Circle Iceland in a Week

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  • May-Sep
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Circle Iceland in a Week

from £965.00 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • May-Sep

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Highlights

In pictures
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See the natural treasures of Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle route

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See the black-sand beaches and waterfalls on the South Coast

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Experience the ice wonders of Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon

Aerial view over Lake Myvatn

Discover pseudo-craters and mud pools at Lake Myvatn

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Explore Vatnajokull National Park, home to Iceland's largest ice cap

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Drive the spectacular coast road in the East Fjords

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Nordic Heritage

With over 37 years of experience in creating trips to Nordics we know this region inside out

Overview

Drive around Iceland in just one week? Why not! The Ring Road is a delight to drive – well maintained and largely free of traffic. Barely an hour will pass on this slick self-drive when you won’t be pulling over to admire a stunning stretch of coastline or thundering waterfall. You’ll stay in seven must-see locations and have our iDiscover digital guide to enhance your trip.

Seven days to drive the Ring Road

Two weeks would be better as per our Around Iceland holiday, but if time is limited, and you want to see as much of Iceland as possible, this holiday features several key highlights. Some drives are lengthy, but if you enjoy a road trip this itinerary is incredibly rewarding – offering fabulous scenery, comfortable accommodation, optional excursions and even time for relaxing in a geothermal lagoon or two.

The Magnificent Seven

After a night in Reykjavik, your first full day takes in the Golden Circle – Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir World Heritage Site. Next, you’ll explore the sublime South Coast with its black-sand beaches, bird cliffs, waterfalls and glaciers, before spending time at Vatnajokull National Park – famous for its colossal icecap and the iceberg-strewn lagoon of Jokulsarlon. You will then take a world-class coastal drive through the East Fjords before heading west towards Lake Myvatn where you can relax in the geothermal Nature Baths or visit Husavik for a whale-watching trip. A long drive the following day ends at the magnificent Hotel Husafell. All too soon, perhaps, you’ll be returning to Keflavik airport – but not before a chance to take a dip in the Blue Lagoon.

Itinerary

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 Keflavik - Reykjavik

Fly to Keflavik Airport. Collect your rental vehicle and drive to Reykjavik for an evening of exploration and an overnight stay in Iceland's capital city which blends modern with traditional. Overnight at Hotel Cabin.

Fly to Keflavik Airport. Collect your rental vehicle and drive to Reykjavik for an evening of exploration and an overnight stay in Iceland's capital city which blends modern with traditional. Overnight at Hotel Cabin.

Day 2 Reykjavik - Fludir

Explore the natural wonders on the famed Golden Circle route: the tectonic rip in the earth's crust at Thingvellir, the thundering falls of Gullfoss and the bubbling Geysir geothermal area. Overnight at Hotel Flúðir.

Explore the natural wonders on the famed Golden Circle route: the tectonic rip in the earth's crust at Thingvellir, the thundering falls of Gullfoss and the bubbling Geysir geothermal area. Overnight at Hotel Flúðir.

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Day 3 Fludir - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Continue along the south coast and admire the views, including Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland's best-known waterfalls and the Myrdalsjokull icecap, where you may wish to take an optional snowmobile trip (pre-bookable - please contact our team). You may also choose to visit the little museum at Skogar and the famous waterfall with an impressive 60 metre drop (perhaps walk the path to the top). Explore the Reynisfjara pebble beach with its caves and basalt formations. Investigate the bird cliffs at Dyrholaey, (closed from 1 May 25 June so as not to disturb nesting birds), and walk along its black sand beach. Overnight at Hotel Klaustur.

Continue along the south coast and admire the views, including Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland's best-known waterfalls and the Myrdalsjokull icecap, where you may wish to take an optional snowmobile trip (pre-bookable - please contact our team). You may also choose to visit the little museum at Skogar and the famous waterfall with an impressive 60 metre drop (perhaps walk the path to the top). Explore the Reynisfjara pebble beach with its caves and basalt formations. Investigate the bird cliffs at Dyrholaey, (closed from 1 May 25 June so as not to disturb nesting birds), and walk along its black sand beach. Overnight at Hotel Klaustur.

