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Drive Iceland's Full Circle

Driving around Iceland’s full circle is, without doubt, one of the world’s most spectacular driving routes.

On this fly-drive exploration of Iceland you see the best of what this small but exciting country has to offer. Discover natural wonders including magnificent waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, spouting geysers, bubbling mud pots and lava landscapes.

You will begin your holiday in Reykjavik and then wind your way eastwards around the country. As you drive around the Snæfellsnes peninsula you will have huge mountain ranges on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.

In North Iceland you will stay in Akureyri, the country’s second largest city, as well as Myvatn, famed for its geological wonders. Nearby are attractions such as Hverir Geothermal Area, Viti Crater and Myvatn Nature Baths. Last, but not least, the most powerful waterfall in Europe – Dettifoss.

From the North, journey to Egilsstaðir in the East before reaching the vast landscape of South Iceland. In this region you will have the chance to see Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, as well as rich birdlife, black beaches and glacial lagoons.

The opportunities for adventure are endless driving Iceland’s full circle. To summerise, this tour takes you around Iceland’s mountainous 830 mile long Highway 1 or ‘Ring Road’, which skirts the entire coastline, with the exception of the West Fjords (though we can arrange this for you too if you have a few extra nights to spare). Furthermore, in high summer, you can enjoy endless hours of daylight under the Midnight Sun. This 14-night fly-drive holiday really is the ultimate way to experience everything Iceland has to offer and more.

DAY 1 | Reykjavik

Arrive Keflavik Airport by air from the UK. Transfer by airport bus (Flybus) to your hotel in Reykjavik. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Iceland's lovely, compact capital city.

1 night REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Reykjavik (4*)
Meals included today:  None


Day 2 | Reykjavik - Stykkisholmur (107 miles)

Collect your hire car and head north on the Ring Road via the wide Kollafjördur and under the Havalfjördur by subsea tunnel to Borgarnes. Through the Myrar region and Eldborg lavafield before driving through the Snæfellsnes mountain range to Stykkisholmur on the northern shore of the peninsula.

2 nights STYKKISHOLMUR - Fosshotel Stykkisholmur (3*)
Meals included both days:  Breakfast


Day 3 | Snæfellsnes Glacier

Today we recommend visiting Snæfellsjökull Glacier, a 1,446-metre high ancient cone volcano, made famous in Jules Verne's novel, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The glacier harbours an active volcano though there have been no recorded eruptions since Iceland's settlement!

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 4 | Stykkisholmur - Akureyri (225 miles)

Continue along the northern shore of the peninsula to the Hrutafjörður to rejoin the Ring Road. Now through the wide Viði valley via Blönduos and through moorland and valleys to Akureyri, located on the shores of Iceland´s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður.

2 nights AKUREYRI - Icelandair Hotel Akureyri (4*)
Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 5 | Siglufjörður

Akureyri is North Iceland's largest town with a small selection of shops, cafes and restaurants. It is possible to take a whale safari directly from the town centre (see Excursions tab for more details).

We recommend visiting Siglufjörður, once the richest town in Iceland due to its herring industry. There is a lovely little herring museum here which is well worth visiting and why not linger over lunch at Hannes Boy Cafe which is located directly in the harbour?


Day 6 | Akureyri - Mývatn (55 miles)

Onwards via Goðafoss ('waterfall of the Gods') to your hotel which is situated on the south-west shore of the lake and a short distance from the pseudo-craters at Skutustaðir.

2 nights MÝVATN - Sel Hotel (3*)
Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 7 | Namafjall Hverir Geothermal Area and Ðettifoss

With its steaming bubbling mud pools and fumaroles Namafjell Hverir will make you feel hot but don't worry, the sight and sound of Europe's most powerful waterfall, Ðettifoss, will cool you down!

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 8 | Mývatn - Egilsstaðir (114 miles)

Continue eastwards via the Mödrudalur valley and mountain ranges to Egilsstaðir, ‘capital’ of East Iceland.

