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Iceland Grand Tour

(17 days / 16 nights)

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Explore it all in your own time

This extensive road trip around Iceland gives you ample free time and flexibility to explore! Visit the country's renowned waterfalls, geysers, fjords, glaciers, iceberg lagoons and volcanic sites, while experiencing Iceland’s flourishing culture. The package includes accommodation in Reykjavík and all around the island.

17 days / 16 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 307518 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Active, Classic, Slow Paced

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2930/1816 km/mi

Highlights A selection of the many incredible things you can see while in Iceland.

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Welcome to 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 and its many museums, restaurants and bars for 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, to enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: Explore 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. Start with a visit to the fascinating Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next on the route is the Haukadalur geothermal area, where you can see Geysir—the original “geyser”—and its more active neighbour, Strokkur, which spouts water every few minutes. End the circle with visits to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the old implosion crater of Kerið.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx. 210 km / 130 mi.

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  • Day 3: Black Sand Beaches of the South Coast

    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 NATIONAL PARK

    Enjoy Skaftafell, a place of great natural beauty with many interesting hiking trails, including an easy/moderate path to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall (4 km / 2 miles roundtrip). This area is also full of opportunities for more adventurous pursuits, such as guided glacier-walking or ice-climbing excursions. Then, if time allows, head to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can join a boat ride among the maze of floating icebergs (optional). Return to your accommodation for the evening.

    Spend another night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Skaftafell area.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 mi.

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  • Day 5: Vatnajökull National Park and Höfn

    Enjoy the many sights and activities today at the foot of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. First visit the glacier museum in Höfn, then enjoy some fresh air on a hike to the edge of the glacier or with a stroll along the black sandy coast. There are also plenty of optional activities in the area such as snowmobile tours, super jeep tour, glacier walks and more. As the town of Höfn is well known in Iceland for its delicious fresh lobster, we recommend ending the day with a seafood dinner at one of the town’s restaurants.

    Spend the night in the Höfn or Djúpivogur area.

    Driving distance approx. 150 km / 93 mi.

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  • Day 6: The Enchanting 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 or Seyðisfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 240 km / 150 mi.

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  • Day 7: Borgarfjörður Eystri and Lake Mývatn

    Drive to the area of Borgarfjörður Eystri, where you will find the hidden gem of Bakkagerði, one of Iceland’s most isolated and smallest villages. There are several fantastic hikes around here, and if you are lucky you might see a herd of wild reindeer or see puffins in Bakkafjörður (when in season).

    Then it’s time to head to the otherworldly 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.

    Spend the night in the Mývatn or Húsavík area.

    Driving distance approx. 170 km / 105 mi.

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  • Day 8: Lunar Landscapes and Lava Formations

    Use this day to further explore the surroundings of Lake Mývatn with its many interesting hiking trails and unusual geological features. You may wish to start the day with an optional whale watching sailing tour from Húsavík. Another good option is a scenic drive through Jökulsárgljúfur (part of the massive Vatnajökull National Park), visiting such fascinating sights as the mythical Ásbyrgi canyon, the Hljóðarklettar (“rock of echoes”) area, and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

    End the day at Mývatn Nature Baths (optional) in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2,500 meters, a great way to relax after sightseeing and enjoy the midnight sun.

    Spend another night in the Mývatn or Húsavík area.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

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  • Day 9: Akureyri and Northwest Iceland

    We recommend a visit to Goðafoss (“waterfall of the gods”) on your way to the charming town of Akureyri, where you will find many interesting shops and museums as well as the world's most northerly botanical garden.

    After your break in Akureyri, head to Tröllaskagi (“The Peninsula of the Trolls”), where you can enjoy fantastic scenery of beautiful mountains, cliffs and fjords. There you can take a short ferry ride to the island of Hrísey before driving to Dalvík and then to Siglufjörður, which was once the centre of Iceland’s herring fleet. Finally, make your way through the beautiful valley of Skagafjörður. On the way you can visit the folk museum in Glaumbær, a restored turf farmhouse dating from 1750.

    Spend the night in Northwest Iceland.

    Driving distance approx. 270 km / 167 mi.  

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  • Day 10: The Wonderful West Fjords

    Today marks the beginning of your journey around the beautiful West Fjords, one of the most remote, unspoiled regions in Iceland. Sights along the way include the countless mounds of Vatnsdalshólar, the Borgarvirki natural fortress, the Hvítserkur rock and Illugastaðir, where you are likely to find seals at play.

    You can also visit the town of Hólmavík, famous for its witchcraft museum and supernatural heritage, and further along take a dip in the natural hot pools overlooking the sea at Drangsnes.

    Spend the night in the Drangsnes or Djúpavík area.

    Driving distance approx. 240 km / 150 mi. 

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  • Day 11: Explore the Town of Ísafjörður

    Today’s journey is characterized by endless but dramatic fjords and towering mountains. In Ísafjörður, the biggest settlement in the region, you‘ll find some of the most historic houses in Iceland, dating back to the mid-18th century. In the afternoon, we suggest a drive to Bolungarvík for a visit to the Ósvör Maritime Museum and a visit to the radar station on top of Bolafjall where, on a clear day, you can have amazing views over the uninhabited Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.

    Spend the night in the Ísafjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 220 km / 136 mi.

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  • Day 12: Fjord Scenery and the Great Outdoors

    This day is yours to explore the town and its surroundings at your leisure. Ísafjörður is the gateway to some of the most remote areas in the West Fjords, making this an ideal time to try some optional outdoor activities and guided tours in the stunning fjord scenery.

    Spend another night in the Ísafjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 50 km / 31 mi.

