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About Your Driving Tour
With the stunning natural backdrop of Iceland, your self-drive tour will be an amazing and unforgettable experience. Exploring the country unhurried, at your own pace, is why so many of our happy guests decide to take the wheel. When you book a self-drive tour with Nordic Visitor, you can expect:
• A dedicated travel consultant who’ll arrange your expedition
• A hand-noted, personalised itinerary and route
• 24/7 phone support during your adventure for peace of mind
• Excellent accommodation at your chosen price point
• Car rental with free unlimited Wi-Fi, GPS, unlimited mileage, and insurance
• Special seasonal tour itineraries for summer and winter
It’s easy to enjoy the road trip of a lifetime with Nordic Visitor. To start your journey, just follow these simple steps:
1. Pick your favourite Nordic Visitor tour
2. Confirm (or customize) your package
3. Check your confirmation email
4. Book your flights
5. Get ready for your trip
Why choose Nordic Visitor
Trusted local travel experts
Established in 2002, Nordic Visitor now welcomes more self-drive tour-goers to Iceland than any other national travel agency. Our local experts live and breathe Iceland, and have in-depth knowledge of the locations and activities on your itinerary.
Nordic Visitor is dedicated to the best service quality, and this is reflected year after year when TripAdvisor awards us with their Certificate of Excellence. We also take great pride in our customer feedback: 97% of our travellers say they would recommend us to friends and family.
Flexible tour options
Your dreams, your wishlist. While every Nordic Visitor package is created and tested by our travel experts, we can customize your trip to add extra nights and activities. You choose from a range of rental cars and trusted accommodation options, then we create a detailed travel itinerary just for you.
We take care of all the details and practicalities for you. You will receive a comprehensive itinerary and highlighted map with accommodations, main attractions, as well as lesser-known places of interest to stop.
You are in good hands
One of our travel experts is always on call 24/7 to handle any unforeseen situations during your trip. Unexpected event or severe weather? No problem. Nordic Visitor will get in touch and rework your itinerary. We will move your accommodation and re-book activities, while keeping you safe and informed.
Reliably serving travellers since 2002, Nordic Visitor has tried and trusted payment systems which include our cancellation insurance that protects you should you need to cancel your tour for unforeseen reasons. Our safety deposit of only 20% ensures peace of mind so book with us, safe in the knowledge that you are covered.
Our Self Drive Customer Reviews
Genuine feedback from our amazing customers who have travelled Iceland’s roads with us.
The trip was great! I loved not having to worry about planning and that all of the background information and hotel... read more
The trip was great! I loved not having to worry about planning and that all of the background information and hotel booking was completely taken care of. It was nice knowing that all I needed to do was show up in Iceland and the rest was taken care of. I also loved the self-driving aspect which made the trip feel more personal and intimate than a large tour bus.
Most outstanding travel agency we have ever dealt with. We are 68 years old and travelled extensively throughout the... read more
Most outstanding travel agency we have ever dealt with. We are 68 years old and travelled extensively throughout the world with jobs and for recreation for the last 45 years. Benchmark organisation which will only grow and prosper with their attitude.
Certificate of Excellence
Your Road Trip Highlights
Let us set the scene. You’ve got your car and your hand-marked map. The engine is purring. It’s time to explore! Your experiences could include...
Walk along the atmospheric Reynisfjara black volcanic sand beach
Explore the quaint streets of Iceland’s lively capital city Reykjavík
Tour the breathtaking and ancient national parks of Iceland, such as Þingvellir
Take a 4x4 out to the Icelandic Highlands and snap some spectacular photos of the central mountains
Treat yourself and customise your tour with a trip to the renowned Blue Lagoon and its mineral-rich waters
Advice about self-drive tours
Take a look at our driving and travel guides to prepare yourself for the road trip of a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Self Drive Tours
When you choose an Iceland self drive tour, you may have a few questions. We’ve gathered some of the more important ones here for your convenience. You can also find more detailed answers in our Iceland Travel Guide. Or, if you want to know more about our processes and payment details, check out our FAQ page.
Yes, of course. All our self-drive packages are crafted to give you the full Iceland experience, whether it’s an express tour of the Ring Road or a leisurely exploration of the Westfjords. But if you want to do something extra, like spend an extra day winding down at the revitalising Blue Lagoon, just ask.
Simply choose the package you like and then ask us about a custom tour. You will have your own personal travel consultant who can offer destination suggestions and modify your package according to your needs and preferences.
