Plan Your Own Tour
If you start planing your trip to Iceland in time and you want to be your own tour operator, then you have many options to choose from. We recommend that you set yourself some guidelines: a budget, the length of time you wish to stay, what you want to do and what you want to see. If you are a nature lover and want to enjoy the peace, quiet and endless calm of the Icelandic wilderness, then we recommend you give yourself ample time to do so.
Our website is organised for those who want to plan their own itinerary. Here you should be able to find the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all tourism-related companies and individuals in Iceland. On these pages we will take you through the country region-by-region, describing the landscape and offering lists of regional services. Alternately, you can use the search engine to help you. Should you require further information, we suggest contacting the respective regional information centres directly.
We also recommend contacting the Reykjavík Bus Centre (BSÍ) for comprehensive information about coach lines and touring by coach in Iceland. Some of their special coach passes are:
The Full Circle Pass
no time limit - limited bus routes
The Full Circle Pass is valid for one trip around Iceland on ringroad No. 1 (you must keep to one direction for the entire circle) and on all scheduled buses operated on this route. There is no time limit. You can break your journey wherever you like and for as long as you wish. The bus route for the Full Circle Pass is marked with red dots on the map. Please note that there is no bus service between Akureyri-Egilsstaðir-Höfn from 1/10-15/5. All scheduled buses not covered by the Full Circle Pass have to be paid extra. Holders of the pass receive a 5% discount on all tours with a BONUS sign, when bought at the BSI office or from a foreign agent. Price: £150 / $230.
Please note: The West Iceland Passport can also be used in connection with the Full Circle Pass.
West Fjords Full-Circle Pass
No time limit - limited bus routes
Nearly the same as above, though with the "West Fjord circle" included. The ticket is not valid from Borgarnes to Brú on the ring road; instead it is valid from Borgarnes to Stykkishólmur, across Breiðafjörður with the ferry Baldur, and from Brjánslækur to Ísafjörður (not Breiðavík and Látrabjarg) - from Ísafjörður to Hólmavík and from there to Brú. Also valid in the other direction. Holders of the Pass receive a 5% discount on all tours with a BONUS sign, when bought at the BSI office in Reykjavík or from foreign agents. Please note: West Iceland Passport can also be used in connection with Full Circle Pass.
The Omnibus Passport - with time limit
- all scheduled bus routes
The Omnibus passport is available in 1, 2, 3 or 4 week passes and is valid on all scheduled bus routes in Iceland. These are all marked on this map. Here you can travel as much as you like on all scheduled buses, within the chosen time limit. Holders of the Omnibus Pass receive a 5% discount on all tours with a BONUS sign, when bought at the BSI office in Reykjavik or from foreign agents. The bus pass can start on any day of the week and is valid exactly 7, 14, 21 or 28 days - in other words, a bus pass starting on Monday is valid up to and including Sunday (NOT until Monday).
Open Voucher System
(Free & Easy Voucher)
This is perhaps the most economical way to see and experience Iceland. The traveller buys a bus pass, plus the needed number of 'BSÍ free and easy' sleeping bag vouchers.
Akureyri Bus Terminal
BSÍ Travel (Reykjavik Bus Terminal)
Car, Plane and Ferry
You can also rent a car or take a cheap domestic flight. There are a number of local and international car rental agencies in Iceland, offering anything from small compact cars to four-wheel drive vehicles, for day trips or longer excursions. Air travel is a quick, convenient and affordable way of getting around in Iceland. Flights link towns all over the country and are used extensively. Ferries also link a number of islands and fjords. Some ferries operate all year-round, others on an irregular basis in Winter.