RT20 - Iceland Road Trip 12 days
Self Drive Tour
|Duration:||(12 days / 11 nights)|
|By Car km/mi:||(2200/1400)|
|Price from:||(129063 ISK )|
This Iceland road trip will take you the full circle around Iceland to all the major sites at a relaxed pace and no stress. Take your time and even join in some of the optional activities available to make this 12 day Iceland road trip even more memorable.
Day 1. Arrival and Reykjavik City
Following your arrival at the airport, you will take a comfortable bus ride, with Wi-Fi Internet connection on board, to your accommodation in Reykjavik. Reykjavik offers a great variety of things to do: Consult the Reykjavik City Guide and enjoy the rest of your day in the city.
Day 2. A National Park - Geysers - The Golden Waterfall
Pick up your car in the morning and head out for a road trip adventure. Today you’ll follow a route known as the Golden Circle, where some of Iceland’s most precious natural gems can be found. First up is a visit to Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is a place of great importance from a geological and historical perspective, as well as a park of exceptional natural beauty. From Thingvellir National Park, continue to the Great Geysir geothermal area. The area hosts dozens of geysers and hot springs, the most powerful of which (Strokkur) erupts every 8 minutes or so with such force that the boiling hot water jets 15 to 20 meters into the air. Continue further to the Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most majestic waterfall. When viewed in sunny weather, the mist layers many rainbows on top of one-another, giving the waterfall its beautiful crown. Before heading to your lodging for the night, visit the impressive volcanic crater, Kerið, and the town of Selfoss.
Þingvellir National Park
Geysir Geothermal Area
Day 3. Waterfalls – Black Beaches and A National Park
After breakfast, continue your road trip along Iceland’s amazing south coast. Stop by the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall and, for an exciting new perspective, take a walk behind the waterfall to see the water crash over the cliff’s edge above. A little further, the powerful waterfall Skógafoss plunges 60 meters, creating quite a splash. Visit the Black Beach Reynisfjara, where huge basalt columns seem to rise from the ocean bed in mysterious formations, and the Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve. Stop at the charming small town of Vík before continuing over the desolate floodplains to Skaftafell National Park. This park, which is situated at the roots of Europe’s largest glacier (Vatnajökull), is a natural paradise and a national treasure. Svartifoss waterfall, with its dark lava columns and mesmerizing appeal, awaits your discovery in the lush area of Skaftafell.
Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Skaftafell area
Day 4. Skaftafell – The Glacier Lagoon and Hofn Town
There is not much driving today. Spend half the day to continue your exploration of the Skaftafell National Park or join a glacier hike. After this rejuvenating stay in Skaftafell, continue driving along the roots of Vatnajokull glacier to the inspiring Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon. Here, massive ice blocks float in the lagoon and drift lazily towards the ocean. Short boat trips on the lagoon are operated for those eager for a closer scenic view. After a stop at the glacier lagoon, continue to the town of Höfn.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The Glacier Lagoon - Amphibian Boat Tour
Skaftafell Surroundings - Flightseeing
Day 5. The East Fjords and Egilsstaðir town
Continue north and enjoy the morning by driving through the East Fjords. The peaceful fjords and the small villages will give you great photo opportunities. After the tranquil fjord scenery, continue to Egilsstaðir town located by the mysterious Lake Lagarfljót, home of the Icelandic Loch Ness. The “lake worm” is said to be an enormous creature, only seen on rare occasions, so make sure to have your eyes wide open in case it decided to reveal itself. The lake is up to 130 meters deep, so there is plenty of space for the worm to hide in. Continue along the lakeside to Hallormsstaður village, surrounded by the lush Hallormsstaðaskógur forest. Return to Egilsstaðir for an overnight stay.
Day 6. The Eastern Fjords, Dettifoss Waterfall and the Wonders of Lake Mývatn
From Egilsstaðir, drive on to the amazing Lake Mývatn area and enjoy its stunning landscapes for the rest of the day. On the way to Lake Mývatn, make a detour to Dettifoss, the largest waterfall in Europe. You may want to visit the relaxing Mývatn Nature Baths in the afternoon or evening and bathe in the geothermal water.
