Golden Circle Self-Drive

Self Drive TourIceland

BEST SELLER
From $780 USD
April 1 - October 31, 2020
5 Days / 4 Nights

Golden Circle, 5-day self-drive tour to South Iceland. Visit Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot springs and the historic site of Thingvellir National Park.

Overview

Iceland Golden Circle, a best-seller self-drive tour to Iceland's south. In only 5 days you will discover, at your own pace, the main attractions of the Golden Circle with Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs, the historic site of Thingvellir National Park. Explore rich natural treasures of national parks, gushing waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes and geyser areas. Travel in the footsteps of the Viking Sagas in Borgarfjördur and surrounding area.

Operation

All year

Departure

Daily,  all year

Price

  • Our Rates quoted are based on Comfort class
  • from $780 per person, based on 4 persons traveling together, 2 x double rooms, car grp.1.0
  • from $895 per person, based on 3 persons traveling together, 2 x double room + 1 single room, car grp.1.0
  • from $799 per person, based on 2 persons, 1 x double rooms
  • Rates based on Comfort class
  • Children 2-11 years old: $80 per night (Add the total to the rate for 2 adults in car).
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults

Rates in USD, based on 4 persons in two double rooms. Rental car for 4 days.

Included

  • Rental car for 4 days
  • CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection
  • FREE GPS system and no charges for an additional driver
  • Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport
  • Accommodation for 4 nights, Comfort class*
  • Breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
  • Tablet with a new app called Iceland Travel Companion App
  • The app includes:
  • Your hotel bookings with check-in and check-out dates
  • A map view of your entire trip
  • Thousands of points of interest with descriptions clearly displayed on your map
  • The points of interest can be customized to suit your interests and individual route
  • In-app purchase feature to book day tours or activities directly into the app
  • Road Guide in several different languages
  • Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French
  • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted
  • Gasoline
  • Tolls (tunnels, roads and other route tolls), unless specified
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Admissions and activities other than those noted
  • Any service not specifically listed under
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Please note

  • Types of Car recommended: any type
  • *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.
  • Our Quality Class self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality guesthouses and hotels where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.
  • Tour also available as Comfort class , ***hotels.

Tour Options

Day 1 ARRIVAL KEFLAVIK - HVERAGERDI

Approximate distance: 100km / 62mi
Geothermal Lagoon - Flower Village - Geothermal Greenhouses

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time in Iceland, it may be ideal to stop and visit the renowned Blue Lagoon where you can relax in its geothermal waters. Important: admission to the Blue Lagoon needs to be booked in advance. We can help you with that!

October – April: Drive to your hotel in Reykjavik, the colorful capital of Iceland. (Approximate distance: 50km/30 mi)

May – September: Drive along the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula to the charming village of Hveragerdi for your overnight. This village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs, it is often called the "flower village". There are plenty of outdoor and wellness activities to enjoy here, and several restaurants with a unique local focus. Approximate distance: 100km / 62mi)

Please note check-in for most hotels begins at 14:00 – 16:00.

Highlights: Hveragerdi |The Blue Lagoon |Reykjanes

Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

Day 2 SOUTH COAST (B)

Approximate distance: 225km / 139mi
Thundering Waterfalls - Cliffs & Stone Arches - Black Sandy Beaches of the South Shore

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along the scenic South Shore and the area near the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. This is the volcano whose massive 2010 eruption caused air traffic around the world to be cancelled. We recommend a stop at the interactive Lava Center where you'll learn about the powerful volcanic and tectonic forces that shaped both Iceland and Earth. The center has interesting exhibits for all age groups.

Your journey takes you by the beautiful Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls (each one worth visiting) and Myrdalsjökull glacier. You can opt for a fun snowmobiling trip on the glacier and (if the weather is clear) a splendid view over southern Iceland. Stop by the seafront village of Vik to explore a dramatic stretch of coastline poised between glacier-topped mountains, rugged sea cliffs and black- sand beaches. Dyrholaey* is a rocky headland famous in photos for its black lava arch. During the summer, thousands of sea birds and puffins nest here (puffins are generally in Iceland between mid-May and early August).

*Important: Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, from about the middle of May until late June.

Overnight in the Vik area.

Highlights: Seljalandsfoss | Skogafoss | Eyjafjallajökull | Dyrholaey

Day 3 THJORSARDALUR VALLEY - GULLFOSS - GEYSIR (B)

Approximate distance: 315km / 195mi

Colorful Valley - Hekla Volcano - The Famous Golden Falls - Exploding Geysers

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore Thjorsardalur valley and its ever-changing landscapes of birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers and waterfalls. You'll also see the impressive and beautiful Mt. Hekla volcano towering over the region. During the summer you can visit the excavated site of a Viking age farm that was covered by lava from one of Hekla's eruptions. A replica shows you how the longhouse looked (admission not included). This area was one of the locations used in the popular HBO series Game of Thrones.

Continue to the amazing sites of Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir hot spring area. Gullfoss is considered by many visitors to be Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls. Geysir is an active geothermal field with many bubbling steam vents and spouting hot springs, including the famous Strokkur geyser. If you enjoy history, visit Laugarvatnshellir, a cave cleverly converted into a home for two Icelandic families in the early 20th century.

A great way to relax after an exciting day is to visit either the Fontana Steam Baths in Laugarvatn or the Secret Lagoon in Fludir. Both places are a part of the area's history and popular with both Icelanders and visitors. Overnight in the Golden Circle area.

Highlights: Thjorsardalur | Hekla | Geysir | Gullfoss

Day 4 THINGVELLIR - BORGARFJÖRDUR AREA (B)

Approximate distance: 300km / 186mi
National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Picturesque Fjords - Waterfalls

Breakfast at your hotel. Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic Viking parliament and a jewel of nature. Here you can see the meeting point between the North American and Europe continents. Many important historical events happened here. Several walking trails and hiking trails take visitors to historical points of interest.

Then travel either along Hvalfjördur fjord or the Kaldidalur wilderness track (Open June-August, 4WD needed- we recommend car category 5.0 or higher), your journey continues to the beautiful Borgarfjördur region and Reykholt, home of the colorful 13th-century chieftain and Saga author, Snorri Sturluson. While in the area you might stop by the Visiting Horse Farm, where you can meet friendly Icelandic horses and try home-made baked treats in the farm's cafe.

Visit the beautiful Lava Falls waterfalls before heading on to Reykjavik in the afternoon for your last night in Iceland. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Highlights: Thingvellir | Barnafoss | Deildartunguhver

Day 5 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B)

Approximate distance: 52 km / 32 mi

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive back to Keflavik International Airport. We recommend departing your hotel in Reykjavik no later than at least 3 hours before your flight departure. It takes approximately 1 hour to drive to the airport, and check-in will start 2 hours before your departure.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your way to the city on your first day but have some free time 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 so you'll have ample time at the lagoon. Your 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 departure hall.

**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 our Airport Direct departure transfer.

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive back to Keflavik International Airport. * We recommend departing your hotel in Reykjavik no later than at least 3 hours before your flight departure. It takes approximately 1 hour to drive to the airport, and check-in will start 2 hours before your departure.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your way to the city on your first day but have some free time 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 so you'll have ample time at the lagoon. Your 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 departure hall.

Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

*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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