The Perfect Nature Drive in Iceland

The Diamond Beach is a black sand beach in South Iceland where icebergs was ashore.
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Take a 12-day summer self-drive and travel around Iceland’s famous ring road. You’ll travel under the long daylight hours of the midnight sun and explore Iceland’s best locations, including a selection of lesser-known hidden gems. This itinerary is perfect for those looking for a summer of exploration through Iceland’s wondrous nature.

On this trip, you’ll take to the road and explore the whole island, taking the route clockwise. You’ll journey through west Iceland, the richly diverse Snæfellsnes peninsula, the rugged volcanic northern reaches, the untouched wild nature of the east, the picturesque nature of the south and the famous Golden Circle.

The best part about a self-drive tour is that you’re in control. There’s no need to worry about tour groups or tour guides, simply take the wheel and enjoy each attraction at your own pace. We’ll deliver a fully customised itinerary to help guide you to the very best places you should check out on your travels. This will also help you head off the beaten track at regular intervals and explore some of the least heard of natural attractions, keeping you well away from large tourist gatherings.

Along your trip, you’ll have the option to add some extra activities to create some truly once in a lifetime memories. These include snorkelling between 2 tectonic plates, snowmobiling on top of a glacier, exploring the magma chamber of a dormant volcano and horse riding through Iceland’s incredible nature.

Let us take care of the details, whilst you take care of the memories. We’ll arrange all your accommodation, tours as well as your car rental which you’ll pick up when you arrive.

Book this incredible 12-day summer self-drive tour and explore the wonders of this magnificent country under the long hours of the midnight sun. Check availability by selecting a date and book your Iceland adventure.

Included

11 nights of accommodation (different levels available; details 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
Snorkelling
Caving
Kayaking
Hiking
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Sightseeing
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Ice Caving
Self drive

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The Blue Lagoon is the most famous swimming pool in Iceland.

Arrival in Iceland

Welcome to Iceland! It’s time to explore the incredible landscapes and nature of the land of fire and ice.

As soon as you land you and have collected your baggage, you’ll pick up your rental car and head straight for the vibrant and quirky capital of Reykjavik.

On your way to Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is 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. If you add the Blue Lagoon it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today it can be added to another day, your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula if you have extra free time.

However, if you happen to have a late flight, you’ll make your way straight down the Reykjanes peninsula to your accommodation in Reykjavik where you will rest up for the night after a long day of travelling.

Day 2
Hraunfossar is a waterfall in South Iceland surrounded by beautiful birch forests.

West Iceland

On your first full day in Iceland, you’ll hit the road and head towards the region of West Iceland.

After an hour, driving north you’ll pass through the charming small town of Borgarnes which sits delightfully at the edge of a bay offering incredible views of the adjacent mountain across the waters. For the history buffs amongst you, Borgarnes also hosts a great Viking Settlement museum which is the perfect place to educate yourself more on the original settlers of Iceland.

Your first stop of the day will take you off of the ring road towards the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. The former is a wide gentle falls rich in colour due to an ancient lava flow which created beautiful rivulets for the glacier meltwater to trickle through. Whereas the latter is a much more powerful waterfall, pouring quickly over a series of narrow craggy rocks into the deep caverns below.

After leaving these waterfalls behind, for those interested in history it would be worth a quick stop at the village of Reykholt. This village was the home of the medieval writer and chieftain, Snorri Sturluson, whom without him we would know very little about the fascinating beliefs of the Old Norse, or have a great understanding of the notorious Icelandic civil war.

You will also have a series of extra activities to add to your day exploring the west:

Option 1 - Take a visit to the famous Krauma spa. Fed by natural hot springs and geothermal waters, this is the perfect place to unwind and bath in one of Iceland’s most beautiful geothermal pools in the midst of perfect rural nature.

Option 2 - Take a Super Jeep tour from Husafell to the top of the nearby Langjokull glacier. From here you’ll then be taken to visit an incredible man-made glacier tunnel. Your guide will take you through it and give you ample time to explore the many caverns that make this incredible experience.

