8 Days / 7 Nights Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & Golden Circle

8 Days / 7 Nights Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & Golden Circle
Spend 8 Days and 7 Nights in Iceland on this Self Drive Tour of The Ring Road and the Golden Circle
Diamond Beach, named after the jewel-like icebergs that decorate this strip of coastline.
The icebergs at both Jökulsárlón and Diamond Beach come in various shapes and sizes, but all are beautiful in equal measure.
The Vestrahorn Mountain Range is colloquially referred to as 'The Batman Mountain' or 'The Horny Mountains'.
Driving up the South Coast, self-drivers will stumble across gorgeous waterfalls, towering cliff faces, rugged coastlines and distant mountainscapes.
Strokkur, meaning 'Churn' in Icelandic, has fluctuated in its eruptive power since its discovery, though today, the hot spring can reach up to 30 m high.
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Book now and secure yourself eight days and 7 nights in the land of ice and fire. This road trip is for anyone who likes to go where the wind takes them, rather than having tour guides in control.

Using the Ring Road as your guide, you'll see as many of the country's natural wonders as can be fitted into eight days, including the capital city of Reykjavík, the world-famous Golden Circle sightseeing route, and Akureyri, 'the Capital of the North.' You'll also visit Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the beautiful Lake Mývatn, waterfalls, volcanoes, rural towns and countless other attractions. 

During the booking process, you can also add some exciting activities to your trip at a discounted price. Daredevils can go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier, hike on a glacier or snorkel between two continents in Þingvellir National Park.

Nature enthusiasts can join the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon boat tour, go whale watching off Húsavík town, ride an Icelandic horse through the countryside, explore the dark places of the Earth on a caving tour, or venture inside the glistening white halls of a glacier.

There is even the chance to descend into the vividly coloured magma chamber of a sleeping volcano. And if you want to relax, you can book a trip to the world-famous Blue Lagoon, so you can bask in its soothing azure waters while you're here. 

Also to help you relax is the personal itinerary you'll receive upon booking. There you'll find many spots where you can be virtually alone, at incredible locations most visitors have never heard of. You'll also find in the itinerary, information of you full-comfort accommodation which will include an ensuite bathroom and breakfast.

So do not hesitate, grab the wheel and this unique opportunity to create the perfect stay in Iceland; exploring the all-time attractions of the Ring Road as well its hidden gems at your own pace. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Oct.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snorkelling, Caving, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Bird watching, Ice Caving, Self drive
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, North Iceland, West Iceland , Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Húsavík, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Strokkur, Almannagjá, Skagafjörður, Reykjanes, Mýrdalsjökull, Skaftafell, Sólheimasandur, Hveragerði, Þingvallavatn, Þríhnúkagígur, Höfn, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Reykholt, Borgarnes, Barnafoss, Langjökull, Hallgrímskirkja, Skútustaðagígar, Grjótagjá, Krafla, Vík í Mýrdal, Svartifoss, Egilsstaðir, Siglufjörður, Blönduós, Kerið, Gljufrabui, Hofsós, Keflavik International Airport, Reynisdrangar, Öxarárfoss, Mývatn Nature Baths, Lagarfljót, Capital Region, Tröllaskagi, Hallormsstaðaskógur, Víðgelmir, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Ring Road, East Fjords, Fossatún, Diamond Circle
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

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.
Included:
  • 7 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included. More detailed info below)

  • Vehicle for 8 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

  • Taxes

  • Blue Lagoon entry ticket (can be added during booking process)

  • Fuel

  • Lunch / Dinner


What to bring:
  • Driver's licence

  • Warm Clothes

  • Swimsuit

  • Camera


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.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Reykjavik


Self-drive customers experience a great degree of freedom when travelling independently from attraction to attraction.


Pick up your car at the international airport in Keflavík before driving through the lunar landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula to your accommodation in downtown Reykjavík. If you want, you can choose to go to the Blue Lagoon on your way to the city as it is located en route from the airport.