Mývatn Nature Baths
230 - 270 kilometers
Lake Mývatn or Húsavík area
Day 7. A National Park, Ásbyrgi Canyon, Whale Watching Capital
Start the day by visiting sites at Mývatn that you did not have time to visit the day before. Continue to Húsavík, sometimes called “The Whale Spotting Capital of the World”. Húsavík was the first place in Iceland to offer successful Whale Watching cruises. The Whale Museum in Húsavík, is an educational information centre on marine wildlife. Head to Öxarfjörður Bay and visit Vesturdalur and Hljóðaklettar, the Echo Rocks, an extremely beautiful canyon, carved by the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum. The road to Hljóðaklettar may not be passable early spring / summer. This area offers many interesting hiking trails to explore the many wonders of Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. Ásbyrgi canyon is a strange and spectacular horseshoe shaped canyon, not to be missed. Return to Húsavík.
Hljóðaklettar Rock Formations
Whale Watching from Húsavík
Note: During winter and early summer the road to Vesturdalur & Hljóðaklettar area is not be passable.
Day 8. Akureyri City, the Capital of the North
Today you will visit the second largest city in Iceland, Akureyri. Before reaching Akureyri, you will come upon the Goðafoss waterfall, known as “waterfall of the gods.” Akureyri has plenty to offer visitors, and everyone should find something to their liking. After a visit to the city, you’ll head out to the countryside for some more experiences. Drive to Skagafjörður fjord, known for its agricultural prosperity and horse breeding. You may also want to visit the fascinating Glaumbær folk museum, which is housed in an old turf farm.
Glaumbær Folk Museum
Day 9. Northwest Iceland – Charming Stykkishólmur Town
Take a leisurely drive through the Northwest region. One of the best-known horse farms in Iceland is located in this region, and a short horseback riding tour would be a great way to get to know the Icelandic horse. You might want to stop at Hvammstangi and walk down to the shore to see if you can spot any seals, - they are frequent visitors here and short tours are available should you want to go out to sea to look for them. Continue to the inspiring town of Stykkishólmur, a charming ocean-side town with a relaxing atmosphere.
Day 10. Stunning Scenery of Snæfellsjökull National Park
Explore the Snæfellsnes peninsula and the many small fishing hamlets situated around the peninsula. Spectacular rock formations, mountains, lava fields, and the magnificent Snæfellsjokull glacier that towers over the tip of Snæfellsnes peninsula are among the things to explore. The peninsula is sometimes referred to as “Iceland in miniature” because it offers so many of the things found all over Iceland. The Snæfellsjokull Glacier is the main attraction in Snæfellsnes National Park. It is said that the glacier has mysterious powers, and that people are drawn to the glacier by these powers. From the Snæfellsnes peninsula, head towards Borgarnes where you will find the Icelandic Settlement Centre, whose main objective is to present the fascinating sagas from the settlement times as well as a special exhibition of the famous Viking poet, Egill Skallagrímsson.
Lóndrangar Rock Formations
Viking Sushi Boat Tour
Driving Distance: 230 kilometers
Day 11. Borgarfjordur district - Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik
Continue traveling through Borgarfjörður district and stop at the hot spring area of Deildartunguhver. There you will find the Krauma baths with numerous hot & cold tubs and stem baths heated with the geothermal water originating from the Deildartunguhver hot spring. Head further inland to see the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls,where the water creeps from underneath the lave fields into the Hvítá River. On your way to Hraunfossar you will find the historic Reykholt the former home of Snorri Sturluson a great writer, poet and chieftain in Iceland who was assassinated by the order of the Norwegian king in 1241. Make the waterfalls your turnaround point and head back towards Reykjavik. If you would like to visit the Blue Lagoon drive through Reykjavik and continue towards the amazing Blue Lagoon. Here you can enjoy a relaxing bath in the mineral rich waters and apply some of the silica mud to rejuvenate and your soften skin. At the Blue Lagoon, you can enjoy a stroll, dine at the Lava Restaurant, get a massage, and visit the Blue Lagoon Café. It's a great place to collect your thoughts after your days exploring Iceland. Head back to Reykjavík and drop off the car.
The Blue Lagoon
Driving Distance: 180-280 kilometers
Day 12. Back Home
On your last day in Iceland, a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus will transfer you from your accommodation to the airport.
