RT29 - The Complete Iceland In Three Weeks 21 days
Self Drive Tour
|Season:||(JUN 15 to SEP 15)|
|Duration:||(21 days / 20 nights)|
|Price from:||(275922 ISK )|
This Self drive tour is for those who like relaxed travelling with modest driving each day. It takes you around all the country and with a bit more focus on the majestic Western Fjords than other tours.
Day 1. Arrival - Reykjavik City
You will transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik in a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus. Enjoy the rest of the day in Reykjavik, which offers a great variety of things to do. See iconic buildings including the Perlan (the Pearl), the Al■ingish˙si (where the Icelandic parliament is housed), and HallgrÝmskirkja Church. If you don't have time to shop on Laugarvegur Street, don't worry; you can do that when you return from your Icelandic Circle adventure.
Day 2. Hvalfj÷rur and Borgarfj÷rur district
Pick up your car in the morning and start your road trip adventure. Leave ReykjavÝk and head to Borgarnes town via Hvalfj÷rur fjord 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 SkallagrÝmsson. Drive towards Deildartunguhver hot spring, the largest hot spring in Europe. Continue a short distance further to the historic site Reykholt. Visit the interesting historical museum at Reykholt and see the hot pool Snorralaug. After a visit to Reykholt drive further inland to Barnafossar and Hraunfossar waterfalls. Make the waterfalls a turnaround point and return to Borgarnes town.
Day 3. The West Coast and SnŠfellsnes Peninsula
Head for the SnŠfellsnes peninsula. Shortly after leaving Borgarnes, continue towards Stykkishˇlmur to explore the countless natural wonders of the SnŠfellsnes peninsula that divides the west coast of Iceland into two large bays. Cross the plains of Mřrar, drive to the south coast of SnŠfellsnes and head towards the tip of the peninsula. In the northern part of Mřrar, you will be passing a number of volcanic craters on both sides of the road, Eldborg being the largest and most beautiful shape. At the farm Ytri Tunga, on the south coast of the SnŠfellsnes peninsula, only a few hundred meters drive from the main road, seals can often to be seen on land or in the water. Visit B˙ir, a pretty site located on a natural inlet. Continue to Arnarstapi and Hellnar to view beautiful and spectacular coast and interesting birdlife. There is an interesting museum at Hellnar. Continue around the tip of the peninsula at the foot of SnŠfellsj÷kull, a glaciated volcano, the backdrop for the famous novel ôThe Journey to the Centre of the Earthö written by the famous French author, Jules Verne. Many interesting geological phenomena and historic sites are found in the SnŠfellsj÷kull National Park, the most recent one in Iceland. Among many places of interest are DritvÝk, Dj˙palˇnssandur and Índverarnes, a former fishing station. Make a short detour to Dj˙palˇnssandur and take a short walk along a marked path to the beach. Drive east along the north coast of the peninsula, passing the small fishing towns Hellissandur, Rif and ËlafsvÝk.
Lˇndrangar Rock Formations
Day 4. Countless islands of Breiafj÷rur Bay
Continue to the charming town of Stykkishˇlmur situated by Breiafj÷rur Bay. We recommend an adventure cruise from Stykkishˇlmur to explore the many small islands of Breiafj÷rur Bay with its rich birdlife and delicious scallops and sea urchin rows. This is an unforgettable experience and takes a little more than two hours. In the afternoon, take the ferry Baldur across the Breiafj÷rur Bay with its countless islands to BrjßnslŠkur port on the south coast of the West fjords. Enroute to BrjßnslŠkur, the ferry will make a short stop at the Flatey Island to drop off and pick up passengers. Drive from BrjßnslŠkur to Patreksfj÷rur town. The town was named after Saint Patrick, who was the spiritual guide of Írlygur Hrappsson ľ the original settler of the area. At Patreksfj÷rur you will find a geothermal pool where you can relax in a hot tub in the evening.
Viking Sushi Boat Tour
Day 5. Rauasandur Beach and Lßtrabjarg Bird Cliff
Today you will explore the area around Patreksfj÷rur. Start by heading to most famous beach of Iceland ľ Rauasandur. The unique sand and shell mix gives the beach spectacular yellow-read colour. This is a wonderful place to enjoy an amazing bird- and wildlife. During the summer time you may spot seals relaxing at the beach. Next continue to Lßtrabjarg, one of the most crowded bird cliffs in the world. In summer the 444 m high sea cliffs are occupied by millions of Puffins, Gannets, Guillemots and Razorbills kindly note that the seabirds leave their nests in the cliffs in late summer. Enroute, stop at the interesting folk museum at Hnjˇtur. Continue to explore KollsvÝk, which is surrounded by magnificent scenery.
