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Trip idea in Iceland

Grand tour of Iceland (self-drive)

Cost

from £6,370 pp

(ex international flights)

Duration

19 days

This 19 day self-drive itinerary allows plenty of flexibility and time to spend at each of Iceland’s most popular attractions. Apart from experiencing all the natural treasures accessed via the Ring Road, this trip idea allows two whole days for exploring the wonders of Southwest Iceland, including Borgarfjordur Fjord and the mystic Snaefellsnes Glacier, made famous by author Jules Verne as the entrance to the centre of the Earth. Along the way, you’ll pass many of the volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers, and seascapes that make Iceland’s landscapes so magical and unforgettable. This is truly the grand tour of Iceland.

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Reykjavik, Hveragerdi

Day 1 - Reykjavik, Hveragerdi

  • Arrival into Reykjavik - Collect rental car from Keflavik airport
  • Self-drive from Keflavik to Hveragerdi: Geothermal Lagoon – Flower Village – Geothermal Greenhouses
Gullfoss,  Thingvellir National Park, Fludir

Day 2 - Gullfoss, Thingvellir National Park, Fludir

  • Discover the Golden Circle's natural wonders (Self-Drive)
  • Explore Thingvellir National Park
  • Explore Gullfoss waterfall
  • Snowmobile and truck transfer from Gullfoss
  • Secret Lagoon in Fludir
  • Visit a traditional cattle farm
  • Visit Fridheimar farm, famous for its tomatoes
Skógafoss waterfall, Myrdalsjokull, Vík, Eldhraun Lava Field, Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Day 3 - Skógafoss waterfall, Myrdalsjokull, Vík, Eldhraun Lava Field, Kirkjubaejarklaustur

  • Self-drive from Hveragerdi to Kirkjubaejarklaustur: Black Sand Beaches of the South Coast
  • Explore Skogafoss waterfall
  • Visit Myrdalsjokull Glacier
  • Explore Dyrholaey and the black sand beaches of Iceland’s South Shore
  • Discover Eldhraun lava field
Laki & Lakagigar, Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Day 4 - Laki & Lakagigar, Kirkjubaejarklaustur

  • Explore the Fjadrargljufur and Lakagigar Craters (Self-Drive)
  • Discover the craters of Laki & Lakagigar
Vatnajökull National Park, Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Hofn

Day 5 - Vatnajökull National Park, Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Hofn

  • Self-drive from Kirkjubaejarklaustur to Hofn: Exploring the Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
  • Discover Vatnajokull National Park
  • Explore the glacial area of Skaftafell
  • Discover the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
  • Explore the harbour town of Hofn
Djúpavogshreppur , Stöðvarfjörður, Egilsstadir, Hallormsstadur

Day 6 - Djúpavogshreppur , Stöðvarfjörður, Egilsstadir, Hallormsstadur

  • Self-drive from Hofn to Egilsstadir through the Eastern Fjords and Highland Wilderness
  • Papey Island boat tour to see puffins
  • Visit Petra's stone collection at Stöðvarfjörður
  • Explore Egilsstadir
  • Visit the Wilderness Centre
Seydisfjordur, Borgarfjordur Eystri , Egilsstadir

Day 7 - Seydisfjordur, Borgarfjordur Eystri , Egilsstadir

  • Self-drive around Egilsstadir: Seydisfjordur and Borgarfjördur Eystri
  • Visit the village of Seydisfjordur
  • Explore Borgarfjordur Eystri
Dettifoss, Vatnajökull National Park, Asbyrgi, Myvatn

Day 8 - Dettifoss, Vatnajökull National Park, Asbyrgi, Myvatn

  • Self-drive from Egilsstadir to Myvatn: Explore Jokulsargljufur National Park
  • Discover Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall
  • Discover the Hljodaklettar rock columns
  • Discover the Ásbyrgi canyon
Myvatn, Dimmuborgir, Krafla , Myvatn Nature Baths

Day 9 - Myvatn, Dimmuborgir, Krafla , Myvatn Nature Baths

  • Self-drive around Myvatn: Explore the Lunar Landscapes of Lake Myvatn
  • Explore Lake Myvatn
  • Explore the lava formations at Dimmuborgir
  • Visit the Krafla volcano area
  • Visit Myvatn Nature Baths
Akureyri , Goðafoss

Day 10 - Akureyri , Goðafoss

  • Whale watching from Husavik
  • Self-drive from Myvatn to Akureyri: Explore North Iceland
  • Visit the Godafoss waterfall
  • Visit Akureyri
Siglufjordur, Hofsos, Vatnsnes Peninsula

Day 11 - Siglufjordur, Hofsos, Vatnsnes Peninsula

  • Self-drive from Akureyri to Laugarbakki: through the Troll Peninsula and Skagafjordur
  • Explore Siglufjordur
  • Visit the Herring Era Maritime Museum
  • Visit the charming village of Hofsos
Hvitserkur, Hvammstangi, Hólmavík

Day 12 - Hvitserkur, Hvammstangi, Hólmavík

  • Self-drive from the Vatnsnes Peninsula to Hólmavík through Strandir and Drangsnes
  • Visit the cliff of Hvitserkur
  • Visit the Icelandic Seal Centre
  • Sorcery and Witchcraft museum
  • Explore Hólmavík
Isafjordur, Bolungarvík, Vigur Island

Day 13 - Isafjordur, Bolungarvík, Vigur Island

  • Self-drive from Hólmavík to Isafjordur: explore the Westfjord’s Wonders
  • Explore Ísafjörður
  • Visit Ósvör maritime museum
  • Visit Westfjords heritage museum
  • Calm water kayaking
  • Visit Vigur Island
Dyrafjordur Fjord, Bolungarvík, Sudureyri Fjord, Isafjordur

Day 14 - Dyrafjordur Fjord, Bolungarvík, Sudureyri Fjord, Isafjordur

  • Self-drive around Isafjordur: Thingeyri
  • Visit Thingeyri village
  • Explore Bolungarvík
  • Discover Sudureyri
Dynjandi, Latrabjarg, Raudisandur, West Fjords

Day 15 - Dynjandi, Latrabjarg, Raudisandur, West Fjords

  • Self-drive from Isafjordur to the West Fjords through Latrabjarg
  • Discover the Dynjandi Waterfall
  • Visit the Latrabjarg cliffs
  • Explore Raudisandur beach
Stykkisholmur

Day 16 - Stykkisholmur

  • Self-drive via ferry from West Fjords to Stykkisholmur: Breidafjordur Bay & Flatey
  • Explore Stykkisholmur
Grundarfjordur, Arnarstapi, Deildartunguhver, Barnafoss, Borgarnes

Day 17 - Grundarfjordur, Arnarstapi, Deildartunguhver, Barnafoss, Borgarnes

  • Self-drive from Stykkisholmur to Borgarfjörður: around the Snaefellsnes peninsula
  • See Mount Kirkjufell
  • Explore Grundarfjordur
  • See the rock formations at Arnarstapi
  • Visit the hot springs of Deildartunguhver
  • Explore the falls of Hraunfoss and Barnafoss
Husafell, Hvalfjordur Fjord, Glymur, Reykjavik

Day 18 - Husafell, Hvalfjordur Fjord, Glymur, Reykjavik

  • Self-drive from Borgarfjörður to Reykjavik
  • Explore Langjokull Glacier Ice Tunnel
  • Discover Hvalfjordur Fjord
  • Hiking around the Glymur waterfall
  • At leisure in Reykjavik
Reykjavik

Day 19 - Reykjavik

  • Self-drive departure from Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport
  • Departure - Drop off rental vehicle at Keflavik airport