Iceland Circle, Scenic Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Northern Lights 10 days


This full circle tour of Iceland visits all the major sites around Iceland, including the stunning Snæfellsnes peninsula. You will spend most of the nights in country side; therefore you will have good opportunity to hunt the natural phenomenon – 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 Snæfellsnes 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:142404 ISK/Per Person
  • Tour ID:RT16

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival - Reykjavík City and Northern Lights Center


After you have arrived at airport, you will take a comfortable bus ride, with Wi-Fi connection on board, to your accommodation in Reykjavík. Reykjavík offers a great variety of things to do and see; visit the Northern Lights Centre to learn about Aurora Borealis, also known as the northern lights.

Highlights:
Reykjavik City

Overnight:
Reykjavik City


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

Highlights:
Þingvellir National Park
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Kerið 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 – you can walk behind this beautiful waterfall, if the trail is not covered in snow or ice. Little further you will find the powerful Skógafoss waterfall and next to it – the famous Skógasafn Folk Museum. Next visit the black lava beach and see the huge basalt columns at Reynisfjara beach. After stopping at the charming town of Vík, continue across the desolate floodplains to Skaftafell National park. The visitor’s 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 – 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
Skógafoss Waterfall
Reynisfjara Beach
Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve
Kirkjubæjarklaustur Town
Skaftafell
Vatnajökull Glacier
Svartifoss Waterfall

Optional Extra:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
LAVA Centre

Driving Distance:
240 kilometers

Overnight:
Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Skaftafell area


Day 4. Skaftafell - The Glacier Lagoon and Town of Höfn



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

Highlights:
Skaftafell
Vatnajökull Glacier
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Höfn Town

Driving Distance:
150 kilometers

Overnight:
Höfn area


Day 5. The East Fjords and Egilsstaðir 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 Egilsstaðir town located by the mysterious Lake Lagarfljót, home of the Icelandic Loch Ness. The “lake worm” 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 Hallormsstaður village, surrounded by the lush Hallormsstaðaskógur forest. Return to Egilsstaðir for an overnight stay and once again, if the weather permits, enjoy the hunt of the northern lights.

Highlights:
Djúpivogur Town
Stöðvarfjörður Fjord
Egilsstaðir Town

Driving Distance:
275 kilometers

Overnight:
Egilsstaðir area


Day 6. Lake Mývatn



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

Optional Extra:
Mývatn Nature Baths

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Overnight:
Mývatn area


Day 7. Capital of the North and Skagafjörður



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

Highlights:
Goðafoss Waterfall
Akureyri Town

Optional Extra:
Beer Spa

Driving Distance:
190 kilometers

Overnight:
Skagafjörður area


Day 8. Northwest Iceland - Stykkishólmur town



This is rather easy and relaxed day, you will drive through Northwest region of Iceland to the charming town of Stykkishólmur. 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:
Þingeyrarkirkja Church
Vatnsdalshólar Mounds
Stykkishólmur Town


Driving Distance:
270 kilometers

Overnight:
Stykkishólmur area


Day 9. Snæfellsnes National Park



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

Highlights:
Djúpalónssandur
Snæfellsjökull Glacier
Lóndrangar 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.

Mixed Accommodation
Mixed Accommodation


Combination of both Economy and Comfort accommodation.
With 50/50 distribution of nights you get the best from both categories, economy and comfort. For tours with odd numbers of nights, the additional night is booked in Comfort accommodation.
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 don’t 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 – 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 – 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 driver’s license?
No you do not need an international drivers license but you need a valid driver’s 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:
• Time of the year you plan on visiting
• Number of people travelling together
• Type of car Car Info (Only applicable with self drive trips)
• Accommodation type (we offer 2 categories of accommodation or you can choose mixture of both)
• 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.

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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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