7-Day Self-Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland

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Starts from
Keflavík Airport
Ends in
Keflavík Airport
Duration
7 days & 6 nights
Difficulty
Easy
Available
May - Oct.
Accommodation
6 nights included
Car rental
7 days included

Description

Take this seven-day self-drive tour around Iceland, driving the complete Ring Road and seeing all the best spots. This self-drive tour is perfect for those seeking the freedom to explore Iceland at their own pace and discover the most beautiful parts of the country.

Your trip begins when you pick up your modern rental car from the Keflavik International Airport or Reykjavik city. An expert local travel planner has organized all the essential details for you, so you don't need to worry about missing the best attractions.

At the same time, your travel agent will personalize your itinerary to suit your unique preferences. You'll receive an individual itinerary after you book, full of hidden gems and old favorites, so that your holiday will be second to none. This will allow your adventure to cover Iceland's best-kept secrets and the more well-known attractions. 

This tour perfectly combines nature-loving outdoor fun and the comforts of Iceland's most beautiful historic cities, Reykjavik and Akureyri. On a self-drive tour, you have total control of where you go and what you see. There are no tour guides or other guests to worry about on this trip - you're in the driver's seat.

As you travel the Ring Road around Iceland, you'll visit two national parks and some of Iceland's prettiest fishing villages. In between, marvel over countless waterfalls, volcanoes, craters, mountains, and hot springs.

You'll rest in comfortable accommodation with an ensuite bathroom at the end of each day. Breakfast is also included for every night of your stay, starting each day of adventure the right way.

The Ring Road will take you to the most famous of Iceland's attractions, but most visitors also seek to escape the crowds on their travels. Many secret locations will allow you to head off the beaten track and return to nature. 

You can also add some extra activities to your tour during the booking process to make your holiday extra special. There are options such as snowmobiling on top of the mighty glaciers, trekking to the top of Iceland with a glacier hike, visiting the world-famous Blue Lagoon, and a boat tour around the icebergs of Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

In a few clicks, you can add these fantastic extras to your trip to help make it a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The summer days in Iceland are long, so make the most of them by starting early and finishing late. You won't ever need to reach a destination 'before it gets dark' since between May and August is midnight sun season when it stays light around the clock.

After an epic seven days traversing the country's top sites and hidden treasures, you'll drop your rental car back at the airport or Reykjavik. 

Travelers love and rate this tour highly, so what are you waiting for? Book your Iceland adventure now! This risk-free tour includes free cancelation up to 24 hours before your trip. You can also contact us 24 hours a day, seven days per week, with any questions.

Pack in as much stunning scenery as possible with this highly-rated seven-day Ring Road self-drive tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

6 nights of accommodation
Continental breakfast on all days
New rental car for 7 days
CDW car rental insurance
Gravel protection car insurance
Unlimited mileage
Unlimited in-car Wi-Fi
Detailed itinerary & travel plan
Personal travel agent
24/7 helpline
VAT & all taxes

Destinations

Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world.Reykjavík / 2 nights
North Iceland is home to many incredible attractions, such as the Hvitserkur rock formation.North Iceland / 1 night
Deildartunguhver geothermal hot spring in West IcelandDeildartunguhver
Reykholt was home to Snorri Sturluson, a medieval writer.Reykholt
East Iceland is a spectacular region.Eastfjords / 1 night
The Vatnajokull glacier in Southeast Iceland.Southeast Iceland / 1 night
An abandoned house on the Reykjanes Peninsula presents a striking contrast against a lush green landscape.Southwest Iceland / 1 night

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Attractions

Borg á Mýrum is a church estate in Iceland.Borg á Mýrum
Hraunfossar is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in West Iceland.Hraunfossar
Beautiful flowers can be found in the Kjarnaskogur forest in Iceland.Kjarnaskogur
Godafoss is a beautiful waterfall with ties to Iceland's religious history.Godafoss Waterfall
Lake Myvatn is surrounded by stunning natural beautyMývatn
Dettifoss waterfall in IcelandDettifoss
Lagarfljot, in east Iceland, has a terrible monster in its depths, according to legend.Lagarfljót
Hallormstadaskogar surrounds lake Lagarfjlot.Hallormsstaðaskógur
Vestrahorn is a spectacular mountain, especially under the Northern Lights.Vestrahorn
Jökulsárlón is one of Iceland's most popular and unique attractionsJökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The icy diamonds of Diamond BeachDiamond Beach
Reynisfjara beach and Reynisdrangar cliffs in winterReynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Arial view of Reynisdrangar and Mt. ReynisfjallReynisdrangar
Dyrhólaey Peninsula is a 120 metre promenade famed for its staggering views of Iceland’s South Coast, as well as its historic lighthouse and wealth of birdlife.Dyrhólaey
The mighty Skógafoss waterfallSkógafoss
Seljalandsfoss on the South Coast of Iceland bathed in the otherworldly light of the midnight sun.Seljalandsfoss
Þingvellir National Park, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on Iceland’s mainland, is birthplace of the country’s parliament.Kerið
Long-exposure photo of Gullfoss waterfall on a cloudy dayGullfoss
Geysir is a dormant hot spring in the geothermal area, Haukadalur Valley, found in South Iceland.Geysir
Þingvellir National Park is Iceland's only UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the major stops along the world famous Golden Circle sightseeing route.Thingvellir
Kleifarvatn is the third largest lake in Iceland.Kleifarvatn
KrýsuvíkKrýsuvík
Gunnuhver is one of the geothermal areas on the Reykjanes Peninsula.Gunnuhver

