales of the trolls and wonderful hiking trails. Use the Brimnes Hotel and Bungalows, situated in the town of Ólafsfjörður on a peaceful lake as your base for two overnights. Optional add-on overnight available.
Map of Ólafsfjörður
Day 5 – Tröllaskagi – Eyjafjörður
Today you can explore the beautiful west coast of the Eyjafjörður fjord. Consider a boat ride on the lake in town. Drive through the region visiting nearby settlements and take an optional ferry ride to the quaint island of Hrísey. Consider the optional flying tour to the island of Grímsey, straddling the Arctic Circle - note only available early June - late August each summer. Departure is from the Akureyri airport.
Day 6 – Akureyri – Mývatn
In the morning head south to the town of Akureyri, capital of north Iceland. Visit the shops and enjoy lunch in town. Then head east to Iceland’s bird and geology paradise of Mývatn (1.5-hour drive). Settle in at one of the lakeside country hotels or nearby guesthouse for two overnights. Spend the afternoon and evening hiking in the lava jungle at Dimmuborgir or walking along the lake shore.
Day 7 – Mývatn
Today is a free day to explore the region – hot springs (visit the new Jarböðin Natural Baths for a dip), waterfalls, bubbling sulfur pits, and the village of Húsavík (1.5-hour drive) north of the lake and Iceland’s whale watching capital. Whale watching cruises are offered May – September. IST will pre-book cruises, if desired. Same overnight location.
Day 8 – Mývatn – Akureyri – Reykjavík
Today drive back to Akureyri for an afternoon or early evening flight back to Reykjavík. This is a 1.5 hour drive. Drop off car at the Akureyri city airport and check in for the 45 minute flight. Upon arrival in Reykjavík, take a taxi to your accommodations for your last overnight in Iceland.
Day 9 – Reykjavík – Blue Lagoon - Home
After breakfast, check out and be ready for 10:30 AM pickup with luggage for the Blue Lagoon Tour, which includes over 2 hours to bathe, shop and eat at the lagoon. You will be dropped off at Keflavík airport with your luggage at 2:30 PM in time for check-in before your flight departure for the US.
Feel free to add a day or two to this itinerary. For flight departures to Europe, the final day in Iceland may require adjustments. Check with IST for options and costs.
Iceland Saga Travel (IST) prepays all Iceland-based service providers. Client and service providers will have prepaid vouchers for each service (rental car, accommodations, tours, ferries, etc.). All accommodations include breakfast. IST provides airport FlyBus tickets, maps, driving directions and regional information brochures. IST is happy to recommend and pre-book Reykjavík restaurant reservations.