Highlights of Iceland’s Ring Road

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This vacation has been carefully crafted for a great independent travel experience. This isn’t a bus, group, or tour guide vacation but one where you can set your own pace of discovery every day. However, you’re not alone – if you need any help during your trip, we’ re just a phone call or an email away. This extremely popular classic circle self-drive vac...
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Trip type
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

What's this trip about?

    This vacation has been carefully crafted for a great independent travel experience. This isn’t a bus, group, or tour guide vacation but one where you can set your own pace of discovery every day. However, you’re not alone – if you need any help during your trip, we’ re just a phone call or an email away. This extremely popular classic circle self-drive vacation gives you the opportunity to visit all of Iceland’s main attractions, in eight days and seven nights! The Ring Road is an 800-mile national route that connects most of the major towns, with many of Iceland’s most popular tourist sites along (or near) the way. *Please note that this car rental is based on seven 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 necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up, and use a departure shuttle transfer instead. *Must be 23 years of age to rent a car.


Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIndependent
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityIceland
End CityIceland

Travel Themes

  • Nature & Wildlife


  • Europe
  • Iceland


  • Akureyri
  • Lake Myvatn


  • Culture
  • Nature
  • Independent

Trip includes

    • Round-trip economy class airfare to Reykjavik (KEF)
    • Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar: 1 night in Hveragerdi at the Hotel Ork
    • 1 night in Vik at the Burfell Hotel
    • 1 night in Hofn at the Brunnholl Hotel
    • 1 night in the East Fjords at Cliff Hotel
    • 1 night in the Husavik area atGigur Hotel
    • 1 night in Northwest Iceland at Nordurland Hotel
    • 1 night in Reykjavik at Reykjavik Lights Hotel Daily breakfast (excluding arrival day)
    • Rental car for 7 days*, including: CDW & theft protection
    • Unlimited mileage and VAT
    • Free in-car unlimited Wi-Fi to help navigate with your personal mobile device
    • No charges for an additional driver
    • Detailed road map New mobile-based Iceland Travel Companion App which can be used with your personal phone or tablet, and provides: Points of interest all over Iceland, including some with an audio guide
    • Links to the electronic version of the Iceland Travel Roadbook, covering interesting places to visit, safety information, and driving tips Emergency phone line available 24/7
    • Service fees & taxes


Day 1 Welcome to Iceland!

Upon arrival in Reykjavik, pick up your rental car and start your Iceland experience! From Keflavik International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula towards your first overnight stay.

Reykjanes is a great introduct...

Day 2 Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir - the South Coast

Today’s highlights include visits to the natural wonders of the Golden Circle region: Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and place of great geological and historical interest); as well as the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Hot Sp...

Day 3 Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon - Hofn

Start the day with a drive through Eldruan, the strange-looking lava field by one of Iceland's most devastating volcanic eruptions. 

Drive through the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur (site of a medieval convent), and explore Skaftafell National Park, a gr...

Day 4 Hofn - Djupivogur - Reydarfjordur - Egilsstadir

After breakfast, we suggest you drive along the rugged coastline of the East Fjords with their towering mountains and charming fishing villages. Along the way, you may choose to visit Djupivogur village harbor and its unique egg sculptures, or Petra’s famous st...

Day 5 Egilsstadir - Dettifoss - Husavik - Myvatn

Travel across the Modrudalsoraefi Highlands, renowned for their stark, untouched beauty, towards Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. Then travel through the otherworldly canyon escapes of Northern Vatnajokull National Park. Visit the magnificent horseshoe-...

Day 6 Myvatn - Akureyri/Skagafjordur

Explore and enjoy highlights of the Lake Myvatn area, including the mystical volcanic formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard, and the Hverfjall volcanic area. From there, drive to the Godafoss Wa...

Day 7 Akureyri - Reykholt - Borgarnes - Hvalfjordur - Reykjavik

Drive through the historical region of Skagafjordur, renowned for horse breeding. You have an option to visit the old farmstead at Glaumbaer, a great example of historical Icelandic turf house architecture. Head across the Holtavorduheidi plateau, entering the ...

Day 8 Depart Iceland

Your Ring Road adventure comes to an end today. At the appropriate time, return to Keflavik International Airport to return your rental car*; or, if you’ve already returned your car, return to the airport by shuttle transfer. 

*Please note that this car r...

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Last Updated: 4/15/2024

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