5 Day Budget Summer Self Drive Tour of the Golden Circle, South Coast & 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


Take this action-packed self-drive tour, spending five summer days exploring the best sights and activities the South Coast has to offer, all without breaking the bank. With this budget self-drive tour, you won't have to spend weeks trying to plan the perfect itinerary in Iceland. We've already done it for you!

When you book with us, you'll receive a detailed itinerary that covers all the must-see attractions along the South Coast. Don't miss out on the best sights by trying to organize a trip yourself.

You will begin your holiday by spending time in Reykjavik, exploring the Nordic culture, cuisine, and attractions. Afterward, you will partake in the famous Golden Circle tour, visiting the mighty waterfall, Gullfoss, the geothermal valley of Haukadalur, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park.

The remainder of your trip will be equally full of adventure. Not only will you see the majestic waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, but also the crown jewel of the South Coast, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

Here, you can view the incredible floating icebergs and even walk along the glittering Diamond Beach, all illuminated by the stunning rays of the midnight sun. No one can put on a price on nature like this!

To improve your experience, we provide you with a personal travel agent available anytime, seven days a week. Whether you have questions, need assistance, or want to change your itinerary, our travel agent will support you throughout your journey.

Our self-drive tour is highly rated and loved by many travelers. Our carefully planned itinerary, excellent customer service, and great prices ensure that your trip to Iceland will be unforgettable.

Flexibility and freedom are the highlights of our self-drive tours. You have the freedom to explore at your own pace, stopping whenever and wherever you want to admire the breathtaking landscapes or capture the perfect photo. You're in control of your adventure!

We understand that plans can change, so we offer a cancelation policy that allows you to cancel for free and receive a full refund up to 24 hours before departure. This gives you peace of mind knowing that you can book with confidence.

By choosing an affordable self-drive tour like this, you can skip the hassle associated with larger tour groups and enjoy a more personal and budget-friendly summer holiday. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to engage in extra activities such as horse riding, snowmobiling, glacier hiking, and visiting the Blue Lagoon.

So don't delay! Hurry now to take advantage of this budget opportunity to see some of Iceland's best attractions in just five days. Check availability by choosing a date.

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4 nights of accommodation
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
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
Ice Caving
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Day 1

Day 1 – Reykjavík

  • Reykjavík - Arrival day
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Welcome to Iceland! 

First things first, after landing, you need to pick up your car at Keflavik International Airport. From there, you will drive through the volcanic landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula, leaving you in immediate awe at the country's untouched and undeveloped environment.

On your way to Iceland's capital city, you could 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.

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.

You could also make some stops on the lava landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula before arriving in the capital. Fagradalsfjall volcano, the Seltun geothermal area, and the Bridge Between the Continents are all great places to introduce yourself to Iceland's nature.

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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Today, prepare for an unforgettable journey through Iceland's most popular tour, the Golden Circle, which showcases some of the country's most famous sights.

Your first stop on the Golden Circle route is the remarkable Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This place holds immense historical, cultural, and geological significance. 

Not only is it where the world's oldest parliamentary assembly was established in 930 AD, but it also offers a unique opportunity to witness the dramatic meeting point of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates. These plates have been gradually drifting apart, creating a rift valley that stretches across Iceland.

While at Thingvellir, you have the chance to embark on an exhilarating snorkeling tour at Silfra Fissure. Ranked among the top 10 dive sites globally, Silfra is renowned for its crystal-clear glacial water. With visibility that can reach an astonishing 328 feet (100 meters), you'll be awe-struck as you explore the underwater marvels and the mesmerizing colors of this submerged wonderland. Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

Continuing the Golden Circle adventure, you'll arrive at Haukadalur, an area famous for its hot springs. The largest geyser in Haukadalur is known as Geysir, which has bestowed its name upon all geysers in the English language. 

Although Geysir has become dormant, its neighboring sibling, Strokkur, puts on a spectacular show by erupting every few minutes. Be prepared to witness jets of boiling water shooting up to heights of 66 feet (20 meters) in a thrilling display of nature's power.

The grand finale of the Golden Circle awaits only a short distance away—Gullfoss, the incredibly photogenic waterfall. Translating to "Golden Falls," Gullfoss is a breathtaking sight as it cascades down two tiers, dropping 105 feet (32 meters) into the Hvita River. Feel the mist on your face as you marvel at this natural wonder's raw beauty and power. 

From this vantage point, you can embark on a thrilling snowmobile tour across the nearby Langjokull glacier or explore the region on horseback during a captivating horse riding tour.

After an awe-inspiring day, you will spend the night in southwest Iceland, where you can unwind and reflect on the incredible experiences you've had along the Golden Circle route. Rest well, for tomorrow holds even more adventures on Iceland's magnificent South Coast.

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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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Prepare for an extraordinary adventure as you embark on the third day of your self-drive tour, venturing eastward.

As you drive across the rugged terrain, you'll cross the strange black sands of Solheimajokull glacier. Take in the striking contrast between the ebony sands and the icy expanse as you make your way to this natural wonder.

Upon arriving at the glacier, get ready for a thrilling choice between two exhilarating activities: snowmobiling or glacier hiking. Whichever option you select, get ready for an adrenaline-fueled experience that combines a heart-pumping adventure with awe-inspiring sightseeing.

Feel the rush as you zip across the glacial landscape on a snowmobile or explore the frozen wonders on foot during a glacier hike.

