Epic 13 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords

Epic 13 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords
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Jump behind the wheel for this 13-day self-drive tour around Iceland! You will get to see everything, from the most popular destinations to the country's most remote reaches. Best of all, there are no worries about bus schedules or departure times on this tour. You get to decide where you go, when you leave, and how long you spend at each location.

To make your journey even smoother, accommodation will be in full comfort, with ensuite bathrooms and continental breakfast included to keep you comfortable between days of adventure. This tour will take you to all parts of the country, including the remote Westfjords. You'll see all the places that you've heard so much about, such as the Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, and the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Not only this, however, but you will receive a custom itinerary shaped by local experts that will ensure you don't miss some spectacular sights that few have even heard about. These places, far from the crowds, are where you can truly immerse yourself in the untouched nature. No part of the island will be unknown to you after this complete tour, and you will return feeling completely refreshed and recharged.

On top of this, there are a variety of activities you can add to the trip. You can visit the Blue Lagoon, snorkel in Silfra gorge, snowmobile across Langjökull glacier, whale watch in the whale-watching capital of Europe, cave inside Viðgelmir lava tube, explore an ice cave in Mýrdalsjökull, hike on Sólheimajökull glacier, horse-ride in the North, and much more!

You'll have plenty of time on this trip to see and do all you have dreamt of; its ample length means that you can build the holiday of your dreams.

Don't miss this amazing 13-day tour of Iceland! Check the availability by choosing a date.

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12 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included. More detailed info below)
Vehicle for 13 days (Toyota Aygo or similar. Upgrades available)
CDW insurance for super budget level vehicle; other levels also include SCDW and gravel protection insurances
Transfer with the ferry Baldur, including 1 car
Detailed itinerary
Personal travel agent
Travelers who book with Guide to Iceland may have a PCR or rapid antigen COVID-19 test prearranged prior to their departure from Iceland, if needed.


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Dag 1
Epic 13 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords - day 1

Dag 1 - Arrival in Iceland & Blue Lagoon

Pick up your car at the international airport in Keflavík before driving to your accommodation in downtown Reykjavík.

On your way to Iceland's capital city, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon, it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today, it can be added to another day. Your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula if you have extra free time.

After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore one of Europe's most diverse cities, so be sure to enjoy the multitude of museums, galleries, restaurants, and bars available.

Spend the night in Reykjavík.

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Dag 2
Epic 13 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords - day 2

Dag 2 - The Golden Circle & Snowmobiling Fun

Day two begins with a short drive inland to Iceland's famous Golden Circle.

Spend the first part of your Golden Circle exploration strolling through the gorge, which marks the separation between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, at the Þingvellir National Park. This site is also steeped in history. Here, Icelanders founded their parliament in 930 AD, converted to Christianity in 1000 AD, and declared their independence from Denmark in 1944. You can also opt for a snorkel tour here.

After that, head to the geothermal valley of Haukadalur, an area with hot springs, steam vents, mud pools, and geysers. The most famous geyser, which lends all the others their name, Geysir itself, is largely inactive. You can watch its neighbor Strokkur erupt every ten minutes to heights of over 66 ft (20 m).

After taking your time in this area, head just down the road to the mighty waterfall Gullfoss. You can walk to a platform right on its edge to truly appreciate its awesome power. You can also add an optional snowmobile tour on Langjökull glacier here.

On this day, you can also take the opportunity to meet and ride a beautiful Icelandic horse.

You'll spend the night within the Golden Circle.

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Dag 3
Epic 13 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords - day 3

Dag 3 - Waterfalls & Black-Sand Beach

Day three sees you begin your journey along Iceland's south coast. Visit the majestic Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which offers incredible views from behind the water, and stop at the equally impressive Skógafoss waterfall. 

A little further down the road, you will reach Sólheimajökull, where you can take an optional glacier hike or snowmobiling tour. Both are exhilarating experiences.

