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12-Day Summer Self-Drive Tour | Explore the Ring Road of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Depth

A pink sunset over the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in the South East of Iceland.
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Embark on the Icelandic summer vacation of a lifetime with this 12-day self-drive trip around the country. This excursion should not be missed by those who wish to take their time, immerse themselves in every region, and be in total control of their own journey.

On this holiday, you’ll take a clockwise road-trip around Iceland, staying at countryside hotels in some of the world’s most incredible locations. En route, you’ll be in no rush as you leisurely travel to spectacular areas such as the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Lake Myvatn, and the untouched East Fjords. Because of the casual pace of the journey, you’ll also be able to seek out hidden gems far from the crowds, rather than shooting from one major attraction to the next.

What makes this summer holiday particularly unique is the fact that it allows you to truly make the most of the country’s south. This region is home to some of Iceland’s most dramatic and famous features, such as the geysers on the Golden Circle, most of the mighty ice caps, and the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, so you will be grateful for every minute here.

Another draw of this 12-day summer road trip is the optional tours you can add onto the vast majority of your days. These include classic Icelandic excursions such as glacier hiking, lava caving, horseback-riding and whale-watching. But those seeking a more unique experience could book a helicopter tour, a unique boating adventure, a trip into a magma chamber, and even a spa treatment in a beer bath.

Throughout the trip, you’ll also have the chance to bathe in many more traditional geothermal spas and pools.

As this is a self-drive package, all of your tours and admissions will be sorted prior to your arrival, as will your hotels. As such, the only obligations you have on this trip are to reach your excursions and accommodation on time; otherwise, what you see and what you do is up to you. 

You will be provided with a wealth of information on the attractions you can see on your trip, but the joy of a self-drive is that you can personalise it entirely to the needs and desires of your group. Your days of sightseeing can go on for as long as you like, as you are beholden to no guides or other travellers, and, as the Midnight Sun occurs throughout summer, the nights will be quite as bright as the days.

Immerse yourself in Iceland’s incredible landscapes with this slow-paced journey around the country, with a focus on the magnificent sites of the south. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

11 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included. More detailed info below)
Vehicle for 12 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
Personal travel agent
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Caving
Hiking
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Self drive

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The Harpa Concert Hall on the foreshore of Reykjavik City Centre pictured at dusk.

Arrival in Iceland

On day one, you will land at Keflavik International Airport, and after passing through customs, find your rental car waiting for you. The freedom of your self-drive will be apparent immediately, as you have three options for how to start your holiday.

If you elect to do so while booking, you could begin your trip in style by heading to the luxurious Blue Lagoon spa. This incredible place boasts geothermal pools with healing properties, saunas, steam rooms, and therapeutic treatments such as massages. Its surroundings could not be more beautiful, with the jagged black lava landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula contrasting with the striking blue waters.

Those eager to explore Iceland’s nature immediately could instead choose to start their vacation by exploring this peninsula. Reykjanes is a wonderland of lunar landscapes, hot springs and volcanic peaks, and has a stunning coastline with countless geological formations. These qualities make it a great place to familiarise yourself with Iceland’s unusual terrain.

Finally, you could head straight to the capital, where your hotel will be situated. One of the world’s most vibrant cities, Reykjavik is well worth exploring for any who love culture, cuisine, live music, the arts, interesting architecture, history and a quirky nightlife.

After enjoying your first day, you’ll retire for the night.

Day 2
Hraunfossar Waterfalls in the West of Iceland, trickling into a blue glacial river.

West Iceland

On the second day of your immersive Icelandic vacation, you will begin your slow-paced journey around the Ring Road. You will start with the west, a wonderful region of idyllic countryside, beautiful coastlines and a peninsula so diverse that it’s been nicknamed ‘Iceland in Miniature’, Snaefellsnes.

As you take the Ring Road out of Reykjavik, you’ll soon come to Hvalfjordur, a spectacular fjord that is vibrant with colour throughout summer. Those who want to find one of the country’s tallest waterfalls, Glymur, can take the scenic route to the nook of the fjord and will find it nestled in the mountains, while those eager to get to other sites can take a tunnel that goes underneath it.

