10-Day Self-Drive

Icelandic Full Circle Tour

Join your spirit guide Lorna Madill for an exciting  10 day 9 night tour of beautiful Iceland  

DAY 1: WELCOME TO REYKJAVÍK
On arrival to Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in
Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city centre with its
abundance of museums, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. If you're interested in checking out Icelandic
design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, and enjoy its
various shops and cosy cafes.
HIGHLIGHTS: Reykjavík

DAY 2: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Collect your rental car in the morning and begin your journey on the classic “Golden Circle” route, home to
some of Iceland’s most popular attractions. Start with a visit to the fascinating Þingvellir National Park, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next on the route is the Haukadalur geothermal area, where you can see Geysir—the original “geyser”—and its more active neighbour, Strokkur, which spouts water every few minutes. End the circle with visits to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the old implosion crater of Kerið.
Spend the night in the Hvolsvöllur area.
Driving distance approx. 250 km/ 155mi.
HIGHLIGHTS: Geysir - Gullfoss - Kerið - Þingvellir

DAY 3: WATERFALLS AND VOLCANIC BEACHES
Start with visits to the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can experience walking right behind
the misty cascade, and the gorgeous 60-metre high Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road.
Further ahead at Vík, you can make a stop at the black volcanic beach south of the village, from where you can
view the rock formations Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar. The last stop of the day is to the stunning
Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. You also have a chance today to join an exciting guided excursion by foot or snowmobile
on a glacier!
Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur/Skaftafell area.
Driving distance approx. 220 km/ 137mi.
HIGHLIGHTS: Fjaðrárgljúfur - Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Seljalandsfoss - Seljavallalaug - Skaftafell - Skógafoss - Víkí Mýrdal

DAY 4: GLACIERS AND ICEBERGS
Enjoy Skaftafell, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty with many
interesting hiking trails, including a short path to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. This area is also full of
opportunities for more adventurous pursuits, such as guided glacier-walking or ice-climbing excursions. Then,
head to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can join a boat ride among the maze of floating

icebergs (optional). Spend the night in the Höfn or Djúpivogur area.
Driving distance approx. 210 km/ 130mi.
HIGHLIGHTS: Höfn - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon - Skaftafell

DAY 5: FJORDS AND FISHING VILLAGES
Your drive along East Iceland today is characterised by spectacular fjords, tranquil fishing villages, rugged
tundra and sweeping landscapes. On arrival to the otherworldly Lake Mývatn, you have an abundance of
unusual natural wonders to explore, including the Krafla volcano, the curiously-coloured Námaskarð pass, the
massive crater of Hverfell and the lunar-like pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir.
Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.
Driving distance approx. 415 km/ 258mi.
HIGHLIGHTS: Búlandstindur - Egilsstaðir & Lagarfljót - Hverfjall - Krafla & Leirhnjúkur - Námaskarð - Petra's Stone Collection

DAY 6: LUNAR LANDSCAPES OF LAKE MÝVATN

Use this day to further explore the surroundings of Lake Mývatn. You can start the day with an optional whale-
watching trip from the village of Húsavík, “The Whale Watching Capital of Europe”. Then, drive through

Jökulsárgljúfur—part of Vatnajökull National Park, visiting such sights as the hoof-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon and
the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. End the day by bathing in the relaxing geothermal waters of
the Mývatn Nature Baths, where you can experience the glow of the midnight sun. Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.
Driving distance approx.200 km/ 124mi.
HIGHLIGHTS: Ásbyrgi - Dettifoss - Húsavík - Jökulsárgljúfur National Park - Lake Mývatn - Mývatn Nature
Baths

