Summer Self Drive Iceland
Take to the open road this summer for an Iceland self-drive holiday and set off on a great adventure. Huge dramatic landscapes, small remote settlements, tucked away valleys, stunning coastlines and as it’s summer, hardly any darkness. Slow travel, lazy evenings, an unforgettable experience.
Perfect if you’re looking for some real time out with a difference. Let us help you with turning your dream into a success so that your Iceland self-drive tour takes you to the places you want to see, with an itinerary that really works, and accommodation and car that’s suited to your journey.
Drive the ring road, but which way round?
Driving ring road number 1 is one of the most popular summer Iceland self-drive tours to take. It’s about 830 miles (1330km) to complete the circumnavigation yet it’s by no means the only journey to make. By taking some other roads you can include the not-to-be missed Golden Circle route, head off along the Arctic Coast Way or go into the Highlands taking the Fjallabak route. We’re often asked whether it’s better to drive in a clockwise or anti clockwise direction. That depends! We’ll ask you about your main interests, how much time you have for your journey and then we can begin the planning.
Go slow, soak up the landscape
Although driving the ring road is an amazing experience, it could also be worth considering seeing half of the country or perhaps less and in more detail in order to enjoy the things that most interest you. For example, the whole of South Iceland includes a wonderful range of contrasting landscapes, iconic highlights and, with the right vehicle, some beautiful highland driving too. So if you don’t have a huge amount of time, see Reykjavik, the Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, its icebergs and the Diamond Beach and either head inland to Landmannalaugar for rhyolite mountains and hot river bathing or include extra time on the lunar landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula with a final dip in the Blue Lagoon for handing back the keys!
If you’re travelling as a family, then time out of the car is likely to be a priority. Where are the best places to stop and stay for a few days that will provide you with the range of activities and facilities that you’ll need, especially if your accommodation is self-catering. Without driving too far from civilisation there are beautiful and remote locations to stay and opportunities to take a day off from the driving to have a wow adventure day in a big jeep that everyone will really enjoy. Underground, on ice, on the sea, in geothermal hot water or just out in the fresh air and the landscape.
Fly and drive
Combining your self-drive Iceland with an internal flight is often a great way to see a more remote area of the country such as the Westfjords without driving all the way from Reykjavik and back. Sailing to the off islands or across Breiðarfjörður Bay add an extra dimension to a holiday and if gravel road driving isn’t for you, why not combine your own self drive with a few days with an Icelandic driver guide to take the strain out of the journey and share the secrets, history and geology of the fantastic views and landscapes all around you.
Here to help
It starts with a list….so please send us yours. We love planning self-drives, it’s a chance to share our secret places and our expert knowledge of Iceland to create an itinerary that is created and planned just for you but not just by you. We’ll take your preferences, time available and budget into account right from the beginning. We listen to your requests and make a range of suggestions and save you time on struggling with distances, where places are and where to stay, all in a language that isn’t very user friendly. An Iceland self-drive isn’t the easiest journey to plan, but we promise that we’ll keep you in the driving seat from the very start!
“It was a fabulous trip and, despite the odd change here and there, flowed incredibly smoothly. The accommodation was very much pitched at the right level for us and all the information and ideas you provided enabled us to feel at home rather than the strangers in a strange land that we really were. Thank you so much.”
WHAT TO CONSIDER:
- Self-drive holidays in Iceland- anywhere
- Focus on a region or area and see it in detail
- Pursue a particular interest or activity
- Choice of vehicle including hybrids
- Ring road, off road, more remote self-drive tours
- Stay in hotels, farms, guesthouses, hostels, camping
- Preferred daily driving distances
- Preferred road surfaces
- Combine with fly or sail
- High summer is July and August
- Summer season from mid-May to end of August
- What are your preferred travel dates?
- What is your budget?
- Our complete advice and planning service
- Our 100% financial guarantee
- We are members of the Travel Trust Association
- Our package holidays are ATOL protected
- Early bookings really are worthwhile for lower costs and more choice
"It was an incredible holiday. I really feel like if I never get the chance to go to Iceland again I have actually "seen" a part of Iceland."
“We had a fabulous holiday. Thank you for organising it so well. We loved Iceland and the people. We were warned about a virus that made you addicted to the place and we are!”
“Brilliant adventure and highly recommended. Travellers must be prepared to change activities depending on ambient weather!”
“It was extremely good value for money and one of the most enjoyable holidays I have had. Thank you.”
"We were all happy - from 75 to 18 years old - which is rare! Everything had been organised so efficiently that our trip was easy and meant we could enjoy every minute."
“The six of us were welcomed by our guide at the airport. We were impressed with the itinerary, both the fantastic craft activities and the quantity of things we did, we did not waste a moment. We had a great guide, she is experienced and listened to what we wanted to do, she was also great company.”
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"Our favourite day was the guided day - getting off the beaten track and doing something not everyone has done - lying in our own private hot spring."
“Iceland Traveller organised our trip from start to finish and it was truly remarkable. Everything was thought of! We had the most amazing five days in Iceland and I would recommend your company to anyone who wanted to travel there.”
“We had a fantastic time in Iceland and we thoroughly enjoyed all the tours you kindly organised for us. What an amazing place, the transfer driver was right – we have caught the Iceland virus and will definitely go back at some point!!” We loved it, a weekend was just too short.”
“A trip of a lifetime! Prior to going, I felt confident about our holiday into the unknown as you were so confident yourself and full of so much information, tips etc. Nothing was too much trouble. Once we were there we had such a brilliant time doing really different activities we’d never tried before and seeing such interesting geographical features in stunning surroundings. The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful.”
"Another superbly well organised trip, we really enjoyed it and so did all the girls."
"Very powerful to be up on the glacier!"
“Christmas this year was spent in Iceland as a family having a trip of a lifetime – amazing. Our private guide made it so special – she made us feel safe (no mean feat on the icy roads that would be closed in the UK and in an isolated, magical cave in the darkness), comfortable and really special – she did everything to give us the most amazing time, nothing was too much for her and she made it all great fun. We did/saw/experienced everything we expected and more. It was all even better than we could ever have imagined.”
“As Iceland novices we relied on Julia to put together a four-day package and itinerary for February based on our vaguely expressed preferences. She didn't disappoint. There was just the correct mix of travel, sightseeing, fabulous accommodation and great dining. Couldn't ask for more. The trip went like clockwork, from being greeted at the airport and taken to the Blue Lagoon, to the hire car delivered to our hotel in Reykjavik, to the restaurant bookings, to the glacier walk ...... etc. We had a wonderful time and can heartily recommend Iceland and Iceland Traveller. We will definitely be back for more."