10 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | The Circle of Iceland

10 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | The Circle of Iceland
The itinerary for the 10 Day Winter Self Drive Tour of The Circle of Iceland
You can visit Þingvellir National Park late in the evening to try and catch the elusive Northern Lights on a winter self-drive tour.
On a circle self-drive, you can visit Hvítserkur rock stack in north Iceland and see it bathed in the evening light.
Winter in Iceland is the only time you can visit an authentic ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park.
A winter-sky over Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, filled with the neon green colours of the Northern Lights.
As you leave the South Coast and enter the Eastfjords on a circle self-drive tour, you are greeted by the majestic Vestrahorn mountain.
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Drive the entire ring-road of Iceland in ten days, on this immersive winter tour. Carefully designed by local travel experts who know the land and the Icelandic winter, this itinerary takes road conditions and daylight hours into consideration to create a journey suitable for winter travel in Iceland.

This trip should appeal to anyone who seeks to make the most of this country as possible, who has a great sense of adventure, and who wants the freedom to decide where to go and when. 

On this self-drive, you will get to see some of Iceland’s most iconic sights, seeing the floating icebergs at Jökulsárlón, the serene lava fields of Lake Mývatn and the world renowned Golden Circle while enjoying the evening glow of the Northern Lights above. You'll also receive a personal itinerary guiding you to unique, lesser-known locations where you can truly immerse yourself in the untouched nature, far from the crowds.

If you'd like to experience something even more unique or get some amazing thrills, you can always add some adventure to your journey. Throughout the booking process, you can add on tours such as dogsledding, glacier hiking and snowmobiling. If you visit between November and March, you will also have the rare opportunity to take a trip into an authentic ice cave.

Travelling around all of Iceland in winter will expose you to an incredible wonderland of snowy terrain. It does, however, make driving a challenge for those without experience on icy roads. This tour, therefore, should only be booked if the group you are travelling with has a confident driver, preferably with experience under similar conditions.

Don't miss out on this Icelandic adventure. Book now to create the winter holiday of a lifetime. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Apr.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snorkelling, Caving, Snowmobile, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing, Ice Caving, Self drive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Attractions: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Hvítá River, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Húsavík, Goðafoss, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Strokkur, Reykjanes, Hvalfjörður, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Skaftafell, Silfra, Höfn, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Snorrastofa, Reykholt, Borgarnes, Barnafoss, Langjökull, Kleifarvatn, Skútustaðagígar, Grjótagjá, Vík í Mýrdal, Egilsstaðir, Hvolsvöllur, Kerið, Gljufrabui, Keflavik International Airport, Reynisdrangar, Hvítserkur, Öxarárfoss, Námaskarð, Lagarfljót, Hallormsstaðaskógur, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Ring Road, East Fjords
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

Your car will await you at Keflavík International airport when you arrive. You will drop it off at Keflavík Airport, too, when you depart from Iceland.
  • 9 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

  • Vehicle for 10 days (Toyota Rav4 4x4 or similar. Upgrades available)

  • CDW, SCDW and GP insurance for car rental

  • 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

  • Fuel

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Optional excursions

What to bring:
  • Warm Clothes

  • Winter hiking shoes

  • Camera

  • Swimsuit and towel

  • Valid driver's license

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.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows.

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you. Please note that though the tour is available to book from September to May, the ice caves are only accessible from November to March each year.

Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Reykjavik

Relaxing in the warm geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, surrounded by jet-black lava capped with snow, is an experience you won't soon forget

You will arrive in Iceland via Keflavík International Airport, find your vehicle and head on out to the dark lava field of the Reykjanes Peninsula in the direction of Iceland's capital, Reykjavík.

How you chose to spend this day is up to you; you could explore the raw volcanic landscapes of Reykjanes, visiting such places like Kleifarvatn Lake or the Rock and Roll museum in Keflavík town. You could also just head straight to Reykjavík and settle into the vibrant city.

Another great way to start your trip is to bask in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon. The azure lake is visible from far away as the clouds of steam from the hot, geothermal water rise into the sky in the winter cold. Set in the middle of a stunning lava landscape, this spa is the perfect way to relax after a long flight, surrounded by ink black lava topped with snow, surrounding the brightest blue of the lake itself.

You will spend your first night in the capital.

Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

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 Golden Circle

The mighty Gullfoss waterfall is stunning, and the surrounding frozen landscapes in the wintertime only add to its allure

Your second day will be largely spent marvelling over the three wonders of the Golden Circle. The first of these is Þingvellir National Park, a site located between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The two continents are drifting apart, creating cracks and fissures in the terrain as they tear up the landscape around. 

One of those fissures, Silfra, is filled with crystal clear glacial water and is thus a popular snorkelling and diving site. If you opted to during the booking process, you can enjoy the unparalleled visibility of Silfra's waters as you snorkel between two continents. 

Following Þingvellir, you will head to the Geysir geothermal area, which is home to, as the name suggests, geysers. The most impressive one, Strokkur, erupts every five to ten minutes, creating a water column that can reach heights of up to forty metres.

Just a short drive away is Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the most iconic falls in Iceland. Here, you can watch the Hvítá glacier river cascade into an ancient gorge in two tiers with enormous power. If you want more thrills today, you can add on an exciting snowmobile tour.

Departing from Gullfoss falls, you can hop on a bus taking you to the great Langjökull glacier where you can whizz across the white expanse both for the thrill and the feeling of ultimate freedom in Icelandic wilderness.  

Your accommodation for the night will be in Hvolsvöllur on the South Coast, so as you head towards it, you can use your itinerary to find unique locations en route, such as the crater-lake Kerið, or the eco-village Sólheimar.

Preferred accommodation by Hvolsvöllur

Hvolsvöllur Budget

Hotel Hvolsvöllur is a 3-star hotel centrally located in Hvolsvöllur village. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to outdoor hot tubs. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

Hvolsvöllur Comfort

Hotel Hvolsvöllur is a 3-star hotel centrally located in Hvolsvöllur village. 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 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 - Hvolsvollur to Vik

Reynisfjara black sand beach blanketed in snow as the last rays of the winter sun paint the sky red

On day three, you will immerse yourself in the waterfalls, glaciers and coastal wonders of the South Coast. As you start your drive, you may be able to see a notable feature immediately to your left; you will, after all, be passing the notorious Eyjafjallajökull which erupted in 2010 and caused a disastrous effect on air travel.

The first site you will reach is Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall you can fully encircle for some wonderful views; right near here is Gljúfrabúi, another beautiful waterfall most miss out on due to the fact it is hidden in a cleft in a mountain. The next destination is another waterfall, called Skógafoss, renowned for its awe-inspiring power.

You will next head towards the glacier Mýrdalsjökull and its surrounding tongues. Here, you will have an opportunity to explore the otherworldly landscape atop an ice cap in two different ways. You can take a snowmobiling tour atop this great glacier for an hour of exhilaration, or else a glacier hike on the nearby Sólheimajökull for a more extended period of excitement and a deeper insight into how these natural marvels form and change.

A little further along the South Coast, you will reach Reynisfjara black-sand beach, a stunning stretch of coastline. You can admire geological wonders here, such as the Dyrhólaey rock arch and the Reynisdrangar sea stacks. Just beware of the water, as this beach is renowned for its dangerous sneaker waves.

A short journey from here is the village of Vík, where you will spend the night.

Preferred accommodation by Vík

Vík Budget

Puffin Hostel is centrally located in Vík. Private bedrooms with shared bathrooms and a common lounge area. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

Vík Comfort

Hotel Katla is a 3 star country hotel that's situated 5km to the east of Vík. Comfortable private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a hot tub and a sauna. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Vík Quality

Icelandair Hotel Vík is a 3 star hotel centrally located in Vík. Stylish private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Ocean or cliff views from each room. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Day 4 - Vik to Hofn

The golden hue of the winter sun lighting up Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon as crystal clear icebergs drift serenely on the water

You will head from Vík to Höfn on your fourth day, via two incredibly spectacular areas. The first of these is Skaftafell Nature Reserve, often referred to as a hiker’s paradise. Dozens of trails, catering to most abilities, wind through the lava fields and forests to glacial tongues and unique waterfalls. If you missed the glacier hike the day before in place of a snowmobiling tour, you could partake in one here today.

Following your time in Skaftafell, you will head further east, to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This is one of Iceland’s most famous and well-renowned sites, and for good reason; its beauty is mesmerising.

Here, icebergs break away from a glacial tongue and slowly and serenely make their way across a great pool of water towards the ocean. To add to the appeal of this location, it is the home of many seals, which you may be able to spot playing in the water or hauling out on the bergs.