Option 3 - Explore the Vidgelmir lava cave on a guided tour. On this tour, you will descend through a narrow tunnel into the wide cavern below filled with countless icicles, with a breadth of amazing colours from bygone eruptions and the most spectacular rock formations.

At the end of the day, you will rest up for the night in your accommodation on the Snaefellsnes peninsula.

Day 3
Lupins bloom across the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland.

Snaefellsnes

On the third day of your holiday, you’ll explore the richly diverse Snaefellsnes peninsula and discover how it earned the name ‘Iceland in miniature’.

Your first stop of the day will take you to the famously well-photographed black church of Budir. Framed by the shouldering adjacent mountains, take your time to get the perfect picture of this stunning attraction.

Afterwards, you’ll head towards the hamlet of Hellnar and the village of Arnarstapi. Once there, you’ll take your time exploring the beautiful basalt rock formations that decorate this incredible coastline and feel the raw power of the battering ocean below creating caverns of volcanic rock all along the cliff edges.

Next, you’ll make your way to Djupalonssandur black sand beach. Aside from holding the title as one of Iceland’s best lesser-known black sand beaches, this site is also famous for the 4 lifting stones that have long been used on the beach by fishermen to test their strength for generations.

A short drive away you will then find the Londrangar rock pinnacles. These beautifully unique basalt columns jet out on the cliff edges of this stunning, yet bizarre natural peak in Iceland. Again, this is a wonderful stop for those keen to practice their photography.

After this, you’ll have the option to include a glacier tour of the nearby gargantuan peak Snaefellsjokull. This tour will give you the chance to take a Snowcat vehicle to the very summit of this glacier and marvel at one of best views of Iceland - you’ll be able to see the whole of the peninsula, Reykjavik to the south and the Westfjords to the north on a clear summer day.

Your next stop will take you to the most-photographed mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell. Standing alone as a spectacle against the backdrop of the beautiful ocean waters, take your time to gaze on this landmark as well as the adjacent waterfall of Kirkjufellsfoss. After walking across the bridge along the top of these falls, you’ll arrive at the best position to capture a photo of this famous mountain, framed with the waterfall.

Before leaving, why not include a bit of peace and tranquillity with a kayaking tour around the base of Mt. Kikrjufell? These calm waters will give you a great perspective of this charismatic mountain where you can appreciate its sheer scale and unique positioning. These waters are also known to occasionally host some of Iceland’s indigenous orcas, giving you another reason to paddle out.

A final stop of the day will take you to the charming fishing village of Stykkisholmur. Surrounded by a selection of craggy points, as well as a quaint harbour, this sleepy town is a great place to spend a few hours exploring on foot. You can even drive around the other side of the harbour, park up and climb to the top of the craggy outstretched point with amazing views of the southern shores of Iceland’s Westfjords.

You will then retire for the night in your accommodation on the Snaefellsnes peninsula.

Day 4
Hvitserkur is one of most striking rock monoliths in Iceland.

North Iceland

Today you’ll explore some of the best spots in the North by traversing the Trollaskagi peninsula.

First, however, on your way north, you’ll take a slight detour onto the often overlooked Vatnsnes peninsula. Here, you’ll visit the bizarre basalt rock formation of Hvitserkur. This rock formation stands as the last remaining feature of an old volcano, but now travellers discuss whether it more resembles a drinking elephant or a dragon.

Next, you’ll head for your first stop on the Trollaskagi peninsula, at the town of Hofsos. The most notable attraction here is the incredible infinity pool which sits on the edge of a cliff offering the most incredible views for bathers. Take a dip and check it out for yourself.

Afterwards, you’ll continue north along this peninsula until you reach the town of Siglufjordur. As well as being one of the most picturesque towns in Iceland sitting at the base of a fjord, it’s also synonymous with fishing. A notable stop off here would be to check out the Herring Era Museum which is a great place to learn about the importance of the fishing industry for Icelanders.

As you make your way south passed the smaller town of Dalvik, you have the option to stop off at one of the most bizarre yet incredible bathing experiences you’ll ever have, at the Beer Spa. Sitting in the village of Arskogssandur, this once in a lifetime experience allows visitors to bathe in the fermenting yeast and hops whilst also enjoying a cold pint (if you’re of legal age!).

