Self Drive TourIceland
From $2,150 USD
May 1 - September 30, 2019
9 Days / 8 Nights
Visit well-known highlights along Iceland’s Ring Road, explore the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula, East Fjords, Lake Myvatn and Akureyri in the North.
Travel around Iceland in 9 days, taking in the very best of Iceland’s Ring Road with the option to explore the famous and geologically-diverse Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Visit Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a place of great historical interest, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot-springs. Discover epic landscapes, from thundering Waterfalls, black sand beaches, lava fields, Glacial Lagoon to scenic East Fjords and North Iceland.
May 1 - September 30, 2019
daily, May 1 - September 30, 2019
- Our Rates quoted are based on Comfort class
- from $2,150 per person, based on 4 persons in 2 double room
- from $2,450 per person, based on 2 persons in double room
- Car category 2.0, Compact 2wd, Toyota Auris or similar
- Rates based on Comfort class
- Rental car for 8 days
- Accommodation for 8 nights
- Breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
- Rental car for 8 days
- CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage and VAT
- Free GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
- Fuel discount card
- Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
- Emergency phone line available 24/7
- Service fee and taxes
- Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion, including:
- Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
- Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
- Detailed description of the customer's journey, including hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel
- A map view of the Iceland road trip
- Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French
- Fuel expenses
- Upgrade to higher category car
- Meals and beverages
- Optional tours and activities
- Any service not specifically listed under "included"
- Personal insurance / personal items
- Type of vehicle recommended: 2.0 or higher.
- Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher.
- **Please note that the package price is based on 8 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 9 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 8 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.
- Our Comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.
- Children 2-11 years old: USD 86 per night when one child shares a double room with 2 adults. Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
- Tour also available as Economy class and Budget class.
Day 1 ARRIVAL KEFLAVIK - HVERAGERDI
Geothermal Lagoon - Flower village - Geothermal Greenhouses
Approximate mileage: 100 km / 62 miles
From Keflavik International Airport, we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula, a colourful area filled with interesting geological sites and perfect for photo opportunities. This route takes you along dramatic coastlines and 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.” Overnight stay in Hveragerdi.
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.
Day 2 THINGVELLIR - GULFOSS - GEYSIR -HELLA - VIK (B)
Exploding Geysers - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Massive Waterfall - Black Sand Beach
Approximate mileage: 315km / 196miles
Today is full of photo opportunities with the chance to enjoy both the Golden Circle and the South Shore! Visit Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a place of great geological and historical interest. Then take in the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot-spring area. Head along the rich farmlands of south coast, passing by famous volcanoes such as Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla. Visit Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, each with its own unique character. Overnight in the Vik area.
Day 3 VIK - KIRKJUBAEJARKLAUSTUR (B)
Thundering Waterfalls - Puffin Colony - Black Sand Beaches – Vast Lava Fields- Volcanic GeoPark
Approximate mileage: 205km / 127miles
Today you will be in the Katla UNESCO Global Geopark area, a wonderland of active volcanoes, black sand beaches, glittering glaciers and moss-covered lava flows. This area is a treat to photograph, and you’ll enjoy the special chance to spend more time exploring these unusual landscapes.
Visit Dyrholaey* a rocky headland where thousands of puffins nest in the summer (puffins are in Iceland usually between mid-May and early August). Feel the power of thundering waves on black sand beaches. Discover the magnificent Fjadrargljufur, an oddly-shaped canyon formed during the Ice Age. Kirkjubaejarklaustur village is the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. Nearby natural sites connected to convent history include Systrastapi (Sisters’ Rock) and Systrafoss (Sisters’ Waterfalls).
If you enjoy outdoor adventure, you might opt for snowmobiling on Myrdalsjökull Glacier, ATV biking on black sand beaches or taking an adventurous SuperJeep off-road trip in the wilderness near Katla Volcano. Overnight in the Vik area.
*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, from around mid-May until June 23rd.