2 nights EGILSSTAÐIR - Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir (3* plus)
Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 9 | Hengifoss

Hengifoss ('hanging falls') is Iceland's second highest waterfall with a drop of 118 metres. There is a viewing area at the top which we recommend - with good shoes!

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 10 | Egilsstaðir - Höfn (118 miles)

Follow the coastline around numerous fjords via Höfn and in sight of majestic Vatnajökull, Europe´s largest glacier, to your hotel about 9 miles west of Höfn.

2 nights HÖFN - Fosshotel Vatnajökull (3*)
Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 11 | Svartifoss Waterfall - Svinafellsjökull

Svartifoss plunges over a wall of symmetrical columnar basalt and an easy walk to its base provides a spectacular photo opportunity. Walk to the edge of Svinafellsjökull, a glacial tongue of the Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier.

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 12 | Höfn - Vik (161 miles)

Westwards around the Hornafjörður, before reaching the wonderful Jökulsarlon glacial lagoon with its huge icebergs and from where boat trips are possible. Through the vast Breidamerkursandur sand area passing Iceland´s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnjúkur (2119 metres) and Skaftafell National Park. Continue through the vast black sand deserts of Skeiðarársandur via Kirkjubæjarklaustur then through the vast Eldhraun lava fields before reaching Vík, Iceland’s southernmost town.

2 nights VIK - Icelandair Hotel Vik (4*)
Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 13 | Dyrhólaey

Dyrhólaey ('doorway Hill Island') is located at Iceland's most southerly tip or cape and is where a 120-metre high promontory and unique arch-shaped rock is found. The cliffs and sand dunes have been declared a nature reserve protecting large seabird colonies. Spectacular views of the black sand beaches from the lighthouse.

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 14 | Vik - Reykjavik (195 miles)

Westwards to Selfoss via the impressive Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Northeast via the Kerið explosion crater and world-famous Geysir area to spectacular Gullfoss waterfall. Return to Reykjavik via the beautiful historical site of Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are still moving apart, then through the Mosfellsheiði moors to Reykjavik. Drop off your hire car.

1 night REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Reykjavik (4*)
Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 15 | Homeward bound

Take the airport bus from your hotel to Keflavik Airport for your return flight home.

Meals included today:  Breakfast

Departure Day:  Possible daily
Departure Dates:  1 May – 30 Sep 2020
Duration:  14 nights
Prices from:  £3610 per person, based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin/double room throughout.
Deposit:  £200 per person


It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled return flights with Icelandair from Heathrow to Keflavik including 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand luggage per person. Taxes included.
    Alternative departure airports and airlines available, please ask for details.
  • Airport bus transfer on Day 1 from Keflavik Airport to your hotel.
  • 2 nights (first and last night) at the 4* Fosshotel Reykjavik in Reykjavik based on a standard double/twin room including buffet breakfast.
  • Car hire with Avis for a period of 13 days based on a Group L car (Hyundai i30 or similar). Rental includes Unlimited Mileage, CDW (excess ISK 195,000 per incident), Theft Protection and Tax.
  • 2 nights at the 3* Fosshotel Stykkisholmur in Stykkisholmur based on a standard double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast.
  • 2 nights at the 3* Fosshotel Akureyri in Akureyri based on a superior double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast.
  • 2 night at the 3* Sel Hotel in Mývatn based on a standard double/twin room with lake view including daily buffet breakfast.
  • 2 nights at the 3* Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir in Egilsstaðir based on a standard double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast.
  • 2 nights at the 3* Fosshotel Vatnajökull in Höfn based on a standard double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast.
  • 2 nights at the 3* Hotel Vik in Vik based on a standard double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast.
  • Detailed motoring itinerary and map.
  • Scandinavia Only travel document wallet and luggage labels.
  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
  • ATOL Protection.

Fosshotel Reykjavik (4*) – Reykjavik

Fosshotel Reykjavik

Fosshotel Reykjavík is located within the centre of the city, close to the Hallgrimskirkja Church, the Phallological Museum and the main shopping street Laugavegur – you can follow this (or the coastal road) down to the harbour area – approx. 20/25 mins walk.

