Going Game of Thrones | Shooting Location 8 Day Circle Self-Drive

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Duration
8 days
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Keflavík International
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May. - Sep.

Explore all of the filming locations for Game of Thrones in Iceland. This 8-day self-drive tour which will take you full circle around the whole island, visiting famed locations in Iceland and Westeros alike. 

This unique self-drive will not only let you experience the wonders of Iceland and all it has to offer, but you get to dive into the fantasy world of George RR Martin, travelling from the Eyrie to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, and even Beyond the Wall itself. You will be able to visit filming locations for many places, all around the island, exploring to your heart's content.   

This Ring Road tour is perfect for fans of the series, and also showcases all the best attractions Iceland has to offer, visiting famous sites such as the Golden Circle, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Lake Mývatn, and the Troll Peninsula.

Because this is a self-drive, you can take the attractions at your own pace with a clear itinerary that guides you to all the sights. You are the master of your own voyage, doing the well-planned itinerary at your own speed, able to control your tempo and spend time where your interest is peaked while skipping whatever does not catch your fancy. 

The self-drive is planned out for you, with all accommodations set to align with the daily layout, carefully planned so that you can make the most of your day, choosing from various locations to visit. There is also a selection of adventurous activities, from boat trips to glacier hiking, to give you an even better feel of the great fantasy unfolding in this true land of Ice and Fire.

So don't delay! Join the wildlings North of the Wall and follow in the footsteps of Jon Snow, Ygritte, Arya and Sansa and many more, exploring Iceland and all it has to offer. Check booking availability by choosing a date.

Included

7 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
Vehicle for 8 days (Toyota Aygo or similar. Upgrades available)
CDW insurance for super budget level vehicle; other levels also include SCDW and gravel protection insurances
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

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Caving
Diving
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Sightseeing
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Self drive

Attractions

Golden Circle
Reykjavík
Akureyri
Jökulsárlón
Hvítá River
Vatnajökull
Mývatn
Dimmuborgir
Dettifoss
Snæfellsjökull
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Eyjafjallajökull
Dyrhólaey
Þingvellir
Hraunfossar
Deildartunguhver
Strokkur
Snæfellsnes
Sólheimajökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Skaftafell
Þingvallavatn
Höfn
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Hellnar
Reykholt
Borgarnes
Barnafoss
Langjökull
Arnarstapi
Skútustaðagígar
Grjótagjá
Vík í Mýrdal
Seyðisfjörður
Egilsstaðir
Skógar
Námafjall Geothermal Area
Keflavik International Airport
Kirkjufell
Snæfellsjökull National Park
Reynisdrangar
Öxarárfoss
Haukadalur
Grundarfjörður
Myvatn Nature Baths
Námaskarð
Lagarfljót
Vatnshellir Cave
Djúpalónssandur
Hallormsstaðaskógur
South Coast
Diamond Beach
East Fjords
Diamond Circle
Krauma Spa

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Reykjavík's treasured Hallgrímskirkja basks in the warm amber light of the Midnight Sun.

Arrival in Iceland

You have arrived in Iceland, and you can immediately see how this enchanting island lends itself to a world of fantasy. You will land at Keflavík International Airport where your rental car will be waiting for you. From Keflavík, you will make your way to the charming city of Reykjavík for the night.

Make yourself comfortable in your accommodation for the evening or if you have time, take a stroll around town. Iceland’s capital Reykjavík is small, and you can get a good feel for the city by exploring it on foot. There are plenty of bars and restaurants for you to choose from, should you want to get a drink or sample some Icelandic cuisine.

Day 2
Make the same journey the Stark girls made to The Eyrie!

The Golden Circle & Valley up to The Eyrie

Now it’s time for the real adventure to begin and for you to start discovering the sights of Iceland and Westeros alike. You will start your travels by visiting the Golden Circle, which features Iceland's three most famous attractions: Þingvellir National Park, Haukadalur Geothermal Valley and Gullfoss Waterfall.

