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Golden Circle And Black Sands

5 days
4 nights





based on 2 people sharing a car and a room

$ 1,235.00 (Cat. 1.1 Economy 2wd Automatic)
$ 1,290.00 (Cat. 2.6 Compact 2wd Automatic)
$ 1,315.00 (Cat.3.1 Intermediate 2wd Automatic)
$ 1,325.00 (Cat.4.0 Intermediate 4wd Station Automatic)
$ 1,445.00 (Cat.5.1 Medium 4wd Automatic)
$ 1,595.00 (Cat.7.1 Large 4wd Automatic)
$ 1,650.00 (Cat.9.9 Full Size 4wd Passenger Van)


Jun 14, 2018 - Jun 18, 2018 
Jun 21, 2018 - Jun 25, 2018 
Jun 28, 2018 - Jul 02, 2018 
Jul 05, 2018 - Jul 09, 2018 
Jul 12, 2018 - Jul 16, 2018 
Jul 19, 2018 - Jul 23, 2018 
Jul 26, 2018 - Jul 30, 2018 
Aug 02, 2018 - Aug 06, 2018 
Aug 09, 2018 - Aug 13, 2018 
Aug 16, 2018 - Aug 20, 2018 
Aug 23, 2018 - Aug 27, 2018 
Aug 30, 2018 - Sep 03, 2018 


  • Rental car for 4 days with CDW, unlimited mileage, VAT, GPS system, theft protection, and two authorized drivers. Types of Car recommended: any.
  • Car pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport
  • Accommodation with private bathrooms for 4 nights
  • Breakfast daily, except arrival
  • Emergency phone line available 24/7
  • Service fee and taxes
  • Tablet with a new travel app called Iceland Travel Companion. The app includes:
    • Thousands of points of nature sites, historic places, and road side services
    • Safety guidelines and the apps of the Icelandic Meteorological Office and The Icelandic Road Administration
    • Detailed description of the customer´s journey, including hotel itinerary and GPS road guide to each hotel
    • A map view of the Iceland road trip
    • Detailed pdf travel book about Iceland in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French

Highlights & Experience:

  • Visit the must-see attractions of the Golden Circle at your own pace.
  • Travel in the footsteps of the Viking Sagas in Borgarfjordur and surrounding area.
  • View the mystical lava columns on a black sand beach
  • Explore the surreal volcanic beauty of the Reykjanes Peninsula´s Geopark (UNESCO designation)
  • With an easy upgrade of your rental car to a 4wd, you can travel through the highland track of Kaldidalur, a mountain pass between two glaciers in the south.


Travel through South Iceland on this compact yet complete driving vacation. In just five days you will discover the charm of the Golden Circle including Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring and the historic site of Þingvellir National Park. Explore the surreal volcanic beauty of the Reykjanes Peninsula’s Geopark.  In addition, you’ll have time to view the rolling hills, black sand and mystical lava columns of Iceland’s South Shore. 

Day 1  : Arrival (19 mi)

Volcanic Wonderland – UNESCO Geopark – Viking Heritage – Blue Lagoon

Pick up the car at the airport and drive to the Geohotel in charming Grindavik village (about 25 – 30 minute drive from the airport). Check in to your hotel.

If you are arriving on a morning flight, you are in a fantastic part of Iceland to explore and enjoy. The Reykjanes peninsula area is an ideal introduction to Iceland's volcanic personality. The region has been designated a UNESCO Geopark for it's otherworldly and beautiful volcanic features. There are 55 points of interest in the area. These include Krysuvik, a primoridial geothermal area of bubbling earth and steam, and the Midatlantic Ridge that divides the North American and European tectonic plates.

Or take a scenic drive through the area, visiting Geopark sites and enjoying seafood in charming village restaurants.

Of course, a very important place to visit in this area is the relaxing Blue Lagoon, which is a short drive from your hotel. The soothing geothermal mineral waters are perfect for your skin, and it's a great way to shake off jetlag! (Important: if you plan to visit the Blue Lagoon, admission must be booked in advance).

