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Iceland Classic Circle 10 nights
10 nights, 1 May – 30 September
Iceland Classic Circle 10 nights

ICELAND CLASSIC CIRCLE, 10 NIGHTS, 11 DAYS
10 NIGHTS, FROM MAY  TO SEPTEMBER

A lovely balanced tour, including all the "musts" of Iceland at a pleasant pace. The journey covers a complete circle around Iceland’s exterior, as well as the Snæfellsnes peninsula. There is plenty of time to stop, linger and enjoy the sights. Of course all of the highlights are included, such as Þingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the East Fjords, Lake Mývatn, Akureyri and all the wonders of Snæfellsnes. The perfect trip for those who want to see everything!

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 relax and soak
    And much more….

Practical information

  • This trip can usually be made from May 1 to September 30.
  • It takes 11 days and 10 nights.
  • Four wheel drive vehicle is not necessary.
  • Driving distance is between 300 and 400 km per day, with a total of approximately 2800 km in total.
  • You mostly travel from one hotel to the next, always changing hotels.
  • To find prices, you can use our simple trip calculator where it is possible to calculate the cost for the package you desire without having to book the trip.
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Itinerary

DAY 1
Day 1: KEFLAVÍK–BLUE LAGOON-REYKJAVÍK
After you arrive at Keflavík airport, you will pick up your rental car. If you arrive during the day, you can visit the famous Blue Lagoon, filled with natural, mineral-rich hot water. After a refreshing swim surrounded by the lunar landscape of lava fields and a geothermal plant, you drive to Reykjavík, where you will stay overnight.  If your flight arrives late in the evening you will drive straight to your accommodation, but they you can visit the Blue Lagoon later during your trip.
DAY 2
Day 2: ÞINGVELLIR-GULLFOSS-GEYSIR-SELFOSS
Drive out of the city to Þingvellir National Park, where the ancient outdoor parliament was founded in 930. This area is also very interesting from a geological point of view, since it’s situated on top of the mid-Atlantic ridge where two of earth’s tectonic plates slowly drift apart.  Because of this, you can hike down into a fissure (named Almannagjá) created between the two plates. After exploring this magnificent spot, you drive to Laugarvatn and then the tour continues on to the Geysir hot spring area with its famous spouting Strokkur and a great number of bubbling, steaming, boiling springs.  After this, you will visit one of the most beautiful, and certainly the most famous waterfall in Iceland, Gullfoss.   Finally, drive to the village of Selfoss where you stay overnight.
DAY 3
Day 3: SELJALANDSFOSS-SKOGAR-DYRHÓLAEY-KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR
Today you follow the south coast to the east, and you make your first stop at Seljalandsfoss a lovely waterfall which is very special. You can walk behind it – if you don’t mind getting wet! Next, you should visit Skógar folk museum, a fantastic exhibit of old artifacts and other handicraft and then you visit  Skógafoss, a beautiful 60m high waterfall. Now, drive to the glacier tongue Sólheimajökull to get an up close view of this unique site. It is possible to drive up to Dyrhólaey cliff to see the puffins. There are puffins everywhere from May up until the middle of August and, if the weather is nice, there is a lovely view of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. After a look at the village of Vík, you drive across Mýrdalssandur outwash plains to the village Kirkjubæjarklaustur for your overnight stay.
DAY 4
Day 4: JÖKULSÁRLÓN-SKAFTAFELL-HÖFN
The tour continues to the east this morning.  Make a stop at Dverghamrar with its basalt columns.  As you drive to Skaftafell national park, you will cross Skeiðarársandur, an outwash plain of black sand caused by flooding after a volcanic eruption from under the glacier Vatnajökull made the ice melt.  We suggest you spend some time exploring this beautiful park.  A walk to Svartifoss waterfall (1 1/2 hrs in total) is highly recommended. Probably the biggest highlight of the day is Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where immense icebergs float around this large lagoon. Here it's possible to make an optional boat-trip in an amphibian boat or a zodiac on the lagoon (45 minutes) which brings you close to the icebergs and provides great opportunities to take spectacular pictures. After this, drive to your accommodation located between the lagoon and Höfn.
DAY 5
Day 5: HÖFN-STÖÐVARFJÖRÐUR-EGILSSTAÐIR
This morning you can take a snowmobile trip on the glacier Vatnajökull.  Then, drive at your leisure along the eastern fjords and take in the beautiful scenery. Along the way, you can visit Höfn, a village with an important fishing port, and the small fishing village Djúpivogur.  Next, make a stop at the famous Petra Stone Museum to see its beautiful garden which is filled with marvelous stones. Then, drive through a tunnel and over a small mountain pass, until you arrive in Egilsstaðir, the main town of the east, where you will reside for the evening.
DAY 6
Day 6: DETTIFOSS-HÚSAVÍK-MÝVATN
