Self Drive Tour North Iceland Coastal Charm


Duration: 5 days, 4 nights / Season: All year / Departure: All days / Language: English

North Iceland is Icelanders’ favourite outdoor recreation destination. Discover why with this Self Drive Tour North Iceland Coastal Charm. You’ll be put front and center in ideal areas of north Iceland to enjoy an exciting variety of activities for the whole family. New road tunnels have opened up this area for year-round driving holidays. Stay in the culturally-vibrant Akureyri and the newly-popular actvitiy destination of Siglufjordur to enjoy northern Iceland’s brand of outdoor fun, beautiful scenery and local charm

Summer: The long daylight hours make it possible to fill your itinerary with activities! Hike on trails taking you to breath-taking scenic vistas. Paddle through glacier-white water on rafting trips. Ride a surefooted, friendly Icelandic horse into beautiful landscapes. Go whalewatching in a traditional oak boat or a RIB boat. Play golf long into the evening. Afterwards, relax in geothermal pools and friendly cafes. Recommended car type: Category 2.0 or higher.

Winter: North Iceland is a winter sports paradise! Try skiing and snowboarding at scenic resorts, along with ice skating, snowmobiling and whalewatching. Warm up in geothermal pools and cosy cafes. Create a flexible ski holiday by adding in the 5×5 Ski Iceland pass (details below). Category 1.3 (Suzuki Swift 4WD or similar).

The 5 X 5 Ski Iceland Pass Add-on

Winter in the North offers a true winter sports paradise, promising pleasure and spiritual renewal in the embrace of snow-covered mountains. There is even the chance of skiing under northern lights. The new 5 X 5 Ski Iceland Pass gives you access to five well-equipped and well-lit ski resorts open between November and May. Each ski area has its own special focus within North Iceland’s magnificent landscape. Both families and extreme ski adventurers can experience their own type of fantastic ski holiday with excellent facilities for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and extreme sport experiences. Ski rental and instruction in English is also available.

The Ski Iceland pass grants you access to five resorts over five days. Whether you ski at all the resorts or focus on one resort for the period, the pass gives you total flexibility at a great price.

What’s in it for you?

  • Worry-free travelling
  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion app.
  • Electronic version of the Iceland Travel Guide. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Guide booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure!
  • Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day and hunt for northern lights in the evening


  • Visit Akureyri, famous for its year-round natural beauty and lively cultural scene.
  • Stay in Siglufjordur, a colorful town with its own distinctive heritage and great access to outdoor activities
  • Discover the charming coastal culture of Eyjafjordur, Skagafjordur and the Troll Peninsula, areas gaining international popularity for year-round recreation and stunning views of the sea and mountains.
  • Wind along roads taking you by black-sand beaches, beautiful old churches and quality local museums.
  • Indulge in locally-crafted delights in area microbreweries, bakeries, and dairy farms.
  • Enjoy fun winter activities like skiing, ice skating and snowmobiling in an outdoor adventure paradise.
  • Stay in a part of Iceland ideal for glimpsing the amazing northern lights. (For travel between Mid-September and mid-April)



  • 2 nights in Akureyri at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar, including breakfast
  • 2 nights in Siglufjordur at Hotel Siglo, or similar, including breakfast
  • 4WD Rental car for 4 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT**
  • GPS system with car and additional authorised driver
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Akureyri
  • Access to our emergency phone line, open 24 hours
  • SIM card worth ISK 2000: unlimited minutes of local calls + 1GB of data. StandardMicro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland (only until 30.April 2018)
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (picked up at Keflavik airport with your car rental). The app includes:
  • Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
  • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
  • Detailed description of the customer´s journey, including hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel
  • A map view of the Iceland road trip
  • Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

**Please note that the package price is based on 4 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental.

Not Included

  • Breakfast on arrival day.
  • International airfare.
  • Airfare to/from Akureyri  (can be arranged through Iceland Travel).
  • Hotel nights in Reykjavik (can be arranged through Iceland Travel).
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended).
  • Gasoline/petrol.
  • Admissions and activities.
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary .
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 1400 (2:00pm).
  • Guaranteed late check-out .
  • Winter Ski rental (available at Hlidarfjall ski area).
  • Winter Admission to ski areas (can be included with purchase of 5 X 5 pass).
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”.





