7 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour | Destination Ice Cave

Based on 61 traveller reviews

Reserve this all-inclusive Northern Lights self-drive tour package to see some of the best of West and South Iceland! During the day, you'll travel among the greatest attractions in Iceland, and you’ll spend your nights searching for Northern Lights. All you need to do is buy the flights to Iceland and every else is taken care of for you. 

This tour is for anyone who wants to visit as many beautiful locations as possible in a week in Iceland during the Northern lights season. 

Since you are behind the wheel, you can pick and choose where to go and what to do, and take as long as you like at each location.

On the itinerary are highlights such as the Golden Circle, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Along your route you'll be visiting all three national parks in Iceland, each with its own distinct beauty.

A visit to the Blue Lagoon spa is also included, and you can add other activities to your itinerary during the booking process. These activities are ice caving, snorkeling, glacier hiking and snowmobiling.

Ice caving inside a glacier is a rare and unique experience in Iceland. Each cave is verified by experts for accessibility to ensure your safety. The crystal blue ice caves are only available to view for a few months each year, from November until March, before they melt away with the spring sunshine.

Snorkeling is possible all year round in the clear waters of Silfra, by Þingvellir national park. It's cold, but don't worry - you'll get a drysuit to keep you warm!

Glacier hiking is an incredible experience, where you can feel a strong respect for the nature, and learn a great deal about the dangers that glaciers impose and that are imposed to them.

Or if it's adrenaline you're after, then don't miss out on speeding across a glacier in a snowmobile, whilst taking in some breathtaking views!

Finally, don't forget to look out for the auroras! The Northern Lights are only seen when it is dark, and where there are clear skies. As you'll be driving to different locations within Iceland for a duration of a whole week, you'll have a great chance of seeing these stunning, but elusive lights.

As a bonus, if you want to go somewhere off the beaten path and find yourself completely alone in the countryside, then make sure you check the customised itinerary that we send you, as we've added a few local favourites to it.

Don't miss out on this winter adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - Apr.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snorkelling, Snowmobile, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing, Ice Caving, Self drive
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Jökulsárlón, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Snæfellsnes, Skaftafell, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Hellnar, Arnarstapi, Vík í Mýrdal, Kirkjufell, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Djúpalónssandur, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : Flexible

  • 6 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

  • Vehicle for 7 days (VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or similar. Upgrades available)

  • CDW and SCDW insurance along gravel protection for car rental

  • GPS System

  • Blue Lagoon standard entrance (upgrades 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

  • Ice caving tour (available between November and March)

  • Dinner

  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Driver's license

  • Camera

  • 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.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows.

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you. Please note that though the tour is available to book from September to May, the ice caves are only accessible from November to March each year.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Blue Lagoon & Reykjavík

7 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour | Destination Ice Cave

Your car will await you at Keflavík International Airport with a user-friendly GPS system. From there, you can explore some of the Reykjanes Peninsula and go to the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak in the geothermal waters. If your arrival flight is late in the evening, you can choose to visit the Blue Lagoon on your final day in Iceland rather than on this day. It is your choice!

When you have rejuvenated yourself, there is a short drive to reach downtown Reykjavik, where you can explore museums, famous landmarks and the numerous downtown cafés and restaurants.

You will spend your first night in Iceland in a hotel in downtown Reykjavik. If you're lucky, you might spot the Northern Lights on your first night from the 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 - Snæfellsjökull National Park

7 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour | Destination Ice Cave

On your second day, you will explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula where you will find the picturesque stratovolcano Snæfellsjökull. This volcano is also a glacier and is famous for being the entryway to the center of the Earth in Jules Verne's famous novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.

It is also the center of the surrounding national park that's full of steep ocean cliffs, beautiful rock formations, narrow canyons, small trickling waterfalls, cute fishing villages and the beautiful Djúpalónssandur pebble beach.

Nearby is also the famous Kirkjufell mountain, a popular spot for photographers to try their hand at their craft. On a clear day, you have a view over Faxaflói bay all the way to Reykjavík from Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Watch out for the auroras tonight as you'll spend the night in an area suitable for aurora hunting.

You'll find your accommodation in a country hotel in the Snæfellsnes area tonight.

Preferred accommodation by Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes Budget

Hof Guesthouse is situated on the southern side of Snæfellsnes peninsula, just a few hundred metres from the beach. Private bedrooms with shared bathroom, living room and kitchen. Free access to a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi in public areas. Breakfast not included.

