Self Drive: Volcanic Adventure of the South, East and West Iceland | Summer

Fancy volcanoes? If so, this program will be perfect for you! Iceland is a volcanic island (we have over 30 active volcanoes!) and it's defined by dramatic landscapes with volcanoes, geysers, hot spring, glacier, and waterfalls. This program takes you to the places where you can witness the volcanic impact on Icelandic nature and enjoy the views of extraordinary lava formations as well as glaciers, waterfalls and hot springs.
Available: May - Sept
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Minimum Age: No minimum age
Pick Up: From KEF airport
Price From: ISK 123.300
Reviews: 1 reviews

Tour Highlights

✅ Accommodation including breakfast for 7 nights
✅ Rental car of your choice for 8 days
✅ Hraunfossar & Barnafoss waterfalls
✅ Deildartunguhver Geothermal Hot Spring
✅ Snæfellsnessjökull Volcano
✅ Mt. Kirkjufell
✅ Golden Circle – Geysir, Gullfoss, Kerid Crater & Þingvellir
✅ South Coast
✅ Katla Volcano
✅ Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
✅ Eyjafjallajökull Volcano
✅ Skógafoss Waterfall
✅ Black Sand Beach – Reynisfjara
✅ Vatnajökull Glacier
✅ Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
✅ Diamond Beach
✅ Svínafellsjökull Glacier
✅ Skaftafell National Park
✅ Vestmannaeyjar – Pompeii of the North
✅ Reykjavík
✅ The Sun Voyager
✅ Hallgrímskírkja Church
✅ Gunnuhver Hot Spring
✅ Bridge between two continents

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

Please Note: prices are per person and based on two people traveling together, staying in affordable accommodation and car type is VW Polo (Manual) or similar

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Please note: The summer 10% discount is only valid for standard self-drive summer packages. If you make any major changes to the tour, the discount no longer applies. The tour package must also be paid in full at the time of booking to receive the 10% discount.

What´s Included

✅ Accommodation for 7 nights, including breakfast (1 x in Reykjavík,6x outside of Reykjavík)
✅ Rental car for 8 days
✅ CDW insurance
✅ Unlimited mileage
✅ GPS navigation
✅ Extra driver
✅ Fuel Discount card
✅ Pick up/Drop for the rental car at Keflavík International Airport
✅ 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
❌ Return ferry to Vestmannaeyjar ( Westman Island)
❌ Optional activities (can be added)
❌ Any other services not mentioned in “Included” section

Tour Description

Fancy volcanoes? If so, this program will be perfect for you! Iceland is a volcanic island (we have over 30 active volcanoes!) and it’s defined by dramatic landscapes with volcanoes, geysers, hot spring, glacier, and waterfalls. This program takes you to the places where you can witness the volcanic impact on Icelandic nature and enjoy the views of extraordinary lava formations as well as glaciers, waterfalls and hot springs.

magical during the dark winter months where (if lucky!) the Northern Lights will light up the skies.

Day 1: Welcome to Iceland and Borgarfjörður

Let’s not waste any time and start exploring volcanoes and lava. Let’s start by driving west to Borgarfjörður and check out the most unique waterfalls in Iceland, Hraunfossar, Barnafoss and see another geothermal hot spring, Deildartunguhver and head over to tonight’s accommodation in Borgarfjöður area.

Overnight: Borgarfjörður area
Approximate driving distance: 160 km/ 100 miles

Highlights: Hvalfjörður, Borgarfjörður bay, Langjökull Glacier and volcanic system, Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfall, Deildartunguhver hot spring.

Day 2: Journey to the center of the Earth

Drive along the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula today and explore the Center of the earth, Snæfellsjökull. Visit the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell and make sure you visit Arnarstapi, Hellnar and try out the shipman rocks in Djúpalónssandur.

Overnight: Borgarfjörður area
Approximate driving distance: 340km/  215 miles

Highlights: Snæfellsnes National Park, Snæfellsnes Glacier, Arnarstapi, Hellnar, Lóndrangar, Djúpalónssandur, Fishing villages, Mt. Kirkjufell

Day 3: Borgarfjörður – Þingvellir – Geysir – Gullfoss

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: South Iceland
Approximate driving distance: 270km/ 167 miles

Highlights: Þingvellir National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site, Brúarfoss waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs area, The Golden Circle, Gullfoss Waterfall, Volcano system Grímsnes, Mt. Hekla, Faxi waterfall

Day 4: Southern Iceland and waterfalls

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

Overnight: Vík/ Kirkjubæjarklaustur area
Approximate driving distance: 470 km/ 290 miles

Highlights: Skógafoss waterfallReynisfjara black sand beach, Laufskálavarða, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Kirkjugólf (The Church floor), Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Diamond beach, Skaftafell National Park, Svartifoss Waterfall, Svínafellsjökull Glacier

Day 5: Pompeii of the North

Before heading back to Reykjavik, take a worth-taking 35 minutes boat ride and visit the hidden gem, Vestmannaeyjar, a cluster of islands formed by underwater volcanic eruptions. Enjoy a boat tour around the islands, visit the volcanic museum that tells the whole story of the eruption in 1973!

Overnight accommodation: Vestmannaeyjar Island
Approximate driving distance: 160 km/ 100 miles

Highlights: Dverghamrar, Dyrhólaey Arch, Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck, Sólheimajökull Glacier, Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

Day 6: South and The capital city of Iceland

Drive to 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! Then, after a full day of sightseeing, you head back to Reykjavik for your overnight stay.

Overnight: Reykjavík area
Approximate driving distance: 150  km/ 93 miles

Highlights: Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Urriðafoss waterfall, 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: Reykjanes Peninsula

Visit the less known Reykjanes peninsula. You will feel the geothermal activity in this volcanic peninsula. Visit Gunnuhver, Iceland’s largest hot spring, the extraordinary bridge between two continents where you can be in two different continents at the same time!

Accommodation: Reykjanes area
Approximate driving distance: 180km/ 112 miles

Highlights: UNESCO Global Geopark, Bridge between two Continents, Gunnuhver Hot Spring, Reykjanesviti Lighthouse, Valahnúkur, Brimketill Lava Rock Pool, Blue Lagoon.

Day 8: Sjáumst!

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!

Approximate driving distance: 40 km/ 25 miles 


 

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