8 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & The Golden Circle

8 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & The Golden Circle
8 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & The Golden Circle
8 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & The Golden Circle
8 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & The Golden Circle
8 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & The Golden Circle
8 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & The Golden Circle
Based on 21 traveller reviews

Book this tour for eight incredible days in the Land of Ice and Fire. This self-drive excursion is for anyone who likes to go where the wind takes them, rather than having tour guides in control. You will travel in full comfort, all of your accommodation will include an ensuite bathroom and breakfast.

Using the Ring Road as your guide, you'll see as many of the country's natural wonders as you can fit into your stay, including the capital city of Reykjavik, the Golden Circle,  and the northern capital of Akureyri. You'll also visit Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the beautiful Lake Mývatn, waterfalls, volcanoes, and tiny towns. 

During the booking process, you can also add activities to your trip. You can go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier, or hike on a magnificent glacier; you can join the famous Jökulsárlon glacier lagoon boat tour, go whale watching in Húsavík, or saddle a horse for a riding tour through the countryside of Iceland. 

You can snorkel between continents at Þingvellir National Park, explore the dark places of the earth on a tour of a lava cave, or venture inside the pure, white halls of a glacier. There is even the chance to descend into the vividly coloured magma chamber of a sleeping volcano. The opportunities are endless.

A trip to the world famous Blue Lagoon is included in the price, so you can bask in its soothing water while you're here. Also to help you relax, the itinerary includes many spots where you can be virtually alone, in incredible locations most have never heard of.

So do not hesitate, take this unique opportunity to create the perfect stay in Iceland. Check availability now by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Oct.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snorkelling, Caving, Snowmobile, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Bird watching, Self drive
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: South Shore, Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Höfn, Vík í Mýrdal, Blönduós, Kerið, Reynisdrangar, Ring Road
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : Flexible

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

  • Vehicle for 8 days (VW Polo or similar. Upgrades available)

  • CDW, SCDW and gravel protection insurance for vehicle

  • GPS system

  • Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available)

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

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • 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 Reykjavík

8 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & The Golden Circle

Pick up your car at the international airport in Keflavík before driving through the otherworldly landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula to your accommodation in downtown Reykjavík. You can choose to go to the Blue Lagoon on your first day, on your way from the airport, or leave it for your last day as a way to bid the island a fond farewell.

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

8 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & The Golden Circle

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

The first stop is Þingvellir National Park. Here, you can walk between the rift valley of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and explore 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.

Here you can opt for a snorkel tour into the Silfra fissure, a crystal-clear ravine 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 erupts every 10 minutes or so, 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.

Another popular sight is the volcanic crater of Kerið, which is well worth a visit before continuing to the south coast. The rocks of this crater are coloured rust red and fiery orange, and the water that permanently sits within it is an incredible, vivid blue. The contrast is 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. A little further down the road is the mesmerising and mightily powerful Skógafoss waterfall, well worth a quick stop.

Along the coast near Vík, take a slight detour to stop and admire the black volcanic beach and the dramatic Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar rock formations. Be very careful of the ocean, however, as the waves along this stretch of coast are notoriously unpredictable and dangerous. Spend the night in Vík.

There are three different tours you can choose to opt into on this day. 

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

8 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & The Golden Circle

On day three, you will head to the beautiful Skaftafell Reserve, within Vatnajökull National Park. You can choose to start your day with a visit to the natural Ice Cave in Mýrdalsjökull glacier. These ice caves are the only natural caves accessible all year, so don't miss the opportunity to visit.

In Skaftafell, you can spend time taking in the many sights and activities that are available. If you enjoy hiking, you will find many 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 choose to take a glacier hike.

Continuing your road trip, stop by one of Iceland’s most famous and beautiful attractions, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here, you can enjoy an optional cruise on the water, meandering amongst serene icebergs of all shapes and sizes, on either an amphibious boat, or a little 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 a short walk to the Diamond Beach, where many ice-flows wash up on the shore and sparkle like gems. You can 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 within 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

8 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & The Golden Circle

The driving on day four will take you on a rollercoaster ride around the rolling hills and seemingly countless fjords of the eastern coastline. Each fjord seems to have its own soul and spirit, and 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 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 in a short walking distance from the centre of Egilsstaðir but also right by the lake. 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 within 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 Mývatn

8 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & The Golden Circle

On day five, you will head 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 the incredible Ásbyrgi canyon, and 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 visited 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.

