Experience everything Iceland has to offer on a 10-day road trip around the Ring Road and the newly opened Arctic Coast Way. Start in Reykjavik, pick up your rental car and head out into the wilderness on your own Great Icelandic Road Trip. Cruise the Golden Circle, the South Coast, the East Fjords, North Iceland, the Snæfellsnes and more. Create your own adventure as you explore every kilometer of beautiful Iceland!
Included in your 10-day self-drive package is a rental car at your selection, accommodation with private bathroom and breakfast included.
All at the best price available.
Duration: 10 days
Group maximum: 5
Available: All year
Age limit: No age limit (glacier hike is optional)
- The Ring Road
- The Golden Circle (Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs, and Thingvellir National Park)
- The South Coast
- Vatnajökull Glacier
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach
- The East Fjords
- Lake Mývatn
- Dettifoss and Goðafoss Waterfalls
- Whale Watching in Dalvík (optional extra)
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula
- The Blue Lagoon (optional extra)
Vehicle pick-up locations are at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) or at the BSI Bus Terminal in downtown Reykjavik. Pick-up times are flexible.
We recommend that you pick your car up early on your day of arrival and return it in the afternoon or evening on your last day for the best possible experience.
Remember to bring:
- Warm layers
- Waterproof clothing
- Warm headwear
- Scarf and gloves
- Hiking boots or shoes
- Valid driver's license
The drop-off location for your car will be at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) no matter which pick-up location you have selected.
You may also drop off the car at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik on the last day of your tour if arranged prior to the tour. If you prefer the BSI drop-off location, you can change it immediately after booking (details are in your confirmation email).
- 9 nights' accommodation (with private bathroom)
- 10-Day car rental (with all basic insurances: collision damage waiver, personal accident insurance, and theft protection)
- Breakfast each morning
- Whale watching excursion in Dalvik (optional extra)
- Detailed map, itinerary, and information package
Comfortable accommodation is included in the package. Good locations, breakfast included, and private bathroom.
Note: If you book for 2 or 4 persons you get twin/double rooms. If you book for 3 or 5 persons you get a combination of twin/double rooms and a single room.
- Bathing in the Blue Lagoon Spa on Day 10 (if your flight schedule allows). The admission fee is not included in the package. Since a pre-booking is required to enter Blue Lagoon, we recommend you to do so at bluelagoon.com. Please remember to bring a bathing suit and a towel if you don’t want to rent them at reception.
- Whale watching
- Glacier experience
If 4 persons - May vary depending on group size, season and availability.
You have selected: From KEF
You have selected: From Reykjavik
Start your Ring Road tour by cruising around the famous Golden Circle. Continue down to the South Coast and beyond to Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón, and the East Fjords. Head up to North Iceland, Lake Mývatn, and Akureyri, and make time in Dalvík for whale watching. Circle the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on your way to the bubbling hot springs in Borgarfjörður. Enjoy an optional swim in the Blue Lagoon before finally reaching the finish line back in the capital city, Reykjavik.
Day 1 — Reykjavik
Visit the northernmost capital in the world! Explore downtown on foot or take your rental to Reykjavik’s neighboring small towns and the surrounding countryside.
Arrive any time in the morning on the start date of your tour and pick up your rental car at the airport. You can also choose to grab your vehicle from the BSÍ bus terminal in the city. If you are going to arrive in the afternoon, we recommend flying in to Reykjavik a night before the start of your scheduled itinerary. That way you won’t be wanting for time and can fit in everything we’ve planned for you!
Once you have your car, your adventure can begin! Visit the friendly town of Hafnarfjörður and go for a walk in Helligerði Park. Then find yourself surrounded by Iceland’s history at the Árbæjarsafn Open Air Museum. Go to the must-see Perlan Museum and its elevated Observation Deck for amazing 360° views of Reykjavik. Enjoy the architecture of Reykjavík City Hall and Hallgrímskirkja Church. Spend some time on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean on a tidal island at the Grótta Nature Preserve.
Your trip, your rules! See something interesting? Don’t be afraid to wander off course!
Day 2 — Golden Circle
Exit Reykjavik on Day 2 and head out on Iceland’s famous Golden Circle roadway!
First, visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site packed with glaciers, and volcanic activity. Then stop at Geysir Geothermal Area, after which all geysers are named, and feel the steam of geothermal pools and high-flying geysers. Then it’s Gullfoss Waterfall for a photo-op at the most famous waterfall in Iceland.
After Gullfoss you’ll reach the wide Faxi Waterfall. See the green oasis of Friðheimar Greenhouse before capping Day 2 at the Kerið Crater, a volcanic lake crater. From there it's just a few miles to your hotel for the night.
Day 3 — The South Coast
Wander Iceland’s South Coast on Day 3 and visit the best of Iceland’s natural wonders: waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches, glacier lagoons, quaint towns — you name it!
Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi, and Skógafoss Waterfalls are just waiting to be discovered as you make your way down the gorgeous coastline to the charming tiny town of Skógar.
Further down Road 1 you’ll reach the Dyrhólaey Arch jutting out of the cliffs into the ocean.
