Please note that the route can change due to weather and/or road conditions.
Grand Tour of Iceland, West Fjords & Highland Highlights
The entire Iceland in one trip! Explore the popular attractions along the Ring Road, marvelous West Fjords and venture off the beaten track interior highlands.
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This is a trip of a lifetime! Iceland's stunning natural beauty will simply take your breath away. You travel the clear path that ploughs all around the island, combining many of its highlights. You get to see an infamous Eyjafjallajökull that paralyzed air traffic in 2010, black beach nearby Vík, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon with the floating luminous-blue icebergs, geological and ornithological honeypot of the lake Mývatn and many more. The real adventure, however, starts when you break up the journey along the Ring Road, and explore memorable detours. Interior highlands daze you with their colorful rhyolite mountains mingled with steaming hot springs and cerulean blue lakes. Also, Westfjords with their stunning landscapes and unspoiled nature touch your heart and steal its part forever. Fulfill the dream of getting to know the ins and outs of Iceland on this tour.
What's included in the Grand Tour of Iceland, West Fjords & Highland Highlights tour?
Included in this tour
- Pickup & return from hotel in Reykjavík area
- Rental car with unlimited mileage, CDW insurance
- Breakfast (except for dormitory accommodation)
- WiFi connectivity in the car
- Map of Iceland and detailed itinerary of your tour
- Pamphlet about driving in Iceland
- Optional meeting with travel consultant
- 24 hour emergency service
- Taxes & service fees
Not included in this tour
- Winter transport to Þórsmörk - needed from 16th October to 30th April
- Gasoline / Diesel
- Personal Travel Insurances
- Additional activities
- Meals or drinks
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- Parking and road tunnel fees
- Ferry cost between Brjánslækur and Stykkishólmur
- Any services not listed under list of included items
Explore the Grand Tour of Iceland, West Fjords & Highland Highlights tour day-by-day
You begin the tour by driving along the Ring Road up to a spectacular Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It tumbles over rocky scarp into a pool, leaving some room between the water and the wall, for the stirring walks behind the waterfall. Then you continue driving inland, along the rough gravel road. After the bare land, you suddenly enter a green paradise of Þórsmörk Nature Reserve. It has one of Iceland’s most dynamic and beautiful landscapes, where active volcanoes and towering glaciers rise above the lush green valleys below. Feast your eyes on the breathtaking scenery and try out one of several hiking trails. You also have a chance to see an infamous Eyjafjallajökull that paralyzed air traffic in 2010, and affected by the eruption volcanic area of Gígjökull where its glacier lagoon was greatly diminished. Overnight stay in the area.
Driving distance is +-151km.
The South Coast and its various popular attractions are the goal of today. You head towards the East along the main road up to the point when you spot an impressive Skógafoss to the left-hand side, in a little distance from the road. You can take steep stairs up the mountain for a better view from above. Shortly before Vík you can turn up the hill to Dyrhólaey. It dramatically rises above the Vík neighborhood revealing the beautiful overlook of the coast. Puffins are keen on nesting in its bluff cliffs in summer time. After that drive back down the hill to Reynisfjara with its impressive black sandy beach backed by Reynisdrangar, basalt sea stacks emerging from the sea. You can visit a little charming community of Vík. Overnight stay in Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.
Driving distance is +-158km.
Fjallabak N - Landmannalaugar
You head up to the North to Fjallabak Nature Reserve. Landmannalaugar, the pearl of the region, is your aim. Unbelievably colorful mountains with steaming hot springs and black lava fields build up this wonderland. It is also a beginning of famous Laugavegurinn trail. You can stop by Ljótipollur crater and Frostastaðavatn lake, and generally admire this unearthly world. Afterwords, you drive back to the Ring Road. Overnight stay in Kirkjubæjaklaustur area.
Driving distance is +-188km.
Vatnajökull - Jökulsárlón
It is worth to take a stop in Skaftafell, a pearl of the whole Vatnajökull National Park. You might go there on a glacier walk with mountain guides that are based on the spot or simply hit one of the trails, and e.g. to famous Svartifoss waterfall surrounded by basalt columns. After about an hour drive, you finally reach Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. A surrealistic scene of luminous-blue icebergs floating between Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the North Atlantic Ocean through the narrow passage under the Ring Road will take your breath away. You can take a walk along the shore to be able to admire the view. Alternatively, you may take a memorable amphibious boat trip where you get really close to the icebergs as well as to the seals sailing around. Accommodation in Höfn area.
