Iceland Ultimate Road Trip
Discover all that Iceland has to offer in this amazing 19 day self drive tour around beautiful Iceland. See all the iconic attractions and discover new ones as you venture into the unknown!
- Trees planted 21
- Available may, jun, jul, aug, sep
- Duration 19 days / 18 nights
- Departure Keflavík International airport
- Distance driven Approx. 3880 km / 2411 miles
What you'll experience.
Experience all that Iceland has to offer in the Iceland Ultimate Road Trip!
In this 19 day/18 night self drive tour you will travel around Iceland and visit all the most iconic attractions. You will also venture off the beaten path and discover some lesser known gems.
You will start by exploring the moon-like landscape of Reykjanes peninsula before moving on to the famous Golden Circle. After that you will head to the highlands and visit Landmannalaugar geothermal area and other stunning natural phenomenon’s.
The amazing South coast is next up before heading to the magical Eastfjords where you will drive through many charming fishing villages and get to know the local culture a bit better. The awesome highlands of the East are next up where you will get a chance to visit Iceland’s largest hydropower plant and hopefully get a glimpse of some wild reindeer.
On your way through North Iceland you will make stops at Dettifoss waterfall and Mývatn lake, famed for its stunning nature. After your stop in North Iceland you’ll be heading towards the West-fjords of Iceland. Driving in this beautiful region is an adventure on its own so take your time and soak in all its beauty.
Snæfellsnes peninsula will be your next destination. There you will encounter more stunning attractions and perhaps test your strength against the lifting stones at Djúpalónssandur beach. The Borgarfjörður area is next up where you’ll see the beautiful waterfall Hraunfossar among other attractions.
Your last full day in Iceland will be devoted to Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital city.
The Iceland Ultimate Road Trip is 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!
Adding optional activities may change the itinerary slightly. A detailed itinerary will be provided once booking has been confirmed.
This itinerary includes driving on highland roads, F-roads. It is only allowed to drive on F-roads in a 4WD/4X4 vehicle. Therefore we can only provide 4WD/4X4 vehicles for this itinerary.
Some of the highland areas do not open for traffic until late June or early July. If you are looking to travel in May or June, please know that the itinerary may need to be changed due to closed areas.
To request a price quote for this tour, please fill out the enquiry and we will send you a price quote within 24 hours.
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 18 nights with breakfast
- Rental car of your choice for 19 days including CDW, SCDW, TP, GP, Extra driver, 4G Wifi dongle with unlimited data and VAT 24%
- Detailed personal itinerary
- Carbon offsetting (21 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. You will drive along the South coast of the peninsula and visit some of its stunning natural attractions like Kleifarvatn lake and the geothermal area Seltún amongst others until you reach your accommodation for the night 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 can 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 the highlands of Iceland where you will visit Landmannalaugar geothermal area. The area is known for its colorful landscape and stunning views as well as the warm river that runs through the area so don't forget your bathing suit! On your way to and from Landmannalaugar you will be able to check out other stunning attractions such as Þjófafoss waterfall and mt. Hekla, one of Iceland's many active volcanoes. Your accommodation for the night will be in the Hella area.
Km driven: 230
Today you will make your way along the South coast of Iceland. Your first scheduled stop will be at Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you can take a short walk behind it for a unique photo opportunity. A short distance away you can take a peak at the waterfall Gljúfrabúi. Afterwards you will proceed to Skógafoss waterfall which is just a short drive away. There you can walk to the top of the waterfall for an amazing view of the coastline. Next up is the famous plane wreck at Sólheimasandur beach, the walk to the wreck is about 40 - 60 minutes depending on your walking speed. The walk is, however, relatively easy as it is a straight path on level ground. Once you get back to your car after your refreshing walk you will head to Reynisfjara black sand beach. The beach is a popular destination among visitors because of its beautiful basalt columns, black sand and the towering sea stacks just of the shore. Be careful though as the North Atlantic waves can be very unforgiving if you venture to close to the water. Your accommodation for the night will be in the Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.
Km driven: 190
Today you will head towards the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. On your way we highly recommend making a stop at Skaftafell National Park and hike to the very beautiful waterfall Svartifoss. You can also walk to one of the outlet glaciers in the area which is an amazing experience. Once you reach the Jökulsárlón you should take some time and walk around the area and adjacent beach. There is something so calming to see the magnificent icebergs that have crumbled 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 to your accommodation for the night which will be in the Höfn area.
