Scanam Tours
Contact Us Call us to plan your trip today! | 1-800-545-2204

Ring Road Highlights

Ring Road Highlights Tour | Gulfoss Waterfall | Photo: Serge Bertasius Photography/Shutterstock | Scandinavian American World Tours

NOW VALID THRU JAN 31: Early Bird 10% Discount (See Specials Page)

Reykjavik | Vík | Höfn | Húsavík | Lake Mývatn | Skagafjördur | Akureyri | Reykjavik

Daily Departures April 01-September 30, 2019

The Ring Road Highlights tour is one of our self-drive bestsellers: a circle tour at a relativity quick pace that includes the option to traverse the uninhabited interior of Iceland via the Kjölur highland track*. Throughout this tour you’ll discover magical natural wonders, majestic landscapes, and the unique character Iceland is renowned for.

In particular:

  • You cover a great deal of Iceland within a short period, but you still have the flexibility to decide how long your travel days are.
  • You will see and explore all major attractions around Iceland’s main ring road. This includes the mighty Geysir and the spouting Strokkur hot springs. Waterfalls, National Parks and other nature wonders are also a part of the program.
  • With an easy upgrade of your car to a 4wd, you can travel through the highland track of Kjölur: a mountain pass between two of Iceland’s large glaciers.

For your safety and in case of emergency or after-hours assistance, our tour operator provides clients with an emergency phone number, open 24 hours.

*when open.


Day 01: Arrival in Keflavík – Hveragerði – Geothermal Lagoon – Flower Village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Arrival at Keflavik Airport. Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience. From Keflavík International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in a local four star hotel in the charming village of Hveragerði. The village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the flower village.

Depending on your arrival time in Iceland it is ideal to visit the renowned Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal water.

Hotel Ork or similar (62 miles)

Day 02: Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geysir – South ShoreNational Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Exploding Geysers – Puffin Colony – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore

Breakfast at your hotel. Today’s highlights are Pingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and Geysir hot spring area. Then drive onwards along the south shore, viewing Skógafoss Waterfall, the black beaches around Vik and Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. Overnight in the Vik area.

Vik area (193 miles)

Day 03: Kirkjubæjarklaustur – Skaftafell – Jökulsárlón – HöfnLava Fields – Europe’s Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Drive through the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, explore Skaftafell National Park, a green oasis nestling below the great Vatnajökull glacier surrounded by black desert sands. Continue to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and onwards to the charming harbor town Höfn, known as the lobster capital of northern Europe. Stay in the Höfn area this evening.

Höfn/Hornafjörður area (168 miles)

Day 04: Höfn – Djúpivogur – Reyðarfjörður – EgilsstaðirNarrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Mineral Collection

Drive along the rugged varied coastline of the East Fjords with their towering mountains and charming fishing villages. On the way there is an option of taking a boat tour to Papey Island, where thousands of puffins nest in summer or visit the famous stone collection of Petra at Stöðvarfjörður. Enjoy a night in the Egilsstaðir area.

Egilsstaðir area (186 miles)

Day 05: Egilsstaðir – Dettifoss – Húsavík – Mývatn – Highland Desert – Europe’s Most Powerful Waterfall – Glacier Carved Gorge – Whale Watching

Travel across the Möðrudalsöræfi highlands to the Dettifoss Waterfall, the magnificent horseshoe-shaped canyon Asbyrgi, Tjörnes Peninsula, and the friendly Húsavík fishing port. Enjoy a night in the Mývatn area tonight.

Mývatn area (193 miles)

Day 06: Mývatn – Akureyri/SkagafjörðurLava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Activity – Rich Birdlife – ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ – Iceland’s Second Largest City

Explore highlights of the Lake Mývatn area, including the volcanic formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudocraters at Skútustaðir, the colorful sulfurous slopes of Námaskarð, and Krafla Volcano. Drive on to Goðafoss Waterfall and further to either the city of Akureyri or the small town of Skagafjörður, staying in one of these magnificent locations overnight.

Akureyri or Skagafjörður area (81 miles)

Day 07: Varmahlíð – Reykholt – Borgarnes – Hvalfjörður – ReykjavíkFertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers – Folk Museum – Scenic Fjord

Drive through the historical region of Skagafjörður, renowned for horse breeding. There is the option to visit the old farmstead of Glaumbær, a great example of old Icelandic architecture. Continue to the bay of Húnaflói and across Holtavörðuheiði Plateau, entering the Borgarfjordur area; return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon to stay in a fantastic four star hotel located in the city center.

Reykjavik Lights Hotel or similar (305 miles)

Day 08: Reykjavik – Keflavik International Airport

Breakfast at hotel and return rental car at airport. (30 miles)


Additional Information

Price includes:

  • Accommodation for 7 nights including breakfast (except arrival day), a combination of farmhouses, guesthouses and 3* hotels.
  • Rental car for 7 days with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, Free GPS system, theft protection, and two authorized drivers
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes
  • Tablet with a new travel app:
    • Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • Detailed description of the customer’s journey, including hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel
    •  A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • Detailed PDF travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

NOTE: You must be 21 years of age to rent a car; you must be 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher. Please note that the package price is based on 7 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 8 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 7 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.
Click here to view the ScanAm Terms & Conditions



Departure Dates and Information
All departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons sharing car and in USD. Max 2 adults per hotel room. Rates below are listed based on Economy Class accommodations. Single supplement applies to hotel rate only; please call for single person rates that include a car rental. Recommended car: category 2.0 or higher. Driving times listed for tours are approximate and may vary depending on traffic, weather, and any stops made en route. Departure is a land-only tour; call for air-inclusive rates on Icelandair. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed.

Shoulder season/special child discounts available! May 1 - Jun 24, Aug 27 - Sep 30: 10% discount applies to rates below. For pricing discounts outside of these dates, please contact us. Discounts are also available for accommodations with shared facilities (call/email for a quote). Child discount in extra bed (2-11 years): $602.

Hotel upgrade available. An upgrade to a 4-star hotel in Reykjavik and best accommodations in areas visited is available. Please call/email for a quote.

Land Only


1.0 Economy Toyota Yaris Manual (or similar)

$1904 p.p. double


1.1 Economy Toyota Yaris Automatic (or similar)

$1939 p.p. double


2.0 Compact Toyota Auris Manual (or similar)

$1939 p.p. double


2.6 Compact Toyota Auris Automatic (or similar)

$2009 p.p. double


3.0 Intermediate Toyota Avensis Manual (or similar)

$2044 p.p. double


3.1 Intermediate Toyota Avensis Automatic (or similar)

$2072 p.p. double


4.0 Intermediate Skoda Octavia 4WD/Wagon Manual (or similar)

$2086 p.p. double


4.1 Intermediate Skoda Octavia 4WD/Wagon Automatic (or similar)

$2114 p.p. double


5.0 Medium Toyota RAV4 4WD Manual (or similar)

$2289 p.p. double


5.1 Medium Toyota RAV4 4WD Automatic (or similar)

$2331 p.p. double


7.1 Large Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic
(or similar)

$2576 p.p. double


9.9 Full-Size 9-Seater Volkswagen Caravelle Van 4WD Manual (or similar)

$2674 p.p. double


Tour Information

Tour Type:Self-Drive Tour
Price: from $1904
Duration:8 days
Cities Visited:Reykjavik - Pingvellir National Park - Gullfoss - Vík - Skaftafell National Park - Glacial Lagoon - Höfn - Husavik - Lake Mývatn - Godafoss - Skagafjördur - Akureyri
Departures: April - May - June - July - August - September

Tour Map

Click on map for larger image