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Golden Circle Self-Drive Tour

Golden Circle Self-Drive Tour | Photo: Max Topchii/Shutterstock | Scandinavian American World Tours

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Reykjavik | Hveragerði | Vik | Borgarfjörður | Reykholt | Reykjavik

Daily Departures April 01-September 30, 2019

This short Golden Circle self-drive tour through southern Iceland brings you to some of the most memorable places in the tiny country: a geothermal village, puffin colony, three of its most famous waterfalls, the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcanic region, and the one-time meeting place of the most ancient parliament on Earth. Many more spectacular sights await!


Day 01: Arrival Iceland (Keflavik) – Hveragerði

Today you’ll arrive at Keflavik Airport, pick up your rental car, and begin your tour of Iceland by driving along the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula toward Hveragerði. If you have time, you can take a short detour and visit the famous Blue Lagoon, where geothermal waters soothe your muscle aches and skin.

One of the world’s few locations set directly on top of a geothermal regions, Hveragerði is filled with greenhouses heated by hot spring water, and is often referred to as the ‘Flower Village’. You’ll stay here overnight.

Hveragerði area

Day 02: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall – Skógafoss Waterfall – Dyrhólaey Puffin Colony – Vík

This morning you’ll begin by traveling to and visiting Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and Skógafoss Waterfall, two of Iceland’s most incredibly picturesque landmarks. At Seljalandsfoss, you can walk behind the thundering roar of the waterfall’s cascading stream. At Skógafoss—rival to Gullfoss Waterfall as Iceland’s most famous, and one of the biggest in the country at a drop of 200 feet—you can get right up close to the former sea cliffs of Iceland.

Next, explore the area surrounding Eyjafjallajökull, both the name of a small glacial ice cap and one of the most notoriously active volcano calderas of recent years. The 2010 series of eruptions caused the largest disruption in air travel since World War II and lasted from March to May with an official end declared in October.

Dyrhólaey, today’s final site, is a fantastic archway near the Vík region on which thousands of sea birds and puffins nest during the summer months. Tonight you’ll stay in the Vík area.

Vík area

Day 03: Þjórsárdalur Valley – Gullfoss Waterfall – Geysir Hot Springs

This morning drive to the Þjórsárdalur Valley region, a beautiful landscape with multiple waterfalls—like the stunning Háifoss Waterfall—and sandy lava fields, birch woods and rivers, all perched below the dramatic and highly active Hekla volcano.

Move on to the famous Golden Circle region, which you’ll spend the remainder of today and part of the morning tomorrow exploring. Begin by stopping at Gullfoss Waterfall—the ‘Golden Falls’—Iceland’s most famous set of cascading, staircase-like falls. Next, travel onwards to the Geysir hot spring area, Haukadalur, where geothermal energy regularly causes the eruption of both Geysir and Strokkur (‘the churn’).

You’ll overnight in the Golden Circle region.

Golden Circle area

Day 04: Thingvellir National Park – Borgarfjörður – Reykholt – Reykjavik

Today’s morning highlight is Þingvellir National Park, one of the jewels of the Icelandic landscape. The former site of the Icelandic parliament for over 800 years, this beautiful expanse is one of the only places on Earth where two tectonic plates—the North American and Eurasian Plates—collide on land.

Travel next through either Hvalfjörður or Kaldidalur toward the Borgarfjörður region and Reykholt, a green mountainous region and the one-time home of famous 13th-century poet and politician Snorri Sturluson.

Drive back to Reykjavik for your last night in the city.

Day 05: Depart Reykjavik

After your final morning in Reykjavik, end your Golden Circle self-drive tour by driving back to Keflavik International Airport—with an optional Blue Lagoon visit on your way to the airport if you didn’t have the time on the first day—and then depart for home.

Additional Information

Price includes:

  • Accommodation for 4 nights—including breakfast (except arrival day)—in a combination of farmhouses, guesthouses, and 3* Economy Class hotels / or upgrade to 4* Comfort Class hotels
  • Rental car for 4 days with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, Free GPS system, theft protection, and two authorized drivers
  • Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes
  • Tablet with a new travel app:
    • 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

NOTE: You must be 21 years of age to rent a car; you must be 23 years of age to rent car category 5.0 or higher. 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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Departure Dates and Information
All departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons sharing car and in USD. Rates below are listed based on Economy Class accommodations. Single supplement applies to hotel rate only; please call for single person rates that include a car rental. Driving times listed for tours are approximate and may vary depending on traffic, weather, and any stops made en route. Departure is a land-only tour; call for air-inclusive rates on Icelandair. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed.

Shoulder season/special child discounts available! May 1 - Jun 24, Aug 27 - Sep 30: 10% discount applies to rates below. For pricing discounts outside of these dates, please contact us. Discounts are also available for accommodations with shared facilities (call/email for a quote). Child discount in extra bed (2-11 years): $344.

Hotel upgrade available. An upgrade to a 4-star hotel in Reykjavik and best accommodations in areas visited is available. Please call/email for a quote.

Land Only


1.0 Economy Toyota Yaris Manual (or similar)

$1088p.p. double


1.1 Economy Toyota Yaris Automatic (or similar)

$1108 p.p. double


2.0 Compact Toyota Auris Manual (or similar)

$1108 p.p. double


2.6 Compact Toyota Auris Automatic (or similar)

$1148 p.p. double


3.0 Intermediate Toyota Avensis Manual (or similar)

$1168 p.p. double


3.1 Intermediate Toyota Avensis Automatic (or similar)

$1184 p.p. double


4.0 Intermediate Skoda Octavia 4WD/Wagon Manual (or similar)

$1192 p.p. double


4.1 Intermediate Skoda Octavia 4WD/Wagon Automatic (or similar)

$1208 p.p. double


5.0 Medium Toyota RAV4 4WD Manual (or similar)

$1308 p.p. double


5.1 Medium Toyota RAV4 4WD Automatic (or similar)

$1332 p.p. double


7.1 Large Toyota Land Cruiser GX 4WD Automatic
(or similar)

$1472 p.p. double


9.9 Full-Size 9-Seater Volkswagen Caravelle Van 4WD Manual (or similar)

$1528 p.p. double


Tour Information

Tour Type:Self-Drive Tour
Price: from $1088
Duration:5 days
Cities Visited:Reykjavik - Hveragerdi - Vík - Borgarfjördur - Reykholt - Reykjavik
Departures: April - May - June - July - August - September

Tour Map

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