Borgarnes is the next major attraction, a picturesque town with a long history; it is most famous for its fascinating Icelandic Settlement Centre museum. It is not the only historic town in the region, however; the nearby Reykholt is well-known for being home to the legendary medieval chieftain and writer, Snorri Sturluson.

Those more interested in nature can seek out a wealth of sites nearby, such as the twin waterfalls of Barnafoss and Hraunfossar. Though just a short distance from each other, their appearances could not contrast more. Barnafoss is a furious rapid that surges down a narrow gorge; Hranfossar, meanwhile, is wide and made of a number of small gentle falls, that flow over a plateau of lava in many little rivulets.

Near these waterfalls is the highest-flowing hot spring in Europe, Deildartunghver. Adjacent to this beautiful natural feature is a modern spa that harnesses its energy called Krauma. Those seeking to break up their travels with relaxation can organise a dip here while booking, and bask in luxury while admiring the spectacular surroundings.

If you would rather break up today with an exciting Icelandic adventure, you have two other options. It is possible to descend beneath the lava landscapes of Iceland’s terrain on a caving tour, where you can marvel over the beauty of the underworld and see first hand the effects of Iceland’s eruptions.

Alternatively, you could take a unique trip in a super jeep up the slopes of Iceland’s second-largest glacier, Langjokull. Near its peak, you’ll discover and explore the Ice Tunnel, a man-made matrix of vividly blue corridors and rooms that have been carved into the ice cap. Nowhere else on earth has such a tunnel been carved, so this is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

As evening winds around, you’ll make your way to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where your hotel awaits, so you can explore each of its incredible sites in depth tomorrow without rushing. If you aren’t tuckered out from the adventure so far, you can even begin some of this exploration with the guiding light of the Midnight Sun.

Day 3
A formation of lava rock, covered in Icelandic moss, on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Snaefellsnes

On day three of your slow-paced summer holiday in Iceland, you will set off to explore one of its most diverse regions: the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Ninety kilometres long, both its northern and southern shores boast an incredible array of sites.

The south is particularly clustered with natural attractions. You’ll discover the basalt cliffs of Gerduberg, famous for their hexagonal columns; the beach of Ytri Tunga and its resident seal colony; the gorge of Raudfeldsgja, which you can hike into to find a waterfall; the historic beach of Djupalonssandur; and the massive basalt sea-stacks of Londrangar, home to thousands of seabirds.

The northern shore coastline is best known for being home to the country’s most iconic mountain, Kirkjufell. Shaped like a church in the eyes of some, a pyramid to others, and ‘an arrowhead’ in the context of the seventh season of Game of Thrones, it is a striking feature made all the more beautiful by its adjacent falls.

Northern Snaefellsnes is also home to a wealth of historic fishing villages, such as Bjarnahofn, famous for its shark museum, and Stykkisholmur, renowned for its folklore and thriving fishing culture. At the former, you can taste the ‘delicacy’ of fermented shark, whereas, at the latter, you can opt into the Viking Sushi Boat Tour while booking.

On this unique trip, you’ll set out into the seas to find magnificent views of the peninsula, many islands, and the Westfjords, and to fish up a fresh lunch. Birdwatchers will rejoice at the number of species found around here.

The highlight of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, however, is not found on either of its shores, but its tip, where its crowning subglacial volcano is located. Snaefellsjokull is so beautiful that it is now the central feature of a National Park of its own name, and is surrounded by magnificent lava fields and a dramatic coastline.

If you did not opt to take the boat tour, you have two options for an excursion inside the park. Firstly, you could take a glacier hike onto Snaefellsjokull itself, attaining incredible views over Iceland and the ocean while embarking on a unique adventure across an otherworldly terrain.

Alternatively, you could take a lava caving tour just below the glacier into Vatnshellir lava cave, a fantastic choice for those who missed their caving opportunity the day before.

