13-Day Self-Drive Golden Circle Adventure in a 4x4 Campervan

Embark on a journey of a lifetime in Iceland and experience its breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders. From kayaking in picturesque bays, visiting mighty waterfalls, and relaxing in hot pools to exploring caves, bird watching, and soaking in geothermal spa waters. This itinerary is a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and a chance to connect with nature.

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Take the Wheel and Explore Iceland's Beauty: A 13-Day 4X4 Campervan Adventure

Embark on an epic journey through the heart of Iceland with a self-drive road trip like no other! Navigate the stunning landscapes of Road 1 and discover the beauty of glaciers, waterfalls, and breathtaking natural wonders. With a pre-planned itinerary, handpicked attractions, and cozy campsite stays, you'll experience Iceland in all its glory.

From the glacier walk on Sólheimajökull to kayaking in the picturesque Ísafjörður bay with the most adventurous guides, the journey is packed with excitement. Delve into the 8000-year-old secrets of a lava tube located 32 meters underground, or marvel at the massive icebergs of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon on a boat tour like no other.

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4X4 Campervan

You'll have everything you need to make the most of your adventure with a handy tablet that acts as your navigational device, itinerary guide, and source of information about the camper. It's exclusively available to you and packed with valuable features, making it your trusty companion on the road.

Your road trip ride is a top-of-the-line camper van, designed to make your journey as comfortable and safe as possible. With larger tires, a raised chassis, and 4X4 capabilities, you'll be able to reach every corner of Iceland. Insulated with top-quality materials and equipped with a host of amenities like cookware, a compressor fridge, charging station, and much more, you'll feel right at home on the road.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 : Golden Circle

Embark on a journey of a lifetime as you kick off Day 1 of your self-drive adventure in Iceland! Your journey begins with a convenient pick-up from the airport or your hotel in Keflavik, taking you to our starting point where you'll set up camp for the night.

Step into the world-renowned Golden Circle, where three of the country's most iconic destinations await you. From the historic Thingvellir National Park to the bubbling geothermal area of Geysir and the awe-inspiring Gullfoss waterfall, you'll be awed by the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Gullfoss waterfall
Gullfoss waterfall

Optional: If soaking in geothermal pools is your thing, join us for a dip in the Secret Lagoon, one of the oldest pools in Iceland! Built in 1891, this geothermal pool offers an unforgettable experience that you won't want to miss.

As the day comes to an end, you'll retire to the tranquil Flúdir campsite to rest and recharge for the next day's adventures. Get some rest and dream of the memories you'll make tomorrow!

Day 2 : South Coast

Embrace the wild beauty of Iceland's South Coast on Day 2 of your adventure! Start off with a visit to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the cascading water for a unique perspective. Then, head to Skógafoss, a thundering waterfall that will take your breath away.

Take a dip in the warm waters of Seljavallalaug geothermal pool, if you dare. It's a one-of-a-kind experience! For the adventurous traveler, join us on a journey to Sólheimajökull Glacier for a guided glacier walk (this is an optional activity).

Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Get up close and personal with crevasses and learn about the fascinating history of this icy wonderland. If you're feeling especially bold, go for a two-hour walk to see the wreckage of a DC-3 plane.

For those who prefer the stunning black sand beaches, Reynisfjara awaits. This stunning location is not to be missed! End your day in Vík, a charming southern village that offers a peaceful retreat from the wilds of Iceland.

Relax and recharge at the Vík campsite, ready for another day of unforgettable experiences.

Day 3 : Skaftafell National Park and Jokulsárlón

Embark on a journey to the wild and wonderful south and southeast coasts of Iceland! Your first stop is at the awe-inspiring Fjadrargljufur Canyon, where you can admire the stunning rock formations and powerful water flow. Next, delve into the magnificent Skaftafell National Park, where a world of adventure awaits. Here, you can follow one of the park's many walking paths and discover the hidden beauty of Svartifoss waterfall, with its dark-colored basalt columns.

Skaftafell National Park
Skaftafell National Park

As the day comes to an end, immerse yourself in the magic of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and set sail on an optional amphibian boat tour, where you'll float among the magnificent icebergs and learn all about the lagoon's geology and history from an English-speaking guide. If you're lucky, you might even get to taste a piece of ice that's over a thousand years old! End your day with a peaceful night's rest at the Höfn Campsite.

