10 Day Slow-Paced Summer Self-Drive | Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Golden Circle & South Coast

10 Day Slow-Paced Summer Self-Drive | Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Golden Circle & South Coast
A map of the 10 Day Slow-Paced Summer Self-Drive of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Golden Circle & South Coast.
The black houses at the little hamlet of Hellnar on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Visit the majestic Kirkjufell mountain on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with a summer self-drive tour.
See the thunderous Skógafoss waterfall plunge down high cliffs, on a summer self-drive tour.
See the majestic Hallgrímskirkja church, located in downtown Reykjavík, with a 10 day slow-paced summer self-drive tour.
Visit the beautiful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon as you travel the South Coast on your summer self-drive tour.
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Immerse yourself in Iceland without rushing a single site by booking this slow-paced summer self-drive holiday. For ten days, you’ll be able to enjoy a wealth of destinations on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Golden Circle and the South Coast, all in your own time.

Those looking to explore Iceland in-depth need to look no further. On this tour, you will spend two nights in a row at each location outside of Reykjavík, allowing you to fully comprehend why Snæfellsnes is called 'Iceland in Miniature', marvel at natural and historical sites on the Golden Circle, and explore the South Coast all the way up to the unbelievable Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, giving every landmark en route the time it deserves. 

Throughout your travels, you’ll have options to take all manner of excursions, such as snorkelling between continents, snowmobiling on glaciers, visiting an ice cave and lava tubes, sail a boat on Breiðafjörður Bay or the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, relaxing in the Blue Lagoon or Krauma spa, and descending into an empty magma chamber of a volcano. You will also receive a special discount if you add these excursions during the booking process.

In booking a self-drive holiday, you don’t need to worry about sorting accommodation, car rentals or individual tours; all of it is organised for you prior to arrival. What’s more, you don’t have to concern yourself with the needs of other guests, tour guides or time limitations; your one goal each day is to enjoy Iceland at your pleasure until reaching your next hotel.

Don’t miss your chance to see Iceland in depth at your own pace. Book this family-friendly adventure now and discover all that Iceland has to offer. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Sep.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snorkelling, Snowmobile, Super Jeep, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Helicopter, Ice Caving, Self drive
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, West Iceland , Reykjavík, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Breiðafjörður, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Strokkur, Snæfellsnes, Reykjanes, Hvalfjörður, Sólheimajökull, Skaftafell, Silfra, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Stykkishólmur, Bjarnarhöfn, Hellnar, Reykholt, Borgarnes, Barnafoss, Langjökull, Gerðuberg, Arnarstapi, Vík í Mýrdal, Ólafsvík, Gljufrabui, Kirkjufell, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Reynisdrangar, Haukadalur, Eldborg, Lóndrangar, Djúpalónssandur, Ytri Tunga Beach, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, Krauma Spa
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

Please consult your itinerary for further information.

  • 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

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

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Blue Lagoon entrance (can be added during booking process)

  • Optional excursions

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Fuel

  • Flights

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 are seasonal only. Others 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, and all participants must know how to swim.

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

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland

Reykjavík is your first destination on this ten-day self-drive.

On day one, you will arrive at Keflavík International Airport, and pick up your car. From there, you will take a drive along the haunting, volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula to the city of Reykjavík.

If you are not in a rush to get to the capital, however, you can use this time to better explore the lunar landscapes around you. Just south of the airport is Gunnuhver geothermal area, where you'll find bubbling mud pools and colourful hot springs.

You could also use this day to head to the Blue Lagoon, a world-renowned spa known for its healing waters, vivid azure colours, and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere.

Once you reach your hotel, you can either relax and sleep off your journey to ready yourself for the day tomorrow or use the opportunity to introduce yourself to the many wonders of Reykjavík City.

Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

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 Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Day One

There are many coastal wonders around the village of Arnarstapi on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

On your second day, you will head to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This 90-kilometre long stretch of land is home to a wealth of wonders, and the scenic drive there takes you past mighty mountains, long fjords and rolling hills.

You’ll get to see a wealth of geological formations as you enter Snæfellsnes, such as at Eldborg crater and the Gerðuberg hexagonal basalt cliffs, as well as bountiful animal life. The Peninsula is home to a wealth of seabirds, and at Ytri Tunga beach, there is a good chance you'll spot a colony of seals hauling out.

