10 Day Slow-Paced Summer Self-Drive | Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Golden Circle & South Coast

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Immerse yourself in Iceland without rushing a single site by booking this slow-paced summer self-drive holiday. For ten days, you’ll be able to enjoy a wealth of destinations on th...

Immerse yourself in Iceland without rushing a single site by booking this slow-paced summer self-drive holiday. For ten days, you’ll be able to enjoy a wealth of destinations on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Golden Circle and the South Coast, all in your own time.

Those looking to explore Iceland in-depth need to look no further. On this tour, you will spend two nights in a row at each location outside of Reykjavík, allowing you to fully comprehend why Snæfellsnes is called 'Iceland in Miniature', marvel at natural and historical sites on the Golden Circle, and explore the South Coast all the way up to the unbelievable Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, giving every landmark en route the time it deserves. 

Throughout your travels, you’ll have options to take all manner of excursions, such as snork...


9 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for comfort and quality levels. More detailed info below)
Vehicle for 10 days (Toyota Aygo or similar. Upgrades available)
CDW insurance for super budget level vehicle; other levels also include SCDW and gravel protection insurances
Detailed itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary


Glacier Hiking
Super Jeep
Whale Watching
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity


Golden Circle
West Iceland

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Iceland

On day one, you will arrive at Keflavík International Airport, and pick up your car. From there, you will take a drive along the haunting, volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula to the city of Reykjavík.

If you are not in a rush to get to the capital, however, you can use this time to better explore the lunar landscapes around you. Just south of the airport is Gunnuhve...

Day 2

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Day One

On your second day, you will head to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This 90-kilometre long stretch of land is home to a wealth of wonders, and the scenic drive there takes you past mighty mountains, long fjords and rolling hills.

You’ll get to see a wealth of geological formations as you enter Snæfellsnes, such as at Eldborg crater and the Gerðuberg hexagonal bas...

Day 3

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Day Two

Due to the enormous wealth of sites on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, you will be able to pack another day full of adventure here.

You could start by heading to Bjarnahöfn, home to the Shark Museum. Icelanders have for centuries enjoyed fermented Greenlandic shark as a delicacy, and here you can see the processes used to create it, and taste the results. Just not...

Day 4

West Iceland

On your fourth day, you will head towards the Golden Circle, but as this tour emphasises a slow and steady pace, you’ll make sure you enjoy all the sites en route first.

West Iceland has incredible natural landmarks. It is home to the highest-flowing hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver, and two iconic waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. You can explore...

Day 5

The Golden Circle

On Day Five, you will embark on Iceland’s most renowned and beloved sightseeing route, the Golden Circle. The trail consists of three points, all equal in beauty and allure.

The most famous waterfall in the country is Gullfoss, otherwise known as ‘the Golden Waterfall’; its name is where the title ‘the Golden Circle’ came from. Falling in two tiers and plungi...

Day 6

The South Coast, Day One

On your sixth day, you will begin your three-day exploration of Iceland’s marvellous South Coast.

As you leave from the Golden Circle, you will find your route descend to run alongside the ocean; on your right, you will be able to see across to the Westman Islands in clear weather, and to your left, the notorious subglacial volcanoes Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrd...

Day 7

The South Coast, Day Two

On day seven, you will get to see two marvellous sites of the south-east, considered by many to be the most beautiful in Iceland, both located within Vatnajökull National Park.

The first of these is Skaftafell Nature Reserve, so otherworldly that it was the first National Park in the area. It is a hiker’s paradise, with trails leading to a wealth of sites thr...

Day 8

The South Coast, Day Three

On your eighth day, you will drive from Klaustur back to Reykjavík. This journey gives you ample time to enjoy any sites that you missed the following days, or to return to your favourites under different conditions. Of course, you can also rush back to the city so that you get more time in the capital.

Today, there is one incredible tour that you can choose...

Day 9

Reykjavik Free Day

On Day Nine, you have a free day in Reykjavík and a wealth of options for how to spend it.

You could, of course, use it to explore the city itself. The main street Laugavegur has a wealth of boutiques, bars and restaurants, and there are many architectural sites, such as Hallgrímskirkja church and Harpa Concert Hall, to explore.

If you’d rather maintain your a...

Day 10

Departure Day

Today is your last day in Iceland. If your flight is late, you can use the time to say goodbye to Reykjavík, explore the Reykjanes Peninsula, or, if you didn’t on the first day, take a dip in the Blue Lagoon.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to drive to Keflavík International Airport, return your vehicle and check in. Have a good flight and know that Iceland will be here waiting for your return. 


What to bring

Driver's License
Warm and waterproof Clothes
Good shoes
Swimsuit and towel

Good to know

Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavík City or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license is required, along with a one-year long on-road experience. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.

Some optional activities are seasonal only. Others might need either a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkelling, and all participants must know how to swim.

Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.


See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. Please keep in mind that hotel quality in Iceland varies among locations and availability is highly limited. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. Please note that not all locations offer quality level accommodation. Comfort level accommodation will be arranged at those particular locations, which is reflected in the quality level upgrade price. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels. Located in the region of the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.


Rooms with shared bathrooms in farmhouses, guesthouses or hostels, with good locations near the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.


Rooms with a private bathroom in three star hotels or quality guesthouses. Very close to the best attractions at each location. Breakfast is included.


Rooms with a private bathroom in a four star hotel or superior rooms in a quality three star hotel at the best locations in Iceland. Breakfast is included.


Below you can see the car rental options available for this self-drive tour. All our vehicles are new or current models, of maximum 2 years of age. Super Budget levels come with standard CDW insurance, while all other levels also include Gravel Protection (GP), and Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) insurances. Please note that off-road driving is illegal for all types of cars. All levels come equipped with a GPS and free Wi-fi. You can enjoy unlimited data with the Wi-Fi device, which can be connected to up to 10 devices at once. The car rental will provide 24-hour roadside emergency services. Age requirement for each level can be found below. For all levels, the driver must possess a valid driving license for at least one year before the date of the rental. We recommend Budget 4X4 level for summer driving and Comfort 4X4 for winter driving.

Super Budget 2WD

A small 2WD vehicle such as Toyota Aygo or similar, fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions. Compact and comfortable for up to 2 travellers with very little luggage. No highland capabilities. The driver must be of 20 years of age or above.

Budget 2WD

A basic 2WD vehicle, such as a Toyota Yaris or similar, suitable for travelling in everyday conditions. Comfortable for 3 travellers with light luggage. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities. The driver must be of 20 years of age or above.

Budget 4x4

A basic 4WD (4X4) jeep or SUV such as a Dacia Duster or similar. Comfortably fit up to 3 travellers with 2 large pieces of luggage. Fit for most travel and decent for snow and off-asphalt driving. Has basic highland capabilities. The driver must be of 20 years of age or above.

Comfort 4x4

A medium sized 4WD (4x4) jeep or SUV such as a Toyota Rav4, or similar. Comfortably fit up to 4 travellers with 3 large pieces of luggage. Fit for most travel and good for snow and off-asphalt driving. Has basic highland capabilities. The driver must be of 21 years of age or above.

Luxury 4x4

A large 4WD jeep such as a Toyota Land Cruiser or similar. Comfortable for up to 4 travellers with 4 large pieces of luggage. Fit for nearly all travelling. Has full highland capabilities to drive on accessible mountain roads. The driver must be of 21 years of age or above.

Van 2WD

A large 9-seater van such as a Renault Trafic or similar. Comfortable for groups of 5 to 7 travellers. If seated full, luggage space is limited. Fit for everyday conditions. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities. The driver must be of 23 years of age or above.


You can now add meals to your booking. Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.