On this five-day self-drive adventure, take to the open road and discover the famous sights of South Iceland. Relax in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon, explore the Golden Circle with its bubbling mud pools, venture onto the black-sand beach in Vik and sail between the ice at Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Travel between September and March to be in with the chance of seeing the colourful Aurora Borealis, or opt to take the journey during the summer months where long days are lit by the glow of the midnight sun.
Day 1 | Arrive in Iceland
Arrive in Iceland and collect your hire car. Located only 20 minutes drive from Keflavík airport, the Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s top attractions. Stop here for a soak in the geothermal waters. Continue to the ION Adventure Hotel and check in for a two-night stay.
Day 2 | The Golden Circle
Enjoy a full day tour exploring the sights of the famous Golden Circle route. Discover Thingvellir National Park, see mighty Gullfoss waterfall and witness Strokkur Geysir erupt 20 metres into the sky. Venture to the town of Fludir and take a dip in the Secret Lagoon before returning to the ION Adventure Hotel.
Day 3 | Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
Continue to Jökulsárlón, stopping to admire Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls enroute. In the afternoon, sail among the icebergs in the picturesque scenery on boat trip before driving to Foss Hotel Glacial Lagoon for an overnight stay.
Day 4 | Katla Volcano & Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
Make your way back along Route 1 to Vík. Join an afternoon tour to the Katla volcano and Mýrdalsjökull glacier to visit some of Iceland’s most impressive natural ice caves. Take a stroll along the black-sand lava beach at Reynisfjara and enjoy a great view from Cape Dyrholaey. Continue to Skálakot Manor Hotel where you will stay for your final night in Iceland.
Day 5 | Departure Day
After breakfast, check out and visit some of the sights of the Reykjanes Peninsula such as Krýsuvík geothermal area, Gunnuhver hot spring and Reykjanestá bird cliffs. Return the car to Keflavík airport and continue with your onward travel plans.
Where will I rest my head?
- Car hire for five days in an Intermediate SUV (Suzuki Vitara or similar). Pick up and drop off at Keflavik Airport
- Two nights at ION Adventure Hotel including breakfast
- One night at Foss Hotel Glacial Lagoon including breakfast
- One night at Skalakot Manor Hotel including breakfast
- Blue Lagoon entrance fee
- Secret Lagoon entrance fee
- Katla Volcano and Myrdalsjokull glacier tour
- Jökulsárlón Boat Trip
The price of this suggestion is based on two people sharing a double/twin room at the accommodation suggested. Get in touch to find out about more places to stay in South Iceland and other activities.