8 Days / 7 Nights Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & Golden Circle
Discover the rich history and beautiful natural scenery of Iceland on this 8-day self-drive tour around the Ring Road and Golden Circle!
This fully customisable road trip will take you to the best locations all across Iceland’s South Coast, Eastfjords, north and west as you make your way around the spectacular Ring Road. Immerse yourself in ancient sagas and explore some of Iceland’s most stunning landscapes with this incredible travel itinerary, covering everything from the most popular destinations to hidden gems located well and truly off the beaten path.
Summer is a wonderful time in Iceland, when long hours of daylight give way to stunning sunsets that melt seamlessly into sunrise. During the Midnight Sun season, it barely gets dark, meaning that you’ll have all the more time up your sleeve to explore the wild beauty that is so characteristic of the Land of Fire and Ice. Prepare to witness dramatic coastlines, majestic mountain peaks, volcanoes, glaciers, mossy lava fields, breathtaking waterfalls and more!
This tour itinerary is ideal for independent travellers seeking to embark upon the trip of a lifetime. You’ll have the flexibility to choose what you want to do and how long you spend at each location, with plenty of time to see the sights from Reykjavík to Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Lake Mývatn and the remotest fjords on this 8-day journey. Follow the structured plan down to a tee or wander off-course and linger for longer at a place that inspires you; depending on your own travelling style, you can take it easy or pack in as much as you can.
For those who are feeling more adventurous, there is the option of adding extra activities during the booking process. Glide across Langjökull glacier on the back of a snowmobile, see the countryside on an Icelandic horse riding tour, bathe in the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon, go for a glacier hike and descend into an ice cave, or weave your way between icebergs on an amphibious boat – the choices are endless!
Once you have completed your booking, you’ll receive a personalised itinerary to use as a guide, containing all the information you need for an amazing adventure. Your package will include a rental car, prearranged accommodation, maps and more for the duration of your time in Iceland. All you’ll need to do is to choose the music that you’ll play in the car.
Enjoy the treasures of Iceland at your own pace on this tailor-made 8-day self-drive tour of the Ring Road and Golden Circle. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Arrival in Reykjavik
Day 2 - Golden Circle and South Coast
Day 3 - Skaftafell Glaciers - Diamond Beach
Day 4 - The Eastern Fjords
Day 5 - A Day at Lake Myvatn
Day 6 - Trollaskagi Peninsula
Day 7 - Landscapes of the Ring Road
Day 8 - Farewell to Iceland & Departure
What to bring
Good to know
Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavík City or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license is required, along with a one-year long on-road experience. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.
Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.
See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary.
Bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s).
Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur.
Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. Please keep in mind that hotel quality in Iceland varies among locations and availability is highly limited. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level.
Please note that not all locations offer quality level accommodation. Comfort level accommodation will be arranged at those particular locations, which is reflected in the quality level upgrade price.
We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.
Below you can see the car rental options available for this self-drive tour.
All our vehicles are new or current models, of maximum 2 years of age. Super Budget levels come with standard CDW insurance, while all other levels also include Gravel Protection (GP), and Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) insurances. Please note that off-road driving is illegal for all types of cars.
All levels come equipped with a GPS and free Wi-fi. You can enjoy unlimited data with the Wi-Fi device, which can be connected to up to 10 devices at once. The car rental will provide 24-hour roadside emergency services.
Age requirement for each level can be found below. For all levels, the driver must possess a valid driving license for at least one year before the date of the rental.
We recommend Budget 4X4 level for summer driving and Comfort 4X4 for winter driving.
You can now add meals to your booking.
Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you.
At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu.
Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements.
Vouchers are non-refundable.
This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost.
The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after.
The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact email@example.com and declare full cancellation.
Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.