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South Coast Winter Sensation for 7 Days

For an eventful and adventurous Iceland winter vacation, you should consider the winter edition of our Iceland south coast sensation tour. With a plethora of available activities such as snowmobiling, glacier hiking, riding tours, hiking tours and much more. And last but not least you also have the opportunity to witness the wonders of the northern lights, that ever so often grace the crisp Arctic sky over Iceland during the winter months.

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 and 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-06

Season

Sept - Apr

Travel Style

Self- Drive

Duration

7 days / 6 nights

Location

South Iceland

Accessibility

Not Recommended

Included

  • 6 nights accommodation (Budget, Comfort or Quality) with continental breakfast
  • Rental car of your choice for 4 days with unlimited mileage, CDW & VAT
  • GPS unit for easier navigation
  • Unlimited extra drivers for the rental car
  • WiFi hotspot in your rental car for easy internet access
  • Transfer from Keflavik International Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík
  • Optional private information meeting with our travel consultant in Reykjavik before your tour starts
  • 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 Reykjavik

Welcome to your Iceland winter tour! After you have cleared customs, you will be transferred to your hotel in Reykjavik. If you arrive around noon, it is possible to stop at the Blue Lagoon before continuing to the capital. After you have checked in to your hotel and received your travel documents, we would like to have an optional private information meeting during office hours. After the meeting, you’ll have free time in Reykjavik to explore and enjoy the northernmost capital of the world. Stay the night in central Reykjavík.

Day 2 | The Gullfoss and Geysir Route

Today you will receive your rental car and your Iceland vacation begins for real! Start the day by driving east towards the amazing Þingvellir National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, rich with its incredible natural beauty, history and where you can see how the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are diverging. Continue to the famous Geyser geothermal fields and witness the great spouting spring, namesake of every other spouting spring in the world. Close by you’ll find Gullfoss (Golden Falls), recently voted one of 10 most beautiful waterfalls of the world. By Gullfoss and Geysir are popular lunch stops and for a chance to enjoy a traditional Icelandic meal we recommend the Icelandic lamb soup.

From there, make your way towards the south coast and drive through lush farmlands, but be sure to make a stop at Kerið, a volcanic crater displaying its crystal clear water. Another interesting visit we recommend should you have the time, is to visit Hellisheiðavirkjun geothermal power plant.  Stay overnight in the Hvolsvöllur area.

Day starts in

Reykjavík

Day ends in

Hvolsvöllur

Driving distance

~237 km / 147 miles

Day 3 | Sensational Winter South Coast

It’s time to travel further east along the beautiful south coast. Shortly after leaving Hvolsvöllur, you will reach the wonderful Seljalandsfoss waterfall, partly covered by icy layers in the wintertime. Continue to Skógar where you’ll find the picture-perfect Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar Folk museum where you can see reconstructed turf houses and ancient artifacts on display. Drive further east to the mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier and enjoy optional activities such as glacier hiking and or snowmobiling with professional guides. Continue to the charming village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, home of Iceland’s first monastery (built-in 1186) where you will stay for the night. Stay the night at Kirkjubæjarklaustur and search for the Northern Lights in the evening.

Day starts in

Hvolsvöllur

Day ends in

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Driving distance

155 km / 97 miles

Day 4 | The Famous Glacier Lagoon Jökulsarlon in Winter

After breakfast continue along the Iceland South Coast to Skaftafell, a part of the Vatnajökull National Park. Skaftafell is a site of immense beauty and variations. It’s a lush green oasis between a mighty glacier and vast black sand beach. In Skaftafell you’ll find many different hiking routes. We recommend a light hike to Svartifoss waterfall, that features pitch-black hexagonal basalt columns and a rugged canyon. After that, continue to the village of Höfn – the lobster capital of Iceland. On the road between Skaftafell and Höfn you will find Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, considered by many the crown jewel of Icelandic nature. This is a great spot for photographs. The glacier lagoon is the turning point of your tour. In the afternoon you drive back to Kirkjubæjarklaustur where you will stay for the second night.

Day starts in

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Day ends in

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Driving distance

250 km / 155 miles

Day 5 | Rugged Cliffs and Volcanic Beaches

Last day on the road on your Iceland South Coast journey and time to turn around and head back towards Reykjavik. On the way, nature lovers will want to visit the village of Vík in Mýrdalur and walk along the Reynisfjara beach with its beautiful view of the Reynisdrangar cliffs and the stunning Dyrhólaey Peninsula with its natural stone arch. Head back to the capital and drop off the rental car before checking into your downtown hotel.

Day starts in

Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Day ends in

Reykjavík

Driving distance

261 km / 162 miles

Day 6 | Free Day in Reykjavik

Enjoy a free day in the capital. Reykjavik is an exciting city with a rich cultures life. You might want to visit some of Reykjavik’s many art and culture museums and exhibitions. If you are lucky with the weather you might enjoy a stroll around the city and some of Reykjavík sightseeing spots and landmarks, such as the Hallgrímskirkja church, Harpa concert hall, The Sun Voyager sculpture by the sea and some more. If you are interested in some more adventure we can also organize an exciting super jeep tour for you today. You could visit some great places in the countryside which are not accessible with a normal car during winter. In the evening enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Reykjavík many gourmet restaurants.

Day 7 | Departure Iceland Winter Tour

Your Iceland adventure is about to come to its end. You will be transferred to Keflavik International Airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you still have time to stop at Blue Lagoon and enjoy a soak in the milky blue earth sea, a perfect end to your stay and a nice way to relax and unwind before your flight home.

We wish you a nice journey back home and hope you will leave our island with fond memories of Iceland and its inhabitants.

Highlights:

  • The Blue Lagoon
  • 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.

    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)

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