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 3 - The Golden Circle

7 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour | Destination Ice Cave

On your third day, you will drive the popular must-see attraction in the nation: The Golden Circle.

On your way there you will have the option to visit the Víðgelmir lava cave at Borgarfjörður. The massive cave is easily accessible and the dome-like tunnels are well worth a visit. If you'd like something a bit more hands-on, a snorkelling tour in Silfra fissure at Þingvellir is a wonderful choice. 

The route includes the mighty Gullfoss Falls ("golden waterfall"), the Geysir geothermal area, where the geyser Strokkur erupts 20-40 m (65-131 ft) high every few minutes, and Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Your accommodation will be close to the Lake Laugavatn, where there is no light pollution and where the Aurora is often spotted. We recommend a visit to Laugavatn Fontana Spa, with a luxurious hot spring-heated sauna and baths!

Preferred accommodation by the Golden Circle

Golden Circle Budget

Héraðsskólinn Boutique Hostel is centrally located within Laugarvatn village. Private rooms with private or shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

Golden Circle Comfort

Hotel Litli Geysir is a 3 star hotel located right across from Geysir geothermal area. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Golden Circle Quality

Hotel Grímsborgir is a 4 star hotel in the countryside, south of Þingvellir National Park. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms and a terrace. Free access to outdoor hot tubs. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Day 4 - South Iceland

7 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour | Destination Ice Cave

On your fourth day, you will head down to the south shore of Iceland. There, you will have a view of Eyjafjallajökull volcano and can visit two spectacular waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.

A bit further lies the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue, towering over the black sands below. The glacier is the perfect place for adventure, and glacier hiking and snowmobiling is on offer for those willing to get the blood pumping a bit. 

Along the south shore of Iceland, you will also find black sandy beaches and the Reynisdrangar sea stacks. You will reach your accommodation near the village of Vík around dinner time.

At night, you can drive to many good locations close by to view the Northern Lights.

Preferred accommodation by Vík

Vík Budget

Puffin Hostel is centrally located in Vík. Private bedrooms with shared bathrooms and a common lounge area. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

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 5 - Jökulsárlón & Vatnajökull National Park

7 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour | Destination Ice Cave

On your fifth day, the journey continues eastward towards the beautiful Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, in Vatnajökull National Park, which is Europe's largest nature reserve, containing Europe's largest glacier!

While journeying towards Vatnajökull, you will drive past the charming village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, the waterfall Foss á Síðu, Skaftafell Nature Reserve and some beautiful glacier tongues that crawl down narrow valleys. Glacier hiking is a possibility today, with a fully qualified guide to fill you in on the history of the glaciers as you make your way across the ice.

At the end of the day, you will spend the night in a countryside hotel near Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, which is popular among landscape photographers for extreme sightings of the northern lights and stunning vistas.

Preferred accommodation by Jökulsárlón and Höfn

Jökulsárlón and Höfn Budget

Gerði Guesthouse is located about 13km east of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Private bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi in main building. Breakfast not included.

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 6 - Ice Caving & Reykjavík

7 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour | Destination Ice Cave

On your sixth day, you can choose to explore an ice cave by Vatnajökull National Park, before heading back to the capital city of Iceland. Ice caving tours begin in November and end in March and are very weather dependent. This activity needs to be booked well in advance but is very much worth your time and effort because the crystal clear blue ice is absolutely stunning!

In the afternoon, you will start your drive back through the south coast to reach Reykjavík before your departure the next day. You can take the time to stop at some of the places you didn't have much time for on your way to Jökulsárlón, such as a visit to Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.

Spend your last night in the city center of Reykjavík, and remember to look up in the sky as it's your last night to spot the green, dancing auroras.

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 7 - Car Drop Off at Keflavik International Airport

7 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour | Destination Ice Cave

After some last minute shopping in Reykjavík's charming shops, drive to Keflavík International Airport where you will return the car in time for your departure flight. If you didn't go to the Blue Lagoon on your first day, then a visit to the Blue Lagoon can be arranged for today if your flight leaves in the late afternoon/evening.

After this best value trip, you will have seen some of the most amazing attractions in Iceland and hopefully the Northern Lights, as well. We hope you'll have many great memories to take back home.

Enjoy your flight and come back soon!


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 shared bathrooms in farmhouses, guesthouses or hostels, with good locations near the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.


