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Iceland Full Circle at Leisure

(14 days / 13 nights)

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Drive one of Iceland’s national landmarks

Iceland’s Ring Road is more than just a highway! Some consider it a national landmark, just like the many sights and natural phenomena that line this scenic route. This exciting road trip gives you time to enjoy each attraction on your Ring Road journey and is perfect for those who wish to partake in optional activities such as horse riding, glacier hiking, rafting, snowmobiling and other exciting adventures.

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14 days / 13 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 188775 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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Tour Highlights

  • See the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Drive the famous Golden Circle route
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Marvel at the power of the thundering waterfall Dettifoss
  • Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the second largest town in Iceland
  • Traverse Iceland‘s beautiful national parks – Vatnajökull, Þingvellir and Snæfellsnes
  • Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings
  • Enjoy the striking nature of Snæfellsnes and its charming fishing villages

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

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

Season

Apr - Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2328/1446 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 International 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 Reykjavík. 

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: The Classic 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, and see the site of Iceland's first parliament. 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 every few minutes. Complete the circle with visits to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the impressive implosion crater of Kerið, which has a pool of bright blue water in the centre.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx 180 km / 112 mi.

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  • Day 3:  Scenic South Iceland

    Enjoy the day in the area surrounding Selfoss, where you can do some hiking or book optional activities such as horseriding, bathing in natural geothermal waters, river rafting, snorkeling between the continents, venturing into a volcano, golfing or simply spending the day at leisure.

    Other options today include visiting the charming coastal villages of Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki or driving the beautiful Þjórsárdalur valley towards Hekla. We recommend visiting the Viking replica farm of Stöng, a historically accurate reconstruction of the three buildings, including a longhouse. The farm is believed to have been buried under volcanic ash in 1104 following the eruption of the nearby volcano Hekla. For those up for some hiking, the walk up to Háifoss, the third highest waterfall in Iceland, is worth the trip!

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  • Day 4: Waterfalls and Volcanic Beaches

    Start with visits to the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can experience walking directly behind the misty cascade, and the gorgeous 60-metre high 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 rugged rock formations Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar. The last stop of the day is to the stunning Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, which is a treat to photograph and roam. 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. 200 km / 124 mi.

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  • Day 5: Glaciers and Icebergs

    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 guided glacier-walking or ice-climbing excursions. Next, head to the spectacular 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. 205 km / 128 mi.

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  • Day 6: 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 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, and 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 leeding into the deep valley close to the highlands.

    Spend the night in the Egilsstaðir or Seyðisfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 255 km / 158 mi.

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  • Day 7: 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 colonies of elves and fairies in the country as well as a thriving bird population. Here you will find the best chance to view the curious and colourful puffins up close, and it’s a great place for hiking! Other attractions in the area include a hiking trail leading to Hengifoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s tallest at 118 metres high.

    Spend the night in the Egilsstaðir/Seyðisfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 143 km / 89mi.

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  • Day 8: Magical Lake Mývatn: Dimmuborgir & Geothermal Waters

    Today’s drive brings you 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 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. 165 km / 102 mi.

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  • Day 9: 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 Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

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  • Day 10: Akureyri & North Iceland

    Spend the first half of the day exploring the Lake Mývatn region. 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 and museums as well as a well-kept botanical garden.

    After your time in Akureyri head to Tröllaskagi (the Peninsula of the Trolls), where you can enjoy fantastic scenery of beautiful 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 to Skagafjörður, an area known for its abundance of purebred Icelandic horses.

    Spend the night in the Skagafjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 255 km / 158 mi.

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  • Day 11: Experience West Iceland

    Head to West Iceland, an area with very diverse attractions, including the twin waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss along with the Deildartunguhver hot spring, and Háafell Goat Farm. You have the choice of joining several optional activities such as Krauma geothermal baths, the lava tunnel Víðgelmir, venturing inside a glacier or experiencing a 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 the Borgarfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 310 km / 192 mi.

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  • Day 12: Snæfellsnes Glacier & National Park

    Today you have the option of exploring the dramatic Snæfellsnes peninsula. We recommend starting the day early as you have a full day of highlights ahead of you, ranging from black sand beaches, caves, waterfalls, glaciers and charming fishing villages. Snæfellsjökull National Park is well known for its rich birdlife, lush valleys and desolate 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 bursting birdlife and the small villages along the coast. You may want to test your strength at the stones of the black volcanic beach of Djúpalónssandur like the sailors did in past times, to prove their strength and get choice roles on the fishing ships.

    Spend the night in the Borgarfjörður area

    Driving distance approx. 295 km / 183 mi.

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  • Day 13: Hidden Gems and the Wonders of the Blue Lagoon

    Complete the ring road of Iceland by heading to the capital, Reykjavik. Those who would like to experience some hidden gems, we recommend a relaxing drive via Hvalfjörður fjord. There you will find Glymur, a tall beautiful waterfall but the hike to the top requires sturdy shoes, moderate fitness level, and favourable weather. It is indeed worth the hike if you are looking for spending some quality time in nature. Other sights include Bjartisandur, a charming farm where you can dine on local fresh food and even join a farm tour with the owners. Hvalfjörður is a scenic drive where the locals from Reykjavik enjoy going for picnics and hikes.

    If time allows you could even venture out on a road trip to the volcanic peninsula of Reykjanes where you can take a dip into the Blue Lagoon (not included) and explore Seltún hot spring area and enjoy the rocky cliffs along the edge of Reykjanes before dropping off the rental car in the afternoon or evening.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 70 km / 44 mi.

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  • Day 14: Departure From Iceland

    As your amazing holiday comes to an end, transportation to Keflavík International Airport is provided via shuttle bus in time for your departure flight.

    Optional Activity

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

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Very pleased

We were very pleased with every aspect of this company.  It exceeded our expectations. We have already recommended Nordic Visitor to our friends and family and will continue to give it high praise. We would also like to mention that everyone we met on our rip that used Nordic Visitor also verbalized satisfaction with their experience.

Happy with everything

 Kristin was wonderful. The information provided was very useful. We were happy with everything and had a great experience in beautiful Iceland.

Wonderful to work with

Dagny was wonderful to work with. She was very pleasant and patient with us, as we had a lot of questions. We appreciated all her recommendations of places to stop on our way also.

Worth every cent

Very happy. Iceland is expensive for us but it was worth every cent! Have already recommended Nordic Visitor to a number of fellow travellers and friends. You should be proud of the service you offer.

Fantastic holiday all round

We had a fantastic holiday all round and are very likely to return. The information supplied by Nordic Visitor concerning the volcanic activity was very timely and helpful too. For us the self-guided tour worked perfectly.

Fulfilled our expectations

It was a fantastic trip, with so much to see and do that we would need much more time to do all the walkings and enjoy all the beautiful sceneries. It certainly fulfilled our expectations.

Accommodation

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

Budget

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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

Price per person from

Approx 188775 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2019

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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
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