Not sure where to drive or what to see while renting a car in Iceland?
Don't worry any longer. Here we will make some suggestions for Icelandic self-drive road trips that you can easily do on your own.
Day Trips from Reykjavik
The Golden Circle (6-8 hours)
The Golden Circle is a great day tour from Reykjavik offering you the chance to see and experience a lot of amazing things in just one day.
We recommend driving through the Nesjavellir geothermal area first, It's a beautiful road and offers you great scenery which you simply won't get to see by taking a normal bus excursions tour. (only available during summer time)
You'll then continue onwards, driving along side the coast of Lake Þingvallavatn.
The next stop will be by Öxarárfoss waterfall just before you get to the National Park of Þingvellir.
Go back to the main road and continue driving into the National Park, you should take the next exit to the right and park your car in the parking lot there. Take a walk around the park and walk over the bridge of almannagjá which shows the two tectonic plates of Europe and North America splitting apart, seperating by roughly 2cm every year!
After soaking in this historical landmark of Iceland's first Parliament, drive through the National Park of Þingvellir following road 37
After about 30 minutes, you'll get to Geysir hot springs. It's relatively easy to find parking in the area.
Geysir in Haukadalur is the most famous hot spring in the world and gave its name to this geological feature, but it’s no longer as active as it used to be.
Once you continue back onto Road 37, in about 10 minutes, you will see Gullfoss waterfall.
If you want more information about your day trip : Click here to access Google maps.