Further along the ring road, near Vík, be sure to admire the black volcanic beach Reynisfjara, along with the dramatic Dyrhólaey rock formations. Vík itself is a charming village and a good place to refuel, stop for a hot cup of coffee , or stretch your legs. You can opt for a tour, departing from Vík, where you visit a stunning ice cave in Mýrdalsjökull glacier. After enjoying the sights and the beach, you can continue on.

Other notable places as you make your way east include the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, as well as the quaint, historical village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Spend the night in the Vík or the Skaftafell area.

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Dag 4
Epic 13 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords - day 4

Dag 4 - Vatnajökull National Park

Day four should be spent enjoying the many sights and optional activities found within the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park. Hiking enthusiasts will be thrilled with the number of tracks and trails, including one that leads to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall. You can opt for another glacier hike here.

Next on the road is the incredible Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can watch icebergs break from a glacial tongue and float serenely towards the ocean. It's a place that has attracted keen photographers for years, and you'll get an even better view if you decide to book an optional amphibious boat or zodiac cruise to get as close to the ice as possible. Look for seals playing in the water or sunning themselves on the rocks. 

After enjoying the lagoon, head to the Diamond Beach. Icebergs wash up on the black sands, offering even more great photo opportunities.

Spend the night in Höfn.

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Dag 5
Epic 13 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords - day 5

Dag 5 - The East in All Its Glory

On day five, you will travel through the incredible East Fjords. As you drive, you will see many idyllic villages hidden at the bottom of deep fjords, nestled between mountain passes and high hills. This area has some of the most remote sites in Iceland, offering lovely opportunities for solitude in glorious nature. It also has a wealth of wildlife. You can see puffins, reindeer, and seals, all as you drive.

You'll zig-zag your way up and down the mountains and reach Egilstaðir township, or one of the neighboring villages, by evening and spend the night there.

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Dag 6
Epic 13 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords - day 6

Dag 6 - Lake Mývatn

On your sixth day, you'll head over the Möðrudalur heights to one of the gems of the Icelandic nature: Lake Mývatn. Highly recommended is a drive through the Jökulsárgljúfur part of Vatnajökull National Park, where you can visit natural attractions such as Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. At Mývatn, you can visit amazing geothermal sites, mystical lava fields, and geothermal baths surrounded by pseudo-craters and tuff volcanos.

After exploring this incredible region, you can take an optional whale watching tour in the nearby village of Húsavík, renowned as the whale watching capital of Europe, and even upgrade it to include a puffin watching segment in a little RIB. In the evening, you'll head to the town of Akureyri, the northern capital, where you will spend the night.

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Dag 7
Epic 13 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords - day 7

Dag 7 - Goðafoss Falls and Akureyri

On day seven, you'll start in the town of Akureyri. Nestled under the Súlur peak, this is a great place to take a little break, visit the swimming pool or admire thousands of plant specimens at the northernmost botanical garden in the world. If you'd like to spice things up, you could take a horseback ride out along the fjord before continuing your journey, or else jump on a whale watch from here if you missed it yesterday.

You will then continue out onto the Troll Peninsula and follow the coast to fishing villages such as Siglufjörður, Dalvík, and Hofsós

You can visit the tiny town of Hofsós and the old Hólar cathedral, before finally reaching your stop for the night near the village of Sauðárkrókur.

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Dag 8
Epic 13 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords - day 8

Dag 8 - The Westfjords

Today’s journey is characterized by the seemingly endless fjords and towering mountainsides that flank the road to Ísafjörður. There are few more beautiful sights in the world. 

Along the way, you could stop at the rolling hills of Vatnsdalshólar, the Borgarvirki natural fortress, and the Glaumbær Folk Museum. The Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum, located in Hólmavík, and the Sorcerer’s Cottage, a short drive away, are a nice way to spend some time. The hot pools in Drangsnes are also well worth a visit.

Once you reach Ísafjörður, you can find some of the oldest houses in Iceland, dating back to the mid-18th century. A dinner at Tjöruhúsið is highly recommended.

Spend the night in the Ísafjarðardjúp area.

