6 Days under the Midnight Sun | Summer Self-Drive Tour of West Iceland, Golden Circle & South Coast

Duration

6 days

Availability

May - September

Difficulty

Easy

Minimum Age

No Age Limit

Overview

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.

Included

Not included

Itinerary

Arriving in Iceland | Reykjanes Peninsula & Reykjavik City
Sun Voyager Sculpture on the coastline of Reykjavik

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. 

Highlights:

  • Reykjavík – Iceland’s capital city

Exploring West Iceland | Waterfalls & Hot Springs
Hraunfossar waterfall with turquoise glacial water from Langjökull forming the Hvítá river

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.

Highlights:

  • 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
Erupting Strokkur geyser at sunset

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.

Highlights:

  • 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
Skogafoss waterfall Iceland

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.

Highlights:

  • 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.

Highlights:

  • 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
Women in the silky blue waters of the blue lagoon in Iceland with smoke in the background

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.

Highlights:

  • Anything you want to explore – Just let us know if you want recommendations

Accommodation

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. 

Budget

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. 

Comfort

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. 

Quality

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. 

Car

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.

Budget 2WD

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.

Comfort 4x4

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.

Luxury 4x4

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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Good to know

What to bring

Cancellation Insurance

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.

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Included in our rates and also covers you against Third Party Loss. Your Excess is ISK 195.000 for passenger cars and/or ISK 375.000 for 4×4 SUV´s and bigger cars. 

Included in our rates according to Icelandic law. PAI provides protection for injuries suffered by you or your passengers and /or a lump sum indemnity if you or your passengers are disabled or if you die as a result of the collision (or an accident). 

Included in our rates and covers you against theft of the vehicle. Does not cover loss or theft of personal belongings. 

Included in our rates and lowers the excess of the standard Collision Damage Waiver (CDW). Your Excess is reduced from ISK 195.000 to ISK 49.500 for passenger cars and/or from ISK 375.000 to ISK 90.000 for 4×4 SUV´s and bigger cars. 

Included in our rates and covers you against damages to the windshield and headlights caused by stones or gravel getting thrown at your car by another vehicle. Your Damage Liability Fee is reduced to zero amount in case of such damages. 

Terms of Service

For further information, please see our Terms and Conditions.

  • More than 24 hours before scheduled tour departure time: 100% refund. Some day tours might have a different cancellation policy, in which case it will be clearly mentioned in the “Good to know” section of the tour.
  • Less than 24 hours before scheduled tour departure time: 100% cancellation fee. Some day tours might have a different cancellation policy, in which case it will be clearly mentioned in the “Good to know” section of the tour.
  • More than 7 days before scheduled tour arrival date: 15% cancellation fee
  • Less than 7 days before scheduled tour departure date: 75% cancellation fee
  • Less than 72 hours before scheduled tour departure date: 100% cancellation fee
  • 45-30 days before scheduled tour arrival date: 50% cancellation fee
  • 29-15 days before scheduled tour arrival date: 75% cancellation fee
  • 14 days before scheduled tour arrival date: 100% cancellation fee

Scheduled international and domestic flights are non-refundable, be they a part of a package, multi-day tour, or any other service purchasable on the Traveo website, unless the Cancellation insurance is purchased. If a cancellation insurance is purchased, a full refund is given.

If flights are a part of a tour listed as a Day-Tour, standard terms of cancellations of day tours apply to a full refund. For cancelling and refunding of private flights (flights specifically arranged and scheduled for you personally or your group in specific), please contact your service agent.

If your tour is cancelled by the tour provider due to weather conditions or any other environmental circumstances you will always receive a full refund. Exempt from this are any rescheduled second tries of tours which already have been serviced as a first departure. In the case of a volcanic eruption taking place on Icelandic soil stopping you from getting to Iceland, you will also receive a full refund on all products booked on Traveo.

All booking change requests must be made via email by the person who submitted the original booking request.

Changing the number of people in a booking to a smaller number is considered cancellation for the change in number of participants.

  • Packages: 

For multi-day tours and packages, all requests for changes must be made minimum 7 days in advance. Please note that we might not be able to fulfil your changed requirements due to lack of availability, though we will always do our best, and do offer alternative options.

Depending on how far in advance a tour package has been booked and when changes to a booking are requested, an administrative fee of 5000 ISK may be charged each day/night of the itinerary that is modified. Additional supplier costs may still apply depending on the changes requested.

For bookings made within 60 days of arrival, changes can be made without incurring the administrative fee until services have been confirmed and the travel documents have been issued. However, for bookings made 30 days or less before arrival, the administrative fee and any applicable supplier fees may be charged due to the short processing time.

  • Day tours and activities: 

Day tours and activities booked on the Traveo.is that are serviced by independent operators can be changed up to 24 hours before departure.

