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 a meet and greet service is provided by a TOURIS representative who will take you to your Reykjavik hotel.

Highlights of the day:
ReykjavÝk

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

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 instalation. 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, Icelands 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 Icelands most scenic waterfalls.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Borgarnes town
Deildartunguhver
Reykholt town
Hraunfossar

Overnight:
Borgarfj÷r­ur area

Recommended optional activity:
The Settlement Exhibition and The Egil Saga Exhibition

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 Vatnsska­ 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:
HvÝtserkur Cliff
Vatnsdalshˇlar mounds
GlaumbŠr Folk Museum

Overnight:
North West Iceland

Recommended optional activity:
Horseback Riding

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:
Akureyri

Overnight:
Eyjafj÷r­ur area

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:
Go­afoss waterfall
Lake Mřvatn
Dimmuborgir
H˙savÝk Town
Nature Baths

Overnight:
H˙savÝk/Mřvatn area

Recommended optional activity:
Whale Watching From H˙savÝk
Nature Baths

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 powerfull 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 nad picturesque fishing town and a ferry port.

Driving distance
260 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
Hljˇ­aklettar rock formations
┴sbyrgi Canyon
Dettifoss Waterfall
Egilssta­ir town
Hallormssta­askˇgur Forest

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. An interesting option is taking a boat tour to Papey Island near Dj˙pivogur where thousands of puffins and other seabirds nest in summer. 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, Vatnajokull. 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:
H÷fn

Overnight:
Dj˙pivogur/H÷fn area

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


Continue to the west and head for J÷kulsßrlˇn, the Glacial Lagoon, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. Huge icebergs, true sculptures of nature are floating and some stranded on the blue glacial waters of the lagoon at the foot of the Brei­amerkurj÷kull Glacier. An extremely popular boat trip is available from here during summer to sail among the icebergs in the lagoon. Continue along the south coast and head for the Skaftafell National Park, nestling at the foot of the glacier with many hiking possibilities. The natural beauty of Skaftafell is a result of very favourable weather conditions and the interaction of fire and ice. Beneath the Vatnaj÷kull ice cap, towering above Skaftafell is GrÝmsv÷tn, one of Icelandĺs most active volcano. 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. An interesting hiking trail takes you to Svartifoss, one of Icelands most picturesque waterfall, famous for the pretty basalt columns which surround it and the hiking trail to Skaftafellsj÷kull Glacier is an easy walk, it is accessible even to wheelchair. A video of a volcanic eruption in the area in 1996 can also be viewed at the Visitors Center. From Skaftafell, drive across the Skei­arßrsandur floodplains and to KirkjubŠjarklaustur, often abbreviated as "Klaustur", see Kirkjugˇlfi­ (the Church Floor), a protected natural monument just east of Klaustur. Kirkjugˇlfi­ is columnar basalt, eroded and shaped by wind and water, only a few minutes walk from the road. Fja­rßrglj˙fur is a narrow and beautiful canyon a few km to the west from KirkjubŠjarklaustur. Then across the black sandy floodplains of Mřrdalssandur to the village VÝk.

Driving distance
280 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacial Lagoon
Skaftafell National Park
Svartifoss waterfall
KirkjubŠjarklaustur town
Fja­rßrglj˙fur Canyon
VÝk town

Overnight:
VÝk area

Recommended optional activity:
Amphibian boat Tour on J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacier Lagoon

Day 9. The Beautiful South Coast & The Great Golden Circle


Drive to Reynishverfi with a spectacular coast and beautiful rock formations. Thousands of seabirds nest in almost every crevice in summer. Take a rough road, 218 to the promontory Dyrhˇlaey. Back to road 1 and continue west. Stop at the 60 metre waterfall Skˇgafoss and donĺt miss the Folk Museum at Skˇgar.
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 is over now but a new eruption started a couple of weeks later underneath the nearby icecap of Eyjafjallaj÷kull. This eruption came to an end on 23. May and there is currently no activity. Continue to the beautiful waterfall seljalandsfoss where tt is possible to walk behind the pretty waterfall in summer, an interesting experience. Continue to villages Hvolsv÷llur where you will find the Icelandic Saga Centre and Hella. The surrounding area is the scene of Njßls Saga, one of the most famous Saga. Continue to the town Selfoss and from there head inland and stop at the volcanic crater Keri­ on you right hand side immediately by the side of the road. Drive further inland and to the waterfall Faxi, hidden a short distance away, not visible from the road. Look for the small Faxi sign on your right. Continue to the Geyser area to 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 to the waterfall Gullfoss one of Icelands largest and most beautiful waterfall. Make Gullfoss a turnaround point and drive back on the same road as before, a little further than Geysir. Next you will head to the National Park Thingvellir, (Ůingvellir) a unique place from a geological point of view. Research has shown that Thingvellir is a natural wonder on an international scale where evidence of continental drift and the rifting of the earth's crust can clearly be seen. Thingvellir is also the most historical place in the country and a place of exceptional beauty. From the National Park head to ReykjavÝk.

Driving distance
290 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
VÝk Town
Reynisfjara beach
Skˇgafoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Dyrhˇlaey Nature Reserve
Selfoss
Keri­
Faxi waterfall
Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs
Ůingvellir

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Recommended optional activity:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Solheimajokull Glacier

Day 10. The Relaxing Blue Lagoon


Drive to the Blue Lagoon before you end the tour at your hotel in ReykjavÝk. Enjoy a relaxing bath at the Blue Lagoon in an otherworldly setting where lava and thermal water complement each other to prepare you for your journey home. Filled with mineral-rich waters, the Blue Lagoon has become famous for providing soothing relief for sufferers of skin disorders, as well as for others simply looking for a sensational bathing experience. Soak in the refreshing waters of the lagoon and have a wonderful last unforgettable taste of Iceland, that ensures you will be fully relaxed when you leave the country. If you plan to take a bath at the Blue Lagoon, we strongly recommend that you book your ticket in advance. It can be booked at www.bluelagoon.com Return to ReykjavÝk and drop off the car.

Driving distance
100 kilometers

Highlights of the day:
The Blue Lagoon
ReykjavÝk

Overnight:
ReykjavÝk

Day 11. Departure


Transfer from your hotel to the KeflavÝk airport by FLYBUS.

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.

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 - Hyundai I30 station or similar - Manual -

07.E - Hyundai I30 station or similar - Manual -

Transmission: Manual
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 - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Automatic -

11.H - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Automatic -

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

12.J - Kia Sorento 4WD or similar - Automatic -

12.J - Kia Sorento 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.XE - VW Transporter 2WD or similar - Manual -

14.XE - VW Transporter 2WD or similar - Manual -

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

15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

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.


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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