Day 6. Dynjandi Waterfall - ═safj÷rur
Drive to the north towards ═safj÷rur town. The drive to ═safj÷rur, the largest town in the West fjords is characterized by stunning steep-sided mountain scenery and deep and narrow fjords. As you cross the Dynjandisheii pass, visit the picturesque Dynjandi waterfall. It is the largest waterfall in Westfjords. Continue to ═safj÷rur.
Day 7. Extra Day at ═safj÷rur
Today you have plenty of time to explore the town of ═safj÷rur and its surroundings, the neighboring towns of BolungarvÝk and Suureyri. Various day tours are available from ═safj÷rur ľ sea kayaking, horse riding, boat trips and even hiking trips to Hornstrandir area during summer. Hornstrandir is a nature reserve that was established in 1975. The nature reserve is accessible only by boat and foot; there are no roads for the cars.
Day 8. The West Fjords & Witchcraft
Drive along the shores of the many fjords of ═safjarardj˙p with beautiful coastlines teeming with seals and bird life. Cross SteingrÝmsfjararheii Heath and head towards HˇlmavÝk town in the Standir area known for its interesting history of witchcraft and sorcery. Visit the Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum for a closer look into witchcraft and witch hunting as it was practised here in the 17th century.
Day 9. Norurstrandir - Remote Iceland
Continue to explore the fjords of Strandir. Begin the day by exploring Bjarnarfj÷rur fjord, where you will find several farms, some of them no longer used. Visit the natural hot spring named Gvendarlaug and even take a bath. Continue to Reykjarfj÷rur fjord ľ this scenic road is usually closed during the winter time due to massive snow. Visit Dj˙pavÝk village at the end of the fjord. In the old days Dj˙pavÝk was busy fishing town - nowadays, however, the village is quiet as the fishing industry has left from there. Continue to Norurfj÷rur fjord where you will find a unique geothermal pool just by the ocean. You can take a hike around this beautiful area, as the road further north ends, drive back to HˇlmavÝk area where you will spend the night again. Please note because of the condition of this road you will drive slowly today and we recommend a 4x4 for this tour.
Day 10. The North West
Today, you will head for the fertile valley of Skagafj÷rur, known for breeding of the Icelandic horse. Pass Bl÷nduˇs town, situated on the banks of Blanda River. Popular horse riding tours for beginners and experienced riders are available in the Skagafj÷rur district and some of the best white water rafting in the country is available here too. We recommend visits to GlaumbŠr Folk Museum and the tiny old church at VÝimřri, close to VarmahlÝ.
GlaumbŠr Folk Museum
Day 11. Akureyri ľ the Capital of North Iceland
Your destination is Akureyri the largest town in North Iceland. Akureyri is a picturesque town and although it is situated only about 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, it enjoys some of the best weather in Iceland. See the Botanical Gardens and some of the many museums and art galleries. Akureyri is the trade and service centre of North Iceland as well as a centre of culture and education. This is truly a city where there's something for everyone.
A different option:
Drive around Tr÷llaskagi Peninsula to Hofsˇs town where you might want to visit The Icelandic Emigration Center built in honor of Icelanders who emigrated to North America between 1850 and 1914. Continue to Siglufj÷rur, a remotely located fishing town that was once the most prosperous fishing town in Iceland during the herring boom in the early 20th century. Enjoy the tranquility of Siglufj÷rur and other fishing towns on your way to your destination, the vibrant city of Akureyri.
130 - 180 kilometers
Day 12. H˙savÝk Town- ┴sbyrgi Canyon - National Park - Lake Mřvatn Area
Start the day by driving to town of H˙savÝk, which is known also as the Whale Watching Capital of the World. You might want to join a whale watching tour. Next continue to the massive, horseshoe-shaped ┴sbyrgi Canyon, from there head to see the strange Hljˇaklettar rock formations. Continue to the J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National park, where you will witness the raw force of the Europe┤s most powerful waterfall ľ Dettifoss. Standing near the waterfall you can┤t help but feel humbled by the devastating power of nature. Next head to explore the surrounding area of Mřvatn ľ hot springs and mud pools at Nßmaskar, the impressive volcano Krafla as well as mysterious lava formations at Dimmuborgir. After a day of sightseeing we recommend you to visit Mřvatn Nature Baths and relax in the mineral rich waters.
