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Frequently Asked Questions

About Self Drive Tours in Iceland

Self drive tours are holidays where you drive to your destinations yourself and choose how to fill your days. Your accommodation, vehicle and excursions are all organised prior to arrival.

Follow a personalised travel itinerary, prepared by local experts at Guide to Iceland, and navigate to Iceland's must-see attractions easily. You can, of course, add extra tours and activities to your itinerary during the reservation process.

1. Can I shift the dates of my self drive tour after I have booked?

Yes, but it depends on availability and a 15% service fee will be added to the price of the entire booking.

2. Can I book the activities and tours later?

We recommend that you book activities and tours as soon as you book the self drive tour, but they can be added later.

3. What happens if roads are closed due to weather or a natural disaster, and I can't reach my destination?

If the roads are closed, we will assist you with all the necessary arrangements in any way possible. Our capability, however, depends on the availability of hotels and tours. If new hotel or tour bookings are needed, there might be extra charges, but we will always do our very best to rebook without any additional costs to the customer.

4. How and where do I pick up my car?

Either a car rental representative will await you in the airport's arrivals hall, or you will board a free shuttle that will transfer you to the car rental service station which is situated a very short distance from the airport. Be sure to check your voucher for further information.

5. I arrive late at night, will I be able to pick up my car?

Yes, you will be able to pick up and drop off your car at Keflavík International Airport at any time.

6. Do I need to be in possession of an international driver's licence?

The information on the driver's licence must be written in the Latin/Roman alphabet. Although an international driver's licence is preferred, it is not necessary. Also, you must carry the actual driver's license with you at all times, not a copy.

7. Is there a maximum age for car rentals?

No, there are no maximum age requirements, but all drivers must, of course, be in possession of a valid driver's license.

8. What are the minimum requirements to rent a car?

It depends on the car rental. The minimum age limit in Iceland, however, is always set between 20 and 23 years old. Additionally, the driver must have held the driver's licence for at least one year. A credit card in the name of the driver must be provided. Be sure to contact your travel planner for further information.

9. Is there unlimited mileage?

Yes.

10. I'm travelling with a small child, will I be provided with a baby car seat? Are there baby cribs in the hotels?

Yes, we happily provide travel services to families of all sizes. Please inform your travel agent about the age of the children, and all the necessary arrangement will be made prior to your arrival.

11. Can I add insurances to the rental car?

Yes, you can add all the insurances that are offered by the car rental. Contact your travel planner to inquire about your options and extra costs. 

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We recently returned from a ten day self guided tour of Iceland through Guide to Iceland. I could gush for an extended time about Iceland and this trip. The experience was exemplary! Iceland is an amazingly beautiful place that should be on everyone's travel list. Iceland is a physically stunning place that amazed at every turn in the road. From the volcanic environments, the mountains, glaciers and fjords there is an ever changing landscape that keeps you engaged and thrilled. The people are friendly and the food is great. The self guided tour let us pick and choose what we wanted to see and at our own pace. The hotels were welcoming and gracious. The distance between hotels were well paced for our travels. We would do this all again without hesitation. We'll definitely be back to Iceland.

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I signed up for the 8 Day Circle Driving tour. Had a fantastic time. My guide Wiktoria was very helpful throughout. Highly recommend this

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8 Days / 7 Nights Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & Golden Circle

4.7 average rating | 30 reviews

8 Days / 7 Nights Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & Golden Circle

We signed up for the 8 day Circle Tour. We liked the freedom that this gave us. We got a car and hotel reservations, but we could decide which sights we wanted to visit and for how long and we could set our own pace for each day. The hotels ranged from refurbished historic buildings to ultra-modern new hotels. They were all clean and comfortable and the breakfasts they provided were all tasty and filling. There is too much of Iceland to see in eight days, but this tour gave us a chance to sample it all. I highly recommend it. Thank you Guide To Iceland.

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4 Day Summer Self Drive Tour | The Golden Circle & Vik

5 average rating | 4 reviews

4 Day Summer Self Drive Tour | The Golden Circle & Vik

Our experience with Guide to Iceland was very easy and worry free. Our travel agent, Melkorka was very helpful and her correspondence with me was timely. All of the hotels that they arranged for us were nice, clean with helpful staff and filling breakfast buffets. Lava auto met us at the airport and everything with them was seamless. Iceland itself was amazing and the itenerary gave us step by step guidance. We thoroughly enjoyed Iceland and it left us wanting more!!! 4 days is simply not enough!!

