Itinerary + Map

Day 1 Reykjavik
Approximate distance: 100km / 62miles

Velkominn! Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.
From Keflavik International Airport, we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula where you will see unusual and stunning craters, lava cliffs, fissures and the Mid-Atlantic ridge itself. Along the way is the Viking World museum, famous for its replica Viking ship. Continue to your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. This village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and, because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs, it is often called the “flower village.”

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi area

Day 2 Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir - South Shore
Approximate distance: 395km / 245miles

Today visit the must see sights known as the Golden Circle. This includes the geologically and historically significant Thingvellir National Park, the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, and the famous Geysir hot spring area. Drive along the south shore, viewing Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the black sand beaches around Vik, and Myrdalsjokull glacier. From Jun - early Aug, it is possible to see puffins at Dyrholaey. B

Important: Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, from about the middle of May until late June.
Overnight in the Vik area.

Day 3 Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon - Hofn
Approximate distance: 285km / 177miles

This morning head through Eldraun, the strange-looking lava field created by one of Iceland’s most devastating volcanic eruptions before reaching the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, site of a medieval convent. Explore Skaftafell, a green oasis nestled below the great Vatnajokull glacier. Skaftafell is part of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest of its type in Western Europe. Continue across black sand plains created by glacial activity. Stop at the incredible Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, a filming location for many Hollywood blockbusters. Then head onwards to the charming harbour town Hofn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe. B

Overnight in the Horfn area.

Day 4 Hofn - Djupivogur - Reydarfjordur - Egilsstadir
Approximate distance: 300km / 186miles

Drive along the rugged coastline of the East Fjords and on the way visit Djupivogur to see its unique egg sculptures or stop at Stodvarfjordur to visit Petra's famous collection of local stones and minerals. You can then either drive straight through Fagridalur to Egilsstadir and have a relaxing afternoon at a hot spring lake in nearby Vok or head along the coastal Eastfjords, one of the oldest regions in Iceland, shaped by glaciers during the Ice Age. Although many fjords are uninhabited, each fjord has its own grandeur. The natural harbors in the fjords led to the development of fishing villages that have still hung on to a degree of Old-World charm. B

Overnight in Egilsstadir area.

Day 5 Egilsstadir - Dettifoss - Husavik
Approximate distance: 275km / 171miles

Travel across the Modrudalsoraefi highlands renowned for their stark, untouched beauty towards Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. Visit the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Asbyrgi in northern Vatnajokull National Park. Drive onwards to Tjornes peninsula and the friendly Husavik fishing port. B

Overnight in northeast Iceland.

Day 6 Husavik - Myvatn - Akureyri/Skagafjordur
Approximate distance: 165km / 103miles

Explore the highlights of the Lake Myvatn area, including the mystical volcanic formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard, and the Hverfjall volcanic crater. It is also possible to visit to the azure blue Myvatn Nature Baths, where you can enjoy the soothing waters and the natural steam baths and sauna. Drive to Godafoss waterfall en route to Akureyri, the charming “capital” of North Iceland. B

Overnight in the Akureyri area

Day 7 Akureyri - Reykholt - Borgarnes - Hvalfjordur - Reykjavik
Approximate distance: 490km / 305miles

Drive through the historical region of Skagafjordur renowned for horse breeding. You have an option of visiting the old farmstead at Glaumbaer a great example of old Icelandic architecture. Continue to the bay of Hunafloi where there is a Seal Centre and across Holtavorduheidi plateau to enter Borgarfjordur area. Here you can visit the beautiful Hraunfossar lava falls and Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot springs. Return to Reykjavik in the evening.

Another option is to travel across the barren wasteland on the Kjolur highland road (4WD needed, track open from mid-June through August), to the geothermal wilderness oasis at Hveravellir before driving to Reykjavik. B

Day 8 Reykjavik
Approximate distance: 50 km / 30 miles

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon as it is on your way to the airport, if you did not have time to do it on your arrival day. B

  • 1 night in 3 star (comfort class) or 4 star (quality class) accommodation in Reykjavik
  • 6 nights in standard hotels, guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation (comfort class) and standard hotels and guesthouses accommodation (quality class)
  • 7 day car hire
  • Unlimited kilometers, Collision Damage Waiver and Theft Protection
  • Additional authorised driver
  • Airport Service Charge for car pick up and drop off at Keflavik International Airport
  • Complimentary unlimited in-car wi-fi
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours
  • Customer care service during office hours; services of local representatives
  • Access to Travel Companion App. The app includes:
    • Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out dates
    • Interactive road maps
    • Thousands of points of interest with descriptions clearly displayed on your map. The points of interest can be customised to suit your interests and individual route
    • Road Guide in several different languages
  • 7 Icelandic- style Breakfasts

Driving route enables sightseeing at:

  • Reykjanes peninsula and the Viking World Museum
  • Hveragerdi village, also known as the flower village
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • The hot springs at Geysir
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Black sand beaches near Vik
  • Myrdalsjokull glacier
  • Eldraun
  • Vatnajokull National Park
  • Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
  • Rugged coastline of the East Fjords
  • Egilsstadir
  • Modrudalsoraefi highlands to Dettifoss
  • Port of Husavik
  • Lake Myvatn with natural baths
  • The sulfurous slopes of Namaskard
  • Godafoss waterfalls
  • Lava formations at Dimmuborgir
  • Akureyri
  • Historical region of Skagafjordu
  • Bay of Hunafloi with Seal Centre
  • Borgarfjordur area includes hot springs

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27 Aug 2022 - 30 Sep 2022
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Car Hire: The driver must present a valid driving license held for a minimum of one year at the time of rental. A valid automobile driver’s license from the US, Canada or the European Economic Area is required to drive in Iceland. A license from other countries can be used if it: a) has a valid license number, b) has the license holder’s photograph, c) is printed in Latin alphabet characters and d) is valid at the time of travel. Otherwise, an international driver’s license is required.

Quality Class: Our quality self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you‘ll stay in quality guesthouses and hotels where all rooms have a private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

Comfort Class: Our comfort self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a carefree spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. During your stay you‘ll be located in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

Ask about the wonderful sightseeing and experience bundles you can add to your self drive itineraries;

THE WELLNESS SEEKER: Partake in the relaxing past time of Iceland. This bundle gives you entrance to 3 different thermal bath experiences - Fontana Geothermal Spa, a unique setting on the Golden Circle route, Fontana has pools, hot tubs and a sauna and is located by a lake and black sand beach; Krauma Natural Geothermal Spa, the most powerful hot spring in Europe and The Secret Lagoon, the oldest swimming pool in Iceland.

THE ADVENTURER: Get up close to nature with this bundle that includes a walk on Solheimajokull, an awe inspiring glacial landscape of crevices, sinkholes and small black volcanic sand hills and snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull.

THE DISCOVERER: Ice, water, fire! This bundle has it all. Starting with Perlan Museum, a modern gem where you can learn all about Iceland's unique nature - the geothermal, volcanic, earthquakes and even walk in an indoor ice cave! Visit the geothermal Secret Lagoon, the oldest swimming pool in Iceland and the interactive exhibitions at the LAVA centre to learn about Iceland‘s volcanic activity and its frequent earthquakes.

THE NAVIGATOR: Set sail on an authentic wildlife adventure, watching out for whales and possibly dolphins and birdlife also; Relax as the locals do at Fontana Geothermal Spa, a unique setting on the Golden Circle route, Fontana has pools, hot tubs and a sauna and is located by a lake and black sand beach; Take a boat tour amongst the picturesque icebergs of Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon.