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7 Day Budget Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Waterfalls & Myvatn
The 15 metre high Hvítserkur rock stack is sometimes compared to a petrified troll, at other times an elephant.

7 Day Budget Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Waterfalls & Myvatn

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7 days
May. - Oct.
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See it all on a budget with this fantastic 7-day self-drive touring the famous Ring Road around Iceland. By partaking in a self-drive such as this, you will not only experience the freedom of your vehicle but also manage to see all of the highlights Iceland has to offer without the hassle associated with larger tour groups.

This cheap and cheerful package is the perfect mixture of action-packed adventure, beautiful sightseeing and unique natural phenomena, including the Golden Circle, the impressive Jökusárlón Glacier Lagoon, Geysir hot spring, Reynisfjara black beach and so much, much more. With you in the driver’s seat, you’re sure to save enough time to fully explore the settlements of Reykjavík and Akureyri, and experience Iceland’s urban delights.

Despite the wealth of attractions along the ring road, many visitors enjoy leaving the beaten track to experience something a little different. That is why we have left this self-drive with enough space to add extra activities to your trip, including snorkelling, snowmobiling, glacier hiking, caving and boat tours. 

After booking this tour, you will receive a special itinerary which will further list some of the hidden experiences and stop-offs available during your trip around the ring road, all of which can be discovered without loosening the purse strings.  

Hurry now and you too can make the most out of your trip to Iceland, experiencing an eclectic wealth of beauty and adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.


6 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast not included, shared bathrooms; more detailed info below)
Vehicle for 7 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


Glacier Hiking
Horse Riding
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
Ice Caving
Self drive


Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
West Iceland
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vík í Mýrdal
South Coast
Diamond Beach
Ring Road
East Fjords

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Reykjavik is positively buzzing in the summer with energy; visitors and locals alike are out on mass to soak up those radiant rays.

Arrival in Reykjavik

Welcome to summer in Iceland! You will begin by picking your car up as soon as you exit Keflavik Airport.

On your way to Iceland’s capital city, 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.

From there, it’s up to you whether you relax for the night or take to the town to explore all Reykjavík has to offer.

If you do decide to explore the city—and you really should do!—you’re sure to find something to your liking. If not the plethora of art galleries, museums, street art and cafes, you can check out the city’s vibrant nightlife or simply take an amble exploring the cultural landmarks, such as Perlan,  Hallgrímskirkja church or Harpa Concert Hall.

You will be spending your first night in Reykjavík in a downtown hotel.

Day 2
Akureyrarkirkja Church is one of the most instantly recognisable landmarks of Akureyri.

West Iceland and Akureyri

Your second day in Iceland will see you making the journey towards the northern capital, Akureyri. Along the way, you could stop for some ice cream in Borgarnes (perfect for a summer’s day) before taking a short hike up Grábrók tuff volcano further inland in Borgarfjörður. From the top of the crater, you will have incredible views over the region.

Other attractions en route include the historical site Reykholt, the hot spring Deildartunguhver and the sublime and beautiful waterfall, Hraunfossar (“Lava Falls”). Whilst in the area, it is also highly recommended to inspect Hvítserkur rock formation, found just near Hvammstangi.

It takes a few hours to drive from Reykjavík to Akureyri without making any stops, so be ready for a day filled with driving. Fear not, however, for the scenery along the way makes for a pleasant journey.

If you are not in a hurry to get to Akureyri, you could add on a tour where you'll visit the man-made ice cave tunnel inside Langjökull glacier or descend into the lava cave Víðgelmir which was formed in an eruption over a thousand years ago.

When you finally arrive in Akureyri, it's recommended to grab a meal in town and enjoy the city’s nightlife.

Day 3
Visitors to Goðafoss waterfall will be able to get right up close to this feature, making for some excellent photographs.

Akureyri, Lake Myvatn and Egilsstaðir

On the third day of your trip, you will have ample time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Akureyri; the city boasts a botanical garden, boat trips, beautiful scenery and excellent shopping possibilities. When you have finished in Akureyri, you will head towards Lake Mývatn.

Whilst on your journey, it is recommended that you stop off at the stunning Goðafoss waterfall, the Námaskarð geothermal area and the dark volcanic fortress known as Dimmuborgir. Though naturally formed, the lava formations at Dimmuborgir make it appear like some fantastical spooky castle.

After exploring Dimmuborgir and Lake Mývatn, you should end your day at the Mývatn Nature Baths. These warming baths are open until midnight during the summer, but make sure to leave enough time for the two-hour drive to Egilsstaðir, the capital of the East. If you would rather skip the baths, you could make a diversion to Iceland’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss.

You will then continue over the Möðrudalsöræfi heights to reach your accommodation for tonight, in the town of Egilsstaðir by the Lögurinn Lake.

Day 4
Diamond Beach is named as such thanks to the icebergs that routinely wash up on the shore, littering the beach with what appears like glistening frozen jewels.

Egilsstadir to South-East Iceland

From your overnight base at Egilsstaðir, it is only a short drive to Hallormsstaðaskógur, Iceland’s largest forest and a perfect stop off on your way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Whilst driving through East Iceland, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for reindeer as this is the only part of the country where they can be found roaming wild.

The main highlight of your day, however, is inarguably the glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón, and the nearby Diamond Beach. Visitors here cannot help but be captivated by the enormous glittering icebergs floating down from the glacial tongue out toward the ocean.

From the lagoon, it is a short stroll down to the black beach nearby, called Diamond Beach due to the many icebergs scattered along it. With the Atlantic Ocean's waves crashing on them, you can expect an incredible view.

You will be staying in accommodation in the near area overnight.

Day 5
Visitors to Seljalandsfoss can walk directly behind the cascading water, ensuring a unique and surreal perspective of this amazing natural feature.

Southeast Iceland to Hella/Hvolsvöllur

Day 6
The crystal clear waters of Silfra glacial spring are much beloved by divers across the world; visibility in the fissure will often reach up to 100 metres.

Golden Circle and Reykjavik

Day 7
In the Reykjanes Peninsula, one will find the Blue Lagoon Spa, a complex that is as relaxing as it is romantic.

Departure Day

It’s your final day in Iceland. 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

Driver's License
Swimsuit and towel
Warm and waterproof clothes
Hiking shoes

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.

If you book the extra activities alongside this tour, you will get them at a lower price.


See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. Budget level bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. Please keep in mind that hotel quality in Iceland varies among locations and availability is highly limited. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Super Budget

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


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


Below you can see the car rental options available for this self-drive tour. All our vehicles are new or current models, 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.


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.


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. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. 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 and declare full cancellation. COVID-19 Related Cancellations If you need to cancel your booking due to COVID-19 related reasons, the cancellation insurance provides further protection for your booking. If you purchase a self-drive tour or guided tour package along with the cancellation insurance, you will also get a full refund. If you test positive on arrival, to get the full refund after arrival, please email us at with your booking details and your test result within 4 hours after you receive the test result. If your flight gets cancelled due to COVID, to get the full refund, please email us at with your booking details and your flight cancellation confirmation prior to your scheduled flight departure time. 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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