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Complete Iceland

(15 days / 14 nights)

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See Iceland through the eyes of a local

Just as the name implies, this guided small group tour lets you experience Iceland completely, 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. Accommodations are included in Reykjavik and in numerous rural areas around the country. 100% guaranteed departures.

Type

Guided Small Groups

Interest

Classic

Season

Jun - Aug

Details

Small group sizes mean these tours fill quickly, booking early also gives you the best chance of securing your desired departure date. 100% Guaranteed Departures.
 
Note: Triple rooms are not available in this tour, only single and double rooms. Please contact us for booking assistance if your travelling party contains three or more people.
 
Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.

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  • Please note that this itinerary may be subject to change due to weather and road conditions.
  • This tour is not recommended for families with young children.

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  • 03.06.2017 - SOLD OUT
  • 01.07.2017 - SOLD OUT
  • 29.07.2017 - 4 seats left
  • 20.05.2018
  • 03.06.2018
  • 17.06.2018
  • 01.07.2018
  • 15.07.2018
  • 29.07.2018
  • 12.08.2018

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival to Iceland and Reykjavik

    On arrival at Keflavík Airport, you will be welcomed by a driver and transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city centre at you own pace. The main downtown street, Laugavegur, offers a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and bars to suit all tastes—all within easy walking distance.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

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  • Day 2: Treasures of West Iceland

    Today we explore West Iceland and its diverse attractions. Our first stop is at Fossatún, where we are greeted by Drífa, a troll who is said to guard Tröllafoss [Troll Falls], a beautiful cascade of small waterfalls in Grímsá. We hike the Troll Trail, a short walk with pictures and statues of trolls  set among the gorgeous natural landscape.

    Our next stop is Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. The hot spring is used to heat houses in the surrounding area and is so abundant that you will be bathing in the waters of this hotspring if you turn on a shower anywhere within a 65 km radius!

    Onwards, the beautiful and unique Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. Then, on our way to the Snæfellsjökull National Park, we will stop in Borgarnes where we will visit the Icelandic settlement exhibition.

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

    Spend the night in Snæfellsnes area.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.  

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  • Day 3: Wonders of Snæfellssnes Peninsula

    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.”

    We drive along the craggy peninsula and enjoy the charming hamlets of Búðir, Hellnar and Arnarstapi. 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. Do you have what it takes to lift the stones? From there it is possible to hike to the Dritvík Cove.

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

    We continue along the rugged coastline of the peninsula and encounter various small fishing villages like Hellissandur, Ólafsvík and Grundarfjordur with its landmark Kirkjufell Mountain. 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 area.

    Driving distance approx. 230 km / 143 mi.  

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  • Day 4: The Wonderful West Fjords

    The morning begins with a ferry ride over the waters of breath-taking Breidafjörður to the West Fjords, one of the most beautiful, remote and unspoiled regions in Iceland. We disembark in Brjánslækur and continue our journey toward the picturesque beaches of Rauðisandur [Red Sands].

    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.

    Driving distance approx. 180 km / 112 mi.  

    NOTE: the ferry over Breiðafjörður bay does not operate 1st - 20th of May. If your travel dates fall on this period we can modify your itinerary accordingly.

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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.

    Next it’s on to Hrafnseyri, where we visit a museum dedicated to Jón Sigurðsson, who was influential in Iceland’s battle for independence. Dýrafjörður is the next stop for the day, where we will find the trail of the Viking Saga hero Gisli Súrsson as well as the Skrúður botanical garden, the oldest in Iceland and one of the northernmost in the world.

    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.

    Driving distance approx. 176 km / 109 mi.

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  • Day 6: Fjord Scenery & Natural Serenity

    Today’s journey is characterized 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.

    Driving distance approx. 220 km / 137 mi.

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  • Day 7: Icelandic Horses & Fortresses

    Today we journey to Skagafjörður, a picturesque valley known for its abundance of Icelandic horses.

    Sights along the way include Glaumbær, the Borgarvirki natural fortress and folk museum, Víðimýri Turf Church and the countless mounds of Vatnsdalshólar.

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

    Spend the night in the Skagafjörður area

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

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  • Day 8: Akureyri

    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 Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 mi.  

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  • Day 9: Jökulsárgljúfur National Park

    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 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.

    Spend another night Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 mi.  

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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.

    Driving distance approx. 165 km / 102 mi.  

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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.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 mi.  

  • 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 boat tour. Spend the rest of the day exploring 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 Skaftafell/Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 mi.  

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  • Day 13: Cliffs & Waterfalls

    Today we experience the country’s beautiful south coast. Sights along the way include the spectacular black sands and rock formations of Vík and the glacier Mýrdalsjökull. We visit the stunning Skógafoss waterfall and then continue to the Volcano Visitor Centre at the Þorvaldseyri farm, we will browse the exhibit about the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption and its impact on local residents.

    The final stop of the day is the fairy-tale like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the flowing cascade into the mist.

    Spend the night in Hvolsvöllur area.

    Driving distance approx. 165 km / 102 mi.  

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  • Day 14: Wonders of the Golden Circle & Geothermal Farm 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.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km.

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  • Day 15:  Departure Day

    When it’s time to depart, you will transfer from the hotel to Keflavik Airport transfer by bus about three hours before your flight. If your departure is in the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport.

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

    Note: The professional guide for each of our tours is very experienced with Iceland‘s weather conditions. In rare cases, due to bad weather or other unpredictable events, the guide reserves the right to alter routes, departure times or other parts of the itinerary to ensure the best experience for the group.

Map

Here’s a map of Iceland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

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Alan and Jocelyn, Australia

Complete Iceland, July 2016

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.

Martin, United Kingdom

Complete Iceland, July 2016

High standard

All the accommodation was of a high standard,the day tours were brilliant and very well guided and the food was of a high standard. I cannot stress how much my wife and i were impressed with our guide, he was extremely knowledgeable about Iceland and nothing was too much trouble, I must say that after travelling the world Iceland is one of the best places we have ever visited and we will return one day.

Patricia, United Kingdom

Complete Iceland, July 2016

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.

Michael and Adele, United States

Complete Iceland, July 2016

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.

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Accommodation

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Everything about this tour

  • Extra nights can be added by request; contact us for details.
  • Optional activities and combination tours are available with this tour.
Meals during the tour
Included in this package are 8 evening dinners with the group, as listed on the detailed itinerary. Menus are set menus or buffets. Your guide will inform you about the menus and dinner time each day. The dates of the dinners included are subject to change, but the number of dinners included is set. 
 
Lunches are not included in this tour but the group will be stopping at locations where lunch and snacks can be purchased.
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day. 
 
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

 

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