Though large (16 floors), the hotel still offers many personal touches In both appearance and service. All bedrooms are decorated in contemporary style with warm, natural materials and have private shower & WC, TV, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, safety box and telephone. Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Lounge facilities and hotel bar. Trendy beer garden offering a large selection of draught and bottled craft beers as well as street food options. Restaurant ‘Haust’ serves an extensive buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner focusing on fresh Icelandic produce. Fitness facilities. Underground car parking (chargeable). Airport shuttle bus stops outside the hotel (Bus stop 12 – also used by excursion buses).

Fosshotel Stykkisholmur (3*) – Stykkisholmur

Fosshotel Stykkisholmur in Iceland

Located on a hill overlooking the beautiful town, so every room has a spectacular panoramic view of beautiful scenery. There are 33 newly renovated rooms, all equipped with private facilities and includes a TV, telephone, internet connections and hairdryers. The in-house restaurant offers sea views and often serves the daily local catch, such as monk fish, cod or halibut, and a Scandinavian breakfast buffet is served each morning. For sport enthusiasts, there is a golf course only 50 metres away!

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri (4*) – Akureyri

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

The new Icelandair Hotel Akureyri is your comfy base camp to enjoy and experience Iceland’s beautiful North. Explore the amazing countryside, full of some of Iceland’s most amazing natural attractions including Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss – Europe’s most powerful waterfall, whale watching.

All rooms are bright and comfortable with Icelandic design in the forefront and include bathroom with a shower, hairdryer, flat screen TV, wireless internet, telephone, coffee and tea set. After a day of adventure you can unwind at Aurora, the hotel’s excellent bar and restaurant or you can enjoy a further spot of relaxation at the geothermal pool just across the street!

Sel Hotel (3*) – Mývatn

Sel Hotel Myvatn, Iceland

Sel Hotel Mývatn is well positioned for experiencing the wonders of Mývatn and its surroundings. The hotel has 56 comfortably furnished bedrooms, all with bath or shower and WC, telephone and TV. Good rest is of course important for tackling a full day’s activities and Sel Hotel Mývatn has the key elements for that – peaceful surroundings and good beds, to name just a couple. The hotel’s restaurant (with its own bar) serves a nicely varied à la carte menu during the winter season and it is from here that you have a marvellous view of the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters which are just a few minutes walk away. Lounge area beside Reception with further bar. Free hotel Wi-Fi.

 

Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir (3*) – Egilsstaðir

Lake House Egilsstaðir

Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir is a cosy hotel offering a peaceful environment for a revitalising, romantic atmosphere. Centrally located within East Iceland the guesthouse serves as an ideal base for taking a wide variety of sight-seeing excursions around the East. Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir offers 18 recently renovated guest rooms, with wood parquet floors. All rooms have en suite bathrooms, multi-channel television, radio, a coffee maker and hairdryer.

Fosshotel Vatnajökull (3*) – Höfn

Fosshotel Vatnajokull in Hofn, Iceland

Charismatic and attractive hotel in the southeast of Iceland with a spectacular panoramic view of the majestic glacier tongue. Inspired by the breathtaking location, the hotel has been designed to ensure that your stay will be as relaxing as possible with superb views.

Fosshotel Vatnajökull has been newly renovated with a modern restaurant, bar and and en suite rooms complete with all necessary facilities.

Icelandair Hotel Vik (3*plus) – Vik

Icelandair Hotel Vik

Icelandair Hotel Vik is a new hotel in a wonderful setting in the village of Vik in Myrdalur Valley. It is nestled under sandstone hills and is embraced by magnificent natural surroundings. The views are stunning as you look out over the beach, to the sea and the Reynisdrangar Pillars, and experience the spectacular cliffs and birdlife where the puffins in Mt. Reynisfjall are only a stone’s throw away. Myrdalsjokull Glacier stands guard over the region in all its splendour and there are adventures to be had all around. The hotel has 36 elegantly fitted rooms, decorated with Icelandic design and inspired by the natural environment. All rooms are ensuite and furnished with TV, hairdyer, writing desk, tea and coffee making facilites.

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