Best of Iceland Ring Road

Best of Iceland Ring Road

This classic self-drive tour is popular for a reason. Drive along Iceland’s scenic “Ring Road” to take in some of the country’s most spectacular scenery while you are touring Iceland. Explore rugged coastlines and glacial valleys, admire some of Europe’s largest and most powerful waterfalls, and traverse otherworldly, volcanic landscapes.

Duration: 7 nights, All Year

Price: From $ 1,505 per person based on 2 people sharing

Highlights

  • The Natural Wonders of Mývatn and the North
  • The Towering Mountains and Charming Villages of the East Fjords
  • The Golden Circle and the South Coast

Included:
  - Car rental for 7 days, pick up on arrival at Keflavik International Airport*
  - 1 night accommodation in the Reykjavik area with breakfast included
  - 6 nights accommodation in the countryside with breakfast included
  - Standard or Detailed itinerary which we will help put together with you
  - Our expert assistance in planning the vacation and during your trip
  - Rental car airport fee
  - Unlimited mileage
  - Collision Damage Waiver Insurance
  - 2 authorized drivers for the whole period
  - GPS is Free of Charge
  - All taxes, VAT and service fees
  - Information about driving in Iceland
  - The Itinerary will be sent to you 4 - 6 weeks in advance, so you can study it and prepare your trip before your departure. You can also download it to your Iphone/smart phone or tablet to have with you on your trip.

Not included:
  - Flights to and from Iceland
  - Travel Insurance
  - Car rental for an extra day, if necessary

The total driving distance is approximately 930 miles. Total distance per day is ca:
Day 1: 70     Day 2: 250     Day 3: 110     Day 4: 120     Day 5: 170     Day 6: 110     Day 7: 70     Day 8: 30

*Please note that the package price is based on 24 hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on departure day, an extra rental day is available. You can also choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the car rental ends and use Flybus Plus or private departure transfer.

Package Map
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Day 1 Welcome to Iceland

Arrival - Velkomin til Íslands!

Pick up your rental car at Keflavík International Airport and drive past Reykjavík to the BORGARFJÖRÐUR region. Often referred to as “the saga valley of western Iceland,” this area served as the stage for many significant events in the literary masterpieces that Iceland is known for. It is home to Hraunfossar, a remarkable series of waterfalls formed by water emerging from a porous lava field, and Barnafoss, a cluster of robust rapids with a tragic story behind their name. Spend the night in the Borgarfjörður region.

Driving distance: 70 miles


Interesting Sights in the Area
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Day 2 Akureyri and Myvatn the North

Akureyri, the “Capital of the North”

Drive through the Skagafjörður region to AKUREYRI. This small, yet bustling city is nestled in Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord. Because it serves as the hub for trade, education, and culture in the region, Akureyri is often refered to as “the capital of the north.” And although it is situated less than 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the climate here is surprisingly mild. Spend some time wandering through the northernmost botanical garden, and then take a dip in one of Iceland’s most popular swimming pools. Spend the night in Akureyri or neighbourhood such as Myvatn or surroundings.

MÝVATN is the fourth largest lake in Iceland. Frequent lava flows have left its shoreline very irregular in shape, and few areas offer such a wide spectrum of geological formations. The lake lies on an active volcanic belt where eruptions are frequent and intense geothermal activity results in bubbling mud pools, steaming solfataras, and brightly-colored mineral deposits. Relax in the sublime Jarðböðin við Mývatn, a bathing lagoon filled with mineral-rich, geothermally-heated water.  Marvel at the magical waterfall, Goðafoss, the volcanic area around Krafla, the spectacular sulphur fields at Námaskarð, the dramatic lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir. Spend the night in the North

Driving distance: ca. 250 miles


Interesting Sights in the Area
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Day 3 The Natural Wonders of Myvatn

The Natural Wonders of Mývatn

 

Mývatn is the fourth largest lake in Iceland. Frequent lava flows have left its shoreline very irregular in shape, and few areas offer such a wide spectrum of geological formations. The lake lies on an active volcanic belt where eruptions are frequent and intense geothermal activity results in bubbling mud pools, steaming solfataras, and brightly-colored mineral deposits.