Beside the lagoon is the Diamond Beach, where these chunks of ice wash up upon the shore and create a beautiful, sparkling phenomenon. After admiring this area, you can continue onto Höfn, where you will spend the night.

Preferred accommodation by Jökulsárlón and Höfn

Jökulsárlón and Höfn Budget

Guesthouse Hvammur is located in the centre of Höfn town and a short drive from Vatnjökull National Park. Private bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Jökulsárlón and Höfn Comfort

Hotel Höfn is a 3-star hotel centrally located in the town Höfn. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Jökulsárlón and Höfn 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 5 - Hofn to Egilsstadir

On a winter circle tour of Iceland, you'll travel through Vatnajökull National Park where you can go on an excursion and visit an authentic ice cave

On day five, you will drive through the little-travelled Eastfjords. If you wish, however, you can organise a tour to the incredible ice caves of Vatnajökull to take before you go; this is only possible from November to March but promises to be an awe-inspiring opportunity if you are in the area at the time.

The Eastfjords are a remote and beautiful area, with dramatic mountains, deserted inlets, and a wealth of wildlife; keep your eye on the beaches for seals, and on the surrounding country for reindeer. This is the only part of Iceland where you can see the latter.

Using your itinerary, you will be able to find many unique locations to stop and admire the deserted nature. The two most visited sites in the area, however, you will find beside Egilsstaðir. The first is Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, where there are many trails for avid hikers. The second is a serene lake called Lagarfljót, said to hold a terrible beast, legends of which far out-date those of the Loch Ness Monster.

You will spend the night in the largest settlement of the east, Egilsstaðir.

Preferred accommodation by Egilsstaðir

Egilsstaðir Budget

Guesthouse Birta is family run guesthouse centrally located in the town of Egilsstaðir. Access to terrace and garden. Private rooms with shared facilities. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

Egilsstaðir Comfort

Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir is a 3-star hotel located within a short walking distance from the centre of Egilsstaðir town, by the lake Lagarfljót. 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 in Egilsstaðir town. Bright, private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included, with focus on local ingredients.

Day 6 - Egilsstadir to Myvatn

Northern Lights and a starry sky over a steam vent in a geothermal area near Lake Mývatn

For your sixth day, you will travel through the rest of the Eastfjords, to the Lake Mývatn region. The scenery promises to be as spectacular as the day before, as you wind between great peaks and a beautiful stretch of coast. 

You will reach Lake Mývatn, and can start to explore the many sites in the area. Because your arrival is likely to be quite late and you have the full day here tomorrow, however, it may be preferable to just bask in the Mývatn Nature Baths to recharge before retiring to your accommodation in the area.

Take your time soaking in the mineral-rich waters, surrounded by the unspoilt nature. If the night is clear you might be able to enjoy the northern lights while relaxing in this geothermal paradise. 

Preferred accommodation by Mývatn

Mývatn Budget

Fosshóll Guesthouse is located just 500 m from Goðafoss waterfall and a short drive from Lake Mývatn. Free WiFI. Private Bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Breakfast not included.

Mývatn Comfort

Vogafjós is a family-run guesthouse in a unique environment on the shore of Lake Mývatn. Free WiFi. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast is included.

Mývatn Quality

Hótel Laxá is situated in a quiet area, 2 km from Lake Mývatn. The hotel has a restaurant and bar on site as well a garden and terrace. Free WiFi. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast is included.

Day 7 - Myvatn day

Azure blue waters of a hot spring hidden inside the cave Grjótagjá in the Lake Mývatn area

Visiting the sites around Mývatn will take up your seventh day. The lakes themselves, with the strange basalt formations that rise from their shallow waters, are fascinating enough, but barely scratch the surface of what there is to see.

You can visit the Dimmuborgir lava fields, called the ‘Dark Fortress’ due to the scale and colouration of the rocks in the area; Grjótagjá, a hot-spring cave that was used as a setting in Game of Thrones; the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðagígar; the geothermal areas of Námaskarð; and so on. Your itinerary will no doubt be packed.

If you're still looking for adventure, you could choose to go dogsledding, enjoying the day with a pack of fluffy and friendly huskies on the white planes near the lake.

You will retire again at Mývatn.

Day 8 - Myvatn to Akureyri

The 30-metre wide Goðafoss waterfall cascading down frozen cliffs in the wintertime

On your eighth day, you will drive over to the capital of the North, Akureyri. Before reaching it, you could detour to the coastal town of Húsavík, the surrounding seas of which are renowned for their abundance of marine life. You could also visit the magnificent waterfall Goðafoss.

