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Iceland Golden Circle Self-Drive: Vik, Reykjavik & More

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 876

MODERATE | SELF-DRIVE: A wonderful way to leisurely enjoy Iceland on your own, stop as you please and for as long as you wish to take in the extraordinary beauty of Iceland's incredible Golden Circle. Volcanoes, glaciers, lava fields, hot springs, gushing waterfalls and more are all yours to discover and in the span of just a few days.


For the independent minded traveller 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. 

Begin your Icelandic self-drive experience as soon as you arrive at Keflavik airport. Pick up your car and then drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula to view the geothermal fields and hot springs plus the extraordinary Blue Lagoon located in the midst of black lava flow. The Reykjanes Peninsula and the Blue Lagoon Thermal Spa are located 50 kilometres/30 miles from Reykjavik. At the Blue Lagoon you can enjoy a dip in the warm mineral rich waters. Later, head to the village of Hveragerdi located on top of a geothermal area and famous for its greenhouse cultivations. After this, continue to the Grimsborgir luxury apartments for overnight accommodation.

The next morning, head to the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls before entering the beautiful domain of Eyjafjallajokull – a volcano most famous for grounding flights across Europe in 2010! Visitors however are captivated only by its glacier-rich landscape and nearby headlands, which are covered in sea birds and puffins. Stay in Vik in this neighborhood for the next 3 nights using it as a base for further exploration.

The next day drive to the Thjorsardalur Valley with its sharp contrasting landscapes of birch woods, lava fields, impressive waterfalls and the eye-catching volcano Hekla. Finally reach the impressive Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall), a spectacular sight when frozen with its geysers and hot springs.

The following morning brings a visit to Thingvellir National Park, meeting place of Iceland’s ancient parliament. You will visit some of the country’s most picturesque waterfalls and Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver. Afterwards travel via Hvalfjordur fjord or Kaldidalur highland track (4WD needed). Your journey continues to the beautiful Borgarfjordur region and Reykholt, home of the 13th century scholar Snorri Sturluson.

Your final day takes you back to Keflavik airport where your self drive itinerary ends.

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 876

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Day 1

Arrive Iceland

Pick up your car at the Hertz desk at the airport and start your Iceland experience.

From Keflavik International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. The village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the flower village.

Depending on your arrival time in Iceland it is ideal to visit the renowned Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal water.

Optional (at an extra cost):
Bathing at the Blue Lagoon
Visit to Fakasel, an Icelandic Horse Theater and barn. An amazing show in a unique environment.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Ork Hotel Hveragerdi

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    Ork Hotel Hveragerdi



    This countryside hotel is located in the village of Hveragerdi and offers friendly accommodation and well-equipped facilities in beautiful surroundings. Guests can enjoy traditional Icelandic cuisine served at Ork's restaurant. There are 85 well furnished guest rooms at Hotel Ork. The rooms have simple yet …

    This countryside hotel is located in the village of Hveragerdi and offers friendly accommodation and well-equipped facilities in beautiful surroundings. Guests can enjoy traditional Icelandic cuisine served at Ork's restaurant.

    There are 85 well furnished guest rooms at Hotel Ork. The rooms have simple yet classic furnishings and feature private bathrooms with a bathtub with shower.

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Day 2

South Coast

Thundering Waterfalls - Cliffs and Stone Arches - Black Sandy Beaches of the South Shore - Puffin Colony

Approximate mileage: 190km / 118 miles

Visit the majestic Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, the infamous Eyjafjallajokull glacier and the surrounding area affected by the volcanic eruption of 2010.

