Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights / Season: All year / Transportation: Rental car
A sharp voyage from the West Side of Iceland through the Golden Circle area followed by a few days on the South Coast. Get familiar with Iceland’s history at the Settlement Center in Borgarnes village, visit waterfalls and hot spring areas, three National Parks and fishing villages.
- 6 nights incl. breakfast in pre-booked accommodations.
- 6 day rental car of your choice & second driver
- Unlimited driving & CDW insurance
- Pick-up/drop-off at the International Airport in Keflavík
- Road Map 1:500 000
- Emergency phone line available 24/7 while traveling in Iceland
- VAT & lodging tax
- Detailed itinerary
Consider adding day tours and excursions to your self-drive itinerary, see tours here: Daytours
Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you pick up your pre-booked rental car. If you arrive in the morning or afternoon, you might want to stop by at the Blue Lagoon on your way into the city of Reykjavík.
If arriving late, you will find your accommodation near the airport.
Day 2: Reykjavík & Borgarfjörður valley
Take a walk around the most northerly located capital of the world. A must see are the Reykjavik city hall at the lake Tjörnin, old harbour area, Harpa concert hall and the city centre with its colourful buildings.
Head on to Borgarnes and perhaps visit the Settlement Centre before you drive upcountry. Deildartunguhver hot spring is the most active hot spring in Iceland, and the picturesque waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss are not far away. Guided tours of the lava cave Víðgelmir or the manmade ice cave Inside the Langjökull Glacier are available all year round. You will find your accommodation for the next two nights in the Borgarfjörður area.
Day 3: Snæfellsnes peninsula
Make time to stop at Bjarnarhöfn farm for tasting the famous “Hákarl”, the Greenlandshark. Passing by the peculiar shaped mountain Kirkjufell you´ll reach the National Park around the glacier covered volcano Snæfellsjökull.
Enjoy a walk to the black pebble beach Djúpalónssandur, the stunning rock formations of Hellnar cove and the Cliffs at Arnarstapi fishing hamlet. The lava cave “Vatnshellir” offers guided tours daily.
At the sand beaches at Búðir and Ytri-Tunga, seals can be spotted while resting on the rocky coast. The basalt columns in Gerðuberg, or an hour hike to the crater Eldborg, the “fire castle”, rounds up the visit to the peninsula.
Day 4: National Park Þingvellir, Geysir & Gullfoss waterfall
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park Þingvellir while walking through the Almannagjá rift, passing the site of the first parliament site, the Althing, to the waterfall Öxaráfoss.
Your journey takes you to the geysers, where the hot spring Strokkur erupts every five minutes or so. At the majestic waterfall Gullfoss a footpath leads to the edge of the falls where you can feel the spray on your face.
Treat yourself with tomato icecream at the greenhouses at Friðheimar, or relax the geothermal pool Secret Lagoon, befor you head on to your accommodation for the next two nights around Hella.
Day 5: Waterfalls, Glacier & Reynisfjara black sand beach
Start with an unforgettable walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall or take the stairs to the brim of waterfall Skógafoss. The local folk- and transport museum Skógasafn exhibits an original turf farm, the first vehicles to drive onto a glacier, and the uncountable collection of items of daily working life of days gone by.
You can join a Glacier hike or Snowmobile tour at the Sólheimajökull Glacier, before heading on to the bird cliffs of Dyrhólaey with its rock arch and grand view from the lighthouse over the endless seeming coastline. The fascinating black beach at Reynisfjara with its basalt columns is only a short drive away.
Day 6: Lava landscape & hot springs of Reykjanes peninsula
Allow time for activities like visiting the lava cave Raufarholshellir, a horse riding tour, the exhibition of the geothermal power station Hellisheiðarvirkjun or the ghost museum in Stokkseyir.
The village Hveragerði was built around natural hotsprings, heating the greenhouses where mainly flowers are grown today. Enjoy a detour to the picturesque fishing villages of Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri before heading on to Reykjanes peninsula with its raw lava landscape. Make your way to the fumaroles and mud hot springs at Krisuvik and Kleifarvatn Lake. The milky blue geothermal water of the Blue Lagoon are known for the therapeutic befefits, and unique relaxation.
Your accommodation is near the airport.
Day 7: Departure
The time of departure determines your plan for the day. If you leave in the late afternoon or the evening you will have time to explore more of the Reykjanes peninsula.
If your flight leaves in the early morning you‘ll have to leave early for the airport, where you return your rental car before departure.