Driving distance: ca. 110 miles


Interesting Sights in the Area
The East fjords

Day 4 Along the East Fjords

Along the East Fjords

Skjálfandaflói is a large bay known for its remarkable wildlife, so whale watching and bird watching tours originating in a little town called Húsavík are quite popular.  Before leaving the north, check out Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss.  Then, travel south along the beautiful, rugged coastline of the East Fjords which are punctuated with towering mountains and charming small villages such as Egilsstaðir.  Spend the night in the East Fjords.

Driving distance: ca. 120 miles


Interesting Sights in the Area
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DAY 5 Jökulsárlón and Skaftafell

Jökulsárlón and Skaftafell

Continue your journey south of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.  Spend some time at JÖKULSÁRLÓN, a stunning glacial lagoon filled with icebergs that have calved off the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull and are heading out to sea. It is abundant with fish that have drifted in from the ocean, and you may catch a glimpse of seals swimming around the lagoon looking to reap the bounty.

Driving distance: ca. 170 miles


Interesting Sights in the Area
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Day 6 The South Coast

The South Coast

VÍK is the southernmost village in Iceland, and it is renowned for the breathtaking black beaches of Reynisfjara.  To the west lies Dyrhólaey, a promontory formed by a submarine volcanic eruption and known for its large, distinctive archway. SKÓGAR is a tiny village that is home to not only a fantastic folk museum - which contains an outstanding collection of artifacts and impressive turf houses - but it is also home to Skógafoss, one of Iceland’s largest waterfalls with a width of 82 feet and a drop of 200 feet.  SELJALANDSFOSS is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in all of Iceland. Here, the river Seljalandsá drops 200 feet over the cliffs of what used to be the island‘s coastline. If favorable conditions allow (and if you don‘t mind getting a bit wet), it is possible to walk behind the waterfall.  Spend the night in the south.

Driving distance: ca. 110 miles


Interesting Sights in the Area
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Day 7 The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle

Spend the day touring Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle.  ÞINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Iceland’s most fascinating places due to both its impressive geological formations and for the significant role it plays in the country’s history as the original meeting site of the Icelandic parliament, the oldest existing parliament in the world. GULLFOSS is a majestic double waterfall that tumbles 105 feet into the canyon of Hvítá, one of the longest rivers in Iceland.  And located in the Haukadalur geothermal area, GEYSIR is the geyser from which the English word is derived. Geysir itself is now dormant, but an adjacent geyser, Strokkur, erupts every few minutes.  Spend the night in Reykjavík.

Driving distance: ca. 70 miles


Interesting Sights in the Area
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Day 8 Reykjavik - Departure

Reykjavík - Departure

REYKJAVÍK is the northern most capital city in the world. Lined with colorful, corrugated steel buildings, the streets in the downtown area are very pedestrian-friendly and full of fascinating museums, quaint shops, and cozy cafes.  Spend the morning exploring the city at your leisure and then drive back to Keflavík to return the rental car before catching your flight home. If you like to bathe in the Blue lagoon on your last day, please remember to pre book.

Driving distance: ca. 30 miles


Interesting Sights in the Area

Daily Departures.

Comfort value packages: An accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and farmhouses around Iceland. The comfort accommodation room is ideal for a brief stay of up to a few days. Double rooms contain two twin beds, or one queen size bed. There is a fully equipped en suite bathroom. All hotels are equipped with central heating and television. Normally no room service is provided. WiFi is available in most comfort accommodations.
Quality value packages: An accommodation in 3 or 4 star like hotels or special guesthouses. The Beds can be two twin beds or one Queen or King. En-suite full bathrooms normally contain hairdryers, toiletries and towels. Bathrooms are fully equipped, either with a shower or a bathtub. WiFi internet is available in all hotels free of charge. Quality accommodation offers restaurant on site. Possibility to upgrade to superior or deluxe rooms, when available.

