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Iceland 6 Day Road Trip Express Self-Drive Tour - SD16

Zoom through the best of Iceland on the ultimate 6 day itinerary

Experience complete freedom behind the wheel as you embark on the world’s greatest road trip! This 6 day road trip of Iceland’s Ring Road is designed to see the country as efficiently as possible. Pack your days with glaciers, lagoons, waterfalls, forests, black sand beaches, volcanoes, mountains, fjords, and more. Put your car in gear and set out on a whirlwind journey through Iceland!

Included is a rental car and accommodation.
You will receive a detailed itinerary and information package.


Duration: 6 Days

Available: All year

Age limit: No min age

Tour Highlights:
  • The Ring Road of Iceland
  • Golden Circle
  • South Coast
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Lake Myvatn
  • Dalvik whale watching (optional extra)
  • Reykjavik
  • Blue Lagoon (optional extra)

Pickup:

Choose to pick up your rental car at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) or the BSI bus terminal in downtown Reykjavik, at flexible times.
For the best experience, we recommend that you pick the car up on the morning of your arrival and return it in the afternoon or evening on the last day of your tour.

Drop-off:

Your drop-off location is set to Keflavik International Airport at booking (KEF).
You may also drop off the car at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik, on the last day. You can change your drop-off location after booking (details can be found in the confirmation email).

Included:

  • Accommodation for 5 nights with breakfast and private bathroom 
  • Rental car for 6 days (with Collision Damage Waiver, Personal Accident Insurance, and Theft protection)
  • Detailed itinerary and information package

Remember to bring with you:

  • Warm clothes
  • Hiking shoes
  • A valid driver's license
  • Sunglasses

Accommodation:

Comfort accommodation is included in the package. Good locations, breakfast included and you get a 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 double/twin rooms and a single room.

Optional extra:

  • Whale watching in Dalvik
  • Admission to Blue Lagoon

Please Note:

This itinerary is perfect for morning arrivals. If you’re arriving to Iceland in the afternoon, we suggest a pre-night in Reykjavik. You can then begin the regular itinerary the next morning.

South Iceland photo gallery

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon photo gallery

from:
819 915 per adult

If 4 persons - May vary depending on group size, season and availability.


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Pick-up & Drop-off at Keflavik international airport. Note you can change the drop-off location to Reykjavik (See confirmation email for details, extra fee may apply).

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Pick-up at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik. Drop-off at KEF airport. Note you can change the drop-off location to Reykjavik (See confirmation email for details, extra fee may apply).


Please note: To offer the best price possible, this self drive package is fixed and cannot be changed or altered. The package has been optimized for the best experience.


Breeze through the best of Iceland on the ultimate Ring Road adventure. On this self-drive tour, you’ll stop around the entire country on Road One, Iceland’s famous main roadway.

You’ll begin at the iconic Golden Circle, taking in breathtaking waterfalls, gushing geysers, and historic Thingvellir National Park. Then continue along the South Coast, stopping at notable waterfalls and bizarre geological formations.

You then veer east to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Skaftafell National Park. Find yourself surrounded by the largest glaciers in Europe! The journey north then takes you to the otherworldly landmarks of North Iceland: Lake Myvatn, volcano craters, and lava fields. Stop for a whale watching tour in Dalvik or continue on through West Iceland until you arrive back in Reykjavik.

This 6-day self-drive itinerary is the fastest way to experience all of Iceland. Just remember to take a moment to appreciate the wonders you pass by!

Day 1 - Arrival and The Golden Circle

Your 6-day adventure is underway as soon as you arrive at Keflavik International Airport. Grab your rental car from the airport or the BSI Bus Terminal and set out on your journey. You’ll head straight to The Golden Circle, Iceland’s most iconic touring route. Get ready to soak in incredible views at Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall. We’ll also make time for a couple of hidden gems on the route. Stop at Faxi Waterfall, a gushing blue cascade. Then visit Friðheimar Greenhouse for a taste of the freshest tomatoes you’ve ever tried. Spend the night at your hotel in the Golden Circle / Hvolsvöllur Area.

