8 Days Iceland Full Circle Guided Tour
Jul-Apr
  • Borgafjörður
  • vik
  • Goðafoss
  • icelandic hourse
  • south coast iceland full circle

8 Days Iceland Full Circle Guided Tour

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Additional Information

Feature

4 days or more

Why we love this tour


  • Travel on Iceland’s Ring Road
  • Included are visits to small local museums, cultural experiences and soft adventures
  • Bookable with or without accommodation/dinner
  • Weekly departures all year round

Detailed description

Join an amazing escorted bus tour around Iceland. Explore the island of fire and ice and travel with an international group on Iceland’s ring road. Discover stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes. A local expert guide helps you explore the unspoiled Icelandic countryside with volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mountains, fjords, glaciers and waterfalls.

This escorted tour takes you both to classic nature hotspots and lesser-known sights. The tour includes several soft adventures and cultural visits. Some outdoor activities might differ between seasons depending on weather and road conditions.

Exclusively, this tour is available with pre-booked comfort hotels during the whole trip while the more independent traveler can take care of the own overnight arrangements, even camping. For additional flexibility and individual preferences, the tour is offered with or without prepaid dinners.

Itinerary

Day 1, Tue or Fri: Welcome to Iceland (50 Km/31 Mls)
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavík where you spend the night. If you book the tour without accommodation the transfer is offered to BSI bus station. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own. Dinner suggestions as well!

Day 2, Wed or Sat: Volcano Crater, Seals, Fjords & Mountains (425 Km/264 Mls)
At 09:00 meet our tour guide and depart from Icelandair Hotel Natura. Travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grábrók volcano crater. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland and stroll around the local harbour. Further north we stop at the turf church of Víðimýri which has been extensively restored to its original form and is widely considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. We continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Overnight location is either at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or on your own.
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Day 3, Thu or Sun: the Capital of North Iceland, Lake Mývatn & Geothermal Baths (120 Km/75 Mls)
In the morning we explore Akureyri, a charming town of 17000 inhabitants, visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjörður fjord. In the afternoon we travel to an important spot in Iceland’s history, Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to Lake Mývatn which is known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. We stop at the bizarre lava formations at Kálfaströnd followed by a walk around the many pseudo craters and end an exciting day with a relaxing soak at Mývatn Nature Baths that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike. Overnight location is either at Sel-Hotel Mývatn or on your own.

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Day 4, Fri or Mon: Lava Labyrinth, Hot Springs & Travel East (250 Km/155 Mls)
In the morning we hike in a lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir “the dark castles”, hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. After an optional lunch we visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and moonlike surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck we might spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer. From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. Overnight location is either at Icelandair Hotel Hérað or on your own.
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Day 5, Sat or Tue: Fjords, Glacier and Ice (470 Km/292 Mls)
It’s a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords and on route we visit an interesting stone and mineral collection. In the afternoon we see Vatnajökull – Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. We travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier. Overnight location is either at Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur or on your own.

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Day 6, Sun or Wed: South Coast (240 Km/149 Mls)
A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the small village of Skógar there is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west we stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center and learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. We continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! Overnight location is either at Icelandair Hotel Flúðir or on your own.

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Day 7, Mon or Thu: Icelandic Horses & Golden Circle (160 Km/99 Mls)
We explore classics today as we travel the route of the Golden Circle sights. We start the day at Friðheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later on we see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur “the Churn” which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. We continue to Gullfoss, “the golden falls”, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts travelers in summer and winter. We travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjavík, we take you for a short city tour to show highlights of the world’s northernmost capital. Overnight is either at Icelandair Hotel Natura or on your own.
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Day 8, Tue or Fri: Departure Home (50 Km/31 Mls)
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

Daily Driving : Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.665 km (1.032 miles) which is an average of 278 km (172 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

Note: During the off season, from September to May, in rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary especially for winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities/day trips might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but we will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

What's included and excluded

Included

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English speaking guide
  • Visit to natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi
  • 7 nights accommodation in Iceland, in rooms with shower/wc
  • 7  breakfast
  • Visit to Viðimýri turf church
  • Entrance with towel at Mývatn Nature Baths
  • Admission to Petra’s Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
  • Multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Use of snow & ice gripper spikes and a flash light for winter departures

Excluded

  • Lunch/ dinner (Optional 3-course dinner package can be booked in advance)

Nature Fees: There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change.

