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Summer self drive: the West and South Coasts in 10 days

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Gullfoss on the Hvitau River
Your self drive

10 days / 9 nights

This program is a great overall representation of the diversity of the island’s natural marvels. Discover the wide range of landscapes and the many experiences the south and west of Iceland have to offer. Black sand beaches, wild coastlines, waterfalls, farms surrounded by green pastures, hot water springs and majestic glaciers (Mýrdalsjökull and Vatnajökull which is Europe’s largest) ! With this program you will also get the opportunity to visit Iceland’s iconic areas such as Geysir, the Blue Lagoon, Þingvellir, the volcanoes of Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. Relax in the silky waters of the natural springs and hot pools that ermerge from Iceland’s volcanic depths all while being surrounded by amazing landscapes.

Regions visited during this trip to Iceland : Reykjavik | Golden Circle | Westfjords | Snaefellsnes | South Coast

N.B.: This trip to Iceland is an individual tailor-made tour, to be personalized with our Iceland specialist advisors.

The route
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Reykjavic, Iceland city scape - lake quay in city center.

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Snæfellsnes Peninsula

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iceland animals - puffins

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Dalir region

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Grabrok Crater

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Grábrók Volcano crater

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Golden Circle GEYSER

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Golden Circle

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Svinafellsjokull glacier in Iceland

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Mýrdalsjökull glacier

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Iceberg in Jokulsarlon lagoon, Iceland

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Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

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blue lagoon near Reykjavik

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Blue Lagoon

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Your Summer Self Drive day by day itinerary

Day 1



Arrival at Keflavík international airport. One of our transferists drives you to your accommodation in Reykjavik and you have the rest of the day to discover the city.

Night in Reykjavík – breakfast included

Day 2



Today you have a free day to discover the capital city. The downtown area of Reykjavik has a high concentration of cultural institutions. Walk alongside the ocean to the old lighthouse calles Grotta or have your first experience of bird watching by the shores of Tjornin. Stop off at Harpa, house of the National Symphony Orchestra or enjoy the magnificent view from the top of Perlan or Hallgrimskirkja.

Night in Reykjavik – breakfast included

Day 3

Snæfellsnes Peninsula


It’s time to say goodbye to the capital and pick up your vehicle abd head along the Hvalfjordur, « Whale Fjord ». Hike to the Glýmur waterfall that drops 200m and soak-in the overall beauty of this wonderfull fjord ! Next continue to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula stopping off in the town of Borgarnes and relax in one of the natural hot springs along the way. Drive along the southern coastline to Arnarstapi and Hellnar discovering the wild coasts of the peninsula under the Snæfellsjökull volcano.

Night in the Arnarstapi area– breakfast included

Day 4

Dalir region

iceland animals - puffins
iceland animals - puffins

Drive along the northern coastline of the peninsula discovering the wild coasts before entering the Dalir region and its bird cliffs. Open your eyes to get a better chance to see Iceland’s majestic white-tailed eagle, Haliaeetus albicilla – with a wingspan up to 2.5 meters.

Night in the Skardsstrond area– breakfast included

Day 5

Grábrók Volcano crater

Grabrok Crater
Grabrok Crater

Today, head south west to visit a Volcano ! Drive through the valley of Sudurardalur,, visit the Volcano crater of Grábrók. Discover the beautiful scenery over Borgarfjörður from the crater. Continue to Reykholt valley where you will find the Deildartunguhver hot spring. It is the highest flowing hot spring in Europe and it is known for its rapid flow rate of 180 liters per second.

Night in the Húsafell area– breakfast included

Day 6

Golden Circle


Today discover one of Iceland’s most famous areas : the Golden Circle. Start with Þingvellir and its national park and discover the effects of the ocean rift and the site of the oldest parliament in the world. Next drive to Geysir where you will find the popular hot springs and geysers including the powerful Strokkur, the country’s most famous geyser, shooting vast jets of boiling water up to 40 meters high. Finish your day at the waterfall of Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls.

Night in the Hella area– breakfast included

Day 7

Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers – Vik – The black sand beach

Svinafellsjokull glacier in Iceland
Svinafellsjokull glacier in Iceland

Take the South Coast road and explore Þjorsardalur with the Hjálparfoss waterfall and the farm of Þjóðveldisbær. Observe Hekla volcano, the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers as you drive through lands. Stop at the black sand beaches and observe the cliffs full of birds on the ocean-side of the road. Then, drive to Seljavallalaug and relax at the outdoor geothermal swimming pool. It is one of the oldest pools in Iceland. Built in 1923, it is still accessible and free ! Finish your day driving through Vík and the lava field of Eldhraun till your accommodation.

Night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area– breakfast included

Day 8

Vatnajökull National Park – Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon – Diamond Beach

chunk of Ice at Sunrise in winter
chunk of Ice at Sunrise in winter

Take a hike around the area of Skaftafell and discover the spectacular trails of the Vatnajökull National Park. Then, drive east to the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and be amazed by the icebergs that are cast off from Europe’s largest glacier. It almost seems like you are in Greenland for a minute or two.. End your day by crossing the verdant region of Kirkjubæjarklaustur and the long of the black desert of Myrdalssandur back to Vík.