 

Price for the period from June 1 to September 30: 

 

Comfort Value Package: 7 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
- Price before DISCOUNT
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Toyota Corolla Wagon Hybrid Automatic $ 1,921 $ 1,542 $ 1,512 $ 1,305
Toyota RAV4 4WD Automatic $ 2,056 $ 1,632 $ 1,579 $ 1,358
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 5 Seater $ 2,255 $ 1,765 $ 1,679 $ 1,438
Tesla 3 Electric Auto 4x4 $ 2,305 $ 1,798 $ 1,704 $ 1,462
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater $ 2,312 $ 1,803 $ 1,707 $ 1,466
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 33 Mountain Safari $ 2,385 $ 1,852 $ 1,744 $ 1,506
Mercedes Benz GLE - Plugin Hybrid Auto 4x4 $ 2,840 $ 2,113 $ 1,986 $ 1,717
Audi Q7 Auto 4x4 $ 3,068 $ 2,259 $ 2,101 $ 1,809
Land Rover Discovery 7 seater Auto 4x4 $ 3,068 $ 2,259 $ 2,101 $ 1,809
Mercedes Benz GLS 7 seater Auto 4x4 $ 3,826 $ 2,764 $ 2,479 $ 2,112

 

Quality Value Package: 7 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
- Price before DISCOUNT
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Toyota Corolla Wagon Hybrid Automatic $ 2,293 $ 1,809 $ 1,910 $ 1,672
Toyota RAV4 4WD Automatic $ 2,428 $ 1,899 $ 2,000 $ 1,744
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 5 Seater $ 2,636 $ 2,032 $ 2,135 $ 1,852
Tesla 3 Electric Auto 4x4 $ 2,703 $ 2,065 $ 2,168 $ 1,878
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater $ 2,712 $ 2,070 $ 2,173 $ 1,882
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 33 Mountain Safari $ 2,812 $ 2,119 $ 2,222 $ 1,922
Mercedes Benz GLE - Plugin Hybrid Auto 4x4 $ 3,341 $ 2,467 $ 2,487 $ 2,133
Audi Q7 Auto 4x4 $ 3,569 $ 2,619 $ 2,601 $ 2,225
Land Rover Discovery 7 seater Auto 4x4 $ 3,569 $ 2,619 $ 2,601 $ 2,225
Mercedes Benz GLS 7 seater Auto 4x4 $ 4,327 $ 3,124 $ 2,980 $ 2,528

 

Price for the periods Jan 3 to Apr 30 and Nov 1 to Dec 22:

 

Comfort Value Package: 7 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
- Price before DISCOUNT
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Toyota Corolla Wagon Hybrid Automatic $ 1,505 $ 1,228 $ 1,170 $ 1,009
Toyota RAV4 4WD Automatic $ 1,598 $ 1,291 $ 1,217 $ 1,047
Tesla 3 Electric Auto 4x4 $ 1,739 $ 1,385 $ 1,287 $ 1,103
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 5 Seater $ 1,748 $ 1,390 $ 1,291 $ 1,107
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater $ 1,748 $ 1,390 $ 1,291 $ 1,107
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 33 Mountain Safari $ 1,815 $ 1,435 $ 1,325 $ 1,133
Mercedes Benz GLE - Plugin Hybrid Auto 4x4 $ 1,895 $ 1,489 $ 1,365 $ 1,166
Audi Q7 Auto 4x4 $ 1,973 $ 1,538 $ 1,393 $ 1,186
Land Rover Discovery 7 seater Auto 4x4 $ 1,985 $ 1,548 $ 1,410 $ 1,201
Mercedes Benz GLS 7 seater Auto 4x4 $ 2,266 $ 1,736 $ 1,550 $ 1,314

 

