Looking for a budget friendly short getaway in Iceland? This great value tour will allow you to explore the two most popular areas in Iceland – Reykjavík the capital of Iceland and the famous Golden Circle in just 4 days.

But don’t expect to be rushed. With the freedom to travel at your own pace by car, you can explore Iceland’s most famous area – the Golden Circle area, home of Thingvellir National Park, Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss, the golden waterfall as well as enjoy Reykjavík, the capital of Cool. You can also hunt for the elusive northern lights or bask in the midnight sun (depending on the time of year!) and visit the incredible sites –all in your own time.

Do you want to add snowmobiling, ATV rides, caving, hot spring bathing or other exciting activities to your itinerary? Go for it! You can easily book your day tours or activities in advance or if you are feeling spontaneous, book them directly in your Iceland Travel Companion App along the way. It’s that easy!

What’s in it for you?

  • Flexible stress-free travelling. With a comprehensive map and your own vehicle, drive at your own pace and choose your own stops and activities along the way.
  • Slow paced travel itinerary allowing plenty of time to explore the sights and go try exciting activities
  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion App preinstalled on a tablet.
  • Electronic version of the Iceland Travel Road Guide. Prior to your arrival we will send you an electronic version of our Iceland Travel Road Guide. You can start preparing yourself for your upcoming Iceland trip and be prepared for your Iceland adventure.

 

Highlights:

  • Explore all of Iceland‘s main attractions within the Golden Circle. If you’re lucky and travelling between September and April, you might even spot the northern lights along the way.
  • See all that Reykjavik city has to offer with two nights in the ‘Capital of Cool’.

Included

  • 2 nights in Reykjavik
  • 1 night in Golden Circle area hotel
  • Breakfast on day 2, 3, 4
  • Rental car for 3 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT**
  • GPS system with car and additional authorized driver
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavik international airport
  • Fuel Discount Card
  • Airport Service Charge
  • Customer Care service during office hours
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours, including weekends and holidays
  • Service fee and taxes
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion (picked up at Keflavik airport with your car rental). The app includes:
    •  Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services that can be filtered to suit your interests
    • Highlight section for each day of the tour
    • Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out dates
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • Iceland Travel Road Guide about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

**Please note that the package price is based on 3 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 4 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 3-day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

 

Not included

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Gasoline/petrol
  • Admissions and activities
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 1400 (2:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”

Important

  • Due to high demand, accommodation in Reykjavik for New Year’s Eve cannot be guaranteed. A holiday travel supplement may be charged for travel dates around Christmas and New Years, depending on accommodation availability.
  • Must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher.
  • Please note that this package can only be booked online.
  • 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.
  • With our exclusive Iceland Travel Companion 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.
  • Please note that changes to the packages will incur a service fee. Your Iceland Travel Companion app will also not reflect the changes.
  • The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • Learn about packing essentials for your trip to Iceland here.
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Day 1

Arrival in Iceland

Arrival in Iceland – The world’s northernmost capital city

Approximate distance: ca 100 km / 62 miles

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport, make sure you receive a tablet with protective case and chargers, and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik.

The rest of the day is yours to rest and use at your own leisure. Take a walk around downtown Reykjavík and check out some of the famous landmarks, museums, shops and galleries.

Overnight in Reykjavík.

If you arrive early in the day, then you might want to consider adding optional activities to your trip. Please note that the Northern Lights Boat tour is only available mid September – mid April. The Puffin Express tour is only available May – mid August.

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Day 2

Thingvellir National Park, Laugarvatn Geothermal Area

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Approximate driving distance:   80 km / 50 miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you’ll drive north out of Reykjavík, via the small suburbian town Mosfellsbaer and drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Thingvellir National Park is of great ecological, geological and historical interest. The park itself is situated in a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows, on the border of Iceland’s largest lake. Surrounding the lake are impressive faults and gorges that are considered among the world’s finest examples of the results of tectonic movements. It is the area where the tectonic plates of Europe and America meet, and one can literally see the ridge between the continents. This is also the former site of the oldest parliament in Europe, Althingi. It was founded in Thingvellir in 930 and there most of the greatest moments of Icelandic history took place over a period of 750 years. In the 18th century a major earthquake took place at this location, after which the parliament was transferred to Reykjavík.

