La grande scoperta islandese (Iceland Grand Discovery)

Il nostro tour piú grande ti porta a scoprire tutti gli angoli della nostra unica isola!

Stagione:01 Maggio - 30 Settembre
Durata:19 Giorni/18 notti
Partenze:Tutti i giorni

La grande scoperta islandese (Iceland Grand Discovery)

If you have time on your hands and you want a relaxing tour of Iceland then this is the self drive tour for you!

Our Iceland Grand Discovery circular route gives travelers both flexibility and time to spend at each of Iceland’s most popular attractions. Apart from experiencing all the natural treasures accessed via the Ring Road, this tour dedicates two whole days to the wonders of South West Iceland, including Borgarfjordur Fjord and the mystic Snaefellsnes Glacier, made famous by author Jules Verne as the entrance to the center of the Earth, and more recently voted the best region to visit in 2016 by the Lonely Planet.

Along the way, you’ll pass many of the volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers, and seascapes that make Iceland’s landscapes so magical and unforgettable. 

Take to the open road and discover the natural wonders and welcoming towns of Iceland's Ring Road and Snaefellsnes Peninsula!

What's in it for you?

  • Worry free traveling
  • Electronic version of Iceland Travel Booklet. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Guide booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure!
  • Safety first! Free SIM card worth 2000 ISK to phone us in case of a travel hiccup or an emergency. It also gives you the opportunity to phone your friends and family at home and share your Iceland experience through social media.
  • Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day.


  • Visit all the well-known attractions along the Ring Road.
  • Furthermore, explore the magical Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the less-known but incredibly beautiful Northeast Coast at the edge of the Arctic Circle.
  • Explore the lyrical beauty of the secluded and rugged Westfjords region



  • Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher. 
  • Car rental types 2.0 and higher recommended for this tour



  • Accommodation for 18  nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 18 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT (Types of Car recommended: car cat 2.0 or higher)
  • FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
  • Ferry across the Breidafjordur bay
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
  • Detailed road map
  • Detailed Travel Booklet
  • Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version
  • One SIM card worth ISK 2000: 50 minutes of local calls + 300 MB of data. StandardMicro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland.
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes

 **Please note that the package price is based on 18x24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 19 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 18 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.



Day 1: Arrival

Distanza aprossimativa:100km / 62miglia

Geothermal Lagoon – Flower Village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Approximate distance: 100km / 62miles

Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.

From Keflavik International Airport, we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. This village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and, because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs, it is often called the “flower village.”

If your flight arrives early in the day, you might stop at the Blue Lagoon (a short distance from the airport) for a chance to relax in the soothing geothermal mineral waters.

Important:  Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance.

Overnight stay in the Hveragerdi area. 


Principali Attrazioni:

The Blue Lagoon  |Reykjanes  |Hveragerdi

Day 2: The Golden Circle

Distanza aprossimativa:186km / 115miglia

World-Renowned National Park – Bubbling Geysers – Golden Waterfall

Approximate distance: 186km / 115miles

Drive to Thingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s ancient parliament and a real gem natural scenery. The park itself is situated in a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows, on the border of Iceland's largest lake. Continue to the famous Geysir hot spring area and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall.

Overnight stay in the Fludir area.


Day 3: Black Sand Beaches of the South Coast

Distanza aprossimativa:215km / 133miglia

Southern waterfalls-  Black sand beaches- Bird Cliff – Vast Lava Field

Approximate distance: 215km / 133miles

Drive along the spectacular south coast, viewing highlights such as Skogafoss waterfall, Myrdalsjokull glacier, the bird cliffs of Dyrholaey* and the black sand beaches of Vik. Continue across the vast Eldhraun lava field to the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, which is known for its fabulous trout fishing.

Overnight stay in southeast Iceland.

Important: Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, from about the middle of May until late June.


