14 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle of Iceland & The Westfjords

14 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle of Iceland & The Westfjords
Spend two weeks discovering Iceland with this 14 Day Self Drive Tour  of the Circle of Iceland and The Westfjords
This 14 Day Self Drive Tour takes you around Iceland and to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon on the country's South Coast.
Geyser geothermal area is home to numerous stunning geological features, including Strokkur geyser.
Melting icebergs glisten under the midnight sun on the Diamond Beach in South Iceland.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall on Iceland's South Coast is one of the world's most stunning cascades.
Join a glacier hike in Iceland and experience the journey of a lifetime.
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Book this two-week tour of Iceland’s Ring Road and the Westfjords and experience the very the best that Iceland has to offer. Aside from the most popular areas in the country, you will zigzag through the remote regions, and see many charming, lesser-known locations most visitors do not get the chance to.

You'll travel in full comfort, even in the remote and wild Westfjords, always with private facilities and breakfast included at your accommodation. 

Many visitors come to Iceland to savour time in the fresh air and take in the magnificence of this country's landscapes without the crowds. Guide to Iceland will, therefore, provide you with a custom itinerary after you book, allowing you to escape back to nature and discover places most have never heard of. With accommodation in the best locations, you can enjoy Iceland to the fullest. 

Not only this, but you will also see all the famous sights. This tour includes a trip around the Golden Circle, and a journey of the beautiful South Coast, to the Jökulsárlon glacier lagoon. This way, you get to experience a perfect blend of Iceland's most popular destinations, and its least known secrets. 

You can add extra activities during booking so that you won't miss any fun during your stay. As you pass through the Golden Circle, you can stop to snorkel in Silfra fissure in Þingvellir national park. If you're captivated by the glaciers, you can take a hike up one, descend into an ice cave on another or snowmobile across their ancient ice. Or if you want to relax, you can book a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon spa.

You can spin around Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon on a boat, or go sea angling or whale watching in the North. To take it easy, you can trail ride on an Icelandic horse or sail the coast in search of puffins. The opportunities are endless and if you book in combination with this tour, you can look forward to reduced costs than if you booked on the day.

Reserve this trip now for a complete experience of the wonders of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Oct.
  • Duration: 14 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
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, East Iceland, Westfjords, West Iceland , Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Hvítá River, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Húsavík, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Látrabjarg, Dynjandi, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Strokkur, Skagafjörður, Snæfellsnes, Ísafjörður, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Höfn, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Stykkishólmur, Borgarnes, Barnafoss, Langjökull, Grjótagjá, Svartifoss, Egilsstaðir, Hólmavík, Hvolsvöllur, Siglufjörður, Blönduós, Kerið, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Snæfellsjökull National Park, Reynisdrangar, Hvítserkur, Öxarárfoss, Haukadalur, Skaftafellsjökull, Mývatn Nature Baths, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Ring Road, 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:
  • 13 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included. More detailed info below)

  • Vehicle for 14 days (VW Polo or similar. Upgrades available)

  • Transfer with the ferry Baldur, including 1 car

  • 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 the booking process)

  • Fuel

  • Dinner

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Camera

  • Driver's license

  • Swim Suit


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.

Please note that the Westfjords area does not offer quality level accommodation. Visitors will thus be placed in the best comfort level accommodation possible in the area during their stay in the Westfjords.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland, Car Ready at the Airport


Book this 14 Day Self Drive Tour and take control of your journey around Iceland.


Your adventure starts straight away when you arrive at the airport in Keflavík. Pick up your car at the airport before driving through an otherworldly lava landscape to your accommodation in downtown Reykjavík. You can even decide to start your journey in Iceland by visiting the Blue Lagoon; it's located very close to the airport, and is the perfect way to unwind after a long flight. 

After settling in at your centrally located hotel in Reykjavík, make the most of your proximity to the vibrant city centre by exploring the abundance of museums, galleries, restaurants and bars.

