Iceland Circle, Scenic SnŠfellsnes Peninsula and Northern Lights 10 days


This full circle tour of Iceland visits all the major sites around Iceland, including the stunning SnŠfellsnes peninsula. You will spend most of the nights in country side; therefore you will have good opportunity to hunt the natural phenomenon ľ 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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Overview

Map for Iceland Circle, Scenic SnŠfellsnes Peninsula and Northern Lights  10 days tour
  • Duration:10 days / 9 nights
  • By Car km/mi:1865
  • Season:September 15 to March 31
  • Operates:Daily
  • Price From:148665 ISK/Per Person
  • Tour ID:RT16

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival - ReykjavÝk City and Northern Lights Center



Following your arrival at the airport, you will take a comfortable bus ride, with Wi-Fi Internet connection on board, to your accommodation in Reykjavik or to a nearby drop off point.

You have the option of upgrading to a private door-to-door airport transfer. You can also receive and return the rental car at the airport if you prefer that.

Enjoy the rest of the day in Reykjavik, which offers a great variety of things to do. Included is a visit to the Northern Lights Center in Reykjavik where you can learn about the Northern lights and how to take good photographs of them, which might come in handy if you get to see them on your tour. See iconic buildings including the Perlan (the Pearl), the Al■ingish˙si­ (where the Icelandic parliament is housed), and HallgrÝmskirkja Church. If you don't have time to shop on Laugarvegur Street, don't worry; you can do that when you return from your adventure.

Included:
Admission to the Northern lights Center

Highlights:
Gamla H÷fnin (The Old Harbour)
Harpa Concert Hall
Perlan
HallgrÝmskirkja Church
Laugavegur Shoppping Streat

Overnight:
Reykjavik city

Optional Extras:
Private Airport Transfers
Reykjavik City Card


Day 2. Ůingvellir 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 Ůingvellir National Park ľ 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 Ůingvellir 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 ľ the Golden Waterfall. Before you head to your lodging for the night you will visit the volcanic crater Keri­ and town of Selfoss. In the evening, head out for the search of the northern lights, if the weather forecasts look good.

Highlights:
Ůingvellir National Park
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Keri­ Crater
Selfoss Town
Hella Town

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Overnight:
Hella area


Day 3. Waterfalls - Black Beaches and Skaftafell



Continue your trip along the scenic south coast of Iceland. Stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall ľ you can walk behind this beautiful waterfall, if the trail is not covered in snow or ice. Little further you will find the powerful Skˇgafoss waterfall and next to it ľ the famous Skˇgasafn Folk Museum. Next visit the black lava beach and see the huge basalt columns at Reynisfjara beach. After stopping at the charming town of VÝk, continue across the desolate floodplains to Skaftafell National park. The visitorĺs 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 ľ 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.

Highlights:
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skˇgafoss Waterfall
Reynisfjara Beach
Dyrhˇlaey Nature Reserve
KirkjubŠjarklaustur Town
Skaftafell
Vatnaj÷kull Glacier
Svartifoss Waterfall

Optional Extra:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Mřrdalsj÷kull Glacier
LAVA Centre

Driving Distance:
240 kilometers

Overnight:
KirkjubŠjarklaustur or Skaftafell area


Day 4. Skaftafell - The Glacier Lagoon and Town of H÷fn



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

Highlights:
Skaftafell
Vatnaj÷kull Glacier
J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacier Lagoon
H÷fn Town

Driving Distance:
150 kilometers

Overnight:
H÷fn area


Day 5. The East Fjords and Egilssta­ir 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 Egilssta­ir town located by the mysterious Lake Lagarfljˇt, home of the Icelandic Loch Ness. The ôlake wormö 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 Hallormssta­ur village, surrounded by the lush Hallormssta­askˇgur forest. Return to Egilssta­ir for an overnight stay and once again, if the weather permits, enjoy the hunt of the northern lights.

