Witness dramatic fjords and volcanic landscapes on this extraordinary 10 day circumnavigation of Iceland!
Duration: 10 days/9 nights
Admire Iceland's natural wonders and majestic landscapes! This classic circle tour provides the perfect mix of culture, history and nature.
Visit all Iceland's main attractions along the Ring Road escorted by a professional local guide.
With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this classic, best-selling tour highlights the natural wonders, majestic landscapes and the unique character of Iceland. Features of this popular tour include stops at the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Mývatn and all the famous sights of the Golden Circle such as Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.
This is a classic circle tour that provides the perfect mix of culture and nature. This tour has been our best seller for nearly 20 years.
Get the most out of your holiday in Iceland!!
Booked via your guide at the start of your tour.
Day 3: Boat tour on the glacial lagoon | 45 mins
Day 3: Super jeep tour on Vatnajökull glacier | 4 hrs
Day 5: Mývatn Nature Baths | Flexible time
Day 5: Horse riding in Myvatn/Safarihestar | 1-2 hrs
Day 6: Sailing / Sea angling / Whale watching (dep. on season) Akureyri | 3 - 3.5 hrs
Day 8: Non guided tour to the Blue Lagoon on arrival/departure | Flexible time
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Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to the Land of Fire and Ice! On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers, which can be booked through Iceland Travel. If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavík, the largest municipality in Iceland.
Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavík stands today. 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.
Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm).
Overnight stay in Reykjavík (airport transfer not included). Dinner on own.
Day 2: Geysir – Gullfoss – Skogar – Dyrholaey – Vik
Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day with a short city sightseeing of Reykjavik. From Reykjavik head through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Visit the nearby Fákasel Icelandic Horse Park where you can get to know a little more about the unique Icelandic horse breed. Head 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.
*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, approximately mid-May until June 25th.
Day 3: Vik – Skaftafell National Park – Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon – Hofn
Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your journey on the Ring Road. Cross Eldhraun, the largest lava flow recorded on the planet in historical times. 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 Vatnajökull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. Throughout the day you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Hofn area.
Day 4: Hofn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir
Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. Explore Petra's renowned collection of local stones and minerals.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area.
Day 5: Lake Myvatn Area
Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi as you head 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, with very diverse birdlife in general.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area.
Day 6: Lake Myvatn Area – Akureyri - Siglufjordur
"Waterfall of the Gods" – Folk Museum – The beautiful Troll Peninsula
Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall and the old turf farm Laufas. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colourful northern “capital“ of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and 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. The evening and dinner is on your own at one of the town´s restaurants. Siglufjordur is a very enjoyable and friendly town for an evening stroll.
Overnight in Siglufjörður. Dinner is on own.
Day 7: Skagafjordur – Borgarnes
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning visit Siglufjordur‘s award-winning Herring-Era Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a herring boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to Skagafjordur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding. Enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait - the tolt. Continue towards the village of Blonduos built on both sides of the river Blanda. Hrutey Island, a protected nature reserve, sits within the centre of this popular Salmon River. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.
Dinner and overnight stay in Borgarnes area.
Day 8: Borgarfjordur – Thingvellir – Reykjavik
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 was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet.
Overnight stay in Reykjavík. Dinner is on your own.
Day 9: Departure
Breakfast at your hotel. 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.
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.
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We want to let you know what a good time we had on our Iceland Complete tour. Bjorg was a splendid tour leader, giving us great information but also some quiet time. She was happy to help us find things we wanted to buy, and she also supplied recipes. Maria was an exceptionally good driver. We also had a congenial travel group.
Iceland is spectacular!
I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful trip we had on the Iceland Complete tour.
We had a wonderful guide (Benedikt) and a superb driver (I apologize that I can't remember his name). They took very good care of us, took us to wonderful places and made this such an enjoyable trip.
They especially did a fantastic job of taking care of us during the recent blizzard in Northern Iceland. They remained calm and cool and got us back on the road after about 25 hours. Although we missed some activities due to the weather delays they got us back on track to completing a GREAT week. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to go horseback riding.
All the hotels were great and we appreciated being able to stay at the Hotel Odinsve in Reykjavik. Thank you for all of your help in booking this trip.
We loved our tour!! Coming from Florida in the US, we have never seen anything so majestic as the beauty of Iceland! Would recommend and suggest to others that it is well worth seeing
Just finished an Iceland Complete tour 9 days escorted in Sept.2014. The quality of Hotels and meals were of an excellent standard. Our guide Steinunn and driver Brandon were so professional, they made the trip so interesting, and unique. Nothing was too much trouble. They even organised a flight over the active Volcano which was superb needless to say exciting!. I would love to visit again and will be using Iceland Travel. Well done.
Dear Iceland Travel, I recently completed the Iceland Complete tour and it was amazing! Our tour guide, Halla, and bus driver Brandur, did an outstanding job and further enhanced what was already bound to be a memorable experience. Both of these people are invaluable assets to your company. We were all thoroughly enthralled and entertained the entire time. The optional excursions were excellent and suitable for all ages and fitness levels and the food and accommodation was just lovely. I also want to thank all of the office staff who I have dealt with booking this journey and it has been a pleasure dealing with you all.
My Iceland Complete tour far exceeded my expectations in every way, from the planning stages with Iris, through my 9 extraordinarily beautiful days in Iceland. I have traveled all over the world, and this trip was by far, the very BEST I have experienced! We were so very fortunate to have Guolaug as our travel guide, and Maria as our coach driver. If there are words better than "extreme excellence", then that describes them both. The professionalism, knowledge, humor, compassion and kindness that they brought to us were a huge reason that my trip was so wonderful. I will definitely come back to Iceland- I love your country so very much! Thank you for the wonderful experience, and I will definitely go through IcelandTravel.is every time I come back!
We took the Complete Iceland Tour (Ref: 16BBT267994) 25th July to 2nd August 2016. It was the best tour we have been on not least of which due to the expertise of our tour director Maria (Mandy) Maunda. Very informative, articulate, and cared for each and everyone of us personally. She made sure she spent time with each separate couple, group, or singles and answered every question. Always there to help sort out any problem with luggage, or room allocations. In a group of 27 people from a number of different countries there will always be some difficulties but Mandy handled all with aplomb. We together with the majority of the touring group have nothing but the highest respect and praise for Mandy. Our driver (Bjork) just added to our enjoyment. Excellent driver and very helpful with luggage and any unusual request some of the group had.