6 days / 5 nights

Car Rental Days: 5

Season: April -October

Experience the best of Iceland in a thrilling 6-day tour. Start with the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula and the lively Reykjavík. Traverse the iconic Golden Circle, visit majestic waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss, and marvel at the black sands of Vík. Journey through Vatnajökull National Park to the stunning Jökulsárlón lagoon and explore the serene East Fjords. Cap your adventure in the geothermal wonderland of Lake Mývatn and the cultural city of Akureyri. This compact tour delivers an unforgettable snapshot of Iceland's natural splendours.

Day 1: Arrival

Upon landing in Iceland, collect your rental car at the airport. Embark on your journey from the airport, traversing the otherworldly lava fields that define the Reykjanes Peninsula. This unique, volcanic landscape, adorned with moss-covered rocks and framed by distant mountains, serves as a mesmerizing gateway to Iceland's natural marvels. Your first night will be spent in Reykjavík, the country's vibrant capital.

Driving: Approx 50 km (31 miles)

Accommodation: Reykjavík.

Day 2: Golden Circle and South Shore

The first leg of this fast-paced day includes the Golden Circle, a popular route that encompasses three of Iceland's most famous landmarks. First, visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site where you can see the rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates and explore the site of Iceland's ancient parliament. Next, head to the Geysir geothermal area, home to the active Strokkur geyser which erupts every few minutes, and the larger, dormant Geysir. Conclude this loop with Gullfoss, a powerful waterfall that plunges into a rugged canyon.

After completing the Golden Circle, continue your drive southwards. Stop at Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind the waterfall's curtain of water, and nearby Skógafoss, another impressive waterfall known for its sheer drop and frequent rainbows. Proceed to Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland's southernmost village, known for its dramatic coastlines and black sand beaches. Visit Reynisfjara beach to see its stunning basalt columns and powerful waves.

Continue your journey east to Kirkjubæjarklaustur. This small village serves as a gateway to various natural attractions, including the scenic Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, a deep and narrow canyon with steep walls and a verdant valley. Spend some time in Kirkjubæjarklaustur exploring local sites such as the Kirkjugólf basalt formations, which resemble a church floor, and the nearby Systrafoss waterfall.

Driving: Approx 375 km (233 miles)

Accommodation: Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Day 3: Vatnajökull National Park & Eastfjords

Head towards Skaftafell, an area within Vatnajökull National Park that is renowned for its stunning scenery and excellent hiking opportunities. Stop here to hike to Svartifoss, a beautiful waterfall framed by black basalt columns. The park also offers views of some of the most spectacular parts of the massive Vatnajökull glacier.

Continue east to Jökulsárlón, a breathtaking glacier lagoon filled with floating icebergs. This spot provides one of Iceland’s most iconic sights and is a must-visit on your journey. Nearby, visit Diamond Beach, where ice chunks from the lagoon wash up on a black sand beach, glistening like diamonds in the sun.

As you travel north towards Egilsstaðir, the route takes you through the picturesque Eastern Fjords. This part of the drive is marked by winding roads, isolated fishing villages, and stunning coastal views. Take your time to enjoy the tranquillity and natural beauty of places like Djúpivogur and Breiðdalsvík. Your journey concludes in Egilsstaðir, the largest town in East Iceland. Egilsstaðir serves as a commercial centre for the region and is located near the banks of Lake Lagarfljót, where you might explore local legends of the Lagarfljót Worm, Iceland’s version of the Loch Ness monster.

Driving: Approx 450 km (280 miles)

Accommodation: Egilsstaðir area.

Day 4: Lake Mývatn

After driving through vast black desert of northeast Iceland you approach the Lake Mývatn area. Your first stop, Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, is a short detour off the main route but an unmissable spectacle. The thunderous roar of water plunging into the canyon below is a profound reminder of nature's force.

