Ring Road Express Road Trip

Explore the very best of Iceland by travelling on the famous Ring road in just 9 days.

Type of tour:Road-Trips
Season:01 May - 30 September
Duration:9 Days/8 Nights
Departure:All days

Ring Road Express Road Trip


This great-value tour allows you to explore the whole of Iceland’s Ring Road and Reykjavik in just 9 days. You will visit the incredible sights in each region of Iceland and with the exclusive Iceland Travel Companion App, you don't have to worry about missing out of any of the essential experiences.

You will have the freedom and flexibility to travel at your own pace by car. Explore dramatic landscapes sculpted by ancient glaciers and volcanoes, visit sights of historical or cultural significance or simply bask in the midnight sun in one of Iceland’s many geothermally heated pools and springs.

Do you want to add ice caving, snowmobiling, ATV rides, whale watching or other exciting activities to your itinerary? Go for it! You can easily book your day tours or activities in advance or if you are feeling spontaneous, book them directly in your Iceland Travel Companion App along the way. It’s that easy!

What's in it for you?

  • Flexible, stress-free travelling. With a comprehensive map and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace and choose your own stops and activities along the way.
  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion App preinstalled on a tablet. The app includes:
    • Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out dates.
    • A map view of your entire trip.
    • Thousands of points of interest with descriptions clearly displayed on your map. The points of interest can be customized to suit your interests and individual route.
    • Book a day tour or activity directly in the app.
    • GPS Road Guide in several different languages, safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration, emergency numbers and more.
  • An electronic version of the Iceland Travel Guide. Prior to your arrival, we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Guide booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure


  • Explore all Iceland's ring road with the varied and otherworldly landscape that has made Iceland must place to experience.
  • See all that Reykjavik city has to offer with two overnights in the 'Capital of Cool'.



  • Please note that this package can only be booked online.
  • Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher.

What to bring:

Learn more about what to pack for you Iceland adventure here.


  • 2 nights in Reykjavik, including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 6 nights in countryside hotels, including breakfast
  • Rental car for 9 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT**
  • GPS system with car and additional authorised driver
  • Tablet with the Iceland Travel Companion App preinstalled, plus phone charger and standard outlet charger
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavik international airport
  • Airport Service Charge
  • 24-hour emergency phone line

Please note that the package price is based on 8 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 5 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 4-day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

Not included

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Gasoline/petrol
  • Admissions and activities
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 1400 (2:00 pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Day 1: Arrival and a free day in Reykjavik the capital of cool

Keflavik Airport - Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca 50KM / 31Miles

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport, make sure you receive a tablet with protective case and chargers, and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is yours to rest and use at your own leisure.

Drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula and the famous Blue Lagoon for a relaxing dip in the pleasantly warm geothermal waters, rich in silica and minerals that are great for the skin. We recommend you book your entrance to the Blue Lagoon online well in advance.

Explore the Mars-like landscapes of Reykjanes Peninsula – a UNESCO Global Geopark - and its fishing villages, lighthouse and the colorful geothermal area of Krysuvik. Or simply head to your hotel, relax at the spa or explore Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world. Feeling hungry? Try a cooking class at Reykjavik’s Salt Kitchen. The class is followed by a 3-course meal and a glass of wine!

Overnight in Reykjavik.


Day 2: Explore The famous Golden Circle

Reykjavik - Thingvellir - Geysir Hot Spring Area - Gullfoss waterfall - Fludir area

Approximate distance: ca141km / 87miles

Today you‘ll visit many of the must-see sights in Iceland.

Begin your day with the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, famous for its Viking history and geological wonders. Continue to Geysir Hot Spring Area, with its collection of bubbling pools and spouting geysers. Drive onwards to the majestic, two-tiered Gullfoss (Golden Falls). Soak in the Secret Lagoon or Laugarvatn Fontana Baths. Try riding an Icelandic horse. Take a pit stop at Fridheimar greenhouses to see how food is grown in Iceland and sample fresh local cuisine.

Overnight in Fludir area.


Day 3: The Legendary Icelandic South Coast

Looming volcanoes - Black-Sand Beaches - Thundering Waterfalls - Sea Cliffs & Stone Arches – Snowmobiling

Approximate distance: ca149km /92miles

This day is chock-full of selfie-worthy destinations!

