9 Day Camping 4x4 Self Drive Tour | Highlands

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Book this 9-day camping self-drive tour to explore the exciting Icelandic highlands!  This tour will delight anyone looking for a chance to disappear into the Icelandic wilderness,...

Book this 9-day camping self-drive tour to explore the exciting Icelandic highlands!  This tour will delight anyone looking for a chance to disappear into the Icelandic wilderness, pitching a tent next to the glaciers and hiking the trails of our beloved forests. Camping is the best way to fully immerse yourself in nature and gives you the opportunity to enjoy this country for longer than you otherwise would, as it works within a budget.

You'll get a 4x4 Wheel Drive car including a roof top tent to drive the harsh terrain into Landmannalaugar and over the Kjölur highland road to the Kerlingarfjöll mountains. You can travel where the wind blows on a self-drive tour; there are no guides to worry about keeping happy.

Many of the gorgeous locations on this tour are only accessible during the...


4x4 rental car with roof top tent for 9 days
CDW Insurance
Camping equipment
GPS system
Travel plan
Camping card for selected camp sites
USB Charger


Glacier Hiking
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Ice Caving
Self drive


Golden Circle

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Reykjavik

Pick up your 4-wheel-drive rental car from the international airport at Keflavík. This car is unique since it comes with a rooftop tent that can be quickly unfolded to spend the night wherever you are. Drive through the lunar landscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula to Iceland's capital, Reykjavík

Once in there, start your adventure by visiting us at City Hall wh...

Day 2

South Coast and Vik

On day two, head out of the city and drive to the gorgeous nature on the south coast. As you travel towards Vík, you will want to stop at the stunning Seljalandsfoss falls, which you can walk behind for a unique perspective. Not far from Seljalandsfoss is another beautiful waterfall, Skógafoss, the spray of which, on sunny days, throws many little rainbows i...

Day 3

Day of the Waterfalls

On day three, you will backtrack a little to the town of Hella and from there go inland on a self-drive tour of some of Iceland's incredible waterfalls. While many guests only get to see Gullfoss on the Golden Circle throughout their entire stay, you will see Þjófafoss, Hjálparfoss, Stöng, Gjáin, and Háifoss all in one day. You can opt for an ice cave tour d...

Day 4


Drive into Landmannalaugar where you will be spending the day. This unbelievably beautiful highland area has incredibly colourful landscapes and a wide diversity of scenery. You'll see mountains in yellow, red, green and blue; black lava; green and grey moss; and azure rivers and lakes, some steaming with geothermal activity.

A wealth of hiking trails are in...

Day 5

Golden Circle

Today you will start with two of the three stops on the Golden Circle (you'll get to see the third a little later). The first, Gullfoss is by many considered Iceland's most beautiful waterfall, as it thunders down in two steps into an impressive gorge. The upper stage is 11 m (36 ft) tall, and the lower one is 21 m (69 ft) tall.

From Gullfoss, you can opt for...

Day 6

Kjolur and Hveravellir

Start the day by heading into the Highlands. Whether you visited the Kerlingarfjöll area yesterday or not, you should still stop there and explore a bit further. If you wish, you could take a hike up to the roots of a glacier. 

After taking in the beauty of the Kerlingarfjöll, continue towards another hot spring area, Hveravellir where you'll see colourful si...

Day 7

Vatnsnes Peninsula

On day seven, you will drive along Vatnsnes peninsula, which is Iceland's number one seal-watching location. Along here, you'll get a great view of the rock Hvítserkur. Hvítserkur is only 15 m (50 ft) tall, but striking nonetheless. It's a monolith that resembles an animal; most people think of an elephant taking a drink.

Continue south past Bifröst Universit...

Day 8

Kaldidalur and Thingvellir

Drive along Kaldidalur valley, an interior route renowned for its haunting beauty. On this day, you can head to one of three activities; you can go caving in the fascinating Viðgelmir lava tube, or else explore the stunning insides of Langjökull glacier, through recently constructed man-made channels. You can also descend into the magma chamber of the sleepi...

Day 9

City of Reykjavik and Departure

After more than a week in Iceland's highlands, enjoy the contrast of being in Iceland's capital city.

Mix with the locals, try one of Reykjavík's many swimming pools, get a view of the town from Hallgrímskirkja church tower, check out the street art, visit museums or galleries, and admire the architecture of this unique capital.

If you have a late enough fligh...


What to bring

Warm clothes

Good to know

Off-road driving is illegal in Iceland. It is a highly fined offence. Avoid legal problems and make sure to stay on marked highland roads and paths. Believe us, this will already be adventure enough! Also note that highland roads are closed during wintertime, which normally open in mid-June and close in September.

Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavík City or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license is required, along with a one-year long on-road experience. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.

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


The vehicles offered for our self drive camping tours are highland capable and equipped with a roof top tent and necessary camping equipment suitable for two people. They come with a GPS and CDW insurance.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel 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.