Iceland Complete

Classic Escorted Circle Tour
Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland © Shutterstock

With so much to discover and explore, this comprehensive tour highlights natural wonders, majestic landscapes and unique character. The classic, circle route provides an ideal mix of culture and nature, with the opportunity to see the best that Iceland has to offer. For another Escorted, circle tour of Iceland see our Iceland Exploration tour.

Itinerary

Day 1 Reykjavik Arrival

Coach transfer from Keflavík Airport to your hotel in Reykjavik. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore this fascinating, far Northern city. The city centre is only small and is characterised by eclectic, colourful houses, good shopping and dining. Having recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, numerous restaurants take advantage of an abundance of local seafood, meat and game. There are also many wonderful museums including the National Museum, Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum and National Gallery. Evening welcome meeting with your tour escort and fellow travellers (for Summer departures only).

Day 2 Reykjavik - Vik: Geysir - Gullfoss - Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss - Dyrholaey - Black Sand Beaches

Today, head through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi to two of the Golden Circle's natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the beautiful Golden Falls and nearby Geysir hot spring area to watch the famous Strokkur Geysir, which erupts every 10 minutes or so, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the South Shore and stop to admire Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, before visiting Dyrholaey nature reserve*. We reach Vik village, where you can stroll along the black sand beach beneath bird cliffs. Dinner and overnight in the Vik area. *Please note Dyrhólaey is closed during nesting season approx mid-May to late June.

Day 3 Vík – Skaftafell National Park – Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon – Höfn

Today we continue our journey east. We cross Eldhraun, a barren area covered by the largest lava flow ever recorded and visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur; a small, pretty town and former site of a 12th century Catholic convent. Continue over Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within huge Vatnajokull National Park, to stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, the birth place of icebergs. Throughout the day you will enjoy magnificent views of mighty Vatnajokull Glacier, which dominates south eastern Iceland. Overnight in the Höfn area.

Day 4 Höfn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir: Narrow Fjords, Steep Mountains, Picturesque Coastline

Drive from Höfn through Almannaskard pass with a stop to admire Iceland's majestic coastline. Continue alongside towering mountains which plunge vertically into the sea and form the magnificent East Fjords. Also pass through coastal fjord villages en route to Egilsstaðir area. Here we stay overnight; dinner at the hotel.

Day 5 Lake Mývatn Area: Highland Desert - Lava Formations - Volcanic Activity - Rich Birdlife

Today we explore the empty vastness of Modrudalsoraefi highland desert plateau, then head towards Lake Mývatn area. After a stop at Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, we continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. We explore the natural beauty of Lake Mývatn area, with it's very diverse birdlife, pseudo-craters at Skutustadir and Laxá salmon river. Dinner and overnight in Mývatn area.

Day 6 Lake Mývatn Area - Akureyri - Siglufjordur: Waterfall of the Gods - Folk Museum - Troll Peninsula

Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava forms at Dimmuborgir, then visit magnificent Godafoss Waterfall and the old turf farm, Laufas. Onwards to Akureyri, Capital of the North, with it's beautiful views along Eyjafjordur. After some time here, we continue along coastal roads to Troll Peninsula, a stunning place of black sand coastline with steep mountains and amazing views over the Arctic Sea. We reach Siglufjordur, set in a lovely fjord of the same name - the town has some of Iceland's best timber buildings, beautifully restored to their original glory, and is the perfect place for an evening stroll. Dinner and overnight in Siglufjordur.

Day 7 Skagafjordur – Borgarnes: Fertile Farmlands - Glacial Rivers - Unique Viking Horses

Morning visit to Siglufjordur's award winning Herring-Era Museum which recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when the town was transformed thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwards we continue to historical, Hofsos town with it's beautiful ocean views. Then to Skagafjordur, considered one of the finest places in Iceland for historical preservation and horse breeding. Stop at Holar, the cultural centre of Iceland for over 700 years, with several fascinating buildings onsite. Today it is home to a world famous agricultural university. This afternoon, visit a local horse farm to learn about the unique Icelandic horse and it's unusual fifth gait, the tolt. Head for Blonduos village built on both sides of the salmon river, Blanda, with Hrutey Island protected nature reserve, located in the middle. Cross Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to beautiful Borgarnes. Dinner and overnight in this area.

