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Iceland Grand Tour


This is our ultimate self-drive tour of Iceland, taking you all the way around this geographically young island of fire and ice, including the often overlooked West and East Fjords. The flexible itinerary gives you free time to explore most of the top attractions and natural wonders that make Iceland such a unique travel destination. 

This package includes accommodation in Reykjavik, Snæfellsnes, West Fjords, Northwest Iceland, Akureyri, Lake Mývatn area, Egilsstaðir, the Vatnajökull area and Hvolsvöllur area.

Save 15% on this tour with arrival between May and September 2015.
Book by December 7th 2014.



  • Product: ISIGCR-06
  • Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights
  • Season: 1 May - 30 September
  • Price from: € 1860
  • Departure: Daily 

Included

  • Accommodation (simple/standard) for 13 nights with continental breakfast
  • Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, CDW and VAT for 12 days
  • FREE use of GPS and two authorized drivers
  • Bus transfer to/from Keflavík Airport
  • Tickets to the ferry Baldur (Breiðafjörður)
  • Detailed road map (1:600.000)
  • Detailed itinerary sent by PDF
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fee

Highlights

  • Reykjavik
  • Snæfellsnes
  • Látrabjarg
  • Akureyri
  • Lake Mývatn
         
  • Vatnajökull
  • Westmann Islands
  • Gullfoss
  • Geysir
  • Þingvellir

Day 1: Welcome to Reykjavik!

Arrive at Keflavík International Airport in Iceland. and transfer to central Reykjavik via the Airport Express is provided. After storing your luggage at your accommodation, we suggest a stroll around the colorful historic center of the city, with visits to some of the many museums, shops and cafes. You’ll also find a great assortment of restaurants to tempt your taste buds. For even more sensory experiences, check out the city’s vibrant nightlife and live music scene—a great way to shake off the jet lag. 

Spend the night in central Reykjavík.

Highlights

  • Reykjavik

Day 2: Snæfellsnes National Park

Start your grand circle by driving to the town of Borgarnes, where you can visit the Settlement Museum, dedicated to the history of Iceland’s founders. Then proceed to Snæfellsnes, a peninsula that has long evoked wanderlust and captivated the imagination of locals and visitors alike. Driving along the coastline you have plenty of interesting stops on the way: Dritvík Cove, the impressive cliffs of Lóndrangar and Arnarstapi, the ancient fishing station at Hellnar and the mossy lava fields around Búðir and Snæfellsjökull glacier, just to name a few. Driving distance approx. 280 km / 174 miles. 


Spend the night on Snæfellsnes Peninsula. 

Highlights

  • Borgarnes
  • Snæfellsjökull National Park
  • Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Hellnar
  • Arnarstapi
  • Búðir

Optional

  • Guided tour to Vatnshellir Cave
  • Horse-riding

Day 3: Breiðafjörður & Wonderful Westfjords

In the morning, board the Baldur ferry at Stykkishólmur, taking you over the vast bay of Breiðafjörður with a quick call at the island of Flatey. Back on dry land, start your tour of the remote West Fjords, first with a pause to marvel at the amazing reddish-golden sands along the beaches of Rauðisandur. Then drive onwards to the village of Patreksfjörður, where you will spend the night and keep your eyes open for the stranded “ghost ship” on the beach. If you have time, you won’t regret a detour to Látrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff and the continent’s westernmost point, where you may be able to spot puffins when in season. Driving distance approx. 150 km / 93 miles. 


Spend the night in Patreksfjörður area. 

Highlights

  • Breiðafjörður
  • Rauðisandur
  • Patreksfjörður
  • Látrabjarg Cliffs

Day 4: Patreksfjörður to Ísafjörður

From Patreksfjörður, your journey takes you from fjord to fjord under awe-inspiring mountains. After passing Tálknafjörður, have a dip in the natural geothermal pool in Reykjafjörður before heading into Arnarfjörður, where you can see the striking Dynjandi waterfall as it gushes 100 meters over the hillside. The turf house of Jón Sigurðsson, Iceland's hero of independence, in Hrafnseyri is also worth a visit. Finally, continue past Dýrafjörður and Önundarfjörður to Ísafjörður area, your destination for the evening. Driving distance approx. 180 km / 112 miles.  
Spend the night in Ísafjörður area.

