This is a classic circle tour around Iceland, including all the major sights of interest along the ring road.
The Classic Circle offers an even pace to enjoy the serenity of Icelandic nature with views of volcanic mountains and craters, lakes, waterfalls, clear rivers, green meadows dotted with flowes and patches of arctic cottongrass with sheep roaming around freely. All this in contrast with the whiteness of glaciers.
ARRIVAL – KEFLAVIK – REYKJAVIK
Individual arrival to Iceland. Transfer, self organised, from Keflavik international airport to Reykjavik and your accommodation.
REYKJAVIK - SNAEFELLSNES - BORGARNES
Drive north out of the city along the ring road to Borgarfjordur and further to Snaefellsnes peninsula which is often referred to as the Iceland in miniature since practically all natural phenomena that you find around Iceland can be found there – only on a slightly smaller scale! Lava fields, volcanic craters, glacier, waterfalls, sandy beaches, charming fishing towns, bird cliffs and more.Snaefellsnes peninsula is also the only area in Iceland where mineral water springs can be found. Accommodation in Borgarnes.
BORGARNES - SKAGAFJORDUR - SIGLUFJORDUR
From Borgarnes we head north along the ring road towards Hrutafjordur continuing along the fjords and through green pastures and valleys towards Skagafjordur. Holar in Hjaltadalur with the old cathedral is one of the historical sights of interest along the way before we continue north around the Troll peninsula to Siglufjordur, a charming fishing town at the foot of the high mountains where we stay overnight.
For some departures the accommodation will be at Holar and we drive to Siglufjordur the next morning.
EYJAFJORDUR - AKUREYRI
In the morning some time free to explore Siglufjordur or visit the award winning Herring Era museum. Around noon we depart Siglufjordur and drive south along the coast of Eyjafjordur. The scenic route along the fjord offers great views of Hrisey Island and the mountainous landscape on the way to Akureyri.
Along the way there is a possibility to stop at one of the small fishing villages and have an optional visit to a local micro-brewery or try out a beer spa (not included in the price).
In Akureyri we start with a short orientation sightseeing drive around this charming town with numerous interesting museums, the northernmost botanical garden, etc. Rest of the day free to explore the city or possibility for an optional tour (e.g. whale watching, horseback riding, sailing to Hrisey/Grimsey Island, etc.). Accommodation in Akureyri.
We drive east along Eyjafjordur to Godafoss waterfall Then continue to Laxa river and Lake Myvatn area where we spend the day exploring the natural volcanic wonders. We enter the Rift zone and along the way you will see clear signs of past activity, as recent as 1975-84. Among the highlights are pseudocraters at Skutustadir, Dimmuborgir (The Dark Castle) and the solfatara field at Namaskard with its boiling mud pits and steam vents.
In summer months the Lake is teeming with bird life as various bird and duck species come nesting in the surroundings of the lake. There will also be with several possibilities for short (easy) hikes and a chance for a relaxing bath in the Nature Baths geothermal lagoon. Accommodation in the area of Lake Myvatn or in Husavik.
HUSAVIK - DETTIFOSS - EGILSSTADIR
We drive around the Tjornes peninsula. Reaching the northern tip of Jokulsargljufur national park we stop at Asbyrgi, a horseshoe shaped canyon. We continue south towards the Dettifoss – Europe's most powerful waterfall. Further east the drive takes us through the desert land of Modrudalsoraefi with views of Mt Herdubreid – considered to be one of the most beautiful mountains in Iceland. On our way further through Jokuldalur we can enjoy the view of numerous waterfalls that drop down from the top of the hills. The drive goes through Egilsstadir and the day ends in the East fjords. Accommodation in the area.
EAST FJORDS - JOKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON - SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK
We drive along the East Fjords coastal road towards Hofn and continue along the Vatnajokull glacier and its outlets. At the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon an optional amphibian boat tour amongst the icebergs is available. Here we are also within walking distance of the sea. If lucky, we might spot a seal near the shore or even in the lagoon. The next stop will be Skaftafell national park – a green oasis surrounded by the glacier and the sands of glacial rivers. Here we have a chance for a walk through the park to Svartifoss waterfall. Overnight at a country hotel in the area of Skaftafell or Kirkjubaejarklaustur.
KIRKJUBAEJARKLAUSTUR - VIK - SELFOSS
We travel across the sands of glacial rivers and lava fields towards the village Kirkjubaejarklaustur and further to Vik. Here we can observe the Reynisdrangar cliffs in the sea and the black sandy beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. We stop at Reynisfjara beach or Dyrholaey and continue towards Solheimajokull glacier and make a stop at Skogar with the impressive Skogafoss waterfall. At Thorvaldseyri we will visit the exhibition on the infamous volcano eruption of 2010. Further along the way another stop will be made at Seljalandsfoss waterfall and we end the day in in the area of Selfoss.
REYKJAVIK - KEFLAVIK - DEPARTURE
Today we have three more highlights to visit. First we drive to Gullfoss waterfall – the Golden Falls which drops in two cascades deep into the gorge of Hvita glacial river; we visit the Geysir geothermal area with an abundance of hot springs. We wait for the most active of the geysers, Strokkur, which spouts a steaming column of water into the air every 5-10 minutes. Continuing past Lake Laugarvatn we drive to Thingvellir national park, the site of the first parliament, founded in 930. Thingvellir was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its cultural value. The Lake with its surroundings is a place of great geological interest. We end the day at our accommodation in Reykjavik.
KEFLAVIK - DEPARTURE
Breakfast and transfer to Keflavik airport under own arrangement in time for flight departure.