Iceland Ring Road Adventure with Snæfellsnes

10 days / 9 nights
Blue ice at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Skógafoss in South Iceland
A man standing below Kirkjufellsfoss
Hellnar Arch, a rock formation near Arnarstapi on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Dettifoss iceland Depositphotos.jpg

The ultimate road trip with ‘Iceland in Miniature’

This package combines our most popular Iceland Ring Road itinerary with the stunning sights of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Spend 10 days cruising around the Land of Fire and Ice, with jaw-dropping scenery around every bend in the road.

On this 10-day road trip around Iceland, you’ll see all the best the country has to offer. Glaciers, hot springs, mountains, waterfalls – the list goes on. What’s more, you’ll see the spectacular coastline of the Snæfellsnes peninsula with its mighty sea stacks and seabird cliffs.

Travel styleSelf-drive
Trip length10 days / 9 nights
(1 Apr–31 Oct)
TransportRental car
Starts fromReykjavík
Tour codeSD02

On this tour you will...

  • Get to know the Snæfellsnes peninsula in depth

  • Witness the geothermal power of hot springs and geysers

  • Soak up history at the site of Iceland’s ancient parliament

  • Walk behind waterfalls and up close to glaciers

  • Unwind in the warm waters of naturally heated pools

  • See famous locations from Game of Thrones

Top attractions

Gatklettur rock arch at Arnarstapi


A man standing below Kirkjufellsfoss


The Hraunfossar waterfall in winter covered in ice

Hraunfossar and Barnafoss

Water coming out of colorful rocks at Deildartunguhver hot spring


The skyline of Akureyri, North Iceland


The Dimmuborgir lava formations in North Iceland


Lake Mývatn in its autumn colors

Lake Mývatn

The Goðafoss waterfall in summer


The Dettifoss waterfall in autumn


The harbor in the fishing village of Húsavík


Vik Church with Reynisdrangar sea stacks in the distance

Vík í Mýrdal

Mountains in Skaftafell on a cloudy day


Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at sunrise with a pink sky

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall covered in icicles


A rainbow over the Skógafoss waterfall on a sunny day


The Strokkur geyser erupting in winter against a sunset

Geysir and Strokkur

Þingvellir National Park, Iceland, in autumn colors

Þingvellir National Park

The Gullfoss waterfall in summertime


Why book a self-drive trip with Iceland Tours?

  • Start your tour on the date that suits you

  • 24/7 emergency helpline in Iceland

  • Secure your booking with just a 5% deposit

  • New rental cars with 2 drivers as standard

  • Handpicked local accommodation options

  • Best Price Guarantee

Your 10-day self-drive itinerary

Your 10-day self-drive itinerary
Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

Your memorable Iceland adventure begins the very moment you arrive at Keflavík Airport. Once you pick up your rental vehicle, you’ll head directly for Reykjavík and your exciting, first night in the Land of Fire and Ice.


The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

Extra activities

The Sky Lagoon at sunsetExtra

Sky Lagoon Pure Pass

Riders on FlyOver Iceland above a virtual waterfallExtra

FlyOver Iceland

whale breaching in front of orange and yellow sunsetExtra

Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavík

An Atlantic puffin perched on a cliff in IcelandExtra

Puffin Watching

Close up of a hand holding a hot dogExtra

The Reykjavík Food Walk

Group on a horse riding tourExtra

Horse Riding from Reykjavík

A group of people being lowered into a lava cave © Inside the VolcanoExtra

Inside the Volcano tour from Bláfjöll

Staying inSnæfellsnes area
Driving distance300 km (186 mi)

Are you ready to explore the natural wonders of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula? Today, you will discover several sites, including the Eldborg volcanic crater, Gerðuberg basalt columns, Búðir, Djúpalónssandur with views of the majestic Snæfell volcano.

Staying inBorgarfjörður area
Driving distance230 km (143 mi)

From Snæfellsnes you will head towards the fjord of Borgarfjörður, an area rich with vast lands, that served as the setting for many Icelandic sagas. The area is also home to gorgeous waterfalls and of course the Langjökull glacier where you go for optional activities like a glacier walk, snowmobile ride or visit Into the Glacier, a man-made ice tunnel.

Staying inAkureyri area
Driving distance315 km (196 mi)

Today’s itinerary takes you north as you drive through thick farm fields and the Skagafjörður region, which is known known for Icelandic horse breeding. You will surely encounter several of the adorably stocky horses grazing in the fields along your way to Akureyri. Before you reach the “capital of the north”, you can make a variety of detours such as the Vatnsnes peninsula where you can spot seals as well as Glaumbær, a turf-house museum among other sights.

Staying inMývatn/Húsavík area
Driving distance120 km (75 mi)

More natural wonders are on programme today! Your first stop is at the impressive Goðafoss waterfall known as “the waterfall of the gods”. Before heading to Mývatn, you can visit several awe-inspiring attractions such as Dimmborgir the lava formation labyrinth, the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðir and walking through one of Iceland´s largest sulfurous hot spring areas, the Solfataras of Námaskarð.

