Golden Circle & Northern Highlands

Very adventurous tour where you travel through the rough landscape of Iceland’s interior. Several natural wonders make this tour really pleasant.  

Prices starting from
ISK 165,500 per person*

Summer & autumn
1+ people
08 days
Guided/self-drive tour

(*) Displayed price based on self-drive with 4 people with a Navigate type vehicle and Economy accommodation in shoulder season.

Visit one of the best-known attractions in Iceland - the Golden Circle - and right after, immerse yourself into the country's isolated interior. This seven day tour gives you the best insight of what the Highlands and North of Iceland have to offer. You begin by visiting the historical area of Þingvellir, famous Geysir, and roaring waterfall Gullfoss. Then embark on real highlands adventure and head up to outback desolation of Kjölur route. At the end you reach the completely different world of northern Iceland. Get ready to be lured by snowcapped peaks, whale-filled fjords, geological wonderland of Lake Myvatn area, and lively charming Akureyri. If you are looking for adventures along with sightseeing this tour is perfect for you.

What's included in the Golden Circle & Northern Highlands tour?

Included in this tour

Not included in this tour

  • Gasoline / Diesel
  • Personal Travel Insurances
  • Additional activities
  • Meals or drinks
  • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
  • Parking and road tunnel fees
  • Any services not listed under list of included items

Explore the Golden Circle & Northern Highlands tour day-by-day

  1. Day 1 Þingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss

    You pick up your car in Reykjavík and drive a short distance to Þingvellir National Park. It is a UNESCO site and a place of Icelandic Parliament foundation in AD 930. Þingvellir is also located in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge caused by the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates separation. You have a chance to walk along the part of it, called Almannagja gorge. Next you drive to Geysir, the famous hot spring that has given name to hot springs all over the world. Geysir had been remaining inactive for years now, but its neighbour Strokkur gushes regularly up to the air. In only 10-min driving distance there is Gullfoss, or “The Golden Fall”, spectacular double cascade waterfall. Overnight stay in the area.

    Driving distance is +-140km.

  2. Day 2 Kjölur

    Today you embark on real highlands adventure. You drive up to outback desolation of Kjölur route. The barren landscape between the glaciers Hofsjökull and Langjökull leads you to a little oasis of Hveravellir. It is a geothermal area of fumaroles and hot springs, where you can relax in a lucious human-made bathing pool. Upon request you may stay over the night in a cabin and explore the area more. Otherwise, you continue driving towards the North. Accommodation is scheduled in the area.

    Driving distance is +-312km.

  3. Day 3 Skagafjörður - Siglufjörður

    You begin a day by driving through Skagafjörður region, which is best known for the great horsemanship. You can visit charming Sauðárkrókur village, and jump to hot waters of nearby Grettislaug natural hot spring. Then you either take the Route 1 to Akureyri or longer, but very picturesque road along Tröllaskagi Peninsula. Tröllaskagi offers dramatic scenery with monumental mountains emerging nearly directly from the sea. There is two must-stops: Hofsós, a perfect fjordside swimming pool with the stunning view, and an old herring-fishing village Siglufjörður that has recently been booming with a little art galleries and buzzing cafes. Overnight stay in Skagafjörður area.

    Driving distance is +-142km.

  4. Day 4 Akureyri

    This day is dedicated to the capital of the North. As you drive from your accommodation in Skagafjörður, the Ring Road takes you through the mountain valley until you reach nestled at the head of Eyjafjördur, Akureyri, Iceland's second city. It is rather a charming town than a city though, which makes it a perfect location for a romantic wander. There is several cozy cafes and gourmet restaurants in the center. Despite of its size, Akureyri also offers vivid nightlife and hosts many festivals in the summertime. Overnight stay in Akureyri area.

    Driving distance is +-77km.

  5. Day 5 Mývatn - Húsavík

    Today you drive to the lake Mývatn, tourist and ornithological honeypot. It serves you diverse landscape of a lake created in a large basaltic lava eruption, volcanic craters and peculiar lava formations of Dimmuborgir. After a long day, you can relax in Mývatn Nature Baths, geothermal natural pool, northern Iceland's version of the Blue Lagoon. Then you move on to the North to visit Húsavík. It is a charming fishing village best known as the country's greatest spot for whale watching. Stay overnight in the Mývatn area.

    Driving distance is +-204km.

  6. Day 6 Jökuslárgljúfur - Dettifoss

    Today is ideal to explore the northern surroundings of the Lake Mývatn. You drive up to Jökuslárgljúfur that is an effect of subglacial eruptions and massive glacial floods from Vatnajökull that formed an impressive ridge and a 30-km gorge. Ásbyrgi covers its northern part with the large forested plain surrounded by vertical canyon walls. You can find Vesturdalur's caves and beautiful geological formations in the middle section. The southern part is represented by the gigantic Dettifoss, one of Iceland's most impressive waterfalls. If you have enough time it is also recommended to drive to the South to hike up Askja. It is an utterly desolate volcanic caldera, filled up with water that forms Öskjuvatn, second deepest lake in Iceland. On the side of it, there is a little tephra crater Víti with sapphire-blue geothermal water. You can also visit the new lava field in Holuhraun, north of Vatnajökull. At the end you drive back to Mývatn and stay there another night.

    Driving distance is +-119km.

  7. Day 7 Sprengisandur N

    Have a slow breakfast in Mývatn area or take your time to visit other spectacular sites that you did not have a chance to see before. Then you begin heading back to the South through the central highlands. Sprengisandur route goes across bleak deserted land that used to be a subject of many legends and ghost stories, so just in case keep your eyes open. Stop on the way by Hrafnabjargarfoss & Aldeyjarfoss waterfalls. You arrive in a green oasis of Laugafell in the barren land between the glacier Hofsjokull and Vatnajokull. Overnight stay in the area.

    Driving distance is +-281km.

  8. Day 8 Sprengisandur S - Reykjavík

    Today you continue heading to the South-West. The magnificent views to Vatnajökull and Hofsjökull glaciers, and Þórisvatn lake are on your way. When leaving the interior, you drive through the beautiful valley of Þjórsárdalur. In the summer time, you can make a little detour to majestic Háifoss, one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland. The monumental Hekla volcano, country's most active volcano is towering in a distance, guarding the interior. Then take a stop at the charming Hjálparfoss, and by Þjóðveldisbærinn, a restored Viking house. At the end enjoy a relaxing drive through the lowlands with stopping by at the points of interest.

    Driving distance is +-148km.

Day 1 - Geysir
Day 1 - Gullfoss
Day 1 - Þingvellir
Day 2 - Kjölur
Day 3 - Siglufjörður
Day 3 - Skagafjörður
Day 4 - Akureyri
Day 5 - Húsavík
Day 5 - Myvatn
Day 6 - Dettifoss
Day 6-7 - Sprengisandur
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Please note that the route can change due to weather and/or road conditions.

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