With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this comprehensive tour highlights the natural wonders, majestic landscapes and unique character. The classic, circle route provides an ideal mix of culture and nature and an opportunity to see the best Iceland has to offer.
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DAY 1 – Arrival
Arrival in Reykjavík and coach transfer from Keflavík Airport to your hotel. Remainder of day at leisure to explore this fascinating far northern city. The city centre is a small area characterised by electric and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game.
Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.
DAY 2 – Geysir – Gullfoss – Skógar – Dyrhólaey – Vík
Start the day with a short city sightseeing tour of Reykjavík. From Reykjavík, head through the village of Hveragerði. Then on to the Golden Circle to explore Gullfoss (the ‘Golden Waterfall’), and the nearby Geysir hot spring area, to see the famous Strokkur, along with numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, before continuing to Dyrhólaey* nature reserve. Continue to the village of Vík. Dinner and overnight in the Vík area.
*Please note that Dyrhólaey is closed during nesting season approx mid-May to late June.
DAY 3 – Vík – Skaftafell National Park – Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon – Höfn
Today continues along the Ring Road and then cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the earth, before reaching the small town Kirkjubæjarklaustur, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. The tour continues over Skeiðarársandur sands to Skaftafell a beautiful glacial area within Vanatjokull National Park. Continue to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of many icebergs. Throughout the day, you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier. Dinner and overnight in the Höfn area.
DAY 4 – Höfn – East Fjords – Egilsstaðir
Drive from Höfn through Almannaskarð pass and stop and admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains, plunging vertically into the sea, which form the magnificent East Fjords. Explore Petra’s renowned collection of local stones and minerals. Dinner and overnight in the Egilsstaðir area.
DAY 5 – Lake Mývatn Area
Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Möðrudalsöræfi, heading to the Lake Mývatn area. En-route stop at Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. Continue onwards to Námaskarð pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Mývatn area, the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir and the Laxá salmon river. One of Mývatn area’s claims to fame is that it is home to more species of ducks than any other place on Earth, with very diverse birdlife in general. Dinner and overnight in the Mývatn area.
DAY 6 – Lake Mývatn Area – Akureyri - Siglufjordur
Start the day by exploring the including the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Goðafoss waterfall and the old turf farm, Laufás. Afterwards on to Akureyri, the colourful northern capital of Iceland. The town has some timber buildings, beautifully restored to their original glory. Great views along the Eyjafjordur Fjord. After some time in Akureyri continue along the coastal roads and the Troll Peninsula. This drive has steep mountains and amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline. Arrive in Siglufjordur on the fjord of the same name for your overnight stay.
DAY 7 – Skagafjörður – Borgarnes
Morning visit to Siglufjordur's award winning Herring-Era Museum which recreates the atmosphere of the earlier 20th century. This is when it was transformed into a boomtown thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwwards head past majestic mountains and along narrow passes to Skagafjörður for an introduction to the Icelandic horse it is unique as it has a special fifth gait, the tölt. Continue towards the village of Blönduós built on both sides of the river Blanda, with Hrútey Island, a protected nature reserve, located in this the middle of this popular salmon river. Cross the Holtavörðuheiði plateau through Borgarfjörður to the beautiful town of Borgarnes. Dinner and overnight in Borgarnes area.
DAY 8 – Borgarfjörður – Þingvellir – Reykjavík
Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. A stop will be made to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfall, before continuing via Hvalfjörður fjord to Lake Þingvallavatn, Icelands largest lake, and Þingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the worlds first outdoor parliament, founded in the 10th century. It is also where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. Overnight in Reykjavík.
DAY 9 – Departure
Arrangements end with your return airport bus transfer to Keflavik Airport.
26 Apr; 03, 10, 17, 22, 24 May; 05, 07, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 Jun; 03, 05, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 (on request), 26, 31 Jul; 02, 07, 09, 16, 23 (on request), 30 Aug; 01, 06 (on request), 13, 15, 20, 27 Sep 2017
Minimum group size: 2 persons / Maximum group size: 36 persons
Includes: 2 nights’ accommodation in Reykjavík; 6 nights’ accommodation in the countryside; breakfast daily; 5 dinners (Days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7); entry to Petra’s Stone collection (Day 4); entry to Herring Museum and Laufás Folk Museum (Day 6); Horse Show in Skagafjörður (Day 7); arrival and departure airport bus transfers, fully guided coach tour from Day 2-8 with English-speaking guide. Accommodation is in 3 star standard hotels, all with private facilities.
Excludes: Optional tours - whale watching (Day 1 or 9); Blue Lagoon (Day 1 or 9); Boat Tour on the Glacial Lagoon (Day 3); Super Jeep tour on Vatnajökull Glacier (Day 3); Mývatn Nature Baths (Day 5); Horse riding in Mývatn (Day 5); Sailing, Sea Angling or Whale Watching (Day 6). These optional tours are purchased via your guide whilst on the tour.
Your time in Reykjavik can be extended, or you can add the following 2 night stays (May to September). Please enquire for further details.
Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar): includes return flights Reykjavik- Westman Islands, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.
Hofn: includes return flights Reykjavik- Hofn, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.
Egilsstadir: includes return flights Reykjavik- Egilsstadir, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.
Akureyri: includes return flights Reykjavik- Akureyri, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast, guided coach tour to Lake Myvatn 8-9hrs.
Husavik: includes return flights Reykjavik- Husavik, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast, whale watching excursion 2-3hrs.
Isafjordur: includes return flights Reykjavik- Isafjordur, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.
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Includes: 2 nights’ accommodation in Reykjavík; 6 nights’ accommodation in the countryside; breakfast daily; 5 dinners (Days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7); visit to Fakasel Icelandic Horse Park (Day 2); entry to Petra’s Stone collection (Day 4); entry to Herring Museum and Laufás folk museum (Day 6); Horse Show in Skagafjörður (Day 7); arrival and departure airport bus transfers, fully guided coach tour from Day 2-8 with English speaking guide.