You’ll then come to the charming fishing villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, where you can enjoy a stop for coffee, ice cream or Icelandic pancakes at a local café.

The coastline will only get more dramatic as you travel, culminating at the enormous basalt plug of Lóndrangar. While this site is spectacular, it is overshadowed by the glacier and volcano that crowns the tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Snæfellsjökull.

Snæfellsjökull, which sits in a National Park that has its name, gained fame when it was used as the setting of the Jules Verne novel ‘A Journey to the Centre of the Earth’. Between its two peaks, a cave is said to lead into a fantastical underworld.

While you cannot follow directly in the footsteps of the novel’s adventurers, you can opt for a caving tour this day, and enjoy the otherworldly space of a lava tube on your own subterranean journey.

If you’d rather stay above ground, you can take a whale watching tour from Ólafsvík. Though there are no guarantees, more Orcas, Pilot Whales and Sperm Whales are found around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula than most other parts of Iceland.

After a day of adventure, that will no doubt extend long into the hours of the midnight sun, you will head to a nearby hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Preferred accommodation by Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes Super Budget

Grundafjörður Hostel is located in Grundarfjörður village. Dormitory accommodation with shared bathrooms. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

Snæfellsnes Budget

Hof Guesthouse is situated on the southern side of Snæfellsnes peninsula, just a few hundred metres from the beach. Private bedrooms with shared bathroom, living room and kitchen. Free access to a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi in public areas. Breakfast not included.

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 3 - The Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Day Two

Kirkjufell Mountain is one of the most iconic landmarks on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Due to the enormous wealth of sites on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, you will be able to pack another day full of adventure here.

You could start by heading to Bjarnahöfn, home to the Shark Museum. Icelanders have for centuries enjoyed fermented Greenlandic shark as a delicacy, and here you can see the processes used to create it, and taste the results. Just note that the smell can be quite strong.

You could also enjoy more natural sites, such as the Rauðfeldsgjá gorge, which is a cleft in a giant cliff face you can climb into to reach a waterfall, just make sure you bring waterproof clothes and shoes as you will get wet. You can also see the iconic Mount Kirkjufell and its adjacent waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss, a favourite amongst avid photographers.

An option that blends nature and history is to visit Djúpalónssandur beach. Here, you can find rusty pieces of metal from an old shipwreck on the beach's jet-black pebbles, as well as four ‘lifting stones’, against which fishermen of old used to test their strength.

The largest town on the Peninsula is called Stykkishólmur, and it is filled with folklore and culture. From here, you can take a boat tour into Breiðafjörður fjord, which will plough up some shellfish for you to have prepared to eat right in front of you in the form of sushi. This tour also provides more opportunities to see whales, seals and seabirds, including puffins.

If you are here during the summer season, you can also choose to add the extra adventure of taking a snowcat to the top of Snæfellsjökull glacier. This activity will take you in a vehicle that has been specially built to handle the rough glacial landscapes of Iceland to the foot of the mountain, where you will switch to a snowcat and ascend this ice cap that sits on top of a 7000-year-old volcano.

With the sites of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula enjoyed in depth, you’ll return to your hotel here for one more night.

Day 4 - West Iceland

Hraunfossar is a series of gentle waterfalls pouring from a lava field.

On your fourth day, you will head towards the Golden Circle, but as this tour emphasises a slow and steady pace, you’ll make sure you enjoy all the sites en route first.

West Iceland has incredible natural landmarks. It is home to the highest-flowing hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver, and two iconic waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. You can explore the fjord Hvalfjörður, and even take the hike to see the see the second tallest falls in the country, Glymur.

It also has many historical sites. The town of Borgarnes is in a beautiful coastal setting and houses the Settlement Centre museum. Reykholt, meanwhile, has the Snorrastofa Research Centre, an institution based on the life and works of the village’s most famous son, Snorri Sturluson, who wrote the Bible of Old Norse mythology, Edda. 

While booking, there are three tours you can opt for today. You could head to the mighty Langjökull Glacier, take a monster truck journey to its peak, and explore man-made ice tunnels that lead into its depths. If you missed caving on Snæfellsnes, you could take a tour here into Viðgelmir lava tube, the largest cave in Iceland.

If you’d rather just relax, you can book admission to the Krauma Spa where hot water from Deildartunguhver is mixed with cold water from Iceland's smallest glacier, Ok, to create the perfect bathing temperature.

