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Iceland Self Drive Tour

8 Days / 20 locations in Iceland

Drive through the most magnificent natural sights that Iceland has to offer.You will drive across picturesque villages, past waterfalls, hot springs, geysers, and ancient Icelandic sights. Explore lava formations, fjords, and icebergs during this unforgettable one week adventure vacation.


Day 1     Keflavik - Hveragerdi
Accommodation: Ork Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Geothermal Lagoon – Flower village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Approximate mileage: ca. 100 km / 62 miles

Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.

From Keflavík International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerði. The village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the flower village.

Depending on your arrival time in Iceland it is ideal to visit the renowned Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal water.

optional: Blue Lagoon with entrance & towel

Day 2     Thingvellir - Geysir - Vik
Meals: Breakfast

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – Puffin Colony - Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore

Approximate mileage: ca. 310 km / 193 miles

Today's highlights include Thingvellir National Park a place of great geological and historical interest, the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot-spring area. Drive along the south shore, viewing Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the black sand beaches around Vík and Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

Optional: Snowmobiling on Myrdalsjokull Glacier (from Basecamp) |Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - Entrance fee

Day 3     Vik - Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon
Meals: Breakfast

Lava Fields - Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier

Approximate mileage: ca. 270 km / 168 miles

Drive through the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, site of a medieval convent. Explore Skaftafell, a green oasis nestled below the great Vatnajokull glacier. Skaftafell is part of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest of its type in Western Europe. Continue across black sand plains created by glacial activity. Stop at the incredible Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, a filming location for many Hollywood blockbusters. Then head onwards to the charming harbour town Hofn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.

Overnight in the Hornafjordur area.

Optional: Boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon; glacier hike in Skaftafell area.

Day 4     Hofn - Egilsstadir
Meals: Breakfast

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Mineral Collection

Approximate mileage: ca. 300 km / 186 miles

Drive along the rugged coastline of the East Fjords with their towering mountains and charming fishing villages. On the way you have the option of taking a boat tour to Papey Island where thousands of puffins nest in the summer or visit Petra's famous collection of local stones and minerals at Stöðvarfjörður.( booked locally)

Optional: Dinner with the Locals (from Egilsstadir, East Iceland)

Day 5     Egilsstadir - Dettifoss - Husavik
Meals: Breakfast

Highland Desert – Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall – Glacier Carved Gorge – Whale Watching

Approximate mileage: ca. 310 km / 193 miles

Travel across Möðrudalsöræfi highlands renowned for their stark, untouched beauty towards Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. Visit the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Ásbyrgi. Drive onwards to Tjörnes peninsula and the friendly Húsavík fishing port.

Optional: Whale watching from Húsavík

Day 6     Lake Myvatn - Akureyri - Skagafjordur
Meals: Breakfast

Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Activity – Rich Birdlife – Waterfall "Of the Gods" – Iceland's Second Largest City

Approximate mileage: ca. 130 km / 81 miles

Explore highlights of the Lake Mývatn area, including the mystical volcanic formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Námaskarð and Krafla volcanic area. Drive to Goðafoss waterfall, the capital of the north Akureyri or Skagafjörður area.

Day 7     Varmahlid - Reykholt - Borgarnes - Hvalfjordur
Meals: Breakfast

Fertile Farmlands - Glacial Rivers - Folk Museum - Scenic Fjord

Approximate mileage: ca. 490 km / 305 miles

Drive through the historical region of Skagafjordur renowned for horse breeding. You have an option of visiting the old farmstead at Glaumbaer a great example of old Icelandic architecture. Continue to the bay of Hunafloi and across Holtavorduheidi plateau, enter Borgarfjordur area. Return to Reykjavik in the evening.

Another option is to travel across the barren wasteland on the Kjolur highland road (4WD needed, track open from mid-June through August), to the geothermal wilderness oasis at Hveravellir before driving to Reykjavik.

Day 8     Reykjavik - Keflavik
Meals: Breakfast

Arrangements end after breakfast.



Price in USD per person in double room with private facilities with recommended Compact Car (cat 2) May- September and economy 4WD (cat 1.3) for April. Inquire for rates on other car categories.


Please note that the package price is based on 7 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 8 an additional supplement will be neccessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 7day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.

Prices reflect recommended Category 2 car, April-September

Car Categories

Grp 1.0 Economy 2wd Toyota Yaris or similar

Grp 1.1 Economy 2wd Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar

Grp 2.0 Compact 2wd Toyota Auris or similar

Grp 2.6 Compact 2wd Toyota Auris Automatic or similar

Grp 3.0 Intermediate 2wd Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar

Grp 3.1 Intermediate 2wd Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar

Grp 4.0 Intermediate 4wd Station Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar

Grp 4.1 Intermediate 4wd Station Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar

Grp 5.0 Medium 4wd Toyota RAV4 4wd or similar

Grp 5.1 Medium 4wd Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic or similar

Grp 5.2 Medium 4wd Dacia Duster or similar

Grp 5.6 Medium 4wd Kia Sorento Automatic or similar

Grp 7.1 Large 4wd Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic or similar

Grp 9.9 Full size 4wd passenger van VW Caravelle 9 seater or simila

Price Includes
Daily Breakfast
Hotel Accommodation As in Itinerary With Daily Breakfast
Use of a Tablet With Detailed Itinerary, and Road Maps
Rental Car, Gp 2, Cdw, Unlimited Miles, Tp & 2 Drivers
Price Does Not Include
 Optional Excursions