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
Around every corner in Iceland, visitors will find new and fantastic sights, including that of mountain ranges and luscious valleys.
Diamond Beach, named after the jewel-like icebergs that decorate this strip of coastline.
Reynisfjara black sand beach is as infamous for its dark, basalt sea stacks and the strong undercurrents that flow offshore.
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'.
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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
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, East Iceland, 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, 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.
  • 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

  • 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.


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.


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.


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 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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Using Guide to Iceland to book our hotels and car and be given an itinerary was the best choice we could have made! We didn’t have a lot of time to research where to go and it was a huge relief to have Guide to Iceland give us a predetermined route with suggestions of what to do every day. The hotels were clean and nice, especially The Alda hotel in Reykjavik. Everything was smooth and we had no issues with the reservations that Guide to Iceland made. I would highly recommend their services!! The only suggestion would be maybe a map in each day’s itinerary to show how far must be traveled each day to get to the next night’s hotel. It would also be helpful to know the distance between attractions.
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Guide to Iceland put together a great trip for us. The hotels were great (with the exception of Hotel Mikligardur, a dorm) and all of the vouchers worked perfectly. My one tip for future travelers is to spend some time identifying your route and preferred stops before hitting the road, as you can take a number of routes on several of the days. Amazing trip that was made EASY by using Guide to Iceland.
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I highly recommend Guide to Iceland. Unnur, our Guide, did a great job making sure that our accommodations had twin beds, since I was traveling with my 15 year old boy. She also helped us add an additional day in Reykjavik to the end of our trip and switch our Blue Lagoon visit to the end so that we could relax and reflect on the busy week we had just had before heading home. The itinerary was great, but I would recommend taking time before getting there to map out the distance between each suggested stop (I bought a Fodors map of Iceland and mapped it out on paper using Google maps). Some days will be very long, as there is so much to see - especially if you have added excursions. I would also recommend getting a wifi hotspot from the car rental company - that turned out to be the best purchase of the trip since there will be times where you can't rely on cell phone service. We also used the hotspot in our hotel rooms since wifi was a bit spotty in some of the hotels in small towns. We did the snowmobile excursion on Day 2 at 2 pm from Gullfoss, and that made our day really long for a number of reasons. First, half of our group was lost which delayed our departure from the meeting point by 45 minutes. Then, we had to stop in the middle of snowmobiling because the route we were on was melting! The path was a gushing river of water, so we had to divert. This caused several of us to flip our snowmobiles as we had to go up over a ridge onto the ice. Fortunately no-one was hurt, but it was a bit tricky and delayed us by yet another 30 minutes. All of the hotels were great - especially Alda Hotel in Reykjavik. One tip for this hotel - it is on a very busy street in the shopping district and there is no parking. There is a public parking garage a few blocks up the street and you will have to pay at a kiosk upon leaving. If possible, it's easier to pull your car up to the curb in front of the hotel and quickly drop off your bags instead of lugging it all a few blocks. This is when I was thankful for my 15 year old's help! Iceland is an amazingly beautiful country with friendly, helpful people. There was something new to see around every corner, and even my son was held captive (almost) the entire trip! Be warned, however, that it is very expensive to eat there, which cost me a small fortune with a teenage boy!
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the itinerary was well put together and had something for everyone in my group. The detail of the directions made it very easy to find our way - for one stop we were told to make a left turn and it should have been a right turn - but we didn't go back to see that spot. Our accommodations was more than what we expected when choosing comfort. And we enjoyed the variety of places. Couldn't get the fuel discount that we were told we could as we mainly paid using cash rather than card. Mentioned this to Lotus Car Rental. The vehicle was well suited to our needs and the WiFi gadget that came with the vehicle made it very easy to use not only Google Maps but for searching the answers to questions we asked each other during our travel. We feel we had very good weather and although needed our gloves at one point , the pockets in our jackets had to work as the gloves were still in our suitcases. Certainly didn't need the thermals we brought along. Everyday we enjoyed the sights and did our 10,000 steps ! The roads were good and even the dirt ones were well maintained. Thanks for a job well done ! we really appreciated all your efforts and nothing was ever too much for you or the car rental company, the bus transport company or the hotel operators. Certainly will be talking about the trip for years to come.
