Self-drive programmes around Iceland
Smyril Line offers both one and two week self-drive programmes around Iceland. The self-drive programmes are designed with the goal of creating a balanced program with lots of wonderful things to see and do. You choose the program that suits you best and the accommodation category you prefer (with or without ensuite facilities). It is also possible to add excursions, such as whale watching trips, snowmobile tours, river rafting and horse riding.
There are 4 main categories:
Highlights of Iceland
This is the standard route, following the ring around Iceland. Bookable with (+) or without (-) ensuite facilities.
This route goes through the highlands of Iceland and is only possible during the summerperiod and requires a good 4WD. Bookable with (+) or without (-) ensuite facilities.
On this route you stay at the nicest and most tasteful or original hotels in each area. In few locations, you may be accommodated at farms with a special atmosphere. Only bookable with (+) ensuite facilities.
With the one week trip you have 3 days in the Mývatn/Akureyri area and then 4 days in the Egilstaðir area in the east. With two weeks you have 3 nights in the north and then the route goes counterclockwise around the country. Depending on the availability, the route can also take you clockwise around the country, starting off in the south. Holiday home packages include accommodation in privately owned houses. Bed linen, towels, heating and electricity is included. The houses are equipped with kitchen facilities, refrigerator, shower, toilet and living room/area. At the end of your stay you have to clean the house yourself.
When booking a roundtrip you will get a detailed itinerary of the trip, address of the booked accommodation, directions on how to get there and vouchers for all booked services such as accommodation and excursions.
If you have special needs, then please inform us upon booking.
Driving in Iceland
Driving in Iceland might be quite different from what you are used to. We recommend that you check safetravel.is where you will find descriptions of what you can expect and guidelines about how to handle different situations that might arise.
Travelling on MC
The routes, which are most suitable for MC’s, are route 1, 5, 8 and 17. It is also possible to go into the highlands (route 3 and route 7) on a motorbike, but this is only for experienced drivers.
We recommend bringing along snow chains during the period outside June, July and August.
The routes in Iceland are fixed. In the event of fully booked accommodation during the high season (June, July and August), travellers may expect slight changes to the itineraries.