10 Day Summer Self-Drive in Iceland | Explore the Best Ring Road Attractions in Depth

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Duration
10 days
Difficulty
Medium
Free pickup
Reykjavík
Available
May. - Aug.

Enjoy exploring the most beautiful Ring Road attractions in depth, with this ten-day summer self-drive. This tour will allow you to take your time to enjoy the country’s south, eas...

Enjoy exploring the most beautiful Ring Road attractions in depth, with this ten-day summer self-drive. This tour will allow you to take your time to enjoy the country’s south, east and north, as well as the city of Reykjavík.

Self-drive tours provide a wonderful opportunity to explore Iceland without stress. Before your arrival, your accommodation, car rental and excursions will be sorted for you, and you don’t have to worry about other guests or impatient guides. You can explore on your own terms, and on this tour, you’ll have plenty of time to see all that you want to.

After your arrival, you will explore the famous sites of the Golden Circle, before crossing the length of the beautiful South Coast. From there, you will wind your way up the gorgeous Eastfjords, then cross the North to Lak...

Included

9 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
Vehicle for 10 days (Toyota Aygo or similar. Upgrades available)
CDW insurance for super budget level vehicle; other levels also include SCDW and gravel protection insurances
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
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
Reykjavík
Akureyri
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Mývatn
Dimmuborgir
Húsavík
Ásbyrgi

Daily itinerary

Day 1
In downtown Reykjavík is Harpa Concert Hall.

Arrival

Welcome to Iceland! You will land at Keflavík International Airport, located on the Reykjanes Peninsula. After collecting your luggage, pick up your car, and set out in the direction of Iceland's capital, Reykjavík.

Now, you have the option of heading straight to the city or start your exploration adventure and drive around the Reykjanes peninsula. The lava l...

Day 2
Gullfoss waterfall is one of Iceland's prime attractions.

The Golden Circle

On your second day, you will embark upon the most popular tourist route in Iceland, the Golden Circle.

The first destination on this route is Þingvellir National Park. This is a beautiful place of ravines, springs, forest and lava fields, nestled in between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. It is also the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on Icel...

Day 3
The Reynisdrangar sea-stacks are geological marvels off the South Coast.

South Coast

On Day Three, you will start your journey along the South Coast, a stretch lined with countless attractions.

The first of these you will stop at are three waterfalls. The first two are very unique, and located right next to each other. Seljalandsfoss is the more famous of them, sixty metres tall and with a cave behind it that will allow you to fully encircle...

Day 4
See titanic icebergs float peacefully on a serene lake at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

South-East

On your fourth day, you will see two of Iceland’s most incredible natural sites, Skaftafell Nature Reserve and the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Skaftafell sits in the shadow of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, and is full of diverse landscapes. There are many trails and tracks in Skaftafell and you can take hikes to go to beautiful waterfalls and magnifi...

Day 5
While driving the Eastfjords you might spot seals, reindeer and Icelandic horses.

The Eastfjords

On Day Five, you will explore the Eastfjords. This is one of Iceland’s least travelled regions, so you will avoid most of the crowds and be able to enjoy the area in peace.

The Eastfjords are defined by gigantic mountains, stunning ocean views, coastal towns and diverse wildlife. In the cliffs, you may see puffins; on the coast, you may see seals; and in the...

Day 6
When travelling in northern Iceland, make sure you stop at Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss.

To Lake Myvatn

Your sixth day can be spent in one of two ways; you could either further enjoy the peaceful and beautiful Eastfjords before heading to the Lake Mývatn area in the evening, or you could head straight to Mývatn so that you can explore more of its sites. You will, however, also have tomorrow to enjoy this area.

Regardless, en route to Mývatn, there are some incr...

Day 7
A colourful mud pool in a geothermal area near Lake Mývatn.

The Lake Myvatn Region

You will have all of Day Seven to explore the Lake Mývatn region, meaning you can give each site the time it deserves.

