Around Iceland with accommodation. Golden Circle, Skógafoss, Jökulsárlón, Diamond Beach, East Iceland, Mývatn, Akureyri, Hvítserkur, Hraunfossar, Snæfellnes and more
Day 1 - Golden Circle Your tour will start with the very popular Golden circle. You’ll visit all the must see location of this popular route:Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall. Optional extra: Horseback Riding Tour. Your hotel is located in the Golden Circle.
Day 2 - South Coast & Glacier Hike In your next destination, you’ll visit the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the unmissable Reynisfjara black sand beach with its basalt columns. Then, add glacier hiking to your booking. Optional extra: Glacier Hiking Tour. Spend the night in the South.
Day 3 - South Coast & Ice Caves You’ll visit a remarkable blue ice cave with an experienced glacier guide.Next you’ll see the popular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the Diamond beach. Optional extra: Ice Cave Tour. Spend the night in the South.
Day 4 - Eastfjords and night in Egilsstadir Your destination for the day is the remarkable Eastfjords. You’ll pass through Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstadaskógur and see lake Lagarfljót, home of a terrifying water monster. You’ll spend the night in a town in the Eastfjords.
Day 5 - Lake Mývatn Traveling to the North. you’ll visit lake Mývatn with its unique nature baths, which are centered around a large lagoon. Explore lava fields of Dimmuborgir and Námaskard. Optional extra: Myvatn Nature Baths Entrance. Spend the night in Akureyri.
Day 6 - North Iceland After visiting the beautiful North and its capital Akureyri you’ll continue with Hauganes, a tiny village where you’ll have an optional Whale Watching. Next you’ll see Hvítserkur, a popular rock formation, “the dragon drinking water”. Optional extra: Beer Baths or Whale Watching Tour. You’ll spend the night in Borgarnes.
Day 7 - West Iceland Now you’ll be heading to the West of Iceland to explore stunning attractions such as Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls and Reykholt, which holds a significant historical heritage. Optional extra: Lava Cave Tour. You will spend the night in Borgarnes.
Day 8 - Snæfellnes & West The final day of your tour will be spent in the magnificent Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland. First you’ll visit Djúpalónssandur. The unmissable and iconic mountain Kirkjufell awaits you next with its picturesque features. At the end of your journey you’ll arrive in Reykjavík in the evening.
The first attraction of this 8-day Iceland tour is the well-known Golden Circle, one of Icelands most popular attraction. First of all you will visit Þingvellir national park where the two tectonic plates, the North American and the Eurasian plate, are moving away from each other. Few places in the world offer a better and clearer view of this massive geographic activity. The biggest natural lake in Iceland is also located at Thingvellir National Park and hosts a great variety of fish and bird life. Thingvellir is also an important place for Icelandic national history. At Thingvellir Icelanders founded their parliament in 930 a.d. where the chieftains had their annual meeting every summer.
From Þingvellir you will drive for a short time to the next attraction which is Geysir geothermal area. There you can see Strokkur hot spring gushing out boiling water every 5 minutes or so.
Next up is Gullfoss waterfall (The Golden Falls), one of Iceland's most iconic waterfalls that has a drop of 32 meters over two tocky tiers. On a sunny day, you can see the glacier Langjökull in the distance and enjoy a rainbow in the mist of the waterfall.
If you wish to make this day even more adventurous then you have the option of adding a horseback riding tour at the time of booking.
After a good day of sightseeing you will spend the night in the Golden Circle area or more South near Hella village. Throughout this tour you will mostly be staying at country hotels that provide good opportunities of witnessing the northern lights if the weather allows.
Your second day includes the beautiful South Coast of Iceland. This day you will pass farmlands, rivers and pcturesque waterfalls.
Along the day you will have the waves of the Atlantic ocean on your right side. There will be plenty stops for taking photographs and explore the amazing scenery.
To make this day even more adventurous you can add on a glacier hiking tour. This glacier hike gives you amazing scenery through crevasses and jagged ridges, incredible surroundings around the glacier and get up close with the blue ice.
The last stop of the day will be Reynisfjara beach where you can breath the ocean air while exploring the extraordinary basalt stacks.
