Self Drive: The Ring Road of Fire and Ice | Winter

Have you heard about the ring road in Iceland? The Route nr.1 runs around the whole island connecting towns and villages but also allows travelers easy access to the most beautiful destinations in Iceland. Witness stunning waterfalls, glaciers, black sand deserts, hot springs, and fjords.
Available: October - April
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Minimum Age: No minimum age
Pick Up: From KEF airport / Reykjavik Hotels
Price From: ISK 115.900

Tour Highlights

✅ Accommodation including breakfast for 7 nights
✅ Rental car of your choice for 7 days
✅ Full round trip around Iceland
✅ Discover  the North of Iceland including Mývatn Lake and Akureyri
✅ Explore the Golden Circle – Geysir, Gullfoss & Þingvellir
✅ Drive along the South Coast and walk on Black Sand Beach (Reynisfjara)
✅ Walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall
✅ View the spectacular Northern Lights
✅ See waterfalls, hot springs, and mountain sceneries

Planning on coming in the summer? Check out our summer version

Please Note: prices are per person and based on two people traveling together, staying in affordable accommodation and car type is Suzuki Jimny (4WD) or similar.

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What´s Included

✅ Accommodation for 7 nights, including breakfast (1 x Reykjavík, 6x outside of Reykjavík)
✅ Rental car for 7 days
✅ CDW insurance
✅ Unlimited mileage
✅ GPS navigation
✅ Extra driver
✅ Fuel discount card
✅ Pick up the rental car at Keflavík International Airport
✅ Departure transfer from your hotel to Keflavík Airport by Flybus
✅ A detailed itinerary with suggestions during your stay
✅ Personalized Icelandic roadmap
✅ 24/7 emergency phone line service
✅ Taxes and service fee
❌ Flight to and from Iceland
❌ Fuel expenses, parking fees, and additional insurance
❌ Personal travel insurance
❌ Optional activities (can be added)

Tour Description

Have you heard about the ring road in Iceland? The Route nr.1 runs around the whole island connecting towns and villages but also allows travelers easy access to the most beautiful destinations in Iceland. Witness stunning waterfalls, glaciers, black sand deserts, hot springs, and fjords. This program suits all who wish to see as much as possible of Iceland in only 8 days.  

Day 1: Welcome to Iceland and Reykjavík

If your flight time allows, we recommend making a stop at the Blue Lagoon before starting your road trip. Head out to Borgarjörður fjord through Hvalfjörður tunnel and the town of Borgarnes.

Overnight accommodation: Borgarfjörður area
Approximate driving distance: 180 km/ 112 miles
Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Reykjavík Capital area, Hvalfjörður Tunnel, Borgarfjörður bay

Day 2: Icelandic Sagas and capital of the North

Today is all about the Icelandic Sagas and beautiful nature. Head up North towards the capital of the north, Akureyri! Make sure you have some time to explore the city before rushing off the next day.

Overnight accommodation: Akureyri area
Approximate driving distance: 420 km/ 260 miles
Highlights: Langjökull Glacier, Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfall, Reykholt, Deildartunguhver hot spring, Grábrók Crater, Glaumbær Turf house museum, Capital of the North, Botanical Garden in Akureyri, Swimming pool in Akureyri, Christmas Garden

Day 3:  Volcanic and geological wonders of Mývatn

Explore the beautiful area of Mývatn and its surrounding before traveling to the East of Iceland. Visit the lava fields, geothermal fields and if you have some time to relax visit Mývant nature baths which is sometimes called the Blue Lagoon of the North.

Overnight accommodation: Egilsstaðir area
Approximate driving distance: 290 km/ 180 miles
Highlights: Goðafoss Waterfall, Lake Mývatn, Skútustaðagígar Craters, Dimmuborgir Lava Field, Námaskarð, Hverarönd

Day 4: East Fjords

Today’s road leads you through a  dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords before arriving at tonight’s accommodation in Höfn area.

Overnight accommodation: Höfn area
Approximate driving distance: 210 km/130 miles
Highlights: Egilstaðir, Hallormstaður Forest, East Fjords

Day 5: Vatnajökull Glacier Kingdom

Visit Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s most famous and much photographed glacial lagoon, glaciers, canyon, rivers and much more!

Overnight accommodation: Vik area/Kirkjubæjaklaustur
Approximate driving distance: 300  km/186 miles
Highlights: Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, Skaftafell National Park, Svartifoss Waterfall, Svínafellsjökull Glacier, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Laufskálavarða

Day 6: South Shore of Iceland

A full day of stunning sights including black sand beaches, lava formation, and glaciers!

Overnight accommodation: South Iceland
Approximate driving distance:145 km / 90 miles
Highlights: Vík the southernmost village in Iceland, Dyrhólaey Arch, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Sólheimajökull  Glacier, Skógafoss Waterfall, Eyfjafjallajökull Volcano, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Gljúfrabúi Waterfall

Day 7: Golden Circle and Reykjavík

Next up you should visit the famous Golden Circle, the powerful Gullfoss waterfall and the 100 years old Geysir before heading back to Reykjavík.

Overnight accommodation: Reykjavík
Approximate driving distance: 180 km / 112 miles
Highlights: Kerið, Skálholt, Faxi Waterfall, The Golden Circle, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs area, Brúarfoss Waterfall, Þingvellir National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site, Reykjavík City , The old town, Harpa Concert Hall, Presidential Residence, Laugavegur shopping street, Shopping malls ( Kringlan and Smáralind)

Day 8: Departure

You will be picked up by the flybus which will transfer you to the Keflavík International Airport. We hope that you enjoyed your vacation in Iceland, and we hope to see you again soon! 

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