Summer Self Drive Tours
Summer Self Drive tours allow visitors to travel at their own pace, enjoying the long daylight hours as the Midnight Sun glows overhead. With vehicle rentals, activities and accommodation booked in advance, self drives are perfect for travellers looking to discover Iceland during the summer months.

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Summer Self Drive Tours

Summer Self Drive tours allow visitors to travel at their own pace, enjoying the long daylight hours as the Midnight Sun glows overhead. With vehicle rentals, activities and accommodation booked in advance, self drives are perfect for travellers looking to discover Iceland during the summer months.
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10 Day Self Drive Tour | Top Ring Road Attractions & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Make the most of your time in Iceland with this extensive 10-day, self-drive tour. Over the course of your adventure, you will discover all the popular natural wonders Iceland has to offer, and many sights you may not even know exist. This self-drive package helps you save money without sacrificing anything! It circles the Ring Road, taking you around the whole country, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and the famous Golden Circle. Better yet, it offers full comfort, - your accommodation will always have an ensuite bathroom and breakfast is included. Best of all, you choose where to drive, and when to leave. There are no bus schedules or impatient tour guides to worry about. You're free to spend as much time in each spot as you'd like. At Guide to Iceland, we want you to experience the best of the natural beauty this country has to offer. We hope you’ll leave feeling revitalised and exhilarated by the beauty of the Icelandic landscape. To help with this, we've handpicked hidden locations across the land where you can be almost entirely alone, far from noisy people or busy streets. These are included in our travel plan, which you'll receive after you book.  Customise your vacation during booking so that it's exactly what you've been dreaming of. On your way around the Golden Circle, snorkel in the space between two continental plates, go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier or explore the inside of a volcanic magma chamber (if you're here between May and November). You can also take a tour to an ice cave in Mýrdalsjökull glacier, and visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa. Furthermore, you can hike a glacier, or board a ship to see the giants of the deep in the whale-watching capital of Europe. You can also get the lay of the land with a horse riding trek, journey into dark lava caves, or even walk inside man-made channels within Langjökull glacier. You can get all of these excursions at a reduced price if you book them alongside this tour. Check out how many stunning sights and activities you can see and do in Iceland on this amazing trip! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
100 reviews

Duration:
10days
Available:
May. - Aug.
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7 Day Self Drive Tour | South and West Coast & the Golden Circle

Hit the road and see all of Iceland's most popular destinations on this awe-inspiring 7-day self-drive tour. This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to make their own choices about where to go and what to do in Iceland, without worrying about tour guides or other people in a group. Highlights include Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon on the south coast, Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west, the capital city Reykjavík, the famous Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. All accommodation will come with an ensuite bathroom and, of course, breakfast is included so that you will lodge in full comfort during your stay. Although these sites are the most well-renowned, Guide to Iceland wants to help you find those unusual places where you can withdraw from the masses and get back to nature. The unique itinerary you will receive after booking, therefore, with attractions hand-picked by local experts, will help you find beauty and solitude within this country, and have an experience like no one else's.  You'll be visiting all three national parks in Iceland. You'll also get to see plenty of waterfalls, black sandy beaches, glaciers, volcanoes, and hot springs around every curve of the road. You can even add more activities, to make a fabulous combination of sightseeing and adventures. Before visiting Snæfellsnes Peninsula, you can explore a magma chamber of a volcano and on your way around the Golden Circle, you can snorkel in the divide between continents at Silfra gorge, or snowmobile on the ice cap of Langjökull. To top it off, all these fantastic adventures can be added to your holiday. To sweeten the deal, we also offer those who add these excursions to their Self Drive upon the time of booking a special, discounted price, making it budget friendly, and adding some thrill to your travels. You can take a boat tour around Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, strap on your crampons and go into an ice cave on Mýrdalsjökull glacier, or hike across the ridges of the glaciers Sólheimajökull or Skáftafellsjökull. On this trip, there is plenty of time to make the most of these incredible opportunities. Book now to see all Iceland's most popular spots, and to have the holiday of a lifetime. Check availability now, by choosing a date. 
4.8
42 reviews

Duration:
7days
Available:
Apr. - Aug.
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8 Days / 7 Nights Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & Golden Circle

Book now and secure yourself eight days and 7 nights in the land of ice and fire. This road trip is for anyone who likes to go where the wind takes them, rather than having tour guides in control. Using the Ring Road as your guide, you'll see as many of the country's natural wonders as can be fitted into eight days, including the capital city of Reykjavík, the world-famous Golden Circle sightseeing route, and Akureyri, 'the Capital of the North.' You'll also visit Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the beautiful Lake Mývatn, waterfalls, volcanoes, rural towns and countless other attractions.  During the booking process, you can also add some exciting activities to your trip at a discounted price. Daredevils can go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier, hike on a glacier or snorkel between two continents in Þingvellir National Park. Nature enthusiasts can join the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon boat tour, go whale watching off Húsavík town, ride an Icelandic horse through the countryside, explore the dark places of the Earth on a caving tour, or venture inside the glistening white halls of a glacier. There is even the chance to descend into the vividly coloured magma chamber of a sleeping volcano. And if you want to relax, you can book a trip to the world-famous Blue Lagoon, so you can bask in its soothing azure waters while you're here.  Also to help you relax is the personal itinerary you'll receive upon booking. There you'll find many spots where you can be virtually alone, at incredible locations most visitors have never heard of. You'll also find in the itinerary, information of you full-comfort accommodation which will include an ensuite bathroom and breakfast. So do not hesitate, grab the wheel and this unique opportunity to create the perfect stay in Iceland; exploring the all-time attractions of the Ring Road as well its hidden gems at your own pace. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.8
92 reviews

