11 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Around Iceland | Ring Road & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

11 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Around Iceland | Ring Road & Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Goðafoss waterfall is located in the North of Iceland, not far from the capital of the North, Akureyri.
Bright aurora borealis light up the night's sky, shimmering in their eerie beauty.
Mud puddles at Námafell geothermal area bubble all throughout the year no matter the weather.
The Reynisdrangar sea stacks stand offshore of Reynisfjara beach.
The black church at Búðir on the Snæfellsnes peninsula makes for a stunning subject for a photo.
There are not many places in the world were you can see the Northern Lights!
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Launch yourself into the stunning landscape of Iceland on this 11-day self-drive tour around the Ring Road, with a stop at the magical Snæfellsnes peninsula. This road trip is perfect for those who would like to travel at their own pace across a winter wonderland.

Not only will you get to see well-visited sights such as the Golden Circle and the South Coast but you will also scope out the fascinating Mývatn area as well as the dramatic Eastfjords and West Iceland.

Every step of the way, you will have the opportunity to add adventurous outdoor activities to your journey such as hiking or snowmobiling across a glacier, snorkelling between continents or stepping inside a mesmerising ice cave. All extra tours are available at a generously discounted price if you book them now, making these fun-filled options cheaper than if you booked them independently.

You will be equipped with an exciting and detailed itinerary so you won’t miss out on any sightseeing opportunities. Additionally, your accommodation will be arranged each evening, so all you have to concern yourself with is driving and hunting for the Northern Lights.

This tour takes you around the island in a clockwise direction—opposite to how most people decide to negotiate the Ring Road— thus directing you to Iceland’s best attractions away from the crowds.

Promise yourself a trip that you won’t forget and look forward to an 11-day journey around Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - Apr.
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snorkelling, Snowmobile, Super Jeep, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Dog sledding, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Ice Caving, Self drive
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, East Iceland, North Iceland, Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Snæfellsnes, Reykjanes, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Skaftafell, Silfra, Höfn, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Langjökull, Skútustaðagígar, Vík í Mýrdal, Svartifoss, Seyðisfjörður, Egilsstaðir, Hvolsvöllur, Námafjall Geothermal Area, Keflavik International Airport, Kirkjufell, Búðir, Snæfellsjökull National Park, Reynisdrangar, Hvítserkur, Grundarfjörður, Mývatn Nature Baths, Lagarfljót, Djúpalónssandur, Stokksnes, Hallormsstaðaskógur, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Ring Road
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

Please see day-to-day descriptions for further information.

Included:
  • 10 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed information below)

  • Vehicle for 11 days (Toyota Rav4 4x4 or similar. Upgrades available)

  • CDW, SCDW and GP insurance for car rental

  • 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 entrance (can be added during booking process)

  • Optional Excursions (can be added during booking process)

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Fuel

  • Flights


What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothing

  • Good waterproof shoes

  • Swimsuit and Towel

  • Camera

  • Driver's License


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.

This self-drive is set to take place at wintertime. Conditions in Iceland can vary greatly during that season; snow and ice are commonplace, and Iceland has limited daylight hours. Please consider your ability to drive in winter conditions before booking this tour. If you feel insecure about driving in these conditions, we recommend a package tour instead.

Some optional activities might need either a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you need to know how to swim and present medical documents should you choose to go snorkelling.

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 the ice caves are only accessible from November to March each year.

If you book the extra activities alongside this tour, you will get them at a lower price.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Day


The azure waters of the Blue Lagoon, situated in the Reykjanes Peninsula, in southern Iceland.


You have arrived in Iceland! Grab your bags and make your way to meet your car rental representative. Once you have got the keys to your vehicle, you will exit Keflavík International Airport to make your way across the Reykjanes peninsula.

If you want to relax and get rid of any post-flight aches, a trip to the Blue Lagoon is the perfect option. This world-class spa is regarded as one of the modern wonders of the world. Its azure water amid pitch black lava fields creates a stunning impression and it promises to leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. 

The spa is located en-route to your destination for the evening; Iceland’s capital Reykjavík. If you have any free time, why not venture out and grab a drink or some food to satisfy any post-flight appetites?


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

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 - Iceland in Miniature


Kirkjufell mountain stands defiant over the township of Grundarfjörður.


