The Circle Clockwise 11 days

The Circle Clockwise 11 days

This circle tour around Iceland offers many of the most interesting sights in the country.

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AVAILABLE:
June 15 to September 15

DURATION:
11 days / 10 nights

CAR RENTAL DAYS:
9 Days

DEPARTURES:
Daily

TOUR ID:
BP25

Included

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

Upon your arrival at Keflavik airport, you will be met by your private driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavik. You will be free for the rest of the day to explore Reykjavik, visit museums, landmarks etc. Downtown ReykjavÝk offers excellent restaurants, cafÚs, bars and clubs. You might want to join an optional tour if you arrive early. You can visit one of the many ReykjavÝkĺs excellent restaurants for dinner.

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Optional activity:

Day 2. Borgarfj÷r­ur district

Pick up a car in the morning and leave ReykjavÝk to head to the West. Exit Reykjavik at the eastern outskirts and drive in the direction to Borgarnes. After leaving the city, drive through the MosfellsbŠr town and head towards the Hvalfj÷r­ur fjord, the Whale Fjord. There is a tunnel under Hvalfj÷r­ur, (toll) but the drive around the fjord is very scenic and we recommend this instead of taking the tunnel. Continue to Borgarnes, a small service center for the surrounding farming community. Visit the Settlement Centre at Borgarnes. The prime objective of the Icelandic Settlement Centre at Borgarnes is to dramatically recreate the fascinating sagas surrounding the birth of this island nation. It is not a museum but rather an installation. Multi-media and theatrical techniques are employed to help the visitor experience firsthand the trepidation and excitement of setting off over the open ocean for lands unknown. Continue inland and stop at Deildartunguhver, Iceland's largest hot spring. A bit further inland visit the historic Reykholt, home of 13th century chieftain, writer, poet and a scholar Snorri Sturluson. Continue to Hraunfossar and Barnafossar, some of Iceland's most scenic waterfalls.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Borgarfj÷r­ur area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 3. North West & Skagafj÷r­ur

Continue to Hr˙tafj÷r­ur and Mi­fj÷r­ur Fjords and along VÝ­idalur Valley, - accross the the agricultural district of H˙navatnssřsla County towards the fertile valley of Skagafj÷r­ur, renowned for horse breeding. The Icelandic Seal Center at Hvammstangi town is an interesting place to visit. It is a research and exhibition center investigating the lives of seals found in and around Iceland. Around Vatnsnes peninsula you have a unique opportunity to watch both harbour seals and grey seals in their natural habitat. The main watching locations are Svalbar­ and at Illugasta­ir on the west coast and and at Ësar on the east coast. The Icelandic Seal Center at Hvammstangi gives more information about these locations and how to approach the seals with care. It is usually best to see the selas at low tide since seals usually rest ashore during low tide but feed during high tide. Continue and cross the Vatnsskar­ pass to the Skagafj÷r­ur district. Popular horse riding tours for beginners and experienced riders are available in Skagafj÷r­ur. Some of the best White Water Rafting in Iceland is available too. See the GlaumbŠr folk museum open during the summer and the old church at VÝ­imřri. Hˇlar is an interesting historical place to visit and the town Hofsˇs with its old buildings and the Emigration Center.

Driving distance
230 kilometers

Highlights:

Overnight:
North West Iceland

Recommended optional activity:

Day 4. Akureyri ôThe Capital of the Northô

Take road 1 to Akureyri, the largest town in the North. Explore the fascinating town on the shores of the Eyjafj÷r­ur Fjord. One of the most extraordinary aspects of the town is its mild climate. Although Akureyri is situated only about 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, it has some of the best weather in the country. See the Botanical Gardens and some of the many museums and art galleries.

Driving distance
130 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Eyjafj÷r­ur area

Recommended optional activity:

Different options:
Explore Tr÷llaskagi Peninsula. Take the road along the eastern shore of Skagafj÷r­ur Fjord to Hofsˇs and further to the north to Fljˇt District. Continue to Siglufj÷r­ur, a remotely located fishing town that during the herring boom in early 20th century used to be the most prosperous fishing town in Iceland. Visit the award-winning Siglufj÷r­ur Herring Era Museum. It charts the rise and decline of the former "Herring Capital of the World" and the great Herring Adventure that lasted until 1968. Take the Lßghei­i Pass to Ëlafsfj÷r­ur, a fishing town on the shores of Eyjafj÷r­ur Fjord. A short (15 min.) ferry ride is available several times daily (every 1-2 hours) during summer from ┴rskˇgssandur to the small Island HrÝsey. HrÝsey has earned a reputation as a bird watching destination. There are no natural predators on the island, making it an ideal bird sanctuary.
Approximately 11 km tunnel has been under construction in the last years that will cut driving distance between Siglufj÷r­ur and Ëlafsfj÷r­ur by about 47 km. It will also enable easy access to the isolated and pretty HÚ­insfj÷r­ur valley that in the past used to be the most remote settlement in North Iceland. Due to the remoteness, the valley was abandoned in the middle of the 20th century. This is a great hiking area.
The tunnel is in two sections: Siglufj÷r­ur to HÚ­insfj÷r­ur: 3,7 km and from HÚ­infj÷r­ur to Ëlafsfj÷r­ur 6,9 km