Duration:
8days
Available:
May. - Aug.
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5 Day Self Drive Tour | Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Book this self-drive tour and visit Iceland's most famous attractions, including the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and many of Iceland's most famous waterfalls. Having your own car gives you the freedom to explore the most popular destinations of Iceland the way you would like, without having to worry about a tour guide or others in your group. You'll travel in full comfort throughout your trip. All lodgings will have an ensuite bathroom and breakfast will always be included, so you will be able to rest comfortably between your days of adventure.  On the first day, collect your car and head to the capital city, Reykjavik. You'll have the evening to decompress from your flight and settle in. If you like, you can relax at the world-famous Blue Lagoon before you go ahead to the city.  You'll begin the proper adventure on the second day, by driving around the Golden Circle. You're in the driver's seat, so spend the day doing what you'd like. Visit the foundation of Icelandic history, Þingvellir, see the geysers, and enjoy the famous Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss. Further along on your trip, you will travel alongside the infamous glacier and volcano Eyjafjallajökull, and past the stunning Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. The highlight of the South Coast is the otherworldly Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can sail among great icebergs, and walk along where they have stranded at the nearby Diamond Beach. A boat trip around the glacier lagoon is just one option you can add to your stay. You can also go horse riding, glacier hiking, snowmobiling, and even on a trip inside the ice caves. All these adventures are at your fingertips, and if reserved with the tour booking, they come at a special, discounted price, to help you add more excitement to your arctic holiday.  We understand that you are visiting Iceland to experience nature at its best, and to escape the city and its crowds. That is why we have included hidden gems and spectacular attractions not known to many others on this tour. The itinerary we'll provide you with will ensure you don't miss a thing. So don't hesitate; jump on this opportunity to see some of Iceland's best attractions in just five days! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
31 reviews

Duration:
5days
Available:
Apr. - Aug.
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7 Day Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road of Iceland

Make the most of just one week in Iceland on this 7-day, self-drive tour. You'll drive the complete circle around Iceland to all the highlights while having plenty of time to explore the capital. This tour is the perfect combination of nature-loving outdoor fun and the comforts of Iceland's most beautiful historic cities: Reykjavík and Akureyri in the north. On a self-drive tour, you can control where you go and what you see. There are no tour guides or other guests to worry about on this trip - you're in the driver's seat. You will travel the Ring Road around the whole of Iceland and visit two national parks, see some of Iceland's prettiest fishing villages, and in between, marvel over countless waterfalls, volcanoes, craters, mountains and hot springs. At the end of the day you will rest in full comfort with an ensuite bathroom and of course, breakfast is included at all accommodations. The Ring Road will get you to the most famous of all Iceland’s attractions, but most visitors seek to escape the crowds on their travels as well. There are many secret locations which will allow you to break free of that tourist feeling and get back to nature. You will receive a special itinerary after you book, full of hidden gems and old favourites so that your holiday will be second to none.   You can also add some extra activities to your tour during the booking process at a discounted price. There are options such as snowmobiling, glacier hiking, visiting the Blue Lagoon, and a boat tour around Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon you can add onto your trip. The summer days in Iceland are long, so make the most of them by starting early and finishing late—you won't ever need to reach a destination 'before it gets dark' since during the season of the midnight sun it doesn't get dark; between the months of May and August.  Pack in as much stunning scenery as you can with this 7-day self-drive tour! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.8
34 reviews

Duration:
7days
Available:
May. - Oct.
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6 Day Self Drive Tour | The Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Explore the best of Iceland on this affordable 6-day self-drive package. This tour takes you from the world-famous Blue Lagoon, through the vibrant capital city of Reykjavik, up the beautiful south coast, around the Golden Circle, and all the way to the incredible Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.  You are behind the wheel on this self-drive so you can jam every minute with beautiful scenery, local hot spots, and historical landmarks, or you can choose a few must-see locations and go slowly, taking time to meet the locals and to set up gorgeous photos.  To make sure your holiday is both relaxing and full of adventure, you will lodge in full comfort, with an ensuite bathroom and breakfast included. On this tour, you will see incredible sights, including the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the fascinating rift valley of Þingvellir, and landmarks like Gullfoss waterfall and Reynisfjara beach. The tour is crowned, however, by an afternoon at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can watch seals rest on and frolic around beautiful icebergs, as they break from a glacier and float serenely to the ocean.  It is important for most travellers that they experience the real Iceland, and feel its history within the stunning nature. To help you with this, you will receive a custom itinerary after who book, which will draw your attention to a few unique spots that will allow you to relax without the crowds, and take in the true desolate beauty of this country.  Don't forget to take a look at the extra activities during booking. You can go hiking; ice caving; snorkelling; horse-riding; snowmobiling; and even descend into an empty magma chamber of a volcano. There are near endless options for those with a taste for adventure, and to top it off, they all come at a special price when included in this tour upon the time of booking.  From spectacular mountain hikes to black sand beaches, waterfalls to the glacier lagoon, this trip has it all. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.8
45 reviews