- Flybus Transfer upon arrival to your accommodation in Reykjavík
- Rental car including VAT, unlimited milage and CDW
- Two authorized drivers
- GPS Navigation System
- WiFi included with the rental car
- Detailed Itinerary
- Road map with the route and accommodation marked in
- 24/7 Emergency Services
- Flybus transfer to Keflavik international airport
- How to drive in Iceland Booklet
- Taxes, Service fee and VAT
- Optional Activities
This tour can be customized to your specifications and needs, so if you have any special requests, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to help you arrange the perfect Icelandic vacation.
How do I book and what is the process?
There are several factors that determine the tour price:
• Time of the year you plan on visiting
• Number of people travelling together
• Type of car Car Info (Only applicable with self drive trips)
• Accommodation type (we offer 2 categories of accommodation or you can choose mixture of both)
• Optional Activities (Various optional activities are available with each trip)
There is a special Price Calculator button with every self-drive tours and private guided tours where you can enter your choice of type of accommodation, car, number of people and your arrival date. The Price Calculator will calculate and display the price according to your specifications. This way you can see how different choices in car and accommodation types affect the price of the package.
Once you are confident about your trip selection proceed to press the book now tab. Here you will fill in the required information and proceed through the booking process.
We require a 15% deposit at the time of booking. Full payment is due 5 weeks prior to arrival.
Once a booking is made an automatic e-mail is sent informing you that the order has been placed and is currently being processed by the IcelandRoadtrip.com team. You will then be contacted with by one of our trusted travel agents with further details.
Winter version of this tour: RT16 - Iceland Circle, Scenic Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Northern Lights - 10 days
This tour is also available as a private guided tour: PT01 - Iceland Circle and the scenic Snæfellsnes Peninsula - 10 days
We are arriving very early. What is the check in time?
Check in time is usually between 14:00 - 16:00 for accommodation in Iceland. The only way to secure an early check in is to book the night before as well. However if a room is ready you should be able to check in early.
Where to eat during the tour?
In the small towns around Iceland you will find restaurants, bakeries and cafes where you can get something to eat. If you are going to the highlands we recommend purchasing something to take with you as there are very limited options for meals in the remote highland areas.
Are there any hidden charges?
There are no hidden charges or fees you should be aware of. Note that fuel and meals other than breakfast are not included.
What type of car is recommended?
During summer (May - September) any type of vehicle is sufficient for this tour. In winter between mid September – mid April we recommend a 4x4 vehicle as there is a chance of some snow or ice on the road. The cars are equipped with good winter tires during winter.
Do I need an international driver’s license?
No you do not need an international drivers license but you need a valid driver’s licence, which you will have held for at least two years. Travellers from overseas will need a licence issued in their country of residence along with an English translation (where appropriate). Some form of picture Identity is required, e.g. Passport, ID card etc. A valid credit card is also required.
How far is it between gas stations?
Gas stations can be found in almost all towns around Iceland so running out of gas is not a likely scenario. However before going to the highland areas we recommend filling up the tank as there are no gas stations in the highlands.
Do hotels and guesthouses offer Wi-Fi internet connection?
Most hotels and guesthouses in Iceland do provide free access to Wi-Fi internet. Some hotels and guesthouses do charge a small fee for access to the internet.
For more practical information please visit our Travel Guide
Amphibian boat Tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is one of the greatest natural wonders in Iceland and is also one of the most visited attraction. The boat tour gives you an amazing opportunity to sail among the massive ice floating in the lagoon. You might even be lucky and see some seals swimming around. The amphibian boat tour is 30-40 minutes long, guided in English and perfect for people of all ages. The tour is only available during the summer as the lagoon freezes over in winter time.
June - August every day between 9:00 - 19:00
May & September - October every day between 10:00 - 17:00
- Season: MAY 1 to SEP 30
- Item/Adult Price: 5900 ISK
- Children aged 6-12:2900 ISK
- Children (age 0-5):0 ISK
Whale Watching from Húsavík
The town of Húsavík is also known as the Whale Watching Capital in the world. The whale watching tour is 3 hours long and gives you chance to enjoy the stunning wildlife and scenery and be amazed by the gentle giants in their natural habitat. The tour is suitable for people of all ages. Hot chocolate and cinnamon buns are included and even some hats, gloves, raincoats and blankets to keemp you warm.