After settling in at your hotel in Reykjavík, make the most of your proximity to the vibrant city centre, and discover the multitude of museums, galleries, restaurants, and bars on offer. Spend your first night in this beautiful, quirky city.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - Golden Circle and South Coast


The small peninsula of Dyrhólaey was once known as 'Cape Portland' by passing sailors.


Day two sends you to some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland via the sightseeing route known as the Golden Circle.

The first stop is Þingvellir National Park. Here, you can walk along the rift valley of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, all the while exploring an area which plays a huge role in Iceland's heritage; parliament was founded here in 930 AD, and it is also where Iceland converted to Christianity and declared its independence from Denmark.

In this beautiful park, you can opt for a snorkelling tour into the Silfra fissure, a crystal-clear ravine of incredible underwater vistas that runs between the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates.

The geothermal valley of Haukadalur is the next stop, where you can see the geysers Strokkur and Geysir, amongst many bubbling hot springs. Strokkur puts on an unforgettable display every 10 minutes or so, erupting to heights that exceed 20 m (66 ft). 

Just a few kilometres away is Iceland's most popular attraction, the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss. A pathway takes you to the water's edge, where you can get a real sense of the incredible power of these enormous falls. From Gullfoss, those with a good sense of adventure can jump on an optional snowmobiling tour on Langjökull glacier.

If neither a snorkelling tour or snowmobiling tour appeal to you, you may instead opt for a horse ride in the surrounding South Iceland nature. 

Another popular sight of the area is the volcanic crater Kerið, which is well worth a visit before continuing to the South Coast. The rocks of this crater are coloured rusty red and fiery orange, and the water that permanently sits within its basin is an incredible, vivid blue. The colour contrast, especially when you add green-growing moss, is simply stunning.

As you move onto the Ring Road in the South, you will see Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which you can walk all the way around for some great photos behind its curtain of water. A little further down the road is the mesmerising and mightily powerful Skógafoss waterfall, a roaring beast with a 60 m (197 ft) drop and a width nearly half its height. 

Along the coast near the village Vík, take a slight detour to stop and admire the black volcanic beach Reynisfjara, the dramatic Dyrhólaey rock arch and the eerie Reynisdrangar sea stacks. Be very careful of the ocean, however, as the waves along this stretch of coast are notoriously unpredictable and dangerous―all part of the allure of travelling in Iceland.

At the end of your first-rate second day, you'll spend the night in Vík.


Preferred accommodation by Vík

Vík Comfort

Hotel Katla is a 3 star country hotel that's situated 5km to the east of Vík. Comfortable private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a hot tub and a sauna. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Vík Quality

Icelandair Hotel Vík is a 3 star hotel centrally located in Vík. Stylish private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Ocean or cliff views from each room. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 3 - Skaftafell Glaciers - Diamond Beach


Diamond Beach is a must-visit among nature enthusiasts and photographers alike, offering unique vistas and stunning aesthetic beauty.


On day three, get ready to head to the beautiful Skaftafell Nature Reserve within the greater Vatnajökull National Park. You can choose to start your day with a visit to the natural ice cave within Mýrdalsjökull glacier. These are the only natural ice caves accessible outside the winter season, so don't miss the opportunity to visit.

In Skaftafell, you can spend your time taking in the many stunning sights and exciting activities that are available. If you enjoy hiking, you will find countless scenic trails and tracks here suitable for all levels of mobility and experience, including one that leads to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. It is also possible to snap on some crampons and opt for a glacier hike.

Continuing your road trip, you'll find yourself by one of Iceland’s most famous and dazzling attractions, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here, you can embark on an optional cruise on the water, bringing your closer to serene floating icebergs of all shapes and sizes, onboard either an amphibious boat or a zippy zodiac.

