Iceland Self Drive Tours

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Yellow flowers in the foreground with South Iceland's Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in the back.

7-Day Slow-Paced Summer Road Trip: Golden Circle & South Coast

  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Availability: May - Sep
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Atlantic puffin standing at Latrabjarg Cliffs in Iceland's Westfjords in the summertime.

15-Day Summer Road Trip: Circle of Iceland with Remote Westfjords

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Availability: May - Sep
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Midnight Sun Road Trip: Golden Circle & South Coast in 5 Days

  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Availability: May - Sep
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A road in Iceland

About our Self-Drive tours

Take the wheel with a Self-Drive tour in Iceland and explore this country’s many waterfalls, black sand beaches, and glacier lagoons at your own pace. We will take care of all arrangements so all you need to worry about is what music you’d like to listen to on your road trip around the island. 

On arrival, your rental vehicle will be waiting for you at Keflavík International Airport. Your adventure begins the moment you pick up your keys, and soon, you will be driving out into the volcanic landscape of Reykjanes Peninsula. 

Would you like to explore these lava fields before reaching the city? How about unwinding at the world famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa? Perhaps you prefer to head straight to Reykjavík where you´ll get a decent night’s rest in your hotel room. It’s all up to you.

Shortly after you book the tour, you’ll receive a personal itinerary via email with suggestions and advice on the best spots to visit here in Iceland. These itineraries are created by local experts, so you can be sure your trip is in safe hands. It is you, however, that will make the final decision on where to go, what to see, and how long to spend at each location. 

Aside from a personal itinerary, your Self-Drive Tour includes accommodation, complete with breakfast and private bathroom facilities. Also included is a rental car, CDW insurance, Gravel Protection, and Super Collision Damage Waiver. All vehicles come equipped with GPS, free, unlimited Wi-Fi, and 24-hour roadside emergency service.

Those looking for a short trip to Iceland can do no better than our 5-Day Self-Drive Tours or even our 3-Day Self-Drive packages. If, on the other hand, you are looking to immerse yourself fully in the Icelandic nature, then we recommend our 10-Day Self-Drive Tours as these provide you with enough time to witness all the corners of our country.

Iceland Self Drive Summer Tours

On a Guided Tour Package, your tour guide is in control, and once you’ve seen all the major stops, you’ll head back to your hotel.

On a Self-Drive Tour, however, you can take as much time you need appreciating the Icelandic attractions. This is particularly great in the summer as you will have the midnight sun shining brightly throughout the night, meaning you can explore late into the early hours of the morning if you wish.

Iceland Self Drive Winter Tours

Winter Self-Drive Tours are a popular option for photographers, both professional and amateur. When paired with the low sunlight, Iceland´s frost, snow, icicles and icebergs provide the most beautiful subjects for photographs.

Winter in Iceland also means that there are fewer people at the most popular attractions, and on a Self-Drive Tour, it is even easier to avoid the crowds. 

Cars on Winter Self-Drive Tours come equipped with winter tyres but if you are not comfortable driving on snowy roads, we recommend you check out a Small-Group Guided Tour.

Northern Lights Self Drive Tours

One of the biggest advantages of Winter Self-Drive Tours is that you have the freedom to go hunting for the northern lights whenever you want. 

Winter is the only time you can see the northern lights in Iceland. They are always there in the sky; it is just a matter of viewing them in optical conditions. 

Self-Drive Tours provide you with the tools to do just that. You can drive into the countryside to a spot with wide open skies and see for yourself the dancing green lights above. While this is a fantastic experience however it is done, it is made all the better when viewed in the privacy of loved ones. 

Read more about the Northern Lights here.

Golden Circle Self Drive Tours

The Golden Circle is Iceland’s most popular sightseeing route. It comprises three main sights: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall.

Those on a Self-Drive Tour can not only decide how long to spend at each of these locations, but they can extend their trip to include lesser-known spots such as Kerið Crater Lake, Faxi Waterfall, and the Secret Lagoon.

Read more about the Golden Circle here

Frequently asked questions

With a Self-Drive Package, you will have the freedom to follow your own path, at your own pace. You are not bound by guides or time restrictions, meaning that you can spend as much time as you like at each attraction, soaking up the atmosphere and the beautiful nature.

You will pick up your car at Keflavík International Airport. Either a representative from the car rental will be waiting for you in the airport’s arrivals hall, or you will board a free shuttle which will transport you to the car rental service station. You will find more information on your voucher.

Yes, at Keflavík International Airport, you will be able to pick up and drop off your car at any time.

The driver needs to be at least 20 years old when renting a budget vehicle and 21 for comfort and luxury vehicles. Another requirement is that the driver must have a valid driving license and must have held their driving licence for at least one year.  You do not need to have an international driving license, although that is preferred. However, the information on your license needs to be written in the Latin/Roman alphabet, and you will need to carry it with you at all times, not a copy. Rental agencies often require a credit card in the name of the driver as well.

Yes, you can. Just contact your travel agent before your arrival.

If the roads are closed or you run into any trouble on your journey, you can contact your personal travel agent. They will be available to you 24/7 and will assist you with all the necessary arrangements. Availability will play a factor in rebooking hotel or tours, and so there might be extra charges involved. However, we will do our very best to find something without additional cost to you. 

Yes, yes and yes. We are happy to provide travel services to family members of all ages. Simply let your travel agent know beforehand about the age of your child and if any other arrangements need to be made.

Yes, but it depends on availability. You can change the date of your Self-Drive Package for a 5,000 ISK service fee paid for each day that needs to be altered.