- Season: MAR 1 to NOV 30
- Item/Adult Price: 10690 ISK
- Children aged 7-15:3901 ISK
- Children aged 0-6:0 ISK
Myvatn Nature Baths (Jarðböðin)
The Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn offer an unique Nordic bathing experience, similar to the Blue Lagoon. Relaxing in the geothermal waters is a must when you are in the area. The facility also has a restaurant where you can get a lunch or dinner. The Nature baths are open from 09:00 until midnight 00:00 from June 1st to August 31st and during the winter the open hours are from 12:00 to 22:00. In winter, you might get lucky and see the magnificent northern lights while floating in mineral rich waters.
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 5500 ISK
- Youth aged 12-15:2500 ISK
- Children 11 years or younger:0 ISK
An excellent opportunity to explore the magnificent bird life of Breiðafjörður and also taste fresh scallops from the sea. The boat takes you around some of the many islands of Breiðafjörður fjord, where you will see numerous types of sea birds as well as the while-tailed eagle. The highlight of the tour is when a net plough is cast overboard and sea delicacies, such as scallops and sea urchins are brought on board for you to taste freshly from the sea.The tour is 2 hours and 15 minutes long.
January 15.-May 13 - Every Tuesday at 11:00
February 15, March 01, 15 and 22 (Friday) at 11:00
- Season: MAY 15 to SEP 30
- Item/Adult Price: 7770 ISK
- Youth age 16-20:3885 ISK
- Children age 0-15:0 ISK
Horse Riding Tour North - 1 hour
The ideal tour for your first experience with the Icelandic horse! Enjoy a break on your journey in Iceland when discovering Skagafjörður, a mythical region for Icelandic horses. The scenic landscape alongside the river Svartá between prominent mountains provides a wonderful setting for horseback riding and getting to know more about our four-legged friends.
- Season: MAY 15 to OCT 15
- Item/Adult Price: 8500 ISK
- Children aged 6-11 (accompanied by an adult):8500 ISK
Glacier Walk - About 2 hours
Along the way to the glacier we will have a good view of the glacier lagoon and the area around the glacier. When we are at the starting point, we start with a safety briefing and a short lesson how to use the crampons and the ice pick on the glacier walk. Glacial landscape is amazing and dynamic, including crevices, sink holes and small black volcanic sand hills. Sometimes it's possible to take a look into the small holes or enter the caves. In winter the ice is blue and clear, the surface mostly covered by snow. During the summertime the ice becomes more white and the volcanic ash which forms various patterns in the landscape is more visible. As previously mentioned the glacial landscape changes day by day which makes it even more interesting to see and explore. With the glacier melting very rapidly in recent years the landscape has become more exciting. Sólheimajökull glacier is the ideal place to view geomorphology in formation and the effects of global warming on glaciers.
Minimum age requirement: 10 years
Duration: 2 - 2,5 hours - Time on the glacier: Approximately 1 - 1,5 hours
You bring: Bring warm clothing and something waterproof to wear, good walking shoes, gloves and cap.
- English speaking guide
- Ice axe
- Other safety equipment
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 11900 ISK
- Children age 8-15:8500 ISK
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier.
A valid driving license is required for driving a snowmobile. This snowmobile tour is perfect for first-time riders that are looking for a fun way to explore and experience the wilderness and the breathtaking views over South Iceland. The tour is 3 hours long (1 hours snowmobiling) and you will be provided with special snowsuits and helmets for you safety and comfort. The snowmobiles are easy to operate - it's just a matter of squeezing the accelerator or brake. Valid driver´s license is needed for driving the snowmobile.
The price is per person for two persons sharing a snowmobile. In all cases, if you are traveling alone, or if you prefer to be alone on a snowmobile traveling with other people, you need to add the single ride fee.
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 26990 ISK
- Single ride supplement per person:7000 ISK
- Children (5 - 11):19990 ISK
Prepaid Sim Card for mobile/cell phones
SIM cards are suitable for those visiting i Iceland. With a prepaid SIM card you can stay connected during your trip, which is perfect for those who travel with their own mobile/cell phone or smartphone, and want to be able to make local calls without having to pay roaming charges and stay connected through Social Media and E-mail.
