Get ready to discover the best Iceland has to offer on this exciting 3-day road trip. Our self-drive itineraries are perfect for travelers who want to enjoy the freedom of the open road but would also like some structure and travel advice. Once you purchase a self-drive tour you will receive instructional guides on what to wear, accommodation, and most importantly a detailed PDF on all your stops.
Enjoy detailed background information on each attraction, how to get there, parking information, driving tips, nearby spots to eat, and bonus stops nearby if you want to see other sites in the area.
Day one of your itinerary is packed with popular Iceland attractions famed for their geology, history, and natural beauty. The first stop, Thingvellir National Park, is the perfect example of how culture and nature have been linked throughout the cou...)
Day one of your itinerary is packed with popular Iceland attractions famed for their geology, history, and natural beauty. The first stop, Thingvellir National Park, is the perfect example of how culture and nature have been linked throughout the country’s history. This geological wonderland is one of the rare places on earth where you can walk across two continental plates at once. Thingvellir has earned a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, owing to the fact it was where the world's first parliament was founded.
Other hot spots that await you include the active Geysir Hot Springs and the Laugarvatn Fontana spa, where you can stop for a dip. Finish your day at the Golden Circle’s final main stop, Gullfoss Waterfall (the Golden Falls) or explore some of the area’s hidden gems, which are listed in your complete self-drive PDF guide.
On day two you head to the scenic South Coast. This dramatic coastline comprises giant glaciers, active volcanoes, jagged cliffs, and black sand beaches, and is sometimes nicknamed “Iceland in a nutshell” because of its diverse landscapes. You will s...)
On day two you head to the scenic South Coast. This dramatic coastline comprises giant glaciers, active volcanoes, jagged cliffs, and black sand beaches, and is sometimes nicknamed “Iceland in a nutshell” because of its diverse landscapes. You will stop at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach – the most famous of the island’s unique black sand beaches – a cinematic location with stormy waves and tall basalt columns. Prepare to be amazed!
During your coastal drive, your itinerary will take you to some of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, cool historical monuments, and wildlife lookout points. If you’re lucky you might even see some Atlantic puffins. In addition to stopping at amazing attractions, the day includes a guided glacier hike across the impressive Sólheimajökull Glacier.
Your final day allows for more flexibility on your itinerary, which depends on your flight departure time. If time allows, we have included several stops along the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula. The otherworldly landscapes of this geothermal region bo...)
Your final day allows for more flexibility on your itinerary, which depends on your flight departure time. If time allows, we have included several stops along the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula. The otherworldly landscapes of this geothermal region boast mossy lava fields, jagged volcano craters, impressive rock formations, spectacular mountains, and soothing hot springs.
End your trip with a relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon or one of the lesser-known local hot springs that are suggested in your guide.
Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.
It is a package tour that includes accommodation, car rental, and suggested itinerary. We provide you with all information to make sure you know where to go and what to see in Iceland along with general practical information about Iceland, as this is a self-guided tour.
Included with our tours are accommodation and car rental, as described for each tour, itinerary with suggested points of interest along the way, GPS points for each stop (accommodation, activities, points of interest), and a detailed self-drive handbook with lots of practical information.
We use a very varied mix of local accommodations.
Comfort rooms are private rooms with private bathroom in guesthouses, hotels, motels, lodges, etc. Approximately 3-star rating.
Budget rooms are private rooms with a shared bathroom at guesthouses, hostels, hotels, etc. Approximately 2-star rating.
During winter months (October-April) we recommend 4WD vehicles but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a jeep, it is safest to drive a vehicle that you are comfortable with so if you’re not used to driving large cars then a smaller, but 4WD might be a better option.
In summertime any vehicle is good, depending on how many are traveling together, how much luggage you carry along and how much you’re willing to pay.
That depends mostly on the itinerary, some are faster paced while others are more relaxed. Days can range from 200-400 km, though very few days exceed 350 km. You are of course your own driver and guide while on a self-drive tour so you are free to make detours as you wish.
You never know what might happen while in a foreign country so we highly recommend you to have good travel insurance. Sure it costs a bit extra, but it can take a load off the mind and end up being a totally worth it in case something sudden could happen.
Take a look at what type of insurance is provided with your credit card, alternatively buy special travel insurance from an insurance provider.
As for the car rental, you can opt to buy extra insurance at the time of collecting the car. It may be wise to buy extra insurance such as windshield protection, as a cracked windshield from a stone being thrown off another car is among the most common incidents on Icelandic roads.
Other extra car insurances would be for example sand and ash protection, or additional insurance to lower the self-risk in case of an incident.
Our self-drive adventures have been optimized for the best value experience, which includes doing some thrilling activities in the amazing Icelandic nature. As the packages are offered at the best possible price no partial refunds or modifications to the itinerary can be permitted. That includes opting out of an included activity and getting a refund for that activity. You can, of course, choose not to do the activity but as mentioned there would be no partial refunds of the package price.
You should contact the service provider in question: If there is a problem with the car, contact the car rental. If you have troubles finding the hotel (which shouldn’t happen as you will be provided with the address and GPS coordinates), you should call the hotel.
If you have questions about an activity, contact the activity provider. You will receive all the necessary contact information from us.