Today you will be heading towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula, often nicknamed ‘Iceland in Miniature’ for its variety of natural features. There is a wide array of attractions to visit on this modest 90-kilometres of coastline, including the glacier-volcano Snæfellsjökull, the beautiful black church at Búðir and the supposedly haunted beach, Djúpalónssandur.

You also have the opportunity to see the ‘most photographed mountain in Iceland', the brilliant Mount Kirkjufell which is also featured in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

While in the National Park, you can join an adventure and visit the stunning Vatnshellir cave, an impressive lava tube. Inside, you will find strange lava formations, glittering walls, and pitch darkness when your guide asks everyone to turn off their torches.

Whatever you get up to on this magical stretch of land, be sure to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights in the evening before retiring to your accommodations in the area.


Preferred accommodation by Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes Super Budget

Grundafjörður Hostel is located in Grundarfjörður village. Dormitory accommodation with shared bathrooms. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

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 - Heading North


The iconic church as Akureyri was consecrated in 1940.


Wake up and get behind the wheel to rejoin the Ring Road and make your way to the 'capital of the North', Akureyri.

You can marvel at the grandeur and beauty of the Skagafjörður area as you make your way into town, passing incredible sceneries, travelling over high mountain passes, and seeing horses playing in fields before you reach your destination, Akureyri.

This quirky town is filled with activities if you are not too tired after your time on the road. You could, for example, visit the many shops and boutiques, unwind in the local swimming pool, or go sightseeing to the stunning Akureyri church and Hof Culture Centre.

The benefit of being so far north is that you have even more hours of darkness to see the Northern Lights so take the opportunity to explore this charming municipality, steeped in culture and history.


Preferred accommodation by Akureyri

Akureyri Super Budget

Akureyri HI Hostel is a short walk from Akureyri's town centre. Dormitory accommodation with shared bathrooms. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

Akureyri Budget

Hrafinn Guesthouse is located in the centre of Akureyri town. Guests have access to a fully equipped kitchen and fully furnished terrace. Private bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

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 4 - Lake Myvatn


The Northern Lights dance across the sky above Lake Mývatn in the North of Iceland.


Day four and today you will be heading to the stunning Lake Mývatn ("Fly-Lake") and its diverse surrounding region.

A highly recommended activity before you leave Akureyri town is to start your day with an adventure, and set sails onto Eyjafjörður fjord to visit its famous residents, the whales. If you book a whale-watching tour alongside this self-drive, you'll get it at a discounted price.

As you drive towards the rich geothermal area of Mývatn, be sure to make a stop at the beautiful waterfall Goðafoss. This stunning feature plummets down 12-metre high arch-shape cliffs, providing visitors with a few vantage points to view this majestic cascade.

There are a few stops you could make at the Mývatn area, one of those is at the lake itself where you can see a collection of pseudo-craters, a fascinating geological feature formed by the unique interaction between lava and water. These rare, natural features are only found in a handful of other places in the world.

Be sure to make a stop by Dimmuborgir lava field, also known as “Dark Castles” as the area is often likened to a formidable Medieval Fort. There are many hiking trails so you could go for a ramble and enjoy the deep serenity and silence of the area.

Also, check out the bubbling mud puddles and steaming fumaroles at the Námafell Geothermal Area, where the formative processes that shape our earth rise to the surface.

To cap off your day and fully embrace the geothermal charm of the region you can opt to take a dip in the warm waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths where you can enjoy the view of your volcanic surroundings while soaking in mineral-rich, geothermal waters.

You will then spend the evening in the Mývatn area.


Preferred accommodation by Mývatn

Mývatn Super Budget

Árbót HI Hostel is located in a traditional Icelandic farm east of the river Laxá. Dorm accommodation with shared bathrooms. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Free WiFi. Breakfast is not included.

Mývatn Budget

Fosshóll Guesthouse is located just 500 m from Goðafoss waterfall and a short drive from Lake Mývatn. Free WiFI. Private Bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Breakfast not included.

Mývatn Comfort

Vogafjós is a family-run guesthouse in a unique environment on the shore of Lake Mývatn. Free WiFi. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast is included.

Mývatn Quality

Hótel Laxá is situated in a quiet area, 2 km from Lake Mývatn. The hotel has a restaurant and bar on site as well a garden and terrace. Free WiFi. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast is included.


Day 5 - Travelling East


The astonishing waterfall Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe.


Leaving the Mývatn area, you will be making your way east today.

