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Golden Circle & Black Sands Scheduled Self Drive: Reykjavik to Reykjavik

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,079

Explore Iceland’s charming Golden Circle on this self-drive adventure. See the Gulfoss waterfall seemingly rush off the earth, dip in world-famous hot springs at the Blue Lagoon, gaze upon the volcano that disrupted world travel in 2010, and learn about the medieval history of this Nordic land at Thingvellir National Park and in the nation’s capital, Reykjavik.


This 5-day self-drive tour takes you to volcanoes, waterfalls, and hot springs in Iceland’s western expanses.

For the independent-minded traveler who likes to make up their own mind as to the itinerary they would enjoy and the pace at which they wish to travel, Goway makes it easy to plan a vacation. Whether it is a self-drive car with pre-booked accommodation or a rental car, we have several suggested itineraries in Iceland which lend themselves perfectly to this type of arrangement. We also offer self-drives in other parts of the world.

As one of Europe’s most popular destinations, Iceland is a perfect country to explore at your own pace on a self-drive tour. Your trip to Iceland beings in Grandavik, a village southwest of Reykjavik. Grandavik is the gateway to the Blue Lagoon, the country’s most popular tourist attraction. Recharge from your transatlantic flight with a dip in the warm mineral waters of the Blue Lagoon before heading east to watch a river seemingly disappear from the face of the earth at Gulfoss. Water drops 32 metres off this Queen of Waterfalls into a deep gorge. Gulfoss is particularly remarkable to witness as the edge of the cliff becomes obscured as you approach the falls, making it seem as if the river has disappeared. Nearby you’ll find the Geysir Geothermal area, with the Great Geysir that shoots water 70 metres into the air when it erupts.

Head south to pass Seljalandsfoss, a 60-metre-high waterfall with an accessible cave behind its sheets of water, and Skogafoss, another waterfall that’s easily reached by picturesque hiking trails. These waterfalls are in the vicinity of Eyjafjallajokull Glacier Volcano, which famously erupted in 2010, disrupting international travel for weeks. You can learn about the mountain’s eruption and gaze upon its snow-crested peaks. Then pass into the Thjorsardalur Valley, a region of birch woods, lava fields, waterfalls, and rivers that’s been reshaped by the eruption of Hekla, Iceland’s most active volcano.

Head northwest to ender the Borgarfjordur region and Thingvellir National Park, where you can learn about Iceland’s settlement in the 10th century. Visit Reykholt, the home of 13th-century Viking scholar Snorri Sturluson, before heading into the capital of Rekjavik to round out your self-drive trip. Reykjavik is a small city but it boasts big culture. You can spend your time in the city learning about the nation’s history at the National Museum or the Saga Museum, or merely soaking in its celebrated city climate, dining in exquisite restaurants or taking advantage of its happening nightlife.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,079

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Day 1

Arrival

Approximate distance: 30km / 19miles

Pick up the car at the airport and drive to the Geo Hotel in charming Grindavik village (about 25 - 30 minute drive from the airport). Check in to your hotel.

If you are arriving on a morning flight, you are in a fantastic part of Iceland to explore and enjoy. The Reykjanes peninsula area is an ideal introduction to Iceland's volcanic personality. The region has been designated a UNESCO Geopark for its otherworldly and beautiful volcanic features. There are 55 points of interest in the area. These include Krysuvik, a primordial geothermal area of bubbling earth and steam, and the Midatlantic Ridge that the divides the North American and European tectonic plates.

Experience the area's terrain on an ATV tour between lava and mountains and along the sea. Try whale watching or sailing. Visit the Viking World museum and discover Norse history and the famous Islendingur Viking ship that sailed to North America in 2000. Other area activities include birdwatching, hiking and playing golf in Sandgerdi, on the edge of the ocean. Or take a scenic drive through the area, visiting Geopark sites and enjoying seafood in charming village restaurants.

Of course, a very popular place to visit in this area is the relaxing Blue Lagoon, which is a short drive from your hotel. The soothing geothermal mineral waters are perfect for your skin, and it's a great way to shake off jetlag! Listed activities are NOT included in the trip price. Please ask your Iceland specialist of the many options. (Important: if you plan to visit the Blue Lagoon, admission must be booked in advance).

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Geo Hotel

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    Geo Hotel



    Geo Hotel is a new hotel in Grindavík village about 20 km from the Keflavik International Airport. The hotel opened on June 1st 2015. Within a 10 minute walk from the hotel you will find a supermarket, bank, outdoor thermal swimming pool, church, cafes, restaurants, ...

    Geo Hotel is a new hotel in Grindavík village about 20 km from the Keflavik International Airport. The hotel opened on June 1st 2015. Within a 10 minute walk from the hotel you will find a supermarket, bank, outdoor thermal swimming pool, church, cafes, restaurants, gasoline stations, a busy fishing harbour and many other interesting things.

