Arctic Iceland

Circle tour + East Fjords & Snaefellsnes Peninsula
11 days
May - Sep
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Explore Iceland's Ring Road including the mysterious Eastern Fjords, Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Melrakkasletta, the Northernmost point of Iceland. Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the end of the tour, or anywhere else already on the itinerary along the way.

For travel between 01 June and 07 September 2017 this tour is now sold out.                       

Day 1  Keflavik Airport – Hveragerði: Geothermal Lagoon – Flower village – Geothermal Greenhouses 
Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience. From Keflavík International Airport drive the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in charming Hveragerði village. This is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs, it is often called the flower village.  Overnight in Hveragerdi.

Day 2 Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Skálholt – Thjórsárdalur – Hella: National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – Massive Waterfall – Hekla Volcano
Today's highlights include Thingvellir National Park a place of great geological and historical interest, the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot-spring area. Drive along the mighty Thjórsá river to Thjórsárdalur Valley with Mt. Hekla, Iceland's most famous volcano towering above. Continue to the South Shore area. Overnight in South Iceland.  

Day 3 Hella – Vík – Kirkjubæjarklaustur: Thundering Waterfalls – Puffin Colony – Black Sand Beaches – Lava Fields
Visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Continue to Dyrhólaey* a rocky headland where thousands of puffins nest in the summer. Travel across the vast lava field of Eldhraun to picturesque Kirkjubæjarklaustur village, the former site of a 12th century Catholic convent. *Please note that Dyrhólaey is closed during nesting season from mid-May until late June.  Overnight in South Iceland.

Day 4 Skaftafell – Jökulsárlón – Höfn – Egilsstaðir: Europe's Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe's Largest Glacier
Today you will be in the area of Vatnajökull National Park and Skaftafell area, a green oasis nestling below the great Vatnajökull glacier offering various hiking possibilities. Continue to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where huge icebergs, float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon. Drive along the rugged and varied coastline of the magnificent East Fjords to Egilsstaðir the largest town in the east.  Overnight in Egilsstaðir area.

Day 5 Egilsstaðir and Surroundings: East Fjords – Legendary Lake Monster – Largest Forest in Iceland
Explore Egilsstaðir and surrounding area. Visit Hallormsstaður the largest forest plantation in Iceland set along Lake Lagarfljót, which according to legend contains a monster.  The highlight of this area is the new Wilderness Center with exciting hiking and horseriding tours past mountains, waterfalls and abandoned farmhouses.  An interactive exhibit also shows the Icelandic way of life here in the olden days. Overnight in Egilsstaðir area.

Day 6 Vopnafjörður – Langanes: Glacial Rivers – Small Fishing Villages – Northernmost Point in Iceland
Drive to Vopnafjörður village, with spectacular coast and natural hot springs. Continue to Thórshöfn village with 500 inhabitants which is situated on Langanes peninsula. Overnight in North East Iceland.

Day 7 Ásbyrgi – Húsavík – Myvatn: Glacier Carved Gorge - Whale Watching - Volcanic Area
Travel across Öxafjarðarheiði plateau. Visit Ásbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. Drive along Tjörnes peninsula to the fishing port of Húsavík, before continuing to Lake Myvatn. Overnight in North East Iceland.

Day 8 Akureyri and Surroundings: Volcanic Area – Lava Formations of Lake Mývatn - Botanical Gardens
Explore the Lake Myvatn area and its natural wonders including the fantastic lava formations of Dimmuborgir, Krafla volcanic area, and the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir. Stop at Goðafoss waterfall and then head towards scenic Eyjafjordur fjord and Akureyri, the beautiful Capital of the North.  Overnight at Akureyri area.

Day 9 Akureyri – Stykkishólmur: Fertile Farmlands – Viking Horses – Quaint Fishing Villages
From Akureyri continue over Öxnadalur pass to the historical region of Skagafjörður renowned for horse breeding.  You might like to visit the old farmstead at Glaumbær a great example from the past of Icelandic architecture. Continue the drive to Snæfellsnes peninsula.  Overnight in West Iceland.

Day 10 Snæfellsnes – Borgarnes – Reykjavík: Coastal Villages – Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Volcanic Crater – Picturesque Fjord
Circle around the legendary Snæfellsjökull peninsula passing the small fishing villages of Hellissandur and Grundarfjörður. Don't miss the striking columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi. Make a stop at the rocky beach of Djúpalónssandur. Pass Eldborg crater enroute to the agricultural region of Borgarfjörður before going on to Reykjavík.  Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 11 Reykjavik - Keflavik Airport 
Your tour concludes with car drop-off at Keflavik International Airport. 

Departures: Daily 1 May - 30 September

Includes: 10 nights' accommodation* including breakfast; rental car for 10 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up, CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system and additional driver; car pick up/drop off at Keflavík International Airport; travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September.

Excludes: petrol and optional tours - Blue Lagoon (Day 1 or 11); Fontana Baths (Day 2); Myrdalsjokull snowmobiling (Day 3); glacial hike from Skaftafell N.P., Jökulsárlón boat tour (Day 4); dinner with Egilsstadir locals, Husavik whale watching (Day 7); seal watching from Hvammstangi (Day 9); Viking Sushi boat from Stykkisholmur, settlement exhibition (Day 10). These can be purchased locally.

* The first night of your tour is spent in the Hveragerdi area, a small town about 45km from Reykjavik, to enable you to then head off into the countryside the next day without having to go through Reykjavik.

*  Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the end or anywhere else already on the itinerary along the way.

* Choose from 3 different levels of accommodation:
Budget: standard rooms with shared facilities in budget hotels, farm houses and guesthouses
Economy: standard rooms with private facilites in standard hotels and guesthouses. Last night at 3 star hotel.
Comfort: standard rooms with private facilites in quality hotels and guesthouses or superior rooms in standard hotels and guesthouses. Last night in 4 star hotel.

* The names for individual accommodations are not available prior to booking, as the tour package is based on specific hotel/price categories and not on specific hotels/accommodations. The exact location of the countryside hotels will vary according to availability- the itinerary indicates the region for each overnight stay (with the exception of the last night which is always in Reykjavik itself).

* The price is based on 10 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of car pick up and finishing at the same time. Additional use of the car beyond this time frame will incur additional days rental fee.

* The price shown is for a Group 2.0 car and Economy accommodation. For other car types and accommodation prices please enquire.

* You must be 21 years of age to rent any car, 23 years of age to rent a car category 5.0 or higher and have a valid driver's license with photo ID (an international driver's licence is not otherwise required) 

* The suggested route for this tour has ideas for sights and activities but please note these are NOT included in the tour price       

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3752.00
Single AUD$ 6669.00

Early Bird booking specials and discounts for travel in May and September may apply – please enquire.

Includes: 10 nights' accommodation* including breakfast; rental car for 10 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up, CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system and additional driver; car pick up/drop off at Keflavík International Airport; detailed road map (1:500 000); travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September; SIM card.

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