Iceland Circle

Circle Tour + Snaefellsnes Peninsula
9 days
May - September
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Enjoy discovering Iceland’s epic landscapes on this exceptional road trip. Circumnavigate the island, driving the excellent Ring Road to see the many amazing geological and natural wonders, as well as exploring the famous and geologically-diverse Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Day 1  Keflavik Airport - Hveragerdi   100km
Geothermal Lagoon – Flower village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.  From Keflavik International Airport drive the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi, 45km south east of Reykjavik.The village 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 - Geysir - Hella - Vik 315km  
National Park with Geological Wonders - Exploding Geysers - Massive Waterfalls – Black Sand Beach

Today enjoy both the Golden Circle and the South Shore. Visit Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a place of great geological and historical interest. Then take in the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir hot-spring area. Next head along the rich farmlands of south coast, passing by famous volcanoes such as Eyjafjallajokull and Hekla. Visit Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls, each with its own unique character. Overnight in the Vik area.

Day 3: Vik – Kirkjubaejarklaustur- Vik: Katla Geopark area 205km
Thundering Waterfalls - Puffin Colony - Black Sand Beaches – Vast Lava Fields- Volcanic GeoPark

Today you will be in the Katla UNESCO listed Global Geopark area, a wonderland of active volcanoes, black sand beaches, glittering glaciers and moss-covered lava flows. Visit Dyrholaey, a rocky headland where thousands of puffins nest in the summer (closed during nesting season from mid-May until June 23rd). Feel the power of thundering waves on black sand beaches, and discover the magnificent Fjadrargljufur, an oddly-shaped canyon formed during the Ice Age. Visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur village, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent, and the nearby natural sites connected to convent history, Systrastapi (Sisters’ Rock) and Systrafoss (Sisters’ Waterfalls). Overnight in the Vik area

Day 4: Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon - Hofn 295km
Glacier-Ringed Oasis - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier

Today enjoy glacial vistas from all angles.  You will be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe‘s largest glacier. Visit the Skaftafell area, a green oasis nestled below the great Vatnajokull glacier. There are many excellent hiking trails here, including a trail that leads to the basalt-framed Svartifoss falls. Skaftafell is also a great place to take a guided glacier hike.  Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where huge icebergs float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon. Also perhaps experience amazing vistas of light and shadow, sea and black sand dunes at Vestrahorn, where a 454 metre mountain overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Overnight in the Hofn area.

Day 5: Hofn - Djupivogur - Faskrudsfjordur – Egilsstadir 270km
Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline – Intriguing Stone Collection
Drive along the rugged coastline of the East Fjords, with towering mountains, charming fishing villages, some of Iceland’s oldest landscapes and amazing views of fjord and sea.  Djupivogur, the gateway to the East Fjords, is ideal for hiking on the coast, or you might take a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer (May – early August). Or visit  Petra's famous collection of local stones and minerals at Stodvarfjordur. Then stop in Faskrudsfjordur, a pretty town with an interesting historical connection to France and an ideal place to visit on your way to Egilsstadir, the region’s largest town. Overnight in the Egilsstadir area.

Day 6: Egilsstadir – Dettifoss- Husavik - Myvatn 325km
Highland Desert - Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall - Glacier Carved Gorge - Whale Watching

Today explore Iceland‘s highlands, travelling across Modrudalsoraefi, a vast area renowned for stark, untouched beauty. Visit Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall, travel through the wilderness beauty of northern Vatnajokull National Park, visiting the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Asbyrgi, and drive around the ancient, fossil-rich Tjornes peninsula, for amazing views of the sea. Visit Husavik, a colourful fishing village known for its excellent whale watching opportunities, before heading to the renowned Myvatn Nature reserve. Overnight in the Myvatn area.

Day 7: Myvatn- Akureyri- Saelingsdalur Valley 385km 
Lava Formations - Volcanic Activity - Rich Birdlife - Waterfall "Of the Gods"-  Capital of Nth Iceland

Explore the surreal, photogenic highlights of the Lake Myvatn area, including the mystical Dimmuborgir volcanic formations, the Skutustadir pseudo craters, and the colourful sulphurous Namaskard slopes. Drive to Godafoss waterfall en route to Akureyri, a charming town set in the Eyjafjordur fjord. Continue over the Oxnadalur pass to the historical Skagafjordir region, renowned for horse breeding and medieval history. You might visit the old turf-roof manor at Glaumbaer, a great example of Icelandic architecture from the last few centuries. Continue your journey through the farmlands and scenic coastline on the way to Saelingsdalur valley, an area rich in Viking Saga history and legends of elves. Overnight in Laugar in  the Saelingsdal area.

Day 8: Saelingsdalur Valley – Snaefellsnes Peninsula – Borgarnes - Reykjavik 410km
Coastal Villages - Sea Cliffs with Birdlife - Volcanic Crater - Picturesque Fjord

Circle around the legendary Snaefellsjokull peninsula, home to Snaefellsjokull National Park. Visit Stykkisholmur, overlooking a bay filled with thousands of islands and perhaps take a boat tour in the bay.  Pass by small fishing villages and Kirkjufjall, Iceland‘s most photographed mountain. Don't miss the striking columnar basalt rock formations teeming with birdlife at Arnarstapi and make a stop at the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur.  Crowning the peninsula is the mysterious Snaefellsjokull, a glacier capped volcano.  Pass by Eldborg, a crater where you can hike to the top.  Drive through the scenic Borgarfjordur region on your way to Reykjavik. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 9 Reykjavik - Keflavik Airport 52km
Your tour concludes with car drop-off at Keflavik International Airport. 

Departures: daily 1 May - 30 September 

Includes: 8 nights' accommodation* including breakfast; Ferry across the Breidafjordur bay; rental car for 8 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up, CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection, and additional driver;  car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport; travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7; Tablet with travel app which includes nature sites, historic places, road side services, safety guidelines, info from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration, detailed itinerary including hotels and GPS road guide to each hotel, map view of the road trip, detailed pdf travel book about Iceland (please note the tablet does not have internet connection capacity). 

Excludes: petrol; optional tours.

* 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 of the tour.

* 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 8 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 Comfort or Economy accommodation. For other car types and accommodation prices please enquire.      

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3506.00
Single AUD$ 6257.00

Includes: 8 nights' accommodation* including breakfast; Ferry across the Breidafjordur bay; rental car for 8 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up, CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection, and additional driver;  car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport; travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7; Tablet with travel app which includes nature sites, historic places, road side services, safety guidelines, info from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration, detailed itinerary including hotels and GPS road guide to each hotel, map view of the road trip, detailed pdf travel book about Iceland (please note the tablet does not have internet connection capacity). 

The prices shown here are for COMFORT accommodation and Group 2.0 car

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3082.00
Single AUD$ 5170.00

Includes: 8 nights' accommodation* including breakfast; Ferry across the Breidafjordur bay; rental car for 8 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up, CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection, and additional driver;  car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport; travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7; Tablet with travel app which includes nature sites, historic places, road side services, safety guidelines, info from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration, detailed itinerary including hotels and GPS road guide to each hotel, map view of the road trip, detailed pdf travel book about Iceland (please note the tablet does not have internet connection capacity). 

The prices shown here are for ECONOMY accommodation and Group 2.0 car

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