The sim card includes unlimited calls and text to local numbers and 1 GB of data.
The sim card is compatible with unlocked mobile/cell phones. You will be given a local Icelandic phone number, be able to receive incoming calls for free, and also use your existing phone (if unlocked)
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 2000 ISK
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure at Þingvellir National Park
The Silfra fissure is one of Iceland's best kept secrets. Silfra, which is situated in the heart of Þingvellir, the site of the world's oldest parliament, is an otherworldly scene. The crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless as you float down with the lazy current. Frequently rated as one of the worlds top ten dive sites, the Silfra offers up to 100 meters of underwater visibility and is located on top of the separation between Europe and America! After about 45 minutes of snorkeling we climb out and head back to the car. Into the Blue is a relaxing but exotic trip in an environment most will only encounter in their dreams. Bad eyesight? Since you are wearing snorkeling / dive goggles to see underwater there can be nothing in the way of the seal to keep them from filling up with water. That is, you can not wear glasses underneath the goggles. You will have to go without them, wear eye lenses or bring your own goggles with prescription.
PLEASE NOTE: You MUST be able to swim to take part in this tour.
Maximum participants age: 65
Some restrictions may apply depending on medical conditions. All participants are required to fill out a specific medical form.
- Season: JUN 1 to AUG 31
- Item/Adult Price: 17490 ISK
LAVA Exhibition and Cinema
Examine the various volcanos—eruptions and lava flows, volcanic and rift systems, faults and glacial floods that make Iceland a showcase of volcanism. The centre introduces the Katla Geopark plus Iceland's elaborate monitoring system for surveying volcanos and earthquake zones.
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 3590 ISK
- Children age 6 - 15:1795 ISK
- Children 5 years and younger:0 ISK
Experience nature from its core by bathing in the geothermal baths at Krauma. The hot water originates in Europe's most powerful hot spring Deildartunguhver, at a temperature of 100°C (212°F). To achieve the perfect bathing temperature we mix the hot water with cold water from Rauðsgil, which originates in the glacier Ok, the smallest glacier in Iceland. Krauma offers five relaxing natural geothermal baths, a cold tub to get your blood circulation going, two calming saunas and a relaxation room where you can rest by the fireplace while listening to soothing music.
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 4300 ISK
- Children age 13-16:2150 ISK
- Children 12 years and younger:250 ISK
This 15 minute fixed wing tour takes you over the spellbinding scenery that surrounds us here in the Skaftafell National Park area, flying over the areas with the best conditions on the day. Enveloped by the Skeiðarársandur black sand beach to the south and west, with its majestic glacial riverbeds weaving abstract patterns in the sand, and Skeiðarárjökull glacier and Öræfajökull glacier volcano to the north, Skaftafell Terminal is truly located in a paradise on earth. Join us for an unforgettable sightseeing flight experience.
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 19500 ISK
- Children age 13-16:19500 ISK
- Children age 2-12:14625 ISK
The Bath tubs, made from Kambala wood, are 7 in total so we can have about 14 people each hour. It is available for people, one at a time, or two together. The price is for a single bath. If you want to share a bath tub then please contact us. There is no age limit for the beer bath because the bathwater is undrinkable, but there is a beer draught at every tub for anybody over 20 years of age. 16 years and younger need to be accompanied with adults. When taking a beer bath, you bathe in a big tub filled with beer, water, hops and yeast. After 25 minutes, you get up from the tub and go to a relaxation room for another 25 minutes. Beer bath, where you bathe in young beer, live beer yeast, hops, water, beer oil and beer salt. The beer we use for the bath is in the early stages of fermentation, and at that stage the beer has very low pH which will tighten and soften your hair follicles and is cleansing for your hair and skin. Brewers yeast that has gone through the process of fermenting beer, is a great source of nearly the whole Vitamin B scale, which has very revitalising effect on skink and hair and is also a great source of protein, potassion, iron, zink and magnesium. The beer hops are rich of antiocidants and alpha acids. The oils and minerals from the plant have antiinflammatory effect to the skin and is also used to decrease the surface blood vessels. Hops are proven to have soothing and relaxing effect on muscels and body. We don't recommend showering for the next 3 to 5 hours after the bath because it will have very revitalising and softening effect on skin and hair. Baths temperature is 37 - 39°C and is filled up with a new blend after each guest. This treatment is both cleansing for the skin and has a very positive effect on health
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 11900 ISK
- Children 12 and younger accompanied by adult:0 ISK
A cancellation insurance is offered as an optional extra to considerably reduce or eliminate financial loss that may occur in case of a cancellation.