Available Departures

Tour dates
2017 July 2017 Aug
21.07.-28.07.17 available 04.08.-11.08.17 available
28.07.-04.08.17 available 11.08.-18.08.17 available
18.08.-25.08.17 available
25.08.-01.09.17 available
2017 Sept     2017 Oct
01.09.-08.09.17 sold out 03.10.-10.10.17 available
08.09.-15.09.17 available 06.10.-13.10.17 available
15.09.-22.09.17 sold out 10.10.-17.10.17 available
22.09.-29.09.17 on request 13.10.-20.10.17 available
29.09.-06.10.27 available 17.10.-24.10.17 available
20.10.-27.10.17 available
24.10.-31.10.17 available
27.10.-03.11.17 available
31.10.-07.11.17 available
2017 Nov     2017 Dec
03.11.-10.11.17 available 01.12.-08.12.17 available
07.11.-14.11.17 available 05.12.-12.12.17 available
10.11.-17.11.17 available 08.12.-15.12.17 available
14.11.-21.11.17 available 12.12.-19.12.17 available
17.11.-24.11.17 available 15.12.-22.12.17 available
21.11.-28.11.17 available
24.11.-01.12.17 available
28.11.-05.12.17 available
2018 Jan     2018 Feb
02.01.-09.01.18 available 02.02.-09.02.18 available
05.01.-12.01.18 available 06.02.-13.02.18 available
09.01.-16.01.18 available 09.02.-16.02.18 available
12.01.-19.01.18 available 13.02.-20.02.18 available
16.01.-23.01.18 available 16.02.-23.02.18 available
19.01.-26.01.18 available 20.02.-27.02.18 available
23.01.-30.01.18 available 23.02.-02.03.18 available
26.01.-02.02.18 available 27.02.-06.03.18 available
30.01.-06.02.18 available
2018 Mar     2018 Apr
02.03.-09.03.18 available 03.04.-10.04.18 available
06.03.-13.03.18 available 06.04.-13.04.18 available
09.03.-16.03.18 available 10.04.-17.04.18 available
13.03.-20.03.18 available 13.04.-20.04.18 available
16.03.-23.03.18 available 17.04.-24.04.18 available
20.03.-27.03.18 available 20.04.-27.04.18 available
23.03.-30.03.18 available 24.04.-01.05.18 available
27.03.-03.04.18 available 27.04.-04.05.18 available
30.03.-06.04.18 available

Price

Price per person in Euro

Service/Room Type June 2017-Aug 2017 Sep 2017-Dec 2017 Jan 2018-April 2018
in double or twin room incl. breakfast EUR 2290 EUR 1785 EUR 1860
in single room incl. breakfast EUR 3095 EUR 2185 EUR 2330
Price without accommodation no meals EUR 900 EUR 900 EUR 960
Optional 3-course dinner package for 4 nights EUR 288 EUR 288 EUR 312


Note regarding pricing:

  • Most double rooms in Iceland are actually twin bedded rooms. When travelling with a child, there is a possibility to add a little bed in the double room.
  • Triple rooms not available for this tour
  • Optional 3-course dinner package for 4 nights in the countryside is available at Myvatn, Egilsstaðir, Kirkjubæjarklaustur & Fluðir if booked in advance. Clients have the choice between a regular menu and a vegetarian menu, both including local products and the Icelandic touch of the chefs. Please note that these menus can change without notice depending on the time of the year and the everyday offer on ingredients
  • See comments below regarding booking tour without accommodation.

Accommodation: Superior tourist-class hotels, in rooms with shower/wc Reykjavik: Icelandair Hotel Natura for first and last night / North Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Akureyri (1 night) and Hotel Sel-Mývatn at Lake Mývatn (1 night) / East Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Hérað (1 night) / Vatnajökull Region: Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur (1 night) / South Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Flúðir (1 night). Note that hotel list is subject to change. Pre-paid dinners are available at the 4 country hotels (see above).

There is the option to book the complete trip without accommodation and to make your own overnight arrangements or even go camping. Please note that daily pick up/drop locations are at the hotels listed above; but please reconfirm with us the exact hotel list for your travel dates. Extra transfers are not available and not included. Therefore make sure that your own accommodation arrangements are within walking distance from the hotels used during this tour or you need to arrange taxi transfers on your own expense.

Meals: 7x breakfast when tour is booked with accommodation. Pre-paid dinners are available at 4 country hotels used for this tour (see above).

Group size: Guaranteed departures / Maximum group size: 30 persons

Optional Dinner Menu

Day 3  Sel-Hotel Mývatn

Smoked tartar of arctic char with dill-aioli
Traditional Icelandic fish stew with Hollandaise and bread
Panna cotta with chocolate mousse

Vegetarian Menu

Mixed salad with cheese and spice dressing
Vegetarian Lasagna
Panna cotta with chocolate mousse

Day 4 Icelandair Hotel Herad

Reindeer paté with salad, blueberry jam and beet roots
Leg of lamb with pomme Anna, bacon wrapped harricot vert beans and thyme sauce
Chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and fruits

Vegetarian Menu

Sweet potato soup with coconut, ginger and coriander
Barley nut steak with salad and Greek tzaziki sauce
Chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and fruits

Day 5 Icelandair Hotel Klaustur

Soup of the day
Pan-fried local Klaustur Arctic Char with sautéed fennel, leek, potatoes and hollandaise sauce
Icelandic Skyr with roasted oats, blueberry ice cream and blueberry sauce

Vegetarian Menu

Vegetarian Soup of the day
Baked Rutabaga from Maríubakki with barley, kale, oyester mushrooms and dill vinagrette
Icelandic Skyr with roasted oats, blueberry ice cream and blueberry sauce

Day 6 Icelandair Hotel Fludir

Herbcrusted mushroom from local farm , with fresh salad
Chicken “tikka masala” and rice
Two types of icecream with strawberries from local farm and chocolate sauce

Vegetarian Menu

Herbcrusted mushroom from local farm , with fresh salad
Vegetarian Tortilla filled with ratatouille and fresh salad
Two types of icecream with strawberries from local farm and chocolate sauce

Note: Please note that these menus can change without notice, based on the time of the year and everyday offer on ingredients.

Cancellations policy

Cancellations: A cancellation fee of 20% of the tour price and accommodation will be retained by us for cancellations made from 4 to 8 weeks before tour start. From 28 days until 7 days before tour start, the fee is 50%. No refund is possible for cancellations less than 7 days before tour start, or for no shows, and a tour begun, but not completed. The exchange of one arrangement for another must be agreed by us beforehand.

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