Km driven: 230
Today you are entering the magical Eastfjords of Iceland. Your first stop of the day will be by Mt. Vestrahorn which has become a popular subject among photographers. The jagged, barren edges of the mountain and the contrasting environment around it make the area a "worth-while" stop. A short drive away is Mt. Eystrahorn which is also offers great photo opertunities. Moving onwards you will find the charming village of Djúpivogur which has long history of trafing, dating back to 1589. 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 “French” village Fáskrúðsfjörður surrounded by stunning mountains.
Km driven: 240
Today is dedicated to the highlands of East Iceland. You will make your way to Hallormsstaður forest where you can walk around the arboretum and learn a little bit about the reforestation of Iceland. Next you can hike to the waterfall Hengifoss, one of Iceland's highest waterfalls. The walk up to it takes about 40 - 60 minutes but is well worth the trouble as the colorful rockface that surrounds the waterfall is a beautiful sight. The rockface clearly shows the different volcanic layers that date back to the Tertiary period when Iceland was formed. Ahead is a steep climb up to the highlands, keep your eyes open as wild reindeer roam the eastern highlands. Your first destination will be the enourmous Kárahnjúkar hydropower plant, the largest hydropowerplant in Europe. If you are up to it you can hike to the mountain Snæfell, the highest mountain in Iceland outside glacier regions. The mountain is fairly accessible but we recommend that you have hiking experience if you plan to ascend. On your way back to Egilsstaðir we highly recommend a stop at Laugarfell and take a relaxing bath in the geothermal hot tubs that are located there. Your accommodation for the night will be in the Egilsstaðir region.
Km driven: 300
After breakfast you will make your way to the beautiful Borgarfjörður Eystri, a tiny fishing village surrounded by extraordinary nature. The area is a hiking paradise with over 27 trails and is very well organized. We highly recommend taking some time there to take in the stunning landscape. The road to Borgarfjörður is equally beautiful and is an adventure on its own. When you have had your fill you will head to the town Vopnafjörður where your accommodation for the night is located.
Km driven: 250
After breakfast you will explore the plains of the Northeast. Take the day early and start the day with a visit to the stunning Stuðlagil canyon. from there you will make your way to Raufarhöfn the northenmost town of Iceland. Due to its position Raufarhöfn has the longest days during winter and the shortest during winter. You will then proceed to the town Kópasker before heading to the mighty waterfall Dettifoss, Europe's most powerfull waterfall. You will then make your way to Ásbyrgi, a natural phenomenon which, according to folklore, was created by Odin's horse Sleipnir. You will then proceed to Húsavík where you will retire for the night.
Km driven: 320
Húsavík is the capital of whale watching and the bay just outside the town is one of the best areas in the world to witness these gentle giants in their natural habitat. We therefore recommend starting your day by going whale watching. Afterwards you will make your way to the beautiful Mývatn lake. The area is famed for its teaming wildlife and extreme natural beauty. There are a lot of stunning attractions in the area so spending the day here will be very easy. Just make sure you buy a fly net if you are travelling in June - early July as the midge flies can be a nuisence. You will spend the night in the Mývatn area.
Km driven: 65
After breakfast you will head to the majestic Goðafoss waterfall (waterfall of the gods) before making your way to Akureyri, Iceland's biggest city outside the capital region. While there we recommend climbing the church steps and walking through the city center. You will then proceed to Tröllaskagi peninsula. The area is rich with cultural heritage and the towns there are very charming. Your accommodation for the night will be in the Siglufjörður area, a town that once was the herring capital of Iceland. Siglufjörður is one of the best places to witness the midnight sun, that is if you are visiting between June 9th - 1st of July.
Km driven: 175
You will start your day by driving along the west coast of Tröllaskagi peninsula. When you reach the village Hofsós we recommend making a stop and taking a dip in the local swimming pool. The pool has an amazing view over the Skagafjörður fjord. You will then proceed towards Varmahlíð and onwards to Blönduós. From there you will make your way to Hvítserkur, a famous seastack made of basalt rock that, according to legend, is a petrified troll. Your accommodation for the night will be in the Laugarbakki area.
Km driven: 250
After breakfast you will head to the Westfjords of Iceland where you will spend your next two nights. You will start by driving to the Eastern shore all the way to Djúpavík, a tiny, deserted village. The houses there are now only used as summer dwellings. The drive there is one of the most scenic drives you could ever take and the small but charming villages that great you along the way will make your day. Your accommodation for the night will be in the Djúpavík/Hólmavík area.