You’ll finally reach your hotel on the Golden Circle, perfectly poised to explore it in depth tomorrow.

Preferred accommodation by the Golden Circle

Golden Circle Super Budget

Héraðsskólinn Boutique Hostel is centrally located within Laugarvatn village. Dormitory rooms with shared facilities. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

Golden Circle Budget

Héraðsskólinn Boutique Hostel is centrally located within Laugarvatn village. Private rooms with private or shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

Golden Circle Comfort

Hotel Litli Geysir is a 3-star hotel located right across from Geysir geothermal area. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Golden Circle Quality

ION Adventure Hotel is a 4-star hotel which is located a short distance from Þingvellir National Park. It has private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to outdoor hot tubs. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Day 5 - The Golden Circle

Within Þingvellir National Park is the stunning waterfall Öxaráfoss.

On Day Five, you will embark on Iceland’s most renowned and beloved sightseeing route, the Golden Circle. The trail consists of three points, all equal in beauty and allure.

The most famous waterfall in the country is Gullfoss, otherwise known as ‘the Golden Waterfall’; its name is where the title ‘the Golden Circle’ came from. Falling in two tiers and plunging into a canyon that slices through the countryside, it has the awe-inspiring power for which this country is known. You can observe and photograph it from many surrounding platforms.

Just ten minutes from Gullfoss is Haukadalur Valley, home to the Geysir Geothermal Area. Though named after the Great Geysir itself, this feature is currently inactive. The star of the show here is, however, the incredible Strokkur. Every five to ten minutes, it blasts a column of boiling water to heights which have been known to reach forty metres. Surrounding it are many other hot springs, fumaroles and steam vents.

Finally, you will come to Þingvellir, a fascinating National Park which sits directly between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. As they pull apart, they tear the landscape up, creating ravines and making it both dramatic and beautiful. This is also the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland, being where Icelanders first found their parliament in 930 AD, which is now the longest-running institution of its kind in the world.

After enjoying these sites, there are a wealth of other places you can visit. Kerið is a crater lake with beautiful contrasts between its crimson rocks and azure waters; there are geothermal power plants which you can enter and explore; and many more waterfalls.

You could also use the time to enjoy a tour. In Þingvellir, there is a ravine filled with crystal clear glacial water called Silfra that you can snorkel in for a fantastic adventure between the continents. You could also return to Langjökull glacier for a thrilling snowmobile ride on top of the ice cap.

After making the very most of the Golden Circle, you will return to your accommodation in the area.

Day 6 - The South Coast, Day One

From Vík, you can look over to the Reynisfjara black sand beach, Reynisdrangar sea-stacks and the mountain Reynisfjall.

On your sixth day, you will begin your three-day exploration of Iceland’s marvellous South Coast.

As you leave from the Golden Circle, you will find your route descend to run alongside the ocean; on your right, you will be able to see across to the Westman Islands in clear weather, and to your left, the notorious subglacial volcanoes Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull will begin to materialise.

Your first stop is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This beautiful cascade tumbles from over sixty metres and is unique in the sense you can walk all the way around it. This provides the opportunity for some gorgeous views over the South, and for some unique photographs. As you have the time to enjoy the sites in depth, you can also walk over to another mesmerising waterfall, hidden in a gorge, called Gljúfrabúi.

Next, you will see Skógafoss. This one has a more classic shape that the other two, it is also over sixty metres tall, but much more powerful. The clouds of spray rising from where it crashes to the earth often holds many rainbows when rays of the sun fall upon it.

You will next see some amazing coastal attractions around the charming village of Vík. The most well-known of these is the black sand beach Reynisfjara, a haunting, otherworldly, yet beautiful stretch of shoreline. Jutting from the water nearby, off the cliffs of Reynisfjall mountain, are the sea-stacks known as Reynisdrangar. These are, according to local folklore, all that remains of two petrified trolls.

Near here is another famous coastal location. Dyrhólaey is a set of cliffs and a gigantic rock arch that juts into the ocean, magnificent in its own right, but beloved for its bird-watching opportunities. This is one of the closest places to Reykjavík from which you can observe puffins up close from the land.

On your journey, you have the option to take one of two tours. You could stop at an outlet of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, Sólheimajökull, and enjoy an exciting glacier hike. Otherwise, you could elect to take an ice caving tour higher on the ice cap, where you can descend into a beautifully formed feature that sits directly above Katla volcano.

