Iceland Full Circle and the scenic SnŠfellsnes Peninsula 10 days


This full circle tour of Iceland is our best selling vacation package ever. You will get to visit all the major sites around Iceland at a leisurely pace with no stress. Take your time and even join in some of the optional activities available to make the experience even more memorable.
Searching for similar tour for winter? Take a look at RT16


Overview

Map for Iceland Full Circle and the scenic SnŠfellsnes Peninsula  10 days tour
  • Duration:10 days / 9 nights
  • By Car km/mi:2200/1400
  • Season:April 1 to September 20
  • Operates:Daily
  • Price From:149243 ISK/Per Person
  • Tour ID:RT01

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival and Reykjavik City

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. 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 Icelandic Circle adventure.

Highlights:

Overnight:
Reykjavik city

Optional Extras:

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

Pick up your car in the morning and head out for a road trip adventure. Today youĺll follow a route known as the Golden Circle, where some of Icelandĺs most precious natural gems can be found. First up is a visit to Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is a place of great importance from a geological and historical perspective, as well as a park of exceptional natural beauty. From Thingvellir National Park, continue to the Great Geysir geothermal area. The area hosts dozens of geysers and hot springs, the most powerful of which (Strokkur) erupts every 8 minutes or so with such force that the boiling hot water jets 15 to 20 meters into the air. Continue further to the Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss, one of Icelandĺs most majestic waterfall. When viewed in sunny weather, the mist layers many rainbows on top of one-another, giving the waterfall its beautiful crown. Before heading to your lodging for the night, visit the impressive volcanic crater, Keri­, and the town of Selfoss.

Highlights:

Optional Extra:

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Overnight:
Hella area

Day 3. Waterfalls - Black Beaches - A National Park

After breakfast, continue your road trip along Icelandĺs amazing south coast. Stop by the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall and, for an exciting new perspective, take a walk behind the waterfall to see the water crash over the cliffĺs edge above. A little further, the powerful waterfall Skˇgafoss plunges 60 meters, creating quite a splash. Visit the Black Beach Reynisfjara, where huge basalt columns seem to rise from the ocean bed in mysterious formations, and the Dyrhˇlaey Nature Reserve. Stop at the charming small town of VÝk before ending the day at KirkjubŠjarklaustur.

Highlights:

Optional Extra

Driving Distance:
170 kilometers

Overnight:
KirkjubŠjarklaustur or Skaftafell area

Day 4. Skaftafell - The Glacier Lagoon - Hofn Town

Continue over the desolate floodplains to Skaftafell National Park. This park, which is situated at the roots of Europeĺs largest glacier (Vatnaj÷kull), is a natural paradise and a national treasure. Svartifoss waterfall, with its dark lava columns and mesmerizing appeal, awaits your discovery in the lush area of Skaftafell. After this rejuvenating stay in Skaftafell, continue driving along the roots of Vatnaj÷kull glacier to the inspiring J÷kulsßrlˇn glacier lagoon. Here, massive ice blocks float in the lagoon and drift lazily towards the ocean. Short boat trips on the lagoon are operated for those eager for a closer scenic view. After a stop at the glacier lagoon, continue to the town of H÷fn.

Highlights:

Optional Extra

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Overnight:
H÷fn area

Day 5. The Eastern Fjords - Dettifoss Waterfall - The Wonders of Lake Mřvatn

From H÷fn, continue on your journey through the tranquil Eastern Fjords. After threading the fjords, proceed to the town of Egilssta­ir, where you might want to take a short break to visit the local bakery or a cafe. From Egilssta­ir, drive on to the amazing Lake Mřvatn area and enjoy its stunning landscapes for the rest of the day. On the way to Lake Mřvatn, make a detour to Dettifoss, the largest waterfall in Europe. You may want to visit the relaxing Mřvatn Nature Baths in the afternoon or evening and bathe in the geothermal water.

Highlights:

Optional Extra:

Driving Distance:
420 - 470 kilometers

Overnight:
Lake Mřvatn or H˙savÝk area

Day 6. A National Park - ┴sbyrgi Canyon - Whale Watching Capital

Start the day by visiting sites at Mřvatn that you did not have time to visit the day before. Continue to H˙savÝk, sometimes called ôThe Whale Spotting Capital of the Worldö. H˙savÝk was the first place in Iceland to offer successful Whale Watching cruises. The Whale Museum in H˙savÝk, is an educational information centre on marine wildlife. Head to Íxarfj÷r­ur Bay and visit Vesturdalur and Hljˇ­aklettar, the Echo Rocks, an extremely beautiful canyon, carved by the river J÷kulsß ß Fj÷llum. The road to Hljˇ­aklettar may not be passable early spring / summer. This area offers many interesting hiking trails to explore the many wonders of J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National Park. ┴sbyrgi canyon is a strange and spectacular horseshoe shaped canyon, not to be missed. Return to H˙savÝk.

