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4 Day Self Drive Tour | Reykjavik Short Break

Golden Circle, South Coast, Hot Spring, Snorkeling, Glacier Hiking & Blue Lagoon

This 4-day self-drive short break tour offers the chance to visit some incredible destinations in Iceland in a short timeframe. Even if you have only a few days and a tight time frame, Iceland is certainly still worth visiting for a short break.

Glacier-Hiking Geysir Sightseeing Tours Snorkeling waterfall
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This mini-Iceland trip is the perfect way to experience all the magic that the land of fire and ice has to offer. It will take you on exhilarating adventures, through a plethora of incredible landscapes that range from pristine snow-carpeted glaciers to sapphire blue ravines, bubbling hot springs and much, much more.

If you really want to make the most out of your trip, then we recommend arriving early and leaving late.

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    4 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    No

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    12 years

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    62.990 ISK

Tour highlights
The Golden Circle - Gullfoss, Geysir & Thingvellir National Park
Blue Lagoon
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure
Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull Glacier
Reykjanes Peninsula
Short Break in Reykjavik
Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Faxi & Gljúfrabúi Waterfalls
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vík Village
Dyrhólaey Cliffs
Kerið Volcanic Crater
Included
Accommodation for 3 Nights w. Breakfast
Rental Car for 4 days (w. all basic insurances: Collision Damage Waiver, Personal Accident Insurance and Theft Protection)
Snorkeling Tour in Silfra Fissure
Glacier Hiking Tour on Sólheimajökull Glacier
Detailed Itinerary & Information Package

This magnificent self-drive tour will take you through some of the most magical places that Iceland has to offer. It puts you in total control of your holiday in the land of fire and ice, allowing you to enjoy all the traditional sights or veer off the beaten track and visit some more obscure places. There is a myriad of majestic landscapes, from stunning waterfalls to beautiful mountains and much, much more.

We provide you with everything that you need, including a detailed plan, some insider tips on where to go and what to see and information on all the wonderful sights that you will see. On the tour you will receive a detailed itinerary, map and self-drive handbook, it has been tailor-made to give visitors the very best possible experience, of Iceland’s legendary South Coast.


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).


Accommodation

Comfort accommodation is included in this package. Great locations, breakfast is included and you will have a private bathroom.


Practical information

Remember to bring: Warm layers, waterproof clothing, headwear, scarf, gloves, hiking boots are essential, drivers license and some sunglasses.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process.

Please note

When booking for 2 or 4 persons you get twin / double rooms. When booking for 3 or 5 persons you get a combination of double/twin rooms and a single room.

To offer the best price possible, this self drive package is fixed and cannot be changed or altered. The package has been optimized for the best experience.

Day 1 - Arrival - Reykjanes Peninsula

gunnuhver reykjanes

Day one begins, whenever your flight lands and you collect your rental car from one of our dedicated pick-up points, however, we recommend arriving as early as possible, so you can maximize your time in Reykjanes. Reykjanes is often overlooked by visitors to Iceland, because it is the area that they first see, however, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Geopark crammed full of incredible sights.

The Volcanic Beauty of the Reykjanes Peninsula

Reykjanes is renowned for its rugged scenery, which gives it an otherworldly quality that visitors are bound to appreciate. Foremost of these is the iconic Keilir, a distinctive cone-shaped mountain, which has come to be totemic of the entire area. Along with moss-covered lava fields, cavernous volcanic craters, charming villages and a plethora of other things.

The peninsula is situated between the European and North American tectonic plates, meaning that visitors can literally walk between them, most famously at the aptly named bridge between the continents.  Another fascinating sight is Lake Kleifarvatn, a crater lake which stretches down more than 100 meters in places, making it the source of many myths and legends, including one about a Loch Ness-like creature that lives somewhere in its depths. Another interesting stop off point is the Gunnuhver Hot Springs, where bubbling mud and water are thrown into the air and a vengeful ghost supposedly torments residents of the surrounding area.

There is the powerful geothermal power station that pumps hot water out from the ground and generates electricity for the nearby towns in an environmentally friendly way, alongside the legendary Blue Lagoon lake, renowned for being the best natural spa in the world.

The Blue Lagoon, a Wonder of the World

Happy Times in the Blue Lagoon Iceland

The Blue Lagoon is a luxurious spa, which has been rated as one of the ’25 wonders of the World’ by National Geographic. It is famous for its milky-turquoise waters that are pumped from more than 2,000 meters beneath the Earth’s surface and arrives to the lake at a perfect 38-40 degrees.

