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Self Drive Around Iceland

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Your Self Drive around Iceland

8 days / 7 nights

Your Self Drive Around Iceland

The Self Drive Around Iceland  incorporates the country’s most beautiful drives and allows you, in the span of a week, to discover the incredible variety of Icelandic landscapes: tranquil verdant countryside and expansive untamed coast, impressive glaciers and desert lands, ancient lava fields and magnificent waterfalls, geysers and fumaroles emitting sulfurous vapours, imposing fjords and majestic mountains…You’ll even have the chance to see icebergs!

Trip available from May to September

Regions visited during this trip to Iceland : Reykjavik | Golden Circle | Highlands | Northwest | South Coast | East | Northeast

N.B.: This trip to Iceland is an individual tailor-made tour, to be personalized with our Iceland specialist advisors.

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Your Self Drive Around Iceland 

Day 1

Keflavik - Reykjavík

Reykjavik Port
Reykjavik Port

Arrival at Keflavik international airport. Rental car pick up and drive to Reykjavík. Settle into your accommodation. Let’s go for your Self Drive Around Island. The rest of your night is at your leisure in the world’s northernmost capital. Spending the night in Reykjavík.

Distance travelled: 50 km, 1h

Night in Reykjavík

Day 2

Reykjavik - Vik


Rental car pick up and departure towards Iceland’s famous Golden Circle: observe the effects of the oceanic rift in Thingvellir, the Strokkur geyser at Geysir (the place which originally gave the phenomenon its name) and the Gullfoss waterfall where the Hvítá river has dug an impressive canyon. Discover the marvels lying at the feet of the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. Black sand beaches and bird cliffs on the ocean-side of the road. On the other side, innumerable waterfalls crash from cliff tops and glacial tongues drift down from the mountains higher up. Stop at the Skogar waterfall and visit its rustic museum. If you are in a 4WD vehicle, drive down to the black sand beaches of Dyrholaey. Staying overnight in the Vík region. In summer with the 4WD option only: Add a day to your trip to explore the natural reserve of Fjallabak which houses some of Iceland most spectacular and wildest sites, the Hekla volcano, the volcanic rift of Elgjá, and of course, the hot water river of Landmanalaugar, nestled in the mountains that geothermal activity has stained many colours over the years!

Distance travelled: 300 km, 5h

Night in Vik

Day 3

Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Höfn.


You’ll continue to the east to Skaftafell National Park and discover there the Svartifoss waterfall as well as the basaltic rock formations around it. Then, you will drive along the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón in a Greenland-like setting composed of icebergs and glaciers, all the while being watched by curious seals. Staying overnight in the Höfn region. In summer with the 4WD option only: Add a day to your trip and discover the Laki region where the biggest recorded volcanic eruption since the island was populated occurred leaving behind surreal and lunar-like landscapes.

Distance travelled: 280 km, 5h

Night in Höfn

Day 4

Höfn - Egilsstadir


Explore the eastern fjords. You’ll take a magnificent coastal road that leads you from one fjord to the next. Stop wherever you are most tempted; to watch the seals of Lónsvík at play or swans in the bay of Álftafjördur. (depending on the season) Or an exhibit about Iceland’s French fishermen in Fáskrúdsfjördur, the mineral and rock collection of the Petra museum at Stödvarfjördur, or the charming port of Djúpivogur. Staying overnight in the Egilsstadir region.

Distance travelled: 260 km, 5h

Night in Egilsstadir

Day 5

Dettifoss - Mývatn


Your day beings with the crossing of rocky desert-like hills and expanse’s until you arrive at the Dettifoss falls, the largest in Europe. The waterfall marks the entrance of the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park that extends to the Ásbyrgi canyon in the North. You will then arrive in the Mývatn region, home to some of the most surprising and interesting geological and geothermal manifestations in Iceland. Here, you have the option to relax in an outdoor geothermal pool. Staying overnight in the Mývatn region.

Distance travelled: 300 km, 5h

Night in Mývatn

Day 6

Myvatn - Skagafjördur


Take your time to discover the surroundings of Lake Myvatn: Pseudocraters, explosion craters, recent lava flows and cauldrons of boiling mud. Continue driving west, stopping at the famous Godafoss falls before entering the city of Akureyri, the «capital of the north», before finally arriving in the region of the Skagafjördur fjord. If time permits, visit the Glaumbær folk museum, situated on a renovated 19th century farm. Staying overnight in the Skagafjördur region.