Finally, you will reach the village of Kirkjubæklaustar, nicknamed Klaustur even by locals. You can visit the local sites, all steeped in religious history, before heading to your hotel.

Preferred accommodation by Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Kirkjubæjarklaustur Super Budget

Vagnstaðir Hostel is located within walking distance from the beach and has a great view of the sea and surrounding mountains. Dorm accommodation with shared bathroom. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

Kirkjubæjarklaustur Budget

Klausturhof Guesthouse is centrally located in Kirkjubæjarklaustur town. Private bedrooms with shared bathroom. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

Kirkjubæjarklaustur Comfort

Fosshótel Núpar is a 3-star hotel with panoramic views of lava fields, mountains, and the glacier tongues of Vatnajökull glacier. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Kirkjubæjarklaustur Quality

Hotel Klaustur is a 3+ star hotel centrally located in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur town. Modern private rooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Day 7 - The South Coast, Day Two

Underneath the midnight sun, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is an arctic wonderland.

On day seven, you will get to see two marvellous sites of the south-east, considered by many to be the most beautiful in Iceland, both located within Vatnajökull National Park.

The first of these is Skaftafell Nature Reserve, so otherworldly that it was the first National Park in the area. It is a hiker’s paradise, with trails leading to a wealth of sites through diverse environments. It is home to lava fields, rivers, forests, and glacier tongues stretching from the largest ice cap in Europe, Vatnajökull. Most famously, it holds Svartifoss waterfall, which is surrounded by black basalt columns.

If you'd like to breathe in the fresh mountain air from atop of a glacier, you can opt for a glacier hike in Skaftafell today. A certified guide will lead you up the ice cap, past deep crevasses and incredible ice formations so you can get an incredible view of the surrounding landscapes.

Secondly, you’ll come to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here, mighty icebergs break from an outlet glacier into a gigantic lake, and slowly drift across it, making for an ethereal arctic wonderland. To add to the beauty, many seals call the lagoon home, and seabirds nest all around it. To truly immerse yourself here, you can choose to take either a slow boat ride on an amphibious boat or a faster ride on a RIB speedboat.

Adjacent to the lagoon is the Diamond Beach, which no visitor should overlook. The black-sand stretch of coastline is where many of the icebergs end up after finally reaching the ocean. They lie there, scattered on the shore like glistening diamonds.

Although you could spend all day at these sites, you could also head a little further east, before returning your accommodations in Klaustur, to Mount Vestrahorn. This is a beautiful, stark feature that photographers flock to, trying to capture the perfect photo of the mountain reflecting in the surrounding water.

Day 8 - The South Coast, Day Three

Skógafoss is a sixty-metre tall waterfall on the South Coast that can reach a width of twenty metres.

On your eighth day, you will drive from Klaustur back to Reykjavík. This journey gives you ample time to enjoy any sites that you missed the following days, or to return to your favourites under different conditions. Of course, you can also rush back to the city so that you get more time in the capital.

Today, there is one incredible tour that you can choose to take. Iceland is the only place with a frozen magma chamber of a dormant volcano that you can descend into, so it is possible to enjoy the Into the Volcano tour into Þríhnúkagígur.

On this excursion, you will descend in a lift into a colourful, enormous cavern, which could comfortably hold the Statue of Liberty. You can explore the chamber at its bottom, which is the size of a football field.

Once back in Reykjavík, you can settle into your hotel and enjoy your night.

Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

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 9 - Reykjavik Free Day

There is a nature reserve in Reykjavík city proper at Seltjarnarnes area.

On Day Nine, you have a free day in Reykjavík and a wealth of options for how to spend it.

You could, of course, use it to explore the city itself. The main street Laugavegur has a wealth of boutiques, bars and restaurants, and there are many architectural sites, such as Hallgrímskirkja church and Harpa Concert Hall, to explore.

If you’d rather maintain your adventures, you could whale watch from the city’s Old Harbour. This 3-hour excursion will provide you with an amazing opportunity to see Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, White-Beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises, as well as puffins, amongst other species of cetacean and seabird.

A final choice is a little more lavish, but the most rewarding. From Reykjavík’s Domestic Airport, it is possible to take a helicopter tour of the city and its surrounding nature. This will provide you with a fantastic aerial perspective over all of the landmarks, as well as an exhilarating rush as you swoop through the skies.