Day Highlights

  • Golden Circle
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Geothermal Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Faxi Waterfall
  • Friðheimar Greenhouse

Included

  • Rental car
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Hotel
What To Do and See
  • Thingvellir National Park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014 because of its geological, social, and cultural impact. In 930 CE, a group of Viking nobles gathered to form Althingi, one of the first democratic parliaments in the world. Stand at the Law Rock and feel the weight of history! At Thingvellir you can also see the rift valley where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates push and pull together.
  • Geysir Geothermal Area is a hotbed of geysers, springs, bubbling mud pots, and fumaroles. The king of the geysers is named, well, Great Geysir. In fact, the English word “geyser” derives from this specific bellowing hot spring. The Great Geysir is currently dormant, but a short walk brings you to Strokkur, an active geyser that fires water into the air every 5-10 minutes.
  • Gullfoss Waterfall is the crowning glory of Iceland’s waterfalls. It is neither the tallest nor the widest, but it may be the most dramatic. The falls cascade down two separate drops and then disappear into the abyss of a green canyon. Gullfoss translates as “golden falls,” a reference to the way the mist shines gold on sunny days.
  • Faxi Waterfall on the Golden Circle isn’t as well-known as Gullfoss, but it’s just as charming. A huge curtain of turquoise water sweeps over the Icelandic Lowlands.
  • Friðheimar Greenhouse is a special Golden Circle treat that most tourists don’t get to see. Learn about how Iceland uses geothermal energy to fuel its agriculture, making it the greenest country on earth. Then sample the delicious tomatoes grown on site! If you think you don’t like tomatoes, then you just haven’t tried Friðheimar tomatoes.

Day 2 - The South Coast

Wind your way through Iceland’s South Coast on Day 2. Make stops at each of the exquisite waterfalls along the way. Next you’ll explore the mesmerizing landscapes that surround the village of Vik. Marvel at Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, the Klaustur Church Floor, and the Dverghamrar Cliffs. Crash for the night at your hotel in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Day Highlights

  • South Coast
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Beach
  • Vik

Included

  • Rental car
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
What to Do and See
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is truly a waterfall unlike any other. The 60 meter (200 foot) torrent crashes over sea cliffs and into the Seljalands River below. The real kicker? Hidden walking paths lead directly behind the falls, revealing spectacular views from inside the cascade. 
  • Gljúfrabúi Waterfall is tucked away in a canyon close to Seljalandsfoss. Gljúfrabúi gets less foot traffic than its famous neighbor, but the elegant stream over moss-covered walls is just as charming.
  • Skógafoss Waterfall is one of the most enormous cascades in Iceland. The whopping 60 meter (200 foot) cascade plummets over rocky green sea cliffs into the Skógá River. Legend says that Viking settlers hid a chest of gold behind the waterfall. See if you can find it! 
  • Reynisfjara Beach is the most iconic of Iceland’s world-renowned black sand beaches. Inky black sand snakes along the Atlantic coastline. White ocean waves crash onto the black sand while jagged rocks jut out of the sea. 
  • Vík í Mýrdal, or just Vik, is the most beloved of Iceland’s quaint country villages. Vik is located close to the major attractions on the South Coast. It’s become a cultural hub while still maintaining its small town charm. Grab a bite at one of its wonderful restaurants and soak in views of the rocky coastline.
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon seems like it’s transported from a fantasy world. The uneven, moss-covered walls snake their way through the Southern Lowlands. 
  • Klaustur Church Floor isn’t actually the ruins of a church — although it does look that way. Instead, the ground is covered in naturally-formed basalt tiles that resemble the floor of an ancient citadel.
  • Dverghamrar Cliffs are your last stop of the day before heading to the hotel. The “dwarf cliffs” are an outcropping of basalt columns that jut dramatically out of the rolling green fields.