Day 8 Borgarfjordur – Thingvellir – Reykjavík: Hot Spring - Waterfalls - Thingvellir National Park

Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world, to stop and admire beautiful Hraunfossar Waterfall, before continuing via Hvalfjordur to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake. At Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world's first outdoor parliament (founded in the 10th century), we see where the North American and European tectonic plates meet in a stunning setting. Return to Reykjavík for a short city sightseeing tour before your hotel drop-off and overnight.

Day 9 Reykjavík Departure

Coach transfer to Keflavik Airport where your tour arrangements end.


2021 Summer Small Group Size departures:

21 April
05 May 
09 June
14 July
09 August
15 September

2021 Summer Regular Group Size departures: 
12, 26 May
16, 30 June
07, 19 July
04, 18 August
01, 22, 29 September

Notes:

Maximum Group Size: Regular 36 persons

Maximum Group Size: Small 16 persons

*Optional seating choice:

Empty Seating – This is for passengers who would like to practise social distancing on the bus, and have a bit more space. Passengers get 2 x seats per person, meaning their seat PLUS an empty seat next to them, including a guaranteed Window Seat.

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    Classic Escorted Circle Tour
  • Tour Category

    Escorted
  • Duration

    9 days

    Departures

    Feb - Oct

Tour Prices

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices shown are for May 2021 departures Regular Group Size

      Prices may vary according to your dates of travel

      INCLUDES: Return airport coach transfers; evening welcome meeting (Day 1, Summer departures only); accommodation in 3 star hotels with private facilities (2 nights Reykjavik, 6 nights in the countryside); breakfast daily; 5 dinners (Days 2, 4, 5, 6, 7), Microbrewery visit and beer tasting in Breiðdalsvík (Day 4), entry to Laufás Folk Museum (Day 6); entry to the Herring Museum and horse show (Day 7); fully escorted coach tour (Days 2-8) with English-speaking tour leader; carbon offsetting through Kolviður, the Iceland Carbon Fund (ICF). Winter departures include a Northern Lights Hunt kit (use of flashlight & blanket, hot drink); guided Northern Lights Hunt on foot one evening.

      EXCLUDES: optional tours: Whale Watching from Reykjavik 3-3.5hrs; Blue Lagoon comfort package with bathing fee, towel use, 1 drink, silica mud mask and return Reykjavik transfers, Amphibian Boat Tour on Glacier Lagoon 30 min (May-Sep only); Evening Super Jeep on Snowmobile Tour on Vatnajokull (min 3 pax) 3.5hrs; Mývatn Nature Baths bathing fee, towel use; Mývatn Horse Riding Tour (min 2 pax) 1.5hrs; Northern Lights Hunt by Bus from Reykjavik 3hrs (Oct-Apr only); *optional seating choice.

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices shown are for May 2021 departures Small Group Size

      Prices may vary according to your dates of travel

      INCLUDES: Return airport coach transfers; evening welcome meeting (Day 1, Summer departures only); accommodation in 3 star hotels with private facilities (2 nights Reykjavik, 6 nights in the countryside); breakfast daily; 5 dinners (Days 2, 4, 5, 6, 7), Microbrewery visit and beer tasting in Breiðdalsvík (Day 4), entry to Laufás Folk Museum (Day 6); entry to the Herring Museum and horse show (Day 7); fully escorted coach tour (Days 2-8) with English-speaking tour leader; carbon offsetting through Kolviður, the Iceland Carbon Fund (ICF). Winter departures include a Northern Lights Hunt kit (use of flashlight & blanket, hot drink); guided Northern Lights Hunt on foot one evening.

      EXCLUDES: optional tours: Whale Watching from Reykjavik 3-3.5hrs; Blue Lagoon comfort package with bathing fee, towel use, 1 drink, silica mud mask and return Reykjavik transfers, Amphibian Boat Tour on Glacier Lagoon 30 min (May-Sep only); Evening Super Jeep on Snowmobile Tour on Vatnajokull (min 3 pax) 3.5hrs; Mývatn Nature Baths bathing fee, towel use; Mývatn Horse Riding Tour (min 2 pax) 1.5hrs; Northern Lights Hunt by Bus from Reykjavik 3hrs (Oct-Apr only); *optional seating choice.

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