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Iceland Ring Road Express

(7 days / 6 nights)

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15% OFF IN 2022

Experience more in less time

This Iceland Express Self - Drive Tour is the “fast track” around the Ring Road, designed to include as many of Iceland’s top sights as one week allows, including hot springs, glaciers, waterfalls, volcanic black sand beaches and more. It’s one of our 7 day itineraries that covers the most ground, so it includes longer daily driving distances than our other full-circle tours. But with the extra daylight hours of summer, you still have lots of time to enjoy sightseeing from early morning to late at night.

4.9
15% OFF IN 2022

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

141330ISK

You save: 21200 ISK per person

The amount will be charged in ISK

Approx 120130 ISK

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— Why book this tour

  • Free private transfer from airport on arrival
  • Handpicked hotels by local travel experts with breakfast included
  • Reliable rental cars from our trusted partner Enterprise
  • Comprehensive itinerary, personalised map and travel guide
  • 24/7 helpline throughout tour
  • Local travel experts with firsthand experience

— Book with confidence

  • 100% refund if you cancel due to Covid-19
  • Rearrange your dates once with no change fee
  • Yours with as little as 10% deposit

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Tour Highlights

  • See the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss
  • Traverse the beautiful Vatnajökull National Park
  • Enjoy the waterfalls and hot springs of west Iceland
  • Walk the quaint streets of the capital city, Reykjavík
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Active i, Best Seller i, Midnight sun i

Season

May - Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1485/923 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavík

    On arrival to Keflavík Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city centre 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.

    Spend the night in central Reykjavik.

    Attractions Optional Extras
  • Day 2: The Golden Circle

    Collect your rental car in the morning and begin your journey on the classic “Golden Circle” route, home to some of Iceland’s most popular attractions, including Þingvellir National Park, the hot springs of the Haukadalur geothermal area, the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the old implosion crater of Kerið. Then continue your drive along the south coast and visit the graceful Seljalandsfoss waterfall—where you can walk behind the cascade—and the equally impressive Skógafoss waterfall.

    Spend the night in the Vík area.  

    Driving distance approx. 320 km / 199 mi.

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  • Day 3: Glaciers and icebergs

    Visit the black volcanic beach near Vík and the rock formations of Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar before heading to Skaftafell, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty. Then, on your way towards Höfn, take a break at the amazing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where you can join a boat ride among the maze of floating icebergs (optional).

    Spend the night in the Höfn area. 

    Driving distance approx. 270 km / 168 mi. 

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  • Day 4: East Fjords & Lake Mývatn

    Your drive along East Iceland today is characterised by spectacular fjords, tranquil fishing villages and sweeping landscapes. On arrival to the otherworldly Lake Mývatn, you have an abundance of unusual natural wonders to explore, including the Krafla volcano, the curiously-coloured Námaskarð pass, the fascinating lava formations at maze of Dimmuborgir and the lunar-like pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir.

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 420 km / 261 mi.

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  • Day 5: The Capital of the North

    Spend the first half of the day exploring more of the sights around Lake Mývatn before driving towards Skagafjörður. On the way, you can stop to enjoy the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall, the charming town of Akureyri—nicknamed “The Capital of North Iceland”—and the Glaumbær turf farm museum.

    Spend the night in the Skagafjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 mi.

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  • Day 6: History and Hot Springs

    Head back to Reykjavik today. Notable sights along the way include the Grábrók volcanic crater, the Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, Deildartunguhver—the largest hot spring in Europe—and the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls and Barnafoss waterfalls. History or Nordic literature buffs may also find it worthwhile to stop at the medieval research institution of Snorrastofa at Reykholt, where Snorri Sturluson wrote the Saga Heimskringla in the 13th century.

    Spend the night in central Reykjavík.

    On return to Reykjavík, return the rental car before settling in at your accommodation.

    Driving distance approx. 275 km / 171 mi. 

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  • Day 7: Departure

    Transfer by shuttle to Keflavík Airport in time for your departure flight. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can fit in a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or even take a short guided tour of the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula (optional; not included).

    Optional Extras

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Easy and worry-free experience

Not being a "world traveler" I was nervous about planning a visit to Iceland. Nordic Visitor made everything so easy and worry-free. We had a fantastic journey in a beautiful country with little worry. Thank you!

Our experience was perfect

Everything was planned with precision and care for our perfect experience in Iceland. Kristin was patient, responsive, and very helpful during our entire process of planning. When I did have to call Nordic Visitor, someone always answered the phone and helped us. The detail on the map with the handwritten details and notes was a great touch. Our experience was perfect!

Would recommend to anyone

Not having visited Iceland before, nor having seen the break down of accommodation rates I cannot be sure of value for money, but the convenience and prompt attention provided to us by Nordic Visitor would encourage me to recommend it to anyone.

Nordic Visitor had the whole package figured out

My wife and I just finished the Ring Road express, touring Iceland for the first time. While the country was amazing, Nordic Visitor had the whole package figured out and it worked like clockwork, from the pickup at the airport, to the rental car, the hotels along the route and the details of easily navigating Iceland. And when we needed to change the pickup details of our last day (twice), they were very quick and responsive to help us. Finally, a shout out to our rep, Anita, who was very kind and helpful with all of our questions. I would use this company again in a heartbeat.

