11 Day Self Drive Tour on a Budget | East Fjords & Myvatn

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Trail all around the island of ice and fire on this eleven-day budget self-drive tour. This wallet-friendly tour is the ideal adventure for all of those who wish to experience the...

Trail all around the island of ice and fire on this eleven-day budget self-drive tour. This wallet-friendly tour is the ideal adventure for all of those who wish to experience the versatile wonders of the ring road on their own.

Forget bus schedules and take control of the wheel, as you are in charge of your adventures and the time spent at each site. A personal itinerary will guide you to all the top attractions, such as volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls.

During the booking process, you can add an array of extra activities. These include snorkelling between two continents in the crystal clear waters of Silfra, whizzing across the ice cap of a glacier on a snowmobile, venturing into a volcanic magma chamber, and riding the friendly Icelandic horse through the countryside. 

The personal itinerary you'll receive includes the perfect balance of highlights and hidden gems, allowing you to enjoy a diverse holiday that will last you a lifetime.

So don't wait any longer. Book your self-drive tour now for eleven action-packed days of fun that won't break the bank. Check availability by choosing a date.


10 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast not included, shared bathrooms; more detailed info below)
Vehicle for 11 days (Toyota Aygo or similar, upgrades available)
CDW insurance for vehicle
GPS system
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland


Glacier Hiking
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity


Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
West Iceland
Hvítá River

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arriving in Iceland

Pick up your car at Keflavík International Airport and make your way to the capital city where you will spend your first night in Iceland. On your way, you'll drive past the dark lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula. 

You can choose to start your Icelandic adventure with a visit to the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, the ultimate cure...

Day 2

Golden Circle & the South Coast

On your second day, your ring road adventure begins with Iceland's most popular sights, the Golden Circle. First up is Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nesting on the boundary of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where two continents meet.

If you're up for getting wet, you can opt to swim between two worlds in the crystal clear waters of Silfra Fi...

Day 3

Glaciers & Icebergs

On your third day, allow the fresh icy air to fill your lungs. You will have the option of adding an adventure in Mýrdalsjökull glacier where you descend into a natural ice cave.

Then, you'll continue down the south coast to explore the many sights of Vatnajökull National Park. Hiking enthusiasts will find an array of trails and tracks at Skaftafell Nature Re...

Day 4

The Eastern Fjords

Your fourth day will see you traversing the breathtaking route of the East Fjords; a rural and unspoilt part of Iceland dotted with rugged mountains, coastal landscapes, roaming reindeer and sleeping fishing villages.

The road at hand is spectacular all the way through, and you can decide where to stop along the way. The village Fáskrúðsfjörður has a fascinat...

Day 5

Deep into the East Fjords

Today you'll get to explore the Eastern Fjords further. A visit to Lake Lagarfljót is recommended where, according to legend, a giant worm-like creature is said to live. 

You could also pack a picnic basket and head to Atlavík Cove, home to lush greenery and a beautiful country river. The Cove is located in Hallormsstaðaskógur, Iceland's first national forest...

Day 6

Borgarfjörður Eystri

On your sixth day, you'll make your way to the village of Borgarfjörður Eystri and spend the day exploring its mountainous surroundings.

Here you'll have a myriad of hiking trails to choose from, each varying in length and will lead you to different attractions. One trail will take you along the coastline near Húsey farm, where seals are often spotted as they...

Day 7

Lake Mývatn

On day seven, it is time to say farewell to the wonders of the East and head up North to your next destination; Lake Mývatn. 

The whole area surrounding the lake was formed by a volcanic eruption some 2,500 years ago. Evidence of this explosion can be seen in the free standing lava pillars which dominate the lake’s landscape.

The highlights of the Mývatn area...

Day 8

North Iceland

After waking up in Akureyri, you can start the day by exploring this charming town further. Visit its many cafés, restaurants and shops, and don't forget to take a trip to Brynjuís, the most famous ice-cream shop in Iceland.

Then get ready to explore the North further. You could head back out to Lake Mývatn for a better look at the area's many sights, or you...

Day 9

Trollaskagi Peninsula

On day nine, you could start your day by going horseback riding in the incredible landscapes of the North. You can also go whale-watching if you missed it yesterday.

Then it is time to head for Skagafjörður, the valley of the roaming horses. After passing through the majestic mountains of Tröllaskagi, you'll reach the herring-fishing village Siglufjörður. We...

Day 10


Day ten belongs to the West, an area especially rich in Icelandic settlement history. If that sparks your interest, be sure to visit the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes or the medieval research institute Snorrastofa in Reykholt.

Snorrastofa is where some of the greatest Icelandic Sagas were born. Many of them were written by the institute's former resident Sno...

Day 11


All adventures must end, so be sure to drop off your car at Keflavík International Airport in due time before your flight home.

Depending on your flight schedule, you can fit in a visit to the Blue Lagoon, some last-minute city shopping or sightseeing.

Rest assured that you have just collected enough memories to last you a lifetime. Have a pleasant journey home.


What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothes
Driver's license
Swimsuit and towel

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.


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. Budget level 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). 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. 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.


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 and Comfort 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

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.


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.


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.