Private SUV Golden Circle and Kjolur Highland Road Tour from Reykjavik

Experience Iceland's most popular pearls and some of its remote wilderness.

In this tour you will have the best of both worlds and have many different and unique experiences. On one hand the remoteness of the rugged terrain of the highlands far away from the crowds and on the other hand Iceland's most visited nature pearls.

If you want to get off the pavement and explore something off the beaten path and witness a true rugged and vast landscape and at times feel like you are on the moon, then this is the tour for you. You still don't want to leave Iceland without visiting the beautiful and unique Golden Circle so we end the tour by visiting the must see sights..

Come with us for this 2 day / 1 night private tour and let the experienced driver take you on a fantastic drive. Explore a part of the North and the mystical highland road Kjolur between the two glaciers Langjokull and Hofsjokull and at last but certainly not the least the famous Golden Circle.

Itinerary

Day 1

The tour starts with a pick up at your accommodation in Reykjavik and then we head on north with the first stop at Grabrok Crater, an approximately 3000 years old the volcanic crater. It is a small crater 170 m and you have a chance to walk up a good path with man made steps to witness it closer and the magnificent view. After the hike we continue and after a while we turn off highway 1 and head for Vatnsnes Peninsula. It is a beautiful area and you can find nature pearls like Hvitserkur and Borgarvirki. It also has the largest and most accessible seal sanctuary in Iceland.

After our detour around the peninsula we get back to highway 1 and head to further north. Our next stop is the small town of Sauðárkrókur where you can enjoy a peaceful walk in a long black beach with spectacular view of the fjord, a true serence experience. After the walk your driver will take you to your accommodation for the night.

About your accommodation:

We like to invite you to a very unique spot in the north of Iceland, offering versatile comfort and relaxation as well as excellent panorama view of the fjord of Skagafjörður. Here you can benefit from the peaceful countryside with all principal services and recreation of the area within your reach.

Excellent walking facilities are in the vicinity and many places of interest are closed by. Stunning nature is at the tip of your finger where the river Héraðsvötn floats peacefully by, only a short distance away from the guesthouse. The area is rich in birdlife and ideal for bird watchers and other nature lovers.

The mountain above Hofsstaðir and the scree in it are an ideal place for hikers and geologists and gives breathtaking view over Skagafjörður.

The midnight Artic sun seen from Hofsstadir is unforgettable and leaves no one untouched on a peaceful evening.

Guesthouse Hofsstaðir has a cosy licensed restaurant and bar, serving traditional Icelandic dishes with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients.

Day 2

Today you have an early rise and head on to the highland desert of Kjolur. Kjolur is a 600-700 m high mountain pass in the highlands that consist entirely of gravel road.

The road has been there since the settlement in the Viking age and it connects the North and the South. Kjolur is mentioned in the Icelandic Sagas and is known for outlaws, thieves and ghosts.

The road consist completely of gravel and is driven quite slowly so you will have plenty of time to enjoy the remoteness and the vast landscape. We will of course stop and stretch our legs and Hveravellir geothermal area will be one of those stops.

Extending up to the foothills of Langjökull glacier Hveravellir is a geothermal hotspot with smoking fumaroles and bubbling water holes. It is a special experience to have a look around. The surroundings are spectacular. Fenced in by glaciers mountains, craters and lava fields wherever you look the scenery is breathtaking.

We will also stop at the beautiful Gygjarfoss waterfall that has its source in the glacier Hofsjokull. It is not a big waterfall but it has a powerful volume and is set in a impressive surrounding area and it is almost as you can feel the powerful nature's force all around you.

At the end of Kjolur road you will enter the famous Golden Circle and find the magnificent and majestic Gullfoss waterfall, Iceland's most famous waterfall and one part of three of the Golden Circle. After the Gullfoss stop you will continue the circle to the second part and see Geysir the famous hot spring and it's small brother, Strokkur that spouts water up to 100 ft in the air every few minutes. then the final part and last stop of your tour the national park of Thingvellir where the first parliament in the world was founded and the tectonic plates meet and divide the continents of Europe and America. it is not every day that you get the chance to walk between two continents!

After you have completed the Golden Circle you will continue to Reykjavik and thus end your nature highland circle tour. You will have covered lot of ground and had an adventure that created amazing memories in a short time as you witnessed yourself how much diversity Iceland has to offer.

Highlights/stops:

Grábrók crater

Vatnsnes Peninsula

Town of Sauðárkrókur

Black Beach in Sauðárkrókur

Kjölur road

Hveravellir geothermal area

Golden Circle (Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring, Thingvellir National Park)

Remember that this is a private tour and can therefore be tailored to your needs and wishes. Enjoy the flexibility as you explore the island of fire and ice.

Included:

  • Guided tour in a Land Cruiser 150 (Prado) with a driver/guide
  • Accommodation for 1 night in a comfortable country hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Bottled water

Not Included:

  • Food and beverages (except for water)
  • Personal expenses

Bring with you:

  • Warm and waterproof clothes and good shoes
  • Overnight bag
  • Camera

Tour availability varies but Kjolur road is only accessible sometime between June and August.

The total price for the tour is based on 3 persons in 3 single rooms. Please contact us for a price for different number of people and/or different room divisions.

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