Day 4: Fjadrargljufur and Lakagigar Craters

Distanza aprossimativa:120km / 74miglia

Spectacular Canyon- Crater Area – Historic Eruption Site

Approximate distance: 120km / 74miles

Enjoy the day exploring this little-known area. We recommend a hike in magnificent Fjadrargljufur, one of the most spectacular canyons in Iceland. If you are traveling in June, July, or August a longer detour to the volcanic Laki craters (Lakagigar) is a great option. The drive, for which you'll need a rental car category 5.0 or higher, takes you to the site of a catastrophic eruption in 1783-84, and includes beautiful sights such as Laki, the largest of the craters, which is 818 metres (2684 feet) high and affords a breathtaking view over the craters.

Overnight stay in southeast Iceland


Principali Attrazioni:

Laki & Lakagigar  |Hunkubakkar

Day 5: Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Distanza aprossimativa:204km / 126miglia

Glacier-Rimmed Green Oasis – Glacial Lagoon – Europe‘s Largest Glacier

Approximate distance: 204km / 126miles

Today you will be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, a vast area named after Europe‘s largest glacier. You will have many amazing views of this glacier as you head along your route. Visit the park’s awe-inspiring Skaftafell area, a green oasis which is set between glaciers and offers many hiking possibilities. Continue to the shimmering icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and the harbour town of Hofn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.

Overnight stay in the Hofn area.


Day 6: Eastern Fjords and Highland Wilderness

Distanza aprossimativa:187km / 116miglia

Spectacular Fjord Views – Charming Fishing Villages – Ancient Rocks – Wilderness Center

Approximate distance: 187km / 116miles

Drive through the spectacular East Fjords region, past towering mountains and through charming fishing villages, to the fertile Egilsstadir area. On the way, it is possible to take a boat tour to Papey Island, where thousands of puffins nest in the summer (mid May to early August), or visit Petra's famous local stone and mineral collection at Stodvarfjordur.

In the Egilsstadir area, you can visit the beautiful Hallormsstadur forest and a river reputed to be the home of a friendly sea monster. Visit the new Wilderness Center located at the edge of the hauntingly beautiful eastern highlands. Here you can discover Iceland’s early history and highland nature in an interactive way.

Overnight stay in Egilsstadir area.


Day 7: Seydisfjordur and Borgarfjördur Eystri

Distanza aprossimativa:140km / 86miglia

Artistic Fjord Villages -  Elfin Folklore – Amazing views of fjords and sky

Approximate distance: 140km / 86miles

Explore the quaint village of Seydisfjordur, where multi-coloured wooden houses are sheltered by a jaw-dropping backdrop of snow-capped mountains and tumbling waterfalls.  Also, explore Borgarfjordur Eystri, steeped in the folklore of elves. This area has excellent hiking paths, in different length and difficulty. Both villages are known for their friendly locals and rich artistic communities.

Overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area.


Day 8: Jokulsargljufur National Park

Distanza aprossimativa:175km / 108miglia

Vast highlands – Northern Vatnajokull National Park – Echo Rocks – Whale Watching Capital

Approximate distance: 175km / 108miles

Travel across the vast Modrudalsoraefi highlands, which are renowned for their stark beauty, to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Explore the many wonders of northern Vatnajokull National Park, such as the strange formations of Hljodaklettar (Echo Rocks) and the impressive horseshoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon. Continue along Tjornes peninsula at the edge of the Arctic Circle to the fishing village of Husavik. This town is known as the capital of whale watching for its excellent sightings. Perhaps you will enjoy a whale watching tour on a beautifully-restored oaken boat.

Overnight stay in Lake Myvatn area.


Day 9: Lunar Landscapes of Lake Myvatn

La distanza é variabile

Volcanic Wonders- Dark Citadels – Colorful Thermal areas – Nature Baths

Distance is variable.

Spend the day exploring the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area. Visit highlights such as the surreal dark citadels at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colourful sulphurous slopes of Namaskard and the Krafla volcano area. Get closer to the region with guided tours on bikes or horseback. After a fun day, you might relax in the peaceful Myvatn Nature baths, a favorite of both locals and visitors.

