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The full tour of Iceland and its fjords

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Tour Details

Iceland is a « gigantic small country » according to the variety and the riches of its landscapes. This large tour in Iceland will allow you to discover the most beautiful sites of the country and will also lead you along spectacular roads to less known location that are as much fascinating, with powerful waterfalls, placid lakes, tumultuous rivers, impressive mountains, rugged lava fields, gigantic glaciers and volcanos…

This tour in Iceland will allow you to enjoy this diversity along a tailor-made itinerary that offers minimal driving and maximal sites seeing, with enough time to have a close look at the local fauna and flora during the best season, under the omnipresent lights of the midnight sun in Mays and June, until the return of the first northern lights in September.


Highlights of this trip
  • A comprehensive itinerary. If London is not just Buckingham Palace and Paris the Champs Elysées, Iceland is not only the land of Geysir and the Golden Circle. It offers a whole panorama of places where each region is an opportunity for new discoveries: deep fjords, deserted beaches, powerful waterfalls, peaceful lakes, tumultuous rivers, imposing mountains, rough lava fields without forgetting the immense glaciers and volcanoes . With this itinerary which includes the West Fjords and goes around the island, you will be able to discover the most famous sites and get a glimpse of the most remote and wild regions. A great tour for those who want to see everything…. or almost.
  • A personalized stay. Whether in terms of activities, accommodation or sites to visit, we offer a trip that suits your needs and your budget. Our accommodations are atypical, warm and intended to make you discover the country in the most comfortable possible way. We make sure that you are in contact with the locals and their daily lives. We avoid standardized hotel chains.
  • A trip at your own pace. Our goal is to make you discover Iceland in the most beautiful way, at a pleasant pace, without hurrying and without traveling too many kilometers every day. Our stays are truly tailor-made according to your desires. We take into account what you like to do on a trip and offer a circuit with stages intended to make the most of your visits, in the most beautiful natural sites of the country.
Our commitments
  • A selection of partners engaged in more responsible tourism.
  • A real tailor-made trip designed for you.
  • Refund of excursions not carried out for reasons beyond your control (weather, cancellation by the service provider).
  • The option to request a change in the booking of your accommodation, subject to availability.
  • The guarantee of working with a local agency.
  • We are contributing to the reforestation of Iceland with the planting of around 1 tree for 4 people.


  • Nights in guesthouse, room with mix of private and share bathroom (Superior category or 100% private bathroom on request).
  • Buffet breakfast. Our accommodation sometimes offer a kitchen and / or hot bath on site. Bedsheets and towels are provided. We try to choose as much as possible eco-friendly accommodation.
  • Rental car with unlimited mileage, taxes and SCDW insurance included, refund of the deductible 0 €. Vehicle picked up and drop off at Keflavik Airport. 2x4 or 4x4 depending on demand or season.
  • Ferry fare car + passengers from Sneafellsnes to the West fjords
  • 1 entry per person to the natural baths of Mývatn
  • 1 whale watching excursion per person to observe humpback whales. Warm clothes provided and a hot drink offered. Approximate duration 3h.
  • Optional: walk on the glacier, horseback riding, snowmobile, kayaking, diving, rafting ... Booking dinners to be paid on site.
  • Personalized travel book. Includes a general presentation of Iceland, various tips and a day-by-day program including supplies, suggestions for visits, advice for walks and hikes, as well as a detailed information for each accommodation. Map 1: 600,000 and hiking maps.
  • Our contact and locale assistance

Not included

  • International flight from 200 € departing from Europe
  • Meals other than breakfast, petrol
  • Personal cancellation and repatriation insurance
  • Optional: Additional of 2nd driver supplement between 25 and 40 € to be paid only at the rental agency.

D1: Welcome to Iceland

Your itinerary is given as an indication. We can arrange this self-drive trip according to the time you have, with a minimum stay of 16 days. It is a very rich and dense itinerary, do not hesitate if you can, to add two or three more days to make the most of this route.

Upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you pick up your rental vehicle and head to your accommodation, located in the heart of the Golden Circle.

