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Drive down Iceland’s 800-mile Route 1 or Ring Road that encircles the island, exploring some of the top-billed attractions in the country. Discover Husavik and Dettifoss Waterfalls, volcanic landscapes, national parks, and nature baths, and also make scenic stops to hike and walk off the beaten path as you wish.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2ReykjavíkHallgrimskirkja Cathedral, Laugavegur Street, Street ArtSkuggi Hotel, Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
2 - 3HveragerðiReykjadalur Valley, Nature & Landscapes, Adventure & Outdoors360 Hotel, Hótel Grímsborgir (Selfoss)
3 - 4SkaftafellAdventure & Outdoors, Svartifoss Waterfalls, Vatnajökull National Park, Hvannadalshnjúkur PeakHotel Skaftafell, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
4 - 5FáskrúðsfjörðurCoastal Drive, Skrúður Island, Nature & LandscapesFosshotel Eastfjords
5 - 7Lake MývatnMývatn Nature Baths, Krafla Volcanic Area, Nature & LandscapesFosshotel Myvatn, Hotel Laxá
7 - 8VarmahlíðGlaumbaer Museum, Víðimýrarkirkja Church, Adventure & OutdoorsHotel Varmahlíð, Hestasport Cottages
8 - 9StykkishólmurSnæfellsnes Peninsula, Kirkjufell Mountain, Landscapes & AdventureFosshotel Stykkisholmur, Hótel Fransiskus
9 - 9Blue LagoonGeothermal Spa, Relaxation

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

Pick up your rental car from Reykjavík airport

Drive yourself from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavík city in your rental car (Duration: 45 min)

Reykjavík

1 Night

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is a city surrounded by incredible landscapes and boasting world-class museums, colorful houses, and a dynamic nightlife! A great base for exploring Iceland’s natural wonders, the city has a vibrant cultural and design scene with many art galleries, restaurants, cafes, bars, and live music establishments.

Included Activities

Explore Reykjavik on Your Own
Explore the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik at your own pace. You could begin your day with a visit to the splendid Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral. Visible across the city, the design of the shrine draws inspiration from the natural geological formations in the country. Enjoy beautiful views of the city from the observation deck at the top of the cathedral. Head to Harpa Concert Hall, one of Reykjavik’s most iconic landmarks with it sleek, colored glass façade and modern design. You could enjoy a guided tour or a live performance at this all-purpose cultural center. Afterwards, walk along the city’s waterfront, halting to take pictures of the gleaming Sun Voyager steel sculpture. Make your way to the trendy Laugavegur street with its boutique stores and hip restaurants. Enjoy a hearty meal or grab a quick bite before you check out the quirky street art lining the paths along the downtown area. (Duration: Full Day; Self-exploring Activity; No Guide; No Transfers; Entrance Fees & Meals are not included)

Hotel Options
Skuggi Hotel – Opt 1
RoomStandard Double
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomCanopy Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 2 - 3

Drive yourself from Keflavik Airport to Borgarfjörður/Husafell in your rental car (Duration: 1.5 hr)

Hveragerði

1 Night

Hveragerði, often called the ‘Hot Spring Town’ emerging from lofty lava fields, is known for its excellent thermal springs and fantastic restaurant scene! The pillars of steam rising among the surrounding hills make the town a geothermal hotbed and uniquely famous for its many greenhouses that grow vegetables and flowers all year long.

Included Activities

Explore Golden Circle on Your Own
On your drive from Reykjavik to the scenic hamlet of Hveragerdi, stop along the way at popular Golden Circle attractions. Begin your exploration at the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park. Featured in the works of numerous Icelandic artists over the centuries, this spectacular park was also seen in the Game of the Thrones series. Travel on to the Haukadalur valley where you can explore the geothermal area that is home to the largely dormant Great Geysir and the intensely active Strokkur Geysir. Afterwards, drive on to the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall that gushes down into the Hvita river canyon. This glacial waterfall with its dual layer cascade offers ample opportunities for you to test your photography skills! (Duration: Full Day; Self-exploring Activity; No Guide; No Transfers; Entrance Fees & Meals are not included; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Group Tour: Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier From Hveragerði
Beginning from Gulfoss, join your local guide in a Super Jeep, and head towards Langjökull Glacier, the second-largest in Iceland. Arriving at Jaki base camp on the glacier’s western edge, gear up in snowmobile suits, balaclavas, gloves, and helmets. A glacier expert will teach you how to safely operate snowmobiles. Shortly after, hop on for an adventure in the Icelandic highlands. Zoom across the smooth snowy landscape at your own pace. Take in breathtaking vistas of the table mountain of Eiríksjökull glacier, the domed peak of Hofsjökull glacier, and the Kerlingafjöll mountain range. En route, see expansive lava fields, rugged cliffs and gigantic volcanic craters. Making a pitstop, learn about the history of these gorgeous natural surroundings. Listen to anecdotes about the ice caves nearby that were used by outlaws during the medieval times. Return to camp with memories of a unique experience on the landmark Langjökull Glacier. (Duration: 1 hr; Time: 0900 – 1400 hrs; Shared Activity; No Transfers; Meeting point: Gullfoss Cafe; Notes: Wear warm clothes with weatherproof layers, and snowboots)