Highlights

  • Dynjandi
  • Hrafnseyri
  • Núpar Botantical Garden
  • Natural geothermal pool

Day 5: A Day to Explore

Spend the morning in and around Ísafjörður, the "Capital of the Westfjords" and the biggest settlement in the region. There, you‘ll find some of the most historic houses in Iceland, dating back to the mid-18th century. One option here is a guided tour to Vigur, a small, charming island and paradise for nature lovers.  Continue your drive towards Hólmavík and the Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum and hot natural pools in Drangsnes are also well worth a visit.

Spend the night in the Hólmavík area. 

Highlights

  • Ísafjörður
  • Ósvör
  • Bolafjall

Optional

  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking in Hornstandir

Day 6: Mystical fjords & Icelandic Sorcery

The last leg of your journey along the Westfjords goes to the northwest area. Enjoy the scenery as you navigate the many small, winding fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp and to the north-west.  Driving distance approx. 145 km/ 90 miles.

Spend the night in northwest Iceland.

Highlights

  • Beautiful fjords
  • Reykjanes
  • Hólmavík

Day 7: Charming islands & cultural heritage

>Drive towards Skagafjörður fjord, an area known as the “mecca of the Icelandic horse”, where horses are said to outnumber people.  In the Skagafjörður area, stop at Hofsós, where we recommend a dip in the geothermal water of the town’s swimming pool and a visit to the Icelandic Emigration Center. Continue on towards beautiful Siglufjörður, which was the historic centre of Iceland’s herring fleet and complete your circle with a stop at Dalvík with a view of Hrísey island before heading toward Akureyri, your destination for the evening. This small and charming city overlooking the Eyjafjörður fjord is often called the “Capital of the North”.  In Akureyri, you’ll find a number of well-preserved old houses, interesting museums, a beautiful botanical garden, excellent restaurants and bright summer nights under the midnight sun.  Driving distance: 280 km / 174 miles. 


Spend the night in Akureyri area.

Highlights

  • Skagafjörður
  • Hofsós
  • Siglufjörður
  • Dalvík
  • Akureyri

Optional

  • Grettislaug
  • Hofsós thermal pool
  • River Rafting
  • Icelandic Emigration Center
  • The Herring Era Museum
  • Ferry to Hrísey Island

Day 8: Magical Lake Mývatn

Drive towards Mývatn, an area known for its otherworldly surroundings and unique eco-system, including a thriving birdlife. Here, you’ll also find the eerie lava formations of Dimmuborgir, which according to legend are said to house hidden people and other supernatural beings.  Many areas around the lake offer excellent hiking opportunities as well as other optional activities such as lava-caving, mountain-biking, whale-watching or horse-riding. 
It is also ideal to end the day by taking a dip in the soothing gethermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths. Driving distance:100km/62 miles

Spend the night in Lake Mývatn area.

Highlights

  • Goðafoss Waterfall
  • Mývatn
  • Skútustaðir
  • Dimmuborgir

Optional

  • Whale watching
  • Horse Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Lava-caving at Lofthellir
  • Bathing in Mývatn Nature Baths

Day 9: Mývatn & its unique surroundings

Explore more of Lake Mývatn and its unique surroundings before heading to the East-fjords. We recommend a rewarding detour, to the Dettifoss waterfall, surrounded by the steep walls of the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon and to visit the Hverarönd geothermal area with its gurgling mud pools and sizzling geysers.  Driving distance: 165 km / 102 miles. 

Spend the night in the Egilsstaðir area.

Highlights

  • Mývatn
  • Hverarönd
  • Dettifoss waterfall
  • Sænautasel
  • Egilsstaðir

Day 10: East Fjords & Höfn

Zigzag southbound along the fjords of East Iceland. The scenic Fáskrúðsfjörður fjord, which once served as the base for French fishermen in Iceland, makes for an interesting stop, as does the small village of Djúpivogur, resting by the foot of the grand Búlandstindur mountain. The drive to Höfn is no less breathtaking with volcanic black sands leading to the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the rising highlands to your right. Once in Höfn, you can taste the lobster the town is known for and get a good night’s rest. Driving distance: 200 km/124 miles.

Spend the night in Höfn or the nearby Vatnajökull area.

