Iceland Ring Road Adventure

Iceland is a captivating destination with otherworldly landscapes and a welcoming and unique culture. On your custom self-driving expedition, you will explore Iceland's top attractions as well as quaint villages and striking, hard to access natural sites. This itinerary will allow you to witness the natural wonders and pristine beauty of this land forged from volcanos and ice while having memorable adventures along the way. From waterfalls and geysers to lagoons and icebergs, the luminous blue coloring and misty fog will make your journey even more mystical. With a routing and unique activities catered to your specific tastes, this is sure to be a trip you'll never forget!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Keflavik Arrival - Reykjavík

Keflavik Arrival - Reykjavík
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Rental Car Transport
  • Accommodation: Hotel Island

Welcome to Iceland! Upon your arrival at the Keflavik International Airport, you will collect your rental car.

You will begin your drive to the Blue Lagoon and dive into the geothermal waters. A visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is a great start to your stay in Iceland. Guests renew their relationship with nature, soak up the scenic beauty, and enjoy breathing the clean, fresh air while relaxing in the warm geothermal seawater.

After your luxurious visit to the baths, you'll make your way to Reykjavík to take in the city's sites!


The capital of Iceland, Reykjavík or ‘Steamy Cove’, named after its geothermal location, is a vibrant city with a lively culture and fun-filled nightlife, not to mention the oldest Parliament - the Althingi - in the world. With a relatively small population of 200,000 people living in the Greater Reykjavík area (2/3 of the country’s total population), Reykjavík boasts panoramic views of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides. In the summer, you can sit by the harbor at midnight and watch the sun dip slightly below the horizon, before it makes its way up again. The city is unique for its numerous wells that allow all the city’s residents to enjoy inexpensive central heating and a smoke-free city.

Day 2: Reykjavík - Stykkishólmur

Reykjavík - Stykkishólmur
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Reykjavík to Stykkishólmur via Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Accommodation: Hotel Búðir, Hotel Egilsen
  • Meals: B

Reykjavík to Stykkishólmur via Snæfellsnes Peninsula

After breakfast and check-out from the Hotel Island this morning, you have the chance to explore the Borgarfjördur area and Reykholt, one of the most important historical places in the country and visit the Snorri Museum. The beautiful waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Next to the Hreðavatnsskáli lies the ring krater of the extinct Grábrók Volcano, the climb up there is tiring, but the view is splendid.

Continue to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The main attraction of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is the Snæfellsjökul Glacier. Even today, it is said to have magic powers. In Jules Verne’s novel, “Travels to the Center of the Earth” the glacier is the gate to a subterranean path.

In Búðir, on the southern coast of the peninsula, lies Iceland’s ‘Copacabana’. A beautiful church surrounded by a small cemetery hovers above the golden sand dunes and the background of the snow covered Snæfellsjökul Glacier. The fishing village Arnarstapi is known for its basalt coast and a picturesque harbor. A 2.5 km long street leads you relatively quickly to the “Baðstofa” (bathhouse) cave of Hellnar, also set on an interesting basalt coast.

Next, the bird cliffs of Lóndrangar: these peculiar rock formations can be seen from the main road but you can also drive down to Malarrif and take a short hike from there to the rock formations and back. Atlantic puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes, and many bird species invite a further break. On the west side of the peninsula a 2.5 km street veers off to Dritvík. Here a foot path leads to the sea. From there a 1 km long hike takes you to the no longer populated village of Dritvík, where only the foundations of the houses remain. There is also a beautiful cave called Vatnshellir where you can go on guided tours. You will find Kirkjufell Mountain by the town of Grundarfjörður, which is one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland.

Day 3: Stykkishólmur - Akureyri

Stykkishólmur - Akureyri
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Stykkishólmur to Akureyri via Skagafjörður
  • Accommodation: Hotel Kea
  • Meals: B

Stykkishólmur to Akureyri via Skagafjörður

After breakfast, you will drive to Akureyri. The Skagafjörður area features a number of intriguing sights. This region is particularly famous for breeding the world-renowned Icelandic horses. Nearby is Saudakrokur and the fascinating folk museum at Glaumbær. There are possibilities for horseback riding on Icelandic horses, hiking tours, and if you want more excitement, there is river rafting. In Víðidalur near Hvammstangi, you will find the beautiful Kolugljúfur canyon with its stunning waterfall Kolufossar. In this area, you will also find the amazing cliff Hvítserkur.

Explore Akureyri in the evening.

Day 4: Akureyri - Lake Mývatn

Akureyri - Lake Mývatn
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Akureyri to Lake Mývatn
  • Accommodation: Fosshotel Mývatn
  • Meals: B

Akureyri to Lake Mývatn

This morning, continue your drive to Goðafoss Waterfall on your way to Húsavík where you will join a Whale Watching and Puffin Safari tour on a Rib Boat. The tour offers great adventures on the boat and you get very close to the whales.

