Arrive at Ribe (Denmark) and meet up with fellow tour members and Club tour escorts. Welcome meal near the campsite. Afterwards, why not walk into town to join the Nightwatchman on his rounds of this historic town?
1 night at Ribe campsite.
You have the whole day to drive up through Jutland to Hirtshals, either taking the motorway or ambling along the North Sea coastal route (202 miles).
1 night Camping near Hirtshals.
Depart Hirtshals aboard Smyril Line luxury cruise ferry Norröna and arrive the following evening at Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. From here, it's a gentle drive to Skáli, on Eysturoy, via the Nesvík-Oyrabakki bridge (37 miles) to your first campsite. (any units reliant on pegging will instead be booked into a Tórshavn campsite).
1 night aboard Norröna. 1 night Skáli campsite.
Day 5 - 6
Settle in and start to explore the Faroe Islands.
2 nights at Skáli campsite
Time for some more exploring or relaxing, before a late afternoon departure aboard Smyril Line luxury cruise ferry Norröna from the Faroe Islands at Tórshavn ferry port (37 miles).
1 night aboard Norröna.
Arrive in the morning at Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland. Take your time driving to Lake Mývatn (119 miles) via Jökuldalur valley and Möðrudalsheiði plateau heath. Side trips include Fljot lake and valley.
1 night at Lake Mývatn campsite
Day 9 - 11
A real treat on day 9 with a whales and puffins cruise starting from the port of Húsavík, about 35 miles and one hour’s drive from lake Mývatn, and less than 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle.
There is also ample time to enjoy the very many attractions of the Lake Mývatn area. Visit Krafla, the site of eruptions as recent as the 1980s, the Námaskarð solfataras, the nearby local thermal pool, Dimmuborgir Lava Labyrinth or the craters at Skútustaðir. Be sure to visit Dettifoss, one of Iceland’s mightiest waterfalls, and the horse-shoe shaped canyon of Ásbyrgi and even prettier waterfalls.
3 nights at Lake Mývatn campsite.
Head to Hrafnagil (66 miles) via Goðafoss (Waterfall of the Gods). A short side trip up the Eyjafjörður fjord to the Laufás turf farm is well worthwhile. Akureyri, ‘The Capital of the North’, includes a botanic garden and some good shopping, with a factory outlet for Icelandic woollens.
1 night at Hrafnagil campsite.
There is plenty of time for you to take over your route to Blönduós (98 miles) today, perhaps going via the famous turf house museum at Glaumbær. Highly recommended is taking the long way around (125 miles), by the coast and tunnels of the Trollaskagi peninsula, via Dalvík, Ólafsfjörður and Siglufsfjörður.
1 night at Blönduós campsite.
Day 14 - 15
A gorgeous, long drive, via the Laugarbakki area, to north-west Iceland’s beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula and the charming fishing village of Stykkishólmur. There are two possible routes, both of them with very rewarding scenery: the route along the lovely Skógarströnd follows the north shore of the peninsula (129 miles); alternatively take a loop to the south along faster road, with views of the Langjökull ice cap, and finally the north shore (161 miles). During your stay, don’t miss the fascinating shark curing museum at Bjarnarhöfn. Explore the end of the peninsula – the lava fields, Djúpalónssandur beach, the Þúfubjarg cliffs and the Arnarstapi basalt columns where many kittiwakes nest.
2 nights at Stykkishólmur campsite.
Day 16 - 17
Drive across the peninsula to Borganes and Fossatún (72 miles). You can visit the tumbling multiple waterfalls at Hraunfossar, and take time to explore the lovely Hvítá valley and Hvalfjörður fjord area.
2 nights at Fossatún campsite.
Day 18 - 21
Travel towards the Reykjanes peninsula to Hveragerði (73 miles), and enjoy a coach trip to the capital, Reykjavík, on day 19, with tourist information and a visitor’s day card included. Visit the peninsula’s Bessastaðir church, or Krísuvík’s steam vents and boiling mud pools, or pamper yourself with a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon hot springs.
There’s plenty more to explore on Iceland’s Golden Circle, taking in the Thingvellir Parliament Plains, a national park and rift valley that is the site of the world’s oldest parliament. Stand where the Earth’s crust is being slowly pulled apart, with one leg (very slowly!) moving towards America and one towards Asia. Continue to Geysir to see the geyser Strokkur erupt every few minutes. Explore the mighty Gullfoss waterfalls – also among Iceland’s most beautiful – and the lovely valley of Þjórsardalur.
4 nights at Hveragerdi campsite.
A very pretty journey towards the south coast and the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss falls area, where you could also visit the Skógar Folk Museum (67 miles).
1 night at Hámragarðar campsite.
Day 23 - 24
Continue along the astonishing south coast, via black beaches and outwash plains, Dyrhólaey’s puffin cliffs, lava fields, basalt columns and waterfalls, and Núpsstaður’s tiny chapel, to Skaftafell glacier (125 miles).
Enjoy the Skaftafell National Park – drive to the tongue of Svínafellsjökull glacier or walk to Svartifoss waterfall. Guided walks may be available on the glacier.
2 nights Skaftafell campsite.
Day 25 - 26
Continue to the wonderful Jökulsarlón glacier lagoon – look out for seals, and maybe take a lagoon boat trip – and on to the port of Höfn (81 miles). Two nights here means you can further get the most out of the incredible coast and glacier region fringing the huge Vatnajökull ice cap. Quad biking, glacier activities and many other trips can be booked from the site.
2 nights Höfn campsite.
Meander past Lónsvík Bay, with its outwash plain and barrier islands, then via the cliffside roads and fjords, to the little port of Djúpivogur (65 miles).
1 night at Djúpivogur campsite.
Continue winding along the coast and fjords. The Stone Museum of Petra, in the tiny Stöðvarfjörður, is full of colourful, sparkling Icelandic semi-gemstones, with a lovely garden. Circle around the fjords and via the Fagridalur valley to Egilsstaðir and back to Seyðisfjörður (114 miles).
1 night at Seyðisfjörður campsite.
Morning check in at Seyðisfjörður ferry port and say farewell to the Land of Ice and Fire, as we depart Seyðisfjörður aboard Norröna for Hirtshals, Denmark.
On your final evening on the ship there is a farewell tour buffet dinner.
2 nights aboard cruise ferry Norröna.
Arrive Hirtshals at lunchtime. End of tour arrangements.
Approximate tour mileage 1,400.
Please note that the itinerary is subject to changes.
Iceland is a unique adventure! The itinerary for the tour is to be viewed as an overall guide and not necessarily a firm day-to-day programme, as the tour needs to be flexible to take into account natural events or other circumstances that may necessitate changes to the intended schedule.