Highlights

  • Fáskrúðsfjörður
  • Mt. Búlandstindur
  • Petra's Mineral Collection
  • Djúpivogur
  • Höfn

Day 11: Vatnajökull Glacier & Beautiful South Coast

The first leg of today’s journey takes you alongside Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. Further along, you can’t miss the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, offering a unique opportunity to watch icebergs drift towards the sea. Visit Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, a place of great natural beauty with many interesting hiking trails, including one that leads to the remarkable Svartifoss waterfall. Skaftafell is also an ideal setting for optional activities like guided glacier walks or ice climbing. Driving distance: 200 Km/ 125 miles

Spend the night in Kirkjubæjaklaustur or the nearby area
.

Highlights

  • Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Optional

  • Boat tour at Jökulsárlón
  • Glacier walk/ice climbing from Skaftafell
  • Bird watching tour at Cape Ingólfshöfði

Day 12: Volcanic Beaches and Waterfalls 

Crossing vast plains of black sands and glacial rivers you’ll soon arrive in the village of Vík, with the dramatic Hjörleifshöfði peninsula nearby and the Reynisdrangar rock formations just off the coast. The last leg of today’s journey takes you past the now famous (albeit hard to pronounce) Eyjafjallajökull glacier. Visit the  60 metre free-falling Skógafoss waterfal in Skógar and the misterious Seljalandsfoss, experience walking right beind the flowing water and feel the light drizzle. Driving distance: 155 KM/ 96 miles.

Spend the night in Hvolsvöllur or the nearby area.

Highlights

  • Vík
  • Skógafoss
  • Eyjafjallajökull
  • Seljalandsfoss

Optional

  • Glacier walk
  • Canyoning
  • Horse Riding

Day 13: Golden Circle & Reykjavik

No circle of Iceland is complete without visiting the attractions along the famous Golden Circle route, first with a visit to Gullfoss, a magnificent  waterfall plunging into a deep and misty canyon. Further downstream you’ll find the geothermal area of Haukadalur, home to Geysir, the source of the English word “geyser”, although nowadays its more active neighbor Strokkur takes care of most of the aerial acrobatics. End the day back in Reykjavik. Driving distance: 215 km / 133 miles. 

Spend the night in central Reykjavík.

Highlights

  • Gullfoss
  • Geysir
  • Þingvellir
  • Reykjavik

Optional

  • Fontana Spa at Laugarvatn

Day 14: Departure

Today, it’s time to head home after your grand circle around Iceland. Transfer to Keflavík Airport via Airport Express in time for your check-in. If your flight is in the afternoon, we recommend a relaxing morning break at the Blue Lagoon for a therapeutic soak in the warm mineral waters.

Note: Additional nights can be added in Reykjavík, Ísafjörður area, Akureyri and the Hvolsvöllur area on request.

Optional

  • Blue Lagoon
Thanks to our extensive network of trusted suppliers, we can accommodate travelers of all needs and interests according to location, group size and budget.

Our hand-picked selection of accommodations in Iceland includes hotels, guesthouses, hostels, farmhouse B&B, cottages and more. For our car rental packages, we‘ve selected what we consider the best value option of accommodation at each location.

Includes basic guesthouses, farmhouses and good quality hostels with shared showers/WC facilities. Some rooms may have washbasins. Breakfast is provided and included in the price. In the more remote areas, most properties offer
optional evening meals.

Guesthouse Snorri

Reykjavik

Snorri’s Guesthouse is a friendly family owned guesthouse in Reykjavik, Iceland. We are ...

Sundabakki Guesthouse

Snæfellsnes area

Sundabakki Guesthouse is located at Sundabakki 14 which is a very quiet place with beautiful view over...

Ráðagerði Hostel

Patreksfjörður

Housed in one of Patreksfjörður’s most prominent historical dwellings, Hótel Ráðagerði features..

Gamla Gistihúsið

Ísafjörður area

Gamla guesthouse is a 2 star guesthouse in the heart of Isafjordur. Gamla guesthouse has...

Hotel Laugarhóll

Northwest lceland

The hotel is a two storey building. On the first floor there are ten spacious and bright ...

Skjaldvík

Akureyri

Skjaldarvik guesthouse has 27 comfortable rooms with common bathrooms and showers. Rooms vary ...

Eldá

Mývatn area

Eldá Guesthouse is centrally situated in the village of Reykjahlid by lake...

