Self Drive Tours in Iceland

Self Drive Tours in Iceland

Self drive tours allow you to explore Iceland at your own pace. Your accommodation, vehicle and excursions are organized before your arrival as you follow a personalized itinerary.
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Frequently asked questions

What is a self-drive tour in Iceland?

Self-drive tours are designed to give you the freedom to travel at your own pace with your rental car, accommodations, and excursions all booked for you by a personal travel agent.

Can you take a self-drive tour around the entire island of Iceland?

Yes, you can take a self-drive tour in Iceland around the entire island. Iceland's Ring Road goes all the way around the country. This road is well maintained throughout the year, but it is still wise to check the road conditions before you travel each day, especially in the winter.

What are the minimum requirements to rent a car for a self-drive tour in Iceland?

It depends on the Icelandic car rental company. But generally, the minimum age is between 20 and 23 years old. The driver must have held a driver's license 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.

Can you take a road trip in Iceland on your own?

Yes. You can take a road trip around Iceland on your own. Iceland is one of the safest countries to travel through both on your own and with a group and on a self-drive tour at your own pace, there's no shortage of beautiful and unique places to stop along the way around Iceland.

How long does a road trip around Iceland take?

You can road trip around Iceland's Route 1 in as little as 17 hours with no stops, but we don't recommend planning such a rushed trip. Most people prefer to spend 7-14 days on the Ring Road, which should give you plenty of time to stop and take in the sights on your self-drive tour around Iceland.

What are the benefits of a self-drive tour in Iceland?

A self-drive tour in Iceland allows you to explore the country at your own pace and on your own schedule. You have the flexibility to stop and explore attractions that interest you, and you can take as much time as you like at each location. It's also a cost-effective way to see the country, as you don't have to pay for a guide or tours.

Can you self-drive around Iceland in 5 days?

Yes, you can self-drive around Iceland's Route 1 in 5 days, although you might find the road trip a bit rushed to fit in everything you want to see.

Can you self-drive around Iceland in 7 days?

Yes, you can self-drive around Iceland in 7 days and see most of the highlights, although we recommend spending more time on the route to truly experience everything the country has to offer.

Is driving in Iceland difficult?

For experienced drivers, there shouldn't be a problem following Iceland's traffic rules and adjusting to the local driving etiquette. Icelanders are mostly patient and courteous on the road and often give pedestrians the advantage even if it slows the driver down.

During winter, driving conditions can be more difficult due to snow, ice, and storms, so we recommend renting a 4x4 vehicle.

Can I change the dates of my self-drive tour in Iceland after I have booked?

Yes, you can change the dates of your self-drive tour in Iceland, but it depends on tour availability. However, it's important to note that modifying the dates may also result in a change in the overall price.

Can I book the activities on my self-drive tour in Iceland later?

We recommend that you book activities on your self-drive tour in Iceland when you book your trip, but you can also add activities later.

Do I need a special driver's license to drive in Iceland?

To rent a car in Iceland, you must have a driver’s license written in the Latin alphabet or an international driver’s license. Remember to carry the driver’s license with you at all times, as carrying a copy of the license is not enough.

What happens if roads are closed due to weather or a natural disaster, and I can't reach my destination on my self-drive tour in Iceland?

If the roads are closed during your self-drive tour in Iceland, we will assist you with all the necessary arrangements in any way possible. However, our capability depends on the availability of hotels and tours. There might be extra charges if new hotel or tour bookings are needed, but we will always do our best to rebook without any additional costs.

How and where do I pick up my rental car for my self-drive tour in Iceland?

Where you pick up your rental car for your self-drive tour in Iceland will depend on the rental company. Either a car rental representative will be waiting for you in the Keflavik airport arrivals hall or you will take a free shuttle to the car rental service station a short distance away. Be sure to check your voucher for further information.

What are some popular self-drive routes in Iceland?

Some popular self-drive routes in Iceland include the Golden Circle, the South Coast, and the Ring Road. The Ring Road is a popular route that circles the entire country, taking you to many of Iceland's top attractions.

I arrive late at night, will I be able to pick up my car for my self-drive tour in Iceland?

Yes, you will be able to pick up and drop off your car at Keflavik International Airport at any time for your self-drive tour in Iceland.

What kind of car should I rent for a self-drive tour in Iceland?

The type of car you rent for a self-drive tour in Iceland will depend on the season and the locations you plan to visit. For the summer months, renting a small economy car will usually suffice. However, if you plan to explore the Icelandic highlands or visit Iceland during the winter, renting a 4x4 vehicle is recommended to handle the rugged terrain and snowy roads.

I'm traveling with a small child for our self-drive tour in Iceland. Will I be provided with a baby car seat? Are there baby cribs in the hotels?

Yes, we are happy to accommodate families of all sizes on self-drive tours in Iceland. Please provide your travel agent with the ages of the children, and all the necessary arrangements will be made before your arrival.

What should I bring with me on a self-drive tour in Iceland?

It's important to pack for a variety of weather conditions, as Iceland's weather can be unpredictable. Bring warm clothing, waterproof and windproof outer layers, sturdy shoes or boots, and a hat and gloves. It's also a good idea to bring snacks and water, a GPS or map, and a portable phone charger.

Can I add insurance to the rental car for my self-drive tour in Iceland?

Yes, you can add all the insurances that are offered by the car rental company for your self-drive tour in Iceland. Contact your travel agent to inquire about your options and extra costs.

Do I need to book accommodation in advance for a self-drive tour in Iceland?

Yes, you need to have a place to stay as you drive around Iceland. Your accommodations will be included if you book one of our self-drive packages, and you'll have your choice of hotels and guesthouses in each region of the country.

Are there any safety concerns with self-driving in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland can be challenging due to the country's ever-changing weather conditions and rugged terrain. It's important to drive carefully and always pay attention to Iceland's road signs and local weather forecasts. You should also be aware of potential hazards like driving on gravel roads and be mindful of sheep on the road during summer.