The Classic Ring Road

Starting from: Reykjavik or Keflavik International Airport           

Season: All year

Duration: 8+ days                     Driving distance: 

Price from: 227,000 ISK per person

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

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 in Iceland.
We help with all the arrangements - a suitable car rental, handpicked quality accommodation, fantastic tours and activities, a personalised itinerary, digital maps and local assistance during your trip; to make sure that this is the trip of a lifetime!

This trip is also possible as a private tour with a comfortable jeep / minibus and a local guide.

A 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 a general idea of our All Iceland Road Trip self-drive starting from Keflavik.

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL AND GOLDEN CIRCLE

Arrival at Keflavik International 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

 

DAY 2 - REYNISFJARA BLACK SAND BEACH, EYJAFJALLAJOKULL, 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

 

DAY 3 - VATNAJOKULL GLACIER AND VIK

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
Glacier lagoon kayaking
Ice climbing

 

DAY 4 - 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.

 

DAY 5 - THE WONDERS OF LAKE MYVATN & DETTIFOSS WATERFALL

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

 

DAY 6 - THE WEST

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

 

DAY 7 - REYKJAVIK & SURROUNDINGS

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

 

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE

Dropoff rental car and departure from Keflavik international airport.

 

Notes:
The locations specified above are indicative. Since your 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 3-4 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 three-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: from ISK per person for a group of 4
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 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 map.

We can also include tours and activities of your choice, self-guided walks and hikes, restaurant recommendations and information on camping sites. 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 along with the detailed itinerary. This will include details about driving in Iceland, weather and clothing, currencies and payments, electricity system, food and water, safety, contact information and other useful tips. And we are always available for questions before and during your trip, so feel free to ask.

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.