Overnight stay in Lake Myvatn area


Principali Attrazioni:

Myvatn  |Hverfjall  |Krafla  |Dimmuborgir  |Myvatn Nature Baths

Day 10: Explore North Iceland

Distanza aprossimativa:91km / 57miglia

Iceland‘s Capital of the North

Approximate distance: 91km / 57miles

Spend the day driving from Lake Myvatn to the majestic Godafoss waterfall and onwards to explore Akureyri, the capital of the north. Explore the second largest town in Iceland, perhaps visiting the famous thermal swimming pool, the many museums, and the landmark church.  Activities are plentiful in the area, including horseback riding, hiking on local trails, a guided art gallery walk, fishing and whale watching.

Overnight stay in Akureyri area.


Day 11: The Troll Peninsula and Skagafjordur

Distanza aprossimativa:250km / 155miglia

Beautiful Fjord Coastline – Herring Boom Town – Infinity Pool – Saga and Horse Heritage

Approximate distance: 250km / 155miles

Drive to Siglufjordur along the Troll Peninsula, one of Iceland´s most beautiful coastlines, where you’ll get a unique view towards the North Atlantic. In the charming town of Siglufjordur enjoy discovering the history of the town at the award-winning Herring Era Museum.  This fabulous museum accounts the days in the early 20th century that transformed a small fishing village into a boom town which radically transformed Iceland’s economy.

Stop by Hofsos is which is home to the Grof church and a beautiful infinity pool which gives a unique optical illusion. Visit the Holar bishopric, one of Iceland’s foremost historical areas, where you can visit the picturesque 18th century Holar Cathedral which houses artefacts from Iceland’s Catholic era (15th & 16th centuries). Explore the fascinating area of Skagafjordur, renowned for horse breeding and many sites from Icelandic Saga History, before driving to Hrutafjordur. A recommended stop along the way is Vatnsdalsholar, a cluster of hills found in Vatnsdalur valley. Vatnsdalur is an area renowned as the home of a famous female Viking chieftain. It is also the haunting setting for the famous historical novel by Hannah Kent, Burial Rites, which describes the last execution in Iceland in the 19th century. 

Overnight stay in Varmahlid/Laugarbakki area.


Principali Attrazioni:

Siglufjordur  |The Herring Era Museum

Day 12: Strandir, Holmavik and Drangsnes

Distanza aprossimativa:250km / 155miglia

Icelandic Witchcraft Museum – Isolated Beauty- Spine of the West Fjords

Approximate distance: 250km / 155miles

Drive along the low hills of Hrutafjordur Fjord towards jagged mountains that rise straight from the sea in the area of Holmavik and Drangsnes. For centuries, this was one of the most isolated regions in Iceland. It is a region of remote and spectacular beauty. Here you can enjoy the peace and solitude that is rare in so many places. Strandir is literally the spine of the Westfjords, a place of spiky fjords and majestic crags. In ancient times, the inhabitants were reputed to have knowledge of magic. You can find out about these traditions at the Icelandic Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft in Holmavik town.

Overnight in the Holmavik area.


Day 13: Westfjord’s Wonders: Isafjordur

Distanza aprossimativa:221km / 137miglia

Capital of the Westfjords - Rich Birdlife – Island in Harmony with Nature

Approximate distance: 221km / 137miles

Make your away along the numerous uninhabited fjords of Isafjardardjup, which boasts a beautiful coastline alive with seals and birds. Continue to Isafjordur, the largest town in the Westfjords. This town has some of the oldest buildings in the country, many beautifully-restored. Enjoy a guided walking tour through back streets and history. Take a ferry to the island community of Vigor, where locals practice the sustainable tradition of eider duck farming. This is also the only place in Iceland with a traditional wind mill. If you enjoy activities, Isafjordur is well known for its sea kayaking in the glassy fjord waters.

Overnight in Isafjordur.


Day 14: Isafjordur - Thingeyri

La distanza é variabile

Friendly towns – traditional and modern fishing heritage

Distance is variable.