Hotel Options
360 Hotel – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomSuperior Double Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 3 - 4

Drive yourself from Hveragerði to Skaftafell in your rental car. You will stop for an en route activity (Duration without stops: 4.5 hrs)

Skaftafell

1 Night

Discover the picturesque wilderness of Skaftafell in the Öraefi county along the southeastern coast of Iceland. It lies on the popular Ring Road that fringes the island. A year-round destination with campgrounds and diverse natural attractions, Skaftafell is the showstopper of the expansive Vatnajökull National Park.

Included Activities

Explore LAVA Center, Seljalandsfoss and Natural Attractions on Your Own
On your way from Hveragerdi to the picturesque region of Skaftafell, stop off at the LAVA Center in Hvolsvollur to browse the displays dedicated to Iceland’s volcanos and earthquakes. Enjoy the interactive experience before you travel on to find the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Capture splendid images of the cascading water and walk to the small cave behind the falls. Continue on your way to stop again at the historic lighthouse at Dyrholaey and enjoy panoramic views of the rugged Icelandic coastline and the ocean. Walk along the black sand on Reynisfjara beach and savor splendid views of the natural rock formations that dot the region. Capture beautiful images of the sea stacks, known as Reynisdrangar Columns, before you resume your onward journey. You also have the option of stopping by Iceland’s most voluminous waterfall, Urridafoss, depending on the time available. (En route; Duration: Half day; Self-explore activity; No guide; Entrance fees are not included; Fitness level: easy)

Hotel Options
Hotel Skaftafell – Opt 1
RoomTwin Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 4 - 5

Drive yourself from Skaftafell to Fáskrúðsfjörður in your rental car. You will stop for an en route activity (Duration without stops: 5.5 hrs)

Fáskrúðsfjörður

1 Night

A small but stunning village in the eastern fjords of Iceland, Fáskrúðsfjörður will take your breath away with its natural beauty. One of its highlights is its strong 19th century French heritage from the days when French fishermen made the village their home.

Included Activities

Group Tour: Zodiac Boat Exploration of Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon
Discover the constantly changing scenery of Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon on this exciting boat tour. Don protective gear before you set off in a sturdy zodiac boat across the crystal clear water. Get a close look at floating icebergs on this glacial lake, located at the southern end of Vatnajokull Glacier. Gain insights into the unique geology of the region from your knowledgeable guide. On a lucky day, you might get to see ice calving from the edge of the glacier. After about an hour exploring the lake, return to shore with memories of a unique visual experience. (Only Possible From Apr – Oct; Duration: 1.5 hrs; Start Time: 1030/1230/1430 hrs; Shared Activity; No Transfers; Min Age: 6; Protective apparel will be provided; Do wear warm clothes and sturdy footwear; Each boat can accommodate a maximum of ten guests)

Explore Hofskirkja Turf Church, Jökulsárlón and Vestrahorn on Your Own
Explore the rugged landscapes and quaint history of the Icelandic landscape on your way from Skaftafell to the fjord-lined town of Fáskrúðsfjörður in the east. Take in the antique beauty of Hofskirkja, the last of the turf churches in the country. Originally constructed in 1884, the church was fully restored in the 1950s and still stands witness to the romance of local history. Next leave for the famous glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón that nestles along the Vatnajökull National Park. Fed by ice from the nearby Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, the Jökulsárlón makes for an unforgettable sight with its mirror-like surface dotted with floating icebergs. Opt for a boat ride on the lagoon or move on to yet another iconic natural destination – Diamond Beach where blue, transparent, and white icebergs from nearby glaciers lie shining on black volcanic sands. Finally make your way to the black sand beach of Stokknes, against which towers the dramatic peaks of Vestrahorn. (Enroute; Duration: 3-4 hrs; Self-explore Activity; Duration: 20-30 mins stop at Hofskirkja, 1 hr at Jökulslárlón including Diamond Beach & 1.5 hr at Vestrahorn)