The accommodation of day 2 will be in or close to the town of Vík.
This day will very likely be one of the highlights of your trip. You will travel further east along the South Coast, through the desert of Skeiðarársandur, passing another national park, Skaftafell. Further east you will stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, one of the most iconic locations in Iceland. In Jökulsárlón you will see big and small icebergs breaking off from Breiðamerkurjökull glacier floating in the lagoon. If you look really well you might spots some seals that live in the lagoon.
On this day you will have the unique opportunity of exploring ice caves inside on of Icelands glaciers. If you are visiting between November and March you will visit an ice cave in Vatnajökull glacier. If you're visiting at other time of the year you will visit an ice cave in Mýrdalsjökull.
This night is spent in the area of Vatnajökull glacier.
Today, you will continue further east towards the East Fjords of Iceland. The East Fjords are one of the most spectacular and untouched regions in Iceland. In this area you will feel the peace and tranquillity from the nature around you. While driving around this area you might spot some wild reindeers.
There are loads of interesting stops on this day as you head further east such as Hallormsstaðaskógur, Lagarfljót lake, the charming fjords of the East and the small fishing villages.
The night will be spent in the Eastfjords area.
After breakfast on day 5 you will head north towards Lake Mývatn and the nearby geothermal area. You will visit Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles) an area that is known for its strange rock formations, some look like a dark fort but others may look like a church.
Next stop is Námaskarð, a geothermal area with bubbling mud pools. Icelanders often place dough of bread and bury it in the ground allowing it to bake overnight.
An optional stop for this day is the Mývatn nature baths, a relaxing spa with warm, minreal-rich geothermal water, often called the Blue Lagoon of the North.
The last stop of the day before heading to the overnight accommodation in Akureyri is Goðafoss waterfall. Goðafoss is very rich with beauty and history. When driving to Akureyri you will pass Víkurskarð mountain pass you can take in the beautiful suuroundings of Eyjafjörður fjord.
Today you will make your way to the west part of Iceland with a detour around the northern area of Hauganes. Hauganes is the home of only about 140 people, it's really charming and peaceful village. You can spend some time strolling around the black sand beach or walk on the harbour. For this area you can add on the activity to go whale watching where you have the opportunity of seeing Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoise and White Beaked Dolphins. These species are the most commonly spotted in this area.
If you prefer relaxation then you can add a visit to Bjórböðin Beer Spa, there you have the chance to soak in warm beer said to be really good for your hair and skin. While bathing in warm beer you can get a cold one in your hand.
The last stop of the day is Hvítserkur, a unique looking rock. Some see it as a dragon, others see it as an elephant drinking from the surrounding water.
This night is spent in the area of Borgarnes.
Today you will explore the valley of Borgarfjörður in West Iceland. The first attraction of the day is Europe's most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver, where bailing water is bubbling from the ground, you will feel the heat from the hot steam.
Next stop is Reykholt, one of the most important historical locations in Iceland. This was the home of Snorri Sturluson who was one of the most significant figures of the Middle Ages.
After leaving Reykholt you will see two waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Hraunfossar is a series of rivulets that stream through the dark lava field. Barnafoss waterfall is a light blue waterfall that rushes through a narrow gorge.
You will spend the night at the same hotel as the night before.
On the final day of the Iceland Circle you will explore Snæfellsnes Peninsula with its great surroundings. The first stop of the day will be Gerðuberg cliffs, from there you will go to Ytri-Tunga white sand beach. White beaches are not common in Iceland so this is a really interesting stop.
Next stop will be Djúpalónssandur, black pebble beach. Yo get to the beach you will have to walk through a maze of free standing lava pillars.
Throughout the day you will have Snæfellsjökull glacier watching over you. Snæfellsjökull was used as the entrance to the center of the earth in Jules Verne's classic sci-fi novel. You will actually have the change of entering the center of the earth through Vatnshellir cave if you fancy.
The last but not at all least stop of the day is the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell.
After exploring Kirkjufell mountain this 8-day tour has come to an end. You will end the tour in Reykjavík in early evening. We do not recommend flying from Iceland in the evening of the last day in case of any delays due to weather. We rather recommend exploring Reykjavík, the northernmost capital in the world.
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