Iceland Classic Highlights Road Trip
Experience Iceland’s classic highlights in only 8 days/7 nights! Journey around Iceland’s ring road and discover Iceland’s most iconic attractions.
- Trees planted 16
- Available all year
- Duration 8 days / 7 nights
- Departure Keflavík International Airport
- Distance driven approx 1700 km / 1055 miles
What you'll experience.
In this Iceland classic highlights road trip adventure you will experience all of Iceland’s major attractions in only 8 days!
Journey around Iceland’s ring road and visit Iceland classic highlights. Marvel at stunning waterfalls. See the amazing glacier lagoon. Enjoy awe-inspiring views over majestic glaciers and towering volcanoes. And get in touch with mother nature in the vast, desolate wilderness of Iceland.
The Iceland classic highlights road trip is our most popular self drive tour. You’ll get to experience Iceland’s most iconic attractions in a relatively short amount of time. Self-drive tours are the best way to experience all that Iceland has to offer. This way you are in full control of the journey, no hassle and no crowded buses!
Please note that adding optional activities may change the itinerary slightly. A detailed itinerary will be provided once booking has been confirmed. You can browse our current selection of activities here but if you can’t find what you are looking for be sure to let us know and we’ll arrange it for you at the exact same price.
To request a price quote for this tour, please fill out the request form, and we will send you a price quote based on your preferences.
Don’t want to drive yourself? Check out our selection of guided multi-day tours here.
Rental car selection.
If you are planning on driving in Iceland during winter, between September and May, we highly recommend choosing a 4x4 vehicle for your safety and to make your vacation more enjoyable. The weather in Iceland can change suddenly and you could encounter snow or sleet. Some roads are also not accessible for smaller vehicles but can be reached on 4x4´s.
To ensure your safety on our self-drive tours in Iceland, we only provide 4WD cars from 1st of October through March, due to possible snow, slush, and other hazardous road conditions.
Included in rental rate
- Unlimited mileage
- CDW (Collision Damage Waver)
- SCDW (Super Collision Damage Waver)
- GP (Gravel Protection. Includes damages to windscreens, headlights and the car)
- TP (Theft Protection)
- Extra driver option (when suitable)
- 4G WiFi with unlimited data to stay connected during your tour
- VAT 24%
Can be added in the booking process
- Liability waiver for carefree travelling
Small car: ISK 3.590 per day
Medium/Large car: ISK 4.690 per day
- SAAP (Sand and Ash Insurance)
Recommended for those travelling the south coast.
Rates depend on the size of the rental car.
ISK 1.650 per day
- GPS navigation system
Some cars have free GPS systems on board
1.550 ISK per day
- Roadside assistance waiver
ISK 800 per day
- Booster seat
Free of charge
- Baby seat
0 - 13 kg - ISK 4.000 per rental
- Child seat
15 - 36 kg - ISK 4.000 per rental
You can choose from four main categories of accommodations in the booking request process, Comfort, Quality, Quality+ and Luxury. Breakfast is included in all categories.
Included in final tour price.
- Accommodation for 7 nights with breakfast
- Rental car of your choice for 8 days including CDW, SCDW, TP, GP, Extra driver, 4G Wifi dongle with unlimited data and VAT 24%
- Detailed personal itinerary
- Carbon offsetting (16 trees planted)
- Taxes and service fees
- Personal and professional service
- Flight to/from Iceland
- Personal travel insurance
- Gasoline/petrol, tunnel and parking fees
- Meals and drinks beside breakfast
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- Optional activities listed in booking request process
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Arrival at Keflavík airport. Pick up your rental car at the airport and start your adventure. Head South towards the town Grindavík on the Reykjanes peninsula. Depending on your arrival time an optional visit to the Blue Lagoon is highly recommended, but please note that you have to book well in advance. You will drive along the South coast of the peninsula until you reach your first accommodation, which will be in the greater Selfoss area. Km driven: 110
You will start your day by driving to Reykjadalur valley just north of the village Hveragerði. There you will take a short hike towards the geothermal river running through the valley and take a warm relaxing bath under the open air. Once you return to your car you will embark on the famous Golden Circle tourist route. Your first stop will be at Þingvellir National park a UNESCO World Heritage Site and witness the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates literally drifting apart creating this beautiful rift valley. Here you can add an optional snorkeling session in Silfra and swim between the two tectonic plates. Next up is the spouting hot spring Strokkur in Haukadalur valley before heading to the picturesque waterfall Gullfoss, where you can take a leisurely walk down to the cascading river and take in the stunning view. Your accommodation for the night will be in the Hella area. Km driven: 190
After breakfast you will make your way to Seljalandsfoss waterfall and take a short walk behind it for a unique photo opportunity. You will then proceed to Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive away. There you can walk to the top of the waterfall for an amazing view. Next up is the famous plane wreck at Sólheimasandur beach before heading to Reynisfjara black sand beach. Your accommodation for the night will be around the Skaftafell area. Km driven: 230
Today you will head to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and see the magnificent icebergs that crumble from the Vatnajökull glacier and slowly float towards the North Atlantic ocean. An optional boat ride on the lagoon is available upon request. An optional glacier walk is also available if you feel up to it. You will then proceed Eastbound to the charming village of Djúpivogur and onwards to the small village of Breiðdalsvík where you can go for an optional fishing expedition in an old oak boat. You will spend the night in the East fjords area surrounded by stunning mountains. Km driven: 330
Take the day early and head to the waterfall Dettifoss with a stop at the haunted Möðruvellir in the highlands. Then you will proceed to the town Húsavík where you can go for an optional whale watching tour and/or visit to the whale museum. Enjoy a relaxing evening in Húsavík and spend the night. Km driven: 295
Your first stop of the day will be at the beautiful lake Mývatn which is known for its magnificent nature and geothermal activity. You will then head to the powerful waterfall Goðafoss before heading to the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri. There you can go for an optional whale watching tour. You will then proceed to Skagafjörður area where you will spend the night. In Skagafjörður an optional horse riding tour can be arranged. Km driven: 240
You will start making your way to Reykjavík where you will spend your final night. You will head straight to the Borgarfjörður area where you will visit the magical Reykholt and the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. You can also make a stop at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. Húsafell is a short drive away where you can join an exciting tour to the man made ice cave. Afterwards you head to Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital, where you will retire for the night. Km driven: 375
Depart to Keflavík airport and car rental return. Depending on your flight schedule we recommend a stop at the amazing Blue Lagoon, that is if you didn’t get a chance to go on day 1. Please note that tickets are limited so we recommend you book well in advance.