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Iceland Complete Classic

(14 days / 13 nights)

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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 Reykjavík and in numerous rural areas around Iceland.

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4.6
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14 days / 13 nights

Price p.p. from

272918ISK

You save: 40938 ISK per person

The amount will be charged in ISK

Approx 231980 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
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss
  • Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings
  • Visit wondrous waterfalls, vast landscapes and bird cliffs the Westfjords
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Enjoy the striking nature of Snæfellsnes and its charming fishing villages
  • Walk the quaint streets of the capital city, Reykjavík
  • Roam the tranquil villages of the East Fjords

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Active i, Best Seller i, Classic i

Season

May - Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2421/1504 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival/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.

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

    Attractions Optional Extras
  • 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. 230 km / 143 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. 162 km / 100 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. 208 km / 129 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. 256 km / 159 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. 197 km / 122 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.

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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. 258 km / 160 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. 274 km / 170 mi.

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  • Day 10: Ísafjörður & Maritime History

    Today’s journey is characterised 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. 269 km / 167 mi. 

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  • Day 12: Rauðisandur beach & ferry across Breiðafjörður

    Kick off the day with an early visit to the rich golden sands of Rauðisandur, or take a relaxing dip in a natural hot pool at Vatnsfjörður nature reserve. Take the Baldur ferry at noon across Breiðafjörður Bay to the village of Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, passing the 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.

    *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 mi to your journey, but it is very scenic.

    Driving distance approx. 170 km / 100 mi.

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  • Day 13: Snæfellsnes peninsula & west Iceland

    Spend the early part of the day exploring the Snæfellsnes peninsula before reaching Borgarfjörður and the western part of the island. An optional detour today is to drive along beautiful Borgarfjörður where you will find the largest hot spring in Europe, the twin waterfalls Hraunfossar & Barnafoss, as well as Glanni Waterfall, Háafell Goat Farm, and the large lava tunnel of Víðgelmir. You can also choose to join a thrilling ice cave tour Into the Glacier (if time allows). There is something for everyone in wondrous West Iceland.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Driving distance approx. 177 km / 109 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).

    Attractions 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.

Nordic Visitor made it easy

Iceland is a magical place which combines relentless epic grandeur alongside endless miniature wonders and Nordic Visitor really makes it easy for a first timer to discover it. The true stars of the show for us though were the genuine, friendly, super kind and quirky (the all-women punk poetry band 'Gertrude and the Flowers' was amazing!) Icelanders at every stop. Every single experience (bar one, the Arctic Fox Centre where the new owners really didn't seem to care about us or know anything about the centre) was absolutely wonderful, especially the Hestasport experience but also the Whale Watching and Vok Baths. Huge appreciation for the writing on the map (especially as some of the instructions, particularly on the North West fjords was a little hard to follow) and the many little touches and caring approach.

Personal service

Service with a smile! Despite our unending questions, Silja was always very friendly and helpful, and her service was very personable.

Good to have Nordic Visitor make the plans

It was good to have Nordic Visitor make the travel plan. They did not handle the arrival logistics well as all US flights arrive at 6-7am and with a 5-12 hour quarantine, there was no assurance of a room or place to stay. We had to book an added night only with our pushing.

Well-paced itinerary

The itinerary was well paced with the opportunity to explore each day. It was more driving than I expected.

So many highlights to see

We took the 14 day tour around Iceland. There are so many things to see that we had extremely full days every day. The plan includes all the highlights and more so we had to skip a few of the attractions. Some comments: if an attraction is closed on certain days please note it. The Lava Museum is closed on Monday so we had to give up on it. In some locations it is not totally clear how to approach the site (in Dyrhólaey for example we missed the best photo angle). Several days had so many sites recommended that we had to do some on the next morning and it was the right thing to do (Dverghamrar and Dimmuborgir for example). Also it is advisable to note how far and how much time is needed to drive from one attraction to the next. Having said these, the plan was great and Iceland is beautiful and the team recommendations were great (especially the small coffee in Hellnar). One last advice: Sky Lagoon is at least as wonderful as Blue Lagoon and much easier to reach. But the best places to enjoy the hot tubs are the small places all over Iceland. 

Nice not to worry about logistics

It has been a week since we got back from our trip and I still cannot believe how amazing it was. Booking with Nordic Visitor was the best decision we could have made. The 14 day self drive itinerary was perfectly laid out and our accommodations each night were excellent. It was so nice to not worry at all about logistics and to just spend all of our energy admiring the beautiful country. I wouldn't have changed anything!

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

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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

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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

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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

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Kia Ceed Sportswagon (Automatic)
or similar

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

Kia Sportage AWD (Automatic)
or similar

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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