In Akureyri, there is plenty to do. The town has the world’s most northerly botanical gardens, a festive Christmas House, excellent ski slopes, and a geothermally heated pool.

Retire for the night in the capital of the North.

Preferred accommodation by Akureyri

Akureyri Budget

Hrafinn Guesthouse is located in the centre of Akureyri town. Guests have access to a fully equipped kitchen and fully furnished terrace. Private bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

Akureyri Comfort

Hotel Norðurland is a 3-star hotel centrally located in Akureyri town. 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 town, 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 9 - Akureyri to Reykjavik

The dramatic Hvítserkur rock formation in north Iceland, rising out of the ocean like a terrifying dragon

On day nine, you will journey south from Akureyri to Reykjavík. This drive is long, but it won't feel that way, as the entire route dotted with dozens of sights worth seeing.

You could make a stop at the rock formation Hvítserkur, which rises from the waters of the coast in the shape of a drinking elephant. A little further South, you could head to the historical town of Reykholt, the home of the legendary medieval historian, chieftain and writer Snorri Sturluson, and visit the museum dedicated to him, called Snorrastofa.

There are also beautiful waterfalls en route; Barnafoss rushes down a narrow, twisting gorge, while its neighbour, Hraunfossar, is much wider, shorter, and more serene, trickling out of the edge of a large lava field. Nearby, you can find Europe’s highest flowing hot-spring, Deildartunguhver, which pumps up over 180 litres of near boiling water every second.

You could opt for a guided tour into Víðgelmir lava tube. This large cave is just shy of 1600 metres long and is one of the largest lava caves in the world. If you're in the mood for some cold, rather than the warm embrace of the earth, you can visit the ice tunnels of Langjökull glacier instead. These man-made tunnels reach deep into the ice, creating halls and corridors of brilliant blue and white.

You will reach Reykjavík by late afternoon or evening and will spend your night here.

Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

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 10 - Departure

Snow covering Reykjavík in the winter, only adding to the allure and charm of the city

On your tenth day, you will have to return your vehicle to Keflavík airport and take your flight home. If you have a late flight, you can use the hours to get to know Reykjavík better, see Hallgrímskirkja church or do some last minute shopping.

If you missed it after you landed, you could head on out to the Blue Lagoon to recharge in the silica filled waters before your journey home. 


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.


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.


The vehicles offered for our winter self drive tours are 4WD jeeps or SUVs to counter Icelandic winter conditions. They are new or current models, maximum two years of age, and come equipped with a GPS, CDW, SCDW, and GP insurances. You can upgrade to an automatic model. All cars have winter tyres.

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.

Luxury 4x4

A large sized jeep with 4WD (4x4) such as Toyota Land Cruiser or similar, fit for nearly all traveling.


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.



