Discover the charm of the Golden Circle and Black sands. Visit the historic Thingvellir and see the volcanic beauty of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Walk along the Black Sand Beaches.

Travel through South Iceland on this compact yet complete driving vacation. In just five days you will discover the charm of the Golden Circle including Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring and the historic site of Þingvellir National Park. Explore the surreal volcanic beauty of the Reykjanes Peninsula’s Geopark.  In addition, you’ll have time to view the rolling hills, black sand and mystical lava columns of Iceland’s South Shore.

What’s in it for you?

  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion.
  • 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!
  • Flexibility. With comprehensive maps and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace. Choose your preferred stops during the day.

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.
  • View the mystical lava columns on a black sand beach
  • Explore the surreal volcanic beauty of the Reykjanes Peninsula´s Geopark (UNESCO designation)
  • 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.
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Included

  • Rental car for 4  days with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection, and two authorized drivers. Types of Car recommended: any.
  • Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport
  • Accommodation with private bathrooms for 4 nights
  • Breakfast daily, except arrival
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion. The app includes:• Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    •  Useful information about your booking, including detailed descriptions of confirmed hotels,  and  a GPS road guide to each hotel
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

**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 your last day, an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the included day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.

Important

You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher.

Our road trip packages are designed by our team of travel experts. They are created for people like you who want to experience the very best of what Iceland has to offer. To get the best value Iceland Travel has to offer, book our road trips online. Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee.

With our exclusive road trip app you don´t have to worry about missing out and you will always find your way to your hotel after a full day of traveling. It is easy to book day tours and activities in the app when you are on the road.

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Day 1: Arrival

Approximate distance: ca30km / 19miles

Volcanic Wonderland – UNESCO Geopark – Viking Heritage – Blue Lagoon

Pick up the car at the airport and drive to the Geohotel in charming Grindavik village (about 25 – 30 minute drive from the airport). Check in to your hotel.

If you are arriving on a morning flight, you are in a fantastic part of Iceland to explore and enjoy. The Reykjanes peninsula area is an ideal introduction to Iceland’s volcanic personality. The region has been designated a UNESCO Geopark for it’s otherworldly and beautiful volcanic features. There are 55 points of interest in the area. These include Krysuvik, a primoridial geothermal area of bubbling earth and steam, and the Midatlantic Ridge that divides the North American and European tectonic plates.

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Day 2: South Coast Road to Gullfoss and Geysir

Approximate distance: ca215km / 134miles

Thundering Waves – Magical Church – Viking Horses – Golden Falls – Spouting Geysers

Breakfast at your hotel. Start with a drive along a scenic road taking you by thundering waterfalls and the mysterious mountains surrounding Lake Kleifarvatn. Stop at Strandakirkja, a lovely old church. Local legend has it that the church provides good fortune and success to those in need of it.

The road then takes you into the green farmlands and coasts of South Iceland. Your ultimate destination is the Golden Circle region. Visit Gullfoss, the Queen of Waterfalls. Nearby is the Geysir geothermal area, where hot springs bubble and even shoot into the air. Most famous of these is Strokkur, which erupts like clockwork. Maybe you’ll opt to bathe in one of the local favourite hot spring pools of the area. These include the Secret Lagoon in Fludir, or the Fontana Steambaths in Laugarvatn.

Overnight in the Geysir region, at Hotel Edda Laugarvatn  IKI or similar.

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Day 3: South Coast Waterfalls and Thjorsardalur Valley

Approximate distance: ca444km / 277miles

Majestic Waterfalls – Cliffs & Stone Arches – Black Sand Beaches and Bird Colony

Breakfast at your hotel. Today explore the famous South Shore region. Visit the majestic Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, each with its own unique attributes. In the region is the beautiful yet imposing Eyjafjallajokull Glacier Volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption.

Dyrholaey is a rocky headland characterized by a black lava arch. Every year thousands of sea birds nest here during the summer. (Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, from about the middle of May until late June). In this area you can also enjoy views of the vast black sand beaches and unusual rock formations.

Next drive through the Thjorsardalur valley and its contrasting landscapes of birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers and waterfalls, huddling below the impressive volcano Hekla, Iceland‘s most frequently-erupting one. This is also the location of Stong, a Viking age farm where you can see a replica longhouse. Follow the road through Thjorsardalur back to your accommodation in Laugarvatn.

Overnight at Hotel Edda Laugarvatn IKI or ML.

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Day 4: Thingvellir - Borgarfjordur Area

Approximate distance: ca300km / 186miles

Historical and geological park  – Picturesque Fjords – Waterfalls

Breakfast at your hotel. Visit Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), This was  the meeting place of Iceland‘s Viking parliament. It also has geological significance; the Mid-Atlantic ridge runs in a canyon through the park.

Continue westward, via scenic Hvalfjordur fjord or the unpaved Kaldidalur highland track. (Kaldidalur is open June-August, and a 4WD car is required). Discover the beautiful Borgarfjordur region and Reykholt, home of the 13th century scholar, Snorri Sturluson.

Head to Reykjavík in the afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Reykjavík or Reykjavík area (Hotel Klettur, Reykjavík Lights, Hotel Vellir or similar).

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Day 5: Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 33miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and drop off your car. We recommend departing Reykjavik no later than 3 hours before your flight.

*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 departure transfer.

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