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7 Day Self Drive Tour | South Coast, Snaefellsnes & Golden Circle - SD03

Visit three of the Most Amazing Destinations in Iceland

Prepare to be astonished, as from day one you will get to experience all the best Iceland has to offer. On this perfect seven day prebuilt Iceland itinerary you will find all the must-dos and must-trys with additional extra suggested hidden gems.

Included is a rental car, accommodation and a Glacier hike on an outlet glacier from the astounding Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest glacier.
You will receive a detailed itinerary and information package
All at the best price available.


Duration: 7 days

Available: All year

Age limit: 8 years (For Glacier Hike)

Tour Highlights:
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Ytri-Tunga
  • Deildartunguhver the most powerful hot spring in Europe
  • Hraunfossar Waterfalls
  • Barnafossar waterfall
  • Gerðuberg Basalt Columns
  • Arnarstapi & Hellnar villages
  • Lóndrangar Sea Stacks
  • Djúpalónssandur Pebble Beach
  • Mt. Kirkjufell
  • Stykkishólmur
  • The Golden Circle Tour
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Geysir Hot Springs
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Gljufrabui Waterfall
  • Eyjafjallajokull Volcano View
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Vík Village
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Glacier Hiking on Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Fjadrargljufur Canyon
  • Eldhraun Lava Field
  • Lómagnúpur mountain rock
  • Reykjavík Capital of Iceland

Pick-up: Choose between pickup at Keflavik international airport (KEF) or BSI bus terminal in downtown Reykjavik, 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.

Drop-off: By default your drop-off location is always set to Keflavik international airport (KEF), no matter which pickup location you select.
You can however 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).

Included:

  • Accommodation for 6 nights w. breakfast
  • Rental car for 7 days (with all basic insurances: Collision Damage Waiver, Personal Accident Insurance and Theft protection)
  • Glacier hike on Vatnajökull glacier’s outlet ice cap
  • Detailed itinerary and information package

Remember to bring:

  • Warm clothes
  • Hiking shoes
  • A driver's license
  • Sunglasses

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.

from:
92 400 per adult

If 4 persons - May vary depending on group size, season and availability.


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Pick-up & Drop-off at Keflavik international airport. Note you can change the drop-off location to Reykjavik (see confirmation email for details).

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Pick-up at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik. Drop-off at KEF airport. Note you can change the drop-off location to Reykjavik (see confirmation email for details).

Tour Description

During these seven days you will see anything from black sand beaches to powerful waterfalls, charming fishing villages and spouting geysers, you will get to experience the true power of Icelandic nature through so many different ways, get to try glacier hiking on Europe’s most massive glacier and visit some of the filming locations Hollywood can’t stop raving about. Gorgeous canyons, mountains, glaciers, and volcanoes will surround you and often the landscape will feel like you just stepped on the moon. You will get a chance to soak in some of Iceland’s most amazing hot pools and get to breathe in the history at locations are truly unique even on a global scale.

Iceland will have you hooked and the memories will live with you forever!

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Glaciers and icebergs at Jokulsarlon lagoon

Day 1 - Arrival and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Arriving in the land of ice and fire will be an exciting moment and what is ahead even more. You pick up your rental car, at the selected pickup location, and head right out for a road trip to the North East. There are numerous points of interest to explore for the day and the drive is quite the scenic one.

Driving through Reykjavík you will see colorful houses but soon you will be in the outskirts and under Reykjavík’s totem mountain Esja. You continue along the seacoast through an underwater tunnel in Hvalfjörður e. Whale fjord and make your way into Borgarfjörður known for exquisite beauty and picture-book-like settings.

In Borgarfjörður you will find the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver a real must stop to take in the true power that lived in Icelandic nature. Then we have the outstanding waterfall brothers Hraunfossar e. Lava Waterfalls and Barnafossar Waterfalls. These stops are an absolute must and make sure that your camera is charged. You are going to want to remember these amazing views. For those you haven’t had enough of Borgarfjörður and want to go a little deeper, we recommend driving around the beautiful birch paradise Húsafell where you can join an Ice Cave tour with a monster truck to Iceland’s second largest glacier. The Into the Glacier tours takes about 2-4 hours.

Another recommended stop would be at Reykholt w. Smoky Hill where you can often find markets during weekends in the summertime. It is a historic place where the Icelandic poet and historian Snorri Sturluson lived in the ancient times and it has a beautiful church and a hot pool, Snorralaug. Or at the Krauma geothermal baths and spa where you can relax in a newly built hot pool that takes its waters from the great Deildartunguhver hot spring. They also have a restaurant with great lunch or dinner options.

