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Iceland Circle

10 days
 / 9 nights

This 10-day self-drive adventure allows you to explore many of the stunning natural wonders and attractions around Iceland’s Ring Road at your own pace.

You will visit incredible sights in each region such as Þingvellir National Park, Gulfoss and Geysir, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Lake Mývatn, and the magical Snæfellsnes peninsula. If you are looking for the ideal Iceland vacation, this package has everything needed to make a dream trip to remember.

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Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs and travel preferences. If a self-drive tour is not what you prefer, this travel package can also be offered as a privately guided trip.

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10 days
 / 9 nights

Estimated price per person from:

368,350 ISK
Estimated high-season price per person based on bookings for 2 people in a double room

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What's Included

Included

Accommodation for 9 nights
Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage
Detailed personal itinerary
Zodiac tour on Glacier lagoon
Entry to Vatnshellir cave
Expert trip manager and local guides
Customer care service and 0-24h emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
Taxes and service fees

Not included

Flights and connections to Iceland
Personal travel insurance
Petrol/Gasoline
Tunnel and road tolls unless specified
Admissions and activities other than specified in the itinerary
Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in your itinerary
Any service not specifically listed under “Included”

Highlights

Visit Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates
Visit and hear the thundering roar of the famous and historical Gullfoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall
Visit and hear the thundering roar of the famous and historical Gullfoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall
Walk behind the cascading water of Seljalandsfoss and take in the magnificent views from the top of the Skógafoss waterfall
Take a scenic walk on the world-famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara and take some cool photos when climbing on the basalt columns
Discover the magnificent Vatnajokull National Park that boasts incredible ice caves, magical lagoons of floating ice, and crawling outlet glaciers
Feel the incredible force of nature at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon as you witness huge chunks of glacial icebergs floating out to the sea
Wander amongst glistening ice chunks which sparkle like diamonds at Diamond Beach
Sail among the huge icebergs in the wonderful scenery of Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Take breathtaking photos of the mysterious "Batman Mountain" with a black sand beach in the foreground at Stokksnes peninsula
Explore Stuðlagil canyon, a hidden gem with the largest number of basalt columns in Iceland
See the volcanic craters, bubbling mud pools and hot springs, walk through amazing lava formations and enjoy the incredible nature when exploring Lake Myvatn area
Visit the spectacular horseshoe-shaped canyon, Ásbyrgi and enjoy the area’s beautiful hiking trail
Explore the magnificent Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall and Godafoss the waterfall of Gods
Enjoy the wonders of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, one of the most geographically diverse region that is often referred to as “Iceland in Miniature”
See spectacular landscapes including Europes most powerful hot spring and a series of beautiful subterranean springs flowing out of the lava field when exploring Borgarfjörður area
Enjoy the unique beauty of the Icelandic nature when exploring the Whale fjord and Glymur, the second -tallest waterfall in Iceland.
Visit a UNESCO geopark and see pillow lava, curious rock formations in the shape of elves, trolls, and enjoy the soothing warm water in the famous Blue Lagoon Spa

Itinerary

Welcome to Iceland

Your Iceland self-drive vacation is about to begin. Once you arrive at Keflavik International Airport and clear customs, you’ll pick up your car at the rental service area. You only need a short ride with a shuttle bus located outside the arrival hall to get to your preferred rental vehicle. The shuttle bus departs every 10-15 minutes, so you won't be wasting your time waiting for the transfer. The first night will be spent in the heart of Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital.

Reykjavik city center offers many great sights, and the city is unique in so many ways. You will not find the towering skyscrapers of America or the age-old narrow streets, which time has seemingly forgotten and seemingly unchanged since Roman times, as in Europe. Reykjavik is somewhere in between and yet miles away. With its small quirky houses and both tiny and open spaces, it’s colorful, modern, charming, and old all the same time. So, don’t forget to bring your camera along, and get ready for photo ops at every turn.

Day 1
The Famous Golden Circle Route

You have the whole day to enjoy the sights of the iconic Golden Circle. The main highlights are Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the great Geysir geothermal area with bubbling mud pools and spouting geyser, and the milky waterfall Gullfoss. Friðheimar geothermal greenhouse is a wonderful add-on to the day along with green and lush farmlands before you reach your hotel for the night.

Day 2
The Magnificent South Coast

You surely have an eventful day ahead starting with exploring Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the misty cascade, the picture-perfect Skogafoss, the stunning black beach of Reynisfjara, and the charming village of Vík. Further East you find Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon with the Diamond Beach, which is a must, to stop by.

