Iceland Circle

8 days - Circular highlights tour of Iceland

  • Day 1:                                  Reykjavik

    Welcome to Iceland, arrive Keflavik Airport or Reykjavik domestic airport and take a scheduled airport bus to your hotel in Reykjavik. Check in and relax. Rest of the day at leisure  to explore Rekjavik on your own.

    You could enjoy a horse Riding session, Rekjavik beer tour, food or dinner cruise or a whale watching.

    Reykjavik is an intimate city with a big personality and some striking landmarks - stroll down to the harbour to visit the Armoury, the new concert hall, the design streets and city hall.

    Overnight at hotel

    Meals:

  • Day 2:                                  South to the Golden Circle

    You will be given an individual transfer to the car-rental office in Reykjavik. Pick-up of the rented car. Approx. 250 kilometres

    Visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of great historical and geological importance, the Geysir hot spring area with its fabulous erupting Strokkur and the beautiful two-tiered Gullfoss Waterfall. Head to the South Coast travelling through the green farmland area known for one of Iceland's most popular Sagas, Njal's Saga. View Seljalandsfoss Waterfall which you can also walk behind if you wish!

    Continue to the magnificent waterfall and interesting folk museum at Skógar and the Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Centre (advance bookings in winter), admiring the vast black sands and tall cliffs along the way.

    Highlights: Secret Lagoon , Sheep Round Up , Swimming & Soaking in Iceland.

    Overnight at hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 3:                                  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. Approx. 270 Kilometres.

    Highlights: Places of interest today include the Skaftafell National Park, the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón and the Vatnajökull glacier. You can join a glacier tour (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.

    Overnight at hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 4:                                  East Coast and the fjords

    A dramatic day of driving today in a remote and isolated area. Stop along the way to enjoy views of tall and often uniquely formed mountains on route to the East fjords. Quaint fishing villages and small farms are ideal places to stop for snacks and breaks. Approx. 250 kilometres.

    Overnight at hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 5:                                  Lake Mývatn

    After breakfast at the hotel, head off to explore the beautiful Lake Myvatn area. Approx. 240 kilometres.

    The main draw of Lake Myvatn is to simply drive around it, stopping along the way to enjoy a picnic lunch and for plentiful photo opportunities such as the lava formations at Dimmuborgir, Mt. Hverfjall, Krafla volcano and the geothermal area east of Námaskarður. Or you can go on a whale watching tour from the charming harbour town of Húsavík (limited in winter) and exploring the canyons, rock formations and waterfalls within the northern part of  Vatnajökull National Park.

    Overnight at hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 6:                                  Akureyri and the North of Iceland

    View the beautiful Goðafoss ('Waterfall of the Gods') en route to Akureyri town which has enjoyable goethermal swimming pools, parks and museums. Tour the Skagafjörður district known for its horse breeding.

    Visit the farmhouse museum at Glaumbær and the old turf church at Víðimýri. Explore the sites of the Húnaþing district including the Seal Centre at Hvammstangi, Vatnsdalshólar hills and Kolugljúfur Canyon. Approx. 210 kilometres

    Overnight at hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 7:                                  Explore the North and Southwest

    Highlights: The lovely Borgarfjörður district, Climbing the old crater Grábrók, Borgarnes

    the site of one of the most popular Icelandic sagas, Egla.

    At the end of the day, you will be required to drop-off the rented car at the car-rental office in Reykjavik. You will then receive an individual transfer to hotel in Reykjavik. Approx. 200 kilometres.

    Overnight at hotel

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 8:                                  Depart

    Enjoy your last breakfast in Iceland, before you board the individual transfer booked for airport by FlyBus shuttle.

    Meals: Breakfast

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