Driving distance is +-204km.
East Fjords - Egilsstaðir
It is the time to explore mysterious East Fjords. If you prefer to reach your accommodation quicker, take a left turn in Breiðdalsvík, which goes behind the mountain straight to Egilsstaðir. Otherwise, drive along the fjords enjoying the little charming fishing villages backed by sheer-sided mountains with endless waterfalls. Either way, you can make a little detour from Egilsstaðir to Seyðisfjordur. Despite of having less than a thousand inhabitants, it is a major port where the only passenger ferry comes from Denmark and Faroe Islands to Iceland. It is also incredibly charming town with its historical multicoloured houses and dramatic snow-capped mountains all around. Overnight stay in Egilsstaðir.
Driving distance is +-187km.
Today you drive to the lake Mývatn, geological and ornithological honeypot. This area serves you diverse landscape of the lake itself created in a large basaltic lava eruption, volcanic craters, ex. Krafla or Hverfell, and peculiar lava formations of Dimmuborgir. You can also soothe the senses in the Mývatn Nature Baths, geothermal natural pool, northern Iceland's version of the Blue Lagoon. Overnight stay in Mývatn area.
Driving distance is +-175km.
East Highlands - Askja - Mývatn
It is the time for the highlands adventure. You firstly drive a bit back to the East, and then to the South through the bare land up to majestic Askja. It is an utterly desolate volcanic caldera, filled up with water that forms Öskjuvatn, second deepest lake in Iceland. On the side of it, there is a little tephra crater Víti with sapphire-blue geothermal water. Enjoy the hike in this picturesque surrounding and consider a bath in Víti pool. If you have enough time, you can also visit the new lava field in Holuhraun, north of Vatnajökull and the unique Kverkfjöll geothermal area located on the glacier. At the end, you drive back to Mývatn and stay there another night.
Driving distance is +-268km.
Mývatn - Húsavík - Ásbyrgi
Explore the northern surroundings of the Lake Mývatn on this day of the tour. Drive to Húsavík, a small beautiful village best known for the whale watching tours. If you decide to take such a tour, keep in mind that it usually takes a few hours. Driving further along the coast you enter Jökuslárgljúfur. It is an effect of subglacial eruptions and massive glacial floods from Vatnajökull that formed an impressive ridge and a 30-km gorge. Ásbyrgi covers its northern part with the large forested plain surrounded by vertical canyon walls. You can find Vesturdalur's caves and beautiful geological formations in the middle section. The southern part is represented by the gigantic Dettifoss, one of Iceland's most impressive waterfalls. Stay another night in Mývatn area.
Driving distance is +-217km.
Akureyri - Skagafjörður
This day is dedicated to the capital of the North. As you drive from Mývatn lake, in a little distance from the Ring Road, before the town, there is a spectacular waterfall. It is called the waterfall of the gods, Góðafoss Waterfall, definitely worth a stop. Then you drive to Akureyri, Iceland's second city, nestled at the head of Eyjafjördur. It is rather a charming town than a city though, which makes it a perfect location for a romantic wander. There is several cozy cafes and gourmet restaurants in the center. Despite of its size, Akureyri is a vivid town hosting many festivals in the summertime. Afterwards, you drive through the mountain passage to your accommodation in Skagafjörður area.
Driving distance is +-262km.
Hólmavík - Strandir
You drive along Hrútafjörður trying to spot some seals that like to come in here. Then you go up North to Hólmavík, the gateway to the West Fjords. You can visit the Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum there or continue driving deeper into the isolated area of Strandir. Many Icelanders travel here to hike or simply experience calm and peace of the region. Accommodation in the area.
Driving distance is +-255km.
Ísafjörður - Bolungarvík
The road curves along the fjords offering truly breathtaking views. You head to Ísafjördur, the capital of the Westfjords and the largest town of the region. You can ramble the streets, enjoying historical 18th century buildings and fine selection of restaurants serving traditional regional food. Despite of the remote location and the small size, Ísafjörður hosts many varied festivals, incl. the mud-soccer one. Just a little further from Ísafjörður, on the fjordhead, there is a small fishing town of Bolungarvík. Overnight stay in the area.
