6 Day Budget Self Drive Tour of Iceland with the Golden Circle & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

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Summary

Starts from
Keflavík Airport
Ends in
Keflavík Airport
Duration
6 days & 5 nights
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Apr. - Aug.
Accommodation
5 nights included
Car rental
6 days included

Description

Embark on a real Icelandic adventure with this affordable six-day budget self-drive tour and leave the hassle of planning behind. This adventure is perfect for you and won't break the bank if you want to take control of the wheel instead of relying on tour guides and bus schedules.

With your booking, you will receive a detailed itinerary that ensures you make the most of your time in Iceland. Explore the capital of Reykjavik and then venture out to the stunning Golden Circle and South Coast, where you'll eventually reach the breathtaking Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. 

Along the way, marvel at majestic waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, visit the historical site and geographical wonder of Thingvellir National Park, witness the spouting geysers in Haukadalur, and take in the mystic beauty of the black Reynisfjara coastal beach. 

You'll also have the opportunity to see the great Vatnajokull glacier, a true natural wonder.

We understand that spending weeks trying to organize the perfect itinerary in Iceland can be overwhelming. That's why we have already done it for you and at a great price. By choosing our self-drive tour, you will take advantage of the best attractions that Iceland has to offer.

One of the highlights of our self-drive tours is the flexibility and freedom they offer. Set your own pace as you travel along Iceland's famous ring road, experiencing incredible landscapes, historic landmarks, and many must-see attractions. 

During the booking process, you can add an array of activities to your adventures, such as hiking, snorkeling, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and exploring the inside of a volcano, all of which provide an authentic Icelandic experience.

And if you ever need assistance or have questions, you'll have a personal travel agent at your disposal, available to you any time of the day, seven days a week. We are here to ensure that your journey is smooth and enjoyable.

Our self-drive tours are highly regarded by our customers, who consistently rate them very highly. Join the ranks of satisfied travelers who have experienced the best of Iceland on our self-drive adventures.

We understand that plans can change, so we offer the flexibility to cancel your tour for free and receive a full refund up to 24 hours before departure. Your satisfaction is our top priority.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore Iceland on your own terms. Book our self-drive tour now, and let us make your Icelandic dreams come true. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Included

5 nights of accommodation
New rental car for 6 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
Dyrhólaey peninsula from east to westSouth Coast / 1 night
The Vatnajokull glacier in Southeast Iceland.Southeast 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
Skaftafell Nature Preserve can be found in Öræfasveit, the western region of Austur-Skaftafellssýsla in Iceland.Skaftafell
Svartifoss in Skaftafell Nature Reserve in summer.Svartifoss
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
KrýsuvíkKrýsuvík
Gunnuhver is one of the geothermal areas on the Reykjanes Peninsula.Gunnuhver

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
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Day 1

Day 1 – Reykjavík

  • Reykjavík - Arrival day
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As you arrive at Keflavik International Airport, your rental car will be waiting for you. Drive through the beautiful lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula and reach your first destination of Reykjavik City, Iceland's charming and quirky capital.

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.

The Reykjanes Peninsula has incredible volcanic landscapes, including those around the active Fagradalsfjall volcano, the Bridge Between the Continents, the many geothermal areas, and the area's countless lava fields.

The Reykjanes Peninsula is also famous for its beautiful lighthouse, birdwatching cliffs, fascinating folklore, and historic fishing villages.

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.

Major Reykjavik attractions include the Perlan Museum, Hallgrimskirkja church, the Harpa Concert Hall, the Sun Voyager, and the Old Harbor.

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 your second day, get ready for an exhilarating adventure as you begin the route of the Golden Circle, home to some of Iceland's most incredible attractions. 

Before setting out sightseeing, however, you can choose from a range of activities. Start by warming up with a horse-riding excursion, where you can personally experience the friendly and charming Icelandic horses up close. It's a perfect way to connect with nature before diving into the wonders ahead.

For an extraordinary experience, consider taking a tour of the Thrihnukagigur volcano. Once you arrive, hop aboard an elevator that will take you deep into the enormous and empty magma chamber. Explore the vibrant colors and sheer size of this awe-inspiring volcano, a sight that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Your first stop on the Golden Circle route is Thingvellir National Park, a place where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia diverge in a beautiful rift valley. This park also holds historical significance as the site of Althingi, Iceland's first parliament, established back in 930 AD. 

For an even more unique experience, you can add snorkeling in Silfra fissure to your booking. Imagine floating in crystal clear water between the continents, an experience that will leave you in awe. Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

Another highlight along the Golden Circle is Haukadalur, a geothermal valley that houses Geysir and Strokkur, two world-famous geysers. Strokkur, in particular, is fully active and puts on an impressive display every few minutes as it erupts with a powerful burst of hot water. The area is also dotted with other geysers, hot springs, and bubbling mud pools, creating a fascinating and dynamic geothermal landscape.