Day 4 : Eastfjords

Get ready for an epic adventure to the eastern part of Iceland today! Your first stop is at Vestrahorn, a stunning natural wonder that's been captured in countless photographs. Stroll along the black sandy beach and marvel at the unique mountain formations as you soak in the serene atmosphere.

Black Sand Beach iceland
Black Sand Beach

Take a well-deserved break from the road and enjoy a refreshing dip in the geothermal pool of Djúpavogskorin, surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Continue your journey to the charming town of Djúpivogur, the breathtaking fjord of Reydafjordur, and the town of Egilsstadir, home to Iceland's largest forest. Take a stroll down its many paths and keep an eye out for wild deers roaming free.

End your day in the picturesque town of Seydisfjordur, which many have voted as the most beautiful east fjord in Iceland. Get some rest and recharge your batteries for tomorrow's adventures.

Day 5 : The Grand North

Today, you'll take a scenic drive to the northeast coast and explore a region that often gets overlooked by tourists. Get ready to be awed by the stunning Studlagil Canyon, where the vibrant blue waters of a river flow through towering basalt columns. Don't miss the chance to visit Vopnafjordur, a renowned salmon fishing hub. End the day with a visit to the breathtaking Ásbyrgi Canyon, a horseshoe-shaped wonder that offers scenic walking paths through lush woods.

Spend the night at a cozy campsite in Ásbyrgi.

Day 6 : Dettifoss Waterfall and Mývatn

Embark on an exciting journey as you venture towards the Diamond Circle and witness the majesty of the Dettifoss waterfall. With its thundering 100 meters width and awe-inspiring 44-meter drop, this waterfall is the largest and second-most powerful in Europe.

Dettifoss Waterfall

Take a break from the road and treat yourself to a restorative soak in the geothermal waters of Mývatn Nature Baths (this is an optional activity and must be indicated in your tour package). Immerse yourself in the warm, emerald-colored water of Viti Krafla, a volcanic crater that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

For fans of "Games of Thrones", visit Grotagja, a small but mighty cave harboring a hot spring that is unfortunately not usable due to high temperatures. With so much to see and explore, this day promises to be one of the highlights of your trip.

Day 7 : Trollaskagi Peninsula

Today, you embark on a journey to explore the best of the Trollaskagi Peninsula. Your first stop is in the charming fishing town of Húsavík, famous for its whale watching tours. If you're lucky, you'll be able to spot some of Iceland's magnificent ocean wildlife, including whales, during a thrilling boat tour (optional and subject to availability, be sure to book ahead). From there, you continue on to Godafoss waterfall, also known as the "Waterfall of the Gods," which is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country.

Next, you'll visit Akureyri, a town filled with breathtaking views and endless adventure. Take a stroll through the botanical garden, marvel at the magnificent church perched high above the town, and enjoy a swim in the local swimming pool with its exciting outdoor slides (admission not included). Before heading out of town, be sure to stop by the charming Christmas house, open all year round.

Finally, you'll arrive at the Varmahlið campsite, where you'll spend the night surrounded by the beauty and wonder of Iceland.

Day 8 : Hvítserkur and Seals spotting

Your first stop is the historic Grafarkirkja, the oldest turf church in Iceland. Soak in the spiritual aura of this tiny yet photogenic church before proceeding to the warm and rejuvenating waters of Grettislaug (Note: this is only a suggestion and not a part of the tour package).


As you journey towards the Vatnsnes peninsula, be prepared to be awestruck by the mesmerizing Hvítserkur. This 15-meter high basalt stack is said to be the remains of a troll that was petrified in daylight. As you admire this marvel of nature, keep an eye out for seals basking in the sun on the nearby sandy beaches.

End your day at the Hólmavík Campsite, surrounded by the peaceful and natural beauty of Iceland. (Please note that the admission fees for Grettislaug are not included in the tour package).

Day 9 : Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft

Drive through charming fishing villages like Súdavik, where you can find the Artic Center. Delve into the fascinating world of sorcery and witchcraft at the Museum of Icelandic Magic, a place filled with spellbooks, mystical artifacts, and even the legendary Necropants that are said to provide an endless money supply.

Take a step back in time at the Litlibær historical turf farmstead museum and café, where you can experience traditional Icelandic culture and cuisine. This is not an included activity in your tour but is a suggested stop for those who want to immerse themselves in Iceland's rich heritage.

