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Iceland Ultimate Adventure

(21 days / 20 nights)

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Check Iceland off your bucket list this summer

Just as the name says, this is the ultimate slow-paced road trip around Iceland! Enjoy plenty of time and freedom to explore nearly every corner of the country, including well-known attractions, hidden wonders and off-the-beaten-path areas. Experience a stunning diversity of landscapes and natural phenomena at every turn, and take advantage of the relaxed pace to get into the local culture.

21 days / 20 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 396142 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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Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Active i, Classic i, Midnight sun i, Off the Beaten Path i, Slow Paced i

Season

1 May - 30 Aug

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2982/1853 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavík

    Upon 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.

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  • 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 learn about 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 metres into the air every few minutes. Complete the circle with visits to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the impressive implosion crater of Kerið.

    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 region surrounding Selfoss, where you can spend time hiking or choose optional activities such as horseriding, bathing in natural geothermal waters, river rafting, snorkeling between the continents, venturing inside a dormant 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. Those with a 4x4 rental vehicle that is approved for F-roads can choose to explore the surreal, colourful mountainous area of Landmannalaugar – a popular destination among hiking enthusiasts.

    Spend another night in the Selfoss area.

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  • Day 4:  Black Sand Beaches of the South Coast

    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. On the way to the village of Vík, you can make a stop at the black sand beach south of the village, from where you can view the jagged 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: Enormous Glaciers And Towering Icebergs

    Enjoy Skaftafell, a 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 leading into the deep valley close to the highlands.

    Spend the night in the Egilsstaðir/Seyðisfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 259 km / 161 mi.

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  • Day 7:  Unique Discoveries in the East Fjords

    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.

    Spend the night in the Egilsstaðir/Seyðisfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 143 km / 89mi.

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  • Day 8: The Powerfull Dettifoss Waterfall

    Start the driving toward the beautiful surroundings of Mývatn, region known for unique landscapes, flourishing birdlife, and a hotbed of volcanic activity. Before reaching Mývatn, 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. End the day with a relaxing visit to the Mývatn Nature Baths, with its warm, healing, milky blue waters soothing your body after a long day (optional: not included).

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 165 km / 102 mi.

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  • Day 9: Lake Mývatn & Hiking Trails

    Get ready for a long day of exploring Mývatn! The geological diversity of this region makes is a favourite for so many travellers. Drive to Dimmuborgir, a fascinating area comprised of caves and rock formations, that was created by lava flows from hundreds of years ago. Krafla is another special highlight you won't want to miss. The impressive caldera stands more than 800 metres tall. The surrounding area of Krafla is home to an active geothermal region with bubbling mud springs and fumaroles. Also check out Leirhnjúkur, an active and colourful volcano, as well as the Viti crater, which has a stunning bright blue lake in its centre.

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 170 km / 105 mi.

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  • Day 10: Explore Impressive Natural Sites Of The North

    Húsavik is a cute coastal town famous for its whale watching tours. Join an optional tour at the harbour to get a glimpse of these impressive mammals. Meanwhile, 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.

    Spend the night in Akureyri area.

    Driving distance approx. 272 km / 169 mi.

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  • Day 11: Relax In Akureyri

    Today, after visiting the powerful and wide Goðafoss waterfall, spend the day exploring the charming town of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland. 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. If you are interested in Iceland's quirky Christmas traditions, take a drive to Jólahúsið (Christmas House), which is just outside of town and where you can learn about Icelandic Yuletide traditions and the thirteen “Yule lads”, the local Santa alternatives. Enjoy dinner at one of Akureyri's many fine dining restaurants.

    Spend the night in Akureyri area.

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  • Day 12: The Troll Peninsula & Skagafjörður

    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. 155 km / 96 mi.

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  • Day 13: Journey To The Westfjords

    Today marks the beginning of your journey around the beautiful West Fjords, one of the most remote, unspoilt regions in Iceland. Sights along the way include the countless mounds of Vatnsdalshólar, the Borgarvirki natural fortress, the Hvítserkur rock formation (which some say resembles a rhino) and Illugastaðir, where you are likely to find seals at play. Continue the drive to Hólmavík where you will find the Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum, the Sorcerer’s Cottage and the hot natural pools in Drangsnes are also well worth a visit.

    Spend the night in the Hólmavík area.

    Driving distance approx. 333 km / 207 mi.

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  • Day 14: Ísafjörður – The Capital Of The Westfjords

    Today’s journey is characterized by endless but dramatic fjords and towering mountains. In Ísafjörður, the biggest settlement in the region, you‘ll find some of the most historic houses in Iceland, dating back to the mid-18th century. In the afternoon, we suggest a drive to Bolungarvík for a visit to the Ósvör Maritime Museum and a visit to the radar station on top of Bolafjall where, on a clear day, you can have amazing views over the uninhabited Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.