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Anna from Guide to Iceland was extremely helpful in making our trip the most incredible experience. All of the coordinates, suggestion, and history/descriptions provided of the must see places during our Ring Road trip in the country were extremely helpful. Iceland is such an immense diverse country and without the help of Guide to Iceland, we will not have known were to begin or how to prioritize our experience. All of the organized outdoor activities were also with partners that were the most helpful and friendly. We are totally in love with Iceland. If we were to comeback to the country, we will definitely book with Guide to Iceland again since we had such an amazing experience. Thank you Anna for all of your help! We did our engagement pictures too and are so happy we did.
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We bookes a 10 day self drive tour as we thought it would be the perfect amount of days there and gave us the freedom to see what we wanted and what point during the day. We managed to see everything we wanted from beautiful waterfalls, amazing rock formations, stunning glaciers, whale watching and the northern lights. We would definitely recommend this holiday.
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Self guided tour was a great choice for us! The best part was having someone local plan the places to stay while traveling the ring road and options for experiencing this lovely country. Love Iceland. The people especially!
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Iceland is a beautiful country with tons to explore. The best part of Guide to Iceland was the convenience of having the details organized but still having the freedom to go at my own pace. It was a great experience, and I am grateful to the helpful team at Guide to Iceland for making it possible!
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I almost never leave reviews on websites (lazy), but this exceeded all expectations. I wish I could rate more than five stars. For such a large tour operator, the 10-day self-driving tour felt very personalized. We chose the comfort accommodation, and each place was so unique and cozy that we could not even rank a top 5 if we tried. We were pleasantly surprised by the food every step of the way, especially in the hotel restaurants. Guide to Iceland gave us a detailed itinerary that included descriptions and coordinates for every cool site that we wanted to see. The customer service was exceptional throughout, as our representative helped us reschedule one of our tours hassle-free. We were extremely lucky with nice weather, but I suppose that is out of Guide to Iceland's control. Regardless, our trip was perfect. Book now.
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Thanks guide to iceland for arrange our self drive tour for 10 days. It was an amazing and adventurous trip. The epic view along the ring road and lots of amazing places I'd always like to be there. There's a lot of choices for one day tour also to fill my day and give me new experiences such as glacier hiking and ice caving etc. The guide also assist me for what I need. But the one we can't predict is the weather. Iceland's weather really unpredictable, I was in a snow storm when I was traveling to myvatn, fortunately we are drive slowly and reach our destination. But its a new experience for me. And also my car stuck in the snow in the middle on the night, I called car rental and they arrange somebody to help me within 30 minutes. Anyway overall its a great and adventurous journey. Hopefully can join your tour for next destinations.
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We have been highly satisfied with this tour. The flexibility, helpfulness and professionalism of Guide To Iceland has been very appreciated. We usually organize our trip by ourself but we weren' t in any way disappointed by GTI tour. The car and all accommodations has been also tailored to our family size (we have 4 kids aged from 6 to 11) and the help on booking and swapping dates and tours was precious (btw all child seat were included). And besides that, of course, there is Iceland, that is itself a magic and incredible land. We have been also quite lucky with the weather, mostly sunny and not that cold. Considering short day light time and possible bad weather conditions we can warmly recommend to be helped by Guide to Iceland in organising a winter tour in Iceland.
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The entire tour was incredible. The accommodations, although budget, were excellent and adequate. Breakfast was included at nearly every stop and the food available was great. The car, a 4x4 comfort automatic, felt safe to drive over gravel roads and through some patches of snow and ice and was nice for the two of us to share around the country. But the tour itself was just amazing. It was our first time to Iceland and to have the accommodations and a flexible itinerary planned for us, was super helpful. We did find whale watching in Husavik, which we added on ourselves, and it was really worthwhile, something maybe guide to Iceland could add as an option. We did get the opportunity to see the Northern Lights one night in our two day stay in Lake Myvatn. The weather was also very nice, very little rain, mostly sunny, and warmer (30-50 degrees fahrenheit), so we lucked out there (early-mid April 2018). Also our flight was delayed a day due to weather, but GTI allowed us to continue on the second day and even rescheduled our Blue Lagoon booking for a different day (so we only missed out on one hotel). Would highly recommend using Guide to Iceland!
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This is our first ever experience with a "packaged self-drive tour". All and all this was a good choice. Guide to Iceland (GTI) paced out the days and set all Hotel accommodations. That would have been really tough to do on our own. We picked Quality hotels and were not disappointed. Almost all appeared to be less than 5 years old - everything worked and meals, where provided or available, were excellent. Our Comfort 4x4 car turned out to be just right for our needs (2 travelers). I would have thought (and expected) that the GTA itinerary was more explicit on a few of the optional "local" attractions and tours available. For example, it was silent on the Ice Cave in Reykjavik and the newly-opened Lava Tube close by. We stumbled into a party that recommended the Glacier Lagoon amphibious tour, which turned out to be a highlight of the trip. Same for Whale Watching in Akureyri. Likewise, we learned most of what we needed to know about seeing Northern Lights (narrowly, on next to last night of 10 nights) from other travelers. And, finally, GASOLINE. Turned out to be the biggest challenge of the trip. US Credit Cards DON'T WORK at unmanned, automated pumps. You have to buy a prepaid fuel card (unique to each brand) from a place where there's a real person working. Thankfully, a stranger allowed us to pay her 5,000 KR CASH to buy us some gas on a Saturday or we would have been walking (no attendants working). Best Practice: Buy a couple of gas cards of different brands at the outset (N1 is dominant) and have them on hand for emergencies. You'll go 1/2 day without seeing a station. Weather was LOUSY in October 2017 - 11 days, ALL with rain and some with gale-force winds. Be advised if your plans include October be sure the trip is long enough to find some sunshine and a clear night, hoping that coincides with Northern Lights activity.
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