Day 3 - Skaftafell National Park and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

We hope you’re well-rested, because you have a lot of driving ahead of you today! On day 3 you’ll explore the highlights of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. In the Skaftafell Nature Area, you’ll take in stunning sights of Lómagnúpur Mountain and Svartifoss Waterfall (“the black falls”). Then head down to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, a vast lake of glacial water that glimmers with icebergs. You’ll spend the last part of the day in the rustic villages of East Iceland. Stop by scenic Stokksnesviti Lighthouse on your way to Djúpivogur town and Egilsstaðir, where you’ll spend the night.

Day Highlights

  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Vatnajokull National Park
  • Svartifoss Waterfall
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Egilsstaðir

Included

  • Rental car
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
What to Do and See
  • Lómagnúpur Mountain is a favorite spot for photographers. The barren mountain comprises several layers of rock and juts out of the flat fields like a thumb towards the sky. Driving along the Ring Road towards Skaftafell Nature Area, you can’t miss it. 
  • Skaftafell Nature Area is a green oasis amid harsh deserts and fierce glaciers. Skaftafell used to be its own national park, but it joined Vatnajokull National Park to form the largest national park in Europe in 2008 . Skaftafell is Iceland’s top hiking destination. Hit the trails for spectacular views of dense forests, rolling mountains, and enormous ice caps. 
  • Svartifoss Waterfall is the crown jewel of Skaftafell Nature Area. The name means “the black falls,” a reference to the dark lava columns that frame that waterfall like an organ. The rare nature formation inspired the design of Hallgrímskirkja Church, the most notable point on the Reykjavik skyline. 
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is a glacial lake that glitters with white and blue icebergs. The lagoon is sourced by the meltwater of nearby Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier. When visiting the lagoon, take a short stroll to Diamond Beach. Icebergs wash up on the black sand as they drift towards the ocean. 
  • Stokksnesviti Lighthouse stands out against the shore as you continue your drive up along the East Coast. The white lighthouse towers over the rocky beach like a pyramid and is topped by a striking red lantern. 
  • Djúpivogur is a quintessential small town on the shores of East Iceland. If you have extra time, catch the ferry to Papey, an island where Irish monks lived in ancient times.
  • Egilsstaðir is considered the capital of East Iceland. Take some time to explore this culture and nature hub in the evening. The town is perched on the edge of Lagarfljót Lake, home of the legendary Lagarfljót Monster. Check under your bed before you get catch some shut eye at a hotel in town.

Day 4 - Lake Myvatn and North Iceland

On Day 4, you’ll pass into the otherworldly landscapes of Northeast Iceland. From Egilsstaðir, head north along the East Coast towards the Lake Myvatn Area. The change in landscape is unmistakable as you enter the barren lands around Myvatn. The day ends in Akureyri, the capital of the North.

Day Highlights

  • Lake Myvatn
  • Víti Crater
  • Dimmuborgir Lava Field
  • Goðafoss Waterfall
  • Akureyri

Included

  • Rental car
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
What to Do and See
  • Rjúkandi Waterfall stands along the Ring Road as you leave Egilsstaðir in the morning. The frothy white water rolls over a mossy hillside. 
  • Stóra-Víti Crater means “big hell” in Icelandic. Sounds about right! Stóra-Víti was formed when Krafla Volcano violently erupted in the 18th century. The enormous crater is now filled with electric blue water and is surrounded by the Hverir Geothermal Fields.
  • Hverarönd, or simply Hverir, is the vast geothermal area surrounding Stóra-Víti Crater and Krafla Volcano. The barren moonlike landscape is pockmarked with craters, bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, and hot springs.
  • Grjótagjá Cave is a narrow lava cave on the way to Lake Mývatn. Inside, dramatic rocky walls hang over the geothermal hot spring. The notorious outlaw Jón Markússon lived inside the cave in the 18th century. It was also the setting of the love scene between Jon Snow and Ygritte in “Game of Thrones.”
  • Lake Mývatn is hands down the greatest draw of North Iceland. The fourth-largest natural lake in the country is enclosed by a dramatic landscape of volcanoes, craters, and lava formations. Dip your toes in the hot geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths, the North’s answer to the Blue Lagoon. 
  • Dimmuborgir Lava Field, also known as the Black Fortress, will look familiar to anyone who’s watched Game of Thrones. The series of ink-black lava caves and rock formations resembles a collapsed citadel. In Icelandic folklore, Dimmuborgir is the gateway between Earth and Hell. 
  • Goðafoss Waterfall is the most historic waterfall in Iceland. The glassy sheet of water spills over a 30-meter wide semicircle of cliffs. According to legend, the lawspeaker of the Icelandic Parliament marked conversion to Christianity in 1000 CE when he hurled his pagan statues into the falls.
  • Akureyri is the largest town in North Iceland and your final stop for the day. Explore restaurants, bars and nightlife before you hit the hay.