When you are tuckered out, spend the night in the beautiful and quirky capital 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 - Thingvellir National Park - Geysers - Gullfoss Falls


Visit Gullfoss waterfall, one of Iceland's most iconic natural attractions.


On day two, travel to some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland on the Golden Circle. The first stop is Þingvellir National Park, which is located right between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates; you can literally walk between them. 

Þingvellir also played a huge role in Iceland's heritage, being the original site of the world's longest running, ongoing representative parliament, the place where it converted to Christianity in 1000 AD, and where it declared independence from Denmark in 1944. There is plenty to see as you walk around this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the adventurous can also opt into an exhilarating snorkel here. 

The beautiful geothermal valley of Haukadalur is next, where you can see the geysers Strokkur and Geysir, amongst many steaming hot springs. While the more famous Geysir is largely inactive now, Strokkur erupts every ten minutes or so, to heights of over 20 m (66 ft).

The final stop on the Golden Circle tour is one of the most popular attractions in Iceland, the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. A pathway takes you right to the water's edge, where you can get a real sense of the enormous natural power of these 32 m (150 ft) tall falls. 

From Gullfoss, you can choose to go on an optional snowmobile tour on the nearby Langjökull glacier. You can also take the opportunity to ride an Icelandic horse, an essential Icelandic experience.

The crater lake of Kerið is also well worth a visit as you traverse the area. Take in the dazzling colours of the red-and-orange lava rock, the azure waters of the deep lake in its centre, and get a few photos before spending the night in the Hvolsvöllur area.


Preferred accommodation by Hvolsvöllur

Hvolsvöllur Comfort

Hotel Hvolsvöllur is a 3-star hotel centrally located in Hvolsvöllur village. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to outdoor hot tubs. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Hvolsvöllur Quality

Hotel Rangá is a 4-star hotel situated between the towns Hella and Hvolsvöllur. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Views towards Rangá river or Hekla volcano. Free access to outdoor hot tubs. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 3 - Waterfalls and Black-Sand Beach


Skógafoss waterfall is located by the Ring Road on Iceland's South Coast.


Head to the south coast on today's road trip and visit the majestic and mesmerising Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. After these, you will see Sólheimajökull glacier, where you have the option to go glacier hiking and ice climbing or take an exhilarating snowmobile tour. From the village Vík, you can opt for an exciting ice cave tour to Mýrdalsjökull glacier. 

Along the coast near Vík, is the black volcanic coastline and the dramatic Dyrhólaey peninsula and Reynisdrangar rock formations. Just be sure to be very careful near this beach, as the waves and currents are powerful and unpredictable. This area has a large puffin colony during the summers, so try and spot some. 

More sights as you drive ahead include the magnificent Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the quaint, historic village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. You will spend the night in either Kirkjubæjarklaustur or the Skaftafell area.


Preferred accommodation by Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Kirkjubæjarklaustur Comfort

Fosshótel Núpar is a 3-star hotel with panoramic views of lava fields, mountains, and the glacier tongues of Vatnajökull glacier. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Kirkjubæjarklaustur Quality

Hotel Klaustur is a 3+ star hotel centrally located in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur town. Modern private rooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 4 - Skaftafell Nature Reserve - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon


Skaftafell Nature Reserve is nestled in a glacier landscape.


Spend day four taking in the many beautiful vistas of the incredible Skaftafell Nature Reserve, within Vatnajökull National Park. 

If you enjoy hiking, you will find many trails here, tailored for all abilities, including one that leads to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, which cascades down unique, hexagonal basalt columns. You may also opt into an exciting glacier hike on this day on Skaftafellsjökull.

Do not spend all day here, however, as the the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is the next stop. Here, you can see icebergs break from a glacier tongue and float serenely towards the ocean; it is a magnificent sight. If you wish to get closer, you can enjoy an optional boat ride that will take you right amongst them, with a choice between an amphibious vessel or a little zodiac. If you see any seals, give a whistle, and they may come closer to investigate the noise. They are often as curious about you as you are them.