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Dag 9
Epic 13 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords - day 9

Dag 9 - Patreksfjörður Village & Látrabjarg Cliffs

Day nine is full of Icelandic history and staggering views. Begin by heading to Dýrafjörður, where you will find the trail of the Viking saga hero Gisli Súrsson, as well as the Skrúður botanical garden.

Continue to Hrafnseyri, and visit the museum dedicated to another hero, Jón Sigurðsson, who was influential in Iceland’s battle for independence from Denmark. 

Afterward, stop to take some photos at the impressive cliff of Látrabjarg, rising to 1456 ft (444 m); this is arguably the westernmost point of Europe. While there, you can take a closer look at Iceland’s many species of nesting seabirds, including puffins and razorbills; they are not afraid of you at all, so that you will get some amazing photographs.

Spend the night in the Vesturbyggð areas, near Patreksfjörður or Breiðavík.

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Dag 10
Epic 13 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords - day 10

Dag 10 - Ferry to Flatey Island and Snæfellsnes Peninsula

On day ten, take the Baldur ferry from Brjánslækur across Breiðafjörður Bay, all the way to the village of Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The price of the ferry is included in your tour, and you can even take your car across at no additional fee. 

You can choose to stop on the island of Flatey and spend a few hours enjoying the peace and tranquillity. It is incredibly remote; only two families stay here year-round.

From Stykkishólmur, you can start to explore some of the many wonders of Snæfellsnes. It is sometimes called 'Iceland in miniature' because so many of the nation's distinctive features can be found here, from dramatic beaches to hot springs to imposing cliffs. The region is watched over by Snæfellsjökull glacier, at the heart of the national park. 

Spend the night in the Snæfellsnes area.

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Dag 11
Epic 13 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords - day 11

Dag 11 - Getting to Know Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snæfellsnes peninsula has so many beautiful spots and fun activities that it's impossible to appreciate the area with just a quick drive through. 

There are many unique sights around, including the Snæfellsjökull glacier, the photogenic Kirkjufell mountain, Dritvík cove, Djúpalónssandur beach, and the small villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Keep your camera in hand, and spend the day hiking and exploring.

Spend another night in the Snæfellsnes area.

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Dag 12
Epic 13 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords - day 12

Dag 12 - Cascades of Hraunfossar & Snorrastofa Museum at Reykholt

Day twelve is spent exploring West Iceland, with its diverse range of sights and attractions, including the Icelandic settlement exhibition in Borgarnes, and Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in Europe.

Further along, be sure to stop at the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. History buffs may also enjoy visiting Snorrastofa, the medieval research institute at Reykholt, where the famous chieftain and poet, Snorri Sturluson, wrote the saga Heimskringla in the 13th century. 

On the way back to Reykjavik, take a short break at Fossatún, a waterfall said to be guarded by a troll woman named Drífa.

Also on this day, you can opt for one of two caving tours. The first is a traditional excursion, where you explore the dark, underground world in Viðgelmir lava tube. The second is anything but traditional. You will walk through man-made channels right into Langjökull glacier. Both are beautiful and thrilling activities.

A third choice is to descend into Þríhnúkagígur volcano, for an unbelievable opportunity to see the inside of a magma chamber.

Spend your final night in the capital, Reykjavík.

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Dag 13
Epic 13 Day Self Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Snaefellsnes & the Westfjords - day 13

Dag 13 - Blue Lagoon & Departure from Iceland

On your final day, be sure to leave enough time to drop your car off before your departure.

For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice. If your flight is later, there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.

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Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavík City or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license is required, along with a one-year-long on-road experience. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.

Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.

Please note that the Westfjords area does not offer quality-level accommodation. Visitors will thus be placed in the best comfort level accommodation possible in the area during their stay in the Westfjords.


Se vores boligniveauer nedenfor og vores foretrukne indkvarteringspartnere under hver dag i den daglige rejseplan.

Bookinger for en person arrangeres i enkeltværelser, og bookinger til to eller flere personer deler et dobbelt- / dobbelt- eller tredobbeltværelse.

Teenagere og børn arrangeres i samme rum med forældrene. Hvis der er behov for ekstra værelse (r), påløber der ekstra omkostninger.