After a day jam-packed full of adventure and sightseeing, you’ll retire at a hotel on the peninsula.

Day 4
The Hvitserkur Rock Formation off the coast of the Troll Peninsula of Iceland.

Troll Peninsula

On the fourth day of your relaxed, 12-day circumnavigation of Iceland, you will depart beautiful west Iceland for its spectacular north.

The journey from Snaefellsnes to Akureyri is only a few hours, but the landscapes that you will pass en route beg to be investigated and explored. As this is a self-drive package, you can take any detours you want. You may, for example, wish to travel to the Vatnsnes Peninsula, renowned for its many seal colonies and the unusual rock monolith of Hvitserkur.

Of course, if you have booked one of the three excursions possible on this day, you will need to arrive at your starting location in North Iceland in good time.

The first of these is a horseback riding tour. You’ll be introduced to the unique horse breed of Iceland, renowned for its small size and friendliness, before being guided through the spectacular nature that surrounds Akureyri. Whether you are a beginner or an expert rider, this tour can be tailored to you.

The second is a whale-watching and angling tour. North Iceland boasts some of the most bountiful waters in the world in summer, and you are almost guaranteed to see at least one Humpback Whale as you gaze across the stunning fjord of Eyjafjordur. Other animals regularly seen include White-Beaked Dolphins and Atlantic Puffins, whereas Orcas, Blue Whales and even Belugas are spotted on rare occasions.

The final tour on offer today is the most unique: a beer bath at the Beer Spa in the village of Dalvik. Though an unusual way to relax in a country with so many hot springs, the warm, young beer you will bathe in is said to have restorative properties, and adults are welcome to enjoy a pint with their dip.

After a day of enjoying beautiful landscapes, hidden gems and an unforgettable excursion, you’ll retire for the night in Akureyri. If you have the opportunity, this is a great town to explore before retiring. Nicknamed the Capital of the North, it is a cultural hot-spot, boasts some beautiful architecture, and has plenty of attractions worth seeing.

Day 5
Goðafoss Waterfalls in the North of Iceland.

Akureyri & Husavik

On the fifth day of your travels, you’ll immerse yourself further into the beauty of North Iceland. Those with an interest in culture could spend the morning in Akureyri, visiting its museums, boutiques, galleries and the world’s northernmost botanical gardens, whereas those eager to see more nature can hit the road straight away.

One of the major attractions nearby is the village of Husavik, arguably the oldest settlement in Iceland; this village is even more renowned than Akureyri for its whale-watching opportunities, and you can set out into Skjalfandi Bay to search for the giants of the deep. You have the option of taking a traditional whale watching boat for more comfort, or a RIB vessel for added excitement and closer interaction with the animals.

Husavik is also becoming increasingly known for being home to the Geosea Baths. This saltwater geothermal spa is unique in Iceland, and it is highly recommended for those who want an alternative relaxation experience. With its views overlooking the ocean, there are few better places to unwind.

Its only competition in the area is with the Myvatn Nature Baths, which you can alternatively elect to organise entry to while booking. Located inland, by the spectacular Lake Myvatn, what this more traditional spa lacks in uniqueness it more than makes up for in amenities and size.

You will need to reach Lake Myvatn by the end of your day regardless, as it is where you’ll be spending your sixth night. En route, it is recommended to stop off at the beautiful waterfall of Godafoss, famous for its intrinsic role in Iceland’s history.

If you get to the lakes in good time, you’ll be able to explore the magnificent features and landscapes that surround them, such as the lava fortress of Dimmuborgir; the barren, volcanic pass of Namaskard; and the bizarre and beautiful pseudocraters of Skutustadir. You may also have time to enjoy the lakes themselves under the Midnight Sun, with their abundant fauna, vibrant flora, and unique geology.

If not, however, you’ll have time to check out these sites tomorrow. You’ll retire for the night in the Lake Myvatn area.

Day 6
A geothermal landscape in the highlands of Iceland.

