Route:This road trip covers three fourths of Iceland, along the coastline. It starts off at Reykjavik and makes a loop around first inland towards northeast, and then south to follow the island along the sea. The final destination on road is Akureyri, followed by a flight to Reykjavik.

See map below:

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Transportation: Traveling from abroad, you will arrive to Keflavik international airport. It's about 40 km. away from Reykjavik. See's Reykjavik page for transportation from the Keflavik airport to Reykjavik city center.

Car rentals are available at the airport. It's not cheap. It costs around 600 USD for 5 days.

Accommmodations: You'll be surprised how little your money can take you. Expect to pay around 100 USD for double room with shared bathrooms at hostels. On that note, make sure to have a Hosteling International card. They are available all across the country. Recommended accommodations as part of this itinerary are as the following:

  • Vík: Hostel Vík: Do not go with the breakfast option; you'd be better off cooking yourself.
  • Höfn: Hostel Höfn
  • Mývatn area: Dimmuborgir guest house: Great cabins with kitchen. It's good for three people. The owner has smoked trout for aficionados.
  • Berg, around Húsavík: Hostel Berg: Out of town in a small village at an incredibly natural surrounding.
  • Akureyri: Akureyri Hostel: Great owner! He helped a lot with extending our car rental.
  • Reykjavik: Reykjavik Backpackers: very good location with very simple bedrooms.

Food: Take advantage of using hostel kitchens. Eating out is as expensive as 50 USD per dish in a city like Akureyri.

For more: See Lonely Planet's Iceland section.

This road trip around Iceland will take you through a wild geography that will make you believe in the supernatural.

This video is about: Iceland; Reykjavík; Þingvellir; Gulfoss; Geysir; Vík; Skaftafell; Jokulsarlon; Höfn; Seyðisfjorður; Eglisstaðir; Húsavík; Mývatn; Akureyri; Hverfjall crater; Dimmuborgir

From: April 2011