From Thingvellir you will drive via Lyngdalsheidi heath to lake Laugarvatn geothermal area. It is said that after the conversion to Christianity in the year 1000, the chieftains from the north who refused to be baptized in the cold water of Thingvellir were brought to Laugarvatn to be baptized in the warm spring. We highly recommend adding entrance to Laugarvatn Fontana to your trip. At the Fontana Geothermal Baths you can relax in the warm geothermal pools and natural steam rooms while enjoying the spectacular view over the lake. Laugarvatn Fontana also offers an optional geothermal bakery experience where you get to observe a traditional cooking method by using the warm earth as an oven and try a taste of delicious Icelandic rye bread with butter.

An optional stop between Thingvellir National Park and lake Laugarvatn is the Cave People at Laugarvatnshellir cave, where on a short guided tour, explore how two local families cleverly turned a wild cave into a cosy home.

You might also want to consider stopping at Efstidalur II farm, a traditional cattle farm located close to lake Laugarvatn. This farm isn’t just a typical Icelandic farm but also a restaurant and an ice cream shop. The restaurant, overlooking the cowshed, offers local beef and vegetables as well as homemade milk products such as ice cram, feta cheese and skyr. During your stop, you can watch the cows through a big window in the ice cream parlor.

Another interesting stop is Fridheimar, a charming horse farm and greenhouse facility in the tiny village of Reykholt. Clean geothermal and hydroelectric energy provides resources to grow many types of organic fruits and vegetables. The farm is most famous for its tasty tomatoes. An on-site restaurant specializes in delicious tomato-based dishes like tomato soup and tomato ice cream. We highly recommend Fridheimar as a lunch stop! In order to guarantee a table, please call ahead in advance for a reservation.

Overnight in the Golden Circle area.

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Day 3

Gullfoss, Geysir and Reykjavik

Exploding Geysers, Thundering Waterfalls and Geothermal Bathing

Approximate driving distance:   135 km / 85 miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your tour to the beautiful Gullfoss and Geysir region. The first stop of the day will be at Geysir hot spring area. It is a colorful geothermal field in a 3 km2 (1.2 mi2) area where hot springs and geysers are abundant. The Geysir spouting spring is the world’s largest geyser—its name is the generic term for this strange phenomenon. Geysir, believed to have formed in the thirteenth century, has a bowl 18 m (59 ft) in diameter with a 20 m deep chamber below. Its eruptions are majestic and since the big earthquakes in 2000 it has erupted several times. A smaller, adjacent hot spouting spring, Strokkur, is a popular attraction, erupting regularly at intervals of five to ten minutes. The whole area contains a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools.

You continue the journey further north to Gullfoss, the “Golden Waterfall”. It is a beautiful double-folding fall that many believe to be the most scenic in Iceland. It thunders 32 m (105 ft) over a fault into a gorge, which measures 2.5 km (1.5 miles) in length and up to 70 m (230 ft) deep in places.

Drive towards the village of Fludir, where geothermal heat is utilized for greenhouses growing mushrooms, tomatoes and more. Fludir is also home to the Secret Lagoon, a natural and unique geothermal swimming pool. In Fludir it is also possible to visit Farmers Bistro, a restaurant located on a farm that cultivates mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes and more.

From Fludir, continue your drive back towards the capital city via the town of Hveragerdi often nicknamed the „flower town.“ Hveragerdi is the country‘s most productive greenhouse area, producing a variety of flowers and vegetables.

Drive to Reykjavik for your last overnight stay. If your flight leaves early in the morning, then we can move your last night to Reykjanes Peninsula. Be sure to mention your request during the booking process.

Overnight in Reykjavik/Reykjanes Peninsula.

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Day 4

Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Departure from your accommodation is recommended at least 3 hours before the departure of your flight, as it takes approx. 1 hour to drive to the airport and check in will start 2 hours before your departure. The rental car should be returned to the airport service area which is located only 2 minutes from the airport building. A shuttle will then transport you to the departures hall.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your way to the city on your first day, but have time to spare today, you might want to use the opportunity en route to the airport. For this detour, please be sure to allow for at least 2-2,5 hours extra to make sure you’ll have ample time at the lagoon.

Other possible options would be to either continue exploring the city of Reykjavik or explore the Reykjanes Peninsula. Several natural wonders such as Gunnuhver hot spring, the Bridge Between Continents, Reykjanesta cliffs and Reykjanesviti lighthouse can be found in close proximity to Keflavik International Airport. You could also use the time to visit the Viking World Museum before heading to the airport.

 

**Please note that the package price is based on 3 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 4 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 3-day rental is up and use our Flybus departure transfer.

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