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14-day Viking Self Drive Around Iceland's Ring Road
- Sleep in a Viking hotel
- Visit an abandoned Viking movie set
- Explore the Museum of Prophecies
- Meet modern Vikings
Enthusiasts of Viking history will adore this 14-day self-drive tour around Iceland's iconic "Ring Road." Set out in search of ancient saga locations and discover Iceland's myths, legends, and infamous Viking legacy.
Begin your 14-day Iceland trip with a visit to the capital city of Reykjavik, then set off on an adventure through one of the most naturally stunning countries on Earth. As you drive your rental car through Iceland's magnificent landscapes stop to rejeuvenate at the myriad hot springs you'll find en route. You'll enjoy a whale watching voyage, a hike across a glacier, and a boat tour among icebergs. All the while, you'll encounter elements of Iceland's Viking past.
- 12 x nights in a standard hotel accommodation (1 double room with private bathroom and breakfast included)
- 1 extra night at the Viking Hotel in Hafnarfjordur (1 double room with private bathroom and breakfast included)
- 14-day compact car rental (VW Golf or equivalent, with CDW insurance, GPS, airport pick up and drop off, unlimited kilometers and emergency service)
- Whale watching tour in Husavik
- Myvatn Nature Baths entrance
- Amphibian boat tour at Jokullsarlon
- Icelandic Lava Show entrance
- Blue Lagoon "Comfort" admission
- Sightseeing and restaurant recommendations for Reykjavik tailored to your interest
- Detailed sightseeing itinerary tailored to your interests and preferences, whereby you will see the most famous attractions and also lesser known gems
- Contact person in Iceland
- International flights
- Meals (unless stated in the inclusions)
- Museum entrances (unless stated in the inclusions)
- Anything not mentioned in “price and inclusions”
- GeoSpa entrance (30 EUR)
- 2-hour Glacier walk (80 EUR)
- 1- hour Lava cave tour (26 EUR)
- 30-minute in-water massage at the Blue Lagoon (122 EUR)
- Northern Lights tour ( from September to Mid April) - 100 EUR
Example Trip to customize
Welcome to Iceland!
After arriving at the International airport of Keflavik, pick up your rental car and head to Reykjavik. Today is a free day for exploring the northernmost capital of the world. Take some time today to visit one of the museums dedicated to the Viking age.
You will receive a detailed list with all the most interesting museums in town with exhibitions displaying fascinating Viking artifacts.
Check into your hotel for overnight in Reykjavik.
Encounter Iceland's Viking Heritage
After breakfast this morning, begin your drive to the Snaefellsnes peninsula.
On the way, weather permitting, you could stop to go for a hike to the Glymur waterfall, the highest waterfall in Iceland, before driving to Reykholt, a major Viking site.
Here, you will find the former home of the most influential Icelander ever, the great Icelandic chieftain and historian, Snorri Sturluson. You can visit an exhibition about him, called Snorrastofa.
Later, visit Snorri's geothermal pool. This reconstructed pool, which was first mentioned in the Book of Settlements, is one of Iceland's most beloved heritage sites. Venture a bit further to visit Snorri’s grave.
Not far from Reykholt, you will find two of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland -- Hraunfossar (Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (children's waterfall).
Explore the Majestic Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Today you will enjoy a full day dedicated to Snaefellsnes' natural beauty. See the Arnarstapi’s cliffs, the lovely fishing village of Hellnar, the black sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur and the beautiful mountain of Kirkjufell, in Grundarfjordur.
At Eiríksstaðir, famous among Icelanders for being the place where Erik the Red lived with his wife Þjóðhildur and where their son Leifur Heppni, (Leif the Lucky), was born, you can visit a reconstructed Viking longhouse. Reconstructed next to the foundations of the original one, it is considered one of the best-built longhouse in all of Europe. Here, you'll get an idea of how Vikings lived, and get the chance to visit the monument to Leif the Lucky, considered the first European to discover America.