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We had a wonderful time in Iceland. This was our first time in Iceland and having your itinerary was extremely helpful. The itinerary was very detailed and informative, the co-ordinates/directions were perfect and we found all the sites without any difficulty. The car was great with a very quick and easy pick up and drop off. We loved the Blue Lagoon which was very relaxing and a great way to start the trip. We also explored the baths at Fontana spa which was very relaxing too and not as crowded as Blue Lagoon. We ended up sticking to the itinerary for most of the days and managed to see most of the beautiful sites with enough time to spare and relax too. The hotels were all lovely with included breakfast; we loved the Foss hotel glacier Lagoon and the Little Geysir Hotel. The tours we signed up for (Zodiac boat tour and Ice cave tour) were both fantastic. I hope to visit Iceland again!

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6 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & Diamond Beach

4.8 average rating | 23 reviews

6 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & Diamond Beach

Choosing a self-drive tour of Iceland may seem a bit too adventurous for some people - but really it's the best and only way to explore this amazing country. We had an unforgettable time driving around the south coast and seeing all the sights. The car (we went for a comfort 4x4) was fantastic, pickup and drop off from the rental company was smooth, the accommodation along the route was well placed and had everything we could have asked for. The Guide to Iceland team - especially Francisco - were quick to respond to any questions that we had and were very helpful during the booking process. The feeling of ongoing support was really nice to have once we arrived, and the itinerary was perfect for how many days we were in Iceland. It's great to have their local expertise, but obviously with a self drive tour you can go where you want, when you want to. It was the perfect balance. The only problem: We didn't book a long enough trip! There is so much to see and do, so we will have to return very soon and will definitely book with Guide to Iceland again.

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10 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | The Circle of Iceland

5 average rating | 2 reviews

10 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | The Circle of Iceland

The entire tour was incredible. The accommodations, although budget, were excellent and adequate. Breakfast was included at nearly every stop and the food available was great. The car, a 4x4 comfort automatic, felt safe to drive over gravel roads and through some patches of snow and ice and was nice for the two of us to share around the country. But the tour itself was just amazing. It was our first time to Iceland and to have the accommodations and a flexible itinerary planned for us, was super helpful. We did find whale watching in Husavik, which we added on ourselves, and it was really worthwhile, something maybe guide to Iceland could add as an option. We did get the opportunity to see the Northern Lights one night in our two day stay in Lake Myvatn. The weather was also very nice, very little rain, mostly sunny, and warmer (30-50 degrees fahrenheit), so we lucked out there (early-mid April 2018). Also our flight was delayed a day due to weather, but GTI allowed us to continue on the second day and even rescheduled our Blue Lagoon booking for a different day (so we only missed out on one hotel). Would highly recommend using Guide to Iceland!

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7 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour | Destination Ice Cave

4.8 average rating | 92 reviews

7 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour | Destination Ice Cave

Just came back from the tour and everything was great. The whole trip was well organised and we were also very lucky with the weather .... I'm sorry to say it is of great importance. We started early and I strongly recommend to do that to beat the biggest crowds. Do double check the roads while you have Wifi as the GPS took us on a closed road and we ended up doing a little 100 km detour... We had the comfort package and all hotels were great except the last one. First five nights were all at nice clean hotels but the last one in Reykjavik was at the Fosshotel Baron, great location but not very updated or clean. Definitely not a comfort hotel but more of a budget. As many others noted food is expensive, even if you eat hamburgers and pizza. I would absolutely recommend to book with Guid to Iceland as this tour really gets yo to see the major attractions. We drove 1600 km in 5 days so get ready to drive :-)

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perfect tour to (re)discover Southern Iceland through its beautiful winter colors, with enough time to go off the beaten tracks and to avoid the crowd.

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It was an amazing experience during the iceland tour, we also saw the spectacular northernlight. The itinerary was well organized, very clear and accordance with what we expected, especially for us that lived in tropical country. Thanks to *guide to iceland*

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6 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & Diamond Beach

4.8 average rating | 23 reviews

6 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & Diamond Beach

Our trip to Iceland was fantastic and I could not have been more pleased with the service Guide to Iceland provided. The whole process was effortless. Within 24 hours of my booking the tour, Natan emailed me with a few questions--once I had answered them he sent the itinerary and vouchers within another couple of days. Picking up the car, checking in and out of the hotels, etc. was smooth and hassle-free. The information provided in the itinerary about all of the attractions and locations was helpful and added to our enjoyment of the places we visited. I loved that the coordinates for each location were included, as the car's GPS wasn't always able to locate our destination by name alone. Also, the itinerary was well organized in general--driving time and sightseeing time were well spaced out so there was never a day with too much time in the car, or not enough to do, etc. For reference, we went with the middle option (comfort) for both hotels and the car. I was especially glad we got an SUV, as we did have snow/ice on occasion and were on unpaved roads at times as well. We had a fantastic time and it could not have been easier, thanks to Guide to Iceland!

