10-Day Best Ring Road Attractions with SnŠfellsnes Peninsula Self-Drive Tour from Reykjavik
Available:Daily (May - Oct)
Depart from:Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration:10 Days 9 Nights
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Visit Borgarnes (Settlement Center), Golden Circle (Geysir, Gullfoss, Strokkur), Myvatn (Dimmuborgir, Namaskard), Reykholt (Deildartunguhver), Selfoss (Seljalandsfoss), Snaefellsnes, Thingvellir National Park, Vatnajokull National Park (Skaftafell, Svartifoss), Vik (Reynisfjara, Skogafoss).
Note: *Price in USD is based on the lowest price per person per room over the next 30 days. Exact prices are displayed when you select a date.
price is shown as per person if 4 travelers
Child under 6 free of charge.
Day 2Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Hvolsvollur(372 km)
Day 3Hvolsvollur - Selfoss - Vik - Vatnaj÷kull National Park(279 km)
Day 4Vatnaj÷kull - Jokulsarlon - Egilsstair(194 km)
Day 5Egilsstaoir - Myvatn - Akureyri(265 km)
Day 7Akureyri - Bl÷nduˇs(145 km)
Day 8Bl÷nduˇs - SnŠfellsnes Peninsula(247 km)
Day 9Snaefellsnes - Borgarnes - Reykholt - ReykjavÝk(303 km)
These self-driving tours begin either in Reykjavik or the Keflavik International Airport. After guests arrive at the airport, they will pick up their car and drive to the hotel. Then, they will have the rest of the day free at their own leisure to explore Reykjavik. Those who arrive early can pay a visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon.
Standard Hotel: 3 stars hotel in Reykjavik
Day 2 Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Hvolsvollur(372 km)
Today, we can journey around the Golden Circle, Iceland's most famous tourist route. We will begin by driving to Thingvellir National Park to see the Almannagja Gorge. In Silfra, we can choose to go on an exhilarating snorkeling adventure! Then, we will continue to Geysir and Strokkur. Afterwards, we will visit Gulfoss waterfall. We can go snowboarding or horseback riding on the Langjokull glacier. We will spend the night near the small town of Hvolsvollur.
Iceland's Golden Circle is the country's most popular tourist route, featuring several of the top geological formations in the country, such as the geysers of Strokkur and Geysir, as well as the Gullfoss waterfall.
Considered the first geyser discovered by modern Europeans, the eruptions of Geysir can send boiling water up to 70 meters in the air. Only 50 meters away is Strokkur, another famous Icelandic geyser.
Merely a stone's throw from it's sibling, Geysir, Strokkur is a fountain geyser near the Hvita River. It erupts every 8-10 minues, averaging about 15-20 meters high each time.
This waterfall in southwest Iceland is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. It is a multi-tiered waterfall, which all empties into a crevice 32 meters deep.
Thingvellir National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular tourist destination in Iceland. Thingvellir has unusual tectonic and volcanic geological features and visitors can enjoy a wide array of activities including camping, hiking, and scuba diving.
Standard Hotel: 3 stars hotel in or near Hvolsvollur
Day 3 Hvolsvollur - Selfoss - Vik - Vatnaj÷kull National Park(279 km)
Today, we will take in the sights of two majestic waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Further down the coast, near the town of Vik, we will admire a beautiful black sand beach and the dramatic rock formations of Dyrholaey and Reynisdrangar. We can also choose to visit an ice cave in the Myrdalsjokull glacier. We will also pass by the quaint village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. At the glacier tongue of Solheimajokull, we can go glacier hiking or snowmobiling. We will spend the rest of the day admiring the stunning landscapes of the Skaftafell area of Vatnajokull National Park and spend the night nearby.
This waterfall in Iceland is situated between the town of Selfoss and another waterfall, Skogafoss. At a height of 200 feet, it marks where the coastline of Iceland once was thousands of years ago.
