RT14 - Golden Circle, South Shore and Northern Lights 5 days
Self Drive Tour
|Season:||(SEP 15 to MAR 25)|
|Duration:||(5 days / 4 nights)|
|By Car km/mi:||(510)|
|Price from:||(54810 ISK )|
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.
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.
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.
Geysir Geothermal Area
Þingvellir National Park
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.
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
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.
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.
- Flybus Transfer upon arrival to your accommodation in Reykjavík
- Admission for Northern Lights Center
- Rental car including VAT, unlimited milage and CDW
- Two authorized drivers
- GPS Navigation System
- Detailed Itinerary
- Road map with the route and accommodation marked in
- 24/7 Emergency Services
- Flybus transfer to Keflavik international airport
- How to drive in Iceland Booklet
- Taxes, Service fee and VAT
- Optional Activities
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.
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)
There is a special Price Calculator button with every self-drive tours and private guided tours where you can enter your choice of type of accommodation, car, number of people and your arrival date. The Price Calculator will calculate and display the price according to your specifications. This way you can see how different choices in car and accommodation types affect the price of the package.
Once you are confident about your trip selection proceed to press the book now tab. Here you will fill in the required information and proceed through the booking process.
We require a 15% deposit at the time of booking. Full payment is due 5 weeks prior to arrival.
Once a booking is made an automatic e-mail is sent informing you that the order has been placed and is currently being processed by the IcelandRoadtrip.com team. You will then be contacted with by one of our trusted travel agents with further details.
For more practical information please visit our Travel Guide
Glacier Walk - About 3 hours
An easy and safe glacier walk on Sólheimajökull glacier with a highly experienced glacier guide. You will explore the beautiful glacier and it´s rugged terrain, crevasses and ice ridges. The tour is approx. 3 hours long (1.5 hours on glacier) and all the glacier equipment is provided. Minimum age - 10 years.
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 14991 ISK
- Children age 10-11:10494 ISK
Prepaid Sim Card for mobile/cell phones
SIM cards are suitable for those visiting i Iceland. With a prepaid SIM card you can stay connected during your trip, which is perfect for those who travel with their own mobile/cell phone or smartphone, and want to be able to make local calls without having to pay roaming charges and stay connected through Social Media and E-mail.
A prepaid sim card with 2000,- ISK initial credit for local calls. This provides about 80 minutes worth of local phone calls. You can use 1000,- ISK of your included credit to buy a data pack for your phone number.
The sim card is compatible with unlocked mobile/cell phones. You will be given a local Icelandic phone number, be able to receive incoming calls for free, and also use your existing phone (if unlocked)
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 2000 ISK
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier.
A valid driving license is required for driving a snowmobile. This snowmobile tour is perfect for first-time riders that are looking for a fun way to explore and experience the wilderness and the breathtaking views over South Iceland. The tour is 2 hours long (1 hours snowmobiling) and you will be provided with special snowsuits and helmets for you safety and comfort. The snowmobiles are easy to operate – it´s just a matter of squeezing the accelerator or brake. Valid driver´s license is needed for driving the snowmobile.
The price is per person for two persons sharing a snowmobile. In all cases, if you are traveling alone, or if you prefer to be alone on a snowmobile traveling with other people, you need to add the single ride fee.
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 26990 ISK
- Single ride supplement per person:10000 ISK
- Children (5 - 11):18893 ISK
Horse Riding Tour North - 1 hour
Get the know the unique Icelandic horse and the beautiful scenery at Gauksmýri by joining a 1 hour long horseback riding tour. The horses are friendly and reliable and an experienced rider will guide you on the trip. The tour is suitable both for beginners and experienced riders. You will be provided with all the necessary equipment and helmets.
- Season: MAY 15 to SEP 15
- Item/Adult Price: 9500 ISK
- Children aged 6-11 (accompanied by an adult):7000 ISK
- High 1 Season: From May 26 through June 30.
