RT13 - South Coast of Iceland and Golden Circle 5 days
Self Drive Tour
|Duration:||(5 days / 4 nights)|
|By Car km/mi:||(925)|
|Price from:||(53309 ISK )|
The South coast is a very scenic part of Iceland and offers many astonishing sights, such as majestic waterfalls, black lava beaches and glaciers. The tour also visits the famous Golden Circle. Perfect for those who are tight on time, but would still want to experience the best of Iceland and spend couple of nights in the country side.
Day 1. Arrival and Reykjavík City
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 some of the popular sites in Reykjavík, such as Hallgrímskirkjan Church, the new Harpa Concert Hall or the busy Laugavegur shopping street. Various fast food and a la carte restaurants are located in downtown Reykjavík.
Day 2. Ţingvellir National Park - Geysir geothermal area - Gullfoss - Volcanic crater
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 Ţingvellir 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 Ţingvellir 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 – Keriđ.
Geysir Geothermal Area
Ţingvellir National Park
Day 3. The South Coast - Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárlón Glacial lagoon
Today continue east and head to Eyjafjöll disctrict, which is located at the foot of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano. The volcano erupted last in 2010 paralyzing the air traffic both in Europe and America. On the way stop by two stunning waterfalls – Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. During the summer, it is possible to take a walk behing Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Near the waterfall of Skógafoss you will find a museum called Skógasafn. As you continue east make couple of detours and visit Sólheimajökull glacier, Dyrhólaey nature reserve and the spectacular black beach of Reynisdrangar, where large basalt columns seem to rise from the ocean. After visiting the charming town of Vík continue across the Mýrdalssandur floodplains and Eldraun, the largest lava field ever to flow on Earth in a historical time until you reach Kirkjubćjarklaustur village. At Kirkjubćjarklaustur see the natural monument called Kirkjugólfiđ (The Church Floor), columnar basalt, shaped and eroded by water and wind, that looks like a man made floor. Few km west from Kirkjubćjarklaustur you will find the Fjađrárgljúfur, a narrow and stunning canyon with a visit. Continue east to Skaftafell National park. Skaftafell is situated at the foot of Europe´s largest glacier – Vatnajökull and is truly a nature lover´s paradise. The elegant Svartifoss waterfall is located at the Skaftafell National Park. The park offers various hiking trails as well as guided glacier hikes are available during summer time. Next continue to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where large icebergs that have broken off the Breiđmerkurjökull glacier float in the deep blue water of the lagoon. Fun amphibian boat cruises among the icebergs are available during summer time. Return back to Kirkjubćjarklaustur for overnight stay.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Skaftafell Surroundings - Flightseeing
The Glacier Lagoon - Amphibian Boat Tour
Day 4. Leisurely day and back to Reykjavík
Take the same route back towards 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 you will cross the Hellisheiđi plateau, where you can visit the Hellisheiđi Geothermal Power plant and learn how the natural hot water and steam is used for generating the electricity. Return to Reykjavik and drop off the car.
Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
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 Reykjavík´s sites you might have missed or visit the famous Blue Lagoon.
- Flybus Transfer upon arrival to your accommodation in Reykjavík
- 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.
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. If you are going to the highlands we recommend purchasing something to take with you as there are very limited options for meals in the remote highland areas.
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?
During summer (May - September) any type of vehicle is sufficient for this tour. 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. Travellers 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
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.
The sim card includes unlimited calls and text to local numbers and 1 GB of data.
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
Amphibian boat Tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is one of the greatest natural wonders in Iceland and is also one of the most visited attraction. The boat tour gives you an amazing opportunity to sail among the massive ice floating in the lagoon. You might even be lucky and see some seals swimming around. The amphibian boat tour is 30-40 minutes long, guided in English and perfect for people of all ages. The tour is only available during the summer as the lagoon freezes over in winter time.
