Calling all movie buffs and TV lovers! Jump on this 10 day self drive of Iceland’s Ring Road to see the cinematic spots featured in Hollywood blockbusters and hit TV series.
This Iceland 10-day itinerary is designed for lovers of the big and small screen alike. Grab your rental car and swoop around Iceland’s Ring Road to see the incredible landmarks featured in the Marvel movies, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and more. This 10 day self drive tour of Iceland is perfect for independent travelers adventurers who want to see their favorite scenes come to life.
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Keflavík International Airport
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Movie locations
- Game of Thrones
- Ring Road
- Golden Circle
- South Coast
- Skaftafell National Park
- Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- East fjords
- Lake Myvatn area
- North Iceland
- Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- 9 nights accommodation with private bath
- 10 days car rental
- Breakfast each morning at hotels
- Detailed map, itinerary, and information package
Your red carpet tour of Iceland begins as soon as you arrive in Reykjavik. Grab your rental car from Keflavík International Airport and head to Iceland’s colorful capital city.
Your first Hollywood stop is Reykjavik City Hall and Tjörnin Pond, a filming location for “The Fifth Estate.” Other city highlights of the day include Àrbaejarsafn Open Air Museum, Hallgrimskirkja Church, Harpa Concert Hall, and the Perlan Museum.
Follow Arya Stark and the Hound into the Eyrie on the iconic Golden Circle. See the Bloody Gate and the entrance to the Eyrie in Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Then make stops at stunning Golden Circle landmarks, including Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss Waterfall.
On day 3, cruise along Iceland’s dramatic South Coast and stop at all the incredible waterfalls, glaciers and black sand beaches along the way. The cinematic landscape has been featured in many movies and TV shows, including Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We’ll also stop at the village of Vik, where scenes set in Siberia were shot for Captain America: Civil War.
Highlights of the day include Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls and Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach.
Skaftafell National Park
Journey into the land beyond the wall as you explore Skaftafell National Park on day four. The hills, canyons, and glaciers of this nature oasis were featured heavily in season 2 of Game of Thrones. The crowning glory of the day is Svinafellsjökull Glacier, which was a backdrop in Game of Thrones, Batman Begins, and Interstellar.
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Feel like a real action star as you explore the incredible landscapes of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. The iceberg-filled lagoon was the setting for not one but two James Bond action sequences.
Near Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, explore Vatnajökull Glacier (the largest ice cap in Europe) and the glittering Diamond Beach.
Head east along the Ring Road to the remote landscapes of the East fjords. Along the way, stop at tiny coastal villages and elusive waterfalls and cliffs. You’ll also stop in the town of Seydisfjördur, where Ben Stiller went on a jaw-dropping longboarding ride in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Myvatn Geothermal Area
Explore the Wildling Camp from Game of Thrones as you head into the surreal Lake Myvatn area. Myvatn Geothermal Area was also the battleground for the Empire and the Rebels in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Then stop at the powerful Dettifoss Waterfall, where scenes of ancient Earth were filmed for Prometheus.
Akureyri and North Iceland
Drive westward along the North Coast and marvel at the Arctic coastline. Stop for an optional whale watching tour in Dalvik, the whale watching hub of Iceland. Also explore Akureyri, the capital of the north, as well as fascinating sea stacks and canyons.
Discover Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a diverse area that’s often referred to as “Iceland in miniature.” Jules Verne used Snaefellsnes as the entrance to the center of the earth in his novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” It was also used in the movie adaptation of the book. Explore the rich Snaefellsnes landscapes used in Game of Thrones and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Drive through the dramatic coastlines of Reykjanes Peninsula in Southwest Iceland on the last day of your self-drive adventure. Discover the black sand beaches of Sandvík Cove, which stood in for the Japanese island of Iwo Jima in both Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. As an optional extra, you can take a dip in the Blue Lagoon, featured in both The Fifth Estate and Hostel II.
Detailed Itinerary Included
√ Detailed map of Iceland with all stops
√ Easily follow daily travel plans
√ Mobile-friendly design
√ Descriptions & photos for all major stops
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Rental Car Information
Pick-up: Choose between pick-up locations at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) or BSI Bus Terminal in downtown Reykjavik, at flexible times.
For the best experience, we recommend that you pick your car up early on the day of arrival and return it in the afternoon or evening on your last day.