- Low 1 Season: From October 01 through December 19.
- Spring Season: From April 28 through May 25.
- Fall Season: From September 01 through September 30.
- High 2 Season: From August 11 through August 31.
- Peak Season: From July 01 through August 10.
- Christmas and New Year Season: From December 20 through January 01.
- Low 2 Season: From January 02 through April 27.
1 Person = Single room or as requested
2 Sharing = One twin/double room or as requested
3 Sharing = One triple room or as requested
4 Sharing = Two twin/double rooms or as requested
5 Sharing = One twin/double room and one triple room or as requested
6 Sharing = Two triple rooms or as requested
7 Sharing = Two twin/double rooms and one triple room or as requested
8 Sharing = One twin/double room and two triple rooms or as requested
9 Sharing = Three triple rooms or as requested
10+ Sharing = As requested
- You can select your own room combination during the booking process.
- Triple rooms are in some cases only a double room with an extra bed.
Children 3-11 years old:
Iceland Road Trip offers families with one child to book up to 3 persons per double room. The room would either have a made up extra bed or a made up mattress in cases the rooms available are too small to accommodate an extra bed.
Two adults and two children need to book two double rooms.
Car Rental Season:
- High Season: From June 30 through August 25.
- Low Season: From September 15 through June 14.
- Shoulder 1 Season: From June 15 through June 29.
- Shoulder 2 Season: From August 26 through September 14.
Fuel option: Gas
Average fuel consumption: 5,3 l/100 km
Fuel option: Gas, Diesel
Average fuel consumption: 6,9 l/100 km.
Fuel option: Gas
Average consumption: 6,7 l/100 km
Fuel option: Diesel
Fuel option: Gas, Diesel
If all 7 seats are in use there is very limited luggage space.
Average fuel consumption: 9,0 l/100 km.
Fuel option: Diesel
Average fuel consumption: 8,1 l/100 km.
Fuel option: Diesel
note that the car rental charges optional extras in ISK. All additional Insurances need to be purchased directly through the car rental upon receiving the rental car.
Every car comes with a basic insurance. That insurance covers damage caused by authorized driver
The deductible is:
230.000 ISK for small cars (A-H) and
360.000 ISK for bigger cars (J-U)
SCDW (Super Collision Damage Waiver)
Insurance companies offer car rentals an insurance package with a minimum deductible of 230.000 ISK for small-medium cars and 360.000 for large cars.
The car rental offers their own insurance that lowers the deductible down to 40.000/75.000 ISK.
1.590 ISK/per day Small-Medium cars
2.290 ISK/per day Large cars
Only the ones that signed the rental agreement are insured while driving. Unauthorized driver is not insured by the car rental and is fully liable for any damage caused while driving.
Tire insurance includes 100% repair or replacement reimbursement with no deductible for: Tires, Valve Stems and Balancing.
This insurance does NOT cover the rims and off road driving.
690 ISK per day Small-medium cars
990 ISK per day Large cars
Sandstorm protection covers damage to the paint, windows, lights, plastics, chromes and rims of the rental cars, caused by sand or other earth materials being blown onto the vehicle.
The weather in Iceland can change quickly and the wind can go up to 50 m/sek, therefore we experience sandstorms in high winds. These conditions will cause damage to cars. Please note that insurance companies do not cover damage caused by sandstorms, therefore we offer our customers insurance to limit the cost of this type of damage.
This insurance has deductible.
Small-medium cars: 40.000 ISK
Large cars: 75.000 ISK
1890 ISK per day small-medium cars
2590 ISK per day large cars
(NOTE: Many gravel damages happens on paved roads)
In Iceland there are over 500 km of public gravel roads. If you plan on driving around the country we highly recommend this protection.
GP covers all damage caused by gravel such as cracks in the window and all gravel damage on the front, top and on the sides of the car. GP does NOT cover gravel damage under the car.