Don't forget to have a look at the Diamond Beach, just by the ocean next to the lagoon. Chunks of ice in all shapes and sizes decorate the shoreline like a string of beautiful jewels, making for excellent photo opportunities.

Spend the night in 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 5 - The East Coast


On this 14 Day Self Drive Tour you'll enjoy the fact that you are in the driver's seat.


Today you will experience rural Iceland in all its glory, visiting the idyllic villages, breathtaking fjords, and verdant fields of the east coast. Home to some of the most amazing wildlife in Iceland, including puffins, reindeer, foxes, and seals, the fjords invite you to take an up-and-down ride over the mountains as you explore one after the other. Each is incredibly beautiful, and has its own unique charm.

Waterfalls in hillsides and fantastic panoramic views will make your journey unforgettable. In the evening, you'll come to the town of Egilsstaðir, near Lagarflöt lake, which legends say hides a monster beneath its placid surface. Spend the night in Egilsstaðir or a smaller village nearby. 


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 6 - Lake Mývatn Mysteries


The area surrounding Lake Mývatn in North Iceland is brimming with geological marvels such as Námaskarð geothermal area.


On day six, you'll visit Lake Mývatn. The lake itself is serene and beautiful, and its surroundings dramatic and unique. There is a lot to see, but it is recommended that you prioritise the hot spring cave of Grjótagjá, the Dimmuborgir lava fields (known as 'the Dark Fortress'), and the nature baths.

A drive through the Jökulsárgljúfur part of Vatnajökull National Park to visit the impressive Dettifoss waterfall is also highly recommended, and the mud pits at Krafla are a sight to behold.

Another great option is to join a whale watching tour at the nearby village of Húsavík, renowned as the whale-watching capital of Europe. You can upgrade this to include a puffin watching segment as well. After you have finished your activities for the day, you'll cross over to Eyjafjörður fjord to the town of Akureyri, where you will stay 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 7 - The Troll Peninsula


Be sure to visit Goðafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods, when you visit North Iceland.


Start the day in Akureyri, a charming town sporting unique shops and museums, as well as one of the world's northernmost botanical gardens which displays more than 7,000 native and non-native plant species. If you'd like a closer look at the local flora in nature, you could opt into a riding tour along the coast of the fjord on this morning. Otherwise, if you missed the whale watch the day before, you can take one from here.

Continuing towards Skagafjörður, a valley known for its abundance of Icelandic horses, you will also pass through the beautiful, mountainous area of Tröllaskagi. From there, you will see the old herring-fishing village of Siglufjörður, and Hofsós, where you can enjoy the magnificent scenery from the town’s thermal pool.

Spend the night in 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 8 - Westfjords Introduction


The midnight sun is a phenomenon that makes any summer vacation in Iceland unforgettable.


Day eight is the beginning of your drive to the breathtaking and remote Westfjords of Iceland. Sights along the way include the many hills of Vatnsdalshólar, the Borgarvirki natural fortress, and the Hvítserkur monolith. 

The Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum in Hólmavík and the Sorcerer’s Cottage, in Bjarnarfjörður, only 25 km away from Hólmavík, are well worth a visit, especially for those who love folklore and history. Also, consider taking an extra soak in the natural hot springs at Drangsnes. 

Spend the night in the Strandir area.


Preferred accommodation in Hólmavík

Westfjords has limited accommodations available. We will use the following preferred partners for both comfort and quality levels.

Malarhorn Guesthouse

Malarhorn Guesthouse is located a short drive outside Hólmavík town. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, fully furnished outdoor terrace and a public swimming pool. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free WiFi. Breakfast is included.

Finna Hotel

Finna Hotel is located in Hólmavík town with a great view of the fjord. It has simply decorated rooms and an on-site bar and café. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free WiFi. Breakfast is included.


Day 9 - Deep into the Westfjords


See the unforgettable landscapes of the Westfjords of Iceland.