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 5 - 7

Drive yourself from Fáskrúðsfjörður to Lake Mývatn in your rental car. You will stop for an en route activity (Duration without stops: 3.5 hrs)

Lake Mývatn

2 Nights

Lake Mývatn, the beautiful volcanic lake in North Iceland, boasts some truly stunning landscapes and rich biological diversity. Abounding with unique scenery, one side of the lake is covered with rocky lava fields while the other side ripples with lush green fields.

Included Activities

Explore Lake Mývatn on Your Own
Explore Lake Mývatn, a highlight of the Diamond Circle in northern Iceland. Look out for the vibrant geothermal landscapes of Námaskard Pass and Hverir, near Mount Námafjall. Drop by Dinmuborgir or Dark Fortress to see unique lava formations and explore its various trails and caves. See Iceland’s largest ice sculptures inside the Lofthellir cave, located within the Búrfell lava field. Head to the protected pseudo-craters of Skutustadagigar for birdwatching opportunities. Learn about the region’s avifauna at the Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum. Visit the 1913 Grænavatn Turf House and its adjoining farm. Spot myriad species of ducks, during a stroll alongside Laxá river. Hike up the Hverfjall Cinder Cone for panoramic vistas of Lake Mývatn. Explore the infamous Krafla Volcano area to see the lava flows in the crater. Nearby, witness the grandeur of the powerful Dettifoss waterfall within the Vatnajökull National Park. Continue on to see the horseshoe-shaped glacial Àsbyrgi Canyon. Unwind in the Mývatn Nature Baths to round off your adventurous day. (Duration: Half Day; Self-exploring Activity; No Guide; No Transfers; Entrance Fees & Meals are not included)

Visit Mývatn Nature Baths (Tickets Only)
Take a relaxing soak in the Mývatn Nature Baths as you enjoy the picturesque scenery all around! The Mývatn Nature Baths are a set of geothermally heated pools and steam baths found in the Lake Mývatn area. The bathwater flows directly from Landsvirkjun’s borehole in Bjarnarflag to a large reservoir and then into the lagoon. Relax and invigorate your body in the mineral-rich, alkaline waters, said to be beneficial for skin problems, asthma and respiratory diseases. A unique chemical composition also makes the waters free of bacteria and other vegetation. Get a chance to experience a steam bath in geothermal steam rising from vents on the floor. After your soak, tuck into a light lunch or dinner at Cafe Kvika, which has an outer terrace and serves a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and pastries. ( No guide; No transfers; Meals are not included; Entrance tickets are included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring a bathing suit and towel. Please note that the geothermal water in Iceland usually contains some amount of sulfur so it is recommended to remove copper and silver jewelry before bathing, otherwise, they may be damaged.)

Explore Diamond Circle on Your Own
Set out from Lake Myvatn to discover the splendid attractions along Iceland’s famed Diamond Circle. Start at the scenic Dettifoss waterfall, located within Vatnajokull National Park. Enjoy splendid vistas of the water gushing into a ravine before heading to the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi. Believed to be the hoofprint of an eight-legged horse from Norse mythology, this canyon offers ample photo opportunities. Travel on to the Tjornes Peninsula that sits tucked between two fjords. Take in panoramic views of the ocean and spot rock ptarmigans before you head to the harbor town of Husavik. Known as the whale watching capital of Europe, it is also home to a charming wooden church and a whale museum. Stop by the Geosea geothermal baths for a rejuvenating dip in the naturally heated seawater. Afterward, travel to Godafoss waterfall to take in gorgeous vistas of the cascading water gushing over a crescent of jagged cliffs. You also have the option of getting a closer look at the cluster of basalt rock formations known as Hljodaklettar. End your day at the port town of Akureyri. (Duration: Full Day; Self-exploring Activity; No Guide; No Transfers; Entrance Fees & Meals are not included; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Hotel Options
Fosshotel Myvatn – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Hotel Laxá – Opt 2
RoomDouble Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 7 - 8

Drive yourself from Lake Mývatn to Varmahlíð in your rental car. You will stop for an en route activity (Duration without stops: 3 hrs)

Varmahlíð

1 Night

Tucked away by the Skagafjordur bay in North Iceland lies the scenic village of Varmahlíð. It is surrounded by the woodlands of Reykjarhóll, where clearly marked trails make for invigorating hikes to the top of the hill. On a clear day, the breathtaking views from the summit can extend all the way across the central region of Skagafjörður.

