The Circle Express

DAY 2 : Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon of the Hvítá river in southwest Iceland.

The Circle Express

DAY 3 : Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 15 metres (49 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft).

The Circle Express

DAY 4 : Skaftafell is a preservation area in Öræfi, southeast Iceland. It used to be a manor farm and a national park, but has been a part of Vatnajökull National Park since its establishment in 2008.

The Circle Express

DAY 5 : The area of Lake Mývatn is geothermal melting pot with plenty of must see sights.

The Circle Express

DAY 6 : Whale watching boat tours depart from the harbor several times a day

The Circle Express

This program is based on driving the ring road in just eight days visiting Iceland’s most popular locations. Get to know several waterfalls and walk behind one of them. See some volcanoes and drive through mossy lava fields. Drive by glaciers and take a walk on the ice side if you feel like it. Witness the eruption of Strokkur hot spring and relax in a natural warm lagoon. Place yourself within dramatic fjord landscapes and feel the energy of Europe’s most powerful waterfall. This story continues so what are you waiting for?

 

Highlights & recommended activities

  • The Golden Circle, Reynisfjara Black Beach, Skaftafell National Park and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Dettifoss - Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Lake Myvatn and Reykjavik.
  • Glacier Walk, The Secret Lagoon, Whale Watching and River Rafting.
  • Blue Whales are sometimes sighted early in the summer in the Whale Watching tour from Húsavík.
 

 

Included: 

  • 7 nights incl. breakfast in pre-booked accommodations.
  • 7 days rental car of your choice. - Unlimited driving, CDW and two drivers.
  • Pick-up/drop-off at the International Airport in Keflavík.
  • Road Map 1:500 000. - Detailed and personalised route description.
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7 while traveling in Iceland.
  • VAT and lodging tax.

 

 

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Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you pick up your pre-booked rental car. If you arrive in the morning or afternoon, you might want to stop by at the Blue Lagoon on your way into the city of Reykjavík.

If arriving late, you will find your accommodation near the airport.

Day 2: National Park Þingvellir, Geysers & Gullfoss Waterfall

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.
The former episcopal seat Skálholt is worth a visit, or the close by Secret Lagoon, with its natural geothermal water. Continue to your accommodation at the South Coast.

Day 3: Waterfalls, Black Coast of the South & 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. We recommend a visit to the local folk- and transport museum Skógasafn. 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 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.

Day 4: Glacier Lagoon & the Fjord Landscapes of the East

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 Lagerfljót is Icelands largest forest to be found.

Day 5: Lake 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.

Day 6: Whale Watching & Akureyri

Húsavík village is known to be the Whale watching capital in Iceland, with a very good chance to see Humpback Whales, while the cute puffins are flying close by the boats.
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.
Continue your drive through green valleys and mountains to Skagafjörður, the centre for breeding the Icelandic horses.

Day 7: Seals on Vatnsnes Peninsula & 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. More about the icelandic Settlement and the famous Egill´s Saga can be found at the The Settlement Center in Borgarnes village, before driving through the Hvalfjörður tunnel and onwards to Reykjavík.

Day 8: Departure

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.

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Type

Self-drive

Season

March - November

Days / Nights

8 days / 7 nights

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