This Iceland itinerary is a real highlight hitter for anyone who is looking to spend 4 days in Iceland and make the absolute most of it. Have the comfort of your own vehicle but follow a travel guide designed to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the must-dos and must-sees while in Iceland!
Included is a rental car, accommodation and a short caving tour. You will also receive a detailed itinerary and information package
All at the best price available.
- Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- Deildartunguhver the most powerful hot spring in Europe
- Hraunfossar Waterfalls
- Barnafossar waterfall
- Vatnshellir lava tube cave
- Gerðuberg Basalt Columns
- Arnarstapi & Hellnar villages
- Lóndrangar Sea Stacks
- Djúpalónssandur Pebble Beach
- Mt. Kirkjufell
- The Golden Circle Tour
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir Hot Springs
- Thingvellir National Park
- Reykjavík - The Capital of Iceland
Pick-up & Drop-Off: You pick-up and drop-off the car at Keflavik international airport (KEF), at flexible times.
For the best experience we recommend that you pick the car up early on departure day, and return it in the afternoon or evening on the last day.
You can also drop-off the car at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik, on the last day. If you prefer this drop-off location you can change the drop-off location afterwards (details can be found in the confirmation email).
- Accommodation for 3 nights w. breakfast
- Rental car for 4 days (with all basic insurances: Collision Damage Waiver, Personal Accident Insurance and Theft protection)
- Vatnshellir Lava Cave Tour
- Detailed itinerary and information package
Remember to bring:
- Warm clothes
- Hiking shoes
- A driver's license
Accommodation: Comfort accommodation is included in the package. Good locations, breakfast included and you get a private bathroom.
Note: If you book for 2 or 4 persons you get twin / double rooms. If you book for 3 or 5 persons you get a combination of double/twin rooms and a single room.
Optional Extra: If your flight schedule allows, you can stop at the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa on your way to the airport on day 7, for a relaxing swim. The admission fee is not included and a pre-booking is required. We recommend you do so on bluelagoon.com. Remember to bring a bathing suit and a towel, if you don’t you will need to rent or hire them.
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Note: In step 2 you can select from bookable extras (shoes, jacket or pants). Those are only for the glacier hike activity.
Explore the Snæfellsjökull National Park, admire the beautiful waterfalls Gullfoss, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, get up close and personal with the power of Icelandic geysers and hot springs and get inspired by true untouched Icelandic nature. This Self Drive Iceland tour is a superb way to not have to worry about booking your accommodation or whether or not you researched enough, you will be taken care off and the feeling is like entering a scavenger hunt for the most amazing sights, locations and experiences Iceland has to offer.
Day 1 - Arrival - Golden Circle: Gullfoss, Geysir & Þingvellir
When you arrive at Keflavík International Airport your rental car will be waiting for you and there is nothing left but to start your adventure. You have an exciting day ahead with ravishing waterfalls, epic historical sights, and extraordinary natural wonders, you are doing the famous Golden Circle of Iceland.
Driving from Keflavík airport you will drive through moss covered lava and the feeling is like you just arrived at another planet, then, once in the capital region you will start to see all the colorful houses and only about an hours drive in you will stop at the first location of the Golden Circle, Þingvellir. Þingvellir, which is most often spelled Thingvellir due to the letter Þ which only exists in the Icelandic language, is a UNESCO heritage site and a place of amazing landscapes and beauty. It is where one of the world’s first democratic parliaments was founded in the year 930 where Vikings used to stand on the Lawrock or Lögberg to speak, it is home to the totem waterfall Öxarárfoss and a place where the continental plates meet and drift apart in a beautiful matter, visible from above. The meeting/crack cuts rights through the national park making it visible from many different locations in the park, including Silfra fissure which in now filled with glacial water and people go on unbelievable snorkeling and diving tours in the rift!
From Thingvellir you will drive past the stunning Laugarvatn lake and there you will find a hot pool and spa place called Laugarvatn Fontana Spa. Many like to stop to take a dip and the view from the pool is gorgeous. No pre-booking is required and they also sell refreshments.
But back on the Golden Circle our next stop is at the sight that first got Iceland recognized, the home to the great Geysir, the geyser that all the other geysers are named after. The Geysir Hot Spring area is located in the alluring Haukadalur valley and the surroundings are absolutely marvelous. Geysir is no longer active but his baby brother Strokkur gained his power and now puts on a magical show every 4-10 minutes spouting up into the sky like a firework creating a synchronized “wow” choir. There is no true way of explaining the vision, you simply can’t miss it.
Not far from the waterworks you will find a different kind of a wow-factor. This time the water doesn’t go up - it goes down, a little over 30 meters to be more precise. The next stop is at the Gullfoss waterfall, a two rapid stunner that flows from a nearby glacier into a magnificent canyon creating a memorable sight. The name Gullfoss, or the Golden Falls, comes from the hue that sits above the falls often topped with a rainbow or two.
Some great stops you can make after finishing the Golden Circle would be at the staggering volcanic crater Kerið, with all its colors and charm, the historic Reykholt or Flúðir geothermal village where you will find Iceland’s oldest swimming pool, Gamla Laugin or the Secret Lagoon. There you can take a bath with steam and small hot springs all around. It’s quite the experience! Not far from Reykholt you can also visit the farm Friðheimar (Peace World) where farmers are growing tomatoes in geothermal greenhouses and making all sorts of soups and delicious dishes from them. Friðheimar farm also own many Icelandic horses and offer tours around the stables. During the summer months, they even have special horse shows visitors can enjoy - The perfect lunch stop and a really fun visit!