After this stop, you’ll finally make your way to the capital of the north, Akureyri. If you have enough time, why not check out some of the galleries, boutique shops or even the botanical gardens? Or if you’re completely exhausted by your day of adventure, make sure to pay a visit to the best ice cream shop in Iceland for a well-earned treat.

You will then retire for the night in your accommodation in Akureyri.

Day 5
A Humpback Whale spy-hops by a whale watching boat in Iceland.

Whale Watching Centre of Europe

On your fifth day in Iceland, you’ll get to explore the dramatic Diamond Circle.

After leaving Akureyri and driving up the northern side of the adjacent fjord you’ll make your way towards your first stop at the fishing town of Husavik. This is the main filming location of the Will Farrell movie, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

Often considered as the whale watching capital of Europe, marine life is particularly abundant in the summer months in Husavik.

You will have the option to join a whale watching tour here on either a boat or a more intimate RIB vessel where you will head out into the open waters in search of these great creatures of the deep. You will have the chance to spot Humpback Whales, Sperm Whales, Fin Whales, Minke Whales and even Orcas if you’re particularly lucky on your excursion.

However, if whale watching isn’t your thing, you can instead take the opportunity to visit the Geosea geothermal baths. Fed by both geothermal water and seawater, these baths are positioned with the most amazing views of the open sea waters to the north. These baths are the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate in true Icelandic style after a few days of adventure.

Alternatively, if you’re struggling to choose between either option, you can always choose to do both. This will enable you to enjoy the north of Iceland in the best way possible.

If you prefer to drive a bit further for more remote yet grand nature, You can head to Asbyrgi canyon. Though somewhat bizarrely shaped like a horseshoe, folklore claims that this canyon was created as a result of a stamp in the ground by Odin’s 8-legged horse. This tranquil spot is rich in flora and fauna and an incredible off the beaten track stop to enjoy.

Before making your way towards the Myvatn region, you’ll next visit the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. The ominous presence of this powerful falls wasn’t missed by cinematographers when it was shot in the opening scene of the recent sci-fi classic, Prometheus. If you have time to spare, you should opt to take a 10-minute walk upstream and visit the smaller but no less beautiful, Selfoss waterfall.

Before retiring for the night, you have the option of including a dip in the famous Myvatn Nature Baths. Well-positioned amongst this volcanic region, the natural and traditional baths are the perfect place to unwind after a long day of travelling and look across the Myvatn region under the incredible sight of the lowering midnight sun.

You will then rest up for the night in your accommodation in the Myvatn region.

Day 6
Namaskard is a barren geothermal pass on a mountain in North Iceland.

Heading East

On the morning of your sixth day in Iceland, you’ll take your time to explore the wonderful sites of the Myvatn region.

Amongst the great lakes, you’ll notice a rich variety of flora and a huge number of nesting birds who make this their residence in the summer months.

While traversing through the landscapes, you’ll see a mixture of craters and bizarre rock formations that make up this large volcanic region, synonymous with an almost Martian landscape.

Your first stop will take you to the Dimmuborgir fortress. Though never an actual fortress, these bizarre rock formations bear an uncanny resemblance to a castle, turrets and walls as a result of the cooling rock from bygone eruptions. The eerie atmosphere of this location was one of the reasons early Icelanders thought it was one of the gateways to hell.

Your next stop will take you to the obviously abundant geothermal area of Namaskard. Surrounded by numerous plumes of steaming poisonous gases, this bizarre attraction allows you to get up close to these bizarre-looking vents.

Afterwards, you’ll make your way east to the town of Egilsstadir. However, before checking in to your accommodation you’ll want to check out both Lake Lagarfljot and the forest of Hallormsstadaskogur. The former is easily one of the most beautiful spots in the whole of east Iceland with folklore believing a rare worm-like creature is said to live in its depths - the Icelandic version of the Loch Ness Monster.