Various minerals and algae reside in the lagoon’s water, giving it a nutrient-rich volcanic quality that has been used to heal skin conditions for many centuries. An incredible natural spa, its geothermal waters and stunning surroundings make it the perfect place to rejuvenate yourself before your next adventure.

Once you have seen all the magical sights that Reykjanes has to offer, your accommodation for the next three nights will be booked by us in the Reykjavik Capital Region, the perfect place to visit a delicious Icelandic restaurant or spend an evening in a trendy pub.

Day Highlights
Reykjanes Peninsula
Blue Lagoon
Reykjavik
Included
Accommodation with Breakfast
Rental Car

Day 2 - Iceland’s Majestic South Coast and a Glacier Hike

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi waterfalls. Skógafoss waterfall. Dyrhólaey cliffs. Reynisfjara black sand beach. Vík village. Sólheimajökull glacier and a glacier hike.

Your second day will take you to Iceland’s magnificent south coast, famous for a broad range of incredible sights that have made it one of the most popular destinations in Iceland.

Epic Waterfalls and Volcanoes 

As you leave Reykjavik, your first stop will be the majestic Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where a cascading stream of water vaults down 60 meters into a valley below. There is a hidden cave behind Seljalandsfoss itself, allowing visitors to walk behind the waterfall and see it from a totally different perspective.

Near to Seljalandsfoss, is the gorgeous, Gljúfrabúi Waterfall that is nicknamed the ‘secret waterfall’. It is hidden in a narrow canyon, with moss-covered walls, where icy blue water rushes down the cliff-face into the abyss below. A stunning place, which lies well off-the-beaten-track, though visitors should be ready to get a little wet when visiting this gorgeous location.

Your drive will take you past the notorious Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which made itself famous in 2010 when its six-day-long eruption grounded the majority of Europe’s air fleet. It is now covered by a massive 100-kilometer icecap that covers its summit.

Skogafoss Waterfall and Troll Face

A little further down the road is the Skogafoss Waterfall, where a gushing stream of melted glacial waters falls into a pool below. There is a winding path that meanders around the hill and allows visitors to climb to the summit, rewarding you with spectacular vistas of the surrounding area. Along this path are two fascinating rock formations, nicknamed the trolls, which local legend holds are two petrified trolls that were turned to stone by the sun.

The Famous Black Sand Beach and Cliffs

Once you have arrived at the coast, you will be greeted by a series of magnificent jet-black volcanic beaches and fascinating rock formations, just waiting to be explored.

Dyrholaey Cape

The route will take you to the Dyrhólaey cliffs and the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, which are situated just a couple of miles from each other. With a never-ending stretch of charred volcanic sand lying between them. The stunning contrast as the white-crested waves lap up against the jet-black beach is a sight to behold, which is only enhanced by the incredible basalt cliffs that lie behind them. These column-shaped stone structures are completely unique and look a bit like the tubes of a giant organ. The cliffs are also home to a plethora of nesting marine birds, including adorable Atlantic Puffins and a host more.

This takes you to the picturesque village of Vik, the perfect place to stop and enjoy a view of the beautiful rock formations while enjoying a spot of lunch.

Take a hike.. on a Glacier!

Solheimajokull glacier hike

The iconic Mýrdalsjökull Glacier is a colossal 600 square kilometer ice cap that has become totemic for Iceland as a whole. It is riddled with several smaller glacial tongues, which fall out of the main body of ice. Once you have arrived, you will meet our friendly guide who will ensure that you have all the equipment that you need and give you a brief safety talk. Then you will travel out onto the glacier itself, to explore its crevasse-ridden icy surface, in all of its stunning glory. Hiking on a glacier is often a highlight of visitors’ entire Iceland trip and you are bound to form memories that will last you a lifetime.

Then, tired and happy you will return to Reykjavik for the evening after a fun-filled day full of adventure.

Day Highlights
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Dyrhólaey Cliffs
Vík Village
Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Included
Accommodation with Breakfast
Rental Car

Day 3 - Golden Circle Tour & Snorkeling between the continents

 

Thingvellir in summertime

Þingvellir National Park. Snorkeling adventure in the Silfra fissure. Geysir geothermal area. Gullfoss waterfall. Faxi waterfall. Kerið volcanic crater.

Day three will take you to the famous Golden Circle Route, one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations. It is renowned for a variety of incredible sights, including stunning waterfalls, seething geysers, and magnificent rock formations.  

