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Iceland Circle, Fjords, & Northern Lights - 12 days map

SPRING AND WINTER TOUR: Embark on an unforgettable 12-day journey through Iceland, where rugged landscapes and rich culture converge. Begin in Reykjavik, a city where modernity meets Viking history, and explore the dramatic terrains of the West Fjords, renowned for their untouched beauty and majestic fjords. Witness the awe-inspiring power of Iceland’s waterfalls, such as the stunning Dynjandi, and soak in the serene beauty of glacier lagoons. Uncover the country’s mystical heritage at unique cultural sites, while the charming fishing villages offer a glimpse into traditional Icelandic life. As night falls, marvel at the Northern Lights dancing across the sky, an experience that is sure to captivate your imagination. From the urban allure of Reykjavik to the natural splendor of the countryside, this tour offers a comprehensive exploration of Iceland’s most iconic and hidden treasures.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Aureolis borealis - Search for the dazzling Northern Lights across the Icelandic sky
Borganes - Take a look at the Grabrok Volcano crater, fishing villages and turf churches in West Iceland
Golden Circle - Visit Geysir geothermal fields, Gulfoss Waterfall, Strokkur geyser, Thingvellir National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site
Ísafjörður - Stroll around the vibrant town of Ísafjörður, known for colorful houses and cultural celebrations
Litlibær - Relax with a coffee and homemade waffles at this charming cafe and museum that overlooks the fjords and sea
Akureyri - Enjoy breathtaking views and witness the waterfall of the gods in Iceland's second largest city
Namaskard - Visit the Namaskard hot springs and hike through the lava fields at Dimmuborgir
Dynjandi Waterfall - Marvel at the Crown Jewel of Westfjords
Flateyri - Explore Flateyri's history, including Gamla bókabúðin and the avalanche protection fences
Vatnajokull National Park - Tour the home to Europe's biggest glacier, Iceland's highest mountain & Europe's most powerful waterfall
Reykjavik - See the sights of Iceland's capital on a city tour
Lake Myvatn - Explore a unique natural lake & natural baths
South Coast - Examine lava beaches, towering waterfalls, bird cliffs and a folk museum. Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls

Included

Daily breakfasts
Keflavik Airport arrival and departure transfer (FlyBus shuttle)
Transportation in heated coaches, with free Wi-Fi
2 Evenings northern lights programme (mid Sept - mid April)
Entrance with towel to Myvatn Nature Baths
Entrance and demonstration to Fridheimar Horse Stables and Geothermal Greenhouse in South Iceland
This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go. The sightseeing group may vary in size from 10 - 30 persons.
11 nights 3-4 star hotels
Services of an English Speaking Icelandic Guide
Guided hike to Grabrok volcano crater
Entrance into the Ósvör Maritime Museum and the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft
Guided tour of Reykjavik and the highlights of the Westfjords, including Grábrók volcanic crater & Dynjandi Waterfall
Use of snow & ice gripper spikes and a torch for winter departures

Not Included

International Flights and Visas
Tips for your guide - this is an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Reykjavik

Monday. Welcome to Iceland! Upon arrival at Keflavik airport, take the Flybus shuttle for a transfer to your accommodation in Reykjavik. If time permits, enjoy free time to explore the capital city of Iceland at your leisure.
Overnight: Reykjavik

Day 2

Volcanic Craters & Northern Lights

Reykjavik - Grábrók - Búðardalur - Ísafjörður. Today, our journey begins in the west. Our first stop leads us to Grábrók, a 3,400-year-old volcanic crater offering a 360-degree view of the valley.

After a break for lunch in the coastal town of Búðardalur, we'll then trace the scenic fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp. Keep your eyes peeled for spectacular views with the chance of encountering majestic whales.

Our adventure continues to Litlibær, a rare turf house transformed into a quaint café and museum. Enjoy homemade waffles and coffee, overlooking the fjord and sea.

Afterwards, head for Ísafjörður, our home for the next three nights. In the evening, we'll embark on a quest to chase the mesmerizing Northern Lights.
Overnight: Ísafjörður  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Waterfalls & Tasty Seafood

Ísafjörður - Dynjandi - Ísafjörður. Today we'll explore the Dynjandi waterfall, celebrated as one of Iceland's most magnificent. Its tiered structure creates a mesmerizing array of small cascades.

Continuing along the coastline and fjords, the journey leads to the pier of Önundarfjörður, extending gracefully into the water from a stunning golden beach.

Following a nature walk, our journey leads to Tjöruhúsið, a charming family-owned restaurant renowned for its fish buffet, serving an array of fresh seafood straight from the sea.

Afterwards, explore the enchanting town of Ísafjörður, where vibrant houses adorn cobblestone streets. As night falls, we venture outdoors seeking another glimpse of the awe-inspiring Northern Lights.
Overnight: Ísafjörður  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Maritime History & Flateyri

Ísafjörður - Suðureyri - Flateyri - Ísafjörður. The morning unfolds at the Ósvör Maritime Museum, where a restored fishing hut invites visitors to step into the past, delving into the 19th-century life of rowboat fishing.