990 ISK/ per day
Special insurance package with no self risk:
Package including: Super Collision Damage Waiver + Gravel Protection + Sandstorm insurance + Tire insurance:
Smaller cars: ISK 3590,- per day
Larger cars: ISK 4790, per day.
What insurance is included?
Compulsory insurance is included in your packages. This includes Third Party Liability, Collision Damage Waiver (Damage to the rental car with an excess) and Theft Protection (with an excess). You have the option of purchasing further insurance when you collect the car.
Is my mileage restricted?
There is an unlimited mileage allowance.
Where do I go to pick up the car?
You are picked up at your hotel and taken to the car rental office where you will get the car. The car rental office is located in the down town area of Reykjavik.
What happens if the car breaks down?
What happens if the car breaks down?
In the unusual event of a breakdown, you
have 24 hour breakdown assistance. The number to call is in the car and on the
car rental agreements form.
Credit card imprint
A credit card imprint will be taken at the start of all rentals for security reasons, even when a voucher covers the cost of the rental. Cash and debit card deposits will not be accepted. This credit card imprint may be used to pay all extra charges, including extra insurance, parking fines, damages or any costs due to the car rental company as a result of the hirer's use of the car.
Does the credit card holder have to be the driver?
No, but the credit card holder does have to be present.
What documents do I need to bring when I collect the car?
You will need a current, 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 old do I have to be to hire a car?
The minimum age is 21 years to rent a car in Iceland. Further age restrictions apply for certain vehicles.
Can I return the car outside opening hours?
Please call our reservations department +354 551 7000 if you want to drop off your car outside of the office opening hours. We will do our best to facilitate you.
HIGHLAND TRAVEL INFORMATION - ONLY POSSIBLE DURING MID SUMMER AND ONLY BY 4X4 VEHICLES!
Highland roads in Iceland
are usually narrow gravel roads, and most rivers are unabridged. On maps, they
are indicated with an F before the road number, with most of these roads
intended for jeeps only. Highland roads are open only during the summertime,
weather and other circumstances permitting. Information about opening dates can
be obtained by phoning 1777 or at www.road.is Driving outside marked trails is prohibited and is
subject to nature conservation law. Crossing rivers should be attempted only in
four-wheel-drive vehicles, such as jeeps. Ensure that the four-wheel drive has
been engaged before driving into the water. Drive very slowly but steadily in
first gear and use the low range if available. Keep in mind that fords over
glacial rivers keep changing. On warm summer days, the flow increases as the
day progresses. Heavy rain often causes rivers to swell, sometimes making them
uncrossable even for large and well equipped vehicles. Glacial rivers usually
have less water in the mornings. Deaths have been caused by underestimating the
water volume in rivers. Before crossing a glacial river, it is necessary to
examine its velocity, depth and bottom by wading into it. If you find that you
would be unwilling to wade across the river on foot, you should not attempt to
drive across it. Seek advice from experienced drivers and watch how and where
they cross. There is only one petrol station in the highlands (at Hveravellir)
that sells petrol and diesel. Keep this in mind when driving in the highlands.
It is important to know the vehicle’s insurance coverage before going on a trip
in the highlands. For example, rented vehicles are not insured for damage that
occurs while crossing rivers or lakes, and the chassis is not insured.
Accommodation is limited in the highlands, and you need to make reservations with
sufficient notice if you don’t want to sleep in the vehicle or in a tent.
Rangers operate at most major tourist centres in the highlands. Their job is to
receive travellers and provide information. Travellers should obey rangers’
Driving in Iceland is quite different from many other countries. Special caution must be shown when a paved road ends and you drive onto a gravel road which often is narrower and slippery. Please also take extra care when approaching one of the many single-lane bridges which can be found all around Iceland, even on the ring road number one.
Highland routes (F-marked routes) are only open to traffic and passable during midsummer.