Day 5. The Lunar Landscape of Lake Mřvatn

Leave the Eyjafj÷r­ur area and head for Lake Mřvatn. Stop at the pretty waterfall Go­afoss, the waterfall of the gods, named after pagan gods. Spend the day exploring the numerous natural wonders of the Lake Mřvatn area and it's surroundings. The lake area is known worldwide for abundance of birdlife and unusually many duck species breeding in one place. The lake's surroundings show amazing formations of geological interest and great variety in landscapes. Visit the numerous highlights of the area; Dimmuborgir lava formations, Nßmaskar­ geothermal area, Sk˙tusta­agÝgar craters, the Nature Baths, the volcano Krafla, and numerous other interesting and scenic spots.
Proceed to H˙savÝk, sometimes called ôThe Whale Watching Capital of The Worldö. H˙savÝk was the first place in the country to offer very successful Whale Watching cruises. The Whale Museum in H˙savÝk is an educational centre on marine wildlife. Visit the H˙savÝk Natural and Maritime Museum, one of the best museums of its kind in the country.

Driving distance
150 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
H˙savÝk/Mřvatn area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 6. J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National Park

Leave H˙savÝk and drive towards the Íxarfj÷r­ur Bay. If you are driving a 4x4, make a detour to Vesturdalur and Hljˇ­aklettar, the Echo rocks, an extremely beautiful canyon carved by the river J÷kulsß ß Fj÷llum. This area offers many interesting hiking trails to explore the many wonders of the J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National Park. ┴sbyrgi canyon is a strange and spectacular horseshoe shaped canyon not to be missed. Continue to the south along a rather rough but scenic route to the powerful Dettifoss waterfall, the largest waterfall in Europe. From Dettifoss proceed further to the south as far as the junction of the main highway, road number 1. Take road 1 and drive to the east across the highland plateau and across the M÷­rudals÷rŠfi highlands renowned for their stark beauty to the HÚra­ District. Egilssta­ir is the largest town in the area. Near Egilssta­ir is Hallormssta­arskˇgur, the largest forest in the country and the legendary Lagarfljˇt River. A short and scenic drive across the Fjar­arhei­i Pass is Sey­isfj÷r­ur, a small and picturesque fishing town and a ferry port.

Driving distance
260 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Egilssta­ir / Sey­irsfj÷r­ur area

Day 7. The Tranquil East Fjords

Drive to the amazing East Fjords, some of the fjords are now deserted, - each of them a world of its own. A short cut is possible here, - instead of driving along the coast it is now possible to take the Íxi Pass, a steep and spectacular route. The stone collection of Petra at St÷­varfj÷r­ur is interesting to visit to see beautiful stones collected in this area. Stop at Dj˙pivogur, a small fishing town. Continue to the south and past Lˇns÷rŠfi and to top of Almannaskar­ pass for a great view. Continue to H÷fn in Hornafj÷rdur, a blooming fishing community in the realm of the greatest glacier in Europe, Vatnaj÷kull. The village H÷fn, famous for its lobster is located at the base of Vatnaj÷kull, and the scenery is breathtaking. Don┤t miss the interesting Glacier Exhibition at H÷fn.

Driving distance
260 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Dj˙pivogur/H÷fn area

Day 8. J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacier Lagoon & Skaftafell National Park

Drive to the famous Glacier Lagoon, where huge icebergs, true sculptures of nature, broken off Brei­amerkurj÷kull glacier, float and grind together in the blue waters of the lagoon. You can also go down to the Diamond Beach. Continue along the South Coast to Vatnaj÷kull National Park. As you reach the Vatnaj÷kull area, you wonĺt miss Skaftafell National Park with its great views. There you can also find many hiking trails, for example to the beautiful Svartifoss Waterfall. Continue to VÝk where you will stay for the night. On your way you will pass Fja­rßrglj˙fur Canyon and KirkjubŠjarklaustur Village.