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. All cars have winter tyres. For all winter driving, we highly recommend a Comfort level 4x4 vehicle or Luxury 4x4 to combat possible heavy winter conditions.


A small 2WD vehicle fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions, such as VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or similar.

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.

Luxury 4x4

A large sized jeep with 4WD (4x4) such as Toyota Land Cruiser or similar, fit for nearly all traveling.

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.



We have excellent 7 days self-drive trip in Iceland. The helpful and detail itinerary prepared is awesome. Must pick 4WD car during winter time, for safety purpose. We stay in comfort hotel and had great breakfast during the trip. We did some research and seek friendly and helpful receptionist/waitress, finally we got to see 2 days aurora. Have a great trip in Iceland and my dream came true. I saw aurora!

We had a great experience! The hotels, cars and food were all very good! The weather held up and we got to see the auroras! I would also recommend doing some research on the locations as well as finding additional places to visit along the route. This was the second time I took this tour. Next one will be the northern tour.

Had a fantastic trip - our itinerary was great and everything went smoothly. Would love to go back in the summer time!

Had a great experience. Great support from Guide to Iceland. Will recommend to anyone without a second thought.

We had a great time on our trip. The itinerary was intimidating at first, but we were able to see everything without too much trouble. One of our tours was cancelled because of bad conditions, but Guide to Iceland helped us reschedule it right away. They then helped us get a refund when the tour was cancelled for a second time.

Our trip was absolutely Amazing. We didn't get to see the elusive Aurora Borealis, partly due to it raining every day, but other than that the trip went off without a hitch. We cant wait to come back. Everyone was so friendly and everything we saw was so neat.

Overall a great trip to Iceland! It's a beautiful country and I would recommend everyone to go. The itinerary provided by Guide to Iceland was pretty good, but you have to do the research on your own if you want to really see the extra things along the road, or you might risk drive past and missing it. I'm fairly happy with the car rental Guide to Iceland arranged, the company was a little bit late for picking us up but the weather was poor that day so I guess it can't be helped. Our first car had some issues after we started driving, so I called the car rental company right after I got to Reykjavik and they exchanged a new car for me right away which was nice. The GPS coordinates were also a little bit off for certain places, and gave us routes for routes that no longer existed. I suspect maybe it was a little out dated. We booked the glacier hike at Solheimajokull and the tour company was great too. The Comfort level accommodation was sufficient for my partner and I, most of the rooms are very comfortable, except for the 2nd night of our trip at Fosshotel Stykkisholmur. It was old and reeked of cigarettes, and the bathroom had a weird shower setup. Guide to Iceland was very thorough with my booking service, every time I had a question my guide Unnur would email me back right away within the business hour. She answered all my questions and concerns and made good suggestions for my itinerary. Overall I think Guide to Iceland was a good way to see the country if you have never been before. The staff was helpful and friendly, their office was centrally located in Reykjavik. And their third party companies for tours/car rentals were well chosen.

So first all let me get the "bad" stuff off first. I didn't factor in the cost for meals and surprise. Food is expensive in Iceland! Luckily I read some other reviews about the cost of food/KFC, so I didn't get too much of a shock. Next I didn't get to see the Auroras. Again no shocker there, because I've been sufficiently warned about the unpredictability. So I'll be back! Now for the good stuff. I love ICELAND! I bought plane tickets on a whim for spring break with my 6 year old daughter. A relatively short notice. Tix purchased a week before on Sunday, and travelled on Sunday. We did the seven day Aurora tour. Even though it was still a bit chilly, rainy, snowy and windy for a few of the destinations. My drive across the SW-SE region was priceless; almost magical. At some points during my drive I felt like I may have arrived in Heaven. I totally love, love, loved the scenery. I felt completely safe and comfortable at all times. We got a 4 wheel drive Hyundai Tuscan. The itinerary was sufficiently loaded with destinations to get a good glimpse of the island. The GPS coordinates were on point. I had no issues with getting to my destination. However, to pay attention to the off the road locations if you choose to visit. It may be between destinations and will save time in knocking it out while in the area. I got the comfort package and the hotels were also on point. I had no problem resting and relaxing for the next day's adventure and drive. My daughter also enjoyed the trip. I also got the in car portable WIFI with the car rental ($110 US for the week). While the prior reviews I read mentioned it could be helpful for location verification. It was more beneficial for allowing me to use my phone to do FaceTime calls and movie streaming. This was especially helpful with the kiddo and keeping her occupied for extended periods between locations. Overall a very good experience, love the people, culture, scenery. Next time I'll tour the northern side of the island.

