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8-Day Off The Beaten Path Tour | Ring Road & Westfjords Adventure

Set off on a road trip like no other with this thrilling 8-day tour of Iceland’s most magnificent sights along Route 1, and explore the wild Westfjords too!

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Take a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Iceland as we visit the country’s most incredible sights on this action-packed 8-day adventure. After 2 days spent admiring Iceland´s most visited attraction you will head to the most remote parts of Iceland – East, North & Westfjords.

Witness countless natural wonders as we tour the Golden Circle and Kerið on the first day, staying overnight in the “hot spring town” of Hveragerði. On Day 2, you’ll see the sensational South Coast, with its non-stop parade of waterfalls, glaciers and black sand beaches.

After an overnight stay in the countryside, you’ll explore the jaw-dropping Jökulsárlón “glacier lagoon” and Diamond Beach. Heading east, the majestic mountain Vestrahorn, the iconic lighthouse at Hvalnes and the historic port of Djúpivogur will feed your Insta! After weaving through the epic Eastfjords, we’ll spend the night in Egilsstaðir. 

Day 4 will take us to Mývatn with stops at Stuðlagil Canyon and Dettifoss, Europe’s biggest waterfall! We’ll also stop at Hverir, Dimmuborgir and Goðafoss before an overnight stay in Akureyri.

Day 5 journeys from North Iceland to an overnight stay in Borgarnes, with visits to Varmahlíð, Hvítserkur and the Kolugljúfur canyon. From Borgarnes, we’ll head to the Westfjords for a thrilling three-day tour.

You’ll see teeming bird colonies at Látrabjarg, the colorful beaches at Rauðasandur and the epic waterfalls of Dynjandi, with overnight stops in Patreksfjörður Area and town of Ísafjörður, the capital of the Westfjords.

Then we’ll return to the capital via road crossing Seven Fjords, having seen Iceland’s most remarkable natural marvels!

Day 1 | Golden Circle & Kerid Volcanic Crater

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Your Route 1 adventure begins with a pick-up from your accommodation in Reykjavík and a scenic drive to visit Iceland’s most famous trio of treasures! The Golden Circle is close to the capital, so it won’t be long before we arrive at the first stop, Þingvellir National Park. The early Vikings gathered for summer festivals and made their laws in this spectacular location. You’ll see gigantic cracks running through Þingvellir – that’s the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which marks the boundary between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. That means you can stand between two continents here!

Then you’ll enjoy the sight of Geysir, the OG (original geyser) of all gushers worldwide! Superheated water and steam vapor fountains soar into the air every few minutes – you’ll get some fantastic pictures here! From there, it’s a short hop to Gullfoss (the Golden Falls). You’ll be amazed by seeing an enormous thirty-meter-high two-tier waterfall tumbling into a dark canyon. Of course, if it’s sunny, you’ll see rainbows here too! 

Then we’ll go south towards the coast, but there’s one more treat for you – visiting the multicolored crater at Kerið. The velvet-green mosses that line the red earth rocks contrast beautifully with the bright blue lake in the crater for incredible views.

We’ll spend the night in the hot spring town of Hveragerði, where you’ll find restaurants and bars – an ideal way to unwind after your first day of exploring Iceland!

Optional Activity (no pre-booking required):

GEOTHERMAL
HOT TUBS
GEOTHERMAL
HOT TUBS
GEOTHERMAL
HOT TUBS
GEOTHERMAL
HOT TUBS

After exploring four incredible attractions located on the Golden Circle Route you will arrive in Hveragerði, a town renowned for its vibrant geothermal activity. Not only will you have the chance to witness a smaller version of Geyser, but you can also indulge in a relaxing dip in the warm, naturally heated waters.

Be sure to pack your swimwear and end your day in the famous Icelandic geothermal pools! There is no better way to enhance your evening! Hot Tubs are located at or by your hotel and entrance is included.

OVERNIGHT STAY IN HVERAGERDI

Town famous for Geothermal Activity

Day 2 | The South Coast of Iceland

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The second tour day takes you to the stunning South Coast, where you’ll be treated to astonishing waterfalls, gleaming glaciers, and beautiful black sand beaches.

Seljalandsfoss comes first – a towering cascade that tumbles off a 60-meter cliff into a plunge pool, with an enormous cave behind the waters that you can walk around in good conditions. Gljúfrabúi, a secret waterfall hiding behind huge green rocks in a little canyon, is just a few minutes away. We’ll show you where to find it!