For late arrivals, it’s possible to stay near the airport, by the coast. Driving distance between 5 and 120 kms depending on the arrival time.

D2: Discovery of the Golden Circle

Today is dedicated to the visit of the Golden Circle and its three emblematic sites: Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir. You start at the footstep of Gullfoss, one of the most powerful and beautiful waterfalls in the country, before continuing towards the famous Geysir, to let yourself be surprised by the power and spontaneity of its geyser. Finally, you can walk in the middle of the lava formations where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates separate, in the heart of the Þingvellir national park, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. From there, you can take the beautiful Kaldidalur route which will allow you to reach the Reykholt region where your accommodation is located.

Driving distance approx. 250 kms. 

D3 and 4: Splendid Snaefellsnes peninsula

After a detour to the Hraunfossar waterfall and a stop in Borgarnes, you head to the Snaefellsnes peninsula. You have two days to enjoy the many invigorating walks by the sea and admire the wild beauty of the landscapes of the peninsula. From the small black church of Búðir, surrounded by vast lava fields, to the path along the cliffs in the village of Arnastarpi to the pebble beaches of Djupalonssandur, you are in the heart of a concentrated of Iceland, which will continue along the Northern coast with the amazing Kirkjufell mountain and the small fishing port of Stykkisholmur.

2 nights in the town of Stykkisholmur. Driving distance approx. 200 kms per day. 

D5: Time stand still on Flatey island

Today morning, you embark on a ferry to the West fjords that you’ll reach in the afternoon with on the way, a stop on the island of Flatey. Without car allowed on the island, you can explore it on foot while observing the many bird species living on the island far away from civilization. You will reach the other side of the bay around 6 pm and have an hour drive, to reach your accommodation located near the famous cliffs of Latrabjarg.

Driving distance approx. 100 kms. 

D6: High cliffs and puffins

The entire day will be devoted to observe the millions of sea birds nesting in the gigantic cliffs of Latrabjarg, puffins are the stars of course, but you will also discover other species such as guillemots and gulls. The surroundings have as well some magnificent white sand beaches where you can walk alone in the world.

Driving distance approx. 40 kms. 

D7: On the way to Isafjördur

You take the road along a superb scenic road recently renovated that winds through this very isolated and wild region, where it is not rare to hear or see an arctic fox. Along the way, be sure to admire the stunning Dynjandi waterfalls and enjoy the picturesque little sleepy villages. End of the day in the charming town of Ísafjörður, renowned for its gastronomy. 

Driving distance approx. 200 kms.

D8: Between fjords and deserted valley

Today you will hit the road again and drive along new fjords, each of them offering diversity and dramatic landscapes. Do not miss a stop in the beautiful Heydalur valley, to enjoy its natural hot baths or why not a sea kayaking trip before reaching Holmavik, a little town known for its witchcraft museum. You will discover many interesting facts and stories about magic and Icelandic traditions. The night will be spent in the surroundings.

Driving distance approx. 230 kms. 

D9: Discreet Vatnsnes peninsula

It’s time to leave the fjords and reach road n°1, not for long as you’ll be following a small road, along the coast of the Vatnsnes peninsula. You can make several stops to enjoy the viewpoints. Do not miss the majestic rock formation Hvitserkur, some of which say that it is a petrified troll… We recommend a walk along the beach most likely under the eyes of the largest seals colony in the country living there. Night in the surroundings of Varmahlíð.

Driving distance approx. 300 kms.

D10:History and traditions on the Trollaskagi peninsula

You start the day with a visit to the famous traditional turf houses at farms of Glaumbaer, before continuing to the charming village of Siglufjordur where you can enjoy lunch time to visit its picturesque town center. In the afternoon, you embark on a 3-hours whale watching excursion to observe humpback whales in the fjord before spending the evening in Akureyri, the capital of the North. Night in the surroundings. 

