4-Day Northern Lights Self-Drive Tour | Day Trips from Reykjavik

Free pickup
No credit card fees
No booking fees
Duration
4 days
Difficulty
Easy
Language
English
Free pickup
Keflavík International
Available
Sep. - Apr.

This slow-paced self-drive trip in Iceland is ideal for travellers who want to discover the best of Iceland at a relaxed pace. Spend four days visiting the attractions of the Golden Circle and South Coast of Iceland, or mix up your itinerary by visiting Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

With the freedom of a car, you can choose what attractions you visit and how long you spend at each place. Having your own car also gives you plenty of time to go Northern Lights hunting in the evenings, without having to spend extra money joining a tour.

Witnessing the Northern Lights is a highlight for many travellers to Iceland. This stunning natural light display lights up the night sky as it dances before your eyes.

Your accommodation will be based in Reykjavik, meaning you can relax without the upheaval of moving every night. 

This relaxed arrangement is ideal for families and couples who want to explore Iceland at their own pace. 

Discover the wonders of the South Coast, including waterfalls, glaciers, ice caves and black sand beaches. Explore the most famous attractions in Iceland on the Golden Circle route. 

If you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, opt to add some exhilarating experiences to your trip. Snorkel between two tectonic plates at Silfra, snowmobile or hike atop a glacier, or climb into the magma chambers of a dormant volcano.

With plenty of natural hot springs in Iceland, you can unwind after days of adventure and let your body soak in the nutrients in the vitamin-rich water.

In the Land of Fire and Ice, there is always something exciting to see and discover. By booking with Guide to Iceland, you will have a dedicated travel agent who will help you tailor your itinerary to suit you and the rest of your travel party.

Check availability by choosing a date. Book your road trip today!

Included

3 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels. More detailed info below)
Vehicle for 4 days (Toyota Aygo 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
Personal travel agent
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Sightseeing
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Ice Caving
Self drive

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Reykjavík
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Dyrhólaey
Þingvellir
Strokkur
Reykjanes
Silfra
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vík í Mýrdal
Northern Lights
Keflavik International Airport
South Coast

Daily itinerary

Day 1
A footbridge over the Blue Lagoon Spa in Iceland

Welcome to Iceland

Welcome to Iceland! Adventure awaits!

Your car will be ready to collect as soon as you arrive at Keflavik International Airport. From there, you can explore some of the Reykjanes Peninsula on your way towards Reykjavik. For travellers who would like to start their trip on a relaxing note, we recommend booking tickets to the Blue Lagoon Spa. This beautiful, otherworldly experience will make your trip to Iceland unforgettable. If it suits your travel plans better, you could always fit the Blue Lagoon into another day in your travel plan.

Head on to Reykjavik city centre and get settled into your accommodation. From here you can explore the city’s many restaurants, museums, cafes and shops. Once it gets dark, head out of the city in search of the Northern Lights. Grotta Lighthouse is a great location close to Reykjavik, which is both dark enough and far enough from the city light pollution to catch a sighting of the aurora.

Day 2
Strokkur geyser erupting at golden hour

Golden Circle

Today you will explore Iceland’s famous Golden Circle.

There are three main attractions to explore: Gullfoss waterfall, Geyser geothermal area and Thingvellir National Park.

Thingvellir National Park is the site of Iceland’s first parliament, Gullfoss waterfall cascades from a height of 105 feet, and the geyser called Strokkur shoots steam into the air every 5-7 minutes.

There are also other attractions off-the-beaten-path, such as Kerið crater, Friðheimar tomato farm and the Secret Lagoon (the lesser-known brother of the Blue Lagoon Spa).

Are you seeking adventure on your trip to Iceland? You can opt to snorkel between two tectonic plates at Silfra fissure, snowmobile on Langjokull glacier, or meet and ride the Icelandic horses.

As you are spending the day in the Golden Circle area, you may wish to have dinner nearby and stay out at night to hunt the Northern Lights. Thingvellir, in particular, is an excellent location for Northern Lights spotting. Witnessing this stunning natural light display is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip.

Return to your accommodation in Reykjavik, where you will spend the night.

Day 3
The black sand beach, Reynisfjara, covered in snow in the winter months

South Coast of Iceland

Explore the famous sites on the South Coast of Iceland today. There is plenty to see and do on this route, and we recommend going only as far as Vik.

You’ll want to make sure you don’t miss out on witnessing: Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Solheimajokull glacier, and the DC plane wreck.

Along the way, there are plenty of exhilarating experiences for you to choose from.

Hiking atop Solheimajokull glacier is an incredible experience. Take in the breathtaking views and learn more about these monumental ice structures.

To get to the place wreck, there is a decent walk. Skip this and visit the plane wreck in the comfort of a shuttle bus.

From Vik, which is a great place to stop for a bite to eat, you can visit Katla Ice Cave. Ice caves are a breathtaking natural phenomenon.

Vik is also a great place to have dinner. Keep out for Northern Lights on your way back to the city. Travellers have been known to capture pictures of the aurora with Skogafoss in the foreground. Stay away from city lights and cloud coverage, and you have a good chance of seeing the aurora wherever you are.

After a day full of adventure, return to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

Day 4
Colourful buildings in Reykjavik city center, right by the Lake Tjornin

Final Day in Reykjavik

For people with an early flight, this is your time to say goodbye.

If you have a later flight out and some time to spare, there are plenty more options for how to spend your day.

You may want to spend the day sightseeing in Reykjavik and picking up souvenirs for your loved ones back home. A visit to FlyOver Iceland (a 4D cinematic simulation ride) is sure to give you a thrill as you fly over some of the most beautiful sights in Iceland.

For a real flight experience, take a helicopter tour to a geothermal area. This incredible tour is sure to finish your trip on a high.

It’s also possible to venture outside of the city if your flight time allows.

Before October, you can visit the inside magma chambers of a dormant volcano. This is a fantastic way to learn about the hidden volcanic power within Iceland.

However you choose to spend your final day in Iceland; enjoy every minute of it, and have a safe flight home!

Map

What to bring

Warm Clothes
Camera
Swimsuit
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. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better. It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you. Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.

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 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.

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, 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. In wintertime, all cars have winter tyres.

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

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.

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 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 info@guidetoiceland.is and declare full cancellation. 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.

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