The journey on day nine is characterised by the dramatic fjords you will pass through, as well as the towering mountains that run alongside you on your route to Ísafjörður. Here you will find some of the oldest mountains in Iceland, dating back to 18 million years ago. Be sure to look in the waters as you drive, as this is one of the best places in Iceland to see whales feeding from the shore.

You may also wish to drive to nearby Bolungarvík and visit the Ósvör Maritime Museum - a great way to see what life was like for Iceland’s fishermen in years gone by. When you reach Ísafjörður, enjoy the town's quiet, isolated charm.

Spend the night in the Ísafjarðardjúp area.


Preferred accommodation at Isafjordur

Westfjords has limited accommodations available. We will use the following preferred partners for both comfort and quality levels.

Hótel Ísafjörður

Hótel Ísafjörður is in the centre of the town Ísafjörður on Silfurtorg Square. The hotel offers a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and the fjord. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free WiFi. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Horn

Hotel Horn is located in the town of Ísafjörður. This modern and brightly decorated hotel is within a short walking distance from great cafes, restaurants and a public swimming pool. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free WiFi. Breakfast is included.


Day 10 - Westfjords and Dynjandi - Látrabjarg Puffins


Visit the Westfjords of Iceland and see Dynjandi, one of the country's most impressive waterfalls.


At the start of day ten, head to Dýrafjörður fjord, where you can find the trail of the Viking saga hero Gisli Súrsson, as well as the Skrúður botanical garden. 

Continuing to Hrafnseyri, you can visit a museum dedicated to another national hero, Jón Sigurðsson, former president of the Althing and leader of the Icelandic independence movement of the 19th century.

Next, stop at the magnificent Dynjandi, a stunning series of fast-moving waterfalls that cascade down the face of a massive cliff. After marvelling at this wonder, head to the spectacular 444 m (1,457 ft) high cliff of Látrabjarg, arguably the westernmost point of Europe. Here, you can get an incredibly close look at some of Iceland’s many species of nesting seabirds, such as puffins and razorbills.

Spend the night in the Vesturbyggð areas, near Patreksfjörður.


Preferred accommodation in Patreksfjordur

Westfjords has limited accommodations available. We will use the following preferred partners for both comfort and quality levels.

Fosshotel Westfjords

Fosshotel Westfjords is located on the coast of Patreksfjörður fjord. The hotel has a great view of the surrounding mountains and fjords, and has an on-site restaurant and bar. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free WiFi. Breakfast is included.

Hotel West

Hotel West is located by the coast of Patreksfjörður fjord. It is family-run and has an intimate atmosphere, and is within walking distance from restaurants, shops and the town's swimming pool. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free WiFi. Breakfast is included.


Day 11 - By Ferry from Westfjords to Snæfellsnes Peninsula


Mt. Kirkjufell mirrored in a lake during a midsummer night in Iceland.


On day eleven, you will take the Baldur ferry from Brjánslækur across Breiðafjörður Bay to get some rest from driving, over to the village of Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The price of the ferry is included in your tour, and you can bring your car at no additional cost!

Stykkishólmur is a charming fishing town, famous for portraying Greenland in the movie 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'. It is steeped in folklore and history, and worth a little explore.

From there, you can explore the peninsula’s many unique sights, including the Snæfellsjökull glacier in the beautiful Snæfellsjökull National Park, Dritvík cove, Djúpalónssandur beach, and the small, charming hamlets of Arnarstapi, Hellnar, and Búðir. The area is rich in lava fields and formations, impressive cliffs, dramatic beaches and flourishing birdlife.

Spend the night in the Snæfellsnes area.


Preferred accommodation by Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes Comfort

Fosshotel Stykkishólmur is a 3 star hotel centrally located within the town Stykkishólmur. Spacious hotel with a view towards the bay. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Snæfellsnes Quality

Hotel Búðir is a 4 star hotel on the southern side of Snæfellsnes peninsula, with a view towards Snæfellsjökull glacier and to the sea. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 12 - Activities in Snæfellsnes Peninsula


Snæfellsnes peninsula is characterised by peace, tranquility and stunning natural variety.


