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Golden Circle Self Drive

Admire striking waterfalls, powerful geysers and hot springs, as well as majestic glaciers.

Type of tour:Self-Drive Tours
Season:01 May - 30 September
Duration:5 Days/4 Nights
Departure:All days
Language:English
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This self-drive tour focuses on the many star attractions of Iceland's beautiful south, visiting majestic waterfalls, and spouting geysers situated between well known volcanoes and glaciers.

In only five days you will discover, at your own pace, all the main attractions of the Golden Circle including Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring area and  historic site Thingvellir National Park. 

What's in it for you?

  • Worry free travelling.
  • Electronic version of Iceland Travel Booklet. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Guide booklet. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure!
  • Safety first! Free SIM card worth 2000 ISK to phone us in case of a travel hiccup or an emergency. It also gives you the opportunity to phone your friends and family at home and share your Iceland experience through social media.
  • Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day and hunt for northern lights in the evening.

 

Highlights

  • Visit the must-see attractions of the Golden Circle at your own pace.
  • Travel in the footsteps of the Viking Sagas in Borgarfjordur and surrounding area.
  • With an easy upgrade of your rental car to a 4wd, you can travel through the highland track of Kaldidalur, a mountain pass between two glaciers in the south.

Important:

Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher. 

Included

  • Rental car for 4 days with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection, and two authorized drivers. Types of Car recommended: any type.
  • Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport
  • Accommodation for 4 nights including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • Digital road map
  • Detailed Travel Booklet
  • Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version 
  • SIM card worth ISK 2000: 50 minutes of local calls + 300 MB of data. StandardMicro and Nano cards available. Please check with your service provider to make sure that your phone is unlocked before arrival in Iceland.
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes

**Please note that the package price is based on 4 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 5 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 4 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.

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Day 1: Arrival

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

Geothermal Lagoon – Flower Village – Geothermal Greenhouses

Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience.

From Keflavik International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. This village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and, because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs, it is often called the “flower village.“

Depending on your arrival time in Iceland, it may be ideal to stop and visit the renowned Blue Lagoon where you can relax in the geothermal waters.

Important:  admission to the Blue Lagoon needs to be booked in advance.

Overnight stay in Hveragerdi

 

Day 2: South Coast

Approximate distance: ca190km / 118miles

Thundering Waterfalls - Cliffs & Stone Arches - Black Sandy Beaches of the South Shore 

Visit the majestic Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, the infamous Eyjafjallajokull glacier and the surrounding area affected by the volcanic eruption of 2010.

Dyrholaey is a rocky headland characterized by a black lava arch. Every year thousands of sea birds and puffins nest here during the summer. (Puffins are generally in Iceland between mid-May and early August)

Important: Please note that  Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, from about the middle of May until late June.

Overnight in  the Vik area.

 

Day 3: Thjorsardalur Valley, Gullfoss and Geysir

Approximate distance: ca300km / 186miles

Colorful Valley - Hekla Volcano - The Famous Golden Falls - Exploding Geysers

Explore Thjorsardalur valley and its contrasting landscapes of birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers and waterfalls. The impressive Hekla volcano towers over the region. This valley is also where you can visit the excavated site of a Viking age farm that had been destroyed one of Hekla‘s eruptions.

Continue to the amazing sites of Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir hot spring area. 

Overnight in the Golden Circle area.

 

Highlights:

Thjórsárdalur  |Hekla  |Geysir  |Geysir Center  |Gullfoss
 

Day 4: Thingvellir - Borgarfjordur area

Approximate distance: ca300km / 186miles

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Picturesque Fjords - Waterfalls


Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. Here you can see the rift between the continents.

Then via either Hvalfjordur fjord or the Kaldidalur highland track (Open June-August, 4WD needed) your journey continues to the beautiful Borgarfjordur region and Reykholt, home of the 13th-century scholar Saga author Snorri Sturluson.

Return to Reykjavik in the afternoon.

 

Highlights:

Þingvellir  |Barnafoss  |Deildartunguhver
 

Day 5: Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 32miles

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon as it is on your way to the airport, if you did not have time to do it on you arrival day.*

                         

*Please note that the package price is based on 4 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 5 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 4 day rental is up and use our Flybus Plus departure transfer.