Duration:
6days
Available:
Apr. - Aug.
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14 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle of Iceland & The Westfjords

Book this two-week tour of Iceland’s Ring Road and the Westfjords and experience the very the best that Iceland has to offer. Aside from the most popular areas in the country, you will zigzag through the remote regions, and see many charming, lesser-known locations most visitors do not get the chance to. You'll travel in full comfort, even in the remote and wild Westfjords, always with private facilities and breakfast included at your accommodation.  Many visitors come to Iceland to savour time in the fresh air and take in the magnificence of this country's landscapes without the crowds. Guide to Iceland will, therefore, provide you with a custom itinerary after you book, allowing you to escape back to nature and discover places most have never heard of. With accommodation in the best locations, you can enjoy Iceland to the fullest.  Not only this, but you will also see all the famous sights. This tour includes a trip around the Golden Circle, and a journey of the beautiful South Coast, to the Jökulsárlon glacier lagoon. This way, you get to experience a perfect blend of Iceland's most popular destinations, and its least known secrets.  You can add extra activities during booking so that you won't miss any fun during your stay. As you pass through the Golden Circle, you can stop to snorkel in Silfra fissure in Þingvellir national park. If you're captivated by the glaciers, you can take a hike up one, descend into an ice cave on another or snowmobile across their ancient ice. Or if you want to relax, you can book a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon spa. You can spin around Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon on a boat, or go sea angling or whale watching in the North. To take it easy, you can trail ride on an Icelandic horse or sail the coast in search of puffins. The opportunities are endless and if you book in combination with this tour, you can look forward to reduced costs than if you booked on the day. Reserve this trip now for a complete experience of the wonders of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
26 reviews

Duration:
14days
Available:
May. - Oct.
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8 Day Summer Self Drive Tour | West & South Coast In-Depth

Take your time getting to know all that Iceland's south and west coasts have to offer on this slow-paced self-drive tour. This is the perfect hassle-free vacation for those who want to explore Iceland's attractions in depth. On this 8-day tour, you'll have ample time to explore the Golden Circle and the attractions of Iceland's South Coast, including the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón, various waterfalls, black sand beaches and picturesque little towns. This itinerary also includes some downtime in Reykjavík and time to enjoy the best of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often named 'Iceland in miniature' due to its diverse natural attractions. On your route, you'll visit all three National Parks of Iceland, and you'll want to have plenty of time to enjoy each one, so on this holiday you'll never feel rushed, especially as it never gets fully dark and you can use the lingering days to explore long into the nighttime. As you are behind the wheel, you are in control of how long you stay at each attraction, but by spending two nights in the same accommodation, you can fully explore the area surrounding you. Instead of rushing through each part of Iceland and only skimming the surface of available attractions you'll have both two nights on the Golden Circle, as well as two nights on the South Coast. To help you make the most of each location, there are optional add-on tours in each area, as diverse as glacier hiking and exploring ice caves, to relaxing in modern spa retreats. Other options include exploring the depths of Iceland's volcanic lava caves, whale and bird watching, snorkelling between continents or pumping up your adrenaline on a snowmobile drive across a glacier! All of these come at a discounted price if you book them now. Don't wait any longer and book this 8-day in-depth tour of west and south Iceland now! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
19 reviews

Duration:
8days
Available:
Apr. - Aug.
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4 Day Summer Self Drive Tour | The Golden Circle & Vik

Go for a whirlwind self-drive tour of Iceland's most fabulous attractions with this short holiday plan in Iceland. This 4-day itinerary is for anyone who doesn't have a lot of time to spare in their busy schedule but still longs to relax and see the most famous sights in Iceland at their own speed under the midnight sun. This self-drive tour takes you through sites like the Golden Circle and the Kerið eruption crater, where you’ll find Iceland's most important historical and geological wonders. The Ring Road will take you along the South Coast, past two stunning waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, before you reach the impressive black sands of Reynisfjara beach and the small town of Vík. After you arrive in the country, you can choose to have a rejuvenating soak in the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa on your way to the coolest capital in Europe, Reykjavík. There are also other extra activities you can add on to make your journey even more special, and by booking them now, you'll get these excursions at a discounted price. You can try out a snorkelling tour in Silfra gorge or scale an ice cap on a glacier hike. You can descend into a unique ice cave, zoom across Langjökull glacier on a snowmobile or ride one of the charming Icelandic horses. The choice is yours. Upon booking, you’ll receive a personal itinerary created by a local travel expert, so you can experience the best of the natural world in Iceland. You’ll be guided to some of the country’s most popular spots as well as the hidden retreats only the elves know about. Furthermore, all lodgings on the tour are in full comfort, always with an ensuite bathroom and a full continental breakfast. So don’t hesitate! Treat yourself to an incredible trip in Iceland with this 4-day summer self-drive tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
6 reviews