Driving distance
280 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
VÝk area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 9. The Beautiful South Coast, Gullfoss Waterfall & Geysir

Drive to Reynisdrangar with spectacular coast and beautiful rock formations. The promontory at Dyrhˇlaey is a massive natural arch carved by the relentless pounding of the winds and surf with rich birdlife in summer. Head west towards ReykjavÝk and stop at the beautiful waterfall Skˇgafoss and donĺt miss the Folk Museum at Skˇgar. Next up is the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. There you can take an walking path behind the waterfall in the summer which is a unique experience. Continue further along the South Coast before going to the Golden Circle with stops at the Keri­ Crater and the waterfall Faxi before arriving at the Geysir area. There you can see the famous Great Geysir and Strokkur, a very active geyser that spouts every few minutes, as well as numerous other hot springs. From Geysir, continue a short distance further to the majestic waterfall Gullfoss, one of Icelandĺs largest and most beautiful waterfalls. Make Gullfoss a turnaround point and head back to Geysir area.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
Golden Circle area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 10. Ůingvellir National Park & The Blue Lagoon

Head to Ůingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The faults and fissures of the area are evidence of the rifting of the earth's crust. Thingvellir is one of the most historical sites in the country and a place of exceptional beauty. From the National Park head back to ReykjavÝk. After a short stop in Reykjavik, head to the famous Blue Lagoon. There you can end your trip relaxing in the mineral waters of the Blue Lagoon. Return to Reykjavik where you will drop off the rental car.

Driving distance
160 kilometers

Highlights of the day:

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Recommended optional activity:

Day 11. Departure

Private transfer from the hotel to Keflavik International Airport.

ACCOMMODATION

CARS

01.A - Hyundai i10 or similar - Manual -

01.A - Hyundai i10 or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 4
Suitcases: 1
Doors: 5

02.D - Hyundai i10 or similar - Automatic -

02.D - Hyundai i10 or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 4
Suitcases: 1
Doors: 5

03.N - Hyundai i20 or similar - Manual -

03.N - Hyundai i20 or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5

04.O - Hyundai i20 or similar - Automatic -

04.O - Hyundai i20 or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5

05.B - Hyundai i30 or similar - Manual -

05.B - Hyundai i30 or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5

06.L - Hyundai i30 or similar - Automatic -

06.L - Hyundai i30 or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 2
Doors: 5

07.E - Toyota Corolla station or similar - Manual -

07.E - Toyota Corolla station or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 5

09.M - Skoda Octavia Station AWD or similar - Automatic -

09.M - Skoda Octavia Station AWD or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 5

10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual -

10.P - Dacia Duster 4WD or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5

11.H - Hyundai Tucson 4WD or similar - Automatic -

11.H - Hyundai Tucson 4WD or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5

12.J - Land Rover Discovery Sport 4WD or similar - Automatic -

12.J - Land Rover Discovery Sport 4WD or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 5

14.C - Land Rover Discovery 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

14.C - Land Rover Discovery 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 5

15.I - Land Rover Defender 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

15.I - Land Rover Defender 4WD - Automatic - Limited Availability -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 3
Doors: 5

17.XE - VW Transporter 2WD or similar - Manual - Limited Availability

17.XE - VW Transporter 2WD or similar - Manual - Limited Availability

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 9
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 4

18.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual - Limited Availability

18.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual - Limited Availability

Transmission: Manual
Seats: 9
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 3

Optional Extra: Would you like to do some extra activities? Below activities can be added to this tour.

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

Why book your Self Drive Tour with Tour.is?
  • Highly competitive prices
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  • Outstanding response time and customer care
  • Knowledgeable and motivated team of travel agents
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  • We offer cancellation insurance


  • Pick up of rental car is the morning of day 2.

    Drop off is in ReykjavÝk the day prior to your departure ľ day 10.

    An extra day will be charged if the car is returned later.

    Due to road conditions routes may have to be altered without prior notice.
    The highland tracks of Iceland are usually not expected to be open until early in June and due to road conditions some routes may temporarily not be passable without prior notice.

    Types of car recommended: Any. During September, snow and ice can be expected. Although the route of this tour is usually passable by any car type, we strongly recommend 4x4 during September.

    Accommodation is according to your choice in farmhouses, guesthouses or hotels, cat. 1, 2 or 3. including breakfast. Due to limited availability of accommodation in the Icelandic countryside and a great demand for summer, we are only able to confirm specific category but not a specific hotel in each locality until booking has been made and confirmed.


    Early morning arrival: Check in time at hotels is usually between 14:00 - 16:00. If you arrive early morning, you may not be able to check in immediately on arrival.
    A credit card imprint will be taken at the start of all rentals for security reasons, even when a voucher covers the cost of the rental. Cash and debit card deposits will not be accepted. This credit card imprint may be used to pay all extra charges, including extra driven kilometres if applicable, extra insurance, parking fines, damages or any costs due to the car rental company as a result of the hirer's use of the car.

    Self Drive tours can often be modified according to the clientĺs wishes. If you want to change or extend the tour, add days etc, please contact our office.

    Travel Insurance: To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.

    Price Calculator: There are several factors that determine the price of self drive packages:

    1. Time of the year.

    2. Number of people traveling together

    3. Type of car (we offer more than 15 different types of cars)

    4. Type of accommodation (we offer 3 different categories of accommodation)

    There is a special Price Calculator button at our website with every self drive tour package where you can enter your choice of type of accommodation and car, number of people and when you want to begin the tour (arrival date) and the Price Calculator will calculate and display the price of different options.

    Note: 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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