Day 1 – Akureyri

Distance is variable

Cultural Capital of Northern Iceland – Winter Fun in Eyjafjordur

Approximate driving distance: varies

Pick up your car from the Akureyri airport and drive to your hotel in Akureyri.

The rest of the day is open to enjoy Akureyri and surroundings. This town has gained an international reputation for its combination of small-town charm and a great cultural scene. Take a stroll down the art gallery street and drink in the atmosphere of a local coffee shop. Enjoy outdoor fun just on the city‘s door step. The surrounding Eyjafjordurarea also has a nice focus on local food culture with microbreweries, family-run bakeries, ice cream shops and a cafe located on a dairy farm. A great selection of restaurants and pubs makes Akureyri a great town for friendly nightlife.  After enjoying a day of fun, you can relax in the Akureyri Geothermal Swimming Pool with its lap pool, varied hot tubs and steam room.

Winter Activity Recommendations:

  • Hlidarfjall (Akureyri Ski area) is a favourite ski area of Icelanders located just a short drive from the town centre. You can also take a local bus from the town to the ski area. Enjoy high-quality snow, great cross country ski tracks and exciting ski slopes with breath-taking views over Eyjafjordur Fjord.  Snow blowers and well-lighted slopes ensure fine skiing conditions through the winter.  Expert ski and snowboard trainers are on hand to assist skiers from all experience levels.  Ski rentals are available.  Hlidarfjall admission is included in  the Ski Iceland Pass add-on
  • Horseback Riding – A winter ride on friendly Icelandic horses in the beautiful area around Eyjafjordur is a memorable and fun experience for people of all riding abilities.  All necessary riding equipment is provided.
  • The Akureyri Skating Hall, operated by the Akureyri Skate Association, is a first-class skating rink within walking distance of the old city centre. The rink is open for general skating on weekends.  Skate rental available
  • Dogsledding – Experience a fun ride in a sled pulled by friendly huskies.   You can even try your own hand at dog mushing.
  • Snowmobiling – Take a thrilling one-hour snowmobile through areas with spectacular views over the Eyjafjordur Fjord and the mountains of Troll Peninsula.
  • Take a northern lights excursion by bus or jeep. The area makes a stunning backdrop if the conditions are right for the elusive northern lights to make an appearance.
  • Buggy Rides- Hurtle along coastal paths and roads in a special all-terrain Buggy vehicle.  Guided tours are available near Akureyri

Summer Activity Recommendations

  • Whale watching- The deep waters of Eyjafjordur make this area ideal for whale watching, especially for glimpsing humpbacked whales (whale sightings are very likely but not guaranteed): Try classic whale watching in a boat or board an adrenaline –pumping high speed RIB boat
  • Golf- Play golf in a spectacular natural setting at the Jadar Golf Course in Akureyri.  The course is open May – October, and it has the distinction of being the world’s northernmost 18-hole golf course.
  • Hiking- There are great hiking paths in and around Akureyri.  Kjarnaskogur forest reserve is a local favourite with a vast network of backcountry trails winding through the forest, and even a bird watching shelter. You can also hike up Sulur mountain to get an astonishing view over the town and the fjord.
  • Trout fishing– several local operators offer guided fly fishing tours for Brown Trout or Arctic Char on rivers and lakes in North Iceland
  • Horseback Riding – A summer ride on friendly Icelandic horses in the lush green nature around Eyjafjordur is a memorable and fun experience for people of all riding abilities.  All necessary riding equipment is provided.
  • Biking- If you have brought your own bike to Iceland, enjoy the specially-designed mountain bike trail in Kjarnaskogur forest.
  • Buggy Rides- Hurtle along coastal paths and roads in a special all-terrain Buggy vehicle.  Guided tours are available near Akureyri
  • Boat trips- Take a guided boat tour to Grimsey island (population 80), located only 25 nautical miles from the Arctic Circle.  Learn about the area’s whale and bird life and enjoy the scenery.  You’ll also meet some of the locals and try a delicious island fish dish.
  • Birdwatching- There are11 sites in and around Akureyri that are ideal for bird watching. 
  • Rafting- North Iceland’s glacier fed rivers offer an ideal blend of adventure and scenery.  Rafting trips are available from scenic floats to action-packed adrenaline day tours.