 Night in the Vik area– breakfast included

Day 9

Blue Lagoon

iceland spa
iceland spa

Drive along the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula heading to Keflavík. Observe the savage coasts and lunar landscapes formed by numerous volcanic eruptions mixed with the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon.

 Night in the Blue Lagoon area– breakfast included

Day 10

Blue Lagoon – Keflavik Airport

iceland spa
iceland spa

Sadly, it’s time to drop your rental car off at Keflavík International airport for your flight home. If you have a late flight, why not take a little moment to relax with a pre-flight soak at the Blue Lagoon.

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Your accommodation during your Summer Self Drive

  • Reykjavik

Skuggi Hotel or similar

  • Arnarstapi

Hotel Buðir or similar

  • Skardsstrond

Vogur Country Lodge or similar

  • Húsafell

Húsafell Hotel or similar

  • Hella

Stractá Hotel or similar

  • Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Laki Hotel or similar

  • Vik

Katla Hotel or similar

  • Blue Lagoon

Northern Light Inn or similar

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Price per person, based on 2 persons with A group car, from 2 926

  • Supplement single room: + 1 779€
  • Reduction triple room (per person): 204€

Final price varies depending on the number of people, the season and the category of vehicle.

Included in this travel

  • A rental car for 8 days, unlimited mileage, CDW insurance, airport pick-up fee and second driver included.
  • All services that are mentioned as "included" in the "Itinerary" section.
  • VAT on all our services and hospitality tax for all nights included in your trip.
  • Travel documentation including road maps, a detailed day-by-day road-book and travel tips.
  • During your stay, 24/7 phone assistance provided by our company.

Not included in this travel

  • International flights to and from Iceland, airport taxes and travel insurance.
  • Meals, drinks and other personal expenses.
  • Fuel for the rental vehicle.
  • Access to visited sites and museums, unless mentioned otherwise.
  • Rental car additional insurance.
  • Everything that is not mentioned under “Our prices include”.
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The options
ice cave iceland

Sleep in an ice cave

A unique experience!

Do you long to experience the deep cold? Well put on your crampons and helmet, grab your ice pick and traverse a glacier to explore an ice cave that will also be your accommodation for the night.

The exact location is confidential, but we can tell you that it is located 25 km from the Skaftafell region.

Once you have arrived at the Vatnajökull glacier, it’s time to meet your equipment! Helmets, crampons and ice picks will make sure you are properly prepared! Enter the ice cave and be amazed by the many focal points as you discover the various shades of blue created by the varied density of the ice.

After a local Icelandic diner, set out your sleeping bag and enjoy your night under the glacier. What an adventure!


This activity is available from mid-December to mid-March.

Note: This activity is not recommended for families and seniors.

This unique experience is an Iceland Like A Local finding


1475 € / 2 days / 1 night
sleep in a yurt

Sleeping in a yurt in Iceland

An unexpected experience!

Thinking of sleeping in a yurt in Iceland? Well, it may seem unbelievable, but yes it is possible!

Make your trip to Iceland unforgettable spending a night in a yurt!

Embark on a zodiac tour to be able to reach a small isolated island in the middle of a glacier river (south Iceland).

You will find several yurts there. It’s time to reconnect with the nature and enjoy every second of this experience : it all starts off by turning your phone off, taking the fishing nets out of the water and season the fresh salmon for tonight’s bbq.

After stargazing and perhaps get the chance to see northern lights, slip under your sheepskin cover in your yurt for a lovely night..

This unique experience is an Iceland Like A Local finding


655 € / 2 days / 1 night

Icelandic cooking class

Create an Icelandic gourmet meal!

Participate in preparing and enjoying a mouth-watering Icelandic style 3-course gourmet meal using fresh local ingredients, all under the supervision of skilled and entertaining local chefs. Afterwards you will have plenty of time to enjoy, in a relaxing atmosphere, a well-earned glass of wine.

You will sample local delicacies such as homemade Icelandic rye bread, dung smoked Arctic char, dried Atlantic wolfish, smoked free-range lamb and selected local beers. The class does not require any prior culinary experience and is enjoyable for gourmet cooks and novices alike.

This Icelandic cooking class is an Iceland Like A Local finding


228 € / 3 HOURS AND A HALF
Tent in the mountain

Night on a glacier cap

Have you experienced a polar expedition?

From Reykjavík to the Lanjökull glacier, your guide will drive you in a 4×4 that is specially equipped for the glacier. Once off the main tracks, you’ll exchange your comfort for an exceptional experience. Your driver-guide will drive on the glacier and then find the perfect shelter for the night. When you have set up camp, you’ll have time to appreciate this white desert. Like an explorer, you will truly experience these polar conditions.

In the morning, you’ll take a short glacier walk to discover your icy surroundings. Then it will be time to head back to Reykjavík and the comfort of the city.

This unique experience is an Iceland Like A Local finding


2000 € / 2 days / 1 night
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Your self drive

10 days / 9 nights

  • Visit Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and its icebergs
  • Diamond Beach
  • Vík Black Sand Beach
  • Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers
  • Discover Iceland’s famous Golden Circle
  • Relax in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon
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