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CIR9: Iceland Countryside by coach / 9 days
Departures from Keflavik

NEW for 2018! This round-the-island tour introduces you to the life in the countryside of Iceland. You learn about the local culture, history, and nature of this amazing country. We keep the group size at maximum 20 people so you have the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers en route.

Iceland circle tour with soft activities, and visits to cultural and historical sites

This round-the-island tour shows you highlights of Icelandic nature, geological wonders, historical and cultural sites.

We introduce you to the life in the countryside where you learn about the Icelandic horse, experience fish angling, visit a folk museum with turf houses,  and explore the natural habitat of whales on a whale watching tour, right below the Arctic Circle. You bathe in a pool of geothermal water rich in minerals and silica.

This is an ideal tour for those who want to experience the whole variety of Icelandic landscape, culture, history, and nature in only nine days. You visit two of Iceland's three national parks, and there are opportunities to do some walks in the beautiful countryside most days during the tour. Accommodation is in a mix of 3 and 4-star hotels, in rooms are with private facilities. 

HIGHLIGHTS and EXPERIENCES:

  • Complete circle tour around Iceland’s ring road 
  • Climb a small volcano crater
  • Whale watching & sea angling 
  • Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon between floating icebergs
  • Soak in the geothermal nature baths at Lake Mývatn
  • See the most powerful waterfall in Europe - Dettifoss
  • Visit to two national parks, Þingvellir and Vatnajökull
  • Look into an explosion crater
  • See waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, volcanoes, glaciers and fjords
  • Daily leisurely walks 1-2 hours  
  • Small group travel, maximum 20 persons 
  • Free Wi-Fi on the bus to instantly share your best times in Iceland on social media

Day 1

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to your hotel in Reykjavik.

Spend the rest of your day exploring Reykjavik – it is a vibrant small city with lots of charming cafes, shops, museums, and galleries.

Included meals:None
Accommodation: Hotel in Reykjavik (specific property will be confirmed at the time of booking)      

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel. After a short Reykjavík city tour, we head north from Iceland's capital to West Iceland.    

Stops include: Borgarnes, Grábrók volcano crater and Deildartunguhver hot spring. We also stop at Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, Enjoy Icelandic history at the cultural site in Reykholt, which was the home of the 13th-century writer, scholar, and chieftain Snorri Sturluson, who wrote many sagas. 

Included meals:Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in the Reykholt area (specific property will be confirmed at the time of booking)

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel. A long drive takes us over mountain passes, through lava fields, green pastures, fertile farmlands and along fjord landscapes to North Iceland. Today we will go whale watching and you can try your hand at fishing! Next stop is Akureyri, Iceland's second-largest city before we reach the picturesque town of Húsavík in Northeast Iceland where we stay for the next two nights.

Included meals:Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Husavik (specific property will be confirmed at the time of booking)                                    

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel. The day begins with Goðafoss, "the waterfall of the Gods", one of the country's most spectacular waterfalls and a prominent spot in Iceland's history.  We tour the Lake Mývatn area, considered as one of the most fertile regions in the world so close to the Arctic Circle and known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava landscapes. Our last stop is the Mývatn Nature Baths, where we soak in 36-40 degrees warm geothermal water, which contains a lot of minerals, is alkaline and well-suited for a relaxing and rejuvenating bath.

Included meals:Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Husavik (specific property will be confirmed at the time of booking)                                    

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel. We start the day by exploring the geothermal area of Námaskarð with hot springs, fumaroles, and bubbling mud pools. At Kraftla we see the impacts of volcanic activity and you can smell the sulphur. We continue our journey to the 44-meter high Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park.  We continue through a fascinating barren landscape and through a long valley called Jökuldalur. In the evening, we reach the fertile region of Fljótsdalshérað with its narrow glacial lake, Lögurinn. Keep your eyes open for the giant "Lake-Worm"!  

Included meals:Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Hallormstadur (specific property will be confirmed at the time of booking)                               

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel.

The Icelandic ring road takes us toward the southeast.  We stop at the charming village of Djúpivogur. 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 Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, considered one of the highlights on tour around Iceland. Many of you might recognize the glacier and ice lagoon from films such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and James Bond: Die Another Day! 

Included meals:Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel near Skaftafell (specific property will be confirmed at the time of booking)                              

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel. We explore Vatnajökull National Park which covers about 14 % of Iceland. The park offers amazing contrasts in landscape with glaciers, moors, mountains, birch forests, glacial rivers, brooks, and sandy outwash plains.   The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vík, is widely regarded as the most impressive black sand and pebble beach in Iceland and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid. The area has an abundant birdlife, including puffins, fulmars, and guillemots. Iceland's past comes alive at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses.  Next stop is the 62-meter high Skógafoss waterfall, often harbouring a rainbow. We travel along the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano and visit the narrow and 65-meter high Seljalandsfoss waterfall with a trail that leads behind the fall. You must be prepared to get wet! We continue our journey through the biggest agricultural area of Iceland to our overnight location in South Iceland.

Included meals:Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hveragerdi (specific property will be confirmed at the time of booking)                                

Day 8

Breakfast at the hotel. We see classics today, and we start with horses. At Friðheimar farm we meet an individual four-footed player in Iceland's history. During an educational and entertaining horse show, we are introduced with a professional but also personal display to the gaits and unique qualities of the Icelandic horse. The Golden Circle sights follow. Gullfoss, the beautiful double "Golden Falls", and the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur, "the churn", spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to ten minutes. We continue to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and an area of exceptional geological and historical interest.  Overnight in Reykjavík, Iceland's capital. 

Included meals:Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Reykjavik (specific property will be confirmed at the time of booking)                                  

Day 9

Breakfast at the hotel. Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

Included meals:Breakfast

 

Route map

Departures

  • 2018: Guaranteed departures from Keflavik every Saturday between June and September

Included

  • Arrival & departure transfer by FLYBUS airport shuttle (no guide)
  • 7-day fully escorted tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide
  • 8 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/wc
  • 8x breakfast
  • 6x 3-course dinner
  • Visit to two national parks
  • Whale watching & sea angling tour (weather permitting)
  • Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
  • Icelandic horse show
  • Entrance fee & towel to Mývatn Nature Baths
  • Admission to Icelandic settlement center
  • Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum

Not Included

  • Flight to/from Iceland
  • Travel insurance

Trip sheet

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