 

The night will be spent at a hotel in the Snaefellsnes peninsula in where lava surrounds you, deeply stunning.

kirkjufell mountain iceland

The famous Kirkjufell mountain, or The Lonely Mountain

Day 2 - West Iceland, Snaefellsnes Peninsula

The theme of the day will be the Snæfellsnes peninsula, a place that has often been nicknamed “Iceland in a nutshell” - as it has everything from waterfalls to grand mountains to lava fields and black sand beaches. You can drive the peninsula clockwise or counterclockwise but here the drive will be described clockwise. The first stop is at the amazing Ytri Tunga where you will find a seal paradise, where they relax and play at the beach surprisingly unafraid of the humans who often stop by to admire these cuties.

From Ytri Tunga you will make your way to Arnarstapi, the drive is very beautiful and you will want to make extra stops here and there just to take it all in (make sure to park well off road). Arnarstapi is a tiny charming fishing village on the coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula and close by another similar one called Hellnar. Between those two you will find a café, located down by the ocean with a great view and excellent food options. Perfect for a lunch stop!

Prepare for a ravishing vista as you make your way along the coast of the peninsula first stopping at the alluring Lóndrangar sea cliff and then at the movie looking Djúpalónssandur pebble rock beach with its high basalt columns. This place was once home to sixty fishing boats and was at that time one of the most prolific fishing villages in the West of Iceland but today it remains uninhabited.

Along the coast, you will continue driving up and down graceful hills and beautiful roads, over bridges and past dazzling unnamed waterfalls. During the drive, you will see Snæfellsjökull glacier from all directions, the famous stratovolcano that Jules Verne wrote about in his book Journey to the Center of the Earth.

The reason for the next stop is hard to hide since as soon as you reach the town’s border you will see the towering mountain of Kirkjufell standing tall out on a peninsula. Right next to the mountain you will find the waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss which adds magical charm to the scene and makes the overview otherworldly.

A dinner at Stykkishólmur, the neighboring town is a great idea before settling at the hotel for the night which will be in the area.

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Londrangar cliffs at Snaefellsnes peninsula

Day 3 - Hvalfjörður and Golden Circle

Today we wake up and enjoy our complimentary breakfast before continuing the route through the Hvalfjörður e. Whale fjord a fascinating drive in complete serenity. The drive will take you over a hill and into the valley where the National Park Þingvellir is located. Þingvellir, often spelled Thingvellir is a world-famous geological wonderland and a home to waterfalls, lakes and stunning lava formations. It is where the continental plates meet and drift apart in an intriguing way adding to the charm of this historical site where one of the world’s first democratic parliaments was founded in the year 930. The park is a UNESCO protected world heritage site as it is truly unique and fascinating on a global scale.

Back on the route, you will drive past the local favorite Laugarvatn lake home to the Laugarvatn Fontana spa, where many like to make a stop and bathe. Other great stops before you get to the Geysir Hot Springs is at Reykholt, Flúðir geothermal village, the Secret Lagoon oldest swimming pool in Iceland or Friðheimar a tomato plantation where you can taste delicious greenhouse grown tomatoes or tomato soup, a fantastic lunch or café stop!

Next up on the 7 day Iceland itinerary is one of Iceland’s most famous landmarks, the Geysir Hot Springs. This must-do stop will bring you a memory that you will never forget as the geyser Strokkur bursts up into the sky like a rocket every 4-10 minutes creating a synchronized but unavoidable awe with the crowd watching.

This is a moment you will remember forever. Last but not least on the Golden Circle is the Gullfoss waterfall stop. The Golden Falls like the name would translate is a two-story water force that originated in Iceland’s second largest glacier Langjökull. Some like to add a tour to this stop as a pick up for a Glacier Snowmobiling Tour on the Langjökull glacier can be booked from the Gullfoss waterfall parking lot.

You hotel for this night is located within the Golden Circle route.

geysir geothermal iceland

Visit Geysir geothermal area on the Golden Circle

Day 4 - South Coast

After breakfast at the accommodation, the adventure continues this time driving along the South Coast heading East. Along the route, you will be greeted with a view over the acclaimed Hekla volcano and the stratovolcano which so famously erupted in 2010, Eyjafjallajökull. You will drive through the town Hella and later Hvolsvöllur before getting up close and personal with a waterfall that originates in Eyjafjallajökull, Seljalandsfoss. This picture perfect waterfall drops down a mountain hill that is carved underneath giving you a chance to walk behind it. It is a magical feeling to walk behind a glacier waterfall, an experience you never forget.