Duration:
4days
Available:
Apr. - Aug.
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Two Weeks Road Trip in Iceland During Summer

Immerse yourself in the Icelandic nature as you travel the Ring Road, circling the entire country as well as the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the remote Westfjords. Soak in Iceland's many hot springs and hidden natural pools across the countryside while driving between all the best locations in Iceland on this 15-day summer self-drive tour.  Along the Ring Road, you'll come across impressive sights such as Skógafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls, Eyjafjallajökull glacier, the spectacular Lake Mývatn, and Iceland's many black sand beaches. You'll enjoy both the rural and unspoilt landscapes of the Westfjords as well as the Golden Circle and all three National Parks of Iceland.  You can choose to kickstart each day with a swim in the local pool, break up the trip midday for a quick dip in a natural hot spring, or end it with a relaxing soak in a tranquil spa. Each day will have different options for you to explore. You're behind the wheel, so you can choose your own path without being bound by a guide. You can stay away from groups and make this a family oriented or a romantic holiday, depending on your own interests. With this tour, you will have a personal planner and a 24/7 contact to your travel agent in case you need to alter your plans and perhaps add on a glacier hike all of a sudden. Besides glacier hiking, there are other great additional activities available. You can try snowmobiling, ice climbing, ice caving or whale watching, as well as all the hot springs, pools and spas you will find en-route. And if you also want to explore the colder waters, then snorkelling in Silfra is not to be missed! Take the plunge and get to know Iceland's wonders in depth during the summertime. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.5
4 reviews

Duration:
15days
Available:
May. - Oct.
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5.0
3 reviews

Duration:
10days
Available:
May. - Aug.
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6 Day Summer Self Drive Tour | Circle of Iceland

Drive the whole circle around Iceland in only six days. If you don't have much time but still want to see as much of Iceland as possible, then this trip around the country is your best bet. It involves a lot of driving, but you are behind the wheel and can forget about the pressures of tour guides and other group members.  To make your holiday relaxing as well as adventurous, you will lodge in full comfort with an ensuite bathroom and breakfast included around Iceland, so you can be certain that you will rest well between days of adventure. On this trip, you will get to enjoy Iceland's most famous highlights, such as the Golden Circle, Reykjavík, and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. If you wish to avoid the crowds as well, however, to enjoy Iceland's peaceful, secluded places, you are in luck; you will receive a custom itinerary after you book, which will show you locations off the beaten path where you can truly get back in touch with nature. You'll see many impressive waterfalls, geothermal areas, volcanoes, lakes, glaciers and charismatic Icelandic towns as you travel. The south, east, north, and west are all dramatically different from each other, so instead of focusing on one area, you'll get to know it all, one region after another. Make the most of the long summer days and start early in the mornings and finish late at night. You should feel more energetic in the constant sunshine, and even if you do not, the spectacular scenery and beautiful fresh air will jolt your senses awake.   During the booking process, you can also add more exciting activities to fill the sunny days, such as cruising the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, buzzing along an ice cap on a snowmobile, descending into a stunning ice cave, hiking the glacier at Skaftafell, or unwinding in the Blue Lagoon. You can even take a tandem paragliding flight over the incredible South Coast. The benefit of booking these extra activities alongside your tour is that you can look forward to significantly discounted prices which would not be available should you book such excursions independently. Jump on this opportunity to see all parts of Iceland in record time. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
11 reviews

Duration:
6days
Available:
May. - Sep.
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12 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle of Iceland & National Parks

Embark on a magical 12-day tour of Iceland. See all the famous attractions, and discover some secret, unspoilt treasures on this self-drive trip of a lifetime. You'll see the famous Golden Circle, the incredible Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, all three of Iceland's national parks, the Eastfjords, West-Iceland, and so much more. The beauty of this self-drive is that you are behind the wheel, so there are no tour guides, meeting points, or other groups to worry about. You go wherever you want, decide when you arrive, and when you leave. All the accommodation is set for full comfort, you will have ensuite bathrooms and breakfast is always included. Many people visit Iceland to experience nature at its best. That's why you will receive a custom-made itinerary, listing places not known to many others, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in Iceland's untouched landscapes. You will receive this plan, sculpted by local experts, after you book. To add some extra adventure to your trip, you can choose to book additional activities with this self-drive at a discounted price. These include snorkelling in Silfra gorge, boating across Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, hiking on or snowmobiling across a glacier, caving, whale watching and horse-riding—and you can even take a walk inside a glacier or descend into the magma chamber of a dormant volcano.  Venture on the holiday you have always dreamt of. Enjoy the beautiful summer doing what you love, and explore every region of Iceland with this complete trip! Check the booking availability by choosing a date.
4.8
13 reviews

Duration:
12days
Available:
May. - Oct.
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5 Day Self Drive Tour | Wonders of West Iceland

