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Iceland Circle & West Fjords Discovery - 17 days map

SUMMER TOUR: Join us for an unforgettable adventure through Iceland’s breath-taking landscapes. Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of majestic volcanoes, vast lava fields, soothing hot springs, towering mountains, tranquil fjords, shimmering glaciers, and powerful waterfalls. Enjoy plenty of free time to explore at your own pace. This tour masterfully blends the best of our popular Guided Iceland Circle with the newly introduced Westfjords of Iceland tour, offering an unparalleled exploration of the country’s diverse landscapes. Discover the hidden and well-known wonders of Iceland on this remarkable journey.

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Itinerary
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Hotels

Trip Highlights

Reykjavik - See the sights of Iceland's capital on a city tour, and participate in ATV/horseback riding and Whale Watching
Dynjandi Waterfall - Marvel at the Crown Jewel of Westfjords
Reykjanes - Marvel at geothermal energy being used in salt manufacturing at the Saltverk factory and get magical at Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft
Látrabjarg - Explore one of Europe's highest seabird cliffs and spot bird colonies including puffins and razorbills
Lake Myvatn - Explore a unique natural lake & natural baths
Vatnajokull National Park - Tour the home to Europe's biggest glacier, Iceland's highest mountain & Europe's most powerful waterfall
Namaskard - Visit the Namaskard hot springs and hike through the lava fields at Dimmuborgir
Borganes - Take a look at the Grabrok Volcano crater, fishing villages and turf churches in West Iceland
Suðureyri - Explore this quaint fishing village and taste their magnificent seafood
Experience authentic culture, visit small local museums and take a selfie with Icelandic horses
Akureyri - Enjoy breathtaking views and witness the waterfall of the gods in Iceland's second largest city
Golden Circle - Visit Geysir geothermal fields, Gulfoss Waterfall, Strokkur geyser, Thingvellir National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site
South Coast: Examine lava beaches, towering waterfalls, bird cliffs and a folk museum. Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls
Eyjafjallajökull Glacier: Visit the home of the famous eruption of April 2010 that halted international air travel for a week

Included

16 breakfasts
Keflavik Airport arrival and departure transfer (FlyBus shuttle)
Transportation in heated coaches, with free Wi-Fi
Entrance into the Ósvör Maritime Museum, Hnjótur Folk Museum and the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft
Admission to Petra's Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
Entrance and demonstration to Fridheimar Horse Stables and Geothermal Greenhouse in South Iceland
16 nights 3-4 star hotels
Escorted by an English speaking tour guide
Visit to Vidimyri turf church
Entrance with towel to Myvatn Nature Baths
Guided tour of Reykjavik and the highlights of the Westfjords, including Grábrók volcanic crater, Látrabjarg seabird cliffs & Hraunfossar lava waterfalls
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.

Not Included

International Flights and Visas
Gratuity for your tour guide. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Reykjavik

Friday. Welcome to Reykjavik! On arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you'll be transferred by Flybus shuttle to our accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Reykjavik

Day 2

Grabrok Volcano Crater

Reykjavik - Grabrok - Akureyri. This morning we meet our tour guide and depart from the hotel. We travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and stopping to climb the Grábrók volcano crater. Further north we stop at the turf church of Vídimýri which has been extensively restored to its original form and is widely considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture.

We continue along scenic fjord landscapes and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland.
Overnight: Akureyri  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Lake Myvatn

Akureyri - 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 09:00-12:00.

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 4

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.

From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park.
Overnight: Egilsstadir  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Vatnajokull NP

Egilsstadir - Vatnajokull - Skatafell. 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.
Overnight: Hofn  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Icebergs & Waterfalls

Skatafell - Jokulsarlon - Skorgar - Hvolsvollur - Hella. We start the day with a stop at Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and explore the extraordinary site where you might see seals swimming in arctic waters. From May through September, a boat tour between floating icebergs is included in the program. Just across the street, you can walk on the so-called Diamond Beach, where icebergs wash up along the shore. We then continue 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.
Overnight: Hvolsvollur  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Horses & Golden Circle

Hella - 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. We then depart for three days in Rekjavik until meeting the next group.
Overnight: Reykjavik  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Exploring Reykjavik

Reykjavik. Today, discover Reykjavík at leisure. Stroll along charming streets, browse through local boutiques and museums, or unwind in one of the city's inviting cafes. In the afternoon, participate in the Reykjavík Food Lovers Tour. Embark on a culinary adventure through the city's finest restaurants, enjoying traditional Icelandic dishes while delving into the local food culture. This tour offers a delectable and informative experience, shedding light on Iceland's rich culinary heritage.
Overnight: Reykjavik  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Activities, Adventures & Sky Lagoon

Reykjavik. Begin the day with leisurely exploration, or join one of the optional tours. There's the choice of an ATV adventure, or a horseback riding excursion. The ATV tour navigates through volcanic fields and lush valleys. Alternatively, follow scenic trails on horseback, under the guidance of experienced locals.

After a day of activity, unwind in the Sky Lagoon and soak in geothermal waters, paired with a complimentary refreshing drink. This tranquil oceanside lagoon is home to stunning views, and it's natural forces rejuvenate the body and soul. This offers the perfect chance to relax and recharge before continuing our adventure.

