Included
Departure
June - August
Travel Style
Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage,GPS unit, CDW and VAT for 5 days
Wi-Fi
Free, in-car, unlimited Wi-Fi
Driver
Two persons from your party can be authorized as drivers of your rental car
Accommodations
Budget / Comfort / Quality for 6 nights with Continental breakfast
Navigation
Detailed itinerary and a road map of Iceland
Emergency
24 hour emergency service
Tax & Fee
Taxes and service fee
Special offer
Free Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik
Tour ID
SD20
Not included
Travel
Flights to Iceland
Fuel & Parking
Fuel expense and parking fees
Meals & Drinks
at restaurants (unless otherwise stated)
Insurance
Personal travel insurance
Museums & Activities
Entrance to museums and optional activities
Transport
Duration
6 days / 5 nights

Tour Map and Itinerary

Day - 01 - Welcome to Iceland !

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Your memorable Iceland adventure begins the very moment you arrive at Keflavik Airport. Once you pick up your rental vehicle, you’ll head directly for Reykjavik and your exciting, first night in “the land of fire and ice.”

Suggestion: If your flight arrives early enough, you can start your trip off in a spectacular way with a visit to Iceland’s world-famous, Blue Lagoon. Be sure to pack your swimsuit, so you can take a relaxing dip in the Lagoon’s soothing, geothermal waters, before heading to your hotel.

Driving Distance
Approximately 50 km (30 miles)
Reykjavík

Day - 02 - The Highlands and the Golden Circle

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Today you will see some of the most famous sights in Iceland. You will start by exploring Borgarnes region. You can make a stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring (the biggest in Iceland in terms of water production per second), Reykholt where the famous medieval writer Snorri Sturluson lived and the Hraunfossar waterfalls where the water flows out from beneath a lava field into the river below. The Barnafoss waterfall is just a short walk away from Hraunfossar.

From there you continue your journey along the Kaldidalur highland road until you reach Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park, consider a geological wonder of the world. This is a highly interesting area both from the geological and the historical point of view. At Thingvellir you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements which have opened various cracks and fissures in the earth’s crust, and it was here that the Icelandic Parliament was founded in the 10th century. You continue to the famous Geysir area where the Strokkur hot spring ejects its water column high into the air every 5 – 10 minutes and where numerous small springs boil and bubble. Afterwards you only have a short drive to reach Gullfoss, surely one of the country’s most beautiful waterfalls.

Driving Distance
Approximately 285 km (177 miles)
Geysir area

Day - 03 - The unique Landmannalaugar

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From Geysir you drive to Landmannalaugar, a highlight of every trip to Iceland an unforgettable journey over lava fields and moon- like landscape. To reach this colourful rhyolite mountains of Landmannlaugar you will be crossing rivers and passing over mountain passes.

Here you can walk between colourful mountains, black obsidian lava and hot springs. Get comprehensive information about all hiking tracks in the mountain hut. Some of the hot springs are located at the bottom of a river, creating a wonderful temperature for a relaxing bath! Afterwards you continue your journey over lava fields and a moon-like landscape along the highland road “behind the mountains” to the South Coast.

Driving Distance
Approximately 250 - 315 km (155 - 195 miles)
Vík / Klaustur area

Day - 04 - Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

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Your next stop is Iceland’s scenic southeast. After passing various, outlet glaciers belonging to Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, you’ll arrive at the stunningly surreal beauty of Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon. This exceptional sight sits at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur.Skaftafell National Park is another area definitely worth a visit. This oasis, surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains, offers a broad range of options for great hiking. Continue through Kirkjubaejarklaustur village, the Eldhraun lava field and the Mýrdalssandur plain, before you arrive in the Vík area.

