Around Iceland's ring road self-drive tour

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Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Exploring the craggy landscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula en route. Soaking in the geothermally heated waters of the Secret Lagoon surrounded by dramatic Icelandic landscapes. visit the Hafnarhólmi puffin colony and search for elves near Borgafjörður Eystri, or hike the array of trails that cross the fjordland scenery.
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Trip type
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Soak in the geothermal waters of the Secret Lagoon, in the heart of the Golden Circle.
    • Marvel at intricate frozen formations on a guided visit to an ice cave.
    • Spot clownish puffins nesting along the coast.
    • Cruise among sculptural icebergs on a boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
    • See the world’s largest lava field, formed by an eruption hundreds of years ago.

What's this trip about?

    Exploring the craggy landscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula en route. Soaking in the geothermally heated waters of the Secret Lagoon surrounded by dramatic Icelandic landscapes. visit the Hafnarhólmi puffin colony and search for elves near Borgafjörður Eystri, or hike the array of trails that cross the fjordland scenery.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityReykjavík
End CityStykkishólmur

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Nature & Wildlife


  • Europe
  • Iceland


  • Akureyri
  • Lake Myvatn
  • Reykjavík
  • Vatnajökull National Park


  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Horseback riding & Equestrian
  • Nature
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Wildlife viewing

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Day 1: Reykjavík

Accommodation options: Centerhotel Miðgarður, Hotel Borg, Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina & Reykjavík Residence Hotel

Arriving at Keflavík airport, collect your rental car and make own your way to Reykjavík, which is around an hour’s drive away. All insur...

Day 2: Hella

Accommodation: Hotel Rangá

Venture out of Reykjavík and spend the day exploring the highlights of the Golden Circle on your self-drive tour. Don’t miss the diverging tectonic plates at Þingvellir National Park, erupting geysers at Geysir Geothermal Area, and th...

Day 3: Vík

Accommodation: Hotel Vík

Make your way to the south coast, home of some of Iceland’s most renowned waterfalls and volcanoes. Before you travel, we’ll offer some recommendations on where to go on your self-drive tour. This afternoon, join a small-group tour to a naturally formed ice cave on Kötlujökull glacier and wander through its frozen formations.

Day 4: Hof

Accommodation: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Continue your drive east and venture through the barren landscape around Kirkjubæjarklaustur. You’ll drive past the Eldhraun lava field – one of the biggest in the world – and close to Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, before arriving at your hotel, close to Vatnajökull National Park and its immense ice cap.

Day 5: Hof

Accommodation: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Your focus today is Vatnajökull National Park and southeast Iceland. Watch bergy bits calve off the Vatnajökull ice cap and drift serenely along Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon on a guided Zodiac boat tour, and wander through ...

Day 6: Egilsstaðir

Accommodation: Gistihúsið — Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir

Begin your morning by joining a small-group, guided tour to the Ingólfshöfði promontory which is known for its thriving population of puffins who come here to nest in the towering cliffs each summer. On a clear...

Day 7: Egilsstaðir

Accommodation: Gistihúsið — Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir

Spend a full day at leisure in the Eastfjords. You might like to visit one of Iceland’s tallest waterfalls, Hengifoss, visit the Hafnarhólmi puffin colony and search for elves near Borgafjörður Eystri, or hike the array of trails that cross the fjordland scenery.

Day 8: Lake Mývatn

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Mývatn

Your self-drive tour takes you north away from the coast and through the barren volcanic scenery to Lake Mývatn. As you travel, you’ll see a landscape dotted with craters, bubbling mud pools and steaming fumaroles rising f...

Day 9: Akureyri

Accommodation: Hotel Kea Akureyri

Embark on a self-guided tour of the so-called Diamond Circle: a network of key attractions in north Iceland. Your first stop is thundering Dettifoss – Europe’s largest waterfall by volume – before reaching the gaping Ásbyrgi ca...

Day 10: Varmahlíð

Accommodation: Hestasport Cottages

Continue your drive west through the rolling countryside of north Iceland. This region is well known in Iceland for its horse farms and this afternoon you’ll join a small-group tour on horseback. The hardy Icelandic horse is k...

Day 11: Stykkishólmur

Accommodation: Hótel Egilsen

Today you will reach the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on your self-drive tour. Tonight, stay in the quaint fishing village of Stykkishólmur, which lies on the shoreline of Breiðafjörður Bay. Watch boats come and go from the marina and enjoy a fresh seafood dinner by the waterfront.

Day 12: Stykkishólmur

Accommodation: Hótel Egilsen

Spend the day driving around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, which is often described as ‘Iceland in miniature. It’s a great round-up of the last two weeks, as you drive through mossy lava fields and fjord-like scenery, past black sand beaches, and around the imposing Snæfellsjökull ice cap, which dominates the Snæfellsnes landscape.

Day 13: Return home

As you make your own way back towards Keflavík, detour along scenic Hvalfjörður fjord in west Iceland. Hvalfjörður, meaning ‘whale fjord’ in English, is often bypassed by drivers heading towards Reykjavík, but it offers some of the best scenic driving in Iceland. From, here, you’ll continue to Keflavík airport, where you’ll drop off your car before your flight.

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