4 Day Budget Self Drive Tour of Iceland with the Golden Circle & Glaciers

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Description

Summary

Starts from
Keflavík Airport
Ends in
Keflavík Airport
Duration
4 days & 3 nights
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Apr. - Aug.
Accommodation
3 nights included
Car rental
4 days included

Description

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

With our expertly crafted itinerary, during the scope of only four action-packed days, you'll explore the iconic Golden Circle and witness the beauty of the 3,000-year-old crater Lake Kerid. You'll also explore the mesmerizing waterfalls of the South Coast, including Seljalandsfoss and Gljufrabui. 

Your journey will take you to the stunning black shores of the coastal beach Reynisfjara, where the crashing waves create a dramatic spectacle.

The possibilities for adventures are plentiful, and you can add various activities to your journey during the booking process, all at a great price. These include snorkeling between continents at Silfra fissure, zooming across Langjokull Glacier on a snowmobile, hiking a massive ice cap, or getting to know the Icelandic horse on a riding tour of the Icelandic countryside.

Unlike other self-drive tours, we provide you with a detailed itinerary when you book, eliminating the need for weeks of planning and ensuring you don't miss out on the best attractions Iceland has to offer.

One of the unique features of our packages is the inclusion of a personal travel agent, available to assist you anytime, day or night, seven days a week. We understand that travel plans can sometimes change or unexpected situations arise, and we are here to support you throughout your journey.

Our tour has garnered immense praise from previous travelers who have rated it highly. Their glowing reviews speak to the exceptional experiences and unforgettable memories they have made on this self-drive adventure.

Flexibility and freedom are at the core of our self-drive tours. You have the power to set your own pace, stop wherever you please, and delve into the hidden gems of Iceland's diverse landscapes. Immerse yourself in the magic of this extraordinary country with the assurance that our carefully curated itinerary will guide you to the must-see sights and secret treasures along the way.

We understand that plans can change, which is why we offer free cancellation and a full refund up to 24 hours before departure. We want you to have peace of mind when booking your self-drive tour, knowing that you have the freedom to modify your plans if necessary.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to discover Iceland's wonders on our budget tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Included

3 nights of accommodation
New rental car for 4 days
CDW car rental insurance
Gravel protection car insurance
Unlimited mileage
Unlimited in-car Wi-Fi
Detailed itinerary & travel plan
Personal travel agent
24/7 helpline
VAT & all taxes

Destinations

Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world.Reykjavík / 2 nights
An abandoned house on the Reykjanes Peninsula presents a striking contrast against a lush green landscape.Southwest Iceland / 1 night

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Attractions

Þingvellir National Park is Iceland's only UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the major stops along the world famous Golden Circle sightseeing route.Thingvellir
Geysir is a dormant hot spring in the geothermal area, Haukadalur Valley, found in South Iceland.Geysir
Long-exposure photo of Gullfoss waterfall on a cloudy dayGullfoss
Þingvellir National Park, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on Iceland’s mainland, is birthplace of the country’s parliament.Kerið
Seljalandsfoss on the South Coast of Iceland bathed in the otherworldly light of the midnight sun.Seljalandsfoss
The mighty Skógafoss waterfallSkógafoss
Sólheimajökull is the most popular glacier to hike on for those based in Reykjavík.Sólheimajökull
Dyrhólaey Peninsula is a 120 metre promenade famed for its staggering views of Iceland’s South Coast, as well as its historic lighthouse and wealth of birdlife.Dyrhólaey
Reynisfjara beach and Reynisdrangar cliffs in winterReynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Arial view of Reynisdrangar and Mt. ReynisfjallReynisdrangar
Kleifarvatn is the third largest lake in Iceland.Kleifarvatn
KrýsuvíkKrýsuvík
Gunnuhver is one of the geothermal areas on the Reykjanes Peninsula.Gunnuhver

Activities

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

Travel details

Travel dates

Travelers

Car

Car

Small car

Small car

Category
small car
Transmission
People
Large bags
Medium car

Medium car

Category
Medium
Transmission
People
Large bags
Premium car

Premium car

Category
premium car
Transmission
People
Large bags
large car

large car

Category
Large
Transmission
People
Large bags
SUV

SUV

Category
JEEPSUV
Transmission
People
Large bags

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Day 1

Day 1 – Reykjavík

  • Reykjavík - Arrival day
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Welcome to the start of your Icelandic adventure! Upon arriving at Keflavik International Airport, you'll pick up your car and make your way to the vibrant city of Reykjavik across the Reykjanes Peninsula.

As you drive towards the capital, consider making a detour to the famous Blue Lagoon. This renowned geothermal spa is renowned for its healing properties, striking azure waters, and indulgent treatments. Nestled amidst a moss-covered lava field, the Blue Lagoon offers a truly unique and otherworldly experience. 

If you opt to include the Blue Lagoon in your itinerary, our team will ensure it's seamlessly arranged based on your flight schedule. If time doesn't permit a visit today, don't worry! We can arrange it for another day during your trip. Your dedicated travel consultant will assist you in making the necessary arrangements.

There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula if you have extra free time.

The Reykjanes Peninsula has incredible volcanic landscapes, including those around the Fagradalsfjall volcano, which erupted in 2021 and 2022. Other signs of the area's volcanic activity include the hot springs at Krysuvik, the Gunnuhver mud pits, the Bridge Between the Continents, and the region's lava fields.

Once you've settled in Reykjavik, you'll have plenty of time to explore this bustling city and the surrounding Reykjanes Peninsula. Take advantage of your free time and immerse yourself in the lively downtown area, where you'll find an array of charming cafes, delectable restaurants, captivating museums, intriguing galleries, unique boutiques, and vibrant bars.

