10 Day Self Drive Tour | Best Ring Road Attractions with Snaefellsnes Peninsula

A path by the picturesque Seljalandsfoss waterfall will lead you all the way behind the fall, even behind the cascading water
On a self-drive tour, you can stop at off-the-beaten-path locations like at the dramatic Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon
On a summer self-drive tour, you could stop at Mt. Kirkjufell on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and capture a dramatic photo of the mountain bathed in the rays of the midnight sun
You will find many things to do in the northern town of Akureyri, such as horse riding tours and whale-watching excursions
The dramatic Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell Nature Reserve was the inspiration for the famous Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík
On a summer self-drive tour, you can stop at the many puffin-watching sites in Iceland to see these adorable birds
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Make the most of your time in Iceland with this extensive 10-day, self-drive tour. Over the course of your adventure, you will discover all the popular natural wonders Iceland has to offer, and many sights you may not even know exist. 

This self-drive package helps you save money without sacrificing anything! It circles the Ring Road, taking you around the whole country, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the famous Golden Circle and a visit to the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon. Better yet, it offers full comfort, - your accommodation will always have an ensuite bathroom and breakfast is included.

Best of all, you choose where to drive, and when to leave. There are no bus schedules or impatient tour guides to worry about. You're free to spend as much time in each spot as you'd like.

At Guide to Iceland, we want you to experience the best of the natural beauty this country has to offer. We hope you’ll leave feeling revitalised and exhilarated by the beauty of the Icelandic landscape. To help with this, we've handpicked hidden locations across the land where you can be almost entirely alone, far from noisy people or busy streets. These are included in our travel plan, which you'll receive after you book. 

Customise your vacation during booking so that it's exactly what you've been dreaming of. On your way around the Golden Circle, snorkel in the space between two Continental plates, go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier or explore the inside of a volcanic magma chamber (if you're here between May and November). There is even the option to visit a natural ice cave in the Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

Furthermore, you can hike a glacier, or board a ship to see the giants of the deep in the whale-watching capital of Europe. You can also get the lay of the land with a horse riding trek, journey into dark lava caves, or even walk inside man-made channels within Langjökull glacier. 

Check out how many stunning sights and activities you can see and do in Iceland on this amazing trip! Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Oct.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snorkelling, Caving, Diving, ATV, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing, Bird watching, Ice Caving, Self drive
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Húsavík, Ásbyrgi, Dettifoss, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Snæfellsnes, Höfn, Borgarnes, Vík í Mýrdal, Egilsstaðir, Siglufjörður, Blönduós, South Coast, Ring Road
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : Flexible

Included:
  • 9 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included. More detailed info below)

  • Vehicle for 10 days (VW Polo or similar. Upgrades available)

  • CDW, SCDW and gravel protection insurance for vehicle

  • GPS system

  • Blue Lagoon standard entrance (upgrades available)

  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Fuel

  • Dinner

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Driver's License

  • Warm clothes

  • Swimsuit

  • Hiking shoes


Good to know:

Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavík City or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license is required, along with a one-year long on-road experience. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.

Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Reykjavík


The last rays of the summer sun over the mountain Esja, just outside of Reykjavík city


Collect your car at the international airport in Keflavík before driving to your accommodation in downtown Reykjavík. The world-famous Blue Lagoon spa is in between the two, so you may want to check it out if you aren't too excited to get to the capital city. You can also choose to save the Blue Lagoon for the final day of your stay with us, as one last relaxing treat before bidding Iceland a fond farewell.

After settling in your hotel in Reykjavík, make the most of your proximity to one of Europe's most vibrant city centres. Explore the abundance of museums, galleries, restaurants and bars to your heart´s content.

Spend the night in the beautiful city of Reykjavík.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - The Golden Circle


In the Geysir geothermal area, you'll feel a thrilling moment of anticipation right before the geyser Strokkur erupts


Day two sends you off to some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland on the Golden Circle route. The first stop on the Golden Circle tour is Þingvellir National Park. Here, you can walk between the rift valley of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and explore an area which played a huge role in Iceland's heritage; its history as the site of the world's first representative parliament has warranted its place on the UNESCO world heritage list. You can even opt into a snorkel in the crystal clear fissure Silfra, which runs right between the tectonic plates.

