The Iceland Circle 9 days


This circle tour of Iceland visits all the same sites as on tours RT02 and RT04. However this tour offers a visit to another spectacular region of Iceland the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park in North East Iceland.
Searching for similar tour for winter? Take a look at RT15

Overview

Map for The Iceland Circle  9 days tour
  • Duration:9 days / 8 nights
  • By Car km/mi:1960
  • Season:June 15 to September 16
  • Operates:Daily
  • Price From:148353 ISK/Per Person
  • Tour ID:RT05

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival - Reykjavik City



You will transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik in a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus. 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 9 day adventure.

Highlights:
Reykjavik city

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 2. The Lush South Coast – Waterfalls and Black Beaches



Pick up your car in the morning and start you Iceland trip with a South Coast drive. Head out to the countryside and visit Hveragerđi town with its natural steaming vents and greenhouses.
Continue east passing Selfoss town to visit the one-of a-kind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall where you can actually walk behind the plunging water, a very surreal experience.
Your next stop is the majestic Skogafoss 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.
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. A short boat tour in the vincinity of the reserve is available during summer.
Next, 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.

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

Optional Extra:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
LAVA Centre

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Overnight:
Vík area


Day 3. The Wonders of Skaftafell and The Glacier Lagoon



From Vík head over the floodplains of Mýrdalssandur to the quiet town of Kirkjubćjarklaustur 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 area


Day 4. The East Fjords – Hallormsstađarskógur Forrest – Lake Lagarfljót and Egilstađir Town



From Höfn continue to the tranquil East Fjords, and be sure to stop at Djúpivogur town where thousands of puffins nest in summer. Continue to Stöđvarfjörđur, an alluring town where you might want to visit the Petra stone collection; it contains thousands of stones and minerals deposited by nature and collected by a fascinating woman named Petra.
After a morning of fjord scenery, continue to Egilstađir town located by the attractive Lake Lagarfljót, said to be the home of the Loch Ness of Iceland. This "lake worm" is an enormous creature only seen on rare occasions, so make sure you have your eyes open and you camera ready if it decides to reveal itself. The lake is up to 130 meters deep, so there are plenty of places for the worm to hide underneath the surface.
Continue along the lakeside to Hallormsstađur village surrounded by the lush Hallormsstađarskógur forest. You might want to go on a picnic on one of the small stone beaches in the area sheltered by the thick forest. After you explore Hallormsstađur village and its surroundings, head back to Egilsstađir town for an overnight stay.

Highlights:
Petra´s Stone And Mineral Collection
Egilsstađir Town
Hallormsstađaskógur Forrest
Lake Lagarfljót

Driving Distance:
250 kilometers

Overnight:
Egilsstađir


Day 5. Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and the Whale Watching Capital of the World



Cross over a deserted highland plateau to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park where you will witness the awesome power of Dettifoss Waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Standing next to the noisy waterfall will leave most people humbled by the awesome power of nature.
Continue to Ásbyrgi Canyon, a monument to the devastating power of nature; the canyon came into existence during a major flood originating from Vatnajökull Glacier.
Continue to Húsavík town, the “whale watching capital of the world”, where you can join a whale watching tour or simply relax after a day of sightseeing.

Highlights:
Dettifoss Waterfall
Ásbyrgi Canyon
Húsavík Town

Optional Extra:
Whale Watching from Húsavík

Driving Distance:
260 kilometers

Overnight:
Húsavík town


Day 6. Lake Mývatn Lunar-like Landscapes and Akureyri, the Capital of the North



From Húsavík continue your journey and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Lake Mývatn. Numerous interesting sites can be found in the vicinity of Lake Mývant including mud pools, volcanoes, and mysterious lava formations, so make sure you have the camera ready. Before moving on to Akureyri “The Capital of the North” a relaxing bath at Mývatn Nature Baths might be of interest.
On route to Akureyri, stop by one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls, Gođafoss, where an historical event took place in the year 1,000 when Icelanders converted to Christianity. The story goes that a so-called law speaker named Ţorkell disposed of the pagan gods by throwing them into the waterfall—Gođafoss means the "waterfall of the gods".
Continue to Iceland´s second largest city, Akureyri. Akureyri is a vibrant city, full of life and offers a variety of things for visitors to do and see. Consult the visitor's centre for maps and information.
From Akureyri head to continue on to Skagafjörđur, an exciting destination that hosts a variety of interesting activities including white water rafting, but Skagafjörđur is known for its horse breeding and horsemanship, so if you want to go horseback riding, this is the place to do it.

Highlights:
Lake Mývatn
Dimmuborgir
Skútustađagígar Craters
Hverfell Krater
Námaskarđ Pass
Gođafoss Waterfall
Akureyri Town
Glaumbćr Folk Museum

Optional Extra:
Mývatn Nature Baths
Horse Riding
Beer Spa

Driving Distance:
290 kilometers

Overnight:
Skagafjörđur


Day 7. 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 every 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 where you might want to visit the historical Settlement Centre.
Continue on to Ţingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ţingvellir National Park is a 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 8. Great Geysers – The Golden Waterfall – The Blue Lagoon



From Ţingvellir National Park continue to the geyser hot spring area. Visit Strokkur, the most powerful geyser in Iceland, and witness a magnificent show as boiling hot water spews 15 to 20 meters into the sky every 8 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 Waterfall, continue back through greenhouse community of Hveragerđi town; then head back to the Reykjavik area for shopping on Laugarvegur Street and a night on the town. You might want to visit the Blue Lagoon before returning the car. If you plan to take a bath at the Blue Lagoon, we strongly recommend that you book your ticket in advance. It can be booked at www.bluelagoon.com

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

Driving Distance:
310 km

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 9. Departure



Transfer in a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus to the airport from your acccommodation in Reykjavik.



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 - 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 - 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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