Vanlife road trip in the most spectacular scenery on Earth. The ocean view lounge, the volcano view bedroom and the geothermal river in the backyard are parts of the standard equipment. And the best GPS, our Icelandic guide who navigates you through the wonders of the island is a real gift.
8 days / 7 nights*
Reykjavík - Keflavik Intl. Airport (KEF)
The golden circle of Iceland starting and finishing in Reykjavík
5 nights in fully equipped 2 person vans, 2 nights in capsule hotel in Akureyri
6 day rental of fully equipped 2 person Nissan NV200 van with heating and water, complete camping equipment, Skorri the best Icelandic tour guide.
From € 1490
*The duration of the trip lasts from meeting at Reykjavík - Keflavik Intl. Airport (KEF) until the flight home from the same airport.
Iceland is one of the world’s most incredible destinations, largely due to its jaw-dropping natural landscape. It has everything from lava fields to glaciers.
However, visiting all the sights could take months and cost a fortune. How can you possibly decide what’s worth seeing when there are so many things to choose from like volcanos, geysers, waterfalls, hot water springs, basalt columns, huge crevices, glaciers, lagunes, and mud pools, and when several months wouldn’t be enough to see it all? Where should you book your stay and what should you eat in a country where a bed in a hostel can cost 100 euros a night? What is the best time of year to go so the inclement weather doesn’t ruin your plans? You’ll definitely need some expertise to help you with those questions.
GoBeyond’s answer to these tricky questions is two campervan tours of Iceland; one in autumn, one in summer. Each tour is organized by a local Icelandic tour guide who jam pack the itinerary with both the absolute must-see sights and hidden gems.
The campervan is a transformed minibus with heating, a table, chairs, a basic kitchen, a bed and bedding. By going with a campervan, you’ll get the spontaneity and adventure of backpacking, while also enjoying the comfort of a hotel stay. There’s always a place you can escape to when you need a moment, and you’ll have a warm bed to sleep in at the end of a long and exciting day.
It’s important to be flexible when touring Iceland. Your tour guides will keep an eye on the weather forecasts, and things can always be adapted if rain clouds make the existing plan tricky. In a country where it rains almost every day, the best kind of tour is one that can escape the clouds at a moment’s notice. By keeping an eye on the weather and trying to steer clear of clouds, we have the best chance of seeing the northern lights during the autumn tour. In Iceland, forward thinking and planning are super important, when it comes to keeping the reins on our budget too. One of the ways we keep the cost of our tour affordable is by shopping local ingredients together and cooking meals on our campervan’s grill. Surprisingly, there are some things in Iceland, which are actually cheaper than in other parts of the world. These include world-class lamb hearts, cod, crustaceans, lamb, and beef. Forget that old stereotype of fermented shark meat!
The duration of the trip lasts from meeting at Reykjavík - Keflavik Intl. Airport (KEF) until the flight home from the same airport. The flight there and back might take an extra day, depending on where you are travelling from.
All vans are fully equipped and fit 2 people. They all have the following equipment: sink & running water, refrigerator, gas stove + extra gas cylinder, cooking and kitchenware, sofa-bed with linen, duvets and pillows, modern heating system, extra battery, gps, table + two chairs
Your local guide Skorri is a nature enthusiast, he reads weather signs like a true survivor. He is prepared for every question and always has a Plan B if nature changes the plans.
Changeable, 8-13 ºC during the day, wind, rain, sunshine (anything can happen), 2-8 ºC in the night
We will try to visit all the major sights in Iceland and thanks to our local guide Skorri we will also see some non touristy hidden gems. Just to mention a few, geysers, bubbling mud-springs, pitch-black beach covered by lava sand, lava tunnels, aurora borealis, seals, puffins in their natural habitat, thermal baths with beautiful blue water, super-active volcanic valleys, full of sulfurous eruptions, local craft beers in Reykjavik are all on the menu.
You will need travel insurance that is valid in Iceland. You can contact us and we are happy to recommend the most suitable one. You don’t need to worry about the insurance of the vans, this is covered by GoBeyond.
Besides visiting restaurants and getting a real taste of the Icelandic cuisine, we will go shopping together for local ingredients and cooking meals on our campervan’s grill.
In total we will travel approx. 1300km with a daily distance ranging from 150-400 km. Iceland has very good quality concrete roads all along the trip.
In one camp we can handle a maximum of 14 guests at the same time (7 vans). Solo travelers, groups of friends and couples usually mixed nationalities.