Day 5 - Dalvík, West Iceland, and Reykjavik

Begin the homestretch back to Reykjavik! From Akureyri, make an optional stop in Dalvik for the best whale watching on Earth. Then follow the road along the North Coast towards the capital city. On the way, pass natural wonders like the Hvítserkur Sea Stack.

Day Highlights

  • Dalvík whale watching (optional)
  • Hvítserkur Sea Stack
  • Kolugljúfur Canyon
  • Grábrók Crater
  • Reykjavík

Included

  • Rental car
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
What to Do and See
  • Dalvík is the whale watching hub of Iceland. Book an optional whale watching tour starting at 9 a.m. This is the best place in Iceland to see humpback whales, minke whales, and even blue whales.
  • Hvítserkur Sea Stack looms out of the sea on stubby stone legs. In Norse legend, Hvítserkur was a naughty troll who stepped out to destroy the nearby church bells. When he walked into the sun, the bright rays turned him to stone. Other people say Hvítserkur Sea Stack looks more like a dragon or rhino. 
  • Kolugljúfur Canyon is a rugged ravine that creeps its way through Northwest Iceland. The dramatic Kolufossar Falls spurts over the rocky canyon. 
  • Grábrók Crater is a striking green mound in the hinterlands of West Iceland. Follow the footpath to the top of the 170-meter tall crater for stunning views of the surrounding countryside and fjord.
  • The Reykjavik Area brings you to the final stretch of today’s long journey! As you draw closer to the capital, admire the colorful sunset over the rolling green fields of West Iceland.

Day 6 - Reykjanes Peninsula and Departure

Experience the best of Reykjanes Peninsula, the area surrounding Reykjavik, before you head back to the airport. Take a day trip to rustic lighthouses, the Bridge Between the Continents, and the Blue Lagoon (optional extra). Then rest up at your hotel in the town of Borgarfjörður Eystri before your flight home.

Day Highlights

  • Kleifarvatn Lake
  • Hópsnesviti Lighthouse
  • Blue Lagoon (optional extra)
  • Reykjanesviti Lighthouse
  • Bridge Between the Continents

Included

  • Rental car
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
Things to Do and See
  • Kleifarvatn Lake is a huge body of water on the Reykjanes Peninsula with a storied past. Throughout history, Icelanders have hunted for the whale-sized monster that supposedly lives in its depths.
  • Hópsnesviti Lighthouse is a vibrant orange lighthouse that guides the way to Hópsnes Peninsula. The path to the lighthouse is marked by several shipwrecks, each marked by an informational plaque that tells their tale. 
  • The Blue Lagoon is one of those places you can’t leave Iceland without visiting. You need to add on the Blue Lagoon as an optional extra, but you’ll be glad you did. The steaming turquoise water is filled with minerals that are great for your skin, and it feels incredible. A dip in the geothermal pool is the ultimate way to relax after your whirlwind road trip. 
  • Reykjanesviti Lighthouse dates back to 1878, making it the oldest standing lighthouse in Iceland. Hike to the top of the hill where the lighthouse still stands for breathtaking views over Gunnuhver Geothermal Field.
  • The Bridge Between the Continents is a footbridge where you can walk the gap between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Stepping between these great geothermal forces is a fitting conclusion to your journey through the land of fire and ice.
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa

Blue Lagoon Geothermal SPA

Djupivogur Village

Djupivogur village


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