Dyrholaey is a rocky headland characterized by a black lava arch. Every year thousands of sea birds and puffins nest here during the summer and for that reason Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, from middle May until June 23rd.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Vik i Myrdal

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    Hotel Vik i Myrdal



    Discover the land of fire and ice in unforgettable fashion at Hotel Vik i Myrdal! Tucked within the captivating village of Vík in South Iceland's verdant Myrdalur Valley, the hotel places the best of the region at your fingertips - from the world-renowned volcanic beaches …

    Discover the land of fire and ice in unforgettable fashion at Hotel Vik i Myrdal! Tucked within the captivating village of Vík in South Iceland's verdant Myrdalur Valley, the hotel places the best of the region at your fingertips - from the world-renowned volcanic beaches of Reynisfjara to recreational activities including birdwatching, glacier hiking and trekking through the two-million-year-old Fjadrargljufur canyon.

    Designed with an eye for detail, the Vik hotel offers 78 tastefully furnished rooms with modern amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. You can also choose to stay in one of their five quaint cottages or 15 self-catering apartments, depending on what best suits your needs.

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Day 3

Thjorsardalur Valley, Gullfoss and Geysir

Colorful Valley - Hekla Volcano - The Famous Golden Falls - Exploding Geysers

Approximate mileage: 300km / 186 miles

Explore Thjorsardalur valley and its landscape of sharply contrasting birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers and waterfalls, huddling below the impressive volcano Hekla.

Continue to Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area.

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Duration1 Night
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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 4

Thingvellir - Borgarfjordur area

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Picturesque Fjords - Waterfalls

Approximate mileage: 300km / 186 miles

Visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. Here you can see the rift between the continents.
Then via Hvalfjordur fjord or Kaldidalur highland track (4WD needed) your journey continues to the beautiful Borgarfjordur region and Reykholt, home of the 13th century scholar Snorri Sturluson.

Return to Reykjavik in the afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Reykjavik Lights Hotel

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    Reykjavik Lights Hotel



    This design hotel is located 1km from Laugardalur Family Park. A buffet breakfast is served each morning in the dining room. Drinks can be enjoyed in the lounge bar, featuring decor inspired by the changing lights of Iceland. Local buses stop 100 metres from Reykjavik …

    This design hotel is located 1km from Laugardalur Family Park. A buffet breakfast is served each morning in the dining room. Drinks can be enjoyed in the lounge bar, featuring decor inspired by the changing lights of Iceland. Local buses stop 100 metres from Reykjavik Lights Hotel. Kringlan Shopping Centre is 2km away.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Airport shuttle available $
    • Bar
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Newsstand
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Parking
    • Ticket Service
    • Tour Desk
    • TV

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Day 5

Depart

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon as it is on your way to the airport, if you did not have time to do it on you arrival day.

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 day 5 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 4 day rental is up and use the fly bus shared departure transfer.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights in the accommodations of your choice (moderate or first-class)
  • 4 day vehicle rental with CDW, mileage, VAT, GPS system and two drivers (Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar)
  • Vehicle pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport
  • Mobile-based app with virtual Roadbook, audioguides, points of interest and more
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • With an easy upgrade of your rental vehicle to a 4wd, you can travel through the highland track of Kaldidalur, a mountain pass between two glaciers in the south.
  • Car pick up/drop off at Keflavík International Airport
  • Added value for those that book self-drive holidays without private facilities: first night includes private facilities
  • It is now possible to upgrade the stay by choosing superior accommodation in certain areas. This service is upon request
  • Suggested optional extras. Blue Lagoon bathing - Visit to Fakasel, an Icelandic Horse Theater and barn. An amazing show in a unique environment – Snorkelling at Thingvellir

Due to a very high demand for car rentals during the summer high season, Goway Travel cannot guarantee a specific type of car. Similar types from different manufacturers are placed within the same group and we will do our best to provide you with the best available car in each Price group. Our self-drive packages include CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, a GPS system and two authorized drivers. First-Class/Quality Accommodations include private facilities, first-class hotels, first-class guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation, and your final night in a 4-star hotel (or equivalent) in Reykjavik. Moderate/Comfort Accommodations include private facilities moderate hotels, moderate guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation, and your final night in a 3-star hotel (or equivalent) in Reykjavik.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

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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