From Egilsstaðir, you drive through the fertile valley of Jökuldalur and then up to the highland plateau Möðrudalsheiði, a desolate and rugged area. Then, continue north, through Hólssandur, until you reach Iceland's most powerful waterfall Dettifoss. Next, visit Ásbyrgi, a horseshoe-shaped gorge, where a small forest shelters along the 100m high rock walls. Take a short walk to see the beautiful, little pond at the back of the canyon. Continue on to the fishing village of Húsavík for a look at the picturesque harbor or, if you like, book an optional whale watching trip. You can also visit a whale museum, a charming church and an interesting, local museum. You will spend you night in Húsavík, or in the Mývatn area.
DAY 7
Day 7: MÝVATN-AKUREYRI
Today, you’ll have a whole day for sightseeing at Lake Mývatn. You can visit the volcanic area of Krafla which was considered dormant until it unexpectedly erupted in the eighties.  Another interesting place to visit is Námaskarð solfataras, with its boiling, grey mud pools, yellowish sulfur deposits and the unforgettable smell.  You can also climb the dormant volcano Mount Hverfjall or visit Grjótagjá and Stóragjá, small gorges filled with hot water.  And you might want to visit the Nature Baths for a relaxing soak in the natural hot water.  We recommend visits to the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðir and Dimmuborgir, a beautiful lava labyrinth where very strange rock formations provide shelter for the abundant vegetation. A walk is definitely a good idea! Finally, you drive via Goðafoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most charming falls, to Akureyri, your next base. This town is often called the "Capital of the North" and here you can enjoy some shopping and sightseeing. There’s a very lovely botanical garden in the town we recommend you visit.  You will stay overnight in Akureyri.
DAY 8
Day 8: SKAGAFJÖRÐUR-HRÚTAFJÖRÐUR-SKÓGASTRÖND-STYKKISHOLMUR
As you continue, you will first drive though Skagafjörður, a province most famous for its breeding of Icelandic horses.  Here, you can go horseback riding or white water rafting.  The latter takes 3 hours, so it is important to plan this in advance.  Next, it’s possible to visit the Glaumbær Turf Farm Museum where you can see the old ways of homesteading.  This house was occupied until 1939 and will give you a very good idea about how people lived from late 19th century until the beginning of the 20th century. 
When you are finished, drive through the village Blönduós to Hrútafjörður fjord and then over the small mountain pass called Laxárdalsheiði to the Skógaströnd area. Finally, you will reach the Snæfellsnes peninsula, where you will stay overnight in one of the charming fishing villages on the north side of the peninsula. 
DAY 9
Day 9: SNÆFELLSNES-DJÚPALÓNSSANDUR-ARNARSTAPI-BORGARNES
Today, you have a good amount of time to explore the Snæfellsnes peninsula.  First, you will drive through the fishing villages on the north cost of the peninsula and then onwards west around the glacier Snæfellsjökull located at the end of the peninsula.  At the tip of the peninsula, there are many picturesque places to stop, such as Þúfubjarg bird cliff (this involves a short walk away from the main road) and Djúpalónssandur beach where a rocky path brings you down to an impressive black beach. Continue on to the village Hellnar where you will find a visitor’s center for the national park of Snæfellsnes. Of course, you should not miss Arnarstapi bird cliffs.  A walk here is strongly recommended, because of the lovely basalt formations, as well as numerous nesting birds, such as kittiwakes and arctic terns.  Finally, drive along the south side of the peninsula through an agricultural area, until you arrive in the province Borgarfjörður where you will lodge overnight.
 
DAY 10
Day 10: HRAUNFOSSAR-REYKHOLT-DEILDARTUNGUHVER-REYKJAVÍK0
Today, you will travel to the summer resort of Húsafell, where you can visit a lovely swimming pool. Your next goal is Hraunfossar waterfalls, a series of small waterfalls that tumble straight out of the lava- a strange and magnificent sight! From there, you drive to Reykholt village, where the 13th century historian Snorri Sturluson lived. It’s still possible to see his miniature private swimming pool in this small village and, if you’re interested in history, a visit to the Snorri Museum is indicated.  Next you visit Iceland’s largest hot spring, Deildartunguhver, which provides people as far as 60 km away with hot water to heat their houses. Then, you drive around the scenic Hvalfjörður fjord to Reykjavík where you can explore the capital city. End the day with a night out and enjoy a meal in one of the many fine dining establishments to be found.  You will stay overnight in Reykjavík.  (It is possible to stay in Keflavik if you have an early morning flight.)
 
DAY 11
Day 11: KEFLAVÍK AIRPORT
Today you drive back to Keflavik airport for your flight back home.    If you have an afternoon flight, you still have some time to spend for shopping or visiting the city or the Blue Lagoon.
 
Note: we reserve the right to reverse the itinerary.
 
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