Active Iceland

Classic sights along the Ring Road on this self-drive tour with fixed dates

Type of tour:Road-Trips
Season:01 July - 31 August
Duration:10 Days/9 Nights

Active Iceland


Our self-drive holidays with fixed dates offer pre-booked accommodations on certain days; all there is left to do is to choose a car and start looking forward to an adventure in Iceland!

These comfortably-paced trips also have the benefit of being confirmed in one business day, along with knowing at the time of booking what hotels you will be using.

This 9 night self-drive highlights the natural wonders, majestic landscapes and rich natural treasures of Iceland by combining the classic sights along the Ring Road with interior pearls such as Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk. Covering major high-lights such as Geysir geothermal area, the stunning Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon with its floating icebergs and the black beaches of the South Coast, this tour also allows you to experience the solitude of open spaces and the excitement of a relaxing bath in the middle of nature.

What's in it for you?

  • Worry free travelling
  • Electronic version of Iceland Travel Booklet. 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!
  • Safety first! Free SIM card worth 2000 ISK to phone us in case of a travel hiccup or an emergency. It also gives you the opportunity to phone your friends and family at home and share your Iceland experience through social media.
  • FlexibilityWith comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day.


  • Visit the must-see attractions of the Golden Circle at your own pace.
  • Travel in the footsteps of the Viking Sagas in Borgarfjordur and surrounding area.
  • View the mystical lava columns on a black sand beach
  • Explore the surreal volcanic beauty of the Reykjanes Peninsula´s Geopark (UNESCO designation)
  • With an easy upgrade of your rental car to a 4wd, you can travel through the highland track of Kaldidalur, a mountain pass between two glaciers in the south.


You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher. 


  • Accommodation for 9 nights, including breakfast. Accommodation is a mix of economy and comfort categories
  • Return coach transfer to Thorsmork Nature Reserve
  • 2 lunchboxes (1 lunchbox for car grps 4.1 and lower; cars not suitable for Landmannalaugar)
  • Rental car with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection, GPS system with car, additional authorized driver and VAT*
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavík International Airport, Airport Service Charge
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours
  • SIM card worth ISK 2000: Unlimited text and talk for local calls + 1 GB of data. StandardMicro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland.
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion

    The app includes:
    • Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • Detailed description of the customer´s journey, including hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

Not Included

  • All services not mentioned above
  • Dinner or other meals not mentioned above **

*Please note that the package price is based on 9 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 10 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 10 day rental is up and use our FlyBus departure transfer.

**If you would like to have dinner at your hotel, please contact the hotel directly to book a table.


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Day 1: Arrival

Pick up your rental car at Keflavik International airport and make your way to Reykjavík.

Overnight in Reykjavík.


Day 2: Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geysir

National Park with Geological Wonders – Exploding Geysers – Waterfalls

Start with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world’s first parliament and a jewel of nature. Afterwards, head to the nearby geothermal area of the great Geysir and witness several boiling mud pools and hot springs. The most active geyser, Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes. Onwards to the beautiful Gullfoss (Golden waterfall) considered by many to be the most impressive in Iceland.

Overnight nearby Mt. Hekla.


Day 3: Landmannalaugar

Interior Pearl – Deep Valleys – Volcanic scenery

Follow an interior track to Landmannalaugar (only accessible with a 4w4 jeep), a magnificent area surrounded by colourful rhyolite mountains with the option of bathing in a naturally warm geothermal pool. This pearl of the interior consists of deep valleys and mountains, formed in volcanic eruptions under the icecap during the ice-age, molding this uniquely colourful landscape.

Overnight nearby Mt. Hekla



Landmannalaugar  |Hekla

Day 4: Thorsmork - Skogar – Vik

South Shore

Spend today exploring the Thorsmork area, a beautiful nature reserve situated between three glaciers. One of them, the towering strata volcano Eyjafjallajokull, is probably the most famous volcano in the world today. In Þórsmörk there are many hiking trails through valleys with birch trees, glacial rivers, streams and wonderful mountain scenery. As you need to cross the glacial river Krossa to get to Thorsmork, a transfer is provided to Þórsmörk and back. Passing through rough mountain tracks and crossing un-bridged glacial rivers adds to the delight and excitement of this spectacular area. On your way to/from Thorsmork, stop and admire the two beautiful waterfalls, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and later enjoy the great views on Dyrholaey headland.

