27. nov. 2017

A Step-By-Step Guide to Iceland Travel Road Trips

Have you decided to let your dream of visiting Iceland come true? Fancy a flexible tour where you can be in the driver's seat, literally? Great! We're here to help you pick the perfect Iceland Travel road trip with our handy step-by-step guide. Just follow these easy steps and you'll soon find yourself on the wide open roads of Iceland.

Family Road Trip

Step 1

Choose Your Adventure

With so many great options to choose from, you might feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to picking the perfect tour for you. Iceland Travel has 27 different road trips of various length, covering different areas of the country, so everyone should be able to find something to suit their taste.

Our favourites include the Spectacular West road trip, which takes you to the magical West Fjords, a less-travelled part of Iceland that retains a traditional feel with breathtaking landscape and stops at quaint fishing towns with friendly locals. If you’re travelling with your whole family, the Iceland for the Active Family is the road trip for you. This tour will take you across the country and is filled with opportunities for exciting activities like river rafting, whale watching and horseback riding. Forge stronger bonds and create memories that will last a lifetime on this unforgettable 7 day trip. For those who want to take the time to see as much as they can, the Iceland Odyssey is a fantastic choice. This 12 day circle route takes you all around the island so you can experience the unique qualities and geological diversity of each area. It offers the flexibility to spend a little more time in your favourite place and lets you discover wonders you’d never know about otherwise.

 

Gullfoss Waterfall

Step 2

Book It!

Once you’ve found the ideal tour for you there’s nothing left but to book it! Earlier this year, Iceland Travel debuted its fabulous new booking engine that in a few easy steps lets you book and pay for your tour, either all at once or with a 20% deposit. The booking engine also allows you to customise your trip by selecting the hotel and car category that best matches your budget. You can also add extra days to your itinerary or book day tours to enhance your adventure. Just follow the step-by-step instructions and voilá, you’ve booked your Iceland trip! If you have any additional questions about your tour, or just prefer booking through email, our skilled web sales team is here to take care of you and make sure you’ll get the Iceland trip of your dreams.

And there's a special offer! By booking a road trip (or escorted tour) online with us, you will also receive 15% OFF Icelandic products at Your Perfect Day in Iceland's online design shop. Perfect for souvenir shopping or a totally unique gift for your loved one!

 Iceland

Step 3

Arrive in Iceland

The day is finally here and you’ve arrived in Iceland. Welcome! All our road trips come with a rental car as part of the package so all you have to do once you’ve collected your luggage is find the car rental desk in the arrivals lounge and pick up your car. Your car rental company and booking number will be on the travel documents you received after confirming your booking. At the car rental desk, you should also receive a tablet with the Iceland Travel Companion App preinstalled. The tablet should have a case, a car charger, a standard outlet charger, and a printed instruction manual.

Once you’ve got your tablet and your car you’ll head to your first hotel, also part of the package, and freshen up after your flight. We recommend a stop at the world famous Blue Lagoon for a refreshing soak in bright blue geothermal waters.  

 A road in Iceland

Step 4

Start your adventure

Get ready to start your Iceland Adventure! Your travel documents include your itinerary and the names of the hotels we’ve booked for your stay, so you’ll always know where you’re staying each night and can adjust your travel plans and route accordingly. You can also find your hotels and check-in/check-out dates in your Iceland Travel Companion app.

To get started using your app, simply follow the instructions in the manual to turn on the tablet and put in your booking number into the app when prompted. You’ll find your basic itinerary in the app, as well as safety information, a road book in several different languages, thousands of points of interest around the country, plus other features which we will discuss in detail below. We recommend booting up your tablet while you are connected to the hotel wifi system to ensure a smooth start.

The app perfectly complements the GPS in your car, so while that guides your way, the app lets you know of interesting places to stop and have a look around. Driving in Iceland can be different from what you’re used to so make sure you check out our Do’s and Don’ts of driving in Iceland, the local weather forecast and road conditions before you set off.  Armed with all this information, you’re ready to head off into the vast, open spaces of Iceland.

 Driving in Iceland

Step 5

Enjoy your freedom

Our road trips are designed to be flexible to afford you the freedom to explore and get to know the country on your own. I should add, all of our car rentals include unlimited mileage, so you don't have to worry about paying extra even if you are driving a lot. Worried about saftey? All of our road trips include CDW insurance. As long as you make it back to your hotel every night, you are free to visit all the sites in the area that interest you. Again, this is where the app can prove invaluable.

Our dedicated team works hard to add to the over thousand points of interest, with even more sites and detailed information on the history, folklore and geographical information on each. It’s like having your very own tour guide in the car with you! By allowing you to control your own time, the Iceland Travel road trips gives you a bespoke experience tailored to your needs. You can stop for lunch wherever and whenever you want and large families won’t have to wait for approved bathroom breaks. You’re the boss!

We’ve recently added a Book a Day Tour feature to the app so if you’re in an area where you fancy a bit of extra fun, you can now book it through the app. Just make sure you have a strong internet connection while booking a day tour so you can get an immediate confirmation. Easy peasy!

 Reykjanes Peninsula

Step 6

Time to Say Goodbye

Like all good things, your Iceland stay must come to an end. Enjoy your last night at your hotel before driving back to the airport for your flight back home. Once at the airport you drop your car and tablet off at the desk and wave goodbye to Iceland. We hope you have a safe trip home and that you’ll come back soon to do some more exploring!

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About the author

 

Áslaug Torfadóttir

Áslaug recently joined the Iceland Travel team after a decade of adventures out in the big, wide world. But all roads lead to Iceland as they (totally) say, and Áslaug is happy to now have the opportunity to introduce her home country to other travellers. Her favorite spot in Iceland is Skarðsvík beach on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, with Húsavík  a close second.
When not hard at work with the Iceland Travel team Áslaug writes scripts and plays and does copious amounts of research by watching hours upon hours of Netflix and visiting the local theatres and restaurants. Her favorite Icelandic saying is „Þetta reddast“ – roughly translated as „Eh…it‘ll be fine“