All the photos and videos you see are from our previous camps. We produce high-quality content of all our camps, which you will receive after returning home to remember all the amazing memories.
Depending on spending habits your budget for the trip should range from 400-700 EUR. For reference, a meal in a restaurant is between 20-50 EUR, petrol for the trip will be approx. 120 EUR, entry to thermal bath is maximum 40 EUR in Mitvan – this is an optional program for the trip.
Arrival at Keflavík Airport, picking up the cars. We head to Hveragerði, to the South-West corner of the island. After checking the bubbling mud-springs, we take a walk to a hot stream, where we even take a dip in the water. If you are brave enough, you can climb into the lava tunnel not so far away.
The most famous sightseeing spots of Iceland: Geyser (the one and not only...but first discovered!) - all the geysers in the world were named after it, Gullfoss - the benchmark waterfall and last, but not least Skógafoss, which will be discovered by us inside out. The really energetic ones can discover the half-natural semi-built pool carved into the Seljavallalaug cliff.
First, we will check the basalt columns at Reynisfjara on a pitch-black beach covered by lava sand. Later on, we will make a trip to a beautiful canyon and spend the evening in Skaftafell, at the foot of Vatnajökull Glacier.
In the morning we will take a trip to the mountain and witness how the peeled off ice floes float into the ocean, while seals are chasing each other around. We spend the night in the camping of a small village, Höfn, where it is said to be the best crayfish in the whole of Iceland. Apart from that, they have a really cool swimming pool with hot water pools and slides.
We will have a long drive on beautiful roads. As we are getting closer to the Northwest part, there are less and fewer people. In the middle of the long journey, we will have a break in a small fishing village, which gives the exact feeling of a Wes Anderson movie. We finish the day quite far in the north, on the shore of the Myavtn Lake.
Before going to the thermal bath with beautiful blue water, we will have a visit at a surprisingly active volcanic valley, full of sulfurous eruptions, called Hverir. Here the world's biggest geothermal plant is working close to an already cooled down lava field. We spend the night in the second "biggest" city: Akureyri. We will experience the futuristic capsule-hotel feeling, well-known from Japanese sci-fis.
We drive through the Northwest part of the island in a single burst, with an early afternoon arrival to Reykjavík. The plan is to check out the most famous spots, buy some souvenirs, have lunch/dinner in a restaurant, listening to a good concert and trying some local craft beers for around 20 euros.
After dropping off the cars we will head back to the airport and say goodbye to each other.
The program is subject to change at any times. The final itinerary depends on current weather conditions, swell, tidal movements, the group’s surfing skills and stamina.
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Not at all. There are always people who come alone, so you can be sure that you’ll make new friends!
Every van needs to have one driver with a normal driving license, he needs to have good driving skills. Driving the van is the same as driving a large car also if needed assistance will be provided by our guides in eventual tight spots or when parking.
Very changeable weather, 8-13 ºC during the day, wind, rain, sunshine (anything can happen), 2-8 ºC in the night. We recommend bringing at least 2 sets of outdoor clothing, wind and waterproof clothing and footwear is a must. You should always have extra layers in your backpack during small hikes the weather can change very quickly. Our local guide is a weather specialist, so he will do everything to stay out of rain, but as the Icelandic saying goes “ there is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate equipment”.
Our local guide Skorri is a nature enthusiast, he reads weather signs like a true survivor. He is prepared for every question and always has a plan b if nature changes the plans.
Fully equipped cozy campervans for 2 people, capsule hotel in Akureyri.
It really depends on spending habits. We recommend a budget range of 400-700 EUR. For reference, a meal in a restaurant is between 20-50 EUR, petrol for the trip will be aprox 120 EUR, entry to thermal bath is maximum 40 EUR in Mitvan, this is an optional program for the trip.
The local currency is the Icelandic króna ISK. There is no need to change money at all, there are several ATMS, but in all of Iceland paying by card is the most popular method, actually there will be several places where you can only pay by card.
For Iceland most nationalities don’t need a Visa.
Important parts of Icelandic cuisine are lamb, dairy, and fish. We will eat in some restaurants but mostly we will go shopping and prepare food in the vans and have grill parties at the campsites.
Although we are passionate skiers, surfers and motorriders, we had to realize that there are other outdoor adventures that cannot be missed.
Just think about dog sledding in the Arctic under the Northern Lights or driving around in motorhomes from hot spring to hot spring in Iceland or Japan.
We are constantly on the lookout for great outdoor adventures, but if you don’t find here what you are looking for, we are happy to organize whatever comes to your mind.