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  • Day 13: Saga Trails and Látrabjarg Bird Cliffs

    Drive to Dýrafjörður, where you will find the trail of the Viking Saga hero Gisli Súrsson as well as Skrúður, the oldest botanical garden in Iceland. Then head to Hrafnseyri, where you can visit a museum dedicated to Jón Sigurðsson, hero of Iceland’s battle for independence. Next up is the impressive seven-tiered Dynjandi waterfall on your way to the breath-taking Látrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Europe. There you can get a closer look at some of the millions of nesting sea birds such as puffins and razorbills (when in season).

    Spend the night in the Patreksfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 280 km / 173 mi.

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  • Day 14: Breiðafjörður Bay and Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    Today, you can visit the golden beach of Rauðisandur and even relax in a natural hot pool at Vatnsfjörður nature reserve before taking the ferry over Breiðafjörður Bay to Snæfellsnes Peninsula.* Then you can set out to explore the unique landscapes around Snæfellsjökull glacier for the rest of the day. It is also possible to make a stopover and even spend the night on Flatey, a small island renowned for its birdlife.

    Spend the night on Snæfellsnes peninsula or Flatey Island. (Note: only rooms with shared WC are available on Flatey; please contact your travel consultant if you would like to stay there.)

    *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 15: Snæfellsjökull National Park

    Explore the magical Snæfellsjökull National Park with its amazing birdlife, lush valleys, rugged lava fields and towering glacier-capped volcano. Driving along the coast of this scenic peninsula you can stop to visit such sights as Dritvík Cove, the Lóndrangar Cliffs, Hellnar, the Arnarstapi Cliffs and small fishing villages on the coast.

    You may also wish to test your strength at Djúpalónssandur, a black volcanic beach with “lifting stones” that sailors in old days used to determine their roles on the fishing boats. A variety of optional activities are also available such as horse riding, hiking, or whale watching.

    Spend the night on Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

    Driving distance approx. 140 km / 86 mi.

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  • Day 16: Journey through West Iceland

    Today is all about exploring western Iceland’s diverse attractions such as the Icelandic Settlement Centre exhibition in Borgarnes, the seething hot springs at Deildartunguhver and the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss lava-waterfalls. If you’re interested in the Icelandic Sagas, you can also visit Snorrastofa, the medieval research institute at Reykholt. On your way back to Reykjavik another interesting sight is Fossatún, where legend has it that a troll-woman overlooks the waterfall.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 170 km / 105 mi.

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  • Day 17: 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 you are departing in the afternoon, you have the option of enjoying some additional sightseeing, shopping or relaxing in Reykjavik after this long and enjoyable holiday.

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Map

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

Reviews

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Nordic Visitor puts their cusomers first

What a wonderful experience! Nordic Visitor (Sigfus and the Nordic staff) did a wonderful job in anticipating all our needs/wants. And, when problems arose, they promptly and kindly answered the emails that I sent and helped put my mind at ease/answered my questions. You can definitely tell that Nordic Visitor puts their customers first!! You can also tell that Nordic Visitor has a good relationship with all the companies (hotels, excursion vendors, car service rental car, etc.) they deal with because there were absolutely no issues with the vouchers and all reservations hotel/excursions were honored. I will happily recommend your company to all my friends ...and strangers too!!

So many natural wonders

You have a very beautiful country with wonderful friendly people to deal with. There are so many natural wonders to see and experience and we loved it all, a true nature lover's paradise. We were impressed by the cleanliness of the country, which shows pride in your environment. Ever person we met and spoke with, were so helpful and not only interested in talking proudly of their home, but took interest in us as well. Thank you for making our holiday very memorable.

I will definitely recommend Nordic Visito

I wanted to say a big thankyou for helping me organise this trip at such short notice. I had done no research before I arrived due to the holiday being organised at the last minute and yet it didn't matter as everything was so well organised. The documentation (book with all the sights and itinerary) that was provided was perfect and in fact I didn't need to use my lonely planet. The map which you highlighted with my route was my life saver and made driving around so easy. The mobile phone, MBB device and GPS were also useful and made me feel safe and connected the whole trip. I would not hesitate to use your services again and if any of my friends ask me who to use in Iceland I will definitely recommend Nordic Visitor. Thank you again loved my holiday and it wouldn't have been possible without your great service.

Happy with the entire holiday experience

We were extremely happy with the service from Nordic Visitor. The amount of detail in the travel itinerary was more than excellent. The trip ran smoothly. There were no surprises or problems.

Wonderful experience

Booking with Nordic Visitor was a wonderful experience. We absolutely love Iceland. The Iceland Grand Tour was well planned by Helga. Perfect balance on the hotels. So much really useful information and tips on things not to miss. Really helped to take the stress out of the holiday with regards to booking the hotels and allowed us to focus on seeing the beautiful nature of Iceland. Thank you.

Continue your great work!

Our travel consultant was amazing! Our e-mails were responded quickly and we could not have asked for a better experience. We had quite a lot of add ons and he organized everything to fit into our tight schedule. My husband and I have only good things to say about Nordic Visitor. Continue your great work! We noticed several tourists with the Nordic Visitor bag of goodies and we understand why. Very professional and courteous service. Thank you for helping us make beautiful memories in Iceland.

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.

Ford Fiesta
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Ford Fiesta
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
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

Ford Focus
or similar

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

Ford Focus Wagon
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • M

Ford Focus Wagon
or similar

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

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

Ford Tourneo
or similar

  • x9
  • x4
  • x12
  • M

Ford Tourneo
or similar

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

Land Rover Defender 4x4
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Land Rover Defender 4x4
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
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso
or similar

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

Price per person from

Approx 307518 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

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Optional activities

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Day One