Yes, but we recommend that you book the activities alongside your Self-Drive Package so you can have all your travel information on the same voucher.  

No, there is no maximum age to rent a car in Iceland.

Why Us?

At Traveo, we understand that you are not just another customer, but a unique individual with specific tastes and ambitions. As an agency, we distinguish ourselves by catering to personal criteria, guaranteeing that each of our travellers experiences Iceland in their own way, and at their own pace.

With easy on-site tour comparison and flexible payment options, booking a tour in Iceland has never been more straightforward. Once your tour with us is confirmed, we will provide you with a personalised itinerary that lays out each step of your vacation—with room for exploration, of course. 24/7 customer service is available to those with queries, both before and during your trip.

Here at Traveo, we believe that your time on holiday in Iceland is valuable. Thankfully, all the exciting tours and excursions listed on our site are handpicked by local Iceland experts, ensuring one’s time here is maximised with only the very best experiences. 

Reviews

Amy
Amy
20. September, 2023.
Traveling to Iceland Stress-Free We just went on a 12 days trip to Iceland made easier thanks to Traveo! We aren't experienced travelers and weren't sure what to see and what to do, there's many amazing things in Iceland and we didn't know what should make the list. Traveo took the stress out of figuring things out where all we had to do was drive to the next destination and decide where to eat that day. Jonathan worked with us to find accommodations and activities that met our budget and what we wanted to see/do. He patiently answered all questions we had leading up to the trip and checked in with us when we arrived and when we got back home. We didn't need to call but he made sure we had everything we needed and gave us his contact info if needed even though he was away himself on vacation. One cool thing is the app Traveo uses for your itinerary, it made things easier with how it lists all activities and destinations on every day of your trip with a section for the accomodations and a Navigate button to bring you to Google maps for each item. Thank you so much again to Jonathan and his team at Traveo for helping us make amazing memories and fill up our online storage with photos!
Roger C
Roger C
11. September, 2023.
Just go and see for yourself. So much to see of such an awe inspiring country.If you are interested in Geology a visit is a must.All accommodation and food were first rate.Icelanders are very friendly and proud of what they have got.No litter anywhere!Will definitely go again.Roger and Sheila Calvert.
MrBigEx
MrBigEx
29. August, 2023.
A superb holiday, brilliantly organised! My 14-year-old son and I have just spent the most amazing 9 days on a self-drive trip organised by Omar. It was utterly wonderful! Iceland offers breathtaking experiences every day and we went whale watching, dropped down inside a volcano and travelled into a glacier. Throw in excursions on a snowmobile and an ATV, plus the most spectacular scenery of waterfalls and canyons and it all adds up to an unforgetable holiday that was brilliantly planned and ran as smoothly as we could have wished for. Thanks again to Omar and his team and we highly recommend Traveo to anyone considering a holiday to this incredible country!
KarinfromtheNetherla
KarinfromtheNetherla
27. August, 2023.
Very professional organisation Just came back from an amazing trip to Iceland that was perfectly organised by Jonathan! Half a year before the trip Jonathan and I had a Zoom call in which we talked about options and the costs of them. The first draft of the trip (an organised tour with personalised extensions) was already spot-on. With a great balance between lots of experiences and the budget I had. My teenage boys loved the being active in this country! Iceland is such an amazing place but very expensive. So it paid off to have someone help me make the most of my budget. Thank you Jonathan for designing this trip!
Anjelica M
Anjelica M
24. August, 2023.
Great itinerary and trip! My friends and I had an excellent trip planned by Omar. Whenever we had questions, or may have missed one of our busses, he was available to help and coordinate to get us back on track. 10/10!
ERRF
ERRF
20. August, 2023.
Excellent and memorable trip planned by Traveo Jonathan was an incredible help for our trip planning this summer to Iceland. He was always available to answer our questions and was knowledgeable about the different areas to visit. He booked us wonderful overnight accommodations and fabulous tours. Highly recommend Jonathan and his team if you are traveling to Iceland!
Anke d
Anke d
17. August, 2023.
Fantastisch! We hebben een fantastische vakantie gehad in IJsland! Het contact met de lokale reisagent verliep prettig en vlot via de chat van Evaneos. De reis is aangepast op wat we graag wilden doen. In de app vind je alle details van de reis. De gidsen zijn allemaal even vriendelijk en vertellen vol trots over hun prachtige land. Het is een onvergetelijke reis geworden!
Tom P
Tom P
16. August, 2023.
Excellent. Highly recommend! We did a 4 day self-driving trip organized by Traveo. Jonathan set out a detailed itinerary for us that we followed to the letter. It was a perfectly planned trip that had great accommodations, and the itinerary was slightly customized for our preferences. Everything from hotels to car to sights all went as planned without any issues. Saved us so much time planning ourselves and was an amazing trip! Jonathan checked in with us prior to the trip, on arrival, during the trip, and after! We had no issues at all but was comforting to know he was available if needed.
Alexandra C
Alexandra C
16. August, 2023.
Amazing trip thanks to Traveo! Dream trip organised in a wonderful way by Traveo! Jonathan suggested an amazing and tailored itinerary, had great tips and recommendations on each stops and was available throughout our trip for last minute questions or help, which was very reassuring. I couldn’t recommend more!
apes1
apes1
9. August, 2023.
Highly recommend Everything was perfect with this trip! Jonathan planned everything out perfectly with tours and hotels. Highly recommend his services. Sent me all information including navigation in an app that made it super easy to follow Definitely recommend!!

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