Highlights: Akureyri – Akureyri Folk Museum – Nonni House

Optional: North Iceland 5 X 5 Ski Iceland Pass – Akureyri Art and City Walk (from Akureyri) – Horses and Heritage (from Akureyri)


Day 2 – Open Day in Akureyri

Distance is variable

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today is yours to enjoy more of the Akureyri area and its great winter recreation.

Overnight in Akureyri

Optional: North Iceland 5 X 5 Ski Iceland Pass – Snowmobiling from Akureyri


Day 3 – The Troll Peninsula

Approximate distance: ca. 75km / 47miles

Scenic Coastal Roads- Charming Villages- Troll Peninsula- Historical Siglufjordur

Breakfast at your hotel. You will be following scenic and winding coastal roads. Remember to listen to the weather and forecast and take the driving at a slow pace, both to enjoy the view and to be safe.  Drive along Eyjafjordur Fjordand to the area of Trollaskagi, the Troll Peninsula and Siglufjordur Fjord.  The opening of new road tunnels in 2010 has made this region of mountains and sea accessible to visitors year-round.  Pass through charming fishing villages en route to Siglufjordur.  This town is considered one of Iceland‘s most beautiful, with carefully-preserved old houses and a new hotel (Siglo) cleverly constructed to blend in with the historical atmosphere. Recently the town has been attracting a reputation as a cosy winter resort due to the excellent skiing in the peninsula.

The Troll Peninsula was been moulded by glaciers during the ages, leaving behind powerful mountains, beautiful valleys and gorgeous mountain lakes. There is a feeling of magic and tranquillity here.   The area is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who want to enjoy outdoor sports with the feeling of being in the highlands far away from tourist crowds.

In addition to outdoor sports, Siglufjordur is an excellent base to explore the area‘s history and culture. The town‘s award-winning Herring Era Museum offers insights into a fascinating 20th-century event that changed both Siglufjordur and Iceland.  The town also offers a new microbrewery, Segull 66 and dining at several restaurants with a home-like ambience. Overnight in Siglufjordur.  If conditions are right, you might see northern lights this evening.

Winter Activity Recommendations: 

  • Siglufjordur Ski Area – Located about 15 minutes drive from Siglufjordur, the ski slopes of Skardsdalur Valley are considered among the best in Iceland for their varying terrain and breathtaking views. Three lifts carry skiers up to the slopes. There are also areas for cross country skiing and a ski lodge. Hlidarfjall admission is included in the Ski Iceland Pass.
  • The  Olafsfjordur area offers ideal conditions for winter sports. The neighbouring mountains and valleys have ideal terrain for snowmobiling and the environment is particulary well-situated to skiing. In Olafsfjordur there is one lift suited for both beginners and professionals. The Tindaoxl ski area is equipped with ski lifts and excellent slalom tracks. Snowboarding enthusiasts have large pristine areas at their disposal. Admission to this area is included in the Ski Iceland Pass.
  • Dalvik Ski area is about midway between Akureyri and Siglufjordur and and has one of the best skiing areas in the country with beautiful views overlooking black sand beaches and the sea. There is a wide variety of runs suitable for all members of the family. One of the slopes is floodlit for night skiing. The area is equipped with a new snow making machine system which ensures ideal skiing conditions.  Dalvik admission is included in the Ski Iceland Pass.
  • Whale Watching is possible from Dalvik in November, March and April.  This unique boat tour has a high success rate in spotting whales and dolphins. You’ll also have a chance to try some sea angling and have a taste of freshly-caught fish.
  • Swimming pools in Dalvik and Olafsfjordur are great places to relax and offer fantastic views of the area scenery.

