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Iceland Winter Activity Tour For 9 Days

Iceland is world renowned for its northern lights holidays and for a good reason. Experience Iceland in winter and be your own boss on an unforgettable self-drive tour. This tour is for adventurous people who not only want to explore the beautiful nature of Iceland but also to enjoy exciting activities every day such as whale watching, a snowmobiling tour on a glacier and a tour in a lava cave. This Iceland winter self drive tour is the perfect combination of unforgettable tours during the day and magical northern lights in the evening.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this tour, please click on the “Request a quote” widget on the left side of the page. A quick form will open up where you will provide us with more information about your travel expectations. You will then be connected with your specialized travel agent who will assist you throughout the planning a provide a fully detailed quote.

Please note that this itinerary can be adjusted and customized to meet your travel needs and preferences. The package can also be offered as a privately guided tour if a self-drive option is not what you had in mind for your Iceland experience.

Tour Code

NL-03

Season

Oct - Apr

Travel Style

Self-Drive

Duration

9 days / 8 nights

Location

South & West Iceland

Accessibility

Not Recommended

Included

  • 8 nights accommodation (Budget, Comfort or Quality) with continental breakfast
  • Rental car of your choice for 7 days with unlimited mileage, CDW & VAT
  • GPS unit for easier navigation
  • WiFi hotspot in your rental car for easy internet access
  • Unlimited extra drivers for the rental car
  • Transfer from Keflavík International Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík
  • Optional private information meeting with our travel consultant in Reykjavik before your tour starts
  • 2 hours snowmobiling tour on a glacier (1 hour super jeep transfer + 1 hour snowmobiling tour – double ride)
  • 3 hours glacier walk
  • 1 hour horseback riding tour
  • 1 hour lava cave tour
  • 3 hours winter whale watching
  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon – comfort package with use of towel, 1 drink of your choice and face mask included
  • Transfer with pickup at your accommodation in Reykjavik upon departure
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes & service fee

Not Included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals & drinks at restaurants apart from what’s stated in the itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gasoline
Day 1 | Arrival in Iceland

Welcome to your Iceland Northern Lights holidays! Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation in the heart of Reykjavík. In the afternoon we recommend visiting the Northern Lights Center where you can learn something about the science behind this amazing phenomenon and can read about Northern Lights legends all around the world. In the evening you can have a relaxed time in one of the restaurants or you join an optional Northern Lights boat tour where you can see the aurora borealis out on the Atlantic ocean with the city lights in the background. Overnight in the heart of Reykjavík.

Day 2 | Snæfellsnes & Vatnshellir Lava Cave

After having received your rental car in the morning you are ready to hit the road. You will start your adventure discovering Snæfellsnes peninsula and visit Vatnshellir lava cave. There are a number of stunning natural attractions along the way to Vatnshellir like Arnarstapi, the small church in Buðir and Eldborg crater. Vatnshellir is located in the Snæfellsjökull National Park and is 8000 years old. On the lava cave tour, you follow a lava path about 200 meters into the cave and then approximately 35 meters below the surface to see stunning colours and lava formations. Search for the Northern Lights in the evening and overnight on the peninsula.

Day starts in

Reykjavík

Day ends in

Snæfellsnes

Driving distance

~212 km / 132 miles

Day 3 | Winter Whale Watching

Another adventure is on the schedule for today, a winter whale watching tour, departing from the town Grundarfjörður (only available from December to April). This is one of the best places in the world to see orcas (also called killer whales). It truly is the perfect opportunity to watch these gigantic mammals in their natural environment. In between, you have the chance to see some groups of dolphins. After having spent some time sailing in the fresh ocean breeze you will hit the road again and drive west back to the west of Iceland. If the weather allows you should check out Hraunfossar waterfalls coming from underneath the lava and Deildartunguhver, Europe´s most powerful hot spring on the way back (optional). You will stay the night in the area of Borgarfjörður fjord.

Day starts in

Snæfellsnes

Day ends in

Borgarfjörður fjord

Driving distance

~236 km / 147 miles

Day 4 | Golden Circle with Gullfoss and Geyser

After breakfast, start by driving to Þingvellir National Park, via the underwater tunnel and visit one of the most important historical sites in Iceland where you´ll find unique geology and natural beauty. Continue towards Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring. In the afternoon you can relax in either Fontana Spa in Laugarvatn or the Secret Lagoon in Flúðir with a chance of seeing the northern lights in the late evening. Afterwards, you will drive to the area of Selfoss where you´ll stay overnight and if you are lucky some northern lights might light up the sky.

