Similar to the Colours of Iceland and Iceland Express tours, the Iceland Grand Circle is a circumnavigation around Iceland on the iconic Route 1. This tour offers the complete experience, giving you the flexibility to take your time and relax as you travel around this unique country. The 12-day itinerary incorporates all the highlights, both historical and natural, from Thingvellir and Reykholt to the mighty Vatnajokull glacier, Gullfoss waterfalls, Lake Myvatn and the stunning Snaefellsnes peninsula.
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Fly from London to Keflavik International airport British Airways.
On arrival pick up your car hire and drive along the
Reykjanes peninsula towards the south coast and
the town of Hveragerði. Stay overnight at the Örk Hotel (or similar). (N)
Today, drive to Thingvellir National Park and see the site of the world's oldest parliament before visiting the geothermal area of Haukadalur, known for the geysers of Stokkur and Geysir and the thundering Gullfoss waterfalls. Continue on to the picturesque Thorsardalur valley and visit the ruins of the Viking settlement at Stong. Stay overnight in Hotel Edda ML Laugarvatn (or similar). (B)
Continue south and visit the spectacular waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss (40 metres tall) before continuing to Thoraldseyri Farm, which houses an exhibition of photos and films chronicling the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Further along Route 1 are the Skogar waterfalls and Folk Museum, where the first wooden house in Iceland can be visited, built entirely of driftwood. Before reaching Vik, take the road to the isolated Dyrholaey headland for panoramic views out to sea and along the coast. From Vik, continue east over the Eldhraun lava field to Kirkjubæjarklaustur where you will stay overnight at the Hotel Geirland (or similar). (B)
Drive to Skaftafell National Park, Iceland's largest and best-known national park. Visit the Vatnajokull glacier, Europe's largest glacier, and the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, which was created by the meltwater from the nearby Breidamerkurjökull glacier. Continue on to the village of Hofn, known as the lobster capital of Europe, and stay overnight at the Arnanes Country Hotel or similar. (B)
Today, travel along the rugged eastern coastline through small fishing villages and along fjords framed by towering mountains to Egilsstadir. Stay overnight at Hotel Edda Egilsstadir (or similar). (B)
Journey north-west towards the Lake Myvatn area across the Modrudalsoraefi highlands, an area renowned for its stark and untouched beauty. Stop at the thundering Dettifoss waterfalls, known as Europe's mightiest, before continuing to Lake Myvatn where you will stay overnight at the Hotel Gigur (or similar). (B)
Today, explore the natural attractions of Lake Myvatn, such as the volcanic area by Krafla, the sulphur slopes and boiling mud pools of Namaskard, the lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the pseudocraters near Skutustadir. The area is also renowned as Europe's largest bird sanctuary where numerous species breed. Stay two nights at the Hotel Edda Akureyri (or similar). (B)
Explore the northern capital of Iceland and the surrounding area. Drive to Husavik and take a boat trip in search of whales before returning to your accommodation. (B)
Drive west through the historic region of Skagafjordur, which is known for its horse breeding as well as agriculture, and visit the Glaumbaer farmstead museum for a glimpse of an Icelandic homestead. Continue to the Snaefellsnes peninsula where you will stay overnight at Hotel Framnes or similar. (B)
Explore the Snaefellsnes peninsula and visit the sea cliffs at Arnarstapi, known for its multitude of seasonal birdlife, explore the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur and stare at the impressive Snaefellsjokull glacier. Continue south to the Borgarfjordur area and visit Borgarnes and the Icelandic Settlement Centre. Stay overnight at Hotel Borgarnes (or similar). (B)
Today, visit the historic site of Reykholt, home to the pre-eminent author of the Icelandic Sagas before continuing to the waterfalls of Hraunfoss and Barnafoss. Visit the Reykjanes peninsula and the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing swim in the warm blue geothermal waters, rich in silica and other minerals. Return to Reykjavik where you will stay overnight at the Reykjavik Lights Hotel (or similar). (B)
Transfer to Keflavik airport and return your car
hire in time for your flight back to London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
In remote areas, Cox & Kings uses the best available accommodation. However, outside Reykjavik, facilities should be regarded as basic and comfortable. Accommodation upgrades are available for this itinerary, please speak to a consultant for more information.
Upgrades to your vehicle and accommodation, in some areas, are available. Please ask a consultant for details.
Alternative flights are available with easyJet, Jet2, Iceland Air and WOW. Please ask a consultant for details.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7808 6785 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IGC2018: 11 Nights
Egilsstadir lies on the banks of the Lagarfljot river in the east of Iceland. Established in 1947...
Hofn is the second largest fishing town in south-eastern Iceland with a...
Situated 45 km from Reykjavik, close to the southern coastline, the town...
Lake Myvatn is a shallow eutrophic lake that lies in the north-east of...
First settled by Vikings in 874, Reykjavik is the world's most northerly capital cities...
Reykholt is most famous as the home of the Icelandic poet and Saga's author...
The Snaefellsnes Peninsula lies in the west of Iceland. Known...