Our next stop is Skógafoss, one of the most famous waterfalls in the world, featured in Hollywood movies and TV shows. Glacial meltwater crashes down from 60 meters high, and you can get very close if you don’t mind getting wet! There are also spectacular viewpoints from above the falls if you don’t mind climbing some steps.

Iceland is famous for its black volcanic sand beaches, so we’ll take you to Reynisfjara, named by National Geographic as one of the world’s finest beaches! Beautiful basalt columns line the cliffs, and you’ll be amazed by the Reynisdrangar, towering fingers of black volcanic rock looming offshore!

Optional Activity:

GLACIER HIKE
GLACIER HIKE
GLACIER HIKE

The South Coast has several glaciers, including Sólheimajökull. On this optional tour activity, you can closely encounter this natural marvel on an exciting three-hour glacier hike (minimum age is 8 years old)

So strap on some crampons and explore its jaw-dropping crevasses and fascinating ice formations!

  • From: kr.12.900,0

OVERNIGHT STAY ON THE COUNTRYSIDE

You will stay in a cozy country hotel located just few kilometres away from the Glacier Lagoon

Day 3 | Into the East

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As we head east, you’ll notice fewer people, more sheep, and the vastness of Vatnajökull National Park appearing ahead. The “Water Glacier” covers 10% of Iceland, and its glacier tongues reach far down from its frosty peak. One of these ends close to the Ring Road, a perfect place to see icebergs calve into a spectacular lagoon called Jökulsárlón. The “Glacier Lagoon” is filled with glittering icebergs floating serenely out to sea, leading to the stunning Diamond Beach. Walk across black volcanic sands and see how the bergs are carved into fabulous little fragments by the wind and the waves. It’s an unforgettable experience to walk on this beach! 

Our next stop is Vestrahorn, a majestic mountain and one of the most photographed peaks in Iceland. On clear days, the views are breathtaking, with towering pinnacles high above a black sand beach.

We’ll then make our way through the Eastfjords along scenic coastal roads with a photo stop at the Hvalnes lighthouse. We’ll also visit Djúpivogur, one of the oldest ports in the country.

Optional Activities

AMPHIBIOUS
BOAT TOUR
AMPHIBIOUS
BOAT TOUR
AMPHIBIOUS
BOAT TOUR

If you want a closer look at the icebergs in the Glacier Lagoon, you can take a thrilling 45-minute amphibious boat tour at Jökulsárlón. Imagine being that close to an iceberg!

  • From: kr.6.300,0
VÖK FLOATING
POOLS
VÖK FLOATING
POOLS

If you want to relax after fun-filled day, you can visit Vök Baths. You’ll discover beautiful geothermally-heated infinity pools floating in a freshwater lake, merging mysteriously into the landscape.

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OVERNIGHT STAY IN EGILSSTAÐIR

The Capital of East Iceland

Day 4 | Stuðlagil, Lake Mývatn, and Waterfalls

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Close to Egilsstaðir, the first stop is the stunning Stuðlagil Canyon. Here you’ll see an incredible collection of multicolored basalt columns lining a glacial river, twisting in all directions. From there, we’ll drive through the stark beauty of the landscapes on the way to Lake Mývatn, featuring some astonishing sights.

Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfalls in Europe. A hundred meters wide, milky glacial waters thunder down more than forty meters. It’s also known as the “King of Waterfalls” – you’ll feel the earth tremble here! Nearby, there’s another impressive waterfall called Selfoss, a ten-meter cascade that is just as wide as Dettifoss.

Before we arrive at Mývatn, you’ll see Hverir, a fizzing geothermal area filled with bubbling mud pools and steaming fumaroles that look like you’ve landed on another planet! Next, we’ll visit Dimmuborgir, an enormous lava field filled with astonishing rock formations that look like ruined castles. Dimmuborgir means “Dark City” and you’ll understand why when you see this stunning landscape.

Mývatn is one of the largest lakes in Iceland, a magnet for thousands of migrating birds every year. After a scenic drive around the lake, we’ll head to Goðafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods.

Optional Activity

FOREST
LAGOON
FOREST
LAGOON
FOREST
LAGOON
FOREST
LAGOON

The spa’s serene setting amidst birch and pine trees makes it truly exceptional.

The Forest Lagoon boasts two pools, with the large pool spanning 530m2 and maintained at a soothing temperature of around 37°C (98.6F), dry sauna & cold pool.