The first stop is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is both steeped in history and known for having some of the most unique geology that can be found anywhere. It is home to Althingi, where Iceland’s parliament first met in 930 AD, making it one of the longest continuously running Democratic institutions in the world. Thingvellir also straddles the Mid-Atlantic-Ridge, meaning that it bisects the continents of Europe and North America, and visitors will literally be able to gaze across the gap between the tectonic plates that define the continents.

Snorkel in Glacial Water, the Clearest in the World

Silfra Fissure

The Silfra Fissure is a deep ravine that is located between the North American and European tectonic plates, meaning that when you snorkel there, you will literally swimming between two continents! This coupled with the fact that it is filled with crystal clear glacial water, which allows visitors to see more than 100 meters, has meant that it is rated as one of the top 10 diving sites in the world.

Snorkeling in its turquoise waters is an incredible experience that will remain with you for the rest of your life. The opportunity to explore this sapphire wonderland crammed with underwater treasures should not be missed. Our experienced guides will provide you with all the gear that you need and take you into this alien blue world, dotted with emerald plants and spectacular rock formations.

Geysers and More Waterfalls

Geysir Golden Circle

The penultimate stop is the famous Geysir area, which has come to symbolize Iceland as a whole. It is home to several iconic geysers, including the now dormant Great Geysir, which gives all geysers their English name, alongside its younger brother Strokkur, a bubbling, seething hot spring that throws molten streams of water up to 25 meters into the air, every 4-8 minutes. It is the perfect way to gain a new insight into just how powerful nature can be and something that everybody should see when they visit the land of fire and ice.

The final stop is the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall (golden falls), where water cascades down over two lava steps into the emerald valley beneath. It is so named because the brown rocks beneath the falls cause the water to take on a golden hue as it passes over them, while rainbows commonly appear on sunny days, ensuring that it is the perfect way to really experience the regal majesty of mother nature.

Once you have enjoyed all the magical sights that the Golden Circle has to offer, you will return to Reykjavik, for your final evening in Iceland’s bustling and modern capital.

Day Highlights
Thingvellir National Park
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Faxi Waterfall
Kerið Volcanic Crater
Included
Accommodation with Breakfast
Rental Car
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure Tour
Kerið Volcanic Crater Tour

Day 4 - Explore the capital! Reykjavík City Break

Hallgrimskirkja church Reykjavik

Day 4 is more relaxed and less organized than the previous three, with the scope of things that you can do largely dependent on the time of your flight, if it is early then you can head to the airport, while any extra time, is the perfect chance to explore all the incredible sights that Iceland’s modern capital has to offer.

Locals love to spend their time at the tip of the Seltjarnarnes peninsula, renowned for its incredible range of birdlife and the iconic Grotta Lighthouse. There is a small hot spring nearby and we heartily recommend soaking your feet and taking in the spectacular view of the mighty Esja Mountain and the deep blue Atlantic Ocean.

Another popular destination is the Reykjavík Botanical Gardens and Zoo, which are famous for the incredible range of flora and fauna, friendly seals, snow white arctic foxes and much, much more.

Geothermal swimming pools abound in Reykjavik, meaning that they are cheap and easy to find: the ideal place to enjoy a natural soak in their warm waters.

Northern Lights and Midnight Sun

Northern Lights Tour in Iceland

For those seeking the famous light show, which flickers across the Icelandic sky, otherwise known as the Northern Lights, then the best time to visit, is during the winter months between October and March.

If you are lucky you might see them between late April and late August as well, although the Icelandic nights are often too bright, so despite the Northern Lights being there, it may not be possible to see them. Instead, you can enjoy the ‘Midnight Sun’, which means that the Icelandic night-sky is painted with the pinks, purples, and reds of sunrise and sunset, all night long.

The trip ends when you drop your rental car with us at KEF airport and we bid you goodbye.

This trip is the ideal way to explore all the magic that the land of fire and ice has to offer: cascading waterfalls, mighty glaciers, bubbling geysers and a whole host of other things are just waiting for you to explore.

Day Highlights
Seltjarnarnes Peninsula
Grotta Lighthouse
Reykjavík Botanical Gardens
Northern Lights
What is a self-drive tour?

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.

Which hotels will we be staying in? What category are they?

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.

Which type of vehicle do you recommend?

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.

How much time will we spend in the car every day?

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.

What kind of insurance do I need?

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.

Can the itinerary be changed?

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.

What do I do when I have a problem while traveling?

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.

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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