Scenic 5-Day Self Drive Tour of Iceland with Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

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Starts from
Keflavík Airport
Ends in
Keflavík Airport
5 days & 4 nights
Apr. - Aug.
4 nights included
Car rental
5 days included


Explore some of Iceland's most famous attractions on this five-day self-drive tour. Those eager to discover some natural sights that make Iceland unique should book this tour now.

You'll visit incredible places, including the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, the Golden Circle sightseeing route, Reynisfjara black sand beach, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, and many of Iceland's most famous waterfalls. 

Self-drive tours are perfect if you want to take complete control of your journey without worrying about tour groups and guides. However, you don't need to spend weeks planning the perfect Iceland itinerary. All the planning has been done for you with this tour.

You'll travel in total comfort throughout your trip. All lodgings will have an en-suite bathroom, and breakfast is always included, so you can rest comfortably between your days of adventure.

You'll also get a personal travel agent with this package who is available at any time of the day, seven days a week. If your plans change, you can cancel this tour for free, and you'll receive a full refund up to 24 hours before departure.

On the first day, collect your car and head to Reykjavik. You'll have the evening to unwind after your flight and settle in. If you like, you can relax at the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa before exploring the city. 

Bathing in the tranquil azure waters amid a volcanic landscape is the perfect start to your trip and a great introduction to Iceland.

You'll begin the proper adventure on the second day by driving around the world-famous Golden Circle sightseeing route. You're in the driver's seat, so spend the day doing what you like. 

Visit the foundation of Icelandic history, Thingvellir National Park, see the geysers at Geysir geothermal area, and enjoy the famous Gullfoss waterfall. Take your time at each destination to experience the true wonders of the Golden Circle in the best way.

Further along on your trip, you will travel alongside the infamous glacier and volcano Eyjafjallajokull and past the stunning Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls.

The highlight of the South Coast is the otherworldly Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, where you can sail among enormous icebergs and walk along the rugged black sand shores of Diamond Beach. 

Often referred to as the crown jewel of Iceland, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon will leave you amazed by the genuinely awe-inspiring moving icebergs. You may spot some seals resting in the lagoon if you're lucky.

A boat trip around the glacier lagoon is just one option to add to your itinerary. You can also go horse riding, glacier hiking, snowmobiling, and even explore the ice caves. All these adventures are at your fingertips and promise lasting memories of your arctic holiday.

You are visiting Iceland to experience nature at its best and escape the city and its crowds, so some hidden gems and spectacular attractions not known to many others are included on this tour. People love this tour, and it is very highly rated. 

You'll be provided with a detailed itinerary when you book. This guide helps ensure you don't miss anything during your trip, which can be a risk when planning alone. 

Take advantage of this opportunity to see some of Iceland's best attractions in five days. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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4 nights of accommodation
Continental breakfast on all days
New rental car for 5 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


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
The Vatnajokull glacier in Southeast Iceland.Southeast Iceland / 1 night



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
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
Jökulsárlón is one of Iceland's most popular and unique attractionsJökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The icy diamonds of Diamond BeachDiamond Beach
Fjaðrárgljúfur is a canyon in south Iceland.Fjaðrárgljúfur
Kleifarvatn is the third largest lake in Iceland.Kleifarvatn
Gunnuhver is one of the geothermal areas on the Reykjanes Peninsula.Gunnuhver


Glacier Hiking
Horse Riding
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Bird watching
Ice Caving
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Day 1

Day 1 – Reykjavík

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The first day of your summer self-drive tour in Iceland starts when you arrive. Pick up your car from the friendly staff at the Keflavik International Airport after landing, and begin your excitement-packed vacation in Iceland. 

To reach Reykjavik, you will drive through the charred and blackened lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula. This area was used to train American astronauts before the moon landing. As you pursue the nearly an hour of drive, on your left, you will see rugged coasts framed by the North Atlantic Ocean.

You could stop at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa on your way to Iceland's capital city. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. 

It is in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to your itinerary, the trip will be arranged according to your flights. 

If there is no time to visit the spa today, it can be added to another day. Your travel agent will be able to arrange this for you. If you have extra free time, there is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula.

When you are ready, head for your accommodation in the city. Even though it is small, Reykjavik is a vibrant and busy place. You can visit the unique boutiques, dine at one of the fresh seafood restaurants, or enjoy a hot drink at a gourmet coffee shop or a craft beer at a local bar. 

Since you're in Iceland during summertime, make the most of the midnight sun and stroll around the streets of Reykjavik late into the night.

Tonight, you'll stay at your comfortable accommodation in the city. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom.

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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 self-drive tour in Iceland, you'll see the sights of the Golden Circle and have the option to take a snorkeling, horse-riding, or snowmobile tour.

On the ever-popular Golden Circle sightseeing route, your first stop is the Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO heritage site where the parliament of Iceland was founded in 930 AD. 

The area stands atop the tectonic rift, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. They constantly push and pull at each other, forming a landscape of torn clefts and fissures surrounded by lava fields. Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland, was also made this way. 

There, you can visit the Silfra fissure and go for an optional snorkeling tour or walk along the Almannagja gorge and stand at the same place as the lawmakers of old. Participants in the snorkeling excursion need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

Your next stop is the Haukadalur valley. Home of the Haukdaelir clan in the historical era of the Sagas, this valley is now best known for its massive hot springs. The largest one, Geysir, lends its name to all geysers in the English language.