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OVERNIGHT STAY IN AKUREYRI

The Capital of North Iceland

Day 5 | North Iceland

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After a night in fun-filled Akureyri, we’ll head further west across North Iceland with a visit to Varmahlíð, including a photo stop at the traditional turf-roofed church, Víðmýrarkirkja. This is thought to be the prettiest of all the churches of its type in Iceland. Then we’ll turn north to explore the Vatnsnes peninsula, where you’ll see one of Iceland’s most famous sights, the strange rock formation called Hvítserkur. Sculpted by the tremendous force of the sea, this craggy rock looks like a forbidding sea monster standing and drinking from the waves – see what you think! The name translates to “white shirt” in Icelandic, a comical reference to what the seabirds leave behind when they nest here!

Heading south again, we’ll visit the Kolugljúfur canyon and the gorgeous waterfalls at Kolufoss. Beautiful views of the cascades will reward a short walk to the observation platforms. Folk tales tell of a giantess called Kola living in this canyon, and that’s where the name comes from.

Optional Activity

WHALE WATCHING
BOAT TOUR
WHALE WATCHING
BOAT TOUR
WHALE WATCHING
BOAT TOUR
WHALE WATCHING
BOAT TOUR

More than 20 species of whales visit the waters around North Iceland. That makes it one of the best places in the world to see these charismatic creatures in their natural habitat.

So don’t miss this ideal opportunity to see these marine marvels on a 3-hour trip with our whale watching specialists, who know exactly where to find them!

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OVERNIGHT STAY IN BORGARNES

The Capital of West Iceland

Day 6 | Into the Westfjords

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Iceland is filled with magnificent landscapes, as you’ll see on this Grand Tour of the “Land of Fire and Ice.” But there’s one area many people miss, and Lonely Planet recently gave it its “Best in Travel” award.

On the next three days we will travel through the captivating Westfjords region of Iceland. Along the way, we will visit Eiriksstaðir, a Viking heritage museum that showcases the remarkable history of Eirik the Red and his son, Leif the Lucky, who discovered America long before Columbus.

Get ready to be amazed as we make our way to Coastal Cliffs at Breiðafjörður, the entrance to the Westfjords. Here, you’ll be greeted by a stunning bay filled with rocky islands that will take your breath away.

Our adventure truly begins as we embark on a scenic road trip, passing through countless fjords. Along the way, you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring views from the comfort of our bus, with plenty of opportunities to stop and appreciate the incredible landscapes.

Prepare to be captivated as we reach Vatnsfjörður Natural Reserve, where you’ll find the enchanting Þingmanná Waterfalls and a breathtaking canyon. 

Our next stop on the itinerary is the charming Birkimel Bay, where you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and take a dip in the traditional Icelandic pool, known as Krosslaug (Optional). This hidden gem is not your typical spa facility, but rather a natural pools that showcase the beauty of the surrounding landscape. While admission is free, we encourage visitors to support the local Youth Association by making a donation in the provided box near the changing rooms. It’s a chance to have an authentic experience and connect with the heart of Iceland.

As we continue our journey towards the Patreksfjörður area, we’ll be greeted by the awe-inspiring Kleifaheiði mountain range. The road that winds through this majestic landscape holds a special surprise at its summit. Skilled engineers, during their moments of respite, crafted a magnificent 5-meter-tall stone statue called Kleifabúi. This incredible sculpture stands as a symbol of their remarkable achievement and offers a moment of reflection and appreciation for the beauty of nature.

Optional Activity (no pre-booking required):

KROSSLAUG
POOL
KROSSLAUG
POOL
KROSSLAUG
POOL
KROSSLAUG
POOL

Immerse yourself in the true Icelandic experience as you soak in the soothing waters, all while gazing at the breathtaking fjords that embrace you. What’s more, there’s no admission fee, and no need for advanced booking! However, we kindly ask for a donation to support the Youth Society responsible for maintaining this hidden gem. Cash donations in any currency are warmly welcomed and greatly appreciated.

Please bear in mind that this hot spring doesn’t boast luxurious spa amenities. If you wish to swim, please remember to bring your own towel and be prepared to utilize the changing facilities available at local pools. While there are no individual cubicles or lockers, the facilities are segregated by gender for your comfort and convenience.

OVERNIGHT STAY ON THE COUNTRYSIDE

You will stay in a cozy country hotel located in the Patreksfjörður village or nearby

Day 7 | Westfjord Highlights

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From Patreksfjörður, we’ll drive on exciting mountain roads to the famous bird colonies at Látrabjarg. Stopping on the way for photos at the iconic Garðar shipwreck, we’ll soon reach Iceland’s westernmost point, marked by the brightly colored Bjargtangar Lighthouse.  Látrabjarg’s bird-filled cliffs soar more than four hundred meters above the sea. Thousands of birds make their nests here, including puffins (until late August), kittiwakes, cormorants, and fulmars. It’s a wild and windy place with no fences, so watch your step!