Visit Intriguing Museums and Soak in an Oceanside Hot Spring
Venture east today to re-join the Ring Road for a while before leaving it again for a diversion into the Vatnsnes and Skagafjörður peninsulas. On Vatnsnes, you can visit Borgarvirki -- the Citadel, used by Vikings for military purposes.
Along the way, take an hour detour to visit Hvítserkur, known as the “white shirt” basalt troll, who according to the legend, was caught in the sun and turned into stone.
At the Museum of Prophecies, in Skagastrond, you can visit an exhibition about Þórdís, a 10th century Icelandic prophetess. Learn about the prophecy methods used in Iceland, such as runes, the reading of guts, palm readings, fortune telling, and more.
If time allows, take a detour north around the entire peninsula and relax for a while in the hot waters of a hot spring next to the ocean, before driving back to the Ring Road for an overnight near Varmahlid.
Discover the Legacy of the Viking Sagas
Visit Varmahlíð this morning. Famous for its turf houses, this region is home to Glaumbaer, one of the most famous and largest traditional farmhouses in Iceland. It's part of an open-air museum that features a wooden church where the statue of Guðriður Thorbjarnardóttiris and her son Snorri lived. Guðriður is depicted in many ancient Viking sagas as a strong, well-traveled woman who moved to Vinland after marrying the son of Eirik the Red. Her son Snorri was the first European born in the New World.
You could also go for a hike along the Sturlungar trail -- the site of some of the blood-curdling events of the civil war that raged in the Sturlung Age.
In the afternoon, head to Akureyri. If time allows, venture north, to visit the tiny fishing villages of Dalvik, Olafsfjordur and Siglufjordur, situated between stunning fjords.
Overnight in Akureyri.
Go Whale Watching, Marvel at Waterfalls, and Soak in Hot Springs
Go whale watching today in Husavik, one of the best locations in the world for spotting whales.
After the tour, drive along the coast to see the Asbyrgi Canyon, a giant horseshoe-shaped canyon, said to be made by Sleipnir, the eight-legged horse of Odin.
Complete your loop to Lake Myvatn with a quick hike to Selfoss and Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Then, drive to Myvatn where the day ends with a soak in the Myvatn Nature Baths, a smaller “Blue Lagoon” but as enchanting as the most famous one (and with less tourists!).
Note: From mid-August to mid-April, the lake Myvatn region is a great location to view the Northern Lights!
Explore Scenery Straight out of the 'Game of Thrones'
Spend your day exploring the volcanic and geothermal activity of the Lake Myvatn area. Here, you'll discover lava fields, the most famous of all being Dimmu Borgir, considered the “Entrance to hell," rock formations, geothermal steam vents and mud pits, ice caves, and volcanic craters.
If you are a fan of "The Games of Thrones," you will recognize many of these sites, as they are featured in several episodes.
Take an easy hike along the Hverfjall crater to admire the surroundings before driving to Godafoss waterfall, the “Waterfall of Gods” named when Iceland converted to Christianity in the year 1000, and the last Asatru priest decided to throw all the old Gods idols into the clear waters of this stunning waterfall, one of the most beautiful of Iceland.
Delight in the Scandinavian Style of Seydisfjordur
Drive east along one of the most beautiful areas of Iceland today, and be surrounded by spectacular volcanoes, craters and lava fields.
Spend some time in Borgarfjörður Eystri, an isolated community with hiking trails leading from the valley up into the mountains. During early summer, you may also spot some puffins in the area.
Take a detour to reach Seydisfjordur. The route there is one of Iceland's most scenic. Seydisfjordur, tucked into a narrow fjord between high mountains, appears as you reach the mountain peak. Today's town was built by Norwegian fishermen who started settling there in 1848. One can clearly recognize the Scandinavian style in the many wooden buildings that still exist in the village, as well as in its landmark, a blue wooden church you can’t miss when walking in town.
Explore the Eastern Fjords
Today's agenda is dedicated to the Eastfjords, with spectacular driving routes, waterfalls, mountain peaks, views of the oceans, and tiny fishing villages along the way.