Quality Value Package: 7 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
- Price before DISCOUNT
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Toyota Corolla Wagon Hybrid Automatic $ 1,739 $ 1,385 $ 1,404 $ 1,197
Toyota RAV4 4WD Automatic $ 1,833 $ 1,447 $ 1,451 $ 1,234
Tesla 3 Electric Auto 4x4 $ 1,974 $ 1,541 $ 1,522 $ 1,291
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 5 Seater $ 1,982 $ 1,547 $ 1,526 $ 1,294
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater $ 1,982 $ 1,547 $ 1,526 $ 1,294
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 33 Mountain Safari $ 2,049 $ 1,592 $ 1,560 $ 1,321
Mercedes Benz GLE - Plugin Hybrid Auto 4x4 $ 2,130 $ 1,645 $ 1,600 $ 1,353
Audi Q7 Auto 4x4 $ 2,200 $ 1,687 $ 1,620 $ 1,367
Land Rover Discovery 7 seater Auto 4x4 $ 2,219 $ 1,705 $ 1,644 $ 1,389
Mercedes Benz GLS 7 seater Auto 4x4 $ 2,500 $ 1,892 $ 1,785 $ 1,521

 

Price for the periods May 1 to 30, October 1 to 31 and Dec 23 to Jan 2:

 

Comfort Value Package: 7 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
- Price before DISCOUNT
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Toyota Corolla Wagon Hybrid Automatic $ 1,638 $ 1,293 $ 1,303 $ 1,102
Toyota RAV4 4WD Automatic $ 1,732 $ 1,356 $ 1,350 $ 1,139
Tesla 3 Electric Auto 4x4 $ 1,873 $ 1,450 $ 1,421 $ 1,196
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 5 Seater $ 1,881 $ 1,455 $ 1,425 $ 1,199
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater $ 1,881 $ 1,455 $ 1,425 $ 1,199
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 33 Mountain Safari $ 1,948 $ 1,500 $ 1,458 $ 1,226
Mercedes Benz GLE - Plugin Hybrid Auto 4x4 $ 2,029 $ 1,554 $ 1,499 $ 1,258
Audi Q7 Auto 4x4 $ 2,103 $ 1,600 $ 1,523 $ 1,276
Land Rover Discovery 7 seater Auto 4x4 $ 2,118 $ 1,613 $ 1,543 $ 1,294
Mercedes Benz GLS 7 seater Auto 4x4 $ 2,399 $ 1,801 $ 1,684 $ 1,406
Quality Value Package: 7 nights
Price per person
Car Type (or similar cars)
- Price before DISCOUNT
2 pers. Double Room 3 pers. Triple Room 4 pers.
2 Double Rooms
5 pers. Double and Triple
Toyota Corolla Wagon Hybrid Automatic $ 1,858 $ 1,544 $ 1,524 $ 1,340
Toyota RAV4 4WD Automatic $ 1,952 $ 1,606 $ 1,570 $ 1,377
Tesla 3 Electric Auto 4x4 $ 2,093 $ 1,700 $ 1,641 $ 1,434
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 5 Seater $ 2,101 $ 1,706 $ 1,645 $ 1,437
Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater $ 2,101 $ 1,706 $ 1,645 $ 1,437
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic 33 Mountain Safari $ 2,169 $ 1,750 $ 1,679 $ 1,470
Mercedes Benz GLE - Plugin Hybrid Auto 4x4 $ 2,249 $ 1,804 $ 1,719 $ 1,514
Audi Q7 Auto 4x4 $ 2,315 $ 1,841 $ 1,736 $ 1,526
Land Rover Discovery 7 seater Auto 4x4 $ 2,338 $ 1,863 $ 1,763 $ 1,562
Mercedes Benz GLS 7 seater Auto 4x4 $ 2,626 $ 2,051 $ 1,938 $ 1,713

Rental cars for your road trip

Toyota Corolla Wagon

The Corolla W/G (Wagon) is synonymous with reliability. It has good space and comfort, suitable for a 3/4 persons, with good room for luggage.