On our way back, you’ll see another unusual beach at Rauðisandur. Most Icelandic beaches are made of black volcanic sand, but there aren’t any active volcanoes in the Westfjords anymore, so the sands are red and gold here! Heading deep into the Westfjords, more photo stops will be at Fossfjörður waterfall and the Instagram icon A-House.

The most extraordinary cascade in the Westfjords is next – the astonishing waterfall ladder at Dynjandi! Look up from the parking lot to see a stunning seven-step waterfall tumbling a hundred meters down in a spectacular setting. What’s surprising is that Dynjandi is wider at the bottom than at the top! Known as “The Thunderer,” it’ll make the ground tremble beneath your feet!

From here, we’ll make our way to Ísafjörður, the “capital of the Westfjords,” after a photo stop at Önundarfjörður Pier to enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains. “Ice Fjord” is packed with bars and restaurants, so it’s a great place to spend the night.

OVERNIGHT STAY IN ÍSAFJÖRÐUR

We’ll stay in Ísafjörður, the capital of the Westfjords!

Day 8 | Seven Fjords, Wildlife Spotting & a Skywalk at Bolafjall

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The final day of your incredible Icelandic road trip will be full of adventure and stunning landscapes as we embark on a journey through the picturesque Seven Fjords Road. Our first stop will take us through a 5km long tunnel that leads us to the charming fishing town of Bólugnvarvik.

Next, we’ll make our way up the mountain road towards Bolafjall, a majestic peak standing at 638m. Once we reach the top, we’ll be treated to breathtaking views from a viewing platform built over steep cliffs. It’s the perfect spot to take in the dramatic beauty of the surrounding landscape.

As we head back towards Ísafjörður, we won’t miss the opportunity to visit the enchanting Ósvör Fishing Village. This collection of turf-roofed buildings is a true gem, offering a glimpse into the rich history of the area. And don’t forget to stop by Óshólaviti Lighthouse, a beacon of light guiding ships to safety.

Leaving Ísafjörður behind, the journey continues with awe-inspiring views at every turn. As we wind our way up and down seven magnificent fjords, you’ll be treated to unforgettable vistas. Looking north, the famous wildlife preserve of Hornstrandir and the vast Arctic Ocean come into view. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive Arctic

Keep your eye out for Arctic foxes in this area. These tough cookies are the only native land mammal in Iceland, so ask permission to pass through if you see one! If you won´t have luck, you can still meet them at Arctic Fox Center and contribute to their protection. Along the way, you’ll also enjoy astonishing views of the fjords, mountains, and glaciers that make up the elemental landscapes of the Westfjords, the oldest part of Iceland. There aren’t many people here (just 7,000), but you’ll see seals instead at Hvitanes and many other amazing sights from the scenic viewpoints at the end of each fjord. Depending on the weather, we’ll pick the best ones on the day.

There’s also an intriguing honeycomb rock formation at Steinninn í Skötufirði, so we’ll stop there for photos. As we leave the Westfjords, we’ll stop at Gervidalsá to see a beautiful waterfall close to the road.

On our way back to Reykjavík (ETA 8-9 pm), we’ll stop at Grábrók Volcanic Craters. Take a moment to stretch your legs as you climb up the stairs to reach the multiple viewing platforms. You won’t be disappointed!

This will be the last stop on your unforgettable eight-day adventure exploring the famous Ring Road and the wild Westfjords – it might just be the best road trip you’ll ever take!

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DURATION
8 DAYS

MINIMUM AGE
5 YEARS OLD

AVAILABILITY:
JUN-SEP

FREE CANCELLATION:
24 HOURS PRIOR TRAVEL

DIFFICULTY:
RELAXED/MODERATE

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Proper footwear when walking on uneven and slippery surfaces increases your safety and comfort. Please note, that you can be banned from participating in glacier activities when not wearing required shoes. If you do not own proper footwear (solid shoes reaching above your ankle) you can rent them during booking process

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Each guests can bring one small carry-on and checked-in size luggage. For your convenience, it is recommended that you pack lightly for this tour, in a small suitcase or backpack
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When you complete your booking, you’ll be asked to choose a pick up and drop off location. Where possible, we will collect you directly from your hotel.

Some parts of the city have traffic restrictions, so you’ll need to go to a designated bus stop for collection instead if your hotel is in that area.

This link will tell you which bus stop is closest to your accommodation.

There’s a 30-minute window for collection while we pick up other passengers from their locations.

