Ultimate 8 Day Self Drive Tour of Iceland’s Game of Thrones Shooting Locations
Explore all of the filming locations for Game of Thrones in Iceland. This 8-day self-drive tour will take you full circle around the whole island, visiting famed locations in Iceland and Westeros alike.
This unique road trip 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, traveling 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. The trip showcases all the best attractions Iceland has to offer, visiting famous sites such as the Golden Circle, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Lake Myvatn, and the Troll Peninsula.
Because this is a self-drive trip, you can take the attractions at your own pace with a detailed itinerary that guides you to all the sights. You are the master of your voyage, doing the well-planned itinerary at your own speed, able to control your tempo, and spending 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, Sansa, and many more, exploring Iceland and all it has to offer. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - 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 Keflavik International Airport, where your rental car will be waiting for you. From Keflavik, you will make your way to the charming city of Reykjavik 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 Reykjavik 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 - 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: Thingvellir National Park, Haukadalur Geothermal Valley, and Gullfoss Waterfall.
The first stop will be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir 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 Almannagja rift, which might be a familiar sight to you.
The rift is featured in Game of Thrones more than once. Most recognizably, 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.
Thingvellir also sets the stage for the scenes in which Ygritte and Tormund Giantsbane meet the cannibal Thenns once Jon Snow has betrayed them, showing the versatile landscape this national park offers.
After a while in the Vale, you will move to the next attraction, the Haukadalur Geothermal area. Here, you can find the hot spring for which all geysers get their name, Geysir. While Geysir is largely dormant now, Strokkur is now the main feature that blows water up into the air up to 66 ft (20 m) 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 Hvita, 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 snorkeling trip in Silfra fissure, which is filled with phenomenally clear glacial water that has been filtered by volcanic rocks. If you would prefer something more adrenaline-fueled, you can opt to go snowmobiling on Langjokull 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 will overnight in the region of Selfoss
Day 3 - Beyond the Wall
You will start the day by continuing along the south shore.
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 Skogar hamlet, standing by the Skogar waterfall, which legends say holds a treasure.
The next 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 Dyrholaey might be closed in height of summer to preserve the nesting grounds.
The next stop you might recognize 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 Vatnajokull. 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 Jokulsarlon 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 Hofn.
Day 4 - 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.
You can visit the quintessential fishing villages along the remote fjords and dramatic mountainscapes as you travel the East. Notable mentions are the town of Faskrudsfjordur, with its well-maintained houses from the late 1800s, and the picturesque town of Seydisfjordur, 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, Hallormsstadarskogur, on the shores of Lagafljot, a beautiful lake rumored to be inhabited by the Lagarfljotsormurinn worm, Iceland's own Loch Ness Monster.
Today will end in the Egilsstadir area, where you can rest after a long day of travel and exploration.
Day 5 - 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 Modrudalsoraefi heights, getting a glimpse of Iceland's harsh highlands before descending into the unearthly Myvatnssveit 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 Myvatn, offering near endless things to see, such as the primordial Namaskard Geothermal area and the Skutustadagigur pseudocraters. A place well worth the visit is 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 Grjotagja 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 Grjotagja itself is closed as it's too hot to enter at this moment, you will have the opportunity to take a dip in the Myvatn Nature Baths and relax in a geothermally heated lagoon with breathtaking panoramas.
Continuing west, you will pass the lovely Godafoss waterfall, a location of legends and lore, before entering the Eyjafjordur area and reaching the town of Akureyri, where you will stay on this night.
Day 6 - The Mountain-like-an-Arrowhead and Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Today you will be moving on, heading southwest and to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. It is often called 'Iceland in miniature' due to its diverse geography. Today will offer you a wide scale of incredible sights.
Passing the picturesque harbor town of Grundarfjordur, 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 will get closer to the Crown Jewel of the peninsula, Snaefellsnesjokull glacier, and its surrounding park. There, you can visit the beautiful black beach Djupalonssandur and the dramatic cliffsides of nearby towns Arnarstapi and Hellnar.
You will stay the night on the peninsula.
Day 7 - Back to Reykjavik
Start your day by exploring the sights in the Borgarfjordur area. A visit to the Hraunfossar waterfalls is highly recommended. Its serene water flow trickles slowly through the lava field cliffs in stark contrast to the tumultuous Barnafoss waterfall just a stone's throw away.
Borgarfjordur 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 Vidgelmir, in the Husafell lava fields near Eiriksjokull glacier.
If you find yourself with free time upon your arrival in Reykjavik, why not take a walk around the city center and grab a meal in town or just enjoy the quirky and ever-dynamic Reykjavik nightlife.
Day 8 - Winter is Coming
The Stark words resonate with the foreboding, which is your departure from magical Iceland. If you have an afternoon flight and extra time, you can check out the magnificent Reykjanes peninsula and its 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.
What to bring
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 require you to have 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 snorkeling.
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.
Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels. Located in the region of the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.
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, of maximum 2 years of age. Super Budget levels come with standard CDW insurance, while all other levels also include Gravel Protection (GP) insurance. Please note that off-road driving is illegal for all types of cars.
All levels come equipped with 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.
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.
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.
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.
A medium-sized 4WD (4x4) jeep or SUV such as a Toyota Rav4 (automatic) and Suzuki Vitara (manual), or similar. Comfortably fit up to 4 travelers 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.
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.
A large 9-seater van such as a Mercedes Benz Vito (4WD manual, has highland capabilities and better suited for winter driving), or similar. Comfortable for 5 to 7 travelers. If seated full, luggage space is limited. The driver must be of 23 years of age or above.