Scenic 4-Day Summer Self-Drive Tour with Iceland's Golden Circle & Vik

Dawn pouring over Vík on the South Coast of Iceland.
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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport
Starting time
4 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport
Apr. - Aug.
Ending time
Minimum age


Join this four-day summer self-drive tour of Iceland's most incredible attractions, from the world-famous Golden Circle to the wondrous terrains of the South Coast. This is the perfect adventure for those who want to experience Iceland's very best attractions in a short time under the longer daylight hours of the midnight sun.

Forget about the stress and hassle of planning your trip to the land of fire and ice. With this all-inclusive self-drive tour package, a team of local travel experts takes care of your travel needs from arrival to departure.

Upon booking, you'll receive a personal itinerary to experience Iceland's best spots and the hidden retreats only the locals know about. Fortunately, there is still room to personalize your trip if you want to spend more time in one location and skip another. You are behind the wheel with no tour guides or groups of travelers rushing you.

Furthermore, all lodgings in the tour are provided, always with an ensuite bathroom and a full continental breakfast. Other inclusions are car rental for four days with free Wi-Fi, CDW insurance, and a personal travel agent you can contact anytime.

After you arrive in the country, you can choose to have a rejuvenating soak in the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa before journeying to Europe's most northerly capital city, Reykjavik. Bathing in the tranquil azure waters of the Blue Lagoon amid a volcanic landscape is the perfect way to start your trip to Iceland. 

Next, you'll journey into Iceland's famous Golden Circle, where you'll see a range of fantastic sites. These include the dramatic landscape of Thingvellir National Park, the towering spouting geyser called Strokkur, and one of Iceland's biggest waterfalls, Gullfoss.

Then, you'll adventure down the Ring Road through the diverse plains of Iceland's South Coast. You'll witness waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, mountains, rolling hills, quaint towns, and coasts. Among the most notable stops are the Reynisfjara black sand beach, Skogafoss waterfall, and Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

The wide variety of attractions and spectacular spots make Iceland's South Coast one of the best parts of the country to visit on a shorter trip. 

There are also plenty of other extra activities you can add to your trip to enjoy some incredible experiences. 

You can take a snorkeling tour in Silfra fissures between two continents or scale an ice cap on a glacier hike. You can descend into a unique blue ice cave, zoom across Langjokull glacier on a snowmobile, or ride one of the charming Icelandic horses.

In the event of unforeseen emergencies and changes in your travel plans, fret not, as you can cancel your booking 24 hours before departure and receive full refund.

Treat yourself to an incredible trip in Iceland with this four-day summer self-drive tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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3 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included. More detailed info below)
Vehicle for 4 days (Toyota Aygo or similar. Upgrades available)
CDW insurance for super budget level vehicle; other levels include gravel protection insurance
Free Wi-Fi in vehicle
Detailed itinerary
Personal travel agent


Glacier Hiking
Horse Riding
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
Ice Caving
Self drive

Daily itinerary

Day 1
yoUnwind in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon to recharge ur batteries after your flight.

Day 1 - Arrival & Blue Lagoon

Welcome to Iceland! Once you've got your bags, collect your car at the airport in Keflavik and head towards the capital city, where you'll find your accommodations for the night.

En route to Reykjavik, you’ll drive a scenic route of 31 miles (50 kilometers) in the Reykjanes Peninsula. This is the perfect introduction you can have to Iceladn’s diverse terrain. The peninsula features lava landscapes, stunning coasts, and geothermal fields.

The most famous attraction in Reykjanes is the Blue Lagoon, and you could choose to make a stop here. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, 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.

When you arrive in Reykjavik, you can start exploring the city. Visit some of Reykjavik's many museums, shops, and restaurants, or walk around, enjoying the warm rays of the midnight sun.

To check off the most popular landmarks in the country from your bucket list, you can stroll around downtown Reykjavik. Some are in the city center, primarily accessible by a short walk.

For example, you can begin by visiting Hallgrimskirkja, the tallest church in Iceland. Its tower reaches 244 feet (74.5 meters) and boasts unique architecture inspired by the basaltic landscapes of the countryside. While on the church tower or hill, you’ll also get a panoramic view of the city to the coast.

Your accommodation tonight will be in the city to prepare you for the next day’s drive.

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Day 2
Travel the Golden Circle route on your 4-day summer self-drive tour.