Summer Activity Recommendations

  • Whale Watching is offered from Dalvik.  This unique boat tour has a high success rate in spotting whales and dolphins. You’ll also have a chance to try some sea angling and have a taste of freshly-caught fish.
  • Swimming pools in Dalvik and Olafsfjordur are great places to relax and offer fantastic views of the area scenery
  • Hiking-  With such spectacular scenery,  the Troll Peninsula is home to numerous hiking routes. You should be able to find all levels of difficulties, from easy stroll in Svarfaðardalur Nature Reserve to hiking up challenging  mountain tops.
  • Boat Tours – enjoy sailing in an oak boat under the Arctic midnight sun.  It is a magical and romantic experience to see the sun go down to meet the horizon and immediately rise again.
  • Golf– Three 9-hole golf courses are located on the Troll Peninsula, each offering beautiful scenery and some challenging holes.
  • Fishing– Freshwater fishing is possible on two area rivers. It is necessary to purchase a fishing license beforehand.
  • Canoeing –  Guided canoe tours are available at  Svarfaðardalur  River near Dalvik
  • Horseback Riding– Guided horseback riding tours are possible in such interesting places as a bird-filled nature reserve, along the seacoast and on historic mountain trails.

Highlights: Siglufjordur – Trollaskagi (Troll Peninsula) – Dalvík

Optional: North Iceland 5 X 5 Ski Iceland Pass – Arctic Whale Watching (from Dalvik)


Day 4 – Winter Fun in North Iceland

Distance is variable

Peninsulas and Fjords – Skiing and Winter Fun – Local Heritage

Breakfast at your hotel. You will be following scenic and winding coastal roads. Remember to listen to the weather and forecast and take the driving at a slow pace, both to enjoy the view and to be safe. Today is open for you to explore the areas of Troll Peninsula, Eyjafjordur and Skagafjordur. You can enjoy skiing, snowmobiling or other winter sports. The area offers many cultural points of interest. Holar has interesting buildings reflecting 900 years of Icelandic history, including a beautiful church. The Emigration Centre in Hofsos focuses on the experiences of 19th-century Icelanders who sought a new life in the North and South America (Both places open during the winter by appointment). Dalvik‘s wonderfully-eclectic Hvoll Museum focuses on local history, including Iceland‘s famous giant. Icelandic handicrafts enthusiasts might enjoy visiting Suturann, a unique Icelandic tannery in Saudarkrokur that includes fish skin among its quality products (Open on weekdays). Overnight in Siglufjordur.

Area Activity Recommendations: 

  • In the winter, the Tindastoll ski area near Saudarkrokur is particularly well-suited for families. The slopes are equipped with a new snow making machine. The area offers well laid-out tracks for cross country skiing as well as a special zone reserved for snowboarding. Ski rental and refreshments available on site. Tindastoll admission is included in the Ski Iceland Pass.
  • Skagafjordur is famous as a centre for Icelandic horse farms. Several companies in this area offer year-round horseback riding tours suited to all skill levels. Experience the peace of winter on paths that show you great views over the region‘s plains and mountains.
  • Relax at the Hofsos Swimming Pool (nicknamed by locals as the “Infinity Pool.”). Created and given to the village by an artist and an architect, this public swimming pool has beautifully-designed facilities. The geothermal pool seems to extend into the ocean with fantastic views of Drangey Island (Opening hours: Weekdays:  07:05 – 13:05 (7:05 am – 1:05pm) and 17:15 – 20:15 (5:15pm – 8:15pm) ; Saturday and Sunday:  11:00 – 15:00 (11:00am – 3:00pm).
  • Boat Tours-  Between mid-May and August you can take a guided boat tour out to the famous “Saga Island” Drangey.  Hike with the guide to the top of the island on a trail bringing you into good viewing of seabirds, including puffins (Puffins best seen mid-May to early August)

Highlights: The Herring Era Museum – Saudárkrókur – Skagafjordur Fjord – Icelandic Emigration Centre – Hofsos

Optional: North Iceland 5 X 5 Ski Iceland Pass


Day 5 – Siglufjordur to Akureyri

Approximate distance: ca75km / 47miles

Farewell to the Fjords and Ski Slopes

Breakfast at your hotel. Today drive back to Akureyri, visiting towns and enjoying a last outdoor adventure en route. Drop off your car at Akureyri airport.

Please note: The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings, therefore, cannot be guaranteed.

Extend Your Time in Iceland!-  Add some more of the north to your package with extra nights. Iceland Travel can add in extra nights in Akureyri so you can enjoy the Lake Myvatn area, Husavik and the Diamond Circle. We can also help with building a complete winter experience with booking hotel nights in the Reykjavik area and round-trip flights between Reykjavik and Akureyri.

Price: from Fr. 212.00 / night and person