And let's not forget about Gullfoss, a cascading waterfall that exudes tremendous untamed energy. Witness the sheer power and beauty of this waterfall before considering an optional snowmobile tour on top of Langjokull glacier, a thrilling way to cap off your Golden Circle adventure.

As the day comes to an end, you'll reach the charming area of southwest Iceland, where your booked accommodation awaits, providing a comfortable and cozy place to rest and rejuvenate for the next day's adventures.

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Day 3

Day 3 – South Coast

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  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Dyrholaey
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks
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On day three, prepare for an exciting drive south as you embark on the next leg of your Icelandic adventure. 

Along the way, you'll pass by the infamous glacier volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which erupted back in 2010 and caused a temporary halt in European air traffic. Take a moment to appreciate the magnitude of this natural wonder as you continue your journey.

During your drive, make sure to stop and marvel at two of Iceland's most popular waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Seljalandsfoss offers a unique experience as you can actually walk behind the cascading water and feel the refreshing mist on your face. It's a perfect opportunity to capture stunning photos and create lasting memories.

If you're up for a detour, make a stop at the folk museum in Skogar, where you can witness beautifully restored traditional turf houses. These architectural gems provide a glimpse into Iceland's rich cultural heritage and offer a unique insight into the country's history. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere and imagine what life was like in these historical dwellings.

Continuing your drive towards the Solheimajokull glacier, you can add even more excitement to your day. Consider including a thrilling glacier hike or an exhilarating snowmobiling tour in your package.

These activities allow you to get up close and personal with the majestic glaciers of Iceland, offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won't soon forget.

As you arrive in the coastal village of Vik, take your time to visit the stunning black beach of Reynisfjara.

This unique beach is adorned with dramatic basalt cliffs known as Reynisdrangar, rising majestically from the sea. However, be cautious of the beach's powerful hidden currents and always follow the safety guidelines. 

If you visit in the summer, don't forget to look up at Mount Reynisfjall or the Dynjandi rock arch, where you might be lucky enough to spot some adorable puffins as they dive down the cliffs to feed in the sea.

As the day comes to an end, your final destination will be your charming and peaceful South Iceland accommodation. Here, you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind, staying overnight in comfortable lodging nestled within the area. 

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Day 4

Day 4 – Southeast Iceland

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  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Svartifoss
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
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On your fourth day of this unforgettable self-drive tour, get ready to explore even more of Iceland's natural wonders and embark on exciting adventures. 

Before continuing on the ring road, make sure to visit the captivating Foss a Sidu waterfall, known for its graceful cascades and serene surroundings. Alternatively, you can marvel at the stunning basalt columns of Dverghamrar, which resemble towering organ pipes created by nature's hand.

As you resume your journey on the ring road, prepare to cross the mesmerizing black sandy plains of Skeidararsandur. This vast expanse of glacial wasteland is a sight to behold, with its otherworldly beauty and stark contrast against the surrounding landscapes. Keep your camera ready to capture the unique essence of this extraordinary terrain.

Your next stop is the remarkable Skaftafell Nature Reserve, nestled within the larger Vatnajokull National Park. This pristine wilderness offers endless opportunities for sightseeing and adventure. 

Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a scenic trek to Svartifoss waterfall, known for its beauty as it cascades down a wall of black basalt columns. This natural marvel is truly a sight to behold and a perfect spot to connect with the raw power of Iceland's nature.

For those seeking an even more exhilarating experience, consider adding a guided glacier hike along one of Vatnajokull's many outlet glaciers. Explore the icy wonderland and witness the magnificence of these ancient glaciers up close. This guided adventure will provide you with unique insights into the geological wonders of Iceland.

After immersing yourself in the beauty of Skaftafell, continue your journey eastward to the highlight of the trip, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. This breathtaking destination will leave you in awe as glistening icebergs, which have broken off from Iceland's largest ice cap, gather to float in a shimmering blue lagoon. Witness the ever-changing scenery and take in the incredible beauty that surrounds you.

To truly immerse yourself in the experience, consider booking one of the available boat rides in the lagoon. These excursions will allow you to get even closer to the icebergs and admire their intricate formations from all angles. Feel the chill in the air and the sense of wonder as you navigate the crystal-clear waters.

After exploring the majestic Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, take a short walk to the renowned Diamond Beach. This unique shoreline is adorned with ice pieces that have washed up on shore, glimmering like sparkling diamonds under the sun. Capture the magical ambiance of this enchanting location and create memories that will last a lifetime.

As the day ends, you'll return to your South Iceland accommodation, where you will spend another night. 