Lake Mývatn, a haven for birdlife, sits amidst a volcanic wonderland. The steaming fumaroles and boiling mud pots of the Námaskarð geothermal area display the earth's inner heat at the surface, painting the ground in vivid colours. Nearby, a visit to the Mývatn Nature Baths could provide a relaxing interlude. Continuing your journey, the volcanic crater of Hverfjall presents an opportunity for a short hike, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area from its rim. The Dimmuborgir lava formations offer a maze of towering stacks and caves, creating a mythical atmosphere that legends say is home to elves and trolls.

Leaving the lake behind, head west towards Goðafoss, one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls. Known as the "Waterfall of the Gods," Goðafoss is deeply entwined with Iceland’s conversion to Christianity in the year 1000. Upon arrival in Akureyri, we recommend taking the time to explore the largest town of northern Iceland.

Driving: Approx 300 km (187 miles)

Accommodation: Akureyri area.

Day 5: West by Northwest

From Akureyri, head west towards Skagafjörður, known for its rich history and as a centre for Icelandic horse breeding. This area is steeped in saga history, with numerous cultural landmarks to explore. Consider visiting the Glaumbær Museum, a well-preserved turf farm that offers a glimpse into historical rural life in Iceland. In Skagafjörður, take the opportunity to engage in outdoor activities such as horseback riding or hiking. The region is known for its beautiful landscapes and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for exploring the authentic side of Iceland.

Continue your drive to Borgarfjörður, an area known for its natural beauty and historical significance. Stop at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, and visit the historic site of Reykholt, which was once home to the medieval chieftain and scholar Snorri Sturluson. Don’t miss the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, where water flows through lava fields into bright blue rivers.

Conclude your tour in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Here, you can unwind and reflect on your journey through Iceland’s history and natural wonders. Enjoy Reykjavík’s vibrant nightlife, culinary scene, and cultural attractions such as the Harpa Concert Hall and the National Museum of Iceland.

Driving: Approx 475 km (295 miles)

Accommodation: Reykjavík.

Day 6: Departure

Depart from your lodging in Reykjavík and make your way to Keflavík International Airport. Returning your rental car at Keflavík Airport marks the completion of your Icelandic adventure.

Driving: Approx 50 km (31 miles)


A Keflavik International Airport

B Reykjavík

C Þingvellir National Park

D Geysir Hot Spring

E Gullfoss Waterfall

F Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

G Skógafoss Waterfall

H Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

I Kirkjubæjarklaustur

J Skaftafell

K Jökulsárlón

L Egilsstaðir

M Dettifoss Waterfall

N Lake Mývatn

O Akureyri

P Borgarnes

Q Hraunfossar Waterfall

Price Example

Contact us for our detailed self-drive pricelist!

June 2024:

€1,200 per person - Two persons in double room in economy accommodation, 5 days with Toyota Aygo

€1,455 per person - Two persons in double room in comfort accommodation, 5 days with Toyota Aygo

July - August 2024:

€1,330 per person - Two persons in double room in economy accommodation, 5 days with Toyota Aygo

€1,585 per person - Two persons in double room in comfort accommodation, 5 days with Toyota Aygo

September 2024:

€885 per person - Two persons in double room in economy accommodation, 5 days with Toyota Aygo

€1,115 per person - Two persons in double room in comfort accommodation, 5 days with Toyota Aygo


  • Accommodation with private facilities and breakfast
  • Rental car including unlimited mileage, VAT, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW), Gravel Protection (GP), Theft Protection (TP).*
  • Pickup and drop off of rental car at the airport
  • Detailed suggested itinerary for each day. Available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German.
  • Emergency telephone service

* Please note that one day of car rental equals 24 hours. If a car is picked up at 12:00, it must be dropped off before 12:00 the following day to stay within the 24-hour period. For example, if a tour includes a 4-day rental (4x24-hours), the guest needs to adhere to this time limit. Exceeding it will incur charges for an extra day. Therefore, it is essential to specify the flight times during the booking process.

Not Included:

  • Fuel expense and parking fees
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Flights to and from Iceland
  • Anything not specifically stated in the “Included” section

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