Distance travelled: 220 km, 4h

Night in Skagafjördur

Day 7

Reykholt – Reykjavík

Reykjavik Port
Reykjavik Port

Continue south to the valley of Reykholt where you will find the hot water springs of Deildartunguhver, the Fastest flowing hot springs in Europe. Stop at the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss and drive back to the capital along the impressive Hvalfjörður, Icelandic for « whale fjord ». If time permits, at the apex of the fjord, take the hike to Glymur, Iceland’s tallest waterfall. Return your rental vehicle and enjoy your nights accommodation in Reykjavík. In summer with the 4WD option only: Choose to follow either the Kaldidalur road between the Reykholt and Thingvellir valleys along the bottom of the Langjökull glacier, or the road from Kjölur that passes between the Langjökull and Hofsjökull glaciers to the Hveravellir springs.

Distance travelled: 200 km, 4h

Night in Reykjavík

Day 8

Reykjavik – Keflavik


Return your rental car at Keflavik international airport and enjoy your flight home.

Distance travelled: 50 km, 1h

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Your accomodation during your Self Drive Around Iceland

Take your pick: hotels, mountain huts, campsites…

The vast majority of Icelandic establishments are modest, but clean and comfortable. Most of the guesthouses, farmhouses and hotels offer catering. Your accommodation during your Self Drive Around Iceland will fall under whichever category of establishment you choose. There is also a camping option (all camping equipment provided). With our voucher system, you’ll be able to camp when and where you want, giving you as much freedom as you want to adapt your itinerary based on the weather as well as your own location choices.

We recommend that your book your Iceland self-drive as soon as possible in order to have to the most choice when it comes to the establishment itself and the type of accommodation you stay in.

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Price range per person for this self-drive: 875 to 1950€*

Pricing based on two persons, double room, with a regular car

In guesthouses, farmhouses or countryside hotels, from May to September

  • Bedrooms with a private bathroom : from 1575 to 1950 Euros/pers. depending on the season
  • Bedrooms without a shared bathroom : from 1150 to 1450 Euros/pers. depending on the season

In mountain huts, or hostels from May to September

  • In shared or private rooms: from 1100 to 1325 Euros/pers. depending on the season

Camping, from June to August

  • With equipment provided: from 875 to 1050 Euros

*Fixed price based on the number of people, the season and the category of car chosen

Included in this travel

  • Transfer to and from Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavík accommodation
  • 2 nights in Reykjavík in the double room of a guesthouse, with breakfast
  • 5 nights in the countryside in a double room (private or shared), or in a campsite depending on your choice
  • Breakfasts (if staying in guesthouses, farmhouses or countryside hotels)
  • A trip folder including road maps and a road-book describing your detailed day by day itinerary
  • 7 day rental of a category A vehicle, unlimited distance, 25.5% VAT, CDW insurance and second driver included
  • For the hostel, mountain hut and camping options: a stove for two, kitchen utensils, a cooler, a thermos, and a dishwashing kit
  • For the camping option: one tent for two and one camping mattress per person

Not included in this travel

  • International flights to and from Iceland, airport taxes and travel insurance
  • Meals, drinks and personal expenses
  • Breakfasts in hostels, mountain huts or campsites
  • Fuel for your car
  • Optional visits and activities
  • Admission to sites that charge for visits
  • Super CDW insurance and gravel protection (SCDW) including excess liability charges
  • For the hostel, mountain hut and camping options: a sleeping bag available on site if ordered before your departure
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Friendly advice for your Self Drive Around Iceland

  • If you have a small budget, we recommend the camping option with the category A tourist vehicle for two people
  • Add a few days to the itinerary to deepen your understanding of the places you visit.
  • If you only have a week but are visiting outside the May to September time frame, opt for our discovery of the southern coast self drive tour
  • Best in the months of May and June because of the semi-permanent sunlight, and increased sightings of marine birds
The options
surf in iceland

Surfing the Artic waves

Surfing in Iceland ?

Of course it is possible, come surf the cold Arctic waves !

Discover one of the most surprising activities to do in Iceland!

This 8 hours excursion starts with a visit of the wonders of the Reykjanes peninsula before jumping onto your surfboard ! To surf the best waves in the best conditions, keep an ear out to the precious local advices, they always love to share their tips for this unique experience!

This unique experience is an Iceland Like A Local finding


380 € / 8 heures
sleep in a yurt

Sleeping in a yurt in Iceland

An unexpected experience!

Thinking of sleeping in a yurt in Iceland? Well, it may seem unbelievable, but yes it is possible!

Make your trip to Iceland unforgettable spending a night in a yurt!

