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Iceland Road Trip

(12 days / 11 nights)

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Experience the beauty & adventure of iceland

See the classic attractions you have read about as well as hidden gems along the famous Ring Road . This itinerary combines all the pristine nature and rugged beauty of Iceland with visits to the classic Golden Circle sites, the dramatic Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and marvelous Lake Mývatn and Snæfellsnes regions. This extended journey also allows for more time for exciting optional activities like snowmobiling, snorkeling, and river rafting, combining peace and tranquility with thrilling outdoor excursions.

12 days / 11 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 225562 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Value for your money
  • Professional service from local experts 

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Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Active i, Family i, Slow Paced i

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2081/1293 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Welcome to Iceland

    On arrival to Keflavik International Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and explore Reykjavík at will. Visit the city's many museums, galleries and landmarks or enjoy its cafés and restaurants; all accessible by foot. Central Reykjavík is also home to many bars and nightclubs for those interested in experiencing the city's renowned nightlife.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: 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 in the south. 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, and also see the site of Iceland's first parliament. History and geology enthusiasts will not want to miss this. 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 and steam metres into the air every few minutes. Complete the circle with visits to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the impressive implosion crater of Kerið, which currently holds a pool of bright blue water.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx. 182 km / 113 mi.

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  • Day 3: Scenic nature & thrilling adventures

    Enjoy the day in the area surrounding Selfoss, where you can hike some trails or book optional activities like horseriding, a visit to a natural geothermal spring, river rafting, snorkeling between the continents, venturing inside a volcano, golfing or simply spending the day at leisure. You are in control of your adventure today. Other options today include visiting the charming coastal villages of Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki or perhaps drive the beautiful Þjórsárdalur valley towards Hekla. If you have rented a 4x4 vehicle approved for F-roads, you could venture out to the surreal, colorful mountainous area of Landmannalaugar – a popular destination among hiking enthusiasts.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

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  • Day 4: Waterfalls and volcanic beaches

    Start with visits to the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can have the unique experience of walking directly behind the misty cascade, followed by a visit to the gorgeous 60-metre tall Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road. Further ahead at Vík, you can make a stop at the black volcanic beach south of the village, from where you can view the impressive rock formations Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar. The last stop of the day is at the stunning Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, which is a treat to roam and photograph. You also have a chance today to join an exciting guided excursion by foot or snowmobile on a glacier!

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 205 km / 127 mi.

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  • Day 5: Vast Glaciers And Jagged Icebergs

    Today you will have a chance to enjoy Skaftafell, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty with many interesting hiking trails, including a short walk to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. This area is also full of opportunities for more adventurous pursuits, such as a guided glacier walk or ice-climbing excursion. Then, head to the glorious Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can join a boat ride among the maze of floating icebergs (optional).

    Spend the night in the Höfn area.

    Driving distance approx. 208 km / 129 mi.

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  • Day 6: The Enchanting East Fjords And 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 started as a personal hobby by a local resident. End the day in Egilsstaðir, where you will find the monster habitat Lagafljót and Hallormsstaðarskógur forest, the largest wooded area in Iceland; 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 a deep valley close to the highlands.

    Spend the night in the Egilsstaðir or Seyðisfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 259 km / 159 mi.

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  • Day 7: Seyðisfjörður And Lake Mývatn

    Drive to Seyðisfjörður, one of the most enchanting villages in Iceland with its well-preserved wooden houses, steep mountains and picture-perfect fjord scenery. Next, head to the Lake Mývatn area, a hotbed of volcanic landscapes such as 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 Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 228 km / 141 mi.

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  • Day 8: Dettifoss, Ásbyrgi & Hljóðaklettar

    Use this day to further explore the surroundings of Lake Mývatn. You can start the day with an optional whale-watching trip from the charming village of Húsavík, “the whale watching capital of Europe” for a chance to see Minke, Fin and Humpback whales if luck is on your side. Then, drive through Jökulsárgljúfur—part of Vatnajökull National Park, visiting such sights as the hoof-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon and the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. Watching the white rapids tumble and crash metres below is awe-inspiring as the wide waterfall is vast and thunderous. There are well maintained walking paths on the east and west sides of the waterfall, giving you a chance to explore it from multiple angles.

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 mi.

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  • Day 9: Explore North Iceland

    Spend the first half of the day around Lake Mývatn. We recommend a visit to Goðafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods) on your way to the charming town of Akureyri, where you will find interesting shops, cafes, museums and even a well-maintained botanical garden.

