Day 1: Keflavík – Reykjavík
Arrival at Keflavík international airport. Pick up rental car at the airport and drive to Reykjavík where you stay overnight.
Day 2: "The Golden Circle" (ca. 200 km)
Drive east out of Reykjavik towards Þingvellir national park which is a great lava arena in a rift valley and the site of the oldest parliament, “the Althing”. Chance for a short walk and great views over the Lake Þingvallavatn and the surrounding mountains. Drive to Lake Laugarvatn, and to the Geysir geothermal area - have your camera ready for one of the geysers - Strokkur as it spouts a coloumn of hot water. Continue to Gullfoss waterfall - the Golden Waterfall, cascading into the deep gorge of Hvítá glacial river. Stay overnight in the area of Fluðir or Hveragerði.
Day 3: Selfoss - Skógar - Vík - Skaftafell national park (ca. 290 km)
Drive along the south coast towards Seljalandsfoss waterfall then continue along the mountains covered by the glacier Eyjafjallajökull with the infamous volcano of the same name resting beneath it. At Skógar a chance for enjoying the view of another majestic waterfall, Skógafoss and possibility to visti the remarkable Skógar museum. Drive on to Dyrhólaey, a bird paradise before continuing to the village of Vík with long black sand beach. Accross the sands of glacial rivers and and lava fields continue to Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Skaftafell National Park which offers possibilities for shorter and longer walks. Svartifoss waterfall is one of the best known sights in the park.  Accommodation in Skaftafell area.
Day 4: Skaftafell - East fjords - Egilsstaðir (ca. 380 km) 
In the morning you can spend some more time exploring the national park area or start your drive further east. At Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon there is a chance for an optional boat tour where you get a closer look at the icebergs calving off the glacier. Drive along the coastal road further along the East fjords and towards Egilsstaðir area where you stay overnight
Day 5: Egilsstaðir - Mývatn  (ca. 180 km)
From Egilsstaðir the road will take you first through the green valley of Jökuldalur with numerous waterfalls dropping down from the hilltops and then through the desert area of Möðrudalur and still further crossing lava fields before you reach Lake Mývatn, the area abundant in various volcanic  phenomena. Visit the Krafla area with Viti crater filled with a lake from where there is a good panoramic view over the lava field created in the last eruption period which concluded in 1984. A stop at Hverir solfatara field at Námaskarð is a must. A chance for relaxation in the warm geothermal water of the Nature Baths lagoon. Overnight in Lake Mývatn area.
Day 6: Mývatn - Akureyri - Skagafjörður  (ca. 150-250 km)
In the morning you can spend some more time in the area of the lake, then drive further west towards Goðafoss waterfall - the Waterfall of the Gods. Continue to Akureyri which is often referred to as the capital of the north.  Situated at the bottom of Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland it is an important cultural, educational and administration centre. It is worth taking the time to explore this charming town with its old wooden houses, northernmost botanical garden, beautiful church and a number of interesting museums. Stay overnight either in Akureyri or drive to Skagafjörður late afternoon and stay overnight in Varmahlíð. The area is fertile agricultural land and rich in history.
Day 7: Skagafjörður - Borgarfjörður- Reykjavík  (ca. 350 km)
Drive towards the town of Blönduós and then cotinue south towards Borgarfjörður. The road offers some interesting aspects such as the Vatndalshólar. As you reach Borgarfjörður you may take a short hike up to the top of Grábrók crater which rises above moss covered lava field. Fantastic view in all directions from the rim of the crater. On the way towards Borgarnes you may take the road through the countryside, Visit the world's largest hot spring Deildartunguhver and pay a visit to the historic place of Reykholt, home of the 13th century historian and writer Snorri Sturluson. Hraunfossar falls a short distance from Reykholt. Then continue towards Borgarnes and on to Reykjavík where you stay the last night.

Day 8: Reykjavík – Keflavík:
Drive to Keflavík airport, return the rental car and check-in for the flight back home. If your departure is in the afternoon then you have the possibilty for a drive to the Blue Lagoon and a chance for another relaxing bath in the geothermal water before leaving Iceland.


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