  • Transfer of bookings: 

A booking may be transferred from one party to another, provided that the new party upholds the terms and conditions of the booking. An administrative fee of 5000 ISK will be charged for the transfer, and both parties must assume joint liability for this fee and any other costs that may be incurred by changes to the booking.

  • Parties travelling together: 

Should two parties wish to book separately but travel together, they should inform travel agents of this prior to booking. If a co-travel request is sent after the booking process has been finished, the change to a package is counted as a tailoring and is subject to a 5000 isk service fee.

  • Significant changes to packages: 

If a package is significantly changed from the original package setup/route as offered on the site, the product will be considered to be a tailored tour and might be subject to a 15% service fee of the total price of the package. This does not apply to added nights at the end or at the beginning of a package as this does not change the original package setup/route.

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.

During the booking process you will be able to choose a pickup location and starting time. If you do not show up for the scheduled pickup time and location stated on your booking, your reservation is non-refundable.

If you do not know your pickup location at the time of booking, you can choose to update your pickup location later, up to 24 hours before tour departure. Please call the number listed on your voucher if you do not receive a confirmation of your pickup location.

Traveo cannot be liable to any loss, damage, accidents, injuries, death or sickness during your tour. The same applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes or any other force majeure. Tour operators reserve the right to change routes, schedules and itineraries if needed because of weather, road conditions or should the necessity arise because of unforeseen reasons or circumstances.

We advise all travellers to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance to minimize possible losses due to unforeseeable situations during your travel. Traveo does not offer any travel insurance, so please contact your preferred private travel insurance company.

If you have a complaint about any of our partners please contact us at [email protected] and we will protect your rights.

Sun Voyager Sculpture on the coastline of Reykjavik

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. 

The land here is still forming, and further inland is a new lava field created in a recent eruption. Perhaps you spotted it when the plane descended?

Sights of natural wonders created by past volcanic eruptions and the movement of glaciers will fill up your next few days. This is, after all, the Land of Fire and Ice.

However, for your first night, you will spend it in the city at a comfortable accommodation in the downtown area.

Hraunfossar waterfall with turquoise glacial water from Langjökull forming the Hvítá river

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. 

Seeing that you are behind the wheel, you get to choose where you go and how long you’ll stop there. History buffs can, for example, explore the settlement of Reykholt, where a Medieval writer of the Sagas, Snorri Sturluson, used to live. Families can visit Háafell Goat Farm to pet the friendly creatures found there. The choice is yours. 

Another option is to visit Víðgelmir, Iceland’s largest lava cave. It is one of the most popular visitor activities in West Iceland. The cave has easily accessible walkways, and a knowledgeable guide will be with you every step of the way. You can add a tour of Víðgelmir during the booking process.

Those looking to take a relaxing break during their road trip can stop at the Krauma Spa near Deildartunguhver hot spring. In fact, the spa uses water from the hot spring, mixed with cool water from a glacier, to create the perfect bathing experience. 

In the evening, head to your accommodation in the Borgarfjörður region. It will be a short drive away from the town of Borgarnes, where you can get food and other supplies for tomorrow.

The vidgelmir lava cave in the west of iceland is one of the biggest that you can visit

Viðgelmir Lava Cave

One of the largest caves in Iceland. Tour includes an English speaking guide and use of caving equipment such as a helmet and headlamp. No age limit.

Krauma Spa

Unwind while enjoying the beautiful views of West-Iceland’s landscapes. Krauma Spa takes water from the nearby Deildartunguhver hot spring and cools it down with water from a glacier to create the perfect bathing experience. Bring a bathing suit and towel, but you can also rent those onsite. No age limit.

Erupting Strokkur geyser at sunset

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. 

If you’d like to start your day off with an adventure, you can add a horse riding tour to this excursion during the booking process. The Icelandic horse is a small and intelligent creature. Which makes him a perfect companion for both new and experienced riders. 

At Þingvellir National Park — the first stop on the Golden Circle —  Iceland’s Viking settlers would gather to lay the laws of the land. The park is also where two continental plates meet, resulting in spectacular scenery. Here, you can opt for a snorkelling tour where you’ll swim between the two tectonic plates. 

From Þingvellir, travel to the Geysir Geothermal Area. Here, you can see bubbling mud pools and erupting geysers. Then, there is only a short drive to the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall. Gullfoss is also the departure point for a snowmobile tour on Langjökull Glacier in the Highlands. You can opt for a trip during the booking process to race across the ancient ice.

You can explore the Golden Circle and nearby attractions for as long as you want. The Midnight Sun will provide lighting well into the night. When you are ready to retire, head to your accommodation in the area.

