Scenic 4 Day Summer Self Drive Tour with Iceland's Golden Circle & Vik
Join this 4-day summer self-drive tour of Iceland's most incredible attractions. You'll explore the famous sites of Iceland's Golden Circle and the wondrous terrains of the South Coast. This is the perfect tour for those who want to experience the very best attractions of Iceland in a short space of time under the longer daylight hours of the midnight sun.
This self-drive tour takes you through beautiful sites such as the Golden Circle and the Kerid 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 Skogafoss, before you reach the impressive black sands of Reynisfjara beach and the quaint town of Vik.
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 the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach. 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 2 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.
Upon booking, you'll receive a personal itinerary created by a local travel expert so that 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 in 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.
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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.
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 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.
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 ft (100 m), 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.
Not far away from Thingvellir 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 66 ft (20 m) 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 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 near the town of Hvolsvollur.
Day 3 - The South Coast and Reykjavik
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 ft (60 m), 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 Skogafoss, as well as the Skogar 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 Solheimajokull ice cap or go 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 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 Reykjavik.
Day 4 - Departure
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.
Spend the day getting to know Reykjavik 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 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.
If the sun is out, you can even go sunbathing on golden sands on this island in the North Atlantic. At Nautholsvik beach in Reykjavik city, hot, geothermal water is pumped into a man-made lagoon, creating the perfect temperature for bathing.
If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.
What to bring
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.
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.
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 (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.
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 (4WD manual, has highland capabilities and better suited for winter driving), 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.