Insider Iceland: Not the Typical Stopover Itinerary
Road Trip Travel
Welcome to a unique and extraordinary adventure in Iceland. This exclusive 4-day road trip itinerary, ideal for a short stopover, is designed for those seeking to pamper themselves a bit as they delve deeper into the country's wonders, away from the typical tourist trail. For seasoned travelers who have already experienced the iconic Golden Circle and explored the captivating South Coast, this curated journey promises to showcase some of Iceland's most breathtaking hidden gems. Prepare to embark on a relaxed and indulgent exploration, where you will immerse yourself in the soothing embrace of exclusive side of the Blue Lagoon, discover the charm of lesser-known destinations like Húsafell, explore the enchanting Snæfellsnes Peninsula and finally, savor the vibrant city life of Reykjavik. This itinerary is designed to provide an extraordinary, leisurely, and luxurious Icelandic experience, catering to those who crave a truly unforgettable adventure beyond the beaten path.
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The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland
This award-winning luxury resort features a spa, a fine dining restaurant, top-notch amenities and and its own geothermal lagoon for guests to enjoy.
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A luxurious retreat nestled in the heart of Iceland's scenic landscapes, offering a blend of comfort and adventure with a backdrop of glaciers and geothermal springs.
Akureyri - Berjaya Iceland Hotels
Experience the enchanting beauty of Akureyri at Berjaya Iceland Hotels, where cozy accommodations, stunning landscapes and warm hospitality come together for a memorable stay in the picturesque town of Akureyri.
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Day 1: Arrive, Indulge, Recover
Upon arriving in Iceland, take some time to recover from your journey and get settled. After picking up your car at the airport, embark on a truly luxurious experience by heading straight to the exclusive Retreat at the Blue Lagoon.
Indulge in the healing geothermal waters of the Retreat's private lagoon, surrounded by the otherworldly volcanic landscape. Relax and rejuvenate at this renowned geothermal spa, pampering yourself with a range of spa treatments, sampling the delicious Michelin-starred cuisine and enjoying the tranquility of this unique setting.
Other highlights include morning yoga, float therapy, Icelandic coffee time, curated adventures and signature skin care products.
Day 2: Venture, Explore, Unwind
Today, we invite you to explore the enchanting region of Húsafell, located in West Iceland. As you drive through Reykjavik, take in the scenic views as you venture towards Húsafell. This off-the-beaten-path destination offers a wealth of natural wonders and activities.
Marvel at the cascading waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, where crystalline waters flow through the rugged lava fields. Enjoy a refreshing hike in the nearby Húsafellsskógur forest or set out on a thrilling glacier tour on the stunning Langjökull ice cap. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the enchanting ice cave within the glacier, an awe-inspiring experience.
After a day filled with exploration, relax and unwind at Hotel Húsafell, a luxurious boutique hotel renowned for its stylish design, exceptional cuisine and commitment to sustainability, offering a truly indulgent experience in the enchanting region of Húsafell.
Day 3: Wander, Discover, Recharge
Sleep in or take an invigorating morning hike before setting out for the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often referred to as "Iceland in miniature" for the sheer number and variety of breathtaking sights packed into an area easily explored in a day. Witness the captivating beauty of the rugged coastline, dramatic cliffs, black sand beaches and the mighty Snæfellsjökull volcano.
Explore the charming fishing villages scattered along the peninsula, where you can savor fresh seafood delicacies and immerse yourself in the local culture.
Marvel at the iconic Kirkjufell mountain, a photographer's dream, with its unique shape and picturesque surroundings.
Stretch your legs with a hike along the coastal trail between Arnarstapi and Hellnar before turning in for a night on the edge of the world at the charming Fosshotel Hellnar or cozy Arnarstapi cottages.
Day 4: Meander, Savor, Reflect
On your final day, return to Reykjavik and take the time to explore the vibrant capital city. Stroll through the charming streets of the city center, lined with trendy cafes, boutique shops and captivating street art.
Visit the iconic Hallgrímskirkja Church, offering panoramic views of Reykjavik from its observation tower. Immerse yourself in the city's rich cultural scene by visiting the National Museum of Iceland or the contemporary art museum, Hafnarhús.
Indulge in the city's renowned culinary scene, enjoying a delicious meal at one of Reykjavik's acclaimed restaurants such as Dill, which put Icelandic cuisine on the map or Tapas Barinn, featuring the Icelandic Gourmet Feast.
Before bidding farewell to this extraordinary country and as you sink into bed at the Reykjavik EDITION or ION city (if you fancy a private sauna,) take a moment to reflect on your incredible journey.
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