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Snæfellsnes Peninsula & the Arctic North

(10 days / 9 nights)

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Feel the energy of Snæfellsnes and majesty of the north

Take a journey into the Icelandic countryside with this 10-day self-drive tour that starts and ends in Reykjavik, the capital city. Your drive brings you to numerous historical sites and natural attractions, including the magical Snæfellsjökull glacier, powerful waterfalls like Dettifoss and Gullfoss, the volcanic wonders of Lake Mývatn, the hot springs of the famous “Golden Circle” route and more.

Looking for the winter version of this tour?

10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 227559 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Family, Midnight sun

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1771/1102 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Iceland

    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: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

    Collect your rental car in the morning and begin your journey to Snæfellsjökull National Park on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The focal point here is undoubtedly the Snæfellsjökull glacier, believed by many to be one of Earth’s seven major energy centres. It was also the setting of Jules Verne’s famous novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

    Your drive along the coast offers such sights as the Dritvík Cove, the Lóndrangar Cliffs, the Arnarstapi cliffs, the hamlet of Hellnar and other small fishing villages. For a fun photo opportunity and blast from the past, we suggest a visit to Djúpalónssandur, a pebble-filled beach with four renowned “lifting stones” that were used in the old days to test sailor‘s strength for jobs on fishing boats. Do you have what it takes to lift these stones?

    Spend the night in Borgarfjörður or Snæfellsnes peninsula area.

    Driving distance approx. 176 km / 109 mi. 

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  • Day 3:  Snæfellsnes & Majestic Fjords

    Spend the first half of the day exploring Snæfelljsökull National Park and all it has to offer before heading towards the majestic fjords on the Troll Peninsula (Tröllaskagi). Start with a drive towards Skagafjörður and onwards to Siglufjörður. On the way, we recommend a stop at the geothermal pool in the village of Hofsós for amazing views over the islands in the fjords. Then head to Siglufjörður, the historic centre of Iceland’s herring fleet and a town well-suited for both nature and culture lovers.

    Spend the night in the Tröllaskagi area.

    Driving distance approx. 350 km / 218 mi. 

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  • Day 4:  The Capital of the North

    Drive towards Akureyri, the “Capital of North Iceland”. Sights on the way include some of the most beautiful mountains, cliffs and fjords of Iceland. You can stop at Dalvík, a seaside town where, time permitting, you can take a ferry to Hrísey Island or enjoy the many hiking trails and thermal pools in the area. On arrival in Akureyri, take a break to enjoy the cosy cafés and shops or take a walk in the historical town centre along the streets of Hafnarstræti and Aðalstræti to view the old houses and visit the Nonni Museum.

    Another good option is to explore Eyjafjörður, the beautiful fjord where Akureyri is located. One of the notable sights in this area is Jólahúsið (“Christmas House”), where you can learn about Icelandic Yuletide traditions and the thirteen “Yule lads”, the local Santa alternatives. We also recommend the home-made ice cream from the nearby Holtsel farm, but remember to save some room for a hearty dinner at one of Akureyri’s charming restaurants.

    Spend the night in the Akureyri area.

    Driving distance approx. 120 km / 75 mi.

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  • Day 5: Lake Mývatn Discoveries

    Start with a visit to Goðafoss (“waterfall of the Gods”) on your way to Lake Mývatn, located in an area of surreal landscapes, hot springs and other unique geothermal features. Sights include the sizzling mud-pots at Námafjall, the moon-like pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, the lava maze of Dimmuborgir and the Krafla volcanic area, just to name a few. End the day in a similar theme by relaxing at the Mývatn Nature Baths, a pool of soothing geothermal water drawn from depths of 2,500 meters (optional; not included). Then head back to the Akureyri area for another good night’s sleep.

    Spend the night in the Akureyri area.

    Driving distance approx. 204 km / 127 mi.

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  • Day 6:  Whales & Grand Canyons

    Today you can either relax in Akureyri or go on an optional detour to Húsavík, where in summer you can take an amazing whale-watching tour on a schooner. You can also experience some of the natural phenomena of the area at Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, including the breathtaking Ásbyrgi canyon and the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss.

    Spend another night in the Akureyri area.

    Driving distance approx. 350 km / 217 mi.

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  • Day 7:  Horses & Saga Legends

    Continue towards Skagafjörður, an area known as “The Mecca of the Icelandic Horse” 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.

    Spend the night in the Skagafjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 120 km / 75 mi.  

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  • Day 8:  West Coast & Viking Heritage

    Head back south today through beautiful West Iceland. Notable sights on the way include the Grábrók volcanic crater, the Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, Deildartunguhver—the largest hot spring in Europe—and the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. History or Nordic literature buffs may also find it worthwhile to stop at the medieval research institution of Snorrastofa at Reykholt, where Snorri Sturluson wrote the Saga Heimskringla in the 13th century. End the day by driving towards Þingvellir National Park.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx. 309 km / 192 mi.

    ALTERNATE 4x4 ROUTE: If you have a 4x4 rental vehicle, you have the option of driving through in the highlands today. The route involves taking the Kjölur interior road to Hveravellir, a high-temperature geothermal area, then continuing south between the two glaciers, Langjökull and Hofsjökull, towards your lodging in the Selfoss area. Driving distance approx. 309 km / 192 mi.

    Note: The Kjölur road is closed for winter until approx. the first week of June, and it is only accessible to 4x4 vehicles in summer.

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  • Day 9:  The Golden Circle

    Today's journey takes you up close to some of Iceland’s most popular attractions on the classic “Golden Circle” route. Start with a visit to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next up is the Haukadalur geothermal area, home of Geysir—the original “geyser”—and its more active neighbour, Strokkur, which spouts water every few minutes. End the circle with a visit to the two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most memorable sights, which is especially majestic in the wintertime. Then head back to Reykjavik and spend the evening at your leisure.

    Spend the night in central Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 142 km / 89 mi.

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  • Day 10: Departure from Iceland

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

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

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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.

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
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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 227559 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.
 
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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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