Next up is the geothermal valley of Haukadalur, where you can see the geysers Strokkur and Geysir amongst many beautiful hot springs. Only a few kilometres away is Iceland's most popular attraction, the powerful waterfall named Gullfoss. A pathway takes you right to the water's edge, where you can get a real sense of the enormous, natural power of the falls.

You also have the chance to go on an optional snowmobile tour on Langjökull glacier; you'll be picked up at Gullfoss waterfall. This is an excellent way to add some adrenaline to your trip - and to see some sweeping glacial vistas. You can also book a horse ride on this day, if neither of these appeal to you. 

Spend the night in or near the quiet town of Hvolsvöllur.


Preferred accommodation by Hvolsvöllur

Hvolsvöllur Comfort

Hotel Hvolsvöllur is a 3 star hotel centrally located in Hvolsvöllur. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to outdoor hot tubs. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Hvolsvöllur Quality

Hotel Rangá is a 4 star hotel situated between the towns of Hella and Hvolsvöllur. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Views towards Rangá river or Hekla volcano. Free access to outdoor hot tubs. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 3 - South Coast - Vatnajökull National Park


The dark cliffs of hexagonal basalt columns lend Svartifoss its name; 'The Black Waterfall'


On day three, you will take in the sight of two majestic waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Further down the coast near the town of Vík, take a slight detour to admire the black volcanic beach and the dramatic Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar rock formations. This is a great place for puffin watching. 

If you'd like, you can use this unique opportunity to visit a natural ice cave in the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Only accessible via super jeep, this is the only cave that is open to visits all year long, leading deep into the age old ice.  

Other sights as you head east include the Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the quaint village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. At the glacier tongue of Sólheimajökull, you can partake in a glacier hike or snowmobile tour.

Spend the rest of your day taking in the stunning landscapes of the Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park. This place is great for any outdoor enthusiast, particularly if you enjoy hiking. There are many excellent tracks and trails, including one that leads to the stunning Svartifoss waterfall, which plunges over a wide cliff of hexagonal basalt columns.

Spend the night in the Vatnajökull area.


Preferred accommodation by Skaftafell

Skaftafell Comfort

Hotel Geirland is a 3 star hotel located in the countryside 2 kilometres away from Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Skaftafell Quality

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is a 4 star hotel located right between Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Ocean or mountain views. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 4 - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon


On a self-drive tour, you'll have the freedom to spend as much time as you like watching the giants icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon


Today, you have the option to start your day with a hike on Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull, starting back in Skaftafell Nature Reserve. 

Afterwards, drive further east to one of Iceland’s most famous natural wonders, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here you can hop on an optional boat tour, which takes you on a meandering path through the lagoon, amongst stunning icebergs of all shapes and sizes. You can choose between an amphibious boat, and a smaller zodiac.

Make sure you stroll down to the black sandy beach nearby, affectionately named Diamond Beach due to the number of sparkling icebergs that are scattered along it.

Finally, you'll start on a zigzagging journey along the East Fjords, passing tranquil fishing villages and sweeping coastal landscapes along the way.

Spend the night in the secluded Egilsstaðir area.


Preferred accommodation by Egilsstaðir

Egilsstaðir Comfort

Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir is a 3 star hotel located in a short walking distance from the centre of Egilsstaðir but also right by the lake. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Spa on site for additional price. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Egilsstaðir Quality

Icelandair Hotel Hérað is a 3 star hotel centrally located within Egilsstaðir town. Bright, private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included, with focus on local ingredients.


Day 5 - Mývatn Area


The geothermal area near Lake Mývatn is filled with bubbling mud pools and fumaroles


The driving on day five brings you north to Lake Mývatn, which is known for its geothermal landscapes, including the Námaskarð hot springs, the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters, the Dimmuborgir lava formations and Volcano Krafla, one of Iceland’s most visited volcanoes.