Drop-off: The drop-off location for your car will be at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), no matter which pick-up location you have selected.
You can, however, drop-off the car at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik, on the last day of your tour. If you prefer this drop-off location you can change it afterward (details can be found in your confirmation email).
Comfort accommodation is included in this package. The hotels are all in great locations, and come with private bathrooms and breakfast included.
Remember to bring: Warm layers, waterproof clothing, headwear, scarf, gloves, hiking boots or shoes, a valid driver’s license, and some sunglasses. If you don’t own all of these clothing items, don’t worry — you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof jacket, and pants in the booking process.
What if you don’t own all of these clothing items? Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof jacket, and pants during the booking process.
When booking for 2 or 4 people you get twin/double rooms. When booking for 3 or 5 persons you get a combination of double/twin rooms and a single room. Entry to the Blue Lagoon is not included in the quoted price for the tour, meaning that you will need to book in advance at bluelagoon.com. In order to give you the best price possible, this self-drive package is fixed and cannot be changed or altered. The package has been optimized for the best experience.
Day 1 — Arrival and Reykjavik
Jump in your rental car at the airport and start your 10 day road trip! Today you’ll travel through Reykjavik and the surrounding area.
On your way to the capital city, stop at Hafnarfjördur, the third most-populous town in Iceland. The charming port town is over 700 years old and home to Iceland’s annual Viking festival.
Then spend the rest of the day in Iceland’s vibrant capital. Head to Àrbaejarsafn Open Air Museum for a look at life in Viking-era Iceland. Also stop at Hallgrimskirkja Church, the most distinctive landmark on the Reykjavik skyline.
Today’s big screen highlight is Reykjavik City Hall & Tjörnin Pond, featured in The Fifth Estate. In the 2013 movie about Julian Assange, actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl stand in front of the imposing building as a journalist announces the Icelandic bank collapse. The movie itself got bad ratings, but Reykjavik City Hall is world-class.
Towards the end of the day, check out the stunning architecture of Harpa Concert Hall and the Perlan dome. Buy a ticket to Perlan’s 360° Observation Deck for panoramic views of the entire city and distant mountains.
Rest up at your hotel in Reykjavik.
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Day 2 — Golden Circle
Follow Arya and the Hound into the Eyrie as you explore the Golden Circle! This iconic route isn’t only home to Iceland’s most famous sights — it was also a major filming location for Game of Thrones. Today’s voyage is dedicated to sets from the hit HBO series.
Your first stop is Thórufoss, a stark white waterfall. In season 4, Drogon the dragon roasts a herd of goats as they run through the surrounding green fields.
Then check out Hengill, a steaming geothermal field. The unforgiving landscape was the setting for the intense fight between Brienne of Tarth and the Hound in season 4.
Hengill is mere miles from the Bloody Gate — the next stop on your tour.
Thingvellir National Park is one of the best-known sites in Iceland. The stunning geological area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its historical and natural significance. The world’s first parliament was formed here in 930 CE. It’s also the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which push and pull apart to form a rift valley.
The Game of Thrones filmmakers used Thingvellir’s geological landscape to film the Bloody Gate, the entrance to the Eyrie. They shot these scenes at Almannagjá Gorge in the park. In season 4, both Arya and Sansa Stark walk through the gorge to find their Aunt Lysa.
Spend the rest of the day touring the Golden Circle. Although these sights weren’t part of Westeros, they’re just as dramatic. Stop at Geysir Geothermal Area, home of Iceland’s most explosive geysers, and at Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.
Then take a detour off the Golden Circle to see lesser-known sights. Stop at Kerid Crater, a turquoise crater lake surrounded by red volcanic slopes, and at the electric blue Faxi Waterfall.
Your hotel for the night is in the Golden Circle area.
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Day 3 — South Coast
Wind along the South Coast today to see Iceland’s picture-perfect waterfalls, black sand beaches, and villages.
Your first stop is Seljalandsfoss, the waterfall you can walk behind. Follow the walking path behind the cascade to see nature from a whole new perspective. Not far from Seljalandsfoss, head over to Gljúfrabúi Waterfall. This elusive waterfall gets less foot traffic than its famous neighbor, but it’s just as beautiful.