Chart your own course on this fabulous self-drive tour of the quaint villages and magnificent landscape on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, and take a closer look at the mystical Snæfellsjökull glacier. You'll also visit the largest hot spring in Europe, and can learn about Snorri Sturluson, Iceland's most famous historian and saga writer, at the Snorrastofa Cultural Research Centre in Reykholt.  Enjoy the unusual geology of the peninsula and walk the spectacular trails in Iceland. Impressive volcanic cliffs line the shore, filled with birds nesting. You can hike to the best photography spots, or breathe the sea air on black beaches. Choose some extra excursions, including exploring a lava tube cave, snorkelling in Silfra or snowmobiling on Langjökull. You can even enter some man-made tunnels carved into the side of this glacier, or unwind in the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon. All these activities come at a special discounted rate if reserved upon the time of booking, making it a perfect way to not only add some excitement to your holiday, but also keep it budget friendly. Tailor all your activities to your desires. When people think of Iceland, they imagine peaceful mornings hiking a glacier and snow drifting on the mountains, staying away from crowds of people.  We love Iceland too, and want to share its secrets with you. On this tour, you can relax and be virtually alone in some of the hidden gems listed in the tailor-made itinerary you'll get as part of your vacation package. Seize this chance to visit the Snæfellsnes peninsula, and do as many extra activities as you like! Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
1 review

Duration:
5days
Available:
Apr. - Aug.
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7 day Summer Self Drive Tour of Iceland with time in the Highlands

Escape to the road less travelled this summer with this 7-day self-drive tour of Iceland with some time in the remote highlands. This itinerary is perfect for those who want to see the most popular attractions in Iceland but would also like to take in some of the hidden gems the country has to offer. This adventure will begin as soon as you land in Iceland. Your car will be waiting for you at Keflavik International Airport. You will be provided with a 4x4 vehicle that is ideally suited to handle both the famous Ring Road and the remote Highland route.  Once you pick up your car, you will travel through the moonscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Along the way, you can choose to make a stop at the incredible Blue Lagoon Spa to soak away any tension from the flight. Then it’s on to Iceland’s capital Reykjavik. You will then spend the next few days exploring some of the must-see spots around the country. You will begin by travelling along the enchanting South Coast, with its famous waterfalls, Black Sand Beaches, glaciers and famous sites Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and the quaint town of Vik. You will then make use of your 4x4 as you venture into the untouched Highlands of Iceland. This part of the country transports you to another world. The Highlands is an area filled with magnificent sweeping landscapes of rhyolite mountains and geothermal activity. This area has a colour palette, unlike any other place in the world and is home to some of the most impressive hiking trails around.  You will then embark on a journey to discover Iceland’s most popular sightseeing route, The Golden Circle. This is a combination of three must-see attractions; Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park and the Geysir Geothermal Area. To top it all off you will then visit the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, affectionately referred to as Iceland in miniature due to the wide variety of the country’s natural landscapes contained in a relatively small area.  You will also have plenty of time to soak up the busy and culturally thriving city of Reykjavik with its bustling nightlife rich history.  There’s plenty of opportunities to add further adventure during the booking process. You could choose to take in some thrills like snowmobiling, glacier hiking, ice caving or visiting a lava tunnel. You could snorkel between tectonic plates, or even venture into the ocean in search of sushi of the Viking waters. Your accommodation and itinerary are taken care of so you can truly take this once-in-a-lifetime adventure at your own pace. This is the perfect chance to see the unbelievable natural beauty of Iceland while also visiting areas that are off the beaten path, for a thrilling vacation that will create life-long memories.  Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the abundant natural beauty of the land of fire and ice with this 7-day adventure. Pick a date to check availability.  

Duration:
7days
Available:
Jun. - Sep.
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8 Day Summer Self-Drive | Deep into the South Coast of Iceland with a Taste of Highlands

Discover Iceland on your own terms with this fantastic 8-Day Summer Self Drive tour, exploring some of Iceland’s most beautiful regions, including the South Coast and the Icelandic Central Highlands. Those wanting to relax and fully unravel each of Iceland’s impressive natural features should not let this opportunity pass them by. Both the South Coast and the Central Highlands are widely considered to be two of Iceland’s most picturesque regions, characterised by their towering cliff sides, cascading waterfalls and mountainous peaks, all illuminated under the omnipresent Midnight Sun. Throughout the eight days, you travel to some of the most stunning natural vistas you’ve ever laid eyes on, with stops at Reynisfjara black-sand beach, Skaftafell Nature Reserve and “the Crown Jewel of Iceland”, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. You will also have the opportunity to see two of Iceland’s National Parks, Þingvellir and Vatnajökull, as well as a take a day tour of the moody Central Highlands. Self-drive customers are blessed with a number of unique benefits. For starters, they are able to set their own pace whilst touring, as they are without the pressure of tour groups or guides. They can also customise their pre-arranged itinerary, choosing only the attractions and activities that interest them and add on tours such as a glacier hike or an ice climb, a visit to an ice cave or a helicopter excursion. Self-drive customers will also have 24/7 contact with a personal travel agent who can provide relevant information and answer any queries you may have along the way. This tour is also beneficial thanks to the fact that, for the vast duration, you will spending 2 nights in a row at each of your accommodations. So what are you waiting for? Hurry now and you too can experience eight days of delight on this summer Self-Drive tour to the South Coast and Central Highlands of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8days
Available:
Jun. - Oct.
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11-Day Summer Self-Drive Tour | Explore the Ring Road of Iceland in Depth