Day 4 SKAFTAFELL - JÖKULSARLON - HÖFN (B)
Glacier-Ringed Oasis - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier
Approximate mileage: 295km / 183miles
Today leave yourself plenty time to enjoy glacial vistas from all angles. You will be in the area of Vatnajökull National Park, named after Europe‘s largest glacier. Visit the park's Skaftafell area, a green oasis nestled below the great Vatnajökull glacier. There are many excellent hiking trails here, including a trail that leads to the basalt-framed Svartifoss falls. Skaftafell is also an excellent place to take a guided glacier hike.
Continue to Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where huge icebergs float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon. Today you might also opt to experience amazing photography opportunities of light and shadow, sea and black sand dunes at Vestrahorn, where a 454 meter (1489 foot) mountain overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Overnight in the Höfn area.
Day 5 HÖFN - DJUPIVOGUR - FASKRUDSFJÖRDUR - EGILSTADIR (B)
Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline – Intriguing Stone Collection
Approximate mileage: 270km / 168miles
Drive along the rugged coastline of the East Fjords with their towering mountains and charming fishing villages, a perfect setting for photography. The East Fjords have some of Iceland’s geologically oldest landscapes and amazing views of fjord and sea. Djupivogur, the gateway to the East Fjords, is ideal for hiking on the coast.
As you travel, you might option of taking a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer (May – early August), or visiting Petra's famous collection of local stones and minerals at Stodvarfjördur. Faskrudsfjördur is a pretty town with an interesting historical connection to France and an ideal place to visit on your way to Egilsstadir, the region's largest town. Overnight in Egilsstadir area.
Day 6 EGILSTADIR - DETTIFOSS - HUSAVIK - MYVATN (B)
Highland Desert - Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall - Glacier Carved Gorge - Whale Watching
Approximate mileage: 325km / 202miles
Today you will get a taste of Iceland‘s highlands when you travel across Modrudalsoraefi. This vast area is renowned for stark, untouched beauty. Visit Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. Travel through the wilderness beauty of northern Vatnajökull National Park, visiting the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Asbyrgi.
Drive around the ancient, fossil-rich Tjörnes peninsula, where you can enjoy excellent views of the sea. Visit Husavik, a colorful fishing village known for its excellent whale watching excursions, before heading to the renowned Myvatn Nature reserve. Overnight in Myvatn area.
Day 7 MYVATN - AKUREYRI - SÆLINGSDALUR VALLEY (B)
Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal & Volcanic Activity - Rich Birdlife - Waterfall "Of the Gods"- The Capital of North Iceland
Approximate mileage: 385km / 139miles
Explore the surreal, photogenic highlights of the Lake Myvatn area, including the mystical Dimmuborgir volcanic formations, the Skutustadir pseudo craters, and the colourful sulphurous Namaskard slopes.
Drive to Godafoss waterfall en route to Akureyri, a charming town set in Eyjafjördur fjord. Continue over the Oxnadalur pass to the historical Skagafjördir region, renowned for horse breeding and medieval history. You might visit the old turf-roof manor at Glaumbær, a great example of Icelandic architecture from the last few centuries. Continue your journey through the farmlands and scenic coastline on the way to Sælingsdalur valley, an area rich in Viking Saga history and legends of elves. Overnight in Laugar in Sælingsdal area.
Day 8 SÆLINGSDALUR VALLEY - SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA - BORGARNES - REYKJAVIK (B)
Coastal Villages - Sea Cliffs with Birdlife - Volcanic Crater - Picturesque Fjord
Approximate mileage: 410km / 255miles
Circle around the legendary Snæfellsjökull peninsula, home to Snæfellsjökull National Park. Visit Stykkisholmur, a town overlooking a bay filled with thousands of islands. Here it is possible to take a boat tour in the bay.
Pass by small fishing villages and Kirkjufjall, Iceland's most photographed mountain Don't miss the striking columnar basalt rock formations teeming with bird life at Arnarstapi. Make a stop at the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur. Crowning the peninsula is the mysterious Snæfellsjökull, a glacier capped volcano. Pass by Eldborg, a crater where you can hike to the top. Drive through the scenic Borgarfjördur region on your way to Reykjavik. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 9 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B)
Approximate mileage: 52km / 32miles
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 you arrival day.
**Please note that the package price is based on 8 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 9 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 8 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.