Golden Circle, South Shore and Northern Lights 5 days


Perfect self drive tour for those who don´t have much time but would like to enjoy as much as possible of Iceland. See the famous Golden Circle and the scenic South Coast of Iceland and head out for hunt of northern lights in evenings. Two nights in country side increases your chances of seeing the majestic Aurora Borealis.

Overview

Map for Golden Circle, South Shore and Northern Lights  5 days tour
  • Duration:5 days / 4 nights
  • By Car km/mi:510
  • Season:September 15 to March 25
  • Operates:Daily
  • Price From:68128 ISK/Per Person
  • Tour ID:RT14

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival - Reykjavík City and Northern Lights Center



Following your arrival is a comfortable bus transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík. The transfer buses have Wi-Fi connection on board. Enjoy the rest of the day in Reykjavík. The capital of Iceland has great variety of things to do and see. Visit the Northern Lights Center where you will learn more about this nature phenomenon.

Highlights:
Reykjavik city

Overnight:
Reykjavik city


Day 2. Þingvellir National Park - Geysers - Gullfoss - Northern Lights hunt



Pick up your car in the morning and begin your day with the famous Golden Circle route, where some of the most precious gems of Iceland can be found. First you visit the Þingvellir National Park, which is an UNESCO world heritage site and is full of history and natural beauty. This is the place where the Icelandic Parliament was established in 930. The Mid-Atlantic ridge runs through the national park and forms an impressive rift valley. From Þingvellir continue to Geysir geothermal area where you explore hot springs and geysers. The most powerful, active geyser – Strokkur erupts every 8 minutes or so with such a force that the boiling water jets up to 20 meters into the air. Just a little further from the geothermal area you will find the majestic Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Waterfall – one of Iceland´s most impressive waterfalls. Before heading to your lodging for the night visit the picturesque waterfall Faxi and the impressive volcanic crater – Kerið. In the evening check out the northern lights forecast and if it looks good, head out for the hunt of the mysterious lights.

Highlights:
Kerið Crater
Faxi Waterfall
Geysir Geothermal Area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Þingvellir National Park

Driving Distance:
210 kilometers

Overnight:
Hvolsvöllur area


Day 3. The South Coast and search for the Northern Lights



Today, continue east towards the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano that last erupted in 2010 and stopped the air traffic in Europe and America. At the foot of the glacier you will find two stunning waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. If there is no snow or ice, it is possible to walk behind the Seljalandfoss waterfall, but be careful. By Skógafoss waterfall you´ll find museum called Skógasafn. Continue east visit the glacier tongue Sólheimajökull, which is part of the large Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Before you reach the charming town of Vík visit the black lava beach and basalt columns at Reynisdrangar. Overnight stay in the southernmost town in the country, Vík. In the evening if the weather conditions allow, head out once again in search for the northern lights.

Highlights:
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Eyjafjallajökull Glacier
Vík Town

Optional Extra:
Glacier Walk
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
LAVA Centre

Driving Distance:
110 kilometers

Overnight:
Vík area


Day 4. Leisurely day and Back to Reykjavík and Blue Lagoon



Make Vík the turnaround point for you and head back to Reykjavík. If there are any sights you might want to revisit or maybe some sights that you didn´t visit on the way out, this is the perfect chance to visit them. On the way back before you cross the Hellisheiði plateau, visit the town of Hveragerði. We also recommend you to visit the Hellisheiði Geothermal Power plant and learn how the natural hot water and steam is used for generating the electricity. Continue to Reykjavik and if you are interested visit the Blue Lagoon before returning the car in Reykjavik.

Driving Distance:
190 kilometers

Overnight:
Reykjavik City


Day 5. Departure



Transfer from your accommodation to the airport by comfortable Wi-Fi connected bus. If you have an afternoon flight, you will have time to visit any of the Reykjavik’s sites you might have missed.



Accommodation

Comfort Accommodation
Comfort Accommodation


Private rooms with private WC facilities and shower/bath in hotels or well appointed guesthouses.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Economy Accommodation
Economy Accommodation


Private rooms with shared WC facilities and shower in guesthouses.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Mixed Accommodation
Mixed Accommodation


Combination of both Economy and Comfort accommodation.
With 50/50 distribution of nights you get the best from both categories, economy and comfort. For tours with odd numbers of nights, the additional night is booked in Comfort accommodation.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds. In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Quality Accommodation
Quality Accommodation


Rooms in the highest quality accommodation available with private shower or bath and WC.
Breakfast is included.
Double rooms at most Icelandic hotels are twin rooms with two single beds.In most cases the two single beds can be put together to make a double bed. However this varies from one hotel / guesthouse to another.
Triple rooms are in most cases double rooms with an extra bed and therefore floor space may be limited when an extra bed has been added.

Rental Cars

10.P - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Manual -

10.P - Suzuki Vitara 4WD or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:3
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Manual
11.H - Kia Sportage 4WD or similar - Automatic -

11.H - Kia Sportage 4WD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:3
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
12.J - Land Rover Discovery Sport 4WD or similar - Automatic -

12.J - Land Rover Discovery Sport 4WD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:3
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

  • Passengers:5
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:5
  • Operation:Automatic
15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

15.XG - VW Transporter 4WD or similar - Manual -

  • Passengers:9
  • Suitcases:4
  • Doors:4
  • Operation:Manual

Other Information

This tour can be customized to your specifications and needs, so if you have any special requests, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be more than happy to help you arrange the perfect Icelandic vacation.

*FAQ*

We are arriving very early. What is the check in time?
Check in time is usually between 14:00 - 16:00 for accommodation in Iceland. The only way to secure an early check in is to book the night before as well. However if a room is ready you should be able to check in early.

When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?
The Northern Lights are clearly visible between September – March/April all around Iceland. The northern lights are only visible during winter due to the darkness and sightings are very weather dependent and clear skies are essential to see them. The prime conditions to see them are clear skies and away from the city lights.

Where to eat during the tour?
In the small towns around Iceland you will find restaurants, bakeries and cafes where you can get something to eat.

Are there any hidden charges?
There are no hidden charges or fees you should be aware of. Note that fuel and meals other than breakfast are not included.

What type of car is recommended?
In winter between mid September – mid April we recommend a 4x4 vehicle as there is a chance of some snow or ice on the road. The cars are equipped with good winter tires during winter.

Do I need an international driver’s license?
No you do not need an international drivers license but you need a valid driver’s licence, which you will have held for at least two years. Travelers from overseas will need a licence issued in their country of residence along with an English translation (where appropriate). Some form of picture Identity is required, e.g. Passport, ID card etc. A valid credit card is also required.

How far is it between gas stations?
Gas stations can be found in almost all towns around Iceland so running out of gas is not a likely scenario. However before going to the highland areas we recommend filling up the tank as there are no gas stations in the highlands.

Do hotels and guesthouses offer Wi-Fi internet connection?
Most hotels and guesthouses in Iceland do provide free access to Wi-Fi internet. Some hotels and guesthouses do charge a small fee for access to the internet.

How do I book and what is the process?
There are several factors that determine the tour price:
• Time of the year you plan on visiting
• Number of people travelling together
• Type of car Car Info (Only applicable with self drive trips)
• Accommodation type (we offer 2 categories of accommodation or you can choose mixture of both)
• Optional Activities (Various optional activities are available with each trip)

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We require a 15% deposit at the time of booking. Full payment is due 5 weeks prior to arrival.

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Photos

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