Later on, take a dip in the soothing geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths; it is the perfect way to relax after a full day of sightseeing. Afterwards, continue to the '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. 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, 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 - Goðafoss Falls - Tröllaskagi Peninsula

8 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & The Golden Circle

On day six, spend the morning enjoying Akureyri, a charming town with 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. You can also opt into a whale watch on this day.

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 thermal pool.

Spend the night in the vicinity of Blönduós.

Preferred accommodation by Blönduós

Blönduós Comfort

Hotel Blanda is centrally located within Blönduós town in north Iceland with a view towards Blanda river and the sea. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi in public areas. Breakfast is included.

Blönduós Quality

Hotel Laugarbakki (Superior room) is a 3 star hotel situated in the countryside south of the town Hvammstangi with a view over nearby river. Spacious private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to outside hot tubs and an indoor gym. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Day 7 - Landscapes of the Ring Road

8 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & The Golden Circle

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 nation, and Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring 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 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, Edda.

If you have time, you can also opt for an exciting caving tour at the Viðgelmir 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 the way back to Reykjavik, take a short break at Fossatún, a waterfall said to be guarded by a troll woman named Drifa, before spending another 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

8 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & The Golden Circle

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 spa.

If you didn't visit the Blue Lagoon on your first day, then 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. 

If you did visit on your first day, then you can explore the many geological wonders of the Reykjanes peninsula, or simply do some last-minute shopping in Reykjavík.


See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Single person bookings will be arranged in a single room, while bookings of 2 or more people will share twin/double room(s) or triple room(s). Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available hotels and guesthouses 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. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. The sooner you reserve the higher quality accommodation we can provide. Press choose a date at the top to find availability.


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


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.


Below you can see the car rental options available for this self drive tour. All our vehicles are new or current models, maximum two years of age, and come equipped with a GPS, CDW, GP, and SCDW insurances. You can also upgrade to an automatic model, free of charge.


A small 2WD vehicle fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions, such as VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or similar. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities.

Comfort 4X4

A medium sized jeep or SUV with 4WD (4x4) fit for most travel, and good for snow and off-asphalt travel, such as Toyota Rav4 or similar. This vehicle has basic highland capabilities.

Luxury 4x4

A large sized jeep with 4WD (4x4) such as Toyota Land Cruiser or similar, fit for nearly all traveling. This vehicle has full highland capabilities to drive on accessible mountain roads.

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.



Average rating 4.7 / Number of reviews 21

I did the 8 day self drive tour solo in October with the budget 2wd option. As I had an extra day either side Guide to Iceland organised for me to have the same rental car for the two extra days with the pick up and drop off from the airport. They also offered to arrange the extra nights accommodation aswell but I had already arranged my own. Everything was amazing, all of the accommodation was great. Make sure you pop into the office in Reykjavik when you arrive to grab your welcome pack and to ask any last bits of advice like places to stop and eat driving between destinations. The staff there were super lovely and even printed a few suggested routes for different days off for me. I only did the one activity tour, the amphibious glacier boat tour and it was a definite highlight of the trip! Another highlight was the Mývatn Nature Baths (much nicer than the Blue Lagoon) which I definitely recommend putting aside at least two hours for when in the area. The only thing I would suggest doing a bit different is splitting the golden circle and the drive from Reykjavik to Vík into two separate days as with the limited amount of daylight (in early Oct) there simply wasn't enough time to fit everything in and it was already getting dark by the time I reached Seljalandsfoss. Which was another highlight of my trip and as a little tip if you plan on going right up behind it make sure to pop on some waterproof outer layers (including pants) as you will get absolutely drenched but it's worth it! So if you have time plan an extra day before or after to do the golden circle on it's own. All in all a wonderful experience and I can't wait to come back!