Húsavík is often called the Whale Watching capital of the north. Continue on and explore the area around Lake Mývatn. This is an active volcanic zone with pseudo-craters, sulfuric springs and bizarre lava formations, as well as lush green, fertile plains. This region is also home to a wonderful variety of birdlife. A couple of highlights by Mývatn are the lava “town” of Dimmuborgir and geothermal area Námaskarð.

Day 5: Lake Mývatn - Egilsstaðir

Lake Mývatn - Egilsstaðir
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Lake Mývatn to Egilsstaðir
  • Accommodation: Hotel Hallormsstaður
  • Meals: B

Lake Mývatn to Egilsstaðir

From Lake Myvatn you drive through the uninhabited and desert-like areas of the Möðrudalsöræfi. Drive to Stuðlagil Canyon for a hike to the amazingly beautiful canyon. The hike can take about an hour each way so you will need plenty of time here.

After the tour you will continue to Vök Baths where you can relax in the geothermal pool located on Lake Urridavatn. If you feel adventurous you can hop in the cold water of the lake. Drive to the Hallormsstaðaskógur Forest close to Egilsstaðir. This is a very beautiful area to relax.

Day 6: Egilstaðir - Höfn

Egilstaðir - Höfn
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Egilstaðir to Höfn
  • Accommodation: Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon
  • Meals: B

Egilstaðir to Höfn

You could start the day early with a hike up to Hengifoss Waterfall close to the hotel. You would need to do this early as you have the whole day ahead of you driving through the East Fjords.

If you have enough time, we suggest that you drive towards Eskifjordur. It is considered one of the most beautiful fjords in Iceland. With its old red wooden houses situated on the seafront. You can stop at the stone museum of Petra in Stöðvarfjörður, which is a private collection of Icelandic minerals. In Djupavogur you will find "Eggene i Gledivik", a stone sculpture consisting of 34 large stone eggs set up by the seaside. Geologically the East Fjords are the oldest parts of Iceland. An area of fjords, steep mountains, majestic mountain peaks, rich bird life and ancient memories.

If time allows you, can take a tour to the coast outside Höfn, and enjoy the views of the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Vestrahorn on the Stokksnes peninsula.

*Note that you probably won’t have time to visit all these sights, you can prioritize which ones you would like to be sure to include!

Day 7: Höfn - Vík

Höfn - Vík
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Höfn to Vík & Glacier Hike
  • Accommodation: Hotel Kria
  • Meals: B

Höfn to Vík & Glacier Hike

After breakfasts and hotel check out this morning, continue south on the Ring Road. Nearby is Europe‘s biggest glacier, Vatnajökull, and the extraordinary Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Without a doubt, these are the highlights of the day!

You can join a tour by boat or kayak on the lagoon if you'd like. Make sure to visit Diamond beach, just by the Glacier Lagoon. Here you will find icebergs from the lagoon that have drifted ashore and created the most magical setting. White melting icebergs on a black beach.

Continue to Skaftafell National Park. The mountains are reminiscent of the Alps, and have been formed by volcanoes, glaciers, and water. Skaftafell is an area you can spend a whole day. Svartifoss waterfall, one of the most popular attractions in the park is a unique natural gem framed in black lava columns. You will join a guided Glacier Hike on one of Vatnajokull’s outlet glaciers. Step onto the icy wonderland where the guide shows you crevasses and the beautiful glacier landscape.

After the tour you will continue your drive on to Vík Village.

Day 8: Vík - Geysir

Vík - Geysir
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Vík - Geysir
  • Accommodation: Hotel Geysir
  • Meals: B

Vík - Geysir

At Vik, you will find Reynisfjara, Reynisdrangar and Dyrholaey. Reynisfjara is a black lava beach that has amazing basalt rock formations. Out in the sea, you can see the basalt-shaped pillars Reynisdrangar. The area has a rich bird life and you will be able to see puffins here.

Dyrholaey is a small peninsula at Reynisdrangar. Here you should take pictures of the view. Stop at Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss. These are two of Iceland's loveliest waterfalls. You can walk to the back of Seljalandsfoss. On the way from Vik you will pass Eyjafjallajökull glacier and the area evacuated in the large volcano eruption in 2010. You can visit the Secret Lagoon (about 15 min drive from Geysir). From the foot of Hekla volcano, it is well worth taking a trip to the valley of the Thjorsa River. The earliest settlers in Iceland chose this valley. There you can visit the Viking farm Stöng, which is a reconstruction of the farm as it was 1000 years ago. The original farm was destroyed by a major volcanic eruption in the year 1104. Many scenes from the TV series Games of Thrones were taken in Thjórsárdalur valley.

Enjoy a bath in this geothermal natural pool. You also find the farm Fridheimar who offers lunch between 12 and 16. At Fridheimar, you can enjoy homemade dishes in a Greenhouse sitting area. The farm produces tomato all year around in the green houses, warmed up by geothermal heat. At Efstidalur Farm you can try homemade local ice cream.

