The top 10 destinations for a self-drive tour in Iceland

Are you planning a trip to Iceland soon? It can be hard to pin down where to stop and what to see because there’s just so much choice. We have some suggestions to go with our wide selection of vehicles. Here are our picks for ten destinations for a self-drive tour in Iceland.


Let’s start close to home on the Reykjanes peninsula. This part of Iceland is home to geothermal landscapes and a wild, unspoilt coastline. Highlights include the Bridge between Continents, where you can see the rift in the rocks and unmistakable evidence that the tectonic plates here are pulling apart.

The Golden Circle

This classic driving route might not be a hidden gem but that doesn’t make it any less appealing. The road winds through Thingvellir National Park, passing scenic lakes, beautiful hills and impressive landforms such as waterfalls and a geyser field. It’s an ideal first step if you’re keen to explore the Icelandic countryside.


This breathtaking peninsula is close enough to loop as a day trip from Reykjavik yet has enough to hold your attention if you’re looking to get out of the city for a few days of easy yet rewarding driving. Dramatic coastal scenery and unmissable landmarks such as Kirkjufell make this a firm favourite with many visitors.

The south coast

Mainstream doesn’t mean boring – at least it doesn’t where Icelandic road trips are concerned. This well-travelled route promises spectacular basalt rock formations and black volcanic sand beaches against a backdrop of majestic glaciers and fabulous waterfalls. It won’t take you long to figure out why this part of Iceland is so popular with travellers.

The Westman Islands

Don’t let the fact that this is an island archipelago put you off – it’s really straightforward to put your vehicle on the ferry and head over to Heimaey. The town makes a convenient base for boat trips and other activities, but you’ll be glad you had your own wheels to experience more of its volcanic scenery and wildlife-rich coastline

The Westfjords

If you’re looking for an off the beaten track destination then you can’t go wrong with the Westfjords. This sparsely populated region provides the opportunity to take to the open road as you drive around exquisite fjords and plan pit stops in quiet villages along the way.

Tröllaskagi peninsula

This drive is one of the most memorable in the north of Iceland. The road winds past beautiful fjords and through narrow tunnels to deposit you in the pretty village of Siglufjordur, once a thriving herring port. Break your journey at a beer spa – don’t worry, you soak in the beer rather than drink it, so whoever’s driving won’t miss out.

The Diamond Circle

North Iceland’s answer to the Golden Circle is just as impressive. Follow the road to one of the largest waterfalls in Europe and immerse yourself in nature. As well, we recommend you should plan to spend a little time in Husavik, which bills itself as Iceland’s whale watching capital.

The wild east

Travellers often overlook East Iceland but that has more to do with how far it is from Keflavík and the capital region than any comment on its extraordinary beauty. Boasting unspoilt fjords, dazzling canyons and rugged mountain passes, it’s hard not to be awed by this part of the country as you drive through.

The Highlands

If you’re planning a self-drive summer tour, then perhaps consider the ultimate adventure in Iceland’s mountainous interior. Set your sights on Landmannalaugar’s colourful rhyolite rocks and geothermal pools, or maybe instead aim for verdant Thorsmörk.

Of course, if you can’t decide, why not rent a vehicle for longer and combine them all? Konvin’s team are ready to help match you to your ideal set of wheels for your self-drive tour in Iceland.

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