My husband, 2 year old toddler, my in-laws and myself booked the 8 day self driving tour and we had a fabulous time. Our agent Francisco Rojas made the booking process a breeze. Initially, I had only booked the trip for my husband, son and myself. 1 month later, I asked if I could add 2 more travellers (my in-laws) and Francisco was very accommodating. Within 48 hours, I had everything updated and confirmed. Even when I emailed and had multiple questions, he answered every one of them and even honoured my multiple requests (ie crib in each hotel room, car seat, upgrading tour packages, etc). Everything in Iceland went smoothly. In fact, while we were there, we learned that the ring road was closed east of the Diamond Beach, which meant that we were unable to get to our next two hotels as well as the Amphibian Boat Tour. I made this discovery at 7.30 am. I called Guide to Iceland at 8am and a new agent, Melkorka Edda told me that she would change our hotels for the next two nights and cancel the boat tour. At 9am - I get a phone call that everything has been arranged, the boat tour cancelled and I even received an email saying that my money was being refunded. This is my mind was excellent service. Everything on this trip ran smoothly, from picking up the rental car, checking into the hotels, checking in at the various tours and even making changes to the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances. Our family loved everything on this trip - the country, the hotels, the tours, the people and the fact that everyone is so helpful. We are already making plans to go back to Iceland and will definitely be booking everything through Guide to Iceland. Thank you Francisco and Melkorka for making this a stress free process for me.

My wife and I along with our two adult daughters took the 8 day self driving tour and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We had planned to do the ring road counterclockwise around the island. We learned that the ring road were closed east of Diamond Beach due to bridge problem. We called our agent Melkorka Edda and she helped us develop an alternative plan, change our hotel and tour arrangements enabling us to see all the sights that we had intended to see. Guide to Iceland provide a tour package at City hall which included a sim card for the Icelandic mobile service which came in very handy for stranded travelers. Loved the hotels, attractions and the countryside. Iceland was spectacular.

The staff at Guide to Iceland are very helpful and accomodating. I dealt with Jonathan and he was incharge of booking me with the car rental and hotels. Everything was done right. We did the self drive tour. He was very quick to reply, took care of everything for us. Booked us at good hotels. Francisco was also helpful especially when we had to spend an extra night at hofn due to storm. Francisco was very prompt and helpful and re-arranged our itenerary and rebooked our hotels to make our revised itenerary work well. I would recommend guide to iceland and use it next time

This was the greatest adventure we've ever had. Iceland is extraordinarily gorgeous, and Icelanders were so patient and generous with us at every turn. Booking with Guide to Iceland was really what made this trip possible for us, given our busy schedules and inability to plan too far ahead. The Toyota Yaris was perfect for us and gave us no trouble, even on the occasional gravel road. The accommodations were all pretty great, with the exception of the two in Reykjavik which were in the middle of construction sites/across the street from the loudest bar in town. The add-ons we booked were two of the best experiences of the trip - whale-watching in Husavik and touring the glacier lagoon - and it's important to know that there really isn't time to do everything listed on the itinerary. Make sure to spend some time at the Radhus in Reykjavik stocking up on multiple maps, because most Icelandic maps leave off a lot so you might need two or three regional maps to get the full picture on any given day. Make sure also to map out the length of time/drive between each destination, which isn't included in the itinerary, because there are some half-day drives hidden in there that you might not expect. Truly wonderful experience which is making it hard to go back to the States!

We loved our trip to Iceland, it was more amazing than we could ever dream. The people there were so welcoming and helpful. We enjoyed all the hotels and thought that the people who worked there went above and beyond to help us when we needed help. We added two extra nights and were so glad that we did. There was so much to see and do we had a hard time fitting it all in. I wish we had more time for our trip, days were very long and I would have loved to be able to add more excursions but just didn't have time. We went whale watching in Husavik and I am not sure we would have done that if given the chance to do it all over again. While I really enjoyed seeing the whales we were very rushed getting from Hotel Alden to Husavik in the morning and I think we would have preferred sightseeing on the drive there instead of rushing out of the hotel and driving straight to Husavik. That being said we enjoyed everything and especially liked sightseeing in all the recommended sights. Thank you for helping us plan our dream vacation!

We had a great time, although it is hard to do Iceland justice in 8 days (we spent another 2 nights in Reykjavic). Having a car and hotels arranged, and extensive advice on the possible activities each day, made our circumnavigation a pleasure. With only one exception the hotels were of a very good standard. Some days were very full - it is ambitious to circle the country in 8 days and see all that you want to see! Be prepared for some long days.

