RT15 - The Icelandic Circle and Northern Lights 9 days
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Season: (SEP 15 to MAR 25)
Operates: (Daily)
Duration: (9 days / 8 nights)
By Car km/mi: (1925)
Price from: (102504 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 9 days circle tour allows you to explore most of the accessable attractions of Iceland in winter. Nights in various parts of countryside increases your chances of seeing the amazing northern lights, also known as Aurora Borealis. Combine the natural beauty of Iceland in winter with the hunt for the illusive Northern Lights on this 9 day circle tour of Iceland and make the most out of your Iceland visit.
Searching for similar tour for summer? Take a look at RT05

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival - Reykjavík City

Following your arrival you will transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík in a comfortable, Wi-Fi connected bus. Enjoy the rest of the day in Reykjavík and visit the Northern Lights Center, where you will learn about the phenomenon of northern lights by viewing facts and figures on wall posters, HD screens and interactive devices.

Highlights:
Reykjavik city

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 2. The scenic South Shore and Waterfalls

Pick up your car in the morning and start your Iceland circle trip with exploring the scenic South Coast. Visit the charming town of Hveragerđi with its natural steaming vents and greenhouses. Continue east passing Selfoss town and stop at the elegant Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It is possible to walk behind the waterfall if the trail is not covered in snow or ice. Your next stop is the impressive Skógafoss 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. Visit the Skógasafn museum that is located only a short distance from the waterfall. Visit the Dyrhólaey Nature reserve and see the massive promontory. Be careful when walking around and don´t get too close to cliff edges. Next stop at the black lava beaches and basalt columns at Reynisdrangar before you continue to the enchanting town of Vík. In the evening check out the weather forecast and if it looks good, head out for search of the northern lights.

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

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Overnight:
Vík area


Day 3. Black lava Beaches, Skaftafell National Park and the Glacier Lagoon

From Vík continue east over the floodplains of Mýrdalssandur to the quiet town of Kirkjubćjarklaustur. From Kirkjubćjarklaustur head to Skaftafell located at the foot of Europe´s largest glacier – Vatnajökull. Skaftafell is very beautiful area with many hiking trails and tranquil natural beauty. The visitor’s center at the park is open all year round and can advise you on hiking trails. If weather and trail conditions allow, we highly recommend you to walk up to Iceland´s most picturesque waterfall – Svartifoss. From Skaftafell head to the astonishing Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, where huge ice blocks, broken off from them glacier float in the deep blue lagoon. You might even be lucky and see some seals swimming in the ice cold lagoon. Continue to Höfn for overnight stay. The town is famous for its lobster and seafood, so make sure to try some. If the weather conditions allow, take a look outside and check out for northern lights.

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

Driving Distance:
290 kilometers

Overnight:
Höfn area


Day 4. The East Fjords - Hallormsstađaskógur Forest - Lake Lagarfljót - Egilsstađir Town

From Höfn continue to the peaceful East Fjords and enjoy the breath taking view of the fjords. After a morning of fjord scenery continue to Egilsstađir town, located by Lake Lagarfljót which is said to be the home of Icelandic Loch Ness. The „lake worm“ is a huge creature, only seen in rare occasions, so be sure to have your eyes open and camera ready if it decides to show up. The lake is up to 130 meters deep, so there is plenty of space for the worm to hide. Continue along the lakeside to Hallormsstađur village which is surrounded by the lush Hallormsstađaskógur Forrest. After you have explored Hallormsstađur village return back to Egilsstađir town and in the evening, once again, head for the hunt of Aurora Borealis, if the weather conditions are appropriate.

Highlights:
Egilsstađir Town
Hallormsstađaskógur Forrest
Lake Lagarfljót

Driving Distance:
275 kilometers

Overnight:
Egilsstađir


Day 5. Lake Mývatn Area

From Egilsstađir continue to Lake Mývatn. Numerous interesting sites are found in the area of Lake Mývatn, including mud pools at Námafjall, volcanoes such as Krafla and mysterious lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Spend the day exploring the breath taking scenery of Mývatn area and don´t forget to visit the Nature Baths at Mývatn, where you can soak in mineral rich waters and relax after driving and sightseeing all day. You might get lucky and have northern lights dance above your head while you bathe in the Nature Baths.

Highlights:
Lake Mývatn
Dimmuborgir
Skútustađagígar Craters
Hverfell Krater
Námaskarđ Pass


Driving Distance:
210 kilometers

Overnight:
Mývatn area


Day 6. Akureyri - The Capital of the North and Skagafjörđur fjord

This is a rather easy day. From Lake Mývatn continue to Akureyri, the Capital of the North. On the way to Akureyri make sure to stop at Gođafoss waterfall (The waterfall of the Gods). There is a special story about the waterfall – a law speaker named Ţorkell threw pagan gods into the waterfall. It took place in the year 1000 when Icelanders converted to Christianity. As you arrive at Akureyri consult the visitor’s centre for maps and information about this vibrant city which is always full of life and offers variety of things to do and see. From Akureyri head to Skagafjörđur, an area which is well known for its horse breeding and horsemanship. If you want to get to know the friendly Icelandic horse and experience horse riding in Iceland, this is the perfect place to do so.

Higlights:
Gođafoss Waterfall
Akureyri Town

Driving Distance:
290 kilometers

Overnight:
Northwest area


Day 7. West Iceland and Ţingvellir National Park

Today you will head south from Skagafjörđur and visit Deildartunguhver Hot Springs – Europe´s highest flowing hot springs with 180 litres emerging to the surface every second. From the hot springs head towards Langjökull glacier to breathtaking Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls. Make the waterfalls a turnaround point for you and head back to Borgarnes town, where you might want to visit historical Settlement Centre. After a stop at Borgarnes continue on to Ţingvellir national park, an UNESCO World Heritage site. The Icelandic parliament was established there in 930. Continue to Laugarvatn area for overnight stay. Depending on the weather forecast head out for the hunt of Aurora Borealis or the northern lights.


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

Driving Distance:
350 kilometers

Overnight:
Ţingvellir/Laugarvatn area


Day 8. Geysir geothermal Area - The Golden Waterfall - The Blue Lagoon

Today you will visit the great Geysir geothermal area and explore various hot springs and meet Strokkur – the most powerful geyser in Iceland and witness the magical show as the boiling hot water jets 15-20 meters into the sky every 8 minutes or so. Only a short distance from geyser area you will find Gullfoss, also known as The Golden waterfall – this majestic waterfall is one of the most impressive in Iceland. Head back to Reykjavík for shopping or sightseeing. You might want to visit the Blue Lagoon and relax in the warm water before returning the car.

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

Driving Distance:
310 km

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 9. Departure

Transfer from your accommodation to the international airport in comfortable, Wi-Fi connected bus.



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Season: SEP 15 to MAR 25
Departures: Daily
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Driving distance: 1925 KM
Price from: 102504 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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