The experience was great and definitely recommended. The itinerary was very well done and detailed. I'd suggest changing the order of some spots to make it more geographically logical and to include a 4G router as in-car wifi because you might get lost and/or need communication. Thanks for everything!

Fantastic experience - I'll definitely recommend GuideToIceland to all my friends who are visiting Iceland. I booked a 7 day 6 night self drive tour, and everything went very smoothly. 1. Car Rental was quick and painless 2. Every single attraction that Sverrir (our account manager) put into the itinerary was fantastic and did not disappoint 3. We missed our snow mobiling experience due to bad weather, but the team over at Guide to Iceland helped us reschedule and rearrange it I highly recommend GuideToIceland for 1st time travellers to Iceland, or for anybody who's looking for a hassle free, trustworthy guide to help plan for your trip in Iceland!

It was awesome. My days were planned out perfectly and I would just read about the next day the night before. In terms of the optional tours, I would recommend the snowmobiling tour and the glacier walk. Don't do all the others like I did. Use the extra time to go on hikes! I would recommend this trip in a heartbeat.

Guide To Iceland was fantastic. Our trip went without any real problems. Loved Iceland and hope to visit again one day. If I wanted to whine a bit I would say as for the car..we had to wait for a bit upon our arrival before we were picked up and taken to our car. It was not real clear to me on what the return procedure was.. but I figured it out. GPS wasn't always accurate ..overall great trip. Thanks to Guide To Iceland ....job well done.

Gotta say Guide to Iceland is top notch! :) Coming from Indonesia, it was nerve-wrecking to travel so far to the other side of the world for our honeymoon. But thanks to Guide to Iceland everything was awesome and very well-tailored. All the places we stayed were lovely, itinerary was very detailed, the 4G router we requested was great, and everytime we email Guide to Iceland during our trip for some questions, they always reply like within minutes! We felt incredibly cared for and it was a memorable trip we'd never forget. As a suggestion to other travellers having slight trouble with the GPS, make sure you requested an in-car wifi so you can google map the location you are looking for. On our way to Thingvellir, the road that the gps took us to was closed down due to heavy snow, thank God we found our way with the help of google map. If i ever visited Iceland for the second time, i would definitely book with Guide to Iceland again! :) (Would love to personally thank all the helpful staff who patiently replied my emails with smileys: Omar, David, and Embla. You guys made our day better each time. Cheers.)

what a great experience! Nearly all of the accommodation was better than expected and the recommended itinerary was incredibly helpful. My only critique is that some of the stuff on the itinerary could only be done in the summer months. It would have been nice if that stuff was edited out since this is a winter tour.

We took this trip in mid-March and had a great time. Positives: The trip was extremely easy to set up since Guide to Iceland took care of everything. They were also easy to reach and responsive. The 'quality' pick hotels were all excellent (even if the rooms were sometimes small), and the itinerary covered all the major spots. Negatives: The trip involves lots of driving (necessarily the case in Iceland); be prepared for that. Also - the car GPS was not always accurate and we spent some time trying to locate a few of the hotels/sites. The itinerary provided was helpful, but not always in a great order; we regularly had to backtrack an hour or two to get to the hotel at the end of the day. Some of this could be alleviated by scheduling the time of your 'extra' activities more closely with Guide to Iceland; they tended to give us early morning activities (for the snowmobiling, snorkeling, etc) when the itinerary would have worked out a bit better if we'd seen some sites along the way and then went to our activity in the afternoon. In General: Great trip, although extremely weather-contingent. We lucked out with plenty of sun, but I could imagine it being much less enjoyable otherwise. We enjoyed all the 'extra' activities except the ice cave, which we felt was much too expensive and time-consuming for the limited experience.

Our trip was awesome! Guide to Iceland took care of all the planning and booking. All of the hotels we stayed at were lovely! The itinerary was easy to follow and made sure we hit all the major spots.