Continuing your journey, you'll eventually arrive at the charming fishing village of Vik, where a unique opportunity awaits. If you elect to while booking, you'll explore the hidden depths of the Myrdalsjokull glacier with an ice-caving tour. 

What sets this excursion apart is its exclusivity—this is one of the few ice cave tours available during the summer months. Venture into the ethereal blue world within the glacier, marveling at the intricate ice formations that create a surreal atmosphere. 

While in Vik, take a leisurely stroll along the captivating Reynisfjara black sand beach. Admire the striking basalt columns that have formed naturally along the cliffsides, a fascinating geological marvel.

As you explore, exercise caution and maintain a safe distance from the shoreline, as the waves can be unpredictable.

Next, immerse yourself in the wonders of Vatnajokull National Park. Here, you'll have the opportunity to hike along numerous trails that wind through the sublime beauty of the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. 

A highly recommended route is the 3.1-mile (5 km) path that leads to the enchanting Svartifoss waterfall.

Head to the Visitor's Centre, where the friendly and knowledgeable staff will gladly provide guidance and point you in the right direction. Wander through this picturesque landscape adorned with lush greenery and towering cliffs and be rewarded with the awe-inspiring sight of the Svartifoss waterfall, framed by its iconic basalt column backdrop.

After an invigorating hike, you'll make your final stop of the day at the crown jewel of the South Coast—the magnificent Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Step into a paradise tailor-made for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts alike. 

Witness the grandeur of colossal icebergs gracefully floating in the tranquil pale blue waters, creating a scene of serene beauty. Delight in the playful splashes of nearby seals, adding a touch of charm to the stillness. 

Don't miss the opportunity to take a short stroll to Diamond Beach, where icebergs from the lagoon make their journey to the ocean, glistening like precious gems on the contrasting black sand.

After a day filled with remarkable experiences and natural wonders, it's time to head to your accommodation.

You'll spend the night in south-east Iceland, immersing yourself in the tranquil ambiance of Iceland's captivating landscapes. 

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Day 4

Day 4 – Reykjavík

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  • Fjaðrárgljúfur
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As your self-drive tour nears its conclusion, take the opportunity to savor the enchanting beauty of Jokulsarlon once again before heading back to Reykjavik. Each day brings a unique spectacle at Jokulsarlon, with ever-changing ice formations and ethereal landscapes.

Start your morning with a captivating boat trip, allowing you to witness the majestic icebergs and glaciers from a fresh perspective, immersing yourself in the awe-inspiring surroundings.

A must-visit destination on your way back is the renowned Skaftafell Nature Reserve, nestled beneath the imposing presence of Hvannadalshnjukur, Iceland's tallest peak. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a glacier hike, venturing into the icy realm that covers the land.

Follow experienced guides as you traverse the stunning glacial landscapes, gaining a newfound appreciation for the raw power and breathtaking beauty of the glaciers.

After your time here, Fjadrargljufur Canyon awaits, offering an oasis of vibrant greenery amidst towering cliffs. Explore the hidden paths that wind through this picturesque canyon, marveling at its serene beauty.

Keep your eyes peeled as you continue your drive, as the Dyrholaey rock arch presents an opportunity to catch a glimpse of one of Iceland's most beloved inhabitants—the charismatic puffin! Witness these adorable seabirds in their natural habitat, showcasing their unique charm and colorful plumage.

Returning to Reykjavik, you'll have one final chance to immerse yourself in Icelandic culture and explore the vibrant capital. Visit the iconic Harpa Concert Hall, renowned for its striking architectural design and for hosting captivating performances. 

Take a stroll to Reykjavik City Hall, where you can delve into the city's rich history and learn more about its fascinating past. Don't miss the opportunity to admire the grandeur of Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik's iconic church, and ascend its tower for panoramic views of the city.

If you're in the mood for relaxation, why not indulge in Reykjavik's lively jazz scene? Enjoy a night of soulful melodies and captivating performances, immersing yourself in the city's vibrant music culture. 

Alternatively, take a stroll through one of the city's late-night museums, where you can delve into art, history, or culture, gaining a deeper understanding of Iceland's heritage.

As the day comes to a close, find comfort in knowing that you will spend the night in this charming town, providing you with a final opportunity to savor the delightful ambiance of Reykjavik and reflect on the unforgettable experiences of your self-drive tour. 

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Day 5

Day 5 – 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.

If you have a later flight and want to visit the famous Blue Lagoon, you're in for a treat. This geothermal spa is known worldwide for its warm, mineral-rich waters. Take the time to relax and enjoy the soothing surroundings, reflecting on the amazing experiences you've had in Iceland's extraordinary landscapes.

For those with a later flight, Reykjavik has plenty of things to keep you entertained. You can wander around the city, discovering interesting places and soaking up the culture. Museums, art galleries, and cozy cafes await you, providing a chance to savor the remaining moments of your Icelandic journey.

However, if you have an early flight, we want to wish you a pleasant journey back home. As you say goodbye to Iceland, carry the memories of your self-drive tour and the breathtaking natural wonders you encountered. 

Thank you for joining us on this incredible adventure, and we hope to welcome you back for more unforgettable experiences in the future. Have a safe trip!

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What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothes
Swimsuit & towel
Driver's License
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.

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

For the snorkeling tour, participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

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