Savour your time in Iceland with this in-depth 11-day summer self-drive tour. You’ll get to know Iceland’s Ring Road better than the average traveller, by spending more time exploring the incredible northern region and the phenomenal South Coast of Iceland. Drive the circle of Iceland in a clockwise direction and add or skip as many stops as you see fit. This self-drive itinerary enables you to see all the essentials plus some lesser-known gems, all at a great price! Visiting Iceland in summer is an excellent choice, you’ll experience unforgettable nights in mild weather under the Midnight Sun.  Soak in the legendary Blue Lagoon before heading on the road trip of a lifetime. You'll start with the area sometimes nicknamed ‘Iceland in Miniature’, Snæfellsnes Peninsula for a full day to discover its multitude of natural wonders, before a three-day deep dive into the north of Iceland. This beautiful part of the country is often glossed over in trips around the Ring Road, but this travel plan includes many more charming and lesser-known sights. You’ll explore Akureyri town, Trollaskagi (Troll Peninsula), the Diamond Circle consisting of Myvatn lake, Husavik village and much, much more. Then you’ll have a day to look around the Eastfjords, the quaint villages along the shore are one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets. After driving through the winding roads of the Eastfjords, you will be greeted by the most popular attractions of Iceland that dot the South Coast: Vatnajokull national park, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Skaftafell nature reserve, the town Vik, Reynisfjara black sand beach with its sea stacks, Solheimajokull glacier and of course the waterfalls Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Of course, no trip to Iceland would be complete without the classic Golden Circle; Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area, and Thingvellir National Park, which you’ll visit before heading to Reykjavik city. You’ll have a whole day to soak up the atmosphere of Iceland’s capital city before heading home. You also have the opportunity to add exciting extras to your already fantastic schedule. Activities like whale watching, visiting an ice cave, relaxing in geothermal baths, and going inside a volcano can be added to the appropriate day during the booking process.  This trip is for anyone who wants to explore Iceland in-depth at a comfortable pace. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
11days
Available:
Apr. - Aug.
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5 Day Summer Self Drive | South Coast & The Highlands with Landmannalaugar

Grab this chance to explore must-see destinations and the unique Icelandic Highlands on a 5-day road trip. This self-drive tour gives you the freedom to roam without having to worry about a group or tour guides.  You’ll drive your rental car to visit Iceland’s most famous attractions, including the Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle, and get to know the incredible Icelandic Highlands, all at your own pace. All accommodations and a vehicle will be arranged prior to your arrival, so all you have to worry about is creating amazing memories. On this tour you’ll take the road less travelled, as you journey into the unforgettable highlands of Iceland. You’ll drive through Kaldidalur Valley, a highland passage which has been used for centuries, and explore the Landmannalaugar area which is renowned for its natural beauty. There you’ll marvel at gems like the Laugahraun lava field and Ljótipollur crater lake. In addition to the beautiful highlands you’ll drive up the diverse and beautiful South Coast of Iceland, stopping at landmarks like the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and Skógarfoss, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and, of course, the famous Golden Circle. There are also exciting additional activities available for you to adapt the journey to your preference. These extras include glacier hikes and snowmobile tours, as well as trips to geothermal spas such as the Blue Lagoon. Don’t hesitate, now is your chance to have the experience of a lifetime, on a road trip in Iceland! Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
5days
Available:
Jun. - Sep.
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9 Day Summer Self Drive Tour of the Ring Road of Iceland Clockwise with a focus on the South Coast

Experience the best Iceland has to offer on this 9-day self drive tour around the country with a focus on the South Coast. Witness the natural wonders that have made Iceland one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world, while taking advantage of the long summer days bathed in the midnight sun. This itinerary is perfect for those who want to take it all in, while having the freedom to choose your own adventure. Your tour will begin as soon as you arrive in Iceland. Your vehicle will be waiting for you at Keflavik International Airport, meaning there is no need to worry about transfers. You will then start an incredible 9-day journey.  Travelling clockwise around Iceland’s famous Ring Road you will see the remarkable landscapes and attractions that Iceland is known for. You will begin by leaving the capital of Reykjavik and heading into the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.  You will then head towards the Capital of the North, Akureyri before exploring the geothermally active region of Myvatn. As you then head eastward, you will get a glimpse into the untouched, remote regions of the country that are home to quintessential Icelandic country life. You will explore places of unmatched beauty, full of history. You will then see the magical South Coast starting with Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon before visiting enchanting places like the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and passing through the ever-changing landscapes of the coast. You will see some of the most impressive waterfalls in the world, including Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, before making your way to Iceland’s famous Golden Circle. After all of this, you will then come back to Reykjavik to soak up some more of this vibrant Capital City in the North Atlantic. To add some extra thrill, wonder and adventure to this package, you will be able to add some additional activities during the booking process. You could hike on a glacier, delve into the depths of a volcano, go whale watching in the north, visit the many incredible natural spas and so much more. The icing on the cake with this tour is that your accommodation and itinerary are taken care of in advance, meaning that you can focus on absorbing the life-changing experiences you will have without having to worry about the fine details. This 9-day self drive tour is the perfect way to see the best Iceland has to offer in summer while still having room to go at your own pace. See the wonders of the land of fire and ice, dappled in the almost everlasting light of summer. Don’t miss the chance to create lasting memories with a dream Iceland vacation. Pick a date to check availability.  