Spend time in Isafjordur and the surrounding area, including the neighbouring towns of Bolungarvik and Sudureyri.  Sudureyri offers a friendly and informative walking tour focused on the town’s eco-friendly fishing. Along the route you can sample gourmet and traditional fish delicacies. Discover older fishing traditions at the Osvor traditional fishing camp, a restored 19th century area where locals fished at sea using simple wooden rowboats.  In the evening, try the fresh seafood at one of the excellent local restaurants. 

Overnight in the Isafjordur area.


Day 15: Latrabjarg

Distanza aprossimativa:287km / 178miglia

Multi-tiered waterfall – Europe‘s Westernmost point- Amazing bird cliff

Approximate distance: 287km / 178miles

Drive from Isafjordur through the beautiful West Fjords. A stop at the stunning Dynjandi waterfall is recommended. This waterfall is actually a collection of seven waterfalls layered on top of each other. Visit Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point in Europe. In the summer, these high sea cliffs are teeming with millions of puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills. Continue your journey to the south of the Westfjords where one of Iceland’s first settlers homesteaded during the Viking age. 

Overnight in the southern part of the Westfjords.


Day 16: Breidafjordur - Flatey – Stykkisholmur

Distanza aprossimativa:50km / 31miglia

Ferry Ride across a Bay of a Thousand Islands

Approximate distance:  50 km / 31 miles

Sail with the ferry Baldur across beautiful Breidafjordur Bay, with its countless islands and rich birdlife.(Please note the ferry cost is not included in the package price.) You’ll pass by the island of Flatey and its timber buildings on the way to the charming village of Stykkisholmur for an overnight stay. You might recognize the town from movies such as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Pawn Sacrifice. The Museum of Water – featured in author Rebecca Solnit’s memoir The Faraway Nearby - is a popular place for visitors with its unique architecture.

Overnight in Stykkisholmur.



Principali Attrazioni:

Flatey  |Flatey Island  |Stykkisholmur  |Breidafjordur

Day 17: Snaefellsnes - Borgarfjordur

Distanza aprossimativa:272km / 170miglia

Approximate distance: 272km / 170miles

Continue around the Snaefellsnes peninsula, passing the small fishing villages Hellissandur and Grundarfjordur. Make a stop at the magnificent columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi, as well as the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur. Explore the history-rich Borgarfjordur area and visit the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring area.  Delve into Icelandic Saga folklore with a visit to Reykholt, the home of Medieval chieftain, poet and Saga author Snorri Sturluson. 

Overnight in Borgarfjordur


Day 18: Reykjavik

Distanza aprossimativa:118km / 74miglia

Glacial Beauty - Viking Saga Hero - Highest Waterfall in Iceland

Approximate distance: 118km / 74miles

A unique experience in the Borgarfjordur area is the chance to go into the very heart of a glacier with an Into the Glacier experience. Tours depart from Husafell village. Take a ride in a monster-sized vehicle up the sides of Langjokull Glacier and into a glacial ice tunnel.  Here you can learn about glaciers and how they formed in a setting with a great focus on environmental conservation and education. Borgarfjordur town is located near the homestead of a famous Viking saga hero, Egill Skallagrimsson. You can learn more about him and the first Viking settlers in Iceland at the Settlement Museum in the town of Borgarnes. Continue via Hvalfjordur fjord, a scenic fjord where you might stop to visit Glymur, the highest waterfall in Iceland.  Then continue to Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavik.


Day 19: Departure

Distanza aprossimativa:52km / 32miglia

Approximate distance: 52 km / 32 miles

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon, as it is on your way to the airport, if you did not have time to do it on your arrival day. *

 **Please note that the package price is based on 18x24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 19 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 18 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.


Iceland Travel offers different types of self-drive categories, where the main difference between each category is the accommodation which allows you to create an Iceland experience fitting your travel style.

Take a look at the accommodation categories here below and let us know your selection during the booking process.



Superior Self-Drive Holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 78 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!


Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 49 EUR in Category Comfort and 70 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.  