Myvatn / Askja in the Highlands

On the sixth day of your journey, you’ll depart the north, travel across the barren, lifeless landscapes of the north Icelandic Highlands, and enter the country’s remote east. You can, however, opt to take a super jeep tour before leaving Myvatn, to head to the spectacular calderas of Askja and Viti.

Though this excursion requires some hiking, it will allow you to immerse yourself in a landscape so otherworldly that it was used by NASA to simulate the surface of the moon. It will also provide you with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bathe in the strikingly blue, geothermally heated water of a crater lake, and will provide you with the best views of the unspoilt country’s interior this tour has to offer.

Once you continue on your Ring Road journey, there are plenty of incredible detours you can make. You could, for example, elect to see the magnificent, horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi, which is filled with verdant forest. Near here is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss, which thunders into an ancient, black canyon with ominous force.

Upon reaching the east, your main destination will be the region’s largest settlement, the charming town of Egilsstadir. This town sits close to Iceland’s biggest forest, Hallormsstadaskogur, which boasts some lovely trails for hikers and birdwatchers, and the serene lake of Lagarfljot.

Lagarfljot is best renowned for two things. Firstly, it has for centuries been plagued with the rumour that it holds a terrible, wyrm like beast, similar to the Loch Ness Monster. Secondly, it is known for being home to the Vok Baths. The only geothermal spa of its kind in East Iceland, its ethereal pools curve into the lake, and you can organise to bathe in them when booking.

After another action-packed day on the road, you’ll retire for the night in Egilsstadir.

Day 7
An overhead shot of a quaint town in Iceland's remote Eastfjords.

The East Fjords to Jokulsarlon

The adventure continues on day seven of your immersive summer holiday in Iceland as you navigate the magnificent East Fjords.

Out of all of the regions you will explore on this trip, this is the furthest from Reykjavik, thus the freest from other travellers. As such, you can marvel over the stunning views without other tourists getting into your eye line and the frames of your photographs.

Many visitors to Iceland declare the East Fjords their favourite region for its sheer beauty. It has some of the country’s tallest mountains, it boasts views over the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull, its fjords and bays are magnificent, and it is abundant with wildlife.

The shores are great for spotting seals; the seas often home to whales and dolphins; puffins and other seabirds crowd the cliffs, and wild reindeer can be found only here.

The East also has many sleepy villages nestled in the fjords that seem as old as time. These are wonderful places to immerse yourself in the more rural side of Iceland’s culture, particularly at the settlement of Djupivogur, which is known for its chilled way of living, its coastal hot pools and its public art.

You’ll be able to detour constantly en route to the region’s hidden gems, but if you are mainly seeking Iceland’s most famous and photographed features, you’ll find one towards the end of your journey. Vestrahorn is a striking, twin-peaked mountain with a notably dark colouration, which ominously stands by the edge of the seas at the very south of the East Fjords.

You will retire for the night in southeast Iceland.

Day 8
Icebergs floating in the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in the Southeast of Iceland.

Vatnajokull

Your eighth day will be spent in south Iceland exploring the two most majestic locations of Vatnajokull National Park, with a possible tour at each of them. The first site has the unofficial title of ‘the Crown Jewel of Iceland’s Nature’: the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

This enormous lake sits between the ocean (with which it is connected by a narrow river) and a crumbling outlet glacier. Throughout the year, it is filled with vast icebergs which shimmer an ethereal blue, making a walk along the shores mesmerising. To make the site even more appealing, it is home to many seals, who can be seen swimming in the waters or relaxing on the icebergs.

For a more immersive experience here, you can take either an amphibious or zodiac boat into the lagoon, where you can see the animals up close and even touch the ice.

After making the most of this otherworldly location, you would be remiss not to walk to the adjacent coastline. Nicknamed the Diamond Beach, this is where the icebergs come to rest after they finally escape Jokulsarlon, washing on the black sands and glistening beautifully as they slowly melt.

