Day 1. The South – inland to the South coast. - 250 km travelled.
Places of interest: Þingvellir National Park. Geysir hot spring area with its fabulous Strokkur.
For more information on South Iceland please visit: www.south.is
Gullfoss waterfall. Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The magnificent waterfall and the folk museum at Skógar.
Hella is one of three important regional centers in South Iceland, the other two being Selfoss to the west and Hvolsvöllur to the east. It is a trading and agricultural centre located on the east bank of the Ytri-Rangá river, and provides the neighboring farms with a wide range of services. Originally, Hella was a shop built on the site of a small farm called Gaddastaðir until it became a trading centre in 1927. And since the large cooperative Kaupfélagið Þór opened up a department store there in 1935, its population has grown steadily to around 1.000 people.
Stay at Hella!
Stokkseyri is a coastal South Icelandic town in the fertile farming district region of Flói. It is known for its black sandy beach which becomes quite crowded with tourists during summer. The beach is wide and full of driftwood. A long sea wall was erected in the late 18th century to prevent encroachment by the sea and as a shield against Ölfusá river's flooding and high waves. The entire coastal area is open lowland and very windswept with shallow shores. The village has a rich art and cultural life. Paintings and glass galleries, Ghost Centre and the Center of Ethnomusicology, which are all situated in the Hólmaröst cultural centre. An interesting museum, "Þuríðar cottage" is in Stokkseyri, built in memory of Lady Þuríður Einarsdóttir, captain of a fishing boat in the late 18th and early 19th century, a time when it was considered a unique profession for a woman. Not far from Stokkseyri is another museum worth visiting, "Baugsstaðir dairy farm". The Ghost Centre in Stokkseyri is a Ghost Museum with all of the most famous ghosts in Iceland located in a building by the harbour. Guests walk through the ghost-maze, where they will experience the stories in the environment where they happened. The stories can be listened to in English, German and Icelandic. In Stokkseyri there is also a Hunting Museum with a large collection of stuffed animals and firearms, a lobster restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, kayak rental, scooter rental, mini golf, a familiy recreation park with Icelandic farm animals and a campsite. The seashore at Stokkseyri is popular for hiking and bird watching.
The area around the farm is ideal for hiking and, if booked in advance, we can provide a guide to show you around and tell you about the area. On glacier Myrdalsjokull, travelers can rent a snowmobile
. It is only 10 km away from our farm. Dyrholaey is only 10 min away. It is possible to view the extraordinary island from sea in a wheel boat or just drive up to the lighthouse on top of it. The folk museum in Skogar is only 10 km west of our farm. It's an amazing place which takes you back in time and gives you a glimpse of the life of Icelandic country folk throughout the centuries. In Skogar you can also go horse riding during the summertime. The nearest village is Vik, 25 km east of us. It is a small and friendly village, encircled by mountains on one side and the North Atlantic Ocean on the other. The striking black beach has been chosen one of 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, by travel magazines.
Accommodation in Vík area:
· Hótel Dyrhólaey – Brekkur, Mýrdalur, 871 Vík. 487-1333
· Sólheimahjáleiga, Mýrdalur, 871 Vík. 864-2919
· Hótel Laki – Efri Vík, 880 Kirkjubæjarklaustur. 487-4694
Day 2. The Southeast and the East coast. - 270 km travelled.
Places of interest: Skaftafell National Park. The glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón. The Vatnajökull glacier – various types of glacier tours are on offer if booked in advance.
Accommodation in Höfn area.
· Árnanes V, 781 Hornafjörður. 478-1550
· Hali 781 Hornafjörður Iceland, sími 478-1073
Activities around Höfn
Jökulsárlón is the best known and the largest of a number of glacial lakes in Iceland. It is situated just by the road no. one, midway between Skaftafell National Park and Höfn. Appearing first only in 1934-1935, the lake grew from 7.9 km² in 1975 to at least 20 km² today because of heavy melting of the Icelandic glaciers. Approaching a depth of 200 m, Jökulsárlón is now probably the second deepest lake in Iceland. Jökulsárlón is separated from the sea by only a short distance, and the combined action of the glacier, the river that empties from the lake, and the ocean may eventually transform it into an inlet of the sea. There are plans to prevent this from happening, since the only road in the area passes over the narrow isthmus.
Seals are often seen in the lake and in the river running to the sea and occacionally one can see whales out on the sea.
Boats take you close to the icebergs. A unbelievable experience and great opportunity for photographing one of Icelands great nature sites.
This is where Iceland meets Greenland. You can watch the icebergs calve and break away from the clacier right beside you, on a breattaking cruise around a glacial lagoon.
