The Iceland Circle 8 days


Get to know Iceland on this tour circling around the island that allows for a visit to the best of what Iceland has to offer at a reasonable pace. This tour is suitable for those who enjoy natural wonders and want to see as much as possible in 8 days.

Overview

Map for The Iceland Circle  8 days tour
  • Duration:8 days / 7 nights
  • By Car km/mi:1840
  • Season:All year
  • Operates:Daily
  • Price From:97664 ISK/Per Person
  • Tour ID:RT04

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival - Reykjavik City



You will transfer from the airport to your accommodation by a comfortable bus with Wi-Fi connection. 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 Icelandic Circle adventure.

Highlights:
Gamla Höfnin (The Old Harbour)
Harpa Concert Hall
Perlan
Hallgrímskirkja Church
Laugavegur Shoppping Streat

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 2. Waterfalls and Black Beaches (The South Coast)



Pick up your car in the morning and head out for a road trip adventure towards Iceland´s sceenic South Coast. First up is a visit to the greenhouse comunnity at Hveragerđi town. Steaming vents and warm natural bathing pools are scattered around the vicinity and provide the geothermal energy to heat up the greenhouses.
Continue along the South Coast past Selfoss town to the beautiful waterfall Seljalandfoss where a walk behind the waterfall is an unique option. From Seljaladsfoss Waterfall continue to the majestic Skogafoss Waterfall where legend has it that the cave behind the waterfall contains a hidden treasure from 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.
After a visit to the nature reserve, 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 for an overnight stay.

Highlights:
Hveragerđi Town
Selfoss Town
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve
Reynisfjara Beach
Vík Town

Optional Extra:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
LAVA Centre

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Overnight:
Vík - Kirkjubćjarklaustur area


Day 3. Skaftafell and The Glacier Lagoon



From Vík head over the floodplains of Mýrdalssandur to the quiet town of Kirkjubćjarklaustur, explore local folklore, 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 - Breiđdalsvík area


Day 4.Fjord Scenery – The Wonders of Lake Mývatn and the Whale Watching Capital of the World



On your way to Egilstađir, the largest town in East Iceland, you will enjoy the incredible scenery of the East Fjords. From Egilstađir town, continue to the stunning Lake Mývatn area with its diverse geological formations and lush vegetation. Spend some time in the area as there are loads of things to see including mud pools, volcanoes, and mysterious lava formations.

Highlights:
Egilsstađir Town
Lake Mývatn
Húsavík Town

Optional Extra:
The Nature Baths
Whale Watching from Húsavík

Driving Distance:
420 - 470 kilometers

Overnight:
Mývatn - Húsavík area


Day 5. Akureyri City the Capital of the North



From Húsavík head for the second largest City in Iceland, Akureyri. En route stop by the gracious Gođafoss Waterfall, the Waterfall of the Gods, for some photos and a taste of local folklore. The story goes that a so-called law speaker named Ţorkell disposed of the pagan gods by throwing them into the waterfall—thus the name, Gođafoss, which means the "waterfall of the gods".
Next up is the vibrant city of Akureyri, Iceland´s second largest city and the host to many annual cultural events. Enjoy swimming, ice skating, or golfing at the 18-hole golf course. Local café are wonderful, and there are many different types of tours available.
Continue on to Skagafjörđur, an exciting destination that hosts a variety of interesting activities including white water rafting, but Skagafjörđur is best known for its horse breeding and horsemanship, so if you want to go horseback riding, this is the place to do it.

Highlights:
Gođafoss Waterfall
Akureyri Town
Glaumbćr Folk Museum

Optional Extra:
Horse Riding
Beer Spa

Driving Distance:
240 kilometers

Overnight:
North west area


Day 6. 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 each 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 and further to Ţingvellir National Park, a place accepted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ţingvellir National Park is an 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

Optional Extra:
Krauma Baths
Ice caves and tunnels on Langjökull glacier
Snorkeling

Driving Distance:
350 kilometers

Overnight:
Ţingvellir/Laugarvatn area


Day 7. Geysers and the Golden Waterfall



From Ţingvellir National Park, continue on to the geyser hot spring area with its numerous hot springs. Visit Strokkur, the most powerful geyser in Iceland, and witness a magnificent show as boiling hot water spews 15 to 20 meters into the air every few 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, continue back through greenhouse community of Hveragerđi town and onwards to the Blue Lagoon for a rejuvenating bath in the warm, cosy water. Then, it's back to the Reykjavik area for some leisure time in the city. Drop off the car.

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


Driving Distance:
310 kilometers

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 8. Departure



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 “otherworldly” setting.




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

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 - VW Polo or similar - Manual -

03.N - VW Polo or similar - Manual -

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

04.O - VW Polo or similar - Automatic -

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

05.B - VW Golf or similar - Manual -

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

06.L - VW Golf or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:2
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
07.E - Hyundai I30 station or similar - Manual -

07.E - Hyundai I30 station or similar - Manual -

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

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

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

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.

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 – 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.

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 15% 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.

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