The second main attraction today is the Skaftafell Nature Reserve; before Vatnajokull National Park was created and enveloped Skaftafell, this breathtaking area was a National Park in its own right. It boasts countless paths leading to outlet glaciers, glacier lagoons, lava fields and a plethora of other features, although its most beloved attractions are Svartifoss Waterfall and the Svinafellsjokull Glacier Tongue.

Svartifoss is famed for its unique appearance; it pours between towering columns of black basalt, formed into perfect hexagons by a rare volcanic process. Svinafellsjokull, meanwhile, is renowned for being one of the best ice caps in the country for glacier hiking.

You are welcome to organise an excursion here when booking, and as it is conducted in the afternoon, can embark on it alongside a Jokulsarlon boat trip.

After marvelling over Vatnajokull’s incredible features, you travel a short way along the South Coast to your hotel near the historic, beautiful village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, perfectly positioned for your sightseeing adventure tomorrow.

Day 9
An overhead shot of a glacial tongue on the South Coast of Iceland.

South Coast

On the ninth day of your epic adventure around Iceland, you will explore the many sites that line the South Coast. Many travellers attempt to fit this region, Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon into a single day and find themselves skipping and rushing attractions; due to this package’s focus in the south, however, you will be able to give each one justice.

Travelling from Kirkjubaejarklaustur, the first major site you will come to is the village of Vik, which sits next to the famous Reynisfjara beach. Considered one of the world’s most stunning non-tropical beaches, it is renowned for its volcanic black sands, thunderous waves and incredible geological formations - particularly the massive sea-stacks of Reynisdrangar.

A short distance from here is another geological marvel; Dyrholaey is a coastal rock arch large enough for ships to travel through. Though spectacular throughout the year, it is a particularly marvellous attraction in summer, as it is one of the best places in Iceland to see puffins. Reasonably unafraid of humans, you’ll be able to view these creatures and their burrows quite intimately.

The next site you will come to is a sixty-metre tall waterfall, Skogafoss, which boasts an incredible amount of power. It is possible to get close to this feature, though you may get wet, and to view it from many different angles due to an adjacent staircase.

As you continue along the South Coast, you’ll catch glimpses of Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull, two massive glaciers. While the former is more famous for its massive eruption in 2010, the latter is of more interest to you today, as there are two tours you can take upon it.

The first is a glacier hike on one of its tongues, Solheimajokull. Under the care of an experienced guide, you’ll navigate around the crevasses and ice walls to find some of the South Coast’s most beautiful views. Alternatively, you could take an ice caving tour into one of its naturally occurring tunnels after taking a super jeep to its summit, an excursion that only occurs on Myrdalsjokull in summer.

After this adventure, you’ll come to another waterfall, Seljalandsfoss; though as tall as Skogafoss, it is much more gentle and boasts a path that fully encircles it. Those who wade through a shallow stream into a mountainside cleft nearby will discover its secret neighbouring falls, Gljufrabui.

Towards the end of your day, you will reach the picturesque, rural area of Hvolsvollur, where your hotel will be waiting.

Day 10
Gullfoss waterfall on the famous Golden Circle Route of Iceland.

Golden Circle

On the tenth day of your holiday around Iceland, you will leave the Ring Road to follow the country’s most popular sightseeing trail: the Golden Circle. While travelling this route, you’ll also have the choice of three epic Icelandic adventures to choose from.

The first site you will come to is Gullfoss, one of the country’s most dramatic waterfalls. Tumbling in two-tiers, its spray is famous for casting off countless rainbows in the sun, adding to its unreal beauty.

After admiring this site, those who wish to take a snowmobiling excursion can be picked up from the nearby car park and escorted in a super jeep to Langjokull glacier. Snowmobiling is a thrilling way to explore the ice cap and witness the south of Iceland from a whole new perspective.

The next location on the Golden Circle is just ten minutes drive away from Gullfoss, the Geysir Geothermal Area. As its name suggests, this area is home to the Great Geysir, an exploding hot spring so spectacular that it gave its name to all similar phenomena around the world.

