Iceland’s tourism has skyrocketed in the past few years and many people are taking the ‘free stopover’ offered by Iceland Air, and WOW air. Many visitors on an Icelandic stopover will use this opportunity to catch a tour bus and do the famous Golden Circle. The scenery there is undoubtably amazing, but we think there is so much more of Iceland to be appreciated. So Interpinned has done all the hard work for you and compiled the ultimate Icelandic self driving road trip itinerary!
It is highly recommend you read the article ‘What you need to know before going to Iceland‘ to get an idea of how to prepare for this independent self driving tour.
This itinerary is based on spending 10 days in Iceland, but you are welcome to alter the plan to your timeframe. It does not cover places to spend the evening as it’s understandable each traveller has a different comfort zone and budget. You may have rented a car and want to book hotels or hostels in advance. Alternatively you may be travelling via camper-van, in which case you can use this website to find a campground near you.
DAY 1: The Golden Circle
Located reasonably close to the airport, The Golden Circle attracts hundreds of visitors every day, most of which stop at only the main attractions as they are following a strict tourbus schedule. However, if you have the luxury of your own car… you are going to be able to pull over where ever you like, when ever you like! The actual driving time of the Golden Circle is 3 hours, however with all the stops it could take you up to 8.
Þingvellir National Park
Haukadalur Geo Thermal Area
Kerið Crater Lake
DAY 2: South Region
Today you’ll need to get back on to Ring Road, which pretty much encompasses the entire island. Here in the Southern Region, you will be exploring multiple iconic waterfalls and a breathtaking lookout point. You will end up in the small coastal town of Vik, where you will have the opportunity to restock on any necessities.
DAY 3: Canyons & Lagoons