Right next to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a hidden gem, in a gorge in the same hill you can find the eerie Gljúfrabúi waterfall. Prepare to get a little wet when exploring it but it’s fully worth it! Continue the drive for about 30 minutes and you will find the powerful and marvelous waterfall Skógafoss, located at the historical Skógar. There you can hike up to the top of the waterfall but don’t do it without a stop in the middle to see the fairy-tale like troll face that sits in the hill.  Legend says that the troll lost track of time admiring the waterfall and its beauty and as a result turned into stone. Skógar also has a fantastic museum.

The drive will to you in the direction of the village Vík but before you reach it take a right turn towards the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. This mystical and staggering volcanic sand utopia is home to divine basalt columns that stand tall and strong against the oceans strong waves. Be careful not to go to close to the ocean as the waves are known to be intensely powerful.

Dyrhólaey cape is not far off and for many a welcomed extra stop to make. From there you can see Reynisfjara and it’s columns, Reynisdrangar from a whole different angle. It is a place of angelic views and is known to capture people’s hearts and souls.

The night will be spent at the village of Vík.

skogafoss waterfall iceland

The photogenic Skogafoss waterfall, a rainbow factory.

Day 5 - Skaftafell and the Glacier Lagoons

Today the drive takes you from Vík over the lava, moss and sand fields of Sólheimasandur. The landscape is sublime and you will want to stop a few times to take it all in. Today you will be making your way to the Glacier Kingdom of Skaftafell and Vatnajökull National parks. You will drive through the town on Kirkjubæjarklaustur about an hour from Vík and onwards until you reach the National Park Skaftafell. Here you will meet a glacier guide for an exciting glacier hike on an outlet glacier from Vatnajökull Europe’s largest glacier. There is yet another experience that you will hold on to and cherish.
If you haven’t had enough exercise after the glacier hike we recommend to hike up to the Svartifoss waterfall where you are in for a true visual treat. Fun Fact: Svartifoss was an inspiration for the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík.

Next up is a location not to be missed, the stop that you have likely been waiting for. It’s the mighty, the heavenly Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where celestial aqua blue icebergs float around and seals and arctic terns roam the area. There are no real words that can explain this vision. You simply must see the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Both Zodiac and Amphibian boat tours are available in the glacier lagoon. On the other side of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, you have the Diamond beach another must-visit where glistening icebergs have drifted ashore a pitch black sand beach and sit perfectly creating a supernaturally beautiful scene.

The night is spent at a hotel in the Klaustur, Skaftafell, Höfn area.

glacier hiking skaftafell

A glacier hike in Skaftafell nature reserve is included

Day 6 - South Coast to Reykjavík

Today you drive back to Reykjavík but not without stopping at even more beautiful locations you missed in the way out. Now it’s time to visit the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, a place even locals have a difficult time pronouncing the name of but everyone can agree on its insane beauty!

There are a few different ways to explore the gully and we recommend you take your time.

When back in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur village area many like to take a picnic stop somewhere in the Eldhraun lava field and take in the uniqueness of the area.

Near Kirkjubæjarhlaustur you will find the lesser known waterfalls Stjórnarfoss and Systrafoss, truly hidden pearls. These two stops you will not want to miss. If you want to go fully local take a swim in the swimming pools at Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Vík, Hvolsvöllur or Hella and really use the time to enjoy the pleasing drive back to the capital.

The next night will be spent in the capital area.

reynisfjara beach south iceland

Walk around Reynisfjara black sand beach and enjoy the view

Day 7 - Blue lagoon and Departure

Today is the day of departure and its itinerary is quite up to you and dependant on your flight’s departure time. We advise you on the route to Keflavik International airport to explore the lava covered Reykjanes peninsula it stands on and hopefully you will have time to make a stop at the distinguished Blue Lagoon. If you are looking to take a dip in the silica filled turquoise waters remember you need to book you in advance to make sure you get a spot as it is very popular.

Other great spots to see on the Reykjanes peninsula area:

  • 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, free from the hassle of busses or challenging luggage transfers or storing.

Have a safe trip back!

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