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6 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & Diamond Beach

4.8 average rating | 23 reviews

6 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & Diamond Beach

We had an amazing and unforgettable trip in Iceland! Everything, including the weather, went very smoothly and we felt very lucky for that! The location of our ice cave tour had to change due to glacial flooding at the original cave which was very disappointing. GuideToIceland was quick to notify us the day before to urgently advise the new location to ensure that we’re on track with our trip. All the comfort accommodation arranged for us were splendid, properly equipped with Wi-Fi and a kettle (which we were very reliant on throughout the trip) and easy to get to. I was very impressed with the itinerary created by GuideToIceland as it had everything we needed including destination coordinates! Embla, our tour guide, was very helpful and responsive to our endless stream of questions. She provided us with the assurance and answers we needed and wasn’t too pushy with anything. She was very accommodating to all of our requests and changes to our tour as well. I was very happy with her service! One thing that I would suggest as a room for improvement with the overall experience, is perhaps someone could check up on us when we were in Iceland during our trip to ensure that we were OK and on track with the tour. All in all, We’ll be back for the Northern Region of Iceland and will definitely engage Embla or GuideToIceland to arrange our trip!

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7 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour | Destination Ice Cave

4.8 average rating | 92 reviews

7 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour | Destination Ice Cave

Guide to Iceland was excellent to work with. The tour was very well arranged, all reservations went off without a hitch. David was prompt to reschedule a tour when requested. The hotels were all top-notch, and at the IcelandAir Hotel in Vik, we clearly had the best room in the whole place. The itinerary summaries were really helpful and all of the tips and tricks were great. I highly recommend reading up on driving habits in Iceland (how to pass on 2 lane highways, right of ways for traffic circles, etc), as it is a bit different from US and other parts of Europe. The 4x4 Toyota from MyCar was nearly brand-new, had winter studded tires, and served us very well. Guide to Iceland was a great way to make a well-organized visit to Iceland. It was especially nice though to go off the list to some less crowded hikes and sites as well. Thanks!

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6 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & Diamond Beach

4.8 average rating | 23 reviews

6 Day Winter Self Drive Tour | Jokulsarlon, Ice Cave & Diamond Beach

We just got back from an amazing trip with Guide to Iceland! We upgraded to the Comfort package and were very satisfied with our accommodations. Guide to Iceland was really flexible and helped us change some of the details of our itinerary to match our interests with no problems! It was great knowing that we had a contact person to call if we needed assistance while we were there. Everything went smoothly from the airport pick-up to the excursions, to the awesome rental car. We had a blast and I would definitely travel with them again. We ran into some bad weather and Guide to Iceland was great about emailing us to update us on possible excursion cancellations and our options. It was the perfect balance to have a company take care of all the details for us, but still have the freedom to drive where we wanted to and see what we wanted to see without being stuck on a tour bus. Highly recommended!

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This was truly a trip of a life time!!! We spent 13 days (12 + 1 extra) driving around this wonderful country visiting most of the recommended places, without any boring moment. The temperature was about right, from -3 to +7 degree celcius. But the wind...oh how string! Once the maximum speed reached 70 kph. But it was fun!!! I had only little previous winter driving experience, but the conditions of the roads were good enough, and there were not many cars out of Reykjavik. One only needs to be very careful and makes decent decisions. The days were long enough to visit places and the nights were great for Northern Lights. We saw this amazing phenomena 6 out of 12 nights. One night, it was so strong that we were able to take pictures with Samsung Note 8 in automatic mode, with clear picture of our faces too!!! We visited national parks, volcanos, geothermal areas, glaciers, waterfalls, geysir, lava fields, black sand beaches, etc... We also take many optional tours, which make our schedule to be rather full. But they proved to be worthwhile. Where else can you snorkelling between two continents, hiking on a glacier, visiting ice cave, lava tube cave and watching whales? What one needs to do is a lot of homework beforehand and rearranges places and time of how to visit. The places in the itinerary are not always in the order where you can go. And you do not have the time to see them all, especially with optional tours previously mentioned. We upgraded to the luxury car and quality accommodations. All were OK. A few comments are that the room at Foss Hotel Glacier Lagoon was very small. And at Seydisfjodur, where there are four different locations of the hotel Aldan buildings, we should have been informed before arriving. Actually, we knocked on one of the buildings door without any answer, so we needed to give the hotel a ring for their instruction. In Iceland, there is no bell boy. So you'd better pack a few small bags rather than a big one. The food tastes great. The portion is large in most places. The price was on high side. A lot of fish, seafood and meat, little vegetable. My favourites were smoked lamb and horse meat. The water tastes great, in fact, the best ever. Overall, our experiences during the 13 days were beyond expectations. We have been travelling to several countries, including the part of North Pole. Iceland is so unique that this trip will be a favourite in our fond memories.

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