9 Day Escorted Iceland Circle Tour

On this round-the-island tour, you get to see the ever-changing scenery of the Icelandic countryside: mountains and valleys, volcanoes, glaciers, rivers, hot springs and waterfalls. This tour is ideal for those who want to experience the variety of Icelandic landscapes, culture, and history in one go. Two of Iceland's three national parks will be visited, and there are opportunities to walk in the beautiful countryside during most days of the tour. Accommodation is in simple and clean country hotels all around Iceland, and all rooms are with private facilities.


Quick facts

Tour information:
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00

You meet us at the departure location.
Fosshotel Reykjavik
Included:
  • 8 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/wc

  • 7-day fully escorted tour with an English speaking guide

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS (no guide)

  • 8x breakfast and 6x 3-course dinner

  • Visit to two national parks

  • Whale watching tour (weather permitting)

  • Boat trip on glacial lagoon

  • Introduction to Icelandic horse

  • Entrance fee to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn

  • Admission to Icelandic settlement center

  • Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum

  • Average of 1-2 hours easy walking per day

  • MEALS: 8x breakfast and 6x dinner (3-course or buffet). Dinner on Reykjavík nights not included.

  • Nature fees to natural sights (if applicable)

  • Dinner on Reykjavík nights not included


What to bring:
  • Wind and water proof clothes

  • Dress warmly according to Icelandic weather

  • Hiking shoes for comfortable walking

  • Gore-tex shoed to prevent your feet from getting wet in case of raining

  • Rain gear

  • Head wear


Good to know:

OPTIONAL VIP SEATING: Supplement for guaranteed window seat on our fully escorted coach tours which includes a window seat and next seat remaining empty (a passenger gets actually two seats) as well as a pillow and blanket for upgraded comfort. Seats will be reserved in the front rows of the bus, first comes, first get.PICK-UP: Please be ready in front of the hotel at least fifteen minutes before your pick-up time. There is no other pick-up available than the one at the Fosshotel Reykjavik.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - SAT: WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)


9 Day Escorted Iceland Circle Tour


Arrival to Reykjavík. The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International airport to Reykjavík where you spend the first night in Iceland. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.


Day 2 - SUN: LAND OF SAGAS (170 km/105 mls)


9 Day Escorted Iceland Circle Tour


Pick up from Fosshotel Reykjavik at 09:00 am. After a Reykjavík city tour head north from Iceland's capital to West Iceland where we are introduced to the Icelandic sagas in the settlement center in Borgarnes. The afternoon is filled with impressive natural spots: Deildartunguhver, one of the most voluminous hot springs in Europe and Hraunfossar, the unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into the river Hvítá. End the day with Icelandic history at the cultural site at Reykholt. Overnight is in West Iceland.


Day 3 - MON: FROM WEST TO NORTH (445 km/276 mls)


9 Day Escorted Iceland Circle Tour


The day starts with climbing a volcano crater in an old lava field in West Iceland. Afterwards we travel through the fertile farmlands and fjord landscapes of Northwest Iceland, and visit the beautiful town of Akureyri, Iceland's second largest city. We stop at Goðafoss, "the waterfall of the Gods," before reaching our accommodation in Northeast Iceland where we stay for the next two nights.


Day 4 - TUE: WHALE WATCHING, GEOLOGICAL WONDERS AND NATURE BATHS (150 km/93 mls)


9 Day Escorted Iceland Circle Tour


The day begins with a 3 hour whale watching cruise from Húsavík (weather permitting). We tour the Lake Mývatn area, considered as one of the most fertile areas in the world so close to the Arctic Circle. The lake's unique features are shaped by nature - strange lava formations, pseudo craters, attractive bays filled with thousands of birds. We stroll through the lava field of Dimmuborgir and soak at the Mývatn Nature Baths.


Day 5 - WED: FROM NORTH TO EAST (330 km/205 mls)


9 Day Escorted Iceland Circle Tour


We start the day by exploring the geothermal area of Námaskarð and seeing the impacts of volcanic activity at Krafla. Then we travel to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. From there we head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland, where we spend the night.


Day 6 - THU: FJORDS, GLACIER AND ICE (420 km/260 mls)


9 Day Escorted Iceland Circle Tour


It's a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Soon we see Vatnajökull - Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop for a boat ride among the floating icebergs on the glacial lagoon at Jökulsárlón. The night is spent near Skaftafell on the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park.


Day 7 - FRI: VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND THE SOUTH (340 km/211 mls)


9 Day Escorted Iceland Circle Tour


Visit Skaftafell at Vatnajökull National Park, nestled below the glacier and Iceland's highest mountain, the 2110 meter high Hvannadalshnjúkur. Cross the sandy desert of the south coast, and travel along mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vík. Iceland's past comes alive at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses. Overnight in South Iceland.


Day 8 - SAT: RING THE GOLDEN CIRCLE TO REYKJAVIK (210 km/130 mls)


9 Day Escorted Iceland Circle Tour


We see classics today. Start with a horse show that introduces the unique qualities of Iceland's special breed. Golden Circle sights follow: Gullfoss, the beautiful double "Golden Falls"; the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur "the churn" spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to seven minutes. A visit to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park tops it off before returning to Reykjavík.


Day 9 - SUN: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)


9 Day Escorted Iceland Circle Tour


The Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Keflavik airport.


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