The self-drive Purple Pentagon Tour reimagines the traditional Golden Circle route.
How about a new perspective? Forget the bus and try our new Iceland self-drive tour from Reykjavik, packed with adventure and different views of classic and unheard of sights.
Within the second largest glacier in Europe, the ice cave allows travelers to walk 300 m into the glacier at a depth of 30m, making the cave one of the largest man-made ice structures in the world.
For a different perspective of one of Iceland's top features – waterfalls – then try the hike to Glymur. With a cascade of 196m, the waterfall is the second tallest in Iceland and offers magnificent views of the water streaming down the Hvalfell volcano into the mossy canyon below, a hidden treasure that is usually unknown to tourists!Experience the Icelandic lunar landscape..
Further toward the center of the country, the Highlands of Iceland are found 150 km north east of Reykjavik. Accessible during good weather, the drive requires a sturdy vehicle but offers a glimpse of the magnificent untouched sites in Iceland. This desolate, uninhabited region offers unmissable views with landscapes filled with cloudy blue waters and bright green volcanic mountain regions. The area also offers a clear view of several glaciers.
Well known to many travelers to Iceland but often missed during an initial visit, Silfra is a diving spot within the Thingvellir National Park. Claiming the clearest waters on Earth, Silfra is between two tectonic plates, the Eurasian and North American continents. The glacial water, although cold at 2-4˚C, allows for visibility up to 100m having been filtered for 30-100 years between underground lava after melting from the Langjökull glacier. Get neoprened up and into the world beating waters of Silfra from £200.
After getting into and around ice caves and tectonic plates it is time to head high into the sky for perhaps the scariest moment of the tour – a skydive over Hell(a)! Hella is a town around 70 minutes' drive from Reykjavik, near the south coast. As the brave drop out from the airplane the sights are aplenty with Eyjafjallajökull (yes, that volcano that caused flight disruption in 2010!), as well as the black beaches of the south in the distance. For those that prefer to keep their feet on the ground, there is a cheeky museum nearby dedicated to the volcano and it's infamous eruption!
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