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This Iceland Full Grand Circle 12+ Day Self Drive itinerary is designed for individuals who wish to journey the well-known Ring Highway of Iceland, taking in the very best websites in 12 days and 11 nights. This itinerary is a mix of common sights, nature and journey. From the mighty glaciers within the south to the scarred fjords within the east to the volcanic areas of the north and the agricultural panorama within the west. This journey has all of it!

On this Self Drive itinerary you’ll drive your entire Ring Highway of Iceland, additionally generally often called the “Grand Circle”, travelling round the entire nation and taking within the highlights in every area.

The journey covers a glacier hike, two of Iceland’s UNESCO World Heritage Websites, the dramatic mountainous surroundings of the Eastfjords, the volcanic area of Mývatn Nature Reserve within the north, large waterfalls, the ever common Golden Circle area, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon located inside Vatnajökull Nationwide Park, geothermal scorching springs, rural villages and even a go to to the volcano that erupted in 2021 (now dormant). In essence, all of the important stops across the ring highway of Iceland.

Tour Length

The itinerary under lasts for 12 days and 11 nights, together with arrival and departure day. When you’ve got time, we additionally advocate including at the least one full additional day in Reykjavík earlier than the tour begins to present you time to discover Reykjavík earlier than embarking in your journey across the island. This is able to enhance the journey to 13 days.

After all, if you wish to add in some additional actions and places, we will simply prolong this journey by as many days as you’ve got out there. Why not try our 14 + Day Prolonged Ring Highway model as a substitute. Simply tell us within the feedback part on the shape.

Conversely, if you happen to favor the journey to be slightly shorter tell us which day you wish to take out and we’ll see if it’s attainable. Nonetheless, because of the journey distance and variety of websites to see, we don’t advocate doing the Ring Highway “Grand Circle” in lower than 10 days in Iceland. When you’ve got much less time, try our Self Drive 9 + Day Better of Iceland itinerary.

The place will we keep?

As you journey across the whole ring highway of Iceland, it’s vital that the lodging you keep in compliments your journey type. Subsequently, we associate with a few of the greatest and most genuine lodging within the nation. From the distant visitor homes like at Resort VOS and Sysló Guesthouse to the extra luxurious resorts resembling Sigló Resort and Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon. Relaxation assured, we solely work with lodging which can be clear, comfy and genuine Icelandic. We consider your resting place every night time ought to at all times add to your expertise.

Full Grand Circle 12 Day, 11 Evening Day Self Drive Itinerary
Tour Highlights

UNESCO World Heritage Websites of the Þingvellir Nationwide Park & Vatnajökull Nationwide Park
Tasting geothermally grown meals on the Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse
Strolling alongside the Reynisfjara Black Sand Seaside with its angular basalt columns
Climbing the 100 metre deep Fjárðarárgljúfur gorge & getting deep into the Ásbyrgi canyon
Watching icebergs float in entrance of you on the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Seaside
• Glacier climbing
on Falljökull Glacier inside Vatnajökull Nationwide Park
Getting up near all kinds of waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Gullfoss, Dettifoss & Góðafoss
Exploring the geothermal space of Lake Mývatn & Geysir 
Discovering the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and its unbelievable panorama typically dubbed ‘little Iceland’
Rejuvenate in geothermal lagoons across the nation resembling Secret Lagoon & Blue Lagoon
Climbing to the just lately erupted (dormant) Geldingadalur Volcano 2021 eruption website

The place will we go?

Please be aware that under now we have solely supplied the highlights under to present you a snap shot of this unbelievable itinerary. We’ll give you a breakdown of the everyday itinerary and lots of different hidden additions after submitting the shape on the backside of the web page. This permits us to tweak and customise the itinerary to your particular person wants and wishes.

Arrival Day, Reykjavík & Golden Circle

As you arrive in Iceland then you definitely’ll make your means into Reykjavík the place you’ll be spending a while exploring our favorite little metropolis, you’ll begin with the preferred space in Iceland for vacationers. Don’t fear, the crowds right here should not indicative of the remainder of the tour. Particularly within the east. However, this space is common for a purpose. On this unforgettable first day of driving, you will notice an erupting geyser on the Geysir Geothermal Space, witness your first huge waterfall at Gullfoss and be taught all about Iceland’s geothermal properties and distinctive tectonic plate dynamics.

