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The route goes to the most exciting spots in the highlands and also includes the 'musts' of Iceland. It is necessary to drive this program in a 4WD, and not the smallest types. This trip is available during the summer season.
Driving through the Icelandic highlands is an adventure on nature's own terms: wild, indomitable, unpredictable. Narrow gravel roads, no bridges, limited modern comforts. You will never find yourself lined up behind other cars, but you will have to ford the rivers or turn back.
In winter the highland are beyond reach, and only accessible by 4WD during the summer. So, if you have a 4WD that you only use for city driving, maybe it is time to put it through its paces in its right element.
Drive off into the unknown and enjoy the surprises. Cook on a primus under the open skies. Release your inner explorer. We will provide the directions and good advice – and you your sound common sense.
All Iceland package prices are subject to change due to a possible increase in VAT in Iceland.
Price examples per person when 2 travel together incl. your own car:
7 nights in Iceland (Route 3)
- 2-berth cabin without window: € 2,245
- 2-berth cabin with window: € 2,390
- Double bed cabin with window: € 2,470
- Deluxe cabin: € 2,885
14 nights in Iceland (Route 7)
- 2-berth cabin without window: € 3,710
- 2-berth cabin with window: € 3,855
- Double bed cabin with window: € 3,435
- Deluxe cabin: € 3,850
- Denmark-Iceland and return
- Cabin on board
- 1 car (max 5 m long and 1,9 m high)
- 7/14 nights in double room with ensuite facilities in hotels, farms or guesthouses in Iceland
- Breakfast the whole journey
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It is possible to drive the highland routes such as Sprengisandur, Behind the Mountains and the track to Askja if you have a good 4x4 enduro motorcycle (not tour motorcycle) and if you are very careful. For tour motorcycles, we recommend staying on the main roads and not driving through the highland, with the possible exception of the Kjölur track.
Here is some practical advice for highland driving
It is important to have a waterproof and shock-proof luggage system, a good chain and new tires. Particularly in the interior, it is best to use tires with a coarse enduro profile. There are stories about people who finished off a set of tires in 1800 km, because the gravel is sharp and destructive. It is very useful to bring a tool to measure the air pressure in the tires, a repair kit for flat tires and an extra tank for fuel, particularly if you also cook on fuel. Take care with packing: lids can easily be shaken off boxes, if they are not fixed well.
All in all, if you to do some thorough work beforehand and bring a big and tough motorcycle, it can be a wonderful adventure.
Here you can download the transport- and package prices to Iceland and the Faroe Islands.
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.
Highland adventure: 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.
Iceland Boutique: 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.
Holiday homes: 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 www.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.