There are a huge wealth of things to see. Of course, the lake itself is worth spending time at, due to its bountiful birdlife and bizarre geological formations. For even more geology, you can head to the Dimmuborgir lava fortress, where the r...

Day 8
The beautiful Goðafoss waterfall in north Iceland is not only stunning but steeped in history.

North Iceland

On Day Eight, you will have a chance to better explore north Iceland. Leaving from Mývatn heading west, you will first come to the waterfall Goðafoss. This feature is as historic as it is beautiful; it was here, in 1000 AD, where Iceland’s law-speaker of the time threw away idols of the Old Norse Gods to symbolise the nation’s conversion to Christianity.

You...

Day 9
See Reykjavík from above on a helicopter tour of the city.

To Reykjavik

On your ninth day, you will head back to Reykjavík. The drive might be long but you can break it up with several scenic stops along the way. 

If you haven't had a chance to explore the Tröllaskagi Peninsula, now is your chance. You could visit the herring era museum in Siglufjörður or the beautiful infinity pool at Hofsós. Further south, you'll find the wonde...

Day 10
Witness the midnight sun in Reykjavík on a summer self-drive tour.

Departure

Sadly, this is your departure day. If your flight leaves late, you can squeeze in some last minute souvenir-shopping or sightseeing trips.

If you have enough time, why not spend a few hours luxuriating at the world famous Blue Lagoon, located on the Reykjanes Peninsula, a short drive from the airport. Here, guests are invited to soothe their tired muscles in...

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What to bring

Driver's License
Warm and waterproof clothes
Good shoes
Swimsuit and towel
Camera

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.

Some optional activities might need either a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkelling.

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. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and 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.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels. Located in the region of the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.

Budget

Rooms with shared bathrooms in farmhouses, guesthouses or hostels, with good locations near the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.

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, of maximum 2 years of age. Super Budget levels come with standard CDW insurance, while all other levels also include Gravel Protection (GP), and Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) insurances. Please note that off-road driving is illegal for all types of cars. All levels come equipped with a GPS and free Wi-fi. You can enjoy unlimited data with the Wi-Fi device, which can be connected to up to 10 devices at once. The car rental will provide 24-hour roadside emergency services. Age requirement for each level can be found below. For all levels, the driver must possess a valid driving license for at least one year before the date of the rental. We recommend Budget 4X4 level for summer driving and Comfort 4X4 for winter driving.

Super Budget 2WD

A small 2WD vehicle such as Toyota Aygo or similar, fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions. Compact and comfortable for up to 2 travellers with very little luggage. No highland capabilities. The driver must be of 20 years of age or above.

Budget 2WD

A basic 2WD vehicle, such as a Toyota Yaris or similar, suitable for travelling in everyday conditions. Comfortable for 3 travellers with light luggage. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities. The driver must be of 20 years of age or above.

Budget 4x4

A basic 4WD (4X4) jeep or SUV such as a Dacia Duster or similar. Comfortably fit up to 3 travellers with 2 large pieces of luggage. Fit for most travel and decent for snow and off-asphalt driving. Has basic highland capabilities. The driver must be of 20 years of age or above.

Comfort 4x4

A medium sized 4WD (4x4) jeep or SUV such as a Toyota Rav4, or similar. Comfortably fit up to 4 travellers with 3 large pieces of luggage. Fit for most travel and good for snow and off-asphalt driving. Has basic highland capabilities. The driver must be of 21 years of age or above.

Luxury 4x4

A large 4WD jeep such as a Toyota Land Cruiser or similar. Comfortable for up to 4 travellers with 4 large pieces of luggage. Fit for nearly all travelling. Has full highland capabilities to drive on accessible mountain roads. The driver must be of 21 years of age or above.

Van 2WD

A large 9-seater van such as a Renault Trafic or similar. Comfortable for groups of 5 to 7 travellers. If seated full, luggage space is limited. Fit for everyday conditions. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities. The driver must be of 23 years of age or above.

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 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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