Exploring the village of Flateyri, a hidden gem awaits at the historic Gamla bókabúðin, "The Old Bookstore," operating since 1914. At this charming store, enjoy browsing for unique souvenirs that showcase traditional Icelandic design

In the evening, we go for a stroll in search of the Northern Lights.
Overnight: Ísafjörður  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Sorcery & Tastes of Iceland

Ísafjörður - Hólmavík - Breiðafjörður. Today, we'll head to the picturesque village of Hólmavík, to explore the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft. Here, captivating tales of Iceland's mystical history unfold. Delve into folklore and explore an array of artifacts.

Following our adventures, we break for lunch to taste the flavours of traditional Icelandic meat soup and the rhubarb cake.

The day concludes in West Iceland, in a tranquil location nestled near the remarkable Breiðafjörður Bay. The remote area is ideal for Northern Lights hunting, so don't go to bed too early!
Overnight: Búdardalur  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Borganes & Brennivin

Breiðafjörður. - Glaumbær - Akureyi. Today, our focus shifts to the iconic Ring Road as we press on with our journey, signaling the start of our island exploration and the beginning of our Guided Iceland tour.

Venturing further north, our itinerary leads us to Glaumbær, renowned as one of Iceland’s most captivating turf house farms and folk museums. Continuing through stunning fjord landscapes and traversing multiple mountain passes, we eventually arrive at Akureyri, the bustling capital of North Iceland. Here, our overnight stay allows ample time to fully experience the charm of Akureyri and discover its myriad attractions.
Overnight: Akureyri  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Akureyi & Goðafoss

Akureyri - Goðafoss - Lake Myvatn. This morning we explore Akureyri, a charming town of 17,000 inhabitants and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjördur fjord. From April-October optional whale watching tours are available from 09:00.

In the afternoon we visit spectacular Godafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods and Lake Mývatn, which is known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. Next stop is the bizarre lava formations at Kálfaströnd to walk around the many pseudo craters. End an exciting day with a relaxing soak at Mývatn Nature Baths - the waters here contain a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike.
Overnight: Lake Myvatn  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Lava Labryinth & Namaskard hot springs

Lake Myvatn - Namaskard - Egilsstadir. In the morning we hike in a lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir “the dark castles”, hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. Afterwards we visit the hot spring area of Námaskard with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. Continue through the uninhabited highlands and moonlike surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck we might spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer.
Overnight: Egilsstadir

Day 9

Vatnajökull NP

Egilsstadir - Vatnajokull - Jokulsarlon. Today we admire the dramatic fjord landscape, twisty roads and tiny fishing villages in the East Fjords. En route we visit an interesting stone and mineral collection. This afternoon we see Vatnajökull - Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland.

We travel along the southern part of the giant Vatnajökull glacier and spend time exploring the stunning scenery of Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains and a beautiful alpine environment.

Our adventure ends with a visit to the breathtaking Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, where icebergs drifting serenely on the water offer a captivating sight. We may even see seals elegantly gliding through the chilly Arctic waters. Between May and September, the itinerary includes an exciting boat tour that takes us up close to the icebergs. Don’t miss the chance to stroll along Diamond Beach, where massive ice chunks rest on the black sand.

Please be advised that this day’s schedule might be adjusted due to seasonal variations, such as changes in daylight.
Overnight: Skaftafell

Day 10

Icebergs & Waterfalls

Jokulsarlon - Skorgar - Hvolsvollur. We journey along to the southern part of the glacier Vatnajokull and glimpse Europe’s second-largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier.

In the afternoon, a beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. Stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the small village of Skogar, there is Skogafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Iceland’s past comes alive at one of Iceland’s finest museums, the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses assemblage of traditions of territorial relics on display. Continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain.

Stay alert for the chance to witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights in the evening, which will add a magical element to our Icelandic adventure.

Please be aware that the itinerary for this particular day may be adjusted due to seasonal factors like changes in daylight.
Overnight: Hella  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Horses & Golden Circle

Hvolsvollur - Golden Circle - Reykjavik. Today we explore Iceland's famed Golden Circle. We begin the day at Fridheimar learning about the special qualities and history of the Icelandic horse and visit a geothermal greenhouse.

Later on we visit the Geysir geothermal fields to see a variety of hot springs, bubbling pools and the mighty Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. We continue to Gullfoss, “the golden falls“, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá River. Continue inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

As we return to Reykjavík, we take you for a short city tour of the highlights of the world's northern-most capital.

Northern Lights enthusiasts can book optional evening tours, provided the weather conditions are favorable.
Overnight: Reykjavik  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Back to Reykjavik

Today our Icelandic experience comes to an end with included FlyBus transfer to Keflavik Airport.
Breakfast

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Fosshotel Baron, Reykjavik

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Situated in the centre of Reykjavik, the Fosshotel Baron is a classic Icelandic hotel with excellent facilities. Guest rooms are cosy with comfortable beds, televisions and en suite facilities. The hotel also benefits from complimentary Wi-Fi and a buffet breakfast. Warm soup and baked bread is also available at a small charge for all guests from 5 - 10pm everyday - great for those winter evenings.

