Golden Circle, South Coast & Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Explore Iceland in a nutshell: Snæfellsnes Peninsula and famous Þingvellir national park, Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall enclosed in the Golden Circle as well as the stunning South Coast.
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You have a chance to visit one of Iceland's greatest attractions within just three days. The tour starts at Snæfellsnes Peninsula which in relatively small area covers diverse and fascinating landscape. You drive along the broad coastal plain, passing by impressive rock formations, otherworldly Snæfellsjökull national park, dramatic volcanic peaks and lush fjords. Then you taste a bit of Iceland's highlands at Kaldidalur with a breathtaking view over Langjökull glacier. Next, you ramble in the famous Golden Circle, which is a definite must-do in Iceland. It takes in three popular attractions of Þingvellir National Park where the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates come together as well as Geysir and “The Golden Falls” - Gullfoss. The whole South Coast is also packed with the natural wonders. You can walk behind the waterfall, relax on Reynisfjara black sand beach, attempt to spot puffins, and much more. If your holidays are time-limited, but you still want to see as much as possible, this tour is a perfect choice!
What's included in the Golden Circle, South Coast & Snæfellsnes Peninsula tour?
Included in this tour
- Pickup & return from hotel in Reykjavík area (8:00 - 18:00)
- Rental car with unlimited mileage, CDW insurance
- Breakfast (except for dormitory accommodation)
- WiFi connectivity in the car
- Map of Iceland and detailed itinerary of your tour
- Pamphlet about driving in Iceland
- Optional meeting with travel consultant
- 24 hour emergency service
- Taxes & service fees
Not included in this tour
- Gasoline / Diesel
- Personal Travel Insurances
- Additional activities
- Meals or drinks
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- Parking and road tunnel fees
- Any services not listed under list of included items
Explore the Golden Circle, South Coast & Snæfellsnes Peninsula tour day-by-day
Borgarnes - Snæfellsnes
Firstly, you drive from Reykjavík to Snæfellsnes Peninsula, via Borgarnes. Snæfellsnes represents Iceland in a nutshell. You drive along the broad southern coastal plain, pass impressive rock formations at Hellnar and Arnarstrapi, and visit Búðir on the westernmost tip of the peninsula. Búðir is a small historical hamlet that used to act as a commercial and trade hub for Snæfellsnes during an extended period of Danish trade monopoly. Another attraction of the area is Snæfellsjökull national park, also located at the end of the long arm of the peninsula. There has been numerous legends about this looming glacier and its surroundings, but it gained main fame thanks to Jules Verne's novel “Journey to the center of the Earth”, where Snæfellsjökull was believed to be a gateway to this center. You continue driving along the coast to the Northern part, which is quite different from the South. The views of dramatic volcanic peaks from one side and lush fjords from the other entertain this part of the ride.You pass by an impressive pyramid called Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. Stykkishólmur is the last stop on the peninsula worth a little detour. It is an old fishing town with charming colourful houses and fairly good choice of restaurants. Overnight stay in the area.
Driving distance is +-300km.
Þingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir
From Snæfellsnes you drive through Borgarnes area to the south coast. The goal of today is the Golden Circle. You head to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO site and a place of Icelandic Parliament foundation in AD 930. Þingvellir is also located in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge caused by the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates separation. You have a chance to walk along the part of it, called Almannagja gorge. Next you drive to Geysir, the famous hot spring that has given name to hot springs all over the world. Geysir had been remaining inactive for years now, but its neighbour Strokkur gushes regularly up to the air. In only 10-min driving distance there is Gullfoss, or “The Golden Fall”, spectacular double cascade waterfall. Overnight stay in the area. Driving distance is +-285km.
Seljalandsfoss - Skógar - Vík
Your first stop of today is by spectacular Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It tumbles over rocky scarp into a pool, leaving some room between the water and the wall, for the stirring walks behind the waterfall. Then head towards the East along the main road up to the point when you spot an impressive Skógafoss to the left-hand side, in a little distance from the road. You can take steep stairs up the mountain for a better view from above. Shortly before Vík you can turn up the hill to Dyrhólahey. It dramatically rises above the Vík neighborhood revealing the beautiful overlook of the coast. Puffins are keen on nesting in its bluff cliffs in summer time. After that drive back down the hill to Reynisfjara with its impressive black sandy beach backed by Reynisdrangar, basalt sea stacks emerging from the sea. You visit a little charming community of Vík. Afterwards you start heading back to Reykjavík along the Ring Road.
Driving distance is +-324km.