Activity Round Trip In 11 Days

Iceland Self Drive Tours Summer

Activity Round Trip In 11 Days

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Capture the amazing beauty of Iceland and experience thrilling activities in this Iceland self drive tour. Visit places such as Thingvellir National Park and snorkel in the Silfrá Lava Fissure. Enjoy a three hour glacier hike in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park with experienced glacier guides by your side. Iceland offers a plethora of activities and we have included some of the most popular in this latest addition of our 11 days Iceland self drive tour.



Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik

iceland-self-drive-tourWelcome to Iceland! After clearing customs in Keflavik Airport, our chauffeur will be waiting in the arrival hall to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in the center of Reykjavik. The drive takes approx. 40 minutes and if you arrive after 9:00 in the morning, it is possible to visit the Blue Lagoon before continuing to Reykjavik. After you have checked in to your hotel and received your travel documents, we would like to have a optional private information meeting during office hours (located in Borgartún 27 second floor). Afterwards you will have some free time to explore the northernmost capital of the world! Visit some of Reykjavik’s most renowned landmarks such as the Hallgrímskirkja church, Harpa Music Center and Perlan dome in Öskjuhlíð hill. Overnight in the heart of Reykjavik.

Highlights of the day: Reykjanes peninsula, Reykjavik city and more


Day 2: Golden Circle with Gullfoss Waterfall & Snorkeling

reykjavik-city-breakIt is time to hit the road. First of all, you will be picked up by the car rental agency at 8:00 am and transferred to their HQ for delivery of the rental car. Afterwards you will drive to Þingvellir National park where you will meet with our diving operator. Here you will enjoy fantastic diving/snorkeling experience in the crystal clear waters of the Silfra lava fissure. This activity takes around 3-4 hours to complete. Afterwards you should enjoy the unsurpassed beauty of Þingvellir – a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. Continue to Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area where you will see the eruptions of the Strokkur geyser, before heading down to the south coast. Overnight in the area close to the village of Hvolsvöllur. Driving distance approx. 250 km /155 mi. 

Highlights of the day: Þingvellir National Park, Snorkeling in Silfra (can be exchanged for diving or an ATV tour), Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, Kerið crater and more
Included activity: Snorkeling tour in Silfra river


Day 3: South Coast & Snowmobiling

20120630-120132Today you will be driving along the splendid south coast of Iceland. Leave Hvolsvöllur area and head east. First stop is by the amazing Seljalandsfoss waterfall which you will be able to enjoy a 360° view by walking behind it. Just remember to wear good shoes and prepare for some light drizzle. Next up is Skógafoss, a picture perfect waterfall, located by the foot of the mighty Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Close by you’ll find Mýrlasjökull glacier where we have booked you on a one hour thrilling snowmobile tour.

After the snowmobiling, continue to the village of Vík, where we recommend you visit the Reynisfjara black volcanic beach. Drive further east and locate the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, a hidden gem of Icelandic nature and often overlooked by visitors. Close by is the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur where you will spend the next night. In the evening we have an optional guided tour to Meðallandssandur black volcanic beach. Driving distance approx. 152 km /95mi. 

Highlights of the day: Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Snowmobiling in Mýrdalsjökull, Reynisfjara, Fjaðrárgljúfur
Included activity of the day: Snowmobiling tour


Day 4: Skaftafell & Glacier Lagoon

glacier walk icelandLeave Kirkjubæjarklaustur behind and head across Skeiðarársandur, to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull national park. You will meet up with professional glacier guides for an exciting three hour glacier hiking tour. After the glacier hike, we recommend that you hike to Svartifoss waterfall. The hike is easy and takes around one hour to complete. We also recommend that you visit Svínafellsjökull glacier fall. After Skaftafell, continue east to the wonderful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. There you will enjoy a thrilling Zodiac boat tour in between the icebergs. This is a fantastic experience and a tour that takes approx. one hour. A little further east close to Höfn in Hornafjörður, you will find your hotel for the night. Driving distance approx. 195km /121 mi. 

