- See Iceland’s most popular sites and attractions along the famed Ring Road
- Visit the world-famous Golden Circle natural wonders
- Walk on the black sand beaches and see Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls along the south shore
- Take in the majesty of Vatnajokull National Park that includes Skaftafell, the Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach
- Explore the magnificent East Fjords, home of wild reindeer and a legendary sea monster
- Visit Akureyri and the Lake Myvatn region in North Iceland
- Journey through the less-travelled Troll Peninsula and explore the charming town of Siglufjordur
- View the hidden treasures of beautiful Borgarfjordur in West Iceland
- Enjoy Icelandic cuisine made with fresh local ingredients
Nine days / Eight nights
Starts / ends in in Reykjavík
Dates of tour operation: 24 April 2019 - 20 September 2019
With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this classic, best-selling tour highlights the natural wonders, majestic landscapes and the unique character of Iceland. Features of this popular tour include stops at the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Mývatn and all the famous sights of the Golden Circle such as Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park. This is a classic circle tour that provides the perfect mix of culture and nature. This tour has been our best seller for nearly 20 years.
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9 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to the Land of Fire and Ice! On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers, which can be booked through Iceland Travel. If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavik, the largest municipality in Iceland. Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik stands today. The town got its name “Smoky Bay” after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers.
Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.
Day 2: Geysir - Gullfoss - Skogar - Dyrholaey - Vik
Breakfast at your hotel. Start your journey by heading through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Drive on to the Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the “Golden Waterfall”, and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before continuing to Dyrholaey nature reserve. Continue to the village of Vik.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area.
Day 3: Vik – Skaftafell National Park – Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon – Hofn
Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your journey along the Ring Road. Cross Eldhraun, the largest single lava flow recorded on the planet. 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. It’s a treat for photographers. Continue eastward, enjoying magnificent views of mighty Vatnajokull, Europe‘s largest glacier. Your destination is Hofn, a seacoast village located near the glacier.
Dinner is on your own this evening. Hofn is famous for its excellent langoustines (Norway lobsters), and several restaurants in the town offer this specialty.
Overnight in Hofn.
Day 4: Hofn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you’ll enjoy amazing scenery as you head from glacial landscapes to fjord views. Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Head into the magnificent East Fjords with its views of towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea. Pass through charming coastal fjord villages on your way to Egilsstadir town.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area.
Day 5: Lake Myvatn Area
Breakfast at your hotel. Feel the empty vastness of the surreal Modrudalsoraefi highland desert as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s 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. One of the Myvatn area’s claims to fame is that it is home to more species of ducks than any other place on Earth.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area.
Day 6: Lake Myvatn Area – Akureyri – Siglufjordur
Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall and the Laufas turf farm museum, 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 beautiful 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 enjoyable and friendly town for an after-dinner evening stroll.
Dinner and overnight in Siglufjordur.
Day 7: Skagafjordur – Borgarnes
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning visit Siglufjordur’s award-winning Herring-Era Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century when Siglufjordur was transformed into a herring boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to the historical town of Hofsos with its beautiful views over the ocean. After some time here, head onto Skagafjordur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for historical preservation and horse breeding. Stop at Holar, one of Iceland’s most historical places. It was the cultural center of Iceland for over 700 years and has several fascinating ancient buildings on site. Today it is home to a world-famous agricultural university. This afternoon you’ll visit a local horse farm for an enjoyable introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait – the tolt. Continue towards the village of Blonduos, built on both sides of Blanda, a river formed from a wilderness glacier. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through
Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.
Dinner and overnight in the Borgarnes area.
Day 8: Borgarfjordur – Thingvellir – Reykjavik
Breakfast at your hotel. Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. 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. The road takes you back to Reykjavik where you’ll enjoy a short “farewell” city sightseeing tour before being dropped off at your hotel for the final night.
Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.
Day 9: Departure
Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport not included, but we would be happy to book it for you. We advise departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight.
If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, you might use the opportunity to stop there now on your way to the airport.