We recommend that you hold off on booking your flights until after you have heard from your dedicated travel consultant. This is typically no more than two working days after you have received your email confirmation of payment.
By waiting until you have been introduced to your travel consultant, you can book your flights in line with your personal itinerary. Of course, if you have any questions, you can always contact your consultant to help you.
When you book with Nordic Visitor, rental cars come complete with:
- Authorisation for two drivers
- GPS navigation system
- Hand-marked route map
- Unlimited mileage
- Free and unlimited in-car Wi-Fi
- Liability insurance coverage
If you have any additional requirements, such as more listed drivers, your personal travel consultant will be happy to help you. Extra add-ons like child seats and insurance upgrades can be added at your rental pick-up point.
Driving in Iceland is a great opportunity to explore at your own pace, but it pays to be prepared. The routes can be affected by the changeable Icelandic weather. Also, in the more remote areas of the country, you may encounter sharp bends, high winders, blind hills and stray horses or sheep.
Of course, when you book with Nordic Visitor, we give you all the essentials to make your trip simple and safe. Your car rental comes with an additional driver as standard, so you can take rest breaks and enjoy the scenery as a passenger. Plus, you’ll have GPS navigation and free in-car Wi-Fi. And don’t forget your personal tour map, hand-marked by your dedicated travel consultant.
Before you travel, we recommend you familiarise yourself with our driving guide. And during your road trip, keep an eye on weather reports and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Remember, you’ll also have a travel consultant available by phone, 24/7, in case you need assistance.
During the winter months in Iceland, driving brings its own set of challenges due to seasonal road conditions and ever-changing weather. So read our winter driving guide to ensure you know what to expect. Your Iceland road trip will be an excellent opportunity to explore and make great memories, so stay safe and enjoy the ride.
It really depends on what experience you want. If you would like to see Iceland privately and at your own speed, then a self drive tour is best. With a rented car you’ll have more opportunities to stop for photos and go to viewpoints that aren’t always noted on the map. You also wouldn’t be bound to time limits and would have the freedom to go further afield for excursions and restaurants.
On the other hand, if you’d rather sit back and let an expert tour guide show you the sights, then a guided small group tour could be ideal. This is especially true if you are travelling solo or don’t feel comfortable driving in wintry conditions.
On a guided group tour you’ll get to experience the sights in the company of like-minded travellers. We have carefully vetted and tested our local suppliers and promise that your tour group will always be small so you receive the best and most personal service.
Meanwhile, a privately guided tour would see you or your chosen travelling party accompanied by an expert local travel guide, and you can customize and set the pace as you see fit. This option is a great blend of the other two options. You get to enjoy the personal one-to-one travel experience of a small group, but also keep the autonomy of self-drive tours.
If you’re travelling with your family, private tours are a great way to explore the country as well. You and the kids have your own personal guide to answer all your questions about beautiful Iceland.
If you want to witness the majesty of the Northern Lights, aka the aurora borealis, they are most often seen between the months of October and March. While November to February have longer nights to see this naturally occurring phenomenon, it’s worth considering that the skies may not be quite as clear during these months.
In fact, you can potentially see the Northern Lights as early as August each year, once the last hints of the Midnight Sun have ended. But viewing chances are rare in late summer, as the ideal conditions usually align in the middle of the night, and last for a shorter time than during the winter months.
As suggested already, a display of the Northern Lights is dependent on the right weather conditions, meaning there are no guarantees of a sighting. If you want a better chance of seeing a vibrant show, we’d highly recommend getting away from the light pollution of cities and towns.
One of our self-guided aurora borealis tours will enable you to go to the quieter and more remote areas to (hopefully) enjoy the spectacle. Or, rather than a dedicated tour, you can always add a guided Northern Lights tour to the first night of a different package. Just ask your travel consultant.
Our self-drive tours also offer you the freedom of staying up late for possible viewings. Peak time to see the aurora borealis is usually a window of a few hours between 23:00 and 02:00. As you’ll be travelling at your own pace, you can choose to stay up late if the weather conditions and aurora reports are promising. You need a clear, crisp night with few or no clouds to view the lights with the best level of visibility. View our guide to the weather in Iceland for a broader view.
Due to the unpredictable nature of the Northern Lights, we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them on our tours. But the aurora is a natural marvel that continues to inspire awe and delight, and is definitely worth putting on your travel wishlist. And there’s still the many stunning glaciers and active geysirs of Iceland to see along the way.
