Iceland Living Geology

8 days / 7 nights
Lupines in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
The ferry to the Westman Islands sailing past a small island
The colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar
Lupines in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
The ferry to the Westman Islands sailing past a small island

Discover the powerful geological forces that shape the Land of Fire and Ice 

Volcano enthusiasts and explorers will want to dive into Iceland’s rich heritage and natural wonders with this summer vacation package.

It combines top destinations such as the Golden Circle and Vatnajökull National Park with off-the-beaten-path attractions like Landmannalaugar in the highlands and the volcanic Westman Islands. You’ll also have a chance to see Iceland’s newest volcano in the Reykjanes peninsula. Adventure awaits!

Travel styleSelf-drive
Trip length8 days / 7 nights
(25 Jun–31 Aug)
TransportRental car
Starts fromReykjavík
Tour codeSD34

On this tour you will...

  • Survey the site of the recent Fagradalsfjall eruption

  • Walk through the ancient Raufarhólshellir lava tube

  • Venture through moonlike scenery in the highlands

  • Explore the Lakagígar volcanic fissures in North Iceland

  • Come up close to living glaciers and powerful waterfalls

  • Learn about the eruptive history of the Westman Islands

Top attractions

Aerial view of the 2023 volcano eruption near Litli-Hrútur.

Fagradalsfjall volcano

Elephant Rock cliff in the Westman Islands

Westman Islands

Lakagígar from above on a cloudy day


The Gullfoss waterfall in summertime


The Strokkur geyser erupting in winter against a sunset

Geysir and Strokkur

Þingvellir National Park, Iceland, in autumn colors

Þingvellir National Park

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall covered in icicles


A rainbow over the Skógafoss waterfall on a sunny day


Vik Church with Reynisdrangar sea stacks in the distance

Vík í Mýrdal

A man standing in front of mountains at Landmannalaugar


The village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur on a sunny day


The edge of the Vatnajökull glacier

Vatnajökull Glacier & National Park

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at sunrise with a pink sky

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Mountains in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve on a cloudy day

Skaftafell Nature Reserve

The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

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 8-day self-drive itinerary

Your 8-day self-drive itinerary
Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

Your memorable Icelandic adventure begins the very moment you arrive at Keflavík Airport. Collect your rental vehicle and drive through the beautiful landscape all the way to the capital for your first night in the Land of Fire and Ice.


The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

Extra activities

Riders on FlyOver Iceland above a virtual waterfallExtra

FlyOver Iceland

The Sky Lagoon at sunsetExtra

Sky Lagoon Pure Pass

Staying inHveragerði / Selfoss area
Driving distance180 km (112 mi)

Today you explore the nearby Reykjanes peninsula. From Reykjavík, it’s an easy drive to go visit Grindavík, the Reykjanes Lighthouse and cross the Bridge Between Continents.

Reykjanes is also home to a series of eruption sites caused by the Fagradalsfjall volcanic system. If you’re up for it and the weather allows, you can take on the hike to go see the fresh lava fields up close. 

That said, we recommend booking a guided tour for safety reasons. The trail is around 7 km (4 mi) each way, so around 4 hours of walking in total. You’ll need to be in good shape to be able to do it and wear the appropriate footwear and clothes.

After your hike, drive on to Hveragerði for your overnight stay.

Staying inFlúðir area
Driving distance200 km (124 mi)

Today you have the option to start with a visit to the Lava Tunnel. Then dive into the highlights of the Golden Circle, a famous route full of stunning natural attractions. Wander around Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the geological wonders of the world. Here you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements, which have opened various cracks and fissures in the Earth’s crust.

Continue on to the famous Geysir area where you can witness the impressive Strokkur hot spring erupting every 5-10 minutes. You’ll also find several other smaller springs boiling and bubbling nearby. Last but not least, pass by one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, Gullfoss.

Staying inKirkjubæjarklaustur area
Driving distance250 km (155 mi)

Take on the unforgettable journey to Landmannalaugar in the highlands. To reach the colorful rhyolite mountains, you will be crossing rivers and mountain passes. You’ll travel across lava fields and moon-like scenery for a true highlight of the Icelandic landscape.

Here you can walk between colorful mountains, admire black obsidian lava fields, and dip in hot springs by wild rivers. It is an ideal location for hiking and you’ll get comprehensive information about all the hiking tracks from the mountain hut.

Later, continue your journey over lava fields along the highland road to Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Staying inKirkjubæjarklaustur area
Driving distance150 km (93 mi)

You have another day of delving into the volcanic wonders of Iceland. Start by exploring Laki, or Lakagígar. It is a volcanic fissure of 27 km (16 mi) created in 1783 and located in the western part of the Vatnajökull National Park.

Then continue on to Fjaðrárgljúfur, an impressive canyon that shows off the grandeur of Iceland. It is believed to have been formed at the end of the last Ice Age, around 9,000 years ago.

Staying inHvolsvöllur area
Driving distance400 km (249 mi)

Travel to one of the most popular and beautiful sights of Iceland, Skaftafell National Park. Skaftafell is a breathtaking area located at the foot of the Vatnajökull glacier. So you know you’re in for a stunning backdrop.

You have so many choices of activities today. Follow some of the hiking trails, capture the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, or you could book a guided glacier walk for a memorable excursion. Then comes another spectacular sight, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Enormous icebergs are constantly breaking off the glacier and bobbing their way across the lagoon out to sea.

Later, follow the south coast all the way to the village of Vík í Mýrdal. A walk onto the nearby black sand beach is a must! Continue along the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers to Skógar, where we recommend stopping by its waterfall and folk museum.

Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance230 km (143 mi)

Today you get to experience one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets, the volcano island of Heimaey in the Westman Islands archipelago. On your way to the ferry crossing, you can stop by Seljalandsfoss. This famous waterfall is where you can walk behind the water curtain for an iconic view and photo opportunity.

Then you’ll journey to Heimaey, a gem of an island. Learn about its history and the volcano eruption of 1973. Hike to the top of Mount Eldfell, discover the elephant rock formation, and sail around the islands. You may even catch sight of whales, seals, and puffins.

In the afternoon, you’ll take a ferry to the mainland and drive back to Reykjavík.

Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

Your journey to fabulous Iceland is coming to an end today. Drive back to Keflavík Airport to return your vehicle and catch your flight home. Depending on your flight time, you may be able to squeeze in a few last activities in Reykjavík, for a final taste of what this colorful 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 7 days

2 authorized drivers as standard

Unlimited mileage

Unlimited in-car Wi-Fi

Collision damage waiver

Tickets for Herjólfur ferry to Westman Islands

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

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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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