The next major waterfall of the day is Skogafoss, a 60-meter cascade set in emerald sea cliffs. In the premiere of Game of Thrones season 8, Daenerys’s dragons swoop across Skogafoss. The waterfall also provided a dramatic backdrop in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and was the set for the mythical home of the gods, Asgard, in Thor: The Dark World.
Next, cruise past the swirling blue-and-black ice of Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. The ice cap was the setting for the Fist of the First Men throughout season 2 of Game of Thrones. Standing on this stark ice landscape, you’ll have no doubt that you’re in the land beyond the wall.
Then drive through the deserts surrounding the Mýrdalssandur Mountains. This barren landscape represented the planets of Lah’mu and Eadu in Stars Wars: Rogue One.
Towards the end of the day, travel to the East Watch by the Sea from Game of Thrones. Jon Snow and the wight-hunters set off to sea from Reynisfjara, the most famous black sand beach in Iceland. Reynisfjara was also a filming location for Star Wars: Rogue One, Star Trek: Into the Darkness, and Noah.
The final stop of the day is the village of Vik on the South Coast. Vik is a worthwhile stop in its own right — the 300-person village is a cultural hub and has beautiful scenery. Vik was also featured in Captain America: Civil War, for scenes set in Siberia.
You’ll spend the night in a hotel in Vik. Take time to explore the little village’s colorful buildings.
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Day 4 — Skaftafell National Park
Depart from Vik and head to Skaftafell to discover the land beyond the wall. Your first stop is Hjörleifshöfdi Hill, which stood in for the Frostfang Mountains just north of the wall in season 2 of Game of Thrones. Then pass by the snaking green Fjadrárgljúfur Canyon, where Daenerys’s dragons flew in the premiere of season 8.
The Skaftafell Nature Area is the main highlight of the day. This green oasis is otherwise surrounded by glaciers and black sand deserts. Hike by Svartifoss, a waterfall framed by black lava columns. Stop by Núpsstadur Church, one of the last remaining turf churches in Iceland, and the hexagonal rock formations of Dverghamrar Cliffs (“The Dwarf Cliffs”).
Give yourself plenty of time to explore the jagged blue ice of Svinafellsjökull Glacier, one the most-filmed spots in Iceland. Jon Snow fights and captures Ygritte on the glacier in season 2 of Game of Thrones. It’s also the set of the battle against the Night King later in the season. In Batman Begins, Christian Bale and Liam Nesson sword fight on Svinafellsjokull in the famous training scene.
Svinafellsjökull Glacier was also the film set for the frozen planet in Interstellar.
Spend the rest of the day exploring Skaftafell and Vatnajokull National Parks. Your itinerary will point out secret pockets where Game of Thrones and different movies were filmed. Then head to your hotel in the Skaftafell area.
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Day 5 — Glacier Lagoons
You’ll feel like a true action star on today’s glacier adventure. Your itinerary gives you top-secret information on how to reach the best viewpoint over Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe. Then head to Falljökull Glacier, one of Vatnajokull’s glacier tongues, featured in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The ice cap was used to shoot scenes set in remote Afghanistan in the movie.
The highlight of the day is the glittering Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. The pristine glacial waters shimmer with blue, white, and crystal-clear icebergs. With such a cinematic landscape, it’s no wonder that Jokulsarlon has been featured in several classic action movies.
In James Bond: A View to Kill (1985), actor Robert Moore’s James Bond is chased through a snowy reservoir by a helicopter full of communists. In true Bond style, he shoots down the helicopter until it bursts into flame and escapes into a submarine disguised like one of Jokulsarlon’s icebergs.
Bond returned to Jokulsarlon in 2002, this time played by Pierce Brosnan in James Bond: Die Another Day. Special Agent 007 engages in a high-speed car chase across the frozen lake. This scene was notoriously difficult to film and used four Aston Martins and four Jaguars that were all converted to four-wheel drive.
In Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie also made a dramatic entrance as Lara Croft at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. In the movie, the frozen landscape represents Siberia.
Then explore the nearby Diamond Beach. This black sand glitters with icebergs and is one of the most photographed spots in Iceland.
Finally, head east towards Höfn. Pass by the three-horned Eystrahorn Mountain and rustic Stokksnesviti Lighthouse, which was a backdrop in the 2007 fantasy film Stardust. Your hotel for the night is in the Höfn area.
