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IcelandThe great Icelandic road trip

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Welcome to the essential, 14 day, self-drive tour of Iceland's Ring Road! If driving yourself around isn't what you had in mind, consider riding shotgun while our experienced drivers do their thing. However you decide to proceed, one thing is certain, we're truly glad you're ready to fully immerse yourself in Iceland. This unspoiled playground full of fjords, parks, jaw dropping waterfalls & charm...

Welcome to the essential, 14 day, self-drive tour of Iceland's Ring Road! If driving yourself around isn't what you had in mind, consider riding shotgun while our experienced drivers do their thing. However you decide to proceed, one thing is certain, we're truly glad you're ready to fully immerse yourself in Iceland. This unspoiled playground full of fjords, parks, jaw dropping waterfalls & charming villages is sure to please with its blend of nature, activities, culture & cuisine. When your senses can't handle any more stimulation and your feet begin to ache, a rejuvenating soak in natural thermal pools will prepare you for whatever comes next!

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Trip highlights
  • Horseback riding
    Horseback riding
  • Mountain
    Mountain
  • Nature escape
    Nature escape
  • Local cuisine
    Local cuisine
  • Volcano
    Volcano

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Day 1: Iceland arrival!

And so it begins...

Transfer to your accommodation in Reykjavík

• After check-in stop by for an optional introduction meeting

• Begin to enjoy the vibrant capital city at your own pace

• Visit the classic highlights along with new local shops, cafés and restaurants

Visited:
ReykjavikHarpa

Day 2: Snaefellsnes peninsula

• After breakfast, scoop up your rental vehicle and head towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula

• Explore Sönghellir cave and the spectacular Hellnar Cove

• Visit lovely coastal villages along the peninsula

Visited:
Snæfellsnes

Day 3: The West Fjords

• Today, travel to the majestic Western Fjords

Board a ferry in Stykkishólmur and cross the Breiðafjörður Bay (3h)

• Marvel at the 400+ meter vertical drop of Látrabjarg cliff

• Be spellbound by Rauðisandur red sand beach

• Return to Patreksfjörður


Day 4: Charming coastal villages

• Drive to the charming old town of Ísafjörður

• On the way, pass through the tiny villages of Patreksfjörður, Tálknafjörður and Bíldudalur

• Continue to the Arnarfjörður fjord and hike up to the top of Dynjandi, one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls

• Visit Skrúður botanical garden

• Finish the day in cosy village of Ísafjörður

Visited:
Breiðavík, Isafjordur, Patreksfjordur, Dynjandi

Day 5: Strandir and Holmavik area

• Today, visit some of the most remote areas of Iceland

• Take a boat cruise from Ísafjörður around Hornbjarg cliff to isolated Reykjafjörður (summer only)

• Or, weave your way to the village of Hólmavík, the capital of ancient sorcery and mysticism

• If you have time, visit the sorcery and witchcraft museum


Day 6: Onwards to Akureyri

• Drive from Hólmavík to Akureyri, the northern capital

• Stop in Skagafjörður for Icelandic horseback riding or enjoy a thrilling river rafting adventure (grade III/IV)

• In Akureyri, you will find a popular geothermal heated water park

• Time permitting, check out the botanical garden, the Akureyri Church, the Hof Culture Center and Hliðarfjall ski area

Visited:
AkureyriHvítserkur

Day 7: Lake Myvatn

• Head for surreal Lake Mývatn

• En route, witness the spectacular Goðafoss

• In Mývatn, explore the Skútustaðir pseudo craters, Dimmuborgir lava field, Mt. Hverfjall, Krafla volcano and the Námaskarð thermal area

• In the evening, visit the Mývatn Nature Baths for a relaxing dip in a geothermal pool


Day 8: Diamond Circle and Egilsstadir

• Next up, the Diamond Circle route (summer only)

• Stop in Húsavík, famous for its whale watching tours

• Head to Ásbyrgi canyon, a beautiful forested canyon forged by the hoof of Odin’s eight-legged stallion

• Continue to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall

• Drive along black volcanic deserts and deep valleys to arrive at Egilsstaðir

Visited:
EgilsstaðirHusavikÁsbyrgiDettifossJökulsárgljúfur

Day 9: The East Fjords

• Drive through the rugged East Fjords of Iceland, visiting peaceful fishing villages on the way

• In Djúpivogur, check out the Eggs of Merry Bay art installation

• Then, onto Höfn - the lobster capital of Iceland


Day 10: Jökulsarlon & Skaftafell

• Take a boat ride among icebergs (summer only)

• Continue to Skaftafell, a lush green oasis

Hike to Svartifoss (2h), surrounded by black basalt columns

• Arrive in Kirkjubæjarklaustur, origin of Iceland’s first monastery


Day 11: The South coast

• Visit Fjaðárgljúfur canyon and continue through the Eldhraun lava field towards Vík, home of the black volcanic beach of Reynisfjara

• Stop at the Dyrhólaey peninsula, the nesting ground of thousands of seabirds (summer only)

• A little further east you’ll find Skógar and the picture perfect Skógafoss waterfall

• Close by is Skógar Folk Museum displaying reconstructed turf houses

• Follow the path and find your way behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfall

• Arrive in the village of Hvolsvöllur

Visited:
Reynisfjara, DyrhólaeyVík, Skogar

Day 12: The Golden Circle route

• Drive to the Kerið crater, known for its crystal-clear water

• From there, drive to the Gullfoss waterfall

• Sample the traditional Icelandic meat soup at Gullfoss café

• Stick around for a spout from the Strokkur geyser (every 10 minutes)

• Don’t miss a chance to taste some hot spring baked rye bread!

• Afterwards, head for Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Head back to Reykjavik & return the rental car at arrival


Day 13: Reykjavik day at leisure

• Enjoy a free day in the vibrant capital

• Do some people watching at a nice cafe in town

• Perhaps, visit some of the highlights such as Hallgrímskirkja church, Perlan dome, the Solar Voyager sculpture or Harpa Music Center

• Later, explore the city's world-famous nightlife

Visited:
ReykjavikHarpa

Day 14: Departure day

• If your flight is in the afternoon, we recommend a revitalizing soak at the Blue Lagoon

Transfer to Keflavik international airport

Safe travels!


ReykjavikHarpaSnæfellsnesStykkisholmurBreiðafjörðurBreiðavíkIsafjordurPatreksfjordurDynjandiIsafjordurHolmavikAkureyriHvítserkurMývatnGoðafossEgilsstaðirHusavikÁsbyrgiDettifossJökulsárgljúfurHofnFáskrúðsfjörðurJökulsárlónSvartifossSkaftafellReynisfjaraDyrhólaeyVíkSkogarSelfossGullfossGeysirBlue Lagoon

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

SeasonPrice Per Adult
Average trip price
From March to September $4,090

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
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  • Rental car

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  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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