Iceland On Your Own | Highlands Circle Passport

Explore Iceland's highlands with this Highland Circle Bus Passport. With this ticket in hand, you can board any ‘Iceland On Your Own’ bus taking you one-way around this incredible region, and considering the ticket is valid from June 20th to September 7th, there is no need to rush.

Before setting out, you can choose to take this route either clockwise or anti-clockwise, and any 'Iceland On Your Own' bus you board will be free of charge. If you wish to backtrack, you are welcome to; you will have to book another ticket, but it will have a 10% discount. The same discount applies if you want to extend your journey down a road not included in this package, but included in another Bus Passport. 

Regardless of your direction, you will see all of the same sites. Considering you take the route anti-clockwise, you will leave Reykjavík and travel through the popular sites of the West, such as the Golden Circle, to the incredible and little-visited Kjölur Highland Road. This will take you to the north of the country, from which you can travel as far north-east as the Lake Mývatn area, via Akureyri. 

You then head South down another incredible Highland track, Sprengisandur, passing the beautiful Landmannalaugar region. Rather than head straight back towards Reykjavík via the scenic South Coast, with its many famous landmarks, however, you can detour even further east to the Skaftafell Nature Reserve.

Landmannalaugar and Skaftafell are both paradises for hikers, meaning this tour is perfect for those who love trekking. Anyone with an appreciation for incredible nature and beautiful scenery, however, will have a fantastic time with the Highland Circle Bus Passport. It should also appeal to those on a budget, as the pass is much cheaper than a rental car or series of guided tours.

The only thing you need to concern yourself with on this tour is the departure times of the buses from each location. Other than that, you are free; you choose where to visit and where not to, and how long to spend at each destination.

Before coming to Iceland, however, it is important to book your accommodation in advance. Hotels, hostels and guesthouses are almost always full during peak season, and even many campsites are competitive. If you plan well, however, you should encounter no issues.

Experience the wonders of the Icelandic highlands on your own terms. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle , Reykjavík , Akureyri , Geysir , Gullfoss , Eyjafjallajökull , Kerlingarfjöll , Þingvellir , Sprengisandur , Sólheimajökull , Mýrdalsjökull , Skaftafell , Hveravellir , Sólheimasandur , Vík i Mýrdal , Kjölur/Kjalvegur , Reynisdrangar
Pickup information:
Departure location:
BSÍ bus terminal
  • Iceland On Your Own bus passport for selected routes

  • Guaranteed seat

  • Accommodation

  • Meals

  • Entry fees and camping fees

Good to know:

The Passport is available from 13 June to 7 September. Note that some routes start later or end earlier, please observe each individual schedule. Road and weather conditions might affect individual routes as well.

Passport is valid for one circle across both the Kjölur and Sprengisandur highland routes connecting the north and south of Iceland, either clockwise or anti-clockwise. The route covers the south from Reykjavík to Skaftafell, both Sprengisandur and Kjölur routes as well as route as well as route 6-6a between Gullfoss and Reykjavik.

All of the routes included have at least one departure time per day. Most routes have frequent stops for sightseeing and meals.

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