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Iceland Complete

(14 days / 13 nights)

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See more, do more, experience more

This self-drive package gives you the complete tour around Iceland, all the way from the capital city to the more remote reaches of the country. The route combines the 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 Iceland.

14 days / 13 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 265016 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Best Seller, Classic

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2600/1612 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival/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.

    *Please note that for September arrivals, your travel consultant will alter the itinerary so you will be travelling around the island clockwise.

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  • Day 2: Wonders of the Golden Circle

    Travel to some of the best known natural phenomena in Iceland on the “Golden Circle” route, starting with Þingvellir National Park, where you can actually walk in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next up is the Haukadalur geothermal area, home of the Great Geysir—the original “geyser”—and its more active neighbour, Strokkur, which spouts water every few minutes. End with visits to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the old implosion crater of Kerið.

    Spend the night in the Hvolsvöllur area.

    Driving distance approx. 210 km / 130 mi.

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  • Day 3: The South Coast & Waterfalls

    Head to the south coast and visit the majestic Seljalandsfoss waterfall—where you can walk right behind the misty cascade—and the equally impressive Skógafoss waterfall. Further along near Vík, make a stop to admire the black volcanic beach and the dramatic Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar rock formations. Other sights on the way include the Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the quaint village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Skaftafell area.

    Driving distance approx. 190 km / 118 mi.

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  • Day 4:  Skaftafell and Vatnajökull Glacier

    Enjoy Skaftafell, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty with many interesting hiking trails, including a short path to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. This area is also full of opportunities for more adventurous pursuits, such as guided glacier-walking or ice-climbing excursions. Then, head to 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 or Djúpivogur area. 

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 mi.

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  • Day 5: The East Fjords

    Today’s drive in East Iceland takes you along tranquil fishing villages, spectacular fjords and sweeping landscapes. Anyone who enjoys offbeat attractions – particularly geology buffs or garden enthusiasts – may want to visit 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. End the day in the area of Egilsstaðir, where you will find the monster habitat Lagafljót and Hallormsstaðarskógur forest, the largest wooded area in Iceland.

    Spend the night in the Egilsstaðir area.

    Driving distance approx. 240 km / 150 mi. 

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  • Day 6: Lunar Landscapes of Lake Mývatn

    Today’s drive brings you to the Lake 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. Later on, take a dip in the soothing geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths, the perfect way to relax after a full day of sightseeing.

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 170 km / 105 mi.  

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  • Day 7: Jökulsárgljúfur National Park

    Use this day to explore more of Lake Mývatn and its unique surroundings. We recommend a drive through the Jökulsárgljúfur part of Vatnajökull National Park, visiting such sights as the Ásbyrgi canyon and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Another great option is to join a whale watching tour at the nearby village of Húsavík, “the whale watching capital of Europe”.

    Spend another night in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.  

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  • Day 8:  Akureyri & the “Troll Peninsula”

    Make a stop at Goðafoss (“waterfall of the gods”) before arriving to Akureyri, a charming town with a variety of interesting shops and museums as well as one of the world's northernmost botanical gardens. Continuing towards Skagafjörður, a valley known for its abundance of Icelandic horses, you will also pass through the beautiful, mountainous area of Tröllaskagi (“peninsula of the trolls”), the old herring-fishing village of Siglufjörður and Hofsós, where you can enjoy wonderful scenery from the town’s thermal pool.

    Spend the night in Northwest Iceland. 

    Driving distance approx. 270 km / 167 mi.  

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  • Day 9: Journey to the West Fjords

    Drive to the tranquil, remote West Fjords of Iceland. Sights along the way include the countless mounds of Vatnsdalshólar, the Borgarvirki natural fortress and the Glaumbær folk museum. The Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum and the Sorcerer’s Cottage, both in Hólmavík, and hot natural pools in Drangsnes are also well worth a visit.

    Spend the night in the Hólmavík area.

     Driving distance approx. 240 km / 150 mi.

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  • Day 10: Ísafjörður & Maritime History

    Today’s journey is characterized by endless but dramatic fjords and towering mountains on your way to Ísafjörður, the “Capital of the West Fjords” 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. You may also wish to drive to nearby Bolungarvík and visit the Ósvör Maritime Museum, a great way to see what life was like for Iceland’s fishermen in the old days.

    Spend the night in the Ísafjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 220 km / 136 mi. 

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  • Day 11: Dynjandi Waterfall & Látrabjarg Cliffs

    Head to Dýrafjörður, where you will find the trail of the Viking Saga hero Gisli Súrsson as well as the Skrúður botanical garden. Continuing to Hrafnseyri, you can visit a museum dedicated to another hero, Jón Sigurðsson, who was influential in Iceland’s battle for independence. Next, make a stop at the impressive Dynjandi waterfall 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, such as puffins and razorbills.