Overall, the tour was pretty good! Hotels were fine and breakfast, pretty good! Dramatic and Beautiful Landscape! Even though, I had full insurance (apparently , there was a little damage to the front underside of the car from a rough road (maybe?) and got stung for 500 Euros. You think you have full insurance, but it isn't mentioned on your itinerary. The weather is dramatic, so be prepared for any situation. If you go just for the Northern Lights, you have to be lucky as on 8 nights, there was only one night possible to see the NL. The Ice Caving Tour was ok, expected more, but there was water in the cave and after our tour the rest of days tours were cancelled. We watched our guide dig out water for 45 minutes! Nothing ever goes to plan, but would I do the tour again. Probably Yes!

Great experience, the tours and the lay out of our whole trio was easy to understand and gave us a chance to see a lot of the country and still have time for us to explore by ourselves for a while. I highly recomend it.

This was a great trip! We didn't have time to plan our own itinerary this year, so we used Guide to Iceland to do the work for us. The itinerary was well thought out, and communication with the representative in charge of our trip was very good. The rental car was very good, and there were no hiccups in reservations throughout the trip. All of the tour guides and hotel staff were very friendly, professional and communicative. The hotel rooms were generally good, and the included breakfast was always excellent. I would definitely recommend this to friends & family (and already have).

What an outstanding trip this was! We never would have had such a wonderful, fascinating time without help from Guide to Iceland. They took care of all the difficult parts for us, leaving us nothing else to do but drive from place to place and enjoy Iceland. And when a severe winter storm cut us off from our next destination, Guide to Iceland quickly found us alternate accommodations, making our experience painless and pleasant. Best of all, we got to see a spectacular Northern Lights show on the last night of our trip!

Our trip was wonderful. The GPS and location guides provided were extremely helpful. Having email access to someone who had a great deal of experience was extremely valuable. We were able to see much more than we would have if we had planned this trip ourselves. The hotels varied in comfort, some rooms were small and had limited amenities, but the hotel staff were excellent and friendly. The 4 wheel drive rental was essential for safe driving in the winter.

Overall the itinerary was very good. We enjoyed our trip and would highly recommend this company to others. With that said, a couple small recommendations for improvements: The hotel we stayed at the first two nights (City Center Hotel) in Reykjavik is right next to a lot of loud bars. It's loud enough that the front desk has ear plugs available. I think that location might be great for some younger tourists, but we just wanted to get to sleep. It was hard. Also, the rental car agency made us wait at Keflavik for an hour for them to show up. They were supposed to be there to meet us (they had our flight number). I'm not sure why they weren't there or why they took so long to get there considering they're 5min away. This probably isn't G2I's fault, but just something I wanted to pass on to them anyway. Like I said, though, most of the trip was great. While weather was uncooperative at times, I think the itinerary was good (though I would recommend to anyone that you check it first, as some of the drive times might be long for some...but they will gladly alter). Unlike another reviewer, we didn't have a problem with any of the GPS coordinates except for one (Fosshotel Lind), which routed us a couple blocks away from the hotel to another Fosshotel. Not a big deal. The car worked out great and I feel like we saw a lot of Iceland with the great itinerary.

Iceland was incredible, and this tour is a great way to explore the country and its many wonders. The hotels were also perfect: very comfortable and cozy.

Amazing experience and trip in Iceland. Staff were very helpful and responsive in answering my numerous enquires. We are also thankful for the super comfy accommodations booked beforehand. All the hotels were very clean and quiet, the accompanying breakfast was really yummy too. Some issues we had with the accommodations were that one of the accommodation did not have curtains or blinds in the bathroom which was facing an open space (so anyone outside could see us showering, etc) and the gps coordinates given for another accommodation lead us to drive almost off a cliff as it was not accurate, and we couldn't really see the signage in the fog and darkness. The planned itinerary was very well designed, however it was too rushed for us to visit all the planned destinations, due to the inaccurate GPS coordinates. Keying in the destination address in the GPS usually comes up nought or gave us different directions from where we were to go, there were many a times where we had to make u-turns to get us back to the original location and we had to rely on Google map to direct us there instead. This resulted in us wasting quite a lot of time and the very precious daylight and not to mention petrol in reaching the final destinations. We felt that the self drive itinerary would be more suitable and possible to complete during the summer days. We only managed to see half of the planned itinerary. Furthermore, the weather was really bad during the 7 days we were there, it was always raining, foggy or cloudy. The only time we saw clear skies was on our last day back to the airport. As such, we didn't manage to see the famed northern lights at all, which made us rather disappointed. I guess we probably have to come back again to see it. Other than that, the glacier hike and ice caving were really amazing, we really enjoyed ourselves doing that and taking beautiful photos there. No words can describe how beautiful Iceland is, and we hope to come back again to visit the wonderous scenery and nature of Iceland and of course to hopefully see the Northern lights!!!