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Day 6 — East Fjords
Leave the tourist track behind as you travel up the remote landscapes of East Iceland. Today you’ll see the quintessential port villages, waterfalls, lakes, and cliffs of the East fjords.
Your first stop is Djúpivogur, an 500-year-old coastal village of jaw dropping beauty. Then drive past the vast expanse of Borgargardsvatn Lake, surrounded by mountains. Along the rocky coastline of the East fjords, the stark green Saxa Cliff is a geological masterpiece.
Our movie highlight of the day is the town of Seydisfjördur, the setting of the iconic longboarding scene in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Just like Ben Stiller in the film, you’ll feel overwhelmed by the expanse of cliffs all around as you drive down the winding roadway.
As you near the eastern capital of Egilsstadir, stop by Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss Waterfall. Both of these geological wonders are set in red-and-black stripes of volcanic rock. Then hit the hay at your hotel in Egilsstadir.
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Day 7 — Myvatn Geothermal Area
Continue your journey north into the bizarre landscapes of Lake Myvatn. The area around the lake was filmed as the Wildling camp in Game of Thrones. It also provided settings in films like Prometheus, Star Wars, and Fast and Furious.
Stop at Dettifoss Waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Up to 500 cubic meters of water thunders over the vast cliffside every second. The imposing cascade is the backdrop for ancient Earth in the opening sequence of Prometheus.
Dettifoss was also a landscape of apocalyptic America in the movie Oblivion starring Tom Cruise.
Next up, the bubbling geothermal region of Hverarönd is the ideal setting for desolate fantasy scenes. In the premiere of Game of Thrones season 3, Samwell Tarly runs through a blizzard in Hverarönd as he flees the White Walkers.
Hverarönd also represented the geothermal landscapes of ancient Earth in The Tree of Life.
Then crawl into Grjótagjá Cave, where Jon and Ygritte had their iconic love scene in season 3 of Game of Thrones. Nearby, find Dimmuborgir Lava Field, which was used as Mance Rayder’s camp in the same season, and Höfdi Peninsula, which stood in for the Wilding camp.
The bizarre landscapes of Lake Myvatn are a paradise for sci-fi and action movies. See the field of battle between the Empire and the Rebels from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. When the lake froze over in winter, it staged a dramatic car chase in Fast of Furious 8.
Your final stop is Godafoss Waterfall, the most historic falls in Iceland. Although the waterfall isn’t linked to any particular film, it still tells an amazing story. In 1000 CE, the lawspeaker of the Icelandic parliament decided that the pagan country should convert to Christianity. To mark the conversion, he hurled his Norse god statues into the thundering falls.
Your hotel for the night is in Akureyri, the capital of the north.
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Day 8 — Akureyri and North Iceland
Experience the unspoiled beauty of North Iceland’s arctic coastline on day 8. Before you head out, explore Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. The city has a bustling culture scene and great restaurants.
Then head over to Dalvik, the whale watching hub of Iceland. You can book a whale watching tour from Dalvik at 13:00 (1:00 p.m.) as an optional extra. This is your best chance of seeing humpback whales, minke whales, porpoises, dolphins, and even blue whales, with a 98% chance of making a sighting!
Driving westwards, pass by Hvitserkur Sea Stack, a rock formation that stands out of the sea on stubby legs. In Icelandic folk legend, Hvitserkur was a naughty troll who turned to stone. You’ll also pass Kolugljúfur Canyon, a series of rocky cliffsides that explode with white waterfalls.
Spend the night at your hotel in the Stadur area.
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Day 9 — Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Snaefellsnes Peninsula on the West Coast is often called “Iceland in miniature.” This is because the peninsula seems to comprise all of the country’s most diverse landscapes. Naturally, filmmakers find Snaefellsnes an ideal location to shoot breathtaking scenery.
Visit Stykkishólmur, the colorful port town on the north end of the peninsula. In The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Stykkishólmur represents Nuuk, Greenland. In the town, Ben Stiller meets a karaoke-loving helicopter pilot played by beloved Icelandic actor Olafur Darri. Fans consider this scene to be the funniest in the movie.
Then drive past Kirkjufell Mountain, the most photographed mountain in Iceland. The green knoll looks straight out of an elven fantasy world. In Game of Thrones, Kirkjufell represents Arrowhead Mountain. The Hound and his gang see the ominous mountain north of the wall when they’re hunting down a wight.
