Hraunfossar

Hraunfossar

Photo by Andreas Tille (Wikimedia Commons)

Itinerary for a 7 day Campervan Holiday in Iceland

Photo by Worldtraveller (Wikimedia Commons)Skaftafell National Park Photo by Worldtraveller (Wikimedia Commons)

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DAY 1: Þinvellir-Borgarfjörður-Reykholt-Hraunfossar The first stop is Þinvellir National Park, a both historically and geologically interesting site. It was namely the site of the world's first democratic parliament in 930. The journey continues west to the Borgarfjörður region. Snorri Sturluson, the renowned Icelandic historian and poet, wrote Snorra Edda and Egils Saga in Reykholt. This region is famous for its waterfalls that flow through lava and for its hot springs. Don't forget to visit the Hraunfossar falls.

DAY 2: Akureyri-Goðafoss- Mývatn Drive up north to Akureyri, Iceland's second largest urban area after Reykjavík. Popular sites are the Nonnihaus and the botanical garden. On your way east you can stop at Goðafoss, the God's falls. With its extraordinary lava fields, pseudo-craters and sulfur fields, the surroundings of Lake Mývatn form a unique natural paradise. For example, more than 50 different duck species nest in the area, making it a popular birdwatching site.

DAY 3: Húsavik-Tjörnes-Ásbyrg-Dettifoss-Möðrudalsöræf You can start off the day by visiting the beautiful town of Húsavik, which is one of the best starting points for a whale safari. The Whale Museum is also an interesting place to visit. The journey continues along the Tjörnes peninsula towards Ásbyrgi canyon. The horseshoe-shaped canyon is surrounded by steep cliff walls that are 100 meters high. On your way east don't miss Dettifoss, the mightiest waterfall in Europe. After Dettifoss, the journey continues through the desert-like area of Möðrudalsöræf.

DAY 4: Höfn-Vatnajökull The charm of East Iceland lies in its fjords and its tiny fishing villages. If the weather is good, you can enjoy the magnificent view over the Vatnajökull glacier on the way to the town of Höfn. You can take a guided snowmobile or jeep tour on the glacier. These tours start for example from the towns of Höfn and Skaftafell.

DAY 5: Jökursárlón-Skaftafell-Svartifoss-Vík-Skeiðarársandur As you drive west, Vatnajökull will accompany you all the way. It's worth taking a boat trip on the exceptional Jökursárlón glacier lagoon. From here you can continue to Skaftatell National Park and visit its most important sight Svartifoss, the black waterfall. The road towards Iceland's southernmost town Vík goes through Skeiðarársandur, the largest sandur in the world.

DAY 6: Skógafoss-Seljalandsfoss-Skógar- Geysir-Gullfoss From Vík the journey continues west. Be sure to visit and admire Skógarfoss and Seljalandsfoss falls. The Skógar folk museum is also a good place to visit. It's worth making a detour along the way from Route 1 into the direction of Skálholt where the geysers Geysir and Gullfoss are sure to charm all visitors. The golden waterfall, Gullfoss, is located in the canyon of the Hvíta river, and climbing on the top of the 32-meter high waterfall is well worth the effort.

DAY 7: Reykjavík-Blue Lagoon Before returning the motorhome, you can visit Reykjavík, the northernmost capital in the world, and then go to Blue Lagoon, the geothermal outdoor spa to give yourself a boost of natural energy much needed before getting back to everyday life.

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