Mountain roads in Iceland
Please note: Driving car groups , A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I on roads that are marked with an F on public maps, as well as driving the Kjölur (road 35) or Kaldidalur (road 550) is forbidden. A breach of this article authorizes Procar to collect fines from the renter, egualing the amount of own-risk (CDW as stated in Procar pricelist at any given time. This does not affect the renter’s liability regarding damage. No insurance covers damages to the chassis of the vehicle nor damages caused by driving in or across rivers or any kind of waterways. Driving outside marked trails is prohibited and is subject to nature conservation law. It is important to know the vehicle's insurance coverage before going on a trip in the highlands. For example, rented vehicles are not insured for damage that occurs while crossing rivers or lakes, and the chassis is not insured.
Car groups J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, are the only car groups allowed to drive on roads
Marked as F roads on public maps. This also applies to Kjölur (road 35) and Kaldidalur
(Road 550). No insurance covers damages to the chassis of the vehicle nor damages
caused by driving in or across rivers or any kind of waterways.
Special warning signs indicate danger ahead, such as sharp bends, but there is generally
no separate sign to reduce speed. Please choose a safe speed according to conditions.
Motorists are obliged by law to use headlights at all times, day and night. ln Iceland, all
driving off roads or marked tracks is prohibited by law. Passengers in the front and back
seats of an automobile are required by law to use safety belts. Icelandic law forbids any
driving under the influence
Required minimum vehicle types:
F-550 Þingvellir - Kaldidalur – Húsafell: Car group J or bigger
From the cross-road on Uxahryggir you can´t drive north Kaldidalur unless on well equipped jeep.
F-578 Húsafell – Arnaratnsheidi: Car group J or bigger
lf you drive up to Hallmundarhraun to see Surtshellir it ls ok drive on your passenger car, but north to Arnarvatnsheiði
you can´t drive unless on well equipped 4W/D jeep.
F-35 Gullfoss - Geysir - Hveravellir – Blöndudalur: Car group J or bigger
Kjalvegur : Very bumpy road and drivers must be very careful after they have left the Gullfoss area, must be driving a
4wd jeep, but the road is getting little better each year and has now bridge on all major waterfalls.
F-752 Skagafjörður - Hofsjökull – Sprenglsandur: Car group J or bigger
The road up from Skagafjörður into Sprengisandur is only passable on 4wd Jeep.
F-821 Eyjafjörður – Sprengisandur: Car group J or bigger
This road is passable on passenger car into Eyjafjörður until you come to the last farmhouse after that only passable by jeep.
F-26 Bárðardalur - Sprengisandur – Hrauneyjarfoss: Car group J or bigger
Sprengisandsleið: This road is passable on passenger car until you come to the last farmhouse Mýri. After that only passable by jeep.
F-88 Herdubrcidarlindir – Askia: Car group J or bigger
Only passable on 4x4 jeep.
F862 - Jökulsárgljúfur – vest: Car group J or bigger
From Eystribrekka (Road1 to Road 82) passable on passenger car but drive very carefully.
F-905 Möðrudalur - Askja: Car group J or bigger
Only passable on jeep.
F-910 - 909 Snæfellsleið: Car group J or bigger
Only passable on well equipped jeep.
F-910 - Gæsavatnaleið : Car groups O, P, Q, R advised. Very rough road, not recommended.
F- 903 Hvannalindir - Kverkfjöll - Car group J or bigger
Only passable on well equipped jeep.
F-206 Lakagígar: Car group J or bigger
Only passable on well equipped jeep.
F-208 Eldgjá - Landmannalaugar / Fjallabaksleið nyrðri: Car group J or bigger
Only passable on well equipped jeep.
F-249 Þórsmerkurvegur: Car group J or bigger
From Stóridalur up to Thorsmörk is only passable on jeep. Warning dangerous river crossing.
261 Fljótshliðarvegur: Car group J or bigger
From Hvolsvöllur to Fljótsdalur (27km) ok on passenger car after that F-261 only for jeeps.
F-210 Tindafjallajökull: Car group J or bigger
North face of Mýrdalsjökull /Fjallabaksleið sydri / Snæbýli - Kaldaklofskvísl - Keldur (107 km) Only passable by jeeps.