Highlights:

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Driving Distance:
250 kilometers

Overnight:
H˙savÝk area
Note: During spring and early summer the road to Hljˇ­aklettar area may not be passable.

Day 7. Akureyri City, the Capital of the North

Today you will visit the second largest city in Iceland, Akureyri. Before reaching Akureyri, you will come upon the Go­afoss waterfall, known as ôwaterfall of the gods.ö Akureyri has plenty to offer visitors, and everyone should find something to their liking. After a visit to the city, youĺll head out to the countryside for some more experiences. Drive to Skagafj÷r­ur fjord, known for its agricultural prosperity and horse breeding. You may also want to visit the fascinating GlaumbŠr folk museum, which is housed in an old turf farm.

Highlights:

Optional Extra:

Driving Distance:
250 kilometers

Overnight:
Skagafj÷r­ur area

Day 8. Northwest Iceland - Charming Stykkishˇlmur Town

Take a leisurely drive through the Northwest region. One of the best-known horse farms in Iceland is located in this region, and a short horseback riding tour would be a great way to get to know the Icelandic horse. You might want to stop at Hvammstangi and walk down to the shore to see if you can spot any seals, - they are frequent visitors here and short tours are available should you want to go out to sea to look for them. Continue to the inspiring town of Stykkishˇlmur, a charming ocean-side town with a relaxing atmosphere.

Highlights:

Driving Distance:
270 kilometers

Overnight:
Stykkisholmur area

Day 9. Stunning Scenery of SnŠfellsj÷kull National Park

Explore the SnŠfellsnes peninsula and the many small fishing hamlets situated around the peninsula. Spectacular rock formations, mountains, lava fields, and the magnificent SnŠfellsjokull glacier that towers over the tip of SnŠfellsnes peninsula are among the things to explore. The peninsula is sometimes referred to as ôIceland in miniatureö because it offers so many of the things found all over Iceland. The SnŠfellsjokull Glacier is the main attraction in SnŠfellsnes National Park. It is said that the glacier has mysterious powers, and that people are drawn to the glacier by these powers. From the SnŠfellsnes peninsula, head back to Reykjavik.

Highlights:

Optional Extra:

Driving Distance: 340 kilometers

Overnight:
Reykjavik City

Day 10. Back Home

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 ôotherworldlyö setting.

Rental Cars

01.A - Hyundai i10 or similar - Manual -

01.A - Hyundai i10 or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:4
  • Suitcases:1
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Manual
02.D - Hyundai i10 or similar - Automatic -

02.D - Hyundai i10 or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:4
  • Suitcases:1
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
03.N - Hyundai i20 or similar - Manual -

03.N - Hyundai i20 or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:2
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Manual
04.O - Hyundai i20 or similar - Automatic -

04.O - Hyundai i20 or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:2
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
05.B - Hyundai i30 or similar - Manual -

05.B - Hyundai i30 or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:2
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Manual
06.L - Hyundai i30 or similar - Automatic -

06.L - Hyundai i30 or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:2
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
07.E - Toyota Corolla station or similar - Manual -

07.E - Toyota Corolla station or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Manual
09.M - Skoda Octavia Station AWD or similar - Automatic -

09.M - Skoda Octavia Station AWD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual -

10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual -

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

11.H - Hyundai Tucson 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
14.XE - VW Transporter 2WD or similar - Manual -

14.XE - VW Transporter 2WD or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:9
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:4
  • Operation:Manual
15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

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

  • Passengers:9
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:4
  • Operation:Manual
16.I - Land Rover Defender 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

16.I - Land Rover Defender 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:3
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
17.C - Land Rover Discovery 5 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

17.C - Land Rover Discovery 5 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic

Optional Extra

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.

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)

There is a special Price Calculator button with every self-drive tours and private guided tours where you can enter your choice of type of accommodation, car, number of people and your arrival date. The Price Calculator will calculate and display the price according to your specifications. This way you can see how different choices in car and accommodation types affect the price of the package.

Once you are confident about your trip selection proceed to press the book now tab. Here you will fill in the required information and proceed through the booking process.

We require a 10% deposit at the time of booking. Full payment is due 5 weeks prior to arrival.

Once a booking is made an automatic e-mail is sent informing you that the order has been placed and is currently being processed by the IcelandRoadtrip.com team. You will then be contacted with by one of our trusted travel agents with further details.


Winter version of this tour: RT16 - Iceland Circle, Scenic SnŠfellsnes Peninsula and Northern Lights - 10 days

This tour is also available as a private guided tour: PT01 - Iceland Circle and the scenic SnŠfellsnes Peninsula - 10 days


*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.

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. If you are going to the highlands we recommend purchasing something to take with you as there are very limited options for meals in the remote highland areas.

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?
During summer (May - September) any type of vehicle is sufficient for this tour. 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.

Winter version of this tour: RT16 - Iceland Circle, Scenic SnŠfellsnes Peninsula and Northern Lights - 10 days

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