Staying inEgilsstaðir area
Driving distance330 km (205 mi)

Before heading east, you will continue exploring the northern part of the country. The peninsula of Tjörnes has many surprising sites in store for you: the lush green area of Ásbyrgi, a horse-shoe-shaped gorge, the impressive Dettifoss waterfall with a fall so powerful that you literally feel the ground shake under your feet. On the way to Egilsstaðir, you can choose to detour and drive through the Möðrudalur highland’s lunar landscape.

Staying inHöfn area
Driving distance260 km (162 mi)

Today is the day to discover the Eastfjords. Starting towards Reyðarfjörður, where a small but interesting World War II history museum is located, you continue along the fjords towards Southeast Iceland. At times, the roads are highly perched on the mountains giving an exceptional view. Finally, you drive through the tunnel of Almannaskarð to arrive in the Höfn region where you will spend the night.

Staying inVík/Skógar area
Driving distance315 km (196 mi)

Your next stop is Iceland’s scenic southeast. After passing various outlet glaciers belonging to Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, you arrive at the stunningly surreal beauty of the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón. This exceptional attraction sits at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain Hvannadalshnúkur and offers the unique possibility to explore it up close by taking a guided boat tour between the floating icebergs.

Skaftafell is another area definitely worth a visit. This oasis surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains offers a broad range of hiking options. You will continue through Kirkjubæjarklaustur, the Eldhraun lava field and the Mýrdalssandur plain before you arrive in the Vík area.

Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance300 km (186 mi)

Continue west to the south coast of Iceland, taking in the many breathtaking landmarks such as Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the Golden Circle with its three tiered Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir where Strokkur ejects its warm water column in the air every 5–10 minutes and, of course Þingvellir National Park.

Your will continue towards the capital for your last night in Iceland.

Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

Now it is time to head back home, after an amazing journey through one of the world’s most picturesque landscapes. You will drive back to Keflavík Airport for your flight back home. Depending on your flight time, you may be able to enjoy your last day strolling around Reykjavík.

 Or, even better, consider booking an extra night in Reykjavík to really give yourself time to experience all the amazing things Iceland’s capital city has to offer.

What’s included?

Detailed itinerary

Budget, Comfort, or Quality accommodation every night

Continental breakfast every day

Rental car of your choice for 9 days

2 authorized drivers as standard

Unlimited mileage

Unlimited in-car Wi-Fi

Collision damage waiver

24/7 emergency helpline when you’re in Iceland

VAT, taxes & service fees

Flights to Iceland

Fuel & parking charges

Food & drink, unless otherwise stated

Attraction entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Personal travel insurance

Customer reviews

Read what real customers had to say about Iceland Ring Road Adventure with Snæfellsnes.

Overall rating for this trip
based on 104 reviews
Christine - United Kingdom
October 21, 2023 - Verified booking
Professional, received everything at a good time. Good detail of route.
Humberto - Mexico
October 8, 2023 - Verified booking
Excellent service and planning. There is nothing we missed. It would be a great plus if you offered like an app or a google maps route to ease the daily planning process.
Ray - United States
October 4, 2023 - Verified booking
10 day ring road self driving tour with one additional day added to the end.

FAQs about our self-drive trips

On a self-drive trip with Iceland Tours, you’ll be at the wheel of the rental car of your choice and free to go pretty much where you want, whenever you want.

We provide a detailed itinerary to help you plan your route and where you want to stop along the way. But it’s up to you whether you want to stick to it or go your own way. If you do take detours, make sure that you aren’t too far from your accommodation on any given night.

That said, it’s a good idea to stick to the suggested itinerary if you’ve never visited Iceland before. Created by our Reykjavík-based travel experts, it contains plenty of things for you to and see and do on each leg of your trip. One thing’s for sure: you won’t be short on ideas!

You also get unlimited in-car Wi-Fi, so you can stay connected and use maps on your phone for navigation.

You have to be at least 20 years old to rent a car in Iceland, or 23 years old for larger vehicles like jeeps and vans. You’ll need to have held a valid driver’s license for at least 1 year and present a credit card when you collect your car.

You don’t need an International Driving Permit unless your license is not in Latin script (for example, Arabic or Chinese).

Find out more about car rental in Iceland.

Yes! It’s possible to add extra activities or extend your trip with additional nights in Reykjavík or the countryside. Check the itinerary above to see what activities are available on what day.

Once you’ve paid your deposit for your trip, we’ll finalize bookings for your accommodation, rental car, and any activities. As soon as we receive confirmation of everything, we’ll email your travel documents to you.

We aim to finalize everything within a few weeks of receiving your booking request, but in busy periods this might take longer. That said, you’ll always receive all of your documents before your departure date.

You’ll be able to pick up your rental car at Keflavík International Airport from the arrivals hall. Before your trip, we’ll send you information about where to go in the terminal to collect your keys.

Make sure you have your driver’s license and credit card ready when you collect your vehicle.

If you land late at night, you can use the out-of-hours phone at the pick-up desk to contact someone who will be able to help you.

You also have the option to collect your rental car in Reykjavík, if you’re planning to spend some extra days in the city before your trip starts. If you’d like to do this, please let us know in the ‘Special requests’ box at checkout.

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