Self-Driving Activities

Self-Driving Activities

While exploring Iceland by car, these fun activities are a perfect addition to your itinerary. Meet on location, have an unforgettable experience, and then continue your journey.
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Why book a self-driving activity?

Booking a self-driving activity in Iceland is a great way to improve your road trip in Iceland. One of the best things about these activities is that they are very easy to add to your travel plans. You simply drive to the location of the activity yourself, participate in the tour, and once it's over, you can continue on your journey through Iceland.

This type of tour is also often cheaper since you are not paying for a pickup from a hotel, you simply arrive on location and enjoy the tour. You can pick the attractions you want to visit without worrying about extra costs. And, because you are on your own, you can spend more time at places you really like.

Iceland is a great place for a self-drive tour around the country. The roads are well-maintained and the signs are easy to understand, so you can enjoy the beautiful sights without stress. You can take your time to see beautiful waterfalls, volcanoes, and other amazing places up close.

So, adding a self-driving activity to your itinerary in Iceland lets you enjoy your trip your way, giving you a chance to see the wonderful nature of Iceland.

Frequently asked questions

What are self-driving activities in Iceland?

Self-driving activities in Iceland refer to various tours where you can drive yourself to the location to engage in a fun activity and then be on your way. These activities do not include a pickup or transfer, but you are expected to meet the tour providers on location. These can be boat tours, glacier hikes, ice caving, and many other activities, but they all have in common that you can easily add to the itinerary of self-drive tours in Iceland.

What are some popular self-driving activities in Iceland?

Some popular self-driving activities in Iceland that you can easily add to your itinerary include taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon, sailing on a zodiac boat on the amazing Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, and exploring the otherwordly ice cave of Vatnajokull glacier. Other activities include going kayaking, horseback riding, dog-sledding, or whitewater rafting down epic rivers.

Can I easily add self-driving activities to my itinerary in Iceland?

Absolutely, self-driving activities can be conveniently added to your itinerary. You can plan your route and select activities that align with your travel path, making it easier to explore different attractions without time constraints.

Are self-driving activities in Iceland budget-friendly?

Yes, self-driving activities can often be more budget-friendly as you are not paying for a pickup from a hotel in Reykjavik that takes you to the destination, you simply drive yourself there and meet on location.

Is it safe to go for self-driving activities in Iceland?

Yes, it's a great way to add a fun activity to your road trip around Iceland. The country has well-maintained roads and clear signages. However, always check the weather and road conditions before setting out, and ensure you're familiar with Icelandic driving laws.

What type of vehicle is recommended for self-driving activities in Iceland?

The type of vehicle you choose depends on the season and the routes you plan to take. It is recommended to rent a 4x4 for winter months or if you plan to explore the Highlands. However, a small and cheap rental car is fine for the summer months on well-maintained roads.

Can I go snorkeling in Silfra as a self-driving activity?

Yes, you simply book this 30-minute snorkeling tour in Silfra and meet the tour operator on location in Thingvellir National Park.

Are there any specific driving rules in Iceland I should be aware of?

Yes, always drive with your headlights on, adhere to speed limits (usually 90km/h on paved highways and 80km/h on gravel roads), and do not drive off-road, as it's illegal and harmful to the fragile environment.

Can I do glacier hiking as a self-driving activity?

Yes, glacier hiking is an ideal activity since, in most cases, you are expected to meet on location near the glacier itself. This Skaftafell glacier hiking tour on Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe, is perfect to add to your itinerary.

Are there any self-driving activities in Iceland that get the adrenaline pumping?

Yes, of course! In Iceland, there are plenty of thrilling activities for the adventurous traveler that can easily be added to your self-drive tour around the country. You can try this exhilarating 3-hour glacier snowmobiling tour if you're traveling on the South Coast. If you're in North Iceland, you can go for an exciting whitewater river rafting tour in East Jokulsa River.

Is a rental car necessary for self-driving activities in Iceland?

Yes, as these tours and activities require you to meet the tour operator on location, usually somewhere in the Icelandic countryside, you will need to drive there yourself on your rental car in Iceland. If you don't have a car of your own, it would be better to book day trips from Reykjavik, which include a pickup from your accommodation in the capital and a transfer to the tour destination.

Can I go dog-sledding as a self-driving activity?

Yes, you can go dog-sledding in North Iceland with adorable Siberian and Greenlandic huskies! You simply meet the tour operator on location at the farm where the dogs live.