Iceland: The Full Circle Tour
August 18-27, 2019
An unforgettable journey to the amazing North...
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO ICELAND AND REYKJAVIK
Arrival at Keflavik International Airport, and transfer to our hotel in the city center of Reykjavík. Today is free to explore the capital city with its abundance of museums, restaurants and bars. Main Street is loaded with shops, coffee cafes in the typical Icelandic design.
Overnight: Skuggi Hotel or similar.
(Dinner on your own)
Average Driving Distance: 49km / 30 mi.
DAY 2: THE FAMOUS GOLDEN CIRCLE & FRIÐHEIMAR FARM VISIT
This morning head to Þingvellir, a national park which has been nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site. Visit the great Geyser area with its erupting geysers and colorful hot springs. Continue to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall.
The scenic drive will take us to Friðheimar farm, where we’ll get to taste geothermally-grown tomatoes from one of their greenhouses and their delicious tomato soup. Meet the beautiful Icelandic horses, famous for their diversity of gaits, strength and good spirit. Dinner is at the hotel, with an amazing view over the Ölfusá river.
Overnight: Hótel Selfoss or similar. (B, D)
Average Driving Distance: 195km / 121 mi.
DAY 3: VOLCANOES, WATERFALLS AND BLACK SAND BEACHES
Today learn about Iceland’s unique geology. Visit the Lava Center, an interactive exhibition about Iceland’s volcanic activity, its frequent earthquakes and how Iceland evolved over millions of years. Continue along the south coast, below the majestic volcano Eyjafjallajökull. Awe at the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade, and the gorgeous 60-meter high Skógafoss waterfall. Stop at the Skógar Open Air Museum, a cultural heritage collection including turf houses.
Further ahead at the village of Vík, visit the black volcanic beach south of the village, from where you can view the rock formations Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar. Next, continue to our accommodations in Kirkjubæjarklaustur and dinner with the group.
Overnight: Hótel Klaustur or similar. (B, D)
Driving distance approx. 225 km / 140 mi.
DAY 5: RUGGED EAST FJORDS TO MOON-LIKE NORTH ICELAND
This is a long day with a lot of diverse sights! The scenery in East Iceland includes tranquil fishing villages, narrow fjords, rugged tundra and vast landscapes. After reaching North Iceland, prepare to be amazed by the roaring Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. There is a 1 km walk from the parking lot to the waterfall on a gravel road, definitely worth the trip!
Next, explore the natural beauty of Lake Mývatn with its lunar landscapes. Also visit the Námaskarð pass, the lava formations at Dimmuborgir and Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters. This is a great day for geology enthusiasts! Our journey ends in the seaside village of Húsavík, known as “Europe’s Whale Watching Capital." In the evening the group will dine together at the Salka Restaurant.
Overnight: Fosshótel Húsavík or similar. (B, D)
Average Driving Distance: 425 km / 264 mi.
DAY 6: ÁSBYRGI, HLJÓÐAKLETTAR & LEISURE TIME
We start the day by driving to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park where we will visit the horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon, which according to legend was formed by a footprint from the Norse god Odin's eight-legged horse. The next natural wonder on our list is Hljóðaklettar, the “echo rocks”, which are a collection of great basalt columns lying in every direction to create unique formations arched caves that are known to create eerie echoes and reverberations. There we will do a short hike to explore the area.
In the afternoon we will return to Húsavík, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. For those who are up for more adventure, this is the perfect spot to join a whale watching tour from Húsavík habour. Tonight, dinner will be on your own this evening in the village and there are several restaurants to choose from.
Overnight: Fosshótel Húsavík or similar. (B)
Driving distance approx. 150 km / 93 mi.
DAY 7: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GREAT NORTH
Leave Húsavík today for our first glimpse of the Goðafoss, (the waterfall of the Gods), one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Iceland. We will then make our way to the charming town of Akureyri, where we will take a stroll in the heart of the city center. You will have some leisure time to explore the town on your own and grab a lunch, before we head to our next stop.
Continue our drive around Tröllaskagi, where you can enjoy fantastic views of beautiful mountains, cliffs and fjords. We will make a stop in the scenic Siglufjörður, which was once the center of Iceland’s herring fleet. Here, visit the Herring Era Museum and taste some local treats. The journey continues to the tranquil farmlands of Skagafjörður, where you will enjoy dinner at the guesthouse.
Overnight: Hofsstaðir Guesthouse or similar. (B, D)
Driving distance approx. 270 km / 168 mi.
DAY 8: HIDDEN GEMS OF THE WEST COAST
Today we drive through Skagafjörður, towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula. This is a scenic drive on a beautiful stretch of Iceland, passing sweeping farmlands of the northwest that are dotted with Icelandic horses. Photograph the spectacular views of the islands of Breiðafjörður just before reaching Stykkishólmur in the early afternoon, where you will have time to explore on your own. You also have the option to partake in a Viking sushi adventure, where you will sail around the islands of Breiðafjörður and sample delicious fish straight from the sea (optional with extra cost).
*The Viking Sushi adventure is only available from 29 May - 31 Aug.
Overnight: Hotel Fransiskus or similar. (B)
Driving distance approx. 275 km / 171 mi.
DAY 9: NATURAL WONDERS OF SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA
Today explore the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula, starting with a visit to Kirkjufell, one of the most photogenic mountains of the area. Next up, head toward the tip of the peninsula where you can measure your strength at Djúpalónssandur, by the lifting the large stones on the beach. Who will be the strongest? Nearby, we will find Hellnar and Arnarstapi, with its unique rock formations, before heading back to the capital and completing our circle around Iceland. Complete the adventure with a hot soak at the world-famous Blue Lagoon! Ahhhh…
Overnight: Skuggi Hotel or similar (B)
Driving distance approx. 315 km / 196 mi.
Recharge with a soak and mud bath at the world-famous Blue Lagoon
DAY 10: DEPARTURE DAY
Today we say goodbye to Iceland! Our shuttle transfer to Keflavík International Airport will arrive at our hotel about three hours before our departure.
COST: $4295 pp based on 16 paid
$650 single supplement
Private round-trip transfer from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík
Accommodation (comfort) for 9 nights
Some dinners as listed
Professional English-speaking guide, as per itinerary
Transportation in a premium mini-coach, as per itinerary
Comfort package at the Blue lagoon spa w/Silica Mud Mask (sounds fun, right)
Entrance to Friðheimar Farm
Entrance to the Lava Centre
Entrance to the Skógar Folk Museum
Guided boat tour of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Local Ice Cream at Brunnhóll
Entrance to the Herring Era Museum
Map of Iceland and detailed personal itinerary
Iceland Travel Guide
Taxes & service fees
Flights to/from Iceland
Meals, drinks & entrance fees, unless otherwise stated
Personal travel insurance
Any services not listed above as “Included”
DAY 4: SKAFTAFELL AND JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON
Today’s drive takes us to some of Iceland’s most photogenic attractions, including a visit to the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park, named for Iceland’s largest glacier. The journey continues to the well-known Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where we will sail among the floating icebergs on a guided amphibian boat tour. Stopping at Diamond
Beach where large chunks of ice have washed up on shore after being polished in the surf of the glacier lagoon.After our ice experience at the glacier lagoon, stop for some homemade ice cream before driving along the majestic East Fjords on our way to our next accommodation. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Hótel Bláfell or similar. (B, D)
Driving distance approx. 375 km / 233 mi.
Secure your place with a deposit of $500