Nice to have a local contact

We were very happy to have been referred to Nordic Visitor by a friend based on their good experience. It was nice to have a contact that was familiar with the local area providing input on our itineraries. It was great to have a contact when we were there also as a couple of items needed to be rescheduled due to the weather and also when we had questions we had a person to call. This made our experience very comfortable in another country.

Above and beyond expectations

Thanks, Silja, for creating this itinerary for us - booking the car, excursions and places to stay, keeping us up to date on all covid related protocols. It was above and beyond our expectations. She was in touch with us, and quick to respond when we had any questions and even followed up when we thought some passports would not arrive in time. The hotels were great - clean and the views were absolutely amazing. We have already recommended this wonderful company to many friends and family and are hoping to plan our visit to Ireland/Scotland with you as well! Thanks, Nordic Visitor, for making our return to travel after covid an exceptional one!

Accommodation

Stay in well-located hotels and guesthouses that are highly rated by visitors and handpicked by local travel experts.

Look forward to getting a good night’s sleep after each day of driving in Iceland. All your accommodation will be conveniently located near your driving route, with ample parking. Rest assured that you’ll stay in the best possible properties, which have all received excellent reviews from previous customers.

Economy

Rooms with shared bathroom facilities in farmhouses, cosy guesthouses or well-appointed hostels.

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Comfort Plus

Standard rooms in good quality and comfortable three-star hotels in combination with well-appointed guesthouses or country hotels.

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Superior

Standard rooms in four-star hotels in combination with Deluxe or Superior rooms in premium three-star hotels.

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey in the rental car of your choice, with two authorised drivers and free in-car Wi-Fi.

Nissan Micra (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Nissan Micra (Manual)
or similar

  • Description: Economy
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Kia Ceed (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Kia Ceed (Manual)
or similar

  • Description: Compact
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • Description: Intermediate
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Kia Ceed Sportswagon (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Kia Ceed Sportswagon (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Intermediate Wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Kia Sportage AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Kia Sportage AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Intermediate SUV, AWD
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Nissan X Trail AWD (Automatic)
Limited Availability

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Nissan X Trail AWD (Automatic)
Limited Availability

  • Description: Standard SUV, AWD
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Due to limited availability, we cannot confirm this car at the time of booking. We will contact you as soon as possible with a confirmation or alternative.

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
Limited Availability

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
Limited Availability

  • Description: Premium SUV, 4WD
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Due to limited availability, we cannot confirm this car at the time of booking. We will contact you as soon as possible with a confirmation or alternative.

Volkswagen Touareg AWD (Automatic)
Limited availability

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Volkswagen Touareg AWD (Automatic)
Limited availability

  • Description: Luxury SUV, AWD
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Due to limited availability, we cannot confirm this car at the time of booking. We will contact you as soon as possible with a confirmation or alternative.

Ford Transit (Automatic)
Limited Availability

  • x8
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Ford Transit (Automatic)
Limited Availability

  • Description: Passenger Van
  • Passengers: 8
  • Luggage: 6-7
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Fully booked until 20 August. Thereafter, we cannot confirm this car at the time of booking due to limited availability. We will contact you as soon as possible with a confirmation or alternative.
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You save: 21200 ISK per person

The amount will be charged in ISK

Approx 120130 ISK

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Optional extras

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Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about driving in Iceland, what the tour includes, the itinerary, weather conditions and other useful information for your travel.

ABOUT OUR SELF-DRIVE TOURS
This is a self-drive tour where our guests follow a detailed personalised itinerary during their road trip in Iceland; no dedicated driver or tour guide on behalf of Nordic Visitor is included. All accommodations, the rental car, airport transfers and planned activities will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor (as specified in the itinerary). Nordic Visitor works with a small group of trusted operators that the company has strong professional relationships with.

ACCOMMODATION AND ROOM TYPE
Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have compiled a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. We carefully select hotels/guesthouses in Reykjavik and the countryside based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort. Single, double and triple rooms are available for our self-drive packages. Please note, that in Iceland our room types are based on European standard sizes. For instance, a double bed often consists of two single beds pushed together. Triple rooms include a double bed along with an extra bed, a rollaway or a sofa bed, and a single room is often smaller than the standard double.

SAFE DRIVING IN ICELAND
It is critical that you are aware of driving laws and potential road hazards in Iceland. We strongly recommend taking a few minutes read from our online travel guide about driving in Iceland. Nordic Visitor self-drive customers also receive a brochure about driving in Iceland on arrival.

SAFETY, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions and might need to be altered if conditions are not favourable. Please be advised that days are long in Iceland during the summer, with almost 24 hours of daylight at the summer solstice. It is advisable to bring a sleep mask as some find it difficult falling asleep at night.  For more information on weather conditions and daylight hours, we recommend visiting Nordic Visitor’s Online Travel Guide.

WHAT TO PACK
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Bathing suit for visiting geothermal pools
  • Electronic gear such as smartphone, external powerpack, travel adapters
  • Reusable water bottle
  • For more information on what to pack, please visit our Online Travel Guide

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 tour package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two business days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all your travel needs before, during and even after your vacation. 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 trip.

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