D11 and 12:Volcanism around Lake Myvatn

On the way to Myvatn, make a stop at the beautiful waterfall of Godafoss (the waterfall of the gods). The region of Myvatn offers several interesting volcanic sites. The area is located 65°6 north right on the Mid-Atlantic ridge emerging in Iceland. This ridge spreads apart the American and European tectonic plates 2cm a year… this is why volcanism is so active in this region constantly moving. Choose between Hverfell’s crater, Krafla caldera, the mud puddles of Namaskard or the lava castles of Dimmuborgir… On one evening, enjoy a relaxing moment at Myvatn Nature Baths. 2 night in Myvatn by the lake.

Driving distance approx. 100 kms on the first day and 20 kms on the second day. 

D13:Visit of the Diamond Circle

Today you’re heading towards the canyon of the Jokulsa river, to discover Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. A stop at the most isolated farm on the way and you enter the East fjords. Possible walks around lake Lagarfljót in the vicinity of Egilsstaðir, where there are many sites of interest, including the superb Hengifoss waterfall and Hallormsstadhur, the country’s largest forest.

Night in Eskifjordur. Driving distance approx. 250 kms. 

D14:Astonishing East Fjords

Road along the picturesque villages of the East located between sea and mountain, the kingdom of the Elves where you will have the opportunity to make superb hikes between sea and mountains. Many species of birds are present, but also the polar fox and the reindeer. Numerous streams and small waterfalls run down the slopes among mosses and cottongrass. Take the time to appreciate the deserted pebble beaches, and the small fishing villages that are the attraction of the region.

Night in the region of Höfn. Driving distance approx. 250 kms. 

D15:Close to the glacier and icebergs

Road to the famous Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Take time to admire the icebergs throwing themselves into the ocean and walk along the famous Diamond Beach where the glare of the ice contrasts with the black of the sand. Afternoon in the heart of Skaftafell National Park, an oasis of greenery in the heart of vast desert areas. You are here as close as possible to the glacier with many possible walks, in particular to the very beautiful Svartifoss waterfall.

Night in the surroundings of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Driving distance approx. 200 kms. 

D16:Along the South Coast

Continuing on the road N°1, you drive across some immense lava fields, vestiges of an explosion of the Laki volcano, impressive! Stop at Vik known for its beautiful black sand beach. You continue with a nice walk on Reynisfjara beach, offering an amazing landscape of basalt columns. A few kilometers further, you can admire the sublime landscape around the top of the imposing cliffs of Dyrholaey! You end the day with a stop at both Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.

Night in the surroundings of Hella. Driving distance approx. 250 kms.

D17:Beautiful city of Reykjavik

Arrival in Reykjavik in the morning. Discover the charms of the Icelandic capital. Stroll along its narrow alleys, admire the colorful facades of its houses, discover its old harbor which once housed whaling trawlers and today, the boats that go on whale watching excursions. Pass by its must-see monuments such as the new Harpa concert hall, the Alþingi parliament or the majestic Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral. Free evening to enjoy the local gastronomy in the Icelandic capital. For an early morning flight you can spend the night near the airport. 

D18:Flight Departure

Drive to the international airport and return flight home. 


Good to know

  • Itinerary : on this self-drive tour we create a tailor-made itinerary following the length of your stay in Iceland and your personal interest according to our knowledge of the country as travel agency. A day by day itinerary will be given on a indicative basis and accommodations will be booked for you in advance. We provide you with all necessary maps and a trip information package with practical information that allows you to enjoy your vacation in the best possible way; tips on where to buy food, good restaurants, places to go – places to avoid, inescapable sites, our personal knowledge of Iceland and our experience as a local travel agent.
  • Transport : For this self-drive we usually advice to rent a berline instead of a 4×4 only necessary on gravel roads for the highlands but not needed on paved road, except if you request something special.
  • Accommodation: We work as a priority with accommodation such as charming guesthouse or B&B, chosen for their comfort, hospitality and location, in relation with your itinerary. As the choice can be limited in some regions of the country, it is important to book your stay as soon as possible to benefit from the largest possible offer. In any case, we avoid standardized hotels. It is possible to choose other types of accommodation during your stay, 3/4 * hotel or camping. Contact us for any specific request.
  • Period to travel: we offer this itinerary from May to September. 

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