Self-Drive Trips of Iceland's Ring Road

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Iceland is best enjoyed at your own pace, and a self-driving tour lets you spend the time where you want. With 1 week or more you can tackle the full Iceland Ring road, or spend some time focusing on the highlights in a few regions, such as the West, South Coast, remote Westfjords, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, or Interior. 

Summer brings large crowds to the south coast, and we recommend spending your time exploring more remote regions and small villages far from the crowds where you can enjoy Iceland on your own terms. 

Our local specialists will help you put together the perfect plan for your interests, arranging all details and crafting a detailed driving itinerary for each day of your trip.

Want to explore the best that Iceland has to offer? Get started by describing your ideal trip and we'll connect you with a local specialist to plan out the details.

Iceland Travel Insights

Explore Iceland on a road trip of a lifetime
Map of 2-Week Ring Road Self-Drive Itinerary: Highlights of Iceland & the Remote Westfjords
2-Week Ring Road Self-Drive Itinerary: Highlights of Iceland & the Remote Westfjords

With two weeks in Iceland, you can complete the entire Ring Road and add incredible detours. This grand tour will take you to all the best places giving you plenty of time to hike, explore, and soak it all in. This 14-day itinerary covers all the major regions except the highlands, which you can see with a couple more days or by spending less time in some of the areas below.

Where To Go in Iceland: the Best Sights and Activities Region by Region
Map of Where To Go in Iceland: the Best Sights and Activities Region by Region
Where To Go in Iceland: the Best Sights and Activities Region by Region

Don’t just stick to the Golden Circle and South Coast. You may see some great sights, but you’ll spend a lot of time in lines and waiting for people to get out of your pictures. To see a side of Iceland fewer travelers see, spend some time in Snaefellsnes, the Westfjords, or the North of the country. You’ll appreciate more of Iceland’s beauty and culture than you can by sticking to the most-visited areas.

Colorful sunset on Reynisfjara black sand beach, Iceland
Map of 1 Week in Iceland - 4 Unique Road Trip Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Iceland - 4 Unique Road Trip Itinerary Ideas

With seven days in Iceland, hit the road and explore the incredible wonders farther afield from Reykjavik. Explore a variety of landscapes: volcanoes and lava fields, green pastures and farmlands, scenic vistas above fjords, beaches of every color, glaciers and ice caves, and the rugged interior. Here are our recommended drives, an option for all travelers and seasons.

Walk behind Seljalandsfoss on the South Coast
Map of 3 Days in Iceland: Blue Lagoon, South Coast, Reykjavik - 3-day itinerary
3 Days in Iceland: Blue Lagoon, South Coast, Reykjavik - 3-day itinerary

If you are short on time, or perhaps you are looking for an extended layover on your way from Europe to North America or vice versa, your options in Iceland are limited to closer to Reykjavik. Here is a 3-day itinerary that will still let you experience some of the spectacular beauty of Iceland.

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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Iceland
Travel specialist Èric Domínguez
active 7 hours ago

Èric Domínguez

A while ago I was lucky enough to get a job in Iceland, and I must admit, I was completely unaware of what was ahead of me when I first set foot in the country. Working in the tourism industry...

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Travel specialist Guðmundur Óli Pálmason
active 6 hours ago

Guðmundur Óli Pálmason

Born in Reykjavík, Iceland in 1978, from a young age I was already travelling all over Iceland with my parents. After a short stint as a driver guide on modified suv's in 2004, I pursued a career...

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Travel specialist Jenny Booth
active 11 hours ago

Jenny Booth

I love Iceland! I love the people, the scenery and the culture. After living in Iceland and going on many adventures myself, I have the knowledge and experience to work with others to plan a trip...

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Travel specialist Adam Warszawski
active 5 hours ago

Adam Warszawski

During three years of my Icelandic adventure, I had a chance to visit countless unique places around Iceland, both famous spots and hidden gems. Iceland never ceases to fascinate me! I believe...

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Trip Reviews for Iceland

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

The trip was great.
Iceland | May 18 - May 22, 2024

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DeAnna D.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on May 23, 2024
The trip was great. Everything was very easy to do and follow. One of the things that made it incredibly easy were the day trip plans set by Hanna - we never questioned where we were headed as all we had to do was click a link and we had all our directions preloaded in google maps. Read more

The trip was great. Everything was very easy to do and follow. One of the things that made it incredibly easy were the day trip plans set by Hanna - we never questioned where we were headed as all we had to do was click a link and we had all our directions preloaded in google maps.

Hotel Reviews
Fosshotel Nupar
Kálfafell

Clean and elegant, minimalist. Great location/views. Restaurant is tasty.

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The Greenhouse Hotel
Hveragerdi

The hotel itself was really cool. The lobby and hotel bar/food hall was great. As was breakfast. The rooms let a bit more to be Desired. Ask for a room facing the back, not the main road.