Hljˇaklettar Rock Formations
Lake Mřvatn Area
Day 13. Lake Mřvatn Area
Continue your journey to explore the abundance of natural wonders Lake Mřvatn and the surrounding area, including amazing formations of geological interest. Visit the numerous highlights of the area: the Dimmuborgir lava field, the Nßmaskar geothermal area, the Sk˙tustaagÝgar pseudo craters, the nature baths, Krafla Volcano, and numerous other interesting spots.
The Nature Baths
Lake Mřvatn area
Day 14. To The East
Proceed across the highland plateau to the town of Egilsstair, the largest town in East Iceland. Hallormsstaaskˇgur, the largest forest in the country, and the legendary Lake Lagarfljˇt are nearby. Across Fjararheii Pass is Seyisfj÷rur, a small and picturesque fishing town and a ferry port that is certainly worth a visit.
Egilsstair / Seyisfj÷rur area
Day 15. The Scenic East Fjords
Drive to the long narrow fjords and with steep-sided mountain peaks. The East Fjords are famous for their colorful minerals and the stone collection of Petra at St÷varfj÷rur is an interesting place to visit.
Continue to the top of Almannaskar Pass for a spectacular view of the surrounding area. Continue to H÷fn, a fishing town in the realm of Vatnaj÷kull, the largest glacier in Europe. H÷fn located at the foot of Vatnaj÷kull is famous for its lobster catch, and the scenery is breathtaking.
Dj˙pivogur / H÷fn area
Day 16. J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacial Lagoon and Skaftafell
Today you will head for J÷kulsßrlˇn, the Glacial Lagoon and one of the major attractions in Iceland. Large blocks of ice constantly break off the edge of the glacier and drift about in the blue glacial waters of the lagoon at the foot of the glacier. Boat trips that take you sailing among the icebergs are popular during the summer.
Continue to Skaftafell National Park, nestled at the foot Europeĺs largest glacier, Vatnaj÷kull. Hike to Svartifoss, one of Icelandĺs most picturesque waterfalls, framed in by hexagonal basalt columns. Skaftafell has a network of excellent hiking trails, and guided treks are available.
J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacier Lagoon
The Glacier Lagoon - Amphibian Boat Tour
Day 17. Skaftafell to Vik
Spend some time in Skaftafell before continueing to KirkjubŠjarklaustur town and see Kirkjugˇlfi (the Church Floor), a protected natural monument with a floor that looks like man-made tile. Stop to take a look at Fjarßrglj˙fur Canyon just west of KirkjubŠjarklaustur on your way to the black sandy floodplains of Mřrdalssandur and the charming town of VÝk. Visit the black beach of Reynisfjara where strangely formed basalt columns, cliffs, and caves are to be found. Local folklore says that the formations were once trolls attempting to reach shore in the cover of night, but when the sun came out, they were turned to stone.
Kirkjugˇlf - The Church Floor
Day 18. Black Beaches ľ Spectacular Waterfalls ľ Geysers
Continue your journey to the majestic Skˇgafoss Waterfall, situated at the foot of the infamous Eyjafjallaj÷kull Glacier and volcano that erupted in 2010.
Along the way stop at the mesmerizing Seljalandsfoss Waterfall where you can gain a unique perspective by walking behind the waterfall.
Continue to Hvolsv÷llur town where the surrounding area is the scene of Njßls Saga, one of the most famous Icelandic sagas. Continue on to the Keri Volcanic Crater and the beautiful Faxi Waterfall. Next on the agenda is the famous Great Geysir and Strokkur, an active geyser that spouts boiling hot water up to 20 meters in the air every few minutes.
Continue inland to the awe-inspiring Gullfoss Waterfall (the Golden Waterfall) one of Icelandĺs largest and most beautiful falls.
Geysir Geothermal Area
Day 19. Thingvellir National Park &The Blue Lagoon
From Gullfoss head back to visit Ůingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ůingvellir National Park is an historic site where the Icelandic Parliament was established in 930. Ůingvellir is also hauntingly beautiful with its rugged lunar-like landscapes on the spot where two continental plates meet creating a fascinating rift valley. Head back to ReykjavÝk across Mosfellsheii Heath you have the option of just satying in Reykjavik but we recommend a a leisurely drive to the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing bath in an otherworldly setting in the middle of a recently formed lava field. Filled with mineral rich warm water, the Blue Lagoon provides a sensational bathing experience out in the open air all year round. Apply some silica mud to rejuvenate and soften your skin or get a relaxing message. Dine at the Lava Restaurant or the Blue Lagoon CafÚ before dropping off the car in Reykjavik late evening or early next morning.