Day 9: Geysir - Keflavik Departure

Geysir - Keflavik Departure
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Internal Transfer
  • Transportation: Rental Car Transport
  • Meals: B

This morning, visit the thundering Gullfoss waterfall and famous Geysir geothermal area, where the geyser of Strokkur regularly erupts and numerous other hot springs bubble and steam. Drive to the World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park. This is the location of Iceland‘s original parliament. Enjoy views across the clear waters of Lake Thingvallavatn.

Although your adventure must come to an end today, you will be leaving fully refreshed and surely enamored with the rugged beauty of Iceland. Drive to Keflavik Airport where you will drop off your rental car before and board your international departure flight.

We wish you safe and happy travels home!


Hotel Island

Hotel Island

Hotel Island is the perfect place to help you balance your mind, body and soul. Your comfort and well-being are paramount. The hotel features 128 well-appointed rooms with many offering views of the mountain range that surrounds Reykjavik. This is Iceland’s first dedicated wellness and spa hotel. All rooms are beautifully decorated in a contemporary Scandinavian style and equipped with all the main modern comforts.

Hotel Búðir

Hotel Búðir

Hotel Búðir is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countryside hotels in Iceland, just a short drive from Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik. The hotel sits in a lava field on the westernmost tip of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, in the western region of Iceland. Due to the hotel’s location, guests have an impressive view of the breathtaking Snæfellsjökull glacier and the Búðir-estuary which meanders into the vast Faxafloi-Bay where a number of seals reside. Over the winter time its cozy sitting by the fireplace having hot chocolate and enjoying the amazing northern lights Aurora borealis just outside the hotel. Hotel Búðir has it all, a world-class service, fine food and drink and luxurious rooms, making it ideal for get-togethers with friends and family, or a romantic weekend with a loved one – all of which can be enjoyed in an indescribably beautiful environment.

Hotel Egilsen

Hotel Egilsen

The old stark red house stands by the harbor in Stykkishólmur. The house was built in 1867 by a prominent local businessman as a private residence but was renovated and reopened as a family run boutique hotel in 2012. The small hotel preserves its classic heritage while enhancing it with the best of modern design. Guests can relax in the comfortable lounge with a drink, mingle with locals and other guests, or browse through the small library. Just steps away are the towns three museums, restaurants and galleries, as well as the harbor.

Hotel Kea

Hotel Kea

Hotel Kea is located in the very heart of town, next to the iconic church of Akureyri and the town central. Hotel Kea is the finest hotel in town offering rooms that range from standard to a suite, room service, in house restaurant, bar, conference and meeting halls. The bright, airy rooms at Hotel Kea feature wooden floors, satellite TV channels and writing desks. Their in-house restaurant specializes in hearty local dishes made from fresh seasonal produce as well as an extensive wine list to suit all tastes.

Fosshotel Mývatn

Fosshotel Mývatn

Fosshotel Mývatn offers 92 rooms in wonderful surroundings north of Lake Mývatn, within 100 km from the Akureyri Airport. The hotel is designed by award-winning architects and features almost exclusively low-environmental impact materials. The building is a low-rise, clad with larch wood and grass roof which makes it in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature.

Hotel Hallormsstaður

Hotel Hallormsstaður

The hotel’s emphasis is on comfort and wellness, offering various accommodation from cottages to superior rooms, in the middle of Hallormsstaður Forest. All of the 92 rooms have quality beds and linen to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Every room is designed for comfort and equipped with a private bathroom, „walk-in“ shower, supreme Wifi, coffee & tea, hair dryer, phone, and other amenities.

Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon

Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon

The location is perfect for nature lovers, as the hotel is between Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, two of Iceland's most spectacular natural attractions; a hiker's paradise. Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon offers comfortable and contemporary rooms with high ceilings, large windows with views over the mountains or the ocean. The rooms come with a satellite television, coffee and tea making facilities, refrigerators and more. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, bar, and a relaxing area.

Hotel Kria

Hotel Kria

The hotel features beautifully decorated rooms and excellent facilities in a prime location on the South Coast of Iceland. The hotel has 72 rooms and one suite. All rooms have a modern interior design and are fully equipped with complimentary Wi-fi in all rooms and communal areas, LCD, Satellite TV, hairdryer, a clothing rack, extra pillows, phone, soap, and a kettle with tea and coffee. The rooms are fitted with a desk and a private bathroom.

Hotel Geysir

Hotel Geysir

One of the greatest natural attractions of Iceland is the great Geysir, which the hotel is named after, and it is an indescribable spectacle. Nearby is another famous geyser, Strokkur - watch as it spurts water 30 metres into the air every few minutes. As well as geysers, there are hot springs including the stunning turquoise-coloured Belsi in the area. The hotel was designed to harmoniously blend the building with the surrounding environment through the use of materials that reflect the surroundings and the architectural design of the building. The hotel's rooms and suites are bright and light and all have views of the stunning scenery. If you are lucky enough, at night you will witness the bubbling hot springs contrasting with the Northern Lights (September to March).

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 4,222 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

Price Includes

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  • Tours/activities as mentioned
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  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
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  • Taxes and fees

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