The Icelandic Circle and Northern Lights 9 days


This 9 days circle tour allows you to explore most of the accessable attractions of Iceland in winter. Nights in various parts of countryside increases your chances of seeing the amazing northern lights, also known as Aurora Borealis. Combine the natural beauty of Iceland in winter with the hunt for the illusive Northern Lights on this 9 day circle tour of Iceland and make the most out of your Iceland visit.
Searching for similar tour for summer? Take a look at RT05


Overview

Map for The Icelandic Circle and Northern Lights  9 days tour
  • Duration:9 days / 8 nights
  • By Car km/mi:1925
  • Season:September 15 to March 25
  • Operates:Daily
  • Price From:127815 ISK/Per Person
  • Tour ID:RT15

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival - Reykjavķk City



Following your arrival you will transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Reykjavķk in a comfortable, Wi-Fi connected bus. Enjoy the rest of the day in Reykjavķk and visit the Northern Lights Center, where you will learn about the phenomenon of northern lights by viewing facts and figures on wall posters, HD screens and interactive devices.

Highlights:
Reykjavik city

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 2. The scenic South Shore and Waterfalls



Pick up your car in the morning and start your Iceland circle trip with exploring the scenic South Coast. Visit the charming town of Hveragerši with its natural steaming vents and greenhouses. Continue east passing Selfoss town and stop at the elegant Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It is possible to walk behind the waterfall if the trail is not covered in snow or ice. Your next stop is the impressive Skógafoss 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. Visit the Skógasafn museum that is located only a short distance from the waterfall. Visit the Dyrhólaey Nature reserve and see the massive promontory. Be careful when walking around and don“t get too close to cliff edges. Next stop at the black lava beaches and basalt columns at Reynisdrangar before you continue to the enchanting town of Vķk. In the evening check out the weather forecast and if it looks good, head out for search of the northern lights.

Highlights:
Hveragerši Town
Selfoss Town
Skógafoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Vķk Town

Optional Extra:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Mżrdalsjökull Glacier
LAVA Centre

Driving Distance:
200 kilometers

Overnight:
Vķk area


Day 3. Black lava Beaches, Skaftafell National Park and the Glacier Lagoon



From Vķk continue east over the floodplains of Mżrdalssandur to the quiet town of Kirkjubęjarklaustur. From Kirkjubęjarklaustur head to Skaftafell located at the foot of Europe“s largest glacier – Vatnajökull. Skaftafell is very beautiful area with many hiking trails and tranquil natural beauty. The visitor’s center at the park is open all year round and can advise you on hiking trails. If weather and trail conditions allow, we highly recommend you to walk up to Iceland“s most picturesque waterfall – Svartifoss. From Skaftafell head to the astonishing Jökulsįrlón glacial lagoon, where huge ice blocks, broken off from them glacier float in the deep blue lagoon. You might even be lucky and see some seals swimming in the ice cold lagoon. Continue to Höfn for overnight stay. The town is famous for its lobster and seafood, so make sure to try some. If the weather conditions allow, take a look outside and check out for northern lights.

Highlights:
Kirkjubęjarklaustur Town
Skaftafell
Vatnajökull Glacier
Svartifoss Waterfall
Jökulsįrlón Glacier Lagoon
Höfn Town

Driving Distance:
290 kilometers

Overnight:
Höfn area


Day 4. The East Fjords - Hallormsstašaskógur Forest - Lake Lagarfljót - Egilsstašir Town



From Höfn continue to the peaceful East Fjords and enjoy the breath taking view of the fjords. After a morning of fjord scenery continue to Egilsstašir town, located by Lake Lagarfljót which is said to be the home of Icelandic Loch Ness. The „lake worm“ is a huge creature, only seen in rare occasions, so be sure to have your eyes open and camera ready if it decides to show up. The lake is up to 130 meters deep, so there is plenty of space for the worm to hide. Continue along the lakeside to Hallormsstašur village which is surrounded by the lush Hallormsstašaskógur Forrest. After you have explored Hallormsstašur village return back to Egilsstašir town and in the evening, once again, head for the hunt of Aurora Borealis, if the weather conditions are appropriate.

Highlights:
Egilsstašir Town
Hallormsstašaskógur Forrest
Lake Lagarfljót

Driving Distance:
275 kilometers

Overnight:
Egilsstašir


Day 5. Lake Mżvatn Area



From Egilsstašir continue to Lake Mżvatn. Numerous interesting sites are found in the area of Lake Mżvatn, including mud pools at Nįmafjall, volcanoes such as Krafla and mysterious lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Spend the day exploring the breath taking scenery of Mżvatn area and don“t forget to visit the Nature Baths at Mżvatn, where you can soak in mineral rich waters and relax after driving and sightseeing all day. You might get lucky and have northern lights dance above your head while you bathe in the Nature Baths.

Highlights:
Lake Mżvatn
Dimmuborgir
Skśtustašagķgar Craters
Hverfell Krater
Nįmaskarš Pass

Optional Extra:
Mżvatn Nature Baths

Driving Distance:
210 kilometers

Overnight:
Mżvatn area


Day 6. Akureyri - The Capital of the North and Skagafjöršur fjord



This is a rather easy day. From Lake Mżvatn continue to Akureyri, the Capital of the North. On the way to Akureyri make sure to stop at Gošafoss waterfall (The waterfall of the Gods). There is a special story about the waterfall – a law speaker named Žorkell threw pagan gods into the waterfall. It took place in the year 1000 when Icelanders converted to Christianity. As you arrive at Akureyri consult the visitor’s centre for maps and information about this vibrant city which is always full of life and offers variety of things to do and see. From Akureyri head to Skagafjöršur, an area which is well known for its horse breeding and horsemanship. If you want to get to know the friendly Icelandic horse and experience horse riding in Iceland, this is the perfect place to do so.

Higlights:
Gošafoss Waterfall
Akureyri Town

Optional Extra:
Beer Spa

Driving Distance:
290 kilometers

Overnight:
Northwest area


Day 7. West Iceland and Žingvellir National Park



Today you will head south from Skagafjöršur and visit Deildartunguhver Hot Springs – Europe“s highest flowing hot springs with 180 litres emerging to the surface every second. From the hot springs head towards Langjökull glacier to breathtaking Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls. Make the waterfalls a turnaround point for you and head back to Borgarnes town, where you might want to visit historical Settlement Centre. After a stop at Borgarnes continue on to Žingvellir national park, an UNESCO World Heritage site. The Icelandic parliament was established there in 930. Continue to Laugarvatn area for overnight stay. Depending on the weather forecast head out for the hunt of Aurora Borealis or the northern lights.


Highlights:
Deildartunguhver Hot Sprig
Hraunfossar Waterfalls
Borgarnes-Town
Žingvellir National Park

Optional Extra:
Krauma Baths

Driving Distance:
350 kilometers

Overnight:
Žingvellir/Laugarvatn area


Day 8. Geysir geothermal Area - The Golden Waterfall - The Blue Lagoon



Today you will visit the great Geysir geothermal area and explore various hot springs and meet Strokkur – the most powerful geyser in Iceland and witness the magical show as the boiling hot water jets 15-20 meters into the sky every 8 minutes or so. Only a short distance from geyser area you will find Gullfoss, also known as The Golden waterfall – this majestic waterfall is one of the most impressive in Iceland. Head back to Reykjavķk for shopping or sightseeing. You might want to visit the Blue Lagoon and relax in the warm water before returning the car.

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

Driving Distance:
310 km

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 9. Departure



Transfer from your accommodation to the international airport in comfortable, Wi-Fi connected bus.



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.

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.

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