For the ones who desire unique experiences, Iceland is the place to go to !
This piece of land in the far corner of Europe is covered with glaciers, lava fields and hot springs and stands out as an extraterrestrial from more familiar sceneries.
Take hot baths, go for a horse ride and be amused by the beat of the capital city ! Navigate your motorhome to Route 1 and tour around the entire island.
For the whole circle make sure you will have enough time.
Iceland is not called a magical island for no reason. The landscape is a mixture of interesting phenomena such as erupting volcanoes and fire, black beaches and hot geysers, green valleys and picturesque colorful villages. If you're lucky, you can spot whales, seals and dolphins that lodge the iced waters surrounding the island. With a motorhome you're able to explore the main roads of the island. Route 1 is about 1300 kilometers long and offers a variety of things to see and experience. Since our rental vehicles are not four wheel drives, make sure you’ll stay on well-maintained routes. Route 1 is excellent choice if you’re first time in Iceland. Driving on highlands roads and F roads is not allowed, so please take this into account when you’re planning your road trip.
TOP 5 SIGHTS IN ICELAND :
1. blue lagoon
This is probably the most well known spa in the world. Take a bath in bright blue geothermal water originating from 2000 meters below the surface. The temperature is always around 37-40°C (98-104°F), year-round. Blue Lagoon is right on Touring Cars´s doorstep. Drive to this extraordinary place takes only 10 minutes from the rental station.
2. Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park
is one of the most famous historical sites in Iceland that was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2004. This area has truly unique geology and natural features. As an example this is one of the only places in the world where you can see a visual representation of continental drift. Pack your fishing gear to your rental motorhome; The waters in and around Þingvellir are a popular destination for fishing as well as scuba diving. Sceneries cover waterfalls, hot springs and a little further in the east volcanoes.
The tiny capital of Iceland, up North, surprises by offering such a variety of dynamic culture despite its size.The modern architecture of Perla, Congresscenter HARPA and Hallgrimskirkja represent the vision of today, where as the outdoor museum Arbaejarsafn shows how the Icelandic people lived earlier years.
4. VATNA GLACIER
Head your rental camper towards Vatnajökull National park. Its one of the largest glacier in Iceland covering 13% of Iceland and it’s also the largest glacier mass in Europe. Sceneries cover numerous subglacial valleys and spectacular canyons.
The scenery encircling the glacier is extremely varied. At the North part of this area you´ll find volcanoes Askja,Kverkjöll and Snćfell which dominate the area with powerfull glacial rivers. Eastern parts feature vast wetlands and expansive ranges. The south side is characterised by beautiful mountain ridges, and their numerous glaciers descending between them.
5. KULSÁRGLJÚFURNATIONAL PARK
This natural haven is featuring beautifull waterfalls, big canyons and rock formations in all shapes and sizes. Jökulsárgljúfur National Park is perfect for hiking and other outdoor activities. /
Example of itinerary :
Day 1 - Arrival to Keflavik.
Reykjavik city is an easy flybus trip away from Keflavik Airport so spare few days before or after your motorhome holiday to experience the capital of this extraterrestrial country.
Day 2 - Þingvellir National Park鰬Ŧ>.
Distance between Keflavik and Þingvellir is about 100 kilometers.
Þingvellir National Park is one of the most famous historical sites in Iceland that was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2004. Þingvellir’s surroundings are filled with intriguing sagas from the past. Sceneries cover waterfalls, hot springs and a little further in the east
Day 3 - Sveitarfélagið Árborg, Hella and Skaftárhreppur.
Distance between Þingvellir and Sveitarfélagið Árborg is about 50 kilometers.
Enjoy the green and blue sceneries, go on a glacial walk and spot the local fauna. If you want to continue your trip the same day take Route 1 and drive to Skaftárhreppur rhreppur Skaftárhreppur that is about 200 kilometers away from Sveitarfélagið Árborg. The landscape in the east coast of the island is filled with contrasts - cute fishing villas against rugged mountains and glaciers. In this route you cannot avoid to see waterfalls and other natural wonders that may date back to Ice Age. Besides nature, east coast is well known of cultural events, especially in the summertime. Golfing, fishing, history and culture are at your hands!
Day 4 - Sveitarfélagið Hornafjörðu. The distance between Skaftárhreppur and Sveitarfélagið Hornafjörðu is about 200 kilometers.
On this drive you will pass the amazing Vatnajökull or Vatna Glacier that is the largest Icelandic glacier covering almost one tenth of the country. Glacier hides under its icy surface multiple volcanoes.
Day 5 - Fljótsdalshérað The distance between Sveitarfélagið Hornafjörðu and Fljótsdalshérað is about 200 kilometers.
The Route 1 takes you along the coast and the winds can be very strong as in the coastal areas in general. Go hiking in Dyrfjöll chain of mountains and experience green valleys and snowy mountains. Also the mythical sea monster, inhabits these areas.
Day 6 & 7 - Þingeyjarsveit (THINGEYJARSVEIT), DETTIFOSS AKUREYRI AND LAKE MÝVATN The distance between Fljótsdalshérað and Þingeyjarsveit is about 200 kilometers.
Go to whale watching in Húsavík that is the home of the creatures that are referred as gentle giants. You can choose to take a tour lasting a couple of hours in order to enjoy the sea and to spot whales, puffins and sails from a deck of a boat. If you have more time you can also go on a few days trip on a sailboat or combine whale watching and horse riding. A little bit off the track to northeast from Lake Mývatn is Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. The waterfall is located in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. Lake Mývatn is the fourth biggest nature lake in Iceland. You cannot pass by the lake without going to Myvatn Nature Baths that offer a bathing lagoon, steam baths and massage services. Lake region itself is mesmerizingly beautiful with its blue waters. The distance between the lagoon and The distance between the lagoon and Þingeyjarsveit is about 40 kilometers and Þingeyjarsveit and Akureyri about 100.
Day 8 - Húnaþing vestra. The distance between Akureyri and Húnaþing vestra is about 200 kilometers.
When you reach Húnaþing vestra, pay a visit to the Icelandic Seal Center in Hvammstangi. In the center you will get acquainted with the different species of seals and their habits. Besides seals, you will also get information about other fauna that habits the island. Once you know the seals, you can go spot them in the region’s waters.
Day 9 - Borgarnes, Vesturland and Reykjavik and Keflavik. The distance between Húnaþing vestra and Borganes in the west Iceland is about 130 kilometers.
In Borgarnes you can find charming restaurants and coffee shops. Enjoy seafood and stop by also in Ljómalind Farmer’s Market for local delicacies and handicrafts.
The distance between Borgarnes and Reykjavik is about 80 kilometers and Reykjavik and Keflavik about 50. Country’s capital offers cozy restaurants, bars, coffee shops and cultural activieties. A must gift to take home is a traditional Icelandic knit, Lopapeysa that keeps you warm throughout the year. Don’t forget the eatable treats Harðfiskur, the traditional dried fish that is a real health product with 98 percent of protein and only 2 percent of fat. When you’re in Reykjavik region, don’t forget to visit Glymur, the highest waterfall in Iceland. If you didn’t get enough of hot springs in Mývatn, visit legendary Blue Lagoon before you depart.