Natural Wonders
23 December 2021

4 Of The Best Road Trips in Iceland

Between 2017 and 2018, over two million people visited Iceland each year. That's more than five times the population of the country!

If you're one of the many visitors flocking to our beautiful country, you may be looking for some ideas for road trips in Iceland.

That's why we've put together a list of some of the best sites you can visit in one of our fabulous rental cars.

1. The Golden Circle Route

If there's one thing Iceland is known for worldwide, it's the beautiful hot springs that dot its volcanic landscape. 

If you're keen to take in some of these stunning sights, there's no better route to take than the Golden Circle, one of the most famous road trips in the country. Winding through over 180 miles of breath-taking wilderness, you'll see a wide variety of memorable sites, including craters, waterfalls, and springs.

This popular route is best done as a day trip since there's so much to see. If you want to take your time, consider booking a stay at one of the many campsites or hotels along the way.

The classic Golden Circle has three stops: Þingvellir national park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the beautiful Geysir area. But we’ve made a blog post about extra stops along the Golden Circle route. Check it out if you want to extend your day trip.

2. Vík

While many visitors to Iceland tend to stick around Reykjavík, it's well worth checking out some of the smaller settlements too.

If you want a little taste of village life in Iceland, check out the coastal settlement of Vik. Known for its black sand beach and wrecked airplane along the way, it's a fascinating and scenic spot.

It's around a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Reykjavík, so it's perfect for a day trip, and you'll see plenty of rugged coast along the way. 

The south coast has plenty of stops besides Vík, so you can quite easily spend a whole day or even a couple of days exploring everything. 

For instance, check out our recent post about the Kvernufoss waterfall. It’s on the south coast, right next to the famous Skógafoss!

3. Reykjanes Peninsula

If you've picked up a car at our Keflavík Airport location and you're looking to take in a nearby attraction before checking into your hotel, Reykjanes Peninsula could be the place for you! 

Well, technically, you´ll drive it anyway since the airport is located on the peninsula. But the main road from the airport to Reykjavík doesn’t offer much to see except a lava field. You can take another route, and before you do that, read our post about hidden gems on the Reykjanes Peninsula!

You'll enjoy pleasant scenery along the way. Be sure to get out for a quick hike to see the landscape up close. 

4. Stöng

If you're a history buff, Stöng could be the place for you! The ruins of this old Viking settlement are the perfect place to learn about the nation’s history.

Just over an hour away from Reykjavík, it's perfect for those still a little nervous about driving in Iceland. It's well worth the drive to feel like you're in a Nordic Saga!

Depending on when you visit, you could enjoy historical re-enactments or a tour.  

Your Key to More Road Trips in Iceland

Remember, there are no trains in Iceland, so if you want to see the country, it is best to do it by driving yourself. We're one of the most popular Iceland car rentals, so you can count on our vehicles and excellent service.

Get in touch today and secure your rental vehicle. 

There's so much to see and do across the country, and we'll help you experience some fantastic road trips in Iceland.