The Highland Circle Passport is a passport that is valid around a circle across both the Kjölur and Sprengisandur highland routes connecting the north and south of Iceland. The passport is valid for travelling one circle, one way, either clockwise or anti-clockwise. The route, as indicated on the map covers the south from Reykjavík to Skaftafell, both Sprengisandur and Kjölur routes as well as route as well as route 6-6a between Gullfoss and Reykjavik.
The passport paves way for wonderful opportunities for hiking, trekking or biking in the rugged black desert sands, with views of the untouched ice caps, isolated valleys and hot springs. You have the option of connecting with other Iceland On Your Own routes at different locations in the south and north. This passport gives 10% discount off other routes, so you can decide to visit even more locations.
Among the locations covered by this passport are Skaftafell with its striking contrasts and hiking routes, Landmannalaugar where you can soak in a natural hot spring and enjoy the serenity of the Icelandic interior, Kerlingarfjöll mountain range where you can hike through incredible rhyolite landscapes and its wondrous hot spring area and lake Mývatn where mysterious lava formations look like something out of this world. Both Mývatn and the town of Akureyri, in the north, are perfect for longer stops as there are many different tours and activities available from both locations. The south coast has many different attractions available you should try not to miss. Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the black sand beaches in Vík are just some of them.
The Highland Circle Passport is now valid for route 6-6a as well if you would like to travel as well as you go from Gullfoss via Geysir and Þingvellir (or vice versa) with route 6 – 6a, instead of going via Selfoss across Kjölur. This new addition increases the value of this passport as Þingvellir is well worth seeing.
While you do not need to book each individual leg of the journey, please note that accommodations tend to get booked during the high season so it is good to book accommodations ahead of time. Guesthouses and Hostels are found along the way and many hotels suitable for different tastes. There are many good campsites along the way and there is usually plenty of space available.
The Highland Circle Passport is valid from 20 June to 7 September. Note that some routes start later or end earlier, please observe each individual schedule. Road and weather conditions might affect individual routes as well.