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Day 5

Day 5 – Reykjavík

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  • Fjaðrárgljúfur
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On the fifth day of your self-drive tour, it's time to make your way back to Reykjavik. Take your time and enjoy the flexibility of being the driver, allowing you to visit any sights you may have missed on your journey south. This is your adventure, and you have the freedom to explore at your own pace.

There are several attractions worth visiting on your way back. One such gem is Fjadrargljufur, a canyon located in southeastern Iceland. Its steep walls and stunning river views create a picturesque scene that's sure to leave you in awe. Take a leisurely walk along the canyon's edge, capturing the breathtaking views and immersing yourself in the peacefulness of nature.

Continuing along the route, don't miss out on Dyrholaey cliffs that offer panoramic views of the surrounding black sand beaches and the vast Atlantic Ocean. This natural wonder is home to an array of bird species, including puffins, making it a popular spot for birdwatching enthusiasts. The cliffs provide a fantastic vantage point to observe these delightful creatures in their natural habitat. 

If you're up for a unique experience, consider making a stop at Reykjadalur, a geothermal area known for its hot springs. Located in the Hveragerdi region, Reykjadalur translates to "Steam Valley," and it's the perfect place to take a relaxing dip in warm geothermal waters amidst a breathtaking natural setting. 

Follow the hiking trail that leads through a geothermal valley, passing bubbling mud pools and steaming vents until you reach the hot springs. It's a tranquil oasis where you can enjoy the therapeutic warmth of the water while taking in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Back in Reykjavik, you'll find an array of activities and attractions to enjoy during your stay. Start by exploring the city's rich history and culture by visiting the National Museum of Iceland or the Reykjavik Art Museum, which houses a remarkable collection of Icelandic and international art. For those interested in Viking history, a visit to the Saga Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the country's past.

When it comes to food, Reykjavik is a culinary paradise. Make sure to indulge in local delicacies such as fresh seafood, Icelandic lamb, and the famous Icelandic hot dog. For a unique dining experience, consider trying out one of the city's many seafood restaurants or trendy bistros that serve innovative Icelandic cuisine.

To conclude your Icelandic adventure on a high note, take the time to witness the spectacle of the Northern Lights. While sightings are not guaranteed, Reykjavik and its surrounding areas offer excellent opportunities to catch a glimpse of this natural phenomenon. 

Spend your final night in Reykjavik. Reflect on the incredible journey you've had, relishing in the memories created and the beauty experienced along the way. 

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Day 6

Day 6 – Reykjavík

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  • Kleifarvatn
  • Krysuvik
  • Gunnuhver
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As your Iceland adventure comes to an end, cherish the last day of your trip and make the most of your time before heading back home. 

For those with a later flight, why not choose to visit the iconic Blue Lagoon today? This will be a perfect opportunity to unwind and relax before your journey back. Let the soothing waters envelop you as you reminisce about the awe-inspiring sights and unforgettable moments that defined your Icelandic exploration.

If your flight is scheduled for later in the day, you'll have plenty of time to further explore the vibrant city of Reykjavik. The possibilities are endless, and there's something for everyone to enjoy. 

Consider visiting the black beach at Grotta, where you can take a leisurely stroll and admire the unique volcanic sands. For nature enthusiasts, a hike through Ellidarardalur and connect with the serene surroundings.

No visit to Reykjavik is complete without a visit to the renowned Hallgrimskirkja Church. Marvel at the impressive architecture and ascend to the top for panoramic views of the city, allowing you to truly appreciate the beauty of Reykjavik from above. 

Another notable landmark worth visiting is Perlan, where you can enjoy breathtaking vistas and learn more about Iceland's natural wonders through interactive exhibits.

If you still have energy and time to spare, consider adding an extra touch of magic to your trip. Embark on a thrilling whale-watching tour or experience the unique Icelandic tradition of horse riding. These activities offer a memorable and immersive way to end your adventure, allowing you to create even more unforgettable memories in this extraordinary country.

For those with an early flight, we extend our warmest wishes for a pleasant journey back home. 

Ensure you drop off your car at the airport in due time, allowing for a stress-free departure. 

As you bid farewell to Iceland, hold onto the cherished memories you've created throughout your journey. May these experiences stay with you forever, reminding you of the beauty and wonder that awaits in the land of fire and ice. Safe travels, and until we meet again!

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What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothes
Good hiking boots
Driver's license
Swimsuit and towel

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.

Wearing cotton or jeans as the outer layer during your trip to the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour is not allowed. Please wear suitable waterproof clothes and sturdy hiking shoes for this trip. It's always the same temperature inside the crater – about 5–6°C (42–43°F). The Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour involves a hike of approximately 3 km (2 miles) each way. The walk usually takes around 45–50 minutes (depending on the condition of people in the group). A guide will be with you at all times during the walk.

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

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