DAY 7: EXPLORE NORTH ICELAND
Spend the first half of the day around Lake Mývatn. We recommend a visit to Goðafoss (“The Waterfall of the
Gods”) on your way to the charming town of Akureyri, where you will find interesting shops and museums as
well as the world's most northerly botanical garden.
After your break in Akureyri, you can either head straight to Skagafjörður or take a detour on the way there to
Tröllaskagi (“The Peninsula of the Trolls”), where you can enjoy fantastic scenery of beautiful mountains, cliffs
and fjords. Then, continue through Siglufjörður, which was once the centre of Iceland’s herring fleet, and make
a stop at Hofsós to relax in the thermal pool (optional) before arriving to Skagafjörður, an area known for its
abundance of purebred Icelandic horses. Spend the night in Northwest Iceland.
Driving distance approx. 250 km/ 155mi.
HIGHLIGHTS: Akureyri - Goðafoss - Hofsós - Hólar í Hjaltadal - Hrísey - Lake Mývatn - Siglufjörður -
Skagafjörður

DAY 8: JOURNEY TO SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA
Head to Snæfellsnes Peninsula today. On the way you’ll see the countless mounds of Vatnsdalshólar and the
beautiful Þingeyrarkirkja church. You may also wish to make stops to the living museum at Eiríksstaðir, home
of famous Viking Erik the Red, and the hot geothermal pool of Guðrúnarlaug. Or pay a visit to Stykkishólmur, a picture-perfect fishing village overlooking Breiðafjörður Bay. Here, you can take a walk up to the small hill
overlooking the harbour, Súgandisey, for a wonderful panoramic view over the town, sea and surrounding
mountains. Spend the night on Snæfellsnes Peninsula / Borgarfjörður area.
Driving distance approx. 260 km/ 162mi.
HIGHLIGHTS: Eiríksstaðir - Guðrúnarlaug - Snæfellsjökull National Park - Vatnsdalshólar - Þingeyrakirkja

 

DAY 9: SNÆFELLSJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND SNÆFELLSJÖKULL GLACIER
Experience the unique Snæfellsjökull National Park, with amazing birdlife, lush valleys and lava fields. It is
ideal to drive around the peninsula, exploring Dritvík Cove, Lóndrangar Cliffs as well as Hellnar and
Arnarstapi Cliffs with its bursting bird-life and the small villages on the coast. You might wish to test your
strength at the stones of the black volcanic beach of Djúpalónssandur like the seamen in past times. On
Snæfellsnes, you can choose from a variety of actitivities such as horse riding, hiking, taking a boat-cruise (in
summer) or simply relax and take in the glacier’s alleged supernaturalenergy.
Spend the night in Reykjavík.
Driving distance approx. 290 km/ 180mi.
HIGHLIGHTS: Arnarstapi - Djúpalónssandur - Dritvík Cove - Hellnar - Lóndrangar - Snæfellsjökull National
Park

 

DAY 10: DEPARTURE
On your day of departure, a shuttle bus will collect you from your hotel in Reykjavík and deliver you back to
Keflavík International Airport ahead of your scheduled flight.
If your flight is in the afternoon, you can fit in a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or even take a
short guided tour of the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula (optional; not included).
HIGHLIGHTS: Reykjavík

 

Included by our Local Connections. 

Private transfer from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik

Accommodation (budget/comfort/quality) for 9 nights, includes breakfast

Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, CDW and VAT for 8 days

Free in-car unlimited wi-fi, use of GPS & two authorised drivers for the duration of the vehicle rental period

Information meeting with your travel consultant (optional)

Semi-private transfer from Reykjavik to Keflavik airport on departure

Map of Iceland and detailed personal itinerary

Nordic Visitor's Iceland Travel Guide

Driving in Iceland Pamphlet

Temporary use of a mobile phone

24/7 Helpline

Included and conducted by yours truly are daily sacred ceremonies and meditations with themes connected to Nature and the 7 directions. Drumming, pipe ceremonies, rituals etc to lead us into a deeper connection to our inner selves and the journey of this lifetime. 

A welcome champagne on your flight over

Not included:

Flights to/from Iceland

Personal travel insurance

Gasoline/Petrol

Tunnel Fees

Meals, drinks & entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Optional activities – can be added on request

Any services not listed above as “Included

$2579.00 USD (Prices are subject to change) Self Drive Tour

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