Private Iceland Circle tour - 9 days

Private Iceland Circle tour - 9 days






This Iceland circle private tour is a perfect way to explore Iceland. Visit all the major sites around Iceland at your own pace with a private driver guide.

PT06 Map

PT06 Map

AVAILABLE:
All year

DURATION:
9 days / 8 nights

DEPARTURES:
Daily

TOUR ID:
PT06

Included

    A private guided tour by a Super Jeep according to above itinerary
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    Accommodation for 8 nights including breakfast
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    Private transfer from and to airport
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Not Included

    Meals are not included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival


As you arrive at the airport our driver will meet you there and take you to your accommodation in ReykjavÝk. Spend the rest of the day exploring ReykjavÝk. Consult your driver for the various things to see and do in the capital of Iceland.

Overnight ľ ReykjavÝk

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Day 2. Golden Circle


Today you┤ll explore the famous Golden Circle route and the first stop will be Ůingvellir national park - a unique place from a geological point of view and a place of exceptional beauty. Thingvellir was accepted as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2004. Drive further to the Great Geysir area where the powerful geyser Strokkur erupts every few minutes. From here, drive to the majestic waterfall Gullfoss, one of Icelands most beautiful waterfall. Continue to the impressive volcanic crater Keri­ which is 270 meters wide and 55 meters deep.

Overnight ľ Hella area

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Day 3. South Coast


Continue across the lowland plains towards Eyjafj÷ll district. Stop at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss where it is possible to walk behind the falls if trail conditions allow. This is a quite an interesting experience. A little further east stop at Skˇgafoss, another impressive waterfall and donĺt miss the folk museum at Skˇgar, close to the waterfall. The glaciers Eyjafjallaj÷kull and Mřrdalsj÷kull are towering above the area. On March 20th 2010, a volcanic eruption started on Fimmv÷r­uhßls, a mountain ridge between the glaciers, Eyjafjallaj÷kull and Mřrdalsj÷kull. The eruption on Fimmv÷r­uhßls lasted a couple of weeks. After this eruption came to an end a new and bigger eruption started underneath the nearby icecap of Eyjafjallaj÷kull Glacier. This eruption came to an end on 23. May 2010. Proceed further east to the headland Dyrhˇlaey, a natural reserve and a nesting colony of numerous seabirds. From there go to Reynishverfi, with spectacular coast and beautiful rock formations and thousands of nesting seabirds in summer. After a stop at Reynishverfi head to Vik the southernmost town in the country. Continue across Mřrdalssandur floodplains and Eldhraun, the most extensive lava field ever to flow on face of Earth in historical times, and to the small village KirkjubŠjarklaustur.

Overnight ľ KirkjubŠjarklaustur area

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Day 4. Skaftafell and J÷kulsßrlˇn


Continue from KirkjubŠjarklaustur over Skeidarßrsandur, vast tracts of black sand desert, washed down by numerous torrential glacial rivers. Vatnaj÷kull, the largest glacier in Europe is to the north from here. In the afternoon of 21. May 2011, a sub-glacial eruption started in the GrÝmsv÷tn volcanic system underneath Vatnaj÷kull Glacier. Later the same day, the eruption broke the ice cover of the glacier and started spewing volcanic ash into the air. The amount of ash fall was the greatest close to the village KirkjubŠjarklaustur. The eruption went on for about a week. It ceased on 28. May 2011. Stop at Skaftafell National Park, an oasis wedged between glacier and sand plains. Its natural beauty is a result of favorable weather conditions and the interaction of fire and ice. One of the many interesting hiking trails takes you to Svartifoss, one of Icelandĺs most picturesque waterfalls, framed in by beautiful basalt columns that surround it. Continue to the Glacial Lagoon J÷kulsarlˇn, where huge icebergs, true sculptures of nature, broken off Brei­amerkurj÷kull glacier, float and grind together in the blue waters of the lagoon.

Overnight ľ H÷fn area

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Day 5. East Fjords


Drive through the Almannaskard tunnel and past the colorful Lˇns÷rŠfi district, a mountainous wilderness traversed by glacial rivers. Drive past towering mountains, and to the charming East Fjords, some now deserted.

Overnight ľ Egilssta­ir area

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Day 6. Lake Mřvatn and surroundings


Continue across the highland desert plateau towards Lake Mřvatn. Enroute, make a detour to Dettifoss, the largest waterfall in Europe. Stop at Nßmaskar­ Pass, where boiling mud pools and flashing colors merge with ash and lava from nearby volcanoes. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Mřvatn area. The lake area is known worldwide for its great number of breeding duck species and the abundance of other birdlife. Visit its highlights, Dimmuborgir, Mt. Hverfjall, the pseudo craters of Sk˙tusta­agÝgar and Krafla volcanic system where the most recent eruptions were 1975 - 1984. In summer, visitors can have a guided tour through Kr÷fluvirkjun Geothermal Power Station where steam pressure is harnessed for generating electricity.

Overnight ľ Mřvatn area

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Day 7. Akureyri and Skagafj÷r­ur


Head on towards Akureyri, the capital of the North and stop at the beautiful waterfall Go­afoss. Akureyri town, situated at the Eyjafj÷r­ur Fjord is the northern centre of education, culture, trade and industry. One of the most extraordinary aspects of Akureyri is its warm climate. Although its sits only 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, it has some of the best weather in the country. Continue to Skagafj÷rdur, renowned for horse breeding.

Overnight ľ Skagafj÷r­ur area

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Day 8. West Iceland


After driving through the fertile farmlands of H˙navatnssřsla continue and along the Hr˙tafj÷r­ur fjord, drive across the Holtav÷r­uhei­i plateau to the Borgarfj÷r­ur district. Stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the largest hot spring in Europe. Continue a short distance further to the historic site Reykholt. Visit the interesting museum at Reykholt and see the hot pool Snorralaug. Further inland visit the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafossar Waterfalls. Return to ReykjavÝk

Overnight - ReykjavÝk

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Day 9. Departure


Private transfer to airport

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ACCOMMODATION

Cat 1

Cat 1

Rooms in guesthouses with shared facilities but sometimes with washbasins in the rooms. Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Cat 2

Cat 2

Rooms in guesthouses or hotels with private shower or bath and WC. Breakfast is included.

Cat 3

Cat 3

Rooms in the best quality accommodation available with private shower or bath and WC. Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Useful Information: Here you will find other information for this tour.

Accommodation information Cat. 1 Rooms in guesthouses with shared facilities but sometimes with washbasins in the rooms. Breakfast is included. Cat. 2 Rooms in guesthouses or hotels with private shower or bath and WC. Breakfast is included. Cat. 3 Rooms in the best quality accommodation available with private shower or bath and WC. Breakfast is included. Day(s) can be added before and / or after if your arrival and departure does not fit the itinerary of this tour. Additional day tours can be added for the additional day/s. If you have any questions please don┤t hesitate to contact us by email to tour@tour.is and we will be more than happy to advice.

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