Hoighlights of the day: Skaftafell, Svartifoss, Svínafellsjökull, Jökulsárlón
Included activities of the day: Glacier lagoon Zodiac tour, Glacier hiking tour


Day 5: East Fjords

iceland with kidsToday you will travel through the beautiful and rugged East Fjords of Iceland. Drive past Höfn in Hornafjörður and continue to Djúpivogur – a tranquil and beautiful coastal village where it’s ideal to have a cup of morning coffee before continuing your journey. 

Afterwards, visit Stöðvarfjörður fjord and have a look at Ms Petra’s collection of rare Icelandic stones and minerals. Later you arrive at Fáskrúðsfjörður from where you can take a road tunnel to Reyðarfjörður. Drive through Fagridalur valley and continue to Egilsstaðir, the largest town in East Iceland. You will spend the night in this area. Driving distance approx. 260km / 162 mi.  (Note if you want to shorten the drive on this day, you can take a shortcut over the Öxi Mt.Road and drive approx. 185 km./115 mi.)

Highlights of the day: Höfn in Hornafjörður, Djúpivogur, Petra’s stone collection, Egilsstaðir


Day 6: Diamond Circle & Whale Watching

whale watching in icelandIt’s time to continue your Iceland self drive tour and drive towards the other worldly Lake Mývatn, area but with a twist. Drive through the Jökuldalur valley and to the Möðrudalsöræfi (yeah, that’s a tough one) highland region. Take a right turn down to road 864 and continue to the mighty Dettifoss waterfall – the most powerful of all waterfalls in Europe. A little further north you’ll find the Ásbyrgi canyon. Drive to the beautiful village of Húsavík where you will enjoy a three hour long whale watching tour. After the tour, drive to Lake Mývatn are where you will spend the next two nights. In the evening, we recommend that you visit the Nature Baths of Mývatn and relax after a full day of sightseeing and adventures. Driving distance approx. 305km /190 mi.

Highlights of the day: Dettifoss, Jökulsárgljúfur, Ásbyrgi, Húsavík, Mývatn Nature Baths
Included activity of the day: Whale watching from Húsavík


Day 7: Lake Mývatn & Caving

lofthellir lava caveThe Mývatn area is about as unique as they come. It is bound to amaze you with it’s plethora of natural splendors,  and that’s why you will have a full day to explore it.  Start the day by visiting Lofthellir lava cave and experience the a world of lava, ice and darkness. Lofthellir cave boasts the greatest natural ice sculptures currently known in an Icelandic lava cave. You will be picked up by your guide at 9:00am and the tour takes around 4-5 hours. In the afternoon, drive to Námaskarð pass and visit the Hverarönd geothermal area, where you’ll see boiling mud pools and steaming lava vents.

Furthermore, close by you’ll find Krafla volcano.  If you are extremely energetic, you can hike up to Mt.Hverfjall and from there make your way down to the Dimmuborgir lava maze. Finally, in the evening you will probably want to visit the Mývatn Nature Baths again after this active and adventurous day. Same like last night, stay in or around Lake Mývatn.

Highlights of the day: Námaskarð, Mt.Hverfjall, Dimmuborgir, Krafla volcano
Included activity of the day: Lofthellir lava cave tour


Day 8: Akureyri & Horse Back Riding

horse riding icelandIt’s time to leave this amazing area behind and continue your Iceland self drive tour. On the way to Akureyri – the “capital of the north”, we would not want you to miss the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall – the waterfall of the Gods. In addition, today we have included a fantastic riding tour on the Icelandic horse in the cozy village of Grenivík. After the riding tour you will be invited for some coffee and home baked cakes at the farm. You will spend the second half of the day in the beautiful town of Akureyri. We recommend a visit to Akureyri Botanical Garden and Hof – Cultural house. In the evening you might want to visit the Akureyri Swimming Pool before residing at your hotel for the night. Driving distance approx. 90km /55 mi.