    Spend the night in the Patreksfjörður or Breiðavík area.

    Driving distance approx. 280 km / 173 mi. 

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  • Day 12: Snæfellsnes & Snæfellsjökull Glacier

    Start the day with a visit to the golden sands of Rauðisandur, or even a relaxing dip in a natural hot pool at Vatnsfjörður nature reserve, before taking the Baldur ferry across Breiðafjörður Bay to the village of Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.* From there, you can explore the area’s unique sights, including the 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 area.

    *In May and September, the Baldur ferry departs only in the evenings, so we recommend that you drive around the bay to Stykkishólmur village.  The drive adds approximately 280 km / 173 miles to your journey.

    Driving distance approx. 150 km / 93 mi.  

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  • Day 13: Treasures of West Iceland

    Explore West Iceland with its diverse attractions, including the Icelandic settlement exhibition in Borgarnes and Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in Europe. Further along, make a stop at the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. History buffs may also enjoy a visit to Snorrastofa, the medieval research institute at Reykholt, where the early settler Snorri Sturluson wrote Saga Heimskringla in the 13th century. On the way back to Reykjavik, take a short break at Fossatún, a waterfall said to be guarded by a troll woman named Drifa.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Driving distance approx. 180 km / 111 mi.  

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  • Day 14: Departure

    On your day of departure, a shuttle bus will collect you from your hotel in Reykjavík and deliver you back to Keflavík International Airport ahead of your scheduled flight.

    If your flight is in the afternoon, you may have time for a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or a short guided tour of the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula (optional; not included).

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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.

First class service

Overall we were very pleased with the quality of the accommodations.  The itinerary that was built for our trip was very well planned leaving enough time to explore the areas we were travelling as well as having sufficient time to find our nightly accommodations.  For the most part we ate in restaurants located in the local areas as opposed to the hotels as some of the menus were very restrictive in selection.  Breakfasts provided at the accommodations were fresh and lots of variety.  Visited local museums but did not book any extra activities (whale watching, guided tours) as we prefer to explore on our own.

Everything went smoothly

We had an amazing experience. Everything went smoothly, we loved the hotels Helga chose for us, and the information we received before the tour was very helpful. I cannot wait to travel with Nordic Visitor again. We have already recommended Nordic Visitor to my parents, and they are planning to book a tour within the next couple months!  THANK YOU!

We hope to return

This was a trip we dreamed about for quite a while. Nordic Visitor and Arnar made it all come true. Every question and request I had was addressed quickly and professionally. The trip was fantastic and we didn't have to worry about anything along the way, it was perfectly arranged for us. The accommodations were comfortable and exactly the kinds of places we would have booked on our own. We loved Iceland and hope to return someday.

High standard

Overall, the standard of service provided through Nordic Visitor was of a high standard and we as a group have no complaints or criticisms. We found the flexibility of a self-drive tour to be just what we required and with the time we has (15 days) we were able to see most of the accessible parts of the country that we sought. Clearly, in May, there are considerable limitations on experiencing the highlands area, but we understood that well before the trip. However, we were able to obtain some experience there on some tracks that were partly accessible (e.g. Kjolur) as well as going on a flight from Myvatn. Everyone enjoyed the varied landscape, geology, the climatic diversity (surprisingly, quite a lot of sun), and cultural/historical aspects.

Professional

We would like to thank you for your efficiency and charm, for providing sufficient assistance at the start of our holiday to enable us to enjoy it to the full and 'independently', I.e. Without further assistance during the holiday. We felt that the hospitality and leisure industries of many other countries would benefit by learning about Nordic Visitor's professionalism.

We loved it

We were thrilled with the accommodations and really everything about the tour.  We're planning on writing a more detailed email to share how much we enjoyed this trip thanks to Arnar's arrangements. We would have checked off "Excellent"  if that had been a survey qualifier that was available.  Thank you very much for helping us to explore Iceland.  We LOVED it and I hope we are able to return in the future.  If we do - we will definitely use your services again.

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

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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

Toyota RAV (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Toyota RAV (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 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Land Rover Discovery (Automatic)
or similar

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

Hyundai H1 (Manual)
or similar

  • x8
  • x5
  • x6
  • M

Hyundai H1 (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 8
  • Luggage: 6
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Land Rover Defender 4x4 (Manual)

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Land Rover Defender 4x4 (Manual)

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

Price per person from

Approx 265016 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2018

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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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