6 Day Summer Self Drive Tour | Circle of Iceland

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Drive the whole circle around Iceland in only six days. If you don't have much time but still want to see as much of Iceland as possible, then this trip around the country is y...

Drive the whole circle around Iceland in only six days. If you don't have much time but still want to see as much of Iceland as possible, then this trip around the country is your best bet. It involves a lot of driving, but you are behind the wheel and can forget about the pressures of tour guides and other group members. 

To make your holiday relaxing as well as adventurous, you will lodge in full comfort with an ensuite bathroom and breakfast included around Iceland, so you can be certain that you will rest well between days of adventure.

On this trip, you will get to enjoy Iceland's most famous highlights, such as the Golden Circle, Reykjavík, and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. If you wish to avoid the crowds as well, however, to enjoy Iceland's peaceful, secluded places, you are...


5 nights of accommodation (different levels available; More detailed info below)
Vehicle for 6 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 with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary


Glacier Hiking
Whale Watching
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
Self drive


Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
North Iceland

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Reykjavík

After arriving at Keflavík, pick up your car and head towards Iceland's capital, Reykjavík. It's only a 45-minute drive from the airport, and on the way, you'll pass by the famous Blue Lagoon. If you wish to test the waters of the Blue Lagoon Spa, the best time to do so is on your arrival day or your departure day.

Explore the museums, restaurants, and nightlife of Reykjavík city, and get a good sleep at a cozy hotel in the centre of town before hitting the road early next morning.

Day 2

Reykjavík to Lake Mývatn

Start your road trip by heading north, towards Akureyri, the capital of the North.

Although you will be driving for longer today than on any other day, there are many little side tours you can take en route. For example, it is only a short detour to the impressive Hvítserkur rock, which rises 15 m (50 ft) tall from the ocean in the shape of an elephant (if yo...

Day 3

Lake Mývatn to Southeast Iceland

Spend the first part of your day exploring the gorgeous area around Lake Mývatn, the Námaskarð geothermal area, and the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall before continuing towards Egilsstaðir, the capital of the East. This drive will take you through the magnificent Vatnajökull National Park, which has many spectacular vistas.

Near Egilsstaðir is Iceland's larg...

Day 4

Southeast Iceland to Vík

Begin your day by heading south to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon from your accommodation. Be sure to enjoy the views en route of the stark Mt. Vestrahorn and the glistening Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe.

When you reach the glacier lagoon, nestled into the south side of Vatnajökull, you will see why it is such a popular attraction; the iceber...

Day 5

Vík to Reykjavík

A little further on from Vík you'll reach Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara beach, where you'll have an impressive view of long stretches of a black sand, all the way down the coast towards the nearby glacier Mýrdalsjökull. You can opt for an ice cave tour to Mýrdalsjökull glacier that departs from Vík.

There are many interesting geological features along Reynisfjara...

Day 6

Departure Day

Unwind in Reykjavík after a long, but incredibly satisfying, road trip. You may choose to go on an optional whale watching tour if you'd like one last glimpse of Iceland's incredible environment, or you can pamper yourself in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Return your car at Keflavík and have a great flight back home, full of memories of Iceland.


What to bring

Driver's license
Warm clothes

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. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. Please keep in mind that hotel quality in Iceland varies among locations and availability is highly limited. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. Please note that not all locations offer quality level accommodation. Comfort level accommodation will be arranged at those particular locations, which is reflected in the quality level upgrade price. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels. Located in the region of the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.


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


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


Rooms with a private bathroom in a four star hotel or superior rooms in a quality three star hotel at the best locations in Iceland. Breakfast is included.


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

Super Budget 2WD

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

Budget 2WD

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

Comfort 4x4

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

Luxury 4x4

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


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.