Highland Circle - Longer Version - EI910

Sprengisandur, Askja, Myvatn, Dettifoss, Asbyrgi

Fully licensed travel agency & tour operator

This is a great tour where you will see all the natural wonders and highlights of Icelandic nature. We will explore even more wonders in more detail than we are able to do on the short version of this tour.

Duration: 8 days

Available: On request

Difficulty: Easy

Group size: 4-8 persons


Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik, Professional English/German-speaking driver guide, accommodation with breakfast.

Bring with you:

Warm clothes, sturdy shoes.

Upon request.

For groups only (not scheduled tour)

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Note: This tour is not available in May and June due to closed highland roads.

Tour Description

Extreme Iceland offers this adventurous highland circle all year round. We take great pleasure in planning both shorter and longer circles around the highlands of Iceland and their unique wonders.

Map of the route Iceland

Map of the longer version of Highland Circle

Day 1

We drive east from Reykjavik to volcanic mountain of Hekla. From there we will drive to the geothermal highland oasis of Landmannalaugar and to the central highland tourist station by Hrauneyjar dam where you will spend your first night.

Day 2

We will set our course to the north taking the Sprengisandur highland road through the highland lake district and cross east from Gaesavatnaleid to Askja caldera/crater lake. We will spend the night in the local mountain hut.

Lake Myvatn

The wonder of Myvatn's volcanic lakes

Day 3

We explore the Askja caldera/crater lake area with its recent volcanic activity and then drive to the powerful river of Jokulsa a Fjollum. We then continue south to Kverkfjoll, a geothermal area by the glacier of Vatnajokull where we will spend the night in this exclusive highland landscape of ice and fire.

Day 4

From the Kverkfjoll area we will drive north to Lake Myvatn – which is an area with incomparable natural settings – where we will spend the night.

Hveravellir Geothermal Area

Kosy bathing in a geothermal rock pool

Day 5

We drive north by the magnificent River Jokulsa a Fjollum to the largest waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss situated in the canyon of Asbyrgi and the national park of Holmatungur. From there we drive to the coastal town of Husavik – „The whale-watching capital of the world“ – where we will spend the night.

Asbyrgi Canyon

Asbyrgi Canyon lush with greenery

Day 6

Whale-watching tour by boat from Husavik, for those who wish to experience this before we drive west to Godafoss Waterfall and on to the town of Akureyri - where we will spend the night.

Whale watching

A whale sticks it's snout out of the water to say hello

Day 7

Today we drive west from Akureyri to the Skagafjordur region and south along the Kjolur highland road which lies between the glaciers of Langjokull and Hofsjokull. We will spend the night at the unique geothermal area of Hveravellir in the midst of the highlands. There is the chance to enjoy a bath in a natural hot water pool there both in the evening and in the morning.

Day 8

We will drive south from Hveravellir taking the Kjolur highland road south to Lake Hvitarvatn and explore the magnificent waterfall of Gullfoss. We then drive to the remarkable geothermal area of Geysir with its world famous hot springs. Finally, we drive through Thingvellir National Park on our way back to Reykjavik.

Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe