Snæfellsnes & the Diamonds of North Iceland

See the best of Iceland. The pearls of the north and the must sees of the south with a traverse if the highland piste of Kjölur.

Tour code: ISD5

Snæfellsnes & the Diamonds of North Iceland
Price from: 199.000  ISK

Snæfellsnes, Mývatn and the South

This tour is a showcase of the best that Iceland has to offer. We visit Snaefellsnes peninsula which is like Iceland in miniature. In the north we travel through landscapes shaped by ice-age glaciers and stay in Iceland´s most charming town—Akureyri. One of the main highlights is Lake Myvatn, teeming bird life in volcanic surroundings: craters, lava fields, solfataras and a geothermal lagoon. Travelling south we cross the highlands via Kjolur and end the tour visiting the geysers and waterfalls of South Iceland.

Tour Overview

  • Language

    Travel documents are in English

  • Accommodation

    Hotel or Guesthouse

  • Transport

    Rental car

  • Driving per day

    200 - 450 km

  • Difficulty

    Easy

    Difficulty

    Easy

  • Availability

    Jun - Sept

  • Duration

    8 days

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • 8 nights accommodation in double/twin rooms with private facilities and breakfast
  • 7 days car rental (group FG) with unlimited mileage
  • Insurance CDW, GP, TP, SCDW
  • Airport pick up / drop off fees at Keflavík airport
  • Detailed itinerary with multiple daily options

Not Included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Extra d

Optional Extras

  • Car upgrade to group I or J
  • Single room (single travelers and groups with odd numbers must choose the single supplement option during the booking process)

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Snæfellsnes & the Diamonds of North Iceland

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrival in Iceland (Monday)

Arrival in Iceland. Pick up rental car at Keflavik international airport and drive to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

Distance: ~50 km

Day 2

Þingvellir - Kaldidalur - Hraunfossar - Reykholt

First highlight of the day will be Thingvellir national park - the site of the first parliament, founded in 930. Thingvellir was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its cultural value. The Thingvellir Lake with its surroundings is a place of great geological interest. From there you continue by Kaldidalur highland route which takes you close to Langjökull glacier. Taking this route also gives you the chance for an optional Into the Glacier tour on Langjökull. Continue towards Borgarfjorður, stopping at the Hraunfossar waterfalls where cold springs of subterranean water seep through the lava and run as tiny waterfalls and rapids into the Hvita glacial river. Drive through the historic Reykholt and stop at the geyser Deildartunguhver with a chance to visit Krauma baths & spa take a relaxing soak in the  geothermal water from the hot springs. Accommodation in Borgarnes.

Distance: ~200 km

Day 3

Snæfellsnes peninsula

Make a day tour to one of the most beautiful parts of Iceland, Snaefellsnes peninsula. Starting along the southern shore of the peninsula we can observe most of the natural phenomena that can be found around Iceland – only on a much smaller scale: lava fields, volcanic craters, glacier, waterfalls, sandy beaches, charming fishing towns, bird cliffs and more. On Snæfellsnes peninsula you will also find one of the most photographed Icelandic mountains – Mr.Kirkjufell. From Stykkishólmur there is also a possibility to take a short optional boat tour around the Islands of Breidafjördur. Return to Borgarnes for another overnight.

Distance: ~400 km

Day 4

Skagafjörður - Akureyri

Drive north along the ring road will take you across the Holtavörðuheiði heath over into Hrutafjordur and further along the fjords, through green pastures and valleys towards Blönduós and Skagafjordur with possibilities for several detours along the way. Holar in Hjaltadalur with the old cathedral is one of the historical sights of interest on the „Troll peninsula“. In Siglufjordur you have the opportunity to visit the award-winning Herring Era museum that will give you a glimpse into the times when this charming little village was a thriving fishing town. The route then continues through three tunnels and along the coastal road to Akureyri where you stay the next 2 nights.

Distance: ~450 km

Day 5

Goðafoss Waterfall & Lake Mývatn

Daytour to some of the most impressive sights in north Iceland. Godafoss waterfall is one of the gems in the nature of North Iceland and also played an important part in the historical events. From here you continue to Lake Myvatn area where you spend the day exploring the natural volcanic wonders: entering the Rift zone and along the way you will see clear signs of past activity, as recent as 1975-84. Among the highlights of the day are pseudocraters at Skutustadir, Dimmuborgir (The Dark Castle) and the solfatara field at Namaskard with its boiling mud pits and steam vents.            

In summer months the Lake is teeming with bird life as various bird and duck species come nesting in the surroundings of the lake. A stop at the Mývatn Nature Baths where there is a possibility for a relaxing dip in the geothermal lagoon is a perfect way to end the day of sightseeing before returning to Akureyri for another overnight.

Distance: ~250 km

Day 6

Kjölur - Gullfoss Waterfall - Geysir

From Akureyri by the ring road back west towards Varmahlid and further south via the Kjölur highland road. A stop at Hveravellir hot spring area gives you a chance for a quick dip in the natural geothermal pool or a stroll around the boiling hot springs. The road further south goes in between the Langjokull and Hofsjokull glaciers across the desert land. Passing the glacial lake of Hvitarvatn we reach Gullfoss waterfall – the Golden Falls and visit the Geysir area where we wait for most active of the geysers Strokkur to spout - usually every 5-10 minutes! Accommodation in the area.

Distance: ~300 km

Day 7

The South Shore - Reykjavík

Drive south towards Selfoss and further east along the ring road which will bring you to Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss – two of the most iconic waterfalls in Iceland. The drive continues at the foot of Eyjafjöll mountains where the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano rests under the glacier of the same name. Drive on to the village of Vik with a chance for a stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach with a view of Reynisdrangar cliffs in the sea and the Dyrholaey promontory. Head back west ending the day in Reykjavik for the last overnight.

Distance: ~400 km

Day 8

Departure day (Monday)

Drive to Keflavik airport in time for check in for your  international flight.

If your flight departs late afternoon, then you have the possibility to add an optional whale watching boat tour in the morning, drive around the Reykjanes peninsula or visit the Blue Lagoon  before dropping of the rental car at Keflavik airport.

Distance: ~50 km

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