 

Highlights:

Reykjavík
 

Iceland Travel offers different types of self-drive categories, where the main difference between each category is the accommodation which allows you to create an Iceland experience fitting your travel style.

Take a look at the accommodation categories here below and let us know your selection during the booking process.

 

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made prior to / including 31st March 2017

For travel period from 1st May - 30th September
May and September are offered with a 15% discount of below prices

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar1760956928816x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar1792972944824x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar1792972944824836
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar19081032980852856
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar19321044988860864
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar19481056996864864
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar197610681004868872
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar216811601064920912
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar221611881088932924
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar246413121164992968
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar18841016976848852
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar2572136412001016992

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made from 1st April 2017

For the travel period 1st July - 15th August

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar18841024992872x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar191610401012880x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar191610401012880896
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar204011041048912916
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar206811161056920924
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar208411281064924924
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar211611441076928932
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar232012401140984976
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar237212721164996988
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar26361404124410601036
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar201610881044908912
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar27521460128410881060
 

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made prior to / including 31st March 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar1516860836716x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar1548876844724x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar1548876844724736
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar1664936884760764
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar1688948892764768
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar1704956896768772
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar1736968908776776
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar19241064972820812
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar19721088988832824
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar222012121068896872
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar1640924876748760
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar232812641108924896

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made from 1st April 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar1624920896768x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar1656936904776x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar1656936904776788
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar17801000944812816
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar18081016956816820
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar18241024960820828
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar18561036972832832
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar206011401040876868
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar211211641056892880
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar237612961144960932
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar1756988936800812
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar249213521184988960
 

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made prior to / including 31st March 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar1296756736620x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar1324772748628x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar1324772748628644
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar1432824780660664
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar1456836788664668
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar1476844796668672
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar1500856804676676
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar1736980860716712
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar17881004876732724
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar20241120952784768
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar14212812772652660
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar213211721024812788

Prices (EUR) for confirmed bookings made from 1st April 2017

Car cat.Indicative type of car1 adult in car2 adults in car3 adults in car4 adults in car5 adults in car
1.0Toyota Yaris, VW Polo 5 doors or similar1388808788664x
1.1Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar1416828800672x
2.0Toyota Auris, VW Golf 5 doors or similar1416828800672688
3.0Toyota Avensis Sedan or similar1532880836708712
3.1Toyota Avensis Sedan Automatic or similar1556896844712716
4.0Skoda Octavia 4wd Station or similar1580904852716720
4.1Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar1604916860724724
5.0Toyota RAV4 4wd, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd or similar18561048920768760
5.1Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic, Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd Automatic, Hyundai ix35 4wd Automatic or similar19121076936784776
7.1Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4wd Automatic or similar216412001020840820
2.6Toyota Auris Automatic or similar15208868828696708
9.9VW Caravelle 4XD 9 seater or similar228012561096868844

 

Superior Self-Drive Holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 78 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

 

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 49 EUR in Category Comfort and 70 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.  

 

Discounts & special offers

20% discount for departures in April and October
15% discount for departures in May and September

Children rate

Valid when one child shares a double room with 2 adults:

  • Children 2-11 years old: EUR 54 / GBP 41 / USD 62 / CAD 83  per night. Add the total to the rate for 2 adults in car.
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • Children's accommodation consists of an extra bed/mattress on the floor.

 

Child Seat 0-13 kg approx. EUR 27 / GBP 21 / USD 31 / CAD 41 per rental.

Child Booster 9-25 kg approx. EUR 11 / GBP 8 / USD 13 / CAD 17 per rental. Payable on spot.

 


Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

 

Rooms

  • 1 Person = 1 single room
  • 2 Persons = 1 double/twin room
  • 3 Persons = 1 double/twin + 1 single room
  • 4 Persons = 2 double/twin rooms
  • 5 Persons = 2 double/twin + 1 single room

Car Rental

Our selfdrive packages include basic insurance (CDW), unlimited mileage, VAT, a GPS system and two authorized drivers.

Accommodation

Quality is an important factor for Iceland Travel. When organizing our tours we choose accommodation with regards to quality, value for money, location and service provided.

 
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Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.br /> These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.

 

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