After exploring these many wonders, relax by taking a dip in the soothing geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths. Afterwards, head to the town of Húsavík for a whale-watch, or the capital of the north, Akureyri, where you'll spend the night.


Preferred accommodation by Akureyri

Akureyri Comfort

Hotel Norðurland is a 3 star hotel centrally located in Akureyri. Spacious and bright private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Akureyri Quality

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri (Deluxe room) is a 3 star hotel centrally located in Akureyri, right next to the swimming pool. Private bedroom with a living room area and a private bathroom. Great views from the 5th floor. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 6 - Dettifoss Falls - Ásbyrgi Canyon - Húsavík


In northern Iceland you can find Dettifoss, a roaring and awe-inspiring waterfall, rumoured to be the most powerful cascade in Europe


Use the sixth day to explore a little more of Lake Mývatn and its unique surroundings. A drive through the Jökulsárgljúfur part of Vatnajökull National Park, with a visit to the Ásbyrgi canyon and Dettifoss waterfall, is highly recommended.

 Alternatively, explore the fantastic Eyjafjörður area, and climb the Súlur peak.

There are two tours you can add on to today: a whale-watch from Akureyri, and an hour-long horse-ride.

Stay another night in the charming town of Akureyri.


Preferred accommodation by Akureyri

Akureyri Comfort

Hotel Norðurland is a 3 star hotel centrally located in Akureyri. Spacious and bright private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Akureyri Quality

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri (Deluxe room) is a 3 star hotel centrally located in Akureyri, right next to the swimming pool. Private bedroom with a living room area and a private bathroom. Great views from the 5th floor. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 7 - More of Akureyri - Fishing Villages and Historical Settlements


1The beautiful Goðafoss waterfall in North Iceland is a favourite among photographers due to the several great photo spots surrounding it


On day seven, you'll have more time to explore the area around Akureyri. You will then pass through the beautiful, mountainous area of Tröllaskagi, to the old herring-fishing village of Siglufjörður, and then to Hofsós, where you can enjoy the wonderful scenery while relaxing in the town’s thermal pool.

If you like local Icelandic handicrafts or if you are traveling with children, then we recommend a stop at Stórhóll farm where the gallery Rúnalist is located. Children can play with and pet some sheep, goats, horses, ducks, chicken, rabbit, dogs and cats while you browse the crafts showroom, filled with handmade items of natural wool, salmon leather or cod skin.

Spend the night in nearby Blönduós.


Preferred accommodation by Blönduós

Blönduós Comfort

Hotel Blanda is centrally located within Blönduós town in north Iceland with a view towards Blanda river and the sea. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi in public areas. Breakfast is included.

Blönduós Quality

Hotel Laugarbakki (Superior room) is a 3 star hotel situated in the countryside south of the town Hvammstangi with a view over nearby river. Spacious private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to outside hot tubs and an indoor gym. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 8 - The Snæfellsnes Peninsula


With the trickling waterfall in the foreground, Kirkjufell mountain on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of the best spots in Iceland for a magical photo


Head to Snæfellsnes peninsula today. On the way, you will pass the rolling hills of Vatnsdalshólar and the beautiful Þingeyarkirkja church.

You might also want to stop at a longhouse at Eiríksstaðir, home of the infamous Viking Erik the Red, father to Leif the Lucky who was the first European to sail to North America. You can also pay a visit to Stykkishólmur, a picture-perfect fishing village overlooking Breiðafjörður Bay.

Here, you can travel out to a small island, accessible from the harbour. This is Súgandisey, and you'll see a wonderful panorama of the town, the sea, and the surrounding mountains from here.

The crown jewel of Snæfellsnes peninsula is the Snæfellsjökull glacier and volcano, nestled in the heart of a national park. Nearby are many beautiful attractions, such as Djúpalónssandur beach and the picturesque towns of Hellnar and Arnarstapi.

Spend the night at charming accommodation on Snæfellsnes Peninsula.


