Please note that the route can change due to weather and/or road conditions.
Grand Tour of Iceland & West Fjords
The trip of a lifetime. Travel all around Iceland, including often bypassed West Fjords. Explore the land of fire, ice, wind, stones and elves.
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If Iceland has been your dream destination for a while, this tour will definitely fulfill your expectations. You have a chance to visit all the major sites and explore diverse landscapes with their natural wonders. The popular Golden Circle is served at the very beginning. It takes in Þingvellir National Park, Geysir and “The Golden Falls” - Gullfoss. The South Coast reveals ice capped dramatic volcanoes, cliffs with inhabiting them puffins, black sand beaches and much more. You visit surrealistic Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon with the luminous-blue floating icebergs. The East Fjords where little charming fishing villages are hidden deeper in the fjords and backed by sheer-sided mountains with endless waterfalls are on your way too. The North of the country is mainly represented by the lake Mývatn, geological and ornithological honeypot, whale-filled bay by Húsavík, and the capital of the North - Akureyri. West Fjords, although located off the beaten path, are definitely not worth to be missed out. Their unspoiled nature, wilderness and rich diversity, with Arctic foxes and puffins on top of it, will completely bedazzle you. At the end, you travel to Snæfellsnes Peninsula that in relatively small area covers varied and fascinating landscape. It became worldwide famous thanks to Jules Verne's novel “Journey to the center of the Earth”, where Snæfellsjökull was believed to be a gateway to this center.
What's included in the Grand Tour of Iceland & West Fjords tour?
Included in this tour
- Pickup & return from hotel in Reykjavík area (8:00 - 18:00)
- 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
- 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 tour day-by-day
You pick up your car in Reykjavík and drive a short distance to Thingvellir National Park. It is a UNESCO site where the Vikings established world's first democratic parliament 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 Almannagja gorge. Next you drive via Laugarvatn where geothermal bath Fontana Spa is, up to Geysir. It is 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. In only 10-min driving distance there is Gullfoss, or “The Golden Fall”, spectacular double cascade waterfall. Accommodation in the area.
Driving distance is +-140km.
The South Coast and its various popular attractions are the goal of today. Firstly, stop by 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 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 Dyrhólahey. 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 visit a little charming community of Vík, and then continue driving further to the East. Overnight stay in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.
Driving distance is +-213km.
Skaftafell - Jökulsárlón
Stunning scenery of looming glacier will immediately bring your attention. Stop by in Skaftafell, a pearl of the whole Vatnajökull National Park. You can 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. Overnight stay in Höfn area.
Driving distance is +-204km.
It is a day of the East Fjords exploration. 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 Seydisfjordur. 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.
Dettifoss - Mývatn
Today you drive to the lake Mývatn, geological and ornithological honeypot. On the way, you make a detour to the North to reach the gigantic Dettifoss, one of Iceland's most impressive waterfalls. The area of Mývatn 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 +-223km.
Mývatn - Húsavík
Spend this day on exploring the northern surroundings of the Lake Mývatn. 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 magnificent Dettifoss. Stay another night in Mývatn area.
Driving distance is +-237km.
Akureyri - Skagafjörður
As you begin driving 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 continue driving to the capital of the North. Akureyri, is Iceland's second city. 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. If you are rather fond of the nature than the cities, shorten your stay in Akureyri and head up to Tröllaskagi Peninsula. Tröllaskagi offers dramatic scenery with monumental mountains emerging nearly directly from the sea. Overnight stay in Skagafjörður area.
Driving distance is +-209km.
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.
The road curves along the fjords offering you some 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 +-238km.
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 Arnarstapi 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 +-170km.
Borgarfjörður - Reykjavík
Before returning to Reykjavík, you explore Borgarfjörður region. There is an option to visit an interesting Settlement Centre in Borgarnes. Then you drive inland to Europe's biggest hot springs, Deildartunguhver. Just around the corner, further to the East, there is a little town of Reykholt. It used to be one of the most important medieval settlements in Iceland. You continue driving to Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by a collection of the streams from the lava field from an eruption of one of the Langjökull volcanoes. The nearby area of Húsafell, with its mild weather, forest and hot springs, attracts many visitors, incl. Icelanders keen on camping in here. You arrive in Reykavík in the evening.
Driving distance is +-306km.
Please note that the route can change due to weather and/or road conditions.