Self Drive: Iceland Adventure | Golden Circle, South Coast, Jokulsarlon, Northern Lights & More

South and East Iceland are the most popular areas amongst travelers whole year around. The South and East Iceland offers easily accessible natural sights as well as a variety of glacial activities. If you want to explore the diversity of Icelandic nature and culture these are without a doubt the best options in the country.
Available: Oct - April
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Minimum Age: No minimum age
Pick Up: From KEF airport
Price From: ISK 101.900

Tour Highlights

✅ Accommodation including breakfast for 6 nights
✅ Rental car of your choice for 6 days
✅ Visit two national parks
✅ Hveragerði geothermal town
✅ Hot springs
✅ View the spectacular Northern Lights (only in winter)
✅ Hike up the Reykjadalur (Steam Valley)
✅ South Coast
✅ Seljalandsfoss waterfall
✅ Skógafoss waterfall
✅ Black Sand Beach – Reynisfjara
✅ Vatnajökull glacier
✅ Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
✅ Diamond Beach
✅ Svínafellsjökull glacier
✅ Skaftafell National Park
✅ Golden Circle – Geysir, Gullfoss & Þingvellir
✅ Kerid crater
✅ Hraunfossar & Barnafossar waterfalls
✅ Deildartunguhver Geothermal hot spring
✅ Reykjavík
✅ The Sun Voyager
✅ Hallgrímskírkja church

Planning on coming in the summer? Check out our summer version

Please Note: prices are per person and based on two people traveling together, staying in affordable accommodation and car type is Suzuki Jimny (4WD) or similar.

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What´s Included

✅ Accommodation for 6 nights, including breakfast (1 x Reykjavík, 5x outside of Reykjavík)
✅ Rental car for 6 days
✅ CDW insurance
✅ Unlimited mileage,
✅ GPS navigation
✅ Extra driver
✅ Fuel discount card
✅ Pick up/Drop for the rental car at Keflavík International Airport
✅ Departure transfer from your hotel to Keflavík Airport by Flybus
✅ A detailed itinerary with suggestions during your stay
✅ Personalized Icelandic roadmap
✅ 24/7 emergency phone line service
✅ Taxes and service fee
❌ Flight to and from Iceland
❌ Fuel expenses, parking fees, and additional insurance
❌ Personal travel insurance
❌ Optional activities (can be added)
❌ Any other services not mentioned in “Included” section
❌ Road tolls

Tour Description

South and East Iceland enjoy the most popular whole year around. These areas offer easily accessible natural sights as well as the variety of winter activities. If you want to explore the diversity of Icelandic nature and culture you should without a doubt visit those areas. Those areas are magical during the dark winter months where (if lucky!) the Northern Lights will light up the skies.

Day 1: Arrival and South Iceland

Start the road trip right away! If time allows, it’s recommended to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon from the airport before driving to your accommodation in Selfoss.

Overnight: Selfoss area
Approximate driving distance: 120 km/ 75 miles

Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Hveragerði.

Day 2: Southern Iceland with a glimpse of glaciers and waterfalls

Today is all about the well-known South Coast of Iceland, with its black sand beach, two amazing waterfalls and the Southernmost village in Iceland, Vík and much more!

Overnight: Kirkjubæjaklaustur area
Approximate driving distance: 200 km/ 124 miles

Highlights: Urriðafoss waterfall, Skógafoss waterfall, Sólheimajökull Glacier, Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck, Dyrhólaey Arch, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Vík.

Day 3: Majestic Vatnajökull National Park and Glacier Lagoon

A full day of stunning sight including Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s most famous and much photographed glacial lagoon, waterfalls, lava formation, and glaciers!

Overnight: Vik area
Approximate driving distance: 400 km/249 miles

Highlights: Vatnajökull National ParkJökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Diamond beach, Skaftafell National Park, Svartifoss Waterfall, Svínafellsjökull Glacier, Dverghamrar Cliffs, Kirkjugólf, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Laufskálavarða.

Day 4: South Coast & Golden Circle

Drive through the southern farmlands to the direction of the Golden Circle. Along the way, there are three waterfalls worth visiting; Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi, and Faxi waterfalls. Next up visit the famous Golden Circle, the powerful Gullfoss waterfall and the 100 years old Geysir before heading to your accommodation of the night.

Overnight: Golden Circle area
Approximate driving distance:  330 km/ 205 miles

Highlights: Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Gljúfrabúi waterfall, Kerið, Skálholt, Faxi Waterfall, The Golden Circle, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs area, Brúarfoss waterfall, Þingvellir National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 5:  Þingvellir National Park and  Lava Waterfall Overnight Borgarfjörður  

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage national park Þingvellir. Continue west to Borgarfjörður and check out the most unique waterfalls in Iceland, Hraunfossar, Barnafoss and see another geothermal hot spring, Deildartunguhver.

Overnight: Borgarfjörður area
Approximate driving distance: 270 km/ 168 miles

Highlights: Þingvellir National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site, Borgarnes, Grábrók Crater, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, Deildartunguhver, Reykholt.

Day 6: Reykjavík City -Overnight Reykjavík

Free day to explore Reykjavik at your own pace.

Overnight: Reykjavík area
Approximate driving distance: 110  km/ 63miles

Highlights: Reykjavík city, The old town, Harbour, Harpa Concert Hall, The Sun Voyager, Hallgrímskirkja Church, Presidental residence, Pearl Museum of Wonders, Laugavegur shopping street, Shopping malls (Kringlan and Smáralind), Geothermal Swimming pools.

Day 7: Sjáumst! (See you later!) Departure day

Time to say goodbye after 7 days of Icelandic nature and culture intake! We hope that you enjoyed your stay in Iceland, and we hope to see you again soon!


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