Day 3: Drive the Southeast and East Coast of Iceland
Breakfast at the guesthouse and then hit the road. Drive along the south coast, with black lava fields, waterfalls and glaciers. The southern coast of Iceland regularly comes up as one of the most beautiful coasts in the world so be sure to take your time and enjoy the trip.
Places of interest today include the Skaftafell National Park, the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón and the Vatnajökull glacier. You can join a glacier tour if you book in advance.
You will reach Skaftafell National Park first this morning. Enjoy stunning views of Iceland's highest mountain, Hvannadalshnjukur. There is rich bird life and flora to see and lava fields, volcanoes and glaciers to explore. The uninhabited highlands at Skaftafell National Park span three glaciers on the southern edge of Vatnajökull. The vast expanses of the centuries-old forest and heath are excellent for hiking and glacier exploring.
Vatnajökull Glacier is the biggest glacier in Europe, covering about 8% of Iceland. Under the ice-cap are still active volcanoes and in Grimsvotn volcano, Iceland's most active since the Middle Ages erupted in 1996, 1998 and 2004. For this reason, this area of Iceland has had scenes from two James Bond movies filmed here. The glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón is only 40 minutes drive from your hotel this evening and large icebergs from the glacier float on the lagoon, so remember to take a boat tour and sail amongst the icebergs or try ice climbing.
You can take guided tours to the bird sanctuary of Cape Ingólfshöfði or the lava fields at Laki to walk in the craters.