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Scenic Ring of Iceland

(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.

14 days / 13 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 326237 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Classic, Slow Paced

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1835/1182 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 yours to explore the vibrant capital at you own pace.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík. 

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  • Day 2:  The Golden Circle

    After breakfast, it’s time to pick up your rental car for your Icelandic road trip! The journey begins on the Golden Circle route -- home to some of the country's best-known natural phenomena. The first stop is the beautiful Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, where early Viking settlers created the world's oldest parliament in the midst of unique geological features. Further down the road, make a stop to admire the great Geysir and Strokkur geysers before heading to the Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most iconic waterfalls. 

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area. 

    Driving distance approx 185 km / 115 mi.

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  • Day 3:  Scenic South Iceland

    Enjoy the day in the area around Selfoss, where you may wish to do some hiking or other optional activities such as horse riding, bathing in a natural geothermal stream, river rafting, sea kayaking, golfing, quad biking, caving or a farm visit.

    Or take a side trip to the charming coastal villages of Stokkseyri and Eyrabakki or perhaps drive up to Þjórsárdalur and Mt. Hekla. Those with a 4x4 rental vehicle can also venture out to the surreal, mountainous area of Landmannalaugar. 

    Spend another night in the Selfoss area.

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  • Day 4:  Black Sand Beaches

    Begin the day with a visit to Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss -- two postcard-perfect waterfalls. Continuing east to Vík í Mýrdal, take a break to enjoy the volcanic black sand beach, where you can see the jagged rock formations of Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar.Nearby at the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, you have the option to experience a guided glacial hike. The last stop of the day is the stunning Fjaðrarárgljúfur canyon before settling in for the evening. 

    Spend the night in the vicinity of Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Skaftafell. 

    Driving distance approx. 205 km / 127 mi.

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  • Day 5:  Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

    Spend the morning at Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, where many interesting trails await hikers. One of most popular pathways leads to the Svartifoss waterfall, which spills over a wall of dark, hexagon-shaped basalt columns. Then head east to the sparkling Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where in summer you can take a boat ride among the floating icebergs and curious seals. 

    Spend the night in the Höfn area. 

    Driving distance approx. 210 km / 130 mi.

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  • Day 6:  Vatnajökull National Park and Höfn

    Enjoy the many sights and activities today at the foot of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. Pay a visit to the glacier museum in Höfn before enjoying some fresh air on a glacier hike (optional) or with a stroll along the coast. Since the town of Höfn has been nicknamed the “Lobster Capital of Iceland” we highly recommend ending the day with a delicious lobster dinner here!

    Spend another night in the Höfn area.

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  • Day 7:  Off the Beaten Path in the East Fjords

    Driving along the scenic East Fjords today, take a break in the charming village of Djúpivogur or get out for a hike in the Hvannagil canyon. Anyone who enjoys offbeat tourist attractions may also want to visit Petra’s Mineral Collection in Stöðvarfjörður, a small, eclectic museum of natural objects and mineral rocks that originally started as a hobby by a long-time local resident. Finally, make a stop to Fáskrúðsfjörður, a small fishing village with French connections. 

    Spend the night in the area of Egilsstaðir or Seyðisfjörður. 

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

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  • Day 8:  Seyðisfjörður and Borgarfjörður Eystri

    Start the day with a drive to Seyðisfjörður, one of the most enchanting villages in Iceland with its well-preserved wooden houses, steep mountains andpicture-perfect fjord scenery. 

    Then head to Bakkagerði, a great setting for hikes and one of Iceland’s most isolated villages with a population of under 130 people. 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. Other notable attractions in the area include the monster habitat at Lagafljót, the beautiful Hengifoss waterfall and the Hallormsstaðarskógur forest, the largest wooded area in Iceland. 

    Spend the night in the area of Egilsstaðir or Seyðisfjörður. 

    Driving distance approx 200 km / 124 mi.

     

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  • Day 9:  Lunar Landscapes of Lake Mývatn

    Once you’ve crossed the East Fjords, prepare to be amazed by the radically different scenery you are soon to encounter near Lake Mývatn. With the lunar landscapes of Námaskarð Pass, the Skútustaðagígar volcanic pseudocraters, Mt. Krafla and the starkly beautiful Dimmuborgir lava formations, you may feel like you’ve just landed on the moon! Later in the afternoon, head to the amazing Mývatn Nature Baths for an ideal way to rejuvenate after this enjoyable day of sightseeing.

    Spend the night in the  Lake Mývatn area. 

    Driving distance approx. 165 km / 102 mi.

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  • Day 10:  Hiking and Whales in North Iceland

    Use this day to further explore the area of Lake Mývatn with its many interesting hiking trails and unusual sights. You can also enjoy an optional whale watching tour in nearby Húsavík, the “Whale Watching Capital of Europe”. Spend the night in the  Lake Mývatn area.

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  • Day 11:  Jökulsárgljúfur National Park

    Start the day with a scenic drive through the wonderful Jökulsárgljúfur National Park (part of 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. This park also offers ideal hiking conditions with its stunning lava landscapes and woodlands. 

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area. 

    Driving distance approx 220 km / 137 mi.

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  • Day 12:  Akureyri, Capital of the North

    From your accommodation in the Lake Mývatn area, drive west and make a stop at Goðafoss (“waterfall of the gods”) before arriving to Akureyri, the “Capital of the North”. This charming town offers an interesting variety of shops and museums as well as one of the world's most northerly botanical gardens. From Akureyri, continue to the valley of Skagafjörður, the perfect place to experience firsthand the pleasure of riding a friendly, sure-footed Icelandic horse. Spend the night in the Skagafjörður area. 

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 mi.

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  • Day 13:  Waterfalls and Viking Heritage

    Explore West Iceland with its diverse attractions, including the Icelandic Settlement Centre exhibition in Borgarnes and Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in Europe. Further along your drive, make a stop at to the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. History buffs may also enjoy a visit to Snorrastofa, the medieval research institute at Reykholt, where the early settler Snorri Sturluson wrote his famous Saga Heimskringla in the 13th century. And on your way back to Reykjavik, take a short break at Fossatún, a waterfall said to be guarded by a troll woman named Drifa. 

    Spend the night in Reykjavík. 

    Driving distance approx. 270 km / 168 mi.

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  • Day 14:  Home Sweet Home

    As your amazing holiday comes to an end, transportation to Keflavík Airport is provided via bus in time for your departure flight. Travellers departing in the afternoon will have some extra time to enjoy the Blue Lagoon or perhaps take a short sightseeing tour of the Reykjanes peninsula.

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Map

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

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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

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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.

As an ex travel agent I really appreciated your way of work...

As an ex travel agent I really appreciated your way of work, all the information we received before (as well as vouchers to check, etc.) and all the documentation we received on the spot. 3000 pictures to organise now at home as an excellent souvenir from Iceland :-)

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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: 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 326237 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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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
 
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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