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Scenic 5 Day Road Trip Adventure Through Iceland’s South Coast, Landmannalaugar & Highlands

Landmannalaugar is a stunning area in the Icelandic highlands
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Grab this chance to explore must-see destinations and the unique Icelandic Highlands on a 5-day road trip. This self-drive tour gives you the freedom to roam without having to worry about a group or tour guides. 

You’ll drive your rental car to visit Iceland’s most famous attractions, including the Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle, and get to know the incredible Icelandic Highlands, all at your own pace. All accommodations and a vehicle will be arranged prior to your arrival, so all you have to worry about is creating amazing memories.

On this tour you’ll take the road less travelled, as you journey into the unforgettable highlands of Iceland. You’ll drive through Kaldidalur Valley, a highland passage which has been used for centuries, and explore the Landmannalaugar area which is renowned for its natural beauty. There you’ll marvel at gems like the Laugahraun lava field and Ljótipollur crater lake.

In addition to the beautiful highlands you’ll drive up the diverse and beautiful South Coast of Iceland, stopping at landmarks like the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and Skógarfoss, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and, of course, the famous Golden Circle.

There are also exciting additional activities available for you to adapt the journey to your preference. These extras include glacier hikes and snowmobile tours, as well as trips to geothermal spas such as the Blue Lagoon.

Don’t hesitate, now is your chance to have the experience of a lifetime, on a road trip in Iceland! Check availability by choosing a date.


Vehicle for 5 days (Toyota RAV4 4X4 or similar. Upgrades available)
4 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included. More detailed info below)
CDW, SCDW and gravel protection insurances
Detailed itinerary
Personal travel agent


Glacier Hiking
Horse Riding
Ice Caving

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Downtown Reykjavík

Welcome to Iceland

Your five-day adventure in Iceland will start as soon as you touch down at Keflavík International Airport. The first order of business is to pick up the vehicle which will take you around this beautiful country.

On your way to Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colours 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 had your fill of luxuriating in the Blue Lagoon, you’ll head to Reykjavík city, a half hour drive away. It’s time to rest up for the exciting journey ahead. Your accommodation for the first night will be in Reykjavík.

Day 2
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach in the evening sun

South Coast

Rise and shine, it’s your first full day in Iceland and there’s so much to see. You’ll be driving from your accommodation in Reykjavík city, down the gorgeous South Coast of Iceland, and seeing sights along the way. Your journey starts with visits to two of Iceland’s many beautiful waterfalls.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall is first on the schedule, the waterfall stands at 60 metres tall and behind it is an alcove carved into the rock which allows those who don’t mind a bit of water spray to walk around the waterfall. The next waterfall is Skógafoss, similar to Seljalandsfoss in height but much wider and therefore more majestic. If the sun is out during your visit a rainbow can be seen in the mist that the dropping water creates.

After you admire the two waterfalls you will drive to Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Most of Iceland’s beaches are black and Reynisfjara is perhaps the most stunning of them all. On the beach sit the Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks, impressive rock formations which according to folklore are petrified trolls. Whether you believe the sea stacks to be trolls or not, they are home to many seabirds, which you’ll likely be able to spot

Not far from the black sand beach is the village Vík í Mýrdal, your next stop. Vík is an adorable town with beautiful surrounding landscapes. You’ll be able to stretch your legs on a walk around the village and maybe take a look inside a shop or have a bite to eat in a café.

You have the option to select exciting extra activities on this day. There are three icy adventures you can pick from. One option is to explore the beauty of Sólheimajökull Glacier on foot with a glacier hike. If you prefer travelling faster than your own two feet can carry you, the best option for you is to hop on a snowmobile and take a tour on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. Or you can truly immerse yourself in the ice with the Katla Ice Cave Tour.

At the end of your day, you’ll backtrack a little bit and spend the night near the small town of Hvolsvöllur.

Day 3
Landmannalaugar in the Icelandic Highlands


Today you will drive from Hvolsvöllur Village to the Landmannalaugar area which is a part of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the highlands of Iceland. You’ve got quite a bit of ground to cover on this day, so we recommend getting an early start. The early bird gets the worm, and more time to stop and admire the scenery.

You will have plenty of time to explore in the Landmannalaugar area, a truly remarkable section of the nature reserve in the Icelandic Highlands. You will be surrounded by otherworldly landscapes since the mountains all around are a broad scope of splendid colours.