Spend time in Snaefellsjökul National Park, immortalized in Jules Verne’s novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” The lush fields of the park center around an active volcano. In the novel, the top of the volcano is the entrance to the center of the earth. Snaefellsjökul was also used in the film adaptation of the novel.
Snaefellsnes Peninsula has beautiful sights hidden around every corner. Seek out Djúalónssandur Beach and Dritvik Cove, Lóndrangar Cliff, and charming coastal villages.
Your hotel for the night is on Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
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Day 10 — Reykjanes Peninsula and Departure
Prepare for the grand finale of your 10 days in Iceland. Reykjanes Peninsula surrounds Reykjavik and is home to Keflavik International Airport and the Blue Lagoon. See the highlights of this stunning area before you board your flight home!
Your first stop of the day is Kleifarvatn Lake, an enormous turquoise lake surrounded by a barren landscape. Nearby, see the rustic Hósnesviti Lighthouse.
Book a trip to the Blue Lagoon as an optional extra. Iceland’s most beloved attraction has also starred in a few movies. The cloudy turquoise waters gave an eerie atmosphere to horror movie Hostel II. The geothermal spring was also featured in The Fifth Estate.
Take time to walk along the ink black sands of Sandvík Cove. The volcanic black sand beach stood in for the Japanese island of Iwo Jima in both Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers. The black sands of Reykjanes Peninsula are very similar to those of the Pacific islands.
Your personal itinerary will point you to the coastline where Ben Stiller plunged into the ocean in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. We’ll also show you the scenes used to depict future Earth in Judge Dredd.
And scene! You’ve completed your star-studded tour of Iceland’s film and TV locations. Collect your Academy Award and head to the airport for your flight home.
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Self-drive tour is a package tour that includes accommodation, car rental and suggested itinerary. The tours are self-guided but we provide you with information to make sure you know where to go and what to see, as well as general practical information about Iceland.
Included with our tours are accommodation and car rental, as described for each tour, itinerary with suggested points of interest along the way, GPS points for each stop (accommodation, activities, points of interest), and a detailed self-drive handbook with lots of practical information.
We use a very varied mix of local accommodations.
Comfort rooms are private rooms with private bathroom in guesthouses, hotels, motels, lodges, etc. Approximately 3-star rating.
Budget rooms are private rooms with shared bathroom at guesthouses, hostels, hotels, etc. Approximately 2-star rating.
4WD vehicles are recommended during winter months (October – April) but it doesn’t need to be a jeep, it is safest to drive a vehicle that you are comfortable with so if you’re not used to driving large cars then a smaller, but 4WD, might be a better option. In summer any vehicle is good, depending on how many are traveling together, how much luggage you carry along and how much you’re willing to pay.
This depends on the itinerary, some are faster paced while others are more relaxed. Days can range from 200-400 km, though very few days exceed 350 km. Of course you are your own driver and guide while on a self drive tour so you are free to make detours as you wish.
It is always a good idea to make sure you have good travel insurance, as you never know what might happen while in a foreign country. Sure it costs a bit extra, but it can take a load off the mind and end up being totally worth it in case something should happen.
Take a look at what type of insurance is provided with your credit card, alternatively buy special travel insurance from an insurance provider.
As for the car rental, you can opt to buy extra insurance at the time of collecting the car. It may be wise to buy extra insurance such as windshield protection, as a cracked windshield from a stone being thrown off another car is among the most common incidents on Icelandic roads.
Other extra car insurances would be for example sand and ash protection, or additional insurance to lower the self-risk in case of an incident.
Our self drive adventures have been optimized for the best value experience, which includes doing some thrilling activities in the amazing Icelandic nature. As the packages are offered at the best possible price no partial refunds or modifications to the itinerary can be permitted. That includes opting out of an included activity and getting a refund for that activity. You can, of course, choose not to do the activity but as mentioned there would be no partial refunds of the package price.
You should contact the service provider in question: If there is a problem with the car, contact the car rental. If you have troubles finding the hotel (which shouldn’t happen as you will be provided with the address and GPS coordinates), you should call the hotel.
If you have questions about an activity, contact the activity provider. You will receive all the necessary contact information from us.
We cannot guarantee twin beds but a large majority of our hotels can accommodate twin bed arrangements and clients can contact the hotels directly after purchase to request a twin bed arrangement.
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