Complete Iceland

(15 days / 14 nights)

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See the best of Iceland!

This 15-day guided small group tour lets you experience the best of Iceland, from the charming capital city, Reykjavík, to remote stretches of idyllic Icelandic nature. The route combines popular attractions along the famous Ring Road, like waterfalls, glaciers and volcanic formations, as well as the lesser-known gems of the West Fjords. This tour allows you to explore every corner of Iceland, with exciting optional activities.

Please note that certain dates in 2018 have limited availability. If you are unable to book your preferred arrival date, please contact us for assistance.

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  • Groups limited to 16 travellers
  • Hassle-free travel experience
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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the striking nature of Snæfellsnes and its charming fishing villages
  • Journey inside a lava cave that was formed by volcanic eruptions
  • Visit wondrous waterfalls, bird cliffs and wildlife in the Westfjords
  • Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland
  • Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings
  • Roam the tranquil villages of the East Fjords
  • Take an optional whale watching tour from Húsavík 
  • Sail among the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Photograph the jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route


Travel style

Guided Small Groups i


Classic i

Pace level

Level 2 (Classic) i

Activity level

Level 1 (Easy) i


Jun - Aug

Max group size


Driving distance

3366/2089 km/mi


A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Arrival to Iceland and Reykjavik

    On arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will transfer you to your hotel in the city centre of Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant capital city with its abundance of museums, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, and enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes. 

    At 18:00, you will meet your group and guide for a welcome drink and a short introduction to the tour itinerary and some useful information about the coming days.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik. 

    Average Driving Distance: 49 km / 30 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

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  • Day 2: Treasures of West Iceland

    This morning your guide will pick you and your fellow travellers up at the hotel. The first leg of the journey takes you to the west coast of Iceland, Borgarfjörður, where we will visit Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe along with the spectacular twin waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Hraunfossar is a thrilling series of waterfalls that seemingly originate in a field without a river or lake. The water is actually streaming through rivulets in the Hallmundarhraun lava field. Meanwhile, Barnafoss is more like a series of rapids caused by the water of Hvitá entering a narrow passage.

    Next, the tour will travel to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, which is home to black sand beaches, interesting rock formations and unique lava caves. Before heading to Snæfellsnes, the tour will make a stop in the quaint town of Borgarnes where you will visit the Icelandic Settlement Centre. The museum provides insight into Iceland‘s rich history and literary culture through the Sagas.

    Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

    Spend the next two nights in Snæfellsnes peninsula.

    Average Driving Distance: 296 km / 184 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 Hours

    Included Activity: Entrance to the Icelandic Settlement Exhibition


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  • Day 3: Wonders of Snæfellssnes Peninsula

    Snæfellsnes is often referred to as „Iceland in miniature“ for its diverse landscape, as you can see glaciers, lava fields, black sand beaches, and lava caves here, among many other features. Without a doubt, the focal point of this area is Snæfellsjökull, the storied glacier believed by many to be one of Earth’s seven major energy centres. It was also the backdrop to Jules Verne’s famous novel “Journey to the Centre of the Earth.”

    Next, the tour continues along the craggy peninsula and enjoy the charming hamlet of Búðir at the south-western point of the Snæfellsnes peninsula that includes an iconic black church, Búðakirkja, built in 1848, and the popular Hotel Búðir. Next is a visit to Djúpalónssandur, a pebble-filled beach with four “lifting stones” that were used in the olden days to test the strength of men seeking work on fishing boats.

    Our next stop is the Vatnshellir cave, 35 meters below the surface, and a highlight of the day. The 8000-year-old cave provides a unique opportunity to view amazing colours and lava formations created by ancient eruptions.

    Next, the tour visits Kirkjufell, a 463m high mountain on the north coast of Iceland's Snæfellsnes peninsula, near the town of Grundarfjörður. The mountain is popular with photographers in Iceland thanks to its unusual shape.

    From Grundarfjöður we head to Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, where you can taste Iceland’s traditional fermented shark... if you’re brave enough.

    Spend the night in Snæfellsnes peninsula.

    Average Driving Distance: 229 km / 142 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 Hours

    Included Activity: Vatnshellir Caving Tour & Entrance to the Shark Museum

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  • Day 4: West fjords & Látrabjarg Cliffs

    The morning begins with a ferry ride over the waters of breathtaking Breidafjörður to the West Fjords, one of the most beautiful, remote and unspoilt regions in Iceland. We disembark in Brjánslækur and continue our journey toward the picturesque red beaches of Rauðisandur. From there we take a scenic drive to Látrabjarg, Europe’s westernmost point and Iceland’s largest bird cliff at 14 km long and up to 440 metres high! Here you will have time to explore the incomparable scenery and get a close-up look at some of the country’s native cliff-dwelling birds, including puffins and razorbills. Then we will drive to the sand mounds of Sauðlauksdalur, nicknamed the “Home of the Icelandic Potato,” and finally to the small fishing village Patreksfjörður.

    Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

    Spend the night in Patreksfjörður area.

    Average Driving Distance: 179 km / 111 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 Hours

    Included Activity: Ferry crossing Breiðafjörður Fjords

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  • Day 5: Dynjandi Waterfall & Ísafjörður

    Today we continue our journey toward Ísafjörður, the “Capital of the West Fjords” and the largest settlement in the region. On route to our first stop, the impressive Dynjandi waterfall, we’ll drive through Bíldudalur, a charming fishing village. Often likened to a bridal veil, Dynjandi is the largest waterfall in the West Fjords and visiting the chute makes for a beautiful little hike. The tiered waterfall is delicate and powerful at the same time as it‘s mesmerising watching the water cascade over each level.

    Next it’s on to Hrafnseyri, where we visit a museum dedicated to Jón Sigurðsson, who was influential in Iceland’s battle for independence.  Our final destination for the day is Ísafjörður where you‘ll see some of the most historic houses in Iceland, dating back to the mid-18th century.

    Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

    Spend the night in the Ísafjörður area.

    Average Driving Distance: 184 km / 114 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7- 8 Hours

    Included Activity: Entrance to Hrafnseyri Museum

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  • Day 6: Vast fjords, Striking nature & adorable wildlife

    Today’s journey is characterised by seemingly endless dramatic fjords and towering mountains, as we drive the tranquil, remote West Fjords on our way to Hólmavík. On the way we will stop at the Arctic Fox Museum, where you can learn more about the only native land mammal in Iceland, and the rustic old farmstead of Litlibær, which now serves as an open air museum. Once in Hólmavík, we will visit the Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum and the Sorcerer’s Cottage. 

    Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

    Spend the night in the Hólmavík area.

    Average Driving Distance: 260 km / 161 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7 Hours

    Included Activity: Entrance to the Arctic Fox Museum, Litlibær Open Air Museum & the Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum.


  • Day 7: The scenic Northwest

    Skagafjörður is sometimes called the Mecca of horsemanship thanks to its abundance of Icelandic horses, it is a wide valley reaching south towards the Hofsjökull glacier. The drive to Skagafjörður is scenic with interesting attractions along the way like Borgarvirki, a landform made out of basalt strata that had been used as a fortress. The tour next passes by Vatnsdalshólar, a cluster of hills across the mouth of Vatnsdalur valley.

    Within Skagafjörður is the folk museum at Glaumbær, situated in an old traditional turf farmhouse dating back to 1750. The museum explores life in historic rural Iceland and also commemorates the lives of Þorfinnur Karlsefni and his wife Guðríður. In the 11th century, the couple travelled to North America and Guðríður gave birth to what is believed to be the first European child born in North America.

    Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

    Spend the night in the Skagafjörður.

    Average Driving Distance: 367 km / 227 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 Hours

    Included Activity: Entrance to Glaumbær Museum.

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  • Day 8: Akureyri & Mývatn nature baths

    Today we continue on to Akureyri, the friendly ‘capital of north Iceland’ situated in Eyjafjörður. Akureyri is a charming town with a variety of interesting shops and museums as well as another of the world's northernmost botanical gardens. There we will have lunch and explore the welcoming city, museums, cafés and surroundings.

    We’ll depart Akureyri for a visit to Goðafoss (the waterfall of the Gods) on our way to the enchanting Lake Mývatn. Later on, we take a dip in the soothing geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths, the perfect way to relax after a full day of sightseeing.

    Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

    Spend the night the Húsavík area.

    Average Driving Distance: 334 km / 207 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 Hours

    Included Activity: Entrance to Mývatn Nature Baths.

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  • Day 9: Ásbyrgi Canyon & Húsavík

    We start the day by driving to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. Here we will visit the horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon, which, according to legend, was formed when the eight-legged horse of the Norse god Odin stomped down onto the earth.

    In the afternoon we will drive back to Húsavík, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.  You can relax and stroll around the harbour or perhaps join one of the excellent whale watching tours (optional) that the town is known for. Dinner will also be on your own this evening in the village and there are several restaurants to choose from.

    Spend the night the Húsavík area.