Embark on a zodiac tour to be able to reach a small isolated island in the middle of a glacier river (south Iceland).

You will find several yurts there. It’s time to reconnect with the nature and enjoy every second of this experience : it all starts off by turning your phone off, taking the fishing nets out of the water and season the fresh salmon for tonight’s bbq.

After stargazing and perhaps get the chance to see northern lights, slip under your sheepskin cover in your yurt for a lovely night..

This unique experience is an Iceland Like A Local finding


655 € / 2 days / 1 night
ice cave iceland

Sleep in an ice cave

A unique experience!

Do you long to experience the deep cold? Well put on your crampons and helmet, grab your ice pick and traverse a glacier to explore an ice cave that will also be your accommodation for the night.

The exact location is confidential, but we can tell you that it is located 25 km from the Skaftafell region.

Once you have arrived at the Vatnajökull glacier, it’s time to meet your equipment! Helmets, crampons and ice picks will make sure you are properly prepared! Enter the ice cave and be amazed by the many focal points as you discover the various shades of blue created by the varied density of the ice.

After a local Icelandic diner, set out your sleeping bag and enjoy your night under the glacier. What an adventure!


This activity is available from mid-December to mid-March.

Note: This activity is not recommended for families and seniors.

This unique experience is an Iceland Like A Local finding


1475 € / 2 days / 1 night

Watching the midnight sun beyond the Arctic Circle

No time to sleep during your stay in Iceland!

Experience one of the most unique events in Iceland : the midnight sun.

Hop on a ferry in Akureyri,  and sale to the island of Grimsey, straddling the Arctic Circle. During summer solstice, (approx. 20 – of June ) the sun remains constantly above the horizon for 24 hours.

Meet Atlantic puffins and more than 12 other different species before settling in your guesthouse to enjoy a local meal. Shortly after it will be time to find a perfect spot for the spectacular scene: enjoy the endless sun of Grímsey..

This unique experience is an Iceland Like A Local finding


200 € / 2 days / 1 night
Iceland Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Day Tour

Spend a relaxing  time in the Blue Lagoon

During your stay in Iceland you cannot miss a bath in this fountain of youth whose presence we owe to the island’s geothermal activity. Located about 50km from Reykjavik, you can spend a few relaxing hours there, or even the whole day! Open air baths in the Blue Lagoon’s turquoise waters and temperatures around 40°C (104°F) are an unforgettable experience.

Golden Circle Tour

A day to discover the “Golden Circle!”

This tour allows you to explore Iceland’s most iconic sites, only 100 km from Reykjavik, and to get your first look at the country’s untamed interior.

Meeting point: at your hotel at 8:30
Departure time: 09:00
Length of tour: 8 hours
Return: at 17:00 to your hotel

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Your Self Drive around Iceland

8 days / 7 nights

  • The essentials of the island in one week through breathtaking drives
  • An occasion to see Icelanders go about their daily lives
  • Great for a first trip to Iceland
  • An opportunity to marvel in the constantly evolving Icelandic landscapes
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Les avis de nos voyageurs

Hi Priscilla!

We got back to the States last Saturday night and meant to send you an email over the weekend.  First of all, THANK YOU so much for the best organized trip to Iceland ever!  I love your country and its natural beauty!  We truly appreciated the TRAVEL BOOK and the REGION BOOK that was prepared for us because it served as our main guide for the whole trip. There was so much to see in every part of the region that we had to pick and choose. We were able to go to Secret Lagoon and Myvatn Natural Baths and enjoyed it so much. We walked the trails leading to the Blue Lagoon on our first day and saw so many tourists, that we appreciated the less touristic lagoons that we experienced.

Because our time was only 8 days around the Ring Road, we were mostly limited in visiting Myvatn and Akuyeryi where would could have stayed at least 2 days exploring in each city. We did not let the rain bother us on our Glacier Hike and the Whale Watching which was magical.

The accommodations were very good especially the Fosshotels that we stayed at.  The breakfast prepared for us were substantial.  I was surprised that some served “grilled horse” which I had to taste just for the heck of it.  We loved the Icelandic horses that we said hello to on the way to Blondous.  I was also very pleased that tourists were respectful of not littering the sites too much.

On our next trip to Iceland, we would like to explore the Western Fjords which we were told are also beautiful. The Snafellsness Peninsula and hope to see more birds and wildlife on our next trip.

I have already told my co-workers and friends that if they ever consider traveling to Iceland to come see me to get the best travel organizer for Iceland!

Again, thank you for everything!

Melissa & Samuel
September 2022
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