Eyjólfsstaðir

Höfn area

Eyjólfsstaðir Guesthouse is located in the beautiful rugged nature of East Iceland. A peaceful ...

Hoffell

Hornafjordur area

Located 19 km from the town of Höfn, Hoffell is a charming country guesthouse surrounded by spectacular nature...

Hrífunes Guesthouse

South East area

Hrifunes Guesthouse is located 230 km east of Reykjavik in beautiful and peaceful...

Guesthouse Nonni

Hella

Guesthouse Nonni in Hella is a great starting point for exploring the attractions...


Includes comfortable tourist-class (mostly 3-star range) hotels, farmhouses and well-appointed guesthouses. Rooms have private showers/WC. Breakfast is provided and included in the price. Most properties in this category have an on-site restaurant or dining facilities.

Hótel Klettur

Reykjavik

Hotel Klettur is a beautiful first class hotel, a stone's throw from downtown....

Hotel Framnes

Snæfellsnes area

Rooms facing the west have a wonderful view of the mountain range...

Fosshótel Vestfirðir

Vestfjord area

Fosshotel Vestfirðir is a 3 star hotel in the small fishing village of Patreksfjordur in the Westfjords of Iceland. ...

Hotel Horn

Ísafjörður area

There are 24 comfortable romms with a private bathromms and a shower...

Hotel Laugarhóll

Northwest lceland 

The hotel is a two storey building. On the first floor there are ten spacious...

Hotel Edda Akureyri

Akureyri

Iceland’s second city and “capital of the north”, Akureyri is a great base for touring the rugged...


Vogafjós

Mývatn area

Vogafjós Guesthouse is a family own guesthouse, warm and cosy, ...

Fosshótel Austfirði

Eastfjord area

Fosshotel Eastfjords is a three star hotel, opening in the spring of 2014. The hotel...

Hotel Edda Plus

Höfn

Hotel Edda Hofn is located by the harbour in Hofn in Hornafjordur. Feel the sheer...

Fosshotel Núpar

Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

Fosshotel Núpar is a comfortable hotel in a peaceful setting, surrounded by lava fields.The hotel has...

Hotel Fljótshlíð

Hella area

Hotel Fljótshlíð is a pleasant country hotel in the centre of Fljótshlíð, one of the most beautyful..

Availability of accommodation

Please note that although we have included specific accommodations within our holiday packages, these may be subject to change.

Due to high demand in the busy summer months (June-August), the selection of accommodations may be limited in some of Iceland‘s more remote rural areas. Therefore, we reserve the right to substitute a named property in the same locality for one of a similar standard.

A. Ford Fiesta or similar
Passengers: 4
Suit Cases:
Doors: 5
Operation: Manual
B. Ford Focus or similar
Passengers: 5
Suit Cases: 3
Doors: 5
Operation: Manual
C. Ford Focus Wagon or similar
Passengers: 5
Suit Cases: 4
Doors: 5
Operation: Manual
D. Ford Mondeo or similar
Passengers: 5
Suit Cases: 3
Doors: 4
Operation: Automatic
E. Ford Kuga or similar
Passengers: 5
Suit Cases: 4-5
Doors: 5
Operation: Automatic 4x4
F. Nissan Pathfinder or similar
Passengers: 5/7
Suit Cases: 4/2
Doors: 5
Operation: Automatic 4x4

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A GPS navigation system comes free of charge with all of our car rental packages. 

Our rental car selection

We‘ve partnered with one of Iceland’s most reliable and efficient car rental agencies to offer top-notch service and a great selection of high-quality, dependable vehicles.

Automatic cars are available on request for an extra fee in types A, B and C. Please contact us for prices.

All rentals include a standard insurance policy with Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), unlimited mileage, GPS, two drivers and Icelandic VAT @ 25.5%. Fuel or oil is not included. Optional insurance upgrades, additional drivers and child seats are available and payable locally at the car rental office.

collecting your vehicle

On Day 2 of your holiday, you will be picked up by your car rental agent between 09:00 and 10:00 at your accommodation in Reykjavik and taken to the car rental depot. There, you will complete all paperwork and choose among optional services or upgrades before collecting your vehicle.

 A valid credit card is required by the car rental agency, and a credit card imprint will be taken at the time of vehicle collection for security reasons. Your voucher covers the cost of the rental, but the imprint may be used to deduct any extra charges due to use or damage of the vehicle.

PRICES & BOOKING INFORMATION

All prices listed are per person and in Euros (EUR).
 
To check availability and prices of room combinations other than what is listed below, click book now. If you do not find prices for your ideal room combination then please contact us with your requirements and full details of your party.

PRICES: From 1 June to 31 August.
Simple accommodation
Car-type 1 Adult 2 Adults 3 Adults 4 Adults
A € 3235 € 1860 € 1468 € 1437
B € 3524 € 2005 € 1565 € 1510
C € 4016 € 2251 € 1729 € 1633
D € 4076 € 2281 € 1749 € 1648
E € 4864 € 2675 € 2011 € 1845
F € 5354 € 2920 € 2175 € 1967

Standard accommodation
Car-type 1 Adult 2 Adults 3 Adults 4 Adults
A € 3795 € 2166 € 1668 € 1743
B € 4085 € 2311 € 1764 € 1815
C € 4577 € 2557 € 1928 € 1938
D € 4636 € 2587 € 1948 € 1953
E € 5425 € 2981 € 2211 € 2150
F € 5914 € 3226 € 2374 € 2273

Included

  • Accommodation (simple/standard) for 13 nights with continental breakfast
  • Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, CDW and VAT for 12 days
  • FREE use of GPS and two authorized drivers
  • Bus transfer to/from Keflavík Airport
  • Tickets to the ferry Baldur (Breiðafjörður)
  • Detailed road map (1:600.000)
  • Detailed itinerary sent by PDF
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fee

Not included

  • Flight to/from Iceland
  • Meals and drinks at restaurants (unless otherwise stated)
  • Gasoline/petrol
  • Tunnel fees
  • Optional activities  - can be added on request 
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any services not listed above in „Included“

Discounted season
For arrivals in May and September – Save 20%.

Simple accommodation
Car-type 1 Adult 2 Adults 3 Adults 4 Adults
A € 2588 € 1488 € 1175 € 1150
B € 2819 € 1604 € 1252 € 1208
C € 3213 € 1801 € 1383 € 1306
D € 3261 € 1825 € 1399 € 1318
E € 3891 € 2140 € 1609 € 1476
F € 4283 € 2336 € 1740 € 1574

Standard accommodation
Car-type 1 Adult 2 Adults 3 Adults 4 Adults
A € 3036 € 1733 € 1334 € 1394
B € 3268 € 1849 € 1412 € 1452
C € 3661 € 2045 € 1543 € 1551
D € 3709 € 2069 € 1559 € 1563
E € 4340 € 2385 € 1769 € 1720
F € 4731 € 2581 € 1900 € 1818


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Children

  • Children age 0 – 2: Free of charge
  • Children age 3-11: Simple: EUR 340 per child sharing room with adult. 
    Standard: EUR 460 per child sharing room with adult.
  • Children age 12+: Full price

Rooms

  • 1 Person = Single room
  • 2 Sharing = One twin/double room
  • 3 Sharing = Triple room
  • 4 Sharing = Two twin/double rooms

Booking

After booking a holiday package with Icelandguest.com, you will be contacted by email within two working days by your designated travel consultant, who will assist with your booking and serve as your point of contact for any travel needs during your stay. The email will include the full name and direct contact information for your travel consultant along with information about your booking, payment and what to expect during your holiday.

We recommend booking at least three weeks in advance.

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Travel Documents

For all car rental packages, we provide the following travel documents:
  • Pro-forma and confirmation invoices
  • Booking overview with information about all your services in Iceland
  • Electronic vouchers for each of your services
  • Full itinerary
  • Map of Iceland with your route, accommodations and interesting highlights marked
  • Information booklet about driving in Iceland
  • More detailed itinerary including a list of optional activities and attractions in Iceland as well as general information about travelling around Iceland

Delivery of travel documents

Travel documents will be delivered as follows:
  • At time of deposit payment: You will receive the pro-forma invoice by email.
  • Within 30 days of deposit payment: You will receive the full itinerary by email.
  • At time of full payment: You will receive the confirmation invoice and all vouchers by email.
  • Within 14 days of full payment: Road map and information booklet about driving in Iceland will be sent by post

Please note that we must use the billing address of the credit card holder as the shipping address for the road map and information booklet. If the package is booked less than one month in advance of departure, you will instead receive these items at your first accommodation in Reykjavík.
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