Best of the Highlands

Enter the paradise that no one would ever guess is hidden in the interior of this remotely located island in the North Atlantic.

Prices starting from
ISK 145,000 per person

Summer & autumn
1-5 people
07 days
Self-drive tour

If you have ever heard of Landmannalaugar, we have good news. There is more places of this kind in Iceland. The country's interior highlands definitely offer a unique and adventurous experience. You firstly drive through the crowded Golden Circle to get dazed in the barren desolation of Kjölur route. Take a deep breath and soothe your senses in Hveravellir hot spring, before getting shrouded by the cold breeze in Husavík, in the North. You explore geological pearls around the Mývatn Lake. Next, you hop back on the ride to the South through completely isolated central highlands of Sprengisandur. After the black desert, you get thunderstruck by multi-coloured dramatic mountains of famous Landmannalaugar. Get a grip, go on a hike, and first of all, join us on this exciting journey to an unearthly world.

What's included in the Best of the Highlands tour?

Included in this tour

  • Pickup & return from hotel in Reykjavík area (8:00 - 18:00)
  • Accommodation
  • Rental car with unlimited mileage, CDW insurance
  • Breakfast (except for dormitory accommodation)
  • WiFi connectivity in the car
  • GPS
  • Map of Iceland and detailed itinerary of your tour
  • Pamphlet about driving in Iceland
  • Optional meeting with travel consultant
  • 24 hour emergency service
  • Taxes & service fees

Not included in this tour

  • Gasoline / Diesel
  • Personal Travel Insurances
  • Additional activities
  • Meals or drinks
  • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
  • Parking and road tunnel fees
  • Any services not listed under list of included items

Explore the Best of the Highlands tour day-by-day

  1. Day 1 Kjölur

    You begin the tour by driving through the crowded Golden Circle up to the outback desolation of Kjölur route. It is worth to do a detour to the beautiful colourful mountain range of Kerlingarfjöll. The barren landscape between the glaciers Hofsjökull and Langjökull leads you next to a little oasis of Hveravellir. It is a geothermal area of fumaroles and hot springs, where you can relax in a luscious human-made bathing pool. Upon request you may stay over the night in a cabin and explore the area more. Otherwise, you continue driving towards the North. Accommodation is scheduled in the area.

    Driving distance is +-334km.

  2. Day 2 Mývatn - Húsavík

    Today you drive to the lake Mývatn, tourist and ornithological honeypot. It serves you diverse landscape of a lake created in a large basaltic lava eruption, volcanic craters and peculiar lava formations of Dimmuborgir. After a long day, you can relax in Mývatn Nature Baths, geothermal natural pool, northern Iceland's version of the Blue Lagoon. Then you move on to the North to visit Húsavík. It is a charming fishing village best known as the country's greatest spot for whale watching. Stay overnight in the Mývatn area.

    Driving distance is +-321km.

  3. Day 3 Mývatn - Askja

    Today is ideal to explore the surroundings of the Lake Mývatn. You drive to the South through the bare land up to majestic Askja. It is an utterly desolate volcanic caldera, filled up with water that forms Öskjuvatn, second deepest lake in Iceland. On the side of it, there is a little tephra crater Víti with sapphire-blue geothermal water. Enjoy the hike in this picturesque surrounding and consider a bath in Víti pool. If you have enough time, you can also visit the new lava field in Holuhraun, north of Vatnajökull and the unique Kverkfjöll geothermal area located on the glacier. At the end you drive back to Mývatn and stay there another night.

    Driving distance is +-268km.

  4. Day 4 Sprengisandur

    You head back to the central highlands through Sprengisandur old track. It goes across bleak deserted land and offers fairly easy drive. However, it used to be a subject of many legends and ghost stories, so just in case keep your eyes open. You may also enjoy stunning views of Þórisvatn lake, Vatnajökull and Hofsjökull glaciers from the road. You can stay an extra night in the rural area upon request.

    Driving distance is +-281km.

  5. Day 5 Landmannalaugar

    Today you keep driving through this barren land up to the moment when the landscape becomes unbelievably colorful with steaming hot springs. It is a clear sign that you arrived in Landmannalaugar wonderland. The fuss at the base is caused by numerous hikers starting here famous Laugavegurinn trail. You can find peace in the hills above though. There is also a popular hot pot where you can take a bath. Spend a night in Landmannalaugar area.

    Driving distance is +-40km.

  6. Day 6 Fjallabak N

    This day is dedicated to further exploration of Fjallabak Nature Reserve. The whole region was formed in the volcanic eruptions and has been affected by geothermal activity. Its majestic multi-coloured rhyolite and obsidian mountains together with numerous lakes and jaggy lava flows creates true wonderland. It is a lot of fun driving up and down on these gravel roads, crossing several un-bridged rivers and visiting places like Ljótipollur crater or Frostastaðavatn lake. You should also take breaks, step out of the car and enjoy beauty and calm of this pure nature. You can do one of several hikes in the area, ex. to the top of Bláhnúkur crater. You have a choice of staying another night in Landmannalaugar or head to the lowlands.

    Driving distance is +-94km.

  7. Day 7 Reykjavík

    It is the time to start slowly heading back to Reykjavík. You pass by monumental Hekla volcano, the most active volcano in Iceland. You can make a little detour to majestic Háifoss, one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland. Enjoy a relaxing drive through the lowlands with stopping by at the points of interest.

    Driving distance is +-297km.

Day 1 - Geysir
Day 1 - Gullfoss
Day 1 - Kjölur
Day 1 - Þingvellir
Day 2 & 3 - Myvatn
Day 2 - Húsavík
Day 2 - Skagafjörður
Day 3 - Askja
Day 4 - Sprengisandur
Day 5 - Landmannalaugar
Day 6 - Fjallabak
Our office in Reykjavík
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Please note that the route can change due to weather and/or road conditions.

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