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)

Directions through Google Maps.

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 start off by driving the Ring Road on Route 1 south and take the exit shortly after joining Route 1 on your left-hand side, indicating Nesjavellir [431]. Stop at the end of the road at the viewing ramp and take in some of the amazing views over Lake Þingvallavatn.

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.

Thingvellir national park iceland

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!

Church thingvellir iceland golden circle

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.

While Geysir slumbers, you will see Strokkur, Smiður & Litli-Strokkur, with Strokkur bursting skywards around ten times every hour.
The name “Geysir” can be traced back to 1647, a time when it would go off regularly, blasting 60-80 metres up in the air, right up to the 1900's, when it could reach as high as 170 metres!
After that, it started slowing down due to the surface of the hot spring being too wide. Locals tried to do what they could to bring it back to life and even put 100kgs of hand soap into the hot spring, thinking it might solve its problems.
After the big earthquake on the South Coast in the summer of 2000, it became more active for a while but is now slowing down again.

Geysir hot springs golden circle iceland

Once you continue back onto Road 37, in about 10 minutes, you will see Gullfoss waterfall.

Gullfoss golden cirlce iceland


If you want more information about your day trip : Click here to access Google maps.



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