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 to the world-famed natural attractions of the Golden Circle and South Coast, enabling you to witness first-hand the magic of geysers, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs and black sand beaches.
This tour also includes a hands-on travel agent who can alter your itinerary and redirect you to such wondrous locations as the Snæfellsnes peninsula or Hvalfjörður fjord, in case this is your second time in Iceland, and you've already seen the sites listed above.
You can also add exciting extras to your trip during the booking process. These include snowmobiling, hiking on a glacier, horseback riding, snorkelling between continents, hot spring bathing, ice climbing and ice cave exploring. Summer is the season of the midnight sun, so you don’t have to worry about reaching your destinations in time as the days are long and the nights stay bright. Adventure will be at your fingertips during this holiday, and to top it all off, all these activities come at a special discounted price if you add them to your Self Drive upon the time of booking.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you realise just how much of Iceland you can see while based in Reykjavík. Staying overnight in the capital for the duration of your trip is arguably the most relaxed way to travel, and your nights will never be dull due to the city’s buzz and charm.
So don't wait! Book this four-day self-drive now, and witness the beautiful nature of Iceland while staying in the comfort of the city. Check availability by choosing a date.
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.
On your way to Iceland’s capital city, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colours and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today it can be added to another day, your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula if you have extra free time.
Once in Reykjavík, you will have reached home base for your trip. Explore the buzzing downtown, visit the museums and galleries, take a dip in one of the city’s many pools, or go for a stroll along the pier―it’s entirely up to you.
You’ll spend your first night at your accommodation in Reykjavík.
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 Icelandic mainland.
Here, the park's many canyons, lakes, and gorges showcase how the earth is continuously pulling apart, and today, you can opt to go snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of the Silfra, a fissure created by this movement of the earth.
Then, you’ll visit the Geysir geothermal area to witness the hot spring Strokkur spew boiling water high up in the air every few minutes before moving on to the last sight of the Golden Circle, the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall. You'll be sure to be in awe as you watch this dramatic cascade hurl down, in two tiers, into an ancient canyon below.
You can top your day off by opting to go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier or horseback riding in the beautiful South Iceland countryside. If you’d rather do something more relaxing, you can visit the magical Secret Lagoon to soak away in geothermal waters amidst natural surroundings. All of these activities are great for kids as well, although the age limits vary slightly.
Once you’re ready to head back to the capital, know that you can take a different route than before, ensuring you new sights along the way. Spend another night exploring Reykjavík before settling in at your accommodation.
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 along the coast, you’ll find the village of Vík and its resident black beach Reynisfjara, where the eerie but picturesque Reynisdrangar sea stacks stand steadfast out in the roaring Atlantic Ocean.
If you’re an ambitious driver, start the day early to drive all the way to visit the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, one of the most beautiful and celebrated natural sites of the country. The experience is complete with a stop at the Diamond Beach, where the lagoon’s icebergs have washed up to glisten in the sunlight on a blanket of black sand.
If you want less driving and more action, you can instead opt for tours on Sólheimajökull glacier where you'll go glacier hiking or ice climbing. You can also visit an authentic ice cave in Mýrdalsjökull glacier, the only one of its kind accessible all year round.
If you feel like heading out even further, you can drop off your car at a meeting point and board a modified Super Jeep that will take you on an adventure in the otherworldly Highlands.
Other options include visiting the DC-3 plane wreck, swimming in the old pool Seljavallalaug, visiting puffin colonies or scouting off-map locations to your heart’s content. The midnight sun in summer Iceland ensures that you will have enough daylight to complete a fulfilling day trip.
After a full day of sightseeing and adventure, you’ll make your way back to the city to spend your final night.
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.
For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice. If your flight is later there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.
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.
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 other 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). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A large 9-seater van such as a Renault Trafic (2WD manual), Mercedes Benz Vito (4WD automatic, has highland capabilities and better suited for winter driving), or similar. Comfortable for 5 to 7 travellers. If seated full, luggage space is limited. 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.
This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org and declare full cancellation. COVID-19 Related Cancellations If you need to cancel your booking due to COVID-19 related reasons, the cancellation insurance provides further protection for your booking. If you purchase a self-drive tour or guided tour package along with the cancellation insurance, you will also get a full refund. If you test positive on arrival, to get the full refund after arrival, please email us at email@example.com with your booking details and your test result within 4 hours after you receive the test result. If your flight gets cancelled due to COVID, to get the full refund, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your booking details and your flight cancellation confirmation prior to your scheduled flight departure time. Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.