We had an amazing experience in Iceland. Hotels were good and all of them included breakfast, allthough we didn't expect them to. Out car was dropped of at the airport en returning the hired car was very easy. They just decided to pick it up at our last hotel. But the best thing of all was the itinerary which was sent to us and the amazingly quick reaction of the employee who helped us. Even on a sunday afternoon he responded within an hour to my first question. I can truly say he made it possible for me to have a carefree holiday. Although the extra 'Ice cave trip' we booked had been canceled we were satisfied about the way this was communicated. We received an e-mail on the day before with a warning it might get canceled and already an option to take a full refund. Thank you beautiful Iceland!

What an absolutely amazing place!!! Even with the limited amount of daylight hours, I was still able to manage seeing everything I had on my list each day! There is so much to see... Highly recommend exploring Iceland!!!

Great experience working with Guide to Iceland. I was impressed with all the hotels they booked us which were always in a prime location. Even though we went with the "budget" package all the hotels included breakfast which was very nice. A couple weeks before our trip we were sent a very detailed itinerary which was easy to follow. Booking through Guide to Iceland saved us a lot of headache since they did all the research and bookings ourselves.

It was overall a fascinating and overwhelming experience. Iceland is indeed gorgeously beautiful and a photographer's paradise. The itinerary is very helpful and easy to follow. It also saves us a lot of headache in researching the hotels, car rental, route planning, excursions and day tours. And all the hotels were great with strategic locations, charming rooms, friendly service and good breakfast and dinner options. All in all, it's a fuss free road trip without much planning. Many thanks to Sverrir for your prompt email response. Pity we didn't get to meet you in Iceland.

This was a great trip! It was a really well done itinerary giving us enough time to do everything we wanted without feeling rushed. We felt that we really got to see all of country. The accommodations were very nice and easy to get to. A couple of heads up, when at a park, travel the paths as far as you can. We found the most spectacular sights off the beaten path. Most of the hotels had really good restaurants but if there is a large tour group staying at the hotel check the menu for the evening, they may only offer a buffet with more limited choices. On occasion, our GPS had trouble finding our destination. My maps on my iPhone was really helpful in those instances. Lastly, be prepared to do lots of hiking! It is an exhilarating and breathtakingly beautiful country!

Overall, it had been a wonderful experience! The itinerary provided came handy and we were able to witness some of the most amazing sights in the world! Everything else went smoothly as well, and we were able to catch the northern lights for a couple of nights. Special thanks to Omar who was really helpful in assisting our requirements. We will definitely be back!

We had a great trip! Our questions were answered promptly and a lot of detail was given. The suggested itinerary filled the days nicely but still gave us room to add a few extra stops of our own in. The car rental company met us right at the airport. One thing we were disappointed/frustrated with was the lack of addresses on some of the locations/hotels. We were able to find them after stopping and calling to ask for more information though. It was a nice surprise that breakfast was included at most of the places we stayed, but it would have been nice to know that ahead of time, so that we didn't buy our own food. The country is beautiful and it was nice to have someone else take care of a lot of the details so that I didn't have to worry about it! I would definitely recommend booking through this company!

It was pretty well-planned itinerary. A destination after a destination was not too tight that we could actually explore some random places or take some time to rest. In addition, the hotel and car booking was quite conveniently done. Unfortunately we could not see the northern lights due to weather condition so I guess I will have to come back for that.

Overall, we had a really great trip. We decided to go a week and a half before, so I didn't have much time to plan and was thankful that all of the accommodations were made and key sights were somewhat plotted out for us. Our rental car reservation was messed up - I had asked for us to get the car at 00:30 on the day we arrived, but the reservation was made for 00:00 and the rental company had it marked down for the following day. We waited for an hour at the airport for our ride and ended up having to take a cab to our hotel and get the car 10 hours later. It made for a long, exhausting, and frustrating day of travel and we lost some time while we had to get the car, but the rental company was apologetic and reimbursed the cab so we were able to get on our way. I wish we had had time to more closely examine our itinerary before the trip (we didn't get the information until the day we were leaving, so I just had to print it quickly and go) but, again, I only book this shortly before the trip. I would have liked to look at all of the suggestions and incorporate more of the things that I found of interest on my own. Also, I would have liked to have been able to find better detail on some of the locations as the GPS coordinates did not always match up very well and we were sometimes left trying to cross-reference things between the itinerary, the travel guide book I had bought, and google while driving, so that was difficult. Even with all of those frustrations, Iceland is amazing and Guide to Iceland is a great company to work with to see it!