This waterfall in Iceland lies along the Skoga River where it once drained into the sea. The cliff at the top of the waterfall marks where the old coastline of Iceland was.
The southern coast of Iceland contains a unique surprise for visitors: black sand beaches, formed due to the region's volcanic activity. Reynisfjara in particular has been called the coolest beach in the country.
A preservation area in southeast Iceland. It used to be a manor farm and a national park, but has been a part of Vatnaj÷kull National Park since its establishment in 2008.
Known as the black falls, this waterfall is one of the most popular sights in Vatnajokull National Park. The waterfall is surrounded by dark lava columns, which have provided inspiration for Iceland's architects.
Standard Hotel: 3-star hotel in Vatnajokull area
Day 4 Vatnaj÷kull - Jokulsarlon - Egilsstair(194 km)
Today, we will have the option of starting our day with a hike along Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier. After that, we will drive to the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, where we can take an optional boat tour. We can also take a stroll on the fascinating Diamond Beach. Finally, we will follow a zigzagging route along the East Fjords, passing tranquil fishing villages and sweeping coastal landscapes on the way. We will spend the night in Egilsstair.
Standard Hotel: Egilsstair 3-star hotel
Day 5 Egilsstaoir - Myvatn - Akureyri(265 km)
Today, we will travel to Lake Myvatn, known for its incredible geothermal landscape, including the Nßmaskar, the Sk˙tustaagÝgar pseudo-craters, the Dimmuborgir lava formations and the Krafla volcano. After exploring these wonders, we can relax in the soothing waters of the Myvatn Nature Baths. In the nearby village of Husavik, we can join a whale watching cruise and even upgrade it to a rib boat tour to fit in some puffin-watching. Afterwards, we will continue to Akureyi, where we will spend the night.
This lake in northern Iceland is situated in an area of volcanic activity. The landscape is dominated by volcanic formations, and even the lake itself was formed from an eruption over 2,300 years ago.
If you didn't know any better, you would think that this area of volcanic and geothermal activity in northern Iceland was actually Mars! Travelers, be wary: though the landscape is fascinating, the sulfuric stench is pungent!
This large area is loaded with fascinating volcanic formations. The name Dimmuborgir means "dark fortresses," a reference to the ominous citadel-like shape of these structures. The area is one of Iceland's most popular natural attractions.
Standard Hotel: Akureyri 3-star hotel
Day 6 Akureyri
Today, we will explore Lake Myvatn and its unique surroundings. It is recommended that we take a drive through the Jokulsargljufur section of Vatnajokull National Park, making a visit at Asbyrgi Canyon and Dettifoss waterfall. Alternatively, we can also explore the Eyjafjordur area and climb the peak of Sulur. We will also have the options of going whale watching out of Akureyi or go horseback riding. We will spend the night in Akureyi.
Standard Hotel: Akureyri 3-star hotel
Day 7 Akureyri - Bl÷nduˇs(145 km)
Today, we will spend more time exploring the area around Akureyri before passing through the beautiful, mountainous area of Trollaskagi to the old fishing village of Siglufjordur. Then, we will travel to Hofsos, where we can enjoy the area's wonderful scenery while relaxing in the thermal pool. At the Storholl Farm, we can pickup local Icelandic handicrafts and children can pet some local farm animals. We will spend the night in the nearby town of Blonduous.
Standard Hotel: Blonduos 3-star hotel
Day 8 Bl÷nduˇs - SnŠfellsnes Peninsula(247 km)
Today, we will head to Snaefellsnes peninsula. On the way, we will pass the rolling hills of Vatnsdalsholar and beautiful Ůingeyarkirkja church. We may also stop at a longhouse in EirÝksstair and visit the village of Stkkisholmur. The jewel of the peninsula is the Snaefellsjokull glacier and volcano. Nearby, we can see beautiful attractions, like Djupalonssandur beach and the picturesque towns of Hellnar and Arnarstapi.
