The Classic Ring Road

Starting from: Reykjavík or Keflavik International Airport
Season: All year
Duration: 6+ days

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. We provide a personalised itinerary with the most exciting sights & experiences, a Google Maps driving plan, a new rental car and handpicked quality accommodation.

Contact us for an itinerary and price

A self-drive road trip is a personal experience and our goal is to make the itinerary that matches your dream trip. Below is a sample to give a general idea of a classic 9-day Ring Road Trip with sightseeing focus:

Day 1 – Arrival at Keflavík. Pick up rental car from the airport and start your trip with a relaxed visit to the world famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Afterwards drive onwards to Reykjavík, explore some of the volcanic landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula or the capital of Reykjavík. Overnight in Reykjavík.

Day 2 – Start your road trip by travelling through the beautiful West and Northwest, via the lava fields of Borgarfjörður and the islands of Skagafjörður, before finally reaching the isolated town of Siglufjörður on the northern Tröllaskagi peninsula. Overnight in Siglufjörður.

Day 3 – Stop in the cultural town centre of Akureyri, Iceland’s largest town outside the capital area. Marvel at Godafoss waterfall and the many pearls of Lake Myvatn, including the bubbling hot springs of Námaskarð. Overnight at Myvatn.

Day 4 – Enjoy a memorable drive north to Húsavík village and through the stunning Ásbyrgi glacial canyon. Further up the canyon prepare to be blown away by the power of the Dettifoss waterfall. Drive onwards to East Iceland via the Möðrudalsöræfi sand desert. Overnight in Egilsstaðir town.

Day 5 – It’s time for the towering and fog ridden Eastfjords. Choose from one of many exciting de-tours down to isolated fishing villages before later in the day entering the territory of the massive Vatnajökull glacier. Overnight in Höfn town.

Day 6 – Today is all about Vatnajökull and it’s most stunning edges. The most famous is the otherworldly Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, where broken chunks from the glacier float around in a fantastic setting. Later enjoy the stunning glacier & mountain views of Skaftafell and the vast Skeiðarársandur sands. Overnight in Vík village.

Day 7 – The scenic south coast offers many gems including the black sand beach & ocean rocks of Reynisfjara; Dyrhólaey arch; and the wonderful waterfall duo of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. You’ll also catch glimpses of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano. Overnight close to Gullfoss.

Day 8 – Wrap up the tour with Iceland’s most visited tourist attractions: The spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, the powerful and frequently erupting Strokkur geyser, and the Þingvellir rift valley where the Icelandic parliament met for a thousand years right inbetween the tectonic plates of Europe and America. Overnight in Reykjavík or Keflavík.

Day 9 – Departure from Keflavik.

Here are some of the ways in which we can customise this trip:
- Add as many extra days as you like to slow down the pace or enrich your itinerary with more time for activities or de-tours; up to as much as 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. sightseeing, geology, hiking, geothermal pools, birds & wildlife, horse riding, boats, islands, highlands, day tours etc
- If you want to explore more off the beaten path then we have a ton of great ideas!

Included:

- Car rental (with CDW insurance, unlimited kms, airport pickup & dropoff fees, GPS & two insured drivers)
- Accommodation with breakfast in your preferred category
- Ferries & domestic flights as required
- Day tours and experiences of your choice
- Complementary driving plan and sightseeing itinerary
- Complementary tips for your favourite activities & special interests

Optional:
- Additional meals: Lunch and dinner
- Additional insurance: SCDW, Gravel, Sand & Ash
- WiFi device
- Baby car seats

During summer (June-September) a 4x4 jeep is not required unless you wish to drive on mountain trails (F-roads) or prefer it for the comfort as there are some gravel roads along the way.
During spring & autumn (May & October) a 4x4 jeep is not mandatory but highly recommended since it can easily snow on the mountain passes.
During winter (November-April) a 4x4 jeep is mandatory. In this season we only selectively offer this itinerary to customers whom we deem to have the required experience and understanding of potentially very difficult winter driving conditions. Your jeep will come with studded winter tires.

 

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 info, and other useful tips.

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.