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Location
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms felt old. Shades did not work. Rooms were very warm. Sound facing the street was loud
Local specialist: Hanna Kravchenko
Hanna
Hanna Kravchenko
Local specialist in Ukraine | Replied on May 23, 2024

Thank you for your review!
I am happy that you had great time in Iceland and hope you will come back in the future to explore more.
Warmest regards,
Hanna

The main reason for this trip was to see the Northern Lights ...
Iceland | Nov 6 - Nov 16, 2023

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Kelly G.
Napa, CA | Reviewed on May 22, 2024
The main reason for this trip was to see the Northern Lights ( bucket list), knowing it might not happen however the first four nights in Iceland I was gifted with sightings! The itinerary Rinolda put together for me was incredible, amazing, awesome! She really listened to my wants and made my adventure all that we talked about and more! Just one hiccup with one of my tours and it was me not giving the correct means of contacting me for directions but Rinolda took care of the miss... Read more

The main reason for this trip was to see the Northern Lights ( bucket list), knowing it might not happen however the first four nights in Iceland I was gifted with sightings! The itinerary Rinolda put together for me was incredible, amazing, awesome! She really listened to my wants and made my adventure all that we talked about and more! Just one hiccup with one of my tours and it was me not giving the correct means of contacting me for directions but Rinolda took care of the miss communication and got me on the tour the next day, again outstanding! This was my first time on a self drive tour and the car was fast and easy and ready when I got to the rental company. My accommodations were outstanding, comfortable and the staff and owners were super nice, friendly and very helpful. Iceland is a beautiful country and its people are wonderful. So much diversity from volcanos to glaciers and all the waterfalls and geography, the history and the weather made for one of my top five vacations and I’ve been to many wonderful places! All and all Kimkim was a great find in my research for an Iceland adventure and will use them again and again for other places and countries. I went in November and will definitely use Kimkim again for a summer adventure in Iceland!

Hotel Reviews
Hestakrain Guesthouse
Selfoss

The owner was delightful, the guesthouse is on a horse farm and watching and listening to the horses was so soothing .

Authenticity & Character
Had a hot tub on the back porch to star gaze and watch the Northern Lights!
Location
On a horse farm!
Staff
Very accommodating.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were rustic just the way I like and all was very clean.
Hotel Langaholt
Stadarstadur

Great staff, amazing breakfast (included) and had dinner one night and was so very good! The rooms were very clean and comfortable. I would highly recommend and would stay there again.

Authenticity & Character
Easy to find and remote in the best way!
Location
Was my first night in Iceland and saw the Northern Lights!
Staff
The chef was really great and all were so nice and friendly.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms and the bed was awesome!
Activity Reviews
Dog Sledding
Dog Sledding
Iceland

Ok my favorite part is the dogs! So beautiful sweet friendly to me and I wanted to take them all home with me! The hides and staff were great too!

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Lava Cave Explorer Tour
Lava Cave Explorer Tour
Iceland
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Local specialist: Rinolda J
Rinolda
Rinolda J
Local specialist in Iceland | Replied on May 23, 2024

Hi Kelly,

Thanks a lot, it was my pleasure!

Superior itinerary
Iceland | May 10 - May 21, 2024

Martha
Martha G.
Grand Marais, MN | Reviewed on May 22, 2024
It was very easy to follow the itinerary and choose sites and options that were of interest to us. Great directions. A wonderful adventure. Read more

It was very easy to follow the itinerary and choose sites and options that were of interest to us. Great directions. A wonderful adventure.

Hotel Reviews
22 Hill Hotel
Reykjavík
Authenticity & Character
Location
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All self check-in, no staff but available by phone
Cleanliness & Comfort
Under renovation so lobby all torn up
Fosshótel Reykholt
Reykholt
Fosshotel Hellnar
Hellnar
Hotel Laugarbakki
Hvammstangi
Vogafjós Farm Resort
Myvatn
Hotel Hallormsstadur
Egilsstadir
Árnanes Country Hotel
Höfn
Hotel Katla by Keahotels
Vík
Litli Geysir Hotel
Haukadalur
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Activity Reviews
Vidgelmir cave guided tour
Vidgelmir cave guided tour
Iceland

Fascinating environment; excellent tour guide. Early in the spring so path was very icy in parts.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
The Geothermal Vok Baths
The Geothermal Vok Baths
Iceland

Water is fresh and the highlight is being able to move from the hot bath into the cold lake and back with ease.

Rye Bread tour (Geothermal bakery)
Iceland

Very interesting to see the process, but a very short tour.

Katla Ice Cave
Katla Ice Cave
Iceland

Absolutely gorgeous scenery. The walk was slippery, but crampons helped.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guide was very knowledgeable and experienced with this environment. Good summary and explanation of what we were seeing and driving through.
Transport
Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Italy | Replied on May 23, 2024

Thanks so much for your great review, Martha, it was a pleasure to work with you all, and I'm really pleased you had a good trip. I've made a note regarding the Hill Hotel in Reykjavik, and will be mindful of its shortcomings in the future, so thanks for the feedback.
Duncan