Snæfellsnes Peninsula has a lot of beautiful and exciting locations to explore. Spend another day properly touring the area in depth, seeing anything you missed yesterday. You can opt for hikes in the beautiful nature or explore the rock formations and vast sands near the Djúpalónssandur black beach. There are many hikes to be had in this region, and more than enough activities to fill a day with.

If you are here during the summer season, you could also choose to ascend the mighty Snæfellsjökull glacier. In this extra activity, you will board a vehicle that has been specially built to handle the rough glacial landscapes of Iceland, from the quaint town of Grundarfjörður. You will travel to the foot of Snæafellsjökull and then take the journey to the top in a snowcat. The experience of standing on the top of a glacier that covers a volcano is second to none. This experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will provide you with lasting memories and exceptional photos.

Spend another night in the Snæfellsnes area.


Day 13 - Hraunfossar and Barnafoss - Deildartunguhver


Visit West Iceland and see the captivating Hraunfossar waterfalls.


On day thirteen, explore West Iceland with its many natural attractions, including Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in Europe, and the captivating Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls.

History buffs may also enjoy a visit to Snorrastofa, the medieval research institute in Reykholt, where the early settler Snorri Sturluson wrote the saga Heimskringla in the 13th century. Snorri is also famed for writing the bible of old Norse mythology, Edda.

On the way back to Reykjavik, you can opt for an incredible tour inside Langjökull glacier, the only place in the world where such a trip is possible, or else take an adventurous caving tour in Viðgelmir lava tubes. You may also opt to descend into a vast beautiful magma chamber on the 'Inside the Volcano' tour. From there, it is recommended that you take a short break at Fossatún, a waterfall said to be guarded by a troll woman named Drífa, before heading back to Reykjavík, either for a well-deserved rest or to hit the restaurants and bars.


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 14 - Blue Lagoon & Drop the Car off at the Airport


Visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is the best way to end your Iceland adventure.


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, consider fitting in one last fantastic Icelandic experience. 

If you didn't visit the Blue Lagoon on your first day, then a revitalising visit to the world famous spa is a great way to end your Icelandic adventure. 

We hope you finish with the feeling of having a wonderful 2-week holiday in Iceland, looking forward to coming back someday soon.


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, maximum two years of age, and come equipped with a GPS, CDW, GP, and SCDW insurances. You can also upgrade to an automatic model.

