Classic IcELAND CIRCLE
A bestseller circle tour of Iceland. Follow Iceland’s Ring Road and visit all the highlights of Iceland: discover the major towns of Reykjavík, Akureyri & Egilsstaðir, the Golden Circle, the Mývatn area, bathe in Mývatn Nature Baths, enjoy Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the beautiful waterfalls, the Eastjfords and see Islandic horses, turf farmsteads, churches and much more.
- TRAVEL: Any day of the week from Copenhagen - 8 days | 7 nights
- SEASON: April 1st to September 30th 2022
- DIRECT FLIGHT FROM: Copenhagen (incl. in the price)
- YOU MIGHT WANT TO: Visit the Faroe Islands as a combination with your visit to Iceland. Read more here...
Itinerary: Fly and Drive
Day 1 Arrival & Reykjavík
Arrival in Keflavík, Iceland from Copenhagen, Denmark. Pick up rental car at the airport and drive to Reykjavík for an overnight. If time allows, explore the Reykjanes peninsula along the way. Highlights include Reykjanestá bird cliff, Gunnuhver hot spring, Brimketill rock pool and Krýsuvík hot spring area.
- Optional activity: The Blue Lagoon
- Day 1, expect to drive approx. 50 to 100 km depending on which route you choose.
Day 2 The Golden Circle
Leave the city in the morning for the UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park Þingvellir. Take a walk through the Almannagjá gorge to the former parliament site and continue to the picturesque waterfall Öxaráfoss. From here your journey takes you farming area to the geysers at Haukadalur. While the old Geysir is rather quiet, the most active hot spring Strokkur (the butterchurn) is erupting every five to seven minutes. The impressive waterfall Gullfoss is only a short drive away. Continue to your accommodation at the South Coast.
- Optional activity: Standard Lava Tunnel Tour. (Recommended as first stop before Þingvellir.)
- Day 2, expect to drive approx. 200 km
Pictures from the tour
Day 3 South Coast, Klaustur and Skaftafell
Today is the day to see waterfalls! Start the day with an unforgettable walk behind the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. Keep on walking along the rock face where in gorge the waterfall Gjlufrabúi, the gorge dweller, hides. Next stop is Skógar and the impressive waterfall Skógafoss. A visit to the local folk- and transport museum Skógasafn is reccommended. Head on to the south coast and the bird cliffs of Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara with its basalt columns and black sand beach. Your journey takes you through the village of Vík, the desert-like black sands of Mýrdalssandur, the lava landscapes of Eldhraun and onwards to the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Visiting the information centre Skaftafell in the National Park Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður. We recommend the easy hike to the Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell, which is surrounded by monumental basalt columns. Stay overnight in the Skaftafell area.
- Optional activity: Sólheimajökull Glacier Discovery
- Day 3, expect to drive approx. 220 km
Day 4 Glacier Lagoon, Höfn and Eastjfords
A drive along the foot of the massive Vatnajökull ice cap, past Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur (2114 m/6923 ft), brings you to Jöklulsárlón glacial lagoon. Take a walk along the shore of the lagoon and to the beach, where often smaller icebergs are washed ashore. Get even closer on a boat trip amidst the drifting icebergs. You have a good chance of spotting seals in the lagoon and near the coast. Afterwards your journey takes you along the coast and through the fjord landscapes of East Iceland to Egilsstaðir. Around Lake Lagarfljót is Iceland‘s largest forest to be found. Spend the night in Egilsstaðir area.
- Optional activity: Amphibian Boat Tour - Jökulsárlón (summer)
- Day 4, expect to drive approx. 380 km
Day 5 Dettifoss & Mývatn
Follow the ring road from Egilsstaðir over the highland heath to Lake Mývatn, with a detour to Europe‘s largest waterfall Dettifoss. Have a stop by the foul-smelling, sulphur mud hot springs at Námaskarð near the volcano Krafla. A short drive away from the highland scene is the fertile land around Lake Mývatn, one of the largest breeding areas for ducks, waders, and other birdspecies. Take a walk in the lava labyrinth of Dimmuborgir and around the pseudo craters in Skútustaðir, or hike the crater Hverfjall for an impressive view over the surroundings of Lake Mývatn. Stay overnight in the Mývatn area.
- Optional activity: Mývatn Nature Baths
- Day 5, expect to drive approx. 220 km
Day 6 Tröllaskagi
Picturesque Goðafoss waterfall is located on the way to Akureyri, the so-called capital of North. The charming city centre has kept its danish style while Akureyri was long a danish trading centre. The women of the danish merchants did miss trees from their homeland, and started to plant them at the hill next to the harbour, this became one of the most northernly located botanical gardens. From Akureyri you have the option of driving along the coast of Tröllaskagi peninsula or throught the mountains. Both ways will take you to the Skagafjörður area where you will spend the night.
- Optional activity: 100% Whale watching from Hauganes.
- Day 6, expect to drive approx. 270 km
Day 7 Seals on Vatnsnes Peninsula, Borgarfjörður & Reykjavík
The Icelandic Seal Centre in the fishing village of Hvammstangi, emphasis on the Seals of the North Atlantic and Arctic, showing the Seals in Icelandic culture and tradition, a documentary and the research, as well as wildlife and marine life of northern Iceland. Along the Vatnsnes peninsula, seals can be spotted at the coast, and on the way south, don´t miss to hike up the crater Grábrók. You have the option of exploring the Borgarfjörður region, before driving through the Hvalfjörður tunnel and onwards to Reykjavík. The highlights of Borgarfjörður include Deildartunguhver hot spring, Reykholt medieval site and Hraunfossar waterfalls. Your final overnight is in the capital.
- Optional activity: Krauma
- Day 7, expect to drive approx. 320 km
Day 8 Departure from Iceland to Copenhagen, Denmark
The time of departure determines your plan for the day. If you leave in the late afternoon or the evening you will have time to explore Reykjavík and stop by at the Blue Lagoon on your way to the airport.
If your flight leaves in the early morning you‘ll have to leave Reykjavík early for the airport, where you return your rental car before departure.
- Day 8, expect to drive approx. 50 km