4x4 Off-Road Tours

4x4 Off-Road Tours

Hop on an exciting off-road trip to experience the best places Iceland's nature has to offer. Go into the highlands now on a 4x4 vehicle and discover attractions not available to the normal traveler.

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What are the best four-wheel drive off-road tours in Iceland?

One of the best four-wheel drive off-road tours in Iceland is an 11-hour Landmannalaugar super jeep tour that will introduce you to magnificent highland landscapes and far-flung hot springs, rated at an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 82 travelers. This small-group tour costs about 322 USD and is available from May to October.

Another popular 4x4 experience in Iceland will take you across beautiful landscapes for a once-in-a-lifetime ice caving trip under the Vatnajokull glacier, providing two adventures in one and rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 by 1,106 travelers. This winter trip lasts three hours and costs around 151 USD.

This top-rated four-wheel drive off-road tour in Iceland is a three-hour super jeep journey up the slopes of Katla volcano, one of the most active peaks in the country, to partake in another ice caving experience, available throughout the year rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 99 travelers. The excursion costs approximately 151 USD.

What is the cheapest four-wheel drive off-road tour in Iceland?

One of the cheapest four-wheel drive off-road tours in Iceland is the three-hour trip that will take you into the depths of Vatnajokull National Park and includes an exploration of a crystal blue ice cave, rare features that only open in midwinter. The adventure costs about 151 USD and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,106 travelers.

The second example of a cheap 4x4 tour in Iceland is a three-hour super jeep and snowmobiling combination, ascending an ice cap and then racing across its magnificent slopes on an adrenaline-pumping excursion. This trip costs approximately 167 USD and is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars from 84 reviews.

Finally, we also recommend this affordable three-hour four-wheel drive off-road tour in Iceland, which is a fast-track super jeep tour of the South Coast from Vik that also allows you to experience the beauty of an ice cave. This small-group tour costs 151 USD and is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 48 travelers.

How long do four-wheel drive off-road tours in Iceland last?

Off-road tours and packages in Iceland can last anywhere from three hours to four days. One of the shortest four-wheel drive off-road tours in Iceland is a three-hour super jeep ride on the slopes of the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull, which provides a great perspective of the ice cap and stunning views of its surroundings. The longest 4x4 super jeep tour in Iceland is the adventurous four-day summer tour of Iceland’s South Coast from Hvolsvollur, where you’ll explore popular sites and far-flung regions.

Do 4x4 off-road packages in Iceland provide hotel pickups?

Many four-wheel-drive off-road packages pick up passengers from their accommodation in Reykjavik or other major towns. However, some use in-town meeting points instead or require you to meet your guides on location. This 7-hour super jeep exploration of the magnificent valley of Thorsmork, for example, starts at the South Iceland town of Hvolsvollur.

Is lunch usually included in four-wheel drive off-road tours from Reykjavik?

Though a few four-wheel drive off-road tours do make lunch stops, most ask passengers to pack food and bring it with them for the day. Since the super jeep tours usually take place in the remote areas of Iceland, it's important to check with the tour provider beforehand to ask if you need to bring food on the tour. Otherwise, it may be hard to find at your destination.

Are four-wheel drive off-road tours seasonal or available all year round in Iceland?

Due to the modifications of the super jeeps in Iceland, many 4x4 off-road tours are available all year round. The vehicles can easily traverse the icy roads and snowy terrain, and the guides are trained for such conditions. However, some parts of the country are completely inaccessible in winter, so some off-road tours are exclusively run in summer. Conversely, four-wheel drive off-road tours that include ice caving under Vatnajokull are only available in winter.

When do you need to rent a 4x4 in Iceland?

For travelers that visit Iceland between September and May, renting a four-wheel-drive car is highly recommended. Small vehicles can struggle with the harsh conditions and snowfall on Icelandic roads, especially when traveling outside Reykjavik. Though four-wheel drive vehicles sometimes get stuck, it happens more frequently with small cars. Any four-wheel drive vehicle rented in the winter will come equipped with winter tires, as they are mandatory during this time in Iceland. Travelers during the summer months can rent smaller cars. However, four-wheel-drive vehicles are still required to drive on Iceland’s mountain roads, known as F-roads, all year round. Without them, you cannot access highland regions such as Landmannalaugar. And remember: a 4x4 still isn't a super jeep! If you're planning anything more adventurous, we highly recommend considering a super jeep tour of Iceland by our trusted vendors!

Is it illegal to drive off-road anywhere in Iceland?

Yes, it is illegal to drive off-road anywhere in Iceland by yourself outside of a guided tour. Doing so can result in a significant fine. The Icelandic government is very protective of the beautiful and fragile environment in the country. Stay on marked roads and trails when driving yourself.

How many people fit in an Icelandic super jeep?

Super jeeps are heavily modified four-wheel-drive SUVs with special tires, engines, and other modifications that make them suitable for driving in the Icelandic highlands. Although their capacity will depend on the base model of the car, Icelandic super jeeps generally carry up to six passengers. There are also modified buses and vans that can hold even more passengers. Contact us at info@guidetoiceland.is if you have any questions about group size for your super jeep tour!