6 Day Camping Self Drive | Kjolur 4x4 Highland Roads

6 Day Camping Self Drive | Kjolur 4x4 Highland Roads
The map for the itinerary of the 6 Day Camping Self Drive tour of the Kjolur Highland Roads
Gullfoss waterfall is a beloved feature of south Iceland and the Golden Circle, with a history that tells of the environmental nature of the Icelandic psyche.
Strokkur, an Icelandic geysir, erupts under the midnight sun.
Due to the intense tectonic activity in Þingvellir National Park, and a wealth of underground water running beneath it from Langjökull glacier, the UNESCO World Heritage site is riddled with ravines filled with crystal-clear spring water.
Some say that the Hvítserkur monolith in north Iceland resembles a troll: others compare it to an elephant. None, however, deny its unusual beauty.
While Gullfoss is the most famous waterfall on south Iceland's Golden Circle, there is another smaller one in Þingvellir National Park called Óxaráfoss.
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Book this trip to immerse yourself in Iceland's incredible and diverse nature. In 6 days, this camping adventure takes you through the Icelandic wilderness around the Golden Circle, along the Kjölur Highland Road, and up to the glacier Langjökull.

Not only will you save money by camping, but you will also be waking up in some of this country's most beautiful spots. These locations provide you with a wealth of incredible hiking and photo opportunities that you cannot get on any other tour. Best of all, you control where you'll go and how fast you'll get there by doing the driving; there is no need to worry about tour guides, departure times or other group members on a self-drive camping holiday!

To help you make the most of the freedom you have when camping, you will receive a personal itinerary after you book. This will guide you to locations known only to a few and will allow you to see Iceland at her best: ancient, wild, and awe-inspiring. Of course, you will get to see the popular destinations too, but the itinerary will help you find peace away from the crowds.

This tour, in particular, will help you find the solitude most travellers to this country desire. Kjölur Highland Road is only accessible in summer, so take advantage of all that solitude in the rugged highlands while the Midnight Sun shines above. Iceland's eerie lunar landscape will lend you tranquillity and beauty you cannot find anywhere else.

Add activities to your tour during the booking process to create the customised vacation you have always dreamt of. These options include horse-riding, snorkelling, snowmobiling, caving, and even entering man-made tunnels carved into the side of Langjökull glacier.

Don't miss this camping opportunity of a lifetime. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Sep.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Caving, Hiking, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Self drive
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Attractions: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Geysir, Gullfoss, Kerlingarfjöll, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Reykjanes, Hveravellir, Silfra, Borgarfjörður, Kaldidalur, Reykholt, Langjökull, Kjölur/Kjalvegur, Blönduós, Keflavik International Airport, Hvítserkur, Öxarárfoss, Haukadalur, Hvammstangi, Capital Region, Víðgelmir
Pickup information:
    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.
    • 4x4 rental car with roof top tent for 6 days

    • CDW Insurance

    • GPS System

    • Camping card for select campsites

    • Camping equipment

    • Camping chairs and Tables

    • USB Charger

    • Cooling box

    • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland

    • Taxes

    • Breakfast

    • Fuel

    • Dinner

    • Lunch

    What to bring:
    • Warm Clothes

    • Swimwear

    Good to know:

    Off-road driving is illegal in Iceland. It is a highly fined offence. Avoid legal problems and make sure to stay on marked highland roads and paths. Believe us, this will already be adventure enough! Also note that highland roads are closed during wintertime, which normally open in mid-June and close in September.

    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.

    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrival in Reykjavik

    The Sun Voyager sculpture is a great example of Reykjavík's fine art, overlooking the bay of Faxaflói from the capital's coast.

    Welcome to Iceland!

    Begin your exciting Icelandic adventure by picking up your bags and your car at Keflavík International Airport and heading out to the dark lava field of the Reykjanes Peninsula. You'll drive through this lunar-like landscapes on your way to Iceland's capital, Reykjavík.

    The City Hall is in the downtown area, by the lake Tjörni. Visit us inside to receive your Camping Card and a travel folder with any information you might need for your trip. We'll also be happy to answer any and all questions you might have about this land of ice and fire, and help plan your trip.

    Card in hand, you are free to explore the city further. You could check out the fabulous range of museums, galleries and restaurants found within Reykjavík or, if you want to unwind, you can do as the locals and visit a geothermal swimming pool to soak in the warm waters of a hot tub.

    Make your way to the town of Þorlákshöfn, just south of the city, where you'll find your campsite for the night.

    Day 2 - The Golden Circle

    Ready for an eruption, Strokkur - the main attraction in the Geysir Geothermal Area - bubbles and seethes.

    Start your second day early and visit Iceland's famous Golden Circle sightseeing route for some spectacular natural attractions. First up is Þingvellir National Park, a place of enormous historical and geographical importance. This is where Iceland formed its democracy, converted to Christianity, declared its independence, and elected its first president.

