Head back south today through beautiful West Iceland. Notable sights on the way include the Grábrók volcanic crater, the Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, Deildartunguhver—the largest hot spring in Europe—and the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. History or Nordic literature buffs may also find it worthwhile to stop at the medieval research institution of Snorrastofa at Reykholt, where Snorri Sturluson wrote the Saga Heimskringla in the 13th century. End the day by driving towards Þingvellir National Park.
Spend the night in the Selfoss area.
Driving distance approx. 309 km / 192 mi.
ALTERNATE 4x4 ROUTE: If you have a 4x4 rental vehicle, you have the option of driving through in the highlands today. The route involves taking the Kjölur interior road to Hveravellir, a high-temperature geothermal area, then continuing south between the two glaciers, Langjökull and Hofsjökull, towards your lodging in the Selfoss area. Driving distance approx. 309 km / 192 mi.
Note: The Kjölur road is closed for winter until approx. the first week of June, and it is only accessible to 4x4 vehicles in summer.