South and South East Iceland

The following two days may have you travelling alongside your entire south coast, reaching so far as the Vatnajökull Nationwide Park within the south east. This space is understood for its breathtaking surroundings, glacier lagoons, black sand seashores and mountainous panorama. Over the area of two days you’ll get the prospect to discover this distinctive space intimately, together with a go to to the world well-known Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon the place you may watch the enormous icebergs float round and wash up on the black sand shores of Diamond Seaside.

In case you are feeling adventurous you may add in a zodiac boat tour or hike on a glacier.

In the event you favor a extra relaxed time, there are uncountable nature walks to expertise the wildlife, horse driving choices and lots of different choices within the space. There’s a purpose this space was topped as a UNESCO World Heritage Web site in 2019.

The East Fjords & Mývatn Geothermal Space

Over the following couple of days, one of many huge highlights is the drive itself. You’ll end up stopping to take footage at each twist and switch as you zip across the East Fjords in East Iceland. In your means you will notice minuscule fishing villages and lovely views of valleys and uninhabited fjords. The birdlife it fairly spectacular in sure seasons as migrant species collect in these tranquil areas.

Then, as you method the north east and into Mývatn a completely new terrain opens up, wealthy with effervescent volcanic fumaroles, big craters, nice hikes, pure scorching swimming pools and a multi-coloured panorama that must be seen to be believed.

The Diamond Circle & North Iceland

As soon as within the North, you should have the prospect to take a detour off the principle ring highway and into the newly created  Diamond Circle route. This space is rife with waterfalls, nature walks and is taken into account among the finest locations in Iceland to see whales.

You’ll even be shocked by how huge the capital of the north is in Akureyri for a spot of purchasing and sightseeing earlier than detouring once more into the usually missed Troll peninsula, Tröllaskagi. Waterfalls, tradition and spectacular views are the principle attraction over these couple of days. To not be missed.

The Arctic Coastway & Snæfellsnes Peninsula

As you come near finishing the complete ring highway journey, you’ll take your longest drive via the breathtaking Arctic Coastway. This drive winds round gorgeous fjords and mountains that tower over the shoreline, creating some unbelievable driving surroundings. Rural farm life and an unspoiled panorama make this really feel like probably the most distant space you’ve been since travelling in Iceland.

Then, as you method the fantastic Snæfellsnes Peninsula you’ll discover fjords, mountains, volcanoes, infinite lava fields, glaciers, and dramatic coastal cliffs multi function wonderful peninsula, together with the well-known Kirkjufell mountain with its waterfalls, depicted within the hit TV sequence Sport of Thrones because the Arrow Mountain.

Reykjanes, Blue Lagoon & Departure

In your closing days of self driving you’ll discover the UNESCO World Geopark of Reykjanes Peninsula which is house to some unbelievable sights. Begin with the new springs and effervescent mud swimming pools of the geothermal space of Krysuvik then take a hike to the latest lava area in Iceland on the dormant volcano, Geldingadalur, which began erupting in March 2021. Stroll across the lava area observing its unbelievable geometry and textures. There is no such thing as a scorching lava as of late however you’re prone to see some steam coming from the rocks because the lava area continues to be scorching. There may be tons to see and do on this typically missed a part of the nation earlier than you end your journey in Iceland on the world well-known Blue Lagoon

Tour Highlights

Mid April – Mid October
With seasonal modifications

Minimal 12 days / 11 nights
together with arrival
and departure days

Varies relying
on actions
(10 years outdated for glacier hikes)

Straightforward – reasonable
(glacier hike, will be

will be customised



  • Lodging in the course of your keep, all actions, rental car with wifi from arrival to departure (kind of auto relies on group dimension and preferences), all taxes and reserving charges, carbon offsetting of your gas utilization.

  • Customized itinerary in the course of your keep. After we create your closing itinerary we provide you with a really detailed itinerary which incorporates an interactive map, together with a day-to-day map, journey breakdown in addition to full element on every cease with background info, info, historical past and many others on every sight. You possibly can view it on-line, or can save as a pdf. You may as well obtain a free app that means that you can have the itinerary in your cellphone, which then permits it to hyperlink to google maps to assist with navigation.

  • Hidden Iceland assist and help each step of the way in which.

Non-compulsory Extras

  • You possibly can request extra actions, extra days, a full additional day(s) in Reykjavík and recommended actions within the metropolis. This tour is totally customisable to your wants below our steerage.


  • Flights to and from Iceland, meals except in any other case specified. 

Able to make this your dream journey?

Please attempt to give us as a lot info as you may within the kind under in order that we will give you the very best personal journey for you as rapidly as attainable. We’ll at all times do our greatest to answer all messages inside 3 enterprise days, excluding weekends. 

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