June – August every day between 9:00 – 19:00
May & September – October every day between 10:00 – 17:00
- Season: MAY 1 to SEP 30
- Item/Adult Price: 5800 ISK
- Children aged 6-12:2000 ISK
- Children (age 0-5):0 ISK
Glacier Walk - About 2 hours
Along the way to the glacier we will have a good view of the glacier lagoon and the area around the glacier. When we are at the starting point, we start with a safety briefing and a short lesson how to use the crampons and the ice pick on the glacier walk. Glacial landscape is amazing and dynamic, including crevices, sink holes and small black volcanic sand hills. Sometimes it’s possible to take a look into the small holes or enter the caves. In winter the ice is blue and clear, the surface mostly covered by snow. During the summertime the ice becomes more white and the volcanic ash which forms various patterns in the landscape is more visible. As previously mentioned the glacial landscape changes day by day which makes it even more interesting to see and explore. With the glacier melting very rapidly in recent years the landscape has become more exciting. Sólheimajökull glacier is the ideal place to view geomorphology in formation and the effects of global warming on glaciers.
Minimum age requirement: 10 years
Duration: 2 - 2,5 hours - Time on the glacier: Approximately 1 - 1,5 hours
You bring: Bring warm clothing and something waterproof to wear, good walking shoes, gloves and cap.
- English speaking guide
- Ice axe
- Other safety equipment
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 10990 ISK
- Children age 8-15:7500 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
LAVA Exhibition and Cinema
Examine the various volcanos—eruptions and lava flows, volcanic and rift systems, faults and glacial floods that make Iceland a showcase of volcanism. The centre introduces the Katla Geopark plus Iceland's elaborate monitoring system for surveying volcanos and earthquake zones.
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 3200 ISK
- Children age 12-16:1600 ISK
- Children 11 years and younger:0 ISK
This 15 minute fixed wing tour takes you over the spellbinding scenery that surrounds us here in the Skaftafell National Park area, flying over the areas with the best conditions on the day. Enveloped by the Skeiđarársandur black sand beach to the south and west, with its majestic glacial riverbeds weaving abstract patterns in the sand, and Skeiđarárjökull glacier and Örćfajökull glacier volcano to the north, Skaftafell Terminal is truly located in a paradise on earth. Join us for an unforgettable sightseeing flight experience.
- Season: All year
- Item/Adult Price: 19500 ISK
- Children age 13-16:19500 ISK
- Children age 2-12:14625 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 20 through August 25.
- Low Season: From September 30 through May 18.
- Shoulder 1 Season: From May 19 through June 19.
- Shoulder 2 Season: From August 26 through September 29.
The car rental supplier for all of our Self Drive Tours is AVIS.
Below information is from them and refers to requirements for renting a car, insurances, restrictions and other practical information.
Rental Car Delivery
A free shuttle service is included where a representative from the car rental agency picks you up from your accommodation or a nearby designated pickup location. From there you are taken to the car rental office to receive your rental car. Only the main driver and additional driver can be taken to the rental station.
Upon retruning the car a shuttle service back to Reykjavík hotels / downtown bus stops is included. The last shuttle to town leaves at 17:00.
The cars listed are examples only. Reservations are booked by car group only. If the car confirmed is not available at the time of rental, a similar or superior car is supplied at no extra cost. No distinction is made between 4x4 and 4wd vehicles.
The driver must present a fully valid drivers licence (i.e. not a temporary one) that has been held for a minimum of one year. An International Driving Permit is also required if the national drivers licence is not in the Roman script (for example in Cyrillic or Chinese script).
Minimum Age 20 years for passenger cars (A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and I)
23 years for jeeps (C, F, P, H, J, G, K and XP)
25 years for luxury cars and minibuses (XO, XE, XG and XH)
Young driver fee
Younger drivers may drive by paying a young driver fee of ISK 1000 per day. This is possible in:
Groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and I for drivers that are 18-19 years old
Groups C, F, P, H, J, G, K and XP for drivers that are 20-22 years old
Groups XO, XE, XG and XH for drivers that are 20-24 years old
In any case, the young driver must present a fully valid drivers licence (i.e. not a temporary one) that has been held for a minimum of 12 months.
Credid Card Authorization
No rentals can take place without the driver having a major credit card present issued in his name. Acceptable credit cards are: MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club. Prepaid credit cards cannot be accepted! An authorization from the credit card will be taken at the start of all rentals, even if the cost of the rental is covered by a voucher. This authorization amounts roughly to the cost of one additional day plus a full tank and varies therefore according to car group and season. Payment with cash or debit cards is not accepted at any time.
Vehicles in groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M, I, and XE are not allowed to be driven on roads marked F on official maps as well as Kjölur (road 35, north of Gullfoss) and Kaldidalur (road 550). Should these restrictions be ignored, all insurance (Third Party Liability, CDW, TP, WP, PAI), if accepted, shall be deemed, null and void. The driver will be held fully responsible in case of accidents or collision, including the cost of repair of the damaged vehicle and the cost of towing.
Should a car be spotted on a road on which it is not allowed, we will impose a fine that will be charged to the renters credit card – even if no damage occurs to the car. This fine currently amounts to ISK 100.000. This fine does not affect the liability of the renter to pay for any damage.
In case of breakdown or if the car is not safe to drive after an accident, our breakdown number must be contacted. The line is staffed 24 hours in summer and between 06:00 and 22:00 in winter. The number can be found on the key chain and the rental contract. Please note that this number is not to be called for any questions regarding the rental contract.
Cost of Damage
In general, damages are to be paid at the end of the rental. However, should a car have to be replaced after an accident, we may ask for settlement of the damage before a replacement car will be provided. The renter is responsible to inform us about any damages that have occurred to the car. The renters credit card may be debited for payments in respect of damage to the vehicle while in the possession of the renter. The time and terms of payment shall be at our sole discretion. This right shall remain unaffected for 6 months following the return of the vehicle. The cost of damage is determined by a price list available at all locations. In the case of major damages not covered by insurance, e.g. water damage, the cost will be estimated at an authorized garage.
Transport of a Damaged Car
For the transport of a damaged car ISK 310 per km are charged to the renter. There is always a minimum cost of ISK 55.000 which the renter must cover.
Replacing a damaged car is subject to availability. Sometimes, replacing the damaged vehicle with the same type is not possible. Such action by us does not constitute a breach of the contract and does not entitle the renter to any refund. If no alternative vehicle is available, we have no liability for refund any cost inferred by the renter. A replacement vehicle will not be provided before the damage of the old car has been settled.
In the event that the vehicle malfunctions owing to wear or other reasons for which the renter is not responsible, we will supply another vehicle or ensure that a repair is to be completed as soon as possible at a location specified by us. This does not affect the payment of the rental or any other charges payable by the renter hereunder. We will not pay any compensation in cases such as provided herein, neither for accommodation nor other.
Tires are always the renters liability. If tires go flat the renter is responsible for replacing them with tires of the same pattern and size at the nearest tire garage. If there is no tire with same pattern available the renter is required to call our breakdown number for instructions. We do not offer an emergency service for replacing flat tires.
Vehicle Condition Report (VCR)
With every rental the customer receives a Vehicle Condition Report on which all damages are marked. The customer is asked to sign the VCR and is handed a copy of the report. He has then the responsibility to check the car and can ask for amendments in case of any discrepancies to the VCR. A copy of the VCR is in the car and another copy is attached to the rental agreement. This prevents that the customer gets charged for damages he is not responsible for.
Partner Garages and Service Stations
We have many partner garages all around Iceland which provide help in case of damages to the rental car. In case of any problem our Reservation Department provides further information.
RSN - Roadside Assistance
ISK 500 per day (max. charge 10 days / 5.000 ISK)
RSN waives the towing / service fees in case of:
- The vehicle experiences a battery failure – well provide a jump start
- Keys are locked inside the vehicle or if the keys are lost
- Running out of fuel –we will deliver fuel to your location to get you on your way. If you put the wrong type of fuel into the car, we will come and help you pump it out and clean the tank.
Please note that the cost of a replacement key, additional fuel costs or the work for cleaning the tank are not included in this cover.
Any additional insurances need to be purchased directly at the car rental agency.