At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off at the same place unless you choose to get off at another stop instead – that’s your choice! Drop off can also take up to 30 minutes.

Iceland’s weather is famously unpredictable, so you’ll need to prepare appropriately, whatever the time of year for your tour.

That means choosing the right clothes (light layers), shoes (sturdy and waterproof) and coats (windproof & waterproof). And not wearing jeans, just in case it rains!

We’ve prepared a detailed guide for you to read, full of tips and tricks to help you know what to wear, what to bring and what to leave behind! 

If you’re booking a multi-day tour of up to three days, the maximum “carry-on” bag size is 22 inches (56 x 45 x 25 cm or 22 x 18 x 10 inches)

If your multi-day tour is longer than three days, then your ticket includes “carry-on” (see above) and 24 inch “checked” baggage sized no bigger than 60 x 41 x 23 cm (24 x 16.4 x 9.2 inches)

For shorter tours, you can choose to add “checked” baggage for an additional fee during the booking process.

If you want to guarantee bringing a larger bag on a shorter tour, it is best to book in advance. Oversized luggages can not be taken on board but need to be stored prior the tour at either our office or at one of the public luggage lockers dotted across Reykjavík (CHECK LOCATIONS & PRICES).

If you wish to store your luggage at our office please contact us by email at nicetravel@nicetravel.is

At Nicetravel, we choose our overnight accommodations with care to make the best use of your time in Iceland, with reasonable drive times between stops.

You’ll enjoy a private room with en suite bathroom facilities and breakfast, WiFi, towels and, in most cases, a kettle for a morning brew.

Outside the capital, most Icelandic hotels are comfortable and unfussy, with friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable staff.

Enjoy the scenery while relaxing at the end of each day!

Hotel rooms are sold based on two adults sharing, so single-room occupancy is more expensive as a result.

If you are a solo traveler, we will not assign you a room with a stranger, so the single supplement fee becomes applicable.

If you are two people traveling together and staying in the same room but paying separately, the single supplement fee is not applicable.

Simply add the name of your travel companion in the “special requirements” section when completing your booking.

For couples or groups traveling together, rooms will be assigned according to the number of people who have booked together.

Depending on availability at each location, you may request twin beds if that is your preference.

Larger groups will be accommodated in combinations of triple, double and twin rooms – three people in a triple room, four people in two doubles or twin rooms, five people in one triple and one double, and so on.

If a person in your group would prefer a single room, you must select “single supplement fee” for them when booking.

Solo travelers must pay a single supplement fee in all instances.

Breakfast is included at each overnight location, featuring bread and butter, preserves, boiled eggs, cooked meats, fruits, yoghurts, tea, and coffee.

All other meals are at your own expense.

As the tour continues around the country, you can grab lunch and dinner at each of the scheduled stops, and we’ll offer recommendations if you want them!

Yes. We monitor the weather and road conditions on the tour route to maximize your chance to see Iceland’s attractions at their best.

That means we may change the order or timing of the stops to take advantage of the weather (avoiding rain or snow showers where possible) and “golden hour” photo opportunities.

If we receive a weather alert from the Icelandic Meteorological Office or roads are closed by the local authorities, we must cancel tours for your safety.

Iceland’s weather is very changeable, meaning changes may occur quickly. If we have to cancel tours, we will send you an email notification immediately.

So please check your email inbox before heading out to the collection point, particularly if the weather looks bad in the city.

Sometimes the weather is worse outside the city, or vice versa!

On average, we will cover 200-300 kilometers each day, with four to five hours of driving.

We schedule our tours as evenly as possible, with driving distances between each stop varying from 45 minutes to a couple of hours.

You’ll have around 30 to 60 minutes to explore each location, with most attractions just a short walk from the parking lot.

As with everything in Iceland, the precise timings of the tour will depend on weather and road conditions on the day, as our priority is to keep you safe while exploring Iceland.

If you want to bring small children on our tours, we will provide booster seats to ensure their safety and comfort.

Important: bringing children younger than the minimum age stated for each trip is not permitted; please check carefully before submitting your booking.

Please contact us by email (nicetravel@nicetravel.is) at least 12 hours in advance, with the subject line “Booster seat + your booking reference number”.

After the final stop on the tour, we will return to the city. There is no specific time or drop off location – this can differ from the pick up spot. 

You’re free to ask the guide to drop you off in the city center, or back at your collection point, whichever is the most convenient for your evening plans.

You can expect to be dropped off within 30 minutes after the scheduled end of the tour.

All our scheduled group tours are guided in English. Though it is possible to book a private tour guided in other languages. We will try to accommodate your request the best we can!

 

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