Even from the shore, however, the lagoon is stunning, and you have a good chance to see seals playing amongst the ice. After you have enjoyed the lagoon, take the short walk to the nearby Diamond Beach, where many ice-flows wash up on the shore and sparkle like gemstones in the sun. 

Then, drive a little further ahead, and spend the night in the charming town of Höfn.


Preferred accommodation by Jökulsárlón and Höfn

Jökulsárlón and Höfn Comfort

Hotel Höfn is a 3-star hotel centrally located in the town Höfn. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Jökulsárlón and Höfn Quality

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is a 4-star hotel located right between Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Ocean or mountain views. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 4 - The Eastern Fjords


Puffins not only inhabit the window of souvenir shops, but also the towering cliff faces of Iceland's coastlines.


The driving on day four will take you on a rollercoaster ride around the rolling hills and seemingly countless fjords of Iceland's eastern coastline. Each fjord seems to have its own soul and spirit, as each promises to take your breath away.

The great Vatnajökull glacier lies to the west, visible when you cross over the high mountain ridges as you make your way north. The many idyllic fishing villages en route make for perfect little rest stops, and grant you many opportunities to get to know the locals and learn a little more about Icelandic history and culture. 

The East Fjords are also home to some of the greatest diversity of wildlife in the county. They have many incredible bird-watching sites and seal colonies, and the east is the only place in the country where you can spot herds of wild reindeer.

You'll stay overnight in the 'eastern capital', Egilsstaðir, or one of the nearby villages.


Preferred accommodation by Egilsstaðir

Egilsstaðir Comfort

Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir is a 3-star hotel located within a short walking distance from the centre of Egilsstaðir town, by the lake Lagarfljót. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Spa on site for additional price. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Egilsstaðir Quality

Icelandair Hotel Hérað is a 3-star hotel centrally located in Egilsstaðir town. Bright, private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included, with focus on local ingredients.


Day 5 - A Day at Lake Myvatn


In the Lake Mývatn area, visitors can find such natural attractions as: Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters, the Dimmuborgir lava formations and Námaskarð Pass.


On day five, you will head north to the renowned Lake Mývatn. It is highly recommended to take a drive through the Jökulsárgljúfur part of Vatnajökull National Park on the way, visiting  Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

The Lake Mývatn area is simply stunning. It is known for its geothermal landscapes, including the Námaskarð Pass, the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters, the Dimmuborgir lava formations and Mt. Krafla, one of Iceland’s most iconic volcanoes.

You can join a whale watching tour at the nearby village of Húsavík, known as the whale-watching capital of Europe, and even upgrade it to a rib boat tour to fit in some puffin watching as well. Skjálfandi bay is a very reliable place to observe the magnificent humpback whale feeding in the shallows.

Later on, take a dip in the soothing geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths―the perfect way to relax after a full day of sightseeing. Afterwards, continue to the charming 'capital of the north', Akureyri, where you will spend the night.


Preferred accommodation by Akureyri

Akureyri Comfort

Hotel Norðurland is a 3-star hotel centrally located in Akureyri town. Spacious and bright private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Akureyri Quality

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri (Deluxe room) is a 3-star hotel centrally located in Akureyri town, right next to the swimming pool. Private bedroom with a living room area and a private bathroom. Great views from the 5th floor. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 6 - Godafoss Falls - Trollaskagi Peninsula


Goðafoss falls only 12 meters on average, but has a width of 30 meters across.


On day six, spend the morning enjoying Akureyri, a charismatic town hosting plenty of unique shops and museums. It also has one of the world's northernmost botanical gardens, which is well worth a stroll through.

Once you have made the most of the town, set out to explore the Tröllaskagi peninsula, home to Iceland's tallest mountains outside the central Highlands. You can also opt into a whale watch if you skipped it the day before.

Continuing towards Skagafjörður, a valley known for its abundance of Icelandic horses (where you can take another horse-ride), you will pass through the beautiful mountainous area of Tröllaskagi, the old herring-fishing village of Siglufjörður, and Hofsós, where you can enjoy the gorgeous scenery while you relax in the town’s geothermal infinity pool.