Km driven: 225
You are know entering the magical West-fjords. Your first attraction of the day will be at Reykjanes where you can bathe in the pool overlooking the nearby fjord. Reykjanes also offers a great chance of seeing seals and other wildlife. A walk along the peninsula is recommended where you can find strange rock formations and great views. As you keep driving, keep your eyes open for seals, birds and whales. Súðavík is the next town you will drive through. The town is known by all Icelanders as it was the setting for the deadliest avalanches in Iceland's history. Next up is the town of Ísafjörður where you will spend the night. We recommend that you visit the towns that are close by Bolungarvík and Suðureyri before you check in to your hotel. Before you enter the town of Ísafjörður, you can take a left hand turn onto road 60 (Vestfjarðavegur). You will then enter a tunnel and after driving for a few minutes you will come have the option to turn towards Suðureyri inside the tunnel. In Suðureyri you can stop at the lagoon close to town where you can hand feed the cod that swims into the lagoon. There is a dock that has been built especially for this activity by the lagoon. You can bring bread or anything similar to see if the cod will swim up to you and take a bite. After your visit to Suðureyri you will head back the same way towards Ísafjörður. To get to Bolungarvík, you will have to drive through the town of Ísafjörður and onto Hnífsdalsvegur road that leads out of town on the other side. You will first drive through the tiny village of Hnífsdalur valley before entering the tunnel that will bring you to Bolungarvík. In Bolungarvík there are interesting museums we would recommend. If you are interested in maritime history, the Ósvör museum is one of the best in Iceland. In town there is a Natural history museum with a variety of birds, a polar bear and many other interesting things to see. The harbor in Bolungarvík is popular amongst travelers, it´s often very lively later parts of the day as the fishing boats return to harbor with the days catch.
Km driven: 290
After breakfast you will head to the stunning waterfall Dynjandi before making your way to Látrabjarg cliff, the biggest bird cliff in Iceland. You can get extremely close to the birds for some amazing photographs, but be very carefull as the fall from the cliff is very, very high. You will then proceed to drive the South coast of the Westfjords onwards to your accommodation which will be in the Búðardalur area. Keep your eyes open as the majestic Sea Eagle breeds in this region, the sheer size of it will amaze you.
Km driven: 435
You can also opt to take the ferry from Brjánslækur over to Stykkishólmur. The trip is spectacular as the boat navigates between the uncountable islands in the bay which is teaming with maritime wildlife. The price of this optional add on will vary with the number of participants and the size of the vehicle so make sure to get a quote when you fill out the booking request.
Today is dedicated to the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula. You will start by driving to Stykkishólmur a charming little fishing village on the Northern shore of the peninsula. There you can go for an optional boat ride on the bay and taste some freshly caught seafood. You will then proceed along the road onwards to Ólafsvík and make a stop at the beautiful Mt. Kirkjufell. The mountain has been a popular subject among photographers that visit the area. At Djúpalónssandur you can test your strength against the lifting stones that were once used to determine the wages of fishermen. The more weight you could lift the higher your wages were. Arnarstapi and Hellnar are up next tiny villages that lie just beneath the Snæfellsjökull glacier. After your stop there you will start making your way towards the Borgarfjörður area, making a few stops on the way. Your accommodation for the night will be in the Húsafell area.
Km driven: 360
Today you will continue exploring the Borgafjörður area. Among the attractions of the day are the stunning waterfall Hraunfossar and its neighbor Barnafoss. The hot spring Deildatunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, is also an interesting stop. From Húsafell you can also embark on a glacier expedition to the man made ice cave on Langjökull glacier. On your way towards Reykjavík you have a choice of two routes; taking the tunnel under Hvalfjörður fjord and head straight to Reykjavík or take the much more scenic route along the fjord. If you choose the latter option we recommend making a stop at the whaling station in the bottom of the fjord and maybe even hike to the waterfall Glymur, the second highest waterfall in Iceland. The waterfall is very beautiful but the hike there will take some time and is quite challenging at times and maybe not for those who have a fear of heights. Your accommodation of the night will be in Reykjavík.
Km driven: 150
Your last full day in Iceland will be dedicated to Reykjavík, Iceland's capital city. You will spend the day exploring some of the famous city symbols. Take a leisurely walk down to the harbor area and the city center which are teaming with life. You could also opt to visit some museums, go beer tasting in at some of the local breweries, or add an activity to the itinerary such as whale watching or heading to the Blue lagoon if you didn't get a chance to do it on your first day.
Depart to Keflavík International airport, return your rental car and head home after a fun and memorable journey in the most beautiful country in the world! (In our opinion at least :) )