Self Drive Tours in Iceland

When each turn of the road reveals a new miracle, you want to be in the driver's seat

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Where would you like to go?

Be in control of your own time, and enjoy the freedom to choose the regions, attractions and activities you experience in Iceland

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The Ring Road

Travel the 1,332 km (828 mi) route that circles Iceland, and ensure that you don’t miss out on the very best natural features and activities this land has to offer. With stops at all major visitor attractions, lesser known sites and hidden gems, ring road self drive tours provide the perfect means to explore each of Iceland’s fantastic regions.

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South Iceland

Traverse South Iceland's entire coastline, where glacier rivers thunder through black sand deserts and fierce volcanoes rest under vast glacier expanses. See the majestic Seljalandsfoss and the mighty Skógafoss waterfalls, walk Reynisfjara black sand beach, visit Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and explore the electric-blue ice caves of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier.

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West Iceland

Explore a region characterised by picturesque fjords, sweeping mountain horizons and sleeping volcanoes. Visit the hauntingly beautiful Westfjords and the mystical Snæfellsnes peninsula, see Snæfellsjökull glacier and Mt. Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland.

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North Iceland

Discover a treasure trove of natural marvels and unique travel experiences in North Iceland. Visit Akureyri, the vibrant "Capital of the North", witness the force of Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, and enter the scenic wonderland surrounding Lake Mývatn where the Dimmuborgir lava fortresses and Námaskarð geothermal pass embody nature's unbound and raw volcanic power.

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Tell us which sights and attractions you would like to visit by checking the boxes below, and we will design a personal travel itinerary for you to follow throughout your Iceland journey

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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. You'll follow a personalised itinerary, prepared by local travel experts at Guide to Iceland, allowing you to 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 our customers.

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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Why choose a self drive tour?

Visitors to Iceland will often undertake their holiday in one of two ways. The first method is to opt for a guided tour, allowing the guest to sit back and relax as the logistics of their holiday are worked out for them.

Self drive tours, however, provide far greater levels of flexibility, allowing guests to customise everything from the quality level of their room and board to their day-to-day itinerary.

Self drive tours, therefore, perfectly suit those who relish the opportunity for independent travel, longing for the freedom that only comes with taking to the road under one’s own initiative.

Awe-inspiring landscapes—from cascading waterfalls to glittering glacier lagoons, quintessential fishing villages and misty mountainscapes, volcanic black-sand beaches and steaming geothermal valleys—lie in the wait for in the self-governing traveller.

Driving in Iceland requires a basic understanding of the country’s road rules, as well as a keen awareness toward some of the more common hazards.

To begin, driving off-road in Iceland is strictly illegal and comes with large fines for those that are caught. Note that this is due to the fragility of Iceland’s natural environment, a fact tempered by the long periods of recovering time needed for the ecosystem to repair.

Also be aware that despite this country’s staggering beauty, it is important to stop your vehicle for sightseeing and photos at the safest possible opportunity rather than merely by the roadside. The most popular attractions in the country will usually have a designated car park.

It is the law that headlights must be turned on at all times while driving, and naturally, drink-driving and texting behind the wheel are both strictly prohibited.

In Iceland, vehicles navigate on the right side of the road, with the most popular route being Road Nr. 1, which circles the country. The vast majority of self drive tours will take you along this route, with diversions being made throughout in order to visit other attractions.

It is important to check weather conditions before taking to the road. This is for your own safety and also allows you plenty of time to pack any spare items you might otherwise have forgotten. For instance, despite the summer’s glorious climate, it is crucial to bring along sunglasses in order to protect your eyes from its glaring rays during summer self drive tours. Undertaking a winter self drive tour, on the other hand, demands a more thorough cache, with items such as scarves, hot coffee flasks and extra socks all taking an essential place in the boot of your car.

Also, be keenly aware that the weather in Iceland is notoriously temperamental, often switching from one extreme to the other within a matter of minutes. This can make planning rather difficult, especially whilst taking a multi-day trip across the country, and thus it is so important to stay alert, whenever you’re driving in Iceland. This also goes for the wildlife, particularly sheep, who enjoy licking salt from the roadside, hence constituting a driving hazard.

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