Best for: The capital, wildlife, volcanoes
The journey: 78 miles
Reykjavík to Húsafell
Reykjavík is the colour capital of Iceland, with the most spectacular backdrop of snow-dusted volcanoes, surrounded by calm indigo coastal waters. Before setting off on your road trip, head to the Old Harbour restaurants for nibbles at a converted fishing hut. Gaze at the Hallgrímskirkja, which watches over the city. After experiencing a touch of city magic, pick up your Avis car hire and head north up the coast to Húsafell in a couple of hours. Feel the freedom to stop and take in the ever-changing scenery.
Take in the gems of the north west and soak up the mysteries embedded here. On your way back to the hotel stop at the stunning Barnafossar and Hraunfossar waterfalls.
Gaze at the dancing skies and snap a magical moment
Best for: Culture, landmarks, waterfalls
The journey: 199 miles
Húsafell to Akureyri
Journey to the north central city of Akureyri. Make your way through surreal landscape and tiny villages before entering the glorious mountains surrounding your next destination. Pull over as often as you like to take in the breath-taking scenery and enjoy a lunchtime pit stop, during the four-hour car journey – it’s the reason to road trip Iceland after all. Upon arrival to this cultural hub, head into town and experience a variety of cafes and bars, as well as an abundance of museums and galleries to make you feel inspired. Treat yourself to local Icelandic produce at restaurant Strikið, including seafood and even a reindeer burger. Set on the fifth floor, look out over waters from the terrace or sip on cocktails from the cosy south side.
Where to stay:
Icelandair Akureyri - for a few nights in a central location and buffet breakfasts. Just a 10-minute drive away is Hlíðarfjall, you can go for a ski or hike. Across to the east is the ethereal Goðafoss waterfalls, a sight to see all-year-around, then return to the hotel for a delicious dinner by the fire.
Drive a little further and you will arrive at the Hverir/Hverarönd hot springs and mud pits, one of the largest sulphur springs in Iceland. You can explore the dramatic landscape to the east of Námafjall Mountain and soak up the incredible terrain before heading back for a final night in Akureyri.