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Caving
Snowmobile
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
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Day 1

Day 1 – Reykjavík

  • Reykjavík - Arrival day
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When you land in Keflavik, you'll likely feel energized by the endless summer sun.

On your way to Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik, you could stop at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. This world-renowned bathing facility is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It's 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's 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. If you have extra free time, there's still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula.

If you have time after visiting the Blue Lagoon, you could discover some of the other treasures of the Reykjanes Peninsula. For instance, the region's otherworldly landscape is showcased in the Geopark, where volcanic and geothermal activities have created spectacular phenomena like the Krysuvik geothermal area and the dramatic cliffs at Krysuvikurbjarg.

History enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to the Viking World Museum, while nature lovers can marvel at the abundant birdlife at the Gardur Lighthouse.

Then, you'll continue to the world's northernmost capital.

Reykjavik is full of galleries, cafes, museums, designer shops, restaurants, and street art. It boasts interesting architecture, such as the Harpa Concert Hall's dazzling glass facade, reflecting its beautiful surroundings. 

Perlan is another striking building on a hilltop southeast of the city center. It translates to 'the pearl' because of the shape of its huge dome. Perlan is worth visiting for its high-tech and immersive exhibitions that simulate Iceland's natural wonders, from ice caves and glaciers to volcanoes and the aurora borealis.

Or, you could spend your day strolling down the main street of Laugavegur, visiting the Hallgrimskirkja church tower, and popping into the charming shops and buildings of the old harbor.

Spend your first night in Reykjavik in a central and cozy hotel.

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Day 2

Day 2 – North Iceland

  • North Iceland
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  • Borg a Myrum church and farm
  • Deildartunguhver hot spring
  • Reykholt historical site
  • Hraunfossar & Barnafoss waterfalls
  • Kjarnaskogur
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On day two, you'll drive from Reykjavik to the capital of the North, Akureyri.

On your way, you can take an ice cream stop in Borgarnes town (considered mandatory by many locals) and a short hike (approximately one hour) up Grabrok, the smallest of three craters in a short volcanic fissure.

If you feel like stretching your legs, a marked trail will take you from Route 1 to the very edge of the rim. Once you get up there, you'll see beautiful landscapes across the Borgarfjordur area. 

You can also take a detour and visit the historical site Reykholt. It once served as the residence of the medieval scholar and writer Snorri Sturluson. At Reykholt, you'll find Snorrastofa, a research center dedicated to Snorri and medieval studies. Visitors can see Snorri's pool and the tunnel connecting it to the house.

Nearby is Europe's highest-flowing hot spring, Deildartunguhver. The thermal water emerging from the spring maintains a consistent temperature of 206 F (97 C). It heats the towns of Borgarnes and Akranes, exemplifying Iceland's innovative use of geothermal energy. 

Another sightseeing option for your journey is the 50-foot (15-meter) tall Hvitserkur rock formation near Hvammstangi. Depending on the viewing angle, it's a dramatic formation that resembles a dragon drinking from the sea or a giant petrified troll.

You've got three incredible options for add-on tours today, so think about what you can fit into your day and what most appeals. 

The Vidgelmir lava cave tour takes you on an adventurous journey through one of the largest lava caves in Iceland, where you can marvel at stunning lava formations, ice sculptures, and colorful mineral deposits while learning about the cave's historical and geological significance.

The Langjokull Ice Tunnel tour offers a unique opportunity to journey into the heart of Iceland's second-largest glacier, exploring artificial tunnels that reveal the glacier's blue ice interior, a rare and educational glimpse into the world of glaciers.

Your final tour option for the day is at The Beer Spa north of Akureyri. It offers a unique Icelandic experience where guests can relax in wooden tubs filled with warm beer, water, hops, and yeast, which are reputed to have rejuvenating effects on the skin.