From Seydisfjordur you could venture to some of the small villages nearby, such as Neskaustadur or Eskifjordur or take a 40-minute hike to Hengifoss waterfall, passing Litlanesfoss on the way. These spectacular waterfalls are framed by huge basalt columns and make for a great activity away from the larger crowds in the south.
Continue on towards Djupivogur, which lays at the foot of the pyramid-shaped Mt. Búlandstindur (1,069 m). This tiny village makes a stop to break up a long drive, where you can walk around the harbor, out to the tiny lighthouse at the point, or reach Gleðivík village to see its egg sculpture monument.
Make Your Way to the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
The famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, with its floating icebergs and black sand is our highlight for today.
Before getting there, you can take two detours. The first is to the stunning Vestrahorn black sand beach. Vestrahorn is a photographer paradise. Walk to the sea to witness how the wet sands create perfect reflections. You may also spot some seals lounging around on this stretch of sand.
Take another detour to the Viking Village set, a replica Viking village created for a film that was never shot and is now open to visitors.
For a lunch of local lobster, stop in Hofn before reaching the lagoon.
Upon arrival at Jokulsarlon, you will enjoy a boat trip that will take you around the icebergs. After this incredible experience, continue your drive a bit further for a stop at the turf church at Hof, before stopping in the area for the night.
Be Immersed in the Natural Beauty of Skaftafell National Park
Soak up the scenery as you drive across Skaftafell National Park today. Take the time to admire the magnificent landscapes. There are many opportunities for hiking along the park's trails, including one that leads to Svartifoss (“Black Falls”), which is surrounded by black basalt columns.
A detrour off Route 1 will bring you to Fjadrargljufur Canyon where you can spend about an hour hiking around this windy canyon featuring intriguing rock formations.
In the evening, pay a visit to the Icelandic Lava Show, a new exhibition that recreates a volcanic eruption, by pouring molten lava (1100°C / 2000°F) in the showroom and over ice.
End the day in the quaint town of Vik for a relaxing evening next to the ocean.
Discover the Ruins of a Viking Settlement
Start yoru day with a visit to the black sand lava beaches of Reynisfjara and a hike to Dyrholaey Arch for great views of the Southern shore. Then, continue the adventure with a 2-hour glacier walk on Sólheimajökull glacier.
After that, drive westward to visit Skogarfoss, the filming location of the TV show "Vikings," and Seljaland waterfall where you can walk behind the water.
Near Mt. Hekla, you can find the ruins of a real Viking Settlement called Stöng. Discvoer a Viking longhouse buried under the volcanic eruption of Mt. Hekla around the year 1104, and visit Þjóðveldisbærinn Saga-Age Farm.
End your day with a delicious dinner at the Viking restaurant of Ingólfsskáli, near Hveragerdi. Set in a beautiful turf longhouse, it's named after Iceland's first settler Ingólfur Arnarson.
Follow the Route of Iceland's Famous Golden Circle
Head to the Golden Circle today to visit some of Iceland's most stunning natural landmarks, such as Thingvellir National Park, where Vikings from all around Iceland gathered for two weeks every summer for their parliament meeting.
Not far from here, you can visit Skalholt, one of the most important cultural and political centers in Iceland, beside Þingvellir, where the National Assembly was held. Explore the geothermal area of Geyser and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, and on the way back, stop at the Viking village in Hafnarfjordur where the Viking village to dine at the Viking restaurant, a must for Viking culture lovers. Overnight at the Viking hotel.
Bathe in the Thermal Waters of the Blue Lagoon
On your last day of the tour, drive to Reykjanes Peninsula for a few hours of relaxation in the hot waters of the famous Blue Lagoon before heading to Keflavik for your flight back home.
If time allows, drive around the UNESCO Global Geopark. The only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is visible above sea level, it is famous for its volcanic and geothermal activity, hot mud pits and the “bridge between two continents," which you can cross.
Last but not least, take some time to visit the Viking World Museum, located close to the airport. The museum is home to the Viking ship Íslendingur (the Icelander) that sailed to New York in the year 2000 to celebrate Iceland's central role in the discovery of America: the best way to end up your Viking trip to Iceland before driving to the airport to drop off your car and get ready to departure.