Due to Iceland's geography and placement, it’s a country where you can really see the seasons change. Depending on the month you visit Iceland, you could experience the midnight sun, see the Northern Lights, go glacier hiking or take a sunset swim in hot springs. Keeping this in mind, we recommend you decide which sights you would like to see before you choose to book either a winter or summer break in Iceland.
You’ll find the summer months are milder and the days longer. You may even be surprised to see that night passes in just three or four hours. But this means you can fit more into the day. Pleasant weather conditions also mean better visibility for your road trip, and a clearer view of sights such as Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir National Park.
In the autumn and winter months, there’s a better chance of seeing the famed Northern Lights. Due to the colder climate, you’ll also enjoy the snow-capped mountains surrounding the roads you’ll take to your next Iceland destination. Also, the opportunity to see parts of Iceland's famous waterfalls encased in ice is not to be missed.
Sights such as the Glacier Lagoon are even more impressive thanks to the colder temperatures, as you can see larger and clearer glaciers. And winter is the perfect time to venture inside the ice cap glacier at Langjokull, and witness a magical world in shades of icy blue.
Check out our detailed Iceland weather guide for more information about the seasons.
For your own needs, the best road trip in Iceland depends on the distance you want to travel and the time you want to spend exploring. Iceland has a range of famous sights and our travel experts at Nordic Visitor have hand-picked the best and blended them into carefully planned routes for our travel packages.
Our tried and expert-tested tours cover all areas of the country, and each area can be explored at a different pace depending on the length of your stay. So you’ll see everything you need, whether you want an action packed road trip or a casual tour of Iceland.
For instance, if you’d like a trip to see the best-known sights, we’d highly recommend that you take a look at our Iceland Full Circle Classic package. This 10-day self-drive tour encompasses the Golden Circle route with its magnificent waterfalls, geysirs and national parks. Plus, you’ll also explore sights from further afield, like the volcanic Lake Mývatn and the Glacier Lagoon.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a shorter stay, then check out our Iceland Ring Road Express package, which fits in the best of Iceland within 7 days. You’ll walk on the black sand and diamond beaches, discover the wonders of the Golden Circle, see the famed Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls and much more.
If you’ve been to Iceland before and are looking for another adventure in the land of fire and ice, why not visit the more remote regions with our Highlights of Westfjords and West Iceland package. It includes the enchanting twin waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, the rugged Snæfellsnes Peninsula, as well as the charming and historic town of Ísafjörður. And if you want a bespoke version of a Nordic Visitor tour package, just ask our travel consultants to customize your tour.
Thanks to its volcanic beauty and photogenic waterfalls, Iceland has plenty of hotels and guest houses to accommodate travellers like you. The trick is to book the right places to stay along your route. Organise it well and you will drive a manageable amount each day and still have plenty of time to enjoy all the spectacular scenery along the way.
We appreciate it can be a big task to find, research and book all the accommodation for your trip. When you choose our self-drive tours, we sort all the lodgings for you. All of our chosen hotels and guesthouses are carefully vetted and tested, giving you the best stay at great value. And because of our established relationships, we have rooms especially reserved, meaning you can be certain of getting the right choice.
Our travel consultants organise your accommodation so driving time and sightseeing time are balanced beautifully. And, even better, they also know the best places to stay for your unique needs. Travelling with kids? We know the best child-friendly lodgings in Iceland. Booking a honeymoon or a romantic trip for two? We will arrange charming hotels that you’ll both love. All you have to do is ask.
In short, we make your whole experience hassle-free and seamless. You can add extra nights to a stay somewhere if you want to spend more time in a location. And you’ll have a travel consultant just a phone call away if you have any questions. All in all, it’s the easiest way to do a self-guided tour.
Iceland is famous for its ever-changing weather, so we advise that you be as prepared as possible. Throughout the year we recommend bringing waterproofs, warm layers and thermal undergarments and coats. That way, come rain or shine, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the country.
As well as these essentials, our self drive tours take you to a range of famous attractions that involve walking. So, be sure to bring good sturdy walking boots or shoes, too. In the winter months, wrap up warm as temperatures can drop below zero. In the milder summer months, bring thinner layers, waterproof outerwear and sunscreen.
Also, if you’re keen to experience the famous Blue Lagoon, remember to pack your swimwear and sandals should you need them. For more in-depth details on what to pack and for what season, read our packing guide.
Do you have a question about our self-drive tours? Or maybe you want to customize a travel package. Whatever you need, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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+354 578 20 80
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