The ring road - All around Iceland - Summer

The Ring Road - Minibus package tour - EI120

All around Iceland in 7 days

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Stillness by the lake

Let's embark on an epic journey and circumnavigate the island of ice and fire. We will travel for seven days around Iceland, showing you the remote, the unknown, off the beaten track places under the midnight sun. We’ll also visit some of the most famous places and landmarks in Iceland that no one wants to miss. Every trip is unique, shaped by your interests, the driving conditions and last but not least the weather, which controls a lot in Iceland.

Operated in a minibus
Small groups and personal service

Prices change between dates.
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Children (10-15): 50% off

Age limit: 10 years

Duration: 7 days

Pickup time: 09:00 - 09:30

Available: Jun - Sept

Max group size: 18 persons

Bring with you: Warm clothes, hiking shoes. Spikes that fit over shoes to provide extra grip on ice.

Included:
Fully escorted 7-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
Accommodation with shared facilities. Breakfast included.
Entrance with towel at Myvatn Nature Baths
Entrance to all museums

Good to know:
Please limit your luggage to 1 medium sized suitcase per person
We will stop for lunch on our way and have dinner at our accommodation

Map of the route: See here below, or click here.

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Day 1

We leave Reykjavik and head to Thingvellir where Iceland's old parliament was founded in the 10th century. This is where America meets Europe and we can watch the tectonic plates drift apart at the speed of approximately 1.5 cm every year.

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Thingvellir national park

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From Thingvellir we move on to Gullfoss and Geysir, making a stop at Laugarvatn to wash our eyes with water from a sacred pool. At Gullfoss we admire the roaring waterfall, once saved by a young woman in the 19th century from being harnessed for electricity. It is now protected. At Geysir we feel the earth tremble beneath our feet when the diligent Strokkur erupts every 7 minutes spewing hot water and steam 100 ft into the air or more. After lunch we head for Fludir, a small village relying on geothermal energy to run its numerous greenhouses before turning on to highway number one that will eventually take us around Iceland. We drive towards the mighty Eyjafjallajokull while the sun will be setting and make a stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Standing behind the waterfall in the twilight is a perfect end to our day. Our accommodation for the night is only 20 minutes away, located in the countryside under the looming cliffs of Eyjafjoll.

Day 2

We start our day by visiting the majestic Skogafoss waterfall, a short distance from our hotel. We will spend the day travelling along the south coast with numerous stops. The Black sand beach, Reynisfjara will astonish you with its impressive rock stacks and intricate basalt columns.

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Reynisfjara beach

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The petrified fishing vessel of trolls, Reynisdrangar close to the shore are best viewed from the church at Vik, the small village east of the Black beach. From Vik we keep driving across the vast sands of the south coast formed by flash floods from sub-glacial eruptions centuries hearing tales of settlement and folklore on our way. The clusters of pseudo-craters at Myrdalssandur and Landbrot are unique on our planet being the best examples of their kind.

Driving across the mighty lava field of Eldhraun we learn about their formations late in the eighteenth century which nearly wiped out the population of Iceland making the king of Denmark to contemplate evacuating from the island. Close to the lava field we stop at the Fjadrargljufur gorge which is renowned for its rock formations. After stopping for a while at the tiny village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, admiring the naturally made "floor" of basalt columns we drive across the vast expanse of Skeidararsandur with Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull covering the horizon to our left. We finish our day by stopping at the majestic glacial lagoon Jokulsarlon admiring the icebergs before we settle in for the night at the small country hotel at Smyrlabjorg.

Day 3

From Smyrlabjörg we proceed east towards the village of Hornafjordur hoping to spot some reindeer along the way but they are quite common in this area. East of Hornafjordur we take a detour to Stokksnes to see the imposing cliffs of Vestrahorn towering over the sand.

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We drive through the sparsely populated area under imposing mountains where narrow roads cling to the hillsides with the endless ocean to our right. We meander through deserted fjords with glistening sands and peculiar cliffs and colourful mountains with sharp peaks. We stop at Djupivogur, a tiny village where Sigurður Guðmundsson, a world renowned artist has installed a peculiar work for all to enjoy and soak up the atmosphere in this isolated place. We keep driving from one village to another. Every place has a story of struggle and defeats and victories. We will check out sea geysers at Saxa close to Stoðvarfjörður, a small village that houses an impressive collection of mineral stones. Saxa is a unique natural phenomenon, where the ocean waves crash into a rock crevice and spray high into the air. The name Saxa is derived from the kelp and seaweed that are "saxað" (chopped) inside the crevice and then hurled into the air with the waves. We rest for the night at Egilsstadir, an inland village in the East, by the still and crystalline lake of Lagarfljot.

