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Iceland Circle

Travel Code: IC002

Reykjavík – Hveragerði – Geysir – Gullfoss – Þingvellir – Akureyri – Mývatn – Húsavík – Hornafjörður – Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon – Skaftafell National Park – Kirkjubæjarklaustur – Reykjavík

9 nights/10 days | Recommended Itinerary

Explore the highlights of Iceland!

Day 1: Depart US on your transatlantic flight from your gateway city.

Day 2: Welcome to Reykjavík!

Arrive in Reykjavík and transfer on own to your hotel. (There is a airport shuttle right outside of baggage claim.) Your documents will be ready to pick up at the hotel including a clearly marked road map. Enjoy a day of leisure to catch up on jet lag and explore this unique city. You will pick up your car rental the next morning.
Accommodations: Hotel Centrum

Day 3: Reykjavík- Hveragerði- Gullfoss- Geysir - Þingvellir - Borgarfjörður

After breakfast, your journey begins with a drive across Hellisheiði to the greenhouse village of Hveragerði. From here, continue to some of Iceland’s main attractions, the waterfall Gullfoss, the hot springs at Geysir and Þingvellir, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament. End the day driving through Hvalfjörður fjord or Kaldidalur highland pass (4WD needed) to Borgarfjörður.
Accommodations: TBA

Day 4: Borgarfjörður - Skagafjörður - Akureyri

Today enjoy another traditional breakfast before your drive north through Borgarfjörður, to the shores of Húnaflói bay. Continue on to the towering mountains and horse-breeding valleys of Skagafjörður with your final destination of Akureyri.
Accommodations: TBA
Optional: River rafting in Skagafjörður, horse riding in Skagafjörður.

Day 5: Akureyri - Lake Mývatn

Awake, savor your breakfast and spend the morning in the quaint town, Akureyri, the capital of the North. After exploring the town you continue on to the Lake Mývatn area. Here are lots of opportunities for hiking!
Accommodations: TBA

Day 6: Lake Mývatn - Krafla

Today is a more in depth exploration of the natural wonders of Lake Mývatn and its surrounding areas, including fantastic lava formations. Don’t forget to visit the volcanic area of Krafla along with the colorful sulfurous slopes of Námaskarð pass.
Accommodations: TBA

Day 7: Lake Mývatn - Húsavík - Dettifoss - Egilsstaðir

Rise and shine for your drive north to the fishing port of Húsavík perched around Tjörnes peninsula. Along the way a visit to Ásbyrgi, a magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon and Jökulsárgljúfur National Park awaits. Proceed to Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall, before heading across the highland plateau to city of Egilsstaðir.
Accommodations: TBA
Optional: Whale watching from Húsavík

Day 8: Egilsstaðir - Höfn

Awaken and drive south through the spectacular East Fjords, where towering, terraced mountains plunge vertically into the ocean. Then continue on to the town of Höfn in Hornafjörður, a gateway to the south coast.
Accommodations: TBA
Optional: Petra's stone collection, boat tour to Papey island.

Day 9: Höfn - Skaftafell National Park - Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Greet the day with a drive to the shimmering icebergs and still, milky waters of Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Your panoramic journey continues to Skaftafell National Park, where an easy hike is highly recommended. End your day traveling to the picturesque village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Accommodations: TBA
Optional: Jeep tour to Vatnajökull glacier, Boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, glacier hike in Skaftafell area.

Day 10: Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Reykjavík

Delve into your final drive along the spectacular south coast, a sweeping landscape of sandy deserts, rocky shores and rolling farmland sandwiched between snow-capped glaciers, mountains and the ocean. The day ends with your return to Reykjavík.
Accommodations: Hotel Centrum

Day 11: After your final Icelandic breakfast, make your way to the airport on the Flybussen!