A ONE-WEEK HOLIDAY ITINERARY TO
ICELAND SHARED  BY STEPHANIE

6 NIGHTS/6 STOPS 

Iceland, the meeting of fire and ice

Stephanie and Frank, both French, live in Cairo. They have three teenage kids. Before going to Egypt, they spent some years in Budapest, Hungary. In all, they have been living abroad now for more than 10 years. They are eager travelers and there is never a dull moment during their holidays. Also, they have friends all over the world. For this true outdoorsy family, the holidays are perfect moments to see friends and discover new places and countries.
“With a group of friends, composed of three families of six adults and six teenagers, Stephanie’s family planned to get together for a fun holiday during the summer. Iceland turned out to be an ideal destination, since it allowed them to discover a very different place from more traditional destinations in southern Europe. The group also loves the outdoors and wanted to enjoy the beautiful limitless sceneries offered by Iceland. Moreover, this is a country easy to discover in a one week trip and it is only a couple of hours away from Europe by air. It was not easy finding accommodation for such a big group during the high season in Iceland. Therefore, Stephanie, Frank and their friends decided to rent a house near Reykjavik. From this central point they discovered each day a different part of the country, living just like Icelanders. “
REYKJAVIK
3,5  hours from Europe / 5.5 h from US east coast
$400
RENTAL CAR
1250 km in 8 days
5 day trips
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
TOTAL BUDGET: $ 1280 pp/ excl food & activities
$ 620 / pp for 6 nights excl. food and activities
$ 260 / pp for 6 days – 4×4/7 seaters
$ 400 / pp roundtrip
 
 
ENCOUNTER OF ICE AND FIRE
Jokülsarlon icebergs
Pakgil canyon
Blue Lagoon colors
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KEFLAVIK AIRPORT TO

MOSFELLSBAER
 

58 km/ 0h45
House rental
  • We rented a big house for the 3 families in Mosfellsbaer trough Abritel.
DAY 1: THE GOLD CIRCLE
TINGVELLIR-GULLFOSS
 

200 km / 3h
Golden Circle

  • We drove to the so called Golden Circle. 

    We went for a hike in Thingvellir national park, surrounded by rivers and waterfalls. This is an historical site where the Vikings founded the first democratic parliament (Althing) and where the North American & Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly splitting apart from each other, creating deep fissures in the ground.

    Gulfoss : Spectacular waterfalls – you can walk very close to them.

    Fludir : we stopped there for a warm bath in the geothermal lagoon of Gamla Laugin. Less expensive and touristy than the Blue Lagoon.
     
DAY 2: REYKJANES PENINSULA
BLUE LAGOON – GRINDAVIK
 

150 km – 2h15
Blue Lagoon

  • We discovered the Southern Peninsula region and the old town of Reykjavik

    Blue Lagoon was our first stop. Iceland’s best known geothermal spa: home to one of 25 wonders of the world, Blue Lagoon Iceland is a place where the powers of geothermal seawater create transformational spa journeys. The blue-green water colors contrast beautifully with the lava field that surrounds it. 

    Grindavik : picnicing close to Hopsnes lighthouse. Beautiful ocean view from the cliffs.

    Seltun : we walked around the hot springs 

    Keifarvatn : we stopped at this volcanic lake along the road.

    Explore the old town of Reykjavik and savor beers at a nearby brewery
DAY 3: VIK 

 

400 km / 6h Roundtrip
Stunning scenery

  • We walked on the black beach in front of Reynisdrangar, an impressive rock formations situated near the shore of Reynisfjara beach by the coastal village Vík.

    Pakgil : 4×4 trail 0f 15 km that leads you to the end of the Pakgil canyon. Breathtaking setting used also as a film setting for Game of Thrones: volcanic hills and glacial bays. 

    Dyrholaey : Arch shaped headland overlooking the ocean and its black beaches

    Soheimajökull : Our first glacier discovered by feet.

    Skogafoss : Impressive waterfall

    Seljalandsfoss : Stunning waterfalls that you can discover from the inside behind the water curtain
DAY 4: REYKJAVIK
-WHALES
 

30 km / 0h20
Reykjavik
  •  
    Morning trip to watch the whales: we first saw dolphins, then the whales! ….Followed by fish & chips lunch in the old port
     
    Reykjavik : discovery of the old port and Harpa, Reykjavik’s cultural center, with its contemporary architecture. Visit of the national museum that describes well the history of the country.
DAY 5: JOKÜLSARLON
-SKAFTAFELL
 

800 km -10h Roundtrip
Glacial lagoon

  • Jokülsarlon : exploring the legendary icebergs ! Stunning setting. Even if we had to drive 8 hours that day to visit the site, it was really worth it. Plan to stay overnight though. 

    Skaftafell : we went for a beautiful hike in this mountain area to explore the glacier from above.

     

DAY 6: MOSFELLSBAER

 

No trip – Home
Relax day

  • Relaxing time at the house!! Well deserved after all the driving the day before!!

GOOD TO KNOW

  • The weather is not always great in the summer, it was cloudy most of the time with some rain and a very little bit of sun (we traveled in August). The average temperature is 14-15°C in summer, wear the right clothes..
  • Food is good and quite healthy. Eat local (fish and lamb).
  • We rented 4×4 wheel cars, seating for 7 persons. It allowed us to drive on some muddy roads and trails
  • On your next journey across the Atlantic, take advantage of the option to stop in Iceland for up to seven nights at no additional airfare. www.icelandair.com
  • For this trip, we travelled with a large group and therefore we decided to rent a big house to be able to stay at the same place. If we had travelled in a smaller group we would have stayed in a different place each day to avoid the back and forth day trip.
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