4 Day Summer Self Drive Tour | The Golden Circle & Vik

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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...

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 worl...


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 also include SCDW and gravel protection insurances
GPS System
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary


Glacier Hiking
Horse Riding
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching


Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle

Daily itinerary

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

Arrival & Blue Lagoon

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...

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

The Golden Circle

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 par...

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

The South Coast and Reykjavik

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...

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


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 sc...


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.

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 ca...


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.

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 2WD

A large 9-seater van such as a Renault Trafic or similar. Comfortable for groups of 5 to 7 travellers. If seated full, luggage space is limited. Fit for everyday conditions. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities. 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.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. 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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