Hallgrimskirkja church, the Harpa Concert Hall, and the Sun Voyager statue are famous attractions that provide insight into Icelandic culture. Those who prefer nature can walk along the shore of Faxafloi Bay and admire Mount Esjan over the water, head to a local park or geothermal pool, or drive to one of the city's nature reserves.

After a day filled with discovery and excitement, you'll spend your first night in Iceland in the delightful city of Reykjavik. Rest up, for tomorrow holds even more wonders to uncover on your self-drive tour.

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Day 2

Day 2 – Southwest Iceland

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  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Kerid Crater
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On the second day of your adventure, prepare to leave the city behind and embark on a journey through the legendary Golden Circle, a route full of must-see attractions. Your first stop is the remarkable Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with immense historical and geological significance.

As you explore the park, you'll be in awe of its breathtaking landscapes, shaped by the dramatic rift between tectonic plates. This is also the birthplace of Althingi, the oldest parliament in Iceland. 

For those seeking an underwater adventure, consider adding a snorkeling tour in the mesmerizingly clear waters of Silfra Fissure, consistently ranked among the world's top diving spots. Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

Next, prepare to witness the wonders of the geothermal valley Haukadalur, home to the iconic geysers. Here, you'll encounter Geysir, the geyser that inspired the name for all others, and Strokkur, a geothermal marvel that erupts with scorching water shooting up to 66 feet (20 meters) into the sky. 

Near this geothermal wonderland, you'll find Gullfoss waterfall, a majestic display of untamed power as a glacial river plummets into a rugged canyon.

As you explore these renowned sites, you'll truly understand why they hold such acclaim. If you're craving more adventure, consider the option of snowmobiling on the stunning Langjokull Glacier or embarking on a thrilling horseback ride through the picturesque Icelandic countryside.

Before reaching your accommodation for the night in the tranquil Selfoss region, make sure to pay a visit to the enchanting volcanic crater Lake Kerid. Its vibrant colors and serene ambiance create a truly enchanting sight.

As the day draws to a close, you'll find yourself in the serene surroundings of the Selfoss region, where you can unwind and recharge for the next day's adventures. Enjoy a peaceful night's rest, for more incredible experiences await you on this unforgettable self-drive tour.

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Day 3

Day 3 – Reykjavík

  • Reykjavík
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  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Dyrholaey
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks
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Prepare for an exhilarating third day packed with natural wonders as you explore the breathtaking waterfalls of the South Coast. 

Your adventure begins at the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you'll have the unique opportunity to walk behind the cascading waterfall and marvel at the view from behind a spectacular 197-foot (60-meter) drop of spring water. Nearby, you'll discover the hidden gem of Gljufrabui waterfall, equally stunning and waiting to be explored.

Continuing along the South Coast, your next stop is the majestic Skogafoss, plunging dramatically from the cliffs that once marked the coastline. Here, you'll also find the Skogar Folk Museum, offering a fascinating glimpse into Iceland's rich heritage through captivating exhibitions of ancient artifacts and meticulously reconstructed turf houses.

For those seeking thrilling adventures, this day offers the option to embark on a glacier hike or zoom across the pristine snow-covered landscapes atop Solheimajokull Glacier on an exhilarating snowmobile ride. Alternatively, you can venture into a natural ice cave in Myrdalsjokull Glacier, a unique opportunity available year-round.

As the day progresses, you'll make your way to the bewitching Reynisfjara, the otherworldly black beach near Vik Village. Take in the awe-inspiring sight of the majestic basalt sea stacks known as Reynisdrangar rising dramatically from the depths of the ocean. In legend, they are said to be frozen trolls.

During the summer months, the cliffs near Reynisfjall Mountain become home to a vibrant colony of Atlantic puffins. Keep an eye out for these charming birds as they gracefully dive into the ocean in search of food.

After an unforgettable exploration of the South Coast, it's time to head back to Reykjavik City. Take a leisurely stroll through the city center once more, soaking in the lively atmosphere, before retiring to your comfortable accommodation. 

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Day 4

Day 4 – Reykjavík

  • Reykjavík - Departure day
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  • Kleifarvatn
  • Krysuvik
  • Gunnuhver
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On the final day of your Icelandic exploration, you have the option to indulge in some last-minute shopping or enjoy additional sightseeing in the captivating city of Reykjavik. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, peruse the local boutiques for unique souvenirs, or visit the city's remarkable landmarks one last time.

For those with a later flight departure and a desire to visit the Blue Lagoon, you can conclude your stay by unwinding in this world-famous geothermal spa. Picture yourself luxuriating in the warm, mineral-rich waters, reflecting on the incredible journey you've experienced in the land of fire and ice. This tranquil oasis offers the perfect setting for relaxation and rejuvenation before you head to the airport.

If your flight is scheduled for later in the day, Reykjavik has an abundance of activities to keep you entertained. Explore its charming streets, discover hidden gems, or explore its rich cultural scene. The city's museums, galleries, and cafes offer ample opportunities to savor the last moments of your Icelandic adventure.

However, if you have an early flight to catch, we extend our warm wishes for a pleasant journey back home. As you bid farewell to Iceland, take with you cherished memories and a sense of awe for the natural wonders you've encountered during your self-drive tour.

Thank you for joining us on this unforgettable journey through the captivating landscapes of Iceland. We hope this adventure has left an indelible mark on your heart, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more incredible experiences in the future. Safe travels!

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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. Gravel protection is not included if you choose a Toyota Aygo or similar. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.

Some optional activities might require you to have 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 snorkeling. For the snorkeling tour, participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.

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