    After your break in Akureyri, you can choose to head straight to Skagafjörður or take a detour on the way to Tröllaskagi (the Peninsula of the Trolls), where you can enjoy fantastic scenery of towering mountains, jagged cliffs and wide 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 at Skagafjörður, an area known for its abundance of purebred Icelandic horses.

    Spend the night in Northwest Iceland.

    Driving distance approx. 255 km / 158 mi.

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  • Day 10: Journey To Snæfellsnes

    You will head to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula today, and along the way you will see the numerous mounds of Vatnsdalshólar and the classic Icelandic Þingeyrarkirkja church. You may also choose to make stops at the living museum at Eiríksstaðir, the home of famous Viking Erik the Red, visit the hot geothermal pool of Guðrúnarlaug, or pay a visit to Stykkishólmur, a picture-perfect fishing village overlooking Breiðafjörður Bay. Here, you can take a walk up to the small hill overlooking the harbour, Súgandisey, for a wonderful panoramic view over the town, ocean and looming mountains.

    Spend the night in the Snæfellsnes/Borgarfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 359 km / 223 mi.

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  • Day 11: Snæfellsjökull National Park & Snæfellsjökull Glacier

    Experience the geographically diverse Snæfellsjökull National Park, with rich birdlife, lush valleys and lava fields. It's an ideal road trip to drive around the peninsula, exploring Dritvík Cove, Lóndrangar Cliffs as well as Hellnar and Arnarstapi Cliffs with its abundant birdlife and the quaint villages along the coast. You might wish to test your strength at the stones of the black volcanic beach of Djúpalónssandur like the sailors did years ago to prove their strength and vie for choice roles in ships. In Snæfellsnes, you can choose from a variety of activities such as hiking, taking a boat cruise or simply relax and take in the glacier’s alleged supernatural energy.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Driving distance approx. 185 km / 115 mi.

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  • Day 12: Departure

    On your day of departure, a shuttle bus will collect you from your hotel in Reykjavík and transport 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).

    Optional Activity

Map

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

Reviews

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Very professional and well put together

I was initially skeptical of what kind of service we were going to be getting, but everything, top to bottom, was very professional and well put together.  We didn't have much communication with Dagny, but after having met her in person, we felt like we could ask anything of her.  We were really regretful that we didn't get to visit the Nordic Visitor office on our last day to give a video review, and to thank her in person.

Exceptional experience

We found the tour expensive but we felt it was really worth it! We felt totally pampered and happy that we didn't have to think about anything but getting in the car and seeing the country. We had 12-hour days most days and still didn't manage to see everything that was suggested, so another visit is already on the list.  Arnar was great in giving tips and patient with all our questions beforehand. Many thanks to Arnar and the rest of the staff for an exceptional experience! 

What a fantastic holiday

We loved Iceland, the people and we have a myriad of experiences to reflect back on. What a fantastic holiday. It worked smoothly from beginning to end. Thank you Nordic Visitor and in particular Dagny.

We absolutely loved Iceland

I have traveled the world and I can say without reservation that the Icelandic people are the most friendly, welcoming, helpful people I have ever encountered. The geology of the island is so unique and beautiful. I can't wait to go back in the winter to see the Northern Lights.

Nordic Visitor will help you plan a trip of a lifetime

Nordic Visitor put together the exact trip I hoped to take. I explained what I was looking for, what I wanted to see and do, and the general area I wanted to explore, and they came up with an itinerary that exceeded my expectations. They made everything seamless too. Once we were in Iceland, we didn't have to worry about a thing - it was all taken care of by Nordic Visitor. We stayed in excellent hotels and visited attractions we may have otherwise missed had they not suggested them. All of my correspondence with them was timely, professional and friendly. We made a few last minute changes (we upgraded our rental car, etc.), and they handled it without issue. I would definitely use them again - for Iceland or any other of the destinations they cover. 
 
I had been to Iceland before and used a different company, and everything with that other company was much more difficult.

Excellent Planning and Local Knowledge

I did the self drive tour in Iceland and organization from Nordic Visitor proved to to be very efficient. Not a single thing went wrong. Having a local mobile provided by Nordic Visitor was a very nice touch. Material delivered regarding main attractions was of very high quality. Our consultant, Alexandra, was extremely efficient and was very helpful in giving local tips and suggestions. It was very clear she knew what she was talking about. Her recommendations were awesome. It is a very tailor made service and I highly recommend their services.

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.

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 225562 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

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Tour Information

  • Extra nights can be added to this package on request.
  • This package can be customized to meet your needs; contact us for details.

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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