Arrive at Ribe (Denmark) and meet up with fellow tourers 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?
Overnight 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).
Overnight at Hirtshals campsite.
Depart Hirtshals aboard Smyril Line cruise ferry Norröna on day 3 and arrive the following evening at Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. From here, it's a gentle drive to Vestmanna (24 miles) to your first campsite.
1 night aboard Norröna. 1 night Vestmanna campsite.
Days 5 - 6
Settle in and start to explore the Faroe Islands.
2 nights at Vestmanna campsite.
Time for some more exploring or relaxing, before a late afternoon departure aboard Smyril Line cruise ferry Norröna from the Faroe Islands at Tórshavn ferry port (24 miles).
Overnight 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.
Overnight at Lake Mývatn campsite
Days 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.
Overnight at Hrafnagil campsite.
There is plenty of time for you to take over your route to Blönduós (96 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.
Overnight at Blönduós campsite.
Days 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.
Days 16 - 17
Drive across the peninsula to Borganes (60 miles) on day 16. 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 Borganes campsite.
Days 18 - 21
Travel towards the Reykjanes peninsula to Selfoss (74 miles) on day 18, and enjoy a coach trip to the capital, Reykjavík, on day 19. 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 Selfoss 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 (43 miles).
Overnight at Hámragarðar campsite.
Days 23 - 24
On day 23, 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 at Skaftafell campsite.
Days 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 on day 25 (81 miles). Two nights here means you can 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 at 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).
Overnight 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).
Overnight at Seyðisfjörður campsite.
Morning check in at Seyðisfjörður ferry port and say farewell to the Land of Ice and Fire, as you depart Seyðisfjörður aboard Norröna for Hirtshals, Denmark.
On your final evening on the ship there is a farewell drink and tour buffet dinner.
2 nights aboard cruise ferry Norröna.
Arrive Hirtshals at lunchtime. End of tour arrangements.
Approximate tour mileage: 1,400.
Maximum unit length 10 meters.
Please note that the itinerary is subject to changes and no pets are allowed on this Escorted Tour.
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.