Golden Circle Self Drive

Golden Circle Self Drive

from £436 excluding flights

  • 4 nights
  • Year round
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Golden Circle Self Drive

from £436 excluding flights

  • 4 nights
  • Year round

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Highlights

In pictures
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Watch a geyser erupt high into the air at Geysir

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Marvel at Iceland's impressive waterfalls, including two-tiered Gullfoss

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Walk through the tectonic rift valley at Thingvellir National Park

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Enjoy Reykjavik with its blend of Nordic and modern style

Why this trip...

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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

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Nordic Heritage

With over 38 years of experience in creating trips to Nordics we know this region inside out

Overview

Discover the iconic highlights of south west on this excellent value self drive combining an overnight stay in Reykjavik with a three-night stay in the southern countryside. Based in the heart of the Golden Circle, you'll be within easy driving distance of a myriad of natural attractions.

The Golden Circle's trio of natural wonders are not to be missed by first time visitors and with the flexibility that comes with hiring a car, you are able to visit them at your own pace. Spend time walking the rift at Thingvellir, also the site of the ancient parliament. Marvel at Gullfoss as it cascades glacial water down two tiers into a mile-long gorge. And enjoy Strokkur erupting boiling water high into the air every 10 minutes or so.

From your countryside base you can also choose to venture further east along the south coast taking in the stunning waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss as well as the black sand beaches of Vik and cliffs of Dyrholaey.

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 arrive Iceland

Fly to Keflavik airport, collect your rental vehicle and enjoy the scenic drive to Reykjavik, just under an hour away, where you will overnight at Hotel Klettur.

Fly to Keflavik airport, collect your rental vehicle and enjoy the scenic drive to Reykjavik, just under an hour away, where you will overnight at Hotel Klettur.

Day 2 Reykjavik - Geysir

Spend the day exploring Iceland's capital, perhaps visiting some of the many fascinating museums, art galleries and landmarks or alternatively take part in an optional excursion, such as whale watching or quad biking. Then head into the countryside. Iceland's roads are generally quiet and well-signposted. There are various routes you may wish to take to your next accommodation depending on how late you wish to leave the city. Perhaps drive via Thingvellir National Park where there is a truly beautiful lake, and walk the rift in between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Alternatively take the direct route to Geysir, a journey which should take just over an hour. Check in to your accommodation for the next three nights.

Spend the day exploring Iceland's capital, perhaps visiting some of the many fascinating museums, art galleries and landmarks or alternatively take part in an optional excursion, such as whale watching or quad biking. Then head into the countryside. Iceland's roads are generally quiet and well-signposted. There are various routes you may wish to take to your next accommodation depending on how late you wish to leave the city. Perhaps drive via Thingvellir National Park where there is a truly beautiful lake, and walk the rift in between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Alternatively take the direct route to Geysir, a journey which should take just over an hour. Check in to your accommodation for the next three nights.

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Day 3 explore the Golden Circle and South Coast

Enjoy an early morning visit to the Geysir geothermal area and watch Strokkur eject its spout of boiling water into the air. Then visit the beautiful two-tiered waterfall of Gullfoss (snowmobile excursions onto the Langjokull glacier are available from here and are pre-bookable). Next, head south to the majestic Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, and explore along the south coast to the cliffs at Dyrholaey and the black sand beach at Vik, with its photogenic rock formations just offshore at Reynishverfi. Optional activities on the Myrdalsjokull Glacier, including glacier hikes, ice climbing and snowmobiling, can also be pre-booked).

Enjoy an early morning visit to the Geysir geothermal area and watch Strokkur eject its spout of boiling water into the air. Then visit the beautiful two-tiered waterfall of Gullfoss (snowmobile excursions onto the Langjokull glacier are available from here and are pre-bookable). Next, head south to the majestic Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, and explore along the south coast to the cliffs at Dyrholaey and the black sand beach at Vik, with its photogenic rock formations just offshore at Reynishverfi. Optional activities on the Myrdalsjokull Glacier, including glacier hikes, ice climbing and snowmobiling, can also be pre-booked).

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Day 4 enjoy a hike in the countryside

Drive the fjord-side route along scenic Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord) into West Iceland, where you can visit the Settlement Centre at Borgarnes before continuing to historic Reykholt for a hike to the falls at Hraunsfossar and the largest hot springs in the country at Deildartunguhver.

Drive the fjord-side route along scenic Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord) into West Iceland, where you can visit the Settlement Centre at Borgarnes before continuing to historic Reykholt for a hike to the falls at Hraunsfossar and the largest hot springs in the country at Deildartunguhver.

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Day 5 depart Iceland

Return to Keflavik Airport via the Reykjanes Peninsula, with its sweeping lava fields and bubbling hot springs and mud pools, or relax and unwind before you flight home with a visit to the mystical, milky waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Return to Keflavik Airport via the Reykjanes Peninsula, with its sweeping lava fields and bubbling hot springs and mud pools, or relax and unwind before you flight home with a visit to the mystical, milky waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Accommodation Options

We have based this holiday on one night at Hotel Klettur in Reykjavik and three nights at Litli Geysir Hotel (winter) or Icelandair Hotel Fludir (summer), both of which are perfectly located near to the famed Golden Circle route.

However, with a wide choice of accommodation available, we can change those specified in the itinerary to suit your personal preference.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Prices and Departures

Price from £436 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 may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

Departure Duration Car Category* Twin Price
May 4 nights B - VW Golf £525
Jun - Aug 4 nights B - VW Golf £726
Sep 4 nights B - VW Golf £670
Oct - Apr 4 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £436

* Choice of Vehicles

We would always recommend a 4WD for winter travel, but many clients also prefer the greater security and comfort that a larger vehicle provides year round – upgrade your vehicle from as little as £10 per person per day.
  • We can offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday – our team will be happy to talk you through the options and provide a quote for the most suitable category based on your individual requirements.
  • Our long-standing relationship with the local Europcar franchise means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits, including priority on the newest and best appointed vehicles available.

Meet our expert

nordic team kim stacey bw
One of our specialists
Meet Kim

3 Decades visiting Iceland

3 Whale species seen in Iceland & Norway

1 Nordic inspired fashion label

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