A bird watching and history trip in a nature reserve. Ingólfshöfði is an isolated headland between black sands and the Atlantic Ocean, with thousands of nesting seabirds, especially puffins and the great skua. This historical cape is named after the first settler of Iceland, Ingólfur Arnarson, who spent his first winter in Iceland there in the year 874 AD. To get to Ingólfshöfði you cross 6 km of waters, marshes and sands in a tractor-drawn hay cart. A guided tour takes about 2,5 hours, included 25 minutes each way in the hay cart and 1,5 hours hiking around the cape.
Kayak Tour - Introductory Kayak Trip at Hofsnes Farm
Beginners friendly and easy kayaking trip on the gentle running stream Landáll at Hofsnes farm, 30 km east of Skaftafell National Park. The first 2,5km from road no. one is very easy, and it is even possible to have a child (1-7 year old) in front of a parent in some of our boats. About 8 year old kids should be able to paddle their own boats at least when we do the shorter version of the trip that ends at Bakkahorn.
The trip ends at the parking for Ingólfshöfði trips (see the Coast Tour).
There are many posibilities for the hunter in Southeast Iceland. You can hunt deer, ptarmigan, gray goose and sea birds. Hunting in Iceland is restricted to seasons for each type of game. A gun owners licence and a hunting permit from your country is required. It is highly recommended that hunting be planned well in advance and we offer various services in this regard. For deer hunting info visit: www.hreindyr.is. For info on permits contact
There are many marked trails and trips you can make. Maps and more info is available at the Tourist information center in Höfn.
At the southeast-coast you can expect to see a great variety of birdlife. For example you can see Puffins, Great Skua, Harlequeins and Guilllemonts. You find some info (in Icelandic) at www.fuglar.is.
You can choose from fishing salmon in the "Laxá" river, (1km from Arnanes) or go fishing trout in a nearby lake. Visit www.strengir.is for further information.
Other activities in the area
Day 3. The East coast and fjords. Ca. 250 km travelled.
Places of interest: Great view of tall and often uniquely formed mountains on route to the East fjords. The fjords with their dramatic mountains and quaint fishing villages.
Accommodation in Egilsstaðir area.
· Skipalækur, Fell, 701 Egilsstaðir. 471-1324
· Guesthouse Egilsstaðir, 700 Egilsstaðir. 471-1114
· Útnyrðingsstaðir in Hérað, 701 Egilsstaðir. 471-1727
Day 4. Lake Mývatn area. Ca 240km travelled
Places of interest: Lake Mývatn. Höfði. Dimmuborgir. Námaskarð. Krafla. Goðafoss (Waterfall of the Gods). Whale watching in Húsavík
Accommodation in Húsavík area.
· Húsavík Guesthouse, 641 Húsavík. 848-7600
· Garður in Aðaldalur, 641 Húsavík. 464-3569
Husavik is a small town in the north of Iceland, inhabited by little more than 2500 people. It stands by the shores of Skjálfandi bay. Despite its small population, Húsavík has in the last ten years, gained popularity as the best place in Iceland to go whale watching – often called the whale watching capital of Iceland. Húsavík is also home to the Icelandic Phallological Museum, probably the only one of its kind in the world. Husavik is perfectly located if you want to visit some of the fascinating sights near by, for example Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss waterfall or Ásbyrgi canyon, just to name a few. If you are interested in photography, Husavik is a place where you will find many interesting spots, both in the town and around it.
Stay in Húsavik!
Husavik guesthouse is a great place to stay if you are going whale watching or sightseeing in the north of Iceland.
Day 5. Akureyri and the North. Ca. 210km travelled.
Places of interest: Akureyri town. Skagafjörður district. The farmhouse museum in Glaumbær. The old turf church at Víðimýri. Vatnsdalshólar. Kolugljúfur canyon.
Accommodation in Hrútafjörður/Skagafjörður area.
· Flugumýri, Skagafjörður, 560 Varmahlíð. 453-8814
· Lauftún, Seyluhreppur, 560 Varmahlíð. 453-8133
· Gauksmýri, 531 Hvammstangi. 451-2927
Day 6. The North and the Southwest. Ca 200 km travelled.
Places of interest: The lovely Borgarfjörður district. Climbing the old crater Grábrók. Borgarnes the site of one of the most popular Icelandic sagas, Egla.
Accommodation in the Southwest:
· Bjarg, 310 Borgarnes. 437-1925
· Hraunsnef, Norðurárdal, 311 Borgarnes. 435-0111
Day 7. Snæfellsnes - Stykkishólmur. The Southwest. Ca. 250km travelled.
Accommodation in the Southwest:
Hólmur Inn Bed & Breakfast
Day 7 or 8. Reykjavík. Accomodation in Reykjavík:
Capital Inn, Suðurhlíð 35d, 105 Reykjavík. 588-2100 www.capitalinn.is