Preferred accommodation by Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes Comfort

Fosshotel Stykkishólmur is a 3 star hotel centrally located within the town Stykkishólmur. Spacious hotel with a view towards the bay. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Snæfellsnes Quality

Hotel Búðir is a 4 star hotel on the southern side of Snæfellsnes peninsula, with a view towards Snæfellsjökull glacier and to the sea. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 9 - West Iceland


With a self-drive tour, you can visit some of the hidden gems of Iceland, like Hraunfossar waterfalls


On day nine, you can explore West Iceland with its diverse attractions, including the Icelandic settlement exhibition in Borgarnes, and Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in Europe.

Further along, be sure to visit the captivating Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls.

History buffs may also enjoy a visit to Snorrastofa, the medieval research institute in Reykholt, where the politician, poet, and historian Snorri Sturluson wrote the saga of the Norwegian kings, Heimskringla, in the 13th century. He is also famous for writing the bible of old Norse mythology, Edda.

On this day, you can opt into one of two exciting caving tours. You can explore the incredible, man made ice caves at Langjökull, or else take a lava tube adventure into Viðgelmir cave. You can also explore the inside of a magma chamber on the incredible 'Into the Volcano' tour.

On the way back to Reykjavik, take a short break at Fossatún, a waterfall said to be guarded by a troll woman named Drifa, before spending another night in the capital.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 10 - Farewell to Iceland


The geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon is rich in minerals that will surely rejuvenate you after a long journey


Drop off your car at Keflavík airport in time for your departure. If you are taking an afternoon or evening flight, you have time to fit in one last fantastic Icelandic experience. You can visit the Blue Lagoon (if you didn't go there on your first day).

Of course, a revitalising visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon spa is a great way to end your Icelandic adventure. The water is rich in silica and blue-green algae, which gives the lagoon its reputed healing powers, as well as its captivating turquoise tint. It is sure to set you up for a great flight, and leave you aching to come back for more!


Accommodation

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Single person bookings will be arranged in a single room, while bookings of 2 or more people will share twin/double room(s) or triple room(s). Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available hotels and guesthouses at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. Please keep in mind that hotel quality in Iceland varies among locations and availability is highly limited. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. The sooner you reserve the higher quality accommodation we can provide. Press choose a date at the top to find availability.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom in three star hotels or quality guesthouses. Very close to the best attractions at each location. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Rooms with a private bathroom in a four star hotel or superior rooms in a quality three star hotel at the best locations in Iceland. Breakfast is included.


Car

Below you can see the car rental options available for this self drive tour. All our vehicles are new or current models, maximum two years of age, and come equipped with a GPS, CDW, GP, and SCDW insurances. You can also upgrade to an automatic model, free of charge.

Budget

A small 2WD vehicle fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions, such as VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or similar. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities.

Comfort 4X4

A medium sized jeep or SUV with 4WD (4x4) fit for most travel, and good for snow and off-asphalt travel, such as Toyota Rav4 or similar. This vehicle has basic highland capabilities.

Luxury 4x4

A large sized jeep with 4WD (4x4) such as Toyota Land Cruiser or similar, fit for nearly all traveling. This vehicle has full highland capabilities to drive on accessible mountain roads.


Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.


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Reviews

Average rating 4.7 / Number of reviews 29

My family and I had the trip of our lives with Guide to Iceland! The 10 day Ring Road Tour was unbelievable, and the support that Gustav gave us booking the trip was phenomenal! We saw a whole pod of whales in Akureyri and I would absolutely recommend the " Inside the Volcano" tour. The Blue Lagoon, was a perfect way to jet lag from the plane. This trip is a must do for your bucket list!

Had a very exciting trip. Our plans got interrupted due to heavy rains and roads being flooded. However Gustav from Guide to Iceland really helped us with an alternate plan! Very prompt! Recommend Guide to Iceland to everyone who wants to visit this beautiful country!

Overall my son and I had a marvelous adventure! Hotels were booked and waiting for us, as were excursions. Our main issue was with the Itinerary. We didn't feel the daily itinerary was in the right order and needed better directions. For the cost of this "tour" the itinerary seemed cookie cutter. I also didn't understand that the stops were just suggestions (like I've come all this way to miss something!) so we raced everyday (not once stopped for lunch) and were exhausted every night. Also, it would have been nice to know that Lagoon Car Rental was offsite from the airport. We are travelers and understand every trip is an adventure so we learned to adapt. Your country is magnificent and we thank you for your assistance in visiting! We took wonderful photos which we will treasure for years.