Sconti e offerte speciali

15% discount for departures in May and September

Prezzi per bambini

Valid when one child shares a double room with 2 adults:

  • Children 2-11 years old: EUR 54 / GBP 41 / USD 62 / CAD 83  per night. Add the total to the rate for 2 adults in car.
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • Children's accommodation consists of an extra bed/mattress on the floor.


Child Seat 0-13 kg approx. EUR 27 / GBP 21 / USD 31 / CAD 41 per rental.

Child Booster 9-25 kg approx. EUR 11 / GBP 8 / USD 13 / CAD 17 per rental. Payable on spot.


Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.



  • 1 Person = 1 single room
  • 2 Persons = 1 double/twin room
  • 3 Persons = 1 double/twin + 1 single room
  • 4 Persons = 2 double/twin rooms
  • 5 Persons = 2 double/twin + 1 single room

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Our selfdrive packages include basic insurance (CDW), unlimited mileage, VAT, a GPS system and two authorized drivers.

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Vacanze self-drive Categoria Budget

Selezionando una vacanza self-drive budget, si riducono considerevolmente i costi pernottando in alloggi con servizi in comune. Le sistemazioni sono una combinazione di alberghi, hotel semplici, fattorie e locande. Tutte le camere hanno letti preparati e alcune stanze sono dotate di lavandino. Le docce e i WC sono in comune. La prima notte in tutti i pacchetti self-drive con Iceland Travel include un alloggio con servizi privati nella cittina di Hveragerdi.

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Vacanze self-drive Categoria Economica

La nostra vacanza self-drive economica offre la possibilitá di viaggiare intorno all‘Islanda senza pensieri, alloggiando in camere con servizi privati ma senza incidere sul vostro budget. Durante il vostro tour soggiornerete in una combinazione di hotel standard, fattorie e locande. L‘ultima notte sarete a Reykjavik in un hotel 3 stelle.

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Vacanze self-drive Categoria Comfort

Il nostro pacchetto self-drive Comfort permette di trascorrere le vostre giornate esplorando l'Islanda rurale, trascorrendo le vostre notti nella sistemazioni più confortevoli che ogni zona puó offrire. Durante il tour soggiornerete in alberghi e pensioni dove tutte le camere sono dotate di servizi privati. La vostra serata finale sarà in un hotel 4 stelle a Reykjavik.

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Vacanze self-drive Categoria Superior.

Aumenta il comfort del tuo pacchetto self-drive con una migliore tipologia di sistemazione alberghiera con servizi premium, sia per l‘intera durata del soggiorno o soltanto per alcune notti specifiche. Il miglioramento del servizio  può essere sia ad una camera superior in un comfort hotel, o una camera standard in un hotel di lusso. Il costo per un aggiornamento superiore è di 78 euro per camera a notte (sui prezzi nella categoria comfort). Questo aggiornamento è disponibile solo su richiesta. Fateci sapere durante il processo di prenotazione quanto superiore volete che sia il vostro soggiorno, e noi provvederemo a personalizzare il vostro viaggio!

Supplemento Late Arrival

Supplemento Late Arrival per passeggeri che arrivano tardi durante la notte. Sistemazione per la prima notte all‘Airport Hotel Smari all‘aeroporto Internazionale di Keflavik o in centro a Reykjavik al posto che nella zona di Hveragerdi. Supplemento per stanza per notte é di 48 euro nella categoria Comfort e di 63 euro nella categoria Economy e Budget

Hi Iceland Travel,
I just wanted to say thank you so much for organising my Grand Discovery driving holiday of Iceland.
It was just incredible everyday.
I saw so many wonderful things.
The photographic opportunities were amazing.
The accommodation generally exceeded my expectations. Always comfortable and clean. Mostly memorable and highly recommended.
The car was fine for my ability and confidence.
Your book was a godsend.
I did get to see my puffins up close and personal at The Latrabjarg Cliffs. One of my ultimate highlight experiences. I'm just sending you one of hundreds of shots I took close up of some of my friends.

Thanks again for a trip of a lifetime.

David C., Australia