General stuff We booked the 14 days tour in smalles possible rental car (Toyota Yaris, probably the most frequently seen car in Iceland!) with a specialised German travel agency Troll Tours and payed 1710 EUR per person (for the car, the flights and B&B). As we brought some food along from home, and breakfast was included in the package, we hardly spent any additional money (there are pretty much no entrance fees to pay in Iceland, with the exception of the odd church or rebuilt Viking farm).
The accomodations (mostly farms and guesthouses) where booked in advance and equiped with maps and vouchers you travel past these “stations”. Changements to the route are possible and shouldn't be a problem (at least they told us), but in my opinion the different legs where already chosen idealy.
As 14 days pass quickely (but due to financial reasons and lack of time) we had to leave out the beautiful Westfjords. Also lacking a 4WD (again, the money...) we couldn't visit the highlands (the “Interior”) and a number of other areas and sights either.
Timing Traveling towards the end of August has a few advantages. On the one hand, the tourist season is pretty much ending, but the weather is still quite “bearable”. To be more specific, we stayed there between the 14th and 28th of August. A bit of a bummer was, however, that all the cute puffins have left already :.( and also the wales decided to go somewhere else. Nevertheless, the few tourists left didn't ruine the nature experience anymore nor spoiled the photos.
But for two rainy days we were very lucky with the weather, as you can see on the photos.
Stages Iceland has a top speed limit of 90 km/h, which is only reasonable considering that most of the roads are extremely narrow and curvish and have plenty of blind spots. Also, most of the roads are not sealed, and at the end of your holidays you are going to be an experienced gravel road driver. So, as you also would like to see some of the magnificent landscape, you should never try to go farther the 400 km a day — and that's pushing it.
More realistic would be a maximum of 250 km per day, especially, if you want to talk about “holidays” ...
Maps Try to get maps in advance from your local automotive association, as the material you get with the rental car might be quite sparse. Definitely try to get a map in advance, as they are quite expensive in Iceland (actually, everything is expensive in Iceland...). However, for most purposes the maps you find in your decent travel guide (book) should be fine.
Statistics · Total distance driven: 3809 km
· Average distance per day: 293 km
· Standard deviation from mean: 16.5 km
· Shortest trip: 106 km
· Longest trip: 518 km

Overview of our route:


Map in higher resolution (418 kb)
Day 1 Keflavík — Reykjanesviti — Grinvavík — Keflavík, 106 km
Day 2 Keflavík — Glymur — Borganes — Eldborg — Ytri-Tunga, 277 km
Day 3 Ytri-Tunga — Anarstapi — Ólafsvík — Stykkishólmur — Ytri-Tunga, 261 km
Day 4 Ytri-Tunga — Hindisvík — Hrútey — Akureyri — Engimýri, 518 km
Day 5 Engimýri — *foss — Ásbyrgi — Húsavik — Myvatn, 389 km
Day 6 Myvatn — Vindbelgarfjall — Viti — Krafla — Hverfjall — Myvatn, 106 km
Day 7 Myvatn — Raufarhöfn — Þorshöfn — Vopnafjörður — Egilstaðir, 441 km
Day 8 Egilstaðir — Hengifoss — Reyðarfjörður — Djúpivogur — Brunnhóll in Mýrar, 457 km
Day 9 Brunnhóll in Mýrar — Jökulsárlón — Skaftafell — Brunnhóll in Mýrar, 215 km
Day 10 Brunnhóll in Mýrar — Kirkjubæjarklaustur — Vík — Mýrdalur, 307 km
Day 11 Mýrdalur — Hvolsvöllur — Þjófafoss — Stöng — Sel in Grímsnes, 295 km
Day 12 Sel in Grímsnes — Nesjavellir — Þingvellir — Gullfoss — Sel in Grímsnes, 230 km
Day 13 Sel in Grímsnes — Selfoss — Krýsuvík North — Þorlákshöfn — Reykjavík, 207 km
Day 14 Reykjavík