    Facilities

    • Dining Room
    • Lounge
    • Reception

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Day 2

South Coast Road to Gullfoss and Geysir

Approximate distance: 215km / 134miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Start with a drive along a scenic road taking you by thundering waterfalls and the mysterious mountains surrounding Lake Kleifarvatn. Stop at Strandakirkja, a lovely old church. Local legend has it that the church provides good fortune and success to those in need of it. The road then takes you into the green farmlands and coasts of South Iceland. Take an optional tour of Fakasel, an interactive horse center, where you can meet friendly Icelandic horses and discover more about this ancient Viking breed. Your ultimate destination is the Golden Circle region. Visit Gullfoss, the Queen of Waterfalls. Nearby is the Geysir geothermal area, where hot springs bubble and even shoot into the air. Most famous of these is Strokkur, which erupts like clockwork. Maybe you'll opt to bathe in one of the local favorite hot spring pools of the area. These include the Secret Lagoon in Fludir, or the Fontana Steambaths in Laugarvatn. Listed activities are NOT included in the trip price. Please ask your Iceland specialist of the many options.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Edda Laugarvatn IKI

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    Edda Laugarvatn IKI


    Hotel Edda Iki Laugarvatn is located on the shore of Lake Laugarvatn, in a picturesque setting, close to Skalholt Cathedral and the Thingvellir National Park. The hotel is also close to Sundlaug Leisure Centre's geothermal outdoor pool and steam baths. The Hotel Edda IKI Laugarvatn ...

    Hotel Edda Iki Laugarvatn is located on the shore of Lake Laugarvatn, in a picturesque setting, close to Skalholt Cathedral and the Thingvellir National Park. The hotel is also close to Sundlaug Leisure Centre's geothermal outdoor pool and steam baths.

    The Hotel Edda IKI Laugarvatn has 28 comfortably equipped rooms.

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Day 3

South Coast Waterfalls and Thjorsardalur Valley

Approximate distance: 444km / 277miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Today explore the famous South Shore region. Visit the majestic Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, each with its own unique attributes. In the region is the beautiful yet imposing Eyjafjallajokull Glacier Volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption. An interesting multimedia exhibit at the foot of the volcano tells the story.

Dyrholaey is a rocky headland characterized by a black lava arch. Every year thousands of sea birds nest here during the summer. (Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, from about the middle of May until late June.) In this area you can also enjoy views of the vast black sand beaches and unusual rock formations.

Next drive through the Thjorsardalur valley and its contrasting landscapes of birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers and waterfalls, huddling below the impressive volcano Hekla, Iceland's most frequently-erupting one. This is also the location of Stong, a Viking age farm where you can see a replica longhouse. Follow the road through Thjorsardalur back to your accommodation in Laugarvatn. Listed activities are NOT included in the trip price. Please ask your Iceland specialist of the many options.

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Day 4

Thingvellir - Borgarfjordur Area

Approximate distance: 300km / 186miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Visit Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), this was the meeting place of Iceland's Viking parliament. It also has geological significance; the Mid-Atlantic ridge runs in a canyon through the park.

Continue westward, via scenic Hvalfjordur fjord or the unpaved Kaldidalur highland track. (Kaldidalur is open June-August, and a 4WD car is required). Discover the beautiful Borgarfjordur region and Reykholt, home of the 13th century scholar, Snorri Sturluson.

Head to Reykjavik in the afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Klettur

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    Hotel Klettur



    Hotel Klettur is right next to Reykjavik's main shopping street, Laugavegur. It offers modern guest rooms with free internet access and a flat-screen satellite TV. All the air-conditioned and brightly decorated guest rooms, Klettur Hotel have a private bathroom with shower. Some rooms feature a ...

    Hotel Klettur is right next to Reykjavik's main shopping street, Laugavegur. It offers modern guest rooms with free internet access and a flat-screen satellite TV. All the air-conditioned and brightly decorated guest rooms, Klettur Hotel have a private bathroom with shower. Some rooms feature a balcony, and some have panoramic views of Reykjavik. A buffet breakfast is served every morning in the dining room. The hotel bar is an ideal place to relax with a drink and mingle.

    Facilities

    • Ironing Board
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Check-In Time
    • Check-Out Time
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access
    • Reception
    • TV

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Day 5

Departure

Approximate distance: 52km / 33miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and drop off your car. We recommend departing Reykjavik no later than 3 hours before your flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Jun 15, 29; Jul 6, 13, 20, 27; Aug 3, 10.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 days hire with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT
  • GPS system, theft protection & 2 authorized drivers
  • Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport
  • 4 nights' accommodation with private bathrooms
  • Detailed road map
  • Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Standard plus It is not possible to change the accommodation or add extra nights during the tour. Pre and post nights are available upon request. 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 your last day, an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the included day rental is up and use the flybus departure transfer.

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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