Day 6 – Staying in the interior we travel across country crossing many rivers and down some interesting tracks to Hveravellir geothermal area which lies on the Kjölur plateau between the Langjökull and Hofsjökull glaciers. It is lies at an altitude of about 600–700 metres. After spending a late lunch we press on to Kerlingarfjöll (1,477 m (4,846 ft)) is a mountain range colourful rhyolite mountains and geothermal area.
Day 5: Relaxing morning looking around Akureyri and picking up supplies before we head off back into the interior. 3 days supply required. Leaving Akureyri just after lunch we head toward Laugafell where there is a geothermal pool for an evening dip looking over to Hofsjökull. The journey to Laugafell is through an amazing glaciated valley and takes the full afternoon.
Day 4 – Whale watching morning – followed by wonderful fish & chips. Then an afternoon of waterfalls whilst making our way to Akureyri, nicknamed the Capital of North Iceland, Akureyri is an important port and fishing centre, with a population of 17,754.
The waterfalls along Skjálfandafljót river – 2 of the main ones are Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Aldeyjarfoss waterfall at the northern part of the Sprengisandur highland road.
An evening and following morning are spent within Akureyri, supplies are collected for 3 days.
Day 3 – Less driving today, more about seeing the sights around Myvatn. The Myvatn means midge lake – we have been lucky and not had too much of a problem with our tours but I do recommend head nets, we have been here when it is absolutely awful – you just need a breeze. There are many many areas to visit in this area we cover many of them but there are still more.
Grjótagjá Game of Thrones fans may recognise it as the place where John Snow is deflowered by Ygritte. Grjótagjá is a gaping fissure with a 45°C water-filled cave. Dettifoss & Selfoss waterfalls. Leirhnjúkur & Krafla’s volcanic area. Hverir landscape of mud cauldrons, steaming vents, radiant mineral deposits and piping fumaroles. Evenings adventure to a line of craters.
Day 2: Heading away from the glacier Kverkfjoll towards Askja. There had been a huge landslide a few days before and it was just being reopened today. We stop for a break at the Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacial river then press on to Askja. There is still a large amount of snow when we arrive. The sun is shining we take our lunch and head across the snow to the little viti and Oskjavatn lake within the caldera. Öskjuvatn is a large lake that fills much of the smaller caldera resulting from the 1875 eruption. After spending sometime at Askja we head past Herðubreið in the midst of the Ódáðahraun desert and arrive at Myvatn where we camp. In the evening we visit the Myvatn version of the blue lagoon to relax in the beautiful blue geothermal water.
Tour 2: 2014 – Starting Day 1 – arriving on the ferry – quick supermarket stop for supplies – getting off tarmac as soon as possible – going through to the interior for the first nights camp and a trip to the glacier and ice caves in the evening. Along the way we stop at one of Iceland’s remotest villages, a glacial river and a beautiful waterfall. Staying in a remote campsite.