(Sky Lagoon photo credit).
Overnight: Reykjavik  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Whale Watching

Rekjavik. This morning is at leisure again, before heading out on an Atlantic Ocean wildlife adventure with a Whale Watching tour from the city. Keep an eye out for Iceland's diverse bird and sea species - including minke whales, humpback whales, harbour porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins.
Overnight: Reykjavik  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Vikings & Waterfalls

Reykjavik - Grábrók - Eiríksstaðir - Þingmannaá Waterfall - Patreksfjörður. We'll kickstart the day by meeting our tour guide bright and early, setting off on a journey towards the West. The first captivating stop awaits at Grábrók, a 3,400-year-old volcanic crater boasting a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the entire valley.

Continuing the adventure, we'll reach Eiríksstaðir, once the dwelling place of Viking explorers Eirik the Red and his son Leif the Lucky. Here, within a replica of their longhouse and immersive living museum, we'll delve deep into Viking life, Icelandic history, and folklore.

The next destination reveals the enchanting Þingmannaá Waterfall, the first among the many charming waterfalls dotting the Westfjords.

Finally, we'll settle in the quaint fishing village of Patreksfjörður. Overlooking serene fjords and the Greenland Sea, this is where we will stay for the next two nights.
Overnight: Patreksfjörður  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Beaches & Towering Cliffs

Patreksfjörður - Rauðasandur - Látrabjarg - Patreksfjörður. The day begins with a visit to Rauðasandur, one of Iceland's most captivating beaches. Stretching 10 kilometers, its iridescent red sands blend seamlessly with turquoise waters, creating a picturesque landscape.

Your journey then leads to the Hnjótur Folk Museum, offering insight into daily life in the Westfjords and showcasing Iceland's agricultural and seafaring history.

Continuing on, you'll reach Látrabjarg, Europe's towering seabird cliffs and Iceland's westernmost point. Here, an uninterrupted view of the North Atlantic unfolds. Here, catch glimpses of vibrant bird colonies, including puffins, razorbills, and guillemots.

Last on the agenda is a visit the shipwreck Garðar, Iceland's oldest steel ship. As the day winds down, the journey leads us back to Patreksfjörður.
Overnight: Patreksfjörður  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Waterfalls and Fjords

Patreksfjörður - Dynjandi - Fleteyri - 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.

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. Delving deeper into Flateyri's history, we'll learn about the devastating 1995 avalanche, and venture to the avalanche protection fences built to safeguard locals from future tragedies.

We'll end the day in Ísafjörður, the largest town in the Westfjords.
Overnight: Ísafjörður  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Breathtaking Views & Small Villages

Ísafjörður - Suðureyri - Ísafjörður. The morning unfolds with a trip to Bolafjall, a soaring 640-meter-high mountain adorned with a steel viewing platform extending over the cliff's edge, offering views of the sea and nearby fjords.

The adventure then leads to 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.

Following this experience, the journey continues to Suðureyri, where a walk through the village offers insights into Iceland's rich fishing heritage. Here, you can opt to try seafood sourced from local producers.

In the afternoon, enjoy leisure time in Ísafjörður, to explore at your own pace or opt for an activity. There's the choice of an ATV tour, or set off on a trip to the captivating island of Vigure, famous for its rich wildlife, including puffins, Arctic terns, eiders, guillemots and more,
Overnight: Ísafjörður  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Geothermal Energy & Icelandic Sorcery

Ísafjörður - Hólmavík - Breiðafjörður. Today's journey begins along the breathtaking fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp. Enjoy awe-inspiring vistas with the possibility of encountering majestic whales along the way.

A stop at the Saltverk factory offers insights into salt manufacturing powered entirely by geothermal energy—an example of Iceland's sustainable practices.

Continuing the adventure, 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.

The day concludes in West Iceland, in a tranquil location nestled near the remarkable Breiðafjörður Bay.
Overnight: Búdardalur  |  Breakfast

Day 16

Lava Waterfalls & Ravishing Reykjavik

Breiðafjörður - Reykjavik. As our journey draws to a close, we venture back to Reykjavík, with a few stops along the way.

Our first stop is at Hraunfossar, the mesmerizing "lava waterfalls," where glacial waters weave through lava rocks, creating a spectacular natural display. Continuing on, a visit to a local horse farm awaits, granting us the opportunity to encounter the beloved Icelandic horses, known for their fluffiness and amiable nature.

In the afternoon, we'll return to Reykjavík and explore the city's vibrant history. Stops include the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church, the esteemed University campus, and Reykjavík's picturesque harbour. The day concludes at the magnificent Harpan concert hall and conference center.
Overnight: Reykjavik  |  Breakfast

Day 17

End of the Tour

Your Icelandic adventure comes to an end after breakfast. Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik airport is included.
Breakfast

Winter departures

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.

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.

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!

Fosshotel Westfjords, Patreksfjörður

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Nestled deep in the northwest of Iceland, in a small fishing village, the Fosshotel Westfjords is comfortable hotel, offering modern rooms and a cosy restaurant by the sea. The area is a popular gateway to some of Iceland's famous attractions, from bird-watching to hiking and photography. Each room has a flat-screen TV, blackout curtains and offers a stunning view of either the surrounding mountains or fjord.

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.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Reykjavik
Ends
Reykjavik
Departs
Fridays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 40
Hotel Rating
3-4 stars
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 16
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
Eyjafjordur, Icelands longest fjord, running alongside Akureyri
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
Colourful houses of Reykjavik against a backdrop of snowy mountains
Colourful houses of Reykjavik against a backdrop of snowy mountains
Colourful houses of Reykjavik against a backdrop of snowy mountains
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