The first stop will be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir National Park. A famous rift that runs through the park and gives it its distinctive appearance is formed by the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates pulling apart. You can walk in-between the two continents as you descend into the Almannagjá rift, which might be a familiar sight to you.  

The rift is featured in Game of Thrones more than once. Most recognisably it is the valley known as the Bloody Gate, leading up to The Eyrie that Sandor Clegane, also known as the Hound, takes Arya Stark in hopes of reuniting her with her aunt in the Vale of Arryn. Sansa and Littlefinger made the same journey later.

Þinvellir also features for the scenes in which Ygritte and Tormund Giantsbane meet the cannibal Thenns once Jon Snow has betrayed them, showing the versatile landscape that this national park has to offer.

After a while in the Vale, you will move on to the next attraction, Haukadalur Geothermal area. It is here that you can find the hot spring for which all geysers get their name, Geysir. Largely dormant now, the main feature now is Strokkur which blows water up into the air up to 20-meters every 5-10 minutes.

Moving on, you will visit Gullfoss, the second most powerful waterfall in Europe and certainly one of the most impressive. Rushing from the glacial river Hvítá, it plummets down into the canyon below in three tiers, filling the air with its mighty roar. 

As if visiting those remarkable places isn't enough, you can also make a full adventure of the day and join an excursion. You could take a snorkelling trip in the phenomenally clear Silfra fissure's volcanically filtrated, pure glacial water. If you would prefer something more adrenaline-fueled, you can opt to go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier for an exhilarating exploration of these icy giants.

For those who want to try the trusty transport of the Westerosi, you can meet the Icelandic horse which also features in Game of Thrones. Put yourself in Arya’s saddle as you admire the gorgeous untouched Icelandic landscape as you ride over the land.

You'll continue east towards Seljalandsfoss, an impressive waterfall tumbling from the great heights of the interior. There is a cavern behind the waterfall, giving you the unique opportunity to walk behind it and admire its grandeur from all angles. A little further is the Skógar hamlet, standing by the Skógar waterfall, which legends says holds a treasure.

You will overnight in the Skógar area, in the shadow of Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap.

Day 3
The Diamond Beach littered with captivating icebergs.

Beyond the Wall

You will start the day by continuing along the south shore. Your first stop should be at Dyhólaey for your chance to spot a puffin in the summer months and admire the impressive rock arch standing strong in the sea. Keep in mind though, that Dyrhólaey might be closed in height of summer to preserve the nesting grounds.

Next stop you might recognise as Eastwatch by the Sea; this is the black beach at Reynisfjara which will look a lot more inviting when it's not infested with wights or the Night King himself. Take your time to admire the iconic Reynidrangar sea stacks and the epic basalt column cliffs, looking out over the vast expanse of the North Atlantic.

Follow the coastline to Skaftafell Nature Reserve, an impressive valley filled with waterfalls, forests, glacial tongues and basalt columns, nestled under the crown of Iceland's largest glacier, Vatnajökull. There you can experience the age-old ice first hand and gear up for a glacier hike on one of the many glacial outlets. 

The high ice might be familiar, but this place is also known as North of the Wall. You will fare better though, for unlike Jon Snow you will have a certified glacier guide, crampons, and a helmet to assist you on your path. 

Leaving Skaftafell, you will head to the enchanting Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where icebergs, some as big as houses, float majestically out to sea. You can get closer to these white giants by taking a zodiac boat tour which offers you an intimate, speedy experience or a more chilled out amphibian boat tour.

Only a short walk away lies the Diamond Beach, where the icebergs wash up on the shore, making for a stark scene in contrast with the black sand. After a day of exploration, you will spend the evening in this enchanting area, near the village of Höfn.

Day 4
The beautiful Lupines of summer provide a perfect foreground for this wonderful sunset behind the dramatic peaks of Vestrahorn mountain.

