Ring Road Highlights is one of our best selling Road Trips! And no wonder, since it will take you to the most popular natural attractions in Iceland. You get a digital itinerary and have the freedom to explore Iceland at your own leisure. 

Travel around Iceland in eight days, taking in the highlights of the Ring Road, with the option of closing your tour by traversing the uninhabited interior of Iceland via the Kjolur highland track (weather permitting). Throughout this tour you will discover magical natural wonders, majestic landscapes and the unique character for which Iceland is renowned.

*Kjolur highland track is generally open mid-June through August; 4 WD vehicle required.

What’s in it for you?

  • Worry free traveling
  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion app.
  • 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.

**Please note that the package price is based on 7 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 8 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 7 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer

Included

  • Accommodation for 7  nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • Rental car for 7 days with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT (Types of Car recommended: car cat 2.0 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
  • 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

Important

  • You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher.
  • We recommend car category 2.0 or higher
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Day 1: Arrival

Approximate distance: 100km / 62miles

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.”

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi.

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Day 2: Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir - South Shore

Approximate distance: 310km / 193miles

Today’s highlights include the geologically and historically significant Thingvellir National Park, the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, and the famous Geysir hot spring area. Drive along the south shore, viewing Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the black sand beaches around Vik, and Myrdalsjokull glacier.

Important: Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, from about the middle of May until late June.

Overnight in the Vik area.

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Day 3: Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon - Hofn

Approximate distance: 270km / 168miles

Drive through the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, site of a medieval convent. 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. Then head onwards to the charming harbour town Hofn, also known as the lobster capital of northern Europe.

Overnight in the Hornafjordur area.

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Day 4: Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline – Intriguing Stone Collection

Approximate distance: 300km / 186miles

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 where thousands of puffins nest in the summer (May – early August), or visit Petra’s famous collection of local stones and minerals at Stodvarfjordur.

Overnight in east Iceland.

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Day 5: Egilsstadir - Dettifoss - Husavik - Myvatn

Approximate distance: 310km / 193miles

Travel across the Modrudalsoraefi highlands renowned for their stark, untouched beauty towards Dettifoss, Europe’s mightiest waterfall. Visit the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Asbyrgi. Drive onwards to Tjornes peninsula and the friendly Husavik fishing port.

Overnight in northeast Iceland.

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Day 6: Myvatn - Akureyri/Skagafjordur

Approximate distance: 130km / 81miles

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 North Iceland.

Overnight in the Eyjafjordur or Skagafjordur area

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Day 7: Varmahlid - Reykholt - Borgarnes - Hvalfjordur - Reykjavik

Approximate distance: 490km / 305miles

Drive through the historical region of Skagafjordur renowned for horse breeding. You have an option of visiting the old farmstead at Glaumbaer a great example of old Icelandic architecture. Continue to the bay of Hunafloi and across Holtavorduheidi plateau, enter Borgarfjordur area. Return to Reykjavik in the evening.

Another option is to travel across the barren wasteland on the Kjolur highland road (4WD needed, track open from mid-June through August), to the geothermal wilderness oasis at Hveravellir before driving to Reykjavik.

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Day 8: Departure

Approximate distance: 52 km / 32 miles

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 your arrival day. *

**Please note that the package price is based on 7 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 8 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 7 day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

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