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This Ring Road and Golden Circle self-drive tour was even beyond our expectations! The vehicle was just the right size for our group of four, and the included WiFi hotspot in the car was a pleasant bonus. The scenery in Iceland is unparalleled, and like nothing we'd ever seen before. Every time we went around a curve, the view would change and be even more amazing than the last. The list of possible sights in our Guide To Iceland itinerary gave us plenty of options to customize our trip. The accommodations were an excellent mix of rural farm locations and in-town hotels. All were wonderful, with the exception of the Mikligardur Summer Hotel in Saudarkrokur. This dormitory felt more like a detention center - no TV, no comfortable chair to sit in, and we couldn't sit up on the bed because the pillow would have been leaning against the heater and the window ledge. At breakfast, the glasses and coffee cups were dirty, the table was sticky, and the food selection was nowhere near the level of all the other hotels. Even the sticker on the door listed it as 2-star instead of 3-star. We are also waiting to see how the rental car company works out. We had a flat tire near Myvatn and put the spare on. We called Ivar at A Car Rental and he said he would find us a place in Akureyri to get it fixed the next morning. He called the tire store and told us where to go. The tire had to be replaced and we paid for that (25.006 kr). Upon returning to Reykjavik, Ivar told us that it was illegal to have different tires on a car, and the new tire was a different brand than the other three. Since he spoke to the store and told us where to take the car, I would have expected him to tell the store what needed to be done. Instead, we were told that the rental company would have to buy a tire that matched and that we might have to pay for a second new tire for the car. Still waiting to hear the result, but we weren't real happy about that. The highlight of our trip was seeing the puffin colony at Borgarfjordur Eystri. Thank you for including that in the itinerary!
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Well organized , easy to contact when I had a question.
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This was an amazing trip! It exceeded all of our expectations. We can't say enough good things about our guide, Catia. She was very responsive to any questions that we had and helped us with a few itinerary changes that we had during our trip. The weather was beautiful for most of the trip. It was sunny with temperatures between 55-63 F and windy. The whale watching and Inside the volcano were much colder and we needed a warm sweater under the warm jacket. We went on the Ice Cave adventure in Vik, the whale watching in Húsavík, and the Inside the Volcano tour in Kópavogur as well as the Blue Lagoon. We loved each one of these and highly recommend them all. We especially recommend taking the RIB speedboats for the whale watching. Iceland is extremely clean and the people were very friendly and helpful. Everyone that we came into contact with spoke English. Even though we were there during peak tourist season, we never felt crowded. A few tips for traveling in Iceland: 1) Food is expensive. There are MANY areas that you can pull off and have a picnic. I recommend getting a small cooler and loading it up with sandwiches from the local grocery stores rather than going to a restaurant. It is much cheaper. Outside of Reykjavik, the restaurants close around 8:00-9:00 PM so don't lose track of time due to the 24 hour sunshine. Also, you will only find restaurants at hotels and in some of the bigger towns. 2) Take one of the trails at Fljótsdalshérað. It is beautiful. Highway one is a good,paved road that is easily traveled. We had a Toyota Yaris and didn't have any trouble. Just pay attention to the type of road you are going on if you venture off of Highway one. Most are gravel. I highly recommend Guide to Iceland. Their recommendations were great and helpful. The accommodations were clean and the breakfast buffets that were included with the room were WONDERFUL.
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Fantastic country, beautiful sights, well done on reservations!
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Guide to Iceland staff were very responsive. The car was great, a Toyota hybrid which was great on gas and the hotels were pretty good. The hotel outside of Höfn had spectacular views ... the eastern hotel was off the ring road a bit too far but the proprietors were so friendly and sweet, the hotel in the northwest was a disappointment as it felt like a boarding school. The views, the food, the people all exceeded my expectation and it was expensive as they say but worth the experience,
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One stop shop for your Iceland travel here at Guide to Iceland. They made it so easy and painless.
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