Drive along the scenic southern coast and the area near the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano which erupted and disrupted air traffic in the northern hemisphere for weeks in 2010. Star Wars fans will be pleased to know that the opening scenes from The Force Awakens were shot in this area.

Continue onwards and explore the beautiful Skogafoss (don't miss the beautiful nearby hidden waterfall Gljufrabui) and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and Myrdalsjokull glacier, which covers the powerful Katla volcano. Here it’s possible to explore an ice cave, go snowmobiling on the glacier, and get envy-worthy photos of southern Iceland’s epic looking coastline.  Stop by the peaceful seafront village of Vik to grab a meal and explore a dramatic stretch of coastline, photogenically poised between glacier-topped mountains, rugged sea cliffs and world-famous black sand beaches. Near Vik are the famous black beach and Dyrholaey promontory.

Overnight in the Vik area


Day 4: Drive to the largest glacier in Europe and end up in the langoustine capital of Northern Europe

Vik - Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon - Hofn

Approximate distance: 270km / 168miles

Drive from Vik village through the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Explore Skaftafell, a green oasis nestled below the great Vatnajokull glacier. Skaftafell is part of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest of its type in Western Europe. Continue across black sand plains created by glacial activity. Stop at the incredible Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, a filming location for many Hollywood blockbusters. These include Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and the James Bond films Die Another Day and A View to a Kill

Head onwards to the seaside town of Hofn. It is known as the langoustine capital of northern Europe.

Overnight in the Hofn area.


Day 5: See the narrow fjords, steep mountains and the epic coastline of East of Iceland

Hofn - Djupivogur - Reydarfjordur - Egilsstadir

Approximate distance: ca 262 km / 224 miles

Drive along the rugged coastline of the East Fjords with their towering mountains and charming fishing villages. On the way, you have the option of taking a boat tour to Papey Island from the village of Djúpivogur where thousands of puffins nest in the summer (May-early August).

Overnight in east Iceland


Day 6: Explore the highlights of the ´Diamond Circle´ of North Eastern Iceland

Egilsstadir - Dettifoss waterfall  - Ásbyrgi - Husavik - Dimmuborgir - Myvatn

Approximate distance: ca330km / 205 miles

Expect a long day of sightseeing that will take you through the magnificent ´Diamond Circle´of the Icelandic North East. Start out from Egilsstadir, travel across the Modrudalsoraefi highlands renowned for their stark, untouched beauty towards the massive Dettifoss, Europe's biggest waterfall. When you get there, don't forget to visit its neighbour Selfoss waterfall. Explore the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Asbyrgi. An optional stop is at the Hljodaklettar rock formations.

Drive onwards to a friendly Husavik fishing port which is often called the capital of whale watching of Iceland. See the lava fields of Dimmuborgir and finish your day by driving to the lovely Lake Myvatn where you can relax in the Myvatn nature baths. Lake Myvatn and its surroundings is one of Iceland's most impressive destinations

Overnight in northeast Iceland.


Day 7: Explore the capital of the North

Myvatn - Akureyri-Skagafjordur

Approximate distance: ca130km / 81miles

Now you have time to explore the highlights of the Lake Myvatn area, including the mystical volcanic formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skutustadir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskard, and the Krafla volcanic area. Drive to Godafoss waterfall en route to Akureyri, the charming “capital” of northern Iceland.  Overnight in the Eyjafjordur or Skagafjordur area


Day 8: Free afternoon or early evening in Reykjavik

It’s your last day and there’s still so much to see and do. It’s entirely up to you!

Overnight in Reykjavik. We recommend fine dining in Reykjavik on your final night!


Day 9: Departure

Reykjavik- Keflavik international airport

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and perhaps stop at Blue Lagoon, as it is on your way to the airport, if you did not have time to do it on your arrival day. *

**Please note that the package price is based on 18x24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 19 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 18 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.


Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.



  • 1 Person = 1 single room
  • 2 Persons = 1 double/twin room
  • 3 Persons = 1 double/twin + 1 single room
  • 4 Persons = 2 double/twin rooms
  • 5 Persons = 2 double/twin + 1 single room

Car Rental

Our selfdrive packages include basic insurance (CDW), unlimited mileage, VAT, a GPS system and two authorized drivers.


Quality is an important factor for Iceland Travel. When organizing our tours we choose accommodation with regards to quality, value for money, location and service provided.


Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.
These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.


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