Next is the famous black sand Reynisfjara Beach. A place where dark volcanic sand meets the surf in the shadow of a massive stone sea stack and hexagonal basalt columns. You’ll end the day in the seaside fishing village of Vík and spend the night at a nearby hotel.
Day 4 — Vatnajökull National Park, Diamond Beach, and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
You’ll spend Day 4 speeding along the South Coast to Iceland’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vatnajökull National Park. The largest national park in Europe and also its biggest ice cap, Vatnajökull is an overwhelming monument to Mother Nature!
There is plenty to see before you reach the massive park. Make pit stops at Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, the Church Floor (a peculiar basalt formation), the Dverghamrar Cliffs, and Lómagnúpur Mountain. Then you’ll find Skaftafell National Park, now part of Vatnajökull National Park. Make sure to take time to explore this amazing place! Whatever you do, don’t forget to see Vatnajökull Glacier and Svartifoss Waterfall!
Next, go on to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and watch the floating icebergs as they drift down the crystal-clear water of the frigid lagoon. Then catch the sunset from the famous Diamond Beach with its black sand and wild ice crystals. Your hotel for the night is near the town of Höfn.
Day 5 — East Fjords
Iceland’s East Fjords are out of this world! Immerse yourself in Iceland's rural wonderland on Day 5.
Venture out from Höfn to Vestrahorn, Iceland’s horned mountain. Weave in and out of the fjords, stopping at the scenic town of Djúpivogur, Havarí Farm, Stöðvarfjörður, and Petra's Stone Collection.
Make time for Saxa Cliff and the natural wonder that is Hallormsstaðarskógur, the biggest forest in Iceland. Cap the day off with a visit to Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss Waterfalls before crashing at your hotel near Egilsstaðir.
Day 6 — Dettifoss, Lake Mývatn, and Goðafoss
On Day 6 you’ll go up into the Northeast Highlands and North Iceland. This is where Iceland gets a little out there!
Zip down the new Arctic Coast Way through the interstellar landscapes of North Iceland. The region is full of wondrous natural formations, like Rjúkandi Waterfall and Dettifoss Waterfall — known as most powerful waterfall in Europe!
Pull off the road at the Stóra-Víti Crater, Grjótagjá Cave, and the unusual Lake Mývatn area. Go for a quick hike Dimmuborgir Lava Field and walk up on the heavenly Goðafoss Waterfall, “the waterfall of the gods”. You’ll end Day 6 in Akureyri, the “Capital of the North”, where your hotel for the night is located.
Day 7 — Akureyri, Dalvik, and Whale Watching
Go for a morning stroll in Akureyri and drive out to Dalvik, the whale watching capital of Iceland!
There’s tons of native and local Icelandic wildlife along the Arctic Coast Way to see on Day 7. Have a quiet breakfast in Akureyri before driving to Dalvik for an optional whale watching excursion along Iceland’s North Coast. The Dalvík whale watching tour is not included in the regular tour but can be added for an extra fee.
Visit the Skagafjörður Region in search of wild Icelandic horses! Then make your way to the coast to gaze into the Arctic Ocean at the Hvítserkur Sea Stack and Drangey Island. Your hotel is westward in Hvammstangi.
Day 8 — Snæfellsnes Peninsula
On Day 8, take the loop around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula where you’ll stop at charming seaside towns and picturesque beaches as you zig-zag your way through the hilly peninsula.
There’s something to see around each and every hill in the Snæfellsnes Region. See Kolugljúfur Canyon, Grábrók Crater, and Kirkjufell Mountain. Take a break from the road in quaint Stykkishólmur near Dritvík Cove and Djúpalónssandur Beach. Always be ready to stop at a cute small town like Hellnar or Arnarstapi. Make time for a long stop at Snæfellsjökull National Park and Lóndrangar Cliff, they’re gorgeous!
Day 9 — Borgarfjörður and The Capital Region
You’re almost to the end! Day 9 is chock full of hot springs and waterfalls in Borgarfjörður on your way back to the big city.
Start off at Ytri Tunga, a gold sand beach in the Snæfellsnes, and the impressive Gerðuberg Cliffs close by. Then head back towards the capital area and hit your last couple of stops — Deildartunguhver Hot Spring, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, and the Old Akranes Lighthouse — before arriving back where it all began.
You did it! You’re back in Reykjavik, where you’ll be staying for the night. Grab yourself a good meal and a hot shower — you’ve earned it.
Day 10 — The Blue Lagoon and Departure
Tack on an optional stop at the Blue Lagoon on your way back to the airport on your final tour day.
Spend your last day in Reykjavik anyway you want. Try hiking the Hópsnes Peninsula, relax by the Reykjanesviti Lighthouse, or traverse the Bridge Between Continents, a footbridge over a tectonic fissure or rift.
If you need just a little more Iceland before you flight leaves in the afternoon, then fit in a stop at the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is hands down the best place to relax and get in the right mindset before your flight home. See the famous lagoon for yourself and grab one last iconic Iceland photo before you go. The lagoon’s entrance fee isn’t included in the base tour.
Experience all of Iceland in 10 jam-packed days on the road trip of a lifetime!