Duration:
9days
Available:
Apr. - Oct.
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10 Day Summer Self Drive | Clockwise Circle of Iceland

Take this ten-day, nine-night self-drive vacation to explore all of the main attractions on the ring road of Iceland while having the freedom to choose what else you do and see along the route. This tour is for adventurers and freedom-seekers; those who wish to discover Iceland at their own pace. You will see and experience the very best of Iceland while tailoring the itinerary to suit yourself.  Your rental car and accommodation are organised for you, and you simply have to decide what attractions you’ll visit along the way. Your personalised itinerary will be sent upon booking confirmation. Drive in a clockwise direction and start with the "Iceland in Miniature" peninsula of Snaefellsnes. Nature lovers will rejoice at the stunning landscapes on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, bask in one (or more) of Iceland’s famous geothermal pools and enjoy the long hours for exploring under the midnight sun.  Key attractions you can choose to visit along your route include the lava fields on the Reykjanes Peninsula, remote areas in the East and North, Thingvellir National Park on the famous Golden Circle and the waterfalls and black sand beaches on the South Coast of Iceland. You can also opt to add even more adventure to your trip by selecting extra activities and day tours during the booking process. Choose from whale watching boat tours, glacier hiking and Icelandic horse riding, to name but a few. Explore the land of fire and ice at your own pace on this unforgettable 10-day self-drive tour of the whole ring road. Don’t miss out on experiencing all that Iceland has to offer this summer.  Select dates to check availability.

Duration:
10days
Available:
All year
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8 Day Summer Self Drive Tour | Circle of Iceland with a focus on the South Coast

Take in the top spots of Iceland and more on this 8-day self-drive tour with a focus on the South Coast, where the most famous attractions of Iceland abound. Discover the natural beauty of the country as you travel around the Ring Road in a complete circle from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík; taking advantage of the longer days under the midnight sun. This itinerary is perfect for those who would love to see the full variety of landscapes and attractions Iceland has to offer while having the ability to go at your own pace.  Your tour will begin as soon as you land in Iceland. You won’t have to worry about transfers because you will pick up your car straight from the airport. Then for the next 8 days, you will explore this nation to the fullest. You will visit the must-see attractions around the Ring Road with an in-depth focus on the South Coast. You will begin with the famous Golden Circle; then head south stopping at the incredible waterfalls, pristine coast, staggering cliffs and black sand beaches.  You will visit the otherworldly Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with its floating icebergs, before heading to the untouched Eastfjords. You will then make your way through the geothermal northeast of Iceland, then after stopping in the capital of the north, Akureyri, you will complete your circle, arriving back in Reykjavík. To make this trip even more memorable, you will be able to add extra activities when you book. You could visit the adored Blue Lagoon Spa, take a whale watching tour from Húsavík, go horse riding, hike a glacier, visit an ice cave or delve deep into a volcano. A massive benefit of this vacation is that your itinerary and accommodation are taken care of, so while you’re travelling around the country, you can focus on the sites that spark joy for you and not worry about the finer details. This road trip is a great way to get the most out of your stay in Iceland while still having the freedom to take things at your own pace. Revel in the natural wonders of Iceland bathed in the hues of the midnight sun, making for a truly unforgettable vacation. Don’t miss the chance to make a dream summer vacation in Iceland a reality. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8days
Available:
All year
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3 Day Budget Self-Drive Tour | Hot Springs & The Golden Circle

Spend three days in Iceland exploring the country’s volcanic environment with this affordable self-drive tour. Visit the Golden Circle and spend time relaxing in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, Secret Lagoon or a hot spring river. Any free-spirited traveller who wants to save a buck should grab this opportunity now. You don’t have to worry about being rushed on this tour, as you are behind the wheel, so you get to decide where you go and how long you stay. Upon booking you’ll receive a personal itinerary guiding you to some of the country’s most popular attractions as well as gems hidden in canyons, hot spring areas and lava fields. Over the course of three days, you’ll journey around the moon-like lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula to discover the region’s active environment, and see erupting geysers and cascading waterfalls on the Golden Circle route. At the end of each day, you’ll get to unwind in the naturally warm waters at some of Iceland’s many geothermal pools, lagoons or hot springs. You will also have the choice of hiking through a geothermal valley, where steam rises from the ground as you trek past trickling streams and colourful mountains, or driving along the South Coast to visit some of the country’s most beautiful waterfalls, passing mighty glaciers on the way.  Make the most of your days in Iceland with this immersive self-drive tour that won’t break the bank. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
3days
Available:
Apr. - Aug.
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Going Game of Thrones | Shooting Location 8 Day Circle Self-Drive

