This is our suggested itinerary for a self-drive South Coast and Golden Circle trip. The itinerary can be changed and customized to suit your needs.
Day 1: Reykjavik to the Golden Circle. Leave Reykjavik to 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 phenomenon that you can only witness in Iceland! You can also go snorkeling, whitewater rafting, or snowmobiling on a glacier. (Approx. 2-3 hours driving)
Day 2: Drive to Glacier Lagoon. Drive along the southern coast of Iceland to Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s famous glacier lagoon. The lagoon is filled with magnificent icebergs that broke off from the glacier in the distance, which is part of Vatnajökull- Europe’s largest glacier. You can walk around the lagoon or take a zodiac tour to see the icebergs from the water. On the drive over, you can stop at several incredible waterfalls (including one that you can walk behind!) and at a breathtaking canyon for a hike. (Approx. 5 hours driving)
Day 3: Glacier Activities & Return to Reykjavik. Today we recommend partaking in an incredible glacier-related activity- either kayaking among icebergs in a glacial lagoon (summer trips) or exploring ice caves inside a glacier (winter trips). These are once in a lifetime experiences that you can only have in a handful of places in the world, and Iceland is one of the best! You then return to Reykjavik, stopping on the way to hike to a hot spring river for one last geothermal soak. You can finish your tour with dinner at an “earth cooking” restaurant where your food is cooked using the steam from the earth- the perfect ending to an incredible trip! (Approx. 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 along the South Coast or near the Glacier Lagoon (recommended for those who prefer more hiking and to break up the back to back 5hr drives) 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).