Driving Distance
Approximately 260 - 330 km (162 - 205 miles)
Vík / Klaustur area

Day - 05 - The South Coast, waterfalls and black sands

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Today you will spend the day along the south coast of Iceland. Drive through the black sands of Mýrdalur before arriving to the village of Vik. A walk is recommended on the huge black sand beach and discover the great puffin colony by Reynisfjall mount. A stop can be made as well at Dyrhólaey*, then drive along Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers to Skógar, known for its waterfall and folk museum. A visit to the museum recommended. Continue to Seljalandsfoss waterfall a stop you must not miss.
*Please note that the Dyrhólaey cliff is closed during the breeding season (until late June) and that the puffins leave the land around mid August!

Driving Distance
Approximately 195 - 270 km (120 - 168 miles)
Reykjavík

Day - 06 - Departure

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It seems as if your journey to fabulous Iceland only began a moment ago, but now it is time to head back home, driving back to Keflavík Airport for your flight. Depending on your flight’s time, you may be able to squeeze in a last day in Reykjavík or an extra night in there to experience all the amazing things that the city has to offer.

Driving Distance
Approximately 50 km (30 miles)

Accommodation on this tour

When we design our tours we book the best accommodation available, in order to make the trip as comfortable and enjoyable for you as possible.
We offer a great selection of hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses for our clients. You can be assured of a warm welcome and an enjoyable stay at all the options offered by us.
Below you’ll find examples of the type of accommodation you could be staying in.

Please note

The accommodation options are shown as examples of the types of accommodation we book. Due to high demand during the summer time and limited accommodation capacity in some regions we cannot always guarantee availability. In these circumstances, we will supply an accommodation of an equal standard in the same region before your travel dates. We highly recommend you book as well in advance as possible.

Quality accommodation:

Rooms with private shower (or private bath) and WC. Quality accommodation may be in country hotels (3- or 4-star) or the best accommodation available in each area at the time of booking. Breakfast is included.

Comfort accommodation:

Rooms with private shower (or private bath) and WC. Comfort accommodation may be in country hotels (mostly 3-star range) , farmhouses or guesthouses. Most of the facilities booked by Iceland Tours offer dinner during the summer time. Breakfast is included.

Budget accommodation:

Rooms without private facilities. Budget accommodation may be in country hotels, farmhouses and/ or guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds; some of these rooms have washbasins with hot and cold water. Showers and WC in shared facilities. Most of the facilities booked by Iceland Tours offer dinner during the summer time. Breakfast is included.

Car Rental

Iceland Tours cooperates with the best and most reliable car rental suppliers in Iceland. You can be sure that the cars you rent through our service will be in excellent condition.

Please note

All rates are based on a rental period of 24 consecutive hours. If a rental exceeds the 24 hour period an extra day will be charged.

Car type example
Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

Customer Reviews

We took their self-drive Highlands & South Coast Tour (6 days / 5 nights) and it didn’t disappoint — Iceland is one of the most stunning countries on the planet for sure! The Hertz car and the accommodation were all prearranged well in advance, and we had no complaints. Each of the hotels and guesthouses were excellent, with the hotel location for nights 4 and 5 nestled in a spectacular green valley. Most of the hotels/guesthouses provided evening meals (extra cost), and while pricey, the food was generally excellent. Iceland is expensive for sure, but generally the value and quality are outstanding. We didn’t entirely stick to the itinerary provided, taking the “Into the Glacier” tour on Day 2, which was further to get to than we anticipated. The “Into The Glacier” tour is well worth it — a unique and spectacular journey inside real glacial ice — but it does eat into your itinerary, and trying to do everything Iceland Tours suggests in the itinerary is pushing it. Distances are a lot further than you might think, and driving times extend as a result. They get longer too, because once you hit Route 1 along the South Coast, you’ll find yourself stopping frequently to to take pictures of the stunning scenery. Highlight of the tour was probably the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where huge chunks of ice from the Vatnajokull Glacier break off and float to the end of the lake, and eventually out to sea. We were there on a calm, sunny day and the lagoon was like and ice wonderland, almost unreal. Not to be missed (or the famous Diamond Beach nearby).

Nick, Hong Kong - July 2018