RT16 - Iceland Circle, Scenic Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Northern Lights 10 days
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Season: (SEP 15 to MAR 31)
Operates: (Daily)
Duration: (10 days / 9 nights)
By Car km/mi: (1865)
Price from: (116722 ISK Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.)
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This full circle tour of Iceland visits all the major sites around Iceland, including the stunning Snæfellsnes peninsula. You will spend most of the nights in country side; therefore you will have good opportunity to hunt the natural phenomenon – northern lights. This tour offers a complete introduction to Iceland in winter as well as providing you with high chances of seeing the Northern Lights several times during your stay.
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Day 1. Arrival - Reykjavík City and Northern Lights Center
After you have arrived at airport, you will take a comfortable bus ride, with Wi-Fi connection on board, to your accommodation in Reykjavík. Reykjavík offers a great variety of things to do and see; visit the Northern Lights Centre to learn about Aurora Borealis, also known as the northern lights.

Reykjavik City

Reykjavik City

Day 2. Þingvellir National Park - Geysers - The Golden Waterfall

Pick up your car in the morning and head out for your Iceland circle adventure. Today you will visit the famous route of Golden Circle. Your first stop will be Þingvellir National Park – UNESCO World Heritage site and place of a great importance from a geological and historical perspective. In 930 the Icelandic Parliament was established here. From Þingvellir you will continue to the Geysir geothermal area. The area hosts dozens of hot springs and the geysers names Strokkur, which erupts every 8 minutes and the boiling hot water jets up to 20 meters in the air. Only a short distance from the geothermal area you will find the majestic and impressive Gullfoss – the Golden Waterfall. Before you head to your lodging for the night you will visit the volcanic crater Kerið and town of Selfoss. In the evening, head out for the search of the northern lights, if the weather forecasts look good.

Þingvellir National Park
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Kerið Crater
Selfoss Town
Hella Town

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Hella area

Day 3. Waterfalls - Black Beaches and Skaftafell

Continue your trip along the scenic south coast of Iceland. Stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall – you can walk behind this beautiful waterfall, if the trail is not covered in snow or ice. Little further you will find the powerful Skógafoss waterfall and next to it – the famous Skógasafn Folk Museum. Next visit the black lava beach and see the huge basalt columns at Reynisfjara beach. After stopping at the charming town of Vík, continue across the desolate floodplains to Skaftafell National park. The visitor’s center at Skaftafell is open all year round so feel free to consult them about the beautiful hiking trails available in the area. If the weather and trail conditions allow, we strongly recommend you to walk to one of the most elegant waterfalls in Iceland – Svartifoss, which is known for its dark lava columns and mesmerizing, appeal. In the evening check out the weather forecast and try your luck in hunt for the northern lights.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Reynisfjara Beach
Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve
Kirkjubæjarklaustur Town
Vatnajökull Glacier
Svartifoss Waterfall

Optional Extra:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
LAVA Centre

Driving Distance:
240 kilometers

Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Skaftafell area

Day 4. Skaftafell - The Glacier Lagoon and Town of Höfn

Continue to explore Skaftafell in a leisurely pace. After Skaftafell, continue along the roots of Vatnajökull, which is the largest glacier in Europe, to astonishing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here you will see huge ice blocks floating in lagoon and drifting towards the sea. Next continue to town of Höfn for overnight stay. Höfn is known for its lobster and seafood, so make sure to try some.

Vatnajökull Glacier
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Höfn Town

Optional Extra:
Skaftafell Surroundings - Flightseeing

Driving Distance:
150 kilometers

Höfn area

Day 5. The East Fjords and Egilsstaðir town

Continue north and enjoy the morning by driving through the East Fjords. The peaceful fjords and the small villages will give you great photo opportunities. After the tranquil fjord scenery, continue to Egilsstaðir town located by the mysterious Lake Lagarfljót, home of the Icelandic Loch Ness. The “lake worm” is said to be an enormous creature, only seen on rare occasions, so make sure to have your eyes wide open in case it decided to reveal itself. The lake is up to 130 meters deep, so there is plenty of space for the worm to hide in. Continue along the lakeside to Hallormsstaður village, surrounded by the lush Hallormsstaðaskógur forest. Return to Egilsstaðir for an overnight stay and once again, if the weather permits, enjoy the hunt of the northern lights.

Djúpivogur Town
Stöðvarfjörður Fjord
Egilsstaðir Town

Driving Distance:
275 kilometers

Egilsstaðir area

Day 6. Lake Mývatn

Head to the beautiful Lake Mývatn where you will spend the day exploring this stunning area. Lake Mývatn area offers great variety of breathtaking sites to visit. The mysterious lava formations at Dimmuborgir, mud pools and hot springs at Námaskað Pass, Hverfell crater and Krafla volcano and more. After all the driving and sightseeing visit Mývatn Nature Baths, where you can relax in mineral rich waters, and who knows – you might get lucky and have northern lights dancing above you while you soak in the blue water.

Optional Extra:
Mývatn Nature Baths

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Mývatn area

Day 7. Capital of the North and Skagafjörður

Visit the second largest city in Iceland – Akureyri, also called the capital of the north. Before reaching Akureyri, stop at the stunning Goðafoss waterfall. An old story tells that in the year 1000, when Icelanders converted to Christianity, a so called law speaker named Þorkell disposed of the pagan gods by throwing them into the waterfall. Goðafoss means “Waterfall of the Gods”. Akureyri has great variety of things to do and see, so everyone should find something to their liking. After a visit to the city, head out to the country side and drive to Skagafjörður fjord, which is known for its horse breeding and horsemanship. If you ever wanted to get acquainted with the Icelandic horse – this is the perfect place. Horse riding tours are available in this area, both for beginners and experienced riders.

Goðafoss Waterfall
Akureyri Town

Optional Extra:
Beer Spa

Driving Distance:
190 kilometers

Skagafjörður area

Day 8. Northwest Iceland - Stykkishólmur town

This is rather easy and relaxed day, you will drive through Northwest region of Iceland to the charming town of Stykkishólmur. As you arrive, you can enjoy this ocean-side town in a relaxing atmosphere. In the evening, once again, check out the northern lights forecasts and head out for the hunt of the lights.

Þingeyrarkirkja Church
Vatnsdalshólar Mounds
Stykkishólmur Town

Driving Distance:
270 kilometers

Stykkishólmur area

Day 9. Snæfellsnes National Park

Today you will explore the Snæfellsnes peninsula and the many small fishing hamlets situated around the peninsula. You will find spectacular rock formations, mountains, lava fields and the mysterious Snæfellsjökull glacier that towers over the tip of the peninsula. Snæfellsnes is often referred to as “Iceland in miniature” as it offer so many things that can be found all around Iceland. It is said that the Snæfellsjökull glacier has mysterious powers, and that people are drawn to glacier by these powers. After exploring the peninsula, head back to Reykjavík.

Snæfellsjökull Glacier
Lóndrangar Rock Formations
Arnarstapi Village

Driving Distance: 340 kilometers

Reykjavik City

Day 10. Departure

Comfortable bus transfer, with Wi-Fi, on board from your accommodation to the international airport.

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Season: SEP 15 to MAR 31
Departures: Daily
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Driving distance: 1865 KM
Price from: 116722 ISK/person - Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.
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