The beautifull and very gentle Icelandic horse

Horse Riding

Meet the friendly Icelandic Horse. Includes 1-1.5 hour guided horseback ride with a specially trained guide. Use of riding helmets, boots & rain wear. Minimum age is 8 years.

2 snorkelers holding hands in Silfra

Snorkeling in Silfra

Swim between continents in crystal-clear water. Includes a tour with a certified PADI divemaster, all necessary snorkelling gear, Silfra admission fee, and hot chocolate to warm up afterwards. Minimum age is 12 years, but participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or an adult guardian booked on the same tour.

snowmobiles under the sun on Langjokull glacier in Iceland

Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier

An exhilarating tour on top of a glacier, no previous riding experience needed. Included is a one-hour snowmobile ride with a guide and use of overalls. Two people share a snowmobile and the driver needs to bring their driving licence. Age limit for passenger is 8 years.

Skogafoss waterfall 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.

The first option is a glacier hike on Sólheimajökull, an outlet glacier or the larger Mýrdalsjökull ice cap. Your friendly glacier guide will provide you with crampons and other safety equipment before leading you on to the ice to witness the glacier’s frozen landscapes. 

Another option is to take a snowmobiling trip on top of Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. You’ll hop aboard a snowmobile and race across the snowy surface of the glacier, accompanied by a trained guide. The guide will provide you with all safety gear beforehand, and is ready to answer any questions you may have.

Close to the glaciers are two stunning waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. The former falls in a narrow stream over a cave, in which you can enter for a unique perspective of the waterfall. The latter, Skógafoss, is much broader and more powerful. There is a staircase next to it, leading to a viewing platform so you can see the mighty cascade from above.

You will then drive to the black sand beach of Reynisfjara near the village of Vík. Here, you’ll see the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash upon the jet-black sand and tall, strangely shaped cliffs. You will then spend the night at accommodations in or near Vík.

Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull Glacier

A fun and easy glacier hike. No previous experience needed. Tour includes an English speaking glacier guide, use of helmet, crampons, ice axe and other necessary safety equipment. Minimum age is 8 years.

snowmobiles under the sun on Langjokull glacier in Iceland

Snowmobile Tour on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

Race across a glacier on a snowmobile. No prior experience needed and all you have to bring are warm clothes and good shoes. Use of overalls, helmets and balaclavas are included. Two people share a snowmobile, and the driver needs to bring their driving licence. Age limit for passenger is 5 years.

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.

If you wish to start your day off with a bang, then nothing can beat a trip to an authentic ice cave. The Katla Ice Caves in Mýrdalsjökull Glacier are the only one of their kind open in the summer. They get their name from the Katla Volcano on which Mýrdalsjökull sits. You can add a tour to the ice caves during the booking process. 

On your way back to the city, you can choose to stop at any of the places you explored in the previous days. Alternatively, you can check out some new locations, such as Seljavallalaug Pool Kerið Crater Lake or Friðheimar Greenhouse.

Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, has a lot to offer. You can explore cultural sites such as Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrímskirkja Church or many of the museums and galleries found in the downtown area. If you are looking for more nature, we recommend a whale watching tour from the Old Harbour. You might even spot a few puffins too.

The Katla Ice Cave with a departure from the town of Vik is available all year around

Katla Ice Cave

Visit an authentic ice cave in a glacier that covers an active volcano! Don’t worry, all volcanoes in Iceland are monitored so this is perfectly safe. Includes a tour with a certified glacier guide and use of all necessary glacier gear such as crampons and helmets. Minimum age is 6 years.

Whale feeding with birds flying around

Whale Watching Tour - Reykjavík

See the whales in their natural habitat. By Reykjavík’s Old Harbour, you’ll board the boat and head to sea. Included is a professionally guided tour and warm, floatable overalls for your safety and comfort. Also included is a second try in case of no sightings. No age limit.

Women in the silky blue waters of the blue lagoon in Iceland with smoke in the background

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.

Located en-route to the airport is the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa. If you wish, we can book a time slot for the lagoon a few hours before your flight so you can arrive at the airport feeling refreshed and replenished. We can also book any other adventures for you if you wish. Such as a whale watching tour if you missed it yesterday or a helicopter tour to a nearby mountain.

When it is time to leave, you’ll drop the car off at Keflavík airport and say “sjáumst” to this land of fire and ice.

Women in the silky blue waters of the blue lagoon in Iceland with smoke in the background

Blue Lagoon Comfort Entrance

Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of towel and 1st drink of your choice.

Women in the silky blue waters of the blue lagoon in Iceland with smoke in the background

Blue Lagoon Premium Entrance

Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, silica mud mask, use of towel, 1st drink of your choice, second mask of choice, slippers, use of bathrobe, table reservation at Lava Restaurant, and sparkling wine if dining

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