Overall everything was really nicely planned except for one day where the owner of the guesthouse did not fulfill the booking we made. The tour company has done their job well but the guesthouse (Nature Spa Guesthouse) did not do a good job at all we had to scramble to hunt for another place to stay in the middle of the night for 9ppl. Otherwise the itinerary was planned really well and accomadation planned for us was really strategic to catch the northern lights. The staff (Omar) was really helpful and prompt in handling our situation. Thank you for a wonderful trip :)

What a gorgeous country and a terrific experience! Everything went smoothly, from our car rental to hotels. The itinerary provided was helpful as a general guideline, but it is helpful to do some planning and research beforehand, since there are so many things to see! Fall weather was rainy and cold...we are already planning a return trip for midsummer to see areas not covered by this tour.

My husband and I booked this tour in december 2015. It was our 10 year wedding anniversary so we were very excited and wanted everything to be perfect. We notified them about that and they went the extra mile to make everything great for us. They even included a lobster dinner for one night without charging us anything extra. We thought that was very sweet of them. Our service agent Unur was really nice and responsive and answered all our questions patiently. We really appreciate your help in making this such a nice and trip. We hope we can repay you when you visit us in the USA.

Absolutely awesome adventure. The weather was stormy to begin with which made it even more exciting. The car has good winter tyres with nails so driving is not hard as you can imagine. The last night it cleared up so we also got to see the northern lights. This tour is definitely one of the best adventures I have experienced in my life. If you have the time and budget you should do it too.

Incredible trip with stops at beautiful attractions. The travel plan I got from Guide to Iceland was well set up and easy to understand. The accommodations were great and so was the car, which had sturdy winter tyres. Can highly recommend this tour.

If you are comfortable at driving in snow and ice then this is a pretty exciting winter tour. We were hit with a snow blizzard in one of the days and had to drive at the speed of 20km per hour. Before we knew it the lights were out and it was pitch dark (the sun really does not like to stay up long in Iceland during winter). Fortunately, we also saw the northern lights and one of the nights it was so strong that it was incredible (just remembering it gives me the goosebumps). The ice cave tour was also a lot of fun. The cave was pretty and the ride on the monster truck to the get there was fun. Hotels were fine compared to what I had read about hotels in Iceland. Overall this is a very good memory and worth the penny.

We had a wonderful trip to Iceland! The itinerary that Guide to Iceland setup for us was wonderful, and we had no issues or snags with our car or hotels. We were unable to do the Ice Caving excursion due to the caves not yet being formed, but we dropped by the Guide to Iceland office in Reykjavik and were setup with a Glacier Hike and Ice Climbing excursion, which was a highlight of the trip!!! With this tour, we got to see so much of South Iceland, which was wonderful. We had an especially beautiful drive through Snæfellsjökull National Park on a blue sky day. It was breathtaking! The Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon was a highlight as well, and we enjoyed encountering both country and city alike on this tour. We felt that we got a real taste of Iceland, not just Reykjavik (which was wonderful, too!). We got to see the lights a little for a few nights, so I feel that I only got a taste and will come back during a time when the lights are more active. (We went in mid-October.)

This tour was all around awesome! We managed to see the northern lights for 5 nights of our stay in Iceland. We were told this was unusual so we I guess we were lucky. We also chose to add the ice cave tour.... which was amazing! I highly recommend you add that too, it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to and was worth every krona. The car and accommodation was perfect, so I can highly recommend this trip. It can be a bit tough though to find good restaurants outside of Reykjavik but the staff at Guide to Iceland were very quick to answer our questions and give us good recommendations. Next time when we return to Iceland we´ll surely book with them again. Thank you Ingolfur, Olafur and everyone else!

The tour was great! The sites on the itinerary were better than we hoped for, and the hotels were all so unique and we had no issues with them. Dealing with the Guide to Iceland team was a real pleasure and they were extremely helpful and pleasant in suggesting additional activities, outside of the tour. We only managed to see the Northern Lights for a few minutes 1 night, but that was fine with us, as the rest of the country is spectacular! I look forward to dealing with them again when I book my next trip next summer. Thanks Ingolfur and team!