Budget

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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My husband and I have traveled around the world and visited all seven continents, and our trip to Iceland with Guide to Iceland is right at the top of our list of favorites. First, the arrangements GTI made worked perfectly—not one glitch with instructions, reservations, information. That alone made it a special trip. The accommodations were great. Every one met the required specs and was comfortable and convenient. But then, we weren't prepared for how beautiful Iceland truly is—no photographs or films can match the reality. Everywhere we turned, there was magnificent scenery and wonderful photo opportunities. The weather was, well, changeable. On a few days, there was a lot of mist and light rain that spoiled photo ops, especially on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, but we're definitely coming back to see what we missed. And to see the northern light. Guide to Iceland did a fantastic job and I know we'll come back to you for future trips, as well as recommend the company to others. Please feel free to edit and/or post this review anywhere you like—we are very happy customers. Just for further info, we LOVED the ice cave trip with Katlatrack, the whale watching from Akureyri, and the zodiac trip on the glacial lagoon. Whale watching from Husavik, not so much. Boat was overcrowded and small with too little viewing space so very hard to view the whales.
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I would absolutely recommend Guide to Iceland’s 14 day self-drive tour to active adventure-seekers who appreciate having a knowledgable guide handle all the hotel accommodations and tour logistics. Every hotel (all 12 of them, I believe??) was charming and exceeded our expectations regarding cleanliness, location, and view. The tours were well-curated and wonderful - we especially enjoyed the glacier cave tour with Katka Tours out of Vik. The information on our Guide to Iceland itinerary was excellent and extensive. My main advice for other travelers would be to chart out your daily itineraries with pre-printed maps WELL AHEAD OF TIME. Make special note of drive times and distances between each day’s morning hotel, scenic destinations, tours, and evening hotel. Otherwise, it is very easy to get distracted and lose track of time, and then end up rushing to “catch up” to the schedule. Overall… we simply had a phenomenal journey and honestly cannot wait to go back. Iceland is an incredible country, and Guide to Iceland was wonderful in helping us see as much of the country as possible in the time we had allotted.
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Das war eine fantastische Reise! Akribisch durchgeplant, ausführlich beschrieben. Wir sind 100 Prozent zufrieden. Das Einzige, was mich am Anfang stützig gemacht hat, dass man gleich volle Preis bezahlen muss. Habt keinerlei Bedenken. Die Agentur ist Top! Man wird nicht betrogen. Island ist mit anderen Länder nicht zu vergleichen. Die Preise darf man auch nicht vergleichen. :-) Jeder Cent Wert war die Reise! Jeder Extra Ausflug hat sich gelohnt. Unvergesslich, einzigartig und wunderbar! An alle die vor haben nach Island zu fahren. Habt Respeckt vor der Natur. Hilft mit Eurem Verhalten die Schönheit und Sauberkeit zu erhalten.
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This was a extremely well prepared and documented self-tour. Car, hotels and recommended itinerary delighted. Very few disappointments. Some really cold, rainy and windy weather the first couple of days on the south coast, a shame because with the low cloud deck we couldn't see the scenery.. Blue car rental disappointed in that the had additional insurances that surprised us (we thought that GTI had quoted the premium) and the tank was not full. Despite these minor disappointments I would highly recommend Iceland self-drive touring in May, arranged by GTI.
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Great trip, taking an extra 5 days over the standard 13 day trip which gave us extra time in the north west to explore, then a couple of extra days in Reykjavik. Fantastic views everywhere, hotels were mostly great although the breakfasts varied a bit and only one place where the evening meal was not great. Was worth hiring a 4WD just for added security on gravel roads and ability to take a few side tracks to lookouts. A word of warning, the car GPS and GPS point format in the provided itiniary were not the same for the tour locations and could not be adjusted, however the weblinks to our Iphone Google Maps worked. Meanwhile the accomodation point formats were the same. The Toyota GPS towns and POI's in its memory were very limited for Iceland too so we rarely used it. Saw a few Puffins early in the season, and sighted a couple of whales on our whale watching. Enjoyed the glacier lagoon boat ride the best! Other tours we took were all good too. Found some lovely geothermal pools in more remote locations which were lovely against the low single figure tempuratures. We got some rain, some wind and some lovely sunny days. Need to be prepared for all. The ferry timing did not suit us from the NW fjords back towards Reykjavik, but we found the road trip rewarding and would do that again, even if it was a 350km drive. The last few days to relax in Reykjavik was worth it, as was the Blue Lagoon, quite a different but enjoyable experence to the small "hot pots" we found along the way. All in all a great trip and would recommend it to all. David and Judy