F-52 Borgarfjörður - Uxahryggjarvegur – Þingvellir: Car group J or bigger
From Hvitárvellir Borgarfjörður
- Lundareykjadadur - over Uxahryggur - to Thingvellir. Only passable by jeeps.
This lease agreement shall always be kept in the vehicle during the term of the lease.
Obligations of the Lessee:
The lessee agrees to the provisions of this lease and has received a copy of it.
The lessee will return the automobile and all accessories (including tires and tools) in the condition they were in when received, with the exception of normal wear due to use,on the date specified by this lease, unless otherwise agreed with the lessor,to the lessor’s premises, unless otherwise agreed with the lessor.
If the lessee does not return the automobile at the time agreed upon in this lease, or does not declare his intention to extend the lease, the lessor or the police are authorized to repossess the vehicle without further notice and at the lessee’s cost. Extending the lease is dependent on the consent of the lessor. If the lessee returns the vehicle 1 hour or later after the lease has expired, the lessor is authorized to demand up to 24-hours rental under the terms of this lease.
The vehicle shall be handled and driven carefully. Only those named as drivers on the first page of this agreement are authorized to drive the automobile. The lessee is liable for damage resulting from use of the automobile for which no compensation will be paid by the vehicle’s insurance company. This includes damage to the automobile and/or injury to passengers due to the following:
Off-road driving, - driving across rivers or any kind of water course, - intentional acts or gross negligence, - use of intoxicants by the driver, - vehicle use that contravenes Icelandic law and/or the provisions of this lease.
In the event of a collision or accident, the lessee shall immediately notify the appropriate police authorities as well as the lessor. The lessee may not leave the scene before the police have arrived.
The number of kilometers (km) that the vehicle is driven while this lease is in force is determined by reading a normal odometer supplied with the vehicle by the manufacturer. The lessee shall notify the lessor as soon as possible if the odometer is out of order or stops functioning during the term of the lease.
The lessor is not responsible for the disappearance of or damage to property that the lessee or any other party leaves in or transports with the vehicle.
The lessee agrees to pay the lessor, upon request: A deposit amounting to the estimated cost of hiring the car. Any and all expenses incurred by the lessor if he has to bring the vehicle back to his premises, in the event that it has been left somewhere without supervision, without regard to the condition of the vehicle, the roads, or the weather.
The lessee is not authorized to have repairs done or make changes to the vehicle or its accessories, or to put the vehicle up as any kind of security, without the prior consent of the lessor.
The lessee is liable for all parking meter charges and fines for breaking traffic laws incurred during the term of the lease.
The lessee is not authorized to use the vehicle to transport passengers for payment, loan it to others, or sublease it.
Obligations of the Lessor:
The lessor undertakes to supply the vehicle at the agreed time and to ensure that it meets the demands claimed of it.
If the vehicle malfunctions, the lessor shall supply the lessee with a comparable vehicle as soon as possible. If the damage is minor, the lessor is authorized to have repairs done on the vehicle after obtaining the lessee’s consent.
The lessor shall inform the lessee of the content of this agreement, with particular regard to the obligations that the lessee undertakes by signing it.
The lessor shall inform a foreign lessee regarding Icelandic traffic regulations, traffic signs, and regulations banning off-road driving. The lessor shall particularly point out the dangers stemming from animals on the roads.
If the lessor wants to limit use of the vehicle with regard to its equipment and/or road conditions, this shall be done in writing when this lease is signed.
The lessor undertakes to maintain valid liability insurance for his business operations.
The lease sum/rental fee includes mandatory vehicle insurance, including liability insurance and accident insurance for the driver and the owner.
Third-party liability insurance will consist of the amount stipulated by Icelandic law at any given time.
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Driving distance: 510 KM
Price from: 54810 ISK/person - Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and J - Dacia Duster 4x4 or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.