Book yourself an incredible Game of Thrones themed adventure in Iceland, circling the country and visiting some of the most well-known locations, as well as partaking in thrilling extra activities such as snowmobiling and horse riding. This is an amazing tour opportunity for travellers to Iceland who also share a deep passion for the Game of Thrones lore.
Iceland was one of the primary shooting locations for HBO’s fantasy television series, Game of Thrones, based on the books by George R. R. Martin, making it an extra special travel destination for fans.
With this fantastic 10-day self-drive itinerary, you’ll pay a visit to some of the show’s most recognisable locations, including The Eyrie, North of the Wall and the “mountain like an arrowhead”, Kirkjufell. Fear not, your itinerary will provide you with detailed instructions as to how to find each location.
Driving around Iceland yourself allows you to set the pace, all the while taking comfort in the fact you have 24/7 communication with your personal travel advisor. Prior to arrival, your itinerary will be customised exactly to your liking, meaning you have full say over what activities you’ll be engaged in whilst here.
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Welcome to Iceland, or should we say, Westeros, the land of ice and fire. You’ll be arriving at Keflavík International Airport, located on the Reykjanes Peninsula, where you will pick up your rental vehicle for the trip. From there, you will drive to Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík, where you will check in to your accommodation for the evening.
You may wish to spend some time resting for the start of your adventure tomorrow or, if you have the energy, you could check out Reykjavík’s exciting nightlife. The city is also a fantastic midnight stroll, with plenty of late night food options available to keep you satisfied.
With your fellow adventurers, you will take off towards Iceland’s most popular sightseeing route, the Golden Circle, comprised of three major attractions: Þingvellir National Park, Haukadalur Geothermal Valley and Gullfoss Waterfall.
This area also happens to be the shooting location for The Eyrie—you will pay a visit to Þingvellir’s jagged canyon, Almannagjá, known as the entrance to The Eyrie, as made famous by the season 3 featuring Littlefinger and Arya Stark.
The other major highlights are two of Iceland’s most popular attractions. You will make a visit to Haukadalur, famed for the geysers, Geysir and Strokkur. Strokkur erupts every five to ten minutes or so, shooting jets of water high into the air to heights of 20-meters.
Gullfoss waterfall, only a short distance away, sees glacial water cascading over two rocky crags, dropping thirty-two metres in total. Both of these areas will leave you with lasting memories of your second day in the country.
There is also the opportunity to partake in an extra activity on your second day, though what this activity is is entirely up to you. For instance, you could take a snorkelling trip into the glacial spring, Silfra Fissure, known for its dramatic underwater scenery and near 100-metre visibility.
Alternatively, you could decide to go snowmobiling on the glittering glacier, Langjökull; this is known to be one of the most exhilarating experiences in Iceland and is sure to put you in the adventurous spirit. Or, to really feel a part of the Game of Thrones universe, you could choose to partake in a horse riding tour, galloping through Iceland’s impressive countryside, and making you feel ever closer to your favourite Game of Thrones character.
You will then spend the night at the southern town of Hvolsvöllur. There are very few houses in this little village, making it a prime location to try and spot the Northern Lights if you are visiting in the winter.
The South Coast is another much-loved area of Iceland, and just so happens to be the shooting location for Eastwatch by the sea, the only castle of the great wall that happens to be by the coastline. This location is most recognisable for the dramatic finale of the seventh season!
Your third day will see you visiting some of the most prized attractions on the South Coast, including the likes of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, and the black sand beach, Reynisfjara near the village of Vík where you will spend the night. These are stapled stops on the South Coast and will do much to make you truly believe you’re staying in a fantasy world.
There is also the opportunity to take part in an extra activity, taking the form of either a glacier hike on the ice cap, Sólheimajökull, or a visit to an ice cave at Katla volcano.
A great deal of the scenes from Game of Thrones was shot within your next stop, Skaftafell nature reserve, itself a part of the much larger Vatnajökull National Park. Glacier hiking in Skaftafell means that you will be surrounded by the landscapes of Westeros, immersing yourself truly into the scenery that makes both Games of Thrones and Iceland so compelling, and so booking a hiking tour is highly recommended.
The major stop of the day will be at the “Crown Jewel of Iceland,” Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, an attraction that boasts enormous icebergs floating on a still and glittering surface. Home to resident seals, and with stunning surrounding views characterised by mountains and ice caps, Jökulsárlón is, without doubt, one of the most incredible sites in Iceland.
A short walk away, guests can also visit Diamond Beach, a stretch of shoreline where icebergs wash up against the black sand on their journey out toward the Atlantic ocean.
If you’re taking part in this journey during the summer, it is possible to add on either a speedy zodiac boat tour or a slower amphibian boat tour on Jökulsárlón, both of which take you right up close to the floating icebergs.
Those visiting in the winter could also choose to explore one of the ice caves located inside Vatnajökull. These ice caves are known to be much bluer than those further down the South Coast and make for one of the most unique experiences available during the Icelandic winter months.
You will spend the night in Höfn, a town where every restaurant within serves Icelandic lobster. It is not only a great place for dinner but also to search for the Northern Lights in the winter.
The Eastfjords is one of the lesser-visited regions of Iceland, due largely to its distance from the capital. However, with ten days on the itinerary, you’ll have more than enough time to truly get to the grips with this thrilling location. The Eastfjords are known for their sweeping landscapes, herds of wild reindeer and quintessential fishing villages.