The latter, however, is the largest forest in the whole of Iceland. This incredible territory which borders the enormous Vatnajokull national park is great for hikers to explore some of the untouched wilderness in Iceland. It’s also one of the best areas in Iceland to get sight of some of the indigenous reindeer.

Before retiring for the night, however, you could choose to partake in 1 final additional activity at the spectacular Vok Baths. These geothermal pools sit in the midst of a lake and make for an incredibly surreal setting as you relax in their mineral-rich healing waters. After a day of travel, there is no better way to end the day.

Afterwards, you’ll retire for the night in your accommodation in Egilsstadir.

Day 7
The East Fjords of Iceland have many picturesque hamlets and villages.

Cute towns along the East Fjords

Today, you’ll take your time journeying through one of the most overlooked regions in Iceland, the East fjords.

Rich in wildlife, mountains, waterfalls and quaint fishing towns, this is the perfect way to explore some of the best-kept secrets in Iceland.

On your way south, you’ll have the opportunity to take a detour to explore the remote fjord of Borgarfjordur Eystri. It stands as one of the most beautiful spots in Iceland which is steeped in historical folklore as well as offering a great number of fantastic options for those interested in hiking.

A town you’ll also want to make sure you visit is Seydisfjordur which sits at the base of a beautiful fjord just a 30-minute drive from Egilsstadir. The town is surrounded by mountains and the most incredible array of waterfalls you won’t want to miss. The most famous attraction of the town is a blue church with a rainbow pathway leading to it, making it an Instagram favourite.

As you travel further south you’ll pass through numerous fishing towns sitting at the base of each fjord you drive through. Most notably of these are Djupivogur and Faskrudsfjordur. The former is surrounded by an incredible coastline of 3 fjords which makes for some dramatic scenery and photo opportunities.

Whereas the latter is the easternmost settlement in Iceland right in the centre of the East fjords. Historically this town became a trading post in 1880 with a strong relationship to France’s fisherman who would frequently visit. Known as a town of rich french heritage, even a quick walk through the town will leave you confused by the sheer number of french street signs.

Towards the end of your time in the East Fjords, you’ll pass by the charismatic peaks of Eystrahorn and Vestrahorn, both of which are well-photographed as the perfect setting for sunsets, Northern Lights and the midnight sun.

You will then retire for the evening in your accommodation in the fishing town of Hofn.

Day 8
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is a vast body of water holding many icebergs.

Vatnajokull National Park

On your eighth day, you’ll take your time exploring the beautiful nature of the Vatnajokull national park.

Your first stop of the day will take you to what is often referred to as the crown jewel of Iceland, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Here you’ll get to witness the most incredible array of floating icebergs making their way out to the shore.

Not only this but if you cross over to the adjacent shore across the road you can enjoy the famous Diamond Beach. This nickname is earned by the sight of the washed-up icebergs melting and glistening in the long hours of sunlight. Enjoy a walk through this otherworldly paradise where you can get up close and personal with these incredible chunks of the glacier.

During the summer months, you can also join a boat tour out onto the lagoon. You will have 2 options:

Option 1 - Join an amphibian boat tour and glide amongst the gargantuan icebergs of Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. You will be part of a larger group of people with this option and experience this beautiful peaceful lagoon up close.

Option 2 - Take a zodiac boat tour out into the lagoon and zoom from iceberg to iceberg in a small-group tour. This exhilarating experience will take you up close to the icebergs where you will need to keep your eyes peeled for the seals that grace the ice.

After a short trip up the road, you’ll have the chance to stop off at a much lesser-known glacier lagoon, Fjallsarlon. This is a great chance to experience the raw beauty of a glacier lagoon away from most of the tourists.

Your last stop of the day will then take you to Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Known for its abundance of hiking paths through lava fields, mountains and glacier tongues, this is the perfect place to put on your walking boots and check out a trail.

Most notably is the trail that leads to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. This waterfall is surrounded by a series of volcanic hexagonal basalt columns making it a unique spectacle to behold, and a relatively easy hike to carry out.