Cancellation terms if cancellation insurance is purhcased:
- If cancelled more than 48 hours prior to arrival date: 85% of full price will be refunded. Remaining 15% will be held by us and can be used towards a new tour within 36 months.
- If cancelled less than 48 hours prior to arrival date: 40% of full price will be charged.
- If cancelled on arrival date: 100% of full price will be charged.
Adults - 5000 ISK per person
Children 0-11 - Free
-The cancellation insurance covers cancellations for any reason.
-The cancellation insurance must be purchased for all tour participants.
-The cancellation insurance only applies to cancellations and not to booking changes.
-The cancellation insurance can be added to your booking up to 24 hours after the booking has been made.
-The cancellation insurance only applies to the whole tour and not to parts or Individual services within the package.
-The cancellation insurance is non refundable.
-Cancellation must be sent in writing by e-mail to email@example.com
Cancellation terms if cancellation insurance is NOT purhcased:
-If cancelled more than 2 weeks prior to arrival date: 15% of full price will be charged.
-If cancelled less than 2 weeks prior to arrival date: 50% of full price will be charged.
-If cancelled less than 72 hours prior to arrival date: 100% of full price will be charged.
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 5001 ISK
- Children 0-11:0 ISK
- High 1 Season: From May 26 through June 30.
- Low 1 Season: From October 01 through December 19.
- Spring Season: From April 28 through May 25.
- Fall Season: From September 01 through September 30.
- High 2 Season: From August 11 through August 31.
- Peak Season: From July 01 through August 10.
- Christmas and New Year Season: From December 20 through January 01.
- Low 2 Season: From January 02 through April 27.
1 Person = Single room or as requested
2 Sharing = One twin/double room or as requested
3 Sharing = One triple room or as requested
4 Sharing = Two twin/double rooms or as requested
5 Sharing = One twin/double room and one triple room or as requested
6 Sharing = Two triple rooms or as requested
7 Sharing = Two twin/double rooms and one triple room or as requested
8 Sharing = One twin/double room and two triple rooms or as requested
9 Sharing = Three triple rooms or as requested
10+ Sharing = As requested
- You can select your own room combination during the booking process.
- Triple rooms are in some cases only a double room with an extra bed.
Children 3-11 years old:
Iceland Road Trip offers families with one child to book up to 3 persons per double room. The room would either have a made up extra bed or a made up mattress in cases the rooms available are too small to accommodate an extra bed.
Two adults and two children need to book two double rooms.
Car Rental Season:
- High Season: From June 20 through August 25.
- Low Season: From September 30 through May 18.
- Shoulder 1 Season: From May 19 through June 19.
- Shoulder 2 Season: From August 26 through September 29.
The car rental supplier for all of our Self Drive Tours is AVIS.
Below information is from them and refers to requirements for renting a car, insurances, restrictions and other practical information.
Rental Car Delivery
A free shuttle service is included where a representative from the car rental agency picks you up from your accommodation or a nearby designated pickup location. From there you are taken to the car rental office to receive your rental car. Only the main driver and additional driver can be taken to the rental station.
Upon retruning the car a shuttle service back to Reykjavík hotels / downtown bus stops is included. The last shuttle to town leaves at 17:00.
The cars listed are examples only. Reservations are booked by car group only. If the car confirmed is not available at the time of rental, a similar or superior car is supplied at no extra cost. No distinction is made between 4x4 and 4wd vehicles.
The driver must present a fully valid drivers licence (i.e. not a temporary one) that has been held for a minimum of one year. An International Driving Permit is also required if the national drivers licence is not in the Roman script (for example in Cyrillic or Chinese script).
