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Golden Circle and South Coast

(4 days / 3 nights)

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Short on time, big on amazing sites

Enjoy a short stopover in Iceland, visiting magnificent waterfalls, geysers, Þingvellir National Park, the world famous Blue Lagoon, the capital city Reykjavík and much more. One of our 4-day tours, this self-drive package includes accommodation in Reykjavík and the Golden Circle area with daily drives to attractions in the southwest.


Looking for the winter version of this tour?

4 days / 3 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 76328 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Value for your money
  • Professional service from local experts 

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Tour Highlights

  • Drive the famous Golden Circle route
  • Walk behind the cascading Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • View the photogenic Skógafoss waterfall
  • Feel the power of the thundering waterfall Gullfoss
  • Marvel at eruptions at the Geysir geothermal region
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Þingvellir National Park
  • Discover the volcanic wonderland of the Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Walk the quaint streets of the capital city, Reykjavik

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Classic i, Midnight sun i

Season

Apr - Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

605/376 km/mi

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Arrival & Welcome to Reykjavík

    Upon arrival to Keflavik International Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city centre with its abundance of museums, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, and enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: The Golden Circle

    Start the day by collecting your rental car. Then begin your journey by driving to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, set in a picturesque area of lava fields, a tranquil lake and deep gorges. Continue next to the great Geysir area with its spouting geysers and colourful hot springs and then to Gullfoss, “The Golden Waterfall”. End the day with a stop at the implosion crater of Kerið. All of these attractions today make up what is nicknamed "The Golden Circle".

    Spend the night in Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx. 185 km / 115 mi. 

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  • Day 3:  The South Coast of Iceland

    Visit the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade, then head to the equally gorgeous Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road. South of the village of Vík, make a stop at the volcanic black sand beach for dramatic views of the Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar rock formations rising above the crashing waves.

    If you have the time and energy for a detour before returning to Reykjavik you may wish to drive to Reykjanes Peninsula where you can visit Lake Kleifarvatn and the bubbling mud pots at Seltún. On this detour you could also visit the Blue Lagoon (pre-booking required) for a relaxing soak in the geothermal waters. 

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Driving distance approx. 420 km / 261 mi.

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  • Day 4:  Departure

    Transfer by shuttle bus to Keflavík International Airport in time for your departure flight. If you depart in the afternoon, you can do some last minute shopping at some of Reykjavik´s boutiques or visit one of the city’s interesting museums. You also have the possibility to add a trip to the Blue Lagoon to your transfer (optional).

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Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

All was wonderful

All was wonderful. Pick ups happened on time. All arrangements were correct.

Would definitely book again

Amazing. Would definitely book again. Thank you!

Personal touch to the holiday

Thank for all your help, much appreciated as it felt like a more personal touch to the holiday

Hungry for more

This tour is a perfect tour for a 'taste' of Iceland.  But it leaves us hungry for more.

Our tour was wonderful!

Service from Nordic Visitor was wonderful. Excellent experience both in booking arrangements and the quality of our visit. Having all the accommodation arranged ahead of time made for a stress free visit and the glacier walk was outstanding in all ways. We enjoyed Iceland - it is a stunningly beautiful country. Next time we will seek more experiences away from popular tourist destinations probably some day hikes in national parks and will ask for your advice in arranging that visit. 

Positive from start to finish

Our overall experience with Nordic Visitor was very positive from start to finish.  We were impressed with the friendly and knowledgeable staff, the arrangements made with hotels, car hire firms and activity organisers and the wealth of additional information provided.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Budget

Rooms with shared WC and shower (or bath) in farmhouses, guesthouses or well-appointed hostels. All provide breakfast (included in..

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Comfort

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Quality

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, with authorization for two drivers and free GPS in the rental car of your choice.

Hyundai i20 (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Hyundai i20 (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: A
  • Description: Economy sub-compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

VW Golf (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Description: Compact hatchback
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x2
  • M

Toyota Corolla (Manual)
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Description: Sedan
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual*
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Skoda Octavia Station (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Skoda Octavia Station (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Description: Station wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: E
  • Description: Compact SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Description: Mid-size SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Description: Full-size SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: H
  • Description: SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Suitcases: 4/3
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Proace (Automatic)
or similar

  • x8
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Toyota Proace (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 8
  • Luggage: 6-7
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Price per person from

Approx 76328 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

2019

Optional activities

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Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about driving in Iceland, what the tour includes, the itinerary, weather conditions and other useful information for your travel.

ABOUT OUR SELF-DRIVE TOURS
This is a self-drive tour where our guests follow a detailed personalised itinerary during their road trip in Iceland; no dedicated driver or tour guide on behalf of Nordic Visitor is included. All accommodations, the rental car, airport transfers and planned activities will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor (as specified in the itinerary). Nordic Visitor works with a small group of trusted operators that the company has strong professional relationships with.

ACCOMMODATION AND ROOM TYPE
Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have compiled a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. We carefully select hotels/guesthouses in Reykjavik and the countryside based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort. Single, double and triple rooms are available for our self-drive packages. Please note, that in Iceland our room types are based on European standard sizes. For instance, a double bed often consists of two single beds pushed together. Triple rooms include a double bed along with an extra bed, a rollaway or a sofa bed, and a single room is often smaller than the standard double.

SAFE DRIVING IN ICELAND
It is critical that you are aware of driving laws and potential road hazards in Iceland. We strongly recommend taking a few minutes read from our online travel guide about driving in Iceland. Nordic Visitor self-drive customers also receive a brochure about driving in Iceland on arrival.

SAFETY, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions and might need to be altered if conditions are not favourable. Please be advised that days are long in Iceland during the summer, with almost 24 hours of daylight at the summer solstice. It is advisable to bring a sleep mask as some find it difficult falling asleep at night.  For more information on weather conditions and daylight hours, we recommend visiting Nordic Visitor’s Online Travel Guide.

WHAT TO PACK
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Bathing suit for visiting geothermal pools
  • Electronic gear such as smartphone, external powerpack, travel adapters
  • Reusable water bottle
  • For more information on what to pack, please visit our Online Travel Guide

CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your tour package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two business days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all your travel needs before, during and even after your vacation. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your trip.

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