Discover our self-drive tours in Iceland including car and accommodation whether traveling one, two or almost 3 weeks. Please note that the visits and highlights mentioned in itineraries are suggested, not included. Due to the very small amount of hotel and hostel in Iceland compared to the amount of tourist in high season, the itinerary can slightly change according to availability of hotels during the tour.
IMPORTANT: Depending on the time of year some internal roads are closed because of the snow. A vehicle type 4×4 is more appropriate before June and after August if you plan to drive outside of the main roads. Note: The puffins can be seen between May and August.(Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season from May 15 until June 23 and from mid- August the puffins will have gone back to the sea!). The Northern lights can be seen from October to April.
DAY 1 – WELCOME TO ICELAND! (approx. 50 KM)
Your memorable Icelandic adventure begins the very moment you arrive at Keflavík Airport. Once you pick up your rental vehicle, you will head directly for Reykjavík and your exciting, first night in Iceland. If your flight arrives early enough, we have a great suggestion for starting your trip off the right way: plan a visit to Iceland’s world-famous Blue Lagoon. Be sure to pack your swimsuit, so you can take a relaxing dip in the Lagoon’s soothing, geothermal waters, before heading to your hotel.
Accommodation: Reykjavik for 1 night
DAY 2 – REKJAVÍK – BORGARFJÖRÐUR – AKUREYRI (approx. 460 KM)
The first day of your road trip takes you toward the northern part of Iceland, ending in the north’s capital, Akureyri. As you head toward Borgarfjörður, we recommend stopping by the magnificent, Hraunfossar waterfalls, where the water seems to magically flow from the lava bed into the river below. You will then continue your journey towards Akureyri, passing through Skagarfjörður, known for its exceptional horse breeding; in fact, many stunning, Icelandic horses can be seen on your drive. Take some time to visit the museum at Glaumbaer, a beautifully restored turf farmhouse, one of the few that has been properly preserved in Iceland, before heading to Akureyri.
Accommodation: Akureyri area for 2 nights
DAY 3 – AKUREYRI – MÝVATN – AKUREYRI (approx. 230 KM)
Your entire day is dedicated to the marvels of the Lake Mývatn Nature Reserve, renowned as one of Iceland’s most inspiring, natural wonders. Exploring the wonders around the lake which is one of Iceland’s most interesting regions with fantastic volcanic formations, geothermal activity, and the lake itself, teeming with bird life, particularly ducks. Take a walk at the Dimmuborgir lava formations and the Skutustadir pseudo craters. Visit the amazing boiling mud pools and steam vents of Námaskard, and the Krafla area, where a series of volcanic eruptions took place from 1975 – 1984.On the way to Mývatn, plan to stop at the impressive Goðafoss waterfall, known as “the waterfall of the gods”. At the day’s end, you will return to Akureyri for a second overnight stay.
DAY 4 – AKUREYRI – TJÖRNES – DETTIFOSS – ÁSBYRGI – EGILSSTAÐIR (approx. 360 KM)
Today we recommend you pass through Húsavík and the Tjörnes Peninsula to reach Jökulsárgljúfur National Park (Canyon of Jökulsá River). Húsavík is a fishing village and is one of the most popular places for whale watching trips. After visiting Húsavík, continue to the Tjörnes Peninsula. You will first visit Ásbyrgi, a huge horseshoe-shaped canyon that offers several walking possibilities. After strolling through Ásbyrgi, continue to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. In the afternoon you follow the road through an almost inhabited desert region, Möðrudalsöraefi, until you reach the Egilsstaðir region.
Accommodation: Egilsstaðir area for 1 night
DAY 5 – EGILSSTAÐIR – EAST FJORDS – HÖFN (approx. 270 KM)
Today is the day to discover the East Fjords. Starting toward the fjord Reyðarfjörður, where a small World War II history museum is located, you continue along the fjords toward Southeast Iceland. In Stodvardjördur a local lady has collected an impressive number of minerals and stones, presented in Petra’s Stone Collection. Passing small fishing villages like Breiðalsvik and Djúpivogur, at times the road hangs precariously high on the mountain slopes. Finally, you drive through the tunnel of Alamnnaskarð to arrive in the Höfn region, where you will spend the night.
Accommodation: Höfn area for 1 night
DAY 6 – HÖFN – JÖKLSÁRLÓN – SKAFTAFELL – VÍK (approx. 280 KM)
Your next stop is Iceland’s scenic southeast. After passing various outlet glaciers belonging to Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, you’ll arrive at the stunningly surreal beauty of Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon. The exceptional sight sits at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur. Skaftafell National Park is another area worth a visit. The oasis, surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains, offers a broad range of options for great hiking. Continue through Kirkjubaejarklaustur village, the Eldhraun lava field and the Mýrdalssandur plain, before you arrive in the Vík area.
Accommodation: Vík area for 1 night
DAY 7 VÍK – SKÓGAR – GOLDEN CIRCLE – REYKJAVÍK (approx. 350 KM)
Begin the day with a refreshing walk on Reynisfjara, a magnificent black sand beach with basalt columns of all sizes and shapes. Next to discover are the powerful Skógafoss waterfall and Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall renowned not only for its beauty but also because it is possible to walk behind it and through to the other side.
Continue to explore the attractions along the “Golden Circle” with the famous Gullfoss, surely one of the country’s most beautiful waterfalls. Only a few kilometers away is the Geysir area where the geyser Strokkur ejects its water column high into the air every 5 – 10 minutes and where numerous small springs boil and bubble. Finally, you drive to Thingvellir National Park, a historical site where the Icelandic parliament was founded in the 10th century. It is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List and considered one of the geological wonders of the world where you will see astonishing fissures and lava fields. After a walk through the park, drive back to Reykjavík.
Accommodation: Reykjavik for 1 night
DAY 8 – DEPARTURE (approx. 50 KM)
Drive back to Keflavík Airport for your flight. Depending on your flight time, you may be able to spend the last day in Reykjavík; or book an extra night to experience all the amazing things that the city has to offer.
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