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Toyota RAV4 4WD Automatic

The RAV4 is a luxurious 4x4 which will take you further. But also available as 2wd. There is plenty of space and all passengers ride in comfort.  The RAV4 is ideal for Icelandic country roads, with the stability of the 4x4 drive.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic

The Land Cruiser is the top of the line 4x4 Jeep/SUV. There is plenty of space, comfort and luxury and this car will take you almost anywhere in style.  This is a car that will take you to most of the places you want to visit in Iceland.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Mountain Safari

This is a Landcruiser LX model that has been adapted to driving in rough terrain in the interior of Iceland. It has 33" tires and an air outlet on top of the car, making it suitable for passing rivers. The ground clearance is also higher than the normal Land Cruiser models.

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Toyota Proace Automatic 9 seater

Launched in 1994, the Proace Verso is a light commercial van. The Proace Verso is the perfect 9 seater minivan for a group of travelers with plenty of luggage. Proace makes it possible for up to 9 persons to travel together in comfort.

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Tesla 3 Electric Auto 4x4

The Tesla is an electric car that has become quite popular in Iceland. It is a chick car, and you will need to be comfortable with the iPad looking high tech dashboard, where you have access to everything online.

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Mercedes Benz GLE - Plugin Hybrid Auto 4x4

This is a luxury SUV, spacious, agile and aerodynamic. It has an elegant cabin and a first-in-class tech in finely tailored style.

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Audi Q7 Auto 4x4

With standard quattro all-wheel-drive and seating for 5, the Audi Q7 sets the standard in the luxury SUV segment with impressive driving dynamics, benchmark connectivity, and advanced driver assistance technologies.

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Land Rover Discovery 7 seater Auto 4x4

With variable five- and seven-passenger seating options this versatile SUV utilizes the latest connectivity technologies, innovative storage solutions, and on-/off-road capability to shuttle drivers and their passengers to and from their commitments in the utmost comfort.

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Mercedes Benz GLS 7 seater Auto 4x4

This is a full-size luxury SUV produced by Mercedes-Benz since 2006. According to Mercedes-Benz, it is the SUV equivalent of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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Hotel types for your road trip

Comfort Hotels

This is an accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and farmhouses around Iceland. The comfort accommodation room is ideal for a brief stay of up to a few days. Double rooms contain two twin beds, or one queen size bed. There is a fully equipped en suite bathroom. All hotels are equipped with central heating and television. Normally no room service is provided. WiFi is available in most comfort accommodations.

Quality Hotels

These are our best vacation deals. An accommodation in 3 or 4 star like hotels or special guesthouses. The Beds can be two twin beds or one Queen or King. En-suite full bathrooms normally contain hairdryers, toiletries and towels. Bathrooms are fully equipped, either with a shower or a bathtub. WiFi internet is available in all hotels free of charge. Quality accommodation offers restaurant on site.

Superior Hotels

These are 4 star hotels (or upgrade to superior rooms or suits in 3 star hotels where 4 star is not available. Our choice of superior hotels around the country include, small boutique hotels and hotels with special atmosphere. All superior hotels have good restaurants and bars. Many offer their own spa facilities. Our superior hotels in the countryside are small and include elevators, bar service and restaurants or a nearby restaurant.

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Views from Best of Iceland Ring Road

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  • Dyrholaey1.JPG
  • akureyri---boating-fun.jpg
  • geysir 2.jpg
  • Dettifoss waterfall.jpg
  • hraunfossar spring.jpg
  • namaskard.jpg
  • Godafoss.JPG
  • skógafoss 2.jpg
  • reykjavík street life 1.jpg
  • seljalandsfoss-waterfall.jpg
  • þingvellir 4.jpg

Highlights

  • The Natural Wonders of Mývatn and the North
  • The Towering Mountains and Charming Villages of the East Fjords
  • The Golden Circle and the South Coast

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