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Express Iceland

(7 days / 6 nights)

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15% off

Experience more in less time

This tour is the “fast track” around the Ring Road, designed to include as many of Iceland’s top sights as time allows, including hot springs, glaciers, waterfalls, volcanic beaches and more. It’s a little faster paced than our other full-circle tours and includes longer daily driving distances, but with the extra daylight hours of summer you can enjoy sightseeing from early morning to late evening.

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 115505 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Active, Best Seller, Classic, Midnight sun

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1505/935 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavík

    On arrival to Keflavik 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.

    Highlights Optional Activity
  • 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. 340 km / 211 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. 415 km / 258 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. 240 km / 149 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 Reykjavik, return the rental car before settling in at your accommodation.

    Driving distance approx. 240 km / 149 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 Activity

Map

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

Reviews

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

Amazing from the beginning till the end

You were absolutely amazing from the beginning till the end. All the hotels were awesome with its great views. Recommendations provided for food and sights to see were great. Providing phone and hotel contacts were great so we could inform them we would be checking in late. We had a lot of questions in planning for the trip and Dagny was there with us throughout the process answering every question in detail patiently. This couldn't have been a better experience :) We highly recommend using NV services.

We felt very welcome

This was our first trip with Nordic Visitor and we expect that it won't be our last! The accommodations were clean and comfortable. The food was delicious at each of the guest houses. And most importantly the people of Iceland were kind and hospitable. We felt very welcome and safe. 

A seamless experience

Very well organized. Excellent communication with our advisor. All the documents were very professionally produced and extremely helpful in providing us with the best advice regarding routes and attractions. Generally a seamless experience. I would highly recommend Nordic Visitor for those planning self drive tours in Iceland.

Nordic Visitor did a great job

All of the guest houses/hotels were wonderful - friendly staff, good food, comfortable rooms. We enjoyed our Iceland tour very much.  The scenery is stunningly beautiful and the people so friendly.  Nordic Visitor did a great job putting the tour together.

Attention to detail

We had a really amazing time for our first trip to Iceland, and it was because of Nordic Visitor and Lárus's hard work and his attention to detail that made our self-driving trip easy and memorable.  It was so awesome we want to book another trip soon. We can't thank you enough!! 

Notebook and vouchers were great

Excellent hotels. The spiral bound notebook and vouchers were great.  I wish the large book could have been made available before the trip as didn't want to spend the trip reading up on the various sites, but would have liked to have that information prior to coming to Iceland.  The gps unit provided with the rental car was rather dated and difficult to use.  We mainly just used it to be sure we were on the correct road - so it was valuable in that respect.  Appreciated that the driver was there on time to pick us up from the airport (he also gave us helpful hints about driving in Iceland) as was the transport from Thrifty to take us to the car rental.  

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Budget

Rooms with shared WC and shower (or bath) in farmhouses, guesthouses or well-appointed hostels. All provide breakfast (included in..

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Comfort

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three-star hotel or well-appointed guesthouse. All provide breakfast (included in ..

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Quality

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, with authorization for two drivers and free GPS in the rental car of your choice.

Ford Fiesta (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Ford Fiesta (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: A
  • Description: Economy sub-compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Ford Focus (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

Ford Focus (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Description: Compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Ford Focus Wagon (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • M

Ford Focus Wagon (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Description: Compact wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Ford Mondeo (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

Ford Mondeo (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Description: Mid-size sedan
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

Ford Kuga AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Kuga AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: E
  • Description: Compact SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Ford Edge AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Edge AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Description: Mid-size SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Description: Full-size SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Volvo XC90 AWD (Automatic)
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Volvo XC90 AWD (Automatic)
limited availability

  • Type: H
  • Description: Full-size Premium SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Suitcases: 6/3
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Ford Tourneo (Manual)
or similar

  • x9
  • x4
  • x12
  • M

Ford Tourneo (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 9
  • Luggage: 12
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual

Land Rover Defender 4x4 (Manual)
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Land Rover Defender 4x4 (Manual)
limited availability

  • Type: J
  • Description: Highland SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Luggage: 4/2
  • Doors: 2/4 to 6
  • Transmission: Manual

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (Manual)
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: K
  • Description: Compact MPV Family Vehicle
  • Passengers: 6
  • Luggage: 1/2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Price per person from

Approx 115505 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

2018

Optional activities

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Tour Information

  • Extra nights can be added to this package on request; contact us for details.
  • This package can be customized to meet your needs; contact us for details.
  • Optional activities can be added during the online booking process or by contacting your travel consultant.
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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