Before you set off, you can opt to indulge in a genuinely Arctic experience and take a dog-sledding tour around the beautiful Mývatn area. After whizzing around the snow on a sled pulled by adorable Huskies, you can reward these hard-working creatures with a good belly-rub.

If you fancy some time off from driving or if you want to visit places hard-reached by regular cars, you can opt for a tour to Dettifoss waterfall in a formidable Super Jeep which is equipped to handle any terrain or weather. This stunning feature is considered to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe and was featured in Ridley Scott's sci-fi movie Prometheus. 

Alternatively, you could head straight for the Eastfjords, pass Egilsstaðir—where you will spend the night— and drive on to Seyðisfjörður, a quaint little fishing town with beautiful houses and a charming pastel blue church.

Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights before you go to bed.


Preferred accommodation by Egilsstaðir

Egilsstaðir Super Budget

Guesthouse Olga is a family run guesthouse centrally located in Egilsstaðir town. Access to terrace and garden. Private rooms with shared facilities. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

Egilsstaðir Budget

Guesthouse Birta is family run guesthouse centrally located in the town of Egilsstaðir. Access to terrace and garden. Private rooms with shared facilities. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

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 - The Eastfjords


The multi-coloured Northern Lights illuminate the winter night sky,


You have a day to yourself in the Eastfjords. Just outside of Egilsstaðir stands Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, a fantastic place for a stroll. You can check out the Lagarfljót lake which is long-rumoured to be inhabited by a serpent-like creature, a story which outdates the Loch Ness legend by many years.

When you reach the south-east, you could go to the stunning Stokksnes peninsula, home to the very photogenic Vestrahorn mountain which has been called the ‘Batman Mountain’ for its jagged pointy peaks. The Eastfjords are dramatic and magnetic, and the mountainscapes are genuinely breathtaking.

However you choose to spend the day, you will spend the night close to the charming fishing village of Höfn, renowned for its langoustine lobster. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Northern lights across the beautiful bay.


Preferred accommodation by Jökulsárlón and Höfn

Jökulsárlón and Höfn Super Budget

HI Hostel Höfn is located in Höfn township. Dormitory rooms with shared facilities. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

Jökulsárlón and Höfn Budget

Guesthouse Hvammur is located in the centre of Höfn town and a short drive from Vatnjökull National Park. Private bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

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 7 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


Icebergs float across Jökulsárlón glacier lake.


Today you will make your way to the ‘Crown Jewel of Iceland’, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where huge icebergs break away from the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull and lazily drift out to sea. Admire the tranquil pieces of ancient ice rendered in brilliant blues and white, scarred with streaks of black ash from historical eruptions.

You can also visit the Diamond beach, adjacent to this natural wonder where the icebergs wash ashore in the surf and stand in stark contrast to the black beach they rest upon.

Today you have the opportunity to enter one of the world’s most phenomenal natural creations, a brilliant ice cave inside of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. Stepping inside an ice cave, you will be surrounded by different shades of blue, as well as walls where millions of oxygen bubbles are trapped inside an ancient ice. Not much can prepare you for the beauty insides of this ice cap so don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.

You will spend the night once again in the area close to the glacier lagoon and Höfn.


Day 8 - Skaftafell Nature Reserve


People hiking across a glacier in the South of Iceland.


Day eight and you will be exploring Skaftafell Nature Reserve, an area renowned for its diverse and beautiful natural features. The reserve is often nicknamed a hiker’s paradise for its abundance of trails and magnificent scenery. Be sure to visit the famous Svartifoss waterfall which cascades in front of brilliant black basalt columns.

You can opt to take a guided glacier hike and conquer the icy giants of the mountains. All equipment is provided, and there is nothing better than observing the beauty of the surrounding area from the serene glacial landscapes.

You will spend the evening in the picturesque town of Vík or a short drive away from it.


Preferred accommodation by Vík

Vík Super Budget

Puffin Hostel is centrally located in Vík. Dorm accommodation with shared bathrooms and a common lounge area. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

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 9 - South Coast


A fresh layer of snow powders the picturesque village on Vík on the South Coast of Iceland.


Your route for today is the impressive South Coast of Iceland. Not far from the town of Vík, is Reynisfjara beach, known for its composition of black sand, defiant sea stacks, and towering basalt columns. Look out for the impressive sea arch Dyrhólaey to the west!