Included Activities

Group Horseback Riding Tour
Enjoy a horseback ride across the flowering meadows and fertile valley of the Svartá River. Meet your local English-speaking guide at the venue, about 15 minutes before the trip begins. The ride is suitable for beginners and expert horse riders alike, and the route is adapted to your tastes and riding ability. Enjoy the feeling of the wind rushing through your hair as you ride under the big open skies, meandering along the Skagafjörður Valley, picturesquely framed by the Svartá River and the flat-topped mountains in the distance. Return to your hotel after the trip. (Duration: 2 hrs; Shared Activity; Noo Transfers; Meeting Point: In Varmahlíð, turn off Ringroad no.1 onto road no. 752 and find the office in the first building on the left (150 m from the junction), N 65°32,744′ W 19°26,338′; Fitness level: Easy; Helmets & rain gear provided on tour; Please dress warmly in windproof jacket, gloves & comfortable hiking boots; ).

Explore Góðafoss and Akureyri on Your Own
Explore the myriad attractions of northern Iceland with a visit to the Góðafoss waterfall, followed by a city tour of Akureyri. As you head out from Lake Mývatn, get ready for the splendor of Góðafoss which translates to ‘Waterfall of Gods.’ Watch as the waters of the Skjálfandafljót river thunder down a 30-meter wide horseshoe-shaped rock, flowing into a 7000-year-old lava field from the Trölladyngja volcano. After taking in the magnificence of the falls that have birthed legends and folklore about Norse gods and heroes, it is time to make your way to the northern town of Akureyri. Like any other Icelandic town, Akureyri offers a plethora of outdoor adventures – go horseback riding on farms or whale watching along the coast. The Lystigarðurinn, Akureyri’s botanical garden is a great place to take a leisurely stroll as you marvel at the lush greenery and summer blossoms, so close to the Arctic Circle. Later, wander past quaint turf houses, many of them preserved for their architectural heritage, before making your way to the iconic Akureyri Church that dominates the downtown horizon. (Enroute; Self-explore Activity; No Guide; No Transfers; Please note that estimated time at Goðafoss waterfall is 45 mins)

Hotel Options
RoomDouble Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomTwo Person Cottage
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 8 - 9

Drive yourself from Varmahlíð to Stykkishólmur in your rental car. You will stop for an en route activity (Duration without stops: 4 hrs)

Stykkishólmur

1 Night

Stykkishólmur is a charming Icelandic fishing town that nestles on the banks of Breidarfjordur Bay at the northern end of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Built around a picturesque natural harbor, this eco-friendly town with little traffic and its tightly knit community transports you back in time.

Included Activities

Explore Snaefellsnes Penninsula on Your Own
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on this enjoyable tour. Discover the diverse landscape of the region that showcases all that Iceland is famed for. Stop by the gorgeous waterfall of Kirkjufellsfoss with the soaring Kirkjufell Mountain providing a picture-perfect backdrop. Head to the beautiful beach of Skardsvik with its golden sand that distinguishes it from the commonly found black sand beaches in the country. Cast your eyes on the orange-hued Svortuloft lighthouse that makes for a striking contrast against the blue sky. Capture beautiful images of the ocean with the silhouette of the lighthouse. Make your way to the hexagonal Gerduberg Basalt Columns, a cluster of geological formations formed thousands of years ago by lava flows. Return to Stykkisholmur with lasting memories. (Duration: Full Day; Self-exploring Activity; No Guide; No Transfers; Entrance Fees & Meals are not included.)

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Double
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomStandard Double
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 9 - 9

Drive yourself from Stykkishólmur to Keflavik Airport / Blue Lagoon in your rental car (Duration: 3 hrs)

Blue Lagoon

0 Nights

Blue Lagoon complex, located between Grindavik and Keflavík, is a geothermal spa in south western Iceland. Dramatically colored in shades of deep blue, silver, gray and black, this renowned spa destination offers a striking spectacle.

Make your own way to the Reykjavík airport and drop off your rental car

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 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 3,690 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 4,090 /person

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Road Trip: Highlights of the Ring Road

9 days $ 3,690 / person

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