Berjaya Reykjavik Natura Hotel, Reykjavik

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The eco-friendly Berjaya Reykjavik Natura Hotel offers a tranquil haven. Modern, soundproofed rooms equipped with a fridge, desk, and satellite TV ensure comfort, while the Satt Restaurant beckons with a delectable breakfast buffet and Icelandic daily specials. The stylish Satt Bar provides a relaxing ambiance for socializing. Embracing culture, the hotel boasts the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition, alongside practical amenities like a tourist desk and spa facilities. Complimentary WiFi and gym access complete this inviting retreat, promoting relaxation and connectivity in a sustainable setting.

Hótel Ísafjörður, Ísafjörður

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Hotel Isafjördur, centrally located on Silfurtorg Square in Isafjördur, boasts stunning panoramic vistas of the fjord and surrounding mountains. Guests are treated to modern comforts including a restaurant and bar, with the added convenience of complimentary in-room Wi-Fi and parking. The hotel's contemporary guest rooms feature private bathrooms and amenities such as tea and coffee making facilities. Indulge in a dining experience at the in-house restaurant, offering international cuisine with an Icelandic twist. For added convenience, the hotel hosts a gift shop, while the reception facilitates car and bicycle rentals.

Vogur Country Lodge, Búdardalur

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Nestled amidst Iceland's picturesque northwestern coast, Vogur Country Lodge, a converted farmhouse, offers a serene escape overlooking the stunning Snæfellsnes Glacier and Breidafjördur Bay. With a focus on tradition and comfort, the lodge boasts bright and fresh rooms adorned with simple décor and private bathrooms. Guests are treated to a taste of regional delights in the lodge's restaurant, while the cozy BBQ hut invites them to create their own culinary masterpieces using local produce. The amenities include a relaxing outdoor hot tub, sauna, library, and playground, ensuring a blend of relaxation and recreation.

Berjaya Akureyri Hotel, Akureyri

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Formally the Icelandair Hotel Akureyri, the Berjaya Akureyri Hotel is a tastefully decorated hotel with magnificent views of the city. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated with bright and airy rooms and excellent facilities. A delicious array of meals are served at the onsite restaurant - choose form local and international cuisine including Artic Char, Lamb Shank or Wild Goose from Eyjafjordur! The hotel is located just a short drive from the Hlidarfjall ski resort.

Myvatn Berjaya, Lake Myvatn

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Myvatn Berjaya Iceland Hotel offers a serene retreat in the heart of Iceland's stunning natural beauty. Located near the picturesque Lake Myvatn, the hotel provides comfortable accommodations with modern amenities, ensuring a relaxing stay. Embrace breath-taking views of the surrounding volcanic landscapes, geothermal springs, and lush greenery. Enjoy dinner and drinks in the modern restaurant, with emphasis on it's fresh ingredients. With its blend of comfort, convenience, and natural splendor, Myvatn Berjaya Iceland Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the wonders of northern Iceland.

Herad Berjaya , Egilsstadir

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Opened in 2000, the Icelandair Herad has recently undergone extensive renovations. Guest rooms are beautifully designed with comfy beds and excellent amenities. The hotel boasts an excellent restaurant serving a great selection of local dishes including reindeer steak! The onsite bar is also a great place to sit and relax in and sip on a delicious Icelandic beer! Well located in the heart of East Iceland's growing capital, Egilsstadir.

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Skaftafell

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

One of Fosshotel's newest additions, the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon has an envious position between Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished and either ocean or mountain views. They are equipped with modern amenities and beautiful en suite facilities. The hotel has a restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. There is also a bar to relax in at the end of the day.

Hotel Stracta, Hella

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Hotel Stracta in the sleepy village of Hella, offers a serene getaway in South Iceland. This contemporary hotel provides a range of en suite accommodations, from cosy 18m² standard rooms, to spacious 24m² studio rooms, which are equipped with a small kitchenette and a sofa bed. All of the guest rooms are designed in Nordic style and well-equipped, with modern amenities. A delicious and hearty buffet breakfast is served each day at the buffet restaurant Gardur. You can unwind in the sauna or outdoor hot tubs while soaking in views of the Northern Lights and enjoy delectable à la carte meals at Stracta Bistro restaurant, which serves a whole host of Icelandic and international culinary delights. In the winter, Hotel Stracta's dark gardens are perfect for Northern Lights hunting!

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Reykjavik
Ends
Reykjavik
Departs
Mondays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 40
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Tour Guide
Yes, for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 9
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes by Flybus shared transfer
Dep. Transfer
Yes by Flybus shared transfer
Colourful houses of Reykjavik against a backdrop of snowy mountains
Colourful houses of Reykjavik against a backdrop of snowy mountains
Volcanic slands jutting out of Lake Myvatn
Stunning natural landscape and lake in Egilsstadir
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Southern Iceland
The church and cultural centre surrounded by fields in Reykholt
Colourful houses of Reykjavik against a backdrop of snowy mountains
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