    Aside from great historical importance, the place is also a geographical wonder; it is neither located on the Eurasian nor the North American continental plates, but in a rift valley between. This unique location causes some spectacular landscapes in the area such as lava fields and canyons. While here, you can opt for a snorkel within the crystal clear waters of the Silfra ravine.

    From there, visit the Geysir geothermal area, the home of the erupting geyser, Strokkur, which erupt every ten minutes or so to heights of around 20 m (66 ft). Only a few minutes drive further is the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall. Here, you can walk down to the water's edge and get up close to the roar of the falls, to really feel the power of Iceland's nature.

    After Gullfoss, you can take a snowmobiling trip up on Langjökull glacier for some incredible vistas and an exhilarating ride. Alternatively, you could book a riding tour, and meet the charming Icelandic horse. 

    You'll be spending the night at a campsite near the Geysir area, but if you still want to explore some more, you could head out to places such as Kerið crater lake, Faxi waterfall, and Skálholt church before you retire for the night.

    Day 3 - Highlands

    The Kjölur Highland Road connects south and north Iceland, and is interrupted in its centre by the Hveravellir geothermal area.

    Today, you'll head into the barren but beautiful Highlands of Iceland. Just off the main road is a road called Kjölur, the main Highland route which leads all the way to the North Coast, and you'll follow this route today, stopping at some amazing sites en route.

    Start off by driving through the Icelandic wilderness towards the picturesque Hvítárvatn glacier lagoon, then continue north to the geothermal area of Kerlingarfjöll where you can enjoy the vivid views and perhaps take a hike to the roots of a glacier.

    After that, head north through the lunar landscape of the highlands, stopping at Hveravellir. Here are plenty of opportunities for scenic walks, as well as natural baths to relax in! After a good soak, continue to the northern village of Skagaströnd, where you will camp for the night.

    Day 4 -  Hvitserkur Sea Stack

    Other than its seal colonies, and the Icelandic Seal Centre in the town of Hvammstangi, the Vatnsnes Peninsula of northern Iceland is best known for the rock formation Hvítserkur.

    Take the ring road west towards the village of Hvammstangi, which is known as the home of Icelandic seals. Here you can take an optional boat trip, and get out onto the water to watch them up close.

    Head around the Vatnsnes Peninsula and stop at the fascinating geological formation of Hvítserkur basalt stack for some photographs, before heading back onto the main road.

    Continue to the west coast towards Deildartunguhver in Borgarfjörður, the largest hot spring in Europe, with 180 litres running through it every second, and spend the night in the area of Borgarnes.

    Day 5 - Highland Experience

    Throughout summer, Iceland's enormous sheep population is let loose to graze the verdant fields of the highlands.

    Head towards the western side of Langjökull glacier, and drive through the barren sand desert of Kaldidalur; the scenery just keeps getting better the further you go. Consider taking a little detour all the way to the foot of the glacier, where you can take a walk up to the ice in the middle of summer.

    While in the area, you can also opt into a tour which goes inside Langjökull, down man-made tunnels through the ancient glacial ice. Alternatively, you can go lava tubing in Víðgelmir cave. Both options promise to entertain, inform, and delight.

    Once you are finished with your activities, drive south towards Lundareykjadalur, where the last hot spring on your journey, the pool of Krossalaug, awaits. After a refreshing bask in the warm waters, heat to the town of Akranes where you will find a location for camping that night.

    Day 6 - Departure Day

    Those with a late flight on their departure day from Iceland should use it to better explore the incredible sites of Reykjavík city or the Reykjanes Peninsula.

    Drive back to Keflavík airport and drop off your car before departure. If you're lucky enough to have an evening or afternoon flight, you can use the time to bask in the azure, warm waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, which is en route to the airport from Reykjavík. If you have enjoyed enough hot pools for one trip, you can instead use the time to take a short tour of the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula.


    The vehicles offered for our self drive camping tours are highland capable and equipped with a roof top tent and necessary camping equipment suitable for two people. They come with a GPS and CDW insurance.

    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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    What an incredible experience! Brilliantly curated but with the right amount of freedom to choose what you wanted as you made your way. From the start the communication with Natan, ou Guide to Icelan representative, was both prompt and thoughtful. The itinerary was detailed enough to make suggestions as to what to see and expansive enough to accomodate different tastes. Rental car pickup was right on time and the 4x4 vehicle was clean and worked well on all road surfaces, even through the highlands! The camping card was easy to use as well as the fuel discount card. And the free map was a nice surprise. All of the information that we got from Guide to Iceland was helpful as we made out way through the 6 day tour. The horseback riding was exceptional and a real highlight. Driving through the backcountry in the highlands was amazing...we saw glaciers, innumerable waterfalls, beautiful lakes and rivers, spent time by the sea...for a nature lover, this was truly an awe-inspiring trip and incredibly well organized. Really the trip of a lifetime and made so much easier with the tremendous support of Guide to Iceland.
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