Complete Iceland (Self-drive)

9-day / 8-night self-drive holiday

Complete Iceland (Self-drive)

This exciting self-drive itinerary sees you follow a course around Iceland’s ring road, completing a full circuit of the country in 9 days and covering several of the country’s “must-see” highlights! The itinerary is suitable for travel in both winter and summer months, and can easily be extended to include additional locations.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Iceland – drive to Hveragerdi

    Arrive Keflavik Airport, collect your rental car and electronic tablet with travel app and guide, and then proceed to your hotel in Hveragerdi, a small provincial town on the southern Icelandic coast. The 100km (90 mins) drive from Keflavik Airport to Hveragerdi will take you along the southern shore of the Reykjanes Peninsula, with fabulous views of the Icelandic coastline.

  2. Day 2: Exploring Iceland’s “Golden Circle”

    Today, our suggested route will see you explore a section of Iceland’s “Golden Circle”, comprising several of the country’s most impressive natural wonders.

  3. Day 3: Vatnajokull National Park & Hofn

    Your journey continues east along the southern shore of Iceland to the Eldhraun lave fields. The product of the largest lava eruption in modern history, Eldhraun is a spectacular landscape of craters and moss-covered volcanic rock. The vast, lunar-esque landscape is also where the Apollo 11 crew came to train for their moonwalk.

  4. Day 4: Hofn to Egilsstadir

    Depart Hofn after breakfast and journey via Almannaskard Pass to Egilsstadir and the Eastern Fjords, stopping to take in the stunning coastal views en route. This is a lengthy drive of approx. 3 hours through often-spectacular landscapes.

  5. Day 5: Lake Myvatn and Namaskard Pass

    Today’s journey will take you via Modrudalsoraefi, a vast desert plateau, to the beautiful volcanic lake of Myvatn. En route, you’ll pass through the Namaskard Pass, a geothermal valley containing sulfuric mudpools of many colours and hues.

  6. Day 6: Akureyri & Siglufjordur

    This morning, before departing for Akureyri, you’ll have some time to continue your exploration of Lake Myvatn, taking in any of the scenic spots missed during your explorations yesterday afternoon.

  7. Day 7: Skagafjordur

    This morning can be spent exploring Siglufjordur. The northernmost town in Iceland, Siglufjordur is a fishing community that has been at the centre of Iceland’s herring trade for over a century, a history which you can learn more about at the town’s herring museum.

  8. Day 8: Thingvellir & Reykjavik

    This morning can be spent exploring the region around Borgar fjord, including the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, and Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring.

  9. Day 9: International departure

    Drive to Keflavik International Airport, drop off your hire car, and check-in for your international flight home. Keflavik is approx. 1 hour’s drive from central Reykjavik.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared twin/double accommodation and travel in low season (May). Shoulder season (Jun & Sept) rates start from £1,370 per person; high season (Jul-Aug) from £1,590 per person. For group and family rates, please contact us.

9 days from £1095pp


9 days from £1095pp

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