    Spend the night in the Ísafjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 220 km / 137 mi.

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  • Day 15: Hiking Trails & Sightseeing

    Today we recommend joining a guided boat tour from Ísafjörður to the small, charming island of Vigur, where you can see an abundance of birds in their natural environment including eider ducks, arctic terns, puffins, black guillemot, and more (when in season). Today can also be spent enjoying the scenic nature surrounding Ísafjörður, joining optional activities such as a guided walk, kayaking tour and enjoying a unique dining experience at the well-known Tjöruhúsið restaurant, which serves fresh fish from the local fishermen.

    Spend the night in the Ísafjörður area.

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  • Day 16: Dynjandi Waterfall & Authentic Iceland

    Drive to Dýrafjörður, where you will find the trail of the Viking Saga hero Gisli Súrsson as well as Skrúður, the oldest botanical garden in Iceland. Then head to Hrafnseyri, where you can visit a museum dedicated to Jón Sigurðsson, hero of Iceland’s battle for independence. Next up is the impressive seven-tiered Dynjandi waterfall on your way to the breath-taking Látrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Europe. There you can get a closer look at some of the millions of nesting sea birds such as puffins and razorbills (when in season).

    Spend the night in the Patreksfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 170 km / 105 mi.

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  • Day 17: Látrabjarg & Rauðisandur

    This is a great day for hiking, bird watching and photography as you have plenty of time to explore more of Iceland’s westernmost region. Enjoy a walk along the cliffs at Látrabjarg, where you might be able to get a good look at nesting birds such as puffins and razorbills (when in season). Then drive to the sand mounds of Sauðlauksdalur, the “home of the Icelandic potato”, and to Rauðisandur to view the breath-taking sand beach.

    Spend the night in the Patreksfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 143 km / 89mi.

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  • Day 18: The Hidden Charms Of Flatey Island

    Drive from Látrabjarg to Brjánslækur to catch the Baldur ferry that sails through the Breiðafjörður fjord to Flatey, a tranquil island with its well-preserved wooden houses, rich birdlife and pristine natural beauty. Cars are not allowed on this small island so the ferry will transport your car to the port at Stykkishólmur where you will pick it up the next day. Spend the night on Flatey Island*

    Driving distance approx. 55 km / 34 mi.

    *Note that in the case that the hotel in Flatey Island is fully booked, the night will be moved to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The Hotel in Flatey only offers rooms with shared bathroom facilities but is our only choice for both Budget & Comfort accommodation on the island.
     

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  • Day 19: Flatey & Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    Spend the morning in Flatey and then board the ferry to Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Take a little time to explore this charming port town with its lovely harbour and ocean views. From there you can drive to Helgafell, where legend has it that you will be granted one wish if you walk up the mountain. And make sure not to miss the beautiful mountain of Kirkjufell in Grundarfjörður.

    Spend the night on Snæfellsnes peninsula.

    Driving distance approx. 130 km / 81 mi.

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  • Day 20: Snæfellsjökull National Park

    Explore the magical Snæfellsjökull National Park with its diverse birdlife, lush valleys, rugged lava fields and towering glacier-capped volcano. Driving along the coast of this scenic peninsula you can stop to visit such sights as Dritvík Cove, the Lóndrangar Cliffs, Hellnar, the Arnarstapi Cliffs and small fishing villages on the coast. You may also wish to test your strength at Djúpalónssandur, a black volcanic beach with “lifting stones” that sailors in old days used to prove their strength and determine their roles on the fishing boats. Continue to Reykjavik where you will be ending the circle tour around the Island.

    Driving distance approx. 170 km / 105 mi.

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  • Day 21: Departure From Iceland

    If your flight is in the afternoon, use the morning to relax or enjoy one last stroll through the city centre. Transfer by shuttle bus to Keflavík International Airport in time for your departure flight.

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Map

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Reviews

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Thoroughly enjoyed our travels

...Although we had to cut our trip short, we thoroughly enjoyed our travels and we immersed ourselves in the many natural beauties of Iceland. We have already praised your company and the services you provide and we will continue to promote Nordic Visitor as we share photos and travel stories with friends. THANK YOU ALL!

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.

Accommodation

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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

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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

Toyota RAV (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Toyota RAV (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

Hyundai H1 (Manual)
or similar

  • x8
  • x5
  • x6
  • M

Hyundai H1 (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 8
  • Luggage: 6
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

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 396142 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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