The following is the suggested itinerary for your Iceland self-drive vacation.
This is a self-drive tour so please be aware that you need to assess each day based on your level of energy, weather conditions and your scheduled activities. You may not be able to visit all sights listed in the itinerary and you may want to do more. We recommend stopping by at the Information Centres located around Iceland to get local up to date advice on sights and more.
On your travels please be aware of the following:
- Please respect our natural environment. Only drive on marked paved/gravel roads. Off-roading causes harm to the environment and is illegal.
- Please be aware that in Iceland you can come across sheep, birds, and other animals on the roads. Please show caution and avoid running into animals. Slow down if possible and let them pass but be mindful of your own safety and other cars on the road.
- Please note that if you unfortunately run over a lamb or sheep you are obliged to remove it from the road and alert the farmer at the next farm about the situation.
- Remember to travel safely, if you need emergency assistance, please dial 112.
Iceland is a wonderful place to explore and there are countless natural wonders that are also accessible for visitors with disabilities. This self-drive tour concentrates on the South of Iceland and either your travel companion drives the car, or we organise a hand-controlled car for you.
The south coast has arguably some of the most spectacular natural features that can be found in Iceland, and you will visit places like Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, the glacial lagoon Jökulsarlon and Krýsuvík a geothermal area with mud pools and hot springs. This tour promises an amazing week in this adventurous country.
- The Golden Circle
- Glacier Lagoon
- Icelandic Wool Factory
Welcome to Iceland! After arriving in Keflavik airport, you will receive your rental car and make your way to your accommodation in central Reykjavik. After you have checked into your hotel and received all the travel documents that we prepared for you, we would like to invite you for an optional private information meeting during office hours. After the meeting you will have free time to explore Reykjavik and enjoy the northernmost capital of the world.
Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre connects you to the best local design, food and drink and culture. Located in a thriving area in the heart of downtown Reykjavik, we offer guest-directed service, thoughtful local choices, and bespoke comfy spaces.
Twin Premium Room
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- Free basic Wi-Fi
- Nespresso machine
- Bathrobes and socks
- Breakfast included
- This room is available for accessibility, including mobility features and notification devices.
Today you will gradually start to realize why Iceland is famous for its nature. Start driving east towards Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The natural beauty and history of the park make it a must see highlight of Iceland. Here you can see how the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are diverging, as well as the first parliament. The paths in Þingvellir are very well kept and most of the places are easily accessible by wheelchair.
Your next stop for the day will be the famous Geyser geothermal fields where you will see the great spouting spring, namesake of every other spouting spring in the world. Gullfoss (the Golden Falls), will complete your ‘’Golden Circle’’ tour.
Cafes near Gullfoss and Geyser are popular lunch stops and if you want to enjoy a traditional Icelandic meal, we recommend the Icelandic lamb soup. Leaving Gullfoss, you will start driving towards the south coast through lush farmlands.
Spend the night at the Hotel Lækur.
Family run country hotel in boutique style located centrally in South Iceland. Location is ideal to visit the golden circle, the Vestman islands and all the attractions of the south coast, e.g. Seljalandsfoss, Skógarfoss and black sand beach.
We strive for your best experience. The restaurant serves breakfast and dinner with quality local ingredients. Enjoy a nice relaxing hot tub and sauna after a busy day out, free of charge.
Accessible Twin Room
All rates include breakfast, 11% VAT and lodging tax.
All rooms have a private entrance & facilities, television, free Wi-Fi, kettle and complimentary coffee and tea as well as free access to hot tub and sauna.
It is time to travel further east along the beautiful south coast. The impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall will be your first stop for the day. A wheelchair friendly path will take you closer to that 60m high waterfall. Close to the waterfall, you will find the Eyjafjallajokull visitor centre, a very interesting exhibition about the major eruption in 2010. Remember to collect some volcanic ash in the entrance!
Continue to Skógar where you will find the picture perfect Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar Folk Museum. Continue to the charming village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, home to Iceland’s first monastery (built in 1186). From the village, you can admire the Systrafoss (sister waterfalls). Stay for the night at Hotel Katla
Hotel Katla is located 5 km from Vík í Mýrdal, only a 2.5-hour drive from Reykjavík. The hotel offers spacious rooms in beautiful surroundings, surrounded by mountains, black sands and Mýrdalsjökull.
