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In pictures
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See the natural treasures of Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle route

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Walk behind Seljalandsfoss and enjoy the view from the top of Skogafoss

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Experience the ice wonders of Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon

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Stroll along black-sand beaches at Vik

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Take a dip in the naturally-heated waters of the Blue Lagoon

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Try exciting optional excursions, from snowmobiling to superjeep safaris

Why this trip...

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Nordic Heritage

With over 37 years of experience in creating trips to Nordics we know this region inside out

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

Overview

Visit some of Iceland’s best-known natural wonders on this year-round self-drive adventure to the Golden Circle and South Coast. With a whole week to explore, you’ll see majestic waterfalls, mighty glaciers and the sublime iceberg lagoon of Jokulsarlon. It’s the perfect introduction to Iceland – summer or winter – for first-time visitors and independent-minded travellers.

The Golden Circle’s triple whammy

Iceland’s famous trio of natural wonders – Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir – are easily combined in an unforgettable day touring the Golden Circle. At Thingvellir you can stroll along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and visit Iceland’s ancient parliament. The 32m-high, twin-tiered waterfall of Gullfoss pours into a narrow gorge, while Strokkur erupts like a steaming exclamation mark at the geothermal site of Geysir.

Waterfalls, glaciers and icebergs of the South Coast

Driving to the east, two of Iceland’s most breathtaking waterfalls – bridal-veil Seljalandsfoss and thundering Skogafoss – lead a succession of natural wonders along the South Coast. From the frozen snout of the Solheimajokull glacier and Vik’s black-sand beaches to the basalt cliffs at Svartifoss and the icebergs of the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, this world-class drive transports you into a head-spinning realm of volcanoes, icecaps and surf-raked beaches.

Itinerary

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 Reykjavik

Fly to Keflavik and drive to Reykjavik for an overnight stay in Iceland's vibrant capital city, perhaps stopping en route at the Blue Lagoon for a dip in the naturally heated waters. Overnight at Hotel Cabin.

Fly to Keflavik and drive to Reykjavik for an overnight stay in Iceland's vibrant capital city, perhaps stopping en route at the Blue Lagoon for a dip in the naturally heated waters. Overnight at Hotel Cabin.

Day 2 Hveragerdi

Spend the day exploring Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and two-tiered Gullfoss collectively known as the Golden Circle. Head south to Hveragerdi for an overnight stay at Hotel Ork.

Spend the day exploring Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and two-tiered Gullfoss collectively known as the Golden Circle. Head south to Hveragerdi for an overnight stay at Hotel Ork.

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Day 3 Hveragerdi - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Travel along the south coast past the impressive waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Road 1 then winds past the Myrdalsjokull icecap and over the moss clad Eldhraun lava field to Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Perhaps take a walk to the 'Sister's falls' - Systrafoss and Kirkjugolfid (the church floor); a national monument of wind and sea eroded basalt columns. Overnight at Hotel Klaustur,

Travel along the south coast past the impressive waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Road 1 then winds past the Myrdalsjokull icecap and over the moss clad Eldhraun lava field to Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Perhaps take a walk to the 'Sister's falls' - Systrafoss and Kirkjugolfid (the church floor); a national monument of wind and sea eroded basalt columns. Overnight at Hotel Klaustur,

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Day 4 Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Skaftafell

Visit the turf church of Nupsstadur then drive across the outwash plains of Iceland's largest icecap, Vatnajokull, to Skaftafell. Explore further east to the amazing iceberg lagoon at Jokulsarlon, not forgetting to walk across the road to catch sight of icebergs breaking up and heading out to sea or being washed ashore on the black sand beach. Spend two nights at Hotel Skaftafell.

Visit the turf church of Nupsstadur then drive across the outwash plains of Iceland's largest icecap, Vatnajokull, to Skaftafell. Explore further east to the amazing iceberg lagoon at Jokulsarlon, not forgetting to walk across the road to catch sight of icebergs breaking up and heading out to sea or being washed ashore on the black sand beach. Spend two nights at Hotel Skaftafell.

Day 5 Skaftafell

Spend the day exploring the area hiking in the national park. One of the highlights is the 20m high waterfall Svartifoss, which cascades down a basalt cliff in the shape of a horse tail.

Spend the day exploring the area hiking in the national park. One of the highlights is the 20m high waterfall Svartifoss, which cascades down a basalt cliff in the shape of a horse tail.

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Day 6 Skaftafell - Hveragerdi

On the drive back along the south coast stop off at the stunning cliffs and beaches of Vik where the summer wildflowers are wonderful. Continue west to Myrdalsjokull Glacier (optional snowmobile tours on the glacier are available; please contact our team to book in advance) and visit Njal’s Saga country at Hvolsvollur en route to Hveragerdi. Spend another night in Hotel Ork.

On the drive back along the south coast stop off at the stunning cliffs and beaches of Vik where the summer wildflowers are wonderful. Continue west to Myrdalsjokull Glacier (optional snowmobile tours on the glacier are available; please contact our team to book in advance) and visit Njal’s Saga country at Hvolsvollur en route to Hveragerdi. Spend another night in Hotel Ork.

Day 7 Hveragerdi - Reykjavik

Drive along the craggy coast to the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula. Visit the hot springs and fumaroles in Krisuvik, the cliffs at Grindavik. Return to Reykjavik for an overnight stay back at Hotel Cabin.

Drive along the craggy coast to the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula. Visit the hot springs and fumaroles in Krisuvik, the cliffs at Grindavik. Return to Reykjavik for an overnight stay back at Hotel Cabin.

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Day 8 depart Keflavik

Head to Keflavik, drop off rental vehicle and catch the flight home.

Head to Keflavik, drop off rental vehicle and catch the flight home.

Accommodation Options

We have selected properties for this holiday as referenced in the itinerary. However, with a wide choice of accommodation in Iceland we can adapt to your preference and mix and match different grades and styles where available. Choose from hotels, farmstays and self-catering apartments to private villas and countryside properties ideal for aurora viewing between September and early April.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf below and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

  Iceland-Summer-Excursions.pdf

  Iceland-Winter-Excursions.pdf

Prices and Departures

Price from £799 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £250 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • Exclusive use of iDiscover App
  • 24-hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price
Jun - Aug 2020 7 nights B - VW Golf £1,161
Jun - Aug 2020 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,274
Jun - Aug 2020 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,396
Sep 2020 7 nights B - VW Golf £923
Sep 2020 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £997
Sep 2020 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,050
Oct 2020 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £858
Oct 2020 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £927
Nov 2020 - Mar 2021 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £799
Nov 2020 - Mar 2021 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £868
Apr 2021 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £842
Apr 2021 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £937
May 2021 7 nights B - VW Golf £939
May 2021 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,016
May 2021 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,073
Jun - Aug 2021 7 nights B - VW Golf £1,200
Jun - Aug 2021 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,318
Jun - Aug 2021 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,447
Sep 2021 7 nights B - VW Golf £1,012
Sep 2021 7 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £1,089
Sep 2021 7 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £1,146

Choice of Vehicles

We offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday provided by the local Europcar franchise. Our long-standing relationship with them means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits including priority on the newest and best appointed vehicles available on the day.

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