The powerful nearby geyser, Strokkur, erupts every few minutes and can explode up to 60 feet (20 meters) high. All around, geysers of all sizes spew mineral-rich water over the clay, turning the terrain into shades of brown and red.

Your last stop of the Golden Circle is the magnificent waterfall, Gullfoss. This beautiful feature lies in the glacial river Hvita and has a drop of more than 105 feet (32 meters).

Gullfoss, "The Golden Waterfall," is much loved by the locals as one of Iceland's most impressive waterfalls. From here, you can choose to opt for a snowmobiling tour.

If neither snowmobiling nor snorkeling appeals to you, you can opt for a horse-riding tour to meet the charming Icelandic horse.

Your accommodation for the night will be in the nearby Southwest Iceland region.

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Day 3

Day 3 – Southeast Iceland

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  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Dyrholaey
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
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On the third day of your self-drive tour in Iceland, you'll visit some of Iceland's most spectacular sights. These include the Solheimajokull glacier, Reynisfjara black sand beach, and Skaftafell Nature Reserve, amongst other stops.

Today, you will head east. You will pass over the black sands of Solheimajokull glacier, where you can go either snowmobiling or glacier hiking before reaching the small but famous fishing village of Vik. 

There, you can opt for an exciting tour to Myrdalsjokull glacier, where you visit a stunning ice cave, the only one of its kind accessible during summer. If you join the tour, experienced guides will lead you through the glacier and into the chambers of the ice cave.

Near Vik is the awe-inspiring black sand beach Reynisfjara, where the tall rock stacks stand in the North Atlantic Ocean. The beach also has a cliff face of distinctive hexagonal basalt columns. 

The next highlight is the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, nestled under the largest glacier in Iceland, Vatnajokull. Skaftafell, part of Vatnajokull National Park, has a wide array of walking paths and hikes of various mobility and difficulty levels. 

Among them is a brilliant 3.1 mile (5 kilometers) walk to Svartifoss waterfall, hidden in a canyon above the Visitor Centre.

Driving away from the impressive glacier tongues of Skaftafell, you will reach the crown jewel of Iceland's natural wonders, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. 

This lagoon is well known for the massive icebergs that break away from the Breidamerkurjokull glacier above and now float in it. Home to seals and fish, the lagoon is teeming with life.

The black sand beach across the bridge has earned the nickname Diamond Beach due to the broken chunks of ice that rest on the dark sand, like precious stones sparkling in the sunlight.

You will spend the night at a comfortable accommodation in Southeast Iceland, near the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

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Day 4

Day 4 – Reykjavík

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  • Fjaðrárgljúfur
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On the fourth day of your self-drive tour in Iceland, you can explore Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon or Skaftafell Nature Reserve further before you head back to Reykjavik for your last night in the city.

Start the day by exploring more of the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. The lagoon and nearby Diamond Beach constantly change, so it looks different daily.

In the summertime, a highly recommended option is to take a boat ride on the lagoon before returning to the capital. You can choose between a zodiac or a larger amphibious vessel. Glacier hiking back in the Skaftafell National Park is also a possibility.

On your way back to Reykjavik, you can stop anywhere that you perhaps missed on the previous day.

One recommended stop is the Fjadrargljufur canyon near the village of Klaustur, which offers a short hike to a green oasis straight from a fairytale. 

Near the black sand beach Reynisfjara, head for the "door-hole" mountain, Dyrholaey, where you might spot an adorable puffin or two. Dyrholaey is a popular nesting site for them. The small lighthouse at the top of Dyrholaey is no less charming from a distance. 

Another worthy stop is the Seljavallalaug pool. Hidden in a mountain crevasse, this is one of the oldest swimming pools in the country. There's no admission fee to swim here.

When you've finished your adventures for the day, you can head back to Reykjavik.

When you return to the city, you will have the chance to spend your last evening basking in Nordic culture. You can visit the Harpa Concert Hall and enjoy the view, check out the 3D large map of Iceland inside City Hall, see some of the late-open museums, or relax at one of the local jazz hotspots or in a local hot tub.

You'll spend the last night of your tour in comfortable accommodation in Reykjavik.

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Day 5

Day 5 – Reykjavík

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  • Kleifarvatn
  • Krysuvik
  • Gunnuhver
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On the last day of your tour, you may be able to do some more sightseeing, depending on the time of your flight home.

For those who have a later flight, you can visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa today. The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is just a 15-minute drive from Keflavik International Airport, so it’s the perfect stop before you head home. 

The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters and reflect on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice. 

The waters at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa are rich in silica and sulfur and are thought to have healing properties. You can take silica mud from the sides of the pools and apply it as a face mask.

As well as the geothermal pools, the Blue Lagoon has a restaurant and café where you can enjoy refreshments. If you’re looking for an additional treat, you can book a massage in the spa.

If you’d prefer, you can explore more of Reykjavik on your final day in Iceland. Enjoy a wander around the city, pop into one of the many museums and galleries, or pick up souvenirs from the Laugavegur shopping street. 

When ready, you can head to the Keflavik International Airport and drop your rental vehicle off here. Be sure to leave plenty of time to check in for your flight home.

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What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Good hiking shoes
Swimsuit and towel
Reusable water bottle

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, and 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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