Overnight in Vik area.



Vík  |Thorsmork  |Thorsmork

Day 5: Skaftafell National Park – Jokulsarlon – Vatnajokull Glacier

Europe’s Largest National Park and Glacier – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs

Start the day by visiting Skaftafell National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, dominated by Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest ice cap. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon.

Overnight in Hofn area.

Optional at exta cost: Boat tour on Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon


Day 6: Hofn – East Fjords – Egilsstaðir

Majestic Steep Mountains – Narrow Fjords – Bird Life – Small Fishing Villages

Drive from Hofn through the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. The East part of Iceland offers a little bit of everything; majestic and steep mountains and narrow fjords, forests, wide variety of birdlife, bird cliffs, deserts, and vast expanses. Last but not the least; it has a lot of small fishing villages which hold a special charm, developed because of the natural harbours in the area. In East Iceland, the landscape exhibits an extraordinary variety of colours and it´s truly a magical region of natural phenomena.

Overnight in Egilsstaðir area.



Egilsstadir  |Hofn

Day 7: Egilsstaðir – Dettifoss – Asbyrgi – Husavik

Highland Desert – Powerful Waterfall – Canyon – National Park – Whale Watching

Travel across Modrudalsoraefi highland desert renowned for its stark beauty to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, located in the majestic Jokulsargljufur canyon. Discover the enormous horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi National Park that, according to Norse mythology, is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the magical eight-legged horse of the pagan god Odinn. Then travel around the stunning Tjornes Peninsula to Husavik village.

Overnight in Husavik area.

Optional at extra cost: Evening or late afternoon whale watching tour from Husavik village.


Day 8: Lake Myvatn – Akureyri

Bizarre Lava Formations – Geographical & Volcanic Activity – Rich Birdlife

Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and the pseudo craters at Skutustaðir. A visit to Krafla caldera is highly enjoyable; among it a short walk to Viti (“Hell”), an explosive crater on the slopes of Krafla, and a longer walk to Leirhnjukur lava field. Visit Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. Afterwards drive towards Godafoss waterfall before continuing to Akureyri, the vibrant “Capital of the North” and the second largest urban area in Iceland.

Overnight in Akureyri area.


Day 9: Akureyri – Borgarfjordur – Reykjavik

Fertile Farmlands – Unique Viking Horse – Protected Salmon River

Majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to Skagafjordur which is known for the breeding of the unique Icelandic horse. Continue towards the village of Blonduos built on both sides of the river Blanda, with Hrutey Island, a protected nature reserve, located in the middle of this popular salmon-river. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through the historical Borgarfjordur district to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.

Overnight in Reykjavik.



Akureyri  |Reykjavík

Day 10: Departure

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and drop off rental car. 


Prices per person in EUR, valid July-August 2017

Valid for departures on fixed dates.  If you choose any other date, you can select from different types of accommodation; Comfort, Economy and Budget

  Car group 1.0 Car group 1.1 Car group 2.0 Car group 2.6 Car group 3.0 Car group 3.1 Car group 4.0 Car group 4.1 Car group 5.0 Car group 5.1 Car group 7.1 Car group 9.9 
5 adults in car  n/a  n/a 1793 1832 1842 1852 1862 1874 1955 1978 2086 2133
4 adults in car 1837 1856 1856 1905 1917 1930 1942 1957 2059 2087 2222 2281
3 adults in car 1936 1961 1961 2027 2043 2059 2076 2096 2232 2269 2450 2528
2 adults in car 2134 2171 2171 2270 2294 2319 2344 2374 2578 2633 2904 3022
1 adult in car 3739 3813 3813 4010 4059 4109 4158 4219 4626 4737 5280 5517

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.