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Highlights of North & West Iceland

(9 days / 8 nights)

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Adventure awaits in the north and west of Iceland

This journey takes you from the wondrous west coast to incredible natural sites of the north to the spectacular Snæfellsnes Peninsula. During this 9-day self-drive, you can experience some of the country’s best-kept secrets and natural wonders. Imagine geothermal hot spots offset by looming glaciers, unspoilt scenery, well-preserved cultural traditions and remote highland roads that few places on earth can match. This tour includes an F-road approved 4x4 vehicle to allow you to navigate the Kjolur route into the highlands.

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9 days / 8 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 263540 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

  • Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings
  • Visit the roaring waterfalls of Dettifoss and Goðafoss
  • Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland
  • Enjoy the striking nature of Snæfellsnes and its charming fishing villages
  • Roam the scenic canyon region of Ásbyrgi and walk its many trails
  • Drive the famous Golden Circle route with visits to Gullfoss and Geysir
  • Walk the quaint streets of the capital city, Reykjavik
  • Enjoy the waterfalls and hot springs of west Iceland

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Midnight sun i, Off the Beaten Path i

Season

10 Jun - 30 Aug

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1700/1056 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival & Exploring Reykjavik

    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 Reykjavik.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: Gullfoss, Geysir & The Kjölur Highland Road

    Start the day by collecting your rental car and driving to the Geysir geothermal region where you can watch geysers shoot water and steam metres into the air every few minutes, before driving to the picture-perfect Gullfoss waterfall.

    Next, travel to the Kjölur highland road – once notorious as a refuge for outlaws – located between the Langjökull and Höfsjökull glaciers to Hveravellir, a high-temperature geothermal area with smoking fumaroles and sky-blue boiling pools. There you can find stunning landscapes off the beaten track, as well as natural hot pools popular with bathers. Note: The Kjölur road is only accessible to "F-road" approved rental vehicles, so make sure to choose a 4x4 vehicle type when booking this tour if you wish to travel this route.

    Spend the night in Skagafjörður.

    Driving distance approx: 330 km/205 mi.

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  • Day 3: Troll Peninsula, Akureyri & Lush Lake Mývatn

    The scenery on today's route is impressive, weaving along the beautiful mountains, cliffs and fjords of Tröllaskagi, "The Troll Peninsula". You may choose to take a break in the town of Hofsós for a soak in the geothermal 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. It has a numerous interesting museums, a bustling harbour, and divine restaurants, as well as being close to well-marked hiking trails and pristine nature.

    Next up is Akureyri, the unofficial "capital of North Iceland" which you will have more time to explore on day 5 so today you will drive through the town on your way to Lake Mývatn. Enjoy a visit to Goðafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods) on your way to Mývatn, a region of surreal landscapes, hot springs and other unique geothermal and volcanic features. It's ideal to end the day visiting the Mývatn Nature Baths (optional; not included), where guests can relax in the soothing milky blue heated waters.

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx: 260 km/161 mi.

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  • Day 4: Explore Impressive Natural Sites Of The North

    A trip to Ásbyrgi canyon is another can't-miss highlight. The lush surroundings in the horseshoe-shaped canyon are lovely to stroll, admiring the diverse birdlife, and rocky landscape. Next, drive to Vesturdalur in Vatnajökull National Park to see Hljóðaklettar, a collection of basalt columns that create an arched cave. There are two well-marked hiking paths around the region if you're up for some outdoor activities.

    Next, visit the thundering Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful in all of Europe. It stands an impressive 45 metres high and 100 metres across, and it's thrilling to watch the roaring white rapids drop into Dettifoss' deep gorge.

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx: 250 km/155 mi.

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  • Day 5: Explore Lake Mývatn: Dimmuborgir, Krafla & Bubbling Mud Pots

    Spend the first part of the day exploring the last highlights you´ve got yet to cover in Lake Mývatn. 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. Afterwards head to Akureyri where you have time to relax and enjoy the evening. Have dinner at one of Akureyri's many fine dining restaurants.

    Spend the night in Akureyri.

    Driving distance approx: 100 km/ 62mi.

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  • Day 6: Charming Akureyri & The Rugged North West

    Spend the morning exploring the charming town of Akureyri. There are numerous museums, galleries and cafes to visit, as well as outdoor areas like the botanical gardens and the harbour area to roam. You could also stroll along the historical town centre on the streets of Hafnarstræti and Aðalstræti to view the old houses and visit the Nonni Museum.

    From Akureyri, you will drive to Skagafjörður, a region rich with culture, purebred Icelandic horses and numerous natural sites. In this area you can stroll along a black sand beach, explore the turf houses of Glaumbær, enjoy a horse riding adventure or join other optional activities.

    Spend the night in the Varmahlíð/Hvammstangi area.

    Driving distance approx: 200 km/124 mi.

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  • Day 7: The Scenic Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    Today you will be driving to 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 diverse birdlife and the small villages along the coast.

    You might also try lifting the heavy stones on 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 Snæfellsnes peninsula area.

    Driving distance approx: 270 km/168 mi.

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  • Day 8: West Coast Adventures

    Head to Borgarfjörður, an area with very diverse attractions, including the twin waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss along with the Deildartunguhver hot springs and the Háafell goat farm. You have the choice of joining several optional activities in this area such as the Krauma geothermal baths, the lava tunnel of Víðgelmir, venturing inside a glacier or experiencing a snowmobile tour on top of an ice cap. For those interested in the Viking history of Iceland, a stop at the Icelandic Settlement Center in Borgarnes is highly recommended.

    Continue to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, where you will be spending your last night in Iceland.

    Spend the night in the Reykjavík.

    Driving distance approx: 290 km/180 mi.

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  • Day 9: 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

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

I can't wait to go back!

All of the communications, the website, the guides, and the overall service from Nordic Visitor were absolutely first class! We had a wonderful time in Iceland. There is so much to do and see and thanks to you everything was taken care of and we could just relax and enjoy our trip. I can't wait to go back!

Will book with Nordic Visitor again

This was the first time I've booked a trip like this- with reliance on an agent to handle the booking- and it was a wonderful experience. The amount of information provided to us for the trip, and the detailed notes as well as the insider recommendations made the trip incredibly special- and I'm already looking at another one for next year! It was also invaluable to have a local agency plan this: the insight and details as a result of my trip being handled by someone who is from the destination, made the difference. Dagný was great- and I will absolutely be booking with NordicVisitor again, and- have a friend already planning a trip for next May and she will be booking with you!

Customised self-drive 12-day tour of Iceland

Our experience with our tour agent Helga of Nordic Visitor from the time of our initial booking to the end of the trip was a pleasant and excellent one. Response was timely and comprehensive. She was proactive in customizimg our requirements to a 12-day self drive tour. We had a Citroen mid-size rental car which was comfortable and reliable. Hotels of comfort standard were generally good. All in all, I would recommend Nordic Visitor to friends and relatives.

Excellent assistance

Excellent assistance and communication from Jennie and wonderful accomodation. 
 
Outstanding thank you.

Gave a great sense of what the country is all about

Excellent diversity in accommodations -- upscale hotel to farmer's guesthouse -- gave a great sense of what the country is all about...Were also very pleased to visit the Nordic Visitor office in Reykjavik on the last day, before we departed. Did a video interview and shared some ideas. It was very nice to personally visit the staff, who were all very friendly.

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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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, with authorization for two drivers and free GPS in the rental car of your choice.

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

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 263540 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2019

Optional activities

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Tour Information

  • To drive the Kjolur Route in the Icelandic highlands on Day 2 of the itinerary, you need to choose a 4x4 vehicle type when booking 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.

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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