Rita and. Larry Westgate Fabulous tour , love love Iceland !!! Only problem we found were the way the itinerary was written. Found we had to back track a little before destination hotel. Room for improvement as the way notes were written , some sites seemed like we should have done first not after the destination hotel !!! This was the 10 day self drive tour. Great sightseeing, lots of driving for my husband but so worth it . Loved the waterfalls and took a whale watching g tour out of Dalvik. Fabulous saw several Humpbacks , topped my bucket list . Thanks

Our 10 Day Self-Drive tour of the Ring Road was very enjoyable. The planning done by Guide to Iceland worked out fairly well, with a few glitches. Iceland is a gorgeous place and the people were very friendly and helpful. I could go on about the sights and activities, but it might be more useful to readers to know some of the challenges. We were a group of three couples and rented two cars and three bicycles. We scheduled four activities over the 10 days: Snorkeling at Silfra; a Glacier Hike; a Zodiac Boat Tour of the Glacier Lagoon; and Whale & Puffin Watching at Husavik. One person in our group did extensive research and planned sights to see each day. We got up and out early and stayed busy until we arrived at our hotel in the late afternoon each day. The driving distances were manageable but there were often more sights than we could get to in the time we had. Several days we were able to do a bike ride after we got to our hotel. Our rental cars were good and the Garmin essential. The rental car company was a bit overloaded when we arrived at 6:30, so shuttle to their location and checkout took longer than planned. Since Guide to Iceland had booked us for 8:00 at the Blue Lagoon, we could not get there on time. When we tried later to reschedule our Blue Lagoon vouchers, we were told that we had to use them on the scheduled day. None of our Guide to Iceland representatives had ever asked us when we wanted that scheduled, so in the end the vouchers were wasted. All of our hotels were clean and comfortable. All of the breakfasts were fine, some very good. Some bathrooms were cramped but we consider that normal for foreign travel. Check-in and out was easy. Beds were all comfortable. A few hotels were exceptionally good. One area that Guide to Iceland could definitely improve is with their Itinerary information. It has the feel of a cut-and-paste document, with a lot of redundancy and some essential information missing. For example, it did not include distances or estimated driving times between our hotels. That was one of the first things we looked for in order to decide which days we would want to take time for activities. Another thing that would have been useful is to know the open hours of museums, pools, etc. Because we traveled the first week of September, many places had limited open hours or were closed. As for our extra activities, Guide to Iceland made one mistake in booking our Whale watching tour. Our voucher said that our tour was scheduled for 9:30 but when we checked in at 9:00, we were told that Guide to Iceland had booked us for a 12:30 tour. The tour company said that Guide to Iceland does the booking directly on the tour company's website. Other than that, our activity bookings were accurate. One final positive note: be sure to get off the Ring Road here and there. Amazing sights are waiting with fewer people around, such as Detifoss and Selfoss. So much to see. I hope to go again some day!

Our 14 day tour of beautiful Iceland was spectacular from beginning to end. Our Guide to Iceland rep, David Kristjansson, worked closely with my wife and me throughout the planning phase of our trip, which began months before our August 3 flight. He adjusted his original plan several plans as we learned more about where we wanted to go and how we wanted to do it. We like to get out of the car to hike and explore. We did not want to have any day on our two-week excursion when we would have to drive for too many hours. We now know that David listened well and planned a trip that accomplished all our goals. From the moment we landed and picked up our sweet mid-sized SUV at the airport and every stop along the way, everything was as smooth as silk. Our accommodations around the entire magnificent island were nice and occasionally very interesting. All the special tours David arranged were perfect, especially snowmobiling on a glacier. What a wonderful way it was to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary! Joe and Kristine Hope

The 10-day self drive tour was fantastic! Our agent Melkorka listened to our requests and made sure to include everything in our itinerary, finding us wonderful places to stay each night. The country is absolutely beautiful with breathtaking views and landscapes, and the tour and activities that Guide To Iceland put together for us just made it even more fantastic. We were given a suggested itinerary with the option to do whatever we wanted, provided we made it to our accommodations for the night. Having that flexibility, but also recommendations on what to do along the way, was a great way to see the country and experience it at our own pace. We were a family of 4 traveling and Iceland had something for everyone to enjoy. Thanks!

