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8 Day Ring Road Self-Drive Tour - SD09

8 Day Road Trip Around Iceland’s Ring Road

Drive all around Iceland on the Ring Road! You’ll begin at the famous Golden Circle and then head down Iceland’s beautiful South Coast. The journey then takes you to the Eastfjords before heading north to the Diamond Circle, Lake Myvatn, and more. You’ll stop at the whale-watching hub of Dalvik before you explore the mystical Troll Peninsula. On the last days, you’ll drive into Reykjavik. Explore Iceland's vibrant capital and cap off the adventure at the Blue Lagoon. If you want to feel the wind on your face in Iceland, this 8-day odyssey is the tour for you!

Included in your 8-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: 8 days

Available: All year

Age limit: 8 Years

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • Self Drive Experience
  • The Golden Circle (Thingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss)
  • The Ring Road
  • South Coast (Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Dyrholaey, Reynisfjara)
  • Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull (optional extra)
  • Vatnajokull National Park
  • Svartifoss waterfall
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • The Diamond Beach
  • Vestrahorn
  • Hallormsstadaskogur Forest
  • Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss Waterfalls
  • Dettifoss Waterfall
  • Hverarond and Namafjall
  • Myvatn
  • Godafoss waterfall
  • Akureyri, the Capital of The North
  • Dalvik Whale Watching (optional extra)
  • Kolugljufur Canyon
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
  • Akranes Lighthouse
  • Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Pick-up:

You can collect your car from either Keflavik International Airport or Reykjavik. Please state your preferred pickup point during the booking process.

We offer the same choice on departure. You can drop your car back in Keflavik if you are catching a flight. Drop it back in Reykjavik if you’re planning to spend more time in Iceland.

Remember to bring:

Warm clothes; Hiking shoes; A driver's license; Sunglasses; Bathing suits and towels

Drop-off:

By default your drop-off location is always set to Keflavik international airport (KEF), no matter which pickup location you select.

You can however drop-off the car at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik, on the last day. If you prefer this drop-off location, you can change the drop-off location afterwards (details can be found in the confirmation email).

Included:

Accommodation for 9 nights w. breakfast; Rental car for 8 days (with all basic insurances: Collision Damage Waiver, Personal Accident Insurance and Theft protection); Detailed itinerary and information package

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 extras:

  • Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull glacier. Instructions on booking the tour are presented in the itinerary after purchase.
  • Whale watching in Dalvik

from:
119 513 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).

This self-drive adventure around the Ring Road is the ultimate tour for independent travelers. You’ll be free to discover the wonders of Iceland at your own pace. Along the way, explore breathtaking waterfalls, giant glaciers, steaming geysers and hot springs, UNESCO world heritage sites, and more. You’ll see the highlights and hidden gems of the Golden Circle, the Diamond Circle, Snaefellsnes National Park, and Reykjavik.

From behind the wheel, all of Iceland is at your fingertips. 

You can add on optional activities to bring extra adventure to your trip. Tack on glacier hikes, whale watching expeditions, and a dip in the Blue Lagoon. Optional extras are clearly marked and can be added during or after booking. 

Pack your bags, rev up your engines, and gear up for the adventure of a lifetime!

Day 1 - Golden Circle - The Heart of Iceland

Your self-drive adventure begins as soon as you pick up your car at Keflavik International Airport.

The first stop on the Golden Circle is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Althingi, the world’s oldest parliament, was established here in 930 C.E. In Thingvellir, a seismic rift valley marks the divide between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Thingvellir is also home to the incredible Silfra Fissure. This sapphire sea canyon has the best underwater visibility in the world. We offer snorkeling and diving tours in Silfra Fissure, where you can literally swim between North America and Europe. Discover why Silfra was rated one of Trip Advisor’s top activities in 2019!

The next stop is Geysir Geothermal Area. The star of the show is Strokkur, an erupting geyser that throws jets of water 20-40 meters into the air. You’ll also see the Great Geysir, from which all geysers get their name.

The final stop on the Golden Circle is the legendary Gullfoss Waterfall (“the golden falls”). The golden cascade crashes down two lava steps into a green canyon. While at Gullfoss, we recommend signing up for one of our optional glacier snowmobile tours on nearby Langjökull Glacier. You can also explore a blue ice cave or raft through Gullfoss Canyon.

Your hotel for the evening is in Selfoss. Pay a visit to the Selfoss Public Swimming Pool and grab a quick soak in a hot tub. Then it’s time to retire to your hotel and get some rest before tomorrow’s adventures.

