This is our suggested itinerary for a self-drive Snaefellsnes and Golden Circle trip. The itinerary can be changed and customized to suit your needs.
Day 1: Reykjavik to Snæfellsnes. Leave Reykjavik and head north to explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This is one of the most stunning regions of Iceland. You can hike along the coast, hike to waterfalls, and visit small fishing towns with some of the freshest seafood in Iceland. The gorgeous Snæfellsjokull volcano and glacier dominate the peninsula, creating a dramatic backdrop everywhere you go. This is the same volcano that Jules Verne wrote about in Journey to the Center of the Earth! (Approx. 3 hours driving)
Day 2: Snæfellsnes to the Golden Circle. In the morning you can explore more of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, including a visit to a lava tube, an incredible ravine, and a hike up an extinct volcano! You then drive to the Golden Circle (one of the most popular areas in Iceland, and for good reason) where you spend the next two nights at a comfortable farmstay. You can visit the animals, learn about life on a working Icelandic farm, or relax in the hot tub. You can also visit a nearby greenhouse or geothermal lagoon! (Approx. 3 hours driving)
Day 3: Golden Circle & Return to Reykjavik. After a delicious farm fresh breakfast, you can go and explore the Golden Circle attractions. Visit the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, one of the largest in Iceland, as well as Geysir where Iceland's most active geyser is located (it erupts every 5-10 minutes!). The third attraction on the Golden Circle is Thingvellir National Park, where Iceland's parliament (and the world's first) was founded over 1,000 years ago. This is also where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are drifting apart, an incredible phenomena that you can only witness in Iceland! You can also go snorkeling, whitewater rafting, or snowmobiling on a glacier. After experiencing the natural wonders of the Golden Circle, you return to Reykjavik. (Approx. 3.5 hours driving)
Optional 4th Day: If you would like to extend your trip, you can make this into a 3 night, 4 day trip. You can either spend an additional night at the Snaefellsnes Peninsula (we recommend this if you prefer more hiking and a more relaxed area) or an additional night at the Golden Circle (recommended if you would like to partake in whitewater rafting, snorkeling/diving, snowmobiling, horseback riding, or a glacier hike).