There isn't enough words to say how much we loved our trip and Iceland. It doesn't matter where you drive, the entire country is stunning in different ways, from farms to turf houses to waterfalls and mountains, to glaciers and geysers to volcanos to fjords and Basalt columns, craters to lava fields. The entire country is beautiful!! We chose to do a 10 day self guided tour and the inside the magma chamber of a volcano. We are so happy that we chose to do a self guide tour as there are points of interest all over the country so this tour allowed us to see that major sites as well as the smaller points of interest along the way. It also allowed us to manage our time ourselves so we could continue on our way when we felt we were done seeing a site. Guide to Iceland booked us a reliable vehicle that could go in the highlands, nice and clean hotel rooms and gave us an itinerary with a full days worth of sites to see. Embla with guide to Iceland heard what we wanted to see and made sure she added those sites to our itinerary. With a map and the directions to sites from guide to Iceland, we had no problems finding our way around the country. We are so happy with our trip and all the planning that guide to Iceland did for us! They were so kind and helpful! A great company to deal with!!

Fantastic !!! Everything worked as expected, efficiently and nicely. We were a couple, with an eighteen years old son. We were not received on arrival and thanks to the airport information service, who called up the company (ss car rentals's), the car arrived in 15-20 minutes. The car was ok, although small. I would pick a larger one. With the helpful GPS and coordinates in the vouchers, we got everywhere, with no worries. Off course that friendly Icelanders also helped us a lot!!! The south region is amazing and the north is awesome. I loved Akureyri, where by the way, we stayed in a ‘perfect’ apartment (acco hostel). That was the best stay and in such a nice city. Even lost wallet was found more than 24h later at the police station. Although the room was very nice, the hotel hallormstadur had not the best mood for me … far from the lake, a bit fancy (air of fancy), expensive restaurant … the extra activities worked nicely, as well , with just one of them that we had to be re-schedule (whale whatching), otherwise we would not get there on time. Just a phone call and it was re-organized for early afternoon . All of the activities were very fun and safe. I loved the snowmobile. Beautiful whale watching, jokulsarlon boat trip, glacier hiking, ice cave, blue lagoon. I would stay longer at the Snæfellsnes peninsula if we could… but the top is the landscape !!! Everywhere, anytime !!! Followed of course, by frinedly and talking people. We struggled a little bit in our way back to Reykjavik for car parking, since our hotel did not include parking. It was very good and I would recommend. My thanks to Ólafur Ólafsson and all Guide to Iceland and associated staff.

We were extremely happy with the way GTI organized our 10 day self drive trip. Gustav was very helpful all along. The hotels mere mostly good - the Foss hotels all being outstanding. The only issue was regarding the cars. Whilst we upgraded to Luxury 4X4 and were promised Toyota land Cruisers, we got only one Land cruised and the 2nd vehicle was a Mitsibushi Pajero which was not that good. Again we had to pick up the 2 vehicles from 2 different companies which was not convenient. The GPS provided were not great and we had to rely on Google maps on our phones. We were not received on arrival and had to call up Gustav who was ofcourse very helpful. Overall a wonderful trip and would recommend Guide To Iceland to friends.

Wonderful trip! Easy to organize and everything went without a hitch.

Very pleased with our communication with Embla. Trip accommodations and the vehicle were as expected. Research surrounding areas for other sites nearby on the itinerary. ( we missed a few spots and a large mountain) Guide to Iceland took the hassle out of planning for hotels , all but two were satisfactory. We would recommend using Google maps on your phone as the GPS that came with the car was too difficult to navigate. We liked the freedom of renting our own vehicle and exploring at our own pace. We would highly recommend GTI for any first time visitor and enjoyed the beautiful country.

