The Extended Ring Road

Starting from: Reykjavik or Keflavik International Airport           

Season: All year

Duration: 10+ days                     Driving distance: 

Price from: 280,000 ISK per person

Iceland's road number 1, the Ring Road, has for decades remained the most accessible route to discover the beautiful diversity of Icelandic nature and the many breathtaking highlights along the way – waterfalls & canyons, lagoons & beaches, glaciers & volcanoes.

This itinerary offers a slightly slower pace so you can combine the Ring Road with the magnificent Snaefellsnes peninsula and other short detours along the way.

This holiday is ideal for travellers who wish to explore the most popular tourist attractions of Iceland at a slightly slower pace than the average traveller.
We help with all the arrangements - a suitable car rental, handpicked quality accommodation, fantastic tours and activities, a personalised itinerary, digital maps and local assistance during your trip; to make sure that this is the trip of a lifetime!

This trip is also possible as a private tour with a comfortable jeep / minibus and a local guide.

A road trip is a personal experience and our goal is to design an itinerary that matches your dream trip. Below is a 10 day / 9 night itinerary to give a general idea of our All Iceland Road Trip self-drive starting from Keflavik.

 

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL AND GOLDEN CIRCLE

Arrival at Keflavik International Airport. Pick up rental car and drive to the much-visited Golden Circle - the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, the Strokkur geyser and the Thingvellir rift valley between the tectonic plates of Europe and America.

Enroute to the Golden Circle it is possible to visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon where you can spend a few hours relaxing in the milky geothermal waters.

Optional add-ons:
Blue Lagoon admission

 

DAY 2 - REYNISFJARA BLACK SAND BEACH, EYJAFJALLAJOKULL, SOUTH COAST WATERFALLS

The scenic south coast is home to many of Iceland's most famous attractions - the Reynisfjara black sand beach and basalt columns, Dyrholaey arch and the wonderful waterfall duo of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. You’ll also catch glimpses of the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano.

Optional add-ons:
Glacier hike
Ice climbing
ATV tour

 

DAY 3 - VATNAJOKULL GLACIER AND VIK

Continue across the vast black sand plains of Skeidararsandur to the Vatnajokull glacier area. The wonders of this region include the surreal glacier lagoons with floating icebergs, the diamond beach, Skaftafell and several outlet glaciers. 

Optional add-ons:
Jokulsarlon boat tour
Glacier hike
Glacier lagoon kayaking
Ice climbing

 

DAY 4 - EASTFJORDS

Follow the coastal route through the peaceful Eastfjords stopping to spend time in one or more of the charming villages or take a scenic detour to visit Borgarfjordur Eystri.

 

DAY 5 - THE WONDERS OF LAKE MYVATN & DETTIFOSS WATERFALL

Take a detour to visit Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall before continuing to the North. 

Drive the circle around the popular Lake Myvatn with good time to stop at the various sights of your interest. Options include the Grotagja cave, Hverir geothermal area and Dimmuborgir. Stay two nights in the Myvatn area.

Optional add-ons:
Myvatn Nature Baths

 

DAY 6 - ASBYRGI AND HUSAVIK & GODAFOSS

Additonal time for Myvatn, visit the beautiful fishing village of Husavik and spend the afternoon walking around the impressive Asbyrgi canyon.

Optional add-ons:
Whale watching from Husavik
Horse riding at Asbyrgi

 

DAY 7 - GODAFOSS, AKUREYRI & SIGLUFJORDUR

Marvel at the Godafoss waterfall before reaching Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. After a relaxed stop in Akureyri drive along the western coastline of Eyjafjordur fjord and finish the day in the pretty fishing village of Siglufjordur.

 

DAY 8 - SKAGAFJORDUR & NORTHWEST

Enjoy the impressive islands of Skagafjordur and the Hvitserkur arch, as you make your way through the Northwest towards the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Overnight in the beautiful Stykkisholmur harbour town.

 

DAY 9 - THE SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA

The magnificent Snaefellsnes national park offers many hidden treasures, apart from the towering Snaefellsjokull glacier volcano: The unique beaches of Djupalonssandur, Hellnar and Arnarstapi, caves and ocean rocks in all forms. Finish the day in Reykjavik and stay overnight.

 

DAY 10 - DEPARTURE

Dropoff rental car and departure from Keflavik international airport.

 

 

Here are some of the ways in which we can customise this trip:

- Add extra days to slow down the pace or enrich your itinerary with more time for activities or de-tours; there is enough to do for 2-3 weeks

- Cut a day or two from the itinerary to allow for reduced time or budget

- Create a themed itinerary with an emphasis on your favourite activity or interest f.e. adventure, geology, hiking, geothermal pools, birds & wildlife, cuisine, history & culture etc.

- If you want to explore more sights off the beaten path then we have a ton of great ideas!

Price for self-drive: 280,000 ISK per person on a twin-sharing basis in summer

Inclusions:
- 10-day station car rental (including CDW insurance, GPS, airport pick up and drop off, unlimited kilometres and emergency service)
- Digital map for each day
- 9-night three-star hotel accommodation (double or twin room with private bath and breakfast)
- Detailed day wise sightseeing itinerary
- Contact person in Iceland

Price for private guided tour: from ISK per person for a group of 4
Contact us with details of group size, language and requirements.

Notes:
The locations specified above are indicative. Since your exact itinerary is customised for your arrival and departure times, activities and tours you choose, and the pace of your trip; these might change.
We can of course also accommodate any preferences you have.

Here are some of the ways in which we can customise this trip:
- Add extra days to slow down the pace or enrich your itinerary with more time for activities or de-tours; there is enough to do for 3-4 weeks
- Cut a day or two from the itinerary to allow for reduced time or budget
- Create a themed itinerary with an emphasis on your favourite activity or interest f.e. adventure, geology, hiking, geothermal pools, birds & wildlife, cuisine, history & culture etc.
- If you want to explore more sights off the beaten path then we have a ton of great ideas!

Additional information for your Iceland trip will be sent to you along with the detailed itinerary. This will include details about driving in Iceland, weather and clothing, currencies and payments, electricity system, food and water, safety, contact info, and other useful tips.

The minimum driver age for is 20 years for smaller cars and 25 years for jeeps. Drivers must bring an international driving licence or a local driving licence written in a Roman script.