Guide to Iceland giver dig den bedste tilgængelige bolig på din tid fra din reservation fra vores foretrukne partnere. Husk, at hotelkvaliteten i Island varierer mellem placeringer og tilgængeligheden er meget begrænset. Hvis vores foretrukne partnere er fuldt bookede på tidspunktet for din reservation, vil vi finde en anden passende bolig til dig på lignende niveau.

Bemærk, at ikke alle placeringer tilbyder indkvartering på kvalitetsniveau. Overnatning på komfortniveau arrangeres på disse bestemte steder, hvilket afspejles i opgraderingsprisen for kvalitetsniveau.

Vi gør altid vores bedste for at imødekomme specielle ønsker, som kan medføre ekstra omkostninger. Tryk på vælg en dato for at finde tilgængelighed.


Værelser med eget badeværelse i tre-stjernede hoteller eller kvalitetshytter. Meget tæt på de bedste attraktioner på hvert sted. Morgenmad er inkluderet.


Værelser med eget badeværelse i et firestjernet hotel eller superior-værelser på et kvalitets-3-stjernet hotel på de bedste steder i Island. Morgenmad er inkluderet.


Nedenfor kan du se de mulige biludlejningsmuligheder, der er tilgængelige for denne self-drive tour.

Alle vores køretøjer er nye eller nuværende modeller på højst 2 år. Superbudgetniveauer leveres med standard CDW-forsikring, mens alle andre niveauer også inkluderer grusbeskyttelse (GP) og Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) forsikringer. Vær opmærksom på, at kørsel uden for landevej er ulovlig for alle typer biler.

Alle niveauer er udstyret med en GPS og gratis trådløs internetadgang. Du kan nyde ubegrænset data med Wi-Fi-enheden, som kan forbindes til op til 10 enheder på én gang. Billeje vil levere døgnåbnet nødhjælpstjeneste.

Aldersbehov for hvert niveau kan findes nedenfor. For alle niveauer skal føreren have et gyldigt kørekort i mindst et år før datoen for lejen.

Vi anbefaler Budget 4X4 niveau til sommerkørsel og Comfort 4X4 til vinterkørsel.

Super Budget-tohjulstrækker

Et lille 2WD-køretøj som Toyota Aygo eller lignende, der er egnet til grundlæggende kørsel under daglige forhold. Kompakt og behagelig for op til 2 rejsende med meget lidt bagage. Ingen højlandskapaciteter. Føreren skal være 20 år eller derover.


Et grundlæggende 2WD-køretøj, såsom en Toyota Yaris eller lignende, der er egnet til kørsel under daglige forhold. Behageligt for 3 rejsende med let bagage. Dette køretøj har ikke kapacitet på højlandet. Føreren skal være 20 år eller derover.


En grundlæggende 4WD (4X4) jeep eller SUV såsom en Dacia Duster eller lignende. Passer komfortabelt op til 3 rejsende med 2 store stykker bagage. Passer til de fleste rejser og anstændigt til sne- og off-asfaltkørsel. Har basale kapaciteter på højlandet. Føreren skal være 20 år eller derover.


En mellemstor 4WD (4x4) jeep eller SUV som f.eks. en Toyota Rav4 (automatisk) og Suzuki Vitara (manuel) eller lignende. Passer komfortabelt op til 4 rejsende med 3 store stykker bagage. Passer til de fleste rejser og god til sne- og off-asfaltkørsel. Har basale kapaciteter på højlandet. Føreren skal være 21 år eller derover.


En stor 4WD jeep som en Toyota Land Cruiser eller lignende. Komfortabelt for op til 4 rejsende med 4 store stykker bagage. Passer til næsten alle rejser. Har fuld highland-kapacitet til at køre på tilgængelige bjergveje. Føreren skal være 21 år eller derover.


En stor 9-personers varevogn, såsom en Mercedes Benz Vito (4WD manuel, har højlandsfunktioner og bedre egnet til vinterkørsel) eller lignende. Komfortabelt for 5 til 7 rejsende. Hvis du sidder fuldt, er bagagerummet begrænset. Føreren skal være 23 år eller derover.



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