I did this tour with my husband and 10years old son. I chose Guide to Iceland as I did not know Iceland much, and had very little time to plan as I have a very busy work schedule. I must say it was the best decision I made. Everything was well planned, hotels were exceptional. Jonathan, our liaison, was very prompt with emails and made changes that suited our requirements. My only disappointment was a lodging provided at the town of Saudakrokur which did not meet our expectations. All in all, I was very pleased with services rendered by Guide to Iceland and I will definitely recommend them.

My husband and I chose to use Guide to Iceland because we knew nothing about the country, and were hoping for a thorough overview of an introduction. We were thrilled to be on our own schedule, to have a "menu" of activities to choose from that suited our interests, and to immerse ourselves in Iceland for 10 days. Guide to Iceland took care of everything and we had no issues with regard to any reservations. Some items suggested as activities we found impossible to find, including some suggested hiking trails, so unfortunately we lost some time there. The hotels were mostly excellent, although there were 1-2 that we found somewhat unsatisfactory. We're already looking forward to our next trip back, since thanks to Guide to Iceland we know the country better, and what we'd still like to see and experience (there's so much left to see!). It was so nice to not have to worry about logistics and just enjoy the country, and we have Guide to Iceland to thank!

Guide to Iceland was a great choice for us. We opted for the mid-level accommodations, and they were clean and comfortable with helpful staff. We enjoyed being able to drive ourselves and to pick and choose from the menu of suggested activities on the itinerary. We had a couple of minor issues (neither Guide to Iceland's fault), and when I contacted them, they responded promptly with the information we needed. It was a fantastic experience, and Guide to Iceland took the stress out of planning so that we could just enjoy our stay.

Thank you Mita Erika for making our trip to Iceland a memory we will never forget. The waterfalls were spectacular, the people were nice. The hotels were clean and in very accessible locations. Unfortunately we did not get to see any whales on either of our whale watching cruises, but both companies took our names and told us, if we ever get back to Iceland, our next cruise would be no charge. We ate some spectacular meals with very nice Icelandic beers. The highlight of the trip had to have been the ride up to the glacier cave. Unbelievable view, and an awesome guide while in the cave. I will definitely recommend "Guide to Iceland" to anyone interested in traveling to this fine country.

Best 10 days of my life. Guide to Iceland planned this trip for us perfectly. Thanks to Unnur Helga all our expectations of this beautiful island were met. We found the solitude and peacefulness that were looking for after a hard year and for that we will be forever grateful.

Had a magnificent time with my girlfriend on this trip. Truly an unforgettable experience. We loved every detail of the itinerary and all the hotels were clean and of good quality. First time to book a self drive tour but clearly not the last. We might even visit Iceland again!

This journey was amazing. The people at Guide to Iceland were so helpful in planning our trip we could not believe it. We even had a flat tyre one day and they sent a car to help us change it! We asked them to help us avoid the crowds and show us unique locations and the result was an incredible 10 day road trip where we felt as if we were alone on the island without any other tourists there except us. North Iceland was by far the highlight of our trip. We had a picnic in the big horse shoe canyon (can never remember any Icelandic names) and that was so lovely. We also went river rafting which was very exciting and beautiful. I have recommended Guide to Iceland to everyone I know who is planning to visit Iceland. Thank you for making our trip unforgettable!

The only way to travel Iceland. With excursions almost everyday, our agent Helga did an amazing job planning our itinerary. I couldn't imagine doing it from the US. We got the comfort hotels and it was great! The roads are fun to drive, the excursions are incredible ( we did the silfra dive, snowmobiles, ATV tour, whale watching, the ice cave tunnel, and the blue lagoon), and the landscape is breathtaking. What a memorable 2 weeks.

