Overview

Hit all of Iceland’s highlights on our 3-day self-guided tour of the island. This customized tour takes you to all the must-see attractions and hidden gems on the Golden Circle, the South Coast, and the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Highlights

  • Golden Circle
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Geysir Hot Springs
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls
  • Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
  • Glacier hike on Sólheimajökull Glacier
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Dyrhólaey Cape
  • View of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier Volcano
  • Reykjavík City
  • Reykjanes Peninsula

Let’s get exploring! This self-guided adventure is the perfect way to spend three days in Iceland with the comfort of your own car but an itinerary that will make sure you don’t miss out on any of the must-dos.

Get a history lesson at Thingvellir National park, get amazed by nature’s powers at Geysir hot springs and mesmerized at Gullfoss waterfall. Continue the tour of Iceland along the South Coast to experience beautiful waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss and the mystical Black Sand Beach Reynisfjara and to top it all off join a glacier hike on Solheimajokull glacier.

Included is a rental car and accommodation.

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Availability All Year
Duration 3 days
Departs From Reykjavik/KEF Airport
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 8 years
Accommodation Included
Meet on Location No
Pick Up No

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What's included

Included

  • Rental car for 3 days (with all basic insurances: Collision Damage Waiver, Personal Accident Insurance and Theft protection)
  • Accommodation for 2 nights
  • Breakfast at accommodation for 2 days
  • Perfect 3 day itinerary for Iceland + info on amazing lesser known stops
  • Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull Glacier

What to bring

  • Warm layers
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Headwear
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Hiking boots are essential
  • Drivers license
  • Sunglasses

Not Included

  • Lunch & Dinner

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Itinerary

Practical information

Detailed Itinerary Included

√ Detailed map of Iceland with all stops
√ Easily follow daily travel plans
√ Mobile friendly design
√ Descriptions & photos for all major stops
√ Print your itinerary or share with friends

Information for Your Rental Car

Pick-up: Choose between pick-up locations at Keflavik International airport (KEF) or BSI Bus Terminal in downtown Reykjavik, at flexible times.

For the best experience, we definitely recommend that you pick your car up early on the day of arrival, and return it in the afternoon or evening on your last day.

Drop-off: By default, the drop-off location for your car will be at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), no matter which pick-up location you have selected.

You can, however, drop-off the car at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik, on the last day of your tour. If you prefer this drop-off location you can change it afterward (details can be found in your confirmation email).

Rental Car Options

A mini/economy (Toyota Aygo or similar) vehicle option is included in the tour by default. As you make your booking you can upgrade the vehicle to Standard (Toyota Avensis or similar), Economy SUV (Dacia Duster or similar), or Full Size SUV (Mitsubishi Pajero or similar) car model. 

Please Note: If the group consists of more than 5 people, you’ll need to upgrade to the van (8- person maximum) option.

All rental cars have automatic transmission. Van option can come either with automatic or manual transmission, if automatic is not available.

 

Today’s itinerary is filled with a series of both historical and geologically significant attractions. The day kicks off at one of Iceland's most renowned attractions  Þingvellir National Park, most commonly known as Thingvellir. This natural wonder is a UNESCO Heritage Site and comprises incredible lava fields, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and even a rift valley. A rift valley is where two different continental plates meet, meaning it's one of the rare places on earth you can walk across two continents at once. Geology isn't the only thing that makes Thingvellir a point of interest. It is also the site of the world's first democratic parliament. Walk the grounds of this impressive park and you'll find informative signs, alongside the stunning views. 

Thingvellir isn't the only main highlight of the day, your itinerary makes stops at all the Golden Circle stops, which include Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss Waterfall. The Geysir region is home to the Great Geysir, Iceland's first world-famous attraction, and still boasts several active geysers today. Don't forget to take time along the way to enjoy some additional attractions included in your customized guide!

Day Highlights
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Geysir Hot Springs
  • Bonus Hidden Gems
Included
  • Rental Car
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
Accommodation
Hotel Hella
or similar

Over the years the South Coast has been one of the most visited places in Iceland and for a good reason. Driving along the coast you will encounter charming villages, impressive volcanoes, craggy cliffs, vast glaciers, stormy black sand beaches, and photogenic waterfalls. In addition to your highlighted stops, today's itinerary includes a guided glacier tour at Sólheimajökull Glacier. As you trek across this giant ice cap your guide will teach you all about the history and geology of the glacier, as well as some fun facts about Icelandic nature. It's truly an unforgettable experience.  

After the glacier hike, it you’ll proceed to see more gems of the South Coast. You'll stop at famous attractions such as Seljalandsfoss, the waterfall you can walk behind; and ReynisfjaraBlack Sand Beach, the set of numerous movies and TV shows including Game of Thrones and Star Trek. With an expanse of jet-black sand, framed by basalt columns and crashing waves, don't forget to bring your camera to this cinematic beach! The South Coast is a treasure trove of hidden gems so you won't want to miss out on our other suggested stops. 

Day Highlights
  • Sólheimajökull Glacier
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Bonus Hidden Gems
Included
  • Rental Car
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Glacier Hiking Tour
Accommodation
Hótel Geirland

The last day of your tour will look a little different for each traveler depending on the time of their departure flight. Whatever suits your taste, there are endless possibilities for your final day. Want to end your nature adventure by sampling city life? Explore the famous landmarks of Reykjavík such as Harpa Musical Hall, the Icelandic Parliament, and Hallgrímskirkja Church or buy some souvenirs on the Laugavegur shopping street.  

Those who want to discover more natural wonders can continue onto the lava-covered Reykjanes Peninsula, located right by Keflavík International Airport. Another famous geothermal region of Iceland, the peninsula boasts a scenic spread of tectonic rifts, hot springs, lakes, mud pools, cliffs, and lagoons. Just want to relax? Head over to the iconic Blue Lagoon and enjoy a relaxing soak until your flight. The parking is free and it is on the way to the airport, midway between Reykjavík and Keflavík airport making it the perfect “stopover.” 

Day Highlights
  • Reykjavík
  • Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Blue Lagoon
Included
  • Rental Car
  • Itinerary
  • Bonus Hidden Gems

FAQ

Self-drive tour is a package tour that includes accommodation, car rental and suggested itinerary. The tours are self-guided but we provide you with information to make sure you know where to go and what to see, as well as general practical information about Iceland.

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 shared bathroom at guesthouses, hostels, hotels, etc. Approximately 2-star rating.

4WD vehicles are recommended during winter months (October – April) but it doesn’t need 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 summer 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.

This depends 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. Of course you are your own driver and guide while on a self drive tour so you are free to make detours as you wish.

It is always a good idea to make sure you have good travel insurance, as you never know what might happen while in a foreign country. Sure it costs a bit extra, but it can take a load off the mind and end up being totally worth it in case something should 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.

We cannot guarantee twin beds but a large majority of our hotels can accommodate twin bed arrangements and clients can contact the hotels directly after purchase to request a twin bed arrangement.

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