RT05 - The Iceland Circle 9 days
Self Drive Tour

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Season: (JUN 15 to SEP 16)
Operates: (Daily)
Duration: (9 days / 8 nights)
By Car km/mi: (1960)
Price from: (113114 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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This circle tour of Iceland visits all the same sites as on tours RT02 and RT04. However this tour offers a visit to another spectacular region of Iceland the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park in North East Iceland.
Searching for similar tour for winter? Take a look at RT15

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival - Reykjavik City

You will transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik in a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus. 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 9 day adventure.

Highlights:
Reykjavik city

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 2. The Lush South Coast – Waterfalls and Black Beaches

Pick up your car in the morning and start you Iceland trip with a South Coast drive. Head out to the countryside and visit Hveragerđi town with its natural steaming vents and greenhouses.
Continue east passing Selfoss town to visit the one-of a-kind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall where you can actually walk behind the plunging water, a very surreal experience.
Your next stop is the majestic Skogafoss Waterfall. Legend has it that the cave behind the waterfall contains a hidden treasure put there 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. A short boat tour in the vincinity of the reserve is available during summer.
Next, 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.

Highlights:
Hveragerđi Town
Selfoss Town
Skógafoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Vík Town

Optional Extra:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Overnight:
Vík area


Day 3. The Wonders of Skaftafell and The Glacier Lagoon

From Vík head over the floodplains of Mýrdalssandur to the quiet town of Kirkjubćjarklaustur 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 area


Day 4. The East Fjords – Hallormsstađarskógur Forrest – Lake Lagarfljót and Egilstađir Town

From Höfn continue to the tranquil East Fjords, and be sure to stop at Djúpivogur town where thousands of puffins nest in summer. Continue to Stöđvarfjörđur, an alluring town where you might want to visit the Petra stone collection; it contains thousands of stones and minerals deposited by nature and collected by a fascinating woman named Petra.
After a morning of fjord scenery, continue to Egilstađir town located by the attractive Lake Lagarfljót, said to be the home of the Loch Ness of Iceland. This "lake worm" is an enormous creature only seen on rare occasions, so make sure you have your eyes open and you camera ready if it decides to reveal itself. The lake is up to 130 meters deep, so there are plenty of places for the worm to hide underneath the surface.
Continue along the lakeside to Hallormsstađur village surrounded by the lush Hallormsstađarskógur forest. You might want to go on a picnic on one of the small stone beaches in the area sheltered by the thick forest. After you explore Hallormsstađur village and its surroundings, head back to Egilsstađir town for an overnight stay.

Highlights:
Petra´s Stone And Mineral Collection
Egilsstađir Town
Hallormsstađaskógur Forrest
Lake Lagarfljót

Driving Distance:
250 kilometers

Overnight:
Egilsstađir


Day 5. Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and the Whale Watching Capital of the World

Cross over a deserted highland plateau to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park where you will witness the awesome power of Dettifoss Waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Standing next to the noisy waterfall will leave most people humbled by the awesome power of nature.
Continue to Ásbyrgi Canyon, a monument to the devastating power of nature; the canyon came into existence during a major flood originating from Vatnajökull Glacier.
Continue to Húsavík town, the “whale watching capital of the world”, where you can join a whale watching tour or simply relax after a day of sightseeing.

Highlights:
Dettifoss Waterfall
Ásbyrgi Canyon
Húsavík Town

Optional Extra:
Whale Watching from Húsavík

Driving Distance:
260 kilometers

Overnight:
Húsavík town


Day 6. Lake Mývatn Lunar-like Landscapes and Akureyri, the Capital of the North

From Húsavík continue your journey and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Lake Mývatn. Numerous interesting sites can be found in the vicinity of Lake Mývant including mud pools, volcanoes, and mysterious lava formations, so make sure you have the camera ready. Before moving on to Akureyri “The Capital of the North” a relaxing bath at Mývatn Nature Baths might be of interest.
On route to Akureyri, stop by one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls, Gođafoss, where an historical event took place in the year 1,000 when Icelanders converted to Christianity. The story goes that a so-called law speaker named Ţorkell disposed of the pagan gods by throwing them into the waterfall—Gođafoss means the "waterfall of the gods".
Continue to Iceland´s second largest city, Akureyri. Akureyri is a vibrant city, full of life and offers a variety of things for visitors to do and see. Consult the visitor's centre for maps and information.
From Akureyri head to continue on to Skagafjörđur, an exciting destination that hosts a variety of interesting activities including white water rafting, but Skagafjörđur is known for its horse breeding and horsemanship, so if you want to go horseback riding, this is the place to do it.

Highlights:
Lake Mývatn
Dimmuborgir
Skútustađagígar Craters
Hverfell Krater
Námaskarđ Pass
Gođafoss Waterfall
Akureyri Town
Glaumbćr Folk Museum

Optional Extra:
Mývatn Nature Baths
Horse Riding

Driving Distance:
290 kilometers

Overnight:
Skagafjörđur


Day 7. 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 every 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 where you might want to visit the historical Settlement Centre.
Continue on to Ţingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ţingvellir National Park is a 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 8. Great Geysers – The Golden Waterfall – The Blue Lagoon

From Ţingvellir National Park continue to the geyser hot spring area. Visit Strokkur, the most powerful geyser in Iceland, and witness a magnificent show as boiling hot water spews 15 to 20 meters into the sky every 8 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 Waterfall, continue back through greenhouse community of Hveragerđi town; then head back to the Reykjavik area for shopping on Laugarvegur Street and a night on the town. You might want to visit the Blue Lagoon before returning the car. If you plan to take a bath at the Blue Lagoon, we strongly recommend that you book your ticket in advance. It can be booked at www.bluelagoon.com

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

Driving Distance:
310 km

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 9. Departure

Transfer in a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus to the airport from your acccommodation in Reykjavik.



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Season: JUN 15 to SEP 16
Departures: Daily
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Driving distance: 1960 KM
Price from: 113114 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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