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Pearls of North Iceland

(7 days / 6 nights)

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Discover the true north

Explore the northern expanses of Iceland, including secluded fjords, rustic fishing villages, thundering waterfalls and sizzling hot springs. This road trip takes you to the magnificent Borgarfjörður, Skagafjörður, “Troll Peninsula”, Lake Mývatn and Jökulsárgljúfur National Park areas — places that are a little more off the beaten path for intrepid travellers. Enjoy free time for optional activities like horse riding, the Into the Glacier experience, whale watching, super-jeep volcano tours and more.

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Slow Paced

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1578/980 km/mi

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Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival to Reykjavik

    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.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: Hot Springs & Ice Caves in West Iceland

    Collect your rental car in the morning and explore the west of Iceland. Notable sights on your route today include the Icelandic Settlement Centre in the village of Borgarnes, the Deildartunguhver hot springs and the beautiful Barnafoss and Hraunfoss waterfalls that trickle over lava fields into the river below.

    Ever dreamt of venturing inside a glacier? From Húsafell, you have the unique opportunity to venture inside the Langjökull glacier in a manmade ice cave on the popular "Into the Glacier" tour (optional activity). Continue the drive towards the north in the afternoon.

    Spend the night in northwest Iceland. 

    Driving distance approx. 269 km / 167 miles

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  • Day 3: Fjords, Fishing Villages & City of Akureyri

    The scenery on today's route is impressive, weaving along the beautiful mountains, cliffs and fjords of Tröllaskagi, "The Troll Peninsula". You may wish to take a break in the town of Hofsós for a soak in the thermal pool that offers amazing views over the bay. Further ahead on your route is Siglufjörður, a colourful village that was once the prosperous herring centre of Iceland.

    End the day in Akureyri, “Capital of North Iceland”.  Enjoy the cosy cafés and little shops or walk in the historical town centre along the streets of Hafnarstræti and Aðalstræti to view the old houses and visit the Nonni Museum.

    Spend the night in the Akureyri area.

    Driving distance approx. 275 km / 171 miles

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  • Day 4: Waterfalls & Volcanic Landscapes of Lake Mývatn

    Start with a visit to Goðafoss (“The Waterfall of the Gods”) on your way to Lake Mývatn, an area of surreal landscapes, hot springs and other unique geothermal and volcanic features. Noteworthy attractions here include the sizzling mud-pots at Námafjall, the moon-like pseudocraters at Skútustaðir, the lava maze of Dimmuborgir and the Krafla volcanic area, just to name a few.

    A little further to the east is Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Walking on the trail overlooking its thundering cascade is an experience you won't soon forget. End the day by relaxing at the Mývatn Nature Baths, in the soothing, warm geothermal waters drawn from depths of 2,500 meters below the ground.

    Spend another night in the Akureyri area.

    Driving distance approx. 306 km / 190 miles

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  • Day 5: The Whale Village & Jökulsárgljúfur National Park

    Spend the day as you wish! You can choose to relax around Akureyri, join an optional guided tour like a super-jeep safari to Holuhraun and Askja Caldera or perhaps even visit a cave near Mývatn.

    You might also want to take an optional driving detour to Húsavík, where in summertime you can embark on an amazing whale watching tour on an old-fashioned schooner. You can also experience some of the natural phenomena of the area at Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, including the breathtaking Ásbyrgi canyon.

    Spend another night in the Akureyri area.

    Driving distance approx. 314 km / 195 miles (for optional drive to Húsavík/Jökulsárgljúfur)

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  • Day 6: Viking Legends & Icelandic Horses

    Start the day early as you have a long journey back south. Your route today takes you through Skagafjörður, an area known for its abundance of purebred Icelandic horses. Why not give horse riding a try here with a guided tour? You can also take a dip in the natural hot pool of Grettislaug on the beautiful Reykjanesströnd beach where Grettir the Strong, one of the most notorious outlaws of the Icelandic Sagas, is said to have bathed around the year 1000 AD.

    Continuing on the Ring Road towards the capital area you will also pass the Grábrók volcanic crater, an ideal place to stop and explore before arriving back in Reykjavik.

    Spend the night in the Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 403 km / 250 miles

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  • Day 7: Departure

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

    If your flight is in the afternoon, you can fit in a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or even take 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.

Svanhild, Denmark

Pearls of North Iceland, June 2014

Already planning next trips

My 6th time in Iceland, and I am planning already nr. 7,8 and 9. I recommend Nordic Visitor whenever I am talking about Iceland, also sometimes to strangers in the train or bus. I have the feeling that they make such a big contribution to make any trip to Iceland an unforgettable experience. And I still have the feeling, there is so much more to see…

WAP1956, United Kingdom

Pearls of North Iceland, June 2014

Out of the ordinary..

My son and I visited Iceland in June/July 2014 and followed the Pearls of North Iceland trip. We arranged our trip through Jelena at Nordic Visitor. Having visited Denmark and Norway I had an idea of what to expect but nothing prepares you for the beauty and friendliness of Iceland. 
 
The whole experience was a complete joy and the variation arranged by Jelena between urban and rural lodging was the perfect balance for my son ( aged 25 ) and myself ( considerably older! ). 
 
I would have no hesitation in using Nordic Visitor for my next trip to Iceland and have already advised friends this is the company to use for their trip.
 
Thanks to Jelena for a well organised and trouble free holday.

Wayne, United Kingdom

Pearls of North Iceland, June 2014

Exceeded my expectations

All aspects of the trip exceeded my expectations and the service from first contact to arriving home was excellent. Thanks for the hard work that you put in and the variety of accommodation was just what was required. A truly memorable stay in Iceland which I hope to repeat soon.

Sara, Canada

Pearls of North Iceland, September 2013

Made to feel at home

The quality of the accommodations and food was consistently high. We were very impressed. Our hosts, wherever we stayed, were friendly, helpful and made us feel at home right away. We have already recommended your services to friends and will do so again. We hope to return to Iceland someday and we will be using your services again.

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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.

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: 5
  • 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

Optional activities

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Everything about this tour

Extra nights 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.
 
Optional activities can be added during the online booking process or by contacting your travel consultant.
 
Important notice: 
 
Driving in the highlands is a unique experience to visit some of Iceland’s most beautiful and remote natural attractions that are accessible only with a 4x4 rental vehicle. It does, however, require a skilled driver with knowledge about how to cross rivers and drive on very rough roads.
 
It is also good to keep in mind that conditions in the highlands can change quickly due to rain and snow, and it is possible that roads may be closed and rivers can become too big to cross. Therefore, all travellers MUST check road conditions before each leg of the journey and assess whether the route is passable. Please note that rental car insurance does NOT cover water damage to vehicles, so when crossing rivers you need to be sure how to cross it or wait for the next car to assist you over the water. 
 
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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