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Iceland Grand Tour

(17 days / 16 nights)

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Explore it all at your own pace

This leisurely 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 the country's flourishing culture. The package allows you to have the ultimate road trip in Iceland, with plenty of time to roam and enjoy exciting optional activities like glacier walks, horseriding, wildlife watching, and kayaking.

17 days / 16 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 323678 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Active i, Classic i, Family i, Slow Paced i

Season

1 May - 15 Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2953/1835 km/mi

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.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • 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. 185 km / 115 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. 200 km / 124 mi.

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  • Day 4: The glacier lagoon & national park

    Enjoy Skaftafell, a place of great natural beauty with many well-marked hiking trails, including a moderate walk to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall (4 km / 2 miles roundtrip). This region is full of opportunities for adventurous pursuits, including guided glacier walks and ice-climbing excursions. Then head to the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can ride a boat along a maze of floating icebergs (optional).

    Spend the night in the Höfn area.

    Driving distance approx. 205 km / 129 mi.

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  • Day 5: The enchanting east fjords & the quiet wilderness

    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 –will want to visit Petra’s Mineral Collection in Stöðvarfjörður, a small museum of found natural objects and mineral rocks, which began as a 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. A visit to the Wilderness Center – Óbyggðasetrið is highly recommended, an old farm turned into a exhibition, guesthouse, café, located at the end of the fjord leading into the deep valley, close to the highlands.

    Spend the night in Egilsstaðir or Seyðisfjörður.

    Driving distance approx. 256 km / 159 mi.

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  • Day 6: Seyðisfjörður and Borgarfjörður eystri

    Drive to Seyðisfjörður, one of the most enchanting villages in Iceland with its well-preserved wooden houses, steep mountains and picture-perfect fjord scenery. Then head to Bakkagerði, one of Iceland’s most isolated and smallest villages. But what it lacks in humans, it makes up for with other “residents” – it is rumoured to have the largest colony of elves and fairies in the country as well as a thriving bird population. Here, you will have the best chance to view the curious and colourful puffins up close, and it’s a great place for hiking! Other attractions in the region include a hiking trail leading to Hengifoss, one of Iceland’s tallest waterfalls at 118 metres high.

    Spend the night in the Egilsstaðir/Seyðisfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 191 km / 118 mi.

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  • Day 7: Magical lake Mývatn: Dimmuborgir & geothermal waters

    Today’s drive brings you to the Lake Mývatn region, a hotbed of volcanic landscapes including the Námaskarð Pass, Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters, Dimmuborgir lava formations and Krafla, one of Iceland’s most fascinating volcanoes. Later, take a dip in the soothing milky blue geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths, the perfect way to relax after a full day of sightseeing.

    Spend the night in the Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 165 km / 108 mi.

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  • Day 8: 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 Mývatn area.
     

    Driving distance approx. 255 km / 108 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. 256 km / 159 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, unspoilt regions in Iceland. Sights along the way include the countless mounds of Vatnsdalshólar, the Borgarvirki natural fortress, the Hvítserkur rock formation (which some say resembles a rhino) and Illugastaðir, where you are likely to find seals at play. Continue the drive to Hólmavík where you will find the Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum, the Sorcerer’s Cottage and the hot natural pools in Drangsnes are also well worth a visit.

    Spend the night in the Hólmavík area.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 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: Enjoying The Tranquil Westfjords

    Today we recommend joining a guided boat tour from Ísafjördur to the small, charming island of Vigur, where you can see an abundance of birds in their natural environment including eider ducks, arctic terns, puffins, black guillemot, and more (when in season). Today can also be spent enjoying the scenic nature surrounding Ísafjörður, joining optional activities such as a guided walk, kayaking tour and enjoying a unique dining dining experience at the well known Tjöruhúsið restaurant, which serves fresh fish from the local fishermen.

    Spend the night in the Ísafjörður area.

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  • Day 13: Dynjandi Waterfall 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. 290 km / 178 mi.

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  • Day 14: Breiðafjörður Bay And Flatey Island

    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. 70 km. / 105 mi.  

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  • Day 15: Snæfellsjökull National Park

    Explore the magical Snæfellsjökull National Park with its rich 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 prove their strength and determine their roles on the fishing boats.

    Spend the night in the Borgarfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 225 km / 146 mi.

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  • Day 16: Journey Through West Iceland

    Today is all about exploring West Iceland’s diverse attractions such as the twin waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss along with the Deildartunguhver hot spring, and Háafell Goat Farm. You also have the choice of joining several optional activities such as the Krauma geothermal baths, the lava tunnel Víðgelmir, venturing inside a glacier or experiencing a thrilling snowmobile tour on top of a glacier. For those interested in the Viking history of Iceland, a stop at the Icelandic Settlement Center in Borgarnes is highly recommended.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 185 km / 105 mi.

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  • Day 17: Departure

    On your day of departure, a shuttle bus will collect you from your accommodation in Reykjavík and transport you to Keflavík International Airport in time for 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

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Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Very happy with the level of organisation and information

I was very happy with the level of organisation and information that we were given for our trip. I loved that we got to keep a book that represented the sites visited on our trip. The big map with the route and sites to visit marked on it was also appreciated. We only needed to call the office once during our trip to change the itinerary and Larus was very accommodating. I would definitely use Nordic Visitor again.

Nothing was ever a problem

We cannot speak too highly of the quality of service, attention to detail and the ongoing follow up and support provided by Margret. She is sensational and we would always encourage any friends to request her services. We travel extensively and have never previously experienced such wonderful and mindful support. Nothing was ever a problem

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.

Amazing adventure

Our travel agent, Kristin, feels like an old friend now. I emailed her constantly with questions before the trip, and she answered every one with details. I am amazed how well she listened to what we wanted to do and see during our visit and set us up to do it all! Our accomodations were excellent and the tours were top notch. We will let our friends know about your travel service as many of them are curious about our trip. Thank you for an amazing adventure on your magical island.

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.

Accommodation

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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

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 323678 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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