Using this company to arrange your daily itineraries is a no brainer. I chose the 10 day Ring Road tour. Unnar Helga was my booking agent and she did a great job arranging the rental car, hotel accommodations and add on tours. I picked the comfort level hotel category which was fine. Buffet breakfast was included at all hotels. The only minor issue (not really a complaint) was that every single hotel had nearly the exact same spread- sliced hams and salamis, sliced cheeses, various breads, fruits, cereals, yogurts, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and a few other things. Almost all had in room coffee makers (instant coffee at most). The SUV I rented was as ordered. All tours (glacier hike, snowmobile on glacier and glacier lagoon boat tour were great and worthwhile. I also did an all day super jeep tour from Reykjavik to landmannalaugar on my own which I highly recommend. I believe I lucked out with the weather as I only had 1 1/2 days of rain out of 12. When it does rain, it is absolutely miserable. But when the weather is nice, pure joy. Great trip, fantastic country

My daughter and I just returned from a 14 day stay in Iceland, 10 of which were driving the self guided tour booked with Guide to Iceland's Unur Helga. Just under 2 weeks prior to our date of departure for Iceland, "Oops, we'd better start planning where to go, where to stay, and where to rent a car!" Fortunately, we came across Guide to Iceland, and within a few days we had rooms, car rental, and itinerary offerings all in place. Unnur listened to what we wanted to experience and what we could afford, and adjusted the tour offerings accordingly. When we arrived in Iceland, we had in hand: our itinerary , vouchers for each of our stays, really helpful information about comfort, driving safety, etc provided by Olafur (Travellers' Happiness and quality assurance agent), and a car that was delivered (A Car Rental) to us at the airport. We cannot express, accurately enough, how smoothly and epic everything about this tour was. The car: clean and economical, rooms: comfy with amazingly snuggable duvets, the country: astoundingly beautiful, with crazy and amazing vistas seemingly at every turn. The 10 day tour is so do-able. We never felt pressed, felt that we could really explore and enjoy the various stops and just relax. The Golden Circle will blow your mind, and by day 9 you wonder if you can really stand more stunning beauty. Please, if you do this tour, tell me if this isn't true!! Thank you Guide to Iceland Unnur and Olafur......, one day I hope to return and I will be contacting you for another memorable vacation! Annie, Vermont, USA

We very much enjoyed the spectacular landscapes of Iceland, especially the glaciers, the coastal villages and harbors, the lava fields, the cliffs, the geysers, and the farming regions. The natural beauty is truly unique in this world. In addition the wildlife is unbelievable, whether it was the whales we saw, the puffins and other birds, or other species. The trip however had several inherent problems beginning with the amount of travel involved in such a short time. There were several days where it was over 3 hours to drive to our next destination, leaving very little time to see the beautiful places you described on our itinerary. In particular, we were unable to go on the Jokulsarion Boat Tour on August 6th because the day before we had gone on the Glacier expedition, which did not end until 17:00, and then had to drive 4 hours to Hofn, arriving at 21:00. To go on the boat ride would have meant adding another 2.5 hours to the next day’s trip, making for a 6 hour drive to our next destination, and having very little time to sleep. I contacted the tour operator and he has agreed to refund the cost. I hope you will credit this to our account. I hope you will consider making this a 15 day trip at least, or perhaps a 17 day trip so there is time to relax and explore. Most of the lodgings were adequate but not what I would call comfortable. The bathrooms were very small and so were the rooms in Akureyri. In addition the final night of our trip at the Hotel Keilir the single room was on an extremely noisy street due to its location across the street from a pub that did not close until 5am. We had requested a room across the hall but the operator said none was available. In conclusion we would like to return to Iceland so that we can see some of the places we were not able to. And I do hope you will refund the fees for the Jokulsarion Boat Tour.

Reply to Nancy Solomon

Hi Nancy, this tour does pack in as many attractions as possible in 10 days and thus does require some traveling between places. We have other tours that offer a slower itinerary and leaves room for more relaxation. Hopefully next time we can help you find exactly what you are looking for and of course we will refund you the boat tour. We hope you had a great time in Iceland, thank you for your feedback and have a great day!

We had a great time exploring Iceland. We had no prior experience with Iceland so using Guide to Iceland was very helpful. We had a few snags-with only gps coordinates, we had some difficulty getting to some locations. We booked comfort level hotels. There was one hotel in Lake Myvatn that was unacceptable. The room was smaller than a single dorm room, not even a chair to sit in. We were at that location for two nights. Overall a good experience though.

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