Overnight stay in the Reykjanes area (Geo Hotel, Grindavik or similar)

Day 2  : South Coast Road to Gullfoss and Geysir (134 mi)

Thundering Waves – Magical Church – Viking Horses – Golden Falls – Spouting Geysers

Breakfast at your hotel. Start with a drive along a scenic road taking you by thundering waterfalls and the mysterious mountains surrounding Lake Kleifarvatn. Stop at Strandakirkja, a lovely old church. Local legend has it that the church provides good fortune and success to those in need of it.

The road then takes you into the green farmlands and coasts of South Iceland. Your ultimate destination is the Golden Circle region. Visit Gullfoss, the Queen of Waterfalls. Nearby is the Geysir geothermal area, where hot springs bubble and even shoot into the air. Most famous of these is Strokkur, which erupts like clockwork. Maybe you'll opt to bathe in one of the local favourite hot spring pools of the area. These include the Secret Lagoon in Fludir, or the Fontana Steambaths in Laugarvatn.

Overnight in the Geysir region, at Hotel Edda Laugarvatn  IKI or similar.

Day 3  : South Coast Waterfalls and Thjorsardalur Valley (277 mi)

Majestic Waterfalls - Cliffs & Stone Arches - Black Sand Beaches and Bird Colony

Breakfast at your hotel. Today explore the famous South Shore region. Visit the majestic Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, each with its own unique attributes. In the region is the beautiful yet imposing Eyjafjallajokull Glacier Volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption. 

Dyrholaey is a rocky headland characterized by a black lava arch. Every year thousands of sea birds nest here during the summer. (Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, from about the middle of May until late June). In this area you can also enjoy views of the vast black sand beaches and unusual rock formations.

Next drive through the Thjorsardalur valley and its contrasting landscapes of birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers and waterfalls, huddling below the impressive volcano Hekla, Iceland‘s most frequently-erupting one. This is also the location of Stong, a Viking age farm where you can see a replica longhouse. Follow the road through Thjorsardalur back to your accommodation in Laugarvatn.

Overnight at Hotel Edda Laugarvatn IKI or ML.

Day 4  : Thingvellir - Borgarfjordur Area (186 mi)

Historical and geological park  - Picturesque Fjords - Waterfalls

Breakfast at your hotel. Visit Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), This was  the meeting place of Iceland‘s Viking parliament. It also has geological significance; the Mid-Atlantic ridge runs in a canyon through the park. 

Continue westward, via scenic Hvalfjordur fjord or the unpaved Kaldidalur highland track. (Kaldidalur is open June-August, and a 4WD car is required). Discover the beautiful Borgarfjordur region and Reykholt, home of the 13th century scholar, Snorri Sturluson.

Head to Reykjavík in the afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Reykjavík or Reykjavík area (Hotel Klettur, Reykjavík Lights, Hotel Vellir or similar).

Day 5  : Departure (33 mi)

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and drop off your car. We recommend departing Reykjavik no later than 3 hours before your flight.

*Please note that the package price is based on 4 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 5 an additional supplement will be necessary unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 4 day rental is up and use our flybus departure transfer.


You must be 21 years of age to rent a car, 23 years of age to rent car cat. 5.0 or higher. 


Cat. 1 Economy 2wd Automatic:
Toyota Yaris Automatic or similar (4 pax, 2 bags)

Cat. 2.6 Compact 2wd Automatic:
Toyota Auris Automatic or similar (5 pax, 3 bags)

Cat. 3.1 Intermediate 2wd Automatic:
Toyota Avensis Automatic or similar (5 pax, 3 bags)

Cat. 4.0 Intermediate 4wd Station Automatic:
Skoda Octavia 4wd Station Automatic or similar (5 pax, 4 bags)

Cat. 5.1 Medium 4wd Automatic:
Toyota RAV4 4wd Automatic or similar (5 pax, 3 bags)

Cat. 7.1 Large 4wd Automatic:
Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD Automatic or similar (5 pax, 5 bags)

Cat. 9.9 Full Size 4wd Passenger Van:
VW Caravelle 4WD 9 seater or similar (9 pax, 9 bags)