The drive from Reykjavik to Akureyri takes 4.5-5 hours without any stops, so be prepared to drive for a while today. You'll be rewarded with your first view of the charming and lively town of Akureyri.

You will spend the night in a cozy accommodation in North Iceland.

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Day 3

Day 3 – Eastfjords

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  • Kjarnaskogur
  • Godafoss Waterfall
  • Lake Myvatn Area
  • Dettifoss waterfall
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On day three, enjoy Akureyri, then head east towards the stunning area around Lake Myvatn.

Between Akureyri and Myvatn, you'll see the gorgeous Godafoss waterfall. Godafoss earned its name after an event in 1000 AD when Iceland converted to Christianity, and the chieftain threw his statues of the old Norse gods into the falls. It offers a breathtaking view of water cascading over a semi-circular edge, creating a visually striking horseshoe shape.

Make sure you check out the Namaskard geothermal area close to Myvatn. It's dotted with boiling mud pots, steaming fumaroles, and sulfur deposits, creating a vivid tapestry of red, orange, and yellow hues. The intense geothermal activity under the thin crust creates a dramatic scene that exemplifies the raw power of nature.

Don't miss Dimmuborgir (the Dark Fortress) and its imposing lava rock formations. This large area of uniquely shaped lava fields east of Myvatn is known for its dramatic formations, caves, and rich mythology, often associated with trolls and elves.

The Myvatn Nature Baths are open until near midnight during the summer, so it's a perfect end to the day to bask and relax here. You can add your entry ticket during the booking process.

If a long soak in a hot spring is not for you, consider a detour to Dettifoss, Iceland's most powerful waterfall. With an impressive width of 330 feet (100 meters) and a drop of 144 feet (44 meters) into the Jokulsargljufur canyon, the thundering spectacle of Dettifoss offers a breathtaking display of nature's raw power.

You'll then head over to Egilsstadir town, the unofficial capital of the East. As an alternative to the Myvatn Nature Baths, you could opt for a ticket to the Vok Baths by the lake near Egilsstadir. The Vok Baths offer a luxurious spa experience with panoramic views over the serene Lake Urridavatn.

Your accommodation for the night is here in the East Iceland region.

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Day 4 – Southeast Iceland

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  • Lake Lagarfljot
  • Hallormsstadaskogur Forest
  • Vestrahorn
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Near Egilsstadir is Hallormsstadaskogur forest. As Iceland's largest forest, you may want to explore it before your drive south towards the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

On your way, admire the spectacular beauty of the east, and remember to look out for reindeer. They can only be found in this part of Iceland.

There are several options for stops along the Eastfjords where you can stretch your legs and admire the treasures of this lesser-visited part of the country.

Djupivogur is a charming fishing village, rich in history and traditional Icelandic culture. It's also home to the striking outdoor artwork, 'Eggin i Gledivik,' by Sigurdur Gudmundsson, featuring 34 large-scale egg replicas of local bird species. 

Stokksnes is a captivating headland on the southeastern coast of Iceland, renowned for its stunning natural beauty and dramatic landscapes. It offers incredible mountain and sea views, making it a must-see stop for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.

The main highlight of day four is the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach. Take your time to explore the intense beauty of the lagoon.

You'll be captivated by the massive chunks of ice floating down from the glacial tongue. The sheer size of the icebergs is mesmerizing, and their vibrant colors of white, blue, and black create a breathtaking setting.

Ensure you keep your eye out for seals. They like to play on the ice and may be curious enough to come closer. They often want to see you just as much as you want to see them.

From the lagoon, it's a short stroll down to the black beach nearby, Diamond beach, named for the many icebergs scattered along it. You can expect an awe-inspiring view with the Atlantic Ocean's waves crashing on them.

Spend your night in comfortable accommodation in Southeast Iceland, near the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

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Day 5

Day 5 – Southwest Iceland

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  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks
  • Dyrholaey
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
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You can return to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon for one of two optional boat rides on day five. The Amphibian boat tour is perfect for a leisurely journey amid the floating icebergs, providing ample opportunities for photography.

For a more intimate and adventurous experience, the zodiac boat tour takes you on a smaller, faster vessel to get closer to the glacier and navigate through more densely packed icebergs.

Continue your road trip towards Skaftafell Nature Reserve. It's recommended that you enjoy the optional glacier hike in Skaftafell today, taking in the magnificent Vatnajokull glacier and spectacular vistas.

After enjoying the beauty of this reserve, continue driving along the South Coast of Iceland. An interesting stop is at the wreckage of a bridge destroyed in a glacier flood. If you take a moment to rest here, you'll have a great view of the Vatnajokull glacier.

