During this nine-day driving holiday, you will have the opportunity to see most of the country’s top attractions as well as the contrasting nature in Iceland’s beautiful interior wilderness. You will not only be driving on the Ring Road, but also off the beaten track on two of Iceland’s highland roads, Kjolur and Landmannalaugar routes, both offering magnificent and breath-taking views of Iceland’s exotic wilderness  landscapes. Experience ever-changing views from colourful geothermal highlands to fertile green coastal lowlands.

What’s in it for you?

  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion
  • 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!
  • Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day.

Highlights:

  • Take the opportunity to travel off the beaten track through two of Iceland’s highland tracks; Kjolur and Landmannalaugar, both offering magnificent and exotic landscapes.
  • Drive past all major attractions in Iceland, except in the western part of the country. Sites include Geysir, Gullfoss, Dettifoss, and Godafoss waterfalls (and many more), black sand beaches, plus several national parks.
  • Types of Car required: 5.0 or higher.

* Please note that the package price is based on 8×24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 9 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 6 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.

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Included

  • Accommodation for 8  nights including breakfast (except arrival day)*
  • Rental car for 8 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT (Types of Car recommended: car cat. 5.0 or higher)
  • FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes
  • 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
    • Useful information about your booking, including detailed descriptions of confirmed hotels,  and  a 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

Important

  • You must be at least 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.
  • This tour requires Car Types 5.0 or higher due to driving on unpaved mountain roads
  • Our road trip packages are designed by our team of travel experts. They are created for people like you who want to experience the very best of what Iceland has to offer. To get the best value Iceland Travel has to offer, book our road trips online. Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee.
  • With our exclusive road trip app you don´t have to worry about missing out and you will always find your way to your hotel after a full day of traveling. It is easy to book day tours and activities in the app when you are on the road.
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Day 1

Arrival

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

Geothermal Lagoon – Flower Village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.

From Keflavik International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. This village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and, because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs, it is often called the “flower village.“

If your flight is early, you might consider stopping along the way at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing swim in the geothermal mineral waters.

Important:  Please note that Blue Lagoon admission must be booked in advance

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi

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Day 2

Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir

Approximate distance: ca240km / 150miles

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – Massive Waterfall

Drive from Hveragerdi to Thingvellir National park, the site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park offers a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows. Today you´ll also visit the geothermal area of Geysir and the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall.

Overnight in Golden Circle area

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Day 3

Highlights: Hveravellir Kjolur

Kjolur - Hveravellir - Skagafjordur

Approximate distance: ca230km / 143miles

Wilderness Interior – Highland Geothermal Area – Natural Bathing Pool – Viking Horses – Glacial Rivers

Today’s route leads over the historical highland track Kjolur (car category 5.0 or higher required;  track open from mid-June to mid-September). Drive this track through the colorful thermal area Hveravellir between the glaciers Langjokull and Hofsjokull. As you drive, you´ll be seeing the same landscapes that Vikings and outlaws saw in the old days. The trail emerges into the horse breeding valley of Skagafjorður fjord and its glacial rivers.

Overnight in North Iceland

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Day 4

Akureyri - Lake Myvatn

Approximate distance: ca190km / 118miles

Akureyri – Waterfall “Of the Gods” – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal Activity – Rich Birdlife

Drive to Akureyri, the “capital of the north.”  Stop at the lovely Godafoss waterfall before driving to the intriguing Lake Myvatn area. The natural wonders of Lake Myvatn area include the unique lava formations of Dimmuborgir, Krafla volcanic area, and the pseudo craters at Skutustadir.

Overnight in North Iceland

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Day 5

Husavik - Dettifoss - Egilsstadir

Approximate distance: ca320km / 199miles

Whale Watching Village – Glacier- Carved Gorge – Europe’s Most Powerful Waterfall

From Lake Myvatn drive around Tjornes peninsula. Travel through the fishing village of Husavik to Jokulsargljufur National Park, including the impressive horseshoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon and the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Continue east to Egilsstadir.

Overnight in East Iceland

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Day 6

East Fjords - Hofn

Approximate distance: ca300km / 186miles

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Mineral Collection

Drive south through the spectacular coast line of the East Fjords with charming fishing villages and towering mountains that plunge vertically into the sea. Remember to give yourself plenty of time to drive carefully and enjoy the amazing scenery. One of these is the Almannaskard pass, which offers a striking view of Vatnajokull glacier and the coastal area.

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Day 7

Jokulsarlon - Skaftafell - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Approximate distance: ca220km / 137miles

Europe’s Largest Glacier – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Glacier-Ringed Green Oasis

Today you will be in the vicinity of Vatnajokull National Park named after Europe´s largest glacier. Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon by Vatnajokull glacier offers a beautiful view of the glacier, and the floating icebergs will leave a deep impression on you. Head onwards to the park‘s Skaftafell area, an ice-ringed green oasis with various hiking possibilities. Get closer to the beauty with an optional ice hiking tour on one of Vatnajokull‘s glacial tongues. Continue along the south coast for an overnight stay.

Overnight in South Iceland

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Day 8

Landmannalaugar - Reykjavík

Approximate distance: ca240km / 149miles

Multicolored Highland Mountains – Lava Fields – Hot Spring Bathing – Hekla Volcano

Travel along the Fjallabaksleid highland interior track. Cross several unbridged rivers to Landmannalaugar, a magnificent area surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains, with the option of bathing in a natural warm pool (do not forget to bring a swimsuit). Throughout the day you’ll enjoy views of the towering Hekla, Iceland´s most frequently erupting volcano. Explore the ever changing scenery of Thjorsardalur, a valley sculpted by Hekla´s past eruptions, before heading back to Reykjavik.

Note:  If you prefer not to visit Landmannalaugar, you can continue along the south shore exploring black sand beaches, bird colonies, towering waterfalls and crossing fertile farmlands towards Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavik

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Day 9

Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

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

*Please note that the package price is based on 8×24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 9 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 Plus departure transfer.

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