7 Day Budget Self Drive Tour | Snaefellsnes and the South Coast

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No credit card fees
No booking fees
Duration
7 days
Difficulty
Medium
Free pickup
Reykjavík

Make the most of a week in Iceland without going over your budget with this affordable seven-day self-drive tour. This tour will allow you to see the incredible sights of Iceland w...

Make the most of a week in Iceland without going over your budget with this affordable seven-day self-drive tour. This tour will allow you to see the incredible sights of Iceland without being bound to anyone else or breaking the bank.

Self-drive tours allow you to be in control every day; you do not need to worry about tour guides hurrying you along, or other group members slowing you down. What you do and see is entirely up to you, just make sure to reach your next accommodation each night.

Over the course of seven days, you will be able to see many of the awe-inspiring sites that make this country so famous, from the beautiful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to the dramatic Geysir geothermal area.

Not only will you get to see these famous locations, but the personal itinerary provided to you wi...

Included

6 nights of accommodation (different levels available; breakfast not included, shared bathrooms; more detailed info below)
Vehicle for 7 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
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Caving
Snowmobile
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
Ice Caving

Attractions

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

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

You will pick up your car upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, and start making your way to the city of Reykjavík. 

If you want to recharge after your flight in mineral-rich waters of healing, set your course to the Blue Lagoon Spa, located en route to Reykjavík. Just be sure to book tickets to the lagoon in advance.

You could also head straight to Reykjavík, settle into your accommodations and get to know the quirky capital and its many museums, galleries, shops, cafés and restaurants.

Day 2

Snaefellsjokull National Park

On day two, you will head to ‘Iceland in Miniature’, also known as the Snæfellsnes peninsula. This ninety-kilometre stretch has a vast array of features to see. Most famous is Snæfellsjökull, the mighty glacier and volcano that crowns the peninsula and was featured in Jules Verne’s ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’.

If you wish to have your own adventure i...

Day 3

The Golden Circle

On day three, you will take Iceland’s most popular tourist trail, the Golden Circle. This route brings you to three incredible, famous sites: Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall.

Before reaching the Golden Circle, you can opt for a tour of the colourful underworld of Víðgelmir lava cave, or explore the icy tunnels of L...

Day 4

The South Coast

Today, you will head to the South Coast. If you'd like to start your day with an icy adventure you can opt for a thrilling snowmobile ride on Langjökull glacier, just head on back to Gullfoss waterfall where you will find your ride.

Your next stops will be at three waterfalls. The first of these, Seljalandsfoss, falls off a concave cliff, meaning you can walk...

Day 5

Jokulsarlon & Skaftafell Nature Reserve

The fifth day will take you across the rest of the South Coast to what many describe as ‘the crown jewel of Iceland’s nature’, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. There is no need to rush there, however, as there are some great places to visit on the way.

You can start this day by taking a tour to Mýrdalsjökull glacier, where you can visit an ice cave. The cave i...

Day 6

Drive Back to Reykjavik

On day six, you will head back to Reykjavík. Before departing, you could opt for another glacier hike or a boat ride if you missed it the day before.

As you travel, reference your personal itinerary to see what unique places you missed on the way, as there are plenty along the South Coast. 

When you reach the city, you can unwind at your accommodation after a long journey of travelling, or if you have some energy left, check out Reykjavík's many restaurants, cafés and bars.

Day 7

Departure

Sadly, today is your final day. If you have a late flight, you have the options of better exploring Reykjavík, visiting the volcanic wonders of the Reykjanes Peninsula, or basking in the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon - just remember to book tickets to the lagoon in advance. 

Once you are ready, drop your car off at the airport, and enjoy the journey home.

Map

What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothes
Swimsuit and towel
Good hiking boots for the glacier hike
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. 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.

Budget

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

Car

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.

Budget

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.

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 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.