Day 3
Icebergs and Glaciers

Kick-off with a zodiac boat tour on Fjallsarlon glacier lagoon. It is an isolated glacial lagoon in the realm of the Vatnajökull glacier. Icebergs break off into the lake and drift serenely around before melting truly a magnificent experience getting close to the giants floating quietly around. Driving along the East Fjords of Iceland gives you an insight into tranquil fishing villages and spectacular views. You’ll spend the night in one of those charming towns.

Day 4
Charming East

East Iceland is rich in history and culture, from early settlement to the present. In every fjord, farm, or village, even in the most remote highlands, history reveals itself either in the form of museums, ruins, or other historical sites. Indulge yourself in a trip through history as you drive along the East. Natural landmarks such as Studlagil canyon, Rjukandi waterfall are well worth the visit before you reach lake Mývatn area for the night.

Day 5
Lake Myvatn Area

Among all the isolated gems and magical sights, one of the most popular locations in North Iceland is the Lake Mývatn area. You can easily lose track of time stepping into Sleipnirs crescent-shaped canyon at Ásbyrgi, hunt for ancient fossils at Tjörnes peninsula, and get lost in the roar of Dettifoss waterfall. The crown of Myvatn area Dimmuborgir which loosely translated means ‘dark castles’ are thought to have been created about 2,300 years ago in the violent throes of an extensive volcanic eruption. There are three different routes marked for walking in the labyrinth of ethereal lava formations which provide shelter for unexpectedly rich vegetation during summer. The hiking routes are all relatively easy and the longest one only takes a few hours to complete.

Day 6
North and West

Heading towards the Borgafjordur area, stop and enjoy the stunning Godafoss, the waterfall of the Gods. This picturesque waterfall is one of the most impressive in Iceland with its ice-blue glacial water. Also recommended to visit Akureyri, the largest town in North Iceland, Hvítserkur cliff, and Glaumbaer folk museum in Skagafjordur before ending at your hotel for the night.

Day 7
Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snaefellsnes is truly a magical place, with its volcanoes, glacier, basalt columns, and waterfalls. The peninsula is rich in wildlife, including dozens of species of birds and bays teeming with whales. Snaefellsjokull glacier is a 1446 m high dormant strata-volcano in the middle of Snaefellsnes National Park. It is the main tourist attraction towering over the national park at the far end of the 90 km long stretch of land. It is an ideal road trip to drive around the peninsula, exploring Dritvík Cove, Lóndrangar Cliffs, and Hellnar and Arnarstapi Cliffs with its abundant birdlife and the quaint villages along the coast. 

Day 8
Fjords and Waterfalls

Hvalfjörður gives an excellent opportunity to enjoy the unique beauty of Icelandic fjords, with its sloops, shores, canyons, and waterfalls and its somewhat controversial history of whaling. The area is especially quiet and tranquil. Don’t miss Glymur, Iceland’s second-tallest waterfall, and the tallest that is easily accessible by foot. It is close to the settlements of Borgarnes, which is a commerce center of the region and a perfect place to refresh at. Not far from these sites, you find Deildartunghver, the most powerful hot spring in Iceland, which sits near the historical settlement of Reykholt. Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls are also very much worth visiting.

Day 9
Departure

Explore the Reykjanes peninsula on your way to the airport. The peninsula is the home of a UNESCO geopark harboring Pillow lava, curious rock formations in the shape of elves, trolls, and finally the famous Blue Lagoon. Return your rental car in good time to check in for your flight at the same location as you picked it up from. It is recommended that passengers check-in for their flights 2,5 hours prior to departure time.

Day 10

Rental Car Type Examples

When we design our travel packages we include the most reliable rental cars available, in order to make your trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Below you’ll find some examples of the type of rental cars we recommend for this trip.

Compact

KIA Ceed or similar
Passengers: 5
Luggage: 2
Doors: 5
Transmission: Manual

Standard 4x4 SUV

KIA Sportage AWD or similar
Passengers: 5
Luggage: 4
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic

Premium 4x4 SUV

ToyotaLand Cruiser or similar
Passengers: 5
Luggage: 5
Doors: 5
Transmission: Automatic

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Iceland Circle
10 days
 / 9 nights

Estimated price per person from:

368,350 ISK
Estimated high-season price per person based on bookings for 2 people in a double room

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