Go for a whirlwind self-drive tour of Iceland's most fabulous attractions with this short holiday plan in Iceland. This 4-day itinerary is for anyone who doesn't have a lot of time to spare in their busy schedule but still longs to relax and see the most famous sights in Iceland at their own speed under the midnight sun.
This self-drive tour takes you through sites like the Golden Circle and the Kerið eruption crater, where you’ll find Iceland's most important historical and geological wonders. The Ring Road will take you along the South Coast, past two stunning waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, before you reach the impressive black sands of Reynisfjara beach and the small town of Vík.
After you arrive in the country, you can choose to have a rejuvenating soak in the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa on your way to the coolest capital in Europe, Reykjavík. There are also other extra activities you can add on to make your journey even more special, and by booking them now, you'll get these excursions at a discounted price.
You can try out a snorkelling tour in Silfra gorge or scale an ice cap on a glacier hike. You can descend into a unique ice cave, zoom across Langjökull glacier on a snowmobile or ride one of the charming Icelandic horses. The choice is yours.
Upon booking, you’ll receive a personal itinerary created by a local travel expert, so you can experience the best of the natural world in Iceland. You’ll be guided to some of the country’s most popular spots as well as the hidden retreats only the elves know about. Furthermore, all lodgings on the tour are in full comfort, always with an ensuite bathroom and a full continental breakfast.
So don’t hesitate! Treat yourself to an incredible trip in Iceland with this 4-day summer self-drive tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
Welcome to Iceland! Once you’ve got your bags, collect your car at the airport in Keflavík and head towards the capital city where you’ll find your accommodations for the night.
If you arrive early, consider paying a visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, located en route to Reykjavík. There, you can recharge your batteries after your flight as the spa is renowned for its warm, mineral-rich waters that are said to do wonders for the skin.
When you arrive in Reykjavík, you can start exploring the city. Visit some of Reykjavík’s many museums, shops, and restaurants or walk around, enjoying the warm rays of the midnight sun.
After spending a little time in Reykjavík, it is time to hit the road. Drive past the Nesjavellir Geothermal Plant; this scenic route is surrounded by mountains which fade away as you reach Iceland's biggest lake, Þingvallavatn. You have now entered the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of the Icelandic parliament.
The park is nestled in a valley located between two tectonic plates that are drifting apart. As they move, they tear up huge ravines and fissures. One of those fissures, Silfra, is located in Þingvallavatn lake. It is filled with crystal clear water which provides exceptional visibility of up to 100 metres, making it the perfect spot to go snorkelling.
If you think you'd enjoy exploring the pellucid waters of the fissure, and swim between the continents, then you can opt for a snorkelling tour in Silfra today.
Not far away from Þingvellir National Park, is the Great Geysir hot spring along with its bursting sidekick, Strokkur. Although Geysir no longer vents as it once did, Strokkur still erupts approximately every 10 minutes, shooting boiling water 20 metres high into the sky.
Right next door is the most popular waterfall in Iceland, Gullfoss. Here you can stroll down to the fall's edge and get a sense of the power of the river as it plummets down. If you are eager for more excitement, take an optional snowmobile ride on Langjökull glacier and be picked up from Gullfoss waterfall. You can also choose to take a horse-riding tour on this day.
Next, you can head back to the main road and stop at the Kerið volcanic crater, where a rainbow of colours dazzles the eye; the rusty red hues of the volcanic rock contrast with clear blue-green water of the placid lake sheltered within. Spend the night in the peaceful area near the town Hvolsvöllur.
Start the day by driving to the waterfall of Seljalandsfoss and its lesser-known neighbour, Gljúfrabúi. With water cascading down from a height of 60 metres, Seljalandsfoss is a sight to behold, especially bearing in mind the alternate view available from behind the falling water.
A few minutes down the road is the powerful waterfall of Skógafoss, as well as the Skógar Folk Museum, where you can find a great exhibition about the history of the countryside.
Today, you can also try a glacier hike tour on Sólheimajökull ice cap, or go snowmobiling on the glacier Mýrdalsjökull. You'll also have the option of exploring a unique and stunning ice cave on the glacier Mýrdalsjökull, the only one of its kind accessible all year round.
Your last stop will be the breathtaking black beach of Reynisfjara and the tranquil village of Vík. Explore the beach and the eerie cliff of basalt columns, but beware the dangerous waves that can easily sweep you from the shore and carry you out to sea.
You'll get a great view of Reynisdrangar cliffs from the village of Vík, before returning to Reykjavík where you can explore the city late in the evening as the midnight sun will light up your surroundings.
Wander through this quirky capital with its culture, food, and nightlife on offer. Your last night will be spent in downtown Reykjavík.
Spend the day getting to know Reykjavík and do some last-minute shopping before heading back to the airport for your flight home. If you have time in the morning or early afternoon, you might have some time for an adventure or two.
You can hike up the tower at Hallgrímskirkja church to get a fantastic view of the city. Just across the street is a beautiful sculpture garden where you can walk around the many statues crafted by artist Einar Jónsson.
If the sun is out, you can even go sunbathing on golden sands on this island in the North Atlantic. At Nauthólsvík beach in Reykjavík city, hot, geothermal water is pumped into a man-made lagoon, creating the perfect temperature for bathing.
You could also visit the Blue Lagoon on your way to the airport. Just make sure to arrive at Keflavík in good time to return your car and catch your departing flight.
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. They are only visible during the winter. This itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows.
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.
See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. 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.
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. 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.