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Iceland Full Circle - Luxury Self-Drive

(10 days / 9 nights)

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When only the best will do…

The best got even better! This journey is the deluxe version of our best-selling self-drive tour in Iceland. By day, explore the unique natural and cultural attractions at your own pace around the country’s famous Ring Road and by night, relax at Iceland’s best available accommodations. Champagne and chocolates on arrival and entrance to a geothermal spa are also included for maximum enjoyment.

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10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 694180 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Honeymoon & Romance, Luxury & Lifestyle

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2095/1300 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Welcome to the Capital City

    On arrival, you will be greeted by your driver at Keflavík Airport and taken to your hotel in Reykjavík, where you will find a welcome gift of champagne and chocolate from Iceland´s finest confectioner.

    If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes. And in the evening there are numerous fine restaurants in the downtown area where you can enjoy a gourmet dinner.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: Wonders of the Golden Circle

    After collecting your rental car, your journey begins! Today you will explore some of the best-known highlights in Iceland on the so-called “Golden Circle” route, including the beautiful and geologically unique Þingvellir National Park. Here at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will have the opportunity to walk in the continental rift valley near the nation’s ancient Parliament grounds and visit the deep gorges near the lake, including the Silfra crack that is popular with divers.

    Then head to the great Geysir area with its spouting hot springs and Gullfoss, “The Golden Waterfall” before continuing to your overnight accommodation.

    Spend the night in Selfoss/Hvolsvöllur area.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

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  • Day 3: Waterfalls & Black Volcanic Beaches

    Start the day with a visit to the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade, and then head to the equally gorgeous Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road. Further along near the village of Vík, we also recommend a stop at the volcanic black sand beach for dramatic views of the Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar rock formations rising above the crashing waves. The last stop of the day is to the deep and narrow Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.

    Time permitting, you may also join a guided excursion by foot or snowmobile on a glacier today!

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur/Skaftafell area.

    Driving distance approx. 220 km / 137 mi.

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  • Day 4: Hiking Paradise & Iceberg Boat Tour

    Spend some time enjoying the natural beauty of the Skaftafell area in Vatnajökull National Park. Here you have the option of taking a scenic hike on a variety of interesting trails, including one that leads to the Svartifoss (“Black Falls”) waterfall, which tumbles over a wide cliff of dark basalt columns that resemble organ pipes.

    Then in the afternoon, head east to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, one of Iceland’s most iconic attractions and popular postcard image. Here you will enjoy a short boat tour among the large floating icebergs—a truly unforgettable experience to end the day.

    Spend the night in the Höfn or Djúpivogur area.

    Driving distance approx. 210 km / 130 mi.

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  • Day 5: Fjord Villages & Lunar Landscapes

    Enjoy the spectacular fjord scenery, natural tranquillity and charming fishing villages as your journey takes you through the East Fjords region. Notable sights on the way include the majestic Mt. Búlandstindur, the village of Seyðisfjörður and the Lagarfljót River, said to be inhabited by a monster worm.

    Upon reaching today’s destination—the moon-like Lake Mývatn area in North Iceland, you can explore highlights such as the Krafla volcano, the curiously-coloured Námaskarð pass, the massive crater of Hverfell, the pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir and the legendary lava maze of Dimmuborgir.

    Spend the night in Lake Mývatn/Akureyri area.

    Driving distance approx. 415 km / 258 mi.

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  • Day 6: The Whale Capital & Geothermal Baths

    Use this day to further explore your surroundings in the Lake Mývatn area. Our suggestion is to start the day with an optional whale-watching trip from bay in the village of Húsavík, locally known as “The Whale Watching Capital of Europe”. From there, drive through Jökulsárgljúfur—part of Vatnajökull National Park—where you can take your time visiting sights like the hoof-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

    End the day back in the Mývatn area with a relaxing soak in the warm geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths, a great place to enjoy the soft glow of the midnight sun.

    Spend another night in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 mi.

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  • Day 7: City of Akureyri & the Troll Peninsula

    Spend a leisurely morning in the Mývatn area. Once you begin your drive west to your next destination, we recommend a visit to Goðafoss (“The Waterfall of the Gods”) and a break to walk around the charming town centre of Akureyri, where you will find interesting shops and museums as well as the world's most northerly botanical garden.

    From Akureyri, you have the choice of either heading straight to Skagafjörður or taking a detour on the way there to Tröllaskagi (“The Peninsula of the Trolls”), where you can enjoy fantastic scenery of beautiful mountains, cliffs and fjords. Then, continue through Siglufjörður, which was once the centre of Iceland’s herring fleet, and make a stop at Hofsós to relax in the thermal pool (optional) before arriving to Skagafjörður, an area known for its abundance of purebred Icelandic horses.

