Iceland Road Trip With Activities
Drive around the ring road in this Iceland road trip adventure. This 8 day/7 night self drive tour will take you to all the major attractions along the ring road.
- Trees planted 16
- Available jan, feb, mar, apr, may, jun, jul, aug, sep, oct, nov, dec,
- Duration 8 days / 7 nights
- Departure Keflavík International airport
- Distance driven approx 1700 km / 1055 miles
What you'll experience.
Drive around the ring road in this Iceland road trip with activities adventure. This 8 day/7 night self drive tour will take you to all the major attractions along the ring road. You will also go for a whale watching adventure from Húsavík, the whale watching capital of Iceland, and walk on one of Iceland’s ice cap glaciers!
If you want to maximize the value of your stay then an Iceland road trip is something you won’t regret! Road trips are in our opinion the absolute best way to experience all that Iceland has to offer.
Do like the locals do and go on a Iceland road trip.
Please note that the activities are included in the tour 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%
- Guided glacier hike on one of Iceland's ice cap glaciers
- Whale watching from Húsavík harbor
- 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, road tolls, and parking fees
- Meals and drinks beside breakfast
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
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. We would of course be more than happy to arrange it for you, please specify in the booking process. 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. 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. After your visit to Skógafoss you will meet up with your glacier guide for the day, gear up, and go for your glacier hike. 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 start the day with a visit to the stunning Stuðlagil canyon. Next you will head to the extremely powerful waterfall Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Then you will proceed to the town Húsavík where you can go for your whale watching tour and/or visit to the whale museum. This is one of Iceland's most popular activities during summer as the seas around Iceland are abundant in various whale species. 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. We highly recommend stretching your legs and take a stroll to the church and around the downtown area. You will then proceed to Skagafjörður area where you will spend the night and relax in the fresh air of the country side.
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. Afterwards you head to Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital, where you will retire for the night or go out and experience the vibrant nightlife of the city.
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. We sould of course be more than happy to arrange it for you, just specify in the booking request form.
Km driven: 50