5 Days Self Drive Tour in South Iceland
Type: Self-Drive with Camping or Accommodation
Season: All year round
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Areas: South Iceland
Experience the best sights of South Iceland on this self-drive journey from Reykjavík with the opportunity to join many exciting activities of your own choice on the way.
Drive the famous Golden Circle on your own pace and visit the waterfall Gullfoss, Þingvellir national park, Geysir hot spring and other interesting sights. Then continue to the spectacular South coast where you will explore the friendly villages, historical landmarks and beautiful nature, including waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, black beaches and many more. For those who want more adventure add an exciting activity to the tour, such as glacier hiking, snowmobiling, ATV tours, hiking tours, horse riding tours or snorkeling for example.
Since this is a self-drive tour you can decide where to stop and what attractions to explore while driving the spectacular South, giving you a better insight into the charm of the Icelandic nature and culture. You will not miss out on anything as we have put together this great itinerary with map of camping grounds, suggestions of interesting places to visit and optional activity
available on the way.
- Camper and camping gear/accommodation and rental car for 5 days
- GPS and extra driver
- Detailed itinerary for each day
- Map with practical information on interesting sites, things to do and more
- Fun Iceland Travel Guide
- Travel agent to oversee your itinerary and answer all your questions
- Meeting with travel agent when you arrive (optional)
- Taxes, service fee and VAT
- Flights to and from Iceland
- Optional activities (can be added)
- Personal insurance
- Any arrangements not specifically stated as included
Day 1 - Arrival
Depending on your arrival to Iceland either spend one night in Reykjavik after your flight or begin our journey when you arrive. We will transfer you from the airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik with the Flybus airport transfer or you can pick up your rental car at the airport. We recommend that you spend at least one day in Reykjavik, you can do it before or after your travels to the south.
Accommodation: Reykjavik (Optional and not included in the price)
Day 2 - Golden Circle
Pick up the car in the morning at the airport/Reykjavik and begin your journey to the famous Golden Circle route where you will visit some of the best known attractions in Iceland. First stop of the day is Þingvellir, Iceland’s greatest historical site and a natural wonder. The national park is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and there you can see where the tectonic plates are drifting apart.
Next visit the famous Geysir Hot Spring located in the geothermal area, Haukadalur valley. Even though Geysir himself is less active today the thermal area offers other amazing hot springs and one of them is called Strokkur. Strokkur erupts every 10 minutes and spouts water about 30 meters high in the air. A short drive from Geysir you will find one of Iceland’s most iconic and spectacular waterfall, Gullfoss or the Golden Waterfall.
The rest of the day you can further explore some amazing sites in the area, like Kerið Crater, Brárfoss waterfall or the Secret Lagoon.
Highlights: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Spring, Gullfoss Waterfall and Kerið Crater.
Day 3 - The South Coast
Experience the stunning south coast your way, you have a whole day of freedom to explore as you wish. The south coast is known for its beauty, diverse nature with waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, black sand beaches and much more. You can also add an exciting activity to the day like, glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier, Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull glacier or ATV to Sólheimasandur black sand beach.
Highlights: Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skógafoss Waterfall, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Dyrhólaey Peninsula and Vík.
Accommodation: Vík area
Day 4 - Vatnajokull National Park
The journey continues to Vatnajökull National Park. The unique qualities of the national park are first and foremost how the combined forces of volcanoes, glaciers, rivers and geothermal activity have created a great variety of landscapes throughout history. Skaftafell is an area part of the national park and a natural paradise, where some of the most beautiful natural pearls of Iceland can be found. In Skaftafell you also have the opportunity to do some exciting activity, including glacier hike or ice climbing. Also found in Vatnajökull National Park is the spectacular Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where the icebergs float around in the crystalline blue glacial waters.
Highlights: Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Stjórnarfoss Waterfall, Foss á Síðu Waterfall, Dverghamrar Basalt Columns, Skaftafell Area, Svartifoss Waterfall, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach.
Accommodation: Skaftafell area
Day 5 - Back to the South Coast
On the drive back you have the opportunity to explore the sites you missed on the south coast or want to visit again. You can also book some exciting activities or if you want to have a relaxed day there are some nice restaurants in the area as well as swimming pools with outdoor hot tubs.
Highlights: The South Coast
Drive back to Reykjavik