Driving distance is +-236km.
Today you explore many of the spectacular fjords on your way to Patreksfjörður. You pass Hrafnseyri, the birthplace of Jón Sigurdsson, who affected the battle for independence and Dynjandi, the most dramatic and impressive waterfall of the whole peninsula. In beautiful Arnarfjörður we recommend to take a detour and drive all the way to Selárdalur. The final destination is the largest village of the area - Patreksfjörður. Overnight stay in the area.
Driving distance is +-190km.
Látrabjarg - Rauðasandur - Brjánslækur
One of the greatest highlights of the region is scheduled for today. From Patreksfjörður, you drive through a rural area to see the famous bird cliff, Látrabjarg. It is up to 400 meters high, and mobbed by nesting seabirds. You can walk all the way to the edge of the cliff and get really close especially to tame puffins. Látrabjarg is also considered Europe's westernmost point. After enjoying the walk in the roaring bird kingdom, you drive to Rauðasandur. It is a unique beach with red and deep pink sands in contrast to typical for Iceland black ones. From there you continue your ride along the south coast. Overnight stay in the area.
Driving distance is +-148km.
Today morning you take a ferry over to Stykkishólmur in Snæfellsnes via Flatey, a small charming island in Breiðarfjörður. The ferry arrives in Stykkishólmur, an old fishing town with charming colourful houses and fairly good choice of restaurants. The views of dramatic volcanic peaks from one side and lush fjords from the other represent the northern part of the peninsula. You pass by an impressive pyramid called Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. Snæfellsjökull National Park is located at the end of the long arm of the peninsula. There has been numerous legends about this looming glacier and its surroundings. You can visit Búðir, a small historical hamlet seated on the westernmost tip of the peninsula. Then pass impressive rock formations at Arnarstrapi and Hellnar. You continue driving along the broad coastal plain that greatly differs from the northern landscape. Overnight stay in the area.
Driving distance is +-169km.
Firstly, you drive to the South, to Borgarnes, where you can visit interesting Settlement Center. Then you turn inland to Europe´s biggest hot springs, Deildartunguhver. Just around the corner, further to the East, there is a little town of Reykholt, which used to be one of the most important medieval settlements in Iceland. You drive through Húsafell area, with its mild weather, forest and hot springs. Overnight stay in the area.
Driving distance is +-181km.
Kaldidalur - Kjölur
You begin this day by taking rather unknown and unique passage called Kaldidalur. This gravel road that goes at the foot of Langjökull, offers truly breathtaking views of the glacier. Then you head further to the desolate interior, towards Kjölur route. It is a real highlands adventure. In the end, you turn to the road F347 that takes you to the beautiful mountainous area of Kerlingarfjöll. Overnights stay in the area.
Driving distance is +-238km.
Kerlingarfjöll - Hveravellir
Kerlingarfjöll, which is a stunning colourful mountain range in Iceland's interior, offers endless hiking trails. Try yourself in one of them. After you start wasting away, hit the road again, and discover a hidden oasis in this barren land a bit more up North. Hveravellir is a geothermal area of fumaroles and hot springs, where you can relax in a luscious human-made bathing pool. In the evening, come back to Kerlingarfjöll where you stay another night.
Driving distance is +-78km.
Golden Circle - Reykjavík
The Golden Circle is left for the last day like a cherry on a cake. You drive through the Kjölur route to the South. The first highlight of today is Gullfoss, “The Golden Fall”, which is a spectacular double cascade waterfall. In only 10-min driving distance there is Geysir, the famous hot spring that has given name to hot springs all over the world. Geysir had been remaining inactive for years now, but its neighbour Strokkur gushes regularly up to the air. Next you drive to Thingvellir National Park. It is a UNESCO site and a place of Icelandic Parliament foundation in AD 930. Thingvellir is also located in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge caused by the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates separation. You have a chance to walk along the part of it, called Almannagjá gorge. After that, you finish the tour back in Reykjavík.
Driving distance is +-178km.
Please note that the route can change due to weather and/or road conditions.