Day 2 - The Golden Circle

After spending a little time in Reykjavik, it is time to hit the road. Drive past the Nesjavellir Geothermal Plant. This scenic route is surrounded by mountains that fade away as you reach Iceland's biggest lake, Thingvallavatn.

You have now entered the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir 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 Thingvallavatn lake. It is filled with crystal clear water, providing exceptional visibility of up to 328 feet (100 meters), making it the perfect spot for snorkeling.

If you think you'd enjoy exploring the crystalline waters of the fissure and swimming between the continents, then you can opt for a snorkeling tour in Silfra today.

The Great Geysir hot spring, along with its bursting sidekick, Strokkur, is not far away from the Thingvellir National Park. Although Geysir no longer vents as it once did, Strokkur still erupts approximately every five to 10 minutes, shooting boiling water 66 feet (20 meters) high into the sky.

Right next door is the most famous waterfall in Iceland, Gullfoss. Here, you can stroll down to the fall's edge and get a sense of the river's power as it plummets down a narrow canyon.

If you are eager for more excitement, take an optional snowmobile ride on Langjokull 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 Kerid volcanic crater, where a rainbow of colors dazzles the eye. The rusty red hues of the volcanic rock contrast with the clear blue-green water of the serene lake sheltered within.

Spend the night in the peaceful area of Southwest Iceland.

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Day 3
Capture a great photograph of yourself in front of Skógafoss waterfall on the South Coast.

Day 3 - The South Coast and Reykjavik

On the penultimate day of your summer adventure in Iceland, you will explore the spectacular South Coast. This region, framed by the raging waves of the North Atlantic Ocean, is crisscrossed by diverse natural features. 

Start the day by driving to the waterfall of Seljalandsfoss and its lesser-known neighbor, Gljufrabui. With water cascading down from a height of 197 feet (60 meters), Seljalandsfoss is a sight to behold. With the walkable narrow cave behind its water curtain, you can get an alternate view of its magnificence.

A few minutes down the road is the mighty waterfall of Skogafoss and the Skogar Folk Museum, where you can find a great exhibition about the countryside's history.

The Skogafoss waterfall drops from the same height as Seljalandsfoss, but with a broader mouth of 82 feet (25 meters). With luck on your side and a sunny weather, you can expect to see a double rainbow above its heavy mist.

Today, you can also try a glacier hike tour on the Solheimajokull ice cap or snowmobiling on the glacier Myrdalsjokull. You'll also have the option of exploring a unique and stunning ice cave on the glacier Myrdalsjokull, 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 Vik. Explore the beach and the eerie cliff of basalt columns, but beware of 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 Vik before returning to Reykjavik, where you can explore the city late in the evening as the midnight sun lights up your surroundings.

Wander through this quirky capital with its culture, food, and nightlife. Your last night in Iceland will be in an accommodation in downtown Reykjavik.

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Day 4
Spend the day getting to know Reykjavík on a 4-day summer self-drive tour.

Day 4 - Departure

Today is your last day in the land of fire and ice.

If you have an early flight, you can drive straight to the Keflavik International Airport, return your car, and board your flight home.

On the other hand, if you have a late afternoon or evening flight, you can still add a few sightseeing or cultural activities to your experience.

Spend the day getting to know Reykjavik and do some last-minute shopping before heading 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 Hallgrimskirkja 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 Jonsson.

Nearby is another architectural wonder called the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center. The building has over 700 glass panels inspired by Iceland's northern lights phenomenon and other natural landscapes. It is also the perfect place to see cultural events like concerts, theater plays, festivals, and more.

If the sun is out, you can even go sunbathing on golden sands on this island in the North Atlantic. At Nautholsvik beach near the city center, hot, geothermal water is pumped into a man-made lagoon, creating the perfect temperature for bathing.

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.  

We wish you a pleasant journey if you have an early flight back home.

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What to bring

Warm clothes
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.

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See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary.

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.


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) insurance. Please note that off-road driving is illegal for all types of cars.

All levels come equipped with 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 (automatic) and Suzuki Vitara (manual), or similar. Comfortably fit up to 4 travelers 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.


A large 9-seater van such as a Mercedes Benz Vito or similar. Comfortable for 5 to 7 travelers. If seated full, luggage space is limited. The driver must be of 23 years of age or above.


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