One area you may pay a visit to is Stokknes, known primarily for the mountain, Vestrahorn. Vestrahorn is often referred to as either ‘Batman Mountain’ or ‘Iceland’s Horniest Mountain’ due to its ominous and instantly recognisable peaks.
You'll travel up the coastline, zigzagging the many fjords of the East, until you reach your accommodations in the town of Egilsstaðir. While there are no dragons in Iceland, a large wyrm monster is said to live in the nearby Lagarfljót lake.
Today, you will head out from Egilsstaðir and continue your journey to the famous Lake Mývatn. The region around the lake was used as the location for the Wildlings Camp in Game of Thrones, an area beyond the wall known for its savage creatures and enduring winters.
In real life, the Mývatn area is characterised by its volcanic hillsides and picturesque scenery, as well as such notable attractions as Dimmuborgir (Dark Fortresses), Námaskarð geothermal pass and Grjótagjá cave, known as the lovenest of Jon Snow and the wildling lass, Ygritte.
As an added extra, you could visit the Mývatn Nature Baths which are often considered a cheaper and quieter alternative to the more known Blue Lagoon Spa but certainly competes in terms of relaxation and surrounding beauty.
At the end of the day, you will make your way to the northern town of Akureyri where you will spend the night.
Today, you will make your way west to explore the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula, also known as ‘Iceland in Miniature’ due to the sheer range of attractions to be found there. Waterfalls, glaciers, jagged shorelines, mountains, volcanic craters and fascinating magma fields all lie in wait for the intrepid traveller of Snæfellsnes.
The area around Iceland’s most photographed mountain, Kirkjufell on the peninsula's north side, features dominantly in Game of Thrones, both in season 3 and 7. In season 3, the area is shown as it appears in summer, luscious and green, and features the Children of the Forest as they create White Walkers for the first time. In season 7, the Hound references Kirkjufell as “the mountain like an arrowhead” as Jon Snow and his party explores ‘beyond the wall’.
You will spend the day, discovering this fascinating region before making your way to your accommodations in the area.
Today, you will be making the return journey back to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, but not without making some notable stops on the way.
West Iceland is truly a fantastic region filled with picturesque waterfalls, creeping glaciers, dramatic lava fields, and rich history. The land around the area's Borgarfjörður fjord has been inhabited since the time of settlement, and it is here where many events from the Icelandic Sagas took place.
Once again, there are a number of options available to you for added extras. Not only was Snæfellsnes a location in Game of Thrones, but the area also played a big role in Jules Verne's classic novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. Today, you can have your own subterranean adventure on Snæfellsnes by visiting Vatnshellir lava Cave.
Another option could be taking some time for yourself at Krauma Spa, where water originates from Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver. To cool it down and create the right bathing temperature, it is mixed with glacial water from Iceland's smallest glacier.
Reykjavík is one of those cities that is seemingly made for sightseeing. With a number of cultural landmarks—including the likes of Hallgrímskirkja Church, Perlan Observation Deck and Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre—and countless galleries, museums, restaurants and shops, one could easily spend days discovering new facets of the Icelandic capital.
Extra activities on option today are as varied as they are adrenaline fuelled. One option could be taking a helicopter from Reykjavík Domestic Airport, flying over the city’s surrounding volcanic landscape before landing at one of the nearby geothermal areas. Visiting locations such as this, in this manner, not only provides a real insight into Iceland’s geothermal underbelly but also allows you to see the country from a bird’s eye point of view.
Summer travellers could, alternatively, undertake an ‘Inside the Volcano’ tour. As the name suggests, you will take a lift into the caldera of one of Iceland’s dormant volcanoes, getting a first-hand look at the incredible lava formations and colours that fill this enormous chamber.
It is the final day of your Game of Thrones adventure. Depending on the time of your flight, you may have some time left to explore the city, but if not, you will check out of your accommodation and begin the return journey to Keflavík Airport. There, you’ll return your rental vehicle and depart for home.
Thank you for visiting Westeros, and we hope to see you again.
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.
Wearing cotton or jeans as the outer layer during your trip to the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour is not allowed. Please wear suitable waterproof clothes and sturdy hiking shoes for this trip. It’s always the same temperature inside the crater – about 5–6°C (42–43°F). The Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour involves a hike of approximately 3 km (2 miles) each way. The walk usually takes around 45–50 minutes (depending on the condition of people in the group). A guide will be with you at all times during the walk.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed. They are only visible during the winter. This itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows.
Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers when visiting the country in the winter. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.
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 this tour is available all year. If you are arriving in winter, we recommend that you opt for an upgrade to a 4x4 vehicle.
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), 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. In wintertime, all cars have winter tyres.
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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and declare full cancellation. COVID-19 Related Cancellations If you need to cancel your booking due to COVID-19 related reasons, the cancellation insurance provides further protection for your booking. If you purchase a self-drive tour or guided tour package along with the cancellation insurance, you will also get a full refund. If you test positive on arrival, to get the full refund after arrival, please email us at email@example.com with your booking details and your test result within 4 hours after you receive the test result. If your flight gets cancelled due to COVID, to get the full refund, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your booking details and your flight cancellation confirmation prior to your scheduled flight departure time. 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.