A perfect trip for those who are looking for the unexpected and something out of the ordinary to experience the magical Iceland in its small towns and villages, majestic fjords and the Golden Circle route.
Welcome to Iceland!
On your arrival, transfer on your own to the hotel. We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers, which can be booked through us.
Spend the day to explore Reykjavik, the largest municipality in Iceland. The town got its name “Smoky Bay” after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers.
Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.
Overnight stay in Reykjavik.
This morning, enjoy breakfast at your hotel.
Start your journey by heading through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Drive on to the Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the “Golden Waterfall”, and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools.
Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before continuing to Dyrholaey Nature Reserve. Continue to the village of Vik.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and continue your journey along the Ring Road. Cross Eldhraun, the largest single lava flow recorded on the planet. Visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur town, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. The tour continues over Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within Vatnajokull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. It’s a treat for photographers.
Continue eastward, enjoying magnificent views of mighty Vatnajokull, Europe‘s largest glacier.
Your destination is Hofn, a seacoast village located near the glacier.
Dinner is on your own this evening. Hofn is famous for its excellent langoustines (Norway lobsters), and several restaurants in the town offer this specialty.
Overnight in Hofn.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.
Today you’ll enjoy amazing scenery as you head from glacial landscapes to fjord views. Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Head into the magnificent East Fjords with its views of towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea. Pass through charming coastal fjord villages on your way to Egilsstadir town.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area.
After having breakfast at your hotel, head out to feel the empty vastness of the surreal Modrudalsoraefi highland desert as you go towards the Lake Myvatn area. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. One of the Myvatn area’s claims to fame is that it is home to more species of ducks than any other place on Earth.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area.
After breakfast at your hotel, start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall and the Laufas turf farm museum. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colourful northern “capital“of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and a beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur Fjord. After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur and the Troll Peninsula. This is a beautiful drive along steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline.
The destination is Siglufjordur, set in a beautiful fjord of the same name. This town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Siglufjordur is a very enjoyable and friendly town for an after-dinner evening stroll.
Dinner and overnight in Siglufjordur.
This morning, have breakfast at your hotel and visit Siglufjordur’s award-winning Herring-Era Museum.
Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to the historical town of Hofsos with its beautiful views over the ocean. After some time here, head onto Skagafjordur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for historical preservation and horse breeding. Stop at Holar, one of Iceland’s most historical places.
This afternoon you’ll visit a local horse farm for an enjoyable introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed - the tolt. Continue towards the village of Blonduos, built on both sides of Blanda, a river formed from a wilderness glacier. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.
Dinner and overnight in the Borgarnes area
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls before continuing via Hvalfjordur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest lake and Thingvellir National Park.
This UNESCO heritage site is where the world’s oldest continuing parliamentary government and is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. The road takes you back to Reykjavik where you’ll enjoy a short “farewell” city sightseeing tour before being dropped off at your hotel for the final night.
Overnight stay in Reykjavik.
Breakfast at your hotel.
If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, you might use the opportunity to stop there now on your way to the airport.
Transfer to the airport not included, but we would be happy to book it for you. We advise departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight.
Have a good journey back home with beautiful memories of Iceland!
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