For those of you keen to add in some extra adventure to your day, why not include a 3-hour glacier hike on the outlet glacier of Skaftafell glacier. Here your guide will kit you out with a helmet, crampons and an ice axe, perform a quick safety briefing and lead you out onto the ice. You’ll get the opportunity to climb on top of this glacier, pass deep crevasses and experience an incredible rush of excitement as you witness one of the most incredible views of the entire region.

If you opt to join this glacier hike, make sure you remember to bring your water bottle with you so you can sample some of the purest water you’ll ever taste.

You will then rest up for the evening in your accommodation at the historical town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Day 9
The Dyrholaey Rock Arch is a geological marvel and puffin watching spot.

South Coast

On the ninth day of your tour, you’ll spend your time exploring the very best sites of Iceland’s wondrous South Coast.

Your first stop of the day is to visit the incredible off the beaten track sight of the Fjadrargljufur Canyon. Just a short drive from your previous night’s accommodation, these towering cliffs and the winding rapids that flow between them are well worth a stop. Game of Thrones fans may even recognise this spot from a flying dragon scene in the final series, with Jon Snow and Khaleesi.

After leaving Fjadrargljufur canyon behind you’ll continue to travel through the lava fields created by the epic eruption of Laki volcano in 1783. This eruption was said to last for nearly 7 months, killing a huge portion of Iceland’s population and livestock. The effects of its ash were so strong that it massively impacted the harvests in western Europe and is known to be linked to the eventual French Revolution.

On your drive towards Vik, there will be a place to stop on the left side of the road with a car park to give you an opportunity to witness the sheer scale of this lava field. Please be careful not to tread on the moss which is an invaluable part of Iceland’s nature.

Shortly afterwards you’ll arrive at the quaint village of Vik. Sitting at the base of the South Coast, the village is particularly beautiful in the summer season with ripe fields of lupines and bright green mountains contrasting against the famous black sand beach on its shores.

For those of you keen to add some extra adventure to your day, you can opt to join an ice cave tour. Your guide will pick you up from Vik, kit you out with a helmet and some crampons, and perform a safety briefing before taking you to the top of Myrdalsjokull glacier. Once on top, you’ll be guided through the caverns of this beautiful natural ice cave which changes with the movement of the glacier that sits up above Iceland’s largest volcano, Katla.

Next, you’ll check out the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach. This charming yet eerie volcanic beach is decorated with a shoreline of cliffs and basalt caves as well as the well-known sea stacks of Reynisdrangar. The latter formations are said to be the result of 2 petrified trolls caught in the sunlight who failed to find refuge in time.

Afterwards, you’ll take a visit to the nearby rock arch of Dyrholaey. During summer, aside from being a stunning area to explore, this is one of the best places in the country to spot puffins from. Amazingly, Puffins have little fear of humans which gives you a great chance to get right up close to these exquisite creatures.

Your final 2 stops of the day will take you past the stunning waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Though both waterfalls stand at an impressive 60m (197 ft), the former is a lot more powerful with a huge rising of mist which regularly reacts with the light to create the most beautiful rainbows. Folklore of Skogafoss even suggests there is a treasure chest that has long been hidden behind its falls.

However, the latter is a much gentler waterfall which is the most obvious feature along a ridge hosting other waterfalls, most notably the hidden Gljufrabui. In the summer months, you are able to walk behind Seljalandsfoss due to a perfectly sculpted cavern that lies at the back of it.

After another fantastic day of sightseeing and adventure, you’ll retire for the night in your accommodation at Hvolsvollur.

Day 10
Thingvellir is a UNESCO site on the Golden Circle of Iceland.

Golden Circle

Today you’ll visit the most popular travellers trail in Iceland, the Golden Circle.

Famed for its variety of incredible natural attractions and closeness to Reykjavik, this is another day to better understand why they call Iceland the land of fire and ice.

Your first stop of the day will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Thingvellir National Park. Sitting in the divide between 2 tectonic plates (North American and Eurasian), this location is abundant in forestry, waterfalls, canyons, ravines and springs. As well as the obviously beautiful nature, this is also a famous historical spot where the world’s first parliament was founded (Althingi) in 930 AD.