Third Party Liability and Personal Accident Insurance
Third-party liability insurance for owner and driver consists of the amount set by Icelandic law at any given time and is always included in the rental price but not listed separately.
Currently, Third Party Liability covers:
- Personal injury for up to ISK 2.475.000.000
- Damage to property for up to ISK 414.000.000
Personal Accident Insurance covers:
- Personal injury for up to ISK 186.000.000
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) - Includes Theft Protection (TP)
- Passenger cars (groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and I)
Non-waivable excess ISK 195.000 per incident
- Luxury cars, jeeps and minibuses
Non-waivable excess ISK 360.000 per incident
CDW/TP limits the renters financial liability for damages to the vehicle, its parts and accessories, also including theft, attempted theft or vandalism, provided the vehicle is used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the rental agreement. All rentals are subject to a non-waivable excess, for which the customer is responsible in the event of damage, loss or theft to the vehicle during the rental.
Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) - Includes Super Theft Protection (STP) and Front Windscreen Protection (WP)
Super Collision Damage Waiver price
- Passanger cars - 2300,- ISK per day
- Luxury cars, jeeps and mini buses - 2900,- ISK per day
- Passenger cars (groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and I) non-waivable excess - zero
Excess (front windscreen) - zero
- Luxury cars, jeeps and minibuses non-waivable excess - zero
Excess (front windscreen) - zero
SCDW/STP waives the renters financial liability for damages to the vehicle, its parts and accessories, also including theft, attempted theft or vandalism, provided the vehicle is used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the rental agreement. Front Windscreen Protection (WP) waives the renters financial liability in case of any damage to the front windscreen.
Sand & Ash Protection (SAP)
Sand and Ash Protection price
- Passanger cars - 1900,- ISK per day
- Luxury cars, jeeps and mini buses - 2500,- ISK per day
- Passenger cars (groups A, D, N, O, B, L, E, M and I) non-waivable excess ISK 195.000 per incident - - Luxury cars, jeeps and minibuses non-waivable excess ISK 360.000 per incident
SAP lowers the renters financial liability in case of any damage to the car causing from of sand or ash. Please note that such damages are not covered by CDW/SCDW. SAP is available at the rental desk and cannot be booked in advance.
Insurances do NOT cover
- Intentional damage or damage owing to gross negligence by the driver
- Damage resulting from the driver being under the influence of alcohol, stimulants or sedatives, or otherwise incapable of controlling the vehicle in a secure manner
- Damage owing to racing or test driving
- Damage owing to war, revolution, civil unrest or rioting
- Damage inflicted by animals
- Holes burned into seats, carpets or mats
- Damage affecting only wheels, tyres, suspension, batteries, glass (except for windscreens when additional insurance is taken), radio receivers or loss by theft of parts of the vehicle and damage resulting there from
- Damage caused by driving on rough road, such as damage to the vehicles transmission, drive, or other components in or attached to the chassis; damage to the chassis resulting from the vehicle bottoming on rough roads because of ridges left by road graders; stones lodged in the road surface or at the edge of the roadway. The same applies to damage from stones being thrown up and striking the underside of the vehicle during driving
- Damage resulting from driving in places where the vehicle is not permitted to be driven, such as tracks, rough trails, in snowdrifts, on ice, across un-bridged rivers or streams, on beaches, on causeways accessible only at low tide or in other off-road areas. However, compensation will be paid for damage resulting from the driver being forced to leave the roadway, e.g. for roadside repairs.
- Damage to passenger vehicles that occurs during driving on roads marked F on official maps
- Damage caused by sand, gravel, ash, pumice, or other earth material being blown onto the vehicle (except when Sand & Ash Protection is taken)
- Water damage to the vehicle; also damage caused by sea spray/seawater if the vehicle is transported by sea
Further Exclusions apply. For details please refer to AVIS full terms and conditions.
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Driving distance: 925 KM
Price from: 53309 ISK/person - Price per person based on 4 adults together sharing 2 double rooms in Economy Accommodation accommodation and 01.A - Hyundai I10 or similar - Manual car type. Please use our Price Calculator or Book Now page to calculate your price.