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We are just back from an absolutely fantastic 14 days in Iceland. We wanted to do a self-drive tour around the entire country and Guide to Iceland put together an itinerary for us and booked us a different hotel for each night of our trip except for one place (Stykkisholmur), where we stayed for two nights so that we could explore more of the region. We also pre-booked three tours through Guide to Iceland (Solheimajokull Glacier Hiking, Jokusarlon Zodiac Tour and Under the Volcano Tour) and they were all really fantastic experiences. The car rented through MyCar was great, the GPS was highly appreciated, and the driving was pretty easy. The most dangerous thing on the roads are the other tourist drivers who are so awestruck by the views that they randomly cross the centreline while they are looking around! The hotels were all terrific, comfortable and clean. Each time we had a hotel near the water we had a room with a water view. The breakfasts each day were just right. The buffets had something for everyone, and it was possible to have a hearty protein-filled breakfast that would carry you through the day. Most days we skipped lunch. The only glitch that threatened our itinerary was the cancellation of our afternoon Under the Volcano Tour when the weather deteriorated on our final days. We were promptly notified of the change by Guide to Iceland by email the night before and that gave us time to change our booking to a morning tour and to rearrange our driving time the following day so that we could make the earlier time slot. Thanks to Guide to Iceland, we didn't miss this Under the Volcano opportunity that we were so looking forward to. It was a fantastic holiday, well organized by Guide to Iceland, They provided us with so much good clear information about our itinerary before our trip that we were able to enjoy every moment of every day fully informed about where to go and what to see. I highly recommend using Guide to Iceland to organize your Iceland adventure. We had a fantastic time.
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We had an epic 17 days in iceland, travelling from Australia we wanted to really explore this place. Guide to Iceland helped plan and organise for us as a self drive tour during our whole stay which also included tours that we wanted to do as well. Communication was excellent right from the beginning and my husband and I were able to shape our trip and customize for particular things we wanted to see as well as excellent suggestions from Guide to Iceland. I must say that Unnar Helga our contact was amazing and very helpful both during the planning and whilst we were doing our trip. The accommodation provided for us was fantastic (albeit two locations but this is minor and doesn't detract from the rating). Driving around was super easy (although would have been better had the GPS maps been updated) and we came well prepared ensuring we knew the roads we could or could not take. Doing the self drive is really the way to go, the road conditions are fine if you ensure you follow the road advice that is easily accessed via the web as well as the friendly staff at the hotels. Just chat to them and they will give some great advice. The ability to drive yourself enables you to avoid the large crowds but also get off the beaten track and really explore at your own pace. Having everything organised via Guide to Iceland was really great as well and I didn't have to spend hours on research and dealing with many different bookings it was all taken care off. Thanks Guide to Iceland and Unnar Helga we had a wonderful time and will cherish this trip and the memories we have taken away.
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My wife and I had the most amazing time in Iceland. I have fallen in love with your country! You probably have heard that many times. The travel was enjoyable, there was so much to take in ... we ran out of time every day. There was not a single day that we were not struck with awe. The vehicle ran great was comfortable and never had any mechanical issues. If I had to point out one negative if any, was ... the GPS needed updated maps. When we come back, I will definitely use a physical map as well. We had a bit of difficulty finding our places to stay as we could not for half of the places, put them in our GPS, Google maps filled in those gaps using my phone, and if there would have been some additional info on the places of stay, that would have been better, but this was not a big deal but by the end of the day finding our place to stay would have been better to be able to find it easier. But as I said, this was not big deal. My wife and I will be planning to come back in a few years and do a Month stay so we can explore in greater detail the more remote places.
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We were very pleased with the quality of our accommodations and the efforts of our hosts in all locations. Pleasantly surprised that the food we found, though limited in variety at times, was quite good in all areas. Love the fresh breads and soups and every town of reasonable size seems to have an excellent bakery. The sights recommended by our host were superb, though we had to do quite a bit of pre-trip planning to figure out an actual day-by-day plan. We also booked three tours, which were excellent and included very knowledgeable and welcoming to all. Special shout-out to Maria at the Lava Cave, who was a delight. The sights of your country are truly amazing. The roads are at times very challenging, but my husband is fearless and a good driver, so we powered through. We loved having the WiFi hotspot and GPS. You should be clearer in your promotional material that these are included, because other companies make it clear before you start booking the trip, and some people might not choose you if they aren't sure. Another tip might be to give an option of paying some percentage of the trip at booking and the balance before departure, which is an option other companies offered. I had to hold my breath and hope for the best when I pushed the button to pay for 100 percent of the trip before seeing all the details. Overall, great job to all in how this trip is put together!
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