Around Iceland

from £1843
excluding flights *
14 nights May-Sep


It has to be one of the world’s classic drives. Route 1 brings the whole of Iceland within reach – an irresistible loop around the Land of Fire and Ice. You’ll explore the ins and outs of its crinkle-cut coast, delving into hidden fjords, dawdling in fishing villages and skirting volcanoes and icecaps. This two-week self-drive allows you to do it all at a relaxed pace.


  • Volcanoes, black-sand beaches and seabirds of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Lava flows and geothermal hot spots at Lake Myvatn
  • Breathtaking scenery of the Golden Circle, South Coast and East Fjords
  • Svartifoss waterfall, Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and Vatnajokull icecap
  • Explore picture-perfect Seydisfjordur and idyllic Mjoifjordur in the East Fjords
  • Optional excursions, such as whale watching

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car rental throughout
  • Unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • Exclusive use of iDiscover app
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

A leisurely drive, not a race

Although you cover more than 1,300km circumnavigating Iceland on the Ring Road, this two-week itinerary allows you to linger in some of the country’s most breathtaking locations. You’ll spend two nights (staying in rural and waterfront properties) in each of the following: Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Akureyri, Lake Myvatn/Husavik, East Fjords, Skaftafell National Park and the South West.

The ultimate bucket-list drive

Not only will you get a great sense of achievement by driving around Iceland, you will also see some amazing and unique sights. Europe’s largest glacier. Its most powerful waterfall. Black-sand beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. A coastal lagoon full of icebergs. Humpback whales breaching, geysers spouting, sea cliffs teeming with birds... It could well be the drive of a lifetime.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £120 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car category Twin Price
Jun - Aug 2019 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,502
Jun - Aug 2019 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,727
Jun - Aug 2019 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,963
Sep 2019 14 nights B - VW Golf £1,843
Sep 2019 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,980
Sep 2019 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,059
May 2020 14 nights B - VW Golf £1,932
May 2020 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,089
May 2020 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,157
Jun - Aug 2020 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,502
Jun - Aug 2020 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,370
Jun - Aug 2020 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,982
Sep 2020 14 nights B - VW Golf £2,171
Sep 2020 14 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £2,328
Sep 2020 14 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £2,396

 Note Other variations such as single rooms, rooms without facilities, three or four people sharing a vehicle, will be quoted on request.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car rental throughout
  • Unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • Exclusive use of iDiscover App
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation


The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1: arrive Kelfavik - Reykjavik

Fly to Keflavik. Collect your rental car and make the one hour journey to Reykjavik for an overnight at Hotel Cabin.

Day 2: Reykjavik-Snaefellsnes

Drive north to the mystical Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Check in at Hotel Rjukandi for two nights.

Day 3: Snaefellsnes Peninsula

At leisure to explore the Peninsula with its snow-capped volcano, sandy beaches, lava flows, stunning coastline and amazing bird colonies. With jaw-dropping scenery like this, no wonder it was here that Jules Verne focused his story 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'!

Day 4: Snaefellsnes - Gauksmyri

Head north east to Gauksmyri Lodge. This working farm is ideally set in the countryside and has fantastic opportunities for horse-riding with its very own horse centre on site. The area is also renowned for myriad bird species, so grab your binoculars and head out! Check in for an overnight stay.

Day 5: Gauksmyri - Akureyri

Drive to the the charming town of Akureyri on the shores of the glistening Eyjafjordur. Perhaps take an optional Arctic Circle flight (summer only), or take the local ferry to Grimsey, a tiny island located on the line of the Arctic Circle (both pre-bookable - contact us for details).

Day 6: Siglufjordur

Spend a day travelling around this scenic area. Visit the unique Herring Era Museum before returning to Akureyri for a second night.

Day 7: Akureyri - Husavik

Visit the beautiful Godafoss waterfall and then head north to the charming village of Husavik to perhaps join a Whale Watching trip.

Day 8: Lake Myvatn

Drive to the mudpools at Namaskard, explore the area's curious volcanic features. Perhaps take a dip in the milky waters of the Nature Baths (entrance payable locally), visit the quirky Cow Shed café or hike at Dimmuborgir.

