4-Day Summer Self-Drive | Golden Circle & South Coast with Home Base in Reykjavik

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No credit card fees
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Duration
4 days
Difficulty
Medium
Language
English
Free pickup
Reykjavík

Enjoy a relaxed summer holiday in Iceland with this 4-day self-driving tour centred in the city of Reykjavík. With a rental car in your possession, you'll visit both the major...

Enjoy a relaxed summer holiday in Iceland with this 4-day self-driving tour centred in the city of Reykjavík. With a rental car in your possession, you'll visit both the major sites and hidden gems of the South Coast's rural countryside while spending your nights in the capital's urban comforts. This immersive tour is the perfect bet for both families and travelling friends.

Your journey begins as you arrive at Keflavík International Airport, where you will find your rental car waiting for you. What you do during your first day is entirely up to you and depends on your flight schedule, but you can choose to kickstart your Iceland experience by visiting the mineral-rich waters of the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa. 

During the next three days, your personal itinerary will guide you...

Included

3 nights of Reykjavík accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for comfort and quality levels. More detailed info below)
Vehicle for 4 days (Hyundai i10 or similar. Upgrades available)
CDW insurance for super budget level vehicle; other levels also include SCDW and gravel protection insurances
GPS system
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Snowmobile
Super Jeep
Ice Climbing
Horse Riding
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Cultural Activity
Bird watching

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
Reykjavík
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Þingvellir

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

Welcome to Iceland! Upon your arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you will pick up your rental and begin the short but scenic drive to the capital city of Reykjavík, passing rugged lava fields and majestic mountains along the way.

Between the airport and the city is the world-renowned Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, often quoted as the ultimate jet-lag cur...

Day 2

Golden Circle Sightseeing

You'll be keeping a base in Reykjavík, so you do not have to start the day by packing up your bags and loading them into your car, you can instead just begin your second day by driving Iceland’s most famed sightseeing route, the Golden Circle.

First up is Þingvellir National Park, a continental rift valley and the sole UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelan...

Day 3

South Coast Marvels | Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches

On day three, you will have a full buffet of activities and attractions from which to choose. Today, you can head out of the city to explore the many natural and cultural marvels of Iceland’s renowned South Coast.

Stop at the famous waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, or strap on your hiking boots and visit the hidden waterfall Gljúfrabúi. A bit further...

Day 4

Departure

Today is the time to say goodbye to Reykjavík. After you've packed up your bags, it is time to head back out to the black lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula to catch your departing flight at Keflavík International Airport.

Depending on the time of your departing flight, you can fit in some last-minute sightseeing or shopping in the city. If you missed it...

Map

What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothing
Good waterproof shoes
Swimsuit and towel
Camera
Driver's license

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

Accommodation

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.

Budget

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

Comfort

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

Quality

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.

Car

Below you can see the car rental options available for this self-drive tour. All our vehicles are new or current models. Super budget 2WD vehicles are maximum 5 years of age, and come equipped with a GPS and standard CDW insurance. Budget 2WD, Comfort 4x4 and Luxury 4x4 level vehicles are maximum two years of age, and come equipped with a GPS, CDW, GP and SCDW insurances. You can also upgrade to an automatic model.

Super Budget 2WD

A small 2WD vehicle such as Toyota Aygo, Hyundai i10 or similar, fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions. Compact and comfortable for up to 2 travellers with very little luggage. No highland capabilities.

Budget 2WD

A basic 2WD vehicle such as VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or similar, suitable for travelling in everyday conditions. Comfortable for 3 travellers with light luggage. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities.

Comfort 4x4

A medium sized 4WD (4x4) jeep or SUV such as Toyota Rav4 or similar. Fit for most travel, and good for snow and off-asphalt driving. This vehicle has basic highland capabilities. Recommended.

Luxury 4x4

A large sized 4WD (4x4) jeep such as Toyota Land Cruiser or similar, fit for nearly all travelling. This vehicle has full highland capabilities to drive on accessible mountain roads. Note that off-road driving is illegal.

Meals

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.