The East of Iceland

Today will be filled with wide and open visuals of the eastern fjords, as you'll zig-zag your way through the vales and mountain passes of the eastern fjords. 

Just before you enter the east, you will pass the picturesque Stokksnes headland and Vestrahorn mountain, which stands as the gatekeeper to the east. For a brisque morning walk, the sands there are sure to impress. 

As you travel the East, you can visit the quintessential fishing villages along the remote fjords and dramatic mountainscapes. Notable mentions are the town of Fáskrúðsfjörður, with its well-maintained houses form the late 1800's and the picturesque town of Seyðisfjörður, embraced by steep mountains that open to a great natural port.

Another option is to go inland and walk in the largest forest in Iceland, Hallormsstaðarskógur on the shores of Lagafljót, a beautiful lake rumoured to be inhabited by the Lagarfljótsormurinn worm, Iceland’s own Loch Ness Monster. 

Today will end in the Egilsstaðir area, where you can rest after a long day of travel and exploration. 

Day 5
The mystical cave Grjótagjá with it's aqua hues and clear naturally warm water.

Lake Myvatn & North of the Wall

Today your adventure will continue as you follow the ring road to travel North, and Beyond the Wall. You will start by crossing the Möðrudalsöræfi heights, getting a glimpse of Iceland's harsh highlands before descending into the unearthly Mývatnssveit area.

On your way, you can make a small detour and visit the impressive Dettifoss waterfall. This thundering beast of a waterfall is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, plunging with intense force past the hexagonal basalt columns of the surrounding cliffs into the canyon below.

A bit further lies Lake Mývatn, offering near endless things to see, such as the primordial Námaskarð Geothermal area and the Skútustaðagígur pseudo-craters. A place well worth the visit are the dramatic lava fields at Dimmuborgir. Be careful though, there might be wildlings around,  as Mance Rayder and his tribe of wildlings held camp in this area.

Nearby is also Grjótagjá cave. For years, it served as a bathing spot for locals, but recently it has been known for more 'delicate activities', with Jon Snow apparently knowing a thing or two, after all. Though Grjótagjá itself is closed as it's too hot to enter at this moment, you will have the opportunity to take a dip in the Mývatn Nature Baths and relax in a geothermally heated lagoon with breathtaking panoramas.

Continuing west you will pass the lovely Goðafoss waterfall, a location of legends and lore, before entering the Eyjafjörður area and reaching the town of Akureyri, where you will stay on this night. 

Day 6
Kirkjufell Mountain, also known as The Arrowhead Mountain, towering over Breiðafjörður Bay, West Iceland.

The Mountain-like-an-Arrowhead and Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Today you will be moving on, heading South-West and to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It is often called 'Iceland in miniature' due to the diverse geography. Today will offer you a wide scale of amazing sights.

Passing the picturesque harbour town of Grundarfjörður, you will see a familiar landmark looming over the town - Kirkjufell Mountain. This sharp comb of cliffs strikes a hard triangular feature as you pass it by. Recently, the mountain has become known as the Mountain-like-an-Arrowhead.

Towering over the humble town, the Arrowhead Mountain is shown in its green glory as Children of the Forest create the very First White Walker. It is the same mountain that the Hound sees in the fire when leading Jon Snow and his brave group Beyond the Wall to capture a wight as proof of the Army of the Dead.

In summer, the mountain is more impressive than terrifying, and so is the rest of the peninsula. As you continue along the coast you near the Crown Jewel of the peninsula, Snæfellsnesjökull glacier and its surrounding park. There, you can visit the beautiful black beach Djúpalónssandur and the dramatic cliffsides of nearby towns Arnarstapi and Hellnar.

As you return inland from the peninsula, you'll head into the Borgarfjörður area, but nestled in this valley of lava fields and lush green fields is your accommodation for the night. 

Day 7
Hraunfossar waterfalls in Borgarfjörður Valley, West Iceland.