I like to travel with as little preparation as possible; just go with the flow and let things fall into place as they may. I expected a lot of Iceland in every way and I wasn't disappointed. I had no problems with the rental vehicle or any of the logistics in pick up/drop off etc. All I ask of a place to stay is that it be clean and all the hotels were that and more. I have absolutely no criticism of the arrangements. My daughter and I were busy every day and saw everything suggested and even went to some additional out of the way spots. If you only have eight or ten days this arrangement worked for me. The things I missed, I'll see next time. Thank you on behalf of my daughter Laura and I to Melkorka Edda our co-ordinator and go to person. I apologize for not getting the opportunity to drop in and thank her personally. Great job.

Guide to Iceland was very helpful in the booking process, it would have been too overwhelming for me to try to figure out everything on my own. They were also fantastic when we missed our connecting flight due to weather and ended up arriving a day late. They made the necessary arrangements for us. The tours were amazing. We however did not like Hotel Blanda. The rooms look nothing like the pictures above and they are in the middle of renovations. They were hammering away early in the morning, which was a little annoying. Guide to Iceland is a really great company and I would definitely use them again. Just don't let them book you at Hotel Blanda.

We weren't expecting up to 4 hours a day of driving so some days felt rushed. All of our excursions were exceptionally wonderful. All hotels were great except the one in Reykjavik which smelled of sewer. We loved to see the whales and puffins. Daughter loved the snowmobiling. Air Iceland also my new favorite airline.

Iceland is incredible and this road trip helps you experience the unique sides of the country. Thank you to our service agent Olafur who helped with every detail. Guide to Iceland is a very professional company that cares about its customers and reputation. If we ever visit Iceland again we will use their service without hesitation.

Great adventure on a magnificent island. Would definitely do again given the chance. Planning was flawless and itinerary was a mix of exciting activities and relaxing days of sightseeing, exactly like what we were hoping for. You can book with these guys with closed eyes.

By far the best time of our lives. We had 8 days of incredible fun. Pickup from the airport was perfect and the tour overall was extremely well planned. They showed some off the beaten path places that no other tourists were visiting at the time we were there. We were very grateful they put in that extra detail for us. Can highly recommond this company.

We had an awesome trip in Iceland! Guide to Iceland was an amazing help during the planning process. Knowing that all of our hotels and tours were booked was a huge relief when we arrived. Thanks Guide to Iceland for all your help! I will definitely recommend your company to anyone I know that is travelling to Iceland!

We had a wonderful time. The tour info that was provided was very helpful & mostly well planned out though I would have preferred our 4th day to be a little easier - there was a lot of driving involved. Our hotel in Hofn wasn't really in Hofn & that threw off our timing a bit. It was a little difficult to fit in all the things we wanted to do, so we had to do some prioritizing, but all in all it was excellent. The 2.5 hr glacier hike was really fun. Our category 3 hotels were generally very good, & our car rental was very easy. The Blue Lagoon was another highlight that we thoroughly enjoyed. Our tour operator contact person was always very responsive via email to the many questions I had during the planning stage of the trip. I think a 1 night hotel stay in the Myvatn Lake area & a 1 night stay in Akureyri might have made the driving more manageable too, rather than the 2 nights in Akureyri.

The views in Iceland are fabulous. The tour is also very helpful in terms of cal rental and hotel bookings. Just one thing to improve in the future: the tour put us on a glacier walk on the second day, together with the golden circle visits on the same day. This is too rush in time arrangement, and we were not booked on the Sólheimajökull glacier tour but another smaller glacier tour. And we did not have time to go to see the beautiful northwest part of the island, but this is mostly because of our time limit. Otherwise the tour was quite great and provided us with a lot of convenience.

We absolute loved Iceland- the geology, birds, sea and sea life (whales, porpoises, seals), the Icelandic ponies. We weren't so impressed with some of the hotels we stayed in (the one in Blondhuis was worst, basically being renovated/ under construction with bar and restaurant closed and workman everywhere downstairs). Also GPS coordinates given in itinerary were not always accurate.

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