End the day at the Tungudalur Campsite, ready to experience more of Iceland's natural beauty and unique cultural attractions. (Admission fees to the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft are not included in the tour price)

Day 10 : Mighty Dynjandi Waterfall

Embark on a thrilling adventure through the picturesque landscapes of the Westfjords! Kick off your day at 9:30 AM with a captivating kayaking excursion in the breathtaking Ísafjörður Bay (optional activity with a strict cancellation policy). Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll through the charming villages of Suðureyri and Flateyri, before setting your sights on the majestic Dynjandi Falls.

Dynjandi Waterfall
Dynjandi Waterfall

Along the way, be sure to stop at several smaller waterfalls, each leading up to the grand finale. As the day comes to a close, treat yourself to a relaxing soak in the Reykjafjarðarlaug Hot Pool and immerse yourself in the peaceful beauty of nature.

Stay the night in the Patreksfjordur Campsite.

Day 11 : Raudisandur and The South Westfjords

Step into the mystical land of the South Westfjords and immerse yourself in its stunning beauty. Begin your day in Breidavík and make your way towards the dramatic cliffs and hidden geothermal pool, carved out of stone. Next, visit the iconic Raudisandur beach, known for its unique red sand and tranquil atmosphere. If you're a bird enthusiast, make a stop at the Látrabjarg cliff, the westernmost point in Iceland, where you can witness numerous bird species, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots, and razorbills.

Spend the night in Búdardalur Campsite and rest up for another day of adventure.

Day 12 : Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Start the day in Stykkishólmur and be awestruck by the breathtaking Sugandisey Cliff. Then, visit the extinct volcanic crater Saxhóll and the iconic Kirkjufell mountain and its nearby waterfall - a signature landmark of West Iceland.

At 2:30 PM, choose to delve into the wonders of the underground world with a visit to the Vatnshellir Cave (optional and not included in the general tour price). With headlights shining several meters below the ground, explore the cave, formed over 8,000 years ago.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Discover the south coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula and its many hidden gems, such as Búdir Church, one of the most photographed spots in Iceland, or the Gerduberg cliff, a rock formation made of towering basalt columns.

End the day at the Borgarnes Campsite, surrounded by the serene beauty of nature.

(Note: Cave admission fee and optional activities may have strict cancelation terms and conditions, please check with the operator for more information.)

Day 13 : Hraunfossar and Krauma

The final day of your journey brings you to stunning waterfalls like Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, where you can marvel at the beauty of cascading water. If you're looking for a relaxing way to end your trip, consider a dip in the rejuvenating geothermal waters of Krauma spa (optional activity).

As the day comes to an end, it's time to bid farewell to the camper van and return it to the rental location. Take some time to reflect on your amazing journey and perhaps grab a warm drink or souvenirs to remember your travels. If you need a ride to the airport or your hotel in Keflavik, just let us know and we'll be happy to arrange a shuttle for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the tour itinerary?

Ans: The tour itinerary includes stops at various attractions and landmarks in Iceland, such as waterfalls, beaches, caves, and geothermal pools. Some optional activities, like kayaking and spa visits, may be included depending on the booking.

Where will we be staying during the tour?

Ans: You will be staying at campsites throughout the tour. The exact location of the campsites will depend on the itinerary.

Are there any restrictions or restrictions on driving in Iceland?

Ans: Yes, there are some restrictions on driving in Iceland, including speed limits, road conditions, and weather restrictions. It is important to familiarize yourself with these restrictions before starting your tour.

Are there any safety precautions that need to be taken during the tour?

Ans: Yes, it is important to take safety precautions when traveling in Iceland, such as being aware of weather conditions and road conditions. It is also important to familiarize yourself with emergency procedures and to carry necessary equipment, like a first-aid kit.

What type of vehicle will I be using for the tour?

Ans: The tour includes specially designed campervans, equipped with a range of amenities for comfort and convenience.

What kind of features does the campervan have?

Ans: The campervan is equipped with full wool insulation, a Webasto heater, a compressor fridge, cookware and kitchen supplies, a charging station, running water, an inverter, a BBQ and gas, a table and two chairs, parking sensors, post-collision braking, park distance control, and a mobile phone interface.

Can I add or modify the itinerary according to my preferences?

Ans: The tour description does not specify if modifications to the itinerary are possible.

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All our tours are handpicked from the best tour operators in Iceland, featuring key attractions like the Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall. The Golden Circle tour also highlights the significance of hot springs, including the famous Geysir hot spring. Additionally, Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is renowned for its cultural and historical value.
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