5-Day Iceland Roadtrip | The Essentials

Duration: 5 Days

All Year

Flexible

Bonus Secret Stops

Do you have a short week, and you want to spend it in the land of fire and ice? This itinerary combines the best sights in the Southwest and all the top activities that should not be missing on any Iceland vacation.

 

During 5 days we will send you along the South Coast to discover a region that is bursting with sights: waterfalls, volcanoes, geysers, glaciers and a whole host of other wonders await you on this magical road trip. It’s your vacation, so you don’t want to have to worry about the organization. This is why we take care of all your reservations!

 

Experts in all things Iceland, we will book your accommodation in fun and friendly hot spots, perfectly located for your dream roadtrip. It is also super easy to add optional activities that will only magnify your adventure. No limits, no fuss, just fun. The included itinerary provides you with information on all the highlights along the route and also includes insider tips from our team.

 

Are you ready for the ultimate Icelandic experience? Then read on!

 

Included

  • Rental car for 5 days (different categories available, more info below)
  • Accommodation for 4 nights (different categories available, more info below)
  • SCDW insurance and Gravel Protection for the rental car
  • Detailed travel information (Roadbook)
  • Personal travel advisor
  • Icelandic taxes

Itinerary

Day 1

Highlights:

Capital Reykjavík
Reykjanes Peninsula & Volcano Fagradalsfjall (optional)

Summary:

Accommodation: Reykjavík

Driving Distance: approx. 50 km

Optional Activities: Blue Lagoon, Guided City Tour, Food Tour, FlyOver Iceland

rainbow over the icelandic capital reykjavik

Welcome to the Arctic! Upon arriving at the airport, youvehicle will be waiting for you, no matter when you land, and the Capital City is just a short drive through the lava fields.

 

Depending on the time of arrival, it is possible to stop on the way to take a relaxing dip in the milky, turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon. This first evening is also the ideal opportunity to discover the cultural richness of Reykjavík or to take advantage of its many bars and restaurants to discover the local gastronomy.

Day 2

Highlights:

Þingvellir National Park
Geysir & Strokkur
Gullfoss Waterfall
Kerið Crater

Summary:

Accommodation: Golden Circle

Driving Distance: approx. 150 km

Optional Activities: Snorkeling, Snowmobiling, Secret Lagoon

strokkur geyser blowing boiling water

Your adventure begins. After breakfast, it is time to leave the capital to visit the famous Golden Circle, which is home to three of the most popular sites in the country. During this day, you will be able to walk in the rift that separates two continents in Þingvellir National Park. You will also discover the exquisite Gullfoss waterfall as well as Strokkur, the only geyser in Europe.

 

There is even more to do. Typical activities around these three major sites also include visits to hidden waterfalls, volcanic craters, and an award-winning restaurant in a tomato greenhouse. You can even snorkel between the European and American tectonic plates!

Day 3

Highlights:

Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vík Village

Summary:

Accommodation: Vík

Driving Distance: approx. 160 km

Optional Activities: Glacier Hiking, ATV Tour, Snowmobiling

seljalandsfoss waterfall in summer

Today, you will continue along the South Coast of the island to discover more incredible landscapes. Between sea and mountains, this region of Iceland has been the backdrop of several Hollywood productions, so many of these sites will remind you of a movie or series. As you discover the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, there are one or two other secret places in this area that we can let you in on.

 

On the way to Reynisfjara, the famous black sand beach, you can make a stop at the foot of Mýrdalsjökull to discover one of its glacial tongues, Sólheimajökull, where icebergs can be found lazily floating in the lagoon.

Day 4

Highlights:

Reykjanes Peninsula & Volcano Fagradalsfjall (optional)

Summary:

Accommodation: Reykjavík

Driving Distance: approx. 265 km

Optional Activities: Horseback Riding, Blue Lagoon

Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption and lava flow

Today is the return trip to Reykjavík, but it will be anything but boring: You have the unique chance to go on a hike to the active volcano Fagradalsfjall in the Geldingardalur valley on the Reykjanes peninsula!

 

The volcanic peninsula also offers fascinating lava landscapes, bubbling geothermal areas, and – of course – the famous Blue Lagoon. If you prefer to romp around in the exciting capital, you can of course come back early and enjoy the lively city center.

Day 5

Highlights:

Capital Reykjavík
Reykjanes Peninsula & Volcano Fagradalsfjall (optional)

Summary:

Driving Distance: approx. 50 km

Optional Activities: Blue Lagoon

hallgrimskirkja church overlooking reykjavik iceland

With a head full of wonderful memories to treasure, you will head back to Keflavík International Airport to catch your flight home. Depending on the departure time, this is a final opportunity to be able to visit the Blue Lagoon, or simply take a final, casual stroll through the city center to soak up the atmosphere one last time.

Budget category in Iceland

Budget (Shared Bathroom)

In our budget category, we will accommodate you in cozy countryside guesthouses. Private rooms with shared bathroom, breakfast is included.

Comfort category in Iceland

Comfort (Private Bathroom)

In our comfort category, we will accommodate you in hotels and boutique guesthouses. Private rooms with bathroom, breakfast is included.

Kia Rio rental car in Iceland

Standard 2WD

In this category, we book a manual transmission Kia Rio (or similar). SCDW insurance and gravel protection are included.

 

Recommended for 2-3 travelers. If you are more than 3, we will arrange multiple cars.

Dacia Duster rental car in Iceland

Standard 4WD

In this category, we book a manual transmission Dacia Duster (or similar). SCDW insurance and gravel protection are included.

 

Recommended for up to 4 travelers. If you are more than 4, we will arrange multiple cars.

Kia Sportage rental car in Iceland

Comfort 4WD

In this category, we book an automatic transmission Kia Sportage (or similar). SCDW insurance and gravel protection are included.

 

Recommended for up to 4 travelers. If you are more than 4, we will arrange multiple cars.