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10 Day Self Drive Tour | Top Ring Road Attractions & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Group discount
Group discount
Free pickup
No credit card fees
No booking fees
Duration
10 days
Difficulty
Medium
Free pick-up
Keflavík Aiport, Reykjavík

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...

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, and the famous Golden Circle. 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 experienc...

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
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Caving
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
Reykjavík
Akureyri
Jökulsárlón
Hvítá River
Vatnajökull
Mývatn
Dimmuborgir
Húsavík

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Reykjavík

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.

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.

Day 2

The Golden Circle

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 fissu...

Day 3

South Coast

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, Reynisfjara, and the dramatic Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar rock formations. This is also a great place for puffin watching. 

Today, you have the opportunity to have a glacier adventure! You can race across Sólheimajökull glacier tongue on a thrilling snowmobile tour or, if you'd like, you can visit a...

Day 4

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Eastfjords

Explore the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon today, one of Iceland’s most beautiful spots. If you so desire, 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 Eastfjords, passing tranquil fishing villages and sweeping coastal landscapes along the way.

Spend the night in the secluded Egilsstaðir area.

Day 5

Mývatn Area

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.

Day 6

Dettifoss Falls - Ásbyrgi Canyon - Húsavík

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.

Day 7

More of Akureyri - Fishing Villages and Historical Settlements

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.

Day 8

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula

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. T...

Day 9

West Iceland

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 centur...

Day 10

Farewell to Iceland

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.

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!

Map

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.

Accommodation

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Comfort levels bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation 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. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. Please note that not all locations offer quality level accommodation. Comfort level accommodation will be arranged at those particular locations, which is reflected in the quality level upgrade price. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date 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.

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.

Meals

You can now add meals to your booking. Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact info@guidetoiceland.is and declare full cancellation. Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.