Spend the night in the vicinity of Blönduós.


Preferred accommodation by Blönduós

Blönduós Comfort

Hótel Mikligarður is a 3-star hotel located in the town of Sauðárkrókur in northern Iceland. The hotel has private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included and served at Hótel Tindastóll.

Blönduós Quality

Hótel Tindastóll is a 3-star hotel located in Sauðárkrókur town; just a short walk from the beach. It has an on-site bar and outdoor geothermal hot tub. Private bedroom with private bathroom. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 7 - Landscapes of the Ring Road


Sizable populations of Icelandic Horses live outside of the country, especially in Mainland Europe and the United States.


On day seven, explore West Iceland with its diverse attractions, including the Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, which details the history of the settlement of our land, and Deildartunguhver, the hot spring with the highest flow in Europe. Further along, be sure to visit the captivating Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls.

History buffs may also enjoy a detour to Snorrastofa, the medieval research institute in Reykholt, where Iceland´s most famous Viking poet, politician, and historian, Snorri Sturluson, wrote the saga Heimskringla in the 13th century. He is also the author of the bible of old Norse mythology, the Edda.

If you have the time, you can also opt for an exciting caving tour at the Víðgelmir lava tubes, or adventure into the incredible, man-made Langjökull ice tunnels. You can even take an 'into the volcano' tour, where you descend into the colourful magma chamber of Þríhnúkagígur.

On your way back to Reykjavík, take a short break at Fossatún, a waterfall said to be guarded by a troll woman named Drífa, before spending your last night in the capital.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 8 - Farewell to Iceland & Departure


The Blue Lagoon Spa not only offers a luxury bathing experience, but also fine dining, massage and even retail.


Drop off your car at Keflavík airport in time for your departure. If you are lucky enough to be taking an afternoon or evening flight, you can fit in one last fantastic Icelandic experience―a revitalising visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. It is a great way to end your Icelandic adventure. The geothermal water is rich in minerals, giving it a turquoise glow, as well as many reputed health properties for your skin and soul. 

Alternatively, you can explore the many geological wonders of the Reykjanes peninsula, or simply indulge in some last-minute shopping in Reykjavík.

Have a safe journey home.


Accommodation

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. 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.

Comfort

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

Quality

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.


Car

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.

Van 2WD

A large 9-seater van such as a Renault Trafic or similar. Comfortable for groups of 5 to 7 travellers. If seated full, luggage space is limited. Fit for everyday conditions. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities. The driver must be of 23 years of age or above.


Meals

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.