Minimum Age 20 years for passenger cars (A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and I)
23 years for jeeps (C, F, P, H, J, G, K and XP)
25 years for luxury cars and minibuses (XO, XE, XG and XH)
Young driver fee
Younger drivers may drive by paying a young driver fee of ISK 1000 per day. This is possible in:
Groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and I for drivers that are 18-19 years old
Groups C, F, P, H, J, G, K and XP for drivers that are 20-22 years old
Groups XO, XE, XG and XH for drivers that are 20-24 years old
In any case, the young driver must present a fully valid drivers licence (i.e. not a temporary one) that has been held for a minimum of 12 months.
Credid Card Authorization
No rentals can take place without the driver having a major credit card present issued in his name. Acceptable credit cards are: MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club. Prepaid credit cards cannot be accepted! An authorization from the credit card will be taken at the start of all rentals, even if the cost of the rental is covered by a voucher. This authorization amounts roughly to the cost of one additional day plus a full tank and varies therefore according to car group and season. Payment with cash or debit cards is not accepted at any time.
Vehicles in groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M, I, and XE are not allowed to be driven on roads marked F on official maps as well as Kjölur (road 35, north of Gullfoss) and Kaldidalur (road 550). Should these restrictions be ignored, all insurance (Third Party Liability, CDW, TP, WP, PAI), if accepted, shall be deemed, null and void. The driver will be held fully responsible in case of accidents or collision, including the cost of repair of the damaged vehicle and the cost of towing.
Should a car be spotted on a road on which it is not allowed, we will impose a fine that will be charged to the renters credit card – even if no damage occurs to the car. This fine currently amounts to ISK 100.000. This fine does not affect the liability of the renter to pay for any damage.
In case of breakdown or if the car is not safe to drive after an accident, our breakdown number must be contacted. The line is staffed 24 hours in summer and between 06:00 and 22:00 in winter. The number can be found on the key chain and the rental contract. Please note that this number is not to be called for any questions regarding the rental contract.
Cost of Damage
In general, damages are to be paid at the end of the rental. However, should a car have to be replaced after an accident, we may ask for settlement of the damage before a replacement car will be provided. The renter is responsible to inform us about any damages that have occurred to the car. The renters credit card may be debited for payments in respect of damage to the vehicle while in the possession of the renter. The time and terms of payment shall be at our sole discretion. This right shall remain unaffected for 6 months following the return of the vehicle. The cost of damage is determined by a price list available at all locations. In the case of major damages not covered by insurance, e.g. water damage, the cost will be estimated at an authorized garage.
Transport of a Damaged Car
For the transport of a damaged car ISK 310 per km are charged to the renter. There is always a minimum cost of ISK 55.000 which the renter must cover.
Replacing a damaged car is subject to availability. Sometimes, replacing the damaged vehicle with the same type is not possible. Such action by us does not constitute a breach of the contract and does not entitle the renter to any refund. If no alternative vehicle is available, we have no liability for refund any cost inferred by the renter. A replacement vehicle will not be provided before the damage of the old car has been settled.
In the event that the vehicle malfunctions owing to wear or other reasons for which the renter is not responsible, we will supply another vehicle or ensure that a repair is to be completed as soon as possible at a location specified by us. This does not affect the payment of the rental or any other charges payable by the renter hereunder. We will not pay any compensation in cases such as provided herein, neither for accommodation nor other.
Tires are always the renters liability. If tires go flat the renter is responsible for replacing them with tires of the same pattern and size at the nearest tire garage. If there is no tire with same pattern available the renter is required to call our breakdown number for instructions. We do not offer an emergency service for replacing flat tires.
Vehicle Condition Report (VCR)
With every rental the customer receives a Vehicle Condition Report on which all damages are marked. The customer is asked to sign the VCR and is handed a copy of the report. He has then the responsibility to check the car and can ask for amendments in case of any discrepancies to the VCR. A copy of the VCR is in the car and another copy is attached to the rental agreement. This prevents that the customer gets charged for damages he is not responsible for.
Partner Garages and Service Stations
We have many partner garages all around Iceland which provide help in case of damages to the rental car. In case of any problem our Reservation Department provides further information.
RSN - Roadside Assistance
ISK 500 per day (max. charge 10 days / 5.000 ISK)
RSN waives the towing / service fees in case of:
- The vehicle experiences a battery failure – well provide a jump start
- Keys are locked inside the vehicle or if the keys are lost
- Running out of fuel –we will deliver fuel to your location to get you on your way. If you put the wrong type of fuel into the car, we will come and help you pump it out and clean the tank.