Hotel Katla has:
- Outdoor area with hot tub and sauna
- Fitness center
- Restaurant and bar
Superior Double Accessible Room
The superior rooms at Hotel Katla are cozy and spacious.
Equipment in the room
- Free internet connection
- Coffee and tea set
- Hair dryer
After breakfast continue to Skaftafell, a part of the Vatnajökull National Park. A short movie presented at the visitor centre tells you the story of fire and ice in Iceland and how those two powers have affected the formation of the area.
Further east, you will find the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon; the crown jewel of Icelandic nature where will be surely amazed by the floating icebergs. An optional boat tour is always recommended, to admire the floating icebergs from a closer distance. The tours are suitable for disabled people and the staff on the boat is always willing to help.
After enjoying this unique experience, continue to the village of Höfn – the lobster capital of Iceland, so don´t miss the chance to taste a delicious lobster menu! Overnight at the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon.
Located between two of Iceland’s most spectacular natural attractions, Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
The location is perfect for nature lovers, as the hotel is between Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, two of Iceland’s most spectacular natural attractions. Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon offers 125 rooms with all necessary amenities. The restaurant at the hotel has a seating capacity of 180.
Deluxe Double Accessible Room
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon offers comfortable and contemporary rooms with high ceilings, large windows with views over the mountains or the ocean. The rooms come with a satellite television, coffee and tea making facilities, refrigerators and more. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, bar, and a relaxing area.
After breakfast you will start driving back to the capital. On the way, make sure to visit the village of Vík in Mýrdalur. By the time you arrive in Vík, you can already admire the giant pillars of rock (Reynisdrangar), as high as 66 meters that rise out of the sea to the south of Reynisfjall and are highly visible from Vík.
In folklore, they are explained as the remains of some giants caught by the sun at dawn and turned into stone! You can also see the Víkurkirkja (Vik´s church) which was built in 1932-1934. If you are planning to buy some Icelandic Wool products, it is a good chance to buy them in Vik and the Icelandic Wool Factory.
Continue to the Hvolsvöllur area where you will stay at Hotel Lækur for the night.
Today you will return to Reykjavik. Before that though, we would suggest that you still visit some natural sights. Head for the Reykjanes peninsula; an active geothermal area and a diamond in the rough. You first stop is Krýsuvík that consists of several geothermal fields, such as Seltún. Here solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs have formed, the soil is coloured bright yellow, red, and green hues.
Next stop is the unique Blue Lagoon where you can relax and unwind after a few days on the road (optional). The Blue Lagoon is easily accessible to everyone, containing special changing rooms, a pool access lift and special wheelchairs for the lagoon itself. The deepest part of Blue Lagoon is around 1.60m/5.2ft ft but most parts of the lagoon are far shallower. In the afternoon you can visit the bridge between two continents and later you drive back to Reykjavik, and stay for the night at The Canopy Hotel in the city centre.
Enjoy a full free day in the vibrant and lively capital city, you have earned it! Go shopping or sightseeing or simply relax at a nice cafe or in one of many outdoor swimming pools that are to be found within the city limits. Visit some of the major landmarks of Reykjavik, such as the Hallgrímskirkja church, Perlan dome, the Solar Voyager sculpture or Harpa – Music & Conference Center.
In the evening, we recommend that you award yourself with a gourmet dinner at one of many high-quality restaurants in the city. In the later hours, explore the world-famous nightlife of Reykjavik. Stay again at The Canopy Hotel.
This is the last day of your vacation in Iceland. Drive to Keflavik International airport where you will drop off your rental car and check in for your flight. Have an enjoyable trip back home!!
- • 7 nights’ accommodation (comfort/quality) with breakfast
- • Automatic 4x4 similar to a Hyundai Kona 8 days with unlimited mileage, CDW & VAT
- • GPS unit for easier navigation
- • WiFi hotspot in your rental car for easy internet access
- • Unlimited drivers for the rental car
- • Big, handwritten, detailed map with route, recommendations and accommodations highlighted
- • Written guides of the regions you will be visiting
- • 24-hour emergency service
- • Taxes and service fee
- • Flights to/from Iceland
- • Meals, drinks at restaurants and entrance fees (unless otherwise agreed upon)
- • Personal travel insurance
- • Gasoline