Day 9: Husavik - Egilsstadir

Spend a leisurely day heading east crossing the highland desert and visit the delightful farm at Modrudalur with its turf buildings and charming cafe. Continuing along Road 1 (Iceland's ring road) explore the beautiful east fjords, overnighting in the town of Egilsstadir for 2 nights

Day 10: Egilsstadir

Spend a second day exploring this stunning area at your own pace.

Day 11: Egilsstadir - Skaftafell

Continuing south, take an optional icecap and snowmobile tour on Vatnajokull glacier, or enjoy a boat cruise around the icebergs on the brilliant Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon (all prebookable - contact us). Be sure to cross over the road from the lagoon and take a look at the blue-hued icebergs as they drift out to sea or are washed ashore on the black sand beach. Take a scenic drive past the glaciers and spend two nights at Hotel Skaftafell.

Day 12: Explore Skaftafell National Park

With wonderful views of glaciers and waterfalls, this is a hiker's paradise. Walk some of the many trails including that which leads to stunning Svartifoss, a striking waterfall tumbling over basalt columns.

Day 13: Skaftafell - Hveragerdi

Travel along the south coast past the bird cliffs of Dyrholaey, impressive Skogafoss and its charming museum, Seljalandsfoss and other amazing waterfalls. Next two nights at Hotel Ork in the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi.

Day 14: Explore the Golden Circle

Comprising a trio of natural wonders, this is possibly Iceland's most famous route. Thingvellir National Park with its lake of the same name, the ancient assembly site and Law Rock, which is also known for its flora and geological features. Visit Gullfoss, the hot springs and geysers at Geysir and, if time permits, historic Skalholt church.

Day 15: Hveragerdi - Keflavik

Drive along the craggy coast to the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula. Visit the hot springs and fumaroles in Krisuvik, the cliffs at Grindavik and perhaps opt for a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon (entrance fee at additional cost - payable in advance if preferred). Later, return to Keflavik for your return flight.

Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Superb value for your money, this 252-room hotel is for guests looking for simple yet comfortable accommodation.

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Hotel Rjukandi, Snaefellsnes


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Built from innovative materials, using sustainable practices, Hotel Rjúkandi blends respect for its natural surroundings on…

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Gauksmyri Lodge, nr Hvammstangi


Grade: Standard

Type: Guesthouse B&B

This large working farm near Hvammstangi offers comfortable, modern rooms with or without private facilities.

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Hotel Cape Husavik


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

This family-run property, with views over the town and Skjalfandi Bay, has 19 bright and…

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Hotel Eyvindara, nr Egilsstadir


Grade: Standard

Type: Guesthouse B&B

Hotel Eyvindara is an attractive inn that occupies a pretty and peaceful wooded setting (a…

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Hotel Skaftafell


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

The Hotel Skaftafell makes an ideal stopping off point for excursions into the park, out onto the glacier and to the area's iconic waterfalls.

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Hotel Ork, Hveragerdi


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Found 45km east of Reykjavik in the 'greenhouse village' of Hveragerdi, this hotel offers 85 spacious, en suite rooms.

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Icelandairhotel Akureyri


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri offers 101 comfortable, modern rooms in the northern town of Akureyri.

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Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf below and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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Choice of Vehicles

We offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday provided by the local Europcar franchise. Our long-standing relationship with them means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits including priority on the newest and best appointed vehicles available on the day.

Alternatively, consider renting a motorhome and use this itinerary as a route outline. You'll have complete flexibility on where you overnight.

iDiscover Digital App

Our next generation iDiscover app is here! Free to download for all Iceland holiday bookings before you travel, iDiscover is our innovative and exclusive digital travel guide that has been designed by us to enhance your holiday experience and to allow you to use your own smart device whilst on holiday. Personalised with your full itinerary, this easy-to-use app is packed with useful features such as a guide of must-see sites, local hikes and places to eat that you can add to you daily itinerary.

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