Back to Reykjavik

Start your day by exploring the sights in the Borgarfjörður area. A visit to the Hraunfossar waterfalls is highly recommended, but this serene flow of water trickles slowly through the lava field cliffs in stark contrast to the tumultuous Barnafoss waterfall just a stone's throw away.

Borgarfjörður is also the home of Europe's most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver, which provides most of the hot water to heat homes in nearby towns Borgarnes and Akranes. You can indulge in the hot water there with a visit to Krauma spa and geothermal baths. Alternatively, if you fancy a bit more adventure, you can go caving in one of Iceland's largest lava caves, the massive Víðgelmir, in the Húsafell lava fields near Eiríksjökull glacier. 

If you find yourself with free time upon your arrival in Reykjavík, why not take a walk around the city centre and grab a meal in town or just enjoy the quirky and ever-dynamic Reykjavík nightlife.

Day 8
Don't miss a photo opportunity with the mighty Sun Voyager sculpture by the Reykjavík coast.

Winter is Coming

The Stark words resonate the foreboding which is your departure from magical Iceland. If you find yourself with any extra time, with an afternoon flight planned, why not check out the magnificent Reykjanes peninsula and it's hidden treasures of the vast lava fields before heading to the international airport.

There, you will return your car and take your flight home or onto your next adventure, leaving Westeros for now, until next summer.

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What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothing
Good shoes
Swimwear and towel
Driver's License
Camera

Good to know

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

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 might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkelling.

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.

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 other 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). 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.

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 other 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). 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

Below you can see the car rental options available for this self-drive tour. All our vehicles are new or current models, of maximum 2 years of age. Super Budget levels come with standard CDW insurance, while all other levels also include Gravel Protection (GP), and Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) insurances. Please note that off-road driving is illegal for all types of cars. All levels come equipped with a GPS and free Wi-fi. You can enjoy unlimited data with the Wi-Fi device, which can be connected to up to 10 devices at once. The car rental will provide 24-hour roadside emergency services. Age requirement for each level can be found below. For all levels, the driver must possess a valid driving license for at least one year before the date of the rental. We recommend Budget 4X4 level for summer driving and Comfort 4X4 for winter driving.

Super Budget 2WD

A small 2WD vehicle such as Toyota Aygo or similar, fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions. Compact and comfortable for up to 2 travellers with very little luggage. No highland capabilities. The driver must be of 20 years of age or above.

Budget 2WD

A basic 2WD vehicle, such as a Toyota Yaris or similar, suitable for travelling in everyday conditions. Comfortable for 3 travellers with light luggage. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities. The driver must be of 20 years of age or above.

Budget 4x4

A basic 4WD (4X4) jeep or SUV such as a Dacia Duster or similar. Comfortably fit up to 3 travellers with 2 large pieces of luggage. Fit for most travel and decent for snow and off-asphalt driving. Has basic highland capabilities. The driver must be of 20 years of age or above.

Comfort 4x4

A medium sized 4WD (4x4) jeep or SUV such as a Toyota Rav4, or similar. Comfortably fit up to 4 travellers with 3 large pieces of luggage. Fit for most travel and good for snow and off-asphalt driving. Has basic highland capabilities. The driver must be of 21 years of age or above.

Luxury 4x4

A large 4WD jeep such as a Toyota Land Cruiser or similar. Comfortable for up to 4 travellers with 4 large pieces of luggage. Fit for nearly all travelling. Has full highland capabilities to drive on accessible mountain roads. The driver must be of 21 years of age or above.

Van

A large 9-seater van such as a Renault Trafic (2WD manual), Mercedes Benz Vito (4WD automatic, has highland capabilities and better suited for winter driving), or similar. Comfortable for 5 to 7 travellers. If seated full, luggage space is limited. The driver must be of 23 years of age or above.

Meals

You can now add meals to your booking. Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. 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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