Day 2 - South Coast

Day 2 takes you to Iceland’s famous South Coast. Marvel at black sand beaches, mighty glaciers, gushing waterfalls, and quaint coastal villages.

First you’ll stop at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. The tall cascade drops 200 ft into a small pool below. We recommend climbing the cliff path that leads behind the cascade. See the power of water from behind the falls! 

From Seljalandsfoss, you can walk 10 minutes north to Gljufrabui Waterfall, located inside a narrow canyon. Gljufrabui’s cascade clings to the mossy canyon walls as it snakes its way down. We recommend bringing waterproof gear and rain boots, as you’re definitely going to get sprayed! 

The final South Coast Waterfall, Skogafoss, is a 30-minute drive away. Skogafoss Waterfall tumbles 100 ft into an impressive canyon below. In summer, the mist around the falls forms magnificent double rainbows. 

Next, you can meet us at the base camp near Sólheimajökull Glacier for a glacier hike (an optional extra). Sólheimajökull is nestled between Katla and Eijafjallajökkull volcanoes. The glacier is very popular thanks to its easy climbing and majestic views.

You’ll then drive to Dyrhólaey, a viewing platform perched 400 ft above the Atlantic Ocean. Many seabirds, including puffins, nest in the cliffs below. You can then stroll on nearby Reynisfjara Beach to see Iceland’s most famous black sand beach for yourself! 

Your final stop of the day is the picturesque village of Vik. The village teeters on a cliff above the ocean while Mýrdalsjökull Glacier rises high above it. A red-roofed church stands on a hill overlooking the village, providing some of the most spectacular views in Iceland.

Your hotel for the evening is in Vik or the Klaustur area.

Day 3 - Skaftafell & Jökulsárlón

Day three takes you through the Southern Lowlands. The landscape is among the most spectacular in the land of fire and ice.

You’ll pass Mt. Kalfafell on your way to Skaftafell Nature Area, one of the best hiking areas in the country. You’ll catch a glimpse of Skaftafellsjokull Glacier, surrounded by some of the most popular hiking trails in Iceland. You can book a glacier hiking or ice climbing tour (optional extra). 

Close to Skaftafell is the famous Svartifoss Waterfall (“black waterfall”). At Svartifoss, incredible basalt columns dangle like stalactites around the beautiful cascade. 

The next stop on the Ring Road is Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Icebergs of all shapes and sizes glitter on the lagoon’s surface. While you’re in the area, be sure to visit the famous Diamond Beach. Icebergs from the lagoon wash up on its black sand shores. 

Your hotel for the evening is in Hofn, a 65-minute drive from Jökulsárlón.

Day 4 - Eastfjords

Day 4 starts with gorgeous views of Vestrahorn Mountain. Vestrahorn is one of the most photographed mountains in the world because of the trio of horns that puncture the horizon. 

Vestrahorn also marks the gateway to Iceland’s Eastfjords. The fjords combine serenity with sublime beauty. You’ll cover 60 miles of winding road until you reach the town of Djúpivogur. 

Djúpivogur is a great place to hike and birdwatch. Adorable puffins nest in the area, along with other migrating seabirds. On a clear day, you may see playful seals pop their heads above the water.

Next, you’ll explore East Iceland’s two most famous waterfalls. The waters of Hengifoss, a 400-ft cascade, tumbles over colorful rocks as it journeys towards the sea. The 40-minute hike to Hengifoss also takes you past Litlanesfoss Waterfall, where epic basalt stacks rise around the rushing torrent. Hike above the waterfall to see stunning views of the basalt columns from above.

As you near Egilsstadir, you'll pass Lagarfljót Lake, known for the monster said to live in its murky depths. If you're feeling brave, a local boat operator offers tours of the lake.

Settle in for the night in Egilsstadir, the Capital of the East. You’ll spend the night in a local guesthouse or country hotel.

Day 5 - To Akureyri, The Capital of The North

Day 5 takes you through Iceland's remote northeastern region. Expect to see reindeer, arctic foxes, and Icelandic horses roaming across the tundra.

Your first stop of the day is Dettifoss Waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. The 328-ft wide cascade thunders over a basalt cliff and crashes into a rugged canyon below. 

Dettifoss marks the easternmost point of the Diamond Circle route. The next part of the road takes you through the surreal desert surrounding Hverarond and Námafjall. The barren landscape is dotted with mud pits and bubbling hot springs. This is as close to walking Mars as you can get! 

Once you return to the road, you’ll see life again as you get closer to the Lake Myvatn area. The lake is in a deep volcanic crater that was created by volcanic activity 2300 years ago. 