    Average Driving Distance: 145 km / 90 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 4 Hours

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  • Day 10: Lunar landscapes of Lake Mývatn & the Enchanting East Fjords

    We continue exploring the otherworldly Mývatn area, a hotbed of volcanic landscapes such as the Námaskarð Pass, the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters, the Dimmuborgir lava formations and Mt. Krafla, one of Iceland’s most interesting volcanoes.

    We then head to East Iceland where we end the day in the area of Egilsstaðir. Here you will find Lagafljót, the lake habitat of a legendary giant worm, and Hallormsstaðarskógur, the largest wooded area in Iceland.

    Spend the night in the Egilsstaðir/Seyðisfjörður area.

    Average Driving Distance: 411 km / 255 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 Hours

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  • Day 11: Tranquil Fjords

    Today’s drive in East Iceland takes you through tranquil fishing villages, spectacular fjords and sweeping landscapes. Anyone who enjoys offbeat attractions – particularly geology buffs or garden enthusiasts – will enjoy Petra’s Mineral Collection in Stöðvarfjörður, a small museum of found natural objects and mineral rocks started as a personal hobby by a local resident.

    Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

    Spend the night in the Höfn area.

    Average Driving Distance: 280 km / 173 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 Hours

    Included Activity: Entrance to Petra´s Stone Collection

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  • Day 12: Glacier Lagoon & Skaftafell National Park

    We head south to the picturesque Jökulsárlón, where we will sail among the floating icebergs on a guided amphibian boat tour. The rest of the day we explore some of the wonders of Skaftafell, part of Vatnajökull Skaftafell National Park, situated among the tongues of the Vatnajökull Glacier. There are many interesting hiking trails in Skaftafell, including one to the waterfall Svartifoss, which drops from the edge of a wide cliff of stunning basalt columns.

    Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

    Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Average Driving Distance: 204 km / 127 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7 - 8 Hours

    Included Activity: Amphibian Boat tour on the Glacier Lagoon.

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  • Day 13: Waterfalls & black sand beaches

    This morning you and your fellow travellers will visit Vík, where you can make a stop at the black volcanic beach south of the village, from where you can view the rock formations Dyrhólaey* and Reynisdrangar. The next leg of the tour is along the south coast, with a stop at the gorgeous 60-metre high Skógafoss waterfall and the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can experience walking right behind the misty cascade.

    Next, learn about Iceland‘s unique geology at the Lava Centre, a newly opened interactive exhibition. The museum focuses on Iceland’s volcanic activity, its frequent earthquakes and how Iceland evolved over millions of years.

    *Please note that Dyrhólaey is closed from mid-May to the end of June due to nesting birds.

    Spend the night in Hvolsvöllur area.

    Average Driving Distance: 229 km / 142 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7 - 8 Hours

    Included Activity: Entrance to the Lava Center.

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  • Day 14: The famous Golden Circle & greenhouse visit

    Today we travel to the Friðheimar farm, where we’ll get to taste geothermally-grown tomatoes from their greenhouse. After this delicious stop we visit some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland, including the great Geysir area with its spouting geysers and colourful hot springs. We continue to the Gullfoss waterfall, “The Golden Waterfall” and the beautiful Þingvellir National Park. This romantic park, which has been nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site, is an ancient assembly site of the Vikings, set in the picturesque area of vast lava fields, a tranquil lake and deep gorges.

    We close out the circle around Iceland by heading back to Reykjavik.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Average Driving Distance: 197 km / 122 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 Hours

    Included Activity: Visit to the Friðheimar Farm and tasting the local food production.

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  • Day 15:  Departure Day

    When it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from your hotel by a shuttle bus about three hours before your flight. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional: not included).

    If you are interested in extending your stay, we can book extra nights and activities in the Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to one of our other Nordic destinations.

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Detailed personal itinerary

Iceland is not only a wonderful country to tour with friendly people but the services and detailed personal itinerary provided by Nordic Visitor, made our visit one of those lifelong memorable occasions.

Organisation was excellent

The accommodations were all very clean and the beds in all of them were very comfortable. Hotel staff were always helpful. The range of accommodation from former boarding schools to new hotels was interesting in itself and the variety added to the tour. The meals provided were excellent and high quality. There was also a delicious variety of food.  Our guide was possibly the best guide I have ever had on a guided tour. He shared with us his enormous knowledge of Iceland and made every effort to provide us with an understanding of the geology, history and social development of Iceland. He had a great sense of humour and was kind and caring to everyone.

