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Iceland Classic Circle

Overview May - September Price from US 1.030 per person

A lovely balanced tour, including all the musts of Iceland, at a nice pace. You drive the whole circle and also visit Snæfellsnes peninsula, and you have good time to enjoy everything. The greatest highlights are all included, such as Þingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the East Fjords, Lake Mývatn, Akureyri and the marvels of Snæfellsnes. 

Highlights

  • Borgarfjörður with the Hraunfossar waterfalls and Iceland’s biggest hot spring
  • Snæfellsnes peninsula with Arnarstapi’s bird cliffs and basalt formations and Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Akureyri, the small but charming “Capital of the North”
  • Lake Mývatn with all its wonders of nature, including Dimmuborgir Lava Labyrinth and Námaskarð solfataras.
  • Dettifoss waterfall
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with its floating icebergs
  • Skaftafell National park with Svartifoss waterfall
  • Skógar with Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar Folk Museum
  • Iceland’s most famous highlights: Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfall
  • Þingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s ancient parliament.
  • The capital Reykjavík
  • The Blue Lagoon, a warm blue lake where you can take a refreshing bath
  • And many more….

Practical Information

  • This tour is available from May 1st until September 30th.
  • It takes 10 nights and 11 days
  • The tour can be driven in any type of car
  • You will drive from 200 up to 350 km per day, with a total of 2.000 km during the week.
  • You mostly move from one hotel to another, changing hotels every day.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Keflavík airport, where you pick up your car. If you arrive in the afternoon, you can visit the famous Blue Lagoon, filled with natural hot water, rich in all kind of minerals. After a refreshing bath in the bizarre surroundings of lava fields and a geothermal plant, you drive to your accommodation in Keflavík or Reykjavík. If your flight arrives late in the evening, you drive straight to your accommodation, but then you will have time to visit the Blue Lagoon on your last day.

Blue Lagoon

Day 2: Drive to Þingvellir National Park, where the ancient parliament was founded. This is also a place of great geological interest, and you can take a walk through one of the large fissures. Then you continue over Lyngdalsheiði pass to the village of Laugarvatn, and from there to the Geysir area, where the famous spring Strokkur ejects its water columns high into the air every 5 minutes or so. Next you visit Gullfoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Iceland. From there, you drive to the south coast for overnight in the Selfoss area.

Gullfoss

Day 3: Now you follow the south coast in an eastward direction, making your first stop at Seljalandsfoss.
Next, you can visit Skógafoss waterfalls, and the lovely Folk Museum of Skógar, before driving to the bird cliff of Dyrhólaey (open after 25 June), where puffins can be seen until mid-August, and the small village of Vik. Then you drive over the Mýrdalssandur outwash plains to Kirkjubæjarklaustur for overnight.

Vík beach

Day 4: On the way east you can make a stop at Dverghamrar with its basalt columns, and you can visit the tiny chapel at Núpsstaður. Then you arrive to the Skaftafell national park, where we suggest you spend some time. A walk to Svartifoss waterfall (1 1/2 hrs in total) is highly recommended. The last highlight of the day is at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. In this large lagoon immense icebergs float around, and you can even make a short boattrip among them, giving you really the opportunity to see them from close by. After this stop, you continue to your accommodation in the Höfn area.

Kvísker glacier tounge

Day 5: In the morning, a skidoo trip on Vatnajökull glacier would be possible. Today is a restful day, driving along the eastern fjords with their lovely landscape. A tip: visit the Stone Museum of Petra, in the tiny village of Stöðvarfjörður. There you can see a garden and most of the house full of the most colourful and sparkling Icelandic semi-gemstones. After circling around the fjords you drive over Fagridalur pass to Egilsstaðir, the most important village of the east (wonderful swimming pool)! Overnight in or near Egilsstaðir.

Berufjörður

Day 6: From Egilsstaðir, drive through the long and fertile valley of Jökuldalur, and then you drive up to Möðrudalsheiði, a desert-like plateau. Then you head north over Hólssandur, until you reach Dettifoss, Iceland’s mightiest waterfall. Next you visit Ásbyrgi, a horse-shoe shaped canyon, before driving to Húsavík. You can have a look around in the picturesque harbour or visit the very interesting local museum and/or the Whale Museum. It is also possible to make an optional whale watching safari. Overnight in Húsavík or Mývatn area.

Ásbyrgi

Day 7: You spend the day visiting some of the marvellous sights in the Mývatn area, such as Krafla, the site of volcanic eruptions as recent as the 80s, Námaskarð solfataras and Dimmuborgir Lava. After having spent most of the day in the Mývatn area, you drive to Goðafoss waterfall, the waterfall of the Gods, which is well worth a good stop. Then you continue to Eyjafjörður fjord, and spend some time in the lovely city of Akureyri, often called “The Capital of the North”. It’s a good idea to visit the beautiful botanic garden. Also, the city offers some nice shopping opportunities, such as for example a factory outlet of woolens. Overnight in Akureyri.

Dimmuborgir - Mývatn

Day 8: In the morning, you drive to Skagafjörður, the county that is so famous for horse breeding. It would be possible to go horseback riding, or to make a river rafting tour in Skagafjörður. This takes at least 3 hours, so it limits your options for the afternoon a bit, but it is a superb experience. Before leaving Skagafjörður, it is possible to visit the turf house museum of Glaumbær, dating from the end of the 19th century. You continue along the main road to the village of Blönduós, and along the fjord to Laxárdalsheiði pass. Continue via Skógaströnd to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, where you stay overnight at the charming fishing village of Stykkishólmur.

Glaumbær

Day 9: This day is spent exploring Snæfellsnes peninsula. First, you drive through a few small fishing villages to the tip of the peninsula, where you might spot the glacier Snæfellsjökull (depending on weather conditions). You can make stops at Djúpalónssandur, a place with a lovely black beach, or at Þúfubjarg bird cliffs. We recommend a visit to Arnarstapi, an area where kittiwakes nest among the superb basalt columns, before continuing along the south side of the peninsula, through grassy farmland, to Borgarnes village. Overnight in Borgarnes or Reykholt.

Arnarstapi

Day 10: Today, we recommend a visit to Borgarfjörður County, where you can visit some lovely spots, such as Deildartunguhver which is Iceland’s largest hot spring, producing 180 l of almost boiling water per minute. Also you can view Hraunfossar, a whole row of small waterfalls tumbling out of the lava, into a passing river. Then you continue along the Hvalfjörður fjord to Reykjavík. You can spend the afternoon day in Reykjavík, to explore the marvels of the city. There are many galleries and museums, two shopping malls, shopping streets, a botanic garden in a lovely park, a small zoo with mostly domestic animals, wonderful swimming pools, bowling halls, fitness centres, and many other things. It would also be possible to go horseback riding in the afternoon, just outside of Reykjavík.

Reykjavík

Day 11: Those who have an early flight, drive straight to the airport. If your flight leaves later during the day, you have the chance to visit the Blue Lagoon before driving to Keflavík airport to catch the return flight.

Note: we reserve the right to reverse the itinerary.


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