Please note that the cost of a replacement key, additional fuel costs or the work for cleaning the tank are not included in this cover.
Any additional insurances need to be purchased directly at the car rental agency.
Third Party Liability and Personal Accident Insurance
Third-party liability insurance for owner and driver consists of the amount set by Icelandic law at any given time and is always included in the rental price but not listed separately.
Currently, Third Party Liability covers:
- Personal injury for up to ISK 2.475.000.000
- Damage to property for up to ISK 414.000.000
Personal Accident Insurance covers:
- Personal injury for up to ISK 186.000.000
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) - Includes Theft Protection (TP)
- Passenger cars (groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and XD)
Non-waivable excess ISK 195.000 per incident
- Luxury cars, jeeps and minibuses
Non-waivable excess ISK 360.000 per incident
CDW/TP limits the renters financial liability for damages to the vehicle, its parts and accessories, also including theft, attempted theft or vandalism, provided the vehicle is used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the rental agreement. All rentals are subject to a non-waivable excess, for which the customer is responsible in the event of damage, loss or theft to the vehicle during the rental.
If you plan to use your own insurance or one provided by your credit card for extra coverage please read and understand the terms of your insurance carefully and note that the CDW is included in all bookings and can not be removed from the car rental contract or declined.
Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) - Includes Super Theft Protection (STP)
Super Collision Damage Waiver price
- Passanger cars - 2700,- ISK per day
- Luxury cars, jeeps and mini buses - 3600,- ISK per day
- Passenger cars (groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and XD) non-waivable excess - zero
- Luxury cars, jeeps and minibuses non-waivable excess - zero
SCDW/STP waives the renters financial liability for damages to the vehicle, its parts and accessories, also including theft, attempted theft or vandalism, provided the vehicle is used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the rental agreement.
Wind & Gravel Protection (WGP)
Sand and Ash Protection price
- Passanger cars - 2700,- ISK per day
- Luxury cars, jeeps and mini buses - 3600,- ISK per day
- Passenger cars (groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and XD) non-waivable excess ISK 195.000 per incident - - Luxury cars, jeeps and minibuses non-waivable excess ISK 360.000 per incident
WGP lowers the renters financial liability in case of any damage to the car caused by the forces of nature, such as sand or ash, wind or gravel. Please note that such damages are not covered by CDW/SCDW. Damages to the front windscreen are covered by WGP. WGP is available at the rental desk and cannot be booked in advance.
Insurances do NOT cover
- Intentional damage or damage owing to gross negligence by the driver
- Damage resulting from the driver being under the influence of alcohol, stimulants or sedatives, or otherwise incapable of controlling the vehicle in a secure manner
- Damage owing to racing or test driving
- Damage owing to war, revolution, civil unrest or rioting
- Damage inflicted by animals
- Holes burned into seats, carpets or mats
- Damage affecting only wheels, tyres, suspension, batteries, glass (except for windscreens when additional insurance is taken), radio receivers or loss by theft of parts of the vehicle and damage resulting there from
- Damage caused by driving on rough road, such as damage to the vehicles transmission, drive, or other components in or attached to the chassis; damage to the chassis resulting from the vehicle bottoming on rough roads because of ridges left by road graders; stones lodged in the road surface or at the edge of the roadway. The same applies to damage from stones being thrown up and striking the underside of the vehicle during driving
- Damage resulting from driving in places where the vehicle is not permitted to be driven, such as tracks, rough trails, in snowdrifts, on ice, across un-bridged rivers or streams, on beaches, on causeways accessible only at low tide or in other off-road areas. However, compensation will be paid for damage resulting from the driver being forced to leave the roadway, e.g. for roadside repairs.
- Damage to passenger vehicles that occurs during driving on roads marked F on official maps
- Damage caused by sand, gravel, ash, pumice, or other earth material being blown onto the vehicle (except when Sand & Ash Protection is taken)
- Water damage to the vehicle; also damage caused by sea spray/seawater if the vehicle is transported by sea
Further Exclusions apply. For details please refer to AVIS full terms and conditions.
Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Driving distance: 2200/1400 KM
Price from: 129063 ISK/person - Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 01.A - Hyundai I10 or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.