If you’re fascinated by the geology of Iceland, take the plunge to join a snorkelling tour here at the nearby Silfra fissure. This is one of the only places in the world where you’ll be able to see the physical divide of 2 tectonic plates right in front of you. Snorkelling in these surreal crystal clear glacier-fed waters gives you the ability to check out the incredible rock formations with a viewing distance of up to 100m (328 ft).

Next, you’ll visit the wonderful volcanic paradise of the Geysir geothermal area. Bubbling and oozing with mud pots and steam vents, much like your visit up north this provides a real visible understanding of the volcanic ground beneath your feet. However, you’ll find most of the visitors standing around the hot spring named Strokkur, which will erupt boiling water up to heights of 40m (131 ft) every 5-10 minutes. This will give you plenty of time to witness this spectacle a number of times while you’re there.

Your final stop of the day takes you to the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss. Fed by the meltwater of the nearby Langjokull glacier along the Hvita river, this thunderous falls plummets 32m (105 ft) over 2 steps into an incredibly carved cavern below.

If you’re looking to add some adrenaline-pumping action to your day, you can opt to join a snowmobiling tour. You’ll meet your guide just outside of Gullfoss visitor centre, get kitted up, receive a safety briefing and make your way up on a monster all-terrain vehicle to the top of the nearby Langjokull glacier. Once on top, you’ll have a blast zooming across this snowy white tundra with the most incredible mountain peak and valley views all around you.

In the evening you’ll rest up in your accommodation in Reykjavik.

Day 11
Reykjavik has many lovely parks and historic buildings.

Reykjavik

Today is your last full day in Reykjavik, and you will have a selection of options depending on how you would like to spend your day.

Option 1 - Take a slower-paced to end your holiday by exploring the bustling city streets of Reykjavik. Take the time to check out some of its famous landmarks and attractions, art galleries, studios and museums, or simply basque in the downtown ambience at the cosy local cafes.

This is also a great way to spend the day if you’re keen to explore some Reykjavik’s selection of quaint boutique shops, or alternatively, gather some last-minute souvenirs before your flight home the next day.

Option 2 - Take a tour inside the dormant magma chamber of Thrihnukagigur volcano. Uniquely, unlike most other volcanoes in the world, once it turned dormant the magma chamber didn’t simply implode on itself, instead, the magma drained away. As a result, this is the only location on Earth where you can go inside a volcano’s magma chamber.

You’ll descend down on an old mining shaft, deep within this otherworldly ginormous cavern. As you get closer to the base you’ll feel the warmth start to rise up onto your face. You’ll then have plenty of time once you reach the bottom to explore the many caverns, rock formations and incredible colours that make this one of the best experiences in Iceland.

Option 3 - Instead of spending an entire day in the city of Reykjavik, you could instead spend half of the day on a 2-hour horse riding tour.

You will head just outside of the city to one of the delightful local stables where you’ll ride one of the famously charismatic Icelandic horses across the local wild terrains. This is a great way to experience a final taste of Iceland’s nature as well as the culture of Icelandic horse riding.

Option 4 - Take some time out of your day wandering the streets of Reykjavik to take a ride on the famous FlyOver ride.

You’ll be suspended with feet dangling before a 20m (66 ft) spherical screen and be taken on a 30-minute 4D thrill experience of the most incredible spectacles in Iceland. From the mountain peaks to the base of fjords this experience will leave you in awe of the natural beauty of Iceland. As you journey through all the terrains and landmarks, keep your eyes peeled for some of the fantastic spots you will have passed and explored on your holiday.

In the evening you will retire for your final night in Iceland in your accommodation in Reykjavik.

Day 12
Smooth, mossy boulders cover a black sand beach in South Iceland.

Departure

In the morning you’ll drive the short 40-minute distance down the Reykjanes peninsula to Keflavik International Airport where you will return your car rental and head towards the terminal.

For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice. If your flight is later there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.

What to bring

Warm Clothes
Camera
Swimsuit
Driver's license
Sunglasses

Good to know

Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavik 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 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.

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.

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.

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