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

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Duration
6 days
Difficulty
Medium
Free pickup
Reykjavík

Explore the best of Iceland on this affordable 6-day self-drive package. This tour takes you from the world-famous Blue Lagoon, through the vibrant capital city of Reykjavik, up th...

Explore the best of Iceland on this affordable 6-day self-drive package. This tour takes you from the world-famous Blue Lagoon, through the vibrant capital city of Reykjavik, up the beautiful south coast, around the Golden Circle, and all the way to the incredible Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. 

You are behind the wheel on this self-drive so you can jam every minute with beautiful scenery, local hot spots, and historical landmarks, or you can choose a few must-see locations and go slowly, taking time to meet the locals and to set up gorgeous photos. 

To make sure your holiday is both relaxing and full of adventure, you will lodge in full comfort, with an ensuite bathroom and breakfast included.

On this tour, you will see incredible sights, including the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, t...

Included

5 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast included. More detailed info below)
Vehicle for 6 days (VW Polo or similar. Upgrades available)
CDW, SCDW and gravel protection insurance for vehicle
GPS system
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Caving
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
Reykjavík
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Eyjafjallajökull

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Iceland - Optional Horseback Riding or Whale Watching

Collect your car from the airport upon arrival in Keflavík, before driving to your accommodation in the downtown area of the capital.

After getting settled at your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to explore the vibrant city centre with its abundance of cultural attractions, restaurants, and bars.

If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or exp...

Day 2

The Golden Circle: Thingvellir National Park - Geysers - Gullfoss Falls

On day two, you'll go on a trip around the famous Golden Circle of Iceland. Before you hit the road, however, you can choose to start your day with a subterranean adventure where you'll descend into the empty magma chamber of a volcano.

Your first stop on the Golden Circle route is Þingvellir National Park. Here, you can see the incredible Almannagjá gorge, w...

Day 3

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

As you continue your journey on day three, you will drive towards Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano under a glacier that made world headlines during 2010 when it brought European air traffic to a standstill.

You will then visit the beautiful waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. After admiring them, a detour to the Skógar folk museum is highly recommended,...

Day 4

Skaftafell - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach

On your fourth day, set out for the waterfall Foss a Síðu and the nearby Dverghamrar basalt columns, before taking the road over the vast glacial sands of Skeidararsandur.

Next on your route is the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, part of Vatnajokull National Park. Once there, you can hike to yet another impressive waterfall, Svartifoss, whose basalt columns served...

Day 5

Reykjavik City & Blue Lagoon

At the start of your fifth day, head back towards Reykjavík. In the afternoon, you can check into your hotel and explore the city. Dotted around the downtown area are numerous cafés, bars, and restaurants. 

You can also find a slew of interesting museums. You can learn about the Viking settlers at the Settlement Exhibition or about the history of Iceland at t...

Day 6

Explore Reykjavik - Car Drop Off at the Airport

On your departure day, you can drop off your car at the airport. If your flight is in the late afternoon or evening, consider exploring some more of the city attractions in nearby downtown Reykjavík. Have you stopped by Perlan, a wonderful landmark with special shops and a viewing deck that allows you to see for miles around? Or climbed the church tower at H...

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What to bring

Warm Clothes
Good hiking boots
Driver's license

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...

Accommodation

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Comfort 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). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. 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.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom in three star hotels or quality guesthouses. Very close to the best attractions at each location. Breakfast is included.

Quality

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.

Car

Below you can see the car rental options available for this self drive tour. All our vehicles are new or current models, maximum two years of age, and come equipped with a GPS, CDW, GP, and SCDW insurances. You can also upgrade to an automatic model.

Budget

A small 2WD vehicle fit for basic travelling in everyday conditions, such as VW Polo, Toyota Yaris or similar. This vehicle does not have highland capabilities.

Comfort 4X4

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

Luxury 4x4

A large sized jeep with 4WD (4x4) such as Toyota Land Cruiser or similar, fit for nearly all traveling. This vehicle has full highland capabilities to drive on accessible mountain roads.

Meals

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 tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact info@guidetoiceland.is and declare full cancellation. Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.