We recommend visiting nearby Hverfjall Crater, a 1300-ft former volcano. At the summit, you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of black ash and patchwork colors.

A younger crater called Viti (“hell”) is also nearby. Viti was created by a massive eruption in 1724. The eruption left behind a violent mud spring that bubbled for more than a century. Today, it’s filled with sapphire water.

Not far from Viti stand the Dimmuborgir rock formations. The rocks stand like an ancient citadel. Fans of Game of Thrones may recognize the Dimmuborgir rocks — they played a starring role in the series! 

The Myvatn Nature Baths are North Iceland’s version of the Blue Lagoon. These natural hot pools are great for a relaxing soak after your long days on the road. They’re located on the very edge of Lake Myvatn and offer sublime views over the lake’s green islands.

The next stop on the Ring Road is the historic Goðafoss Waterfall (“waterfall of the gods”). The waterfall is exquisitely beautiful, thanks to its crescent-shaped cascade and gorgeous surroundings. 

You’ll spend the night in Akureyri, the Capital of the North. Akureyri has a vibrant cultural scene, including excellent restaurants and trendy nightlife.

Day 6 - Whale Watching and Troll Peninsula

Your next destination on the North Coast is the charming village of Dalvik, Iceland’s whale watching hub. You can book an optional whale watching tour for the morning. 

Whale watching tours from Dalvik have a 98% success rate. You have the chance to see humpbacks, minke whales, dolphins, and even blue whales! From Dalvik you can also go ice climbing, alpine climbing, sailing, and heliskiing.

The road back south winds through the famous Trollaskagi Peninsula. The first point of interest is Hofos, a former trading hub. The historic log-built warehouse in Hofos is one of the oldest buildings in Iceland and now houses the National Museum. The village also has an amazing swimming pool with views over the ocean.

By now you’ll be in the heart of the Troll Peninsula, famed for its fun twists and turns. The road leads to Hvitserkur, a fascinating basalt stack hanging over the peninsula. Hvitserkur looks like a giant dragon drinking from the sea.

Your hotel for the evening is near Vatnsnes, a charming town with lots of Arctic wildlife. A large seal colony lives on the peninsula, along with a variety of seabirds. Another point of interest is Borgarvirki Crater, a huge natural basalt structure that was once used as a fortress.

Day 7 - Borgarfjörður & Reykjavík

Day 7 on the Ring Road brings you back to Reykjavik. On the way, you’ll pass many beautiful attractions. The road hugs Vatnsnes Peninsula and passes the gorgeous Arctic shoreline, rolling hills, and Iceland’s version of the Arctic tundra.

The first stop of the day is Grabrok Volcanic Crater, a 3400-year-old volcanic fissure just off the Ring Road. The crater is 170 meters tall and offers breathtaking views of Borgarfjordur and other volcanic craters. 

Next up is Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. A series of walkways bring you thrillingly close to Deildartunguhver. The hot spring supplies surrounding towns with hot water, one reason Iceland is the most eco-friendly country on Earth.

You’ll then come to a pair of magnificent waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Hraunfossar (“the lava falls”) is a series of tiny cascades that flow out of a sprawling lava field. 

The frothy white water, rich vegetation, and mineral deposits create a riot of color.

Barnafoss Waterfall (“the children’s falls”) stands nearby. The name originates from a tragic folk saga about two children who perished in the cascade. Their mother destroyed the dangerous arch that crossed Barnafoss so that no child would die there again.

The road back to Reykjavik leads through Akranes, a rustic port town. Two picturesque lighthouses stand at the tip of the harbor. 

You should return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon or early evening to get the most out of Iceland's vibrant capital. Reykjavik has something for everyone, including museums and art galleries, some of the best restaurants in Europe, and a buzzing nightlife. 

Your hotel tonight is in Reykjavik. Drop off the car and go exploring on foot!

Day 8 - Complete the Ring Road Loop

Day 8’s itinerary is flexible. If your flight is in the morning, head straight to Keflavik International Airport. If your flight is in the afternoon or evening, explore more of Reykjavik or see the incredible Reykjanes Peninsula.

The Blue Lagoon on Reykjanes Peninsula was rated a modern wonder of the world by National Geographic. The pool is set in a rugged lava field. The mineral-rich geothermal water is famous for its skin healing properties. No visit to the land of fire and ice is complete without a soak in the Blue Lagoon!

The volcanic landscape of Reykjanes Peninsula was once the focal point of Icelandic tourism. Drive to the famous Bridge Between the Continents, where you can walk between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

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