Day starts in

Borgarfjörður fjord

Day ends in

Selfoss

Driving distance

~286 km / 178 miles

Day 5 | South Coast & Snowmobiling Tour on a Glacier

Today we have another exciting activity waiting for you. Start your day by leaving the Golden Circle area behind and continue driving towards Mýrdalsjökull glacier. On the way there you can stop at Seljalandsfoss and experience a waterfall that you can walk behind, but be prepared to get a little light drizzle on you. A little closer to Mýrdalsjökull you´ll find a small road #222 and there you´ll find the glacier base camp, where your 1 hour-long snowmobiling tour begins. You will drive on top of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, where you will experience stunning views. After your snowmobiling adventure, make your way towards the town Vík, where you´ll find beautiful black beaches. Overnight in the area of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Day starts in

Selfoss

Day ends in

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Driving distance

~203 km / 126 miles

Day 6 | Glacier Walk in Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Yet another exciting activity awaits for you today. Leave Kirkjubæjarklaustur and drive towards Skaftafell; an oasis between the black desert and the magnificent Vatnajökull glacier. On the way you will find a number of interesting attractions, such as the church floor – columnar basalt that looks like tiles (exit at Geirland) and Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, which is often overseen by visitors. When you reach Skaftafell you will meet up with your tour guides and they will take you on a 3-hour long glacier walk on Svínafellsjökull, which is a breathtaking outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull glacier. After your guided glacier walk you will continue driving east towards Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and explore the area, before heading back to Kirkjubæjarklaustur where you will stay for the second night.

Day starts in

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Day ends in

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Driving distance

~245 km / 157 miles

Day 7 | Horse Back Riding Tour

Your Iceland Northern Lights holidays continue with a horse back riding tour today. On your way back along the South Coast you can make a photo stop at Skógafoss. Just after you have reached the small town Hella, you will find a nice horse farm where you will enjoy a one hour long horse back riding tour where you will meet the Icelandic horse. This is the only breed of horse in Iceland and it displays two gaits in addition to the typically walk, trot, and canter/gallop commonly displayed by other breeds. You will stay for the night in this area.

Day starts in

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Day ends in

Hella

Driving distance

~180 km / 112 miles

Highlights:

  • Skógafoss
  • Day 8 | Reykjanes Peninsula & the Blue Lagoon

    Today you will discover the geothermal wonders of Reykjanes peninsula with its endless lava fields and black beaches. You will find several geothermal areas around, and you should definitely visit the Krýsuvík area and the Gunnuhver area. Both geothermal fields are situated in the middle of the fissure zone in the mid-Atlantic ridge which traverses Iceland. Make a stop at the Blue Lagoon and relax after the last couple of days of travelling before driving back to Reykjavík where you drop off your rental car and stay overnight for your last night in Iceland.

    Day starts in

    Hella

    Day ends in

    Reykjavík

    Driving distance

    ~208 km / 130 miles

    Day 9 | Departure Iceland winter tour

    It is time to leave! Hope you have had a wonderful time experiencing the Icelandic winter. We wish you a nice journey back home and hope you will leave our island with fond memories of Iceland and its inhabitants.

    Highlights:

    Budget

    Budget accommodations include shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some cases, the rooms might be equipped with a TV and a washbasin. The in-room amenities are limited and basic but they all adhere to a high standard of cleanliness.
    Breakfast is included.

    Comfort

    Comfort accommodations offer access to private facilities (shower and toilet). This type of lodges belongs to the 3-star hotel category. Most of these properties have an in-house restaurant. This section offers an upgrade in comfort and service compared to the budget category. Breakfast is included.

    Quality

    Quality accommodations offer private rooms with en-suite shower/bath and toilet. These rooms are the best available accommodations in 4-star hotels or the highest quality lodges in each region. Luxury accommodations - the highest class of lodges, suites, and penthouses - are available upon request. Breakfast is included.

    Kia Ceed Wagon


    or similiar

    Type: Intermediate Wagon
    Passenger: 5
    Luggage: 4
    Doors: 5
    Transmission: Automatic
    (Manual option available)

    4×4 Hyundai Kona


    or similiar

    Type: SUV Economy
    Passenger: 5
    Luggage: 3
    Doors: 5
    Transmission: Automatic
    (Manual option available)

    4×4 Kia Sportage


    or similiar

    Type: SUV Full Size Intermediate
    Passenger: 5
    Luggage: 4
    Doors: 5
    Transmission: Automatic
    (Manual option available)

    4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser


    or similiar

    Type: SUV Full Size
    Passenger: 5
    Luggage: 4
    Doors: 5
    Transmission: Automatic
    (Manual option available)

    4×4 Land Rover Discovery


    or similiar

    Type: SUV Full Size Luxury
    Passenger: 5
    Luggage: 4
    Doors: 5
    Transmission: Automatic
    (Manual option available)

    Hyundai H1


    or similiar

    Type: VAN
    Passenger: 8
    Luggage: 5
    Doors: 5
    Transmission: Automatic
    (Manual option available)

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