RT04 - The Iceland Circle 8 days
Self Drive Tour

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Season: (All year)
Operates: (Daily)
Duration: (8 days / 7 nights)
By Car km/mi: (1840)
Price from: (85997 ISK Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 01.A - Hyundai I10 or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.)
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Get to know Iceland on this tour circling around the island that allows for a visit to the best of what Iceland has to offer at a reasonable pace. This tour is suitable for those who enjoy natural wonders and want to see as much as possible in 8 days.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival - Reykjavik City

You will transfer from the airport to your accommodation by a comfortable bus with Wi-Fi connection. Enjoy the rest of the day in Reykjavik, which offers a great variety of things to do. See iconic buildings including the Perlan (the Pearl), the Alţingishúsiđ (where the Icelandic Parliament is housed), and Hallgrímskirkja Church. If you don't have time to shop on Laugarvegur Street, don't worry; you can do that when you return from your Icelandic Circle adventure.

Highlights:
Gamla Höfnin (The Old Harbour)
Harpa Concert Hall
Perlan
Hallgrímskirkja Church
Laugavegur Shoppping Streat

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 2. Waterfalls and Black Beaches (The South Coast)

Pick up your car in the morning and head out for a road trip adventure towards Iceland´s sceenic South Coast. First up is a visit to the greenhouse comunnity at Hveragerđi town. Steaming vents and warm natural bathing pools are scattered around the vicinity and provide the geothermal energy to heat up the greenhouses.
Continue along the South Coast past Selfoss town to the beautiful waterfall Seljalandfoss where a walk behind the waterfall is an unique option. From Seljaladsfoss Waterfall continue to the majestic Skogafoss Waterfall where legend has it that the cave behind the waterfall contains a hidden treasure from long ago by one of Iceland's first inhabitants.
From Skogar, you can hike to the site of a volcanic eruption in 2010 where the earth is still warm.
Continue to Dyrholaey Nature Reserve, the southernmost part of Iceland. Here thousands of birds nest over the summer time and an absolute paradise for the birdwatcher.
After a visit to the nature reserve, visit the black beach of Reynisfjara where strangely formed basalt columns, cliffs, and caves are to be found. Local folklore says that the formations were once trolls attempting to reach shore in the cover of night, but when the sun came out, they were turned to stone. Continue to the chaming town of Vík for an overnight stay.

Highlights:
Hveragerđi Town
Selfoss Town
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve
Reynisfjara Beach
Vík Town

Optional Extra:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Overnight:
Vík - Kirkjubćjarklaustur area


Day 3. Skaftafell and The Glacier Lagoon

From Vík head over the floodplains of Mýrdalssandur to the quiet town of Kirkjubćjarklaustur, explore local folklore, and decide for yourself who the founders were—Irish monks or Norsemen. Proceed to Skaftafell National Park at the base of Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. Skaftafell National Park is a nature lover's paradise and has exceptional hiking trails to spectacular views. A walk up to the scenic Svatifoss Waterfall is highly recommended.
From the national park, head to the amazing Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon where huge ice blocks, broken off from the towering glacier, float and tumble toward the sea in a magnificent display. You might even spot some seals swimming in the cold lagoon.
Continue to Höfn town, which is famous for its lobster and seafood, for an overnight stay in the area.

Highlights:
Kirkjubćjarklaustur Town
Skaftafell
Vatnajökull Glacier
Svartifoss Waterfall
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Höfn Town

Optional Extra:
The Glacier Lagoon - Amphibian Boat Tour

Driving Distance:
290 kilometers

Overnight:
Höfn - Breiđdalsvík area


Day 4.Fjord Scenery – The Wonders of Lake Mývatn and the Whale Watching Capital of the World

On your way to Egilstađir, the largest town in East Iceland, you will enjoy the incredible scenery of the East Fjords. From Egilstađir town, continue to the stunning Lake Mývatn area with its diverse geological formations and lush vegetation. Spend some time in the area as there are loads of things to see including mud pools, volcanoes, and mysterious lava formations.

Highlights:
Egilsstađir Town
Lake Mývatn
Húsavík Town

Optional Extra:
The Nature Baths
Whale Watching from Húsavík

Driving Distance:
420 - 470 kilometers

Overnight:
Mývatn - Húsavík area


Day 5. Akureyri City the Capital of the North

From Húsavík head for the second largest City in Iceland, Akureyri. En route stop by the gracious Gođafoss Waterfall, the Waterfall of the Gods, for some photos and a taste of local folklore. The story goes that a so-called law speaker named Ţorkell disposed of the pagan gods by throwing them into the waterfall—thus the name, Gođafoss, which means the "waterfall of the gods".
Next up is the vibrant city of Akureyri, Iceland´s second largest city and the host to many annual cultural events. Enjoy swimming, ice skating, or golfing at the 18-hole golf course. Local café are wonderful, and there are many different types of tours available.
Continue on to Skagafjörđur, an exciting destination that hosts a variety of interesting activities including white water rafting, but Skagafjörđur is best known for its horse breeding and horsemanship, so if you want to go horseback riding, this is the place to do it.

Highlights:
Gođafoss Waterfall
Akureyri Town
Glaumbćr Folk Museum

Optional Extra:
Horse Riding

Driving Distance:
240 kilometers

Overnight:
North west area


Day 6. West Iceland and Ţingvellir National Park

Explore Northwest Iceland before visiting the Deildartunguhver Hot Springs, Europe’s highest flowing hot spring with 180 litres emerging to the surface each second. From Deildartunguhver head towards Langjökull Glacier to the breathtaking Hraunfossar and Barnafossar Waterfalls emerging from the lava field. Make this a turnaround point and head back to Borgarnes town and further to Ţingvellir National Park, a place accepted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ţingvellir National Park is an historic site as the Icelandic Parliament was established here in 930. Ţingvellir is also hauntingly beautiful despite its rugged lunar-like landscapes on the spot where two continental plates meet creating a fascinating rift valley.

Highlights:
Deildartunguhver Hot Sprig
Hraunfossar Waterfalls
Borgarnes-Town
Ţingvellir National Park

Driving Distance:
350 kilometers

Overnight:
Ţingvellir/Laugarvatn area


Day 7. Geysers and the Golden Waterfall

From Ţingvellir National Park, continue on to the geyser hot spring area with its numerous hot springs. Visit Strokkur, the most powerful geyser in Iceland, and witness a magnificent show as boiling hot water spews 15 to 20 meters into the air every few minutes.
After a stroll through the area, continue to Gullfoss , the Golden Waterfall. It is considered one of Iceland’s most majestic waterfalls as the Hvítá River plunges down in two stages into a 32 meter deep crevice below. From Gullfoss, continue back through greenhouse community of Hveragerđi town and onwards to the Blue Lagoon for a rejuvenating bath in the warm, cosy water. Then, it's back to the Reykjavik area for some leisure time in the city. Drop off the car.

Highlights:
Laugarvatn
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Keriđ Crater
The Blue Lagoon


Driving Distance:
310 kilometers

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 8. Departure

On your last day in Iceland, a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus will transfer you from your accommodation to the airport. If you have an afternoon or evening flight, you might want to visit the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing bath in an “otherworldly” setting.




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Season: All year
Departures: Daily
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Driving distance: 1840 KM
Price from: 85997 ISK/person - Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 01.A - Hyundai I10 or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.
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