I felt that the organisation by Nordic Visitor was excellent both before and during the tour. There was always someone on the telephone to answer queries before I arrived in Iceland. There was a small change to our itinerary and great efforts were made to compensate for that with an extra evening meal and additional visit to a small farm as well as a trip on a trawler in the Western Fjords. These were much appreciated. My friend Lesley Hallett and I visited the Nordic Visitor Office in Reykjavik after our tour and were delighted to meet some of the staff. We recorded a short video of some of our immediate reactions to the tour.

Outstanding tour guide

Our tour guide, was outstanding! He was very knowledgeable and interesting, very personable and went out of his way to meet people's interests! He was a great ambassador for Iceland and Icelanders :) He seemed to know every nook and byway of the country, and knew someone in every one.

Amazing 16 days

Our sincere thanks to you, Aníta and Nordic Visitor, for our amazing 16 days of Complete Iceland. We very much enjoyed having the West Fjords included with a circle tour, and suspect that it will draw new customers for you. We wish you all the best in the exploding world of Iceland tourism.  

Thoroughly enjoyed our travels

...Although we had to cut our trip short, we thoroughly enjoyed our travels and we immersed ourselves in the many natural beauties of Iceland. We have already praised your company and the services you provide and we will continue to promote Nordic Visitor as we share photos and travel stories with friends. THANK YOU ALL!

Excellent assistance

Excellent assistance and communication from Jennie and wonderful accomodation. 
Outstanding thank you.


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Tour Information

We recommend that all of our travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, what to pack for your holiday and useful information about the activities included on the tour.  Please note that this tour is not recommended for families with young children.

Our team of local expert guides at Nordic Visitor are highly recommended by our travellers and staff with years of experience. What they offer is local knowledge, love for their country, their stories, favourite places and sites where travelers, on their own, would not hear about or visit. They always have some trick up their sleeves and hidden gems to surprise our clients and therefore we recommend that you join our guided small group tours to get a personal experience for your Icelandic adventure. There will be one guide per tour, who will drive and lead the tour.

Please be advised that this tour is not recommended for families with young children.

Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have put together a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. The hotels that we use are based on our top favourites in Reykjavik and in the countryside, with an emphasis on excellent ratings and comfort.

To view the detailed list of hotels available for this tour, please click “VIEW” in the accommodation overview section for “Comfort”.

Note: Triple rooms are not available for this tour, only single and double rooms. Please contact us for booking assistance if your group contains three or more people.

A daily breakfast buffet is included at the hotels during your stay. You will also enjoy eight included dinners during your journey around the country. They will include either a set dinner menu or a dinner buffet with a good variety of local fresh ingredients.  You can choose meat, fish or vegetarian dishes by notifying your travel consultant in advance of any dietary restrictions.

Other meals are not included, but the guide will make sure to stop along the way for you to pick up snacks, drinks and lunch. Drinks are also not included during the trip. You will find a great selection of restaurants in Reykjavik during your stay for the first and last night in the city.

The average cost of meals depends on the type of restaurant, but for lunch we’d say that the average cost is from 2500 ISK to 3500 ISK. The average cost of dinner can range from 3000 ISK up to 6500 ISK for the main entree. Three course dinners at restaurants are priced around 7000 ISK to 11000 ISK.


Lava cave tour in Vatnshellir
We offer 45-minute guided tours to Vatnshellir cave. It is one of the most easily accessible caves in Iceland, however, you need to be reasonably fit to participate. For example, this tour is appropriate if you can walk up a 2-3 story building without stopping, and if you don't have trouble walking on uneven surfaces you should be fine.

Mývatn Nature Baths
Bathing in Mývatn Nature Baths is a soothing experience with sweeping views of the north while enjoying the warm milky blue water, similar to the Blue Lagoon in the south. Be sure to bring your bathing suit and a towel for the visit.

Glacier Lagoon Boat tour
We include an amphibian boat tour where you will sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. On the boat you get to taste the 1000 year old ice and if you are lucky you might even see some seals. The excursion takes about 40 minutes and includes an English speaking guide who explains to you the geology and facts of the lagoon. Everyone on board receives a life vest which they must wear during the cruise.


  • A small backpack to store your items on the bus
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Lip balm and moisturiser
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel are recommended
  • Water bottle to enjoy the clean Icelandic water
  • For more information on what to pack, please visit our Online Travel Guide.

Please note that the programme is dependent upon weather and road conditions, and may be altered if conditions are not favourable. In the case of major changes to the programme, you will be notified and we will do our best to make sure that your experience will not be affected.

For information on weather conditions and daylight hours we recommend visiting our extensive Online Travel Guide.

Note: Nordic Visitor’s Forever Yours Deposit policy does not apply to Guided Small Group Tours cancelled less than 4 weeks before departure date

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