We are going on “Self Driving Tour” set-up by a company called Icelandic Farm Holidays. It is 13 days/12 Nights long and will we drive ~900 miles.
I know what you are thinking… “Icelandic FARM Holidays”. Like this is going to be Green Acres and I’m Oliver Wendell Douglas and Susie (my wife) is Zsa Zsa Eva Gabor 🙂 FYI Zsa Zsa is 98 years old & living in LA… sadly Eva passed away in 1995.
WOW! I got Green Acres in my first blog post! BAM! Will I be able to work in Chuck Norris in future posts??? Historical reference required for you younger fellas…
OK… back to the trip. Icelandic Farm Holidays (started in 1991) has an association/agreements with ~200 farms, guest houses, bed & breakfast joints…throughout Iceland. LINKY The reviews over at TripAdvisor are pretty great; a 4.5/5stars! So I guess we won’t be sleeping in a barn 🙂 FYI here are the reviews LINKY
Icelandic Farm Holidays will be providing us with the following:
- 12 nights’ accommodation, rooms with shared or private/en-suite bathroom
- Breakfast everyday
- Rental car for 13 days – unlimited mileage and CDW
- GPS Navigation system
- Door to door airport transfer to Reykjavík
- Iceland Road Guide, a complete road and reference guide
- Suggested places to visit along the way
- Running water and indoor plumbing 🙂
Basically we start out every morning knowing where we are spending the next night… so no more worrying about finding a place to sleep every night. We can just get up, eat breakfast and explore the whole day… knowing we have a place to sleep that night.
So, where are we going? Below is a map of Iceland and approximate locations of where we will be staying:
Below is the write-up clipped from the Icelandic Farm Holidays website. Sorry for the formatting… I couldn’t figure out how to fix it 😦
You are met upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy the city’s cultural attractions, geothermal swimming pools, shops and boutiques, café and restaurant scene.
Accommodation in Reykjavík
Day 1 | The Golden Circle
See the famous ‘Golden Circle’ attractions of South Iceland: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir hot spring area. You can also stop by Kerið, a 3,000 year-old explosion crater, Skálholt cathedral and the sustainable community at Sólheimar.
Accommodation in the Gullfoss/Geysir area.
Tour Iceland’s beautiful South Coast, stopping by Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skógar with its magnificent waterfall and interesting folk museum and the Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Centre. Explore Dyrhólaey, a 120 m high cape with impressive birdlife and vast ocean views. Continue through Vík village and cross the black sand plains to Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Accommodation in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.
Day 3 | Vatnajökull National Park
Go for a walk in Skaftafell, perhaps up to Svartifoss Waterfall or the glacier tongue. Take a fun hay wagon tour to Cape Ingólfshöfði. Admire the floating icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, a popular filming location. Tours on Vatnajökull Glacier can be booked in advance. Continue to fishing village Höfn, known for its delicious lobster.
Accommodation in Höfn area.
Admire the great scenery of tall and uniquely formed mountains en route towards the East. Visit the pretty towns of the Eastfjords such as Breiðdalsvík, Stöðvarfjörður where you can visit Petra’s impressive stone collection and Fáskrúðsfjörður with its French heritage. Continue to Egilsstaðir town, located on the banks of the Lagarfljót River where the sea serpent ‘Lagarfljótsormur’ allegedly lives. Here you may also want to visit Skriðuklaustur Centre of Culture and History and Hallormsstaðarskógur forest.
Accommodation in the Egilsstaðir area.
Days 5 and 6 | Lake Mývatn area
Tour the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park: Ásbyrgi Canyon, Hljóðaklettar (‘Echo rocks’) and the powerful Dettifoss waterfall. Go on a whale watching excursion from Húsavík harbour. Explore the Lake Mývatn area, rich in both bird – and plant life. Marvel at the boiling mudpools and steaming fumaroles at the Námafjall geothermal area and walk amongst the mystical lava formations at Dimmuborgir.
Accommodation in Mývatn/Húsavík area.
Admire Goðafoss Waterfall (‘Waterfall of the Gods’) en route to Akureyri town – often nicknamed the ‘Capital of the North’ and beautifully located in a fjord setting. Akureyri has many interesting museums, art galleries, parks, cafés and a fantastic outdoor geothermal swimming pool.
Accommodation in the Akureyri area.
Tour Skagafjörður, a district renowned for its horse breeding. Visit the farmhouse museum at Glaumbær, the old turf church at Víðimýri and the stone church at Þingeyri, one of the most beautiful churches in Iceland. Explore Vatnsnes, home to one of the largest seal colonies in Iceland.
Accommodation in the Hólmavík area.
Enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Westfjords, with its cragged fjords, fishing villages, natural hot spring pools, seals and seabirds. Visit Heydalur for some exciting activities such as sea kayaking or horse riding. Explore Ísafjörður town, where you can find some of the oldest buildings in Iceland.
Accommodation in the Ísafjörður area.
Visit the museum at Hrafnseyri, the birthplace of Iceland’s inational hero Jón Sigurðsson. See the magnificent waterfall Dynjandi, considered by many to be the most beautiful in Iceland. You will encounter interesting fishing villages, natural hot spring pools you can take a dip into and vast fjord beaches on your way to Látrabjarg Cliff, the westernmost point in Europe where you can see hundreds of seabirds nest.
Accommodation in the Barðaströnd area.
Days 11 and 12 | Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Cross Breiðafjörður Bay by ferry (optional) or drive to Stykkishólmur from where you can go on a leisurely boat excursion and sail between the many islands of of the bay. Explore the fishing villages on the northern coast of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. See the many sights of Snæfellsnes National Park and beyond including Snæfellsjökull Glacier (believed by some to have mystical powers!), Arnarstapi harbour village, Djúpalónssandur beach, Búðir church and Eldborg crater.
Accommodation in the Snæfellsnes area.
Tour Borgarfjörður district, the site of one of the most popular Icelandic sagas, Egil’s Saga. Visit Hraunfossar and Barnafossar falls, Deildartunguhver hot spring and historic Reykholt.
Accommodation in Reykjavík .