Highlights:
Dj˙pivogur Town
St÷­varfj÷r­ur Fjord
Egilssta­ir Town

Driving Distance:
275 kilometers

Overnight:
Egilssta­ir area


Day 6. Lake Mřvatn



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

Optional Extra:
Mřvatn Nature Baths

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Overnight:
Mřvatn area


Day 7. Capital of the North and Skagafj÷r­ur



Visit the second largest city in Iceland ľ Akureyri, also called the capital of the north. Before reaching Akureyri, stop at the stunning Go­afoss waterfall. An old story tells that in the year 1000, when Icelanders converted to Christianity, a so called law speaker named Ůorkell disposed of the pagan gods by throwing them into the waterfall. Go­afoss means ôWaterfall of the Godsö. 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 Skagafj÷r­ur fjord, which is known for its horse breeding and horsemanship. If you ever wanted to get acquainted with the Icelandic horse ľ this is the perfect place. Horse riding tours are available in this area, both for beginners and experienced riders.

Highlights:
Go­afoss Waterfall
Akureyri Town

Optional Extra:
Beer Spa

Driving Distance:
190 kilometers

Overnight:
Skagafj÷r­ur area


Day 8. Northwest Iceland - Stykkishˇlmur town



This is rather easy and relaxed day, you will drive through Northwest region of Iceland to the charming town of Stykkishˇlmur. 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.


Highlights:
Ůingeyrarkirkja Church
Vatnsdalshˇlar Mounds
Stykkishˇlmur Town


Driving Distance:
270 kilometers

Overnight:
Stykkishˇlmur area


Day 9. SnŠfellsnes National Park



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

Highlights:
Dj˙palˇnssandur
SnŠfellsj÷kull Glacier
Lˇndrangar Rock Formations
Arnarstapi Village
Hellnar

Driving Distance: 340 kilometers

Overnight:
Reykjavik City


Day 10. Departure



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



Accommodation

Comfort Accommodation
Comfort Accommodation


Private rooms with private WC facilities and shower/bath in hotels or well appointed guesthouses.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Economy Accommodation
Economy Accommodation


Private rooms with shared WC facilities and shower in guesthouses.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Quality Accommodation
Quality Accommodation


Rooms in the highest quality accommodation available with private shower or bath and WC.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds.In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Rental Cars

10.P - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Manual -

10.P - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:3
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Manual
11.H - Kia Sportage 4WD or similar - Automatic -

11.H - Kia Sportage 4WD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:3
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
12.J - Land Rover Discovery Sport 4WD or similar - Automatic -

12.J - Land Rover Discovery Sport 4WD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:3
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:9
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:4
  • Operation:Manual

Other Information

This tour can be customized to your specifications and needs, so if you have any special requests, please donĺt hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to help you arrange the perfect Icelandic vacation.

*FAQ*

We are arriving very early. What is the check in time?
Check in time is usually between 14:00 - 16:00 for accommodation in Iceland. The only way to secure an early check in is to book the night before as well. However if a room is ready you should be able to check in early.

When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?
The Northern Lights are clearly visible between September ľ March/April all around Iceland. The northern lights are only visible during winter due to the darkness and sightings are very weather dependent and clear skies are essential to see them. The prime conditions to see them are clear skies and away from the city lights.

Where to eat during the tour?
In the small towns around Iceland you will find restaurants, bakeries and cafes where you can get something to eat.

Are there any hidden charges?
There are no hidden charges or fees you should be aware of. Note that fuel and meals other than breakfast are not included.

What type of car is recommended?
In winter between mid September ľ mid April we recommend a 4x4 vehicle as there is a chance of some snow or ice on the road. The cars are equipped with good winter tires during winter.

Do I need an international driverĺs license?
No you do not need an international drivers license but you need a valid driverĺs licence, which you will have held for at least two years. Travellers from overseas will need a licence issued in their country of residence along with an English translation (where appropriate). Some form of picture Identity is required, e.g. Passport, ID card etc. A valid credit card is also required.

How far is it between gas stations?
Gas stations can be found in almost all towns around Iceland so running out of gas is not a likely scenario. However before going to the highland areas we recommend filling up the tank as there are no gas stations in the highlands.

Do hotels and guesthouses offer Wi-Fi internet connection?
Most hotels and guesthouses in Iceland do provide free access to Wi-Fi internet. Some hotels and guesthouses do charge a small fee for access to the internet.

How do I book and what is the process?
There are several factors that determine the tour price:
Ľ Time of the year you plan on visiting
Ľ Number of people travelling together
Ľ Type of car Car Info (Only applicable with self drive trips)
Ľ Accommodation type (we offer 2 categories of accommodation or you can choose mixture of both)
Ľ Optional Activities (Various optional activities are available with each trip)

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We require a 15% deposit at the time of booking. Full payment is due 5 weeks prior to arrival.

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