Overview

Enjoy spine-tingling adventure activities and explore the most famous and stunning natural wonders of South Iceland all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

Highlights

  • The Golden Circle - Gullfoss, Geysir & Thingvellir
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Vatnajokull glacier
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Eyjafjallajokull volcano
  • Dyrholaey
  • Reykjanes peninsula
  • Solheimajokull glacier
  • Skaftafell area
  • Silfra Fissure
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Vík í Mýrdal
  • Skogar
  • Kerið Crater
  • Diamond Beach

Explore Iceland´s most fabulous natural treasures including the epic Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, and watch Strokkur, an erupting geyser, energetically blasting every few minutes and fill your time with exciting adventure activities. Build memories to last a lifetime and even visit the Blue Lagoon (optional) before your flight home!

Your itinerary has a duration of 5 days and 4 nights, giving you plenty of time to enjoy all the major attractions in South Iceland. A glacier hike in Skaftafell nature reserve is also included.

Pickup: 

Choose between pickup at Keflavik international airport (KEF) or BSI bus terminal in downtown Reykjavik, at flexible times.
For the best experience, we recommend that you pick the car up early on departure day, and return it in the afternoon or evening on the last day.

 Drop-off: 

By default your drop-off location is always set to Keflavik international airport (KEF), no matter which pickup location you select.
You can however drop-off the car at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik, on the last day. If you prefer this drop-off location you can change the drop-off location afterwards (details can be found in the confirmation email).

Accommodation: 

Comfort accommodation is included in the package. Good locations, breakfast included and you get a private bathroom.
Note: If you book for 2 or 4 persons you get twin / double rooms. If you book for 3 or 5 persons you get a combination of double/twin rooms and a single room.

  • Personal Experience
Availability All Year
Duration 5 day
Departs From Reykjavik / KEF
Minimum age 8 YEARS
Difficulty Easy
Accommodation Included

From

82 890
Per Adult
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What's included

Included

  • Accommodation for 4 nights w. breakfast
  • Rental car for 5 days (with all basic insurances: Collision Damage Waiver, Personal Accident Insurance and Theft protection)
  • Glacier hike in Skaftafell nature reserve
  • Detailed itinerary and information package

What to bring

  • Warm clothes
  • Hiking shoes
  • Driver's license

Not Included

  • If your flight schedule allows, you can stop at the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa on your way to the airport on day 5, for a relaxing swim. The admission fee is not included, and we recommend that you book in advance at bluelagoon.com. Remember to bring a bathing suit and a towel.

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Itinerary

Introduction

This is the perfect self-drive Golden Circle and South Coast package itinerary for adventure-loving travelers in Iceland. You will receive a detailed itinerary, map, and a self-drive handbook. This self-drive tour is optimized for the best possible experience, visiting all the highlights on the South Coast.

people walking in thingvellir national park

Your adventure begins with the famous Golden Circle sights of Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. We start at Thingvellir National Park, the birthplace of the ancient Icelandic Parliament or the Althing (Alþingi). This area was formerly called Bláskógar but it was renamed Thingvellir (Þingvellir), meaning Assembly Plains when Iceland's supreme legislative and judicial authority was established here in 930 CE. Your route continues to the famous Geysir hot spring area, where you will get the chance to witness the iconic Strokkur eruption. The Golden Circle tour is capped off with a visit to the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, in addition to some hidden gems nearby. Included in your itinerary are optional visits to stunning attractions you won’t want to miss.

 

Day Highlights
  • Thingvellir national park
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Gullfoss waterfall
Included
  • Rental car
  • Accommodation
view of seljalandsfoss and skogafoss waterfalls

After breakfast, your tour route will give you excellent views of the volcano, Eyjafjallajökull. The volcano’s glittering icecap is a reminder of the volcanic eruption of 2010, which halted air traffic across Europe. Of course, on a self-driving tour it is entirely up to you where you stop, but we’ll offer a few suggestions to help you make the most of your trip.

 

happy group hiking with a guide on a glacier

Seljalandsfoss waterfall and Skogafoss waterfall are great places to visit before you continue your journey to Solheimajokull glacier, Dyrholaey, the black sand beach at Reynisdrangar, and the charming village of Vik. Driving across the Sólheimasandur volcanic sandplains will give you your first glimpse of the lunar-like scenery Iceland is famous for. Other interesting places to visit are the Skógasafnið Museum and Gljúfrabúi, a picturesque waterfall with beautiful hiking areas.

Day Highlights
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Solheimajokull glacier
Included
  • Guided glacier hike tour
  • Accommodation
  • Rental car

Early in the day, we will take a glacier hike in Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Drive to the meeting point at Skaftafell and meet your expert glacier guide. At Falljökull, we will strap on our ice crampons and get ready for the magical moment of setting foot on the glacier!

sunset at diamond beach near jokulsarlon

After the glacier hike, we highly recommend you take the time to enjoy the short hike from the Skaftafell Visitor Centre to Svartifoss, a waterfall that drops from a dramatic wall of black basalt columnar formations. With shimmering white water pouring over black basalt, it is no surprise that these falls have inspired Icelandic architecture!

The next segment of your route will deliver you to the amazing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. The glacial lagoon is vast and stretches as far as the eye can see. The icebergs are all gliding toward the ocean less than 1 kilometer away. The scenery here is just like a film set... or rather it is a film set! Tomb Raider, the reality TV series Amazing Race, Batman begins and the James Bond movies Die Another Day and A View to Kill all contain scenes which were shot here.

Day Highlights
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Included
  • Rental car
  • Accommodation
fjadrargljufur canyon view in south iceland

Today we explore even more of the South Coast! Your route continues with a visit to Kirkjugólf, the amazing basalt column floor which is situated just outside of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The lovely Fossálar (waterfall), Dverghamrar, Lómagnúpur, and the old buildings at Núpsstaðir are all great stopping points.

If you want to explore more of the areas close to Reykjavík, you can visit Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki. Both are charming and atmospheric coastal villages with delightful brightly-painted wooden houses. Þorlákshöfn is another little village with the kind of scenes and atmosphere historic seaside villages used to have. It’s unspoiled and beautiful.

Day Highlights
  • Kirkjugólf
  • Fossálar
  • Dverghamrar
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur
Included
  • Rental car
  • Accommodation
reykjanesviti on a hill in reykjanes

Reykjanes has far more to offer you than just being the peninsula where the international airport is situated. Although this does make it very convenient! There are mossy lava fields, volcano craters, and unique cones. The silhouette of one particularly elegant cone, Keilir, is very prominent on the horizon. Lake Kleifarvatn is especially picturesque and boasts some nice hiking paths if you have the time. You should definitely visit the hot springs at Krýsuvík for one last look at the surreal steam emanating from the ground. The Gunnuhver hot springs (the site of a famous ghost saga) and the bridge between the continents are also well worth a look.

sunny day at blue lagoon in iceland

If you have the time, we certainly recommend a visit to the Blue Lagoon at Grindavík, an iconic and now world-famous geothermal spa.

Day Highlights
  • Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Blue Lagoon (optional)
Included
  • Rental car

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