8 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle Of Iceland Camping Trip

Book this tour for an incredible camping trip all around Iceland! If you have always dreamed of completing the ring road, love to immerse yourself in nature, and are on a bit of a budget, then this is the perfect tour for you!

You'll circle Iceland and explore the whole country. As the driver, you can go where you like and ignore a set schedule, without worrying about tour guides or other group members.

Quality camping facilities with plenty of amenities are all around, and you'll be surrounded by spectacular nature no matter where you pitch up your tent. Along the way, you can explore popular spots like the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, Skaftafell Nature Reserve, the Lake Mývatn Area and the waterfalls of the West. 

To guarantee that you have a selection of the most popular locations with some more private areas to enjoy, Guide to Iceland has chosen a few unique attractions to guide you to. These sites are listed in a custom-made itinerary you will receive after you book, allowing you to revel in the natural landscapes Iceland is famous for without the crowds. The itinerary also sends you to as many geothermal hot springs as possible, to ease the tension built from full days of adventuring.

This tour can be added to with various activities along the way. Snorkelling, snowmobiling, glacier hiking, ice caving, whale-watching and a boat tour on the glacier lagoon are all options you can choose to make this holiday everything you could want it to be.

Reserve this camping trip now for an affordable self-drive tour to see the best attractions in Iceland! Check booking availability now, by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Sep.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Self drive
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Höfn, Borgarnes, Barnafoss, Vík i Mýrdal, Egilsstaðir, Siglufjörður, Hofsós, Lake Myvatn, South Coast, Ring Road
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : Flexible

Included:
  • 4x4 rental car with roof top tent for 8 days

  • CDW Insurance

  • Travel Plan

  • Camping card for selected campsites

  • Camping equipment

  • Camping chairs and Tables

  • USB Charger

  • Cooling box

  • Taxes

  • Fuel

  • Dinner

  • Lunch

  • Breakfast


What to bring:
  • Warm Clothes


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 Reykjavík


8 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle Of Iceland Camping Trip


After landing, collect your car at Keflavík airport and drive to a camping place close to downtown Reykjavík. En route, if you have some time, you can explore the many geological wonders of the Reykjanes Peninsula, or else bask in the healing waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.

Once you've settled in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the quirky city centre, and its abundance of museums, galleries, restaurants, and bars. Be sure to sample the city's nightlife before heading back to your camping ground for the night.


Day 2 - The Golden Circle & Southwest Iceland


8 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle Of Iceland Camping Trip


Day two sees you embark on the famous Golden Circle tour before you reach the south coast. Begin with a visit to Þingvellir National Park, where you can walk the valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, and discover the original site of the world's longest running representative parliament. You can also opt for a snorkelling tour here, in the crystal clear ravine Silfra.

Next up is the Haukadalur geothermal valley, home to the great Geysir—the original “geyser”. Its more active neighbour, Strokkur, erupts every ten minutes or so, sending boiling water up to 20 m (66 ft) high, and the area is dotted with bubbling hot springs and steaming fumaroles.

End the circle with a visit to the mighty Gullfoss waterfall; you can approach it right to its edge to observe its incredible scale and power. From here, you can also take the option of going on a snowmobiling tour on Langjökull glacier. If that does not appeal, look into booking a horse-riding tour.

Following this, head to the south coast and visit one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss, which you can walk all the way around. The towering Skógafoss waterfall is also nearby. Further along the coast, stop to admire the black volcanic beach at Reynisfjara, and the dramatic Dyrhólaey rock formations. Other sights along the route include the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which will be on your left-hand side.

Spend the night in Vík.


Day 3 - Hiking Day in Skaftafell Nature Reserve


8 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle Of Iceland Camping Trip


Day three should be spent travelling to, and marvelling over, the many sights of the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park. Before you depart to the area you can opt for an ice cave tour that departs from Vík, where you'll explore a dazzling cave on Mýrdalsjökull glacier. 

At Skaftafell, hiking enthusiasts will truly be in their element. There are plenty of challenging tracks and trails to be found, including one that leads to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. This fall tumbles down unique basalt columns, which inspired the design of Reykjavik's Hallgrímskirkja church.

This is also an ideal place to go glacier hiking, allowing you to behold some incredible views. It's an unforgettable experience, which comes highly recommended.

Spend the night in Skaftafell Nature Reserve.


Day 4 - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Höfn


8 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle Of Iceland Camping Trip


On your fourth day, continue your drive eastward to what is one of Iceland’s most famous attractions and primary photo spots, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here you can enjoy a boat cruise amongst the serenity of the icebergs, the shapes and colours of which will take your breath away. There are zodiac and amphibious boats to choose from. Even if you choose not to take either, however, you'll have incredible views from the shore.

Don't miss a walk down to the Diamond Beach, where these icebergs wash up on the black shore like glistening jewels. Also, keep a keen eye out for the seals that call the lagoon and beach home.

Spend the night in the quaint fishing village of Höfn.


Day 5 - Lake Mývatn


8 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle Of Iceland Camping Trip


Start the day early and drive to the Lake Mývatn area, a hotbed of volcanic landscapes, which includes the Námaskarð Pass, the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters, and Mt. Krafla. Take a stop at Dimmuborgir, the 'Dark Fortress', named as such because the lava in the area twists into strange and unreal shapes which resemble a crumbling castle, complete with towers and turrets.

After a long day on the road, take a dip in the soothing geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths, before spending the night in the Lake Mývatn area or the town of Akureyri.


Day 6 - North Iceland


8 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle Of Iceland Camping Trip


Use day six to further explore Lake Mývatn and its unique surroundings. Highly recommended is a drive through the Jökulsárgljúfur region of the Vatnajökull National Park, stopping at sights such as the Ásbyrgi canyon and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Another great way to spend some time is a visit to Husavik, renowned as the whale watching capital of Europe. You can opt into an incredible whale watch here, and even upgrade it to include puffins.

After making the most of these sights, head towards Akureyri. Just be sure to stop and appreciate the mighty Goðafoss waterfall on the way.

Known as 'the capital of the North,' Akureyri is a charming town with a plenty of shops and museums, as well as one of the world's northernmost botanical gardens. Enjoy the area, then continue through Skagafjörður, a valley known for its Icelandic horses, and spend the night in the north-west area.


Day 7 - West Iceland


8 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle Of Iceland Camping Trip


Your seventh day should be spent exploring the best that West Iceland has to offer. It is a fairly long drive from the north-west to the capital, but there is a lot to see along the way. Be sure to visit the Icelandic stone citadel at Borgarviki, as well as Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in Europe. Along the coast, stop to admire the mesmerising Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, and visit the Settlement Centre in Borganes, before spending the night in Reykjavík.

There are two very different caving tours you can opt into on this day. You can enter the man-made tunnels carved into the side of Langjökull glacier, or else the natural lava tubes of Víðgelmir.


Day 8 - Blue Lagoon & Departure from Iceland


8 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle Of Iceland Camping Trip


Be sure to drop your car back at the airport in time for your flight home. If you are lucky enough to have an afternoon or evening flight, and therefore a few more hours to kill, consider indulging in a luxurious spa session at the world-famous Blue Lagoon, or if you have already done so, admire the sights of Reykjanes Peninsula.

After this trip, you will have seen all of the best attractions along the Ring Road of Iceland and can leave the island satisfied. Until next time!


Car

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 the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.


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