Day 4

We start the day by exploring this particular region and drive around the Lagarfljót lake trying to catch a glimpse of the monster that reportedly lurks in the deep and still water. Around the lake the largest forest in Iceland can be found along with one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, Hengifoss.

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Mývatn area

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We might also stop at Skriduklaustur, an impressive building that houses a museum for Gunnar Gunnarsson one of Iceland's authors. After lunch we head for the wasteland, driving for hours across the mountains through uninhabited area to the north. The stark and threatening beauty with its strong sense of isolation being surrounded by rows of mountains on the horizon is an experience in itself. Maybe we‘ll find some reindeer in their natural habitat on the moors of Modrudalsoraefi. We often stop at the most isolated farm in Iceland admiring the peculiar church built by an eccentric farmer in the nineteenth century. Once across the mountains we will visit Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe and again feel the earth tremble under our feet as we stand next to the giant while we learn about the forces that shaped this sight. After stopping at a famous haunted but abandoned shepherds hut we drive towards Myvatn and explore the geothermal fields in their multi-coloured splendour among roaring steam vents and bubbling mud pools. We end the day by soaking in a natural bath before retiring to our hotel.

Day 5

We explore Lake Mývatn and its surroundings visiting the lava castles of Dimmuborgir and the underground bath at Grjotagja soaking in the geothermal waters in a subterranean chasm. If the weather is good we will ascend the dome of Hverfjall mountain and admire the strange formations of lava at Kalfastrond half-submerged in the lake.

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Dimmuborgir in the North

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We drive through Reykjadalur to Godafoss where Thorgeir, the heathen chieftain at Ljosavatn farm threw the statues of the old gods into the waterfall to demonstrate the beginning of Christianity in Iceland, stopping at a unique roadside church dedicated to his memory. Godafoss is among the largest and most imposing waterfalls in Iceland but maybe we’ll also sit down for coffee and kleinur at the local coffee shop and ask the farmers for advice about life. We will eventually end up in Eyjafjordur visiting Akureyri, the largest town in Iceland outside Reykjavik counting the steps to the church or strolling through its shopping street before settling down for the night. In Eyjafjordur we might stop at Smamunasafnid - The museum of Small Things that has to be seen to be believed.

Day 6

We leave Akureyri driving through the countryside dotted with sleeping farms and free grazing sheep that all drivers fear. We will stop at Saudarkrokur, the biggest little town by the sea and experience the aroma over a cup of coffee. On our way to Blonduos and Skagastrond are

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small villages and we will grab any opportunity to take in their own peculiar charm and learn about their history. We‘ll stop at the desolated place Thristapar where the last public execution in Iceland took place in 1830. A dramatic story of passion, deceit and murder is hidden beneath the turf. Borgarvirki is an peculiar place with remnants of a fortress from the time of settlement with great views over the terrain. Hvitserkur is a peculiar rock formation looking like a petrified dinosaur. We end our travel that day at Gauksmyri, a quaint country hostel with excellent opportunities for bird watching close by.

Day 7

Our last day starts by a drive to the local museum at Reykir that houses the only shark catching vessel that has survived. Shark catching was a flourishing trade in the nineteenth century and Ofeigur is a fine specimen, built from driftwood by local shipbuilders up north.

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After crossing Holtavorduheiði we turn off the main road and visit Reykholt in Borgarfjordur, home of Snorri Sturluson a ninth century poet and a scholar, author of many fine manuscripts. Snorri used the geothermal springs for bathing and his personal hot tub has survived and is probably among the oldest such tubs in Iceland if not Europe. From Reykholt we will proceed to Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in the world where 180 liters of scalding hot water flows from the earth every second. Next we visit the beautiful Hraunfossar in Borgarfjordur, a unique specimen of a waterfall in Iceland because of its unusual setting. You will understand why when you see it. We end the trip by driving through the magnificent Hvalfjordur on our way back to Reykjavik. Hvalfjordur has its own peculiar history as an important meeting place for convoys during the WW2.

Travelling during winter time?

The ring road - winter version

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Thingvellir national park

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Looking at Gullfoss waterfall

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Strokkur spouting water

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Seljalandsfoss

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Reynisfjara beach

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Stillness by the lake

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Mývatn area

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Hot springs at Namaskard

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Dimmuborgir in the North

 

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