The area is full of geothermal hot springs, many of which are a safe temperature for bathing in, so bring your swimsuit. Even if you don’t take a dip the steam rising out of the ground and the natural puddles bubbling is a peculiar and memorable sight.

At the end of your day, you’ll drive to the Golden Circle area where you’ll spend the night, excited to explore the Golden Circle the next morning.

Day 4
The Golden Circle includes Geysir geothermal area

The Golden Circle and Kaldidalur

Your day will start with a staple of sightseeing in Iceland, The Golden Circle. You’ll see three of the country’s most famous attractions in one day. This is another day with lots to see, so remember to get an early start if you want plenty of time at each stop.

The first stop is Geysir Hot Spring, which is the geyser all geysers derive their name from. Even more excitingly, you’ll get to see Geysir’s next door neighbour Strokkur, a much more reliable hot spring which lets out a fountain of hot water every few minutes. You’ll want to bring a camera to capture the jets of water shooting up in the air.

Next, you’ll witness the power of Gullfoss waterfall, a 32 metre (105 feet) tall structure on two levels with glacial water rushing forward and down in a breathtaking display of nature’s potential. The waterfall has been photographed from every possible angle, but nothing beats walking close to the actual thing and hearing the thundering rush of the water.

Closing the circle is Þingvellir National Park, which is a cultural and natural treasure. It is known for having been the meeting point for the Icelandic parliament, Alþingi, until the 18 hundreds. It is also known for the Almannagjá Gorge which sits on the rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

After you finish the Golden circle, you’ll drive through Kaldidalur Valley to Reykholt. Kaldidalur Valley is an old passage across the Icelandic Highlands which was used to get to Alþingi in Þingvellir for the parliament meetings.

The village of Reykholt is a historical site which was once the home of Snorri Sturluson, a 12th-century writer, historian and lawspeaker. For many years the most important school in the country was situated at Reykholt.

Today you will again have the chance to add exciting extra activities. The options available are a nice riding tour on the unique Icelandic horse, A thrilling snowmobile tour on Langjökull Glacier or a fascinating snorkelling tour in Silfra Fissure. All of the tours offer unique ways of exploring Iceland’s landscapes.

Alternatively, you can choose to spend your evening visiting the spectacular Fagradalsfjall volcano, which is currently erupting on the Reykjanes Peninsula. This 5-hour-long hiking excursion will provide you with an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime perspective of this primordial phenomenon.

Towards the end of the day, you will drive to Reykjavík. If you get there early you can walk around the city streets and enjoy the vibrant life of the city.

On the last night, your accommodation will be in Iceland’s capital city Reykjavík.

Day 5
A self-drive in Iceland is a nice way to see the country


Your last day in Iceland has arrived, all too soon. You’ll be leaving with an abundance of good memories and perhaps a souvenir or two.

For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice. If your flight is later there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.

What to bring

Warm clothing
Good shoes
Swimsuit and towel
Driving licence

Good to know

Self-drive tours begin 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.

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 snorkelling.

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


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. For other 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). 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.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels. Located in the region of the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.


Rooms with shared bathrooms in farmhouses, guesthouses or hostels, with good locations near the best attractions. Breakfast is not included.


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 levels are 4-wheel-drive vehicles. The Icelandic highlands are only accessible by 4×4 jeeps, as required by the Icelandic law. All our vehicles are new or current models, of maximum 2 years of age. Comes with standard Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), 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.

Comfort 4x4

A medium-sized 4WD (4x4) jeep or SUV such as a Toyota Rav4 (automatic) and Suzuki Vitara (manual), or similar. Comfortably fit up to 4 travelers 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.

4WD Van

A large 9-seater van such as a Mercedes Benz Vito (4WD automatic, has highland capabilities), or similar. Comfortable for 5 to 7 travellers. If seated full, luggage space is limited. The driver must be of 23 years of age or above.


Are you looking to try some of the best dishes Iceland’s top restaurants have to offer? You can now add delicious meals to your booking without having to research where to find them. Select this option to include dinner every night as an extra, and we’ll provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We’ll choose the top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. Your server will offer you a set menu of two to three courses at the restaurant, from which you can choose meat, fish, or vegetarian options. If you prefer to try a different dish, the meal voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Save time and effort during your vacation, and let us take care of your meals for you. Choose the meal option today so you’ll be guaranteed to eat well on your forthcoming trip. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

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