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Iceland holidays - visit Seljalandsfoss in the south west

Day 4 Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Skaftafell

You will be spoilt for choice today as there is much to see and do in the area: walking in the stunning Skaftafell National Park; discovering the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon with its immense icebergs (boat trips are pre-bookable - contact us for further details). Perhaps take an optional snowmobile trip on Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull - one of many excursion options. Overnight at Hotel Skaftafell.

You will be spoilt for choice today as there is much to see and do in the area: walking in the stunning Skaftafell National Park; discovering the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon with its immense icebergs (boat trips are pre-bookable - contact us for further details). Perhaps take an optional snowmobile trip on Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull - one of many excursion options. Overnight at Hotel Skaftafell.

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Day 5 Skaftafell - Egilsstadir

Spend the day exploring the sweeping fjords of the east coast and the delightful fishing villages of Djupavogur and Seydisfjordur. Overnight in the nearby town of Egilsstadir. Overnight at Hotel Eyvindará.

Spend the day exploring the sweeping fjords of the east coast and the delightful fishing villages of Djupavogur and Seydisfjordur. Overnight in the nearby town of Egilsstadir. Overnight at Hotel Eyvindará.

Day 6 Egilsstadir - Lake Myvatn

Continue to the Myvatn region; with a possible visit enroute to Iceland's highest farm with a cafe and turf buildings at Modrudalur. Visit the relaxing Nature Baths (the north's answer to the Blue Lagoon) or venture up to the pretty village at Husavik and experience a thrilling whale watching trip on an old fishing boat (prebookable - contact us for details). Overnight at The Lamb Inn at Öngulsstaðir.

Continue to the Myvatn region; with a possible visit enroute to Iceland's highest farm with a cafe and turf buildings at Modrudalur. Visit the relaxing Nature Baths (the north's answer to the Blue Lagoon) or venture up to the pretty village at Husavik and experience a thrilling whale watching trip on an old fishing boat (prebookable - contact us for details). Overnight at The Lamb Inn at Öngulsstaðir.

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Day 7 Lake Myvatn - Husafell

Drive across the northern countryside, famous for its horse breeding, and then south towards Husafell in the region of Borgarbyggd. Spend the night at Hotel Husafell, where you can expect excellent service, gourmet cuisine and comfortable rooms, surrounded by a mountainous landscape.

Drive across the northern countryside, famous for its horse breeding, and then south towards Husafell in the region of Borgarbyggd. Spend the night at Hotel Husafell, where you can expect excellent service, gourmet cuisine and comfortable rooms, surrounded by a mountainous landscape.

Day 8 Husafell - Keflavik

Drive back towards Keflavik, taking a detour to the Blue Lagoon to bathe in its soothing geothermal waters (entrance fee at additional cost), before dropping off the vehicle at the airport and taking the afternoon flight home.

Drive back towards Keflavik, taking a detour to the Blue Lagoon to bathe in its soothing geothermal waters (entrance fee at additional cost), before dropping off the vehicle at the airport and taking the afternoon flight home.

Accommodation Options

We have selected properties for this holiday as referenced in the itinerary. However, with a wide choice of accommodation in Iceland we can adapt to your preference and mix and match different grades and styles where available. Choose from hotels, farmstays and self-catering apartments to private villas and countryside properties.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £965.00 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £250 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • Exclusive use of iDiscover app
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price
May 2021 7 nights B - VW Golf £965
May 2021 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,042
May 2021 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,099
Jun - Aug 2021 7 nights B - VW Golf £1,288
Jun - Aug 2021 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,406
Jun - Aug 2021 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,535
Sep 2021 7 nights B - VW Golf £1,058
Sep 2021 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,136
Sep 2021 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,193

Choice of Vehicles

We offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday provided by the local Europcar franchise. Our long-standing relationship with them means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits including priority on the newest and best appointed vehicles available on the day.

Meet our expert

nordic team eric shadbolt bw
One of our specialists
Meet Eric

10 Visits to Iceland

5 Successful whale watching trips

34 Countries visited

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