You will spend your final night in Iceland at your accommodations in Reykjavík.

Day 10 - Departure Day

One of the architectural marvels of Reykjavík, Harpa Concert Hall.

Today is your last day in Iceland. If your flight is late, you can use the time to say goodbye to Reykjavík, explore the Reykjanes Peninsula, or, if you didn’t on the first day, take a dip in the Blue Lagoon.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to drive to Keflavík International Airport, return your vehicle and check in. Have a good flight and know that Iceland will be here waiting for your return. 


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.


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


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


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.


Below you can see the car rental options available for this self-drive tour. All our vehicles are new or current models. Super budget 2WD vehicles are maximum 5 years of age, and come equipped with a GPS and standard CDW insurance. Budget 2WD, Comfort 4x4 and Luxury 4x4 level vehicles are maximum two years of age, and come equipped with a GPS, CDW, GP and SCDW insurances. You can also upgrade to an automatic model.

Super Budget 2WD

A small 2WD vehicle such as Toyota Aygo, Hyundai i10 or similar, fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions. Compact and comfortable for up to 2 travellers with very little luggage. No highland capabilities.

Budget 2WD

A basic 2WD vehicle such as VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or similar, suitable for travelling in everyday conditions. Comfortable for 3 travellers with light luggage. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities.

Comfort 4x4

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

Luxury 4x4

A large sized 4WD (4x4) jeep such as Toyota Land Cruiser or similar, fit for nearly all travelling. This vehicle has full highland capabilities to drive on accessible mountain roads. Note that off-road driving is illegal.

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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What a wonderful trip! Guide to Iceland is far and away the best travel company we have ever used. The pre-trip information we received was second to none and the many questions I asked before we left were answered promptly and informatively. The itinerary was extremely detailed, with lots of accurate information about each place we could choose to visit en route to each hotel. On our first evening in Reykjavik we popped into City Hall, as suggested, and met Francisco. We couldn’t have wished for a more helpful representative. Prior to leaving the UK we received an email informing us that our whale watching tour on day 2 on the Snæfellsnes peninsula was cancelled due to high winds. Francisco re-booked us on an early-morning whale-watching tour in Reykjavik so that we didn’t miss out and could continue with the rest of our itinerary, as planned. (This was actually an upgrade, but he did it at no extra cost – what great service!) Our hire car (Toyota Auris) from My Car was almost brand new. Unfortunately, insufficient time was allowed by them for us to land, clear passport control and get to the information desk for our pick up, so we had to wait an hour for the next one. Driving was very straightforward (although the gravel roads took a bit of getting used to!) and we were so glad we had chosen this slow-paced tour, allowing us plenty of time to enjoy the well-selected sights on our itinerary. We also found a few other unexpected gems along our route. The comfort hotels were all good and easy to find. Although this tour doesn’t cover the whole of Iceland, it gives you a very comprehensive experience of what Iceland has to offer. We saw so many natural wonders – volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, hot springs and bubbling mud pools, lava fields, black beaches, waterfalls … We agreed that it was impossible to choose just one highlight, but my husband was particularly struck by his first sight of a lava field and the amazing alien yet beautiful volcanic landscape. For me, the wet black sand covered in glistening “diamonds” and the sound of the crashing waves was truly magical and made a lasting impression. We descended 120m into a dormant volcano and had the unexpected and very moving experience of our guide, Hilmir, singing a beautiful Icelandic lament; we explored the longest lava tube in Iceland and chatted with the most passionate geologist who was happy to share his specialist knowledge and time with us; we experienced four seasons in one day; we bathed in a beautiful hot spring in the middle of nowhere – it was raining with a biting wind when we arrived, but sunny and sheltered when we got in; we walked along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and clearly saw the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates; we marvelled at the geyser gushing 30m into the air every 5-10 minutes and walked/climbed behind a mighty waterfall; we got close to giant icebergs from the great glacier on a thrilling rib ride; we saw seals and their pups basking on the rocks, and minke whales and dolphins in the sea, and it was amazing to see the gannets folding back their wings to plummet into the water like torpedoes … Thank you, Guide to Iceland, for organising our trip for us – we will always remember my husband’s 50th birthday celebration – it was very special.
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