6 Day Self Drive Budget Tour | The Golden Circle & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Free pickup
No credit card fees
No booking fees
6 days
Free pickup

Embark on a real Icelandic adventure with this affordable six-day self-drive budget tour, where you visit the capital of Reykjavík before heading out to the south coast to behold J...

Embark on a real Icelandic adventure with this affordable six-day self-drive budget tour, where you visit the capital of Reykjavík before heading out to the south coast to behold Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. If you are looking to take control of the wheel instead of relying on tour guides and bus schedules, this adventure is perfect for you; and all without breaking the bank.

The highlights of this tour include the majestic waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the historical site and geographical wonder of Þingvellir National Park, the spouting geysers in Haukadalur and the mystic black Reynisfjara coastal beach. You'll also see the great Vatnajökull glacier, and, of course, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Set your own pace and trail along the ring road of Iceland as you make the most of every...


5 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast not included, shared bathrooms; more detailed info below)
Vehicle for 6 days (Toyota Aygo or similar, upgrades available)
CDW insurance for vehicle
GPS system
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland


Glacier Hiking
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching


Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Iceland

As you arrive at Keflavík 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 Reykjavík City; Iceland's charming and quirky capital.

After checking into your accommodation, the rest of the day belongs to you. Explore the vibrant city centre at your leisure, where an abundance of cafés, bars, museums, sights and restaurants await.

You'll spend your first night in a chosen accommodation in Reykjavík.

Day 2

The Golden Circle: Thingvellir National Park, Geysers & Gullfoss Falls

On your second day, your real adventure begins. Get ready to embark on the route of the Golden Circle; home to some of Iceland's greatest attractions. A good way to warm up before meeting nature head on is a horse-riding excursion where you can get up close and personal with the friendly and charming Icelandic horses.

You could also start the day by taking a...

Day 3

The South Coast: Waterfalls, Glaciers & Black-Sand Beaches

On day three, your drive south begins as you pass the infamous glacier volcano Eyjafjallajökull that so memorably erupted back in 2010 and stopped all European air traffic for a few days.

En route you are also advised to stop and see two of the most visited waterfalls in Iceland; Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the former of which you can walk behind into a cav...

Day 4

Skaftafell: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach

On your fourth day, pay a visit to the waterfall Foss á Síðu or the stunning basalt columns Dverghamrar, before getting back on the ring road and crossing the black sandy plains of Skeiðarársandur.

This breathtaking road of glacial wasteland will bring you to Skaftafell Nature Reserve, part of the greater Vatnajökull National Park, where endless opportunities...

Day 5

Back to the Capital

On your fifth day, it is time to head back to Reykjavík City. Feel free to take your time since this is your adventure and you are the driver. This is the opportunity to visit all the sights you missed on your way south.

You can check into your accommodation in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day either exploring the capital further or by visiting the...

Day 6

Explore Reykjavik - Car Drop Off at the Airport

This will be the last day of your Iceland adventure. Depending on your flight schedule, you can fit in some last-minute sightseeing or shopping in the capital.

The opportunities in the city are endless; you can visit the black beach at Grótta, hike through Elliðarárdalur, or visit the Hallgrímskirkja Church and the landmark building Perlan for panoramic views...


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. 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 w...


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. Budget level 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. 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.


Below you can see the car rental options available for this self-drive tour. All our vehicles are new or current models. Super budget 2WD vehicles are maximum 5 years of age, and come equipped with a GPS and standard CDW insurance. Budget 2WD and Comfort 4x4 level vehicles are maximum two years of age, and come equipped with a GPS, CDW, GP and SCDW insurances. You can also upgrade to an automatic model.

Super Budget

A small 2WD vehicle such as Toyota Aygo, Hyundai i10 or similar, fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions. Compact and comfortable for up to 2 travellers with very little luggage. No highland capabilities.


A basic 2WD vehicle such as VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or similar, suitable for travelling in everyday conditions. Comfortable for 3 travellers with light luggage. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities.

Comfort 4X4

A medium sized 4WD (4x4) jeep or SUV such as Toyota Rav4 or similar. Fit for most travel, and good for snow and off-asphalt driving. This vehicle has basic highland capabilities. Recommended.


You can now add meals to your booking. Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.