A week around Iceland
Volcanoes, ice, whales, and 100% green electricity.
Did you know Iceland produces 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources?
Did you know the most breathtaking scenes of Game of Thrones, Alien, or James Bond were shot here?
Still not convinced? Then just have a look at these pictures.
Join us in this intense but pure escapism 1.600km – 7 days tour
- Climb a volcano and relax in turquoise colored natural bath in Mývatn
- Marvel at the Dettifoss, Skogafoss, Gullfoss and several other incredible waterfalls
- Meet a puffin colony at Borgarfjörður Eystri
- Hike on the Jökulsárlón glacier
- Tour the bars around the clock in Reykjavik under the midnight sun
Sleepless nights – From Rekjavic to Akureyn
– Most car rental agencies have a shop there with several offering electric options, making it easy to find a vehicle that fits your needs and budget. Iceland is a vast, cold, mountainous and scarcely populated country making it a good challenge for EVs so make sure to select a vehicle with at least 200km range.
– The national electricity company ON Power has created a network of more than 60 public charging points all around the island with the vast majority located on the Rind Road. It will be very useful as there are very few fast charging points outside this network. Most rental car companies will provide you an access card but if you don’t get one, make sure your eMSP has a roaming agreement.
Go North – Reykjavik to Akureyri
The landscape slowly opens up to vast expanses of rolling hills, grazed by local sheep, a place that could remind you of the Scottish Highlands. Further East, the hills become mountains as the road winds along wild rivers to finally arrive in the outskirts of Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city.
Lake, volcanoes and steam – Akureyri to Mývatn
The Mývatn region is an area where the island’s volcanic nature is the most visible. You could easily spend several days there. Our top 4:
- Climbing to the top of Hverfjall, a volcano cinder cone with a breathtaking 360 degrees view over the lake and lava fields
- Walking around Hverir rainbow colored steaming mud pots
- Hiking to Krafla deep blue caldera lake and lava fields
- Relaxing in the turquoise colored Mývatn Nature Baths.
After a long day of hike and drive, reward yourself with an evening at the Mývatn Nature Baths. The warm turquoise blue water can be enjoyed year-round.
Far from planet Earth – Mývatn to Egilsstaðir
Distance from Mývatn to Egilsstaðir: 180km (approx. 3 hours – 110 miles)
If your schedule allows it, take advantage of the summer Midnight sun to visit the place when the crowds of visitors have left the site. It only makes it more majestic.
Vinland Guesthouse offers cute little pods on a hill overlooking the city. It is closer to a camping experience than a luxury resort but you will feel close to nature.
North to South – Egilsstaðir to Hofn (with a loop to Borgarfjörður Eystri)
There is no way out of the peninsula other than driving back to Egilsstaðir. Luckily, a fast charging point from the national network ON is located in the town’s main retail area, giving visitors the opportunity to buy groceries for the next days. Don’t forget to buy everything you need because there will be nothing but a few farms for the next 250 km before Hofn.
Glacier exploration – Hofn to Vik
Most of the activities in the area are related to the glacier: climbing it, exploring it from inside, walking on it, …
Hot springs and sightseeing – Vik to Reykjavik via Geysir
Distance from Vik to Reykjavik: 200 km (approx. 3h – 120 miles)
The irony is that the best place to find Icelandic traditional cuisine is not the countryside but in the capital city since the rest of the sparsely populated island has limited dining options, almost making you think that burgers are the national dish.
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