A peninsula situated in western Iceland. It has been named Iceland in Miniature, because many national sights can be found in the area, including the Snaefellsjokull volcano, regarded as one of the symbols of Iceland.
Standard Hotel: SnŠfellsnes 3-star hotel
Day 9 Snaefellsnes - Borgarnes - Reykholt - ReykjavÝk(303 km)
Today, we will explore west Iceland by visiting attractions like Borgarnes and Deildartunguhver. Further along our way, we will visit the captivating Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. History buffs will also enjoy a visit to Snorrastofa, a medieval research institute in Reykholt.We can explore the incredible, man-made ice caves at Langjokull or take a lava tube adventure into Vigelmir cave. We can also explore the inside of a magma chamber or take an incredible Into the Volcano tour. On the way back to Reykjavik, we will take a short break at Fossatun, a waterfall said to be guarded by a troll woman named Drifa.
Borgarnes is a town located 60 kilometers north of Reykjavik along the shore of Borgarfjorour municipality in Iceland. Popular tourist attractions include the Settlement Center (a twin museum exhibition), Bruouheimar (a unique center for puppet arts), Bjossarolo Park, and more.
This museum experience is like none other. Divided into two exhibitions, visitors can learn about the discovery and settlement of Iceland, and the adventures of Egil Skallagrimsson and his family. Both attractions are informative, action packed, and family friendly.
A village in the Western Region of Iceland, Reykholt has a rich history and was once the intellectual center of Iceland. Today, archaeologists continue to find medieval remains, scientists conduct research on the aurora borealis, and tourists enjoy attractions like the Hraunfossar waterfalls and nearby Deildartunguhver hot springs.
Deildartunguhver is a hot spring and popular tourist attraction near Reykholt, Iceland. On average, water from the spring emerges at 97 ░C (206 ░F) and some of the water is used to for heating in surrounding towns.
Standard Hotel: ReykjavÝk 3-star hotel
Day 10 Reykjavik
Today, guests will drive to the airport to drop their cars off and board their departure flights. If their flight is in the late afternoon or evening, they can exploer for a little while before heading to the airport. They can see Hallskrimskirkja, Ellidarardalur Park, Grotta Lighthouse, the Blue Lagoon and more.
Departure & Return
Self-drive tours begin either in ReykjavÝk City or at Keflavik International Airport.
Departure time is flexible.
Inclusions & Exclusions
9 nights hotel accommodation with private baths and breakfasts
Vehicle (VW Polo or similar)
CDW, SCDW and gravel protection insurance for vehicle
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
Any other costs not specified in the "Price Includes"
Thing to bring: warm clothes, good hiking boots, valid driver's license along with a one-year long on-road experience.
The Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.
Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.
Transportation Option: Budget: A small 2WD vehicle fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions, such as VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or similar. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities.
Comfort: A medium sized jeep or SUV with 4WD (4x4) fit for most travel, and good for snow and off-asphalt travel, such as Toyota Rav4 or similar. This vehicle has basic highland capabilities.
Luxury: A large sized jeep with 4WD (4x4) such as Toyota Land Cruiser or similar, fit for nearly all traveling. This vehicle has full highland capabilities to drive on accessible mountain roads.
It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.
Your ticket(s) will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please allow up to 8 hours to receive the confirmation. Your booking will be processed as soon as possible.
Complete operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, is included on your e-ticket. You must print the e-tickets and take them along on your trip; they are your proof of purchase.
Terms & Condition
You can cancel your multi day tour up to 7 days before departure and receive an 85% refund. The 15% service fee is to cover our cost of planning and arrangement. You can not cancel any individual services within a package within 7 days before departure.
You can cancel your car rental reservation up to 24 hours before departure and receive a full refund.
If we cancel your tour due to weather conditions or any other circumstances you will always receive a full refund. If a volcanic eruption stops you from getting to Iceland you will also receive a full refund on tours.