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Iceland Complete Express

(10 days / 9 nights)

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Enjoy the unique and diverse corners of Iceland

Experience the classic sights along the ring road along with lesser-known gems of the remote and wondrous Westfjords. One of our 10 day Iceland itineraries, this fast-paced self-drive package features the complete Ring Road tour, which includes famous attractions like the Golden Circle, glaciers, volcanoes, and the scenic south coast, along with a visit to the vast region of the Westfjords. This is an ideal tour for travellers who want to see a lot of Iceland, but have a limited amount of time.

10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 258770 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Value for your money
  • Professional service from local experts 

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Tour Highlights

  • See the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Drive the famous Golden Circle route
  • Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings
  • Explore Ísafjörður, the unofficial capital of the Westfjords
  • Marvel at the powerfall Dettifoss and Dynjandi waterfalls
  • Traverse Iceland‘s beautiful national parks – Vatnajökull, Þingvellir and Snæfellsnes
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Roam the tranquil villages of the East Fjords

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Active i, Classic i, Midnight sun i

Season

Jun - Aug

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2400/1485 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival & explore Reykjavík

    On arrival to Keflavik International Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will transport 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 Reykjavik.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: The Golden Circle & South Coast

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

    Spend the night in the Vík area.   

    Driving distance approx. 310 km / 192 mi

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  • Day 3: Enormous Glaciers & Towering Icebergs

    Visit the black sand beach near Vík and the jagged rock formations of Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar before heading to Skaftafell, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park. Skaftafell is a place of great natural beauty and the ideal region to explore the diverse geology of Iceland. 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: Tranquil East Fjords & Scenic Lake Mývatn

    Your drive along East Iceland today is characterised by spectacular fjords, quaint fishing villages and sweeping landscapes. On arrival to lush Lake Mývatn, you have a number of unique natural wonders to explore, including Krafla volcano, the curiously-coloured Námaskarð pass, the fascinating lava formations and 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: Enjoy The Capital of The North

    Spend the first half of the day exploring more sights around Lake Mývatn before driving towards Skagafjörður, a region known for its abundance of Icelandic horses. Along the way, you can stop to enjoy the thundering Goðafoss waterfall, the charming town of Akureyri—nicknamed “The Capital of North Iceland”—and the Glaumbær turf farm museum for a slice of Icelandic history. 

    Spend the night in the Varmahlíð/Hvammstangi area. 

    Driving distance approx. 260 km / 161 mi. 

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  • Day 6: Journey to the Westfjords

    Start the day early as you have a long day of sightseeing ahead of you as you will be heading to the tranquil, remote Westfjords of Iceland! Sights along the way include the numerous mounds of Vatnsdalshólar, the Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum and the Sorcerer’s Cottage, both in Hólmavík, and the hot natural pools in Drangsnes are also well worth a visit. Continue your way to Ísafjörður, the “capital of the Westfjords” and the biggest settlement in the region. There you‘ll find some of the most historic houses in Iceland, dating back to the mid-18th century.  

    Spend the night in the Ísafjörður area. 

    Driving distance approx. 375 km / 233 mi. 

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  • Day 7: Dynjandi Waterfall & Látrabjarg Cliffs

    Today you will head to Dýrafjörður, where you will find the trail of the Viking Saga hero Gisli Súrsson as well as the Skrúður botanical gardens, a mix of history and nature. Continuing to Hrafnseyri, you can visit a museum dedicated to another prominent Icelander, Jón Sigurðsson, who was influential in Iceland’s battle for independence. Next, make a stop at the impressive Dynjandi waterfall, which resembles a bridal veil, before heading to the spectacular 444 metre-high cliff of Látrabjarg, the westernmost point of Europe. Here, you can get a good look at some of Iceland’s many species of nesting seabirds, including puffins and razorbills. 

    Spend the night in the Patreksfjörður area. 

    Driving distance approx. 290 km / 180 mi.  

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  • Day 8: Rauðisandur Beach & Ferry Across Breiðafjörður

    Kick off the day with an early visit to the rich golden sands of Rauðisandur beach, or take a relaxing dip in a natural hot pool at Vatnsfjörður nature reserve. The morning is up to you. At noon, take the Baldur ferry across Breiðafjörður Bay to the charming village of Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, passing the small island of Flatey along the way. The duration of the ferry ride is about 2 Hours and 45 minutes.  

    If you have time to explore after your arrival in Stykkishólmur, we recommend spending the afternoon roaming the region's unique sights, including Snæfellsjökull glacier in Snæfellsjökull National Park, the Dritvík cove and the small, charming hamlets of Arnarstapi, Hellnar and Búðir. 

    Spend the night in the Snæfellsnes region. 

    Driving distance approx. 170 km / 105 mi.   

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  • Day 9: Snæfellsnes Peninsula & West Iceland

    Spend the early part of the day exploring Snæfellsnes and if time allows, take a detour and  drive along beautiful Borgarfjörður where you will find the largest hot spring in Europe, the twin waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, as well as Glanni Waterfall, Háafell Goat Farm, and the large lava tunnel of Víðgelmir. There is something for everyone in wondrous West Iceland.   

    Spend the night in Reykjavík. 

    Driving distance approx. 305 km / 190 mi.  

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  • Day 10: Departure

    Transfer by shuttle to Keflavík International 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). 

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Map

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

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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Rental car

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

Hyundai i20 (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Hyundai i20 (Manual)
or similar

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

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

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

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x2
  • M

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Description: Sedan
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Skoda Octavia Station (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Skoda Octavia Station (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Description: Station wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

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

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Description: Mid-size SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • 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

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: H
  • Description: SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Suitcases: 4/3
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Proace (Automatic)
or similar

  • x8
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Toyota Proace (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 8
  • Luggage: 6-7
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Price per person from

Approx 258770 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2019

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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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