    Spend the night in Northwest Iceland.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

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  • Day 8: Journey to Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    Head to Snæfellsnes Peninsula today. On the way, you’ll see the countless mounds of Vatnsdalshólar and the beautiful Þingeyrarkirkja church. You may also wish to visit the living museum at Eiríksstaðir, home of famous Viking Erik the Red, and the hot geothermal pool of Guðrúnarlaug.

    We also recommend spending some time in Stykkishólmur, a picture-perfect fishing village overlooking Breiðafjörður Bay. Here, you can take a walk up to the small hill, Súgandisey, which overlooks the harbour and offers wonderful panoramic views over the town, sea and surrounding mountains.

    Spend the night on Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

    Driving distance approx. 260 km / 162 mi.

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  • Day 9: Snæfellsjökull National Park & Glacier

    Experience the unique sights of Snæfellsjökull National Park and the glacier-topped volcano it’s named for. As you drive along the coastline of this mountainous peninsula, you can visit charming seaside hamlets, the beautiful Dritvík Cove and the bird cliffs of Lóndrangar, Hellnar and Arnarstapi. You can also test your strength with the “lifting stones” on the Djúpalónssandur beach like the sailors or yore or choose from a variety of optional activities like horse riding, hiking or sailing tours.

    End the day back in Reykjavik, where you will return the car and spend the night.

    Driving distance approx. 290 km / 180 mi.

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  • Day 10: Blue Lagoon Spa Massage & Departure

    Before heading to the airport, you will get to experience Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa renowned for its mineral-rich waters surrounded by a moon-like lava field. It was voted as the best medical/thermal spa in 2009 by the readers of “Conde Nast Traveller”.

    Here you will enjoy about 2.5 hours in the Exclusive Lounge with complimentary towels, bathrobe, slippers and light refreshments as well as a deep, relaxing half-hour massage in the warm water of the lagoon. After this wonderful last memory of Iceland, the driver will take you to the airport.

    Note: If your flight is in the morning, we can change your travel itinerary accordingly. We are also happy to customize your holiday with additional day tours or extra nights in Reykjavik or other locations not listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for details.

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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.

Customised self-drive 12-day tour of Iceland

Our experience with our tour agent Helga of Nordic Visitor from the time of our initial booking to the end of the trip was a pleasant and excellent one. Response was timely and comprehensive. She was proactive in customizimg our requirements to a 12-day self drive tour. We had a Citroen mid-size rental car which was comfortable and reliable. Hotels of comfort standard were generally good. All in all, I would recommend Nordic Visitor to friends and relatives.

Personal touch is a real strength

Our experience with Nordic Visitor was great. From the very first initial enquiry via your website, right through to the time we got out of the taxi at the airport to fly on to the next part of our trip, everything went smoothly and exactly to plan. Hilmar was a delight to work with and it was really nice to have the same person from my first email all the way through to final documents and beyond. Our only regret was that he was in a meeting when we dropped into the office on our last day - so we didn't end up seeing him. Having that personal touch is a real strength for Nordic Visitor and it made the process of being able to customise our itinerary so much easier. We have already recommend your company to people who have asked about how we did our Iceland trip. We absolutely loved Iceland (as you can probably tell from our comments!) :)

Accommodation

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

Luxury

Deluxe rooms or junior suites in the very best hotels at the time of booking: in junior suites at four-star hotels in Reykjavik, a..

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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 Mondeo
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

Ford Mondeo
or similar

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

Ford Kuga AWD
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Kuga AWD
or similar

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

Ford Edge AWD
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Edge AWD
or similar

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

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4
or similar

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

Volvo XC90 AWD
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Volvo XC90 AWD
limited availability

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

Price per person from

Approx 694180 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2017
2018

Optional activities

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Day One

Everything about this tour

  • We recommend booking at least three weeks prior to departure.
  • This package can be customized to meet your needs, and extra nights can be added on request. Contact us for details.
About this tour
Please note that the best hotels can fill up quickly, so we recommend booking well in advance.
In the event that the Exclusive Lounge at the Blue Lagoon is fully booked, we will instead offer the standard entrance (with loan of towel, bathrobe and slippers) and refund the difference.
Extra nights and activities 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.
 
Children 
Please contact us for children‘s prices.
 
Note
The age limit for the Exclusive Lounge at the Blue Lagoon is 16, so we can book only standard entrance for children under that age.
 
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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