The Classic Ring Road

Starting from: Reykjavik or Keflavik

Season: All year

Duration: 8+ days

Driving distance: 1800-2000 kms

Highlights: Reykjavik - Akureyri - Lake Myvatn - Dettifoss - Eastfjords - Jokulsarlon - Skaftafell - Vik - Reynisfjara - Skogafoss - Seljalandsfoss - Gullfoss - Geysir - Thingvellir

Available as a self-drive or private guided tour

Iceland's road number 1, the Ring Road, has for decades remained the most accessible route to discover the beautiful diversity of Icelandic nature and the many breathtaking highlights along the way – waterfalls & canyons, lagoons & beaches, glaciers & volcanoes.

This holiday is ideal for travellers who wish to explore the most popular tourist attractions of Iceland.

A customised road trip is a personal experience and our goal is to design an itinerary that matches your dream trip.
Below is an 8 day / 7 night itinerary to give you a general idea of our Classic Ring Road trip starting from Keflavik:

Day 1 - Arrival & Golden Circle

Arrival at KEF airport. Pick up rental car and drive to the much-visited Golden Circle - the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, the Strokkur geyser and the Thingvellir rift valley between the tectonic plates of Europe and America.

Enroute to the Golden Circle it is possible to visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon where you can spend a few hours relaxing in the milky geothermal waters.

Optional add-ons:
Blue Lagoon admission

[mynd 2 h t]

Day 2 - Reynisfjara, Eyjafjallajokull & the South Coast waterfalls

The scenic south coast is home to many of Iceland's most famous attractions - the Reynisfjara black sand beach and basalt columns, Dyrholaey arch and the wonderful waterfall duo of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. You’ll also catch glimpses of the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano.

Optional add-ons:
Glacier hike / Ice climbing
ATV tour

[mynd 3 h t]

Day 3 - Vik & Vatnajokull

Continue across the vast black sand plains of Skeidararsandur to the Vatnajokull glacier area. The wonders of this region include the surreal glacier lagoons with floating icebergs, the diamond beach, Skaftafell and several outlet glaciers. 

Optional add-ons:
Jokulsarlon boat tour
Glacier hike / Ice climbing
Glacier lagoon kayaking

[mynd 1 h t]

Day 4 - The Eastfjords

Follow the coastal route through the peaceful Eastfjords stopping to spend time in one or more of the charming villages or take a scenic detour to visit Borgarfjordur Eystri.

[mynd 4 h t]

Day 5 - Lake Myvatn & Dettifoss

Take a detour to visit Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall before continuing to the North. 

Drive through the popular Lake Myvatn stopping at the various sights of your interest. Options include the Grotagja cave, Hverir geothermal area and Dimmuborgir. Stay overnight in Akureyri town.

Optional add-ons:
Myvatn Nature Baths

[mynd 5 h t]

Day 6 - The offbeat Northwest

Travel through the undulating landscapes of the Northwest and the lava fields of Borgarfjordur. Visit the Hvitserkur arch and Grabrok crater.

Optional add-ons:
River rafting

[mynd 6 h t]

Day 7 - West Iceland & Reykjavik

Enjoy the powerful Deildartunguhver hot spring and the Hraunfossar lava waterfalls. Explore the capital city of Reykjavik in the afternoon. It is also possible to visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon, where you can spend a few hours relaxing in the milky geothermal waters, and stay overnight closer to KEF airport.

Optional add-ons:
Ice tunnel excursion
Lava caving

[mynd 7 h t]

Day 8 - Departure

Drop off rental car and departure from Keflavik international airport.

[mynd 8 h t]

Notes:

The locations specified above are indicative. Since the exact itinerary is customised for your arrival and departure times, activities and tours you choose, and the pace of your trip; these might change.
We can of course also accommodate any preferences you have.

Here are some of the ways in which we can customise this trip:
- Add extra days to slow down the pace or enrich your itinerary with more time for activities or de-tours; there is enough to do for 2 weeks
- Cut a day or two from the itinerary to allow for reduced time or budget
- Create a themed itinerary with an emphasis on your favourite activity or interest f.e. adventure, geology, hiking, geothermal pools, birds & wildlife, cuisine, history & culture etc.
- If you want to explore more sights off the beaten path then we have a ton of great ideas!

Price for self-drive: 227,000 ISK per person on a twin-sharing basis in summer

Inclusions:
- 8-day station car rental (including CDW insurance, GPS, airport pick up and drop off, unlimited kilometres and emergency service)
- Digital map for each day
- 7-night two-star hotel accommodation (double or twin room with private bath and breakfast)
- Detailed day wise sightseeing itinerary
- Contact person in Iceland

Price for private guided tour: Contact us with details of group size, language and requirements.

Notes:
For self-drive, the car rental is as per your preference and the season; in the off-season, we only provide a 4X4.
For private tours, we offer a variety of comfortable vehicles for different group sizes with a local guide.

We offer a wide variety of handpicked quality accommodations from star category hotels to guesthouses and apartments, all well rated and located so as to balance your daily driving time.

Our detailed itinerary is completely tailored to your specific interests. It will include comprehensive information on the must-see attractions and offbeat sights you will visit, a day-wise outline and directions on Google maps.

We can also include tours and activities of your choice, self-guided walks and hikes, and restaurant recommendations. Typically this requires adding extra time to the trip.

And of course, we are always available for questions or assistance during your trip.

Additional information for your Iceland trip will be sent to you after the booking. This will include details about weather and clothing, currencies and payments, electricity system, food and water, safety, contact info, and other useful tips.

Self-drive:
The minimum driver age for is 20 years for smaller cars and 25 years for jeeps. Drivers must bring an international driving licence or a local driving licence written in a Roman script. Winter driving experience is strongly recommended for off-season travel.