Ůingvellir National Park
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon Spa
200 kilometers (including Blue Lagoon)
Day 20. Free day in Reykjavik.
A full day in Reykjavik where you can visit one of the many museums, exhibitions and art galleries, take a tour of the city or simply relax at some of the down town cafes see our travel guide for more interesting things to do and see in Reykjavik What to see - Capital area
Day 21. Departure
Transfer in a comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus to the airport from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik airport
- Flybus Transfer upon arrival to your accommodation in ReykjavÝk
- Rental car including VAT, unlimited milage and CDW
- Two authorized drivers
- GPS Navigation System
- 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
- Ferry Baldur from Stykkishˇlmur to BrjßnslŠkur
- Optional Activities
This tour can be customized to your specifications and needs, so if you have any special requests, please donĺt hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to help you arrange the perfect Icelandic vacation.
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?
For this tour you require a 4x4 vehicle suitable for highland driving. On this tour you will be driving on both paved roads as well as rough highland tracks with river crossings.
Do I need an international driverĺs license?
No you do not need an international drivers license but you need a valid driverĺs 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.
How do I book and what is the process?
There are several factors that determine the tour price:
Ľ Time of the year you plan on visiting
Ľ Number of people travelling together
Ľ Type of car Car Info (Only applicable with self drive trips)
Ľ Accommodation type (we offer 2 categories of accommodation or you can choose mixture of both)
Ľ 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.
For more practical information please visit our Travel Guide
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 itĺs 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. Sˇlheimaj÷kull 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: 10990 ISK
- Children age 10-11:7500 ISK
Whale Watching from H˙savÝk
The town of H˙savÝk 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: 10499 ISK
- Children aged 7-15:3500 ISK
- Children aged 0-6:0 ISK
Myvatn Nature Baths (Jarb÷in)
The Nature Baths at Lake Mřvatn 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: 5001 ISK
- Youth aged 12-15:2200 ISK
- Children 11 years or younger:0 ISK
Breiafj÷rur Cruise - special offer
An excellent opportunity to explore the magnificent bird life of Breiafj÷rur and also taste fresh scallops from the sea. The boat takes you around some of the many islands of Breiafj÷rur 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 14 to OCT 15
- Item/Adult Price: 6605 ISK
- Youth age 16-20:3302 ISK
- Children age 0-15:0 ISK
- Available departure times:
- 11:00 (MAY 15 to SEP 30)
Horse Riding Tour North - 1 hour
Get the know the unique Icelandic horse and the beautiful scenery at Gauksmřri by joining a 1 hour long horseback riding tour. The horses are friendly and reliable and an experienced rider will guide you on the trip. The tour is suitable both for beginners and experienced riders. You will be provided with all the necessary equipment and helmets.
- Season: MAY 15 to SEP 15
- Item/Adult Price: 9500 ISK
- Children aged 6-11 (accompanied by an adult):7000 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
Snowmobiling on Mřrdalsj÷kull 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 2 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 ľ 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:10000 ISK
- Children (5 - 11):18893 ISK
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure at Ůingvellir National Park
The Silfra fissure is one of Icelandĺs best kept secrets. Silfra, which is situated in the heart of Ůingvellir, the site of the worldĺs 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
- 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 ReykjavÝk 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 Kj÷lur (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 ľ 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 ľ well provide a jump start
- Keys are locked inside the vehicle or if the keys are lost
- Running out of fuel ľwe 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 I)
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.
Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) - Includes Super Theft Protection (STP) and Front Windscreen Protection (WP)
Super Collision Damage Waiver price
- Passanger cars - 2300,- ISK per day
- Luxury cars, jeeps and mini buses - 2900,- ISK per day
- Passenger cars (groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and I) non-waivable excess - zero
Excess (front windscreen) - zero
- Luxury cars, jeeps and minibuses non-waivable excess - zero
Excess (front windscreen) - 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. Front Windscreen Protection (WP) waives the renters financial liability in case of any damage to the front windscreen.
Sand & Ash Protection (SAP)
Sand and Ash Protection price
- Passanger cars - 1900,- ISK per day
- Luxury cars, jeeps and mini buses - 2500,- ISK per day
- Passenger cars (groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and I) non-waivable excess ISK 195.000 per incident - - Luxury cars, jeeps and minibuses non-waivable excess ISK 360.000 per incident
SAP lowers the renters financial liability in case of any damage to the car causing from of sand or ash. Please note that such damages are not covered by CDW/SCDW. SAP 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: 21 days / 20 nights
Price from: 275922 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.