6 Days under the Midnight Sun | Summer Self-Drive Tour of West Iceland, Golden Circle & South Coast
Use this itinerary as an inspiration to design your own!
Self-Drive Tours allow you to explore the wonders of Iceland at your own pace. Let us take care of all the arrangements, so you can visit glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs and more without a worry. For this 6-Day Summer Tour, we’ll choose the best accommodation to fit your travel plan, organise transport, and book excursions. All you have to do is pack a bag and enjoy the Icelandic summer.
On this tour, you’ll visit the stunning attractions found in West and South Iceland, including those on the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route. We will provide you with a detailed itinerary — created by local experts — with ideas of what to see and do on your way. However, you are behind the wheel, so you are free to follow your own path.
Between sightseeing, you can choose to go on short, guided excursions such as horseback riding, glacier hiking, or whale watching. There is also plenty of time to unwind in some of Iceland’s best geothermal spas and pools, including the Blue Lagoon.
The midnight sun will illuminate the night, and you are not bound by tour guides or large buses. So, you have the freedom to explore longer and do more on this fantastic Summer Self-Drive Tour.
Book now and spend 6 amazing days under the midnight sun in Iceland.
Arriving in Iceland | Reykjanes Peninsula & Reykjavik City
Welcome to Iceland! After you land, pick up your bags and your rental car and make your way to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. As you make the short, 45-minute drive to the city, you’ll pass through the moss-covered lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula.
- Reykjavík – Iceland’s capital city
Exploring West Iceland | Waterfalls & Hot Springs
Today your adventure on the road begins. You will be exploring West Iceland today, starting with the beautiful waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. A short drive away is Europe’s largest hot spring, Deildartunguhver.
- Hraunfossar Waterfalls – small rivulets streaming from a lava field
- Barnafoss Waterfall – A rapid waterfall only a short walk from Hraunfossar
- Deildartunguhver Hot Spring – Europe’s most powerful hot spring
The Golden Circle | Thingvellir Park, Geysir Hot Spring & Gullfoss Waterfall
After breakfast, make your way to Iceland’s most popular sightseeing route, the Golden Circle. Here, you’ll walk between continents, see geysers erupt, and marvel at a gorgeous waterfall.
- Þingvellir National Park – Historic site with beautiful landscapes
- Geysir Geothermal Area – Bubbling mud pools and the erupting geyser, Strokkur
- Gullfoss Waterfall – A stunning cascade which falls down two steps into a canyon
South Iceland | Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls, & Reynisfjara Beach
Today, you’ll explore the wonders of South Iceland, where two mighty glaciers will be visible throughout your journey; Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull Glaciers. During the booking process, you can add one of two tours to explore these ice giants further.
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall – You can walk into a cave behind the stream of this waterfall
- Skógafoss Waterfall – Tall and wide and you can walk right up to the wall of water
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach – Here you’ll find black sands, cliffs made of columns, and large sea stacks
Kerid Crater Lake & Seljavallalaug Pool
Now it is time to make your way back to Reykjavík, but not before having a few adventures first. It is up to you whether you rush back to explore this northernmost capital of the world or take your time getting back to discover more of South Iceland’s attractions.
- Seljavallalaug Pool – Old but free pool, situated in a valley by the roots of Eyjafjöll Mountains
- Kerið Crater Lake – A red crater filled with bright blue water
- Friðheimar Greenhouse – Fantastic, visitor-friendly tomato farm. Renowned for its fresh produce
- Harpa Concert Hall – A beautiful building by the harbour with a multi-coloured facade
- Hallgrímskirkja Church – The landmark building of Reykjavík and Iceland’s largest church
Reykjavík & The Blue Lagoon
Today is your departure day and time to bid farewell to Iceland. If your flight leaves late, you can store your luggage at the hotel while exploring the city. You still have your car, so you can go out of the downtown area. Perhaps visit the nature exhibition at the dome-shaped Perlan building or get an insight into the days gone by at Árbæjarsafn Museum.
- Anything you want to explore – Just let us know if you want recommendations
You’ll have a choice of three accommodations levels. See details about each one in the boxes below. All accommodations for this tour have been hand-picked by our local travel experts.
For budget-level, single rooms will be allocated to bookings for one person. Shared twin/double or triple room(s) will be arranged for two or more people. Groups with an odd number of participants will be allotted a single room in quality-level. Children and teenagers will be arranged in the same room as their parents. Additional cost may occur if additional room(s) is needed.
Please keep in mind that hotel quality in Iceland varies between regions and that not all locations offer quality-level accommodations. At those particular locations, comfort level accommodations will be arranged, which has already been calculated in the upgraded price. We do our best to accommodate special requests, but additional costs may incur.
Nice and comfortable rooms with shared bathroom facilities and shower located in farmhouses, guesthouses or hostels, in good locations with breakfast included. An example of this in Reykjavík would be Kex Hostel.
Comfortable rooms in three-star hotels or quality guesthouses, centrally located, very close to popular attractions. Private bathroom and breakfast included. An example of this in Reykjavík would be Fosshotel Rauðará.
Rooms in four-star hotels or superior rooms in quality three-star hotels at fantastic locations near popular attractions. Private bathroom and breakfast is included. An example of this in Reykjavík would be Icelandair Hotel Marina.
You’ll have a choice of three options for your rental car. See details for each option in the boxes below. We only work with highly reputable dealerships, ensuring you a smooth ride throughout your holiday.
The vehicles for all levels are current models, no older than two years. They all come standard with a medium protection package including CDW (Collision damage waiver), GP (Gravel Protection), Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW), Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) and a Theft Waiver (THW). They also come equipped with free Wi-Fi with 3GB total. You will also get 24-hour roadside emergency services from the car rental agency. In the wintertime, all cars have winter tyres.
The driver must hold a valid driving licence which they have had for at least 12 months before the date of the rental. Age requirement varies for each level, and you can find more information on that in the boxes below.
Please note that off-road driving is illegal in Iceland.
2WD vehicle such as a VW Golf, good for city driving and shorter trips. Fits up to 5 travellers & light luggage. No Highland capabilities. Driver must be at least 20 year old.
4x4 jeep or SUV. Fits up to 5 travellers and 2 large pieces of luggage. Decent for snow and off-asphalt driving. Basic highland capabilities. Driver must be min. 20 years old.
Large 4x4 like such as a Toyota Land Cruiser. Comfortable for up to 5 travellers with 4 large pieces of luggage. Full highland capabilities. Driver must be minimum 21 years old.
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Need to cancel your tour? Don’t worry, with our Cancellation Insurance you can cancel your package up to 48 hours before the tour start date and receive a full refund — minus the insurance cost, of course.
The price for the insurance is based on the length of your package. The base price is 5,000 ISK per person, and it applies to all packages with a duration of five days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the base price for each day after the first five.
With our Cancellation Insurance, you will be reimbursed for your package, whether you broke your ankle, got called to jury duty, or there is a global pandemic. Just let us know at [email protected] before 4 PM (GMT) to cancel your booking and claim your refund.