These days, the star of the site is the much more explosive Strokkur, which erupts every ten minutes to magnificent heights.

Finally, you’ll come to Thingvellir National Park. This incredible place has something for everyone: those fascinated with geology can marvel over the tectonic plates that enclose it, history buffs can learn all about its significant role in modern democratic thought, and nature lovers can explore its beautiful lava fields, forests, streams and ravines.

In one of these ravines is a natural spring called Silfra where the adventurous can embark on a snorkelling tour between the continents. The waters here are so fresh that they are drinkable; the visibility is up to a hundred metres, and the colours underneath the water are otherworldly.

If snowmobiling and snorkelling are not your cup of tea, you can instead enjoy a lovely two-hour horseback ride through the beautiful landscapes of southwest Iceland.

As this is your last day on the road, you may wish to pack in some detours. Thankfully, this area boasts many lesser-known sites that are well worth a visit, including the Kerid Crater Lake, the Secret Lagoon and Fridheimar tomato farm.

Once you have had your fill of sightseeing, you’ll return to Reykjavik, where your final hotel will be waiting.

Day 11
The colourful rocks of the inside of the Thrihnukagigur Magma Chamber.

Capital of the North

On the penultimate day of your holiday, you are welcome to have a well-earned rest enjoying the bustling capital of Reykjavik. After all, the city has appeal to visitors of all kinds, with museums and galleries, public art, interesting architecture, world-renowned restaurants, stylish boutiques, and beautiful natural spaces.

If, however, you are not finished with adventure, you have two exciting options for tours. Firstly, you could head to the domestic airport and take an incredible helicopter flight over the capital and its surroundings. This spectacular new perspective is a fantastic final activity, sure to leave you with some lasting memories.

Secondly, you could embark on another adventure that is exclusive to Iceland: a descent into a magma chamber. Thrihnukagigur stopped being an active volcano centuries ago, but rather than collapse in on itself like most do upon becoming dormant, its magma chamber drained and was preserved. Using a mining lift, you’ll enter this magnificent, vast space, and have the chance to wander around its base, marvelling over the vivid colours and beautiful formations.

Of course, you will still have your rental car this day, so you are welcome to go completely off this agenda, and can set out to explore more sites of south and west Iceland. The Reykjanes Peninsula, geothermal valley of Reykjadalur and the beautiful tabletop mountain of Esjan are all just a short drive away.

Regardless of how you choose to spend your day, you can enjoy your final night knowing that you have truly made the most of your vacation in Iceland.

Day 12
Hallgrímskirkjain downtown Reykjavik, pictured at sunset.

Departure

Your twelfth day is sadly your last in Iceland. You’ll need to return your rental car to the airport a few hours before your flight is due in order to depart on time.

If you have a late departure, however, you can use the opportunity to explore more sides of the capital city and its surrounding nature. Those who could not fit a visit to the Blue Lagoon on their first day can elect to spend it here. Though your journey around Iceland was done without rush, you’ll no doubt still be grateful for the luxurious, rejuvenating waters after all the adventure.

We hope you enjoy your flight home and come back soon.

What to bring

Warm Clothes
Camera
Swimsuit
Driver's license
Sunglasses

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. 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 their 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 a 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.

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.

Meals

Are you looking to try some of the best dishes Iceland’s top restaurants have to offer? You can now add delicious meals to your booking without having to research where to find them. Select this option to include dinner every night as an extra, and we’ll provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We’ll choose the top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. Your server will offer you a set menu of two to three courses at the restaurant, from which you can choose meat, fish, or vegetarian options. If you prefer to try a different dish, the meal voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Save time and effort during your vacation, and let us take care of your meals for you. Choose the meal option today so you’ll be guaranteed to eat well on your forthcoming trip. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

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

A large 9-seater van such as a Renault Trafic (2WD manual), Mercedes Benz Vito (4WD automatic, has highland capabilities and better suited for winter driving), or similar. Comfortable for 5 to 7 travellers. If seated full, luggage space is limited. The driver must be of 23 years of age or above.

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