Back on the Ring Road, you now have a choice to go for a hike on the beautiful Sólheimajökull glacier to get a fantastic view of the South Coast's mountain and the opaque glacier lagoon which sits in the realm of the glacier. 

You could also take a tour where you enter the intriguing Katla ice cave inside Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland's fourth largest glacier. The ice cap sits on top of the mighty volcano, Katla, and inside the cave, you'll see how the white ice of the glacier is coloured with jet-black streaks of ash from past eruptions.

The adventure does not stop there. Before heading back to Reykjavík, you should make stops at two of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, Skógarfoss and Seljalandsfoss. Both fall from a massive 60-metres and make for an impressive sight, especially in their winter finery.

You will spend the night in Reykjavík.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

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 10 - Golden Circle


The Northern lights dance across the sky above Öxarárfoss waterfall in Þingvellir National Park.


Waking up in Reykjavík, get on the road for Iceland's best-loved route, the Golden Circle. Your first stop will be Þingvellir National Park which is remarkable for many reasons. It was here where Viking settlers created the first parliament in Iceland, Alþingi, which still runs today in Reykjavík making it the world’s oldest continuous parliament.

Geologically, the park sits astride the Mid-Atlantic Rift, and both the Eurasian and North American plates are exposed on the surface. This means you can actually walk between two continents, something you'll find hard to do anywhere else in the world.

Next stop is the Geysir geothermal area which is home to the geysers, the most active of which is Strokkur which blows every 5-10-minutes up to 20-metres in the air. Not far from here is the incredible Gullfoss waterfall which plummets into a vast canyon and makes for a breathtaking sight.

You have a number of ways to make your Golden Circle trip even more memorable. You could go snorkelling in the crystal clear glacial waters of the Silfra fissure in Þingvellir and actually swim between the continents. Silfra's clear water provides excellent visibility which opens up a sky-blue underworld for you filled with beautiful rock formations and canyons.

Alternatively, you could ascend Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull, and shoot across its icy-plains on a snowmobile for a thrilling experience. Nothing can beat the feeling of adrenaline surging in your veins as you breathe in the crisp mountain air on top of a glacier.

If you would rather lie back and relax, you can go to the geothermally fed Secret Lagoon next to the charming town Flúðir to soak in the warm water and admire the view before returning to Reykjavík for the night.


Day 11 - Departure Day


The capital city, Reykjavík under a blanket of snow.


The time has come for you to leave Iceland. If you have a late flight you could stroll around the city of Reykjavík, perhaps picking up a souvenir or two. 

When it is time to catch your flight, you'll head back out to the dark lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula toward Keflavík International Airport.

With plenty of memories and most-likely many-a-photo, say your goodbyes to Iceland and board your flight.


Accommodation

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary.

Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and 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.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels. Located in the region of the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.

Budget

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

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

The vehicles offered for our winter self drive tours are 4WD jeeps or SUVs to counter Icelandic winter conditions. They are new or current models, maximum two years of age, and come equipped with a GPS, CDW, SCDW, and GP insurances. You can upgrade to an automatic model. All cars have winter tyres.

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.


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We got the intinery and was picked up upon arrival at KEF airport. From then on, we follow the recommended route and had a great time. The lodgings are great, so are the recommended stops. The Lava car rental is great too, the car and the friendly staff. We do have two recommendations. 1. Iceland conditions are different for winter vs summer visit. Suggest add tips for summer travel and tips for winter travel .(many stores, restaurants are closed) 2. We signed up for snorkeling and sent in medical forms. One medical form was not sent/received by the snorkeling operator.. It took a last minute call to verify the form was received and thus allow for the snorkeling.
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What a wonderful trip. First of all, we are a family 4 adventurous Brazilians (31 years, 33 years, 60 years and 66 years old) who had never seen snow imagine driven on it. Out trip was 13 days long, starting on March 5th, 2019, and we drove through the whole ring road plus the Snaefellsnes peninsula. We were on a Toyota Rav 4 fully equipped , including winter tires, that handled the road conditions perfectly. The north part of the island was our favorite spot, Akureyri and its surroundings are breathtaking. The itinerary provided was easy to understand and follow. We could easily do all the things that were available with no rush. All the hotels were amazing, and we had zero trouble checking in in all of them. The glacier hike was amazing, definitely worth it the time and effort. We were always promptly answered in any questions we had and surely this was our best family trip so far.
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