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Iceland Trip Review James & Kathy Murray September 13-22, 2019 Website / Booking The GuideToIceland.is website was intuitive and easy to use. The choices for other activities along the route were adequate but could have included more options. Communication during the booking process was excellent. Agents were easy to reach and very helpful. Itinerary The itinerary documentation was excellent. It was very detailed and included a lot of extra notes on things to do and see. We were very impressed with the information provided in the itinerary! Self-Driving Tour Day 1 - Arrival - 13-Sept We were picked up at the airport and taken to the rental car office. Our driver was easy to find in the airport and was professional and courteous. Pickup of the car was super easy and the car we get was as advertised/expected. We were booked in the Sandhotel on Laugavegur in Reykjavik. The room was very nice and offered a view of the main street. Feedback/Comments: The hotel is located along one of the main tourist areas in town and can be quite lively late into the night. If you're looking for a quiet night's sleep, I would recommend getting a room that does not face Laugavegur. Day 2 - Golden Circle - 14-Sept We had a reservation for the dry suit snorkeling tour of Silfra at 09:00. This was doable, but due to travel fatigue and poor weather conditions, we decided to skip this tour. Thingvellir Nation Park was beautiful. Geysir was worth a visit but could be skipped if running short on time. Gullfoss was simply amazing and we took our time hiking around the area and taking in the views. We stayed at the ION Adventure Hotel. We really enjoyed this hotel and even caught a glimpse of the northern lights and an artic fox! Feedback/Comments: Very nice day of sightseeing and the itinerary worked wonderfully. The snorkel tour looked like fun and we probably would have done it if the weather had been better. Loved the ION Adventure hotel. Day 3 - South Coast - 15-Sept Another day of amazing views and jaw-dropping sights. We stayed in the Hotel Kria in Vik. We were treated very well and were given what I suspect was one of the best rooms in the hotel. (Corner room with views of the mountain and road.) Feedback/Comments: The plan worked great and the Hotel Kria was very nice. Day 4 - Skaftafell Glaciers - 16-Sept We did the Katla Ice Cave tour and the hike to/from Svartifoss. On the return hike, we took the eastern branch of the trail towards Eystragil for a less crowded and more interesting hike back down. The Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon was nice with a good location for hitting the road the next morning. Feedback/Comments: Highly recommend the Katla Ice Cave Super Jeep Tour. This was a highlight from the trip. The itinerary for this day included stops at Diamond Beach and Glacier Lagoon which were a 30 minute drive beyond the Fosshotel. I assume this was because normally, travelers would have accommodations in Hofn instead. When staying at the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, these attractions should be moved to Day 5. Day 5 - East Iceland - 17-Sept Visited Diamond beach and Glacier Lagoon. Vertrahorn/Stokksnes was beautiful with stunning views of the mountains from the beach. We stayed at the Hotel 1001 Nott in Egilsstadir. This hotel was recommended by a friend and we chose this over the Icelandair hotel. The rooms are comfortable but not fancy. As the hotel is on Lake Lagarfljot, there are great views from the room. The hotel owners, Kristin and Astwaldur, were wonderful and the food they served was fantastic. Feedback/Comments: Vertrahorn/Stokksnes is definitely worth a visit, but skip the Viking village. It is not worth the hike to see this poorly maintained movie set. Highly recommend the Hotel 1001 Nott. Make sure to get a room facing the lake. Day 6 - A Day at Lake Myvatn - 18-Sept Visited Dettifoss and Selfoss. We opted to take the east-site route to the falls along Route 864. This site was much less crowded than the West side and we enjoyed hiking along the edge of the river and falls. We were unable to make our 11:30 appointment at the Myvatn baths and had to cancel that activity. Also visited Hverir and the pseudo craters at Skútustaðagígar. Stayed at the Icelandair Hotel Akureyri. Very nice hotel with a great view of the mountains. Feedback/Comments: We had an 11:30 booking at the Myvatn baths but were forced to cancel. Starting from Egilsstadir, there was simply not enough time to visit Dettifoss (without being in a huge rush) and still make it to the Myvatn baths by 11:30. Day 7 - Godafoss Falls, Trollaskagi Peninsula - 19-Sept Interesting drive through the north. Stayed at the Hotel Tindastoll. It was a quaint hotel with an interesting history and we enjoyed staying there. Dinner at the KK Restaurant was really good. Feedback/Comments: Recommend taking routes 82 and 76 between Akureyri and Sauoarkrokur instead of Hwy 1. You pass through several tunnels, including a 5 km single lane tunnel. Quite interesting. Day 8 - Landscapes of the Ring Road - 20-Sept Visited Borgarvirki and Hvitserkur. Had lunch at the Sjávarborg Restaurant in Hvammstangi. Very good food and a nice view. Stayed at the Alda Hotel. Very nice hotel on Laugavegur in Reykjavik. Feedback/Comments: Same feedback as with the Sandhotel: The hotel is located along one of the main tourist areas in town and can be quite lively