8 Day East to East with Smyril Line - Self drive
8 Day East to East with Smyril Line
Exploring the great outdoors is an activity not to be missed in Iceland. From grand volcanoes and fjords to quaint fishing ports and historical sites, we’ve got a fantastic mix of nature and culture. On a route from Egilsstadir to Reykjavik and back a different way, you’ll be travelling full circle to find out what the entire country has to offer. This package brings over a week of sight‐seeing wonder, including the opportunity to visit lakes and waterfalls, pop into museums and even stop off at the filming location of a James Bond movie! You can do as much or as little as you like. No matter what, you’ll be guaranteed beautiful views wherever you go.
To top it off at the end of each day, we’ll have a cosy room waiting for you in seven Edda hotels plus a night at Hilton Reykjavik Nordica so you can get a refreshing sleep before the next day’s drive.
This self-drive is organized with the Smyril Line. For information about Smyril Line sailing schedule 2013: CLICK HERE
1st DAY: ARRIVAL DAY | EGILSSTADIR - STORUTJARNIR
HIGHLIGHTS: Egilsstadir – Moðrudalur – Lake Myvatn – Dimmuborgir – Nature Baths
After arriving at Seydisfjorður, it takes you about 30 minutes to drive to Egilsstadir. Drive north to Myvatn and across Modrudalsoraefi to the famous Lake Myvatn. On the way, (if you’re driving a 4WD) we recommend you drive to Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. At Myvatn we suggest that you explore Lake Myvatn and its surroundings, visiting highlights such as Dimmuborgir and the colourful sulphurous slopes of Namaskard and Krafla volcano. Just before you arrive at Storutjarnir, you’ll see Godafoss waterfall.
Overnight at Hotel Edda Storutjarnir.
2nd DAY: STÓRUTJARNIR - AKUREYRI
HIGHLIGHTS: Husavik – Asbyrgi – Godafoss – Vaglaskogur forrest – Akureyri
We recommend that you drive to Asbyrgi the magnificent horseshoe‐shaped canyon. At Husavik, you have the opportunity to go on a whale watching tour. From Husavik, drive to the capital of the North, Akureyri, to spend the night.
Overnight at Hotel Edda Akureyri
3rd DAY: AKUREYRI - LAUGARBAKKI
HIGHLIGHTS: Akureyri – Glaumbaer Folk Museum – Vatnsnes – Vatnsdalsholar – Icelandic Seal Centre
Spend the day exploring Akureyri and then drive over to Laugarbakki. On the way we recommend that you stop at Glaumbaer Folk Museum which is situated in a fascinating farmhouse dating from the 18th–19th century. You can also visit the Icelandic Seal Centre at Hvammstangi. On the Vatnsnes Peninsula tourists have a unique opportunity to watch both harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) and grey seals (Halichoerus grypus).
Overnight at Hotel Edda Laugarbakki
4th DAY: LAUGARBAKKI - REYKJAVÍK
HIGHLIGHTS: Bifrost – Borgarnes – The Settlement Centre – Hvalfjordur bay
From Laugarbakki you drive south to Reykjavik. On the way we would like to recommend for you to look at The Saga of the Settlement of Iceland and the Viking Egill Skallagrimsson at The Settlement Centre at Borgarnes. If you are not in a hurry, we suggest you take a detour through the beautiful region of Hvalfjorður on your way to Reykjavik.
Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
5th DAY: REYKJAVÍK - SKÓGAR
HIGHLIGHTS: Thingvellir National Park – Geysir – Gullfoss – Skalholt – Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls
Drive down to South Iceland where you can see many of the country’s best natural wonders. We recommend that you drive to Thingvellir National Park – the ancient site of the world’s first parliament – and from there to the great area of Geysir and the waterfall Gullfoss. From the waterfall Gullfoss drive to Skogar not far away from Gullfoss and Geysir is one of the country's most important historic sites, Skalholt. It was the seat of the bishops of the southern see for 740 years and a school was established there around the year 1056. After this we advocate that you go on to see Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls. Skogar Folk Museum is always fun to visit as well.
Overnight at Hotel Edda Skogar
6th DAY: SKOGAR - HOFN
HIGHLIGHTS: Dyraholaey ‐ Skaftafell National Park – Svartifoss waterfall Vatnajokull glacier – Jokulsarlon glacial Lagoon
Today you will drive along the south coast in an easterly direction. You have the opportunity to see puffins and collect shells or beautiful stones at the black sand beach. There’s also the possibility of seeing or even going on the largest glacier in Europe – Vatnajokull glacier – and dropping into the famous Glacial Lagoon where they filmed the James Bond movie, “Die Another Day”.
Overnight at Hotel Edda Hofn
7th DAY: HOFN - EGILSSTADIR
HIGHLIGHTS: Stone collection at Stodvarfjorður – Papey Island
Explore the spectacular East Fjords. The East Fjords are a magnificent landscape of long, narrow fjords, steep mountains and jagged peaks with many more beautiful natural wonders in between.
Overnight at Hotel Edda Egilsstadir
8th DAY: Egilsstadir - SEYDISFJORDUR - DEPARTURE
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(Price includes: Accommodation only. Not included: Rental car.)