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Ring Road in Eastern Iceland.

About self drive tours in Iceland

One of the most popular ways to explore Iceland is by embarking on a road adventure with a car rental. It offers the freedom and flexibility you don’t get when traveling on a guided tour.

Embark on a self guided road trip around Iceland and witness the breathtaking landscapes of Iceland. As you hit the road, Iceland’s natural wonders will take your breath away: glaciers, lava fields, volcanoes, geothermal pools, hot springs, glacier lagoons, waterfalls, and other natural wonders, all framed by breathtaking vistas.

Iceland roadtrip.

Our Iceland self drive tour packages

You're in complete control when you choose an Iceland driving tour with us. Customise your self drive tours to suit your preferences, and let us handle the logistics. We arrange everything, from flights and accommodations to the perfect rental car tailored to your needs.

No Guide? No Problem!
Are you worried about missing fantastic sights or a famous route without a guide? Fear not. We provide a detailed itinerary with must-see sights, alternative itineraries, driving tips, optional activities, and safety advice, ensuring a seamless and memorable adventure.

Explore Iceland your way
So, if you are looking for a hassle-free way to explore Iceland, our self drive adventures are designed to make your journey as smooth and memorable as possible.

Landmannalaugar in Iceland.

Customizable self drive tour packages

We have designed our drive tours to ensure everything is arranged and planned for you to explore easily. However, you can customise the travel package to your liking.

For example, you have the flexibility to:

  • Extend your stay in Reykjavik with extra nights.
  • Choose between shared or private bathrooms for your accommodations.
  • Handpick your preferred vehicle to suit your comfort and needs.
  • Book activities of your choice, such as the Blue Lagoon, ice climbing, horseback riding, or other adventures.

Road in Westfjords, Iceland.

Why go on a self guided road trip in Iceland?

Få platser i världen erbjuder så många naturunder på en så kompakt yta som Island. Men en hyrbil kan du enkelt ta dig från en plats till en annan och på så sätt hinna upptäcka vulkaner, glaciärer, lavafält, vattenfall och gejsrar allt på en och samma resa.

På Island observerar du inte bara naturens skönhet, du fördjupar dig i den. Vår filosofi är att uppleva och utforska ön. Nöj dig inte bara med att titta utan omfamna alla otroliga äventyr som Island har att erbjuda och bli en sann upptäckare.

Self drive tour in winterly wonderland, Iceland.

Best time for a drive tour in Iceland 

Summer adventures (June - August)
If you crave the best weather conditions for your Icelandic road trip, look no further than the summer months of June to August. With mild weather and almost 24 hours of daylight, summer offers ideal conditions for exploring Iceland's diverse landscapes. Book accommodations, car and activities well in advance, as this is the peak tourist season.

Chasing the Northern Lights (September - March)
The best time for those pursuing the northern lights is the fall and the winter months, from September to March. These winter months provide optimal viewing conditions during the long nights.

Springtime savings (April - May)
Consider a springtime road trip if you're looking for more budget-friendly options and favourable road conditions. Springtime offers lower prices and pleasant weather for comfortable travel around Iceland.

Sunset road trip in Iceland.

Selecting your self drive itinerary

Choosing the ideal car rental and self drive itinerary from our packages can be challenging, especially if you've never visited Iceland. Yet, it ultimately hinges on your travel style and preferences:

  • Explore Iceland's regions individually, savoring each unique destination.
  • Embark on the ultimate all-encompassing road trip adventure.

Discover these popular Icelandic itineraries to help you get started:


The Golden Circle self drive adventure (300 Km.)

 

One popular self drive itinerary is the Golden Circle, which includes the famous Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park.

A day's journey
The route, approximately 300 km long, begins and ends in Reykjavik and has remarkable sights that make it an adventure worth experiencing. This route is ideal for those with limited time, as it can be completed in one day.

Chasing the Midnight Sun
However, for a more magical and unforgettable experience, consider avoiding the crowds and embark on the Golden Circle drive under the mesmerising midnight sun.


 

Iceland's Ring Road: An epic 1.332 Km journey

 

If you have the luxury of time, embarking along Iceland's Ring Road is a remarkable way to explore the country's most famous attractions. The Ring Road circles Iceland and is about 1.330 kilometres (828 miles) long.

An odyssey awaits

Prepare for an epic self drive with breathtaking scenery and many captivating experiences:

  • Witness the thundering waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss up close.
  • Navigate among floating icebergs in Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.
  • Stroll on Reynisfjara's volcanic black sand beach.
  • Witness erupting geysers at Geysir.
  • Take in the breathtaking scenery of the Eastfjords.
  • Head to north Iceland and explore Lake Myvatn's geothermal wonders.
  • While completing the drive in a week is possible, we recommend spending at least 10 to 14 days to allow more time to explore attractions and partake in thrilling activities.

 

Exploring the South Coast

 

The South Coast is Iceland's second most visited place after the Golden Circle. Easily accessible from Reykjavik, it offers some of Iceland's most stunning scenery.

Route overview
The world famous 401 km route is part of the Ring Road. While you can drive it in about 5-6 hours, the true joy of a road trip is taking your time and enjoying the journey.

Spectacular sights
You'll be treated to incredible sights like Reynisfjara's black-sand beaches and the impressive waterfalls at Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

Natural wonders
Vatnajökull National Park, with its glacier adventures, adds to the allure. Explore hidden gems Gljúfrabúi waterfall close to Seljalandsfoss and the Seljavallalaug outdoor pool. 

Relaxation and rejuvenation
Add a visit to the Blue Lagoon, and you have the perfect itinerary for 5-7 days of an ultimate road trip in the South of Iceland.
 


Venture beyond the beaten track

By venturing off the beaten path, you’ll experience a more peaceful side of Iceland.

Conquer the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

The Snaefellsnes peninsula has some of the most diverse landscapes in Iceland, including its glacier, Snaefellsjökull. It is often called Iceland in miniature, as you can experience all the best of Iceland within this 90-kilometer-long peninsula.

Kirkjufell in west Iceland.

Unveil the Icelandic Highlands

The Icelandic Highlands are remote, vast and fascinating land. They are only accessible via F-roads during the summer. This unique place offers some of the most remote and untouched landscapes in Iceland. You will need a sturdy 4x4 vehicle.

Highlands in Iceland.

Head to the North

Northern Iceland is less crowded than the south. Visit Akureyri, Iceland’s second-largest city, and drive around the scenic Tröllaskagi Peninsula.

Akureyri, north Iceland.

Explore the Westfjords

Embark on an adventure in the Westfjords, celebrated for its awe-inspiring fjords and untouched wilderness.

Westfjords in Iceland.

6 benefits of a self-drive tour in Iceland

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Freedom  

You have the freedom to travel at your own pace and decide what you want to visit and how long you want to spend at each place or attraction.

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Flexibility 

You set the date when you want to travel and for how long. You can also adjust your travel itinerary to your needs. 

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Personalization 

Make the trip your own and add some optional activities ​being consulted by a professional travel agent.

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Relax

You will have pre-booked accommodations each day and a professionally designed itinerary with all the necessary information to make your trip a success.

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Save money

Self-drive tours tend to be less expensive than traditional group tours since you won’t have a tour guide.

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Expert tips

Our self-drive tours come with the added benefit of having experts on hand before, during, and after your trip. 


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