late into the night. If you're looking for a quiet night's sleep, I would recommend getting a room that does not face Laugavegur. Day 9 - Thrihnukagigur Volcano Tour - 21-Sept The Volcano Tour was canceled by the operator due to high winds. Since the volcano tour was cancelled, we took advantage of the extra time to take a walking tour of Reykjavik, and to visit the Harpa Concert Hall. Feedback/Comments: Highly recommend the 'free' walking tour by CityWalk (https://citywalk.is/). It is entertaining and informative and not overly long (2km over 2 hours). Day 10 - Farewell & Departure - 22-Sept Return of the rental car was easy enough and they provided transportation to the airport. Overall Trip Feedback/Comments: Overall we were very pleased with the itinerary, information, and service provide by GuideToIceland, and are quite happy that we chose to take advantage of this travel service. We would recommend GuideToIceland to anyone planning to visit Iceland!
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The trip was wonderful-beautiful weather, breathtaking views and the Northern Lights! The trip was well planned and accommodations were great. Would definitely recommend to someone considering visiting Iceland.
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We absolutely loved Iceland. The entire trip was everything that we hoped it to be. The car was reliable and comfortable. The rooms were cozy & comfy. The weather was fantastic. We will be back. We never had a need to contact anyone once we arrived.
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I'm so glad we used Guide to Iceland!! My adult daughter and I went on the 8 day/7 night self drive tour. We were very pleased with the accommodations. Upgrading to the nicer hotels was definitely worth it, as was getting an SUV. The daily itinerary provided really helped us decide what to do each day. They give you so many options on the itinerary so you can really pick what interests you. We never could have done the planning on our own. We had an EPIC ROAD TRIP!!!
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We had an amazing time. The car rental process was smooth, we had no problems with our hotel stays and our excursions were awesome! We never would have been able to put this trip together. Guide to Iceland is an amazing service and we want to visit Iceland again!
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5 stars. Wonderful
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First of all I should encourage everyone who has the opportunity to take such a full guide to iceland to see its best. Note to be prepared to have a full itinerary, to take advantage of all the possibilities and see as much as you can and also to bring good warm and rainproof clothing on the way. We also booked some activities (snowmobile, whale watching, myvatn baths) and these made the trip even more fulfilling. However, I would not recommend going to the volcano on the last day because you have to skip other stopping points to come directly from Sauðárkrókur, you spend more than half a day for this (from the car rental oeriod and from sightseeing time) and the price for it is overrated. I didn’t appreciate the long walk/ hiking for this either. Also we upgraded the accommodation and the car, so we have no complains about these services. All hotels were very good and with nice views. The guides were very nice and helpful, providing many information and extra requests and updating itinerary. I fully recommend the trip. Very nice experience.
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We had an amazing trip - self driving tour starting in Reykjavik and moving counterclockwise around the country! The itinerary set up gave us plenty of options for each day. We could not quite do everything on the itinerary with drive time included - but we were able to plan ahead and we loved the freedom of having our own vehicle. The accommodations at each stop were beyond our expectations (comfort option) - and having breakfast each day was not only practical, but it was delicious at each hotel. We had to switch one of our activities on short notice and Guide To Iceland helped us get it scheduled with no problems! Especially for first time visitors to the country, I would recommend paying a little extra and using Guide To Iceland!
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Our self guided tour was amazing. We were able to choose the excursions we wanted and the rest of our trip was taken care of. The itinerary for our ring road tour was very descriptive with lots of options of what to stop and see. The GPS coordinates were amazing; I don't know how we would have found anything without them. The hotels selected all over the island were all nice, each with distinct character. We really appreciated when we were in a city and could walk from our hotel and when we were in a less populated area we enjoyed having a restaurant onsite. Our favorite hotels were the one in Vik and the last night in Reykjavik. Thanks for a fabulous vacation.
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The guide provided was very useful, it gave us the right idea of what we needed to see and help us prioritize our trip. There are of course things we couldn't see because we liked other better, but that is the plan of a self-driving tour. The hotels were very good, clean and food was great.
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