4 Day Budget Self Drive Tour | The Golden Circle & Glaciers

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No credit card fees
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Duration
4 days
Difficulty
Medium
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Reykjavík

See some of Iceland's most marvellous attractions on this wallet-friendly self-drive tour, perfect for those who only have a limited amount of time to explore the island of ice...

See some of Iceland's most marvellous attractions on this wallet-friendly self-drive tour, perfect for those who only have a limited amount of time to explore the island of ice and fire. The personal itinerary you'll receive when booking this budget tour will lead you to black beaches, beautiful waterfalls and spouting geysers.

During the scope of only four action-packed days, you'll experience the sites of the Golden Circle, gaze down the 3.000 years-old crater lake Kerið, and visit the cascading waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss before reaching the black shores of the coastal beach Reynisfjara.

The possibilities for adventures are plentiful, and you can add an array of activities to your journey during the booking process, all at a discounted price. These include going sn...

Included

3 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast not included, shared bathrooms; more detailed info below)
Vehicle for 4 days (Toyota Aygo or similar, upgrades available)
CDW insurance for vehicle
GPS System
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Snowmobile
Sightseeing
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
Ice Caving
Self drive

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
Reykjavík
Hvítá River
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Eyjafjallajökull
Þingvellir

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Reykjavik

After landing in Iceland, collect your car at Keflavík International Airport and head on out to Reykjavík city. 

Depending on the time of your arrival, you will have the possibility of beginning your journey with a soak in the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Just remember to book the ticket in advance since the lagoon is in high demand.

Make your way...

Day 2

The Golden Circle

On the second day, head out of the city and make your way to the many sights of the one and only Golden Circle. The first stop is Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of great historical and geographical value.

The park lies in a continental rift and boasts of incredible landscapes. It is also where the first Icelandic Parliament, Alþingi, w...

Day 3

The South Coast with Waterfalls, Glaciers & Black Beach

Your third day will begin with a visit to three great waterfalls of the south coast, starting with Seljalandsfoss. You can walk behind this unique cascade to enjoy the view from behind a 60-metre drop of falling spring water. Close by lies Seljalandsfoss' lesser known, but equally beautiful neighbour; Gljúfrabúi waterfall. 

From there, you'll make your way to...

Day 4

Departure

If you have the time, you can spend the day doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing in Reykjavík, before dropping your car off at the airport in time for your journey home.

You could also fit in one last adventure by exploring the Reykjanes peninsula or take a dip in the Blue Lagoon. Just remember to book the spa in advance and make sure to give yourself plenty of time to catch your departing flight. 

Map

What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothes
Driver's license
Swimsuit and towel
Hiking shoes

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 have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.

Some optional activities might need either a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go...

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. Budget level 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.