Iceland's Geysirs, Glaciers and Waterfalls

Described as the island of fire and ice, Summit & Blue’s Geysirs, Glaciers and Waterfalls road trip has been especially designed for the first time traveller to Iceland. It already includes all the wonders of south and west of the island, including geysers and hot spring areas, majestic glaciers and powerful waterfalls, but can easily be adapted to allow you extra days in any of the destinations including a city break on Reykjavik.

You will also get to travel along the quieter southern shore and reach the popular and breath taking Glacial Lagoon, where you will come across majestic icebergs broken off from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier located in the Vatnajökull Glacier National Park.

Iceland has so much to offer including whale watching, walking through glaciers, horse riding and a full range of other unique experiences. You could easily spend a month driving around the island. So we strongly recommend our guests draw a wish list with exactly what it is they would like to see whether that’s bubbling lava, black sandy beaches, snowmobiling or hiking across a glacier or simply relaxing in a hot spring. We can add other exciting attractions or experiences that are perhaps located nearby and perhaps off the beaten track.

At a glance

  • Marvel at Iceland’s Geysirs, glaciers and waterfalls
  • Enjoy a soak in the infamous Blue Lagoon located to the south of Reykjavik, a convenient stop at the end or beginning of your trip
  • Be mesmerised by numerous icebergs in Glacial Lagoon
  • Explore black sandy beaches and volcanic lava fields
  • Listen to the roar of some of Europe’s largest and most powerful waterfalls
  • Available between 01 April to 30 September
  • The trip includes  a hire car so you dictate the pace!
  • Travel with the Iceland Travel Companion full of maps, weather apps, and points of interest
  • Choose between guesthouses, farms and hotels
  • Prices from £1340 per person including accommodation and car hire

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrival

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62milesGeothermal Lagoon – Flower Village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.From Keflavik International Airport, we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. This village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and, because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby, springs it is often called the “flower village.”

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi area.

Day 2 - South Coast

South Coast

Approximate distance: ca190km / 118miles

Thundering Waterfalls – Explosive Geysers – Cliffs & Stone Arches – Black-Sand Beaches of the South Shore

Visit the majestic Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, the infamous Eyjafjallajokull glacier and the surrounding area affected by the volcanic eruption of 2010.

Dyrholaey is a rocky headland characterised by a black lava arch. Every year thousands of sea birds and puffins nest here during the summer.

Important: Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, from about the middle of May until late June.

Overnight in the Vik area.

Day 3 - Skaftafell - Glacial Lagoon - Vik

Skaftafell - Glacial Lagoon - Vik

Approximate distance: ca385km / 240miles

Europe’s Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Visit the awe-inspiring Skaftafell National Park, which is set between glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon before returning to the charming village of Vik in the afternoon.

Overnight in the Vik area

Day 4 - Thingvellir - Borgarfjordur

Thingvellir - Borgarfjordur

Approximate distance: ca400km / 250miles

National Park of Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Europe’s Most Powerful Hot Spring

Drive to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park itself is situated in a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows on the edge of Iceland’s largest lake.

Continue to Borgarfjordur fjord and visit the historic site of Reykholt, the remarkably beautiful Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe.

Overnight in west Iceland.

Day 5 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Approximate distance: ca330km / 200miles

Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Rock Formations – Quaint Fishing Villages

Explore the countless natural wonders of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Visit Arnarstapi sea cliffs with their varied birdlife and the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur before driving along the north coast through lively fishing villages. In Stykkisholmur, join a boat tour in Breidafjordur Bay (approx. 2 hours) to admire the rich bird life and sea life of the area. During the boat tour, a shellfish plough is lowered into the ocean and a wonderful selection of shellfish and sea life is caught for viewing and tasting: scallops, sea urchins, crabs, starfish, sea cucumbers and much more.

Overnight in west Iceland.

Day 6 - Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon

Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon

Approximate distance: ca170km / 100miles

Volcanic Landscapes – Bubbling Mud Pools – Quaint Fishing Village – Geothermal Spa

Drive to Reykjanes peninsula and visit the moon-like surrounding of Lake Kleifarvatn and Krysuvik geothermal area with its bubbling mud pools. Visit Grindavik fishing village and the famous Blue Lagoon for a relaxing dip in the warm and pleasant geothermal waters which are rich in silica and minerals that are great for the skin.

Note:  The Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance.

Drive to Reykjavik for your last night in Iceland

Day 7 - Departure or stay on for more adventures

Departure or stay on for more adventures

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon as it is on your way to the airport, if you did not have time to do it on your arrival day. *

*Please note that the package price is based on 6 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 7 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up and use the Flybus departure transfer.

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Iceland by Eva Sturm