The stunning Fjadrargljufur canyon near the Kirkjubaejarklaustur village is well worth a visit. Fjadrargljufur stretches over 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) long and reaches depths of up to 328 feet (100 meters). It offers a breathtaking view of cascading waterfalls and the serene Fjadra river flowing through its base. 

You'll see the Reynisdrangar sea stacks from the town's black beach at Vik. Nearby, you can explore the gorgeous Dyrholaey cliff, with a view of the glacier, the sea, and the nearby black sands of Reynisfjara. Be extra careful if you go to the beach here because the waves can be hazardous and unpredictable.

Finally, explore the gorgeous waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Nature's astonishing power cannot be denied as you watch the water crash from craggy cliffs above into the waiting waters of the river below. You can even fully encircle Seljalandsfoss.

Both waterfalls fall from a cliff of 200 feet (60 meters).

You will spend the night in one of the small towns of Southwest Iceland.

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Day 6

Day 6 – Reykjavík

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  • Kerid Crater
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Thingvellir National Park
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After waking up in Hvolsvollur or Hella in Southwest Iceland, you'll continue your journey west and head to the famous Golden Circle to visit three of the country's most popular and well-known sites. 

On your way to the first stop, Gullfoss, or the Golden Waterfall, you might want to stop by the town of Fludir and soak in the Secret Lagoon geothermal pool. The pool's natural surroundings and steam rising into the air create a mystical ambiance. The water is a luxurious 100-104 F (38-40 C) all year. 

Gullfoss waterfall is incredible, cascading down two drops over 105 feet (32 meters). You can reach a viewing platform right at its edge in good weather to truly appreciate its tremendous power. If you wish, you can opt for a snowmobiling tour across the Langjokull glacier from here. 

After a short drive, you'll reach the Geysir geothermal area, named for 'the Great Geysir,' a world-famous hot spring. Though it does not often erupt these days, its brother, Strokkur, erupts every five to 10 minutes, hurling water up to 98 feet (30 meters) into the air.

Finally, finish your Golden Circle experience with a visit to the Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because the Althingi parliament was founded there in 930 AD. 

You can walk through the magnificent gorge Almannagja, which marks the eastern boundary of the North American tectonic plate and into which the beautiful waterfall Oxararfoss tumbles. The popular HBO series Game of Thrones has filmed here to take advantage of these exquisite surroundings.

For a more intimate experience at Thingvellir, you could go snorkeling in the Silfra fissure. The crystal-clear water fills an underwater gorge where the two tectonic plates meet, so you'll swim between the continents in one of the planet's most celebrated diving and snorkeling spots. Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

From the national park, there's a short 45-minute drive back to Reykjavik. Spend your last night relaxing in the capital city.

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Day 7

Day 7 – Reykjavík

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  • Kleifarvatn
  • Krysuvik
  • Gunnuhver
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It's your last day in Iceland, so do what feels right. You can relax in Reykjavik or cram in some last-minute shopping.

For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you'll finish your stay unwinding before heading to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters and look back on the incredible adventure you've just taken in the land of fire and ice.

If your flight is later, there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik.

Reykjavik is home to diverse and engaging museums, offering insights into the country's rich culture, history, and natural phenomena. The National Museum of Iceland provides a comprehensive view of Iceland's history from settlement to the present day, featuring a vast collection of artifacts.

The Settlement Exhibition, built around a 10th-century Viking longhouse discovered during construction, provides a unique peek into Viking-era life. For art lovers, the Reykjavik Art Museum, spread across three locations, boasts a fascinating collection of contemporary and modern art.

The Maritime Museum tells the tale of Iceland's seafaring history, while the Arbaer Open Air Museum offers a journey back in time, presenting traditional Icelandic houses and lifestyles. 

Though it's a bustling capital city, Reykjavik offers a variety of serene, nature-based attractions for those seeking a breath of fresh air. Tjornin, a centrally located pond, is a tranquil spot surrounded by beautiful cityscape views. It's home to various bird species and is particularly popular amongst families and bird watchers.

The Reykjavik Botanical Gardens, situated in the Laugardalur valley, is a peaceful haven showcasing native and foreign plant species.

Ellidaardalur park, a verdant valley crisscrossed by the Ellidaa river, is a local favorite, boasting beautiful walking and cycling paths and picnic spots.

These are just a few ideas for how you could spend your time before heading to the airport.

You'll return your rental car to the Keflavik International Airport in plenty of time to check in for your flight. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope to see you again soon.

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Swimsuit
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Hiking shoes
Warm layers and waterproof outerwear

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Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavik City or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license and a one-year-long on-road experience are required. Gravel protection is not included if you choose a Toyota Aygo or similar. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.

Some optional activities might require you to have 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 snorkeling or diving, and participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.

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