Explore all of the filming locations for Game of Thrones in Iceland. This 8-day self-drive tour which will take you full circle around the whole island, visiting famed locations in Iceland and Westeros alike.  This unique self-drive will not only let you experience the wonders of Iceland and all it has to offer, but you get to dive into the fantasy world of George RR Martin, travelling from the Eyrie to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, and even Beyond the Wall itself. You will be able to visit filming locations for many places, all around the island, exploring to your heart's content.    This Ring Road tour is perfect for fans of the series, and also showcases all the best attractions Iceland has to offer, visiting famous sites such as the Golden Circle, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Lake Mývatn, and the Troll Peninsula. Because this is a self-drive, you can take the attractions at your own pace with a clear itinerary that guides you to all the sights. You are the master of your own voyage, doing the well-planned itinerary at your own speed, able to control your tempo and spend time where your interest is peaked while skipping whatever does not catch your fancy.  The self-drive is planned out for you, with all accommodations set to align with the daily layout, carefully planned so that you can make the most of your day, choosing from various locations to visit. There is also a selection of adventurous activities, from boat trips to glacier hiking, to give you an even better feel of the great fantasy unfolding in this true land of Ice and Fire. So don't delay! Join the wildlings North of the Wall and follow in the footsteps of Jon Snow, Ygritte, Arya and Sansa and many more, exploring Iceland and all it has to offer. Check booking availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8days
Available:
May. - Sep.
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About Summer Self Drive Tours in Iceland

Summer self drive tours allow you to traverse all of Iceland, following an itinerary compiled by local experts at Guide to Iceland. Your vehicle and accommodation will be arranged before your arrival, and any guided tours or excursions you wish to add to your itinerary can be easily booked during the booking process.

1. Do I need a 4x4 to drive the ring road or to drive to North Iceland in the summer?

In summer, a 4x4 is not necessary, but if you drive on mountain roads (F-Roads), at any time of year, you will need a four-wheel-drive car.

2. Can I extend my stay in Reykjavik by one night at the end of my trip?

Yes, once you have booked your trip, you will be allocated a dedicated travel agent who will help you to customise your trip in Iceland.

3. If I wish to extend my stay, when do I have to return the car to the airport?

For a small fee, your booking agent can extend your car rental agreement so you will return your car to the airport on your departure day. It is also possible to arrange to drop-off your car rental in the city of Reykjavik, instead of at the airport.

4. Will I see the northern lights?

The northern lights are visible in the darker months. The earliest they can be seen is in mid-August, and the latest is at the end of April. However, the peak season is September to April. Some summer self drive tours are operational throughout September and so the chances of catching sight of the aurora are far greater, as northern lights activity increases.

5. I noticed that the car insurance is standard. Can I get a full coverage instead?

The car insurance package includes Collision Damage Waiver, Super Collision Damage Waiver and Gravel Protection as standard.This is the best coverage and the most limited liability payment option available. It is also possible to add Sand and Ash Protection, which is recommended if you intend to travel along the windy, sandy, South Coast. Please contact your booking agent for further advice.

6. Can I change the activities on my tour after I’ve made the initial payment?

Yes, you can add or alter the activities after booking by contacting your travel agent. Because of high demand, however, it is highly recommended that you book your extras as far in advance as possible.

7. Is it possible to book a 4, 5, or 6-day tour instead?

The duration of our summer self drive tours range from 3 to 14 days, while the duration of winter self drive tours ranges from 2 to 12 days. Your assigned travel agent will fit your self drive tour to your flights and time frame as well as possible.

8. We are a group of 6 to 10 people. How many people can one vehicle accommodate?

A seven-seater vehicle can be arranged, but you can also book two or more cars. If you wish to add more cars to your booking, simply contact your travel agent.

9. How long is the ring road and how are the road conditions?

The ring road is around 1,300 km (800 mi) long, but the total distance you drive will depend on the specifics of your journey. The entire ring road is paved and easy to navigate. Road conditions in Iceland are generally good in the summer months, however, it is advisable to check the road conditions before setting out on your journey.

10. Is it possible to change my accommodations from hotels to Airbnb?

No, unfortunately, we do not offer Airbnb accommodation.

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Summer Driving in Iceland

The roads in Iceland are unique and full of contrasts; you can move through rich lowlands one moment and before you know it, be in winding mountains above the clouds.

The country’s vast and varied landscapes can often be driven through without encountering another soul, and most routes are well maintained and fun to drive.

The summer is a perfect time for this. Since the sun hardly sets, you can look forward to a considerable amount of flexibility from the extra hours of daylight, taking things at your own pace and not having to worry about the evening darkness preventing you from seeing Iceland’s wonders.

Booking your accommodation between tourist attractions also ensures that you have the option of visiting favourite sites outside of peak hours and beating the crowds.

Another perk of summer driving is that many remote parts of the country become accessible. The stunning beauty of the Westfjords and the majestic Highlands is a rare sight to behold, and the vibrant colours and contours of the Icelandic countryside make driving between destinations a sightseeing activity in itself. Mountains and waterfalls materialise on the horizon and disappear in the rearview mirror.

When composing Summer Self Drive Tours, we make the best of local knowledge so that, as you drive around Iceland, you can genuinely get a feeling for all the natural wonders and rich history the country has to offer. We know which cars are suitable for every journey and tailor each trip in a way that ensures that any extra excursions you would like to book can be quickly scheduled.

Take in all of the sights in the warm summer glow and drive yourself around Iceland without organisational worries and solely look forward to the open road.

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