Driving in Iceland

The best way to travel around Iceland is arguably by renting a car. There are no trains in the country and the domestic bus system only covers certain routes, certain times a day. Car ownership in Iceland is among the highest in the world, for a good reason. The country is circled by a ringroad, road number 1, and along it you can find various natural attractions, including breathtaking waterfalls, spectacular caves, stunning glaciers, colourful hot springs, black sandy beaches and lush valleys. You can even go on an ice cave tour or inside a volcano

The most popular tour in the country is the Golden Circle tour, which is a circular drive from the capital, Reykjavík, taking you to an active geyser, the Golden waterfall and to the national park at Þingvellir, where Iceland’s parliament was established. 

Besides nature tours in Iceland, activity tours are very popular, you can go choose between going on a horseback riding tour, a river rafting tour, a glacier tour or many other tours.

South of Iceland is covered in green farmer fields but also holds some of Iceland’s biggest glaciers and black sandy beaches. The East of Iceland is scarred with fjords and breathtaking mountains. In the North of Iceland you can find the thunderous waterfall Dettifoss and geothermal area around Lake Mývatn. The Westfjords of Iceland are the most remote part of the country, dotted with fishing villages in beautiful fjords and quite a few hot pools. And the West of Iceland holds the picturesque Snæfellsnes peninsula, with Snæfellsjökull glacier crowning it – the entrypoint to the centre of the Earth in Jules Verne’s classic novel. Finally, the Icelandic highlands are home to glaciers, deserts, colourful mountains, hot springs and volcanoes – and the highlands are only accessible in the summertime with a 4WD car. No wonder that it’s very popular to book a self drive tour.