Your accommodation for the night will be in the Golden Circle, Hella or Hvolsvöllur area.
Day 2 - West Iceland: Hvalfjörður, Borgarfjörður & Snæfellsnes
After enjoying a nice complimentary breakfast in the morning at your accommodation you will again head out. This time we are going to Hvalfjörður e. Whale Fjord which is known to have very limited traffic and complete serenity on the ocean’s waters. It is a fertile place with some of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls including one of the highest, Glymur. For those who are into hiking, a hike up to the waterfall is a beautiful one and shouldn’t take more than 2 hours, with a walk through a natural cave, across a river on a log and stunning vistas!
From Hvalfjörður we continue to Akranes where a newly opened café is located in a charismatic lighthouse and you can now walk up to the top of the lighthouse to be greeted with excellent views. Rich birdlife is found in the area.
Next up is about an hours drive to the most dazzling waterfalls combo of Hraunfossar (Lava waterfalls) and Barnafoss waterfall. Hraunfossar run down a wide cliff located in the Hallmundarhraun lava field and are known to have a unique but a sensational look to them. This is surely a time to take out the camera. Barnafoss is completely different but only a walking distance from the first waterfall. Barnafoss is unbelievable blue and runs through a lava gully with birch trees all around. The views of these two waterfalls are absolutely superb and not to be missed!
Only about 20 minutes away you will find Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver, with a flow of about 180 liters (47.5 gallons) of 97°c (206.6 Fahrenheit) hot water every second. Some of the water is used for heating of houses in the nearby areas, traveling up to 64 kilometers in pipes to do so. The hot spring itself is quite the colorful sight and a great place to get up close and personal with the true power of Iceland’s nature. Near Deildartunguhver you can find the newly built Krauma geothermal baths and spa which takes its water from the hot spring. The establishment is known for great architecture and a delicious restaurant. Pre-booking isn’t required but always better if you wish to soak in the hot pools.
Now you start to make your way West, taking the road trip onto the Snæfellsnes peninsula making a stop at the Gerðuberg basalt cliffs, a natural wonder you will not want to miss, and then the Ytri Tunga black sand beach, a seal colony with the classic Iceland ocean view charm. Prepare to for a cuteness overload!
The accommodation for the night is on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
Day 3 - Snæfellsnes, Arnarstapi, Vatnshellir, Djúpalónssandur, Kirkjufell & Kirkjufellsfossar.
Waking up on the Snæfellsnes peninsula is always great with all its fresh and clean air and endless beautiful things to see. You enjoy the breakfast buffet at the accommodation and then the itinerary is back on track as next up on your trip to Iceland is a ring road circle around the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Which way you go can depend on you accommodation the night before but here I will describe the circle counterclockwise.
First stop will be at the amazing Búðir where the famous Black Church is located at a location that seems to be quite random. There is really nothing surrounding this mystical house of god and the look of it is very unique and photogenic. Other great stops to make in this area are the Bjarnarfoss waterfall and the Rauðafeldsgjá gorge.
Next up on the Iceland menu are the villages Hellnar and Arnarstapi. The charm and character of these two places leave no one untouched. The first stop will be at the Arnarstapi fishing village and after that Hellnar, here many like to make a stop and have lunch as both of the town offer amazing views and great culinary experiences.
When driving around the Snæfellsnes peninsula the glacier volcano Snæfellsjökull is never far off and you will get to see this well-known landmark from many different points of view. The glacier got famous way back when the writer Jules Verne wrote about it as the place to enter the earth’s core in the book Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Next is the picture-book looking black sand pebble beach Djúpalónssandur. This place used to be filled with life and was home to about 60 fishing boats but today no one lives there. There are though four lifting stones still present which in the olden days the sailors used to use to test their strength. The stones range from 23 kg (50.7 pounds) to 154 kg (339,6 pounds).
On today’s plan, you have a guided tour to join, the adventurous lava caving experience in Vatnshellir e. Water Cave. This is a fantastic tour to join and a really different experience to have. The guide will educate you on how the cave formed along with the geology and history of the area. A solid way to spend an hour on the peninsula.
You cannot visit the Snæfellsnes peninsula without a stop at mt. Kirkjufell and its spectacular waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss. The mountain has in the recent years become one of the most photographed landmarks, which will not surprise you upon your visit as it is almost impossible to take a bad photo of this towering thin mountain that sits lonesome on a small peninsula above the town Grundarfjörður.
After a day on the peninsula, you will drive back into the capital region and stay the night at your accommodation.
Day 4 - Departure - Reykjanes & Blue Lagoon
Today is the day of departure and the itinerary will depend on your flight time. The Keflavik International airport is located on the Reykjanes peninsula so this gives you the perfect opportunity to explore its lava covered land. Hopefully, you will have time to make a stop at the ever so wonderful Blue Lagoon Iceland’s most famous attraction. Just remember to pre-book a ticket if you are looking to take a dip in the silica filled azure blue waters as the lagoon is tremendously popular.
Other great spots to see on the Reykjanes peninsula are:
- Lake Kleifarvatn
- Seltún Geothermal Area
- Grindavík Fishing Village
- The Lighthouse Reykjanesviti
- Gunnuhver Hot Springs
- The Museum of Rock and Roll in Keflavík
- The Viking World Museum in Keflavík
When you arrive at the airport again you drop the rental car off at the car rental, free from the hassle of busses or challenging luggage transfers or storing.
Have a safe trip back!
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