Highlights of the day: Goðafoss, Hrísey, Akureyri, Eyjafjörður fjord
Included activity of the day: Riding tour from Grenivík


Day 9: Akureyri to Snæfellsnes

Iceland honeymoonToday is a day of travel. Drive from Akureyri via Route #1 to the rugged Snæfellsnes peninsula. On the way you will drive between beautiful mountains such as in the Öxnadalur valley. Another thing you can visit is the Miklibær turf house museum in Skagafjörður fjord or go for an optional riding tour. Drive to Hrútafjörður and make a turn for  the Laxárdalsheiði Mt.Road. Continue to your hotel which is located in the village of Stykkishólmur where you’ll stay for the night. Driving distance approx. 375km /233 mi.

Hihglights of the day: Mt.Hraundrangi, Skagafjörður, Stykkishólmur


Day 10: Snæfellsnes & Return to Reykjavik

iceland-self-drive-toursToday is your last day on the road and what a day! Travel around the unique Snæfellsnes peninsula. Visit Bjarnarhöfn shark museum, Snæfellsjökull National Park and Hellnar cove, where we recommend that you enjoy a bowl of warm delicious seafood soup. Close by you’ll find Sönghellir cave but remember to bring a flashlight. You will drive through beautiful coastal villages and through rough lava fields before returning to Reykjavik. Once back in Reykjavik, return the rental car and check into a hotel in the downtown area. In the evening, there are many gourmet restaurants that await you. Overnight at a hotel in the heart of Reykjavik.

Highlights of the day: Snæfellsjökull National Park, Hellnar, Sönghellir, Bjarnarhöfn, Lóndrangar
Optional day tour: Boat cruise on Breiðafjörður bay


Day 11: Departure

self-drive-tour-in-icelandThe time to say goodbye or “bless bless” to Iceland, has come. Transfer to Keflavik International Airport via airport shuttle. If your flight is in the afternoon, it is ideal to visit the Blue Lagoon on the way. After soaking in the lagoon for an hour, take the next bus to Keflavik in time for your departure. Thank you for traveling with Iceland Unlimited and we hope to see you again in the future!



Detailed Information



We offer three different accommodation categories for our Activity round tour:

iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationBudget Budget accommodation includes shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some you might find a TV and a washbasin in your room. All offer breakfast that’s included in the price. In some places in the countryside you can order an evening meal as long as you give at least a couple of hours of advance notice.


iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationComfort In Comfort accommodation you will have access to private facilities (shower and WC). These would be 3 star hotels and better guest houses many of whom have their own restaurant. All offer a continental breakfast that is included in the price.



iceland tours, iceland holidays, iceland travel, iceland tourism, iceland vacationQuality Rooms with private shower/bath and WC. These are the best available rooms in 4 star hotels or the best hotels in each region. Suites and Jr. Suites are available upon request within the Quality category in Reykjavik only.




Season: Mid of April until mid of October


Car Rental:

Rental Cars available for this tour are:

E: Skoda Octavia Station – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
G: Dacia Duster – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
H: Skoda Yeti – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
I: Toyota RAV4 – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
J: Kia Sportage – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
K: Toyota Land Cruiser – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
L: Land Rover Defender – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual


  • 10 nights’ accommodation of your choice with breakfast
  • Rental car of your choice for 9 days w/unlimited mileage, CDW & VAT
  • GPS unit for easier navigation
  • Car WiFi hotspot in your rental car for easy internet access
  • Unlimited drivers for the rental car
  • Optional private information meeting with our travel consultant in Reykjavik before your tour starts
  • Big, handwritten, detailed map with route, recommendations and accommodations highlighted
  • Private pick-up at Keflavík Airport and transfer to Reykjavik
  • Shuttle bus transfer with pickup at your accommodation in Reykjavik upon departure
  • Snorkeling in Silfra
  • One hour snowmobile tour in Mýrdalsjökull
  • Three hour glacier walk in Skaftafell
  • One hour Zodiac boat tour on Jökulsárlón
  • Whale watching in Húsavík
  • Lofthellir caving tour in Mývatn
  • Riding tour on the Icelandic horse
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fee

Not included:

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals, drinks at restaurants
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gasoline

Please contact us and get a price quote for this Iceland self drive tour in 11 days. Note that this tour is fully customizable and days and activities can be added upon request. This tour is also offered as a fully guided private tour.

Here are our terms & conditions.

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