Very good tour.The car is good,and accommodation are very comfortable.Icecave is worth going.We are lucky enough to see the north light,we will back to Iceland!

Had a great time in Iceland! Very beautiful location and itinerary had various great attractions. Slight problems with the GPS being able to locate our lodgings and address input -- hope this will be fixed for future travelers. Unfortunately I didn't end up seeing the Aurora because of weather conditions (cloudiness + rain/hail/snow on certain days), but overall a fun time.

Iceland is an amazing country to visit and I highly recommend everyone visit! This trip had some problems, so I'll go over the bad first: We do not consider a 4 1/2 hour drive to be a "short drive" as listed on the itinerary. Even the owner at the hotel we arrived at in Snaefellsnes Peninsula was surprised that we had been sent there from Vik. It's a long drive, and because we had to head back the very next day to Geyser, which is right by Vik, we did not have time to see much of anything on the Peninsula. Next time we come to Iceland we are spending a whole week on the Peninsula because there is so much to see and explore there. Despite the frustration of the travel, the Reykandi Hotel is a wonderful place to visit and stay, and we will return there. The outside is very unassuming, but inside it is welcoming and tastefully decorated and the coffee and food was the best I had since my arrival in Iceland. Some GPS coordinates were incorrect, which created a lot of frustration while travelling. The hotel iwe were supposed to stay at in Geyser wasn't even built yet, and after going to a nearby store for help, they suggested we visit a nearby hotel. Luckily that was the hotel we were supposed to stay at. What was even more annoying was that the hostess shared that she had been in contact with the company MANY times to ask them to send correct information, but they keep sending out the wrong one. Also upsetting, is that the unbuilt hotel is going to have all sorts of amenities that the smaller one does not have, like a hot tub and pool. It was frustrating after a long day in the the car that we couldn't use the hot tub as listed on our itinerary. These may seem like small things now, but at the time they did affect the mood of the vacation, especially as they could have been avoided if the information was presented accurately by the tour company. Some good; Iceland is a phenomenal country. The tour showed us some places we hadn't heard of, like the Diamond Beach, which was the highlight of the trip. A self drive tour is the perfect way to explore Iceland, as it allows you to work on your own sleeping and eating schedule, and visit the sights you want to see for as long as you want. Neutral Advice about Iceland; Food is really expensive. Try picking up some picnic style lunches from grocery stores, you won't regret it. More affordable, and some interesting flavours. Price of dinner is not an indicator of how good something actually is - it's all pretty expensive, and some is pretty average in taste, and some is phenomenal. We had some incredible food, particularly at Reykandi and Litla Geysir. Beer is expensive, but refreshing and crisp. Iceland is dangerous - watch out for sneaker waves on the coast, as they can be deadly. Be aware of strong winds if you're near cliff edges. It's really safe if you stay aware, but a bad place to be careless. Weather changes a lot. It's beautiful no matter the weather. Bring layers. Ideally, easy to add and take off layers. Overall, I would caution you to research your trip really carefully before booking - 4 1/2 hour drive between two destinations was too long for us. The parts we enjoyed were incredible. So do your research, make sure you're happy with all aspects that they plan, and make sure you are ok with the distances between stops. Food is fresh and delicious, the fish tastes so clean, and the beer is so crisp!

Overall the plan is ok, I would recommend more interaction from G2I to explain how is the tour and not just emails. The access to the page not always work and we had problems with the hotels at the end of our tour, but overall Iceland is a dream place where you can enjoy every second you stay there.

With only a couple of weeks notice Guide to Iceland was a big help in getting this itinerary planned and we ended up having a great trip. Their staff was overall very helpful although it was a little stressful when they dragged their feet confirming our itinerary. We had a minor hiccup on our first day when our rental car company didn’t show up to pick us up which cost us a few hours and some amount of stress, but Guide to Iceland did ultimately come through with a solution. In general the itinerary was pretty good as we got to see a lot of different parts of this beautiful country. Given the unpredictable weather though I feel like this itinerary has too many different stops on it, especially when you also consider that due to the short daylight hours in winter you are basically not actually seeing any of the towns you visit outside of Reykjavik because it is dark before you arrive and doesn’t get light before you have to leave on the next day’s itinerary.

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