Choose the Volcanic View and Northern Lights Road Trip to get up close and personal with South Iceland and have an excellent chance of viewing the amazing auroras.

With the freedom to travel at your own pace by car, explore dramatic landscapes sculpted by ancient glaciers and volcanoes. Hunt for the elusive and unforgettable Northern Lights, and visit waterfalls, black-sand beaches, and glaciers along Iceland’s South Shore.

Surround yourself with incredible Icelandic nature, including thundering waterfalls, spouting geysers and vast lava fields. In the evenings, don’t forget to scout the clear dark skies looking for the dancing Northern Lights.

What’s in it for you?

  • Digital itinerary with the Iceland Travel Companion.
  • Electronic version of the Iceland Travel Guide. 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 and hunt for northern lights in the evening.

Highlights

  • Explore all Iceland’s main attractions in the Golden Circle and along the South Shore and, with a bit of luck, enjoy the stunning view of the stunning Aurora Borealis
  • See all that Reykjavik city has to offer with two overnights in the ‘Capital of Cool’.

If you like the day-to-day itinerary for our Volcanic View and Northern Lights self-drive tour but are looking for a more inclusive option we recommend that you take a look at our Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Northern Lights self-drive.

Included

  • 2 nights in Reykjavik, including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 2 night in countryside hotels, including breakfast
  • Rental car for 4 days with unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and VAT**
  • GPS system with car and additional authorised driver
  • Car pick-up/drop-off at Keflavik international airport
  • Airport Service Charge
  • Emergency phone line open 24 hours
  • 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
• Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
• Detailed description of the customer´s journey, including hotel itinerary and 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 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.

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. 

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

Highlights: Keflavik Reykjavik

Arrival in Iceland – The world’s northernmost capital city

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 and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is yours to rest and use at your own leisure.

Overnight in Reykjavík.

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Day 2: Golden Circle

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Spouting Geysers

Today you‘ll visit the must-see sites in Iceland. Start with the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, famous for its history and geological wonders. Continue to Geysir Hot Spring Area, with its collection of bubbling pools and spouting geysers. Then drive onwards to the majestic, two-tiered Gullfoss (Golden Falls).

Overnight in Fludir area.

Optional:  Afternoon/evening visit to Fontana Baths at Laugarvatn.

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Day 3: Eyjafjallajokull & Surroundings

Looming volcanoes – Black-Sand Beaches – Thundering Waterfalls – Sea Cliffs & Stone Arches

Drive along the scenic South Shore and the area near the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. This is the site of the massive 2010 eruption that stopped international air traffic.

Continue onwards, past the beautiful Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and Myrdalsjokull glacier, which covers powerful Katla volcano. Here it‘s possible to go snowmobiling on the glacier and hopefully get a splendid view over South Iceland.  Stop by the peaceful seafront village of Vik to explore a dramatic stretch of coastline photogenically poised between glacier topped mountains, rugged sea cliffs and black-sand beaches.

Overnight again in the Fludir area.

Optional Suggestions: Thorvaldseyri Visitors Centre, Skógar folk museum near Skogafoss, snowmobiling or glacier hiking on Mýrdalsjökull.

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Day 4: The Blue Lagoon & Reykjavik

Geothermal Spa

Drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula and the famous Blue Lagoon for a relaxing dip in the pleasantly warm geothermal waters, rich in silica and minerals that are great for the skin.

Explore Reykjanes Peninsula and its fishing villages, lighthouse and the colorful geothermal area of Krysuvik, or simply head to your hotel, relax at the spa or explore Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Optional Horseback riding tour in Hveragerði, bathing in the Blue Lagoon, in-water massage at the Blue Lagoon.

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Day 5: Departure

Highlights: Keflavik

Return to Keflavik International Airport**

We recommend leaving your hotel approximately 3 hours prior to the departure of your international 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 charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 4-day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.

Please note: The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings can not be guaranteed.

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