Iceland Odyssey

Circle Tour with Snaefellsnes Peninsula
12 days
May - Sep
Click here to enlarge map
Print map

Take to the open road and discover the natural wonders and welcoming towns of Iceland's Ring Road and Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the end, or anywhere else already on the itinerary along the way.       

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

Day 1: Arrival in Keflavík – Hveragerði  100km
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 the charming village of Hveragerði. 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 - Fludir/Selfoss  170km
National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - Massive Waterfall

Drive to Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. Continue to the famous Geysir hot-spring area and don't miss the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. Overnight in the Fludir area.

Day 3 Thjorsardalur - Hella - Vik - Kirkjubaejarklaustur  300km
Hekla Volcano - Thundering Waterfalls - Seabird Colony - Black Sand Beaches - Lava Fields

Drive along the spectacular South coast and view highlights along the way such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Myrdalsjokull glacier, Dyrholaey* and the black sand beaches of Vik. Continue towards Kirkjubaejarklaustur, a picturesque village known for fabulous trout fishing and is the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. Overnight in Southeast Iceland.  *Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, from ca. middle May until June 23rd. Overnight in Southeast Iceland.

Day 4 Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon - Egilsstadir  380km
Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier - 
Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Mineral Collection
Today you will be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe´s largest glacier. Visit the park‘s awe-inspiring Skaftafell area, which is set between glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Wind your way through the spectacular East Fjords, with towering mountains and charming fishing villages, to the fertile Egilsstadir area. You might opt to take a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer or visit Petra‘s famous stone collection at Stodvarfjordur (Note: best time for viewing puffins is mid May to early August). 2 nights in Egilsstadir area

Day 5  Egilsstadir and surroundings  variable mileage
East Fjords - Legendary Lake Monster - Largest Forest in Iceland - Wilderness Heritage 

Explore Egilsstadir and the surrounding area. Visit Hallormsstadur the largest forest plantation in Iceland set along Lake Lagarfljot, which according to legend contains a monster.  Drive to edge of the magnificent highland wilderness, where you can visit the interactive new Wilderness Centre that focuses on the pioneer history and nature of the Eastern highlands.

Day 6 Dettifoss - Asbyrgi - Husavik - Myvatn  310km
Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall - Glacier Carved Gorge - Whale Watching

Travel across Modrudalsoraefi highlands to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Explore the impressive horse-shoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon in Jokulsargljufur National Park before continuing to the fishing port of Husavik. Overnight Northeast Iceland.

Day 7 Lake Myvatn - Akureyri  100km
Bizzare Lava Formations - Geothermal Activity - Rich Birdlife

Explore the highlights of Lake Myvatn and surrounding area with unique attractions such as Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard and Krafla volcanic area. Make a stop to admire Godafoss "Of the Gods" waterfall before continuing to the town of Akureyri for 2 nights.

Day 8 Akureyri  variable mileage
Iceland's "Capital of the North" - Botanical Gardens - Local Museums - Arctic Circle

Spend the day exploring Akureyri the "capital of the North" and its surrounding area.  This charming town is small in size but has a vibrant cultural scene. Wander through a street dedicated to art galleries. Visit museums and historical wooden homes. If you enjoy outdoor recreation, Akureyri is great for whale watching, fishing, horseback riding or hiking in the trails around the fjord. Overnight stay in Akureyri

Day 9 Akureyri - Laugarbakki - Stykkisholmur  370km
Fertile Farmlands - Folk Museum - Viking Horses

Travel to the horse-breeding valley of Skagafjordur fjord, continue to the shores of Hunafloi bay, an area rich in Icelandic history. Overnight Stykkisholmur area.

Day 10  Stykkisholmur - Arnarstapi - Borgarfjordur  240km
Magical Glacier Volcano - Sea Cliffs with Bird Life - Volcanic Crater

Circle around the legendary Snaefellsjokull peninsula passing the small fishing villages of Grundarfjordur and Hellissandur. Make a stop at the rocky beach of Djúpalónssandur. Don't miss the striking columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi.  Overall of this beauty is the great glacier-crowned volcano of Snaefellsjokull, said to have magical powers. Pass Eldborg crater on route to the agricultural region of Borgarfjordur. Overnight Borgafjordur area.

Day 11 Borgarfjordur -Reykholt - Hvalfjordur - Reykjavik  220km
Picturesque Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring - Blue Lagoon

In Borgarfjordur visit the beautiful Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls, Reykholt and the enormous Deildartunguhver hot spring. Continue via Hvalfjordur fjord to Reykjavik for overnight. 

Day 12 Reykjavik - Keflavik Airport  52km
Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and return your rental car.

Departures: daily May –  September

Includes: Accommodation, rental car for 11 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, GPS and additional driver; car pick up/drop off at Keflavík International Airport; travel guide; emergency phone line available 24/7 from May to September.

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

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

                                      Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4128.00
Single AUD$ 7333.00

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

Includes: Accommodation, Rental car for 11 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up, CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT;  GPS system and no charges for an 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.

Similar tours

Tour Duration Description Departure
Arctic Iceland 11 days Circle tour + East Fjords & Snaefellsnes Peninsula May - Sep
Majestic Fjords 14 days Circle Tour + Westfjords + Snaefellsnes Peninsula May - Sep