Complete Iceland

Classic Circle Tour
Laufaskirkja, North Iceland © Visit Iceland

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.

Itinerary

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 - Dyrholaey - Vik 325km

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. Visit Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls, each with its own unique character. Continue to Dyrholaey and the black sand beaches of the South Shore. Overnight in the Vik area.

Day 3 Vik – Vatnajokull National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon - Hofn 279km

Lava Fields – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe's Largest Glacier
Continue your journey on the Ring Road. Cross Eldhraun, the largest lava flow recorded on the planet in historical times. Visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur town, the former site of a 12th century Catholic convent. The tour continues over Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within Vatnajokull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. Throughout the day you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier. Overnight in the Hofn area.

Day 4 Hofn - East Fjords - Egilsstadir 259km

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Legendary Lake Monster
Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard Pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. You'll also pass villages, each with its own special history and charm. The road brings you to Egilsstadir town, located near Iceland's largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster. The area is also getting a name for itself for its excellent locally sourced cuisine. If you have time in your schedule, we suggest a visit to the Wilderness Centre, a living history experience where you can enjoy an interactive exhibit and excellent locally sourced meals. Overnight in the Egilsstadir area.

Day 5 Lake Myvatn Area 255km

Highland Desert – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Winter Wonderland
Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe's largest and most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to Namaskard Pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. Overnight in the Myvatn area.

Day 6 Lake Myvatn Area - Akureyri - Siglufjordur 215km

"Waterfall of the Gods" – Colourful Northern “Capital” – Troll Peninsula
Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss Waterfall, where you can walk on paths giving you different views of the water. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colourful northern "capital" of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and a beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur Fjord. After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur and the Troll Peninsula. This is a breath-taking drive along steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline. The destination is Siglufjordur, set in a beautiful fjord of the same name. This town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Siglufjordur is a very picturesque town. Depending on when you arrive in town, we suggest a visit to Siglufjordur's award-winning Herring-Era Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a frontier boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. Overnight in Siglufjordur.

Day 7 Skagafjordur - Borgarnes 310km

Icelandic History and Horses – Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers
Head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to Skagafjordur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding. A great place to learn more about Icelandic horses is the Icelandic Horse History Exhibit at Holar University College. Holar was one of Iceland's cultural centres and has buildings from nine centuries of Iceland's history that you can visit. Continue towards the village of Blonduos, built on both sides of the river Blanda. The town of Hvammstangi's Seal Centre is a great place to learn about seals and perhaps join a guided excursion to look for seals by boat. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes. Overnight in the Borgarnes area.

Day 8 Borgarfjordur - Thingvellir – Reykjavik 205km

Europe's Largest Hot Spring – Picturesque Waterfalls – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)
Breakfast at your hotel. Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. The nearby Krauma Natura Hot Spring Spa is a great place to enjoy a refreshing morning bath surrounded by gorgeous landscapes. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls before continuing via Hvalfjordur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where the world‘s oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. After your visit here, head on to Reykjavik, Iceland's culturally vibrant capital city. Enjoy exploring the city's many dining options. During the summer you can also enjoy late afternoon and evening activities such as a visit to Wonders of Iceland or FlyOver Iceland or a whale watching tour. Overnight stay in Reykjavik.

Day 9 Reykjavik - Keflavik Airport 52km

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


2021 departures:  daily 01 May - 30 September

Notes:

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 three different levels of accommodation:
Budget: standard rooms with shared facilities in budget hotels, farm houses and guesthouses
Comfort: standard rooms with private facilities in standard hotels and guesthouses. Last night at 3 star hotel.
Quality: standard rooms with private facilities 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.

For other car types and accommodation prices please enquire.

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    Classic Circle Tour
  • Tour Category

    Self Drive
  • Duration

    9 days

    Departures

    May - Sep

Tour Prices

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices shown are for COMFORT accommodation and a category 2.0 compact 2wd manual rental car for travel in May 2021

      Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      INCLUDES: 8 nights accommodation* including breakfast; compact 2wd manual 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).

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices shown are for QUALITY accommodation and a category 2.0 compact 2wd manual rental car for travel in May 2021

      Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      INCLUDES: 8 nights accommodation* including breakfast; compact 2wd manual 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).

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